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Why You Should Go on the CHIRP Record Crawl

Get carted around the city and nab as much discounted vinyl as you can carry.

The scene at Reckless Records during last year’s crawl.   Photo: Vince Ziols

It’s been nearly six months since Record Store Day, which means it’s high time for an excuse to get out there and binge-buy some vinyl. The medium is, after all, back with a vengeance.

Luckily for cratediggers, Sunday is local indie station CHIRP Radio’s fourth annual record crawl, a shopping progressive meant to connect fans with new music, new record shops, and one another. “It’s basically a pub crawl for record stores,” says CHIRP founder Shawn Campbell. “There’s a trolley and everything. It’s a way to check out a store that’s not in your neighborhood, or a new store all together.”

Spanning seven miles and five independent music shops, the crawl begins with Intelligentsia coffee and Doughnut Vault doughnuts at Groove Distribution in West Town. From there, participants get shuttled to Permanent Records, Dusty Groove, Reckless on Milwaukee, and Laurie’s Planet of Sound. The trolley stops for an hour at each store, and all 100 RSVP‘d guests get a 30% discount (roughly one free record for every third bought). 

If riding stone-sober in a trolley with 100 strangers sounds slightly awkward to you, Campbell says guests are welcome to provide their own transportation; the first four stops are all within two miles of one another. (Laurie’s, the final store, is about five miles north.)

The whole shebang costs $5, which, given the price of Intelligentsia and Doughnut Vault, is a pretty sweet deal. You’ll also get a ”limited edition badge” (no clue) and a CHIRP tote bag for your bounty. You can find a more detailed schedule here, and remember to RSVP via email at rsvp@chirpradio.org. According to Campbell, about half of the 100 spots have already filled up. Have fun, and happy digging.

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