Record Store Day time and place

Just to clarify, we will be celebrating Record Store Day at our Villa Park location, not at our warehouse in Schaumburg. There seems to be a bit of confusion with some folks.

22 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park. We will be open from 9AM-5PM that day.

Hope to see you there!

When we know, you’ll know.

Record Store Day is just 8 days away. Are you as excited as we are?

And the phone calls have started. “Are you going to have the White Stripes?” “Are you going to have the Grateful Dead?”. And the answer is…we don’t know yet. And unfortunately we won’t know until a day or two before. But as soon as we have the stock in our hands we will be posting a list to this very blog. So check back next Thursday or Friday and you can see what items we will have in stock.

Until then…

Record Store Day just around the corner!

Yep, RSD is less than a month away. Saturday April 18th to be exact. No, we don’t know what records we will have in yet. Needless to say we ordered up a ton. We’ll just have to wait and see what the RSD fairies deliver to us. Check back to this blog in the days leading up to the event. We will post a list of titles as soon as we can.

It is now like a museum…







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We are super stoked about the new artwork that has been put up in Villa Park. Some of our fave album covers re-imagined by the fab Amy Belonio. Come on out and give them a look in person. They are quite lovely. And if you need a mural for the office or some paintings for a child’s room or whatever, be sure to give Amy a holler:

Year End Sale In Villa Park

From now until the end of the year all used vinyl in Villa Park will be 10% off. We just loaded up the bins with some killer stuff. Head on over and check ’em out. We will be open from 10AM-6PM Monday December 29th to Wednesday December 31st.

Stay tuned for more cool goings on in 2015!

Black Friday Leftovers

Here is a list of our Black Friday leftovers. These will be available at the warehouse sale in Schaumburg on Saturday. Doors open at 9AM. Korn, Metallica, Mother Love Bone, Imagine Dragons, Johnny Thunders, Echosmith, Seth McFarlane, Chvrches, Game Theory, Bon Jovi, “Little Miss Sunshine”, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Ed Sheeran, Conor Oberst, Genesis, Bleachers, “Game Of Thrones”, Five Finger Death Punch

Record Store Day Black Friday 2014 Update

Here is a list of artists that we will have in stock on Friday. We will be in Villa Park (22 S. Villa Ave., inside Cornerstone Used Books). Doors open at 9AM. First come, first served. You will not be able to buy multiple copies of the same item. No hoarding! We want as many people as possible to be able to get items that they are looking for. We appreciate your understanding. Hope to see you there!

Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Flaming Lips, Beatles, Grateful Dead, Metallica, David Bowie, Judas Priest, Johnny Thunders, Dave Matthews Band, Jenny Lewis, Run DMC, The Doors, Ed Sheeran, Ben Kweller, South Park, New Order, St. Vincent, Disney: Frozen, Little Miss Sunshine, Big Lebowski, Velvet Underground, Green Day, Govt. Mule, Echosmith, Phil Spector Christmas, J Mascis, Peter Murphy, Game Theory, Billie Holiday, Penny Arkade, Husker Du, Ra Ra Riot, Bleachers, Ghosbusters Stay Puft, Conor Oberst, Mastodon, Wu-Tang Clan, Dio & Friends, Korn, Joe Satriani, First Aid Kit, “American Hustle” Soundtrack, Outkast, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Bon Jovi, Chrissie Hynde, Chvrches, Decemberists, Elvis Presley, Ennio Morricone, Faith No More, Five Finger Death Punch, Genesis, Imagine Dragons, Joey Ramone, Kinks, Korn, Little Richard, Miles Davis, Mother Love Bone, Game Of Thrones, Seth MacFarlane.

Record Store Day Black Friday!

People have been asking. We are answering. Yes, we will be participating in this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday event (November 28th). It will be happening at the Villa Park location (22 S. Villa Ave.). The store will be opening up at 9AM. We are trying our best to get our hands on as many RSD titles as we can. Just because we ordered something doesn’t mean we will be getting it. We won’t know until a couple of days before what we will have in. If we have time we will post the titles we will have available. Check back to our blog closer to the date.

Hope you’ll be able to join us!

We couldn’t agree more…

“One of the great pleasures of traveling for me is finding great used book stores and record shops. I just found a Nellie Lutcher record that included a duet with Nat King Cole. I bought an MFK Fisher book of essays called As They Were that includes stories about two of my favorite subjects–food and California. My intention here is not to recommend specific titles, but to recommend the search for what might appeal to you. Technology has given us a great thing– stores full of orphaned books and vinyl records. There are treasures out there that are difficult to find on line, especially if you don’t know that you’re looking for them. I like the element of fate. The way a book cover or record jacket catches your eye and makes you want to pick it up. I like to think about why certain albums or books survived being discarded and ended up being offered a second life or two or three or four. Most of all, I love finding a singer like Nellie Lutcher for the first time. Happy hunting!” Sam Phillips, singer/songwriter

Kill two birds with one stone. Cheap Kiss Records and Cornerstone Used Books. 22 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, IL

Remember the time Marc Maron visited?

Last summer we had the pleasure of comedian Marc Maron paying us a visit at the warehouse. If you listen to his WTF podcast or watch his show on IFC you know he’s a big vinyl collector. He was in town last summer for a couple of gigs and had some free time one afternoon so he made the trek out to Schaumburg and did some shopping. Super nice guy. Great taste in music. ’80s Alternative, Blues, Psychedelic, Punk, Classic Rock…he pretty much likes it all.

On a recent episode of his IFC series “Maron” (which is a scripted series, but feels like a documentary because he’s pretty much playing himself) he invited a guy over to check out a new amp he bought for his stereo system. The album he tempted the guy with was Pink Floyd’s “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”. Take a guess where he picked up that record. That’s right…Cheap Kiss Records! It was pretty cool hearing him talk about that record. We had no idea that was going to be in the episode. Caught us by surprise and brought smiles to our faces. The name of the episode is “White Truck”. Keep an eye out for it.

Keep an eye out for his TV show and an ear out for his podcast in general. Real entertaining stuff.

maron maron ckr t-shirt

Boomer lives!



A Record Store Day Thank You!

A big thanks to everyone that came out for Record Store Day! This was by far our biggest and best one yet. We couldn’t believe it when we showed up an hour before the doors opened and there was already a sizable line. You guys are crazy! In the best possible sense, of course.
Behind the scenes things were a little bit nerve wracking. The last couple of days leading up to RSD we weren’t even sure we were going to have any records! The distributor was having trouble getting orders shipped. This didn’t just affect us. A whole bunch of stores across the country were on pins and needles. Fortunately for us the folks at the local UPS hub worked some magic and got us our order by 8AM that morning. A little too close for comfort, but it all worked out in the end.
We had almost twice as many RSD releases than last year. But we know some people were disappointed that we didn’t have, or we ran out of, the titles they were after. We are sorry about that, but that is the nature of the RSD beast. We would love to make everyone happy, but these items are so limited that it is impossible to do so. We hope you were able to leave with at least one item you were after. If not, then we hope you snagged some good used records that you have been looking for.
Thanks again for your continued support. You guys rock. 359 days until Record Store Day 2015. Keep spinning that vinyl!

Record Store Day titles we will be carrying…

All right boys and girls, Record Store Day is almost here. Just two more days (Saturday April 19th). And we have finally found out what we will be carrying. This list is not in alphabetical order so be sure to scroll all the way down. Keep in mind we might have one copy of a title, we might have multiple copies. And sorry, we can’t hold items. First come, first served. We will be celebrating RSD at our VILLA PARK location (22 S. Villa Ave., inside Cornerstone Used Books). Our hours that day will be 9AM-5PM. We look forward to seeing old friends, and hopefully make some new ones. Please help spread the word!

Allman Brothers – Selections From ”Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992” [2LP]

Between The Buried And Me – Colors_Live [2LP] (Solid Red Vinyl)

Black Angels, The – Clear Lake Forest [10”] (Clear vinyl, 7 new songs, download)

Broken Bells – Holding On For Life [12” EP] (original version plus exclusive remixes)

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty [12”]

Cage The Elephant – Take It Or Leave It / Jesse James [7”]

Civil Wars, The – Live At Eddie’s Attic [LP]

Devo – Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig [LP+DVD] (Picture Disc, indie-exclusive)

Dinosaur Jr. – Visitors [5×7”] (includes art book)

Grant Hart (Husker Du) – Every Everything And Some Something [LP+DVD]

Haim – Forever [12”]

Jimi Hendrix Experience, The – Live At Monterey [LP]

Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes – Live At The Greek [3LP] (Red, Clear & Blue Viny)

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The – She’s On It-Jack The Ripper / Audio Vacation [12”]

Kings of Leon – Wait For Me / It Don’t Matter (Live Version) [7”] (Yellow/Gold Vinyl )

Litter, The – Action Woman b/w A Legal Matter [7”] (Blue Vinyl)

Minus 5, The – Scott The Hoople In The Dungeon of Horror [5LP Box]

One Direction – Midnight Memories / Rock Me (Live) [7”] (Picture Disc)

Ronnie Spector & The E-Street Band – Say Goodbye To Hollywood / Baby Please Don’t Go [7”]

RPM Turntable Football – A Two-Player Game Played at 33 1/3 RPM [7”] (Green Vinyl, multi-groove vinyl game)

Sonics, The / Mudhoney – Bad Betty / I Like It Small [7” split] (Green/Black Splattered Colored Vinyl)

Sunrays, The – Our Leader b/w Won’t You Tell Me [7”] (Clear Vinyl)

Teenage Filmstars – (There’s A) Cloud Over Liverpool [LP] (indie-exclusive)

Animals, The – The Animals EP (50th Anniversary) [10”] (45RPM, Mono, 2nd British EP includes ”Boom Boom”)

Black Lips, The – Funny (Record Store Day Exclusive) [7”]

Butch Walker – End Of The World (One More Time) / Battle vs. The War [10”] (two new and exclusive tracks)

Conor Oberst – Hundreds of Ways / Fast Friends [7”]

Creedence Clearwater Revival – The 1969 Singles [10” EP] (120 Gram White Vinyl)

Cure, The / Dinosaur Jr. – Side By Side: Just Like Heaven [7”] (White Vinyl)

Doors, The – Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine [2LP] (Translucent Amber Colored Vinyl)

Drake Bell – I Won’t Stand In Your Way [7”]

Five Finger Death Punch – Purgatory: Tales From The Pit [2LP] (Picture Disc, gatefold)

Flaming Lips, The – 7 Skies H3 [LP] (Clear Vinyl, 45 minutes/10 tracks from 24 hour song, download, deluxe jacket and insert)

Flaming Lips, The / Devo – Side By Side: Gates of Steel (live) [7”] (Silver Vinyl)

Fleetwood Mac – Dragonfly / The Purple Dancer [7”] (Purple Vinyl)

Frank Zappa – Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow / Down In De Dew (unreleased alternate mix) [7”]

Garbage – Girls Talk Shit / Time Will Tell [10”] (Colored Vinyl, 2 brand new tracks)

Gram Parsons – Alternate Takes from GP and Grievous Angel [2LP]

Grateful Dead – Live at Hampton Coliseum (1979) [2LP]

Husker Du – Candy Apple Grey [LP]

Idle Race (feat. Jeff Lynne) – The Birthday Party [LP] (Gold Vinyl)

Jake Bugg – Live From Silver Platters Seattle, WA, January 20, 2014 [12”]

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth [LP] (Pink Vinyl)

Joy Division – An Ideal for Living [12”] (newly cut master of their first release in 1978)

Katy Perry – Prism [2LP] (Picture Disc)

Mastodon – Live at Brixton [2LP+DVD] (180 Gram, gatefold)

Motorhead – Aftershock [LP] (180 Gram, Picture Disc, gatefold)

Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself And Want To Die [7”]

Oasis – Supersonic [12”]

Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart (50th Anniversary) [LP] (180 Gram, Mono)

Paramore – Ain’t It Fun [12”] (”Broken Record”-SHAPED Vinyl)

Paul Weller – Brand New Toy / Landslide [7”] )

Soundgarden – Superunknown: The Singles [5×10” Box]

Steve Earle – Townes: The Basics [LP]

Stranglers, The – Peaches / Go Buddy Go [7”] (Green Vinyl)

Tame Impala – Tame Impala LIVE Versions [12”]

Velvet Underground, The – Loaded [LP] (Pink/White/Black Splatter)

Wayne Kramer (MC5) & The Lexington Arts Ensemble – Lexington [LP] (SIGNED by Wayne!!, download)

Zombies, The – Odessey & Oracle [LP]

Pixies, The – Indie Cindy [2LP]

Conor Oberst / Dawes- Split [7”] (each artist covers the other, all new tracks)

Neon Trees – Sleeping With A Friend [7”] (Pink Vinyl)

Record Store Day just around the corner!

Record Store Day is almost here, folks! Saturday April 19th is the day. We will be celebrating at our Villa Park location (22 S. Villa Ave.) starting at 9AM. Some very cool limited edition releases are scheduled. We are doing are best to get our hands on as many titles as possible.

Before you ask, no…we can’t order for you…and no…we can’t hold items for you. Strictly first come, first served that day. But if there are specific items you are looking for drop us a line at the day before and see if we got that item in. We don’t want you to come out and wait in line if we didn’t get the record in that you are looking for.

Stay tuned for more info the closer we get to the date!


Year End Sale In Villa Park!

From Saturday December 28th ’til Tuesday December 31st all vinyl at our Villa Park location will be 20% off. Yep, you heard right. 20% off. We just dropped a bunch off, too. So plenty of new records to choose from.

The store will be open on Saturday from 9AM until 5PM, Monday and Tuesday 10AM until 6PM.

We are at 22 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park, IL. Southwest corner of Villa Ave. and St. Charles Rd. You can find us inside Cornerstone Used Books.

Record Store Day’s Black Friday coming to Villa Park

Our Villa Park location (22 S. Villa Ave.) will be participating in Record Store Day’s Black Friday extravaganza. The store will be open from 10AM-6PM. We have a number of the limited edition records on order. Sorry, we don’t know yet what we will be getting in. Just like for the regular Record Store Day it is all a crapshoot. And just like RSD, it will be first come, first served. We won’t be able to hold records for you.

Hope you can make it out!

Record buying event at Sam Ash (Buffalo Grove)!

Have a hankering for a new guitar but don’t have the funds? How about a keyboard? Or maybe a P.A. system? Well, if you have a closet full of records that you don’t listen to any more we just might be able to help you out. On Saturday November 9th from 1PM-5PM we will be at the Sam Ash Music store in Buffalo Grove, IL buying record collections. Bring in your records, we’ll appraise them and make you an offer. If you accept the offer, we will give you the agreed upon amount as a Sam Ash gift card. Turn those records you aren’t listening to any more into the musical gear you’ve been craving.

We are always looking for ’60s-’80s rock/pop, soul/r&B, punk, metal, and alternative. We are not looking for easy listening (Streisand, Andy Williams, Manilow), soundtracks/showtunes, 78s.

Sam Ash is located at 1305 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Please spread the word to anyone you know that might be up for this offer.

Hope to see you there!

Vinyl Buying Event!

This Sunday (October 6th) we will be at our Villa Park location with cash in hand, waiting to buy your record collection. We will be there from 1:00-3:00. What we are looking for: ’60s-’80s rock, New Wave/Punk, Soul/R&B, Jazz, Metal, Alternative. What we are not looking for: easy listening (Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, etc.), big band, soundtracks (Camelot, Sound Of Music), organ music, 78s.  If you don’t have a turntable anymore, if your records are just gathering dust, let us help find them a new home. Let them be enjoyed they way there were meant to be enjoyed. And please spread the word. Tell family or friends who might be ready to part with their records as well. Thanks!

“Vinyl Obsession Night” Monday!

Our next “Vinyl Obsession Night” in Villa Park is this coming Monday, September 16th. We will be there from 6PM-8PM. All vinyl in the store will be 10% off. This month’s theme: Soundtracks. Bring along a couple of your faves, spin some tunes, tell some stories. The more obscure the better. Although we love them, we probably don’t need to hear anything from “Saturday Night Fever” or “Grease”. Dig deep!
22 S. Villa Ave.
Villa Park, IL
(corner of Villa Ave. and St. Charles Rd., inside Cornerstone Used Books)
Hope to see you there!

Labor Day Sale In Villa Park!

Just a quick heads up. We are having a 10% off sale this Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2nd) at our Villa Park location. The store will be open from 10AM-3PM. Our friends at Cornerstone Used Books, who are so kind to let us put records in their space, are also having a sale: buy one book, get a second free. So before you bbq, stop on by! 22 S. Villa Ave. (corner of Villa and St. Charles Rd.)

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Welcome to our new website!

Hello friends,

The long rumored new website has become reality! Long time comin’, right?

Give it a look. Poke around. Take it for a spin. Let us know what you think. We hope you like it as much as we do.

We have tried to make it as appealing to look at and as easy to use as possible.  There’s nothing quite like flipping through records at your favorite record store, but we hope you will find this site to be a more than adequate alternative.

Records are going to be added at a brisk pace over the next few months, so please check back often.

Thanks for visiting and happy browsing!

Record Store Day Is On The Way!

Record Store Day is less than a month away. And you know what? We have too much fun planned to keep it contained to just one day. So we will also be celebrating The Day After Record Store Day as well!

We will celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday April 20th (the same day as the rest of the world) at our Villa Park location (22 S. Villa Ave., southwest corner of Villa and St. Charles Rd., inside Cornerstone Used Books) We will be there from 9AM ’til noon. We are trying to get as many exclusive Record Store Day releases as possible. Items are very limited, but we are doing our best. We hope you understand that we won’t be able to get everything on everybody’s wish list. We have placed our order with the distributor. What we wind up getting is a total crapshoot. So fingers crossed that we get what you’re looking for.

Also, we will be celebrating The Day After Record Store Day on April 21st at our Schaumburg warehouse (700 Albion Ave.) We won’t be able to bring all of our records to Villa Park, so we’ll just keep them where they’re at and open up on Sunday. We will be there from noon ’til 4:00 on Sunday. Big discounts on all items.

And we are very pleased to announce our special guest performer for The Day After Record Store Day will be singer/songwriter/producer Mike Viola. The name might not ring a bell for some, but you know his voice and you have heard his songs. He was the man behind the mic for “That Thing You Do”. Yep, that’s his voice on the title track of the awesome Tom Hanks film. He also wrote songs for “Walk Hard – The Dewey Cox Story”, “Get Him To The Greek” and all sorts of other film projects. He was leader of the band The Candy Butchers and has also released a bunch of stellar solo albums. If you’re a fan of pure pop songcraft, check him out. We are honored that he will be stopping by our HQ. His performance on Sunday April 21st in Schaumburg will begin at 1:00.

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Stop on by!

cornerstone inventory 12:28:12Besides our online store at, if you’re in the Chicagoland area be sure to stop by our Villa Park location as part of Cornerstone Used Books. It is located at 22 S. Villa Ave. (southwest corner of Villa Ave. and St. Charles Rd.) Open Monday thru Friday from 10-6, Saturdays 9-5, closed Sundays. Plenty of cool vinyl to flip through. Thousands of titles from $1 on up.