The warehouse has been moved!




empty warehouse


Looks strange, right? The records have been moved, we’re settling into our new digs. We should be good to go by the time our next warehouse sale rolls around in August. Check this space for all updates. In the meantime visit us in Villa Park at Cornerstone Used Books. Thousands of records there for your browsing pleasure. Restocked every couple of weeks or so. And open ’til 8PM on Wednesdays for the rest of the summer. Stop on by!

Extended Wednesday Hours This Summer!

We will now be open in Villa Park on Wednesdays until 8PM. So go home after work, have some dinner with the family and then come on out and browse some vinyl!

Last minute warehouse moving sale!

Well, looks like we’re moving warehouses once again. Seems like we do it every couple of years. Keeps us on our toes I reckon. Fortunately we’re only moving a couple of buildings over from our current Schaumburg location. But if you move 300 feet or you move 300 miles you still have to box everything up and load it onto a truck. So the less we have to move the better.
That is why we’re having an unscheduled warehouse sale this Saturday, May 23rd. We will be there from 8AM-1PM. And we’ve got LOTS of new stuff. So new in fact that some of it might not be priced on time. So please bear with us. But it will definitely be worth it. Lots of records that you are going to want to get first dibs at. 
Some crazy good deals will be had. Make us an offer. We might surprise you. 
You can find us at 700 Albion Ave., Schaumburg. Look for the Ink Well Printing sign. Park in rear, enter through back door.
Hope to see you there!

Warehouse sale plus Record Store Day items!

Warehouse sale this Sunday, April 26th, from 9AM-1PM. Lots of records added since last sale. Plenty of $1, $3 and $5 records, which will be half off on Sunday.

We will also have our remaining Record Store Day items available. We also got in some records that were delayed and not ready in time for RSD. First come, first served. No reserving.

Elvis Presley 10″
Mumford & Sons
Dead Milkmen
Syd Barrett/R.E.M.
Dresden Dolls
The 101ers (Joe Strummer’s pre-Clash band)
Mike Watt
Simon & Garfunkel
Camera Shy
Gram Parsons/The Lemonheads
Flag Of Democracy
Hawkwind “Back On The Streets”
D Generation
Comeback Kid
Bruce Springsteen (The River, Greetings, Wild & Innocent, BITUSA, Darkness)
Steven Price “Fury” soundtrack
The Waterboys
“Sons Of Anarchy” soundtrack
Daniel Ash
Slim Dunlop
The Mavericks
Herman’s Hermits
Might Mighty Bosstones
Johnny Winter
The Residents
Dixie Cups

As usual we are at 700 Albion Ave., Schaumburg. Park in rear.

Our RSD List

Here it is folks. Here are the records we will have in stock for tomorrow’s Record Store Day. We may have one copy, we may have six copies. And sorry no, we can not reserve an item for you. It’s all first come, first served. And please no hoarding. We can’t allow one person to grab all copies of the Grateful Dead box set or all of the White Stripes record. Let’s play fair and give everyone a chance to get some of the records they are after. Thanks for your understanding.

We will be open from 9AM-5PM. 22 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park. Hope to see you there!

101ers, The (feat. Joe Strummer) – Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited) [2LP] (Red Vinyl, limited to 7500, indie-retail exclusive)
Adam & The Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier / Ant Music [7”] (Opaque Gold Vinyl, double A sided, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Alvin Lee – Still On The Road To Freedom [LP] (first time on vinyl, bonus tracks not on CD, limited to 750, indie-exclusive)
Animals, The – The Animals No. 2 (50th Anniversary) [10” EP] (45RPM, first time available in the U.S., limited indie-exclusive)
Atreyu – So Others May Live [7”] (first new song in 6 years plus a live track, indie-exclusive)
Baseball Project/Minus 5 – Redeyed In Austin [12”] (Red Swirl Vinyl, limited to 1320, indie-retail exclusive)
Billie Joe Armstrong/Travis Barker/Jane Wiedlin – Live Freaky! Die Freaky! [7”] (Picture Disc, limited to 2500, indie-retal exclusive)
Black Keys, The/Junior Kimbrough – Meet Me In The City [7”] (Black Keys Cover of Junior Kimbrough and actual Junior Kimbrough track, limited to 6000, indie-exclusive)
Blitzen Trapper – Harvest [LP] (180 Gram, Live recording of the band covering the Neil Young album ”Harvest”, download, limited indie-exclusive)
Bob Dylan – The Night We Called It A Day / Stay With Me [7”] (Blue Vinyl, limited to 4600, indie-retail exclusive)
Brian Eno – My Squelchy Life [2LP] (first time on vinyl, gatefold, limited to 4000, indie-retail exclusive)
Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. [LP] (180 Gram, download, indie advance exclusive)
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run [LP] (180 Gram, gatefold, download, indie advance exclusive)
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town [LP] (180 Gram, download, indie advance exclusive)
Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Ashbury Park, N.J. [LP] (180 Gram, download, indie advance exclusive)
Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska [LP] (180 Gram, download, indie advance exclusive)
Bruce Springsteen – The River [2LP] (180 Gram, gatefold, download, indie advance exclusive)
Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle [LP] (180 Gram, download, indie advance exclusive)
Built to Spill – Untethered Moon [LP+CD] (500 Transparent Blue Randomly Mixed Vinyl, limited to 10000, indie-retail exclusive)
Buzzcocks – The Way / Generation Suicide [7”] (Colored Vinyl, new song plus RSD exclusive track, one-time pressing limited to 1200, indie-exclusive)
Camera Shy – Crystal Clear [7”] (Colored Vinyl, limited to 500, indie-retail exclusive)
Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band – Rough Raw And Amazing [2LP] (180 Gram, Colored Vinyl, gatefold, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Carcass – Choice Cuts [2LP] (Red And Clear Splatter Vinyl, gatefold, limited to 1500, indie-exclusive)
Chet Atkins – My Brother Sings [LP] (180 Gram, lost LP finally on vinyl, limited to 2000, indie-exclusive)
Citizen Dick (Pearl Jam) – Touch Me I’m Dick [7”] (Mudhoney cover from the movie ”Singles,” b-side etching, limited to 5000, indie-retail exclusive)
Clutch – From Beale Street To Oblivion (Special Edition) [2LP] (Deep Purple Vinyl, first time on vinyl, limited to 1000, indie-exclusive)
Cold War Kids – Five Quick Cuts [10”] (unreleased bonus tracks, new instrumental song, limited to 2000, indie-exclusive)
Comeback Kid – Rain City Sessions +1 [10”] (White Vinyl with 150 randomly selected Clear Red copies, unreleased live tracks, limited to 1850, indie-exclusive)
D Generation – Queens Of A [10”] (first new material in 15 years, limited to 500, indie-exclusive)
D.R.I. – Live at CBGB’s 1984 [LP] (White Vinyl, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Dandy Warhols – Dandys Rule OK [2LP] (Audiophile Colored Vinyl, gatefold, numbered/limited to 2000, first time on vinyl, indie-retail exclusive)
Daniel Ash (of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) – Stripped [2LP] (180 Gram, Opaque Yellow Vinyl, download, limited to 1000, indie-retail exclusive)
David Bowie – Changes [7”] (Picture Disc, limited to 6000, indie-retail exclusive)
Dead Milkmen, The – Beelzebubba [LP] (Limited to 3900 Blue & random 100 White Colored Vinyl, includes ”Punk Rock Girl,” indie-exclusive)
Death By Stereo – If Looks Could Kill, I’d Watch You Die [LP] (Colored Vinyl, limited, indie-retail exclusive)
Decemberists, The – Picaresque [LP] (Red Vinyl, postcard set, booklet, limited to 3500, indie-retail exclusive)
Deep Purple – Black Night / Speed King [7”] (Blue Vinyl, limited to 7500, indie-retail exclusive)
Dixie Cups, The – Chapel Of Love [LP] (first time available in over 40 years, limited indie-exclusive)
Doors, The – Strange Days [LP] (MONO 180 Gram, limited to 7500, indie-retail exclusive)
Dresden Dolls – The Virginia Monologues [3LP] (Black/White Marble, Red/White Marble, Blue/White Marble Vinyl, poster, numbered/limited to 7000, indie-retail exclusive)
Echosmith – Acoustic Dreams [LP] (White Vinyl, limited to 3000, indie-retail exclusive)
Emitt Rhodes / Chris Price – How Can You Mend A Broken Heart / Please Read Me [7”] (Red Vinyl, limited to 700, indie-retail exclusive)
Erasure – The Violet Flame Remixes [12” EP] (Red Vinyl, limited to 400, indie-retail exclusive)
Everly Brothers, The – 15 Everly Hits 15 [LP] (greatest hits, first time available in almost 50 years, limited indie-exclusive)
Flag Of Democracy – Love Songs [7”] (Splattered Pink & Green Vinyl, four different cover colors, limited to 1700, indie-retail exclusive)
Flaming Lips, The – Bad Days [10”] (White, Green & Yellow Colored Vinyl, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Foo Fighters – Songs From The Laundry Room [10”] (four previously unavailable tracks, indie-exclusive)
Frank Zappa – 200 Motels [7”] (indie-retail exclusive, limited)
Gameface – Every Last Time [LP] (Translucent Gold vinyl, download, limited, indie-retail exclusive)
Garbage – TBD [10”] (Fluorescent Orange Vinyl, 2 original tracks, limited indie-exclusive)
Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain [LP] (Colored Vinyl, reissue of debut album from 2000, first time available in US on vinyl, limited indie-exclusive)
Gov’t Mule – Stoned Side Of The Mule Volume 2 [LP] (Rolling Stones Covers, limited to 3500, indie-exclusive)
Gram Parsons/Lemonheads – Side By Side: Brass Buttons [7”] (Bronze And Baby Pink Vinyl, limited to 7000, indie-retail exclusive)
Grandmaster Flash/Stiff Little Fingers – Side By Side: The Message [7”] (Red And Yellow Splatter on Olive Green Vinyl, limited to 5500, indie-retail exclusive)
Grateful Dead – Wake Up To Find Out: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY 3/29/90 [5LP Box] (180 Gram, etching, limited to 7500, indie-retail exclusive)
Gregg Allman – TBD [10” EP] (Picture Disc, 2 unreleased live tracks and 2 tracks never before on vinyl, limited indie-exclusive)
Grizzly Bear – Horn Of Plenty [LP] (Transparent Splatter Vinyl, download of album plus 17 bonus remixes, limited to 4000, indie-retail exclusive)
GWAR – America Must Be Destroyed [2LP] (45RPM, Pop Up Album Art, limited to 3000, indie-exclusive)
Happy Mondays – Pills Thrills ‘n’ Bellyaches [LP] (180 Gram, Yellow Vinyl, 25th Anniversary, includes ”Step On” and ”Kinky Afro”, limited to 5500, indie-retail exclusive)
Hawkwind – Back On The Streets/The Dream Of Isis [7”] (White Vinyl, limited To 700, indie-retail exclusive)
Hawkwind – Hawkwind [LP] (180 Gram, Orange Vinyl, gatefold, limited to 5000, indie-retail exclusive)
Hedwig And The Angry Inch – Original Broadway Cast Recording [LP] (Pink Vinyl, download, foil stamped, numbered/limited to 3000, indie-retail exclusive)
Herman’s Hermits – Blaze [LP] (180 Gram, first time on vinyl in over 40 years, limited indie-exclusive)
Hold Steady, The – Boys and Girls In America [LP] (180 Gram, random Purple or White Vinyl, download, reissue of 2006 album, limited indie-exclusive)
Jeff Beck – Hi Ho Silver Lining/Beck’s Bolero [7”] (Red Vinyl, picture sleeve, notes by Gene Simmons, limited to 1750, indie-exclusive)
Jeff Beck – Love Is Blue / I’ve Been Drinking [7”] (Blue Vinyl, sourced from the original mono master reels, limited to 2000, indie-exclusive)
Jeff Beck – Tallyman/Rock My Plimsoul [7”] (Gold Vinyl, rare photos, notes by Gene Simmons, limited to 1750, indie-exclusive)
Jerry Garcia – Garcia (Compliments) [LP] (Translucent Green Vinyl, limited/numbered, embosed cover, indie-exclusive)
Jesse Malin – Hardcore Feeling [10”] (never before released tracks, limited to 500, indie-exclusive)
Jethro Tull – Live At Carnegie Hall 1970 [2LP] (180 Gram, gatefold, limited to 8000, indie-retail exclusive)
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze b/w Freedom (Live at The Atlanta Pop Festival, July 4, 1970) [7”] (limited to 5000, indie-retail exclusive)
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Flashback (Collection of Rarities) [2LP+CD] (Blue 140 Gram, first time on vinyl, gatefold, CD of album plus bonus footage, limited indie-exclusive)
John Oates – Close b/w Let’s Drive [7”] (limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Johnny Cash – Koncert v Praze (In Prague- Live) [LP] (180 Gram, Soviet Red Vinyl, limited to 5000, indie-retail exclusive)
Johnny Marr – I Feel You (Depeche Mode cover) b/w Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (Live) [7”] (limited to 4000, indie-retail exclusive)
Johnny Winter – It’s My Life, Baby [LP] (180 Gram, vinyl-only release, compilation, download, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Johnny Winter – Live Bootleg Series Volume 4 [LP] (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Clear Vinyl, limted to 1000, indie-retail exclusive)
Junior Wells – It’s My Life Baby! [LP] (remastered 1966 iconic blues classic, limited indie-exclusive)
Justin Townes Earle – Live at Grimey’s [10” EP] (8 songs, download, limited indie-exclusive)
Kate Pierson (of The B-52s) – Don’t Sting The Bee [7”] (Red Vinyl, limited to 500, indie-retail exclusive)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1 [Live EP] [12”] (limited indie-exclusive)
Kinks, The – Kinksize Hits [7” EP] (50th Anniversary, not available in over 40 years, 4 track EP includes ”You Really Got Me” and ”All Day And All Of The Night”, limited indie-exclusive)
Kinks, The – Kinksize Session [7” EP] (50th Anniversary, not available in over 40 years, 4 track EP includes ”Louie Louie”, limited indie-exclusive)
Kinks, The – You Really Got Me (Live) / Milk Cow Blues (Live) [7”] (never before released in the US, limited indie-exclusive)
Lemonheads, The – Bored On The 4th July [12”] (180 Gram, White Vinyl, download, limited to 500, indie-retail exclusive)
Mastodon – Atlanta [12”] (Picture Disc, limited to 4100, indie-retail exclusive)
Mavericks, The – Mono [LP] (new album, download, limited indie advance exclusive)
Metallica – No Life Til Leather (Cassette Tape, 1982 demos with original line-up, remastered, limited, indie-retail exclusive)
Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The – Question The Answers [LP] (Limited to 2900 Blue & random 100 Yellow/Red Split Colored Vinyl, indie-exclusive)
Mike Watt + The Secondmen / EV Kain – Shit On Me / Striking Out [7”] (Clear Vinyl, limited to 1100, indie-retail exclusive)
Miles Davis – The Prestige 10” Collection: Vol. 2 [5×10” Box] (limited indie-exclusive)
Of Montreal – Snare Lustrous Doomings [2LP] (180 Gram, Yellow And Orange Vinyl, gatefold, download, booklet, photos, limited to 3000, indie-retail exclusive)
Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sing Soul [2LP+7”] (180 Gram, Blue 7”, first time on vinyl, limited to 7500, indie-retail exclusive)
Paul McCartney – The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording [LP] (ultra-rare 1967 soundtrack now available on vinyl for first time in over 40 years, limited indie-exclusive)
Pearlfishers, The – The Strange Underworld Of The Tall Poppies [LP] (limited to 750, indie-retail exclusive)
Phish – New Year’s Eve 1995, Live at Madison Square Garden [6LP] (180 Gram, gatefold, limited to 4500, indie-retail exclusive)
Replacements, The – Alex Chilton [10” EP] (4 tracks, limited to 9200, indie-retail exclusive)
Residents, The – Intermission: Extraneous Music from The Residents’ Mole Show [LP] (limited to 1000, indie-retail exclusive)
Reverend Horton Heat – It’s A Rave-Up b/w Beer, Write This Song [7”] (Red Vinyl with 150 random Clear Pink copies, brand new songs, limited to 1850, indie-exclusive)
Rich Robinson (of The Black Crowes) – I Remember [7”] (Jimi Hendrix b-side cover, limited to 1000, indie-retail exclusive)
Rise Against – Eco-Terrorist In Me [7”] (download, indie-exclusive)
Robert Plant – More Roar [10”] (3 live tracks including a Led Zeppelin medley, limited to 10000, indie-retail exclusive)
Robyn Hitchcock/Emma Swift – Follow Your Money [7”] (limited to 2500, indie-retail exclusive)
Rockabye Baby! – Lullaby Renditions Of Grateful Dead [LP] (Colored Vinyl, download, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The – Time Warp Remixes [10”] (Ruby Red Vinyl, limited to 4000, indie-retail exclusive)
Ryan Adams – Come Pick Me Up (2 alternate takes) / When The Rope Gets Tight (unreleased) [7”] (indie-exclusive)
Self – Monogamy/Could You Love Me Now? [7”] (Bronze Colored Vinyl, limited to 500, indie-retail exclusive)
Simon & Garfunkel – Homeward Bound b/w Leaves That Are Green [7”] (limited to 3000, indie-retail exclusive)
Slayer – When The Stillness Comes [7”] (Picture Disc, unreleased track, limited to 3000, indie-retail exclsuive)
Slim Dunlap (of The Replacements) – The Old New Me / Times Like This [2LP] (first time on vinyl, Slim guitar pick, 45 adapter, poster, limited to 4000, indie-retail exclusive)
Sloan – Alternates [12” EP] (Translucent Green Vinyl, limited to 585, indie-retail exclusive)
Steve Earle/Robert Johnson – Terraplane / Terraplane Blues [10”] (download, limited to 5000, indie-retail exclusive)
Steven Price – Fury (Soundtrack) [10” EP] (packaged in a die-cut WWII ‘V-Disc’ replica slipcase, 9 tracks including 2 exclusive tracks, download, limited indie-exclusive)
Stooges, The (feat. Iggy Pop) – Have Some Fun: Live At Ungano’s [LP] (Black & White Spattered Vinyl, first time on vinyl, limited to 7500, indie-retail exclusive)
Sun Ra – Calling Planet Earth [LP] (Psychedelic Colored Vinyl, first time on vinyl, limited to 2000, indie-retail exclusive)
Surfer Blood – Astro Coast [LP] (Purple Swirl Vinyl, gatefold, download with 5 bonus remix and demos, limited to 1800, indie-retail exclusive)
Syd Barrett/R.E.M. – Side By Side: Dark Globe [7”] (Gold, White, Red And Black Mixed Vinyl, limited to 12000, indie-retail exclusive)
Tegan & Sara – Live At Zia Records [LP] (Aqua Blue Vinyl, limited to 4800, indie-retail exclusive)
Twin Peaks – TBD [7”] (2 unreleased tracks, limited indie-exclusive)
U2 – Songs Of Innocence (Deluxe RSD Edition) [2LP] (includes bonus tracks, die-cut gatefold, limited/numbered, indie-exclusive)
Various Artists – AMC’s The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack Vol.2 [LP] (Picture Disc, limited to 1800, indie-exclusive)
Various Artists – BARSD15 [10”] (Clear Vinyl, download, Bright Antenna Records 4 track exclusive EP, limited to 750, indie-retail exclusive)
Various Artists – Record Store Day Presents: Trojan Records: Rude Boy Rumble [LP] (feats. Desmond Dekker & The Aces, The Upsetters, & more!, limited indie-exclusive)
Various Artists – Sons Of Anarchy: Songs Of Anarchy Vol. 2 & 3 (Seasons 5-6) [2LP] (180 Gram Audiophile Clear Vinyl, limited to 1500, indie-retail exclusive)
Various Artists – Sun Records Curated by RSD: Vol 2 [LP] (limited to 4000, indie-retail exclusive)
Various Artists – Thai Pop Spectacular (1960s-1980s) [2LP] (gatefold, indie-retail exclusive)
Various Artists – Whiplash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [LP] (features original jazz songs and classic jazz standards, limited indie-exclusive)
Violent Femmes – Happy New Year [12”] (Champagne Colored Vinyl, brand new songs, limited to 2500, indie-retail exclusive)
Warzone – Fight For Justice [LP] (Gray Vinyl with 100 randomly selected Red Vinyl copies, limited to 900, indie-exclusive)
Waterboys, The – Puck’s Blues [10”] (limited to 1100, indie-retail exclusive)
White Stripes, The – Get Behind Me Satan [2LP] (Red & White Colored 180 Gram Vinyl, 3D lenticular gatefold, download, first time on vinyl, limited, indie-exclusive)
Zombies, The – R.I.P. (The Lost Album) [LP] (first official vinyl release, limited indie-exclusive)

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…







Belonio Artwork Wall 5


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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