New Year, New Stuff!

We're super excited about heading into our second year as your favorite South Texas record store (or future fav, either way). Going into our second year, we're looking to do even bigger and better things than we did the first time around! 

One thing we're very excited about offering are replacement stylus' for all the turntable models we sell, and other stylus and cartridge upgrades! We've recently introduced the Ortofon 2M cartridge line into the store. We carry the 2M Red and Blue cartridges and stylus, as well as other Ortofon products just as the OM5E, alignment protractors, and more. 

Ortofon 2M Red

Ortofon 2M Red

Ortofon 2M Blue

Ortofon 2M Blue

Another service we're excited to offer is Professional Vinyl Cleaning! Using a deep cleaning machine and process, we take your old, dusty, crackly records, and we use a deep cleaning machine specifically designed for vinyl to make them like new again! The results are truly night and day. The dirtiest records shine, the noisiest records are quiet. This service is offered for $3 per record and included in that price, we replace the inner sleeve with an archival static-free sleeve, and put a new outer sleeve on to protect the jacket as well. But don't' worry, we don't throw away your original inner sleeve if it is specific to the release, such as an inner sleeve that is printed or contains lyrics. We keep that in the jacket with the record. We just house the actual disc in a clean, static-free environment to ensure that it stays clean when we return it to you!   

We'll have more exciting news for you throughout the year, so stay tuned to this page, our Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for regular updates! 

Keep Spinning, 

Hybrid Records

Record Store Day Black Friday / 1 Year Anniversary!

We're very excited about the upcoming Record Store Day event that is happening on Black Friday, 11/25/16! Not just because we love RSD, but because this also marks our 1 Year Anniversary! 

As you may have seen, we are releasing a limited edition version of our shop t-shirt to celebrate! This shirt is printed with black ink, on a black shirt, and will feature a gold star above the pocket logo to symbolize our first year! We are only printing 40 of these, some of which have been pre-ordered already. We will have some available in-store on Black Friday. 

We will announce more details about the event as they come, but for now, you can check out the Black Friday exclusive release list by following this link and be sure to check out our social media channels for event pages, flyers, more details, etc. 

Record Store Day FAQ

Record Store Day, 2016

Record Store Day 2016 will take place this year on April 16. At the time of this blog post, we’re just about a month away from every record collector’s favorite day of the year. Over the past week, there has been a lot of press coverage of the worldwide event and the number of calls and messages we’ve received has increased dramatically. Most of the inquiries have been similar, so we’ve taken the time to compile a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and answered them. If there’s anything we’ve missed that you’re curious about, click the contact tab at the top of this page and get in touch with us via your preferred medium! 

What is Record Store Day? 

Record Store Day is an event that takes place once a year and is designed to encourage people to patron their locally owned, independent record stores. Founded in 2007, RSD seeks to promote the unique culture of independent record stores by pulling together mostly independent artists and record labels to create and release unique records (i.e. picture discs, special colored vinyl, limited releases, never before released music, etc.,). These releases are only made available to official participating indie record stores across the country. In recent years, RSD has also celebrated Black Friday in North America, though the size and scope of the event is tamed in comparison to the main event, which takes place every April.  

What is being released on Record Store Day 2016?

The official release has been made public and there are around 350 different titles being released this year. That list can be found on the official RSD website, recordstoreday.com, or directly accessed by following this link

What titles from this list will you be carrying? 

We will be carrying a majority of the titles being released this year. We are seeking to get our hands on as many copies of each title as possible, especially the in demand titles. However, nothing is guaranteed to arrive in stock and won’t know with any certainty what we will have until the actual day. You can follow the store on social media for teasers, sneak peeks, and updates. 

Am I able to preorder, or have you hold, any particular release(s)? 

All RSD items are on a first come first serve basis. There are a number of reasons for this. One major reason is that, as previously stated, we are not guaranteed to get everything we order. We will not know exactly what we will receive and have in stock for RSD until that day. Even if our orders were guaranteed, our main priority is to allow everyone a fair shot at getting one of the releases they're really chasing after, and make sure that everyone has a great Record Store Day experience. Additionally, in full transparency, shops are prohibited from taking preorders by the organization that puts on Record Store Day. Violating any of the rules they set out would make that shop ineligible to participate in future RSDs, which is bad news for everyone involved. 

Will there be any sales or other promotions for RSD? 

Yes, we will be offering some sort of promotion/sale in conjunction with RSD titles. These announcements will be made as our plans solidify over the next few weeks. When all of the details for the day are set in place, we will announce them, along with a flyer and other info, so stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and this website for those updates. 

Will you be opening early that day?

We will open at our regular hours of 11am. 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO

This our first RSD as a store, so it’s difficult to know exactly what to expect as far as turnout is concerned. While we do expect there to be a line when we open, there’s no way of knowing exactly how long that line will be. In an attempt to keep everything fair for everyone, and make sure all those who waited in that line have a chance of getting something great, we will limit the amount of items a customer can purchase on their FIRST trip through the line. This will most likely be anywhere between 3-5 titles, NO DOUBLES. The exact quantity will be determined by how large the turnout is. Once you’ve made it through the line once, you can feel free to re-enter said line and grab whatever you want! 

 

We look forward to seeing everyone for our first RSD event, but remember, when it's all said and done, every day is Record Store Day! 

-Hybrid Records

 

Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting

We had our official Grand Opening party last Thursday, the 14th of January. The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce came out with giant scissors for a ribbon cutting, which was wonderful because I am very enthusiastic about oversized scissors. 

The night was incredible and the turnout was much higher than expected, so thank you to everyone who came. More importantly, thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. To name a few: My parents (obviously, shouts out for the support), Jordan at Midfield Productions for taking all of the photos you'll find below, Heather for the incredible design work which is on display throughout the store, Danny a.k.a therealyoungman for tending to the bar, and last but not least, DJ Rene, DJ Smoove, and DJ Princess Fiona, whom took time out of their evenings to spin vinyl all night long.

Hopefully, Hybrid Records will be host to more parties like this in the future, as well as shows that feature great bands from around the country. Our next event is in the store on February 23. The show will feature I Was Afraid, who are coming off a recent tour with Title Fight, as well as other touring and local support. You can find the official event with all the info on our Facebook page, facebook.com/hyrbidrecordstx, or by following us on Twitter and/or Instagram @hybridrecordstx.