Record Store Day is April 21st at 9am! RSVP

Once again we take a day to honor independent record stores and our favorite physical music format! Record Store Day takes place every year on the third saturday in April (and again on Black Friday), and we'll be celebrating with food, live music, sales, giveaways, and as always the exclusive, super limited-edition releases. 

Not sure what Record Store Day is? Here's info straight from #RSDBF: 

"We work year-round to shine a light on the independent businesses in your local community that sell you records and other things that make you happy, make you smile, make you sing, bring you comfort, bring people together... So we work with labels, artists, managers and distribution companies who feel the same, and put together a list of titles for that season that are available at participating record stores." Read the whole thing here! 

You can see everything that comes out on Record Store Day on their website. We will put out our 'menu' of available titles the night before so you can know exactly what to expect when you come out. 

downloadable pdf view list on RSD website

Every year we create something special, fun, and memorable for all our guests. Here's some of what you can expect:

Record Store Day line at darkside records- We open at 9am! Previous years have seen a line- so plan ahead, but we now have a dedicated parking lot with room for all. 

- RSD is first come first serve, and we will post our menu of everything we will have in stock the night before (See the complete rules below).

- Hear live music- previous years have included 
Mike Hamel, American Film History (aka Frank McGinnis), Cold Hands, a Hudson Valley Homegrown showcase featuring Logan Callahan and Frances Dean, an O Positive Festival Poughkeepsie showcase, and DJ sets from DJ Perly and Sleptembers!!

- There will be food onsite- Last year featured amazing eats and gourmet Fried Chicken and Waffles from G$, Ice Cream from Ben & Jerrys, and Chocolates from Bittersweet Candy Co.  

- We had a beer sampling from North River Hops and Brewing at 4pm where you can get an early taste of the exclusive craft brews they'll be bringing to TAP New York Craft Beer & Food Festival! 

- There will be fun- meet the folks from 92.7 & 96.9 WRRV and 91.3 WVKR, take a photo with cosplayers from the Hudson Valley Comic Con, and more!

RSVP on facebook for updates and all the latest details!

We also post our RSD Leftovers list on the site the day after record store day, with all the exclusive titles we still have in stock. And yes, at this point we are happy to hold and ship! It's a great day for us and we hope to continue to offer a great day of specials and sales! See all the RSD rules below.

If you aren't on our email list, get on it- we'll be sending out exclusives, updates, and freebies. and RSVP on facebook!

Guidelines for Record Store Day at Darkside Records

Record Store Day is always an exciting time of year! Twice a year – on the third Saturday of April and Black Friday – record labels and artists come together to offer an array of exclusive, limited edition pieces to independent music stores across the country. Most of these releases are extremely limited in nature – with some pieces only having a few hundred pressed. While we LOVE being able to bring you items like this, the nature of the situation does make it so we have to put some guidelines in place. Some of these are our own personal store guidelines, while others are rules that we must agree to follow in order to even be allowed to stock these pieces for you.

All titles are available on a first come, first serve basis. No RSD pieces can be pre-ordered or held for customers.

All titles are limited to one per customer.

No later than the night before RSD we will release what we call our menu. It will list every exclusive RSD item that we have IN STOCK. The menu will also include the retail price of what each item will be. If a title that is slated to come out is not listed on the menu, then unfortunately we do not have it.

Why would this happen? We place orders for virtually every Record Store Day release, but because of the limited availability of the releases, record labels & distributors sometimes have to allocate because every participating RSD store in the country has ordered it too. Sometimes we get exactly what was ordered, sometimes it's a little less, sometimes it means we don't get any. We won't actually know what we're getting until the boxes show up. For example, if something is limited to 500 copies nationwide, but 1000 stores order it, then only half are going to get to stock it.

We operate the process on a line basis. The earlier you get here, the closer you will be to the front of the line. All the special releases are organized behind our counter (this keeps everything orderly & smooth. No trampling or pushing & shoving on our watch!). There will be multiple registers running so you can take your time at the register deciding on which titles are for you! When we open, the line will be directed to the register area and you will “place your order”. Then you're free to browse all the awesome sales & non RSD records filling up our racks! There will be a separate register just for those purchases, so you don't have to wait in line all over again.

Why do we do it this way?! Mostly because we don't want anyone to get trampled. This is what we have found to be not only the most organized way to do this, but also the fairest.

After RSD, we will post a “leftovers” list. We will do this within 2 days of RSD. This will list everything we have any quantity leftover of. We will not take phone or email orders, or hold these titles for customers until 2 days after RSD.

For the week of Record Store Day, used purchasing is temporary suspended to dedicate time and space to processing all the RSD titles and setting up the event. 

If you still have any other questions about RSD or what's happening in our store that day, please feel free to call, email, facebook, tweet or just good ol' fashioned stop by and we'll be happy to answer them! Also don't forget to join our Facebook Event for the day where we post all kinds of updates as we get them, or join our email list below and we'll send our menu directly to your inbox when it's ready!