Thank you for spending Black Friday and Small Business Saturday with us!
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!
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Since its inception, Black Friday has turned the day after Thanksgiving into the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Traditionally, Black Friday was about super-cheap prices, and for years was synonymous with being up super-early at chain and mall stores. In some places, that's what this is still about. But we really like the idea of a shopping season, especially when that shopping is, at its heart, a way to show the people you like that you like them. (And a way for them to show you. Gift-getting is awesome, too.)
The list of special releases is below, in a Website form where you can search and get more information, and a PDF that you can print out and use as a Wish List or Shopping Guide. There are three categories on our list: EXCLUSIVES: These titles are physically released only at indie record stores. RSD FIRST: These titles are found first at indie record stores, but may be released to other retailers or webstores at some point in the future. SMALL RUN/REGIONAL LIST: These titles are either regionally based and sold at specific stores, or are press runs under 1000, which means they may be harder to find at record stores around the country. (If a title is regionally based and is not available throughout the country, it will say that in the description. The majority of titles on this section of the list are there because they have a limited run.)
See the whole list: 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:
- 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. Please plan ahead- there will only be a port-a-potty and dress warm it may be cold!
- 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! This year we welcome Sun Voyager, RBNX and Wall of Ego, plus some special guests! 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!!
- BEER!! Relax and enjoy a pint while you shop or hang! We'll be serving up some locally-brewed suds from Blue Collar Brewery (Cream ale), Mill House Brewery (Led Astray Ale) and the Goose Island Black Friday limited edition Bourbon Brand Stout!
- Come meet the folks from the DCSPCA, who will be on-site with animals and info so you can help some animals in need this season. Don't miss our Ice Cream Breakfast Saturday morning, a fundraiser for the DCSPCA where we're serving ice cream and waffles courtesy of Ben & Jerrys to anyone who makes a donation!
- 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!
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We also post our list of remaining RSD titles on our site the day after record store day (here!). And yes, after 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.
Complete Guidelines for Record Store Day/Black Friday 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!