Saturday, April 13th marks the 12th annual Record Store Day (RSD), a worldwide celebration of independent record stores, and Monster Music & Movies is celebrating by having a store wide sale, live music, food trucks, a jump castle, and more.
The store will also have the Charleston Animal Society on site conducting an adoption clinic. Although RSD starts at 8 am, many customers line up outside before then, so Monster will have Bottleneck Coffee on site distributing free coffee for the first 100 people in line.
- 20% off new CD, DVD & vinyl (except RSD releases)
- 30% off t-shirts, posters, Pops, and other ephemera
- 40% off used CD, DVD, & vinyl
- Sidewalk sale (weather permitting) with $0.25 CDs & LPs
“Historically, record stores have been a place of discovery that’s been immensely important for music consumers, connoisseurs, and musicians themselves," Monster general manager Galen Hudson said. "A lot of bands you love met each other in record stores. A lot of married couples we know did too. With the digital age, a lot of that has been lost, and this is an opportunity to take some of that back, reclaim what was once yours and ours alike.”
The live music schedule is as follows:
- 1 pm: Hujai
- 2 pm: Orange Doors
- 3 pm: B. Fraser
- 4 pm: Mode Low
- 5 pm: Whitehall
- 6 pm: Missy & the Meerkats
Food trucks expected to be at the store include:
- Greek'n Out
- Krystyna's Polish Food
- Annie O Love Granola
This RSD includes over 400 exclusive vinyl releases for music fans to purchase in indie stores only. You can see a list of exclusive vinyl releases here.
New this RSD is the Crosley RSD3, a mini-turntable that plays 3” records. Epitaph Records and Third Man Records have created a set of four “blind box” 3” records that play only on these turntables. The songs contained are roughly three minutes. All the records are packaged the same, so you don’t know which record you’re getting.
The Third Man set includes songs by White Stripes, Jack White, Raconteurs, and Dead Weather. The Epitaph set includes Bad Religion, Rancid, Culture Abuse, and the Interrupters. Future 3” records are planned. Demand for these turntables has been heavier than expected, with Crosley selling out within a day of being announced.
Record Store Day has been instrumental in fueling the vinyl resurgence of the last decade. While digital and streaming services receive the most publicity, vinyl record sales has grown to 16.8 million units sold in 2018 - nearly half of which came from indie stores that typically face more challenges in the retail space than chain stores.
Monster Music is located at 946 Orleans Road in West Ashley. Record Store Day begins at 8 am.