Stores across the country took part in Record Store Day last Saturday. In Columbia, Easley, Sumter. Greenville, Gaffney, and the Charleston area many S.C. merchants participated. The local shops includes 52.5 Records downtown (561 King St., 843-722-3525), Monster Music & Movies in West Ashley (946 Orleans Rd., 843-571-4657), Cat’s Music in Summerville (1305-A N. Main St., 843-832-7704), and Soundwave Records in Summerville (2139-B N. Main St., 843-821-8810).

Here’s part one of this week’s Record Store Day report.

From Joshua Curry:
Monster Music had a great crowd flipping through all the vinyl, DVDs, and CDs on the sidewalk outside the store. Free hotdogs and hamburgers were by the front door and people were eating them up. By the time I got there, most of the choice items had been skedaffled by collectors. A clerk at the store said they had around 150 people lined up when the doors opened up around 10 a.m. I heard Carry Ann Hearst put on a great set and was a crowd favorite.

I picked up a few odds-and-ends, but my favorite platter purchase was a Moog synthesizer cover album by Plastic Cow called Plastic Cow goes Mooooog. It’s got a lot of classic rock covers and ballads from the ’70s.

Here’s a rendition of Clapton’s “Sunshine of Your Love:”

From John Edward Royall:
Record Store Day is quickly becoming as important as Christmas and Easter in my holiday calendar. I listen to mp3’s like anybody else, but nothing beats a trip down to the record store to purchase music as an actual physical product — not just a digital representation of 1’s and 0’s — and Record Store Day is a celebration of that experience.

The giant list of exclusive releases just sweetens the experience even further, and, being a vinyl addict, the 7” singles were particularly enticing. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it down to 52.5 until the early afternoon, so most things were long gone. I still managed to get a sweet haul. First was a 7” from much beloved ‘90s alt-country band Whiskeytown, led by a young Ryan Adams, featuring two unreleased songs from their fertile Baseball Park sessions. Next, This Album Crashes Hard Drives, a compilation LP of unreleased tracks (a bargain at $10) from soul, funk, and jazz labels like The Numero Group, Daptone, and Jazzman.

At this point, I was ready to head out the door, but something held me back. I scanned the used vinyl section once again and spotted a record I’d had my eyes on for months: Drums Along the Hudson, from Hoboken, N.J.’s early ’80s guitar-pop band The Bongos. With used vinyl on special at 52.5% off, it was now a $5 bargain I couldn’t pass up. With my purchases completed, I was already looking forward to next year. You can bet I’ll get there earlier.

From 52.5’s Clay Scales:
Record Store Day rocked. Take that, International Juggler’s Day! We sold out of the limited items pretty quickly. Now they are on Ebay (except for the Jesus Lizard collection that I kept for myself – #666! There was a good vibe, all day long. Tons of happy people, wishing us well. Even got a homemade card (pictured). Awesome.

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