Record Store Day, which took place last Saturday in Philadelphia and the world, was a resounding success, according to its organizers. Sales were up 41% from the previous year at stores around the U.S., according to the Music Montor Network, who organized the event, which included almost 1000 stores in America and 4000 more around the world. At Main Street Music in Manayunk, where South Jersey roots rockers Roadside Graves (that's them, with lead singer John Gleason, above) played a terrifcally engaging set before a packed house of customers sipping free Miller Lite and noshing on tomato pie from Marchiano's, had it's biggest day in its 18 1/2 year history, with sales up 23% from last year. Personally, I picked up 23 LPs priced at $1 a piece, including Rose Royce's Stronger Than Ever, Marshall Crenshaw's Field Day, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's Lead Me On, Tom T. Hall's The Day Clayton Delaney Died and the double disc Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Quite a haul, if I do say so myself. The Roadside Graves' did their acoustic thing at Main Street - as they do below, on "Valley," from this year's SXSW - but they'll plug in and crank it up when they pull from last year's earthy My Son's Home at the North Star Bar on Thursday night.
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