SuperMonkey store will open in Allentown for Record Store Day
April 21, 2017 2:22 PM
SuperMonkey will open Saturday.
By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Making its debut for Record Store Day on Saturday is SuperMonkey Recording Company in Allentown, a new store and base of operations for the fledgling local record label that has a roster that includes the Dirty Charms, Brett Staggs and Solarburn.
Owner Chris Groblewski, who played in the band SuperMonkey (and is now in Aqua Rocket and American Rock Machine), modeled it after the Sub-Pop Store in Seattle, where his mom and sister live. It will carry music and merchandise from SuperMonkey bands along with new vinyl.
“Sub Pop was a label I grew up admiring, and I wanted to do something like that for my label,” he says. “I was working out of my attic and looking for an office. I came across the Hilltop Alliance in Allentown, which was looking to revitalize the area and handing out grants. They were looking for a record shop, and I got lucky.”
Obviously, SuperMonkey doesn’t have a Nirvana on its label, but, he says he’s going to keep recording bands and “you never know what’s going to take off.”
He’s going to have a section where non-SuperMonkey bands in Pittsburgh can sell their merchandise. As for the vinyl, he’s going to keep it to new, not used, vinyl.
“I tried to pick classic albums that are great albums, and I want to focus on newly pressed vinyl like the Led Zeppelin ‘Celebration Day’ box that just came out. And there’s a lot of ‘90s grunge that is just coming out on vinyl, like I got some Stone Temple Pilots.”
There will be a ticket counter for upcoming concerts and events, and a selection of guitars and music gear.
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