Black Friday: Support Record Stores!


Best reason NOT to go
to the local mega-mall this year…


By Fred Mills


Tha annual Record Store Day held the third Saturday in April
has become the equivalent of Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and the 4th of July all rolled into one for music headz and record collectors. By all
accounts it’s been a huge success for bands, stores and fans alike. The
organizers aren’t resting on their laurels, however: they’re also doing a version of it today, aka Black



It’s not specifically RSD Pt.2, however – more like bonus
beats. According to the RSD website, under Black Friday FAQs, we learn the


“In the past Black
Friday was an American event celebrated by large corporate retailers as a
shopping day that promoted mass produced items at super low prices in hopes of
driving customers into their stores. RSD’s Black Friday subverts the model and
creates pieces of art in the form of limited special editions, often numbered,
from some of the most revered artists of our time. RSD’s version of Black
Friday is an excuse to celebrate the specialness of music in our lives by
putting out these unique releases. In other words, cheapness is not a main
goal. Celebrating art is.


“The special releases for Record Store
Day are made to be sold solely at independently owned record stores on the day
that Record Store Day takes place (the third Saturday of every April) whereas
Black Friday releases are made for the holiday season. This means stores will
launch the special releases on Black Friday but may choose to carry them beyond
Black Friday (as supplies last). 


These independently owned record
stores/shops will also choose whether or not they want to sell their Black
Friday releases on their websites to draw attention to the fact that many of
them offer an excellent customer service option for those who wish to support
independently owned record stores via internet purchases during the holiday
season and beyond.”


It should be pretty awesome, however. Take a look at some of
this year’s proposed releases – the full list can be found here, and more are
sure to be added – and meanwhile, start scoping out your favorite store and
talk to them directly about what they plan to carry.



Syd Barrett: “Mick Rock: Syd Barrett – the Photographs of
Mick Rock” 7″ 45

Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two Book/Blu-Ray/DVD/CD
The Beatles: The Singles 7″ vinyl box set
The Black Keys: “Lonely Boy” 12″ single

Byrds: “Eight Miles High” & “The Tiems They Are A Changin'”

Miles Davis: Miles
Davis Quartet” 10″ LP

Doors: LA Woman 7″
vinyl box set
Bob Dylan: “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” 7″ vinyl box

Justin Townes Earle: “Slippin’ and Slidiin'” 7″

Fear: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Iron & Wine: “Morning Becomes Eclectic” LP/CD (Live at KCRW)
John Cale: EP: Extra Playful
John Lennon: Imagine 40th Anniversary Box Set
Nirvana: Nevermind -The Singles 10″ vinyl box set



Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Kiss My Amps Live vinyl LP
Pinback: “True North” 7″

Pink Floyd: The Wall 7″ vinyl box set
Ryan Adams: “Do I Wait”/”Darkness” 7″
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Soul Time! LP
Soundgarden: Live on I-5–Before the Doors Soundcheck EP 10″ colored vinyl

Pete Townshend: The
Quadrophenia Demos Vol. 1
10″ LP

Warren Haynes: “River’s Gonna Rise” 7″

Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Finest in Funk
& Soul 1965-79
7″ vinyl box

Wilco: “Speak Into the Rose” 10″ (pictured at
top, above)

Yardbirds: “Ten Little Indians” & “Ha Ha Said the Clown”




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