Thanksgiving is almost here and Black Friday insanity is hot on its heels. That can mean only one thing … Record Store Day is coming! Black Friday (that’s Nov. 27 if you haven’t been paying attention) not only marks the biggest retail shopping day of the year, it also marks a slightly scaled down version of every vinyl junkies’ personal holiday, Record Store Day. If you’ve never heard of Record Store Day, click that link and let me fill you in. You can thank me later. For those in the know, don’t let the words “scaled down” scare you off. There’s still plenty of choice wax headed to your favorite indie record shop this week.
I find Black Friday a bit terrifying and avoid all stores on the fateful day. The warm confines of Small Business Saturday are more my cup of tea. Record Store Day is the only event that can coax me into the spending spirit on Black Friday. With yet another sick slate of rare and limited edition releases hitting stores this week, you should take notice too.
Standouts this week include:
- Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie – Live at Massey Hall (10” release limited to 1400 copies)
- B52’s Live 8/24/79 – Rare live recording from early in their career (1400 copies)
- Transformers Soundtrack – 30th Anniversary edition of insane music from the cartoon (5000 copies)
- Johnny Thunders – Daddy Rolling Stone EP (900 copies – the one disc I will be battling for on Friday)
Yep, there’s something for every music lover coming to record stores on Friday. Once you’re done battling the bait and switch of the big-box cathedrals, go home and have yourself a tasty cold turkey sandwich. When you’re done with that, kick on over to your local record store and pick up something special for that music lover on your holiday gift list … even if that music lover is you.