Well, whattya say? Should we go ahead and get the obligatory "tryptophan-induced, post-holiday food coma" joke out of the way now, or wait for it? We'll wait. Anyway, try your best to ditch those pangs of anxiety associated with the term "Black Friday," because the people at Record Store Day have done a beautiful thing: They've given us a second, miniature version of Record Store Day, and they put it right in the middle of everyone's favorite four-day weekend.
Conceived in 2007, Record Store Day takes place on the third Saturday of every April at over 700 independently owned record stores all over the world and sees the annual release of limited-edition and collectors' items — mostly vinyl, of course. As you probably already know, vinyl has had a popularity resurgence over the past few years. According to Nielsen Soundscan, "For the third consecutive year, more vinyl albums were purchased in 2010 (2.8 million) than any other year in the history of Nielsen SoundScan," and 71 percent of all vinyl records bought in 2010 were purchased at independent music stores. So, on top of the booming success of Record Store Day proper, Record Store Day has begun offering promotions and special releases — not as many, but still a good-looking batch — at participating locations on Black Friday.
Check out some of the most promising Black Friday releases (above), along with details on what's happening at your favorite local record shops (below). If you manage to shake off that post-Thanksgiving turkey coma, that is.
Not all participating locations will carry every special Black Friday release, but you can see the full list at recordstoreday.com. Below are some local and locally related releases, plus other good stuff we recommend.
The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" 12-inch single b/w "Run Right Now"
Brendan Benson, Upstairs at United, Vol. 1 EP. A four-song, 12-inch vinyl EP featuring covers of David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Kinks and Randy Newman and recorded to quarter-inch tape upstairs at Nashville's own legendary United Record Pressing building.
Cory Chisel, Upstairs at United, Vol. 2 EP. A 12-inch EP also recorded to tape in URP's party room, featuring a Bee Gees cover, a Tom Waits cover and "three previously unrecorded originals."
The Civil Wars, Tracks in the Snow. Two holiday tracks and two live tracks on 10-inch white vinyl.
Justin Townes Earle, "Slippin' and Slidin'" 7-inch single b/w a cover of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927."
Kings of Leon, The Early Vinyl. Four-LP box set featuring Youth and Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Because of the Times and a "fourth LP made up of unreleased studio and live tracks picked by the band themselves."
The Beatles, The Singles. Set of four 7-inch picture sleeve singles with loads of extras.
Bob Dylan, Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? A 7-inch box set with singles including the title track, "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and more.
Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two deluxe edition.
Dr. Dog, "Control Yourself" 7-inch single b/w "Warrior Man."
Jimmy Cliff, Sacred Fire EP. A 12-inch EP featuring six tracks.
John Lennon, Imagine 40th Anniversary Box Set. Featuring the six-track 2010 remastered LP on white 12-inch vinyl and more.
Nirvana, Nevermind – The Singles. All the official 10-inch singles from Nevermind in one collection.
Pete Townsend, The Quadrophenia Demos, Vol. 1. The first of two 10-inch EPs. Features six demos, all "produced, authorized and overseen by Pete Townshend."
Pink Floyd, The Wall 7-inch box set. Three 7-inch singles, the first vinyl re-masters from The Wall.
Rolling Stones, "No Spare Parts" unreleased 7-inch single from the Some Girls sessions, b/w the remastered "Before They Make Me Run."
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Soul Time! On CD and vinyl and featuring 12 mostly unreleased tracks "made famous in their infamous soul revue."
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kiss My Amps Live. Vinyl featuring seven tracks recorded on the Mojo Tour.
Wilco, Speak Into the Rose 10-inch vinyl featuring four tracks, two of them previously unreleased.
Yardbirds, "Ten Little Indians" 7-inch single and "Ha Ha Said the Clown" 7-inch single.
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