It may be Thanksgiving today, but retailers know it better as the day before Black Friday. Music retailers know it even better as the day before Record Store Day Jr., a post-Thanksgiving vinyl bonanza. Saturday is Small Business Day on top of that, so record stores ought to have a healthy if exhausting weekend.
Rocks Off visited Cactus Music Tuesday night to scout out some of the bigger-ticket items on offer. The clerks were even nice enough to let us in after hours; we thought it closed at 10. They said that by far the biggest new item on offer is the complete remastered Beatles discography on 180-gram vinyl, which goes for $420 as a set or about $23 for each of the LPs.
Perfect for all those people with warm fuzzy memories of Paul McCartney's Minute Maid Park show last week, we imagine. Cactus also has in-stores lined up for The Manichean (1 p.m.) and Young Girls (3 p.m.) Friday, and Castle Lights (1 p.m.) and The Pharmacy (3 p.m.) Saturday.
Over at Sig's Lagoon, Tomas Escalante says his shop is knocking $100 off the Beatles set Friday. Otherwise, he laughs, "there's so much crap coming out it's hard to keep track."
Here are a few other thoughtful-looking (i.e. expensive) gift ideas for the music lover in your life we noticed, and highlights of some exclusives you can look forward to on Record Store Day.
- The Rejects, "Back to School" 45 (early San Antonio punk band) $900
- Bob Dylan, The Original Mono Recordings LP box set, $270
- Numero Group, Omnibus 45 box set, $250
- The Smiths, Complete LP box set $250
- Velvet Underground, The Quine Tapes LP, $122
- Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street Deluxe Edition LP $190
- Rolling Stones, Charlie Is My Darling (LP and DVD), $100
- Massive Attack, Blue Lines mix/master deluxe edition LP, $87
- Uncle Tupelo, 7" box set, $28 (normally $50)
- The Moving Sidewalks, The Complete Collection LP, $30 (please don't make us tell you who that is)
RECORD STORE DAY STUFF
More at www.recordstoreday.com
Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah" 7" split single
Grateful Dead, Live at Winterland 5/30/1971 double LP
Cee-Lo Green/Donny Hathaway, "This Christmas" 7" split single
Joan Jett, Bad Reputation LP 180-gram clear vinyl
Lumineers, Winter EP 10" vinyl
Buck Owens, Buck Sings Eagles 10" vinyl
Primus, Green Naugahyde 10" vinyl
Joe Strummer, Live at Action Town Hall double 12" vinyl
Various Artists, Death May Be Your Santa CD/LP
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White Stripes, three singles (above), 7" red opaque vinyl