While your other shopping contemporaries are slashing each others' throats at Walmart and Best Buy for $20 plasma televisions and six Blu-Ray players for $5 on Black Friday next week, why not sleep in and head up to your favorite local record store and fight other music nerds for limited edition vinyl? That's the idea behind Record Store Day's Black Friday events. Except that they do not condone violence of any kind, at least according to their FAQ.
Black Friday isn't as beastly as April's Record Store Day, offering only about 10% of what there is to choose from in April, depending on what store you hit up obviously. Some stores order more than others. This year's Black Friday haul isn't too shabby, and seems to be easier on your pocket. We spent almost $100 in April, and that's not including the back-ordered RSD stuff we picked up after that fact.
Houston-area stores participating this year include Black Dog, Soundwaves, Cactus Music, Sig's Lagoon, and Vinal Edge.
We culled ten of the coolest items from next Friday's list that we think you just have to have, from a new Rolling Stones single from the upcoming Some Girls reissue, to a dandy Type O Negative box set.
Nirvana, Nevermind -The Singles, 10" Vinyl Box Set
All the 10" official singles from Nevermind collected together for the first time, housed in an individually numbered slipcase, including "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come As You Are", "Lithium" and "In Bloom", with live cuts.
Yardbirds, Ha Ha Said The Clown, 7" 45
A 1967 US-only single that was never released in the UK. The B-side marks Jimmy Page's first use of a bow on a recording. History, you guys.
Rolling Stones, "No Spare Parts", 7" 45
An individually numbered single with unreleased track from the Some Girls sessions with the remastered take of "Before They Make Me Run", nowhere else on vinyl and both from the upcoming Some Girls expanded editions.
Pink Floyd, The Wall , 7" Vinyl Singles Box Set
Box set of three 7" singles, the first vinyl remasters from The Wallm including "Another Brick in the Wall"/"One of My Turns", "Comfortably Numb"/"Hey You", "Run Like Hell"/"Don't Leave Me Now".
Kings of Leon, The Early Vinyl
A box set bringing together the band's early albums, Youth & Young Manhood, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Because of The Times, and a fourth slab made up of unreleased studio and live tracks. Probably worth picking up to remember the early days of the now sadly maligned group.Justin Townes Earle, "Slippin' and Slidin"/ "Louisiana 1927"
The A-side is from the album Harlem River Blues, the B-side is a Randy Newman song that Earle has been sneaking into sets for a few years now.
Fear, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"/ "Another Christmas Beer"
We still need "Fuck Christmas" on wax for our holiday DJ sets around town.
Beatles, The Singles
Here's a box set of four 7" picture sleeve singles in heavy flip-top box, with RSD-branded adapter and poster, all tracks are newly remastered and are appearing on vinyl for the first time. Includes "Ticket To Ride" / "Yes It Is", "Hey Jude" / "Revolution", "Something" / "Come Together", and "Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby".
Janis Joplin, The Classic LP Collection
Madame Joplin's best albums, on cherry 180-gram vinyl from original masters. Includes Pearl, I Got Dem' Kozmik Blues Again Mama, and Big Brother and the Holding Company's self-titled release and Cheap Thrills.
Type O Negative, Vinyl Box Set
The vinyl box includes all Roadrunner-released Type O Negative material within one collector's box on all green wax. Each album will also have new, branded liner notes documenting the genesis and completion of each album. Included within: Slow, Deep and Hard, The Origin of the Feces, Bloody Kisses, October Rust, World Coming Down, Life Is Killing Me.