Record collectors, I hope you’ve been saving up your cash. On Black Friday, in between trips to get all those deals at the big box stores, I know you’ll be heading to our local independent record stores to pick up a few things for yourself.
Record Store Day occurs every April, and the event has expanded to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
Area record stores will have discounts and 60 special, exclusive and (mostly) vinyl releases — as well as a couple dozen items that are out weeks early (but only at independent record stores.)
I read through the long list and picked my favorites for Black Friday.
Band of Horses, “Sonic Ranch Sessions: Mirage Rock & Relly’s Dream,” 7-inch single — These two tracks, recorded at the band’s Sonic Ranch Studios, are on Band of Horse’s deluxe edition of its album. Now is your chance to get it on vinyl. (Limited to 2,000.)
David Bowie, “The Jean Genie,” 7-inch picture disc — Picture discs are retro. So is Bowie. Think of how good it will look and how good it will sound when you spin it on your turntable. (Limited to 2,000.)
Gaslight Anthem, “Hold You Up,” 10-inch red vinyl — The gritty, Jersey rock band releases its new, four-song EP that includes three new originals and a cover of “Skinny Love,” a Bon Iver track.
Lucero, “Live at Sun Studios,” 7-inch single — The Memphis rock band, a personal favorite, laid down tracks at the legendary Sun Studios where Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and others started out. (Limited to 1,500.)
Biz Markie, “The Biz Never Sleeps,” 12-inch picture disc — The Biz is re-releasing his sophomore album, which includes his famous track, “Just a Friend.”
Nirvana, “Incesticide” 20th anniversary edition, double 12-inch 45 rpm vinyl — Full of rare tracks, outtakes, demos and tunes such as “Sliver,” this one will be one of the most popular on Friday. If you want it and you spot one, buy it. (Limited to 4,000.)
The Rolling Stones, “The Rolling Stones,” 7-inch single — A Chuck Berry tune, a Berry Gordy track and a few popular American rock songs are on this EP, which was originally released in 1964 for Decca Records to test the band’s popularity. (Limited to 5,000.)
Joe Strummer, “Live at Acton Town Hall,” double 12-inch vinyl — Strummer & the Mescaleros was recorded a decade ago and includes songs such as “I Fought the Law,” “London’s Burning” and “White Man in Hammersmith Palais.” (Limited to 1,800.)
The White Stripes, “Hotel Yorba” live at the Hotel Yorba, 7-inch red opaque vinyl — The Detroit duo is releasing three different 7-inch singles on Friday, but this is the one I think is cool. Recorded at the actual Hotel Yorba, this one is “Rated X” on the B-side.
Incubus vinyl re-releases, 12-inch vinyl — Called the biggest band of this century’s first decade, Incubus is re-releasing its first four albums on vinyl. They’ll be available widely soon, but you can get them at your indie store starting on Friday. (Limited to 3,000 each.)
Tenacious D, “Jazz,” 12-inch single — This one also comes with a download card that gives you a video of the band recording the track. (Limited to 1,000.)