We didn’t coin the phrase “Black Friday” and we’re definitely not fans of all aspects of it, but a few years ago we decided to embrace two pieces of the whole Black Friday thing:
1: It’s the kick-off of the holiday shopping season and record stores sell nothing but good gifts.
2. It pushes retailers into the “black” and the retailers we want to help push there are our beloved indie record stores.
Some other people who love record stores feel the same way, so we worked with those artists, managers and label folks to create the special releases we’re proud to announce right here, available at participating record stores starting Black Friday, November 28.
This is our official list of titles. We’ve got it in a handy PDF format (excellent as a Wish List—check off what you want and leave it lying strategically around those places the gift-givers in your life frequent), and a Pull-Down Menu where you can look up specific titles and get more information on them.
There are three categories on the list.
EXCLUSIVE RELEASES—these are titles being released on 11/28 and which will only be available at indie record stores
SMALL RUN/REGIONAL RELEASES—these are titles that are being released in very small runs (1000 or less) or only in some regions of the country. We want them on the list but we want everyone to be aware of how hard they might be to find.
BLACK FRIDAY FIRST—these are titles that can be found FIRST at indie record stores but will be available at other retailers at some point.
Not all stores will carry all titles, because they are independent in the full sense of the word and make all their own stocking decisions. We encourage any and all relationships with your local stores, so they know what you’re looking for, and you’ll know what they’re thinking of bringing in (find stores using that Participating Store Search above).
*THE OTHER STUFF TO KNOW
Want to know more about why we are doing this? BLACK FRIDAY FAQ is for you.
Will anything on the list change? We’ve been doing this for a while now and we’d lay odds on that answer being YES. Something will fall off the list (for any number of reasons), we’ll get updated information, or we very well may add something exciting that we can’t talk about yet (shhh!) If any of that happens, we’ll update the Pull-Down Menu and the PDF (Wish List) just as quickly as we can.
This is the US website for Record Store Day and while we list stores from all over the world in our Participating Store Search, the promotions and special releases on this site are for US STORES. Some titles may be available to stores in other countries, and they may or may not be exclusive to indie record stores there. As other countries release their lists of exclusives, we will link to those websites here.
The Oasis wave rolls on, and (WHAT’S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? Is out in deluxe reissue packages, including CD, LP and a Super Deluxe format that include 3 CDs, 2 LPs, a cassette, a 7” and a 12”--the original recording with a treasure trove of demos, live tracks, and b-sides from the original UK singles. (And speaking of singles, if you picked up the reproduction single a few weeks ago, dig out the coupon and get yourself back to the indie record store from which it came.)
A few weeks before the new album SUKIERAE hit stores (which it did, this week), participating record stores had a special 7” single, which included not only a non-album track from Jeff and Spencer, but also a coupon. A coupon that you should get out right now if you were lucky enough to get your hands on this limited edition 7”, and then go and redeem it at the store you bought it from. Because you’ll be walking out with the new album, for $2 less. Speaking of that 7”, want to see some behind-the-scenes magic?
You read that right—Vanguard Records is looking ahead to Record Store Day 2015 already. And that’s because they are asking YOU to be their A&R. Their catalog is vast and every year they ask you to determine which titles should get the special reissue treatment for Record Store Day. It takes time and care to make those reissues happen, so early as it seems, it’s time to vote on the Vanguard titles for Record Store Day 2015. Vote early and often!
Record Store Day is very proud to announce that we have teamed up with the legendary Blue Note Records to celebrate their 75th Anniversary year with the creation of BLUE NOTE AUTHORIZED DEALERS, stores who have a particular focus on Blue Note artists. Blue Note will be reissuing 100 titles from their legendary catalog over the course of the year, and Blue Note Authorized Dealers (BNAD) will be the place to find those reissues, as well as a monthly EXCLUSIVE reissue, which you can find first, and for a limited time, ONLY at Blue Note Authorized Dealers. Blue Note Records devotees and folks wanting to learn more about this celebrated label will want to seek out these special record stores.
The 75th Anniversary celebration is being personally guided by Blue Note Records President Don Was, and this big fan of record stores was also involved in the creation of BNADs:
“It's impossible to overstate the beauty of the serotonin and dopamine rush that one experiences by browsing thru a REAL live Record Store! Speaking as a music fan, I'm so grateful to the independent retailers who've kept this tradition alive. The history of Blue Note is inextricably interwoven with these incredible stores... It's a great honor and a very natural progression for us to partner-up with them in this uber-cool Authorized Dealership program.”
Check out the list of Blue Note Authorized Dealers and the special Anniversary reissues here: www.recordstoreday.com/BNAD (Come visit often as the list of Dealers and releases is updated!)
We’ve gotten a lot of requests for the lists of past Record Store Day releases, and we’re happy to announce our HISTORY section, where those lists from 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black Friday live. (We’re working on older lists, and we’ll get them up there as we get them completed.)
Sometimes there are even better reasons to get your music at an indie record store, and those times are when you get a little something extra along with your new record. The goodies below are available starting on street date with the purchase of the new release they are listed with, but they’re ALL LIMITED QUANTITY, so first come first serve applies. Also, indie stores are just that: independently minded, and not all will choose to participate in all these gift-giving promotions, so check with your local store!
STREET DATE 9/23 GEORGE HARRISON Get a free George Harrison litho with purchase of The Apple Years boxset or any single title reissue, while supplies last, at participating stores. (DISCLAIMER) (GET IT AT A RECORD STORE)