The big Black Friday event may be over, but record stores remain one of the greatest places to shop for all those folks on all those lists. (And if you’re making a wish list yourself, the bins at a record store may just be the place to start.) Records, movies, shirts, tote bags, toys, things you didn’t know you needed, all that’s good to be wrapped and unwrapped you can find at a record store. Even some of the special releases that came out this past Friday are still to be found at record stores, both physical and online.
Basically, what we’re saying is this: It’s gift time. And record stores have nothing that isn’t a great gift.
Here’s a refresher on the list of special releases for Record Store Day Black Friday, both the PDF and Pull Down website version
downloadable pdf | view list on website
We’re not even gonna try and be clever. You just need to watch this. Awesome Mix Tape, Vol. 1 on cassette. Back in record stores later this month for a limited time.
The new album MONUMENTS TO AN ELEGY from Smashing Pumpkins is out this week. Record stores are the place to pick up your copy of the CD or 180g vinyl, especially if you pre-ordered and got the instant gratification CD from those stores in the past three weeks. (DISCLAIMER)
We are uber-fans of record stores. That’s why we started this whole thing in the first place, to sound the call for everyone who loves record stores to make a song and dance about these great places. And when it comes to people who love their music, none are more passionate than U2 fans. This holiday season the band's website, U2.com is sharing something a little special with record store fans at participating stores: a limited edition poster of the band's home city of Dublin, charting U2's history right up to the latest album SONGS OF INNOCENCE. A special gift from the fansite of a special band, free while they last with the purchase of any U2 album. (DISCLAIMER) (GET IT AT A RECORD STORE)
The vinyl edition of LOST ON THE RIVER is at record stores now, and this very special album had a special man behind it. T Bone Burnett was the man who took the unpublished Bob Dylan lyrics, written in a basement in New York, and brought together the New Basement Tapes Band to record them in a basement in California. That band is Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Elvis Costello (Elvis Costello). No big deal, indeed, Jim.
(We’re also giving away a double vinyl test pressing, autographed by T Bone Burnett himself.)
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 from2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 Record Store Day and Back to Black 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!