Since its inception, Black Friday has turned the day after Thanksgiving into the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Largely, Black Friday is about super-cheap prices, and for years was synonymous with being up super-early at chain and mall stores. Things sometimes get ugly.  But we really like the idea of a shopping season, especially when that shopping is, at its heart, a way to show the people you like that you like them. (And a way for them to show you. Gift-getting is awesome, too.)

We work year-round to shine a light on the independent businesses in your local community that sell you records and other things that make you happy, make you smile, make you sing, bring you comfort, bring people together. And all those things you find at a record store make great gifts so being part of that holiday shopping season, and the biggest shopping day of the year makes sense to us.

So we work with labels, artists, managers and distribution companies who feel the same, and put together a list of titles for that season that are available at participating record stores. They come out on Black Friday (11/24) but may be available at record stores throughout the rest of the year, because record stores are the best place to go when you're filling out or filling in a Holiday Wish List. Record stores sell nothing but great gifts.

Record Store Day and RSD Black Friday are different events, and you can find out more about that on our RSD BLACK FRIDAY FAQ.

The list of special releases is below, in a Website form where you can search and get more information, and a PDF that you can print out and use as a Wish List or Shopping Guide.  There are three categories on our list:

These titles are physically released only at indie record stores.
RSD FIRST: These titles are found first at indie record stores, but may be released to other retailers or webstores at some point in the future.
SMALL RUN/REGIONAL LIST: These titles are either regionally based and sold at specific stores, or are press runs under 1000, which means they may be harder to find at record stores around the country.

*Record Store Day does not give or sell the releases to participating stores. Each indie record store makes their own buying decisions and may choose to bring in some titles and not others.

*The titles on the Black Friday list are usually limited in number, as are most things that are created for special time periods or exclusive to certain retailers. This means a store may not get all the copies they wanted, or that a store may sell out of a release before you are able to purchase it.

*The artwork for the titles on the site is watermarked. Non-watermarked artwork will be in place when the titles are released, so those of you who want/need the artwork can access non-watermarked versions then.

*The list of titles may change. Titles may be added, titles may drop off, information may be amended.