The official Record Store Day event may not be until April 18th, but luckily vinyl fans don’t have to wait that long to get their hands on some exclusive wax goodies. Plus, it’s actually a viable reason to go out on the usually horrid shopping day that is Black Friday.
Ideally, there won’t be the Reckless Records equivalent of a suburban Walmart peddling late-model flatscreen TVs – mobs of people throwing fists for the latest exclusive colored variants of their favorite indie artists just doesn’t sound like something that’ll happen. At least, one can hope.
The full list of Black Friday exclusive releases can be found here, and most local independently owned shops, like the aforementioned Reckless Records, should be participating.
Although the list as a whole is certainly exciting, there are a generous handful of standouts that I anticipate will be particularly hot items for those seeking exclusive and rare releases. Some that I’m personally excited about are a 7″ of the debut single from The Arcade Fire, Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), a double LP of Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 from The Doors, a 12″ of ‘Stay (I Missed You)’ by Lisa Loeb limited to 800, and a remastered red vinyl pressing of Sugar Ray’s 14:59, probably one of my biggest guilty pleasures of the 90’s.
What about you? Anything super unique and obscure coming out this year that you’re looking forward to, or do you plan to stockpile your disposable income and go all out come April’s official event? Let us know in the comments below, and happy listening.