This Friday, while hordes of turkey-stuffed discount merchandise zombies swarm local malls and superstores looking for deals, I’m going to celebrate the other Black Friday holiday --Record Store Day.
Record Store Day Black Friday is a pint-size version of the big Record Store Day each April, but still packed with fun collaborations, remasters of historically great albums and rarities. Locally, LUNA music, Irvington Vinyl and Indy CD & Vinyl will all open early and stock a healthy selection of Record Store Day offerings. They all have their own unique take on the event, carrying different releases and offering special promotions, discounts and contests.
To help you get your shopping list ready, I asked the owners of each shop -- the people who know the ins, the outs and the must-haves to match up with any music geek’s collection -- what they’ve got going on for the day and which Black Friday releases they’d most like to find under the tree on Christmas morning. I also throw in my own RSD special picks, as well as gift ideas for the local music lover.
Annie Skinner, owner of Indy CD & Vinyl, would like to unwrap the deluxe reissue of Lush’s Ciao, the ’90s shoegaze legends’ 2000 best-of compilation on brilliant red vinyl. The store’s also raffling off a reissue of Indie/Emo rockers Brand New’s 2003 release, Deja Entendu, to benefit Arts for Learning.
Irvington Vinyl’s Rick Wilkerson dreams of putting the B-52s Live! 8-24-79 on his turntable Christmas morning (and no doubt having a dance party to “Dance This Mess Around”). His store will stock all the national, regional and “RSD First” releases for Black Friday, as well as offer big discounts on bulk-buying, including RSD releases.
Todd Robinson of Luna Music picked local Jazz master Wes Montgomery’s One Night In Indy. Actually, so did Annie above, to be fair. And so did I originally because, come on, it’s a super limited edition recording of a 1959 session by of one of Indianapolis’ greatest contributions to music. Luna is also offering up a rare copy of Margot & The Nuclear So & Sos’ The Bride in the Boxcar on totally out-of-print colored vinyl, as well as all new Luna merchandise -- and complementary donuts!
Since I’ve been so good this year, I hope to receive a few great RSD selections to put on my own Tuntable. Or maybe I’ll just treat myself on Friday to what I call “some record therapy.” Black Friday RSD usually features nice reissues of great Christmas albums, and this year is no exception, with Les Paul and Mary Ford’s Christmas Cheer on 10” vinyl.
I’d love a new copy of the 1953 concert by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus and Max Roach called Jazz At Massey Hall: The 10" LP Collection to replace the very well-worn version I have from 1973. I would also be thrilled to have a collection of The Sonics on vinyl, and this year’s release ofFifty, a collection of hits and outtakes by the progenitors of garage/punk rock, would really fit nicely in my collection.
As long as you’re in a great record shop, you should take a moment to support Indiana music makers who released great albums on vinyl this year, even if they’re not RSD exclusives. Gentleman Caller’s Downtown in the Dark is a hard record to put away with its well-written and catchy songs that might also break your heart.
S.M. Wolf’s Neon Debris on neon green/black splatter vinyl is an amazing way to experience the band’s pop/psych songs. Maybe the hardest to find, but definitely worth search is Raw McCartney’s Midwest Eject 7”, a short burst of scuzzy, noisey pych songs that’s over way before you want it to be.
Happy shopping! Oh, and don’t forget to smile at your local record-store employees. It’s a long, fun day for them.
While I’m at it, what’s on your vinyl Christmas list this year?