In its third year, the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is giving music lovers, and those who are looking to purchase gifts for these individuals, an opportunity to land limited and early releases from an array of participating artists, just before the holidays.
Record Store Day (RSD) has been held annually on the third Saturday in April since 2007 to celebrate and draw people to locally owned independent record stores. In 2011, in light of RSD’s success, the RSD team added an event on Black Friday. Locally, two stores are expecting to receive a bounty of Black Friday RSD releases for your listening pleasure.
Eric Jones of Revolver Records is anticipating another successful RSD. Having just celebrated Revolver’s third anniversary in October, this will be the second time the store has been a part of the Black Friday RSD.
“The concept of RSD is getting more established and better known so a number of factors are merging to boost the numbers more,” Jones said.
Though there are fewer releases for the Black Friday RSD compared to the huge number of offerings in the spring, Jones has noted that the excitement among customers is the same.
“Basically, as soon as a list is released on the web, I’ll get emails from people in Oklahoma or Oregon—near and far,” he said.
And from what past RSDs have shown him, big orders pay off. Jones said that he was already hearing good news from suppliers a few weeks before the event.
“I got an email yesterday about some things I’m pretty much guaranteed I’m getting,” Jones said. “I’m expecting a nice haul coming in.”
Jones plans to open two hours early, at 10 a.m., and stay open until at least 6 p.m. “If I did have an inflatable gorilla I think I would probably put it outside,” Jones joked, adding he will have some freebies and giveaways. “If anyone asks for a hug, I’ll probably give them a hug.”
9 E. Gregory St.
712-6373 or facebook.com/RevolverFL
Regular hours: 12 – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday
New Kids on Navy
Longtime music fans and first time record store owners, Chuck Gardner and Ray Thall, are looking forward to their first RSD at the Music Box. Gardner and Thall bought the Music Box on Navy Boulevard in April, just after the spring RSD. “I’m interested to see how it goes,” said Thall. “I like the concept.”
While current customers have given them some clues as to what RSD items they’d like to see, the new owners are curious to meet new customers on RSD.
“This is going to be a total shot in the dark this year,” Gardner said of his first RSD ordering process. “We spent a good bit of money on the releases.”
For his inaugural order, Gardner chose a combination of things he was excited about, some that customers had mentioned, and a few items the store’s distributor said were in demand. Several boxes had already arrived at the time of the interview, neatly stacked and waiting to be opened.
Music Box will open at 8 a.m. on RSD, two hours early, and will close at 6 p.m. This gives customers plenty of time to shop RSD specials, check out the new store layout, and maybe drop a few quarters into the store’s recently refurbished jukebox.
3960 W. Navy Blvd., #6
434-1977 or facebook.com/musicboxpensacola
Regular hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
For additional info and a complete listing of Black Friday RSD releases, visit recordstoreday.com.
RSD Shopping Hints
From the dozens of Black Friday RSD limited and early releases, we’ve narrowed down the list to several recordings any music fan would likely be happy to receive. Since quantities are limited and there is no guarantee local stores will receive these picks, we’ve included some RSD alternatives in case you have trouble getting your hands on these crowd-pleasing recordings. And if all else fails, a gift certificate to a local record store is always a good fall back plan if the RSD releases are swept away before you make it to the store.
Charles Bradley featuring Budos Band and The Bullets - “Changes”/ “Ain’t It A Sin”
Bradley covers Black Sabbath’s “Changes” with an original on the B-side of this 7” single.
The Perfect Gift For: Soul, funk and/or Black Sabbath enthusiasts.
Safe Alternative: Various Artists – “Truth & Soul Records Presents the Soul Fire Box Set (Rare Sides from the Soul Fire Catalog)”
Band of Horses – “Live at the Ryman”
Live, acoustic cuts of “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “A Song For You” on 7” vinyl.
The Perfect Gift For: Fans of southern rock or any young person who has recently grown a lumberjack beard and/or has a sizeable collection of flannel shirts.
Safe Alternative: Bob Dylan – “Side Tracks”
Vince Guaraldi Trio – “Linus and Lucy”
Recreation of the 1964 single from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack. Pressed on 7” Gold vinyl, complete with a new picture sleeve.
The Perfect Gift For: Christmas and/or jazz enthusiasts, particularly anyone who’s shown appreciation for shiny, stylish decorations and also owns a record player.
Safe Alternative: Any of the three Miles Davis LP reissues – “Kind of Blue,” “Miles & Monk at Newport,” or “Jazz Track”
Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Fire”/ “Foxey Lady”
Two live tracks recorded at the Miami Pop Festival 1968 on 7” vinyl.
The Perfect Gift For: Guitarists and hippie-types of all ages.
Safe Alternative: Flaming Lips – “Peace Sword” LP
Nirvana – “In Utero” 2013 Mix
Original album producer Steve Albini remixed and remastered Nirvana’s final studio album earlier this year, available as a double LP on clear vinyl for RSD.
The Perfect Gift For: Anyone who was devoutly listening to music in the early 1990s or wishes they were old enough to have been, or those who’ve ever self-identified as a “punk.”
Safe Alternative: The Clash reissues on CD – “The Clash,” “Give ‘Em Enough Rope,” “London Calling,” “Sandinista!,” “Combat Rock”
Uncle Tupelo – “I Wanna Be Your Dog”/ “Commotion”
Covers of Stooges and Creedence Clearwater Revival tunes recorded during the “No Depression” sessions on 7” vinyl.
The Perfect Gift For: Individuals who have ever said the words “Wilco” or “Bonnaroo” around you, or have expressed interest in relocating to Nashville.
Safe Alternative: Billy Bragg & Wilco – “Mermaid Avenue” Volume I, II and/or III LPs
Atlas Genius – “So Electric! When It Was Now” (The Remixes)
This LP contains 10 remixes from the Australian dance-rock band’s 2013 album
The Perfect Gift For: Those who host dance parties and/or fancy themselves a DJ
Safe Alternative: Ladytron – “Gravity The Seducer Remixed”