This Nov. 23 will mark the second year of Record Store Day Black Friday, with participating stores offering their hardcore customers limited edition vinyl, CDs, DVDs, box sets, even a set of music-themed trading cards (Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar, anyone?).
Rather than compete with moms stockpiling Christmas presents for the next decade, why not snag a copy of a never before released Biz Markie The Biz Never Sleeps picture disc? A full list of specials is available at Record Store Day's website, but here are a few highlights:
Band of Horses, Sonic Ranch Sessions 7" - Features "Mirage Rock"/"Relly's Dream", recorded during sessions at The Sonic Ranch and released here for the first time on vinyl. Limited to 2,000 copies.
Dr. Dog, Wild Race 12" - Five brand new studio tracks from Dr. Dog. Includes B-side etched design. Limited to 1,500 copies.
Daniel Johnston, Fun - Johnston's 1994 album available on vinyl for the first time. Limited to 2,000 copies.
Nirvana, 20th Anniversary Edition of Incesticide 45 RPM Edition - Recompiled and remastered from the original analog master tape and recording sources. Album jacket designed by Kurt Cobain, includes the lyric sheet art, and for the first time comes housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. Gold foiled stamped and individually numbered. Limited to 4,000 copies.
Joey Ramone, Ya Know? Limited Edition Deluxe Album - Full Album + 40 min DVD + playabout 5" green vinyl. Limited to 500 copies.
Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones (EP) - 7" vinyl EP (originally released in 1964) now available in its original format for the first time since the original release. Limited to 5,000 copies.
Velvet Underground, Velvet Underground & Nico - Scepter Studios Acetate - The rare April 1966 Scepter Studios recordings captured on acetate featuring early, alternate versions of songs later issued on The Velvet Underground & Nico available now for the first time ever on 180g vinyl, gold foil stamped with individual number. Limited to 5,000 copies.
Make sure confirm your "friendly neighborhood record store" is among participating venues, and mark your calendar. Rampant consumerism never sounded so good.
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