The Record Store Day Guide to Black Friday
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014

  • Posted by: K. Hess

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 in a meeting of independent record store owners. The goal was to figure out how to celebrate and support the culture of 1400+ independently owned record stores in the US (as well as many others internationally) in a time when music is primarily consumed digitally, and records have become a cultish niche of a specific brand of music lover, devoted to the scratch of vinyl, the unmatched sound quality, and the romance of the tangible track.

Officially kicked off by Metallica in 2008, Record Store Day is celebrated annually n the third Saturday of April. Today's Black Friday event is a brilliantly conceived plan to reappropriate the holiday initially designed by the corporate giants of retail to drive consumers and wipe out their winter inventory for the Holidays with too good to be true discounts. Eloquently put on the event's site: "By design, Record Store Day is not attempting to create the massive music celebration of Record Store Day. Rather, we are reminding music fans about the gift of music at the kick off of the holiday season. We will call it a victory if less cheap toasters and socks are given as gifts and more awesome music by some of the greatest artists of our time exchange hands."

It goes without saying Record Store Day's Black Friday event ignites holiday cheer in everyone from devoted fans, to the store communities, to music's biggest, smallest, but always artists. Check out out guide to this year's roster of releases, all of which can be found at particular participating indie shops around the world, search for your nearest High Fidelity here, and check out our top 10 Black Friday Releases below, as well as a comprehensive list of every record out on today's shelves:

10. Mastodon: "The Motherload" will be released on a 12" picture disc backed with an instrumental version of "Halloween." Watch the video for "The Motherload" below:




9. Conor Oberst: "Standing On The Outside Looking In" and "Sugar Street," two previously unreleased songs recorded during the sessions leading up to this year's Upside Down Mountain, will be pressed on a 7". Watch the video for "Common Knowledge," another track off Oberst's Upside Down Mountain:




8. First Aid Kit: America will be a 10" vinyl hosting the groups' concert favourite: a gorgous cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "America," as well as acoustic versions of "My Silver Lining" and "Stay Gold," off their latest record, and one unreleased track "Brother." Check out their cover of "America" here:




7. Hozier: Into The Woods Somewhere will be available of 10" vinyl, and include songs not available on the domestic release of Hozier's self-titled debut, including "Into The Woods Somewhere," "Run," "Arsonist's Lullaby," and a special cover of Willie Dixon's "My Love Will Never Die." Watch the video for "From Eden," off Hozier's Hozier.




6. Flaming Lips: Atlas Eets Christmas, which was originally released in 2007 under the Imagene Peise, whom, it was rumored at the time of the release, to have been an Iraqi jazz pianist who committed suicide in 1978. The record was originally sold with a small sticker that read "Love is the answer — Merry Christmas from The Flaming Lips," and is now available under the The Flaming Lips moniker on translucent red vinyl. Listen to segments of the original secret release, below:




5. St. Vincent: Pieta will include "Pieta," a concert favorite, and "Sparrow." Both tracks were recorded with producer John Congleton during the sessions leading up to her 2014 eponymously titled album. Presented in a deluxe die cut, foil embossed package designed by St. Vincent visual collaborator Willo Perron. Watch Annie plug the release, and preview the album art and new tracks below:




4. Wu-Tang Clan: "C.R.E.A.M" will be released on a die cut picture disc cut in the shape of the Wu's logo, and backed by "The Mystery Of Chessboxin." Watch the original video for "C.R.E.A.M.":




3. Outkast: "Player's Ball," the prolific first single from the groups 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik will be pressed on a 10" translucent green single, backed by "rare extended version." Watch the original "Player's Ball" video below:




2. Jenny Lewis: The Pax-Am Sessions, which includes the original versions of "Just One of The Guys" and "You Can't Outrun 'Em," as produced by Ryan Adams (the record's name is a nod to his LA studio, and home of the recordings) and Mike Viola, off her most recent album The Voyager. Watch the star-studded video for the record released version of "Just One of The Guys":




1. David Bowie: "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" off Bowie's new compilation Nothing Has Changed will appear on the 10" press' A-side, with new single "Tis A Pity She's A Whore" appearing on it's B-side. Watch Bowie sing "Sue" in the video below:





Other Black Friday releases include contributions from Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Kinks, The Ramones, Bleachers, The Velvet Underground, Ed Sheeran, Diplo, Imagine Dragons, and more. You can see the full roster here.

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