Audiophiles know Record Store Day happens every April, celebrating and bolstering the local brick-and-mortar record shop with exclusive limited-edition pressings, colored vinyl, picture-discs and all kinds of other goodies only available in the store. For five years now, the RSD masterminds have also organized some special Black Friday releases, helping music stores capitalize on the consumptive impulse of the day and kicking off the holiday shopping season with a reminder that music is a great gift.
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The RSD folks always manage to put together an impressive slate of releases: This year is no exception. We're looking forward to releases like the reissue of Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force's "Planet Rock," new St. Vincent single "Pieta," a Morrissey-curated Ramones LP and the rare Decemberists B-side "Make You Better." For a full list of releases with track info, vinyl color and more, visit the Record Store Day website.
If you're curious about where to find RSD's Black Friday offerings, we recommend visiting any of the Academy Records branches, Other Music (for Manhattanites) and Permanent Records (for Brooklynites), all of which are RSD participants that have pledged not to withhold or up-charge any of the special merch. You can also check the RSD website for more affiliated vendors and see which have made the pledge.