It’s almost November, and while everyone’s minds are probably thinking about Thanksgiving, many are also mulling over Black Friday. Despite your opinions on the insanity that is shopping on Black Friday, there are some sales worth checking out from the guys behind Record Store Day…and it’s probably safe to say you won’t be trampled to death by a mob of flat screen-hungry shoppers at your local record store.

For those of you who don’t know, Record Store Day is the third Saturday of April each year and is intended to celebrate the culture of your friendly neighborhood store. This year however, Black Friday will also be celebrated, as Record Store is upping the ante a for Black Friday by offering limited edition vinyl, CDs, DVDs, box sets and even trading cards.

Their “Back to Black Friday” event will feature a huge amount of sweet, exclusive releases including The Flaming Lips’ new EP Peace Sword, Bob Dylan rarities collection entitled Side Tracks, a remix album of Elvis Costello and The Roots’ recent collab, a reissue of Nas’ 1992 single “Halftime”, and a special edition of Metallica’s recent soundtrack for Through the Never. All of these and more will only be available for purchase at your local store. The full list can be viewed at Record Store Day’s website.

In addition to exclusives, there will also be several live releases from greats such as the Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, Band of Horses, a compilation of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ recent singles and the newly-released 2013 mix of Nirvana’s In Utero, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary.


If you’re already planning on braving the sale-crazed sea of shoppers on Black Friday, why not get some ultra-rare goodies from your local record store to add to your collection. Local stores such as Young Loud & Snotty, Deep Search Records and Budget Records are all participants in the Black Friday event. Who knows, you might even get as lucky as the guy who picked up Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest at last year’s record day when a brand new vinyl record by the band was placed in a New York record store for purchase. The record sold on eBay for $5,700 soon after.

Check out this awesome banner for the Back to Black Friday event courtesy of Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley and listen to some Baroness below. Oh and did I mention that this poster is being given out at stores participating in this year’s event?

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