Record Store Day joins Black Friday frenzy
Ah, Black Friday, the day that epitomizes capitalism at its best or worst, depending on one’s point of view. Whether lining up outside of Target at 2 a.m. to be the first to snag a coveted Wii, or sleeping in until noon (because, really, who the hell gets up that early the day after eating too much turkey?) there’s no escaping the frenzy over Black Friday. But, at least, this year there’s something in it for music fans. Not content to limit their annual celebration to just one day a year, the brains behind Record Store Day have cooked up a great list of exclusive releases (while supplies last, of course) to get music lovers out of the big-box stores and into independent record retailers to search for gifts during the busiest shopping day of the year.
While one of the more attractive releases is “Walking Far From Home,” the first single from the new Iron And Wine album (available both as a three-song 12” and a CD maxi-single), the artists selling their wares for this event cover a wide range from mega-stars (Metallica, U2, Springsteen), to indie faves (Grinderman, MGMT, The Ting Tings), and even to some oldies (Dylan, Hendrix, Sinatra). Check out the full list of releases available for purchase this Friday, find the list of participating stores, and crack open that piggy bank.