For some, the day after Thanksgiving is when we see just how much leftover stuffing we can consume. For others, it's a call to arms, with contenders forming pre-dawn ranks at malls and big-box stores across the land. For the fourth time, the affiliation of independent record stores that brings you Record Store Day every April also brings you Back to Black Friday, another opportunity to pursue your love of vinyl in a way that directly affects the local economy, supporting the good folks who fill their racks with the sacred and obscure year-round.
Many local record stores will participate, meaning you can get your hands on hot limited-edition wax, take advantage of storewide deals and check out special events. B2BF doesn't boast as many exclusive titles as RSD proper, but several titles will be exclusive to indie stores for an extended period, and B2BF will be your first crack at them. Besides a 20th anniversary remix of Nirvana's In Utero and killer live albums from The Replacements and Nick Cave, there are several holiday releases, and plenty with a local connection. RecordStoreDay.com has the full list, but we've cherry-picked some favorites below.
Dawes, Stripped Down at Grimey's LP — Recorded during their March in-store set at the newly opened Grimey's Too, the album showcases intimate takes on six cuts from Stories Don't End.
Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein double LP — The 2010 tribute to the poet and songwriter features a shedload of stars, including Lucinda Williams, Todd Snider and Kris Kristofferson. Both Bobby Bares, senior and junior, also participate, with Bare the younger revisiting the classic duet "Daddy, What If" with his daughter Isabella.
Brendan Benson, You Were Right LP — A compilation of the roots-rockin' Nashvillian's 2013 monthly singles, plus four album exclusives. Wide release is Dec. 10; available exclusively at participating indie stores starting Nov. 29.
Band of Horses, Acoustic at the Ryman 7-inch — "No One's Gonna Love You" and Leon Russell's "A Song for You," from the acoustic set performed during April's two-night stand at the Mother Church.
The Civil Wars, Between the Bars 10-inch — Unreleased studio recordings of four covers much-loved by the embattled duo's fans: the Elliott Smith-penned title track, Portishead's "Sour Times," Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and The Romantics' "Talking in Your Sleep."
Roy Orbison, The Monument Vinyl Box four-LP box set — Includes all three of Orbison's long-players on Hendersonville-headquartered Monument Records, plus a compilation including his early singles through "Oh! Pretty Woman."
And the haps at your local stores:
Fond Object, 1313 McGavock Pike
For the ultimate analog audiophile experience, visitors can record two songs (acoustic instruments and vocals only) live to tape beginning at 10 a.m., courtesy of Chris Mara's Welcome to 1979 studio. Every participant gets a free copy of their songs on CD, and one lucky guy or gal's tunes will be cut to a 7-inch lacquer master on '79's in-house lathe. B2BF exclusives will be on hand, as well as loads of new-arrival used vinyl and Tino's hot dogs. Dottie the pig and goat twins Cliff and Lou, the shop mascots, also demand snacks in tribute.
The Great Escape, 5400 Charlotte Ave.
The venerable superstore jumps right into the spirit of things, opening at 7 a.m. Besides the exclusive B2BF items, lots of new-arrival used vinyl will go on display just before the doors open, and a 25 percent discount on non-B2BF merchandise runs all weekend.
Grimey's New and Pre-Loved Music, 1604 Eighth Ave. S.
In addition to stocking exclusive special releases, Grimey's opens early at 10 a.m. Downstairs in The Basement, Bobby Bare Sr. and Jr. will double up on the Twistable Turnable Man glee, curating a free, all-ages celebration of Shel Silverstein's life and work with an as-yet-undisclosed cavalcade of performers, starting at 4 p.m.
The Groove, 1103 Calvin Ave.
When The Groove opens at 10 a.m., expect B2BF exclusives, a 15 percent discount on new and used vinyl (also extends to Saturday, and excludes the B2BF items, consignments, and current sale items) and giveaways of tickets to upcoming shows, Groove gift certificates and other goodies.
Infinity Cat Visitors' Center, 467 Humphreys Ave.
The local label's outlet shop is not a record store, not a B2BF participant and won't stock any special releases. However, the iCat folks tell us their doors will be open on Black Friday (watch Twitter and Facebook for hours), with marked discounts of 20 percent to 50 percent at the shop, and other discounts TBA online. The long-awaited JEFF the Brotherhood 7-inch box set will also be available at the shop, two weeks before you can find it anywhere else. Also, a few copies of the out-of-print The Boys R Back in Town LP have been found, and just 10 will be available at the shop.
Third Man Records, 623 Seventh Ave. S.
Reps from the shop run by 2013 RSD Ambassador Jack White promise new releases and merch, including Jack Johnson's Live at Third Man LP and much more. Check Third Man's site for updates and to find out if TMR can beat the pop-rock-filled Electric Peppermint Bark from their recent Bang Candy Company collaboration.