Every year, April’s Record Store Day swoops in on the indie community, creating a storm of great sales and special promotional items from all your favorite artists. The annual holiday has been a boon to the struggling music industry, raising awareness for the indie community and spiking sales even in these trying economic times. But if once a year isn’t enough for you, the Record Store Day organizers have good news for you. This Friday, in retail Black Friday tradition, record stores around the country are indulging you, the consumer, with massive sales and a huge list of special releases during this “Back to Black Friday ” special event. Here’s the list of participating stores for Seattle, including Easy Street Records, Sonic Boom, Silver Platters, and Everyday Music, among many others. What better way to work off your post-Thanksgiving food-baby than running to and from all these great places, buying all the music you can?
Record Store Day’s website has also provided a list of the day’s special releases, only available at your local record stores. Among the many highlights is Speak Into The Rose, an exclusive 4 track 10″ vinyl from Wilco. After all, Jeff Tweedy himself knows the importance of record stores:
My introduction to all this great music and to “the music business” came from hanging around, and eventually, working at independent record stores. Nothing beats browsing in your favorite store, listening to music, finding something new or old that you’ve been searching for, all that. And without these stores, there’s just no way Wilco would still be around.
You’ll also want to check out a special deluxe edition of The Beastie Boys‘s Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Nirvana‘s Nevermind – The Singles 10″ box set, 12″ vinyl of The Black Keys‘s new single “Lonely Boy,” a 7″ single The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn‘s new solo song “Honolulu Blues,” and tons of box sets, singles, and exclusive vinyl from The Beatles, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Ryan Adams, The Doors, Silversun Pickups, Iron & Wine, Janis Joplin, Sea Wolf, John Lennon, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd, and many others.
You can find a full list here. Remember: not every store will have stock of all of the releases, so it’s always best to check with with them beforehand.