The day after Thanksgiving, while the masses are lining up early for blockbuster sales, tying Christmas trees to their car roofs, or kicking back at home and watching football, you’ve got only one place you need to be: your favorite record store. Tomorrow is Record Store Day Black Friday, a day to support record stores, who in these times need your help, and to pick up exclusive albums, EPs and singles. You may already be familiar with Record Stores Day itself, which has been around since 2007 and occurs every third weekend in April, but its Fall counterpart has been providing music lovers with post-Thanksgiving releases only since 2010. Despite its relatively short lifespan, RSDBF has been growing at just as quickly and has become the home for an annual slew of vinyl reissues and exclusive singles that lured even the most shopping-shy music lovers into record stores. Take a look at some of our picks below and check out the whole list of releases with this handy PDF Wishlist Form, which you can also print and bring with you.
Band of Horses – Sonic Ranch Sessions: Mirage Rock & Relly’s Dream – 7″ single featuring two tracks from the Charleston quintet’s fourth album recorded at Sonic Ranch earlier this year.
JEFF the brotherhood – Dark Energy – 7″ single with the Hypnotic Nights track “Dark Energy” on the A-side and a version of “Dark Energy” with Tristen on vocals on the flip side.
Love – Forever Changes (45th Anniversary Edition) - A remastered version of the 1967 classic with a bonus 7″ housing an unreleased edit of “Alone Again Or”
The Lumineers – Winter EP – Four new tunes from the Colorado trio, including a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”
Mad Season – River of Deceit – Limited 10″ single featuring the short-lived Seattle group’s first single on the A-side and a live version of “I Don’t Know Anything” on the flip side.
My Morning Jacket – It Makes No Difference – Live recording from this year’s Newport Folk Festival where Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard joined Jim James and co. for a tribute to Levon Helm.
Nirvana – Insecticide (20th Anniversary Edition) – Remastered version of Nirvana’s 1992 compilation on 12″ vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve recreating Kurt Cobain’s original artwork.
Joe Strummer – Live At Action Town Hall – Live document of one of the Clash frontman’s final gigs, including three songs with his former bandmate Mick Jones.
The Velvet Underground & Nico – Scepter Studios Acetate – Early and alternate versions of the songs that would wind up on The Velvet Underground and Nico released for the first time on vinyl.