Try not to punch anyone over these albums.
It’s Black Friday—that magical day of the year where materialistic consumerism leads people to punch each other senseless to get the last discounted flat screen TV or whatever must-have toy happens to be hot this year.
But if you’d rather shop for musical rarities than give your hard-earned cash to giant corporations like Wal-Mart or Best Buy, you’re in luck, because Record Store Day is also holding some Black Friday specials.
There are some good albums to be had today, so if you can cast off the turkey-and-stuffing-induced sluggishness, you might want to head over to your local record shop. The RSD website has a list of participating stores.
One of the must-haves is the Nirvana box set. In case you were living in a forest a few months ago, you may have noticed some hype around the fact that “Nevermind” turned 20 back in September. Now there’s a set containing four ten-inch records, for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Come As You Are,” “Lithium” and “In Bloom.” Each features B-sides with live cuts, non-album tracks and other rarities.
Another commemorative record being released today is the 40th anniversary edition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The album was remastered in 2010 and is being sold as a white vinyl 12-inch that comes with a poster.
If that’s not enough of the Fab Four, you can also pick up The Beatles’ Singles box set. You get four seven-inch records, “Ticket to Ride”/”Yes it Is,” “Hey Jude” / “Revolution,” “Something” / “Come Together” and “Yellow Submarine” / “Eleanor Rigby.”
While today seems to be a good day for picking up specials from older artists — there are also releases from Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Yardbirds, Grateful Dead, Byrds and Miles Davis — there’s plenty to be had from some more current groups.
The Beastie Boys will be dropping a limited edition version of their most recent album, “Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.” It features a 60-page book with photos from their video “Fight for Your Right Revisited” and a DVD/Blu-Ray alongside the CD.
There are also releases from The Black Keys, who are dropping a 12-inch single with “Lonely Boy” and “Run Right Back,” as well as Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, who will premiere a seven-inch single for “Honolulu Blues” and “Rented Room.” Wilco is offering a 10-inch record, “Speak Into the Rose,” which features tracks and unreleased material from their most recent album, “The Whole Love.”
There’s a full list of releases over at the RSD site. If you really want to do some shopping today, these specials are worth checking out. You may be much less likely to get pepper sprayed than if you were to go to Best Buy, anyway.