WHETHER you’re shopping for yourself or loved ones, the official Black Friday Record Store Day 2015 list is packed a myriad of genres, innovative colorpours, and collectible LPs for every music lover on your list.
Hit Graveface Records and Curiosities to scoop up the goods; the shop will be open at 9 a.m., so get there early for first pick!
What Keeps You Up At Night – Stardeath and White Dwarfs + Casket Girls
Local or local-ish releases tend to get snapped up pretty quickly at Record Store Days in Savannah, so put this one at the top of your list. While The Flaming Lips may be releasing albums with polarizing popstress Miley Cyrus, Lips side project Stardeath and White Dwarfs have teamed up with Savannah’s own Casket Girls for a RSD split.
Stardeath and White Dwarfs have been a part of magical collaborations in the past (Flaming Lips, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Henry Rollins, and Peaches doing Dark Side of the Moon? Yes, just yes). Their synth-driven acidic pop is a really smart complement to The Casket Girls’ wistful vocals and the grimy textures Ryan Graveface layers under them.
Comprised of four exclusive songs, the 12” features a B-side etching; Graveface Records & Curiosities will have an exclusive colorway only available in-shop.
Stankonia – Outkast
It’s essentially your civic duty as a Georgian to snap up this double LP of Outkast’s 2000 masterpiece.Treat yourself with a little “B.O.B.” on limited orange/yellow/purple/black splatter vinyl; this run’s limited to 3,000 numbered copies total.
Jesus Christ – Big Star
Stuff this blue vinyl 10” in your favorite music nerd’s Christmas stocking this year. With four renditions of “Jesus Christ,” the languid, jangly cut off 1978’s Third, (there’s a demo version, acoustic instrumental, and electric instrumental in addition to the studio recording), you also get an unheard demo of “Big Black Car,” the official release of “Another Time Another Place & You,” And the TV mix of “Thank You Friends.”
That “Big Black Car” demo is a teaser from the forthcoming Complete Third box set coming in 2016; get this little taste first and see what you think.
Halo I-IV – Nine Inch Nails
One of the biggest announcements from this year’s crop of collectibles arrived in the form of a Nine Inch Nails box set centered around Trent Reznor and co.’s seminal debut, Pretty Hate Machine. In the collection, you get four 12-inch vinyl records: three of them are the album’s singles, including “Head Like a Hole,” “Down In It,” and “Sin,” with each disc featuring different mixes and alternate takes. The fourth is Pretty Hate Machine in the configuration that it was originally released in October 1989.
Each single comes on 120-gram black vinyl, with Pretty Hate Machine on 180-gram black vinyl. Any NIN fan receiving this under the tree certainly won’t bite the hand that feeds.
Fever 121614 – Deerhoof
One of the most innovative and unforgettable live bands of the past 20 years releases their very first live album, recorded during their December 16 show at Fever in Tokyo, on Record Store Day. Fever 121614 comes to you on clear, red vinyl in a gatefold jacket; with a limited run of 3,000, it’s a must-have for fans.
Christmas Cheer – Les Paul, Mary Ford
Alright, it’s Black Friday—though some radio stations may have decided to start pumping the Christmas music in October (!!!), it’s traditionally understood that the holiday spirit starts after Thanksgiving. Nothing like the warmth of vinyl and the warmth of a fire while trimming the tree, huh?
Mix it up this year with Capitol Records’ special 10” exclusive of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s festive renditions of timeless favorites. Christmas Cheer features six vocal and instrumental Christmas hits—“Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Noised Reindeer,” all the staples. Limited to 2,000 copies, you’ll either get festive red vinyl or green vinyl.
Lady Liberty – Dressy Bessy
Indie-pop heroes Dressy Bessy are back! A 7” single marks their grand return since 2008’s Holler. The college radio royalty will hit it hard in February when a full LP, KINGSIZED, comes out on Yep Rock Records, but for now, savor this fresh single: it’s as jangly, joyous, and melodic as longtime fans could want. Hella limited with a pressing of 500!
The BBC Sessions – The Zombies
This RSD First Release is the first complete collection of the Zombies on the BBC Radio. Compiled after extensive research by Zombies expert Andrew Sandoval (some gig, huh?), the two-LP set features previously unissued interviews and songs that ‘60s garage enthusiasts will wanna eat right up.
High Fidelity Soundtrack – Various Artists
The most fitting purchase for vinyl freaks on the holiest of holidays? The soundtrack to the definitive record collector film, duh! Co-produced by John Cusack, patron saint of dryly clever nerds trying to get the girl, it’s a mixtape for the discerning fan with a relatively broad palate, packed with staples like Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Kinks, The Velvet Underground, and more. It’s a double LP, released on exclusive orange vinyl in celebration of the film’s 15th anniversary. Scope out the track list for yourself:
You’re Gonna Miss Me – The Thirteenth Floor Elevators
Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy – The Kinks
I’m Wrong about Everything – Wesley Harding
Oh! Sweet Nuthin – The Velvet Underground
Always See Your Face – Love
Most of the Time – Bob Dylan
Fallen for You – Sheila Nicholls
Dry The Train – The Beta Band
Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Cold Blooded Old Times – Smog
Let’s Get it On – Jack Black
Lo Boob Oscillator – Stereolab
Inside Game – Royal Trux
Who Loves the Sun – Velvet Underground
I Believe (When I Fall in Love it Will be Forever) – Stevie Wonder