10 Best Record Store Day Black Friday 2012 Buys
Thanksgiving is great, what with the gluttony and sloth and all, but we're even more jazzed about Record Store Day Black Friday 2012. An offshoot of regular Record Store Day, which takes place annually on the third Saturday in April, Black Friday lures music freaks into independent shops with the promise of scoring super cool releases — generally limited-edition vinyl pressings. It's a great chance to knock out some holiday shopping or simply get away from your family and score some choice LPs and singles for yourself. Having perused this year's offerings, we at Diffuser.fm have compiled a list of the 10 best Record Store Day Black Friday 2012 releases. Should we cross paths at one of the participating stores, these are the ones we'll fight you for.
Band of Horses
If you bought the deluxe CD version of 'Mirage Rock,' the Horses' latest, you already know these two songs. But you don't have 'em on vinyl, and that's reason enough to chase down this record.
The Gaslight Anthem
First off, it's clear vinyl. Second, it comes with a poster. Lastly, all three songs are acoustic, and one is a 'Bon Iver' cover. Do you need a fourth reason?
JEFF the Brotherhood
'Dark Energy' appears on 'Hypnotic Nights,' one of our favorite albums of the year, but the B side of this 7" contains an alternate version. Come Black Friday, show you're down with the Brotherhood and track this platter down.
Whenever you see the words "Live at Sun Studios," it's a good idea to pay attention. The band cut these tunes in the same room where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and lots of other dudes with killer pompadours did their thing.
Mylo, Naked and Famous, Polly Scattergood and Sei A put their unique spin on this 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' gem.
Yeah, we all own the CD, but this anniversary edition boasts remastered audio and a lyric sheet. Plus, the music comes housed in a gatefold sleeve, which is necessitated by the fact that there are two -- yep, two! -- slabs of vinyl, each of which spins at 45RPM for higher audio quality. It's not a cash-grab if they give you something extra.
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
For years, promoters threw money at Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones, begging them to reunite the Clash. They never took the bait, but one night in 2002, they shared the stage at benefit concert for striking firefighters, reaffirming what their iconic group was always about. Jonesy only pops up for the encore, but the rest of the gig is worth checking out.
Toro y Moi
Hodgy Beats remixes a tune by chillwave's preeminent funkmaster. It's arguably the grooviest slice of wax hitting shelves at Record Store Day Black Friday 2012.
The White Stripes
One of three Stripes discs dropping on Record Store Day Black Friday 2012, this one features the song that introduced most folks to Jack White and his sister, er ex-wife, Meg. The B Side cover of Burt Bacharach's classic sweetens the deal, if only 'cause it makes us think of that steamy video with Kate Moss.
Eric Burdon and the Greenhornes
Animals singer Eric Burdon has an ear for collaborations -- check your parents' collections for the stuff he did with WAR -- and here, he teams with Cincy's finest garage rockers for a four-song EP. The record isn't out until next year, but thanks to Record Store Day Black Friday 2012, you can snag a copy early.