For just one day, let's pretend like it's 1967.
For just one day, let's pretend like it's 1967. Ted Spiegel/CORBIS
If you're back in your old neighborhood this weekend or just need an excuse to get out of the house, Record Store Day is a pretty good option. The twice-annual event when independent record stores around the country offer brand new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl has become an opportunity for artists to find a home for that extra song that didn't fit anywhere or to put out that remix that was just plain odd. For fans, there's the hope of finding something rare, getting turned on to some classic disc that just feels/sounds so much better on vinyl or meeting a lot of other music geeks and making some new friends, since there's a good chance that a lot of people will flock to the local shop on this special day.
You can see a complete list of what to look for here, but I've come up with five reasons you might want to run to your local record shop for Record Store Day: Black Friday 2012.
Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday
1. 'This Christmas' by Donny Hathaway and Cee Lo Green
Two versions of this classic song, one from the late Donny Hathaway, released in 1970 and a version on the B-side with Cee Lo Green staying pretty true to Hathaway's sound.
2. ' It Makes No Difference (Live)' by My Morning Jacket (Ft. Brittany Howard)
It's been a fabulous year for Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard. It's also been a year of concerts featuring cover songs of The Band after the passing of drummer Levon Helm. This 10-inch single features My Morning Jacket performing The Band's "It Makes No Difference" with Howard at the Newport Folk Festival.
3. 'Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar'
Not a record, but a series of trading cards featuring some of the great finger pickers from San Francisco's Tompkins Square label. Artists include George Cromarty, Davy Miller, Linda Cohen, Daniel Bachman (on the cover of the box), Mark Fosson and William Tyler. The illustrations are by artist Shana Cleveland. The 37 cards include biographies and hopefully will entice collectors to seek out some of the artists.
4. 'Big City After Dark,' 'Hold It, and 'Dance Party Pts. 1 & 2' by Link Wray
If you don't own any music by the late Link Wray, it would be just right to start with a 45 (little record, big hole). This is the way a generation came to hear the stunning guitarist's music. This repressing of two rare seven-inch records from 1962 comes inside a double gatefold package.
5. 'No Way Down' and 'Fall of '82' by The Shins
These two recordings, produced by musician and creative soul Richard Swift are quite different from the versions that can be heard on this year's Port of Morrow album.