The Hippo


May 29, 2020








Record Store Day Black Friday

When:  Friday, Nov. 29 
More: has a list of items; call ahead, as not all stores have everything
New Hampshire locations:
Newbury Comics
Manchester - 777 South Willow Plaza 624-2842
Nashua - Pheasant Lane Mall/310 Daniel Webster Highway 888-0720
Salem - 436 South Broadway, Route 28 890-1380
West Lebanon - K-Mart Plaza/200 South Main Street 298-2167
Bull Moose 
Portsmouth - 82-86 Congress Street 422-9525
Salem - 419 South Broadway 898-6254
Pitchfork Records
2 South Main St, Concord 224-6700
Toadstool Bookshop
12 Depot Square, Peterborough 924-3543
Odyssey And Oracle
100 Albany Street, Portsmouth 319-1656
274 Central Avenue, Dover 742-6939

Independents day
At record stores, a more sedate Black Friday

By Michael Witthaus

 It’s traditional as turkey; on the day after Thanksgiving, Americans segue from being grateful for what they have to waiting in line for stuff they don’t. But music fans, especially those fueling a recent boom in vinyl albums, can dial down the commerce overdrive by shopping at an independent record store.

For the fifth year running, places like Bull Moose Records, Newbury Comics and Toadstool Bookshop will offer exclusive items for gift givers on Black Friday. It’s an extension of Record Store Day; the annual April event brings attention to independently owned music stores. 
Though some places offer doorbuster items along with free coffee and donuts to early shoppers, no store will open the minute after midnight, according to Chris Brown of Bull Moose Records. 
“We aren’t supposed to sell Record Store Day stuff until 8 a.m.,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “That means they don’t have to get up to do the crack-of-dawn thing.”
It was Brown’s idea that sparked the first Record Store Day in 2008, since then, it’s gone international. 
“Other people ran with it,” he said. “Now we’re everywhere but Australia. It’s not what anybody expected.” Artists got on board too; musicians from Paul McCartney to the Dead Milkmen issue limited editions and special items that aren’t sold at big box stores.
Some of the more exciting things available this year include a 7-inch reissue of “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC, packaged with a flexi disc of the song on a postcard. 
“It’s a big thing now,” said Brown. “The sound quality is abysmal, but it’s really fun.”
Fans of Miles Davis can buy a single version of his “Blue Xmas” or the Prestige 10 Inch LPs, Vol. 1 box set. Among the limited editions are Johnny Thunders Real Times EP 1978 on blue vinyl, a reissue of the 1970 classic LP Wayne McGhie and The Sounds of Joy and a picture disc of Purgatory by metal stalwarts Five Finger Death Punch.
It’s not all vinyl, either. Brown’s particularly excited about the cassette-only Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, containing 1970s hits like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Cherry Bomb” from Joan Jett’s first band, The Runaways.  
“A very cool movie collectible,” he said.
Keeping with what Brown terms “the whole ‘buy local’ aspect of it,” the event has a regional component. New England singer-songwriter Spencer Albee will debut his four-song EP Love Is Not Enough on Black Friday. 
But the real attention will focus on things like two new St. Vincent songs, Chvrches’ Under the Tide on blue vinyl and Tune In Tokyo, a limited edition of a 2001 Green Day live recording. New artists like Hozier, Bleachers and 5 Seconds of Summer share space with The Beatles, David Bowie, Fishbone and other classic acts. 
Dave Matthews Band will reissue its 1997 album Recently as an individually numbered deluxe double 10-inch with both the original EP and the rare promo Pumpkin Recently. As with most other items, “Indie record stores are the only brick and mortar location where this title will be available,” according to a press release from the band.
A Decemberists 7-inch fittingly titled Black Friday will also be a hot item, with “Make You Better” from the group’s forthcoming album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, and “Fits and Starts,” an exclusive B-side.
All this cool stuff explains why there’s even a Black Friday event in the U.K. 
“They’re not celebrating American Thanksgiving. I guess they’re eating quail or something,” Brown said with a laugh. “It’s just another day to have a great event in the record store.” 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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