Celebrate Record Store Day Black Friday at these local shops

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In addition to the lines of people at your Best Buys, Walmarts and Targets of the nation, vinyl nerds of all stripes will be getting in place today to purchase a plethora of exclusive releases. Record Store Day has a secondary event on Black Friday, with oodles of singles, LPs, CDs and more only available at independent record shops. We’ve put together a list of the area record stores and what they’ll have, along with their ancillary events. You can also check out the complete list of Record Store Day Black Friday exclusives at the RSD website.

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Josey Records

1814 Oak St.

Opens at 8 a.m.

Josey’s pretty capacious, so their line will be inside the building, along with free coffee from Broadway Cafe and free doughnuts from Lamar’s. They’ll have “at least 100 releases.” One of those releases in an exclusive gorgeous-looking vinyl compilation with songs from The Conquerors, Drop A Grand, HMPH, Phantom Head, and Mysterious Clouds, available only at Josey. And, in addition to live DJs all day, the bands from the compilation will be playing the store that evening, starting at 5.

Love Garden Sounds
822 Massachusetts St.

Opens at 10 a.m.

No early opening, no bands, no snacks — just records and a well-organized queue.

Mills Record Company
314 Westport Rd.

Opens at 8 a.m.

Get to Mills Record Company early, and they’ll have free coffee from Oddly Correct and doughnuts from Hana’s. If it’s cold, they’ll start handing out line tickets around 7, so you can “wait in your car where it’s warm,” so says their e-mail. Stick around longer, and there’s concert ticket giveaways from AEG, along with sales, clearance specials, and — obviously — Black Friday exclusive titles. There will also be music from Jessica Paige and Pink Royal starting at 7.

However, Mills isn’t just content to stick with one days of wonderful. They’re also offering up a party for Shop Small Saturday, which features mad sales, giveaways, and more in-store music that evening from Sharp Weapons, Inner Altar, and Bluehealer. Additionally, Shop Small Saturday marks the beginning of voting to award eight hours of recording time at Element Studio to one of six local acts. As owner Judy Mills said in an e-mail to the Pitch, “On a day where we promote supporting locally owned small businesses, we wanted to pay it forward and support local as well.” You can find details on the acts nominated at the event page

Records with Merritt
1614 Westport Rd.

Opens at 8 a.m. 

Records with Merritt is calling their event “Record Store Day Black Friday Super Deluxe Day Where The Music Comes First,” and it’s another case of amazingly big things from this tiny shop. Once again, Ben Hughes of the Mr and the Mrs has put together a great line-up of bands playing in-store, including Merlin and Cucumber and the Suntans.

As per usual, there will be snacks and drinks, along with Black Friday exclusive releases. Hughes’ Woody Records has compiled a box set for release that day, available only at Records with Merritt. It includes a 7-inch from each band playing that day, along with a cassette and button, in a wooden box. Snazzy.

Revolution Records
1830 Locust St.

Opens at 11 a.m. 

Revolution will have a stack of Black Friday exclusives, a list of which can be found on their Facebook page.

Vinyl Rennaissance
1415 West 39th St. and 7932 Santa Fe Dr.

Opens at 10 a.m. 

In addition to the various exclusives, the two stores will have some great sales, and a chance to win an autographed copy of the new Coheed and Cambria record, amongst other hourly giveaways. The 39th Street store opens at 10:00am, with the Overland Park location sleeping in and opening at 11:00.

The Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven
7621 Troost Ave.

Opens at 10 a.m.

7th Heaven looks to be one of the few stores getting in the Record Store Day t-shirt line, so if you’re looking for apparel declaring your love for black plastic, they’re the place, with five designs. They’re also offering up bagels and cream cheese, coffee, and promising that everything’s priced below retail. When they state “everything,” it appears that they mean it, too — 7th Heaven ordered every title available. That’s some impressive commitment.

The only local label we could find offering Black Friday deals is Lawrence’s I Am Shark, who will have 25% off everything — including the Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace score, just in time for The Force Awakens next month. Check out all the details at their online store.

If there are any stores we missed, or you have any local releases you think people should know about, leave a note in the comments.

Categories: Music