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Five Reasons We’re Thankful for the Black Friday Edition of Record Store Day

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By Bryan Hood and Craig Hubert | We’re not exactly what you’d call fans of Black Friday, that day of consumer excess that’s now become a national holiday of sorts, but this year we might actually bundle up and venture from our warm homes for some shopping. The reason: 2012’s second Record Store Day. That’s right, the day of celebration for crate diggers the world over, which normally takes place on the third Saturday of April, is being held twice this year. While the list of participants is shorter than normal, the offerings, all of which “you can ONLY get at a record store, and some things you can get FIRST at a record store,” are just as noteworthy. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are five Record Store Day offerings that we’re thankful for, items that made our music fan hearts flutter when we saw them (along with a handful of items that we’ll be doing our best to ignore).

Oh, and fun Record Store Day fact, this year’s ambassador for the event (we didn’t know they needed one either), is none other than Iggy Pop.

1. Asobi Seksu/Boris, Split 7” (Sargent House)

New York-based dream poppers Asobi Seksu and Japanese metal heads Boris team up for this special 7” split, working together because of a shared love of shoegaze texture (at least that’s our guess). Want more? The record also includes a download card for four “classic” songs from each band.

2. Fat Boys –  Pizza Box (Tin Pan Apple)

Will you ever give this a spin? Most likely not.  But how can you not be intrigued by a record that looks like a pizza pie, housed in a pizza box, filled with actual songs about pizza? This special-edition of the classic first album from the Fat Boys is gimmicky, yes, but isn’t that the unspoken secret of Record Store Day?

3. Lee Hazlewood – You Turned My Head Around: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1967-1970 (Light in the Attic)

If you’re looking for expansiveness on Record Store Day, look no further than this lavish box set released by Light in the Attic. The one of a kind set, which includes eleven 45’s (all clasic Hazlewood productions), a LHI adapter, and a Lee Hazelwood puzzle, just for the hell of it, will most likely empty your wallet, but just imagine how great this will look on a shelf gathering dust five years from now. Limited to 3000 copies, so run and grab this one quick.

4. Toro y Moi, “So Many Details” 7” (Carpark)

In preparation for his third album, “Anything in Return,” Chillwave alpha dog Toro y Moi, releases a double sided 7” featuring the record’s jazzy and blip-filled first single “So Many Details.” The release’s flipside is an extended remix of the song featuring an unexpectedly well suited verse from Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats.

5. Various Artists – Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (Legacy)

If you’re out on Black Friday looking for Christmas gifts, there is no better stocking stuffer than “Death Might Be Your Santa Claus,” Legacy’s album of “deep holiday blues tracks” from the 20s through the 50s. While the record nerd in us is a little concerned that Legacy, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is putting out an album with the same exact name, and much of the same music, as his classic Mississippi Records tape (Control + F: “Death Might Be Your Santa Claus”) that has been in existence for years, you might want to pick this up before this disappears. A potential Black Friday lawsuit in the making?

…And Something We’re Not Really Thankful For:

Now this one isn’t exactly a Record Store Day exclusive, rather it’s something that is going to be available for the first time on Friday, but still, our initial reaction when seeing that five Incubus albums were getting vinyl reissues was, “…” Maybe our tastes have matured since high school, but we’re not entirely sure why these records – everything but debut effort “Fungus Among Us” – need limited edition, numbered gate-fold, 180 gram vinyl pressings. Who exactly is out there clamoring for these? After a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with your family, are you really hankering for some bro-sincerity from a band who dedicated an album to Steve Vai? We’d go on but we’ve already being snobby enough.

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