Welcome to Record Store Day: Black Friday Edition! Okay, okay—Black Friday (November 23) is a horrible concept, responsible for making such atrocities as camping in Walmart parking lots, Bumpits, tramplings, and cherry cordials ALL SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE. But you know and I know that your crocheted pencil warmers and hand-whittled crucifixes are going to take WAY longer than you thought they would, and let's face it... music (music) makes the people (makes the people) come together (yeah).
Since 2010, record labels have produced extra-collectible editions of beloved, often rare releases exclusively for the shoppingest shopping day of the year, giving you the excuse you've been looking for to go nuts at a local record store. Please enjoy a sampling of picks by The Stranger Music Expert Dream Team™—we'll even tell you whom to buy it for!
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO Scepter Studios Acetate
This is a 1966 demo that was found at a garage sale and released just for you! And other people! The Velvet Underground's haziness paired with the deep mono-drone of Nico is heavenly and drug noddy (nods to buying and being on drugs, see also: nodding out on drugs). Ideal recipient: Anyone whose ears would perk up to hear that this record is on 180-gram vinyl or anyone with beaded curtains. EMILY NOKES
WANDA JACKSON Capitol Rarities
The ever-influential First Lady of Rockabilly (the early, country/rock/hillbilly sort, not the Bettie Page bangs/flaming dice graphics/cuffed jeans, er, style of more recent times), Wanda Jackson's Capitol Rarities showcases six Capitol-era rarities on a 10-inch record. Ideal recipient: Your snazzy aunt who wears white cowboy boots, false eyelashes, and a clip-on ponytail. EN