Special items coming on whatchamacallit day

When is Record Store Day not really Record Store Day?

Well, this year there is an unofficial record store day on Black Friday, but I am not supposed to call it that.

Let me explain.

Record Store Day was conceived as a way to celebrate the uniqueness of the 1,200–1,400 independent record stores throughout the world as alternatives to big box chains and online companies.

Record Store Day began in 2007 at the independent record store chain Bull Moose Records and is always on the third Saturday in April. Record labels, along with artists and independent record stores, come together to celebrate their passion for music in many different ways.

By 2008 more than 300 stores participated in Record Store Day. In April 2009, there were more than 1,200 stores participating.

Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made solely for Record Store Day, with hundreds of artists in the United States and various other countries making special appearances and performances in stores.

Now on Friday, Nov. 26, there is going to be special music available to you through Triple Play Records. We just can’t call it Record Store Day.

Recordstoreday.com had this to say about Black Friday:

“Word is out that your local indie record store may just be the place to be this Post-Thanksgiving-Shopping-Melee-Day, also known as Black Friday. And that’s because indie stores across the country will be the place to get special releases created just for you, for giving and getting this holiday season, and they’re scheduled for release on Black Friday.

“Now, this is not Record Store Day, Jr. or RSD 11 or Son of the Return of Record Store Day. This is just a group of special releases that you can only find at record stores. Some of them are uber-limited, some of them are available at record stores before they’re available anywhere else. But they’re all special, and they kind of fly in the face of what Black Friday has become, which is ‘I have to shop, let’s see how fast and cheap I can get it over with.’

“The magic of these pieces is that every one of them is something someone will really LOVE to get, and you’ll really ENJOY giving. And you’ll have the extra nice feeling of supporting a local independently owned business during the holidays.”

In my opinion, every day is record store day at Triple Play, and this year we will proudly host local favorites Stray Grass as the highlight on Black Friday. The band’s new CD “Written in the Stars” will be available.

This is the second time Stray Grass has played for us on Black Friday and we hope the group will help us make it a tradition.

In addition to the Stray Grass in-store appearance Triple Play will have as many of the special vinyl pressings as we can get our hands on this season, as well as a few of the CDs.

We will have a limited amount of collectible recordings from the following artists: Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Doors, Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, Badfinger, James Taylor, Widespread Panic, Metallica, Drive-By Truckers, Black Keys and others.

There also will be some rare and one-of-a-kind LPs available from past Record Store Days and others that we have been saving for a special day.

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Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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