Record Store Day is a promotional event that happens in the spring, but not to be left out of all the Black Friday-Small Business Saturday hubbub, independent music shops are getting in on the holiday shopping rush.
"Ah, Black Friday," reads a post on the Record Store Day website. "Even if you're averse to the crowds and the crazy, there is a great place to go shopping on that day after Thanksgiving and it's your friendly neighborhood record store."
As is the case with the full-fledged Record Store Day, the smaller-scale Black Friday version gives fans the chance to buy special, limited-edition discs.
Local participating shops include American Oldies [Thanks to reader Jim Small for catching my oversight] and Fantasy in Newport News, Birdland and AFK Books, Music & Movies in Virginia Beach and Skinnies in Norfolk, according to the Record Store Day website.
"They're putting out a few exclusive releases to try and keep Record Store Day in the public eye," said Mitch Kirsner, owner of Fantasy. He said that his shop will have special vinyl pieces from artists including Bettye LaVette, the Beach Boys, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Dr. Dog, Mogwai and the Norwegian black metal band Borknagar.
There's also a split 7-inch with Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen both doing versions of Cohen's beloved "Hallelujah."
See the full list of Record Store Day Black Friday items here. Be aware, though, that participating stores don't stock everything on the list. Typically, any one store only gets a fraction of everything available.
Fantasy will be open 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday -- no special hours for Black Friday Record Store Day.
"My customers just don't get up that early," Kirsner said.
The event isn't expected to be a big money maker for the store, he said. "We do it for our customers, we're not doing it for us. We hope everybody will come out and find what they're looking for."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times