Your Quick Reference Guide to Record Store Day Black Friday 2021 | Characteristics
If you’re looking to support local businesses while finding unique gifts for yourself or the people you love this Black Friday, our local record stores are ready to help. Several of the local staples will participate in the annual Record Store Day Black Friday, featuring exclusive titles available only through independent retailers.
Keep in mind that supply chain issues, including shipping delays and production issues, disrupted the operations of independent record stores. If you had your eye on specific titles, you might want to check that they will still be available. The organization of the Record Store Day provided a list of delayed versions, but reassured customers that even these titles would eventually arrive.
The list of exclusives that fall on Friday is still substantial, with 119 titles. These include a collection of reissues, such as Leonard Cohen’s 50th Anniversary Editions Songs of love and hate and Miles Davis Live-Mal, and a 10th anniversary edition of Evanescence’s eponymous album. There are also a number of “RSD Firsts” that will be available for the first time on vinyl on RSD Black Friday, including Jason Isbell’s Georgia Blue and John Legend Once again. There are live recordings, like Charlie Parker Bird in LA, Carole King’s In concert – Live at the BBC 1971 and all the witches’ Live on the Internet, soundtracks of popular films, including How to train your dragon and Aquatic life with Steve Zissou, and even a few seasonal titles like The Staple Singers’ December 25th and Teddy Swims’ A very teddy Christmas.
Even stores that don’t offer RSD exclusives are finding other ways to commemorate the day, including discounts and giveaways. So grab a mask (they are mandatory or strongly encouraged in many places on the list) and stop by this weekend at one or more of the stores that are there for you every day of the year.
Alison Record Store (994A Davidson Drive) won’t have any RSD version, but they’ll be offering 15% off everything in store throughout the weekend. They will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
If you’re looking for RSD exclusives, head to The great Escape (5400 Charlotte Avenue). The store will open for extended hours on Black Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then resume normal hours from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the exclusive releases, Great Escape will be holding a 20% store-wide sale with a few exclusions. If you’d rather stay on the East Side, expect the same at the Madison location (105 Gallatin Pike N.).
Also in East Nashville, Vinyl faucet (2038 Greenwood Ave.) will have an RSD exclusives table opening Friday at 9 a.m. Only two customers will be allowed to walk at a time, so you can arrive early to queue. The rest of the store and the bar will open at noon. Among their RSD exclusive offers, Vinyl Tap will have Lera Lynn’s Live faucet and unplugged from vinyl LP and Lynn will be heading for a performance, listening night and album signing at 3 p.m. Friday.
While you are in the neighborhood, also head to The Groove (1103 Calvin Ave.) for more RSD exclusives and 40% off select other titles. The Groove – which recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to purchase its building – will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Keep in mind that all offers are available in store only.
For more RSD exclusives in East Nashville, stop by Grimey’s new and pre-loved music (1060 E. Trinity Lane). The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They’ll also be launching their annual toy drive for Christmas on Friday, so bring in a toy donation to receive 15% off your purchase, with a few exclusions. If you can’t make it in person, all RSD exclusives that won’t sell out over the weekend will be available on the Grimey website starting Monday, November 29.
Third man records (623 Seventh Ave. S.) will only offer Third Man titles, but they will get a progressive discount based on your total purchase: 10% off sales of $ 50 or more, 15% off 100 $ or more and 20% off if you spend $ 200 or more. You can spend some of the money you’ve saved at the Blue Room Bar, which will be open Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Just outside of Nashville, Oldies and goodies from Viv and Dickey (1264 Jackson Felts Road in Joelton) teams up with Vinyl Elevator (115 Sanders Ferry Road in Hendersonville) and Go Joe’s disc (211A N. Main St. in Goodlettsville) for the first Northside Record Crawl. Viv and Dickey’s isn’t offering any RSD exclusives this year, but they’ll be offering 20% off the entire store on Fridays, when they’re open from noon to 6 p.m. And if you visit all three sites on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and answer trivial questions at each store, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of three prizes, with a first place worth around $ 200.