Record Store Day spins wide on Black Friday

COURTESY PHOTOThe Afghan Whigs’ classic “Gentlemen at 21” is being issued on vinyl just in time for holiday shopping.

Today is Thanksgiving, and as much as it's a holiday of giving thanks, spending time with family and eating more food than anyone possibly should, let's be honest: It's a holiday for shopping these days.

TV and newspaper ads (thankfully) are full of ways to spend money tonight and tomorrow. And lines at your local Target or big box store will be unbearable for the next 24 hours. So, how to escape the insane consumerism? Simple … shop at a place that's a little different. Try your local record store.

Starting in 2007, every third Saturday of April has been designated Record Store Day, celebrating exclusive and rare vinyl in record stores across the U.S., Canada and Europe. In 2010, the holiday was extended to the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.

This year. more than 100 releases are associated with the day.

Record Store Day veterans find it vital to have a list of wants going into the madness – and yes, there will be madness.

Here are five must-haves for tomorrow. Happy shopping!

The Afghan Whigs, “Gentlemen at 21”

The reissue of the Ohio band's 1993 masterpiece is loaded not only with the spectacular record, but also eight demos from the recordings. This three-LP release is also packaged with promos from its original release.

David Bowie, “Sue (or in a Season of Crime)”

So I have a confession to make, I'm a big David Bowie fan. And this is Bowie at his dirtiest. With a little horn flair mixed in, Bowie's voice is wonderful, and so is this little 7-inch single.

The Flaming Lips, “Imagene Peise – Atlas Eets Christmas”

Celebrate Christmas and the holidays with the Flaming Lips … seriously, what more could you want? Originally released in 2007 as a CD, this first-time vinyl has the Flaming Lips playing Christmas classics such as “Winter Wonderland” and some originals.

St. Vincent, “Pieta”

As a single follow-up to her self-titled album that came out earlier this year, the eccentric Brooklyn songwriter puts one of her live staples into physical form. “Pieta” is a soaring pop song and one of her best in the live setting.

“Frozen” picture disc

OK, I've never seen the movie and I've only heard these songs in passing. But the platinum-selling “Frozen” soundtrack is one of the most popular albums in a long time. This LP reissue has both the film and single versions of the smash “Let It Go,” “In Summer” and the somewhat holiday-themed “Do You Want to Build a Snowman.”

cramey@sfexaminer.com

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