Shopping like there's no tomorrow is the acknowledged ethos of Black Friday, so much so that many stores are starting Black Friday on Thursday, better known as Thanksgiving.
But if you'd rather not risk trampling another unsuspecting shopper looking for the ultimate deal, perhaps heading down to your friendly neighborhood record store to pick up the latest release from your favorite band is a better alternative.
Several Salt Lake record stores have many exclusive releases scheduled for Black Friday, thanks to what you might call a half-Record Store Day. Typically, Record Store Day is in April, as it will be in 2014, but recently there has been a push for getting people into record stores and out of the big-box outlets for Black Friday.
To do that, the folks at Record Store Day and the stores that support it offer new releases, special vinyl reissues and much more, available on that day only. Some can only be found at the store where they are purchased, and some are even numbered collector's items. The idea is to get your music from an actual human being and to "subvert" the big corporate model of mass-produced items at low prices, according to the event's website.
Last year, The Flaming Lips issued an exclusive vinyl released of their experimental album "Zaireeka," meant to be played on four stereos simultaneously. It was the first vinyl released for the album, according to Austin Stewart of Randy's Record Shop in Salt Lake City.
Those who have signed up to support Record Store Day, including Raunch Records, Graywhale Entertainment locations along the Wasatch Front, Randy's Record Shop and Groovacious farther south in Cedar City, were not yet able to give details on exactly what they'll have in stock for Black Friday, but assured music fans there will be some pretty great things.
"There's some good, interesting stuff depending on what your fancy is," Stewart said.
Some of the releases listed on the Record Store Day website include Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Live at KCRW," a split LP with Low and Shearwater, a remixed LP of Nirvana's "In Utero" and, of course, another Flaming Lips release titled "Peace Sword" on CD and vinyl.
Brad Collins, owner of Raunch Records in Salt Lake City, said his shop will have extended store hours and deals on store T-shirts as well.
"A lot of times I'll just stay here till people are done," Collins said.
Exactly the kind of personal touch and flexibility you might not find at the larger retailers. He also said he'll be offering deals for Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday.
For full details on what each store will have, give them a call or head on down and have a chat with your local tune-monger.
Stores and hours
Randy's Record Shop • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Graywhale • 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., all locations
Raunch Records • 10 a.m. - until customers are done, typically 9 p.m.
Groovacious • 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.