April's Record Store Day brought forth a celebration of indie record stores across the country. Music labels released hundreds of exclusive titles to wave the flag in support of mom-and-pop vinyl shops.
There will be far fewer exclusive vinyls at Radio-Active Records' annual Black Friday sale, which is why manager and discerning audiophile Mikey Ramirez is wary about likening Friday's daylong event to any variant of "Record Store Day: The Sequel" or "The Diet Coke of Record Store Day."
"It's a lot smaller, and it makes sense to have these releases on Black Friday," Ramirez says. "The discounts are sweet, the packaging on the exclusives are cool. And the people who camp out overnight at Brandsmart are probably not the same people who come to Radio-Active. I like to think we're more refined. No one will Mace each other here."
Among Friday's releases is a Jeff Buckley/Leonard Cohen 7-inch of the single "Hallelujah'; a 12-inch reissue of hip-hop trio the Fat Boys' self-titled 1984 debut album, pressed on a pepperoni picture disc inside a pizza-box packaging; the "Reservoir Dogs" soundtrack on 12-inch; a 45 RPM pressing of Nirvana's "Incesticide"; the Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari/Isn't It Time" 10-inch; the Velvet Underground's April 1966 Scepter Studios recordings on 12-inch; and the David Bowie single "The Jean Genie" on a 7-inch picture disc.
"There might be some prison rules on the quest to find the Bowie disc," Ramirez admits. "Let's just say if you come at noon, you're way too late."
Radio-Active is likewise slinging discounted merch, including a four-for-$20 used CD sale; 20 percent off headphones and accessories; 50 percent off shirts, books and magazines; two-for-one Iron Forge Press concert posters; and a five-for-$1 bargain-bin LP sidewalk sale. Bands the Goddamn Hustle and the Riot Act will supply the live sounds.
In Miami, Lauren "Lolo" Reskin's indie vinyl outfit Sweat Records is offering 10 percent off new LPs and CDs, 50 percent off books and DVDs and three-for-$1 clearance CDs and three-for-$1 on $1 LPs.
"Record Store Day is one of my favorite holidays, and right now, anything will help indie record stores," Reskin says. "So I'm all for some drool-inducing, indie-only releases."
Radio-Active Records, 845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Sweat Records, 5505 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and offer its sales through Sunday. A complete list of Black Friday exclusives is available at RecordStoreDay.com.