Black Friday is here. Heading to a music store for the second busiest vinyl release day of the year? A list of every record out today is here (including issues independent of the Record Store Day organization – and thus not on their list, Björk’s Utopia for instance). But it’s a long list, and the specialness of some of the items is only apparent with more details than can be included on a straight forward listing. So to make navigating today’s offerings simpler, the top picks are summarized below. Can’t get enough? Follow twitter/TheFutureHeart and facebook/TheFutureHeart for more.
First up, just announced a few days ago (weeks after the bulk of Black Friday records and consequently falling under many fans’ radar), Jack White’s Third Man Records is releasing live albums by Boris, Earth and Pile. More details on these and Third Man’s other Black Friday releases (three more reissues in their 7-inch Sun series, U2’s “The Black Out”) are here.
Over an hour of improvisational instrumentals recorded live in 1970 by Jerry Garcia and keyboardist Howard Wales (backed by bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt; the same line-up that played on Garcia’s solo debut LP Hooteroll?) is being released for the first time ever on vinyl. Another top pick: a compilation of exotica recordings by Sun Ra recorded between 1956 and 1968 on 3 colored LPs. Likewise Sun Ra’s first ever release – playing with Wynonie Harris and The Jimmie Jackson Band in 1946 – is being reissued on Black Friday. Read full details on these and others new releases – and stream previews from Sun Ra, Wes Montgomery, Panduranga Henderson and Sonny Clark Trio (with Max Roach) – in The Future Heart’s complete guide to jazz Black Friday releases. The Future Heart’s guide to live recordings being released or reissued on vinyl this Black Friday – including Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, The Doors, Chuck Berry and others – is here.
Hip-hop reissues out today are among the other top picks for this Black Friday: Murs 3:16 The 9th Edition, Latyrx The Album: 20th Anniversary DLX, Prodigy H.N.I.C., Christmas on Death Row and Daedelus Invention & The Quiet Party. Read about these and more – Kid Cudi’s Passion, Pain & Slayin’, a 7-inch from Danger Mouse ft. Run The Jewels and Big Boi, J Dilla’s Delights V. 1 & 2, a new EP from DMC (ft. Chuck D and others) – in The Future Heart’s complete guide to Black Friday hip-hop here.
Gone is Gone, a “supergroup” including members of Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age and At The Drive-In, are releasing “Phantom Limb” on a “blood red 7-inch. Likewise At The Drive-In is releasing a 10-inch coke-bottle-green -with-bone-splatter colored vinyl EP with three new tracks. More details on these and other releases in The Future Heart’s complete guide to hard rock and metal out Black Friday.
Paul McCartney is releasing two separate 7″ singles on Black Friday: both have his version of “Wonderful Christmastime” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots; one is pressed on red vinyl with live performance by Norah Jones of “Peace,” the other is on green vinyl with “Jesus Christ” by The Decemberists. Read The Future Heart’s complete guide to classic rocker’s Black Friday offerings – Rush, Tommy Bolin, The Byrds and more – here.
Details on a wide range of other records highlighting today’s releases – from hip remixes to soundtracks, reissues of cult classics, garage rock, funk, country and much more – are below:
Chris Cornell (as Poncier)