Record Store Day Black Friday – Shopping Etc.

I have bought records since 1962 when I was 10. My first record purchase was a 45 single, “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers. I bought that single at the record department at the 5&10 downtown Norwalk, Ct. The H.L. Green 5&10 record department was a mixture of 45 r.p.m. and vinyl records.

I have built a large music collection since then…

Roll ahead now 50 years to Record Store Day, Black Friday 2012. My son and I headed out together as we love to support the record stores and Record Store Day. Today’s shopping excursion consisted of two participating stores.

1) Exile on Main Street, 267 E. Main Street, Branford, Ct.

The pickings were slim there. I picked up the 7″ split single, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley on the Legacy label.

I also bought The Lumineers, Winter EP, a 10″ vinyl recording. We love The Lumineers since we saw them in concert this past April 🙂

Lumineers BF Front

2) Redscroll Records, 24 North Colony Street, Wallingford, Ct.

The Beat Goes On…..Record Store Day 2012, Black Friday Edition

Drums keep pounding rhythm to the brain

La de da de de, la de da de da

Yes This Friday is Record Store Day 2012, Black Friday Edition. Thankfully the beat goes on for vinyl record collectors like myself and other enthusiasts. But for me its different beat this year. It’s no longer one stop shopping at Cutler’s Record Store for Record Store Day in downtown New Haven, Connecticut for me.  Phil Cutler closed Cutler’s this year after 64 years of faithful service to the music buying public.

But I will wear my Cutler’s shirt when I am out shopping in honor of Phil and his knowledgeable staff. I know of two record stores within the radius of where I live. I will write more about those stores and what I purchased on Friday. Wish me luck as I wish you happy hunting on Friday 11/23….

Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes

Eric Burdon has joined with producer Brendan Benson and Cincinnati rockers The Greenhornes for a four-song EP, Eric Burdon and the Greenhornes. I trust you will find the music as I do powerful, gripping and immediate.

Song Premiere: Eric Burdon and The Greenhornes - “Out of My Mind”

Burdon borrowed the term from Winston Churchill, Britain’s prime minister during World War II, who referred to the “black dog of depression” to describe his periods of deep despair. “I thought, ‘That’s a really interesting concept,’ and that gave birth to the song,” Burdon says. “Now I’m finding black dogs in the neighborhood that are kind to me, and I’m finding that I have no fear. I’m putting my hands through fences and stroking these dogs. It’s amazing how music can make things happen like that.”

Listen to the track, “Black Dog” over at Rolling Stone Magazine:

You can also listen to another sensational track via Sound Cloud, “Out of My Mind”. I can’t wait to own this EP, which will be released on 180 gram vinyl only on Record Store Day’s “Black Friday” Nov. 23rd on Readymade Records. The EP will also be released digitally on Nov. 27th.

Record Store Day – Black Friday 2012

Record Store Day Reveals Complete List of Black Friday ReleasesFriday November 23, 2012 will be the third annual Record Store Day Black Friday edition. The Record Store Day Black Friday event has increased in value, focus and record label/artist participation every year. It’s a smart way to anchor and highlight music buying for the holiday shopping season.

The list of unique and limited numbered record vinyl is available on the Record Store Day Web site. The list document is a downloadable/printable PDF or Web page listing. I find having the hard copy list with me in the store adds to the fun of finding the vinyl treasures you seek.

Record Store Day Black Friday is a tough day for me. My favorite record store in New Haven closed this past year, Cutler’s Record Shop. Phil Cutler always had an extensive vinyl inventory for Record Store Day. I will have to find another Connecticut record store who supports this Record Store Day event in abundance and choice. Otherwise I will make a trip to New York City and the Greenwich Village/West Village record stores. I like to spend the day with my son record shopping that day so that may end up being the plan 😉

Here are a few vinyl highlights that have caught my interest so far, lots to study and check out, cool! I expect more specialty vinyl to be announced as we get closer to the event day.

1) Beach Boys Surfin’ Safari, 10″ 180 gram vinyl in gatefold sleeve with their first ever single, and their latest single

2) Eric Burdon and The GreenhornesApolinere Enameled

3) David Bowie, The Jean Genie, 40th Anniversary, 7″ Picture Disc

4) Grateful Dead, Live at Winterland (5/30/1971)


6) Frank Zappa, Why Don’cha Do Me Right, Big Leg Emma

The Rolling Stones – No Spare Parts

Last year on Record Store Day Black Friday one of my goals was to find and buy the Rolling Stones 7″ 45, high-resolution, individually numbered collectible. Cutler’s Record Store in New Haven didn’t have it available that day. I eventually found it at Cutler’s after Christmas and bought it. I haven’t opened it yet.

The B side of this EP is song called  “Before They Make Me Run“.


“No Spare Parts” is a song featured as a bonus track on the 2011 re-release of the 1978 album Some Girls. It is one of twelve previously unreleased songs that appear on the reissue. It features newly recorded vocals from Mick Jagger. The song reached number 2 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales.

Here is the Stones, “No Spare Part” YouTube video from their Web site.