The lines outside of Best Buy. Waking up at 6 a.m. (or, this year, it seems simply running out after the Thanksgiving meal) to snag the best deals. These are the things that come to mind on Black Friday, but what of the local businesses? Where do they fit into the mix?
This year, the area‚??s locally-owned music stores are getting in on the Black Friday madness with help from the folks of Record Store Day, an event that usually takes place in April and offers exclusive releases for music fans.
‚??It‚??s different when it‚??s a $500 TV going for $200, but I don‚??t think a $9 CD for $6 is going to get everybody as excited as it could,‚?Ě said Joe Nardone Jr. of Joe Nardone‚??s Gallery of Sound. ‚??With the Record Store Day exclusives, we‚??ve got something you can‚??t buy anywhere else, making your local record shop another stop during that day.‚?Ě
There are around 45 new titles that will be released, including everything from classic rock to hip hop. The form many of these limited-release tunes are coming in harkens back to the old days.
‚??Lots of vinyl,‚?Ě R.J. Herrington, owner of Embassy Vinyl in Scranton said. ‚??It‚??s one of those things that never really went away because people that collected it are always going to collect it. It seems to catch on more and more as the years go by. It‚??s not like MP3s or CDs where it‚??s disposable. It‚??s more personable. You have to physically put the record on your player, turn it over; it‚??s more active in your listening.‚?Ě
Some of Friday‚??s vinyl releases include:
‚?Ę 10-inch Beach Boys: ‚??Surfin‚?? Safari‚?Ě
‚?Ę 10-inch red Gaslight Anthem: ‚??Hold You Up‚?Ě
‚?Ę 10-inch green Primus: ‚??Green Naugahyde‚?Ě
‚?Ę 7-inch Rolling Stones: ‚??The Rolling Stones (EP)‚?Ě
‚?Ę 7-inch Donny Hathaway and CeeLo Green: ‚??This Christmas‚?Ě
‚?Ę Three 7-inch White Stripes releases: ‚??Fell in Love with a Girl‚?Ě and ‚??I Just Don‚??t Know What to Do with Myself;‚?Ě ‚??Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground‚?Ě and ‚??Stop Breaking Down;‚?Ě and ‚??Hotel Yorba‚?Ě and ‚??Rated X,‚?Ě both live at the Hotel Yorba
All Joe Nardone‚??s locations, Embassy Vinyl, and Musical Energi of Wilkes-Barre will hold other sales throughout the day as well, but Energi is relying on Facebook to drive its Black Friday this year.
‚??People can go to facebook.com/musicalenergi and watch all day because I‚??ll be posting deals throughout,‚?Ě owner Jay Notartomaso said.
To see a complete list of Black Friday exclusives from Record Store Day, visit recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.
Joe Nardone‚??s Gallery of Sound, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
‚?Ę Fashion Mall (across from Viewmont Mall), Dickson City, 570.969.0778.
‚?Ę 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre, 570.208.2833.
‚?Ę South Main Street,Wilkes-Barre, 570.826.6898.
‚?Ę Laurel Mall Strip Center #3, Hazleton, 570.459.1093.
Embassy Vinyl (342 Adams Ave., Scranton) 570.341.9350. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Musical Energi (59 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre) 570.829.2929. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.