The annual retail clusterfuck known as Black Friday immediately conjures up images of people in pajamas waiting in long-ass lines for giant flat screen TVs and the latest must-have kids’ toys. Don’t worry, music shoppers: You don’t have to battle the masses at the big box stores when it comes to filling those aural needs, be it grabbing holiday gifts for your favorite peeps, or making your own collection a little fatter. Local record stores have your back, with things like extended hours, special discounts, and Record Store Day exclusives.
Here’s an alphabetical round-up of some of the happenings at Valley record stores to whet your appetite for vinyl, videos, and all the multimedia goodies that jack up your heart rate.
108 West Main Street, in Mesa
This downtown Mesa store is participating in the big shopping day by having a variety of Record Store Day’s Black Friday releases, along with a storewide sale. This spot is loaded with records, as well as other media like CDs and DVDs. You can also get posters, stickers, and action figures. They also have a large collection of swords, knives, and other times that those into the fantasy genre may like to collect.
Keeping things nice and simple, this Tempe store will have a few of the Record Store Day Black Friday exclusives, along with storewide sales.
The ‘In’ Groove
3406 East Thomas Road, in Phoenix
The doors open at 9 a.m., and the team at this record shop is real excited about Record Store Day’s Black Friday releases. They have ordered multiple copies of each exclusive item. In addition to that, they’re having a pretty zesty sale. Get records that are normally $1 for $0.25. CDs will be 25 percent off. Used records and used equipment is 15 percent off, while new stuff, like non-Record Store Day vinyl, equipment, and accessories, are 10 percent off.
The Record Room
2601 W. Dunlap Ave. #21
Stop by this West Side vinyl haven from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Black Friday and all weekend for their First Annual Black Friday Free Record Day event. In addition to having a slew of the exclusive Record Store Day releases, there will be a huge section of free records. Spend $10 on anything in the store and get 20 free records. Additionally, new and used records in the store will be marked down, featuring 10 percent off new products, including vinyl, turntables, and t-shirts. Used stuff sees a 20 percent discount.
918 North Second Street
4747 East Thomas Road in Phoenix
This shop’s downtown location opens the doors at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, when they’ll be rolling out a bunch of new arrivals. Record Store Day Black Friday releases will be available in limited quantities. Browse through a ton of three-for-a-dollar LPs. A storewide sale offers items at 20% off, and Revolver tees are $10. Spend $25 and get a free bottle of Vinyl Juice, a record cleaning solution.
12 West Camelback Road
The folks at Stinkweeds love and appreciate those who spend their money at local businesses, so they look at this holiday shopping event as a great opportunity to give back to those who help keep the local economy surviving and thriving. Their Black Friday starts early, at 10:00 a.m. and features a chunk of exclusive Record Store Day titles, from Big Star to Muddy Waters. They are also hosting a huge sidewalk sale with crates loaded with LPs and CDs at prices 30%-80% off. The store also has audio gear like turntables and speakers for sale, plus books, t-shirts, magazines, and headphones – plenty to help you check names off your gift checklist.
Zia Record Exchange
3201 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe
3029 North Alma School Road in Chandler
1302 South Gilbert Road in Mesa
1850 West Camelback Road in Phoenix
2510 West Thunderbird Road in Phoenix
It’s a Black Friday weekend sale, November 25-27, at all Zia locations. On Friday and Saturday, all Zia stores open early, at 9 a.m. Wear any of the Zia t-shirts in your collection to get $1 off any one item. Don’t have one? Get one. New Zia tees are included in this holiday sale at $10 a pop. Also featured are new and pre-owned CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays. The Zia family is also celebrating Record Store Day’s Black Friday sale and will be including tons of diverse, exclusive Record Store Day titles, from the motion picture soundtrack to cult classic Barbarella, to the explicit version of Erykah Badu’s You Caint Use My Phone. There are also free balloons for the kids.