You may recall us mentioning that this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the folks who organize Record Store Day each April have created a special Black Friday edition. Like regular Record Store Day, indie music shops around the US will be selling special releases by a cavalcade of artists ranging from George Harrison to Matisyahu. The full list of special editions is now up on RSD’s website and is packed with wonderful music. We especially want the KT Tunstall Christmas EP!
Happy Holidays indie record stores. The National are offering an expanded edition of its most recent album High Violet, which includes new studio tracks, b-sides and live recordings,for $7.99 (MSRP $16.98) exclusively at participating independent record stores the day after American Thanksgiving, ie, Black Friday. A day they are “trying to turn Violet” ho hum. You’ll find a map of independent record shops offering the album here and a weird but funny explanation of the whole thing below.
All of this is centered around Record Store Day, which takes place in mid April but this year is expanded to include the biggest shopping day of the year. Thus, in addition, The National will be rewarding fans who support indie record stores on Black Friday with a free mp3 download of “Terrible Love Alternate Version” from the expanded edition.
Though stressing he is still very busy with Gorillaz, who have just announced a UK arena tour, Albarn explained that the four-piece would reconvene occasionally to record again.
“I’m definitely going to do a few more of those seven-inches,” he explained. “I love the no pressure aspect.”
With plans to work on another opera with Jamie Hewlett and Alan Moore, plus more Gorillaz releases, Albarn was keen to stress that fans may have to wait for more Blur songs, but they would come eventually.
“We can’t do it all the time,” he stressed. “So I don’t want anyone to think there’s an album coming soon, it’s not possible, but we’ve got songs!”
There’s more in the current issue of NME!
And if this is true, I am going to be a VERY happy camper.