Local music gets in on the Black Friday action

The nationwide Record Store Day Black Friday event returns to area shops along with Cincinnati music-related releases.

click to enlarge Jeremy Pinnell - Photo: Michael Wilson
Photo: Michael Wilson
Jeremy Pinnell
Although Record Store Day — the annual celebration of independent record shops that has resulted in an annual onslaught of exclusive releases from artists big and small — is in April, the folks behind the RSD movement have also been coordinating a nationwide “Record Store Day Black Friday” event since 2010, playing off of the frenzy surrounding day-after-Thanksgiving sales at retail outlets.

This Friday, RSDBF is back and there are once again hundreds of special releases timed to the unofficial holiday. “The List” of exclusives can be found at recordstoreday.com, along with a rundown of Greater Cincinnati-area shops participating (not all exclusives are made available to all stores, so call ahead if you see something on the list you need to have). There are also some cool Cincinnati music-related releases timed to RSDBF this year.

• One of Cincinnati’s all-time greatest musical exports, The Afghan Whigs, are reportedly working on a new album for Sub Pop Records. In the meantime, a reissue of the band’s stunning Black Love album is being released through Rhino Records in honor of the LP’s 20th anniversary. The 20th-anniversary special edition of Black Love will be available as a triple-vinyl or two-CD set at indie record stores starting Friday (it will also be available to the general public digitally). The reissue features nine unreleased songs, including acoustic takes, demos, jam sessions, previously unheard originals and a solo-piano cover of New Order’s “Regret.”

• Cincinnati’s Shake It Records, the record label, has two special vinyl albums slated for release this Friday and available at Shake It Records, the record store (4156 Hamilton Ave., Northside, shakeitrecords.com). 

Country singer/songwriter Jeremy Pinnell’s stellar OH/KY album is being reissued on two vinyl platters with eight additional solo acoustic tracks. Fittingly (given the album title), the vinyl is a co-release in conjunction with Northern Kentucky indie label Sofaburn Records (sofaburn.com), which issued the original OH/KY in 2015 and has also been the label home for releases by area artists like Alone at 3AM and Daniel Martin Moore. Pinnell and his band, the 55s, play a free release-celebration show Friday night at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com). The band will play two sets beginning at 10 p.m.

Shake It is the label home of current critical faves Wussy and, in 2011, the imprint issued Funeral Dress II, a loose, acoustic version of the band’s Funeral Dress album, for Record Store Day. The CD sold out almost instantly. This year, Shake It is re-releasing Funeral Dress II on vinyl for RSDBF. 

• Legendary downtown bar Arnold’s Bar and Grill has teamed up with Neltner Small Batch Records again, this time for the holiday benefit compilation album Arnold’s Holly Jolly Hangover, which showcases artists from Greater Cincinnati’s rich Americana/Roots music scene. Currently available digitally at arnoldshollyjollyhangover.bandcamp.com, all proceeds from sales of the album go to UpSpring, a local nonprofit organization founded in 1998 that serves “the educational needs of homeless children and youth” in the area (visit upspring.org for more on the cause). The album follows Arnold’s Bootleggers and Hustlers, another 10-track Americana compilation, which was released by the two entities last spring for Record Store Day. 

Friday, a limited-edition vinyl version of the album (on “clear vinyl with white, green and red splatter,” with unique hand-numbered and -pressed artwork by Neltner Small Batch’s Keith Neltner) will be available at participating RSDBF retailers like Cincinnati’s Everybody’s Records, Black Plastic Records and Shake It Records, Northern Kentucky’s Torn Light Records, Sugarcube Records and Phil’s Records and Loveland, Ohio’s Plaid Room Records. Arnold’s Holly Jolly Hangoverfeatures Christmas-themed songs (both originals and covers) by Honey and HoustonThe Cincinnati Dancing PigsJake Speed and the FreddiesThe Part-Time GentlemenCasey CampbellTodd HepburnRic Hickey and Bam PowellThe TillersShiny and the Spoon and My Brother’s Keeper

CONTACT MIKE BREEN: [email protected] 

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