Ah… the filthy capitalists! In their unquenchable thirst for more dollars they finally managed to thoroughly bungle Black Friday last year, with ludicrous early AM opening times and worse, some retailers even opened on Thanksgiving Day. Consumers amazingly said “ya basta!” and the swine took a bath. It was beautiful. Independent record stores however eschewed the lunacy, instead continuing their own Black Friday tradition of Record Store Day specials and in store fun, a tradition that will be there for you, weary consumer, after you’ve done battle, or eschewed the scrum and saved yourselves exclusively for the pleasures of the record shop. In either case, enjoy yourselves at these following fine record merchants.

Both Record Theatre locations (3500 Main St in University Plaza, 1800 Main St at Lafayette St) will be opening at 9am with Black Friday Record Store Day special releases, prizes, and surprises all day.

Black Dots (223 Lafayette St at Grant St) won’t be featuring any of the RSD special releases, instead focusing on sales aimed for the hearts of music lovers (15% off 7″‘s, 10% off LPs, 15% off other swag, etc).

Hi-Fidelity Records (61 Main St, City of Tonawanda) is ready to be your holiday gift store, with plenty of new and used vinyl, t-shirts, and collectibles. No RSD special releases here either.