MIAMI, FL — Since launching in 2008, Record Store Day has celebrated the culture of independent record shops twice a year — on one Saturday every April and on every Black Friday.
On these days, scores of recording artists and record labels offer special releases available only through participating indie record shops. Audiophiles and vinyl lovers flock to these shops to scoop up these releases and to support their local indie record stores.
It’s been a strange year for Record Store Day because of the COVID-19 pandemic, though. Both the original 2020 spring date — April 18 — and its June 20 rescheduled date were cancelled, as many shops across the country were closed in the face of coronavirus.
In its place, the spring special releases were dropped on three dates in late summer and early fall — Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. While previous Record Store Days focused on large group events and drawing crowds to the stores, these special release dates focused on socially distanced shopping and bringing in some revenue for indie record shops, many of which have seen a drop in sales during the pandemic, according to a Record Store Day news release.
Black Friday’s Record Store Day presents additional special releases, which will be available through the end of the year at many indie shops. This Black Friday features special releases from Alanis Morissette, Beastie Boys, Chris Cornell, George Harrison, Lou Reed, John Prine, My Chemical Romance, Snoop Doggy Dogg, The Rolling Stones, The Weeknd and many others. A full list of Record Store Day special releases can be found here.
“Managing the largest music event in the world during the pandemic has been challenging, but somehow the record labels and artists have managed to provide record stores with a fantastic list of special releases for Black Friday and the holiday season. It’s bittersweet, as we’ve lost some record stores and people who were loved, but we soldier on and will celebrate life with a lot of healing and wonderful music,” Michael Kurtz, Record Store Day cofounder, said in the news release.
Music lovers in the Miami area have several indie record shops to visit this Black Friday.
Museo Del Disco
1301 SW 70th Ave, Miami
This 10,000-square-foot shop offers a wide selection of new vinyl, imports from more than 20 countries and hard-to-find products. Find the store on Facebook.
880 NE 79th Street, Miami
This indie shop specializes in rare, out-of-print and imported vinyl and 45s, as well as cassettes, cult movies, books and accessories. A wide range of music genres are available. Find the store on Facebook.
5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Yesterday and Today Records
9274 SW 40th Street, Miami
South Florida’s oldest indie record shop specializes in new and used domestic and import out-of-print and rare LPs, 12”, 45s and CDs. The shop also carries 8-track tapes, cassettes, open reels, laser discs, books, magazines, memorabilia and more. All genres of music can be found here. Find the store on Facebook.
143 NW 23rd Street, Miami
This boutique Wynwood shop features rock, jazz, soul, funk, reggae, disco, hip-hop, house, boogie and more. Find the store on Facebook.
Brooklyn Vintage and Vinyl
3454 NW 7th Ave, Unit C, Miami
This shop offers a wide range of used vinyl. Find the store on Facebook.