What’s in store for vinyl fans on Black Friday?

From left: “Transformers the Movie” soundtrack, Halo I-IV, Jazz at Massey Hall.

It’s Thanksgiving night, and you’ve still got to plan for tomorrow’s big shopping day. There are sales to find, loved ones’ gift lists to tally—and a whole new batch of Record Store Day vinyl exclusives. That carb coma making it hard to strategize? Let us help.

Where to start: We recommend Downtown’s 11th Street Records (1023 Fremont St.), which will sell RSD-approved exclusives for the very first time.

When to arrive: To improve your chances at a great November 27 haul, arrive (and line up) well before 11th Street’s 8 a.m. opening—at which staff will only admit 10 people every five minutes to avoid the usual “pushing, shoving and general assholery,” says store owner Ronald Corso.

Once you’re in: Head straight to the RSD display, filled with a limited and likely random stock.

For your older brother: Gen X’ers are buzzing about the new collectible soundtrack for Transformers the Movie—as in the 1986 animated cult classic, not the 2007 live-action turd—whose gatefold actually “transforms.” Can’t find it? How about the orange-vinyl soundtrack to High Fidelity?

For your BFF: Another RSD exclusive to quickly snap up: Halo I-IV, which compiles the first three singles and Pretty Hate Machine from Nine Inch Nails.

For your parents: Enliven their dinner parties with the three-LP Jazz at Massey Hall, featuring the classic teaming of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Max Roach and Bud Powell.

For yourself: You know you won’t resist, not with a live album by Deerhoof, a J Dilla-produced 7-inch by The Pharcyde or a pink-vinyl edition of Garbage’s remastered debut. Or how about raising your cred with The Sonics’ Fifty, featuring the first two albums and rarities from the pioneering band? Hey, you rose with the sun—treat yo self.

Other retailers selling RSD exclusives include both Zia Record Exchange locations (doors open at 9 a.m.) and both Record City locations on East Sahara (8 a.m.) and East Charleston (10 a.m.). 11th Street Records will also have a Small Business Saturday sale on November 28.

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