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When is Record Store Day Black Friday 2021? Dates, full list of vinyl releases and more: Record Store Day Black Friday 2021 is one of the most-anticipated events on the popular shopping day. Fans of exclusive and one-off vinyl can get their hands on limited-edition releases, while supporting independent businesses. This year’s Record Store Day Black Friday will take place on 26 November, with independent record stores across the globe taking part in-store and online. There’s more than 100 records being released from the likes of, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, Kali Uchis, Evanescence, Dusty Springfield and Jimi Hendrix Experience. With local record stores, including Rough Trade, taking part, you can find out everything you need to know about Record Store Day Black Friday 2021 below.

Amesbury, MA | Mel’s Record Shop shares space in downtown Amesbury: While growing up in Haverhill, Mel Webster remembers hanging out at the local record store. “Tuesday was always the new record release date, and so we would rush there each week,” Webster said. “I have so many great memories growing up amongst the vinyl, and I used to say how great it would be to open a store of my own.” While record store ownership was a dream of a young man, Webster ended up going to college and majoring in English/ journalism at UMass Amherst, briefly spending time as a newspaper reporter before pursuing a decades-long career in marketing and public relations. “I worked for technology companies like IBM and Hewlett-Packard,” Webster said in a press release. “And so, I always had the best stereo systems.” He retired from the marketing world in 2019, the same year he and his wife moved to Amesbury. Webster stepped up to volunteer on the Amesbury School Committee. But with the newfound free time that came with retirement, he found himself thinking more and more of his long-held dream of entrepreneurship.

Dam Swindle releasing steel record cube, booth, and cover artwork frame: Part of the duo’s collaboration with Robuust Amsterdam. Dam Swindle are releasing a new record booth, cube, and frame this November, combining sleek design sensibilities into products for vinyl lovers. Created with Dutch design company Robuust Amsterdam, the three products mark the first in their Minimalist Living | Maximum Volume collection. Record Booth °01 is made of bamboo and steel, featuring 8 storage compartments tailored to record size. The booth also features powder coated steel speaker stands which can be purchased separately. Made of steel, Record Cube °01 can hold up to 70 records and is designed “to keep your most used records close.” It is available in black, sage green, sapphire blue, and ivory. Like the cube, Record Frame °01, which measures measures 35.5 cm x 35.7 cm, is also made of powder coated steel. It is available in black, sage green, sapphire blue, and ivory.

Denver, CO | Step Inside Denver’s First HiFi Listening Bar: ESP, a HiFi bar and cafe, offers audiophiles a curated music experience like nothing else in the city. On the northern edge of the Santa Fe Arts District, you might notice a door marked with a tree-ring imprint and the letters “ESP,” subtly welcoming you into a cozy space filled with cafe tables, vintage rugs, and records. Belly up to the custom bar, where you’ll find a musical host spinning records at a built-in turntable, the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, or Phoebe Bridgers reverberating throughout the space. You’re at ESP, Denver’s first HiFi cafe and bar—and one of only a handful of listening bars in the country. Co-owners Mitch Foster and Will Minter opened the bar in September, filling a void in the city’s music scene and giving guests a place to relax, unplug, and simply listen to tunes while enjoying barista-crafted beverages by day, and highballs and natural wines by night. “Our whole idea with the cocktail menu was to keep things simple and beautiful,” Foster says. “We opted to exclude any shaken drinks from the menu to help keep noise below the music, since the music is the focus of everything we do.”

Two David Bowie pop-up shops are opening in London and New York: The two “curated experiential” stores are part of ‘Bowie 75’, a year-long celebration marking Bowie’s 75th birthday. A pair of David Bowie pop-up shops are opening in London and New York later this month to celebrate the late artist’s upcoming 75th birthday. A year-long celebration of Bowie’s 75th – which will fall on January 8, 2022 – is being planned by his estate under the name ‘Bowie 75‘. Two special ‘Bowie 75’ locations are now set to open at 14 Heddon Street in London – the location where the cover of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ was shot – and 150 Wooster Street in New York City, close to where Bowie lived in the city. …Exclusive fine art photography, including gallery installations documenting Bowie’s different eras, will also be available to view. New Bowie merch will be on sale at the pop-up shops, as well as a limited run of LPs and CDs from both the Warner/Parlophone Records and Sony catalogues.

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