For many South Florida music fans, Black Friday means vinyl, which often isn’t black anymore. And this year, the white whale for many a hunter of exclusive new vinyl on this quasi Record Store Day is indeed white, the color of a White Russian, to be precise.
When Mikey Ramirez opens the doors to Radio-Active Records (845 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-762-9488) at the crack of 8 a.m. Friday, and Ritchie Siegrist does the same 30 minutes later at the Record Rack (2205 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-783-5004), both men expect the first vinyl release of “The Big Lebowski” soundtrack to go quickly.
Beyond the kitschy color scheme, the album gathers music from Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Captain Beefheart, Henry Mancini, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, and Townes Van Zandt’s cover of the Rolling Stones classic “Dead Flowers.”
“It’s pretty cool,” Ramirez says.
While organizers refrain from calling it a sequel to Record Store Day (held the third Saturday in April), the special releases and Black Friday sales at independent record stores across North America do have their blessing.
"We will call it a victory if less cheap toasters and socks are given as gifts and more awesome music by some of the greatest artists of our time exchange hands," they say at RecordStoreDay.com.
But even if it isn't Record Store Day II, Ramirez says a lot of special music has been uncrated in the last few days.
He expects the Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” single, shaped like the Wu-Tang logo, to be popular, and is getting calls on the Death Grips’ “Government Plates” album, and a Morrissey-curated collection of Ramones music.
Ramirez says he’ll also have a lot of “killer used stock” that he’s been stockpiling, and music from locals including Ex Norwegian, the Jacuzzi Boys and the No. 13s. Beyond that, things get blurry, he says.
“My brain is not working as well as it should right now,” he says.
Siegrist, who has been selling music from his Pompano Beach store since 2002, says his customers are anxious to get their hands on the classics.
“There’s a special album by the Doors [‘Ghost Song’] that might go in the first hour,” he says, also mentioning new releases of music by Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix.
The Neil Young boxed set, titled “Official Release Series Discs 5-8,” packages his first live album, “Time Fades Away,” with “On the Beach,” “Tonight’s the Night” and “Zuma.” The Hendrix double-LP is titled “Hear My Music.”
Also generating buzz is a live Grateful Dead double LP recorded in Houston in 1972; the Velvet Undergound “MCMXCII” live on 4 translucent blue discs; and Hüsker Dü’s final album, the double LP “Warehouse: Songs And Stories,” on neon green and yellow vinyl.
“Here’s the oddest of the odd … You know the [Marvel] movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy? [Peter Quill] had, like, a mixtape he was playing in the movie. Well, they are bringing out the soundtrack on a cassette tape,” Siegrist says, with a laugh. “That’s going to be a hot item.”
YOUR WEEKEND BEER
Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach will again celebrate Black Friday with special pricing, limited-release beers and food-truck noshing. Among the specialty beers being poured will be Pico Duarte (Due South’s award-winning imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels), One Eyed Tiki (its porter made with coconut) and Mexican Standoff (an imperial porter made with chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and habanero peppers). There will be food available from Bombshell BBQ food truck starting at noon, with Poor Boys Kitchen rolling up for the evening (or you can bring your own food or order delivery). Admission is free. Info: DueSouthBrewing.com.
SOHO CLOSE, YET SOHO FAR
If you are among those tingly with anticipation at the news that Dennis Max would be opening Max's Social House (SoHo, for short) in Delray Beach this week, try to relax. Max’s business partner, Fred Stampone, says the dinner-and-craft-beer spot in the cottage that once housed the Falcon House (116 NE Sixth Ave., Federal Highway, just north of Atlantic) will be opening Dec. 15. Info: Facebook.com/MaxsSocialHouse.
UPPER LIP SERVICE
Some of the best Movember ‘staches will be found at the West Palm Beach World of Beer (101 N. Clematis) on Friday night at the Movember Stache Bash, when all the Mo Bros who signed over their upper lips to WOB on Nov. 1 will descend on the bar for a party with prizes and plenty of puns. Each gent who signed up with WOB was sworn to be well groomed and “conduct himself like a true gentleman” throughout the month, but we’re not sure that’ll hold on Friday. The hosts are promising a “fantaschetic” time. Info: 561-833-3375, Facebook.com/WOBClematis.
YOUR WEEKEND MOVIE
This is opening weekend for a three-week film series at Broward County’s two Cinema Paradiso theaters, with an intriguing lineup of indie and international movies picked by Robert Rosenberg, former director of the popular Coral Gables Art Cinema. Week 1 of the series, which opened on Wednesday, includes “The Way He Looks,” a coming-of-age story about two boys in São Paulo, Brazil, set to a soundtrack by Belle and Sebastian. The New York Times said, “the pleasures of understatement abound” in this feature debut by director Daniel Ribeiro that “dexterously weaves the social challenges of adolescence into a story of broader self-discovery.” “The Way He Looks” is Brazil’s foreign-language entry to the Academy Awards. Also showing this weekend at Cinema Paradiso theaters in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood are the Terrence Malick-produced profile of young Abe Lincoln, “The Better Angels” (a “fuzzy” and “Malickian … aesthetic pastiche,” the Times’ Manohla Dargis says), and “The Immortalists,” the curious documentary about two colorful scientists out to “cure” aging and death. Hit the link for more on Robert Rosenberg's Cinema Paradiso film series. Tickets: $10, $8 seniors and students. For showtimes, call 954-525-3456 (Fort Lauderdale), 954-342-9137 (Hollywood), or visit FLIFF.com.
YOUR WEEKEND YARN
The outgoing folks at Cadence will reprise their traditional Holiday Yarn Bombing event on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. when they’ll use spools of festively colored yarn to decorate the trees in front of the landscape design shop in the 400 block of North Andrews Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village. The holiday cheer, which began in 2012 with a single tree, includes winter brews for volunteers and leads into the nearby FAT Village Art Walk, which gets going at 6 p.m. Info: Cadence-Living.com.
"ANTHEM FOR DIVERSITY"
One of the best new songs to look out for when Melissa Etheridge plays the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on Friday night is “Monster,” a rhythmic cri de coeur in support of love that, as she sings, “everyone is so afraid of.” The song that Etheridge calls “an anthem for diversity” is a collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Jerry Wonda (also known as Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, the Haitian-born producer for the Fugees' 1996 album “The Score”). The teamwork was “such an amazing, soulful experience,” Etheridge says, that she asked him and his band, Platinum Sound, to back her on the current tour. “We are having an historic, amazing time,” she says. Hit the link for a Melissa Etheridge interview. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show cost $45-$75. Call 954-946-2402 or visit Ticketmaster.com.
The World and Eye Arts Center asks a simple question this week: “This time of year marks the kindness from indigenous cultures towards starving settlers. Unfortunately, the gratitude was short-lived and the kindness unreciprocated. What allows us to really feel, absorb and return the beauty of kindness?” World and Eye will host an exhibit titled “Gratitude,” with works by Harmony Jones, Chadina Mackenzie, Jean Minuchin, Farida Morris, Orocoro, Mandolin Robinson and Sal Sidner, 6-10 p.m. Saturday during the FAT Village Art Walk. World and Eye is at 109 NW Fifth St., Fort Lauderdale. Info: 954-540-9897, WorldAndEye.com.
Santa will jostle for attention with pop singer (and former star of MTV’s “Ashlee Simpson Show” and “The Hills”) Ryan Cabrera during the festivities associated with the City of West Palm Beach’s annual lighting of its 35-foot holiday “tree,” made from 600 tons of sand. The party, from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, on the Waterfront, includes a Clematis by Night concert by Cabrera and country singer JT Hodges. Admission: Free. Info: WPB.org.
ANOTHER CHRISTMAS TRADITION
The folks who put on Christmas on Las Olas, now in its 52nd year, describe the downtown Fort Lauderdale event as the “unofficial” start to the holiday season, but they are being too humble. For more than 40,000 people who roam the street in search of food, drink, snow-sledding and Santa, Christmas on Las Olas begins the season in a way that feels more real than any Black Friday deal-making. The Premier Beverage Company street party, which includes snowy Mount Anidjar & Levine, the Chick Fil A Skate Las Olas synthetic ice rink and a screening of “Arthur Christmas,” returns 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. Info: LasOlasBoulevard.com.
Perhaps best known for his association with “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien,” both for his cameos in front of the camera and as a two-time Emmy-nominated staff writer for the show, Deon Cole is currently part of the cast of ABC’s sharp new comedy “Blackish.” And he may be on the verge of something even bigger as one of the leads on the cop comedy “Angie Tribeca,” coming to TBS next season with Rashida Jones (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”) and created by some guy named Steve Carell. Cole performs at the Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach) at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30. Tickets: $20 (plus two-drink minimum). Info: 561-833-1812, PalmBeach.Improv.com.
Young South Florida bluesman Albert Castiglia released one of his best albums this year with “Solid Ground,” a record memorable for adventurous collaborations with fellow locals Joel DaSilva (the spare, acoustic lament “Hard Time”) and Graham Wood Drout (the country-tinged “Celebration”). Castiglia brings it on home at the Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton) on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-$25. Info: 561-395-2929, FunkyBiscuit.com.
A THOUGHTFUL VIBE
Drew Tucker, one of the founders of the Arts Garage in Delray Beach and its longtime director of education and outreach, is also an articulate master of the vibraphone. He’ll remind us with an evening of interpretations of rock, pop and soul classics on Saturday at the Arts Garage (180 NE First St., Delray Beach). Tickets: $25-$35. Info: 561-450-6357, ArtsGarage.org.