Black Friday Record Store Day/ 12th Anniversary SALE!!!

All set up and ready for RSD Black Friday! Tons of limited releases and we have some of everything minus the few that got cancelled. Plus:

•Everything in the store is 15% off all weekend (excludes Black Friday RSD releases)

In addition:

•All used CDs are 50% off!

•All used vinyl $4 and under are 50% off!

•All used cassettes $2 and under are 50% off!

•All previous RSD from 2016 and earlier items 50% off!

•Record Store Day items are limited to one per title per customer.

We also have priced almost 1000 used LPs in the last week! Tons of killer stuff!

We officially opened on Black Friday way back in 2005. It was probably a bad item at the time with the looming economy and opening that late in the year, but we made it work. I never thought we would be open twelve years later. I thought if I could deter getting a "real job" for a few years that I would consider it a success. After twelve years, things have gotten better each year, although there have definitely been some bumps in the road.

We had commissioned some new shirts and hats for the event but none of those made it here in time so keep your eyes peeled for those in the next few weeks. 

Also, be sure to visit us on Saturday for Small Business Saturday where we will have a special Dawes 2xLP release as well. Remember to #shopsmall and support local businesses, employees, and their families. The money you spend with local independent businesses makes a big difference no matter how small your purchase and your tax dollars stay in your city. 

Our neighborhood and city have grown tremendously since we’ve opened but there are many people that live here that don’t know there are stores like us around. Your word of mouth is the best thing we can ask for and before you order something online for the holidays remember that we will gladly order anything we don’t have for no additional cost and most of our prices are cheaper than most places online. And of course we have thousands of albums in stock every day!

We don’t do very many sales because I prefer everything to just be the cheapest we can sell it for in the first place, and sometimes that’s a lot of extra work on our end but it’s the right thing to do. We don’t change our prices based on the day of the week or month of the year or some other circumstance that the largest online stores do. 

This day is promoted by American Express but we encourage you to spend cash if you really want to help out. Our single biggest expense after rent and inventory is credit card processing fees.  

Last year we finally moved to a bigger location which was a total pain but has been worth it 100%. Moving has been great and we thank you for you help, support, kind words, purchases, and general love. This is a job I love and look forward to doing for years and years to come. I decided this year to just do an 15% off sale to celebrate our anniversary. Thanks for everything and we hope to see you this weekend !

List of RSD Black Friday releases here (with pictures): 

or here (text only):

*note, these releases were cancelled or bumped: Notorious B.I.G. 12", Prodigy 12", Frank Zappa, Lou Reed/Kris Kristofferson.

*these releases will not be here until Monday due to shipping issues: Willie Nelson "Spirit" LP, Free Design LP, Bernie Worrell LP, The Autumn Defense LP

*these are other BF titles we received that aren't on the linked list:

U2 - Blackout - 12”
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live LP (blue vinyl)
Sufjan Stevens - Greatest Gift - Cassette
Jason Molina - Black Sabbath Covers - 7”
Strife-live at the troubador-LP/DVD
Sparkmarker-products & accesories-LP 
Lars Frederiksen-s/t-LP 
Lars Frederiksen-live & loud-LP 
Lars Frederiksen-viking-LP 
V/A-Indecision 100-10” 
Derty Dan - Derty Dan's Cheap Thrills-LP 
Gloria Barnes-uptown-LP 
Gloria Barnes-old before my time-7”
Delvon Lamar organ trio-concussion-7”
Madvillain  - four tet remixes-LP 
NxWorries (Knxwledge & Anderson .Paak)  - yes lawd remixes-LP 
MF DOOM  - special herbs box set-CASS
Prodigy -HNIC-LP 

We open at 9 AM Friday.

-Scott, Brett, Lee, Courtney & Taylor

RSD Titles Still In Stock

Open 12-7PM today (Sunday 4/23) and our storewide sale continues today. 10% off everything (not including RSD). Here is a list of RSD titles we have left, most down to 1 or 2 copies. Sold out of a few already today. Also today if you want you can buy multiple copies.

RSD titles still in stock

Record Store Day is Saturday April 22nd!!!

In case you haven't heard or read about this, we'll be taking part in the 10th annual Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22nd, which is actually being held across the globe. For some info on what it's all about -- although you can pretty much assume what its motivations are -- check out


Reminder in case you've been out of it for the last year: WE MOVED TO 825 CENTRAL AVE. New bigger location!

We will be open until at least 9 PM and on Sunday we will be open from 12 PM until 7 PM.

Last year was awesome and the enthusiasm for RSD seems to grow every year with even more tons of releases coming out that day that are limited this year. From the measly 10-20 releases the first year it has now ballooned into over 400 releases. We've participated every year and have tried to grow with it as well. This year is the 10th Anniversary of RSD!!! 

Now, what does this mean for you? Well, over the past week we've been receiving goodies to give away in honor of Record Store Day. If you stop by on Saturday, we will have FREE Lunchbox RSD bags to give away to pretty much anyone that buys anything on RSD. We made a ton!  So try to make it earlier rather than later. These may include free 7"s, CDs, posters, buttons, stickers, etc.

And for the first time ever we will have a limited number of prints for sale of a painting of our old location done by David French!

Also, DIET CIG will be playing the store at 3 PM on RSD!

ALSO there are Record Store Day EXCLUSIVES for sale only at participating indie stores. These are almost all very limited in nature, and in many case we did not get that many or as many as we ordered, but generally we have a good quantity on most. We may run out of things, so it's better to get here early. We're trying our best to get everything though, but sometimes things slip through the cracks and with this many releases we had to budget ourselves a bit as well. There are also some UK ONLY releases - we will have very few of the UK releases and cannot get most. A lot of people keeping asking since there are some nice ones, but most are for UK stores only.

There is an extensive list of the releases coming out here. I encourage you to read it and maybe even print it out to make a checklist so you don't forget something in the excitement of it all.

There is a complete list of titles coming out that day on the RSD site.

Here is a list of everything we have received as of 4/19:
99% of the time, the answer is "yes, we are getting that" but how many we get vs. how many we order is not guaranteed so get there early!

The only thing that comes to mind we didn't get is the Third Man releases because they were only available to a handful of stores, and the UGK release which was only available to Texas stores. There is a list of cancelled/delayed releases at the bottom of the Google Docs file as well.

Google Docs file:  Lunchbox Records 2017 RSD List

To try to keep things more civil and manageable again this year, we're going to have someone at the door so that 100 people don't try to cram in the store all at once. We are trying to make things run as smooth as possible and hopefully keep waiting to a minimum. This system has worked well for years and is the fairest way we can think of. Our new larger store makes this all go a lot quicker though. Behind the scenes we have been refining things to make your wait shorter. 

We will also be having Enter to win test press of the new Gorillaz LP!

The only requirement to get all this stuff is to stop by and buy something -- or, at the very least, look around and see if there's anything you want. We appreciate the year-round business that everyone in this community (and beyond) has brought us, year after year. Stop by on this holiday and get a little something back.

And now for the stinky rules:

-Record Store Day items are limited to ONE PER CUSTOMER PER TITLE. 

I'm sorry if your cousin in Nantucket doesn't have a record store nearby. We're looking out for locals first, and more importantly trying to discourage Ebay flippers.

-Please do not get mad at me if something is sold out or didn't come in. It's up to each store owner/buyer to order these things which means we have to hunt them down and also means we have to pay for them up front. Records are non-returnable which means this day is a stressful risk for us that usually works out. Also please realize that Lunchbox Records is small nimble operation. I try my hardest to order what regular customers buy and ask about first, then other items after that, but it's all a guessing game and I'm bound to guess wrong sometimes. Please bear with us and be nice.  

-If you can, bring cash. We ask this for two reasons. First, the line moves faster when we're not waiting on technology. Second, hosting Record Store Day is a big chunk of change for us so the less we pay in credit card fees the better. Of course, if you don't have cash we will accept your card any day, but cash isn't a hard thing to obtain with advance notice so please bring some.

-AND most importantly, we are having a Record Store Day Sale. Or you can call it our 11.5 year anniversary sale. Anyhow, here's the deal:

EVERYTHING IN THE STORE IS 10% OFF! - LPs, CDs, DVDs, 7"s, 10"s, books, stickers, patches, everything! Saturday & Sunday only!
****Due to the limited nature of Record Store Day releases, however, those are not included in the sale.****

IN ADDITION ALL USED CDS & DVDS ARE BUY 2 GET 1 FREE! - This is combined with the 10% off.

This sale is for SATURDAY & SUNDAY - so come see us all weekend.

-We only have so much parking and please do not park in the Frock Shop's lot. There is tons of on-street parking along Piedmont St. and Jackson Ave. right behind us. 

See you Saturday!! 

Now for my rant...(reprinted from year one of RSD for your convenience and my lack of time to write another one)

You're probably wondering what RECORD STORE DAY is anyway? I was at first too. But it's basically a revamped customer appreciation day where hopefully you the customer appreciates us as well and the fact that you live in or near a town that still has independent record stores. I personally don't like to buy things online, but lots of people do. But it's great to know that you can go to a store and browse and stumble on things you never would have thought of or heard of otherwise. You don't get too much of that online. We also do everything in our capabilities to sell you records as cheap as we can. This means buying direct whenever possible and searching for deals and unfortunately not bringing some stuff in because big labels like to give chain stores better deals than the little guy. Our prices for most things we stock are typically $2-$5 cheaper than the big store across town. We don't do sales often because we prefer to make it cheap all of the time. We stock tons of LPs and 7"s because we love the format and when I opened this store the other stores we're still busy trying to kill the format. I believe in independent music and labels and try to stock as much as I can which means a lot of lesser known indie, punk and metal titles.

I've been going to record stores since as long as I can remember, buying my first 7" in 1984 and getting into punk a couple years later. It wasn't until I moved to Atlanta that I had good stores that stocked underground releases and I've been addicted ever since. If I didn't love record stores I wouldn't own one. I'd go get a job that made a lot more money. People come in here a lot and tell me they love the store and it's great, and lots of out of town folks and bands do too. I really have no reference point on that anymore since I'm here seven days a week. There's only other stores that sell vinyl in town, we each have our niches and strengths, although one banned me for life when I stopped working there and opened my own store. So with always working and a kid I never get to go to any other stores and just try to make mine the one I would want to go to. I am working to improve it all of the time. I value people's suggestions and take them seriously, probably a little too seriously. But if you don't tell me what you want I can't read minds. The point of this being that I think the store is pretty good, and there are tons of folks that don't have a decent record store anywhere near them. So hopefully you'll support us. I realize the store isn't for everybody though.

We will continue to sell you lots of records we and you think are cool. We are very thankful of those of you that have supported us for the last 11.5 years. And if you've never been here before, please come visit us.