What side of the special edition gatefold sleeve do you fall on when it comes to the annual vinyl massacre that is Record Store Day? Setting your alarm for ludicrous o’clock and rushing to your local record emporium to beat the queues only to find there’s a few hundred already ahead of you and it’ll be midday before you get to pay through the nose for what’s left from your shopping list? Perhaps it sounds like your worst nightmare. It’s not exactly a day of gentle browsing looking for hidden gems and you’re bitter that you’re sharing your favourite store with once-a-year punters looking for an Ah-Ha picture disc.
It’s easy to have sympathy for the indie labels who struggle to get their records pressed due to the demand and to feel the disgust at what can often be ridiculous prices. There’s a 7” single priced around £16 this year apparently? Simple. Don’t buy it, and please, please don’t feed the e-bay vultures who are undoubtedly the most distasteful element of the entire experience.
However, there is a lot of fun to be had on Record Store Day. I’ll be in Glasgow and Glasgow does RSD well. Love Music has a great line-up including Overblown favourites Tuff Love (full event details here) and the wonderful Monorail has DJ sets and live sets galore (details here). With over 500 new releases there’s bound to be a few things that tickle your vinyl fancy. In amongst all the re-issues and special editions on dollar bill green vinyl there’s a lot of great new music in there. Here’s my list and a flavour of some of the music on offer. What time do you reckon I’ll need to set my alarm for to get my hands on some of this lot?
Sensible Record Labels – A Compilation from Alcopop! Records (12” Ltd 500 Copies)
Here’s a refreshingly novel take on RSD. Alcopop! have created a 12” of ten songs in collaboration with various other indies and will be selling the whole lot for a tenner. It also comes with download codes for loads more music. This compilation features Menace, Beach, Alvvays, Joanna Gruesome and Tellison amongst others. The highlight of this years releases. Very well Played Alcopop!
Marnie – Wolves 7” (500 copies from Les Disques Du Crepuscule)
Marnie (Ladytron) follows up her excellent debut solo album Crystal World with this song written about the 2014 Scottish Referendum
Honeyblood – No Big Deal (500 Copies from FatCat Records)
Bis – I Love Bis – Compilation LP (1000 Copies on Double Red Vinyl – Do Yourself In Records)
Hinds / Parrots – Split 7” (500 copies on transparent green vinyl – Lucky Number Records)
More garage rock fun from two bands that are clearly best buddies.
Kristin Hersh – Sundrops / The Cuckoo 7” (1000 copies on sea blue vinyl – Heliospheric)
Two tracks taken from a BBC session that was never broadcast from the ever evolving and always amazing Kristin Hersh
Daughter / Warpaint – Winter 12” (500 Copies on Rough Trade)
Daughter and Warpaint give each other the remix treatment with pretty special results.
Tuff Love / Lazy Day – Split 7” (Ltd Edition on Lost Map Records)
Not necessarily an official RSD release. Who cares? A great sounding split single from two top bands.