I didn’t go to my local independent record shop today. I did go last week and the week before that. It was great – full of new releases on a variety of formats and friendly knowledgable staff who were happy to while away an hour chatting to a strange little man about dubstep,death metal,obscure rockabilly records and cover versions of Bob Dylan songs in Bengali.
I looked through the racks of CD’s and LP’s and 7″ singles, my eye occasionally falling across something with an odd looking sleeve or a name I vaguely remember seeing on a blogpost or in the NME. They’d even taken the time to put little handwritten messages on some of the records to help me choose:
“Moody and off-kilter electronics with a synth-pop pulse and bent-out-of-shape vocals.”
“Sweeping drone-ambient with sound sources drawn solely from a self-built analogue synthesizer….”
“rock-solid combination of garage / surf / rockabilly / blues /punk. Check this out if you’re into the Cramps or Tav Falco.”
I spent a leisurely couple of hours in the sparsely populated shop (it’s not a fucking STORE, it’s in fucking LEEDS) and having happily forked over 30 quid for a selection of things most of which I’d never heard off two hours earlier I left the shop replete with that slightly queasy combination of guilt at spending too much money and excitement at the prospect of new tunes that I always get when leaving a record shop and skipped home.
It never occurred to me what colour vinyl the three 7″ singles I’d bought might be or what quantity the CD’s I’d bought had been produced in.
If you’re at a loose end today, why not buy some vinyl from an independent record shop to support Record Store Day?
Talking of which, you could win the vinyl compilation album The Hare and The Bull which is being release by Bradford record label to mark the event. It features tracks by The Sentimentalists, Nick Toczek, Negative Panda and many more.
To enter the competition, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer to this question: What was the 13th track on Sound Shack’s first ever release “13 For 2013” (released in January 2013)?
The winner will be chosen on Thursday 24 April. You can listen again to our last show by clicking here
Hype about this year’s Record Store Day (sorry, Record Shop Day as Phil Cope keeps reminding me) is building. The only thing I’ve actually heard so far that’s coming out on 19th April is a new tune by Spiritualized from a compilation LP of music incorporating sounds from Voyager space probes:
Also in this week’s Eclectic Mainline was this by Nothing:
This Saturday is Record Store Day. Â Each year when I preview this event in my BCB showÂ I notice the list of special, very limited, releases grow and grow. Â Apparently this year there are 500 such releases. Â Now, I love Record Store Day, and what it does for independent record shops. Â However, I think there is a real danger that these limited edition releases may be starting to overshadow to real purpose of Record Store Day, and there are record shop owners who share my oncerns. Â It is not Limited Edition Day, or Record Label Day. Â The clue is in the title. Â It is about the record shops.
This is why I think what shops like Jumbo Records in Leeds are doing is the right way to approach the day. Â They have lined up a fabulous set of of instore performances throughout the day. Â So, whether or not there is a limited release you want (and whether or not you get there in time for there to be any left) you can enjoy some wonderful music, have a browse round the shop, and acquaint yourself with the staff. Â Last year a couple of young girls who are special to me saw The Staves at Jumbo, instantly became fans of the band, and want to go back to Jumbo again for Record Store Day this year. Â The array of limited edition releases didn’t really matter to those little girls, but Record Store Day has done its job in drawing them into an independent record shop. Â I for one hope that relationship lasts many years for them. Â Their lives will be all the richer for it.
In my show this week you can hear Adam of Jumbo Records talking about what this day means to their shop. Â If I were to make one recommendation, it would be that you are at Jumbo in the afternoon to see James Yorkston. Â He came into BCB a few years ago to record one of my favourite sessions we’ve had. Â Listen to the show here, and this is what you will hear:
Tonight’s was a special showÂ dedicated to releases that are coming on on Saturday 21st April, the annual Record Store Day event. Â The official UK Record Store Day 2012 website has a full list of releases coming out on the day.
During the show I spoke to Adam of Jumbo Records in Leeds. Â Jumbo have arranged a really special line-up of in-store performances for Record Store Day. Â If you do make it into Leeds, I would advise you also visit Crash Records who are, of course, also stocking a wide range of special releases for Record Store Day.
I must confess I got something wrong in the show tonight. Â I said that the Wickerman 7″ is on BBC Records. Â It is, in fact, nothing to do with theÂ BBC, but is released on Silva Screen.
If you missed the show you can hear it on the BCB Listen Again service, here. Â Apologies for the low bit-rate and low volume.
Here is a full list of the Record Store Day releases that I played tonight:
It only seems like 364 days since I previewed Record Store Day 2010.Â Little did I realise at the time, as I planned my trip into Leeds, that I would be approximately the 100th person to be queuing outside Crash Records when I got there at approximately 08:20 on the day itself.Â And little did I realise that it would be over 2 hours before I actually got into the shop.Â Oh the enthusiasm of youth.
This year I’m delaying my trip into Leeds untilÂ the afternoon of Record Store Day, and will simply accept the fact that I won’t even be close to beating the donkey-raping shit-eaters* who buy things simply to make a profit from them on eBay.
There are a few things I’m hoping won’t have sold out, but I’m not telling you what in case I tempt fate, and I don’t end up getting them.Â I’m particularly interested by the line-up of artists performing at Jumbo Records on Record Store Day.Â I will probably be there at about the time when The Singing Adams are perfoming.Â It will be nice to say hello to Steve Adams again, as his former band, The Broken Family Band, are the only band who I have had the pleasure of recording sessions with twice here at BCB.
Owiny Sigoma Band are a band who I played in my show tonight, because ‘Wires’ is coming out as a 12″ single on Record Store Day.Â Here’s an introduction to the band:
In other news, you might have recently heard me playing some songs from the excellent new 3CD set The Bullet Records Story.Â Our Phil Cope has written an excellent review of the set which I would like to suggest you read.Â And it seems a mutual back-slapping is the order of the day, as he has just told me he is enjoying my show more than he has ever done before.
Speaking of me playing songs, here’s whatÂ I played tonight:
This Saturday, 17th April, is Record Store Day, the day on which we celebrate the independent record shop and acknowledge its importance to music. This year there are dozens of special limited edition releases coming out to mark the day (many limited to just 1000 or even as few as 100 copies). For a full list of releases, see the Indie Record Shop website. You will be able to get these in Leeds at Crash and Jumbo on 17th April.
If you heard the Drive show this evening you will have heard us talking to Jumbo Records about the day. Then in Too Much Too Young, you might have heard Joel, Patrick and Keiron talking about the day, and they playedÂ She & Him and Peggy Sue, both of whom are releasing singles on Record Store Day.
I dedicated the whole of my show to things being released on Record Store Day tonight, and this is what I played: