In 2013 something quite strange happened (no not the discovery of the world’s biggest bicep that was measured at 63.5cm in diameter), rather vinyl record sales around the world rose by 32% and for a moment had the musical industry baffled.
Image from The Telegraph, 2013
Without stating the obvious, we all know that the way we listen to music has changed in the last few years with the likes of Spotify and Pandora allowing the listener to stream all the music in the world for free or with some small fee. Speak to any passionate music lover and you’ll be sure to get a mixed response as to the pros and cons of the musical world we live in.
I can think back to as little as 15 years ago in 1999 while living in London when Monday mornings where the best day of the week. This is the day I would get to work a little late as I waited impatiently at the front of Select-A-Disc (now Sister Ray) on Berwick St (Soho) to get my hands on the latest single or album release. Id quickly throw it on my CD Walkman as it became my morning walk soundtrack to my dead end job. What made the day that little bit sweeter was receiving the odd treat like a band Tshirt or a limited matching 7” that came with the purchase. These were wonderful moments that today rarely feel when it comes to music releases.
It is for this reason that RECORD STORE DAY was conjured and since April 2007 it aims to bring together Artist, Fan and Music Store owner to celebrate music and protect and honour the humble local record store. It may be a big ask to get us all away from our Spotify, Pandora and ITunes but if there is one thing YOU can do on April 19th is to find the time to support your local record store. To make things a little easier for you we have put together some info on happenings around the world. There is a lot more to do be announced over the next week so we will add more as the news gets to us.
OUR AUSTRALIA RECORD DAY HIGHLIGHTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Polyester Records Melbourne have recently moved from their Flinders Street location and have even more reason to celebrate and we hear they have a rooftop so festivities will be taking place here throughout the day.
TITLE Record Stores across Australia will extend their hours on the day to allow music lovers more time to fondle through the great range of rare releases on offer.
Artist ambassador for this year’s RSD is Dan Sultan and although news has yet to hit of any live performances, we are certain something will happen in Melbourne or Sydney.
Northside Records, Melbourne will be throwing around lots of surprises including live performances from Oscar Key Sung and N’FA Jones.
Mojo Record Bar Sydney will be celebrating big time with free play jukebox, great music, drinks specials all day and some amazing giveaways.
Here is your list of just some of the RCD participants this year:
TITLE Records – 15 Vaughan Place, Adelaide
Clarity Records – 60 Pulteney Street, Adelaide,
TITLE Records – 183 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Record Paradise – 15 Union Street, Brunswick
Northside Records – 236 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Polyester Records – 387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Licorice Pie Records – 249A High Street, Prahran
Red Eye Records – 143 York Street, Sydney
Reload Records – Rosebud Square, Rosebud
Egg Records – 3 Wilson St, Newtown
Kill The Music – Level 1, Elizabeth Street
Egg Records – 79 Vulture Street, West End
Rocking Horse Records – 245 Albert Street
OUR INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Jack White plans to set a world “record” for the world’s fastest released record by recording the title track from his new album Lazaretto direct to acetate and then rushed over to United Records where it will immediately start pressing 45s. Sleeves will be designed and printed using photos from the actual performance. A few hours later it will be brought back to Third Man Records store and offered to fans.
Rough Trade East NYC brings I Break Horses live on the eve of the big day.
Rough Trade East NYC hosts performances from Fear of Men, Perfect Pussy to name a few.
Rough Trade East London will showcase a cracking list of live sets from The Rails, J Spaceman (Spiritualized), Ben Watt & Bernard Butler (Everything But The Girl and Suede’s ex guitarist), East India Youth and DJ Setsfrom Django Django.
Rough Trade West London showcases performances from Slow Club, Edwyn Collins and Adam Ant!!!!
RECORD STORE DAY RARE RELEASES
Many bands also support the day by releasing rare mixes of their songs on the day but where they will appear, we just don’t know. Anyhow enjoy this list of delights:
REM will return to Record Store Day to offer some very rare recordings of the 1991 MTV Unplugged gigs that were, too many, some of the rarest and purest moments of REM that made them one of the most important bands in the world. The rare pressings will be released on the day in lead up to there official release on CD. This is massive news for those REM fans from around the world.
Bombay Bicycle Club will release a rare B-Side on limited edition vinyl (1000 pressed).
Joy Division release a 12” of their debut EP “An Ideal for Living”
Damon Albarn will offer a split 7” of Lonely Press Play and Hollow Ponds in lead up to his debut Everyday Robots.
Paul Weller releases two brand new tracks
David Bowie will release a 7” picture disc of his classic song Rock N Roll Suicide
Rolling Stones will reissue Got Live If You Want It!, their first ever live album
LCD Soundsystem offer a 5 LP set “The Final Show”
Mazzy Star release two new tracks I’m Less Here and Things
Temples and Jagwar Mar will get together to release a split single of Shelter Song/Man I Need
With the original pair from Outkast getting back together for various festival dates around the world, the hip-hop outfit will be pressing out their 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillicamusik. This is its 20 year anniversary.
We urge you to get involved.