Record Store Day : What to buy

ray-parker-jr-ghostbusters-record-store-dayAt the time of writing it is a little over 9 hours until Record Store Day 2014. The event has been going since 2008 in the UK (2007 in the US) and was set up to support independent record stores. Each year the event has grown in nature with queues forming early in the morning up and down the country outside stores awaiting their opening.

There is a huge list of releases specially produced for the event, and only available in the stores (there are no online purchases here) and some are very rare indeed. Interestingly, part of the appeal of the event is for record collectors (of which I admit to being) to get their hands on and own those rare items.

Of course, such is the nature of enterprising individuals out there many of the rare items started to instantly appear on eBay at inflated prices. This is the downside, my point here is that you should get out and get involved, support your local store and buy the records you want to collect. Don’t wait to buy them on eBay, or worse, buy to sell onwards at a profit. That counters the point of what the event is all about in my opinion.

So what is available this year, and what would I recommend you look out for? Well naturally everybody’s tastes are different but a few things I definitely recommend picking up are as follows:

Twin Atlantic – Heart And Soul. This limited edition, individually numbered 7” is limited to 1000 copies. The 7’’ will feature the track on one side and a sand etching of the band’s logo on the reverse side. It will be held in a spined sleeve with an embroidered patch stuck onto the front of it, with a printed inner bag inside.

Dawes – Conor. I saw Los Angeles-based rock band Dawes in January and they are fantastic. They are releasing a limited edition seven-inch which is an exclusive split single that features Dawes covering the Bright Eyes song “Easy/Lucky/Free” and Conor Oberst covering Dawes’ “Million Dollar Bill.”

Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty.  This 12″ Contains four previously unreleased songs on 150gm limited 10″ vinyl. I don’t know how limited it is, but it’s Bruce and you really want to pick this up.

Stanley Odd – Chase Yirsel. We have a soft-spot for alternative hip-hop band Stanley Odd here at Musicscramble after being introduced via last year’s SAY Awards nomination. With artwork by Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit (no less), the special limited edition (500 copies) 12″ singles features two brand new tracks. Definitely worth checking them out.

As an aside, to celebrate the release Stanley Odd have announced a string of live in-store performances across Central Scotland’s independent record shops during Record Store Day.

Starting at 11.30am, the band will kick-off proceedings with a stripped-down performance at Europa Music in Stirling, before heading west to play Love Music in Glasgow at 2pm. They will then perform at VoxBox Music in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge at 4.30pm, topping the day off with a full-band set at The Electric Circus, Edinburgh for a special Record Store Day after-party.

Garbage – Girls Talk / Time Will Destroy Everything. This 10” single has two new exclusive tracks by Garbage – “Girls Talk” features the vocals of Brody Dalle.

The Strypes – 4 Track Mind. A 7” with four new original tracks which is claimed to be bigger and more advanced than anything they’ve previously released. What they’ve previously released is amazing, so I for one will be hoping to pick this up!

Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea. It was very recently the 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death and to honour that this 7” single is being re-released.

Oasis – Supersonic. You already own this song, but most likely on CD. The 12” is being released almost 20 years to the day since the debut Oasis single started the band’s meteoric rise.

Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters. Cheesy and cool, this limited 10″ glow in the dark ‘Ecto Green’ vinyl includes remixes. This year is the 30th Anniversary of the film and song, so go on treat yourself!

Reckless Love / The Treatment – The Outlaw / Die Hard. The flamboyant Finnish rockers who burst onto the UK scene in 2010, have joined forces with hard-charging home-grown rock ‘n’ rollers – and another Musicscramble favourite -The Treatment, to release a limited 4-track split EP, pressed onto 12” orange vinyl. This is limited to 500 copies and features previously unreleased tracks, and marks the first outing on vinyl for both acts.

Kodaline – Coming Up. Kodaline are gaining in popularity at the moment and if you’re a collector then this limited white coloured 7” vinyl of an exclusive new song is worth picking up.

Machine Head – Killers & Kings. This is a new track from Machine Head, the first with Jared MacEachern and with four different covers and limited to 1000 copies, the 10” vinyl will definitely be worth picking up.

Bombay Bicycle Club – To The Bone / Reign Down Island. This 7″ of “Reign Down” is a demo version of the acoustic song that grew into the polyphonic climax at the end of their album, the eponymous So Long, See You Tomorrow. It has never been heard before

Rival Sons – Electric Man / Belle Star Earache – A great band, and one who are about to return with a new album. This 7″ picture disc has brand new recordings taken from that album.

Soundgarden – Superunknown : The Singles. Likely very expensive this 5 x 10” set is exactly what it says – all the singles for 20-year old album Superunknown. I might buy this; if I remortgage!

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks. This 7 x 7″ Box Set will probably cost even more than the Soundgarden 10” set, but it is very probably going to be really nice to look at; I’d never play it, it might get damaged!

So there you have it, that’s what I recommend you look out for. The list of releases is updating every day so get out there and see what else is available and let us know what you pick up.


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