It’s coming up to that time of year where we should all get off our collective musical backsides and go out to our local independent record shops to support them on Record Store Day (RSD).
This year the date to scribe into your calendar is Saturday April 21st. Due to many reasons this will be the first Record Store Day I have been able to attend on the day. As someone who would buy a record over a square meal you will understand my barely contained excitement.
I have had sight of the full list of Records being released this year and I have been poring over the words and pictures to bring you my Fab Five must have records from this year’s RSD.
In no particular order here are my selection of the records that made me go “WAAANT!!!”
1/ Arcade Fire – Arcade Fire EP
This was originally released on CD only prior to Funeral being released. It contains the prototype ‘No Cars Go’ later featured on their Neon Bible LP. This EP is notable on the sheer quality of these formative tracks. Songs such as ‘Headlights Look Like Diamonds’ and ‘Old Flame’ gave us all a heads up about how special this band were and what they were capable of.
This one will be pressed on transparent blue coloured vinyl & will be individually numbered with augmented gold artwork.
2/ Mogwai – Ten Rapid
As a relative newcomer to the amazing Mogwai post-rock aural assault I was immediately intrigued by this one. Ten Rapid collects together the singles they released between 1995 and 1997 along with the b-sides and some rarities.
Ten Rapid will be on ltd edition coloured vinyl.
3/ Sigur Rós – Route One / Liminal Remixes
Staying in the post-rock genre we come to this pair of releases from Icelandic sonic explorers Sigur Rós.
Route One is a collection of eight tracks culled from a soundtrack experiment the band created for a road movie of the band driving around the coast road of Iceland.
Liminal Remixes sees Alex Somers and Paul Corley delve into the Sigur Rós back catalogue to mould new ambient beauty from tracks originally on the (), Valtari and Kveikur albums.
There’s no info on how these two will be pressed at the moment but my best guess is that it will be black vinyl.
4/ First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here
Having seen First Aid Kit play this song with ferocious intent and anger at their recent Glasgow show I can attest to its power. A song borne out of the frustration of watching as women the world over are made to feel shame for the evil perpetrated against them.
This limited 7” single comes with a studio version of the track backed with a live version recorded in Stockholm.
5/ Ben Kweller – Sha Sha
This was released in the UK back in 2002 and regularly fetches three-figure sums on your usual online sites; another reason why Record Store Day is an essential thing for the music fan. Bringing these back catalogue releases out in new forms they maintain the integrity of the original release whilst making the music available on vinyl again. Win win!
This album is the fan favourite and as I only ever had a CD copy of this I’m looking forward to hearing it on lovely vinyl.
The album has been remastered from the original tapes, packaged in a gatefold jacket and pressed on 180 Gram white vinyl. Count me in!
Notable mentions also go to Jonsi & Alex, The Courteeners, Courtney Barnett, Carter USM and Arthur Lee & Love who are all putting out some really tempting titles.
Time to get planning! Check out the RSD 2018 list here and get along and support your local record shop and bag some tremendous tunes in the process.