So Record Store Day (RSD) has rolled around once again and, and as ever, it comes surrounded by talk of the 'vinyl resurgence'. Falling on this Saturday, the 18th April, the event was initially created to celebrate the often failing independent record shops, artists and labels came together to give the power back to the retailers by pressing limited, rare, and unique items that could only be obtained by going into these very shops, instead of shopping online, or worse, pirating music. It rewarded fans and shop owners alike, and was seen as Christmas day to record collectors.
With sales figures sky rocketing over the past few years, RSD has grown too, and in doing so, now divides the opinions of many. I've written a much lengthier article on that very subject, but without going into the politics of it all now, I'm keeping it simple, and simply discussing what items have caught my eye/made it on to my shopping list.
- Biffy Clyro - Puzzle 2xLP - First ever pressing of this 2007 album that I purchased on its original release date
- D'Angelo - The Charade/Thousand Deaths 7" - Two tracks from the critically acclaimed Black Messiah that dropped back in December
- Daughter/Warpaint - Winter/Feeling Alright 12" - Both bands remixing the other's track. I like the idea more than the actual remixes however
- Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybee Heart-shaped 7" - A nice collectors item, for yourself or the loved one in your life
- Foo Fighters - Songs From The Laundry Room 10" - A mix of unreleased tracks, covers and demos
- J Dilla - Love 7" - Sweet track from the late, great producer featuring Pharaohe Monch. Dilla has another 7" out as well, a police badge shaped picture disc of his 'Fuck The Police' number. Expect a hefty price tag on that one
- Jagaara - In The Dark 7" - These London sisters impressed when I caught them live last year, and their latest track keeps up the good work
- Jay Z / Ghostface Killah - U Don't Know / Whip You With A Strap 7" - Couple of classic Def Jam tracks pressed together for the first time
- Johnny Marr - I Feel You 7" - A cover of the Depeche Mode track, with a live version of The Smiths’ ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ on the b-side
- Laura Marling - False Hope 7" - A choice cut from the recent Short Movie LP, and also the first Marling track to win me over
- Rise Against - The Eco-Terrorist In Me 7" - More politically charged tracks from my old favourites
- Run The Jewels - Bust No Moves 12" EP - While only one track on this 4 track EP is unreleased, it's still right at the top of my must have list
- Vampire Weekend - Step 12" - One of the tracks that made Modern Vampires Of The City great, the remix featuring Danny Brown, Heems, and Despot make this another essential purchase
- We Are Scientists - TV En Francais Sous La Mer LP - 'Under The Sea' versions of 8 songs from the indie heroes last studio album
- While She Sleeps - Four Walls 7" - Two tracks from the long awaited sophomore LP from the Sheffield band. Suitably heavy, as always.
- The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan 2xLP - First ever vinyl pressing of the album that is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Not my favourite White Stripes release, but Third Man Records always delivers top quality records
- William Onyeabor - Atomic Bomb 12" - Yet another reissue from the recently discovered Nigerian funk musician who is rightly being celebrated
- Young Turks - Continuum 7" - Jamie xx, Four Tet, Koreless and John Talabot all offer a soundtrack to a 2 minute silent film, and comes with the DVD for your viewing pleasure.
There's plenty of others on offer, with 587 total releases on the day, so there will surely be something for everybody to get excited about. There's also a lot of high profile reissues, but these don't excite me as much the new, original pieces on offer.
Don't worry, I don't expect to even purchase a fraction of these, let alone be afford them all, but it's nice to go in with a contingency plan when my favourite are sold out before I even make it into London.
If you don't mind a crowd, I'd encourage everybody to go and have a look at your local record store, and I truly hope you find an album you love. Old, new, critically acclaimed or even a guilty pleasure, just go and listen to something you've never heard before, you don't even have to buy anything. Find your nearest participating store here.