There’s something rather exciting about Record Store Day – loads of your favourite bands start throwing out obscure releases on bizarre formats. Not downloads, but real, tangible formats.
There’s also something rather disappointing about the whole thing. Of all of the releases I’ve heard about and wanted on Record Store Day, I’ve never actually seen a single one of them. Partly because I’ve always been out of the country every year so far, but partly also because I have a sneaking suspicion that what happens is that it’s actually a day for private dealers and too-keen collectors to swamp record shops and buy all the good stuff out. Anything worth having will be up on eBay within the day. Which seems to slightly defeat the object to me.
In fact, the only release from previous years that I remember having seen is the cassette version of Goldfrapp‘s last album Head First – which is a brilliant idea, but the knowledge that I’d never actually listen to it was what stopped me from buying it at that point.
Anyway, this year’s Record Store Day is this Saturday, and I’m actually going to be in the UK this time, so we’ll see if I can keep hold of my wallet while it happens. Here are some of the highlights of the releases that I spotted:
- Bent – From the Vaults 1998-2007 (unknown format, 500 copies)
- Booka Shade – Black Out: White Noise EP (12″)
- David Bowie – Drive-In Saturday Night (7″ picture disc, 3000 copies), The Stars Are Out Tonight (7″ white vinyl, 5000 copies) and 1965 (7″)
- Calexico – Spiritoso (LP, 2200 copies)
- Caribou – Start Breaking My Heart (LP), Up in Flames (LP) and The Milk of Human Kindness (LP)
- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Animal X (7″ picture disc, 2500 copies)
- Cut Copy – Bright Like Neon Love (12″, 4000 copies)
- Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? (7″)
- Brian Eno x Nicholas Jaar x Grizzly Bear (10″, 2000 copies)
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Eye Has It (7″ shaped picture disc)
- Garbage – Because the Night (10″, 5000 copies)
- The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (12″)
- Inspiral Carpets – Fix Your Smile (7″)
- Junior Boys – Even Truer Remix EP (12″, 400 copies, “regional”)
- MGMT – Alien Days (cassette single, 2000 copies)
- Moby feat. Mark Lanegan – The Lonely Night (7″)
- Mike Oldfield – Theme from Tubular Bells (7″)
- Pink Floyd – See Emily Play (7″, 5000 copies)
- Röyksopp – Ice Machine (10″)
- Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun (12″, 982 copies, “regional”) and Hvarf / Heim (double LP)
- The XX – Jamie XX Edits (12″, 1600 copies)
- Various Artists – Astralwerks 20/20 (seven 7″ box set, including rare and unreleased tracks by Kraftwerk, Air, The Chemical Brothers and others, 100 copies, “regional”)
- Various Artists – Factory Records – Communications 1978-1992 (10″ or 12″ including tracks by Joy Division, New Order, Durutti Column and Happy Mondays, 1000 copies)
- Various Artists – Music from the Motion Picture Drive (LP picture disc of the excellent album with tracks by Kavinsky and Cliff Martinez, 1000 copies, US only)
Which should be more than enough to keep you busy. I’ve no idea what “regional” means. Thanks to the New Vinyl blog for helping with information about the releases. The full list is here for the USA and here for the UK.