Record Store Day 2013

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)
  • CaribouStart 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 EnoNicholas Jaar x Grizzly Bear (10″, 2000 copies)
  • Frankie Goes to HollywoodThe 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 KraftwerkAirThe Chemical Brothers and others, 100 copies, “regional”)
  • Various Artists – Factory Records – Communications 1978-1992 (10″ or 12″ including tracks by Joy DivisionNew OrderDurutti 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.

The BRIT Awards 2009

Some acts are much more successful in the world of the BRIT Awards than they are in the real world; some are the other way round. Erasure, for instance, whatever you may think of them, scored five consecutive number 1 albums from 1988 to 1994, but only managed one BRIT (Best British Group in 1989) with just a couple of other nominations. Depeche Mode just have one Single award to their names. New Order just one Video award. There are plenty of other examples.

Pet Shop Boys, though, are definitely very highly regarded by The Industry:

  • 1987 – Won Best British Single for West End Girls, picked up by Neil
  • 1988 – Won Best British Group and performed What Have I Done to Deserve This?
  • 1989 – Nominated for Best British Group and Best British Album for Introspective
  • 1992 – Nominated for Best British Group
  • 1994 – Nominated for Best British Music Video for Go West and performed Go West on stage with two Welsh Male Voice choirs
  • 2009 – See below
  • 2010 – Nominated for Brits Hits 30 for Go West

I think it’s fair to say that 2009 was the year when they made the ceremony their own. It was February 15th, the venue was Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, and Kylie MinogueJames Corden and Mathew Horne were presenting the show live on ITV1.

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Simon Pegg. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Beth Rowley
  • Duffy
  • Estelle
  • M.I.A.

Winner: Duffy.

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Lionel Richie. Nominees:

  • Beyoncé
  • Gabriella Cilmi
  • Katy Perry
  • Pink
  • Santogold

Winner: Katy Perry.

International Group

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • AC/DC
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Kings of Leon
  • MGMT
  • The Killers

Winner: Kings of Leon.

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by Jamie Oliver and Jamie Cullum. Nominees:

  • Ian Brown
  • James Morrison
  • Paul Weller
  • The Streets (Mike Skinner)
  • Will Young

Winner: Paul Weller.

British Breakthrough Act

Presented by Alex James from Blur. Nominees:

  • Adele
  • Duffy
  • Scouting for Girls
  • The Last Shadow Puppets
  • The Ting Tings

Winner: Duffy.

International Album

Presented by Joe Calzaghe. Nominees:

  • AC/DC – Black Ice
  • Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  • Kings of Leon – Only by the Night
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  • The Killers – Day & Age

Winner: Kings of Leon.

British Live Act

Presented by Nick Frost. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Iron Maiden
  • Scouting for Girls
  • The Verve

Winner: Iron Maiden.

British Group

Presented by David Hasselhoff. Nominees:

  • Coldplay
  • Elbow
  • Girls Aloud
  • Radiohead
  • Take That

Winner: Elbow.

Critics’ Choice

Nominees:

  • Florence + The Machine
  • Little Boots
  • White Lies

Winner: Florence + The Machine.

International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Gok Wan. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Jay-Z
  • Kanye West
  • Neil Diamond
  • Seasick Steve

Winner: Kanye West.

British Single

Voted for by phone during the ceremony, and presented by Alan Carr. Nominees:

  • Adele – Chasing Pavements
  • Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
  • Coldplay – Viva la Vida
  • Dizzee Rascal / Calvin Harris / Chrome – Dance wiv Me
  • Duffy – Mercy
  • Estelle feat. Kanye West – American Boy
  • Girls Aloud – The Promise
  • Leona Lewis – Better in Time
  • Scouting for Girls – Heartbeat
  • The X Factor Finalists – Hero

Winner: Girls Aloud.

Best Producer

Winner: Bernard Butler.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Sir Tom Jones. Nominees:

  • Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
  • Duffy – Rockferry
  • Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows
  • The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing

Winner: Duffy.

Outstanding Contribution

Presented by Brandon Flowers.

Winner: Pet Shop Boys.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed numerous videos that are no longer available (13 August 2017).