Brace your bodies and ready your wallets, dear readers, for
it’s nearly the time of year that vinyl nerds and indie fans wait so eagerly
for – Record Store Day is upon us.
2019 represents the 13th edition of RSD. Normally
held annually on the third Saturday of every April – although this year, it’s
the 13th April to avoid clashing with Easter – it was originally
established in 2007 to celebrate independent record shops and to give them a
financial shot-in-the-arm to flagging independent shops, in the face of
downloads and high-street giants. While downloads have ceded to streaming and
some of those high-street goliaths have now fallen, RSD still serves its
original purpose but has since also tied itself in with the wider revival of
vinyl. As such, Record Store Day is still going strong, and every year there
are limited edition releases from your favourite artists to be fought over.
Grunge legends Pearl Jam are this year’s ambassadors,
following the likes of St Vincent, Run The Jewels, Josh Homme, Chuck D and Iggy
Pop as the official spokespeople of Record Store Day. In a video statement,
they praised independent stores in the face of the high street brands, and
explained the spirit and ethos of the concept.
READ MORE: A
Fresher’s Guide to Independent Record Stores in Leeds
Take a morning stroll around your city or town at 6am on
Record Store Day, and you’ll find queues of people outside your local record
shop. In Leeds, both of the main independent outlets, Crash Records and Jumbo
Records, are both getting involved, hosting special events and live
performances alongside being open for general business. Vinyl fans, record
dealers and casual music listeners can get involved, and there are some
particularly interesting releases to be had in 2019.
Here’s some cool stuff to look out for:
Anderson .Paak –
‘Bubblin’’ (7”) (Aftermath / 12 Tone)
The stand-out track and hit single from .Paak’s Oxnardalbum gets a first-ever vinyl issue on a cream-coloured 7” disc,
with the remix featuring Busta
Rhymes on the flip.
Blossoms – Cool Like You (LP) (Virgin EMI)
Although it was only released a little under a year ago, Blossoms’
sophomore album receives a re-issue for RSD, containing printed inners,
download card and pressed on heavyweight vinyl.
Courtney Barnett –
‘Everybody Here Hates You’ (12”) (Marathon Artists)
A brand new track from the brilliant Courtney Barnett,
presented on 12” vinyl with last year’s stand-alone single ‘Small Talk’ on the B-side and
with the artwork hand-illustrated by Barnett herself.
Glass Animals – Zaba Stripped (LP) (Wolf Tone)
Psychedelic indie-pop outfit Glass Animals’ 2014 debut album
released on vinyl the first time round. This goes some way to rectifying that –
four of its tracks are re-recorded in stripped-down form.
IDLES – Meat EP & Meta EP (both 12”)
Newly-crowned punk heroes IDLES have never released their
2015 EP Meaton vinyl, and
it’s companion remix
EP Metahas never been physically released at all. Both are now pressed on
to white-coloured vinyl, for one time only. Be prepared to squabble with other
fans for these coveted items!
Julien Baker – ‘Red
Door’ (7”) (Matador)
Fresh from her boygeniuscollaboration, Julien Baker’s first solo material for 18 months is
an exclusive release for RSD 2019!
John Grant – Remixes Are Also Magic (12”) (Bella
Remixes of selected tracks from John Grant’s last two studio
albums, 2015’s Grey Tickles, Black Pressureand last year’s Love Is Magic, from Nik Void,
Blancmange, Carter Tutti and Anna Meredith.
Moses Sumney – Black In Deep Red, 2014 (12”)
The indescribable Moses Sumney presents last year’s three-track EP on special red
and black spattered vinyl. All three songs fit on one side of the 12” – the
flip side is a beautiful etching.
Mutual Benefit – Just Another Diamond Day (LP)
In which Boston-based singer-songwriter Jordan Lee executes
a full track-by-track cover of folk enigma Vashti Bunyan’s much-treasured 1970 debut album.
Just 1,000 copies of this one available!
Our Girl – Live At St. Pancras Old Church (12”)
Presented on clear vinyl, a live recording made in one of
London’s oldest churches in March 2018 by one of the year’s best
British indie newcomers Our Girl.
Robyn – Body Talk (2xLP) (UMC / Island)
Incredibly, Robyn’s influential EPs have never been issued
on vinyl since their release back in 2010. This collects all the tracks from
both extended plays on one album and four sides of vinyl, just like Body
Talkstudio album did.
Soccer Mommy – For Young Hearts (LP) (Fat Possum)
posted on Bandcamp that catapulted Sophie Allison to national attention
back in 2016 gets a first-time release as a physical product for RSD. Comes in
glitter-coated sleeve and contains a special poster.
Tags: 2019, Ed Biggs, exclusive releases, Record Store Day, RSD, RSD19
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