ALBL’s top picks for Record Store Day 2013 and the forgotten art of buying a record.
With the much published demise of HMV it is even more important we support our independent record shops before a whole generation lose the opportunity to experience the art of actual buying a physical piece of music. The Saturday afternoon ritual of going to a record shop browsing the racks to uncover a gem, having that slightly intimidated feeling from the guy behind the counter, hoping he approves of what you are about to buy. The anticipation of taking your purchase home, admiring the artwork, reading the sleeve notes and listening intently. Buying a record because the sleeve looked cool or spending an extra £10 because it was a Japanese import. There is no doubt the digital age of the download has changed the face of music dramatically and mainly for the better but we mustn’t lose the art of buying a record because music is much more than a download!
With that in mind lets take a look at my picks from the special releases under the banner of Record Store Day 2013.
Pulp vs Soulwax – After You
A track first demoed by the band in 2001 before finally being finished in November 2012 with a little help from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, this special 12″ vinyl features a remix from Soulwax.
Dutch Uncles – Slave To The Atypical Rhythm
Manchester’s own Dutch Uncles with their cover of the Grace Jones classic released on limited edition 12″ vinyl
Foals – My Number / Bluebird
From my album of the year so far, Holy Fire, Foals release 2000 copies only of My Number as a 7″ single with a rare b-side Bluebird.
Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle
Just simply a great track, 7″ release of this classic from 1974.
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) 2012 Remix
This 80’s classic was given a new lease of life after being used in the Olympic ceremony last year. Released as a special 10″ vinyl with the B-side Walk Straight Down The Middle.
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Really excited for the debut album for PSB next month, but in the meantime a limited edition 7″ orange vinyl of Signal 30 will keep me going!
Placebo – B3 EP
Always had a bit of a soft spot for Placebo! This EP was original released last year but gets a special 10″ Record Store Day release.