Yesterday was Record Store Day 2013 which brings out all the vinyl lovers for this one day event. It’s like Christmas for the record collector types. There are special limited edition releases, band performances, and overall love for independent record shops. Jack White was the “ambassador” for this year’s RSD since he is a big supporter of the vinyl format. At his record store in Nashville, he had a press set up that could record customers singing and press it straight to vinyl – read more about it here via the Toronto Sun. You can also watch this promo for Record Store Day featuring Jack White via Vimeo below (hit refresh if you don’t see the video – it is a bit finicky sometimes).
I must admit I’m a major vinyl addict with a large record collection. Records are my favourite format to listen to music until I have to move my collection which brings out the vinyl hate. I store my records in an enclosed cabinet so I didn’t have them in old school crates so packing up my collection has been problematic.
Here are a few of my concerns about moving my vinyl “babies”:
- Large number of records
- Crates are open on top so rain / snow can get on your precious vinyl
- The exposed top in a crate can lead to damage during the move
- I always like to keep my vinyl vertical and never stack them so I need a way to do this
I luckily found a few solutions that I wanted to pass along to you. There are a few options for vinyl friendly shipping boxes.
- The Box Spot - they have record album cartons as well as video and CD boxes.
- Vinyl Revival - check out their LP Moving Boxes
- Bags Unlimited – If you budget is also unlimited, you can get these more durable yet pricier boxes.
Here are some articles with tips and articles about moving your collection:
The Civil Wars have recorded a cover of Portishead’s ‘Sour Times’ and performed it live in a London alley. This recording will be featured as the B-side to The Civil War’s upcoming Billie Jean 7 inch vinyl, releasing on Record Store Day 2012.
Watch their performance of ‘Sour Times’ below.
Civil Wars are an enigmatic duo made up of Nashville via California transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They have independently sold over 215,000 copies of their album ‘Barton Hollow’ already in the USA through touring and word of mouth. The band is touring extensively in support of ‘Barton Hollow’ during 2012.
Mar 13 – Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute
Mar 14 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy
Mar 16 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
Mar 17 – Lancaster, UK @ Library
Mar 18 – Leeds, UKLeeds @ Metropolitan University
Mar 19 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Mar 21 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia
Mar 22 – Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy
Mar 23 – Edinburgh, UK @ The Queen’s Hall
Mar 24 – Highland, UK @ Big Top @ Isle of Skye
Mar 26 – Koln, Germany @ Kultukirche
Mar 27 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
Mar 28 – Paris, France @ Point Ephémère
Mar 29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ De Duif
Mar 31 – Södermalm, Sweden @ Kägelbanan
Apr 01 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Abart
Apr 02 – Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Apr 04 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Salon
May 06 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
May 23 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
May 25 – George, WA @Sasquatch Music Festival
Jun 10 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnarroo Music Festival
Oct 28 – Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall
Oct 29 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre
Oct 30 – Manchester, UK @ 02 Apollo
Nov 01 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Nov 02 – Glasgow, UK @ 02 ABC
Nov 03 – Gateshead, UK @ The Sage Gateshead
Nov 04 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
Nov 06 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
Nov 07 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome
Nov 08 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick Arts Centre
Nov 10 – Southampton, UK @ Southampton Guildhall
Nov 11 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University
For more information on The Civil Wars, visit thecivilwars.com.
White Whale Records announce the release the Shine A Light 7” by Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin who covers ‘Shine A Light’ by Wolf Parade and ‘Elm Grove Window’ by Clientele on the single.
A side: Shine A Light (Wolf Parade)
B side: Elm Grove Window (The Clientele)
Listen to the tracks below via Soundcloud…
Swervedriver are playing a bunch of shows across the US and the Shine A Light 7″ will be available as a tour 7″ on limited edition clear vinyl. It will also be available digitally and through the White Whale store for those of you who miss out on this limited-edition pressing. If you are interested in buying the MP3 or 7″, go to whitewhale.ca/label/store.
Mar 28 Philadelphia, Union Transfer
Mar 29 Boston, Brighton Music Hall
Mar 30 DC, Rock and Roll Hotel
Mar 31 New York City, Bowery Ballroom
Apr 2 Cleveland, Grog Shop
Apr 3 Chicago, Bottom Lounge
Apr 4 Seattle, Neumo’s
Apr 5 Portland, Doug Fir Lounge
Apr 6 San Francisco, Slim’s
Apr 7 Los Angeles, Key Club
For more information on Adam Franklin, visit AdamFranklin.com.
Hush Arbors release their first Thrill Jockey release with Arbouretum on the new Aureola split album. The two bands have been exploring for years the fusion of progressive folk and psychedelic rock, so it was a natural progression that they joined forces for this release.
Watch the video for Hush Arbors – ‘The Sleeper’ below.
The Black Twig Pickers return with two new songs on a specially pressed ‘Yellow Cat’ 7″ vinyl release for Record Store Day 2012.
Watch the video for ‘Yellow Cat’ Live at the Floyd Country Store below.
Freakwater have reissued Feels Like The Third Time which has only been in print on CD since its release, and the vinyl version has been unavailable because the record plant burnt down shortly after our initial order of vinyl arrived. The record was remastered to vinyl by Roger Seibel at SAE and also . The vinyl LP features seven originals and five covers by the likes of Conway Twitty, Woody Guthrie, and Nick Lowe and also includes a download card.
Watch the video for Freakwater’s ‘My Old Drunk Friend’ below.
Tortoise will reissue two singles. ‘Lonesome Sound’ was released on Thrill Jockey and features a cover of the Freakwater song of the same name. ‘Mosquito’ was released on David Sims’ (of Jesus Lizard) Torsion Music label. These releases feature the original line-up of Douglas McCombs, John McEntire, John Herndon, Bundy K. Brown, and Brad Wood. Both have been recut to vinyl by Bob Weston (Shellac) and feature the original fold-over artwork, and will be sold as a double-pack. Both 7″ sleeves can be put together to form a full four panel poster.
For more information about Record Store Day, visit www.recordstoreday.com.
Merge Records will have some vinyl available for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. To get the following releases, you must pop into your local independent record store to show your support on April 21st.
Arcade Fire – ‘Sprawl II’ b/w ‘Ready to Start’ (Remixed by Damian Taylor & Arcade Fire) 12″ Single
This special 12-inch pressing marks the first physical release of the remixes of ‘Sprawl II’ and ‘Ready to Start’ by Damian Taylor and Arcade Fire. The remix of ‘Sprawl II’ can be heard in the dance motion-activated music video by Vincent Morisset at Sprawl2.com, while the ‘Ready to Start’ remix has previously only been available as a bonus download with the deluxe film-bundled version of The Suburbs.
Watch the videos for the original versions of ‘Sprawl II’ and ‘Ready To Start’ below.
Richard Buckner – ‘Willow’ b/w ‘Lost’ 7″ vinyl
‘Willow’ b/w ‘Lost’ is Richard Buckner’s first 7″ containing two new songs and a free download with purchase, the 7-inch will also include a digital-only cover of The Cars’ ‘Candy-O.’
Listen to ‘Willow’ below via Soundcloud.
M. Ward – ‘Primitive Girl’ b/w ‘The Twist’ & ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ 7″ vinyl
M. Ward’s limited-edition RSD exclusive 7″ features ‘Primitive Girl’, the first single from his new record, as well as two non-album b-sides including ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ and an original song entitled ‘The Twist.’ M. Ward will be performing at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA, on Record Store Day.
Listen to ‘Primitive Girl’ below via Soundcloud.
Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies Double-LP reissue vinyl
Destroyer’s Rubies will be released on vinyl for the first time in the US. The double-LP reissue will be pressed in limited quantities on ruby red coloured vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day and will include a free download of the entire album. Side 3 features ‘Loscil’s Rubies,’ a 20-minute bonus track remixed by Scott Morgan.
Listen to ’3000 Flowers’ from Destroyer’s Rubies below via SoundCloud.
For more information about Record Store Day, visit www.recordstoreday.com.
Formed in 2009, the Toronto-based duo Trust are Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski (also a member in Austra). They release their forthcoming debut full length, ‘TRST’ via Arts & Crafts on February 28, 2012 on vinyl / CD and by digital download. To provide some reference to explain the sound on this album – it is like a fusion of The Knife, Austra and Salem. It is dark, left of centre dance music with a hint of gothic swagger. ‘TRST’ is a very solid debut across all 11 tracks and definitely worth picking up as the soundtrack to kick off or as the come down for any party.
MP3: Trust – Bulbform
Watch the video for Candy Walls from TRST below
“Tales of lust, wax, and erotomania carry along on a dense black vapor of speed, space and tears.”
Standout tracks: The slow, brooding and beautiful ‘Shoom’ and the synth-heavy, electro drum beat laden ‘This Ready Flesh’.
Dressed For Space
The Last Dregs
This Ready Flesh