17 Apr 2013
Feature | Record Store Day 2013
Despite entertainment retail juggernauts HMV heading into administration at the start of this year, 2012 was not so shabby for your average local music outlet with worldwide sales of vinyl reaching a 16 year high. But it’s not just these guys who are getting in a spin about a spot of plastic! This Saturday is the sixth annual record store day which sees a whole host of acts and artists getting involved in the exclusive spirit behind the day and unveiling a number of pretty exciting releases.
With that in mind, we thought it only fitting to serve up some sort of vinyl countdown, as it were, including all the fab 45’s that will be representing lady style.
Let’s get flicking through those releases!
Dark Dark Dark, ‘What I Needed’, 10″ EP release
Romance within a band is always going to lead to something, be it frightful inter band treachery a la Mama’s and Papa’s or a debatable sibling-come-spouse melange comme Jack and Meg, it doesn’t often bode well. Minneapolis’ folksters, Dark Dark Dark unveil this poignant new single following the recent relationship breakdown between co-founders Marshall LaCount and Nona Marie Invie but it’s seems the band are still capable of producing some charming chordal arrangements despite the heartache. With it’s Shrangi-La’s inspired chorus [more of that to come later down in the releases] ‘What I Needed’ will be released on 10″ and you can pick up your copy directly at Melodic.
The History Of Apple Pie/Young Husband – ‘Glitch’
Recalling the guitar fuzz brilliance of Dinosaur Jr, lo-fi rockers The History of Apple Pie are set to release a limited edition split blue vinyl 7″ for this weekend’s record celebrations, no less. Banquet faves THOAP contribute recent single ‘Glitch’ to the release which is taken from their debut album ‘Out Of View’ – also released by Marshall Teller earlier this year – with psychedelic shoegaze track ‘Dromes’ from Young Husband on the flip.
Georgi Kay, ‘Ipswich’
Perth based songstress Georgi Kay may have been turning heads since she was a wee mite in her native Australia but she’s surely set for some international success following this infectious acoustic coo. With an eloquent clarity similar to that of Emily Haines, ‘Ipswich’ is a brooding shuffle as she trills ‘I will haunt you til the day I die’. Well at least it’s not an ode to the Suffolk market town of the same place. Having just signed up with Regal, Kay has recorded a double A-side 7″ limited edition vinyl and you can take a listen to the two exclusive tracks, “Ipswich” and “In My Mind” on her soundcloud below.
Moon Duo, Circles Remixed
Following the success of last year’s remix 12” of their album ‘Mazes’, the hypnotic-psych duo of Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo, celebrate Record Store Day 2013 with a 12” of remixes from their new album ‘Circles’. The release features a whole host of celeb chums on mixing duties with remixes by Tom Furse (The Horrors), Life Coach (Phil Manly of Trans Am) and Eric Copeland (Black Dice) to name but a few and will be available through Souterrain Transmissions.
Bored Spies, ‘Summer 720′, limited edition 7″
Formed in early 2012, Bored Spies are currently based in Singapore, Seoul and Arizona [phew!] with a line up featuring Singaporean singer/guitarist Cherie Ko (Obedient Wives Club, Pastelpower) on vocals, Orestes Morfin (Bitch Magnet) and Panther Lau (Seam). The transatlantic trio will release their debut single ‘Summer 720 b/w ‘沙鼠E’ (shāshǔ E)’ digitally, with a limited edition 7″ vinyl to follow on Deer Island in Asia/NA and Damnably in Europe.
Josephine Foster, ‘Little Life’, 10″ single
The idea of the vinyl recording is probably something that resounds with this artist, as Josephine Foster is said to have previously composed all of her records in longhand before putting them to tape. Rather unsurprisingly then, this track was originally a home recording made by Foster in 2001 and is the latest release from the Colarado songwriter following last year’s ‘Blood Rushing’ . ‘Little Life’ will be an exclusive Record Store Day release from the American singer songwriter and will be available through Fire Records.
Best Coast, ‘Fear of my Identity’, 7″ single
Baltimore dream pop duo, Best Coast have announced the rather exciting news that they will be releasing their latest single, ‘Fear of my Identity’ on exclusive 7″ single in light of this Record Store Day’s sixth year celebrations and we for one are feeling pretty giddy about the pairs return, having been all quiet on the Coastal front since last year’s, The Only Place. Not ones to skimp on new material either, the band are boasting two equally shiny new songs alongside the seven inch release. The record will be released through Witchita and only a mere 500 copes have been made available in the UK to RSD retailers so get your order in quick smart like!
Chvrches, Recover EP, Ltd Edition 12″
Glaswegian synthpop trio, Chvrches release this limited edition 12″ cut of their ‘Recover EP’ and show off their penchant for a glittering melody and sweet beat. The record which features two new songs ‘Zvvl’ and ‘Now Is Not The Time’ [this one alone channelling some pretty serious 80's vibes] also shares two new remixes from CURXES and CID RIM. The EP is out via Glassnote.
Sharon Van Etten, ‘We Are Fine/Hotel 2 T’, 7″ single
Brooklyn based singer songwriter, Sharon Van Etten is also getting involved with this weekend’s activities and offers up ‘We Are Fine’ in finest 45 form. The third single to be taken from ‘Tramp’, her latest full length, the single also features a guest performance from Zach Condon of Beirut, no less. We do love a timely collaboration; thanks Sharon!
The Shrangi Las, Remember EP
It’s hard to believe New York girl group, The Shangri-Las released their first single fifty years ago this December. To commemorate their contribution to femme pop as we know it, Charly are releasing a Limited Edition 7″ vinyl EP made up of the Shangs’ best-loved A-sides plus a special bonus audio artefact. As the name suggests though, you will really have to remember this one though [ouch] as this release is strictly limited to 1000 copies; don’t miss your moment this weekend to nab yours!
Bat for Lashes, ‘Laura/Marilyn’, 7″ single
Bat For Lashes has released a special 7” for Record Store Day every year since 2010, and this time around it’s a conceptual coupling of two tracks from last year’s boldly and beautifully orchestrated, The Haunted Man. You guys will already know the beguiling and beautiful ‘Laura’, which finally makes its appearance as a vinyl single whilst ‘Marilyn’, from Vogue’s online Love Songs Sessions, gets an entirely different arrangement with Natasha Khan’s reverberating guitar chords leading the way.
Austra & Gina X, ‘Mayan Drums’, 12″
Following the announcement of their new album Olympia and recent tour with The xx, Toronto’s Austra have also unveiled a very special collaboration with cult German electro singer Gina X for a limited edition Record Store Day release titled ‘Mayan Drums’. The 12 inch, limited to just 500 copies, also features remixes by London dance producer Hervé, Montreal’s Doldrums and Gina X collaborator, Zeus B. The release is out this weekend via Domino.
Icky Blossom , ‘Arabian Nights’, split 7″ with The Black Lips
Electro-rock Omaha trio Icky Blossoms have taken on Siouxsie And The Banshees‘ 1981 tune ‘Arabian Nights’ for a very special Record Store Day release. It’s a pretty brave thing to take on Siouxsie but when it sounds this good, it would be madness not to feature the track nor pick up the plastic! The limited edition 7″ single will be backed with Black Lips‘ version of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings’ ‘Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys’, and is released on April 20 through Saddle Creek. Take a listen to the track below:
Have we missed any exciting offerings out from this list? Are there exclusive releases that you are eagerly anticipating for this weekend’s event? Add your Record Store Day wish list below to make these piece a whole lot more worldly and we look forward to hearing your best spins.
Happy Record Store Day!