The big day is almost upon us! Just over two weeks to go until our little shop is (even more) filled to the brim with one-off exclusive releases, available in-store only on a first come first serve basis. With loads of unreleased material from some amazing artists, rare soundtracks and exciting reissues, we really feel this is the best list in years, with something for absolutely everyone.
Taking place on Saturday the 13th of April, we'll have the records, we've got the store, but we also really want to help everyone to make a proper day of it. We'll have DJs throughout, and Mare Street Market (where we are situated) are offering up some special Stranger Than Paradise cocktails as well as discount on food and drinks for customers of the shop! Keep an eye on our social media for further details and line-up announcements.
Take a look at our Record Store Day section on the website for the full list of what we should have on the day, but please bear in mind that we may not receive everything in all the quantities we've ordered, thus some titles could be much more limited than others.
For those of you unable to make it into the shop on the day, everything that's left over will be available to order online a week later, on the 20th.
That's a whole lot of records huh! How are we gonna fit them in the shop?! Don't you worry, we'll find a way. To help you navigate the glut we thought we'd highlight some of the slabs we're most looking forward to getting our mitts on:
Hugely recommended by Noreen, Power Of Zeus' The Gospel According To Zeus is a highly sought after heavy psych rock LP originally released on Motown subsidiary label Rare Earth, and features one of the most sampled drum breaks in Hip Hop. It's not hard to see why, just listen to this!
Mr Bongo have, as always, had this reissue properly mastered, and we can't wait to get this heavy funk masterpiece blasting out of our speakers.
The Ghost World OST is being released on vinyl for the first time ever! Kicking off with Mohammed Rafi's unbeatably cool 'Jaan Pehchan Ho' and working its way through all sorts of dusty crate-dug jazz, blues and world musix, alongside tracks recorded especially for the score. Super limited (1500) blue vinyl double LP in a gatefold sleeve, these will go quick without a doubt!
Man I don't know how to explain this one... bizarro industrial collage madness from 1985 New York, with such hits as 'Shoot The President' and 'I Look Like Shit' - recently recommended by Nate Young of Wolf Eyes on The Quietus, saying Aaron Dilloway regretted playing it to him for fear it would be too influential!! One for the weirdos. See you down the drag strip.
Joan Shelley's gorgeous covers EP Rivers and Vessels appeared on Bandcamp all of a sudden a year ago (to this day, funnily enough) and featured her takes on classics by Nick Drake, Dolly Parton and J.J. Cale with a little help from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Doug Paisley, Nathan Salsburg and others. Gentle and captivating, it's lovely to see it getting the physical release it deserves this year.
It wouldn't be Record Store Day without a few fun novelty records! This year is no exception with our favourite being a reissue of Mickey Mouse Disco, in a disco ball mirrorboard sleeve no less. Disney versions of late '70s disco tracks and vice versa disco versions of Disney classics. Absolute bangers.
Now-Again present a double whammy of psychedelic funk: Legendary instrumental James Brown LP Sho Is Funky Down Here, a collaboration with bandleader David Matthew's, is released here alongside Matthews' own Grodeck Whipperjenny album. Limited to 3000 and 2500 respectively, both contain booklets with extensive liner notes and rare photos. Highly recommended!
So your boots have been filled with a pile of killer reissues, but how about some new music? How about not just any new music but the brand new album from lords of doom Sunn O))? Produced by Steve Albini?! Um, yes please.
Record Store Day customers get first dibs on hearing this new album, the first since 2015's devastating Kannon, plus it comes pressed on an exclusive transparent orange vinyl.
Another great Soundtrack entry on the list; Roy Budd's score for Get Carter, the definitive British gangster movie starring Michael Caine, is in itself a classic of British Jazz. Along with Jeff Clyne and Chris Karan (of the Dudley Moore Trio), Budd shapes up a sleek but emotional and ghostly musical backbone. Music On Vinyl present here a new version of the soundtrack including dialogue from the film to help evoke the mood of the work as a whole.
Greg Fox (Zs/Liturgy) and Kid Millions (Oneida/Man Forever) return with their duo on Thrill Jockey to send drum stick splinters flying past our gobsmacked faces and modular electronic triggers pinpoint through the centre of our brains. Two of the most impressive drummers I've ever had the pleasure of seeing live. Can't wait for this one to fill me with simultaneous energy and envy.
I could keep going but I'll leave you with one last recommendation: Fuzzy Haskins' debut solo album A Whole Nother Thang. Credited as a pioneer and co-founder of P-Funk as an original member of Parliament/Funkadelic, this LP features Bernie Worrell, Donald Austin and Bootsy Collins and is a treat the whole way through. Limited to 1500 copies on 180 gram vinyl.
We hope you're excited as we are! See you all on April 13th.