Record Store Day 2012: Events and In-Stores

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As the boxes containing precious vinyl artefacts arrive at record shops around the world, vinyl junkies will be rubbing their hands and salivating at the prospect of zesty rarities and exclusive purchases on the 21st April, 2012. Not solely limited to the classic exchange of (physical copies of) music-for-money, Record Store Day will also feature art-related tidbits and enticing in-stores at several of London’s independent outlets.

In-Stores:

Sister Ray http://www.sisterray.co.uk/

• Billy Bragg performing at midday – (Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Session (3CD+DVD) is being released)

• In-store signing sessions with Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill from Simple Minds.

Phonica Records http://www.phonicarecords.com/

• Confirmed DJs spinning records thus far, Ashley Beedle, Gato Fritto, Paul White & Mo Kolours, Lady Blacktronica, Batida. More to be announced prior to Saturday.

Rough Trade http://www.roughtrade.com/

East

• In-stores from Johnny Flynn, Becoming Real, Keane, Wet Nuns, Little Boots.

West

• In-stores from Stealing Sheep, Cate Le Bon, Tom The Lion, Allo Darlin’, Smoke Fairies.

Flashback http://flashback.co.uk/

• Fair Ohs play at 7pm on the dot (probably).

 

Events:

Secret-7” http://www.secret-7.com

Reviving the excitement for sleeve art in the digital era, Secret 7” explores the artistic interpretation of songs by a salubrious selection of artists.

The Idea Generation gallery in Shoreditch, London will be exhibiting roughly 700 unique seven-inch sleeves, inspired by tracks from The Cure, Florence + The Machine, Bombay Bicycle Club, CSS, DJ Shadow, Noah & The Whale and Ben Howard. The identities of the artists responsible for creating the sleeves will be kept a mystery, as well as which specific 7” resides within the sleeve.

Some of the creatives behind the artwork: David Shrigley, Michael Spencer Jones (Oasis, Verve), Andy Vella (he did the original ‘Friday I’m In Love’ sleeve), Central Station (Happy Mondays, Black Grape), Toby Mott (De La Soul), Stylorouge (Blur, The Cure, Morrissey), Richard Evans (The Who) and Grammy winner Peter Corriston (The Rolling Stones, Billy Idol, Carole King, Debbie Harry, Led Zeppelin, New York Dolls and Tom Waits). A whole host of artists from across the world have submitted, with the best also being featured in the exhibition.

The exhibition can be viewed from Wednesday (18th April) to Friday (20th April), culminating in a Record Store Day form of first-come-first-serve auction on the Saturday. For a donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust (minimum of £40), members of the public are free to take their preferred sleeve home with them.

“Lennon” & “Bowie” Competition

London based artist Von (shopvon.com) celebrates the art of music with a Twitter competition, giving away limited edition 50×40 cm giclee prints Bowie & Lennon.

Follow @ShopVon on Twitter, then tweet:

“WIN – Bowie & Lennon ltd ed prints by HelloVon. To enter follow @ShopVon + RT this. Details here – http://bit.ly/HC9Cqf #RSD12 #music”

The competition closes on Record Store Day and the winner will be picked at random.

 

Independent Label Showcase

A pop-up record shop/label showcase event will be erupting with a variety of musical flavours at Meter f.k.a City Arts & Music Project in East London. The free event is scheduled to take place from 12 – 7pm on Saturday, where records will be available to purchase from these independent labels:

Astro:Dynamics
Bad Taste Records
Civil Music
Cosmic Bridge
Deadplate Records
First Word Records
Five Easy Pieces
Hit & Hope Records
Left Blank
Local Action
Man Make Music
MindStep Music
Reggae Roast
somethinksounds
Take Records
Wah Wah 45s

and more…

There will also be a demo box, in which up-and-coming producers/artists can slip their demo, which is then passed on to the labels.

Further information is available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/395409183804433/

I have heard grumbling from some individuals, claiming the Independent Label Market was a significantly more enjoyable experience than Record Store Day 2011. Either way, it is an event not to be missed. For further details about that upcoming event on Saturday 19th May, 2012, visit -http://independentlabelmarket.tumblr.com

Vinyl is for life, not just for #RSD12.

http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/

Ian James

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