As long as they’re willing to brave the 6am queues, no music fan is ignored in this year’s Record Store Day release list. Novelty singles your bag? Shaggy’s Oh Carolina gets a 25th anniversary release on green vinyl, no less. Grateful Dead completism your affliction? There are releases with Bob Dylan and a Fillmore West live set – but which one to choose! Consider it an expensive mystery to crack. Genuine curios? Bobbie Gentry’s Live at the BBC gets its first official release, as does a slightly tweaked version of the early Joy Division incarnation Warsaw’s self-titled debut. Browse the list in full below and prepare to indulge in your poison of choice on 21 April when Record Store Day 2018 takes place in more than 240 shops nationwide. Abba: Summer Night City (7-in single) AC/DC: Back in Black (cassette album) Adam Sandler: They’re All Gonna Laugh at You (2 x 140g LP) Air: Sexy Boy (12-in picture disc) Alarm, The: Where the Two Rivers Meet … [Read more...] about Record Store Day 2018: the exclusive releases in full
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With the announcement of this year’s list of exclusive limited-edition releases, Record Store Day is as divisive as ever: a heavily oversaturated and predominantly bland collection of kitsch, novelty and album campaign box-ticking. There are a few special and weird items buried among the 500 releases on offer, but not much worth writing home about, let alone worth queuing for at 6am. This year’s list will receive something between apathy, complete indifference and groans of despair at the roll call of Shaggy, Belinda Carlisle and Jake Bugg’s take on Wichita Lineman. It makes you wonder whether the whole thing needs a shot in the arm or to the back of the head. The event was created in 2007 with the aim of celebrating the culture, enthusiasts and community behind record shops, and to drive people into stores during those fallow spring months. To be clear: Record Store Day is also about making money, and as a retailer it’d be pretty disingenuous to make out like I … [Read more...] about Record Store Day: why vinyl gimmicks alone won’t save local shops
The organisers of Record Store Day have announced the exclusive vinyl releases for this year’s celebration of independent record shops. The list features four David Bowie records, including his self-titled album, a double LP set including mono and stereo versions; a heavyweight 12in single of the previously unreleased full-length demo of Let’s Dance; the first commercial release of Now, a rare 1977 US-only compilation; and WTTB, another previously unreleased three-LP live album recorded by long-term producer Tony Visconti at London’s Earl’s Court in 1978. Among other rarities on offer are Prince’s 1999 available on vinyl for the first time since 1983, a Cure compilation with 16 new mixes by Robert Smith, and Bobbie Gentry Live at the BBC, released for the first time ever. Arcade Fire will issue their self-titled EP from 2002 for the first time on vinyl, and the National commemorate their 2007 album Boxer with a front-to-back live rendition recorded in … [Read more...] about David Bowie, Prince and Courtney Barnett among Record Store Day exclusive releases
Popstar Lily Allen reacted to today's unveiling of the Labour Party manifesto by 'welling up' in a bizarre video and posting it on Twitter. With tears streaming down her cheeks, the supposedly sobbing singer tweeted a clip of herself struggling to contain her emotions after watching Jeremy Corbyn announce his plan for government. Her voice cracking, she dabbed at her eyes with immaculately manicured hands and said: 'Guys I've just watched the Labour manifesto. I think it's the best manifesto I've ever seen.' She filmed the post on TikTok - a viral video-editing platform - leading most viewers to conclude that the 'tears' were faked using a filter. But it confused many of her 5.5million followers, who were left baffled whether or not she was being sarcastic or genuinely felt so strongly about the policy document. In recent years, the Grammy-winner has turned to political activism and offered her backing to the left-wing Labour leader, who today revealed his … [Read more...] about ‘It’s the best manifesto I’ve ever seen’: Millionaire pop star Lily Allen bursts into ‘tears’ after watching Jeremy Corbyn announce his multi-billion pound raid on the rich in bizarre Twitter video
The world's largest HMV store has opened its doors to shoppers just months after the chain announced dozens of branch closures. Spanning 25,000 sq ft across one floor - almost the size of 12 tennis courts - HMV Vault in Birmingham promises to become a "nirvana for music and film fans" with dedicated spaces for vinyl, CDs and DVDs as well as a performance area for bands to take to the stage.But less than a year since the company called in administrators for the second time in a decade, and closed a raft of existing stores, can this ambitious new site help restore its fortunes in an age when digital purchases apparently rule?The move is all part of new owner Doug Putman's vision to "simplify the offer" for HMV's customers, combining "clicks and mortar" in time to mark the firm's centenary on the high street, in 2021.HMV said the new branch, in Dale End in the city centre, and which it claimed would be Europe's biggest entertainment store, "reflects the resurgence of the HMV brand".The … [Read more...] about HMV Birmingham: Can a record store work in a digital age?