Record Store Day was born with good intentions and amidst the over stretched record plants, shop boycotts, and major label cash ins (Belinda Carlisle picture disc anyone?) it is at heart an attempt to save that most loved of institutions the endangered record store.

Visit the Record Store Day website for a list of releases and whats happening where you are.

There’s a playlist below featuring 40 must hear record store day releases and you can also hear the playlist on Soundcloud.

And remember, a Record Store is for life not just for one day 😉

Oh and scroll down for an EXCLUSIVE Bette Midler cover version! It’s not everyday you get a chance to say that but feast your ears on a taster from this years ‘Record Store Gay’ compilation.

RECORD STORE GAY

For the last few years the creme of Ireland’s up and coming talent have got together to cover some old pop records AND raise money for Outhouse, a Dublin LGBT community and resource centre. For music lovers it’s a win-win, support a good cause and hear some classic tracks recast. The founders of Record Store gay (yes that still makes me chuckle) took inspiration from an ABBA reissue and the thought that “why not put out some covers of these old acts instead of watching Warner Brothers sell re-pressed 7 inches for 40 quid a pop“?!

The kind people at Record Store Gay furnished me with an ‘exclusive’ preview stream of one of my favourites, The Late David Turpin’s take on Bette Midler’s “The Rose”. Other highlights include a Madness cover, and Lamont/Bailey/Wall who’ve become RSG regulars – their cover of the Pet Shop Boy’s “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” in 2012 was excellent.
You can BUY the whole album from little gem records – www.littlegem.ie
and recordstoregay.bandcamp.com from Saturday. Listen to more from The Late David Turpin here.

Ireland votes on marriage equality on May the 22nd.

SAVE SOHO

Soho record shop If Music has teamed up with the Save Soho campaign and Ninja Tune to release a new record by Annabel (lee), the vocal and production duo of Annabel and Richard E. who were brought together amid the creative bustle of the area. We’re witnessing the changing face of London’s bohemian centre right now with dance music store BM Soho – formerly Black Market – following Madame JoJo’s as the latest musical institution to be hit by closure in the last few months.

Referencing everything from Nick Drake’s folk melancholia to the smokey basement jazz of Billie Holiday, Annabel (lee)’s debut LP By the Sea… and Other Solitary Places is one of the more unique new releases we’ve come across for Record Store Day, and well worth queuing up for on April 18th.

THE ACETATE FROM ELVIS’s FIRST EVER RECORDING

Earlier this year, Jack White revealed himself as the anonymous buyer of Elvis Presley’s first ever recording.

Purchased at auction for $300,000, the 10″ acetate of ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’ was recorded in Sun Records studio in Memphis in July 1953 when Elvis was just 18 years old.

Ahead of the Record Store Re-issue, Jack White has unveiled a fascinating video of the vinyl-to-digital transfer, overseen by curator at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Alan Stoker.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND – TODD TERJE RE-EDITs

Todd Terje re-edit of “I get lifted” on yellow vinyl, and TK Disco is also releasing the Norwegian producer’s take on KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘I’m Your Boogie Man’ on green vinyl.
Both 10″s are limited to 500 copies.

BAMBOOMAN – RUSTED Feat JEHST

Prins Emanuel – Dr. Arvid’s Campfire On The Doones (Wildlife Edit)

Forthcoming on Aficionado’s next 10″.
Release on RSD 2015 worldwide

Smile Down Upon Us – Magical Breath

The second album from UK/Japanese group Smile Down Upon Us is released by wiaiwya on deluxe vinyl, in a delightful gatefold sleeve illustrated by artist Yuji Maruyama, on Record Store Day, April 18 (a CD version is released in Japan soon after).

FVLCRVM – Unsung Heroes

25 copies limited edition single sided 12″ vinyl version of FVLCRVM’s Unsung Heroes, a tune originally released as part of Beat Garden Compilation 4

McLusky – Alan Is A Cowboy Killer