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Record Store Day 2017

Sunrise Records

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day!
Record Store Day 2017
It’s been a a sad year for music stores in Canada, what with HMV Canada going into receivership, with all locations shut as of April 14th. Granted it was as far from an independent as you could go, it was still a physical brick & mortar presence in Canada where you could buy records or CD’s in, with staff that were passionate about music and media.

As HMV began to liquidate, from the ashes the announcement came that Sunrise Records would be taking over the leases and expanding across the country in old HMV locations. A Canadian independent since 1977, Sunrise Records is now one of the only record store chains left in all of Canada. Always a favourite of mine, I was gutted to see their flagship location on Yonge Street in Toronto shut several years ago (damn you Toronto retail rent!). Sunrise was always a go-to for our RSD hunting, and I’m especially glad to hear of it’s expansion and am hopeful for its country wide success,

SO! Record Store Day 2o17, ten years on, how this day has grown. Without further adieu following are some of RSD 2o17 releases on my radar (psst – I haven’t included the rerelease of the ‘Dark Crystal’ soundtrack as I picked up a first pressing many years back when I was still lived in Brighton, UK, BUT if you find this, you should get it. Even if you don’t have a record player, just go out and get one, trust me.) RSD 2017 picks

1. The Cure – Greatest Hits  –  (2 x LP picture disc)
2. The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Lime and Limpid Green 10″
3. The Cure – Greatest Hits Acoustic (2 x LP picture disc)

Second Row

4. T-Rex – Electric Warrior – Gold Vinyl
5. The Doors – Live at the Matrix ’67
6. Shocking Blue – At Home (‘Shocking’ Blue Vinyl)

Third Row

7. Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing (12” EP Picture Disc)
8. David Bowie – BOWPROMO
9. David Bowie – Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74) 3 x LP

Fourth Row

7. The Count Five – Psychotic Reaction
8. The Distillers – Coral Fang
9. The Music Machine – (Turn On) The Music Machine


5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Record Store Day

Record Store Day Sonic Boom

The popularity of Record Store Day increases with every passing year. With many rediscovering a love for vinyl or being introduced to the medium as it becomes more accessible, attendance for this international day of independent record store love will continue to rise.

With larger crowds heading out each year it pays to do a little prep work in advance to save from getting overwhelmed on the actual day. Here are 5 tips to help you get the most out of Record Store Day:

1. Do Your Research

Time to get your music nerd on. The RSD site has a list of Official Releases for Record Store Day 2015 on, the list posted is the US one, so look for links to other country lists such as for the Netherlands or the UK etc, as available titles differ between countries.

You can also find out what shops in your area are participating on the RSD site. They won’t have information on what each retailer will be receiving stock wise, so best to check directly with your independent shop.

Often smaller shops won’t be constantly updating their websites, so time to Facebook creep and see what they’re posting about RSD. Many will have sneak peaks of what they’re getting in leading up to the day.

2. Make A List

Of the available titles being released for RSD in your country – what’s on your list to pick up?

Don’t have a list? Make it! Be aware that you’ll most likely not be able to find everything you’re after. So this is where you need to prioritize your picks, and try to find out in advance if a certain store in your area is getting in your “must-have“. Don’t be a dick though and irritate the hell out of an indie store about whether they’re getting something in or not. Certainly ask, but if they don’t know, they don’t know.

3. Map It

You’ve got your list of albums made and you know what stores to hit. Time to map out your record store day crawl so you’re not crisscrossing the city and wasting time.

Something to take note of is opening times as well – many stores will open earlier than normal, so rise and shine, grab a coffee and get a head start.

4. Dress Comfortably & Be Prepared To Wait

A lot of people will likely be out depending on where you live. Be prepared for possible long lineups and having to wait to even get into a store. Patience is a virtue, keep a calm head and dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather in your area. Layers are your friend!

5. Know Where You’re Headed Afterwards

The best way to wind down from the day is by having a bite or a drink with some friends. Knowing where you’re going ahead of time will save grief in trying to decide when people are hungry and tired. Have a few options as to where you can decamp to that will be relaxing and have space should you want to go through your RSD hauls together.

BONUS POINTS: If you like intimate performances many shops will have special in-stores during RSD. Find out ahead of time who’s playing, where & when.

And have a Happy Record Store Day! (Just keep your hands off my Adam & the Ants Kings Of The Wild Frontier/Ant Music 7″ coloured vinyl and we’ll be cool.)

Photo Credit: Sonic Boom.


Record Store Day 2014

Recordstore Day 2014 Toronto

It’s that magical time of year – Record Store Day is tomorrow!
Record Store Day 2014We’ll be heading out early tomorrow with coffees in hand to check out several independent record stores in Toronto and pick up a few RSD exclusives. Below are a few RSD 2014 releases on my radar, what will you be hunting for this year?

RSD 2104 PicksFirst Row

1. David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide (7″ picture disc)
2. The Dresden Dolls – The Dresden Dolls LP
3. The Julie Ruin – Brightside/In The Picture 7″ Vinyl

Second Row

4. Motorhead – Aftershock, special edition picture Vinyl
5. The Cure/Dinosaur Jr. – Just Like Heaven, 7″ white Vinyl
6. Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea/I Hate Myself and Want To Die, 7″ Vinyl

Third Row

7. Christian Death – The Edward Colver Edition, 7″ White Vinyl
8. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth, LP pink Vinyl
9. Mazzy Star – I’m Less Here. 7″coke-bottle clear Vinyl


Record Store Day 2013

Sonic Boom Toronto in Honest Ed's

Record Store Day 2013 is almost here!

Since it’s launch at Rasputin Music in San Francisco five years ago, Record Store Day events and participation around the world has grown significantly.

RSD 2013Every year on the third Saturday in April musicians, record stores, labels and music lovers a like get together to celebrate and spread the word about independent record stores. With in store performances, special discounts, and the heralded limited edition exclusive RSD vinyl releases it’s a highlight to my April every year.

And for the past several years despite knowing when Record Store Day fell, I would always inadvertently schedule a midday tattoo session. This year, work on my sleeve will have to wait as I plan to properly enjoy the day without being wrapped up in meat packing material and hepped up on painkillers.

Here are a few of the Canadian Record Store Day Releases I’ll be on the look out for:

Record Store Day 2013 ReleasesFirst Row

1. David Bowie – Drive-In Saturday 7″ Vinyl Picture Disc
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Animal X, 7″ Vinyl
3. The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, 2 LP Set Red Vinyl

Second Row

4. Blind Melon – Blind Melon + Sippin’ Time Sessions, 2LP
5. Pulp – After You, 12″ Vinyl
6. Rolling Stones – Five by Five, 7″ Vinyl EP

Third Row

7. Small Faces – There Are But Four Small Faces,
Limited edition 180g Vinyl edition of the Small Faces 1968 debut

8. Misfits/Lemonheads – Skulls, 7″ Vinyl Picture Disc
9. Porno For Pyros -Porno For Pyros, Tie Dye Swirled Vinyl, Remastered for vinyl on 180 gram vinyl

And really I’m rather excited about the Ultravox reissue in limited heavyweight white vinyl of Vienna. Oh my yes, I just wrote that and yes I am a huge, huge music geek.

Watch the video now instead and melt back into the 80’s…