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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


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


The Damned – Anything

The Damned Anything LP

Artist: the Damned
Album: Anything
Cost: £10.00 GBP
Found: Casbah Records, 320 – 322 Creek Road, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

Oh The Damned! I used to see Captain Sensible all the time wandering around town when I lived in Brighton, he was an institution in the city with his trademark hats. To see him strolling around the North Lanes after brunch was always a good omen for the weekend ahead. I never took the opportunity to see The Damned play live though when I lived in the UK, and to this day regret it immensely. 40th anniversary tour maybe?

Inner Sleeve & Back Detail - Anything LP - The DamnedI got into The Damned pretty late in the game. I’d always liked their earlier more punk songs like Neat, Neat, Neat and New Rose. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really started listening to all their albums in full and as a result am now a massive fan of both their early and later work.

When I really began to start amassing records, I had trouble keeping track of my collection (ridiculous I know) and wound up buying duplicates of the same album.

Anything by The Damned was one of those albums, and I had three copies of it at one point, only once being a duplicate purchase by mistake.

The Damned - Anything - Gatefold PopupThe final (and hopefully the last) time I bought the album was due to music geekery and the lure of alternative album artwork.

While out in Greenwich, South East London with my friends Natalie and Joe, we popped into a favourite shop of ours which is always a danger to the pocket-book for all three of us. Casbah Records in Greenwich is a sweet record store conjoined with a vintage clothing shop. So while Natalie was looking at vintage frocks, Joe at vinyl and myself dashing in between the two stores, Joe found of copy of Anything, passing it over to me knowing I was a Damned fan.

Dave Vanian in 3D! Anything Popup DetailAnd so, the third copy of Anything was procured not only because it was a version with a gatefold but a pop up gatefold. 3D Dave Vanian action! Love, love, love it!

I’ve since sold the other two copies and am very thankful for discovering Discogs where you can organize your vinyl collection online.

There are also loads of great iPhone apps to connect with your Discogs account so you can check easily on the go your collection or want list. I currently use Crate Digger on my phone and highly recommend that app for the vinyl fiend on the go.


Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World

Vinyl Finds - Chris Isaak Heart Shaped World

Artist: Chris Isaak
Album: Heart Shaped World
Cost: $10.00 USD
Found: Gimme Gimme Records, 325 E 5th St, New York City, NY, USA.

“Women like three things: Men in kilts, Southern Comfort, and Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game‘.”- Flight of the Conchords

This is fact. Period. Don’t start shaking your head, don’t deny it. Don’t fight it. CHRIS ISAAK. For reals. Yes, I don’t care what anyone says, or the number of coworkers making fun of me on the bus (for the record it was 5), I love Chris Isaak. And I LOVE this album. I massively regret missing him play last fall at Massey Hall in Toronto.

Chris IsaakThere’s something about Chris Isaak’s voice that absolutely melts me and makes me stop whatever I’m doing. I don’t know why or where this stems from, it’s just an immutable fact.

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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…