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Recordstoreday 2016: Part 2

Following on from my first post, here are the remaining items from my Recordstoreday 2016 haul:

Twelve Inch Singles:

Florence and the Machine – Delilah: A two track single pressed on bright blue vinyl featuring Delilah and Only Love Can Break Your Heart. 

 
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – El Mexicano (Remixes): Aptly coloured to look like the Mexican flag, the double sided picture contains a number of remixes of the El Mexicano track. Housed in a clear plastic sleeve.  

 
The Charlatans – Trouble Understanding (Remixes): Features two Fatboy Slim remixes of the Trouble Understanding track. The sleeve is signed by Tim Burgess and Norman (Fatboy Slim) Cook who appeared at Resident on the Friday as part of the BBC6 Lauren Laverne show that was broadcasts from the shop.  

 

LPs:

Christopher Lee – Charlemagne: Spoken word symphonic metal concept albums you say, well I don’t mind if I do. These sold out immediately as I bought them so assume Resident only had the 1 copy of each release! Featuring narration from Christina Lee, the 2 albums tell the story of the First Holy Roman Emporer, Charlemagne, vocalised by Christopher Lee. The first album, By the Sword and by the Cross (2010) is pressed on 2x gold vinyl and the second album, The Omens of Death (2013) is pressed on 2x translucent clear/ever so slightly bronze vinyl. 

   

Deftones – B Sides & Rarities: This was one of the two releases that jumped of the page and slapped me round the face when I first saw the RSD list. The first ever pressing on vinyl of the Deftones B Sides album released a few years back. Pressed on 2x gold vinyl with an etching on the 4th, housed in a gatefold sleeve with insert and DVD.

  

Mew – …and the Glass Handed Kites: In my eyes the most important release of the day, Mew’s second album – and the only Mew LP missing from my collection. I cannot express how important this band is. I have seen them loads, met them a couple of times and have never been disappointed. This album is wonderful – a true gem. Pressed on 2x clear vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve and complete with insert and poster. So happy (especially as I was able to get 3 copies from a variety of stores over the course of a few days). 

    
    
 

Beach Slang – Broken Thrills: Literally only bought this because of the artwork, which is pretty epic. I don’t know anything about the band, hopefully it will be a nice surprise like the Pinkshinyultrablast EP was. Really cool looking picture disc with different imagery on either side. 

   

Space – Spiders: Re-issue of the debut album from Scouse indie band Space. Only really bought it for the track ‘Female of the Species’. Pressed on heavyweight picture disc featuring spiders…. Creepy. 

   
Slaves – Are You Satisfied? The Extended Album: An album of additional tracks and covers performed by last years sensation ‘Slaves’. Pressed on hot pink vinyl and housed in a slip case with space for the original LP. 

   

Linkin Park – Road to Revolution (Live at Milton Keynes): A vinyl issue of the previously released Linkin park live album from their show at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 2008. Pressed on 2x red with black splatter vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve with insert. Nice! 

    
   

The White Stripes – The Complete Peel Session: A US only release that Resident were lucky enough to get some copies of. A double LP that delivers two of the best White Stripes performances from two John Peel sessions in 2001. The first LP is pressed on translucent red vinyl and the other is pressed on solid white and both are housed in printed sleeves that are in turn housed in a think card sleeve (that feels waxed to the touch). As always a really good looking released from Third Man Records. 

    
 

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Recordstoreday 2016: Part 1

It is that time of year again where I queue up outside the best independent record shop in the UK #Fact, Resident in Brighton (www.resident-music.com).

So, at 5pm on Friday night I started to queue (in 4th position) where I would then spend 14 hours staring longingly through the shop window at all the Recordstoreday releases.  

The rain came and went, the temperature dropped and the wind blew, but most annoyingly of all, the drunks kept asking “why are you queuing up”.  For the first few hours we answered honestly, with the hope that we would be admired – we weren’t. Eventually we got bored and started answering with such unbelievable responses that hopefully people would leave us be. Some favourites included:

  • Meet and Greet with David Bowie (and other recently deceased celebrities)
  • See Justin Bieber perform and Instore
  • A peaceful protest supporting a variety of causes

At 7am, the doors opened and we wove our way around the store to have our pick lists collected and await the 8am kurfew to pass.

8am came, and lots of money went…. And these are the resulting additions to my collection.

Seven Inch Singles:

Public Service Broadcasting – The Other Side: 2 sided picture disc with a picture of the moon surrounded by a red and green background. A really good looking piece.   
Death Cab For Cutie – Tractor Rape Chain: Exclusive single featuring Ben covering Guided by Voices classic, Tractor Rape Chain. Pressed in white vinyl and housed in a retro looking sleeve. 

 
Bring Me The Horizon – Live from Maida Vale: A very ‘BMTH’ looking picture disc, with different colour backgrounds on each side. Featuring two tracks from the latest album performed at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale.  

   

Muse – Reapers: A really cool looking picture disc from Muse featuring a comic looking rocket dropping bombs. Housed in a clear sleeve, with an inlay that doubles up as an origami drone. I think I will photocopy it to make the drone rather than wreck the inlay! Features an album and live version of the track.  

 
The Bee-Gees/ Faith No More – I Started A Joke (Side by Side): The only one of this years side by side releases that I wanted was this one, featuring the Faith No More version of I Started A Joke. A great single made all the better by being pressed on lime green vinyl housed in a die cut sleeve. 

 
Gerard Way –  Pinkish/ Don’t Try: A single featuring two out takes from the Hesitant Alien sessions. Pressed on Red, Pink and Purple splattered vinyl so nice to look at, with both sides looking drastically different (one looks more marble, whilst the other looks like the traditional splatter effect).

   
Foals – Rain/ Daffodil: Foals continue the tradition of releasing some for RSD with this years offering, 2 new tracks on Rain and Daffodil. Pressed on black vinyl and following the stylings used for the singles off of the recent “What Went Down”album.  

 

Bastille – Hangin’: The new single from Bastille pressed on white vinyl. Housed in a paper sleeve inside a die cut sleeve featuring a man falling down.  

 
Circa Waves – Something Like You: A new single featuring two tracks. Pressed on white vinyl.  

 
Twenty One Pilots – Disquaire Day: A two track charity single (at least I think it is) featuring two live tracks from the latest album. Pressed on black vinyl.

 

Ten Inch Singles:

John Williams – The Force Awakens: A two track 10″ featuring two pieces of music from the movie; March of the Resistance and Rey’s Theme. The real draw with this one though is the picture that features a front and rear shot of everyone’s favourite Corellian YT-1300 Freighter. 

   
Rob Zombie – Well, Everyone’s Fucking on the U.F.O.: I won’t lie, this one pretty much only got bought for the title. The artwork helped too, but once I opened it and saw the b-side etching this any regrets dissipated.  

 
PinkShinyUltraBlast – Happy Songs for Happy Zombies: I knew nothing about this band before RSD16, but am so glad I got told to buy it by a fellow music lover. Not only are the tracks amazing, a big fat slice of Russian Shoegaze Alt-Pop, but it is presented on a quite lovely red and orange marbled slab of vinyl (the orange is a bit translucency too). Housed in a highly attractive fully printed internal card sleeve that matches the outer cover. The simplistic rabbit and deer on the covers are pretty cute too! Pricey, but an instant favourite – so well worth it. Downside is that I now feel compelled to collect the rest of their releases.