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).
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.
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.
During RecordStoreDay2013 overnight queue-athon, I was introduced to a quite unique artist, who take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material – and carefully lays them over tracks of guitars, banjos, drums, piano and other electronic instruments.
Now, if you are thinking (as I did that evening) that this does not sound like your kind of thing – trust me, it is literally the most imaginative and ingenious thing I have heard in years – and trust me, you will fall in love with them.
So on to the possession, a test pressing of this years RecordStoreDay2014 release of “Elfstedentocht parts 1 & 2” that was sent to me by the very kindly by the man himself, J. Willgoose Esq. (and I mean it when I say that he possible one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet)
Picture: both the RSD official version and test pressing
The single itself contains 2 tracks (Part 1 and Part 2 – does what it says on the tin) which are both about the Elfstedentocht, or Eleven Cities Tour, the world’s biggest ice-skating marathon – and were specially-written tracks for Explore the North Festival in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands – and therefore do not appear on the debut album “Inform-Educate-Entertain”.
I urge everyone to take the time to listen to these guys – even if it is not for you, the time and care that they obviously put into their music demands your attention.
They don’t have the biggest back catalogue at the moment, 1×12″ EP, 1 LP and a handful of 7″s – so a good time to start collecting:
And to Mr J Willgoose Esq., if you ever see this post, thank you for this – it is a great addition to my PSB collection.
Link to Public Service Broadcasting on Discogs:
After the 10″s – it’s the 7 “s – all 16 of them. To save space, I’ve photoed them in batches – with any coloured vinyl removed from the sleeve. Each record is listed as: artist – track a/ track b, (vinyl colour), and [limited to]
Bombay Bicycle Club – To The Bone/ Reign Down (black) 
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen (white) 
CHVRCHES – We Sink/ It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay (green) 
Circa Waves – Stuck In My Teeth/ 100 Strangers (yellow) 
Coldplay – Midnight/ etched seals (black) [?]
Damon Albarn – Hollow Ponds/ Lonely Press Play (black) [?]
David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide/ Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide Ziggy Mix (picture) [2,500]
Kodaline – Coming Up/ All I Want with RTE Concert Orchestra (white) 
Kings of Leon – Wait for Me/ Don’t Matter (gold*) [2,000]
Maximo Park – Random Regrets/ On The Sly (red marble) 
Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea/ I Hate Myself and Want to Die (black) [6,000]
Paul Weller – Brand New/ Laneslide (black) 
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Pt1/ Pt2 (white) [1,000]
Suede – Let Go/ Heroin (black) [1,000]
The Strypes – Hard to Say No/ So They Say/ I Don’t Want to Know/ Still Gonna Drive You Home (black) [1,000]
Twin Atlantic – Heart & Soul (white) [1,000]
On Tuesday night I went along to an intimate instore gig at Resident Music in Brighton that featured Public Service Broadcasting.
Rather than the usual stripped down, acoustic affair that we are normally treated to at Resident instores, PSB went all out, throwing the instore rule book out the window – bringing along everything but the kitchen sink (and by kitchen sink I mean live drum kit).
He tore through a 30-ish minute set – complete with visuals playing on a small black and white TV. Without doubt one of the best instores I have been to – and definitely the most advanced.
Oh, and he signed my vinyl: