Record Store Day 2017: Scottish events guide
Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture – we take a look at the Scottish shops getting involved to help you plan your RSD17 adventure
VoxBox are gearing up for their annual street party-style RSD celebrations on St Stephen Street with the help of Edinburgh label Gerry Loves Records – as well as putting together a stellar line-up for the day, they're also putting out a special RSD flexidisc for The Howling Fantods, a collaboration between Martha Ffion and Savage Mansion’s Craig Angus.
Confirmed for the day so far are Stina Tweeddale of Honeyblood, BC Camplight, Meursault, The Little Kicks, ULTRAS, Ayakara, The Son(s), Miracle Glass Company, the aforementioned collaborators and more! Performances will take place in nearby venues between 12-6pm – full details here.
Glasgow-based LP Records launched their own label of the same name back in February, announcing releases from three Glasgow outfits: American Clay, Codist and The Great Albatross.
Plans for their RSD party are currently under wraps, but according to their Facebook page they “try to treat the day as a big party and celebration of all that's good about record stores,” so whatever they end up doing is bound to be bags of fun! They’ve promised us live music from the likes of Happyness, raffles, doughnuts and DJ sets from LP and the lovely GoldFlakePaint, plus a special ticketed evening event featuring some top secret guests. Details here.
To launch RSD17, Assai Records in Dundee held an instore gig on 21 Mar featuring local lads The View, and on 22 Apr they’re planning to pepper their day with yet more live performances. So far they've confirmed Dundee's own Carousel – the first band to release a record on the shop’s own Assai Recordings label, with their six-track 12” Show the World due to hit the shelves specially for Record Store Day.
Meanwhile in Edinburgh, Assai have just opened a specialist vinyl shop on Grindlay Street at the start of April, and on RSD the Triassic Tusk record label will be doing a mini showcase featuring performances from Malcolm Middleton and Lomond Campbell, with more to be confirmed. Watch this space.
As this is the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, Glasgow’s Love Music will be celebrating with over 500 exclusive vinyl releases, live music and cake! Performers on the day include several local artists who are all putting out RSD releases, including Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5, who will be putting out their Cross the Road single on yellow vinyl.
Scottish punk band Reaction also have new music to unveil, in the form of their new Old School Rules EP, as do Static Union, whose double A-side Turn Out The Lights / Accelerator is set to hit the racks. All this, plus a new LP from The Bar Dogs (Friday Night the Eagles Fly) and the debut EP by Storm the Palace: Snow, Stars and Public Transport, with more to follow.
Record Store Day for the team at Underground Solu’shn is “the ultimate celebration of our favourite musical format,” and we couldn’t agree more. “If you love music and you love vinyl,” they continue, “come on down and join the party!” Well, we couldn't turn down an invitation like that.
And what a day they’ve got in store for us all, featuring some of their favourite local labels, vinyl aficionados and artists as follows: Mr. TC (Optimo), Sweet Dieter (Paradise Palms), Kate Lazda (Kid Canaveral / Lost Map), Faith Eliott (Song, by Toad), Inkke (Lucky Me / Different Circles), and a Triassic Tusk showcase featuring Malcolm Middleton, Lomond Campbell, Jo Foster and a Triassic Tusk Janny DJ set, with more still to be announced!
All this plus the usual counter sales and musical services supplied by the Underground Solu’shn team, featuring DJ Beefy, EH?Wun, Fudge Fingas and G-Mac.
Monorail bring the Record Store Day party to King’s Court this April with a mix of live bands and DJs. As we go to print, they’ve already confirmed Bristol band Snails, whose debut album Safe in Silence has been one of Monorail’s favourite and biggest releases of the year so far, and local outfit Pussy Mothers, whose debut was released last year via Optimo Music.
They also have plans for a DJ line-up, headed by Sarah Pickles. With more still to be confirmed and the promise of “superb home baking” on the cards (buy a record, get free cake – our kind of deal), this sounds like a fun day in the making!
Edinburgh’s Coda Music have the largest selection of folk CDs in Scotland and a pretty impressive selection of vinyl across all genres. Having recently undergone a major refurbishment, they now have three times the space for their vinyl room – hurrah! – meaning you'll be spoilt for choice this RSD.
At the time of going to print their RSD line-up is yet to be confirmed, but they're hoping to have a few instore performances in the afternoon and will be giving out free bacon rolls to the first 75 people in the queue that morning. Yum!
The venue, label, record store, bar and diner hosts an RSD afterparty from 10pm, featuring Jacuzzi General, Mr TC and Sweet Dieter. Each of the evening's DJs feature on Palm's official Record Store Day release – a 12'' of remixes of Deranged My Love by Parisian art-noir experimentalists Hey Mother Death – and the artists will also be at Underground Solush'n and Vox Box at various points in the day.
Other official RSD participants across Scotland include Mixed Up Records in Glasgow, Feel the Groove in Paisley, Europa Music in Stirling, Rare Trade in Kilwinning, Big Sparra Vinyl in Ayr, Concorde Records in Perth, Mo Fidelity in Montrose, Union Vinyl in Inverness and Spin, Maidinvinyl and Chameleon in Aberdeen. And remember, records are for life, not just one day in April, so please support your local record shops all year round.
Record Store Day 2017 is on 22 Apr; a full list of RSD17 releases can be found at RecordStoreDay.co.uk