Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Record Store Day - April 20, 2013


With the exception of perhaps Boxing Day, Record Store Day, the third Saturday in April, is the holiest of observances on the vinyl collector's calendar.  Now in its sixth year, this international celebration, the brainchild of Michael Kurtz and Carrie Colliton, promotes local brick-and-mortar retailers, as well as independent musicians and labels by unleashing upon music nerds everywhere a slew of limited edition reissues, special album, single and EP launches, all topped off with sales and in-store performances. 

There's a little something for everyone being offered on this most joyous occasion, but here are History Homeroom's picks for 2013.


Top Shelf/Front of the Crate:


1. El Michels Affair – Enter the 37th Chamber (LP – Picture Disc)



From Brooklyn's Truth and Soul Records, comes a limited reissue of El Michels Affair's 2009 album of instrumental soul jazz Wu-Tang covers.  Remember El Michels?  They're back.  In picture disc form.


2. Fela Kuti – Sorrow Tears and Blood/Perambulator (LP – Nigerian Only Reissue)


One need never justify purchasing a Fela Kuti record.


3. Joe Mansfield – BeatBox: A Drum Machine Obsession: V.2 TR-909 (Book)


Quiet time around my homestead usually involves reading about music.  This codex on everyone's favourite drum machine also comes with flexidiscs for when your wife let's you turn the stereo back on.


4. Miles Davis – 'Round About Midnight (LP – Mono, 180 gram, Columbia Legacy Reissue)



Given that Miles Davis reinvented music several times throughout his career, it's hard to name a favourite album.  But 'Round About Midnight is certainly up there.  It marks Miles' first album with Columbia, yet it was record several years before its release, while he was still cutting records with his first great quintet under contract with Prestige.  Miles chemistry with Coltrane on this date is tops.


5. Ninja Tunes & If Music – IF (2 x 12")


Abstract beat label and UK record store mecca If Music have collaborated to deliver a gatefold, limited edition, double LP of hereto unavailable and in-town-for-one-day-only music.  It's got remixes of Herbie Hancock, originals by Bonobo, and linear notes penned by Floating Points.


6. Various – The Rough Guide to African Disco (LP – Compilation)


While you're highlighting passages in your Rough Guide To travel manuals, why not listen to its complementary compilation of thematic tunes.  As with the books, these albums provide a knowledgeable introduction to regional culture through local hits and hidden treasures.


7. Various – Music From the Television Series The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. (LP – Reissue)



A long overdue reissue of Teddy Randazzo's cocktail party classic.  Fans of Dimitri From Paris will immediately recognize the source material for the single "Une Very Stylish Fille" from his debut album Sacrebleu. Je t'aime.


Extended Cuts:

Bonobo – The North Borders (10 x 7" boxset w/ CD & booklet)
Donny Hathaway – Never My Love/Memories of Love (7" – Super rare UK release)
Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – The Bottle/Your Daddy Loves You (7" Green Vinyl)
GZA – Liquid Swords Chess Box (LP w/ Chess Set)
Last Shop Standing (DVD Director's Cut)
Shuggie Otis – Introducing Shuggie Otis (LP  - Compilation, 180 gram, Columbia Legacy)
Various – Cotillion Box Set (10 x 7" w/ booklet, stickers & 45 adaptor)
Various – Black Gold (EP - new singles from Tru Thoughts)
Various – The Rough Guide to Cumbia (LP - Compilation)
Various – The Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia (LP - Compilation)
Various – The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Brazil (LP - Compilation)

Full list of releases available on the Record Store Day website.


Participating Toronto Retailers:

Sunrise Records (Chain. Next.)


Note that not all offerings will be available at each store.

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