Today is Record Store Day. We at APFOS towers have joined together to celebrate it and to share some of our favourite physical releases with you and to show our support of record stores and independent music. Below are some of our all time favourite physical releases, and our choices from the RSD list of limited edition cuts, the APFOS posse cut, if you will.
RSD Tip: Brian Jonestown Massacre – Fist Full Of Bees & Food For Clouds 12″s
I’m going to have to keep this fairly brief as I am currently trying to condemn the payday loan industry with my philosophical glock. The first releases which caught my eye are a couple of Brian Jonestown Massacre 12″. I am a huge fan of BJM and their pyschadelic rock and roll style. The records are titled Fist Full of Bees and Food For Clouds respectively. There are some demos of tracks with these names on Soundcloud but the records are 12″ so I’m assuming they’ll be more than one track on there. The sound is pretty much classic BJM, slick rock and roll grooves with other influences thrown in (both tracks feature some pretty dubby/reggae horns). A true cult band if you like their sound I advise avoiding the film Dig at all costs, it really does make Anton look like the original rock and roll prima donna, essentially a bit of a twat.
Physical Fav: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Choosing a physical release which I already I own it is a little trickier. Firstly I can disregard my CD collection, although I own a load of CD’s which I absolutely love, I feel that the principle here is that the physical aspect of the record is important thus I will pluck for the hipster’s weapon of choice – the vinyl. Now, though my vinyl collection is still reasonably small (Anthony Fantano could probably cover it in 1 and a half sessions) I love every record I own. Some of them purely for the sleeve art or the novelty (Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass step up) and some because they are great records. My most played record of the year digital or physical has been my remastered Abbey Road LP which has reignited my love for The Beatles, the prettiest record I own is Ray Lamontagne’s Jolene on cream marble vinyl but I have chosen neither. I have gone for Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. There is something so satisfying about this record, from the thick pressing to the gatefold art, I love it. When I bought it I hurried home with it grabbed a beer and promptly went to my room put it on and spent the next hour listening to it. It still sticks in my head because I was so impressed by it even on the first listen. Bear in mind with a double LP you have to change and flip records, a lot more effort than an MP3 album but if an LP can make you put that little extra effort in, you know its a good’un.
RSD Tip: Jurgen Paape – Truimph
I could listen to this all day. Paape is the co founder of Kompakt and Triumph was released way back in 1998 and was the first Kompakt release. To be honest I’d never heard Triumph until now, but it just seemed to jump out at me from the Record Store Day list of exclusives. A wonderful tech/house record that’s not too heavy and will definitely make you want to dance.
Physical Fav: Cut Copy – Bright Neon Payphone
When I first saw this on the list it took me back to school days and summers spent at Reading and Latitude. I think the introduction will stick with me forever, it’s a brilliant song, and one of my forgotten classics.
RSD Tip: Manchester Orchestra & Grouplove – Make It To Me
One of my favourite things about Record Store Day is the collaborations which come out of it. Here are two of my favourite bands of the last few years. Both because of their controlled, anthemic (in the truest sense) song structures and their gut-busting vocal lines. They both have a special place in my memory. I was lucky enough to see Manchester Orchestra on my birthday 2 years ago, complete with Bristolians shouting ‘G’wan Andy! You caaaan do et!’ and ‘Oooooh, I can feel an ‘ot one!’ It was magnificent. Especially the live version of ‘50 Cent’. And Grouplove soundtracked last summer. That album, is beautiful. I just wish I owned a car to play it in.
This song was always going to be great.
Physical Fav: Baths – Cerulean
I was first tipped off about Baths by Marcus a few years back, fell in love with it and bought the white vinyl – I really wanted the blue, but it had sold out. I even got the chance to meet Will when he played in Exeter and held the mic (my phone) as George interviewed him. I think memories and the history which we ascribe to physical releases are why they are so important and still so popular even if these formats now seem outdated. My beautiful translucent-marble red rerelease of Bear Vs. Shark’s Right Now Your In The Best Of Hands just missed the cut, just. Anyhow…
Wherever you are have a great day browsing and shopping,