Yes I did Record Store Day, I travelled down to Rough Trade East (there aren’t any record stores near me anymore apart from another smaller Rough Trade in the west!) and found I had to queue (see picture – oh by the way I’ve sold my photographic soul and joined Instagram). Also they inflicted two members of Keane on us, which apparently I missed Little Boots who were on earlier and the place was deluged by the Guardian Coffee Table set (thankfully without the 4x4s or McLaren strollers) loving the renditions of Bedshaped et al while I cringed by the hardcore section. Interestingly the one that Kirk described accurately as ‘a four year old on a man’s body’ was slagging off MTV and the current charts as being ‘just noise’. Funny, I have the same response to their aural bilge…
Talking of Little Boots, as it was also my birthday (nice of them to put on parties and special records on just for me, although a cake or a card would’ve done fine) I treated myself to this 12″ with Tensnake – a man who cannot do no wrong after his amazing Little Dragon remix from last year, probably my favourite remix this side of Psychemagik’s Everywhere, which also has Joe Smooth remix on the flip which I’ve not heard yet. Also my gaydar must’ve been working, since I knew nothing about this limited 12″ but bought it on spec, turns out it’s co-written with Andy Butler from Hercules and Love Affair. RESULT! It sounds like late 80′s/early 90′s soul, very Orange Juice Jones / Jackson slinky electro-soul. Very cool.
I also treat myself to this:
I had this on original cassette from the 80′s or late 70′s – forgive the cheesy sound effects for Super 8!!!!!1111 packaging, it has tracks from the likes of John Baker, Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson and all the greats – it’s because of this and other BBC Sound Effects records I had (there’s also another with natural disasters I have on record somewhere) that when I watch 70s-80s Doctor Who and Blake 7 I get severe deja vu on the sounds used…and reused. It’s cos they all got repackaged into these hobbyist-friendly records. Although how much someone using an early video camera or Sound-8 was going to use that TARDIS sound or ‘Andromedan War Machine’ the mind boggles…almost bought the companion, the Doctor Who Sound Effects on blue vinyl (rather than amber in the case of Out Of This World) but cashflow and all that…that’s remastered by Mark Ayres, no less.
More treats were a signed Graham Coxon A+E, the Jubilee EP from King Creosote looking rather queenly and Jon Hopkins (plus download code, I do prefer that since my vinyl deck is pretty shit), Rough Trade Counter Culture & Electronic 11 compilations which are always good, and this book which is after my own Streetise heart: