News & Bits – Record Store Day Special

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Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2011 will see the third celebration of the UK’s unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ’s, in store quizzes and many other events.

A fair few of the independent shops in Scotland have things going on on Saturday, such as:
1:30 The Hollows – new Glasgow band signed to ex-Primal Screamer Jim Beattie’s new label POP PILLS
2:00 Mr Kil – the former Grim Northern Social now signed to Neon Tetra
2:30
3:00 Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers
3:30 The Zips
4:00 Admiral Fallow
4:30 Pearl of Pearl & the Puppets
5:00 Ceilidh Time !! We will be popping open the fizz and drinking with our friends CLAMJAMFRIE for the last hour or so. Squeezebox, fiddle, guitars- a good laugh guaranteed from Joe Logue and the gang from this traditional ceilidh band from Lochwinnoch.
Live performances from:
Iain Shaw (from 2pm)
Frightened Rabbit (from 5pm, full band)
Palms (from 7pm)
The Membranes (from 9pm)
Plus homebaking, activities and floor fillers from djs Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand tbc) & Russell Elder (monorail music)

Frightened Rabbit, Penguins Kill Polar Bears and Gordon McIntyre of Ballboy all instore with The Last Battle playing next door at Red Dog.

There’s lots more going on across the country, so visit the Events page of the Record Store Day website for more details.
In addition there’s a whole host of RSD exclusive releases. Full info here, but from Scottish artists we have:
Frightened Rabbit/The Twilight Sad – Split Cassette
Possibly one of the most desired released, particularly by me. The Fat Cat Records team have been hard at work making these up up – see here and here for the evidence – and they are limited to 777 copies. Simply entitled ‘Demos’, the cassettes contain very early and previously unheard music from Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad. Also included in there is The Twilight Sad covering Frightened Rabbit’s Be Less Rude, and renaming it Ravishing Rick Rude for the occasion. Tapes come with a download code too.
Edwyn Collins & The Drums – In Your Eyes/To Die For 7″
Franz Ferdinand – Covers EP 12″
Contains cover versions of Franz Ferdinand songs by Debbie Harry, LCD Soundsystem, Peaches, ESG and Stephen Merritt.
James Yorkston – It’s Lovely To Be Heard 10″
Lone Pigeon – 28 Secret Tracks 12″
Primal Scream – Screamadelica Triple Vinyl.
The View – I Need That Record 7″
St Deluxe will also be releasing their new 3 track single, on a limited 10″