This year’s Record Store Day – the international celebration of record stores and a fine excuse, if any were needed, to stock up on new records, takes place on Saturday 19 April.
Oxford is never backward in coming forward about this kind of thing, and so here are some highlights of the music-related shenanigans in store (zing!) for the day…
- After The Thought and Daisybeard have teamed up to release a very limited edition CD EP that will be available at Truck Store, Oxford. It’s called RSD: Remixes, Songs & Demos – clever title, that – and will include three tracks each from the artists. After The Thought’s swoopy soundscapes and Daisybeard (aka Jordan O’Shea)’s relaxed electronica will be presented in various demo, remix and original forms. More: After The Thought / Daisybeard
- Alcopop! Records are releasing something to mark the occasion, but details are scant so far about what this might be. From a label that’s previously released music packaged in bizarre formats – a padded folder, a watch, a bicycle – it’s sure to be interesting. More: Alcopop! Records
- On Thursday 17 April – that’s before Record Store Day, fact fans – Oxford’s SAE Institute are hosting an ‘Industry panel’ event that will “present an evening of debate discussing the record store, changing landscape of music consumption and what is happening in the local music scene”. Panel members will include members of Candy Says, and there will be live performances from Candy Says and Jordan O’Shea. More: SAE Institute Record Store Day event
- Oxford’s Truck Store on Cowley Road will be open from 9.00 am and, of course, selling vast swathes of records – both local and non-local – including a lot of the special releases put out for RSD. They’ll also have live music from 2.00 pm including Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Luke Sital Singh, Dubwiser, We Aeronauts and Dreaming Spires. More: Truck Store
- Don’t forget about Rapture Records in Witney, who will of course be doing their own thing for RSD – they too will be open from 9.00 am and catering for music fans over in that side of the ‘shire. More: Rapture
- Blackwell Music in Oxford’s city centre say that they’ll be “stockpiling a vast amount of vinyl and other gubbins, joining the small but perfectly formed collection we already have. So, whether it’s an Incubus album, Miles Davis or Rachmaninov’s Isle Of The Dead, we should have it all on the shelves next weekend. Feel free to try out our range of guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, violins and violas as well…” More: Blackwell
- There are a few gigs happening on RSD, not least the Truck Store-based live entertainment mentioned above, so keep ’em peeled to see what’s going on, so that you can get involved and check out some live music. More: MusicInOxford.co.uk events calendar
It’s highly likely that there’s more going on to celebrate Record Store Day 2014 than the things mentioned above. If you know of anything, feel free to get in touch. Finally, more about RSD itself: Record Store Day.