Record Store Day 2017

Tanyel Gumushan /
Apr 22, 2017 / Music

There are only a few times a year where we don’t mind waking up early.

Christmas, to go on holiday, if it’s snowing. Oh, and Record Store Day.

The one day a year where vinyl junkies both reunite and fight for the best releases.

Celebrating it’s tenth year, we spoke to Wes from The Lumineers and To Kill A King to delve into their collections.

The Lumineers:

To celebrate the occasion, The Lumineers are releasing Song Seeds, an exclusive 10″ that shows the progression from initial demo, through recording to the live entity of the most popular tracks, ‘Angela’ and ‘Long Way From Home’ from their No.1 sophomore album Cleopatra. 

‘Angela’ is an undeniably classic folk-rock track. The organic lyricism is span alongside raw acoustics, as the story picks up the pace, crescendo mounts. Whilst ‘Long Way From Home’ is an emotional prowess, demonstrating the beauty in simple guitar picks and a strong vocal.

There’s a honest attraction to the release, that amidst their successes The Lumineers can remember their roots and the real meaning behind the songs, to always pinpoint development and growth.

The best record store in the world is:

“The record store that looms the largest in my mind has closed years ago – it was the cool little record store on Main Street in our little town of Ramsey, NJ called Sound traxx III.  I bought my first tickets to a concert there, to a Bob Dylan show.  I remember seeing a woman’s breasts on album art there.  I even bought a 6 foot long panaromanic poster of Pearl Jam playing live.  Of the ones that exist today, I’d say Twist and Shout in Denver is amazing, and there’s a hidden gem up in Cheyenne, WY called Phoenix Books and Music in Cheyenne where I nearly bought a vinyl copy of a Bruce Willis album.”

Record Store Day 2017

The first record owned:

“My parents had a large vinyl collection when I was growing up, and the first records I can remember listening to and examine was Sticky Fingers.  The Sticky Fingers vinyl cover is a cropped shot of what’s presumably Mick Jagger’s crotch, and it had a working zipper built into the cover that you could zip up and down, designed by Andy Warhol.  When I first learned guitar years later, I made a home recording of ‘Wild Horses’ off that album.”

The most prized record:

“I was given a test copy of Jerry Lee Lewis’s live album, The Greatest Live Show on Earth  – it even contained an official letter asking the listener to give signed approval of the mix and sound.”

First memory hearing vinyl:

“I can remember Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf – my dad loved that album and would play it sometimes and I’d sit there trying to imagine what all of these characters in this sort of rock opera looked like.”

Top tips for finding vinyl:

“I often am surprised at how many great albums are out there that I have no clue about.  So I tend to ask friends who are into a particular artist what they suggest.  A friend of mine gave me Tom Waits’ Closing Time on vinyl for my birthday and it’s phenomenal – but also an album I would have never gravitated towards otherwise.  So I think it’s important to ask passionate people, people you know, what albums they care about instead of only relying on websites and online lists.”

The most desired record:

“I was able to track down and buy the full set of The anthology of American Folks Music edited by Harry Smith on vinyl. They did a limited and beautiful vinyl run of these so it took some time to get all 3 of them.  But they’re a collection that’s had an enormous influence on artists like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and countless others – and when you listen to these records, there’s something haunting and eternal about them.”

Why is vinyl still important?:

“I think vinyl is a tangible version of music, an artifact we can hold in our hands, while in a world where most everything has turned virtual. You can see album art and look at liner notes. I also think that in some ways, the warm quality everyone seems to love about vinyl is because of its own limitations – there are other examples of this, like when you watch a Blue-Ray DVD of an older movie, as I did recently with the Shining – it looked like shit.  There’s a warmth there when there’s limitations and things are slightly degraded – i.e. not perfect!”

“These are photos of my record player setup – i usually pick out 12 or so records and put them up by the record player so people who want to put on a record don’t get overwhelmed by too many choices, and then I rotate these out every so often from my bigger collection.  The one on the turntable now is the Kinks – Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.”

Record Store Day 2017

Record Store Day 2017

Record Store Day 2017

To Kill A King:

Releasing a live, acoustic version of last year’s single ‘The Problem of Evil’, To Kill A King’s 7″ release also features a cover of The National’s ‘I Need My Girl’; a match made in heaven.

The stormy single from the new-folk five piece displays the incredible vocal talent, and dark fairy-tale magic. Their cover promises to be a ‘haunting’ rendition, and the pressure is on as there are only 300 copies on offer.

The band will be playing an acoustic gig at Banquet Records in Kingston and Lion Coffee + Records in Clapton to celebrate the release.

 

Record Store Day 2017

The best record store in the world is…

“Banquet in Kingston, because it’s so comprehensive of new releases and they’re total bosses.”

The first record owned:

“Volcano Choir, that was the start of my obsession with vinyls. That album is just beautiful and having a hard copy just made me listen to it more.”

The most prized vinyl:

“Wes Montgomery – In the Wee Small Hours, because any guitarist should own at least one Wes record and cry every time they listen to it.”

First memory hearing vinyl:

“A Deep Purple record at my parents house, because I wanted to listen to Black Night.”

Top tips for finding vinyl:

“Take your partner to a record store and spend a few hours annoying the employees by using the test decks for every vinyl in the store.”

Greatest find:

“My 3 piece Battles set of remixes from the gloss drop record are still my best find, super rare and also just sick. I’d love to get a copy of LCD’s Sound of Silver.”

Why is vinyl still important?:

“Because creating a ritual around music is still so important. And vinyl allows you to do that in the digital age. Unplug yourself for a couple of hours and actually listen to a record!”

Record Store Day 2017

Record Store Day 2017

Words by Tanyel Gumushan

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