Flexi Record Store Day stuff

RSD19 haulJust so much going on at the moment, hard to keep track – Record Store Day was great fun, got a few releases (the Yage and Acid 88 releases are excellent, the Stone Tape less so). Played silly flexi discs at Audio Gold with Shane Quentin first thing, the shop was bustling and my Jonathan King ‘Lick A Smurpf For Christmas’ disc got a cheer. The staff generously treated us to pizza and drinks as well as pushing a couple of filthy flexi’s my way – thanks guys!

Kev@AudioGold Shane@AudioGold New Flexis

Excellent package of the day goes to the Kubrick 7″ from Silva Screen which is a delight on many levels even though it’s actually Wendy Carlos arrangements re-recorded by Mark Ayres and not quite what it was sold as on the original RSD info mail out. The Acid 88 design is also particularly tasteful with the label designs causing some excellent flickering motion when revolving.

Acid88 cover Acid88 labelblack Acid88 labelwhite Acid88 back Kubrickfront Kubrick orangeinner Kubrick Shininginner KubrickOrangedisc Kubrick front 2

After this we headed down to Palace Vinyl in Crystal Palace for a bit of acid techno with the Downfall crew and a dig through their considerably stuffed crates – if you want any kind of secondhand electronic dance music from the last 30 years then this is the place to go although they mainly sell online. The new Corroded Circuits EP on their label is another winner.

Last stop was the Book & Record Bar in West Norwood where we nearly didn’t get in it was so packed for the showing of Shawn Lee‘s ‘The Library Music Film’, a 2 hr journey through the medium that had our legs aching as we had to stand the whole way through. Records were bought, played and beers consumed afterwards too and it rounded off a great day with friends and a set from King Michael that culminated in a shop-clearing Goblin tune.

Monday saw a private showing of Vickie Bennet‘s ‘Gone, Gone Beyond’ 360 degree film at Goldsmith’s College, a kind of fever-dream across multiple screens with surround sound that made me wonder if she was sane. Collage cross-referencing across multiple decades and genres was the order of the day with a particularly successful hall of mirrors sequence and crazed compression of what seemed like my 70’s childhood for a finalé. If you get the chance, go and see it but it’s only showable in a tiny amount of spaces due to the nature of the surround medium.

Shane&Jonny@spiritland Flexis@spiritland Flexi set RSD

Tuesday night saw Shane, myself and Jonny Trunk at Spiritland in Kings X for the Wobbly Sounds book launch, playing flexi discs on their mega sound system – it sounded awful! 😀 It didn’t matter though as the place was packed and everyone had a great time, especially the Four Corners Book publishers Elinor and Richard. I ended up chatting to actor Paul Putner (aka The Curious Orange from This Morning With Richard Not Judy among many other roles) who is a massive music fan who really knows his stuff.

Off to Bristol this Saturday for the second performance of my Kraftwerk: Klassics, Kovers & Kurios AV show at the Cube Cinema with DJ Cheeba, which is sold out! There are two mixes forthcoming this month too, one imminently and one on the 27th – both very different, more info soon.

5 thoughts on “Flexi Record Store Day stuff

  1. Ah, that’s a shame, but thanks for the tip-off. Sometimes it’s hard to predict what an isolated soundtrack will be like if you’ve only seen the associated film or programme (which of course I love). I’ll check out some samples before doing anything else.

  2. @ Nick – it’s just very dull, barely anything happens, very uninteresting, try to hear clips online if you can before spending money on it. There are plenty on Discogs currently and I’m guessing they will sit there and slowly come down in price if you are prepared to wait.

  3. What’s the situation with The Stone Tape? It was the main release I was interested in and, inevitably, I wasn’t able to get hold of it on the day. If it’s not really worth pursuing on eBay then I can rest easy (it’s probably already out of my grasp by now, anyway).

  4. @redwood, yes I know what you mean. Personally, for the last 3 years, it’s been about getting out to record shops for me, if I can get a record that I want while I’m there then great, but it’s not the reason to go out. The last time I can remember queuing to buy a record was back in the 90s when the Orb released their album at midnight at the Tower in London and were there to sign it.
    Being in records shops most weeks if not days then I’m of the opinion that things will turn up eventually. Also I don’t like paying silly prices for things, if it’s going for ridiculous money then I can usually live without it. I prefer the Indie Label markets that are popping up now, the excitement of RSD without the stupid amount of releases, price hikes and queues.

  5. I want to love RSD I really do but I found the process just so disheartening. I understand that the whole process is to encourage people to go to their indipendent record stores, socialise and support the local currency. My experience over the last four years of participating has just been one of inevitable dissapointment, queing up for hours at a time to find that no where has what I want then to see immediately the price hike that occurs on ebay and discogs. Seems to be less about those with a love of music and unique collectables and more to do with people with money exploiting the situation and inflating the market price of these items. This is just my experience anyway.
    Rather than a first come first served basis, each customer should take a hard pop quizz for each item they want to prove they actually like the thing they want. Either that or hold it at a big indoor arena and mix all the records up and turn it into a big easter hunt.

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