Thursday, 15 April 2010
Did you know that there are only 269 independent record shops in England? A sharp decline in the last five years has lead to these rare musical gems to become almost extinct.
Personally it breaks my heart when I walk down the highstreet of a small town and their shop selection is exactly the same, as in, EXACTLY the same as any other shopping district in England. It's clinical, uninspiring and terrifying the amount of control that is given to these monstrous super powers of retail.
SO, back on the musical track, in honour of the persevering independent record stores 'Record Store Day' [see what they did there?] has been set up with the intention of supporting these fighting retailers.
The main tool in spearheading this day of records is the imminent release of an exclusive, brand new, Blur track on 7 inch and only available in record stores such as Pure Groove in Farringdon, only 1,000 copies will be distributed so it is a collectors item before it has even hit the shelves.
The records will be in authentic, vintage look wrappings and include tracks by The Beatles, Babyshambles, Hot Chip and Bat For Lashes: lots of British favourites.
There are also going to be UK releases of some of the most influential rockers of all time: Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Flaming Lips, many a band preceded by 'the' and MGMT the psychedelic trip kids themselves.
Let's all pull out our pennies and support this dying breed of music. Keep your ears pricked for various in-stores going on in the aforementioned independent music retailers.
We owe are thanks to Parlophone Records. Record Store Day is on the 17th April, you have 2 days to decided on your independent destination.