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Record Store Day 2011: What to expect and listen out for...

The View

Story by Jack Foley

SATURDAY, April 16, 2011, is Record Store Day 2011 – the annual celebration of independent record shops around the country.

This year, organisers have selected The View (pictured) to create an official anthem for the event, which they have done in the form of a cover of ’80s power-pop anthem I Need That Record by The Tweeds.

The track will be available on Saturday, April 16 exclusively (and reviewed as part of our singles round-up on Sunday/Monday)!

Listen to the track now or watch the video:

About record store day: Record Store Day 2011 will see more than 150 independent record stores participate and sell around 100 exclusive and collectible items that are only available on the day.

The 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.

Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ’s, in store quizzes and many other events.

Here’s a selection of what’s on offer…

1) 6Music has pressed up an exclusive 12” single featuring the soundtracks to their latest TV trailers curated by presenters including Jarvis Cocker, Cerys Matthews and Steve Lamacq to be given away in RSD stores.

2) The View’s I Need That Record will be released as a limited edition one-sided 7” single (available only from participating indie record shops).

The band will also be playing an instore at Rock-a-Boom in Leicester (4 Silver Walk, Leicester, LE1 5EW) on Record Store Day.

3) Following on from the digital release of the Marriage remix EP in late February, Gold Panda is issuing the stunning results as a 12” vinyl especially for this year’s Record Store Day. The 12” is a limited run of 600 and is sure to be highly sought after.

4) Emerging London 3-piece Cymbals will release a select run of their debut album Unlearn on 12” vinyl for Record Store Day 2011.

They will also play a free show at The Victory in Dalston, London in the evening to celebrate. The record comes in an individually hand screen-printed sleeve by artist Sinead Evans limited to a pressing of 300.

5) Miles Kane is to release a cover of the classic Edwyn Collins track A Girl Like You on limited 7” vinyl. The B-side is a cover of Jerry Goldsmith’s legendary soundtrack piece Our Man Flint.

6) Poly Styrene – the unforgettable frontwoman and iconic face of the seminal band X-ray Spex – has announced she will be releasing a limited edition coloured vinyl. The single, Virtual Boyfriend, will be released as an individually numbered red 10” vinyl, limited to 300 copies.

7) Texan psych rockers The Black Angels release a limited edition 10” vinyl B-Sides collection titled Phosgene Nightmare on Blue Horizon Records. Only 5,000 copies of the record will be available on Saturday, April 16 throughout Europe and North America on collectable white vinyl that also comes packed with an MP3 download card featuring all 6 tracks.

LONDON STORES PARTICIPATING

Phonica Records, 51 Poland Street
BM Soho, 25 D’Arblay Street
Rough Trade East, 91 Brick Lane
Rough Trade West, 130 Talbot Road
Sounds Of The Universe, 7 Broadwick Street
Intoxica, 231 Portobello Road
Dada Records, 394 Chiswick High Road
Rat Records, 348 Camberwell New Road
Cavern Records, 163-165 High Street
Brill Records, 27 Exmouth Market
Eldica Records, 8 Bradbury Street
Casbah Records, At The Beehive, 320-322 Creek Road, Greenwich
Sister Ray, 34-35 Berwick Street (Soho)
Sounds That Swing, 88 Parkway
Honest Jons Records, 278 Portobello Road

Flashback, 50 Essex Road (Islington)
Banquet Records, 52 Eden Street (Kingston upon Thames)
All Ages Records, 27a Pratt Street (Camden)
Soul Brother Records, 1 Keswick Road (Putney)
Crazy Beat Records, 87 Corbets Tey Road (Upminster)

For a full list of UK stores participating and events, visit the official UK Record Store Day website

Watch the video promo: