Record Store Day 2014 is nearly upon us and, on top of all the limited edition releases, rarities and special events, a host of record shops across the UK are throwing a load of free gigs for your pleasure. From East India Youth to The Wedding Present, TOY to Edwyn Collins, there's a veritable smorgasbord of celebratory line-ups up and down the country to tempt you down to your local vinyl trader on Saturday April 19.
Brighton's Magic Gang seem to be everywhere at the minute – various members of the band popped up on the Beech Coma compilation we put live earlier this week, and now we've got another new track from them, 'She Won't Ghost'. There's no release date for it, no official word on what it's even for: just a new tune they're putting out there to tie in with their UK tour.
With this year's Record Store Day (April 19) fast approaching, we spoke to Chuck D about his stance on the event. Here, the [a]Public Enemy[/a] man and Record Store Day Ambassador outlines his vision for the future of music retail: "I come from DJ culture. We DJs recognise the importance of records and the importance of music culture. Independent record stores have enhanced the curation of records and music as it's matured. The stores we musicians were influenced by are places that breathed life into us as music-makers, as well as music collectors.
Baltimore’s Jenn Wasner isn’t just one of crunchy American indie’s most prolific new voices – she’s one of its most reliable too. Since 2011, she’s released albums fronting grungey brooders Wye Oak, post-Cocteau dream-poppers Flock Of Dimes and dancey ’90s throwback Dungeonesse – all great records, but each curiously overlooked, at least compared Maryland peers Beach House, Animal Collective et al. Now back in the Wye Oak saddle, her latest release, ‘Shriek’, should see her and collaborator Andy Stack finally get the credit they deserve.
One of the highlights of Coachella last weekend was Arcade Fire inviting Debbie Harry up on stage for a special rendition of ‘Heart of Glass’ at Coachella. It was one of those rare moments when a live version trumps its studio recording. And it got us thinking - what other live tracks show up their original versions?