Preview: Record Store Day 2012

By on Thursday, 19th April 2012 at 11:00 am

With exclusive releases from literally hundreds of artists, Record Store Day is back with a bang this week and here’s the TGTF guide to what to pick up on the day from some of the best labels and acts. Our top tip? Check the website to see if the release you want is limited or on mass production. This will really help with panic on the day. See you Saturday!

Ben Howard – ‘Black Flies’
A standout track from his gorgeous debut album, Black Flies is limited to just 500 copies on the day. With Brixton sold out in November, it doesn’t look like Howard’s going anywhere for a while and with new material almost ready, this looks to be the swansong of ‘Every Kingdom’. (Along with the Cure, Florence and the Machine and many other artists, this is part of the Secret 7″ campaign to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.) Watch the live video of Howard playing this song at SXSW 2012 below.


Dry the River – ‘New Ceremony’
Limited to just 1000 copies, the newest folk/pop/indie heroes’ single will be something to snap up when doors open at your local store.

Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine’ (purple)
Queens of the Stone Age-y rock music from the Sheffield lads. Previously unreleased, a needed momento for any Arctics fans.

Arcade Fire – ‘Sprawl II’ (Remix)
Complete with a live version of Ready to Start on the b-side,  it gives you an excuse to play Arcade Fire at a party and not be judged too heavily, which is always a plus.

Childish Gambino – ‘Heartbeat’
With Glover’s stock rising, it’s no surprise that this, his latest single is up for RSD release. Whilst not hugely limited, it’ll be in high demand, and a worthy demand also.

David Bowie – ‘Starman’ (picture vinyl)
What more could you want from RSD than a David Bowie picture vinyl? It’s a brilliant collectors item and even more, it’ll sound even more beautiful than the originals.

That’s just a tiny selection of what’s on offer. For Cure fans there’s a huge selection [for more, check out this great UK vs. US Record Store Day releases list compiled by Slicing Up Eyeballs – Ed.], but there really is something for everyone in the hundreds on sale. See you Saturday!

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