As you may have known, it was Record Store Day last Saturday, April 20th. If you have no idea what this day is about, well it’s basically when independently owned record stores and artists join together all around the world to celebrate the wonderful art of music. There are special releases out on vinyl, CD, and cassette, plus some other awesome promotional products made solely for just one day in spring. Events include live performances, cook-outs, meet & greets with artists, parades, body painting, and DJs spinning records. So I decided to go out to Toronto to see what I could find…..
What was in my satchel for Record Store Day?
After getting off the train at Union station and meeting a very wise elderly Asian lady that said to eat sweet potatoes, brown rice, and black beans to keep my energy up, I headed over to Sonic Boom record store in Kensington. My main mission was to try to obtain the rare MGMT “Alien Days” cassette, which was released only for RSD. I had a big look around and ending up picking two records that I have wanted since their release.
First off was “Our House On The Hill” by The Babies.
This record was released back in November 2012 and was The Babies second studio album, their first one being “Shrimper” (2011). The Babies are a rock band from Brooklyn, New York that consists of Cassie Ramone, Kevin Morby, Justin Sullivan, and Brian Schleyer. If you are into distorted hooks, surf like drums, out of wacked tempo changes during songs, and some calming sax, this album is right for you. You can listen to “Get Lost” here: https://soundcloud.com/woodsist/the-babies-get-lost
My favourite track is “Alligator”
Número dos was “Afraid of Heights” by Wavves.
Wavves forth album was released at the end of March of this year. Wavves is a four piece band from sunny San Diego. You have probably seen this record around town due to the current popularity, it’s currently at #24 on the Billboard charts. Wavves has been identified of having a surf punk sound, I personally don’t like putting music into categories so you can decide for yourself right here: https://soundcloud.com/wavveswavves
My favourite track is “Demon To Lean On”
I also got a free compilation CD from Sub Pop Records of all of their recently signed artists.
My favourite track is “Dirty Shirt” by METZ
Then after making a quick stop at a local café, I headed down to Queen Street to a well-known record store called Rotate This. I discovered that the MGMT cassette have been sold to a very lucky person, however the store only ordered one of them which was weird… But I did pick up two records and a free Vice magazine.
First one was “Bankrupt!” by Phoenix
Bankrupt! is the fifth studio album released by the French band Phoenix on April 22nd, 2013. This band consists of Thomas Mars, Deck d’Arcy, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz. I feel that this album was a great follow-up to their 2009 album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, even though it has been four years. Take a listen to this synth/indie album right here: http://search.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZContentLink.woa/wa/link?path=phoenix
My favourite track is “SOS In Belair”
#2 was “Family Perfume Vol. 1 & 2” by White Fence
The second album that I bought really sounds like it’s from the 60s, and it’s just made by one man in L.A called Tim Presley. All through the album is a psychedelic path of wicked experimental rock with the Californian sound thrown in for good measure. All I can say is if you want a nostalgic trip back to the Woodstock days, but still keep in the present music scene you should definitely listen to this album. Take a psychedelic listen to this: http://open.spotify.com/artist/5gH9MJvoI7pN9bohESzYaA
My favourite track is “Long white curtain”
Written by Dan Ashworth