Gary Flockhart: Easter means it’s Record Store Day

Gil Scott Heron. Pic: Comp
Gil Scott Heron. Pic: Comp
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NEXT weekend is the third Saturday in April – which, for music lovers, means only one thing. Yes, you guessed it: Record Store Day.

For those not au fait with it all, Record Store Day (RSD) is an annual worldwide celebration of independent record stores and artists, complete with a slew of special releases, exclusive performances and even the odd world record attempt.

Among the most exciting of the 600-odd releases for RSD – well, in my opinion at least – is a limited edition seven-inch split single that sees Dawes covering the Bright Eyes song Easy/Lucky/Free and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst covering Dawes’ Million Dollar Bill, plus a new album’s worth of unheard Gil Scott-Heron material, limited to just 3000 copies.

If you hadn’t heard, Jack White aims to set a Guinness world record on RSD for “the world’s fastest-released record” by producing and releasing his forthcoming new album’s title track on the same day. In order to attend White’s bid to enter the history’s books, however, fans must be paid-up ‘platinum members’ of his label’s subscription service.

No, me neither. But worry not, as there are plenty of exciting events right here in the Capital to mark RSD.

VoxBox Music on St Stephen’s Street, has a lot going on throughout the day, including in-store performances from Stanley Odd, Tuff Love, Law, Book Group and The Pictish Trail, with more to be announced soon.

At noon, at a nearby venue, the store has Ian Rankin hosting a Q&A with Simon Goddard about his new book, which is about the rise and fall of the iconic Glasgow label Postcard Records.

Meanwhile, at Coda Music on the Mound, folk-blues act King Elder perform, and Underground Solu’shn on Cockburn Street has live performances from bands and DJs, as well as various giveaways, promos and discounts throughout the day.

There are plenty more RSD events still to be announced, and you can keep bang up to date with it all by visiting www.recordstoreday.co.uk.