It's that time of year again when music labels gear up to release exclusive material on vinyl or other hard to come by media, artists play intimate in-store shows, and every passionate crate-digger heads down to their local record shop to hunt for a shiny piece of sleeved treasure.
Record Store Day 2015 takes place this Saturday 18th April across the globe, with hundreds and hundreds of exclusive releases and reissues filling up shops over the weekend. Find your local participating store here.
It goes without saying that there will be some top classic rereleases out there for folk to grab, such the 50th anniversary exclusive of The Kinks' 1965 2nd EP Kinksize Hits, as well as Siouxsie and the Banshees - Join Hands 1979 special vinyl re-press, various Pulp album special releases, a live recording of Suede, Dog Man Star recorded at the Royal Albert Hall last year, as well as fellow Britpop band Supergrass and their 1995 single 'Sofa' as a split with I Believe in Love on limited coloured 7".
While the above of course are obvious recommendations by Fred Perry Subculture, check out our following recommended gems to look out for, as follows...
1. Pretty Vicious - It's Always There
Appearing suddenly and without any introduction in late 2014, Pretty Vicious sent music radars spinning when they posted ‘Cave Song’ on soundcloud. They now offer up new track ‘It’s Always There’ - nab yourself a limited edition 7” via Ignition Records.
2. The Membranes - Do The Supernova
Don't miss out on grabbing a copy of this 7" return single from John Robb and The Membranes, their first in twenty five years, and the first to be taken from the fortchoming album 'Dark Matter / Dark Energy'. Messed up punk for messed up heads.
3. Courtney Barnett - Kim's Caravan
Australian singer-songwriter recently released debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, and will release a 12" single release, limited to 1,450 copies, featuring new track 'Kim's Caravan', as well as B-side cover of John Cale's "Close Watch".
4. Pulled Apart By Horses - One Night In Heaven
New live album One Night In Heaven will be made available on super limited 12” Vinyl via Too Pure Records/Transgressive.
5. Johnny Marr - I Feel You
The legendary ex-Smiths guitarist releases a set of limited edition colored numbered 7" vinyl, with superb Depeche Mode cover "I Feel You", split with "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" - The Smiths.
6. Sleaford Mods - Tiswas EP
This superbly brash Nottingham duo will release their latest EP Tiswas on a 1000 x 12" run via Invada, and there's even rumours of their Prodigy-collaborated track 'Ibiza', getting a limited edition run on glow in the dark 7"
7. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
English Punk forefathers release their classic 1977 debut album, as 1000 picture disc LPs
8. Radkey - 9 Lives At The 100 Club
Recorded during Radkey's 2014 UK Tour, Live in London, features 11 Radkey songs and will emulate a bootleg casette in look and feel. This is an exclusive piece with a limited run, that captures the traditional punk aestethic while maintaining a high quality of recording.
9. Trojan Records: Rude Boy Rumble
RSD Exclusive Compilation featuring tracks from the legendary Trojan Records catalog / Curated by Vintage Vinyl St. Louis store owner Tom "Papa" Ray aka The Soul Selector / Includes 12 tracks, includes Desmond Dekker & The Aces, The Upsetters, & more!
Watch the exclusive video from Lee 'Scratch' Perry's live performance at Fred Perry Sub-Sonic Live below.
10. Temples - Mesmorise (live)
Another Sub-Sonic Live alumni band, psychedelic garage rockers Temples release "Mesmerise (extended version live)"/"Move With The Season (The Horrors remix)
11. Tim Burgess - Track of My Life / I Already Do
The Charlatans frontman and highly rated solo artist releases 500 copies of his solo 12" split single. Also watch out for 500 copies on transparent yellow vinyl of 'The Sinkane with The Charlatans / Laura Cantrell with The Charlatans - Emilie / Emanuel'; a cover of a track from the latest Charlatans album Modern Nature, together with this "reply" version rom Ms Cantrell.
12. Happy Mondays - Pills Thrills N Bellyaches
The 25th Anniversary of the third album, pressed on yellow 180g vinyl. Tracklisting: 1. Kinky Afro, 2. God's Cop, 3. Donovan, 4. Grandbag's Funeral, 5. Loose Fit, 6. Dennis And Lois, 7. Bob's Yer Uncle, 8. Step On, 9. Holiday, 10. Harmony
13. The Subways - Taking all the Blame
The trio have always held a place in the hearts of many a young indie kid. Their new track, 'Taking All The Blame' will be pressed on a limited edition of 500 copies on 7".
14. Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe - Cocaine Cat
Available on clear vinyl limited to 2000 units which are numbered, this is a collaboration between Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre, which happened early in 2014 & the summer of 2014 in Berlin.