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Record Store Day 2016 in Nottingham

15 April 16 words: Paul Klotschkow

"It was with a heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to The Music Exchange last month. It's never nice to see another record store closing its doors, especially during a time when vinyl is supposedly in such rude health that even Sainsbury's are considering stocking it"

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illustration: Raphael Achache

It was with a heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to The Music Exchange last month. It’s never nice to see another record store closing its doors, especially during a time when vinyl is supposedly in such rude health that even Sainsbury’s are considering stocking it. But vinyl lovers of Nottingham, don’t fret. Those of you who enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn to queue in the cold for that Queen re-issue that you never really wanted, or that David Bowie picture disc that is ‘limited’ to 5,000 copies, your Record Store Day needs will still be taken care of this year.

Taking place on Saturday 16 April, Rough Trade will be the place to go to for RSD in the city this year. They’re keeping their plans close to their chest as we go to press, but we can tell you that aside from stocking a shedload of exclusive RSD titles, they will have fifteen local DJs and ten live acts performing – a mixture of local and ‘out-of-town’ artists who have RSD releases. For the eager beavers – and let’s face it, the awful eBay flippers too – the store will be open from 6am for breakfast, with the Music Floor trading from 8am until 8pm, while the music and DJs will carry on for the RSD Wrap Party until 1am.

Across the other side of Market Square, Malt Cross are also getting in on the act with their own RSD Fringe Party, hosted by the folk at Plates Records. Running from 10am until midnight is a celebration of all things plastic and round with grooves on it – there’ll be DJs on the ones and twos throughout the day, Plates Records’ shop’s stock on sale with exclusive imports and rare records, a record swap from 2pm to 4pm, plus instruments and turntables for sale.

For further information on these events, get your fingers clicking on Rough Trade website and Malt Cross website.

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RSD 2016: The Notts Picks
With an ever exhaustive list of exclusive titles released each year, it can be a headache working your way through the list seeing what you want. To save you some time on Saturday 16 April, and to also highlight the Nottingham-related releases, we have combed through the picks to highlight the Notts artists releasing Record Store Day titles this year...

Jake Bugg
Hip Hop Masterclass
Mixtape (Virgin / EMI Records)
Jake Bugg has cited hip hop as a big influence on his latest album, so the boy from the Clifton Delta puts his own stamp on the genre’s classics. Includes a skiffle version of NWA’s Fuck Tha Police.

It’s a Blu World
EP (Tru Thoughts)
Notts own soulful powerhouse takes us back to 1999 and gives us her take on Eiffel 65’s Europop ear-wrangler, Blue. Features guest appearances from the likes of Nina Smith and Liam Bailey.

DH Lawrence and the Vaudeville Skiffle Show
Goose Fair: The EP
EP (Mint Sauce Records)
Recorded at last year’s Goose Fair, the band took their washboards and kazoos on to various rides to make an EP that’s a tribute to the fair. Features tracks recorded on the waltzers, dodgems, and in the queue for that ropey looking rollercoaster.

Su Pollard
The Six By Seven Sessions
Album (Self-released)
There’ve been rumours about these recordings for over fifteen years, and they’re finally seeing the light of day for this year’s RSD. Recorded in 2001 during a chance encounter between the band and the Queen of Notts, the album sees the alt rockers, Six By Seven, back Su on nine original songs.

Grey Hairs
Album (Gringo Records)
Cited by the band as a major influence, the noisy Notts rockers revisit Pearl Jam’s seminal debut album and cover it in its entirety. Their version of Jeremy is enough to make even the toughest of punks weep into their pint glass. 

Record Store Day, Saturday 16 April 2016.

Record Store Day website

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