Opinion: Is Record Store Day just a “Black Friday” for Record Stores?

This year is the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. For those who don’t know what Record Store Day is, it’s on a Saturday in April (and there’s a Black Friday Record Store Day too, but it’s not the main record store day) dedicated to supporting your local record store. Most cool record stores will have local musicians perform and the shops sell limited edition reissues of records, many times on coloured vinyl or on picture discs. Sounds pretty cool, right? It’s always great to support small businesses rather than Walmart.

Coloured vinyl looks pretty cool and I can see why that’s an appeal. Take a look at this early 80s intro for Top of the Pops. If you want to see the behind the scenes intro for it, click here to watch it. I love the colours and the theme song, has to be one of my favourites along with the “Whole Lotta Love” intro in the 70s.

But why do I have issues with Record Store Day?

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Review: Volcano by Temples (2017)

Here’s an article I wrote for my uni’s newspaper:

I enjoyed Temples’ debut album Sun Structures when it came out three years ago in 2014. It is an album I can listen all the way through and not skip a track, or as I like to call it, a perfect album. It is an album that is pure psychedelia. If you’re like me, a big classic rock fan, you will love this album.

Since listening to Sun Structures, I couldn’t wait to hear more from the band. Temples just released their sophomore album, Volcano, on March 3 and it is well worth the wait.

The band released two singles ahead of time as a teaser for the album, “Certainty” in September 2016 and “Strange or Be Forgotten” in January of this year. The music video for “Certainty” is influenced by Japanese pop music and anime, and it feels like an acid trip. It fits perfect with the sound. It is the opening track of the album and I think it’s a great opener. “Strange or Be Forgotten” is the final track on the album and it has a very 80s dream pop sound to it.

These two singles had a different sound than their previous material. Similar to Australian psychedelic rock band, Tame Impala, their sound evolved into a beautiful combination of synthpop and psychedelic rock, but the band do not forget their psychedelic sound. In an interview with Paste Magazine, singer and guitarist James Bagshaw describes the album as “a result of implementing a load of things we didn’t know about the first time around.”

As a whole, the album has a chill, trippy, dreamy sound to it. It is hard to pick my favourite tracks on the album, but if I had to choose, I would pick the dream like “(I Want to Be Your Mirror),” the beautifully written “Oh the Saviour,” the catchy “Mystery of Pop,” and “Roman Godlike Man” with its combination of 60s pop and 80s synthpop.

The album is beautiful sound and packaging wise. The album has a limited edition on yellow vinyl from Heavenly Recordings or neon orange vinyl from Rough Trade Records for those who pre-ordered very early. The album is also available on beautiful pink tie-dye vinyl as a limited edition from Fat Possum Records.

It is an album that is absolutely worth buying and I give it an A plus. It’s another album that I will add to the perfect albums list.

I am looking forward to seeing Temples in concert in Berlin next month.

Volcano is available on LP, CD, and cassette. You can buy it on the Heavenly Recordings website, Amazon, iTunes, or at a record store near you.

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