Love Record Stores – limited indie vinyl releases

Record shops have selected the top 100 independent albums of 2020 and the list can be seen at the https://www.loverecordstores.com/ site. The following limited edition items are available to buy/order from 18:00 on Saturday 5th December from Strand Records. There are coloured vinyl versions, picture discs and some with signed prints or other artwork.

Released on 5th December 2020; Tim Burgess “I love the new sky” (180g transparent splatter with exclusive signed print) £25, Thundercat “It is what it is” (Picture disc plus poster) £30, Perfume Genius “Set my heart on fire immediately” (Red gold coloured vinyl) £23, Nap Eyes “Snapshot of a beginner” (coke bottle clear vinyl with art print) £19, Field Music “Making a new world” (180g transparent red vinyl gatefold with signed print) £20, NZCA Lines “Pure luxury” (black vinyl with signed print) £20, Julianna Berwick “Healing is a miracle” (with limited 12″ x 12″ print) £23, Fontaines DC “A Hero’s death” (clear vinyl) £22, Laura Marling “Song for our daughter” (purple vinyl) £22, Pottery “Welcome to Bobby’s Motel” (special limited edition obi strip designed by Paul Jacobs) £20, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever “Sideways To New Italy” (rose coloured vinyl) £20, Rose City Band “Summerlong” (buttercup colour vinyl) £23, Gil Scott Heron “We’re New Again – A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven” (pink vinyl) £19

Released on 18th December 2020; Georgia “Seeking Thrills” (140g neon orange coloured vinyl) £23, LA Priest “Gene” (140g neon orange coloured vinyl) £23, Sorry “925” (140g gold coloured vinyl) £23, Wilma Archer “A western circular” (140g creamy white coloured vinyl) £23

Released on 29th January 2021; Phoebe Bridgers “Punisher” (galaxy red and blue coloured vinyl) £23 *** PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE NOW SOLD OUT OF OUR PRE-ORDER QUOTA. *** APOLOGIES FOR ANY DISAPPOINTMENT ***

Released on 5th February 2021; BC Camplight “Shortly after takeoff” (red coloured vinyl) £22

Released on 5th March 2021; The Orielles “Disco Volador” (soundtrack version of the album, colour vinyl, die cut sleeve – full details to be confirmed) £22, Working Men’s Club “Working Men’s Club” (picture disc) £20, Daniel Avery & Alessandro Cortini “Illusion Of Time” (clear blue vinyl edition) £22

Please let us know if you would like us to order any of these limited edition titles. As usual, we will be offering free delivery in Stoke-on-Trent or we can post up to three albums for £3.00.

Thanks pop fans!

Indie albums of 2020

Record shops have selected the top 100 independent albums of 2020 and the list will be unveiled at https://www.loverecordstores.com/ site on Thursday 3rd December 2020.

It is the first time that such a list has been compiled as part of the LOVE RECORD STORES campaign and new vinyl products will be available to buy online or in store on the 5th of December.

Once you have seen the list, please let us know if you would like us to order any titles. As usual, we will be offering free delivery in Stoke-on-Trent or we can post up to three albums for £3.00. Thanks pop fans!

Another Lockdown 2.0 sale – £15 albums

Hi Pop fans, here are some more reduced price titles . . . £15 each. There are limited quanitites available. Free delivery in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Postage for up to 3 albums is only £3.00.

Payment via Paypal.

Please let us know what you need by Friday 27th November.

The Lemon Twigs “Go to school”, Lush “Ciao” (best of), Dead can Dance “Into the Labyrinth”, Dead can Dance “Towards the within”, Dead can Dance “Garden of arcane delights and Peel Sessions”, Yo La Tengo “There’s a riot going on”, Sonic Youth “The Eternal”, Kurt Vile “Walking on a pretty daze”, Soak “Grim town”, Lankum “The Livelong day”, Lankum “Between the Earth and sky”, Belle & Sebastian “Dear Catastrophe Waitress”, The Decemberists “I’ll be your girl”, Prodigy “Music for the jilted generation”, Prodigy “Their law”, New Gen “New Gen”, Powell “Sport”, The XX “I see you”.

Lockdown 2.0 sale … £13 albums

Hi Pop fans, here are some reduced price titles. There are limited quanitites available. Get them whilst they’re hot!! Free delivery in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Postage for up to 3 albums is £3.00. Payment via Paypal. Please let us know what you need by Friday 27th November.

Aldous Harding “Designer”, Bauhaus “The Sky’s gone out”, Bauhaus “Burning from the inside”, Belle & Sebastian “Days of the Bagnold Summer”, Black Midi “Schlagenheim”, Bon Iver “For Emma forever ago”, British Sea Power “Open season”, Camera Obscura “Desire lines”, Cocteau Twins “Blue Bell Knoll”, Cocteau Twins “Heaven or Las Vegas”, Cocteau Twins ” The Pink Opaque“, Daughter “Not to disappear”, Dead can dance “Dead can dance”, Dead can dance “The Serpents egg”, Efterklang “Altid sammen”, Everything is recorded “Everything is recorded”, FKA Twigs “Magdalene”, Future Islands “The Far field”, Gary Numan “The Pleasure principle”, Grimes “Visions”, Honey Hahs “Dear someone happy something”, Interpol “Marauder”, Jack Penate “After you”, Kim Gordon “No home record”, Sleaford Mods “English Tapas”, Snail Mail “Lush”, Stereolab “pENG!”, Strokes “Is this it”, Strokes “First impressions of Earth!”, Strokes “Angles”, Strokes “Comedown machine”, The Amps “Pacer”, The Breeders “All Nerve”, The Fall “This Nation’s saving grace”, The Libertines “Time for heroes – the best of”, The National “The Virginia EP”, The XX “Coexist”, The XX “I see you”, Torres “Three futures”, Tubeway Army “Replicas”, Tune-Yards “I can feel you creep into my private life”, Tune-Yards “Sorry to bother you” (original score), Vampire Weekend “Vampire weekend”, Vampire Weekend “Contra”

Love Record Stores Day – limited edition releases for 20/06/20

Hi pop fans, please find below the listing of #LRSD stock that we are able to provide from 09:00am on Saturday 20th June 2020. Due to pressing plant time constraints, there is a mixture of “pre-order” and “basket” (in stock) items.

All items are strictly ONE PER PERSON. They are available on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, ONLINE ONLY.

As items are purchased through the day, we will be posting a SOLD OUT note next to those titles that become out of stock. We will also publicise the out of stock items asap on Twitter and Facebook.

If you are interested in a particular item(s), please contact us via the form at the foot of this post and we will invoice you accordingly . . . providing the item(s) you are interested in are still in stock of course. The invoice will detail postage costs too. Payment is via Paypal.

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Please note that the prices quoted below do not include postage.

A Certain Ratio – Friends around us White vinyl 7” £12 SOLD OUT

Alvvays – Alvvays Light Blue vinyl LP. (Pre-order release date 26/6) £22 SOLD OUT

Alvvays – Antisocialites Yellow vinyl LP. (Pre-order release date 26/6) £22 SOLD OUT

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility base hotel and casino Silver vinyl LP £22

Beach House – Teen Dream Clear vinyl LP £22 SOLD OUT

Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk Baby Blue Vinyl LP (Pre-order release date 26/6) £20 SOLD OUT

Matt Berry – Television Themes White Vinyl LP £20 SOLD OUT

Black Pumas – Black Pumas Tri-colour vinyl Edition LP £22

Blanc Mass – Blanc Mass Green/Blue starburst colour vinyl LP. £26

Bon Iver – 22, A Million Translucent Red Vinyl LP £22 SOLD OUT

Boygenius – Boygenius Clear Red Vinyl LP £13 SOLD OUT

Richard Brown – Sweet and Kind Soul Jazz Records Black Vinyl 7” £10

Tim Burgess – Oh no I love you Green vinyl LP (Pre-order release date 03/07) £20 SOLD OUT

Caribou – Swim Orange and red marbled vinyl 2LP £26

Cherry Ghost – Beneath this burning shoreline Black vinyl LP £22

Serge Gainsbourg – A la maison de la radio Blk vinyl LP £14 SOLD OUT

Gang of Four – Anti hero/Gil music Coloured vinyl. (Pre Order August release) £14

John Grant – Queen of Denmark Pink vinyl LP £22 SOLD OUT

Jungle – Jungle Gold vinyl LP £19 SOLD OUT

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Flying notional banana Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Gumboot soup Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Head on/pill Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22 SOLD OUT

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – I’m in your mind fuzz Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Murder of the universe Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon infinity Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Paper mache dream balloon Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22 SOLD OUT

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Quarters Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) £22

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Sketches of Brunswick east Recycled vinyl LP. (Carbon offset product) (pre order release date 26/6) £22

The Libertines – Up the Bracket Orange vinyl LP £19 SOLD OUT

Mogwai – Mr Beast Yellow vinyl. 2LP. £26 SOLD OUT

My Life story – World citizen CD EP signed by the band. £7

New Order – Music complete Orange vinyl 2LP £24 SOLD OUT

Nirvana – Bleach Yellow vinyl LP. £20 SOLD OUT

Oasis – Definitely maybe Picture disc 2LP £32 SOLD OUT

Iggy Pop & the Stooges – Russia melodia translucent red vinyl 7” £12

Radiohead – A moon shaped pool White vinyl LP £23 SOLD OUT

Sleeper – At the BBC Translucent blue vinyl LP £19 SOLD OUT

We are scientists – With love and squalor live in woodstock 1969 Pink, blue and green tri-colour vinyl. £24 SOLD OUT

Ryley Walker – The Lilywhite sessions Brown vinyl LP £20

Whitney – Light above the lake Picture disc LP £22 SOLD OUT

Inell Young – The next ball game Soul Jazz Records 7” vinyl £10

Various artists – The ladies of too slow to disco Volume 2. Green vinyl LP £25 SOLD OUT

Various artists – Warm leatherette (re covered) black vinyl 12” £18

PLEASE CONTACT US ABOUT THE ITEMS(S) YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING.

THANK YOU

Vinyl ‘Lockdown’ Reductions

Hi pop fans!  . . . we’re not exactly sure where the nation is regarding the concept of ‘lockdown’ but we are able to offer another opportunity to virtually fill some of those gaps in your record collections with these bargains.  £16 with free local delivery or £3 postage for up to 3 albums . . . get your orders by Monday 22nd June please . . . limited stock availability at this price.

Flash sale June

Babyshambles – Down in Albion

Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of the Bewilderbeast

Basement Jaxx – The Singles

Bauhaus – The Crackle (Best of)

Biffy Clyro – Vertigo of bliss

Belle and Sebastian – Dear catastrophe waitress

Belle and Sebastian – The Life Pursuit

Dead can Dance – Garden of arcane delights & peel sessions

Gary Numan – Premier Hits

Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m going down

Kurt Vile – Walking on a pretty daze

Lush – Ciao! Best of

Parquet courts – Human performance

Pixies – Wave of mutilation (best of)

Prodigy – Music for the gifted generation

Prodigy – The Fat of the land

Prodigy – Their Law (The singles)

The Avalanches – Since I left you

The Avalanches – Wildflower

The Charlatans – Melting pot

The Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories

The Cult – Electric Peace

The Cult – Pure cult (the singles)

The Cult – Sonic Temple (3Oth Anniversary)

The Moldy Peaches – The Moldy Peaches

Yo la Tengo – There’s a riot going down

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Love Record Stores Day (20th June)

LRSD 20th June

As you may know, the #loverecordstores campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the challenges faced by record stores during the current pandemic, and to encourage music fans to continue shopping online with their favourite stores. The 24 hour event ,including the world’s biggest online instore, takes place on Saturday 20th June.

The event will see dozens of new and re-issued vinyl releases being made available to music fans. The full list of releases and record stores participating is now available to view at loverecordstores.com and stores will make the releases available to buy online from 9:00am on the 20th of June and will be shipping on various dates soon after the event.

In addition to the vinyl sales, the world’s biggest online instore event is also planned with 24-hours of live performances, DJ sets, interviews, readings and more from a wide range of artists and influential music industry figures. Full details of the programme will be made available at loverecordstores.com

Viewing will be free of charge via loverecordstores.com but donations can be made during the performances and all monies raised will go to the #saveourvenues campaign as will profits from the sales of a range of specially commissioned Record Label T-shirts, which will be available through a merch area of http://www.loverecordstores.com. There will also be donation buttons for the Black Lives Matter campaign and the Covid-19 relief fund.

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Twitter @LoveRecsStores

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Library Music … a very exclusive blend

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As a kid, teen and young man, I used to enjoy some of the groovy, poppy music you’d hear on TV shows. Sometimes it would be the theme tune, sometimes it would be music in the background. The first time I remember feeling this way was when watching an ITV Schools Television programme called Stop, look, listen in the late 1970s. I thought the theme was such a happy tune but, at such a tender age, I clearly didn’t really think about who had made the music or whether you could buy it. It wasn’t until many, many, many years later that I found out that this particular version of the Stop, look, listen theme was entitled Cock of the roost by the Pandora Orchestra. This track is a piece of Library Music.

Thinking back, there were several pieces of music used as TV show themes that seemed quite cool to me as a young person; Grange Hill, Superstars, Dave Allan at large, BBC Rugby special, etc. There was also the incredible array of incidental music used on The Sweeney cop show. All of these are Library Music tracks. This is a good example; Fruity flute – Reg Wale Quintet which was used on a TV cooking show called Farmhouse kitchen. The track was recorded for the De wolfe music library. Other music libraries dedicated to providing incidental music included; KPM, Amphonic, Bruton, Conroy, Chappell and Bosworth.

In 2019, Jonny Trunk said of library music, “it is non-commercial music made for economic use in film, TV and broadcasting.” Despite kinda enjoying this type of music from the late 1970s courtesy of various TV shows, the only tracks I got to own were on a cassette of sporting themes which I purchased in c.1988. Even then, I didn’t really understand that the tracks on the tape constituted Library Music.

All that was to change in the mid-1990s when there was an easy listening revival in Britain. As part of this movement, a lot of Library music was commercially released on easy/lounge compilations such as 1995’s The Sound Gallery. In 1996, the first Blow Up – exclusive blend compilation was released which focussed on the KPM music library and tracks recorded from 1968-70 by artists such as Alan Hawkshaw, Keith Mansfield, David Lindup, etc. Killer tunes on this album included; Exclusive blend by Keith Mansfield and Rocky Mountain Runabout by Alan Hawkshaw

Library Music montage

Since library music was intended for use in contemporary films and television programmes, it was notable how the musical styles evolved to keep ‘in tune’ with the times. (Very) generally, library music in the mid-1960s tends to be rather big and brassy or very cocktail jazz, but by the late 1960’s it’s all hammond organ and vibes often with a beat group rhythm track. In the early – mid 1970s, library music got seriously funky, and by the mid-late 1970s it was getting more synth-drenched and other-worldly and disco was featuring too. There are many exceptions to this general pattern of course because library music albums tended to focus on required themes/moods. For instance, Ron Geesin’s “Syncopot” was released in 1972 which seems pretty early to me for this particular kind of electronic soundscape.

Whilst there was a glut of Library music compilations issued in the mid-late 1990s, it is important to note that there is still considerable interest in the genre and several KPM albums have been reissued on CD and vinyl from 2007 onwards. Strut’s KPM collection was released in 2013 and Soul Jazz records released the Inner city beat Library compliation in 2014.

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Some of my favourite Library Music was used as incidental music in The Sweeney television programme (1975 – 1978). A compilation of some of the funkiest tracks used across the four series of the show was released in 2001 by Cinephile. A few of my favourite library tracks featured in the show include; Condition Red by Barry StollerUndergroove by Alan HawkshawMighty Atom by Stephen Gray and Holy Mackerel by Brian Bennett (which was also used as the theme tune to BBC Rugby Special.

Shut it sweeney cd

In October 2018, I was lucky enough to attend the KPM All Stars gig in London at The British Library. Some of the real big hitters performed including John Cameron, Duncan Lamont and two of my Library music heroes who I managed to get lo-fi photos with; Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw.

KPM all stars

This blogpost has focussed on British library music but there is a wealth of library music from other countries particularly Italy and France. Those are separate blogs to be written of course! Library music has been a fully fledged part of my life for 25 years now. I still uncover new tracks every week. In fact, a very recent discovery for me is 1972’s Mr Milkman by Mike Vickers

Long may this voyage of discovery continue.

For further reading, if you are interested, why not take a look at The strange world of library music

The Final 24 hour flash sale (14/05/20)

Hi pop fans!  . . . it’s another chance to fill those gaps in your record collections with these bargains.  £13 with free local delivery or £3 postage for up to 3 albums . . . get your orders in ASAP . . . limited stock at this price.

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Aldous Harding – Designer

Bauhaus – Press the eject and give me the tape

Black Midi – Schlagenheim

Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

The Fall – 458489 A-sides

FKA Twigs – Magdalene

Gruff Rhys – Pang!

Interpol – Marauder

Jungle – For ever

Kurt vile – Smoke rings for my halo

The Libertines – The Libertines

The Libertines – Time for heroes

The National – Boxer

Parquet Courts – Wide awake!

Pixies – Come on pilgrim

Savages – Adore life

SBTRKT – SBTRKT

Stereolab – The groop played space age bachelor

The Strokes – Comedown machine

The XX – I see you

Vampire weekend. Modern vampires of the city

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It’s 24 hour flash sale time! . . . £13 vinyl

Hi pop fans!  . . . it’s another chance to fill those gaps in your record collections with these bargains. £13 with free local delivery or £3 postage for up to 3 albums . . . get your orders in ASAP . . . limited stock.

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Anthony & the Johnsons I am a bird now

Bon Iver Bon Iver

Camera Obscura Desire lines

Cat Power The Greatest

Cocteau Twins The pink opaque

Cocteau Twins Head over heels

Gruff Rhys Babelsberg

Interpol Antics

Jungle Jungle

Peaches The teaches of peaches

Pixies Trompe Le Monde

Sampha Process

Sleaford Mods English Tapas

Snail mail Lush

The Breeders All nerve

The Fall The wonderful and frightening world of.

The Strokes Angles

The Strokes First impressions of earth

The XX Coexist

Vampire weekend Contra

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