Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I THINK IT'S SAFE TO POST THESE NOW..
I'm not a huge fan of the annual event known as Record Store Day. The concept itself is fine but in recent years it's become a problem in at least two ways:-
1. Bands/singers release new material in such limited quantities that the price of the item is driven up to a ridiculously high level.
2. Folk who don't go near record shops 364 days a year (and who often don't own a turntable) do so on Record Store Day for the sole purpose of buying something that falls into the rare but desirable category with the sole intention of selling it with a huge mark-up on ebay.
As such, I won't go near the stores on the day but will pop along a few days later on content to pick up scraps released by bands/singers I'm fond of.
For Record Store Day 2011, British Sea Power released a 2 x 7" pack with two songs lifted from their excellent Valhalla Dancehall LP. Copies were still available for £4.99 a few days later and I was more than happy to pay this, albeit all I was getting for my money in terms of new music were the two b-sides.
I've always intended at some point to post the songs - especially Who's In Control which was one of my favourite songs of last year - but I wanted to make sure it was a long time after the event so that most other copies will have been hoovered up by fans.
mp3 : British Sea Power - Who's In Control
mp3 : British Sea Power - Fuck 'Em
mp3 : British Sea Power - Living Is So Easy
mp3 : British Sea Power - Dangerous
NB : mp3s have since been subject of DMCA notice. The two tracks on Valhalla Dancehall have been removed...as indeed follwoing a second grumble have the b-sides.
There were promos made...more in support of the release of the LP than the Record Store Day single...but you'd have been hard pushed ever to have seen them. I'm actually surprised the normally prudish you tube allows the film for Who's In Control to freely air:-
Happy Listening and viewing.