Record Store Day 2011: Saturday 16 April

Monorail, Rubadub, Avalanche, Underground Solu'shn and Coda join the celebrations

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Record Store Day 2011: Saturday 16 April

We’re not going to argue with Ozzy Osbourne. ‘As official ambassador for Record Store Day 2011, I now have the power to command you to attend record stores on April 16th. Be there!’ he orders. The List does not need telling twice.

Far be it from us to require an excuse to furnish indie pop shops with our coin, but RSD is a worthy cause for celebration all the same. Formally launched in 2007, it is now globally established as an annual event on the music calendar, with retailers, artists and punters alike flying the flag for the physical format. There’s still much TBC at time of going to press, but Scotland’s leading stores are preparing for myriad retail festivities.

Glasgow’s Monorail Music is guaranteed to be choc-a-bloc with aural surprises and delights. ‘We’ll have a complete complement of RSD exclusives, live music, DJs, home-baking, quizzes, children’s stuff and fun,’ promises Stephen Pastel.

Meanwhile, Rubadub lures us in with new Glasgow artist Koreless (Pictures Music) playing live, plus RSD-only releases including records from Floating Points, Flying Lotus and Bibio. They’ll also be doing some special discounts on older records, unleashing a few rarities from their vaults, and throwing in some free drinks.

Edinburgh’s Avalanche Records launch their week-long RSD celebrations on April 16: they include in-store appearances by Frightened Rabbit, Broken Records, The Last Battle and Penguins Kill Polar Bears (dates TBC) and Glasvegas doing an instore signing to end the week (Sun 24 Apr).

Underground Solu’shn are having a day of vinyl-only DJ sets, including appearances from Fudge Fingas, G-Mac, EH1 and Spectrum with more TBC, while Coda Music will be hosting live performances from Sharon King, Southern Tennant Folk Union and more – plus Julie Fowlis serving drinks. RSD, you are spoiling us.

Record Store Day, Rubadub, Love Music and Monorail, Glasgow, and Avalanche, Coda Music and Underground Solu’shn, Edinburgh, Sat 16 Apr. See individual websites for details (below).

Broken Records

Sweeping indie anthems from the Edinburgh six-piece.

Record Store Day at Underground Solu'shn

A day to celebrate all things vinyl and the continuing survival of independent Record Shops. The shop opens early offering a first-come-first-served on over 550 exclusive vinyl releases only available for Record Store Day. There's live performances and DJ sets from Prosumer, Malcolm Middleton, Lomond Campbell, Jo Foster…

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Coda Music

12 Bank Street, On the Mound, Edinburgh, EH1 2LN

Handily situated right in the middle of tourist heaven on the crest of the Mound, this tiny store lays claim to the biggest selection of folk and traditional music in Scotland. Hoots!

Monorail

12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow, G1 5RB

Don't mistake the slender couple of shelves in the back room of vegan venue Mono for a lightweight enterprise. Owner and muso Stephen Pastel has been setting Glasgow's hipster pulse from here for years.

Rubadub Records

35 Howard Street, Glasgow, G1 4BA

Specialist record shops can often be intimidating places, so it's refreshing - in fact, it's absolutely brilliant - to wander into Rubadub and be catered to by some of the friendliest staff around. That's not to say that they don't know their stuff…

Underground Solu'shn

9 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP

Keeping Cockburn Street's bass a-thumping, this hip wee store peddles electronica to most of the city's serious DJs. Also great on off-beat gifts. For DJs. That's okay. DJs need gifts too.

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