This is a very special Record Store Trip post. Mainly because I haven’t been able to buy any for months because I’ve been skint and getting settled into Uni. So a couple of days ago I finally attempted to find Picadilly Records. In my mind I was expecting the lamest selection of very few genres, a shitty bargain bin, and the smallest amount of new records. I thought this because my record store I went to back home was Jumbo Records, THE GREATEST PLACE ON EARTH. It had everything, EVERYTHING. But oh how I was wrong…
When I found and entered Picadilly Records my heart sank. It was huge. Bigger than some HMVs. And as for the genres, there’s 52!!!!! Some I have never even heard of. Wonky-hop? But there are few artists in wonky-hop I listen to. Crazy. So yeah, shits all over Jumbo.
And now for the records I bought. I spent over £120 on these. They were worth it!:
D Styles - All Star Dirtstyle Battle Rebels (2007)
This is music that DJs play during rap battles. It’s instrumental music that’s mainly drum beats and samples. I love this sorta music it’s chill background stuff and there’s shelves upon shelves of it at Piccadilly Records. It can be a bit harsh on the ears at times, but keep going and something good will come of it.
Curtis Mayfield - There’s No Place Like America Today (1975)
Ibought this purely based on the artwork. It was in the soul (or some sub-genre of soul) genre and it captured my eye immediately because of it’s ironic title and artwork having a strong message and impact. I had heard and know of Mayfield but never have I listened to him. I should have. It was the first record I played when I got back due to my curiosity. And it was brilliant!!
The Flaming Lips - Embryonic (2009)
It’s no secret that The Flaming Lips are my all time favourite band. And that Embryonic was easily my favourite album of 2009. But I never managed to get my hands on the physical copy of the vinyl. I think it went out of print and it’s getting repressed later in the year. But there it was a brand new wrapped copy of the beatiful looking album! The vinyls are also yellow and blue!!
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (2010)
This was one of only two records that I actually knew I was going to buy when hitting the record store. It has quick become one of my favourites of the year and considering I’ve never particularly found the other the albums amazing (although Cox’s side-project Atlas Sound released a magnificent album last year) this one really hit the spot for me. It probably has something to do with the fact that Ben Allen (who has produced a lot of AnCo work in the past) worked his magic on this record. The vinyl is white too! I’m a sucker for coloured vinyl.
Of Montreal - False Priest (2010)
This is the second record I knew I was going to buy prior to entering the store. It’s an album that’s recieved a lot of mixed responces. I really like it, although it gets very hard to listen to towards the end. I’d go as far to call the last three tracks awful. It might not be Of Montreal’s best and I don’t think any type of Of Montreal fan would say it was. I’m not going to lie, I find it a little dissappointing, but when it comes to oM, I’m very biased because I love them! But there’s no doubt it in my mind that they will be back on form soon. It’s still a great album, just weak in comparison to their earlier work is all.
I also think Dave Barnes’ art is starting to loae it’s appeal for many reasons. But that’s are post for another day.
Flying Lotus - Pattern + Grid World EP (2010)
This is the very first record I’ve bought purely based on my love for the artist without hearing it before hand. And I have still yet to listen to it so I can nay comment on whether or not it’s good. But if it’s just more Cosmogramma, I should be happy. I love the art too.
Gang Gang Dance - God’s Money (2005)
God’s Money is an album that I love soo very much. I just happened to come across it when browsing the ‘avant-garde’ section. I also thought that if they had this they’d have the side project I.U.D, which is fucked up industrial music, but awesome. They didn’t have it though :(
Ducktails - Ducktails (2009)
Ducktails is one of many side projects to come from Deerhunter. It’s choppy bedroom pop sort of thing. But good, unlike all these other bedroom poppers. It’s very relaxed. Chill background music.
Daniel Savio - Dirty Bomb
This was a random pick. I don’t know why I chose it. The cover is ugly as fuck. But the music is very interesting. Kinda industrial influenced. It sounds like your record player is having a spaz attack. Would make a good soundtrack to some thriller film, for sure.
Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson - Bridges (1977)
I bought this because I loved the shit out of the album Heron released earlier this year. He’s old as hell now and he has many, many albums under his belt since the early 70s. I had no idea which one to pick, so I went for Bridges which happens to be with Brian Jackson. It’s a great album. Much more funky than I’m New Here fo sho. I’m thinking I’ll be buying a lot more Heron material in the near future.