By Team BeatRoute
CALGARY — This month brings not one, but two, annual celebrations of all things vinyl to town. The Calgary Music Collectors Show, organized by Mark Corner of Too North Records, has become a bi-annual staple for record collectors around the province. Featuring a growing a diverse list of sellers and genres, this year’s show promises to be one of the best yet. We asked Corner to put together a list of the releases he is most looking forward to for April’s other big vinyl appreciation event, International Record Store Day. This year’s list of exclusive releases is the largest yet, for better or worse, with a lot to sift through, so we wanted an expert opinion on what you should be on the lookout for…
Ride “OX4” (best-of) LP: Even though I was and still am a fan of Suede, Blur, Stone Roses amongst others I never got into Ride until much later on. Searching record fairs I never come across their full-length albums. Hopefully if I can pick up this album then their other records will follow suit.
Social Distortion “s/t” LP: I am a fan going way back. Remember seeing Social Distortion support Vice Squad so long ago. The show was a dry show (no booze) yet the Social D roadie took great pleasure in shooting beer caps at the crowd. Anyways my copy of this album is well past the worn out stage and I am not prepared to pay the Discogs price.
Killing Joke “Live At The Hammersmith Apollo 16.10.2010” Vols 1 & 2 LPs: The only thing more intense than a Killling Joke album is a Killing Joke concert. This amazing group released great albums, singles and radio sessions! Looking forward to hear this double set vibrate the house.
Johnny Thunders “Max’s Kansas City” Vols 1 & 2: I am not a massive fan of live recordings but Johnny Thunders is always entertaining and such an original guitar player. I have only heard Max’s volume one so I am really looking forward to hearing the volume two as I have never heard it.
Whiplash Soundtrack: While doing chores around the house I always have to have a record, cassette or CD playing on the stereo. I really enjoy listening to soundtracks and the interesting mix of music. I enjoyed this movie and always wanted to be a drummer.
Sleaford Mods “Tiwas” 12” EP picture disc: I have just started getting into this band. A bit of a latecomer, I admit, but I am enjoying what material I have heard. It is cool when newer bands are getting into the Record Store Day celebrations. Likely a long shot but I hope to snag a copy of this limited record.
Slayer “When the Stillness Comes/Black Magic” 7”: I have missed out on many great LP’s over the years because I invested most of my record budget on singles. When I saw that there is going to be a Slayer RSD 7-inch pic disc then that trend is going to continue!
Leatherface “Razor Blades & Aspirins” Box Set: I saw this band play live in their hometown of Sunderland, U.K. They were supporting the American band Gorillas Biscuit. It was no contest. The band was selling their debut album, ‘Cherry Knowle’ record at the show and I have been collecting them ever since!
Johnny Marr “I Feel You/Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” 7″: This was the surprise song of the night when Johnny Marr played his cover of the Depeche Mode classic ‘I Feel You’ at the Republik a few months ago. I thought it was a great version. Always enjoyed interesting covers when seeing bands in concert.
Metallica “No Life ’til Leather” Cassette: It has been many years since I have looked forward to anything by Metallica. I do however still enjoy their early material and that is what this cassette is all about. I got into Metallica only after seeing live photos of them all wearing Misfit T-shirts!
U.K. Subs are releasing reissues of a number of earlier albums. Always enjoyed anything to do with Charlie Harper and I love the idea that the U.K. Subs released their in alphabetical order. It all started with Another Kind of Blues and man was it ever!
International Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 18th. The Calgary Music Collectors Show happens Sunday, April 12 at the Acadia Recreation Complex (240 – 90th Ave S.E.).AB, Acadia Recreation Complex, Alberta, Calgary Music Collectors Show, Mark Corner, Record Store Day, Record Store Day 2015, Too North Records