Memory Lane… I recently saw a guy wearing a Casa Disco t-shirt and was consumed with jealousy. Why? Well, that long since closed shop on
Peel Square in Barnsley
still has a special place in the hearts of many music fans I know because it
was a special place; the film poster wallpaper, the golden gramophone on the
carrier bags, the chart on the counter, the anticipation and reward of picking
up and buying music.
Where is this going? Well, what I’m trying to say is that proper record shops are special. You can see, hear, touch the merchandise, stumble upon new things, talk to people about what they’re buying, you can learn something in a proper music shop and I love that, but, and you knew there was going to be a but, they’re a dying breed.
has Jumbo and Crash and they’re pretty secure it would seem, but I suspect this
is mainly due to their recognition that just as the way the musicians make
their money has changed from albums to ticket sales, so they must diversify and
now they too probably attract as many customers for gig tickets as they do for
Apple and Amazon have built virtual supermarkets that close down these musical corner shops, Spotify makes owning music a strange concept and the way that young music fans access their music is changing all the time. Which brings me to my point; April 21st is Record Store Day, a day when your challenge is to go into an independent record shop and buy something.
What to buy? Well, Moody Gowns and Bearfoot Beware, both DIY-rockers from west
Yorkshire, have created
a double track single release for this year’s event which, in an ironic twist,
you can get hold of it here: http://bearfootbeware.bandcamp.com/album/split-7-w-moody-gowns
Stepmother, the Moody Gowns’ contribution, is catchy, playful and a little bit surprising, their aim is to not sound like anybody else really and they manage this in a delightfully twangy, discordant, atmospheric manner. Bearfoot Beware’s Tending To The Slim Pickings On The Floor is a treat, driving percussion and distinctive vocals power the song along, muscular guitars prop up the fragile vocals and the whole thing sits together really rather well. So, that’s it, get out on the 21st, go to a record shop, browse, chat, buy, enjoy.