Beacon Sound will be opening at 10am this Saturday in honor of Record Store Day. We'll be featuring between 30 and 40 of the exclusive RSD releases that we think are 'must-haves' and will be breaking out tons of killer used vinyl that we've been hoarding in our back storage room. We've tried to avoid major label RSD releases entirely (no $20 David Bowie picture disc 7"s, sorry). As many of you know, RSD has become quite controversial because the folks at the top who organize the day have failed to curate the exclusive releases in any meaningful way. This has led to a literal tidal wave of vinyl pressings (many of them, arguably, entirely unnecessary) by the 3 major labels. At least 40% of the 500+ RSD releases this year are thanks to those three label groups. This enriches everyone across the top of the industry but creates severe hardship for small labels (who can't get their records pressed on time for months before and after RSD because pressing plants are deluged) and smaller shops (especially, ironically, vinyl-only shops). There's no way we're going to play the game that some of the bigger stores in town, and across the country, play, risking bankruptcy and ending up with whole bins full of discounted RSD releases from years past that no one wants ("limited to only 12,000 copies!"). The big one-stop distributors are already hitting us up with all the unsold RSD stock from this year. With that in mind, here are some of the artists we'll have releases by and here's to an INDEPENDENT Record Store Day! Love, Beacon.
Brian Eno / Oneohtrix Point Never / Arto Lindsay / Half Japanese / Close Lobsters / Machinedrum / Doug Hream Blunt / William Onyeabor / The Spaceape / V/A "An On-U Sound Journey..." / Todd Rundgren (w/ Lindstrom etc) / The Wake / Ride / Jon Hopkins / Kiasmos / Typhoon / Steve Reich / Happy Mondays / Father John Misty / Banks / Goldfrapp / Rose McDowell / Serge Gainsbourg / Dettinger / Hutch & Kathy / V/A "Continuum" (Young Turks label) / McClusky / V/A "Next Life" (Hyperdub footwork comp) / Eyelids / etc