FoxBox Records

FoxBox Records

FoxBox Records

Sometimes I think that there are too many record labels (more on this later). Anyway… and without dwelling on the irony; I’m stoked to be able to help with Edinburgh’s newest one.

It feels like a crazy idea but this is certainly happening and we’ll have to see where it leads. But for now, it’s all hands on hats.

FoxBox Records has sprung out of a nice late night conversation or two and at very short notice will be taking part in Cassette Store Day this year. It’s a separate business to the VoxBox shop, happy to roam free in the evenings, but until the website is up and running, it can have a home on these blog pages.

The first release will be an official release for Cassette Store Day, called FoxBox Presents Post__Nothing Sessions: A various wonderful artists compilation tape.

This release is a collaboration with Brian and Rachel who run Post__Nothing; A project spanning 4 years so far, they have been recording sessions for an Edinburgh based webzine called Post__Nothing and the Freshair radio show of the same name. These are mainly of Edinburgh or Scottish bands but there are a few touring bands that have been caught too.

The full track-listing has not been formalised yet but there are exciting names to be announced subject to the licensing being sorted.

VoxBox Andy was responsible for creating the logo and I’m terribly happy with it. Everyone likes a blue fox.

Following Cassette Store Day on the 27th September, FoxBox will tuck itself away until the new year to get properly organised. There will be some exciting releases on fox-blue vinyl.

It’s a small thing on a shoestring but as every fox and record collector knows… It’s best to keep some things to yourself.

There is a Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FoxBoxRecords
And a Twitter page @foxboxrecords
Email: foxboxrecords@hotmail.com

PS The slogan is coming…

PPS More on Cassette Store Day to follow. But keep 27th September free.

VoxBox Recommends the Edinburgh Festival 2014 Part 2

More Festival shenanigans…
Someone pointed out there is a play about Kate Bush running til the 25th.

For much of the month, A Band Called Quinn at Summerhall.

There’s also a new record shop at Summerhall for the festival specialising in odd music. I’m going to sneak in on a spying mission.

Glen Matlock was in town with I was a Teenage Sex Pistol. I meant to put that in but it was a tad dear at £18 I think.

17th John Otway (17th-18th and 20th-22nd). Highly entertaining. Someone called him “rock’s greatest failure” (and a two hit wonder). Incredibly, this is FREE.

18th Born to be Wide Talkshow with Simon Napier-Bell. This is FREE and worth a look. Part of Jura unbound, Napier-Bell has a new book on the ins and oots of the music industry. Lots of beans to be spilled. Dan Wilson (Withered Hand) will be talking about his approach to songwriting and live music comes from The Jellyman’s Daughter.

19th Samantha Crain and The Jellyman’s Daughter at the Electric Circus

20th R.M. Hubbert and Emma Pollock at the Queen’s Hall Last Year’s Scottish Album of the Year Award winner RM Hubbie plays. New Album, Breaks and Bone was on the SAY shortlist this year. But they couldn’t let him win twice in a row…

20th Trembling Bells with Ian Humberstone play at Sneaky Pete’s. Come to think of it Sneaky’s have lots on during the festival. Look here.

21st Withered Hand at the Queen’s Hall. Edinburgh Indie royalty. New album New Gods has rave reviews and is a shop best seller.

21st Pale Imitation Festival – Rick Redbeard, Kitchen Cynics and Ella The Bird (Siobhan Wilson).

21st The VoxBox Vinyl Show 2 hour referendum special. Featuring Yes songs, No songs, some musical politics and record shop banter. 1800-2000 on Edinburgh Student Radio www.Freshair.org.uk.

22nd Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals has a book out. Part memoir and part retracing the steps of a welsh explorer. Part of the book festival.

23rd Randolph’s Leap and Tuff Love. Two of Lost Map records newest signings. 8 piece Randolph’s Leap make me sing Lalalalalalalalala! Contagiously beautiful pop music. New Album Clumsy Knot available in the shop. Tuff Love have a fine EP available in the shop too.

23rd Pale Imitation Festival – LAW, Numbers Are Futile, Wozniak.

24th James Yorkston and Friends (KT Tunstall, Pictish Trail) as part of Jura Unbound. FREE! James has a new album out on the 18th.

24th PAWS (New album Youth Culture Forever out now) and Lady North at the Electric Circus. You MUST see PAWS live! Here’s your chance.

24th The last chance to see VoxBox Andy in Full Tilt, the 5 star Janis Joplin biopic.

25th Richard Thompson at The Queen’s Hall

25th Vic Galloway, BBC broadcaster, journalist and champion of the Scottish music scene, has written Songs in the Key of Fife, which documents the amazing story of the Fence Collective. In recent years the music industry has been defined by its much publicised decline, with creativity consumed by the mass market, but for the past two decades, in a little place across the water, a group of musicians have been building and battling against this. Join Vic and some special guests for a memorable night of music to celebrate the book’s publication.

26th (Phil Space) It starts to fizzle out a bit…

27th (Phil Space)

28th Pale Imitation Festival – eagleowl, Ian Humberstone, Smack Van. Eagleowl debut This Silent Year came out last year and is a shop fav. Ian Humberstone reminds me of Bill Callahan. Smack Van are new to me but with a name like that, don’t sound particularly laid back like the other 2.

29th (Polly Filler)

30th Pale Imitation Festival – PAWS, Et tu Brute, Halfrican. PAWS again!

31st Collapse.

After typing the above, I’ve been really pleased to see that many of the bands have performed in the shop or on our street (Record Store Days/Wide Days) since we opened 3 years ago. We’re forever in their debt as although customer service and cleanliness go a long way, a shop can only be as good as the music it sells. Please make a point in seeing them if you get the chance.

PAWS
Neil Pennycook/Meursault
eagleowl/Kid Canaveral with Ian Humberstone
Adam Stafford
Wounded Knee
The Jellyman’s Daughter
Withered Hand
Book Group
Broken Records
Pictish Trail
Tuff Love
LAW

Bands/artists that almost played or were busy or forgot who I still think are the bee’s knees are Randolph’s Leap, The Little Kicks, Rick Redbeard and Siobhan Wilson.

Worth a mention comedy-wise are Josie Long who is an honorary Lost Map member and has a show on 21, 22, and 24th.

And Jo Caulfield (12th-24th) who invented VoxBox’s famous naked Saturdays.

Finally, It’s not part of the Fringe but there is a nice exhibition of Jim Lambie‘s work at The Fruitmarket Gallery on Market Street. Among other things, he puts (hopefully) dud record sleeves to good use and generally messes with your head using coloured stripes, ladders and mirrors.

Jim Lambie

VoxBox Recommends The Edinburgh Festival 2014 -Part 1

I love Edinburgh in August!
It always reminds me of how lucky we are to stay in this city. The fact that so many 1000s of people come here to put on shows. And that so many more come here as tourists from outside and within the UK to have a look. It’s a bamboozling thing though if you’ve never experienced it before. To say there is too much to see is a bit like saying [insert a clever analogy]. Anyway, I get excited like a something something… oh come on brain!

Every other person in town is a comedian. Some are totally, incredibly, bamboozlingly rubbish. With bad timing and punchlines that really don’t work (see later). But there are gems to be had. Roll up roll up!

So, after poring over some of the listings. Here are some musical treats that took my fancy. Some events are organised by people nepotistically close to the shop but I’ll let you know.

For a start, getting a major plug, Andy from the shop is in a show!

A Janis Joplin biopic called Full Tilt at the Assembly Checkpoint (Venue 322) 20.50 every day from 31st July to the 24th August apart from the Tuesdays the 12th and 19th. Don’t worry, he’s not playing Janis Joplin although with the right wig I think he could pull it off. (I’ve been assured that Mercedes Benz actually sounds good the way they do it). Andy normally plays keys in The Holy Ghosts, a band that specialise in Wild Country Blues Rock as performed by the Rolling Stones circa 1972. Anyway, Full Tilt has a 5 star review from the List.

VoxBox recommends (is in) Full Tilt!

VoxBox recommends (is in) Full Tilt!

So we should all definitely see that show, our at least pretend to have seen it if you come into VoxBox on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The next nepotistic thing is The Song, By Toad Pale Imitation Festival as I’m friends with the label as shop/business and… Wait a minute… I don’t need to make excuses. Song, by Toad is actually Edinburgh’s only full time record label. Basically the VoxBox shop will help whenever it can. But without lying… Thankfully the Toad filter is set high.

This lineup is probably great. I have to admit, I don’t know 11 of the 28 bands announced but I know at least one on each bill and basically, all you need to know is that for a fiver each gig is worth a punt. 3 bands for a fiver! The headliners are all pretty fantastic too. Here is the poster:

Pale-Imitation-2014-digiflyer

 

But we’re not just about Edinburgh independent music. Our forte is MOJO/Uncut type bands after all. After investigating a bit, here’s what I found in the Fringe Guide and elsewhere for the first couple of weeks. Not definitive by any means.

1st The Chills play the Electric Circus. New Zealand legends!

2nd Broken Records at the Queen’s Hall They’re back! Promoting their fine new album, Weights and Pulleys. Support from shop favourites Kid Canaveral (album of the year shortlisted) and Book Group.

2nd Pale Imitation Festival -Adam Stafford, Le Thug, Duchess. Adam Stafford’s album, Imaginary Walls Collapse was my 1st choice for the recent Scottish Album of the Year Award.

3rd Born to be Wide 10 minute sets by selected Scottish bands: Cairn String Quartet, Jamie & Shoony, The Little Kicks (acoustic), Made of Glass, Megan D, Neil Pennycook (Meursault), Paul Gilbody, Rachel Newton. Short DJ sets of Scottish tunes in-between by movers and shakers in the Scottish music scene and VoxBox yours truly. FREE entry via Facebook.

5th Steve Heron, Benny Monteux and Made of Glass at the Electric Circus.

6th A good day to see VoxBox Andy in Full Tilt.

7th Pale Imitation Festival -The Leg, Now Wakes The Sea. The Leg are bonkers. Fun bonkers. There’s a silly old blog post about them called Outside Leg.

8th The Little Kicks at the Electric Circus. They made one of my top 5 of Scottish albums of the year; Aberdeen’s Little Kicks are pretty special guitar disco pop.

9th Pale Imitation Festival- The Yawns, Sharptooth, Alan Smithee

9th The Last Battle at the Electric Circus. Lovely, Edinburgh band with new album out.

10th Viv Albertine of The Slits is at the Book Festival promoting her memoir. Great band, great story, so should be good.

10th Aidan Moffat of Arab Strap has written a CHILDREN’s book! It’s bound to contain swearing. It’s called The Lavender Blue Dress. For kids. (and grown ups with their kids)

11th There’s Autumn Fallin’ From Friday the 1st until Saturday the 23rd. This is a New York love affair based on the album by folkster Jaymay (Pronounced Jamie). 50mins of musical theatre. The director asked the shop for a loan of Subterranean Homesick Blues, Astral Weeks and Blood on the Tracks as props. So that’s an idea of where it’s coming from. A great start. Well worth investigating.

12th Wounded Knee (12, 13, 14th). Drew Wright AKA Wounded Knee and Daniel Padden present a striking new song cycle celebrating the seasons, inspired by Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills. This special performance centred around Wounded Knee’s distinctive vocals, features original compositions and bold new arrangements of traditional material, performed by a group of adventurous players. Drawing on diverse influences including African guitar minimalism, cosmic jazz, and experimental and folk traditions, Wright and Padden create a sonic patchwork bound by prose and poetry: a Scottish Summer Symphony. Presented in collaboration with The Glad Cafe.

12th Martin Carthy -A must see show at St Brides. A truly legendary folk musician that famously influenced Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.

13th Meursault and Plastic Animals at the Queen’s Hall The last ever Meursault gig!

13th  Vic Galloway and Friends (Adam Stafford, The Hazey Janes, Andrew Mitchell and Ella The Bird (Siobhan Wilson) and book readings) It’s late but it’s FREE

14th John Renbourn and Wizz Jones -Pentangle guitar wizard and fellow long time acoustic folk guitarist in a rare show. Both are legendary acoustic guitar genius (especially Renbourn). Ask any folkie or Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. (also playing the 13th)

14th Pale Imitation Festival -Deathcats, Garden Of Elks, Passion Pusher

14th Kevin MacNeil & Willie Campbell
Long-time friends and artistic collaborators, Kevin MacNeil and Willie Campbell last year produced the album Visible From Space, and they’ll bring together their songs and stories for a special night of Jura Unbound. Kevin is an acclaimed novelist, poet and playwright born and raised in the Outer Hebrides. His works include The Stornoway Way and Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides. Willie was lead singer and guitarist with Astrid. He still tours both as a solo artist and as a member of The Open Day Rotation.

14th (+15th and 16th) The Black Diamond Express -High energy 9 piece Edinburgh blues band. Highly recommended.

15th King Creosote plays the Queen’s Hall -New album, From Scotland With Love out now and in the shop. These will be snapped up fast. Get in quick! Sadly, on the 15th SLINT play Glasgow… Sadly I’ll be in Glasgow.

15th Julian Cope is at the Book Festival promoting his new book One Three One. It’s his first book of fiction. His autobiography, Head On/Repossessed is one of the best rock memoirs ever written.

16th Pale Imitation Festival – Garden of Elks, Jesus H. Foxx, Andrew R. Burns

That’s just a tiny amount and I’ll have missed out loads, but if the Fringe guide appears too daunting to look through, the above are all nice ways to spend an evening.

More to come…

It’s kind of nice. The VoxBox Vinyl Show returns too and the Fresh Air studio is at The Pleasance where there is a lot going on. It’s every Thursday from 2000-2200. You can listen online at FreshAir.org.uk. Dom and I will be putting together 3 two hour specials. The History of Decadence in Music/Musical Badasses. A Referendum Special. And a mysterious one we haven’t decided on ye(S)t.

Other Stuff:
If you’ve never seen it before, see La Clique. It’s probably the best show at The Fringe. Seriously good! But get tickets early -as it always sells out- and arrive and queue at least half an hour before for decent seats.

See something stupid. Seriously. Take a punt on something. Wander up the Royal Mile to get flyered. If you like the speil, give it a go. It’s once a year and the vibrancy is infectious…

Like gonorrhoea.

Have fun!

PS. Get in touch if you know of a show that would interest the shop/Edinburgh music fans. Edinburgh bands and venues with gigs in August haven’t been missed out on purpose. Get in touch, we’ll try to pass it on.
Twitter: @voxboxmusic

The List, The Skinny and The Scotsman have some of the best insider knowledge of Edinburgh and will keep you up to date with news and reviews.

Little Symphonies For The Oddward Kids

It should only take 2 minutes to read this.

I was dreadfully sad to find out that Tommy Ramone died. Sadder still that I had thought he was dead already. I’d lost track of The Ramones drummers. Elvis Ramone anyone?!
To me, the core of the Ramones has always been the quartet of Joey, Tommy, Dee Dee, Johnny, Podsy, Ralph, Ritchie, Fonzie, Dozy, Beaky, Noddy, Grumpy, Doc, Sid and Marky.

Sadly, with Tommy gone, the original Ramones have all had premature deaths and I find this especially sad; as they were a band with a real-cool-time whaddayougot young energy! Say wha? Whaddayoumean energy… These slacker long haired leather jacketed glue sniffers? Those funny shaped leaning sneering dicks with the indoor sunglasses who, by their own admission, want to be sedated? Hey you! Would you let your daughter marry a Stoned Ramone?

Punk was invented with the dead pan delivery of “Hey ho, Let’s go!” That and with the awkward, leaning a bit and the so what sneering a bit and by the looking a bit awkward while still screw you sneering a bit and sitting on some steps and stuff and by being aware that they are all the wrong heights to be even seen together, god it’s so unfair … and wearing sunglasses and long black hair and leaning with T-shirt, Jeans and leaning with leather jacket and all in glorious and expressive black and white.

Seriously though, there aren’t any pics of the Ramones looking comfortable or even nearly content when outside or inside unless they are sitting down or leaning on something. Even then, it’s a tense and odd affair. Every time I see a photo of a Ramones publicity shoot and look at their legs, I’m reminded that I need to buy a new comb and toothbrush. And just maybe a pair of skinny jeans and a leather jacket. Four awkward oddballs. Four oddward heroes.

Legs like broken toothbrush bristles.

Legs like broken toothbrush bristles.

All that is true until you put them on the fricking stage! Then they move! What legs! What energy! The songs are so young. Like the Beach Boys cars and girls ditties but amplified and moved into downtown New York. They are Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and every 1960s New York girl group condensed into 2 minutes of T shirt shaped band guitar stance knee bending hair humping energy.

Phil Spector bumped into the teenage lyrics too and moved to produce the Ramones. It might have seemed a superficially odd pairing but it was absolute sense. It seemed right, the subject matter was kinda the same, right? Well, yeah, and no but, whatever, *shrugs*. Mr Spector wasn’t quite right for the Ramones. The tunes came out fine in the end I think, but there was a real delinquent rebel here and his name was Phil… The story goes that Spector pulled a (zipadeedodah) gun and made Joey Ramone play the opening chord to Rock and Roll High School 100s of times and kidnapped Dee Dee a bit in his house and also wouldn’t let Dee Dee play his pinball machine!? Wha? Crikey, what a weird and horrible place to be. But afterwards, they are then so darn NICE about it after putting up with the bad craziness. Couldn’t you just cuddle them?
This is such an innocent and nice and to be honest, a bit of a long (for them) strange interview about that:

Anyway this blog bit could go on and on. It is just meant as a wee wayhey send off to the Ramones. So goodbye and Wahey Ho to the Ramones! Equal parts America’s Slade and The Clash, with a bit of the Who, and a bit of Dangermouse, as well as Captain Caveman with a wee touch of The Archies and all via The Stooges, they were the perfect band and always, always, wholesome and perfect role models. If I had a kid and they aspired to be a Ramone, marry a Ramone or just wear jeans like a Ramone [except Bros], I’d be as chuffed as hell. Perfect, rough hi-energy energy drinks of skinny-jeaned music. It’s perfect little symphonies for the kids aged from 5 to 95. A mumbled shout of a rallying call to all of those who feel a bit oddward to shuffle to the front and lean in.

Those songs are over in a fla

sh!

Justin

One of the drawbacks of Record Store Day is that shops have often tied up all of their money on RSD stock and most of their energy on ordering, organising the day and then the online selling of the leftovers. This is a shame if you’re a band releasing something in April or early May and I would like to make up for some of that now and highlight some of the non-RSD justin new releases that came in-just before RSD and over the past 6 weeks.

There’s an awful lot to hear here. In fact the shop is so full to bursting with lovely new and used records that I often daydream about having a larger shop… Ahh daydream! For lazy minded fools with nothing else to do!?*

We have an open shelf policy for music that is made by Edinburgh bands or put out on labels based here. In practice, this extends to bands and labels throughout Scotland too.

VoxBox is also stocking more new releases than ever and I try to keep up to date with what’s coming out as best I can when it fits with the feel of the shop. Generally, Classic Rock, Blues, Jazz, Electronica and Independent music. I’m about to get some new headers made up so certain titles can be neatly filed in the racks as “Alternative Rock”. Euwggh. A load of great music. Dull term. Not to worry, I’ll see if I can think of a better header.

Our most popular section is actually Justin. Not Bieber or Timberlake or JUSTIN the obscure cowboy, but the new stuff. the boxes of Pre-owned and brand spanking new records that have just arrived. There are loads of records in the Justin boxes. Please don’t groan… Read on!

If you have been in recently you’ll have seen lots of boxes of Justin records. So much so that we are not unlike this handsome and enigmatic chap, a carefully curated island of rock and roll that is quickly running out of space.

 

Running out of space.

Carefully curated but running out of space.

 

Just( have a look at what has come )in!

Brand new local and Scottish label/artist:

Virgin of the Birds, Winter Seeds (Song, by Toad)

Bastard Mountain, Farewell Bastard Mountain (Song by, Toad)

Yusuf Azak, Peace in the Underworld (Gerry Loves Records)

Holy Mountain, Ancient Astronauts (Chemikal Underground)

Tuff Love, Junk EP (Lost Map)

Randolph’s Leap, Clumsy Knot (Lost Map)

Cruising, You Made Me Do That (Soft Power)

Witching Waves, Concrete (Soft Power)

Chalk and Numbers, Compilation (Soft Power)

Call To Mind, The Winter Is White (Olive Grove Records)

King Post Kitsch, Sheep On a Beach (New Pleasure Recordings)

The Amazing Snakeheads, Amphetamine Ballads

Sketches For Albinos, Fireworks and the Dead City Radio (Mini50)

Bastardgeist, Infinite Lives (Mini 50)

Tisso Lake/Ian Humberstone The Hollow Wood and the Wondrous Cold 10″ LP (repress)

Dropkick, Homeward

The Industry, Dancing in the Fire CD EP.

Penguins Kill Polar Bears, Building Homes From Broken Bones

The Last Battle, Lay Your Burden Down CD

Zeitgeist, When The Sun Goes Away EP.

Star Wheel Press, Lost CD EP (unable to post link just now )

Seriously, this is (just) from the last 2 months! Give the links a click, there’s some great music (in) there.

 

Larger labels that got in touch personally:

Great Thunder, Groovy Kinda Love (Waxahatchee related/Wichita)

Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else (Wichita)

Merch, This Betrayal Will Be Our End (Sassafras)

 

Bigger label bands and artists:

Pixies, Indie Cindy

LIARS, Mess

SOHN

The Flaming Lips, Loads of stuff

Cate Le Bon, Mug Museum

Brian Jonestown Massacre, Revelations

The Afghan Whigs, The Beast

Black Keys, Turn Blue

The White Stripes reissues on Third Man

…and loads more.

We’re also stocked up with new back catalogue titles where the originals are hard to come by. However, as always, the main focus of the shop will always be vintage, rare and collectable vinyl but please let us know if there’s a new record that you are after. You can pre-order some new releases from us too if you fancy. Just drop us a line. voxbox@live.co.uk

And if that’s not enough to keep your ears busy…

Coming soon:

PAWS, Youth Culture Forever

Honeyblood, Self-titled debut

Broken Records -Weights and Pulleys

The Phantom Band (Chemikal Underground)

Jack White, Lazaretto

Remember Remember (Rock Action –Mogwai’s label)

Led Zeppelin I-III

SLINT Reissues

James Yorkston (August -just announced)

Now that I have this lot off my chest, I’ll try to update the Justin part of the blog every fortnight or so to let you know what’s new.

 

*Ah daydream… a song with nowt to do with Justin.
*

Disclaimer Justin case: Photo of Justin Hawkins. He doesn’t know VoxBox exists and certainly doesn’t endorse the shop or have a VoxBox tattoo (yet). Photo used as illustration of a carefully curated island of rock and roll that is quickly running out of space. I wasn’t able to find the copyright holder.

Krapftverk

Good news: The trams are coming later this month.

Bad news: The St Stephen Street pavement is rvined for a month of mini-tram work madness.

Pavement

Nae many people are walking along St Stephen Street jvst now. If yov’ve been down yov will maybe have seen the damage.

“The work starts on the 5th May doing vp your pavement. 3 weeks of work and it’s done!” Says they.

“Thanks, that’s lovely!” Says we.

They dvg vp the pavement on the Monday and on the Tvesday, they got the hot tarmac and the wee stones that bvlk ovt the hot tarmac and pvt down the first layer of the black tar and stone mix and then povnded it flat. The shop filled with fvmes and I had to shvt up early. No problem thovgh.

Then, that was it.

The work stopped.

 

The Saturday Night Fever sign!

The Saturday Night Fever sign!

After some complaints – we are in a listed area, the work was stopped and we are now to have the more traditional Sandstone paving. (££). The company involved in the laying the tarmac is now bidding for the job of taking vp the tarmac they laid and then putting down the lovely new paving. (£££). Meanwhile The City of Edinbvrgh Council have to apply to, ahem… The City of Edinbvrgh Council for planning permission to lay the slabs. This will all take about 3 weeks. Then another 3 weeks to dig vp the tarmac and lay the bloody (lovely new) paving. I hope this isn’t wishful covncil thinking.

It has still all been a little bizarre and a waste of money already and I think this might drag on a bit. Please come down to St Stephen’s Street anyway and pop into the shops for a wee visit. We are all friendly and will need locals and tovrists prepared to tvrn a blind eye to the mess to continvue to come down.

Edinburgh CC

And if you can’t beat them…

Ignore the roadworks and pretend that you are in a nice roadwork free sidestreet of Paris. If you like, imagine you are miles away in a massive intergalactic non branded chocolate aero-style spaceship having just landed in a distant leafy spot on a nice tarmac free planet. If you do while in the shop on the weekend, please let me know and I’ll sit in with you looking out the VoxBox door at the lvsh and edible jvngle vegetation outside, swatting and sometimes eating the imaginary haribo-ish flying insects that come by.

I’ll knock gently on a lifesize hollow chocolate sqvirrel with the cat-hammer I use at home. It’ll break the shell a bit and we can eat some of the fovr and five sided segments that fall from it. I find they are best savovred with a nice cvp of tea.

They taste nvtty. Yvm.

 

That’s Entertainment!

Paul Weller is no longer sanctioning any releases for Record Store Day. Statement. This is a welcome move as there have been grumblings for some time. It’s a complicated issue though. Here are some figures.

A normal 7″ single costs a shop £3-£4. It will retail in a shop for £4-£6. No one makes much on a regular single as they cost £2-£3 to make in a small run. **

A Record Store Day single probably averages £5-£6 for the shop to buy. The shop wants a margin and will sell for £7-£10. Eyewatering prices tend to mean the shops have had to pay quite a bit for the records. In fact the amount a shop pays is often a decent RRP. This is a picture of me finding out the cost of one particular RSD release.

 

How Much for the Notorious BIG?!

How Much for the Notorious BIG?!

 

The Paul Weller single was incredibly limited. Only 500 for all of his fans in the UK. That equates roughly to 2 per RSD shop. Not all shops deal with his distributor though and they are free to sell none to some and a fair few to others depending on the regular business they do.

We deal with the distributor a handful of times a year so getting one copy is understandable.  Mind you, we deal with them more than some larger shops. I’m nae sure how many were allocated to Scottish shops. Allocating 2 per RSD shop would give Scotland about 32 out of the 500.

With 1/10 of the UK population we’d expect 50 copies assuming our Weller fan ratio is the same as the UK. Enough of this speculation though, RSD allocation should not be the main reason for wanting Scottish Independence. Mind you, I didn’t see anything about “RSD Scotland” in the White Paper… Write to your MP.

So, VoxBox was allocated 1 copy.

We opened at 0930 and took orders before opening. We asked the front 10 people to write in order their 3 preferences. One person in the first 3 had written.

“Weller single”

Nothing else.

I don’t remember if he was first in the queue, but he was in the queue only to get that record.

He bought the record and I hope was then a happy customer. As the saying goes; Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man first in the queue.

No-one, Paul Weller included has made much money on the Weller single other than the folk selling on ebay. That is their right though and Paul and VoxBox have enjoyed the free publicity. Shops getting caught not putting it on the shelf at all? I’d like to think they’ll be punished appropriately by the RSD organiser, not by the artists themselves but Paul has highlighted something that has been causing increasing cynicism every year…

That is, the touting and the overpricing of things to take advantage of fans. It is a very complex issue and Record Store Day is not the problem per se. I love Record Store Day and if I had my way, the day would be about REALLY cheap releases readily available. Everyone likes a bargain. He’s right about the problems with RSD. I’d prefer if Paul and other artists spoke out first about overpriced gig tickets, the legal touts (Get Me In and Seatwave) and the likely corruption there, as well as RSD’s problems that others have documented.

This photo was taken by me sitting in Row BB at Paul Weller’s Edinburgh Castle gig last year. I paid about £45 for a (non tout) ticket but refused to pay £30 for the T Shirt. Like I said, it’s complicated.

That's Entertainment!

That’s Entertainment!

 

** For a few weeks I’d been pondering how much to charge for ‘The Weller Single’. Cost £6. Resale value £100+. (Normal sale price for a single £4-£6). Normal margin on a single 25-50%. It should have been £9. I inflated the price to £15 as there is no RRP on RSD stock and I simply felt that £9 is too little for something so rare. What if the early riser was a known ebay chancer? Can I increase the price on the spot? Can I refuse to sell it? That’d look really bad. Should I make the buyer dance like Billy Elliot to a Town Called Malice? Or start naming JAM B-sides? I have my thinking hat on for next year.

 

Thank You For The (Record Store) Days

The adrenalin has worn off and I’ve been collapsed in a heap since Monday. Record Store Day was a tremendous success. More people than ever came down to the shop. There were loads of new faces and the Sun was shining. I couldn’t have asked for more. The VoxBox team would like to thank everyone who came down. Both the regulars customers and newbies. And heck, everyone that couldn’t make it down but wanted to. And why not, everyone who couldn’t make it down are are quitehappyaboutthisthankyouverymuch as well. Record shops need customers.

When I was thinking about who to thank for the day it became apparent that record shops need much more than customers. There was quite a large team of people involved in putting on the day.

The Oscars!
Best book launch: Thanks to Simon Goddard and Ian Rankin for kicking off the afternoon with the Q&A on The History of Postcard Records. A book currently sitting on my bedside table. We sold out of books.

Best bands in Scotland on RSD: Thanks to the musicians. Yusuf Azak, Book Group, Broken Records, LAW, Stanley Odd, Pictish Trail and Tuff Love. I think that’s what RSD is really about: Showing off the amount of talent on our doorstep. More on this later.

Best behind the scenes team: Thank you to Andy and Paddy at Gerry Loves Records for all the help organising the day and looking after the crazy M&M demands of the bands above.

Best merch stall: Thanks to Charlotte!

Best PA hire company: Matthew Toad

Best venue: Thanks to the Antiquary down the road for letting us take over the bar all day.

Best record shop staff: Chiquita and Andy for their hard work and my Freshair Radio co-presenter, Dom for joining in.

Thanks to Matthew for helping with filming at short notice and Niall for taking care of the sound for the bands. I’m really looking forward to seeing the footage.

Best after party: The Electric Circus (and full band Stanley Odd and The Cairn String Quartet)

Best Street: erm St Stephen Street obviously

Best family: Thanks to Helen for putting up with all the cardboard boxes at home and all of the family that came down.

Thanks also to VoxBox George and co. and all the friends that offered help.

The shop is still a mess and there’s still a full drum kit in the backroom.

Next year…

I’ll scratch my chin a bit about next year.

Thanks again,

Darren

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The Merch

Finally I’ve priced everything!

The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records. We have lots of books for sale. These come with limited edition poster (only available in Scottish shops). We have 5 copies of the RSD reissue of Edwyn Collins’ Gorgeous George and some of the Orange Juice albums that were reissued last year. Original copies are getting much harder to find.
Roddy Frame’s RSD release Western Skies
More books:
The new Jesus and Mary Chain book Barbed Wire Kisses -prerelease!
New Edition of Last Shop Standing (We’re in it)

Stanley Odd have an official RSD release out. The EP Chase Yirsel with artwork by Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit. They play LoveMusic in Glasgow then come to us. Then play the afterparty at the Electric Circus. Hardworking folk.

LAW Holt will make a limited number of her new EP available on the day before the official release.

Tuff Love have their debut EP coming out soon. We’ll have pre-release 10 copies. As featured on BBC Radio 6 recommends this Thursday.

Yusuf Azak’s Debut LP Peace In The Underworld will be available in limited quantities ahead of the official release date.

Times:

12.00-12.30 Goddard & Rankin Q&A
12.35-1.05 Yusuf Azak
1.30-2.00 Broken Records
2.30-3.00 Book Group
3.15-3.35 Law
4.00-4.20 Pictish Trail
4.40-5.10 Stanley Odd
5.30-6 Tuff Love

*******
Dewars have given us 10 copies of a truly wonderful record by King Creosote et al. This is really special. There are 20 copies in Edinburgh. We have 10 copies. (OK the others are in CODA)
*******

Scottish related RSD RELEASES:

BIS New LP and single.
CAMERA OBSCURA x5
CHVRCHES x5
DJANGO DJANGO x2
FRIGHTENED RABBIT release was US only. (Too dear to get the import, sorry)
THE TWILIGHT SAD -We have 25 copies.
EDWYN COLLINS Gorgeous George x5
GARBAGE x5
RODDY FRAME x5
STEVE MASON x20

Please remember, we’re a tiny shop. There will not be a queue to the counter system as we prefer that everyone can come in a and browse. To avoid a crush though, we’ll have to limit the amount of people in the shop to 25 or so. I promise to have nicest bouncers you have ever met.

Free Stuff!
Richer Sounds are offering a 10% off voucher.

The lovely people at Universal have created a boy band of the Busted ilk that swear a lot. 5SOS! 10 cassette tapes arrived to be given away free to people that know the password.

A handful of promo CDs.

The list:
10″, 12″ and LPs only

5 Seconds Of Summer
Albert Ammons x2
Aerosmith -3x all of them
Horrace Andy
Allman Brothers
Alvarius B
Annathema
Africa Express Maison Des Jeunes
Adam Ant
Matt Andersen
Barclay James Harvest
Breton Tape
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Beach Boys
Bis
The Black Angels
Black
The Black Heart Procession
David Bowie Rock and Roll Suicide x15 copies
Brown Brogues (This box is missing just now. Should find it for tomorrow)
Built TO Spill
Jake Bugg
Bombino
Bonobo
Charles Bradley
Tim Burgess
Captain Beefheart
Circles
Coves
Crillo
Camera Obscura
Nicola Conte
Creedence Clearwater Revivial
Michael Chapman
Corduroy
Cults
Curved Air
Holgar Czukay
Deep Purple
Diana Doors
Dream Theater
Dresden Dolls
Davy and Bert
Dunedin Double
Darq Freaker
The Darkness
Dillanger
Disclosure
Dylan
Echo and the Bunnymen
Steve Earle
Caro Emerald
Everything but the girl
Everly brothers
The Fall
Fear of Men
Fenech Soler
The Field
John Foxx
Jullian Gomes
John Grant
Robert Glasper Experiment
Garbage
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly – Mexican wrestler mask and d/l code. (Brilliant!)
The Glitch Mob
Gonga
The Grateful Dead
Greenday
Haim
Hawklords
Ossie Hibbert
Husker Du
Ice T
Inspiral Carpets
J B’s
Jay Z
Grace Jones
Paul Johnson
Jon Spencer BLues Explosion
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Joy Division
Stephen John Kalinich
Katatonia
Al Kooper CD
Kode 9 and the Space Ape
Lemonheads
Levellers
Liars
Little Dragon
Logistics
London Grammar
Lux Lewis
David Lynch
Machine Head
Dean Martin
James Vincent McMorrow
Mastodon
Marnie
Steve Mason
Marillion
Moriarty
Mudhoney
Melt Yourself Down
MGMT x2
Jenks Miller
The Moles
The Mor Paranoids
Motorhead
Joey Negro
Notorious BIG
Neon Neon
The Nits
The Notwist
Oasis
Of Montreal
O Level
Opeth
Outkast
Ozric Tentacles
Gram Parsons
Pagans
Jaco Pastorius
Placebo x3
Pussy Gold 5000
Johnny Osbourne
Pet Shop Boys
Pixies
Lee Scratch Perry
Phosphorescent
Power Glove
Pil
Pissed Jeans
Bobby Rush
Sikth
Sunra
Rammstein
Otis Redding
Ringo Deathstarr
The Ruts
Gil Scott Heron
Screaming Trees
Shonen Knife
Slipknot
J Spaceman
STANLEY ODD EP Chase Yirsel (artwork by Scott Hutchison)
Status Quo
String Driven Thing
Omar Souleyman
Yma Sumac
Surfer Blood
Tame Impala
Roger Taylor
T Rex
Teenage Film Stars
Sebastian Tellier
The Twilight Sad
The Ukranians
Ulver
We Have Band
Paul Weller
Whirlwind Heat
Wilkinson
Wreckless Eric
Xiu Xiu x2
Yardbirds x2

Comps/soundtracks
The Last Mimsy
Black Symbol
The Last House on the Left
Amarcord
Medical Records ECT
The Cartel
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Faux Discx
The Heavy Soundz
The Sun Records Comp
Rough Guide the Psychedelic Bollywood
Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove
Battle Recordings Curates
Non Violent Femmes
Earache Presents Masters of Misery
The Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra
Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia
In The Wall
Filth
The Bronx Warriors
The Perfume of the lady in black
The Degredation of Emanuelle
The Terminator
King King
Wall of Dolls

Box Sets
REM
Spacemen 3
ESG
LCD Soundsystem
Dinosaur JR
Dead Kennedys
The Space Project
Soundgarden
Ed Banger Records
Songs Ohia
The Action
The Creation
Xtra Mile Recordings
Musically Yours Pressure Sounds Presents
Sex Pistols
Bolan at the BBC

Singles:
Loads!
Anne Briggs
Strypes
Marianne Faithfull
Tremblin Bells
Twin Atlantic
Deep Purple
Ronnie Lane
M/O
Shocking Blue
Link Wray
Rolling Stones
Strypes
Stranglers
Specials
PSB

AND LOADS MORE

We don’t have the One Direction single, The Boss or the Ghostbusters single. Everything else we should have we have.

There’s also a box that hasn’t arrived yet. -The box from this company arrived at midday last year.

Must dash.
See you tomorrow!

Oh these won’t make it to shops in time:
Paramore 7″
Asgeir – Here It Comes – 7″
The Exit – The Exit EP – 7″
Poison Idea – Getting The Fear – 7″
Otis Clay – I Can’t Take It – LP
Cuz (Mike Watt & Sam From Go Team) – Tametebako – LP
Roddy Frame – Surf – LP
Hawkwind – Church Of Hawkwind – 2LP
Motorhead – Motorhead – 2LP
Neil Young – Cow Palace 1986 – 3LP
Various Artists – Bad Vibrations Presents: Live At Bad Vibes #1 – LP

Record Store Day 2014 Edinburgh

It’s that time of year again. It’s the run up to Record Store Day!

The list has been out for a wee while and there are more releases than ever before. A staggering 600 or so, ranging from the terribly exciting to the wow, that’s crazy! The VoxBox orders are finally in and I’m pleased to say we’ll have more different titles than in our past two record Store Days combined. That’s a whole lotta of stuff!

The shop will open at 9.30am and we will be crowded with RSD releases, as well as our usual selection of the best new and used records. A real vinyl paradise.

At 12 noon at a venue very close by we have Simon Goddard in a Q&A with Ian Rankin about Simon’s new book, Simply Thrilled: The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records which is released to record shops exclusively that day (before being released to Waterstones etc).

From 12.30 till 6pm we’re bringing you some of the very best bands from Edinburgh and beyond:
STANLEY ODD (have an official RSD release)
TUFF LOVE (have new EP out on Lost Map Records)
LAW (is simply fantastic)
BOOK GROUP (have some vinyl out)
THE PICTISH TRAIL (is always out and about)
BROKEN RECORDS (are back!)
YUSUF AZAK (New album out soon)
Our Born To Be Honey exhibition continues and features photos of Stanley Odd, Tuff Love and LAW.

This is all free entry and also open to children (accompanied by an adult).

Last year was a fantastic celebration and we are going bigger and better this year as we approach our 3rd anniversary in the music business.

We are celebrating what we love. A wide selection of music, the vinyl format, the grass roots record industry, the local bands and record labels as well as our fantastic regular customers that give our shop such a positive feel and of course our wonderful street.

SIMON GODDARD & IAN RANKIN Q&A
Simon’s new book is released by Random House on Record Store Day. Come down and hear them discuss all things Postcard, arguably Scotland’s favourite and the original modern indie record label. (featuring Josef K, Orange Juice and Aztec Camera). You’ll be able to pick up a book and have it signed by the author.

Simply Thrilled
Simply Thrilled; The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records

 

Here is a bit more about the bands:

TUFF LOVE
http://reallytufflove.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ReallyTuffLove

LAW
http://www.lawholt.com/

STANLEY ODD
http://stanleyodd.com/

BOOK GROUP
http://gerrylovesrecords.com/artist/book-group/
http://bookgroup.bandcamp.com/

THE PICTISH TRAIL
http://thepictishtrail.com/

BROKEN RECORDS

http://brokenrecordsband.com/

YUSUF AZAK

http://gerrylovesrecords.com/release/loves015/

http://yusufazak.bandcamp.com/

So there you go. I’m looking forward to this! A list of RSD records will be provided on the day and posted on the blog as soon as I find out what has been allocated to us. (hopefully soon). It’s not about the records really though. Right?

Check here for updates too:
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/280140585479899/
Twitter: @voxboxmusic

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