Record Store Day 2014 – Chuck D named as RSD AmbassadorPublic Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been named as the Record Store Day Ambassador for 2014.

This year Record Store Day falls on Saturday 19th April – Easter weekend; no doubt a slew of releases will be announced…in the meantime we have been informed of a few rumoured releases including 7″s from;

The Inspiral Carpets, Ladytron, and Section 25, a 10″ from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and an album from The Inspiral Carpets as well as selection of albums from Psychic TV.

Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2014 will see the seventh celebration of the UK’s unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ’s, in store quizzes and many other events.s been names as the RSD Ambassador 2014.

Chuck D made the following announcement after his appointment was confirmed;

“Over 27 years and 93 countries visited, as a professional lead vocalist of the RAP group Public Enemy, I don’t go 1 single day without emphasizing that the genre of hip-hop is spawned from DJ culture. The founding members of Public Enemy were, and still are, DJs. The tool and fuel for DJs has forever been recordings. And where these recordings have long connected, with pros and fans alike, has simply been The Record Store, the connection point of listener and the recording.”

The introduction of the available recording to the public had opened and webbed the sounds of the world across the planet long before the www. It has been influential to the creators of so many of the greatest recordings as well, sort of a second rite of passage after the live radio or TV performance. Motown’s Berry Gordy had a record store, Elektra founder Jac Holzman had a record store, the STAX label had their Satellite Record Shop right next to their studio. Keith Richards opens a conversation with Mick Jagger as teenagers on a UK train platform because he had a stack of hot blues records in his arms after leaving a shop. Well you should have an idea of what I’m saying here.

The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves. It both complemented and supplemented the radio, in fact the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.

Do not get me wrong, I am a fan of technology, but I am a bigger fan of the music. I used to be a big fan of the industry of music when like sport at least offered a seemingly fair field of play, no matter where one came from. Upon the growth of Hip Hop through vinyl-cassette-Cd-MP3 I long wanted, and advised, many Record Stores ways to adapt to surviving the ICE AGE. Like last year’s Record Day Ambassador, the great Jack White, I concur with his view that people want to gather, share thoughts, and suggest music. There’s few musical events more exciting than Record Store performances, whether it’s Grimeys In Nashville, Criminal Records in ATL or Rough Trade in London. I’ve long thought The Record Store tour circuit is so necessary and rewarding.

In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014. With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It’s worth a great try, let’s do this…

Chuck D

Release details are now coming in Record Store Day 2014 – those that have particularly caught our eye are;

Adam And The Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox (Blueblack Hussar) White vinyl LP + poster art
Art of Noise – Live at the End of a Century (Salvo Music) LP picture disc

Marc Bolan – BBC – Electric Sevens 2 (UMC) 4 x 7″
Boz Boorer (Morrissey/The Polecats) – Comic Book Nightmare / Slippery Forces Christopher Chaplin Remix (Downtown Sound) 7″ numbered, purple vinyl. Strictly limited to 500 numbered copies.
David Bowie – Rock n Roll Suicide (Parlophone) 7″ picture disc
Tim Burgess – Oh Men (OGenesis) 7″ & 12″

Carter Tutti – Remix Chris & Cosey (CTI) CD
Clutch/Lionize – Run John Barleycorn Run/Ether Madness (Weathermaker) 7″

Dead Kennedys – Original Singles Collection 1979-1982 (Manifesto) Seven 7″ black vinyl single box set, containing all the singles 1979-1982
Devo – Butch Devo and the Sundance Gig (Wienerworld) Picture disc vinyl LP and DVD
Dinosaur Jr – Fossils Box (NUMERO GROUP) 5 X 7″ Box Set. Limited to 5000 copies.
Durutti Column, The – Chronicle LX:XL (Kookydisc) 2CD Deluxe Box

Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain (Weatherbox) LP pressed in blue vinyl

Fall, The – White Lightning (Secret) 180g translucent vinyl LP released specially for RSD 2014

John Foxx – Metamatic (Demon Records) Individually numbered Gatefold white LP.

Grant Hart – Every Everything and Some Something (Wienerworld) Previously unreleased doc on legendary Hüsker Dü drummer / singer/songwriter along with rare, limited vinyl pressing.

Inca Babies – Scatter EP (Black Lagoon) 12″ crystal clear vinyl

Inspiral Carpets – Dung 4 + The Cow EP (Cherry Red) Black vinyl 12″ + 7″ first ever full release for legendary self-released cassette only debut + debut EP

Joy Division – An Ideal for Living (Rhino UK) 12″ EP

Clint Mansell – Filth OST (3rd Party) Gatefold Heavy blue vinyl LP
Mazzy Star – I’m Less Here (Rhymes Of An Hour) 7″ blue vinyl

Pagans – What’s This Shit? 1977 / 1979 (Thermionic) LP
PIL – Death Disco / Warrior, US dance mix (UMC) 12″
Pogues, The – The Pogues with Joe Strummer Live in London (Rhino UK) 2 x 12” LP Red Vinyl
Psychic TV – Thee Fabulous feat Ov Flowering Light (Let Them Eat Vinyl) 2LP
Psychic TV – Hacienda (Let Them Eat Vinyl) 2LP
Psychic TV – Live At The Marquee (Let Them Eat Vinyl) 2LP

Ramones – Meltdown With The Ramones (Rhino) 10″ EP Pink Vinyl
Ringo Deathstarr – Gods Dream (Invada) Yellow vinyl LP + Download

Ruts, The – The Highest Energy Ruts Live (Ozit Dandelion) 180 gm LP purple vinyl Gatefold

Section 25 – Reflection, Young Image (Factory Benelux) 7″ orange vinyl, Limited edition of 500 copies
strong>Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (UMC) 7 x 7″ Box Set
Sonics / Mudhoney – Bad Bettie / I Like It Small (Muddy Roots) Limited 7″ on green splattered vinyl
Stranglers, The – Peaches (Rhino) 7″ green vinyl
Sun Ra – The Futuristic Sounds Of.. (Poppydisc) Orange marble coloured vinyl LP

UK Subs – Left For Dead (LET THEM EAT VINYL) 2LP

Wedding Present, The – EP 4 Can (Scopitones) 10″

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Plesse don’t buy: Fall, The – White Lightning (Secret) 180g translucent vinyl LP as it is an unofficial release not endorsed by the group and what the label are doing is illegal and fraud according to a group spokesman. httpss://


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