A couple of weeks ago it was Record Store Day, an annual event celebrating independent record stores where a certain amount of special records are pressed.

Now this year was the first time in a while that I’ve taken part, mostly because there were quite a few records being released that I wanted. So, I thought it would be interesting to talk about my experiences this year and also let you know what I picked up.

The plan was simple. We were gonna get up really early and hit the queues. We had three venues in mind to scope out – 81 Renshaw, the Jacaranda Records Store and Probe Records, in that order.

Renshaw 81 Record Store Day Queue
Renshaw 81 Record Store Day Queue

So up at 6am we got into town and joined the queue at 81 Renshaw. We were soon joined by our friend Chris who cut the queue to join us – sorry everyone behind (I still feel bad really about that).

81 Renshaw - Meeting Chris, Record Store Day
81 Renshaw – Meeting Chris, Record Store Day

We were queueing for what I think was a few hours but we didn’t mind at all. Everyone in the queue were really friendly, chatting about what they were hoping to pick up and it was a godsend we were waiting inside the cafe as the weather wasn’t too good.

81 Renshaw Raffle Ticket Record Store Day
81 Renshaw Raffle Ticket Record Store Day

Everyone was handed a raffle ticket number so you could go off and get some food or a cup of tea from the cafe. I thought this was a nice thing to do and it also meant nobody could jump the queue late on. You were lucky Chris!

I really like 81 Renshaw, it’s a cool little cafe/record store/music venue – it has everything music lovers would want and even the music they were playing as we waited was ace. That reminds me, I need to go back and try their famous all day breakfasts sometime.

81 Renshaw Record Store Day
81 Renshaw Record Store Day

Anyway, we finally got the the end of the line ride and was able to go after our records. If you’re anything like me, this part is tense. I suddenly started freaking out when I couldn’t find everything I wanted but I needn’t have worried. There was no rush and we ended up with pretty much everything on our list… and more.

Jacaranda Record Store Day Liverpool
Jacaranda Record Store Day Liverpool

We then moved onto the Jacaranda Records Store. Now bear in mind I haven’t been the Jacaranda in ages since I stopped drinking many years ago, so I’ve only known it as pub. We were treated to free hotdogs before  heading upstairs where they now have a nifty little Record Store complete with listening booths which I thought were really ace! I didn’t buy anything from here but I think Chris did.

Probe Records Record Store Day Liverpool
Probe Records Record Store Day Liverpool

OK finally, we headed to Probe Records. There was a short queue still but it only took about ten minutes. Bear in mind we’d been out for about 4 or 5 hours at this point! I actually managed to pick up a couple of records I wanted in here and that was it, DONE.

Overall, spending Record Store Day in Liverpool was fantastic this year. I really hope there’s more goodies on the list next year so I can do it all again.

So what did I pick up?

The National – Boxer Live in Brussels
Mogwai – Ten Rapid
David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78)
Daughter – Music From Before the Storm
The Arcade Fire – EP
Blanck Mass – ‘Odd Scene / Shit Luck
Jónsi & Alex – All Animals
Alex Somers – Untitled

Let me know if you ventured out that day and if you managed to pick anything up.

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