The whole concept of Record Store Day is awesome and it’s great to have seen it grow and grow so much over the past few years. Downloading and ‘Spotifying’ music is so easy these days but record shops are a thing of beauty and should be celebrated as such! There’s just nothing quite like buying some music from a real store and reading the sleevenotes on the bus home.

Today I popped down to Banquet Records in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey to escape the queues and general grabby-grabbyness of Rough Trade on a day like today to see what was in-store (groan) and to get my filthy little mitts on some limited-edition vinyl.

The science bit: Record Store Day came about in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their uniqueness. The UK then followed and 2012 will see the fifth celebration of the UK’s independent music retail sector. Every year, there’s a whole library of limited-edition releases, artist collaborations and other bits made especially for the day, and a lot of stores do live appearances too.

I rocked up to Banquet in the early afternoon hoping for no queue but also hoping there was some stock left in the shop. The queue went around the block. Ouch. 45 minutes, a coffee and a load of patience later, we were allowed in.

Banquet had no copies of the Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes releases but by some miracle I got the third-to-last copy of The Cure.

I also picked up Feistodon (click to have a listen to this awesome collaboration between Mastodon and Feist), a covers set by Lissie, and THAT Bloc Party re-release of She’s Hearing Voices – one of my fave songs by the band who pretty much put Transgressive Records on the map.

What did you get?!

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