Steven Wilson marks Record Store Day with exclusive release
It’s Record Store Day today! And as part of the celebrations Steven Wilson has confirmed the release of an exclusive 12-inch picture disc single.
The release will feature the demo versions of two tracks from Wilson’s latest solo album The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) – the songs Luminol and The Watchmaker. These demo versions have never been available on vinyl before and will be pressed on a heavyweight (180g) picture disc.
This 12-incher will be strictly limited and only available from independent record stores that are participating in Record Store Day today (Saturday, April 20). More than 200 shops all across the UK are taking part. To find your nearest store, you can search by postcode/location or see the full list of participants at: http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/participating-stores
Please note, not every shop will stock every Record Store Day release, so it is advised to contact outlets in advance to check if they will be carrying the release you are interested in.
In further Record Store Day celebrations, Berwick Street in London’s Soho will be hosting a free mini music festival curated by independent record shop Sister Ray. The line-up includes Frank Turner, Wire, Gabrielle Aplin, Matthew E White, Smoke Fairies, Steve Mason and Brainiac 5. There will also be a screening of Last Shop Standing and signing/Q&A with author Graham Jones.
The Museum Of Soho will present a music history experience – plus there’ll be a ukulele troupe playing Oasis covers (Berwick Street being the location for Oasis’ album cover What’s the Story (Morning Glory)).
Paul Weller will be performing a show to just 300 people at Rough Trade East in London on Saturday evening. Weller said: “There’s so few record shops left that we should all treasure those remaining. I’m also looking forward to playing at Rough Trade East, it’s going to be loud and hot!”
Away from the capital Truck Store in Oxford has legendary indie pioneers the Wedding Present performing. Avalanche in Edinburgh have Glasvegas and Admiral Fallow lined up, and The Twang are playing Head in Leamington-Spa, just to name a few.
Go below to watch a live video of Steven Wilson’s The Watchmaker, captured in Neu-Isenberg, Germany last month by director Bernhard Baran.