Vinyl lovers, get your wallets ready - the second edition of Record Store Day Pilipinas is happening this weekend at the UP Town Center!
A full day of live music, exclusive vinyl releases, and crate digging, Record Store Day Pilipinas 2018 promises to be one of the most diverse and exciting music events of the year. Aside from catering to your vinyl record needs, there will also be a bazaar focused on start-up businesses and a whole day free concert to accompany you on your journey to finding that vinyl record you just have to have! Headlining the free concert are Ely Buendia and The Itchyworms - plus performances from the likes of The Ransom Collective, Apartel, Farewell Fairweather, and more!
This annual event which started in 2007 aims to celebrate the independent music scene, especially the independently owned record stores and the culture behind it. In fact, various vinyl stores drop annual "special edition" releases to commemorate the event. Famous for bringing music lovers together, Record Store Day Pilipinas 2018 is presented by independent record label Offshore Music. We got the people behind the record label - vinyl collector Derick Villarino, drummer Pat Sarabia, and Filipino music legend Ely Buendia - to share with us their Top 3 Picks for Record Store Day.
DAVID AXELROD | SONG OF INNOCENCE
I like the track 'Holy Thursday' which is in this album. Plus the fact that I've been following Axelrod's production work of Cannonball Adderley's albums in the late sixties.
RHYE | BLOOD
I'm a big fan of Sade, and Rhye sounds almost like Sade.
CHAZ BUNDICK MEETS THE MATTSON 2 | STAR STUFF
I heard this album from my brother-in-law. It got me hooked immediately. The album is psychedelic rock infused with some jazzy tunes.
FRANK SINATRA | IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS
I recently realized that I play vinyl mainly during parties, so I'm stocking up on jazzy stuff, and I heard so many good things about this album, which showcases the Chairman at his creative peak.
PAUL SIMON | NEGOTIATIONS AND LOVE SONGS
There are some compilations that stand out as great albums in their own right (Al Green and America's Greatest Hits comps being two good examples) and I've been looking for a vinyl copy of this since someone gave me a CD back in college.
ELVIS PRESLEY | THE SEARCHER
I'm a massive Elvis fan and a sucker for boxed sets, so I'm excited for the HBO documentary and the music companion, which is gorgeously packaged.
MARNIE STERN | THIS IS IT AND I AM IT AND YOU ARE IT AND SO IS THAT
I first heard about Marnie Stern when I was in college. I was really into this niche of experimental math rock bands and was fascinated by Zach Hill's playing (drummer of Hella, Team Sleep, and now Death Grips) and found out he worked closely with Stern on her albums. When I heard ‘This is it …’, I was totally hooked on the sound these musicians were able to make. It's also interesting to point out that Stern only learned how to play guitar at 21 years old. I remember it made me feel that musical possibilities are really endless. ‘This is It…’ is crazy and wild and all over the place yet still so controlled and full of intention. It demands your full attention. I follow Stern on social media and saw her post that she'd be re-releasing this album this year on its 10th anniversary for Record Store Day ... I have to get it, somehow.
CRUMB | LOCKET
One of my favorite bands as of late, hailing from Brooklyn, New York. Come to think of it, a lot of my favorite bands and musicians are originated in New York, it really makes me think there's something in their water. Crumb is psych rock with jazz and soul elements. Intelligent movements and arrangements, yet still grounded - like you went over to a friend's house to hang and listen to their band jam.
KAMASI WASHINGTON | HARMONY OF DIFFERENCE
Kamasi Washington is something else. Pure feels on this one.
Record Store Day Pilipinas is happening on April 21, 2018 at the UP Town Center.
Record Store Day Pilipinas 2018 is brought to you by Offshore Music and co-presented by Satchmi, U.P. Town Center, and Tatstone Soundsystems. RSVP here.