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A long list of record premieres and events scattered throughout Italy. Record Store Day, a highly anticipated appointment by music enthusiasts and vinyl collectors, has finally arrived and is celebrated on Saturday 22 April, with special releases and events in various Italian cities. 2023 marks the first tenth anniversary of the Italian edition of Record Store Day, which is now joined by 230 independent record stores. Record Store Day was born in 2007 in the United States, for years it has been the most attended music festival in the world in a single day.
From Mina to John Lennon
Among the most anticipated releases there are certainly I love you like crazyMina’s unreleased album for PDU Music, the boxset of Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon, tells of nine white vinyl EPs, exclusive postcards, posters, stickers and booklets, Naples by Simple Minds, for the first time available on vinyl as well as Wake Up and Smell the Coffee of the Cranberries. Also eagerly awaited The Catherine Wheel, a funk work composed by David Byrne for dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp with a band that also includes Bernie Worrell and Brian Eno; the live Shows of the Cure, in an edition personally edited by Robert Smith, e Give Away of Pearl Jam. Also among the unmissable publications Laughing With Liza – The Vocalion and Dream Singles by David Bowie, 7 vinyl boxset.
To celebrate various anniversaries come Carnival Rioa collection of remixes celebrating 40 years of Rio by Druan Duran, an EP by War by U2 with previously unreleased versions of Sunday Bloody Sunday And Two Hearts Beat As One. Come back too Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player by Elton John, 50 as On The Corner by Miles Davis, celebrated with the album of outtakes Turnaround: Rare Miles from On The Corner Sessions by Miles Davis. The complete list of releases can be consulted at this link.
EVENTS IN ITALY
Not only outings, but also events throughout the country.
In Como, organized by Alta Fedeltà at the Officina della Musica, the party begins on Thursday 20 with Garbo for Nel Vuoto, an unreleased disc out in a special edition for Record Store Day. The singer-songwriter will be the protagonist of a meeting with the audience moderated by the journalist Alessio Brunialti.
In Florence, in the new wave cradle of Contempo Records, The Metal Machine is available, a tribute to Kraftwerk by Dish Is Nein, a band born from the ashes of Disciplinatha, released by the historic store’s record label. Vinyl will be available on Saturday at a special price while the day after Cristiano Santini will meet the fans as a DJ. At MoveOn, sounds close to Ninja Tune and Mr.Scruff’s productions characterize the dj sets of Biga, Mirko Casalini, Mystic Valley, Shaka, Kimbo with live painting by ATW Collective and Colla Colla Colla.
In Milan, at the Reverend, Greta Carraro presents the book Storia Di Una Pantera by Alberto Zanini. A novel about civil rights movements in America, in the background a DJ set between soul and funk vinyls by the same author. Psycho’s day was rockier, between space (Da Captain Trips), cinematic songwriting (Luca Olivieri/Andrea Zampieri), blues’n’roll (One Horse Band), shoegaze psych (swan*seas), songwriting (Max Forleo) and psych/trip hop (Pinhdar).
At SEMM in Bologna, the stronghold of Best Art Vinyl Italia, the best Italian record cover of 2022 is crowned, while the vinyls are spinning in the window with DJ Nero, Daniele Rumore, Frank Agrario, Paolo Scotti, Laura Gramuglia, Fausto Longhi and Alfredo Reni . Also available is the poster created by the illustrator Massimo Pasca, also printed on a shopping bag.
From Joe Vinyle Store, in Parma, in the afternoon dj sets by Relight Orchestra and DJ Rocca with the other artists involved in Hot Jam, disco-funk album by Joe Vinyle with Joe Mangione, including Danny Losito (voice of Double Dee), Carol Jiani and Melvin Travis. In the evening, the concert at the Bread Lounge Bar in the central Piazza Garibaldi and an “only funky music” DJ set by Joe Vinyle. In the same city, Vinylistic organizes Soul2Soul da CUBO with Antonio Bacciocchi, journalist and author of books on the various forms of black music, followed by DJ sets.
Bassano del Grappa
In Bassano del Grappa (VI), at Pick Up the dj set by Giorgio Valletta, co-founder of the historic Turin club night Xplosiva, Club To Club, signature of Rumore and host on Radio Raheem, takes center stage, while in Imperia at TuttoMusica rock’n ‘roll and northern soul with a dj set of only 45s by Mr. Slavo. Two initiatives have been organized by Disco Più of Rimini, the Mecca of DJ’s and vinyl enthusiasts on the Romagna Riviera. In the shop a console available to customers, after closing everyone at the Ceccarini Cafè in Riccione for Prima Donna Lounge and a line up of dj’s led by Roberta Onirika.
Double appointment in Lucca, from Sky Stone and Songs. On the 22nd with the DJ set by Markeno while the day after Giovanni Toscano, singer-songwriter, writer and actor from Pisa, in the shop to sign copies of the debut Arrogantissimo (LaTarma/Warner). In Pisa, at Sanantonio 42, between funk/hip hop vinyls and streetwear, the dj booth is manned by Debra, Federico F, Bud Lee, Keto b2b Vigile.
At PunkFunk in Palermo, the party also extends to the space outside the shop and until late in the evening. Alessio Ye Olde Man, Vicio Alotta and Pinello behind the turntables, the live garage of the Italians Bea Bea Sea and to close a dj set by Franz Barcella, released with an unreleased single by Deniz Tek’s band (Birdman) on his Wild Honey Records .
From Disco Laziale, in Rome in the hi-fi room listening to the Record Store Day vinyls with the latest JBL and Pro-Ject news, in Foligno (PG) at the Spazio Astra, a former cinema adapted to a multipurpose place with a wine bar, starring the dj set by Bönf, a stage available to customers instead in Lecco at Discoshop.
In Salerno, from Disclan the DJ sets of Monica Romei and Paolo Caravano and the live of the Nevermind Grunge Band, while in Naples from Fonoteca al Vomero open DJ console and a surprise showcase. In Taranto, Vinyl Zone and Mexico 70 join forces for 12H No Stop From Noon To Midnight. A showcase with the new Nea Music Inside analogue mixers tested by dj’s Cristian Rot Dervisci, Hybrid Set with Sugar Leaves live.
Radio Capital, the initiative’s official radio, will dedicate some special appointments to the Record Store Day on the schedule for Saturday 22 April.