TOTD // 20/04 // Rough Trade

Published: April 20, 2017, words by Katie Thomas

Moving into the latter stages of our Record Store Day takeover, today it’s the turn of Rough Trade. Born of a vast, handpicked and personal collection of records amassed throughout his travels, Geoff Travis launched the original Ladbroke Grove store in 1976 with the label following in 1978. Since then, the Rough Trade organisation – which spans shops, label and distribution network – has flourished, near perished and then risen again from the (almost) ashes. Today there are four Rough Trade stores: West London, East London, Nottingham and New York. The label has released the likes of The Smiths, The Strokes, Cabaret Voltaire, and Arcade Fire and their present roster plays host to progressive artists such as ANOHNI, Dean Blunt, Pantha du Prince and Warpaint. Today we celebrate their vibrant history as Sam Jones, General Manager of Rough Trade East, selects his Tracks Of The Day.

Rough Trade was inspired by City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. The store actively encouraged curating a sociable atmosphere for shoppers, inviting them to spend time hanging out in the store as opposed to handing over money and leaving again. Rough Trade shares the same mantra; it’s an experience, not just a shop. Travis opened the store with an aim to turn his play into work; he bought a second hand Jamaican sound system and put his lovingly sought out records on the shelves.

It’s 10 years since the inaugural Record Store Day, and in this tenth national celebration of the independent record store, Rough Trade hosts all day events in both of their London sites this Saturday 22nd April. The West London store will be trading from 8am to 6pm with live performances from Nadine Khouri, Gilbert O’Sullivan and Taurus Trakker amongst others. Over in Shoreditch from 8am to 9pm, Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, Ibibio Sound Machine, David Rodigan, Flowdan and Powell are among the many guests during the day. Moving into the evening, Rough Trade East will see a DJ set from The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe and a live performance from The Black Angels, both artists who feature in Sam’s Record Store Day picks, below…

Check out the full Rough Trade East line up here.

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The Felice Brothers

Tonight At The Arizona

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The Felice Brothers’ first release turns ten this year. After a long stint of being unavailable on vinyl, it finally gets a yellow disc reissue. Tonight At The Arizona tells heartbreaking stories of drug deals gone awry, financial struggle and falling from grace. It includes stomping renditions of American classics like ‘Take This Hammer’ and ‘T for Texas’. The pop during ‘Hey Hey Revolver’ is actually the sound of lightning hitting the studio during recording. Left intentionally by the band, because lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice.”
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The Black Angels

Death Song

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The Black Angels go deeper and darker than ever before, seemingly fuelled by recent political events in America. That brooding, tribal Black Angels sound gets heavier on this, their first full length in four years. The Record Store Day version features glow in the dark discs, a black light cover and various other surprises. The Black Angels headline the bill at Rough Trade East on Record Store Day so come and hear this monolithic record live on the day.”
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The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Pol Pot's Pleasure Penthouse

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“These first ever BJM recordings were originally released on a limited 500 tape run in 1991. Since then there have been various (illegitimate) digital versions appearing online. Long sought after by fans, the recording’s finally getting a two disc, blue vinyl re-issue. These were recorded on a four track in Anton Newcombe’s home. While they are lo-fi, this should be considered a genuine BJM album. Anton Newcombe DJs at Rough Trade East this Saturday and we can’t wait to have him!”
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Various Artists

Southwest Side Story (Numero Records)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This collection of San Antonio soul from Numero is – like so many of their releases – the sonic equivalent of viewing a snapshot of a bygone place or time. This is the label’s answer to countless bootlegs featuring tracks from their catalogue. It’s great to see these now get a legitimate and high quality release. Limited to just 2000 copies on black vinyl. I’ll be spinning my copy on the shop stereo throughout the day.”

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