After much discussion and deliberation in the shop we now have our end of year chart to present to you. It’s a top 40 of albums that we have enjoyed listening to this year and reflects the different musical tastes of all the staff who work at Crash. We hope you will find it interesting and perhaps even check out some of the albums that you may have missed. And then if you decide you would like to purchase something on the end of the year chart please call in and see us!
1) PARQUET COURTS – Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)
2) IDLES – Joy As An Act Of Resistance (Partisan)
3) SLEEP – The Sciences (Third Man)
4) TVAM – Psychic Data (Psychic Data)
5) SHAME – Songs Of Praise (Dead Oceans)
6) ORIELLES – Silver Dollar Moment (Heavenly)
7) B. C. CAMPLIGHT – Deportation Blues (Bella Union)
8) GOAT GIRL – Goat Girl (Rough Trade)
9) ARCTIC MONKEYS – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (Domino)
10) NILS FRAHM – All Melody (Erased Tapes)
11) BEAK – >>> (Invada)
12) LOW – Double Negative (Sub Pop)
13) TOMMY ’86 – Freedom To Obey (MTronic)
14) OH SEES – Smote Reverser (CastleFace)
15) SLAVES – Acts Of Fear And Love (Virgin / EMI)
16) ROLLING BLACKOUTS C.F. – Hopes Down (Sub Pop)
17) DANIEL AVERY – Song For Alpha (Phantasy)
18) BODEGA – Endless Scroll (What’s Your Rupture?)
19) DREAM WIFE – Dream Wife (Lucky Number)
20) JOHN GRANT – Love Is Magic (Bella Union)
21) ARCHITECTS – Holy Hell (Epitaph)
22) GEORGE FITZGERALD – All That Must Be (Double Six)
23) BOY AZOOGA – (One) (Two) (Kung Fu!) (Heavenly)
24) KAMASI WASHINGTON – Heaven & Earth (Young Turks)
25) MATTIEL – Mattiel (Heavenly)
26) FUCKED UP – Dose Your Dreams (Merge)
27) JON HOPKINS – Singularity (Domino)
28) HERE LIES MAN – You Will Know Nothing (RidingEasy)
29) COURTNEY BARNETT – Tell Me How.. (Marathon Artists)
30) PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS PIGS – King Of Cowards (Rocket)
31) KURT VILE – Bottle It In (Matador)
32) LET’S EAT GRANDMA – I’m All Ears (Transgressive)
33) KHRUANGBIN – Con El Mundo (Night Time Stories)
34) ALICE IN CHAINS – Rainier Fog (BMG)
35) LA LUZ – Floating Features (Hardly Art)
36) EELS – The Deconstruction (E Works)
37) CLOUD NOTHINGS – Last Building Burning (Wichita)
38) PRODIGY – No Tourists (Take Me To The Hospital)
39) JON SPENCER – Sings The Hits (In The Red)
40) DJANGO DJANGO – Marble Skies (Because Music)
Kaiser Chiefs have returned to their original label home, Polydor, with whom they released their first 4 albums and on Friday 30th November will be reissuing their debut “Employment” and follow up “Yours Truly, Angry Mob” on vinyl. Both albums have been unavailable on this format for many years.
We are now taking pre-orders for both of the above in the shop and online. Follow this link to order “Employment” and this one for “Yours Truly, Angry Mob”. Orders can either be posted out or collected from the shop.
Tickets for the band’s gig at Elland Road on Saturday 8th June are also available in the shop and online. We expect to receive the printed tickets in early December if you are wanting to give them as Christmas presents. Follow this link to order tickets.
The annual Record Store Day – Black Friday event takes place on Friday 23rd November and we will be stocking a selection of the limited editions and special releases that have been announced.
It’s primarily an event that takes place in the USA on the day after Thanksgiving, but some of the releases are shipped over to the UK.
The rules are similar to Record Store Day; you cannot pre-order or reserve anything on the list. It’s strictly over the counter sales on a first come first served basis. There are no restrictions on the number of different releases that can be purchased, but it’s a maximum of 1 on each title.
A full price list will be available very soon, but we will be stocking very limited quantities of releases from Weezer, Rage Against The Machine, Iggy & The Stooges, Bob Marley & The Wailers, U2, Ramones, Talking Heads, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, White Stripes, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa & Mothers Of Invention plus many more.
Please see a selection of releases below or view all of them in alphabetical order here
Any stock not sold on Friday 23rd November will be available on our website from Saturday 24th November.
Kate Bush will release remastered versions of her album catalogue on vinyl and CD in November. This is the first (and definitive) programme of remastering and includes the release of many rarities and cover versions on vinyl and CD for the first time.
The vinyl albums – all Kate’s studio work – will be released in 4 separate boxes, the first two on November 16 and the latter two on November 30. The CD boxes will be staggered on the same dates. The live album ‘Before The Dawn’ is included in CD Box 2 in its original mastered form.
The albums, many of which have been unavailable on vinyl for a decade, have been remastered by Kate and James Guthrie. Kate’s 10 studio albums are spread over 3 vinyl boxes, whilst the 4th box contains many rarities previously unavailable on vinyl, including a whole disc of cover versions. The total number of vinyl discs is 18.
We would advise pre-ordering on the box sets either in the shop or online as there is always the possibility that we will not be able to get any more stock after release date.
Here are the links: Box Set 1 Vinyl, Box Set 2 Vinyl, Box Set 3 Vinyl, Box Set 4 Vinyl, CD Box Set 1, CD Box Set 2.
The following albums will also be issued individually on CD and vinyl: The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming, Hounds Of Love, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes, Aerial, Director’s Cut, 50 Words For Snow.
I’m sure quite a few of you reading this will have been at one of the 2 album launch gigs we hosted at the Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 22nd September for “The Blue Hour” by Suede.
Between the performances we called backstage and asked all band members to sign 5 promotional posters (all 30″ x 20″ in size) for their new album which we could then auction off for our chosen charity, St. Gemma’s Hospice and they happily agreed to do this.
The first of these is now up on eBay and we will be adding the other 4 during the course of this week.
If you’re a Suede fan or know someone that is these posters would look great framed up.
Here’s the link to the first of the auctions. We will post links to the other 4 on our social media platforms as we go through the week.
Late 2018 will mark the 40th anniversary of Bauhaus. To celebrate, Beggars Arkive is reissuing six records from the band’s catalogue on limited edition coloured vinyl.
Formed in 1978, The legendary and hugely influential quartet hailed from Northampton, England and is comprised of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. The dark, dramatic music that they made, possessed far more force, variety and playfulness than the “founding fathers of goth” tag that is always attached to them.
Bauhaus’ landmark debut album, In the Flat Field, came out towards the end of 4AD’s first eventful year. Following the plan at the time, the band then “moved upstairs” to Beggars Banquet, for whom they cut three further albums before dissolving in 1983. They charted with their cover of David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”, they’ve been and namechecked by everyone from Nine Inch Nails, Sepultura, Janes Addiction, MGMT, Interpol, Bjork, Nirvana and more. They remain a huge cult concern, periodically reforming to wow their legions of dedicated followers.
On 26th October “In The Flat Field” (bronze) and “Mask” (yellow) are released.
Followed by “Press Eject And Give Me The Tape” (white) and “The Sky’s Gone Out” (violet)
The last of the 6 coloured vinyl reissues come out on 7th December when “Crackle” (ruby) and “Burning From The Inside” (blue) go on sale.
They are all available to pre-order now in the shop and online.
There is also a 12″ of “The Bela Session” coming out on 23rd November. This is a 5 track 12″ single which includes a 50 x 50cm poster of the cover artwork.
Please follow the links for further information on all of the above.
We are very happy to announce that we are part of DINKED!
Dinked is a group of like-minded record retailers across the UK who have joined forces to bring you some very special limited edition album releases.
Dinked will be curating exclusive editions of key new releases as well as selectively chosen classics and archival material. More importantly, DINKED aims to operate all year round and not just one day a year – its aim is clear: to keep fans and collectors coming back to shops week in week out. We aim to work with artists and labels directly to deliver releases that are genuinely unique, highly desirable and really exciting.
Releases we can cohesively promote, shout about and expose to a new audience. DINKED isn’t just another colourway in a sea of variants. We want to give fans exclusive content, covers, prints and all manner of top-notch extras as a thank you for supporting our shops and the record labels we love.
And to Start here are the first 2 releases:
DINKED EXCLUSIVE 001
Kurt Vile – Bottle It In
Orange/Yellow Splatter in DIe Cut Sleeve – Limited to 800
DINKED EXCLUSIVE 002
John Carpenter – Halloween Soundtrack
On ‘Pumpkin Orange’ Vinyl with 12×12 Print (DINKED Exclusive)
These are both available to order in ths shop and online now. Please note there will often be very small quantities available and these will be sold on a first come first served basis.
19/09/18: WE HAVE NOW STOPPED TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION. WE WILL BE SIFTING THROUGH THE CVs DURING THE NEXT WEEK AND CREATING A SHORT LIST OF PEOPLE WE WOULD LIKE TO INTERVIEW. UNFORTUNATELY WE CANNOT INTERVIEW EVERYONE WHO APPLIES AS THERE JUST ISN’T THE TIME. PLEASE DON’T BE TOO DISAPPOINTED IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CHOSEN FOR AN INTERVIEW.
This week we say farewell to our part time member of staff Georgia who is going to Liverpool University.
She first came to us as a 15 year old on work experience, then we offered her a Saturday job which evolved into a part time position.
Georgia has been brilliant and is going to be a tough act to follow. Hopefully there is someone out there who can take on this daunting challenge!
So if you are hard working, reliable, intelligent and very enthusiastic about music then you could be the person we are looking for.
The position will probably be for 3 days a week, which will usually include Saturday as one of those days. Full training will be given and the job will involve working behind the counter, dealing with customers, processing stock and online orders, plus all the other day to day stuff that goes on in an independent record shop.
We are now accepting CVs that are delivered in person to the shop. Along with the CV we would like each applicant to present us with a separate hand written sheet of paper and on here we would like you to write the name of your 3 favourite records of all time (albums or single tracks) and the 3 artists or bands that would headline your perfect festival. Please do this in your own handwriting.
Please drop your CVs and hand written sheets of paper in to the shop between 9:30am and 6pm Monday to Saturday or between 11am and 4pm on Sunday.
Hopefully we will find someone who can match up to the high standards set by Georgia. No pressure!
We are very excited to share the news with you that Suede will be celebrating the release of their new album “The Blue Hour” by playing 2 exclusive live gigs at Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 22nd September which we will be hosting.
Pre-order an album and ticket bundle with us if you want to attend one of these very special intimate performances. One album on any format gets one ticket. Two albums on any format gets 2 tickets etc. The album is released on Friday 21st September.
Follow this ticket link and choose either the EARLY PERFORMANCE (Doors 5:30pm, band on stage 6pm) or the LATE PERFORMANCE (Doors 7:30pm, band on stage 8pm). They will both be full electric live gigs with a different set list for each performance.
The band have informed us that the early set will be *Bloodsports, Night Thoughts and the Blue Hour” and the second set “The Blue Hour plus Hits & Treats”
When ordering online please ensure you enter your correct email address so that we can confirm your order has been successful.
Customers can choose to either collect their album and ticket bundles from the shop on Friday 21st or Saturday 22nd September. Or go for the postage option, in which case tickets would be sent out a week before the launch gigs and albums posted out separately on new release date. There is NO collect at venue option available.
Full details of the events are in each of the product listings on our website.
Thank you to those who have pre-ordered the Slaves “Acts Of Fear And Love” album with us. We now have further details which we would please ask you to read very carefully.
The album is released on Friday 17th August and can be collected from the shop any time from 9:30am on that day. We will also be open from 9:30am until 6pm on Saturday.
The customer who made the purchase must come in to the shop on either of those days to collect their album(s) and wristband(s) for the event at Headrow House on Saturday 18th August. You will NOT be able to gain access to the venue without a wristband.
Doors for the album launch gig at Headrow House are at 8pm with the band on stage at 9pm. As previously advised this is an 18+ event. There will be no admittance to anyone who is under 18. Please contact us immediately if this will be an issue for you.
We have also just had it confirmed that Slaves will be signing albums in the shop from 6pm on Saturday 18th August and everyone is welcome to attend. Please note the band will ONLY be signing copies of their new album. We will be setting up a queue for this and will be allowing customers in to the shop on a first come first in basis. Please make sure you have already collected your album and wristband before you join the queue for the signing. If you are on this event page but haven’t ordered an album plus wristband you will be able to buy an album in the shop and join the queue to get it signed.
That should cover everything you need to know. We look forward to seeing you at the weekend.
We have another of our very popular free entry album launch gigs coming up soon. This time it is Spring King who will be playing a special Saturday afternoon album launch show for us in the events room at Headrow House on Saturday 1st September (Doors 2pm Band on stage at 2:30pm). The venue is situated directly behind the shop. They will also be signing copies of their album after the performance has finished.
This is a free entry gig but please note that space is very limited and priority for the gig and the signing afterwards will be given to people who pre-order the new album ‘A Better Life’ on any format from us either online (please follow the ticket link) or over the counter in the shop.
We will be issuing wristbands to all customers who pre-order the album with us and they will be guaranteed entry to the album launch gig and allowed in to the venue first. Any remaining space will then be filled up on a first come first served basis once all the customers with wristbands have gone in.
The album is released on Friday 31st August. When ordering please choose the collect at Crash option. Then you can either call in to the shop on Friday or Saturday for your album and wristband. One album purchase gets one wristband. Two albums on any format gets two wristbands. There is no collect at venue option. Please make sure you call in to the shop first for your album and wristband.
Please follow this link if you would like to pre-order the album and get guaranteed priority entry to the album launch gig.
Idles have a new album “Joy As An Act Of Resistance” coming out on Friday 31st August and we are a hosting a special FREE entry album launch gig/signing at The Wardrobe on Thursday 6th September (band on stage 1:15pm)
As always with these events we give priority entry to customers who pre-order an album with us and any spare space will then be allocated on the day on a first come first served basis.
If you order any of the formats with us (CD Album, Standard Vinyl LP or Deluxe Vinyl LP) you will be issued with 1 FREE ticket for the gig. If there is more than one of you then please order 2 copies of the album on any format and you will receive 2 tickets etc. Maximum quantity is 4 albums plus 4 tickets.
Tickets will be sent out in the post with albums to those who choose one of the shipping options. If you choose the collect at Crash option you can pick up your pre-ordered album plus ticket any time after 9:30am on Friday 31st August right up until 12 noon on Thursday 6th September. There will not be a collect at venue option. You must pick your ticket up from the shop before going to The Wardrobe on Thursday 6th September.
This is already looking likely to be a sell out, so we would advise customers to order as quickly as possible. A CD album with a FREE ticket for the album launch gig and signing afterwards is only £7.99. Please follow this link where all 3 formats are available to pre-order.
Bad Sounds will be playing a special album launch gig for us in the events room at Headrow House (directly behind the shop) on Tuesday 21st August (Doors 7pm Band on stage at 7:30pm).
They wil also be signing copies of their album after the performance has ended. This is a free entry gig but please note that space is very limited and priority for the gig and the signing afterwards will be given to people who pre-order the album ‘Get Better’ either in the shop or online.
CD Album £9.99 (includes 1 free invite to album launch gig)
Black Vinyl LP £18.99 (includes 1 free invite to album launch gig)
Limited RED Vinyl LP £20.99 (includes 1 free invite to album launch gig)
One album pre-order = One invite to the gig. This is an all ages event.
No tickets will be issued for this event. Everyone who pre-orders the album with us on either format will be added to the guest list. One album ordered gets one free invite. Two albums ordered gets two free invites etc. Pre-ordered albums can be collected from the shop any time from Friday 17th August. If you prefer to collect your purchase at Headrow House on the evening of the gig please choose the collect at venue option and it will be there waiting for you.
Two classic Japan albums; “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” and “Tin Drum” are being reissued on Friday 24th August as special Half Speed Mastered editions.
They have been mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road studios and both records have been cut using a specialist technique known as half-speed mastering.
This artisan process results in cuts that have superior high frequency response (treble) and solid and stable stereo images. In short, a very high quality master that helps to create a very high quality record.
In addition to this, both albums will be released as very limited edition double 45 rpm half-speed mastered edition. This is the ultimate for high quality reproduction as the faster the replay speed of the record, the higher the potential quality. Also, the shorter side times allow the level recorded to the master lacquer discs to be increased thereby improving the signal to noise ratio.
We expect to sell out of the double album 45 rpm editions and would advise pre-ordering if you don’t want to miss out. Follow this link for “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” and here for “Tin Drum”
We are an official ticket agent for Leeds Festival again this year and are now on sale with Weekend, Early Entry and Day tickets.
The Festival takes place at Bramham Park from Friday 24th until Sunday 26th August. Weekend tickets include camping allowing entry to the site from 3am on Thursday. Early Entry permits allow access to Bramham Park on Wednesday.
Orders can be made in the shop and online now, but printed tickets are not delivered to us until the start of August. Emails will be sent out when tickets are ready for collection. All customers must bring in the card used for the transaction plus some proof of ID. There is no postage option available for Leeds Festival tickets, it’s shop collection only.
Here is the link to order Leeds Festival tickets.