Record Store Day – Saturday 16 April 2016

2016 marks the 9th year of Record Store Day around the world – it’s a celebration of the culture and communities of independently run record stores. We’ve done a blog post about some great vinyl-related stuff, and a booklist of records and record labels.

Here’s our listing of Christchurch events and stuff of interest to music lovers, vinylistas, and LPistos:

Canterbury Museum

Want to see how your LPs, and EPs get made? There will be a special vinyl record cutting event on Friday 15 April at 12pm at the Canterbury Museum as part of their Exhibition “Alternative Radio: RDU98.5FM since 1976”

James Meharry from In Real Life Vinyl Mastering records special RDU selections direct to disc in a unique performance. Cutting for RDU, each session will see a double A-side 7” selected by the music director, mastered and cut to vinyl live in a special custom studio built for the vinyl lathe.

Galaxy Records

On Saturday 16 April, Galaxy Records (next to the Darkroom in Tuam Street) will be hosting Mixtape Connection vs. The Rest Home Massive on Saturday! The Mixtape & Rest Home DJs battle it out at. There will be special Record Store Day releases & goodies! Featuring on the decks: Pinacolada Soundsystem, Dr. Hitchcock, Missy G & Skew-whiff. See the Facebook event for more info.

Galaxy Records - RSD 2015
Galaxy Records – RSD 2015

Penny Lane Records

Penny Lane Records are celebrating Record Store Day Saturday 16 AND Sunday 17 April by offering super duper discount deals.

Penny Lane, RSD 2015
Penny Lane, RSD 2015

Sadhana Surfboards

I recently stumbled across second-hand records at Sadhana Surfboards at the Tannery in Woolston. They are celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday 16th with Fraser Ross & the Felt Tips playing live instore at 1:00pm. DJs from 11:30am to 4:00pm.. Limited Edition 7″, 10″ & 12″ Record Store Day Releases!

Sadhana Surfboards

Get along and support record stores – and vinyl events – across Christchurch and New Zealand.

Bad Evil performing at Galaxy Records, RSD 2015
Bad Evil performing at Galaxy Records, RSD 2015

Upcoming music events in Christchurch

Anika Moa at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Anika Moa, who is performing music from her album Songs for Bubbas 2 at Slow Boat Records in Wellington for Record Store Day is making her way down to Christchurch on Friday 22nd April and 23rd April. Get along with your tamariki to the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre on Saturday 23 April 10:30am for her children’s concert.

NZ Music Month

Explore the NZ Music Month May events at libraries.

More on Record Store Day

Garry Knight of Penny Lane Records (in Sydenham and Eastgate Mall) says:

Record Store Day is all about celebrating the independent record store. Up against the big chains and online outlets it can be difficult to get exposure for the work that is done sourcing the hard to find product across all formats that people may not know we carry in store. Increasingly people want the tactile, flicking through bins to find treasures, experience. Retro items have become more interesting and desirable across a very broad age group, especially the vinyl records, and we are seeing a huge increase in younger people frequenting the stores again.

Dave Imlay, who runs Galaxy Records, thinks:

Record Store Day is a chance for music fans to get together in a record store, exchange ideas and share their love of music.

Southbound Records (Auckland) have produced a short video inside their shop expressing the enduring appeal of records and record shops and their love of the vinyl format. It features music by Delaney Davidson and Tami Neilson.

For more music, explore our page of music resources.

Kim, Shirley Library

Dancing through the dark

Book CoverIf you are related to, are friends of, live next door to, have your paper delivered by school age children, chances are you’ve been invited to attend a performance to celebrate the hard work they’ve put into their chosen pursuit this year.

Initially, I cringed at the thought of squeezing into a crowded auditorium packed with proud parents to spend two hours of precious Christmas planning time watching a show, but I seized the moment and went to one ballet and two jazz dance performances. And I’m so glad I did – it’s been enchanting.

The young people and the dance teachers of Christchurch have somehow achieved the impossible and brought a bit of magic to this battered city. Thanks guys. You’ve lifted my spirits. Three hearty Christmas cheers to you all!

Useful resources for dancers and dance-lovers:

Ngā Manu Tioriori tour

coverDuring New Zealand Music Month Ngā Manu Tioriori, the Christchurch City Council waiata group, are touring around some of our libraries to entertain you.

On Thursday the group will visit  South, Spreydon, Bishopdale, Redwood, Parklands, and New Brighton libraries.  If you are in these libraries between 9.30 and 1.oo we hope to see you!  Join in or just enjoy.

Want to read about Māori performing arts or listen to waiata? Try some music from the library, or check our books and online resources.

Buckle up for the buskers

CrowdIt’s a summer event that I always look forward to – no, not the sun-soaked road trip or the complete lack of lawn mowing – it’s the World Buskers Festival. There’s always something fantastic, and there’s so many performances that even if you try to miss it, you probably won’t.

One year I saw a fellow juggle an orange, a watermelon and a running chainsaw.  You never know what you’re going to get. Vinyl Burns (Kim Potter) looks a little like Les Patterson – but his act is, thankfully, vastly different.

There’s also that slight fear that the busker might choose you to be part of the act, or pick on your clothes or something.

With hundreds of shows, there’s no lack of choice – what will you see at the festival? And will you drop some coins in the hat or slink away just before the end?

A Puffin in the library

Lindon Puffin is one of those names that’s hard to forget.  It has a great ring to it and it’s totally unique, much like the man himself.  Lindon Puffin, for those who haven’t heard of him, is a local lad who calls Lyttelton home.  He’s been part of the Christchurch music scene for years, starting off in the glam rock band The Puffins, before starting a solo career and releasing Stuff Like That in 2003.  His music is described as  ‘a blend of heartfelt acoustic, country, rock and folk music,’ and his performances are always entertaining.

If you want to catch Lindon Puffin you can see him this Wednesday (12 May) with performances in Central Library at 12:30pm and the Christchurch Art Gallery from 7-8pm.   You can find out more about Lindon by reading his profile on the library website which also has links to his website and MySpace page.