I have some thoughts about Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent music shops taking place around the world on Saturday. But before that, here’s a roundup of Irish activity. If there’s anything to add, leave a comment below. Photo from Failte Ireland.

First up, a full list of records stores participating in Ireland and the list of special releases available worldwide which includes releases from Disclosure, Cut Copy, Little Dragon, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Devo, Conor Oberst, Haim, Chromeo and Villagers.


Elastic Witch closing party @ Twisted Pepper, Abbey Street (3pm)

15.30 Lisa O’Neill
16.15 Squarehead
17.00 David Kitt DJ
18.00 Skinny Wolves DJ
19.00 Girls Names
19.45 Skinny Wolves DJs
20.15 Twinkranes
21.15 Jape
22.00 Diamond Dagger
22.45 Elastic Witch DJs
23.15 I Am The Cosmos
12.00 to 01.00 Platimumray DJ
01.00 to 02.00 Kenny Hanlon DJ
02.00 to close Forza Italo DJs

Free in til 8pm. Shop open at 11am.

Record Store Day Party @ Tower Records, Dawson Street

1pm Join Me In The Pines
2pm Lucius
3pm SOAK
4pm Conor O’Brien
5pm Little Matador
6pm Lisa Hannigan

Food stalls and TXFM live broadcast.
(RSD Releases also in Eason’s, O’Connell Street) – 8am – all-day

Record Store Gay @ Outhouse, Capel Street

Kate’s Party, I Heart The Monster Hero, Patrick Kelleher, French Bird, The Late David Turpin, Gar Cox, Sleep Thieves, Lo Fires and many more. 12 – 6pm.

A celebration of diversity, mini music festival, poster exhibition and pop up music shop for International Record Store Day Saturday April 19th in aid of OUTHOUSE LGBT Community Resource Centre. A compilation of covers by the bands below for RSG will be available in Outhouse and local Record Shops. The mini music festival will continue later at PantiBar from 6pm – 10:30 on Capel St. Donations will be accepted towards Outhouse LGBT Community Resource Centre.

Schedule for Saturday:
12.30-Biggles Flys Again
1pm-Stephen Quinn (cafe)
2pm-Villagers (cafe)
2.30-Exploing Eyes
3pm-Gar Cox (cafe)
3.30-Hot Colossus
4pm-Lofires (cafe)
4.30-The Late David Turpin
5pm-Darren Yorke (cafe)
5.30-French Bird

At Pantibar:
7.15-Kate’s Party
8.45-Slap & Tickle
9.30-I Heart The Monster Hero
10pm The Panti Show


All-City Records RSD instore(Free)

All City DJs plus special guest in the shop.

Wingnut Records celebration @ Bello Bar, Portobello (9pm, €6)

No Spill Blood, The River Fane, Bouts and Bitch Falcon.
Gig to celebrate Wingnut’s latest shop in Musicmaker Dublin on Exchequer Street.

Tower presents Empire Records @ Lighthouse Cinema (10:30pm)

Arrive early in your best, grungiest gear for some ’90s themed-fun from 9pm on the night followed by a screening of Empire Records at 10:30pm.

The R.A.G.E./Record Spot

-9am opening
– 20% off all vinyl
– a record player to be given away for free to a random customer, every hour
– €200 worth of vouchers to be given out

Performing on Fade St:
10am – Dennis Cassidy Yacht Rock DJ Set – (Record Spot)
11am – DJ Ragharry – (Mixtapes From the Underground)
1pm – The Statics
2pm – Come on Live Long
3pm – Luke B. – MPC Set
4pm – Ben Bix & Feather
5pm – DJ Louis Scully (Discotekken)
6pm – DJ James Keating Set (Hip Drop)
7pm – DJ Liam Maher (Twin Dublin/Watermelon)


Sound Cellar
Spindizzy Records
Freebird Records


BBC Across the Line has you covered.


We Play Here zine launch/Weekender. Zine info.

Saturday @ Gulpd:
– Twin Lights // 7:30pm – 8:15pm
– Nativizm // 8:15pm – 9pm(ish)!
– Keep On Jumpin’//9:00pm(ish)

Record Store Day April 19:@ the TDC (Doors 9pm):
– The Shaker Hymn
– Paddy Hanna
– The Great Balloon Race

On Sunday, April 20, We Play Here presents:
– Croupier
– Carried By Waves
– The Careers

Tickets from €6 or €10 with a copy of We Play Here 2.
Weekend ticket €8 or €12 w/ WPH2

MDR label celebration @ The Pavilion (9pm, Free)

Meltybrains? + Band of Clouds. Free compilation CD for the first 50 attendees.


Instore @ Wingnut, Bell, Book & Candle on Sea Road @ 4.30pm.

Mynameisj0hn + God playing live.


Instore @ Wingnut Moviedrome, Henry St @ 2pm.

Windings, Fox Jaw, Mynameisj0hn + God playing live.


Rollercoaster Records

Instores with Kingston, Frankenstein Bolts and more.


Hive Gallery & Studios


Ben O’Neills 64 O’Connell Street, Dungarvan

Mellow Yellow Original Dansette vinyl playback. 6 Dozen customer made Vinyl topped cupcakes. Also – Gig sa Tigh @ Bainnlann.

Posted on April 17th, 2014


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Elastic Witch, the record shop run by Gib Cassidy for the last three years in Twisted Pepper is to close on Record Store Day Saturday April 19th.

But not for the reason you might think. Anyone who’s popped into shop in the last while might not have been greeted by Mr Cassidy and his lovely hair, because he’s been drumming with Girls Names for the last year and a bit. But his working life behind a record counter didn’t fit in with the lifestyle of touring drummer. It’s something he’s addressed on a Facebook page update.

When I’m away from the shop I find it increasingly difficult to run it as it should be run. I also have to pay people to work there in my absence. When I’m not around I end up spending more money than I’m taking in. I can’t really justify this anymore….

…If I was able to concentrate more on the shop I’d be able to keep it floating above the surface but I just don’t have the required time or money to invest in it at the moment.

Cassidy also cites other reasons including a change of direction in life and promises that Elastic Witch will release music as a label (It released the brilliant I Am The Cosmos album from last year) and occasional events when time feels right. He thanks all the customers as well as saying that the shop will close on Record Store Day (Cassidy is the latest in a line of people speaking out about RSD), on Saturday April 19th with an event celebrating the shop, with special stock and live bands playing on the day.

Update: Send Elastic Witch off in style with Jape, I Am The Cosmos, Twinkranes, Girls Names, Diamond Dagger and more from 3pm til late. Free in during the afternoon.

Remember that there are a good few record shops left. Continue to support them. They are doing a good service. You would miss them if they weren’t here.

I, for one, will miss the shop and another space to pop into when you’re in town for a chat with the man, a browse of records and a coffee. Here’s a song from the Cosmos release I got from Gib while it was open, which seems rather apt:


Our LGBT brothers and sisters are the focus of lots of attention at the moment, between retrograde homophobic attacks and the constitutional amendment to extend rights to same-sex couples. With important steps towards progress, there are still steps backwards. Being a young person is hard enough, being one who is seen as different from the majority is even harder. Which is why places like Outhouse are really important. The Capel Street centre in Dublin city offers support to the LGBT community. Last year 25,000 people visited the centre for advice.

Posted on April 17th, 2013


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Here’s a roundup of all the Record Store Day Ireland activity for April 20th so far. If you’ve anything to add, leave a comment below. Record Store Day is the opportunity to celebrate music and the places that facilitate not just the purchasing of music but the sharing of ideas and information, where friendships are made, where bands are formed, where music is played, where that song you’ve never heard before stops you in your tracks and you must know what it is. Record Store Day is about music people not limited edition exorbitantly priced 7″ singles. Show some love.

Posted on April 12th, 2013




Another Record Store Day release, this one. a selection of six covers of doo wop songs by Patrick Kelleher. Doo wop’s brand of pop relies heavy on vocal harmonies and Patrick’s voice is one up to the task. The ghost in the title also comes from his ability to add some haunting atmospheres to songs.  The originals are by The Bop Chords, Jimmy “Handyman” Jones, Rosie and the Originals, The Teen Queens , Eddie Cochran’s classic ‘Summertime Blues’, Rosie and the Originals

It’ll be released on Saturday on 50 hand numbered cassettes through Long Lost Records from Elastic Witch and the Record Store Gay pop-up shop. Or you can buy it now from Bandcamp.


Record Store Day takes place this Saturday 16th of April – it’s the day we celebrate and support our local independent record stores around the world and remember what’s so great about them no matter where we live. There will be live in-store performances, once-off compilations and limited releases.

Also worth a read is Ciaran Gaynor’s sentimental ode to record stores.

Here’s a roundup of selected releases and Irish events taking place on the day..


Posted on April 14th, 2011



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Conor O’ Brien aka Villagers was asked by Charlotte Gainsbourg last autumn to write her a song. Conor obliged and wrote ‘Memoir’ during a U.S. tour. It was recorded a week later by the duo together in Paris. It will get a 7″ release backed by ‘Set The Tigers Free’ (with artwork by Conor) on Saturday for Record Store Day. Stay tuned for a Record Store Day roundup.

Here’s a 90 second preview of the A-side and the B-side in full and watch Conor perform the song for Ceol Ar An Imeall after the you know what.

Villagers / Charlotte Gainsbourg – Record Store Day 7″ by DominoRecordCo

Posted on April 14th, 2011


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