Record Store Day 2016 – Mew

On record store day 2016 number 1 on my list of things to pick up was by Mew,titled “And The Glass handed Kites”. The first store I went to didn’t have it, the second did, but they sold it straight away, so I had a 50:50 chance and blew it. I then had a look around Ebay and it was in the region of £90 on there. I’ve mentioned before that this is one of the failings of RSD, there are a lot of people who buy just to immediately sell at inflated prices thereby not rewarding the loyal customers who frequent the stores throughout the year.

In football, tickets to certain games are difficult to come by if you support one of the larger clubs, so many have a system in place whereby if you have bought a specific number of tickets for other games during the season you receive priority ticket allocation for the big games. A similar system might well be the answer for RSD. Buy something from the store at least averaging once a month between RSD days and you get let in an hour early perhaps, or for an hour the night before, or perhaps some other deal to reward the loyal customers. I can see flaws in this system as well as it then alienates the casual customer, who are potential future regular customers. Perhaps certain releases, not all, are available to regular customers first, so that at least there is some kind of loyalty factor in play.

I don’t have a definitive answer, but there must be one!

This is not why I started writing this though. Having missed out on the Mew album, and not being prepared to pay extortionate amounts for it I thought I’d have a scout around and see if I could pick up a different album to satiate my thirst for Mew. I have the album ‘+-‘, which I’ve really only just started to like, but that’s all. I had a quick look on Amazon and to my surprise, there it was, at a standard price. I ordered it, half expecting to receive an e-mail to tell me there had been a mistake of some kind, or for a CD to turn up instead of vinyl, but there wasn’t, and it didn’t, to my delight it turned up this morning.

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No. Title Length
1. “Circuitry of the Wolf” 2:45
2. “Chinaberry Tree” 3:33
3. “Why Are You Looking Grave?” (features vocals by J Mascis) 3:50
4. “Fox Cub” 1:15
5. “Apocalypso” 4:46
6. “Special” 3:12
7. “The Zookeeper’s Boy” 4:43
8. “A Dark Design” 3:29
9. “Saviours of Jazz Ballet” (+ hidden instrumental: “Fear Me, December”) 3:18
10. “An Envoy to the Open Fields” (features vocals by J Mascis) 3:40
11. “Small Ambulance” 1:05
12. “The Seething Rain Weeps for You” (+ hidden instrumental: “Uda Pruda”) 4:18
13. “White Lips Kissed” 6:45
14. “Louise Louisa” 7:20

The album was released in 2005, their fourth release, and it was well received, being likened to Sigur Rós, Dinosaur Jr. and Ride. Some consider it a concept album and it has also been described as Prog Rock, I’d agree with the former but not so much the latter. All I can say for sure is that it is a great listen and I’m genuinely delighted to have my own copy.

 

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