Last Saturday was the annual edition of Record Store Day. Record Store Day was founded back in 2007 as a day to celebrate the art of music. It is now celebrated all over the world, including Belgium. Festivities on Record Store Day include artists performing at various locations and the issuing of limited edition vinyl and CD releases. To mark this year’s Record Store Day, Belgian band The Van Jets released a limited edition vinyl of their hit song Broken Bones. To accompany the release, they played a short 15-minute set at the Vooruit in Ghent on Record Store Day. Only 200 numbered copies of this vinyl are available and number 59 is displayed in my living room as of Saturday. The band happily signed the vinyl for the occasion (check those signatures!) and also “scarred” all 200 vinyl sleeves themselves. If you want to know how The Van Jets interpret this scarring for life, check their Facebook for a video of the Broken Bones vinyl assembly line.
Fall traditionally brings us new tunes. The haul this year has been quite impressive and there’s still two months to go in 2012. I’ve had these three albums on repeat for the last couple of weeks. I already can’t wait for more new albums to be released but for now, The Van Jets’ Halo has a great chance to become my 2012-favorite. I’m already looking forward to their November 10th gig as they’ll be playing the full record live. Usually, artists select a couple of songs from the new album combined with their hit songs, but they chose to play an integral set of the album. Stay tuned for a blog post about their concert!