His tastes are eclectic, ranging from Elton John to the Clash and from Kate Miller-Heidke to the Pixies, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Sydney and Canberra’s vinyl guru DJ Albo has been named this week as an ambassador for this year’s Record Store Day, which takes place around the world on April 20. The respected DJ, real name Anthony Albanese, is planning to do his bit for the cause, which celebrates the value of record stores in an age when a fair percentage of the community doesn’t know what they are. The federal member for Grayndler (another of his stage names) has promised to turn up in a record store on the day to lend his support and possibly to spin a few tunes. Other ambassadors for the Australian celebration are singers Robert Forster, Mark Gable (the Choirboys), hip-hop duo AB Original, singer and Rhythms magazine publisher Catherine Britt, Instagrammer Steve Kouta and muso, promoter, record company head honcho and DJ Nic Dalton. Record Store Day takes place in more than 30 countries and, apart from instore performances by artists and special giveaways, sparks the release or re-release of hundreds of records by established names as well as lesser-known independent artists. There are too many RSD specials to list here, but SD is hoping to get his hands on a gold vinyl copy of T. Rex’s Electric Warrior album, just for old times’ sake. I wonder if DJ Albo has that in his collection.
DJ Albo is in da house