Maybe at At 3:33pm on 13th October, stop what you’re doing, sit back, relax and play an album of choice in full from start to finish. It could be rejoicing in your favourite album of all-time or selecting an album you’ve never heard before.

We want to see what your ultimate National Album Day album of choice is – let us know by using the hashtag #NationalAlbumDay and handle @AlbumDayUK and @rockshotmaga #rockshotmag

National Album Day: Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins

National Album Day: Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins

Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins; the album that gave me the power to get through my teenage chaos years and forever find other ‘Pumpkin heads’ in life, making life long friends out of them. Back from the times when you actually listened to an entire album, from...

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National Album Day: Bad by Michael Jackson

National Album Day: Bad by Michael Jackson

Bad was the very first album that I have a conscious memory of wanting to absorb in its entirety in the way that seems trivial these days; pouring over the fold out album booklet from my father’s cassette tape and consuming the videos on television over and over...

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National Album Day: Solid Air by John Martin

National Album Day: Solid Air by John Martin

Solid Air is an album that had me hooked from the opening few seconds on first listen. For me, John Martyn is (was) one of the finest songwriters out there. The way he captures raw emotion is staggering and songs like May You Never, Over The Hill and the title track...

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National Album Day: Achtung Baby by U2

National Album Day: Achtung Baby by U2

Yes, The Joshua Tree has the bigger hits, but U2's seventh studio album is a far more interesting prospect. Dark, tortured, experimental, it's the sound of a band who were trying to find their way, just a few years after Time magazine had called them "Rock's hottest...

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National Album Day: Moving Pictures by Rush

National Album Day: Moving Pictures by Rush

In 1987, I was nineteen years old (please don’t work it out). On a warm summer’s night and after an extremely alcoholic trip out, my friend Stuart James put on Moving Pictures by Rush. I didn’t know what it was and I’d not really heard much Rush to that point. I had...

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National Album Day: Low Slung Town by Beef

National Album Day: Low Slung Town by Beef

I have never met another person who owns this album, which is a terrible shame because it is one of the few albums from 1990 I still play from start to finish without cherry picking tracks. Beef, (not to be confused with a different band with the same name who started...

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National Album Day: Let It Bleed by Rolling Stones

National Album Day: Let It Bleed by Rolling Stones

The one album that I could not live without is Let It Bleed by Rolling Stones. When I first became interested in music Glam Rock was at it's height. I was surrounded by Ballroom Blitz-es and New York Groove's. I was being urged to Bang A Gong and even try a Glass Of...

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National Album Day: Nevermind by Nirvana

National Album Day: Nevermind by Nirvana

When someone asks me about my musical inspirations first to mind comes The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, AC/DC, Janis Joplin, and Nirvana to name just a few. But if anybody wants to know the album that changed my entire life and made me who I am now, that has to be...

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National Album Day: Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan

National Album Day: Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan

Blood On The Tracks is an album for every season. I first heard it as a teenager and it seems as deeply intriguing, as powerfully emotional and as satisfyingly comforting to me today as it did back then. Hilarious and tragic, soothing and bitter, lonely and redeemed,...

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National Album Day: Violent Femmes

National Album Day: Violent Femmes

  I first caught wind of the Violent Femmes six years after the release of their debut album, at the tender age of 14. Followed in quick succession by Hallowed Ground and 3, the Violent Femmes’ self titled album speaks to a younger audience, with the consequent...

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Lili Trifilio

Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio Heads To Camden

Lili Trifilio of Chicago-based outfit Beach Bunny has announced a one-off solo headline show at London's Camden...
James Bay @ Hammersmith Apollo (Kalpesh Patel)

James Bay Takes A Leap

Hitchin-hailing, multi-platinum, singer-songwriter and guitarist James Bay has announced his long-awaited third studio...
Larkin Poe @ Islington Assembly Hall (Kalpesh Patel)

Larkin Poe Cast A Bad Spell

Larkin Poe – the GRAMMY Award-nominated duo that consists of Georgia-bred, Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist...
The Luka State - Rob Blackham

The Luka State Won’t Let You Bring Us Down With Latest Single

Having made a ferocious statement of intent with the supercharged single Oxygen Thief, The Luka State today ignite a...
Paolo Nutini

Paolo Nutini Returns With New Music And Live Shows

Scottish musician Paolo Nutini has announced a UK and European tour to accompany his recently announced fourth studio...

Sinkhole – The Dynamic Return of Keith M Thomson

Keith M Thomson, frontman and songwriter for the rollickingly enjoyable cult favourites The Penny Black Remedy, is...
Muse Strip Back To Basics For Hammersmith Apollo Show

Muse Strip Back To Basics For Hammersmith Apollo Show

British Stadium rock trio Muse brought it all to the first of two nights at the comparatively tiny Hammersmith Apollo in support of War Child and Médecins Sans Frontières and their current and on-going humanitarian work in Ukraine. The Devon-hailing group, more often seen amongst themed oversized props at stadium headline shows or topping the bill at any festival around the world went without the theatrics for a stripped-back run-through of hits, rarities and cuts from their forthcoming ninth studio album Will Of The People.

Paolo Nutini

Paolo Nutini Announces Run of Intimate Shows

After a massive seven-year break from touring in England, Scottish pop-rocker Paolo Nutini has announced a run of...
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