A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 5/24/19

Cardiff, UK | World’s oldest record store bans Morrissey sales over far-right support: ‘I only wished I’d done it sooner’ says owner of Spillers in Cardiff after singer’s backing of For Britain party. Spillers Records, the world’s oldest record shop, has banned Morrissey albums from sale. The shop in Cardiff made the decision due to Morrissey’s support for the far-right political party For Britain, including wearing a badge with the party’s logo when performing on a US talk show this month. “I’m saddened but ultimately not surprised that Spillers is unable to stock Morrissey’s releases any longer,” said the shop’s owner, Ashli Todd. “I only wished I’d done it sooner.”

Port Macquarie, AU | We Shall Overcome record signed by Martin Luther King found in Port Macquarie worth up to $25,000: A record, personally signed by assassinated civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is ‘a pretty rare find’ and could be worth up to $25,000. The 1961 released Folkways Record, ‘We Shall Overcome’, features songs by the Montgomery Gospel Trio and the Nashville Quartet with Guy Carawan. It is not unusual in itself, but the signature makes it hot property, according to Port Macquarie record store owner Travis Fredericks. The signatures featured on the album of King and human rights activist Bernard Lafayette are very special. “It’s not the record but the signatures on it that are so significant,” said Mr Fredericks. “These guys were obviously civil rights legends, King himself was the face of the civil rights movement. “It belongs in a museum really, as an important part of world history.

Marquette, MI | Vinyl Record takeover at Ore Dock Brewing Company: Another vinyl record show is coming to the Ore Dock Brewing Company. Northern Michigan University’s Vinyl Record Club is hosting their 21st semi-annual vinyl record show this weekend. Jon Teichman of the NMU Vinyl Record Club says there will be over 10,000 records to browse through and purchase, as well as plenty of cassettes, CDs, posters, and t-shirts. “Something for everybody,” says Teichman. “Everything from Abba to Zappa, blues, country, funk, classical, soundtracks, cassette tapes, CDs. Everything.” There will also be experts around to answer any question you have about records, record players, or if you just want to talk about music. The Ore Dock Vinyl Record Show starts Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and runs through May 27 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. There will also be live music performances all weekend long. It’s free and open to the public to attend.

Telluride, CO | Sunshine daydream: Every time I go to Tyler, Texas to visit family, I make time to frequent Sunshine Records. I never leave empty-handed. Packed to the brim with crate upon crate of used records redolent of grandma’s cellar, I lose track of time when I’m digging there. If members of my family are in tow, my visits are curtailed. I intuit when their boredom sets in and make my way to the cash register. Except there isn’t a cash register. It’s just the owner, Don, a cool dude, T-shirted and about my age, who disappears behind wobbling stacks of boxes and returns with my change. Sunshine is not a perfect record shop. I love it because I’ve found some absolute gems there, but when I visit, all I can think about is the shop’s massive potential. The things I’d get to work on are numerous, starting with Don’s irregular hours. He’s closed, it seems, more than he’s open.

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TVD Live Shots: Face the Music Benefit Concert with Garbage, The Jam Akler Band, and Richard Patrick at the Riviera Theatre, 5/20

Monday at The Riv was a special evening as the Face the Music Foundation held its first benefit concert with support from kmedia and Charity Bomb.

The event, which featured performances from Garbage, the Jam Alker Band, Slow Mass, and Richard Patrick of Filter, donated 100% of the proceeds to help Recovery Unplugged, a rehabilitation and treatment center whose mission is to provide hope and healing for individuals affected by addiction using the power of music.

It was a powerful night of performances culminating in a fantastic set of hits by Garbage; a night to remember in Chicago—and one for a good cause.

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TVD Radar: Daptone Records compilation Bad Education, Vol. 1: Soul Hits of Timmion Records in stores 7/19

VIA PRESS RELEASE | For the better part of 15 years Helsinki’s Timmion Records has released some of the most exciting soul sides happening today. To help spread the Timmion love, Daptone Records staffers and brass made a list of their favorite Timmion tracks from the past couple years. Presented here is Bad Education, Vol. I, the culmination of weeks of deliberation and infighting (mainly due to their unusually high batting average) – 10 tracks that best represent the eclectic wealth of soulful riches Timmion Records has to offer. The new compilation is out July 19 via Daptone Records.

Side 1 one gets cracking with “This is What Love Looks Like”, a mid-tempo, breezy dancer by NYC’s own Carlton Jumel Smith whose recent album, 1634 Lexington Ave, is poised to be one of the top Soul releases of 2019. Johnny Benavidez, the Texas-born, California-raised balladeer showcases his heartfelt falsetto with “Tell Me That You Love Me”—a beat ballad of the highest order, and a must for fans of Texas giants The Commands. Pratt & Moody, a vocal duo who have been making waves for sometime in their native Finland, serve up another heart-wrenching, head-bobbing ballad with “Lost, Lost, Lost.”

Picking up the tempo we have the undisputed queen of Finnish Soul, Miss Nicole Willis! The New York native is already a household name on the UK Northern Soul scene, but now it’s time for this expat to make some noise Stateside. Closing out the side we have the leather-clad-fringed flute phenom know as Ernie “Scorpio Man’ Hawks. The Scorpio Walk’s deep groove laced with murmuring fuzz bass and surf guitar rushes the listener like a maniacal villain in an art house spy movie.

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TVD Radar: Rock and Roll Stories: A Collection of Photographs by Lynn Goldsmith to open 6/7 at SF Art Exchange

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Rock and Roll Stories: A Collection of Photographs by Lynn Goldsmith is a breathtaking exhibition from one of the most prolific and diverse rock photographers of her generation, opening at San Francisco Art Exchange (458 Geary Street San Francisco, CA 94102 ) on June 7 and running through June 29. The collection will be shown alongside another Goldsmith collection: the premiere of her visionary new Imagine Series. Goldsmith will be on hand at the opening reception on the evening of June 8.

Rock and Roll Stories will showcase a diverse collection of 25 of Goldsmith’s rock photos, some rarely, if ever, seen before. Her Imagine Series comprises visionary/fantasy photo creations that incorporate various musical icons. Goldsmith says, “San Francisco Art Exchange has shown my photography for almost two decades. Beginning on June 8th, along with well-known images of icons I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the past 50 years, SFAE will premiere a new series of ‘Imagine’ photographs. Images of Dolly Parton as a Ringmaster, Cher as fairytale legend Thumbelina, Michael Jackson as Aladdin, The Eurythmics—Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart—as Cinderella and her footman, to name a few. These singular images are a collection of many photographs put together to create what appears to be a true moment in time. In fact, these moments don’t exist in real time or space.”

Kabrich says, “Lynn’s creative energy never ceases to amaze me. With a decades-long career, she has photographed some of the greatest performers in history. This is a feat that is praiseworthy on its own terms. That she was able to build such a historic archive of quality in the male-dominated worlds of rock and of photography makes her a rare and highly collectible artist. Aside from the institutional respect she has earned with works in the Smithsonian Institution, she continues to invent and explore new creative avenues as her Imagine Series demonstrates. That is why we are premiering some beautiful and fascinating photographs from this adventurous portfolio alongside works from her legendary body of work.”

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TVD Premiere: Genuine Leather, “Feel It” / “My Life Is In Your Hands”

Spearheaded by Austin-based song man Chris Galis, indie rock outfit Genuine Leather blend Texas barroom crunch with Beatlesque seventh chord bliss.

Originally formed as a studio project, Galis had to hustle up a sextet of Austin virtuosos once his debut tracks caught on with local promoters. 2 EPs, 3 LPs, and dozens of B-Sides later, the band is now releasing a retrospective of their work entitled 2011-2019 Demos, Singles and Live.

It’s a stunning album, full of little innovative garage rock nuggets that chart the creative trajectory of the band. Topping off the thoughtfully compiled collection is a pair of new, unreleased tracks that we are thrilled to premiere at TVD today.

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Graded on a Curve:
New in Stores for
May 2019, Part Four

Part four of the TVD Record Store Club’s look at the new and reissued releases—and more—presently in stores for May, 2019. Part one is here, part two is here, and part three is here.

BOOK PICK: Rachel Alina, Ashley Smestad Vélez and Birdie Busch, Locals // If You Swim Far Enough (Styles Upon Styles) Locals is a collaborative illustrated chapbook of narratively linked poems; the words are Alina’s, the black & white drawings rendered by Vélez, and it’s a treat of a quick read detailing the author’s youth/ early adulthood in and around her hometown of Ocean City, NJ and her loose apprenticeship as a recording engineer at Scullville Studios (she has subsequently mixed numerous releases on Styles Upon Styles). Alina’s poetry is vivid but direct, effectively relating her experiences, while Vélez’s illustrations, which remind me a bit (but just a bit) of R. Pettibon, enhance the poems (and the storyline of sorts) by expanding upon elements of the text in occasionally unexpected ways.

That is, Vélez is a fine illustrator and a little more. And as said, Locals worked for me as a fast read, but it doesn’t have to be that, and it’s the hope of Alina and the label that buyers will accompany these poems with Birdie Busch’s If You Swim Far Enough, a digital-only release (free with purchase of the book) described as Locals’ companion album (Alina and Busch struck up a friendship through Scullville). I can attest that combining text, drawings and songs is in this case a productive blend, but I’ll add that after a handful of standalone spins, Busch’s nine cuts (totaling a little over 25 minutes) stand up well on their own. Her sound hits the folk target right in the bullseye with no-nonsense verve that should please young and old alike. This strengthens an already sturdy fit with Alina’s words. A-/ A-

NEW RELEASE PICK: Luka Productions, Falaw (Sahel Sounds) Based in Bamako, Mali, Luka Guindo is Luka Productions, and this is his third full-length. Succinctly described as a leading producer in Malian hip-hop, Guindo has employed a highly productive approach in his own work by combining the tech-infused sound of the now with traditional Malian musics. His records feature organic instrumentation including ngoni, djembe, kora, and balafon. Falaw is no different, though it’s distinct in flavor from his prior effort, the “New Age” (Craig Leon-influenced) Fasokan; what’s clear is that Guindo’s creative engine is nowhere close to running low on gas. Falaw is loaded with diversity as it rolls, and if somebody cooked up a 25-minute extended 12-inch remix of “Indienfoli” I’d buy five copies. A-

Spiral Wave Nomads, S/T (Twin Lakes / Feeding Tube) It seems like only yesterday that I made the acquaintance of More Klementines, a psychedelically robust trio featuring drummer and Twin Lakes co-founder Michael Kiefer; that band’s self-titled debut, like this one, was a co-release with Feeding Tube. Spiral Wave Nomads are the duo of Kiefer, who’s also played in Myty Konkeror, Rivener, and No Line North, and Eric Hardiman of Burnt Hills and Century Plants. While Kiefer’s attention remains focused on the drums, Hardiman plays bass, sitar, and double tracks his main instrument, the guitar. This lends the record a full-band feel that’s lacking the unfocused spillage that can result from too many hands. This set is rock-edged but outbound (of course) and not too heavy. It’s never cheesy, not even the sitar. A-

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 5/23/19

Melbourne, AU | Vinyl records in Melbourne: An all-round celebration of all things great about vinyl. Record Store Day was happening in Melbourne on Saturday, April 13, where a whole clutch of Melbourne’s great record stores hosted a stack of some of Melbourne’s greatest bands celebrating the brilliance of our independent record store scene. Record stores participating included Off The Hip Records, Wax Museum Records, Easty Street Records, Greville Records, Paradise Records, Basement Discs, Wah Wah Records in Collingwood, Zia Records, Muscle Shoals Records. In the city, at Rocksteady Records, one of the highlights was the set performed by Batts performing songs from her debut album The Grand Tour. This is Batts’ debut album, and The Grand Tour utilises audio recordings from NASA spacecraft journeying through the solar system.

Withington, UK | Popular Withington music shop looks set to start serving booze – here’s what locals are saying: Wilderness Records opened on Egerton Crescent last month. Plans to serve alcohol at a new Withington record shop could be signed off next week – but they have divided opinion in the borough. Local councillors back the proposal, saying the recently-opened shop could become a ‘focal point’ for Withington village and that the owners have a successful track record in the city. But the council’s licensing team want the application refused, arguing that it could lead to increased anti-social behaviour. One resident said it could set a ‘totally inappropriate’ precedent for bars off the main high street. Wilderness Records opened on Egerton Crescent last month, with a party on Record Store Day. Its bosses, who also own Junkyard Golf Club, are now asking for permission to serve alcohol at the premises until 10pm each evening. They’re also planning on doubling the size of the space and introducing a garden terrace outside.

Woodstock, NY | After taking a year off, the Woodstock Vinyl Co-Op is back – in two locations! Now with more dealers than ever before. We’ll have many musical genres available in a very affordable price range: Rock, pop, disco, punk, new wave, lots of jazz, reggae, world music, soul and R&B, blues and more! What are you looking for? This event will be rain or shine. Cash or credit accepted. Located only one mile east of the center of Woodstock, 18 Wardwell Lane is easy to find! Also, of course, the Vinyl Garage will be open for THREE DAYS at 11 Osnas Lane, two miles east of the Wardwell Lane sale towards Saugerties. May 25-27, 10am-5pm. There will be 10,000s of LPs, CDs, 45s +12”s. Two enormous tents and one large garage full of stuff. From bargains to collectibles. Music for every budget (some Cheaper Than Free!). All genres. Free refreshments. Plenty of parking. Listen before you buy.

St. Louis, MO | SOHO Record Shop Brings Eclectic Mix of Vinyl to Manhattan Antique Mall: When kicking off a new business venture — a record store within a north county antique mall, let’s say — it’s always a good sign when you have a line waiting outside the doors before you’re even open. “This morning an associate sent me a message that says, ‘There’s twenty people waiting in a line outside,'” says Graham Swimmer of Saturday’s grand opening of SOHO Record Shop at Manhattan Antique Marketplace (10431 St Charles Rock Road, St. Ann; 314-733-5285). “I said, ‘Oh wow!'” Swimmer is a managing partner of the massive St. Ann-based antique mall, and for the past two weeks, as preparations were being made to open the new record store within its walls, his whole life has been vinyl. Tasked with sorting through the 5,000-piece record collection he and his partners had amassed for the store, he’s intimately familiar with the stock on hand.

Austin, TX | Austin Record Convention takes over Palmer Events Center. Austin Record Convention, the largest sale of recorded music in the United States. Record buyers and collectors look at buying 12 inch vinyl’s records for a dollar each at the Austin Record Convention, the largest sale of recorded music in the United States. Started in 1981 the show brings together collectors, dealers and over 300 vendors from all over the world for a weekend of activity in Austin and end on Sunday afternoon May 19, 2018 at the Palmer Events Center.

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TVD Live Shots: Corey Taylor and Friends at
the Garden Grove Amphitheatre, 5/19

Corey Taylor may be one of the most versatile vocalists on the planet today, and he exhibited that once again on rainy Sunday night in Southern California. From The Damned to Prince to Boz Scaggs, Taylor slayed an incredible 18-song set of rock and roll classics that had fans from all walks of life out of their seats and rocking. 

When most think of Corey Taylor, minds immediately race to bands like Slipknot or Stone Sour where for years he has demonstrated an incredible vocal prowess along with a song-writing ability that few (if any) can match. His music is powerful, his vocals are solid, and his following is enormous. Few, however, know that Corey Taylor also tours solo from time to time. These are usually intimate performances where he can branch out into different types of music that helped shape the musician he is today. A Corey Taylor and Friends show typically covers classics across multiple genres and are done so in a way that pays tribute to the very artists he has come to know and love.

Kicking off Sunday’s show were Southern California heart-throbs, the Cherry Bombs. This uber-talented dance troupe are considered the Darlings of Rock & Roll and captivated the near-capacity crowd with a super-sexy performance that I’m sure most in attendance would not have expected. The Cherry Bombs’ show was a combination of Cirque de Soleil, the Seventh Veil, and Home Depot all rolled into one. Whether you were into pole dancing, fire, or hula hoops, this one had it all and then some. It was the perfect way to get Sunday’s party started, and a party it was.

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Luna Shadows,
The TVD First Date

“When I was a little girl, I used to sit in my parents’ basement alone for hours with my mom’s childhood record collection on repeat, spinning on her old yellow travel player. I remember deciding which record to listen to by which sticker I liked the best. With such a method in place, I ended up looping the pink stickered “Put Your Hand In The Hand” by Ocean quite a bit, as my affinity for pink and pop songs knew no bounds.”

“It wasn’t long before the dark blue stickered single “Ben” by a young Michael Jackson made it into heavy rotation. I remember thinking that the vocalist was a girl, but my mom euphemistically relayed to me that it was actually a sonic snapshot of the biggest pop star of all time approaching puberty, singing about a pet rat. I remember picking up the needle and starting this one over and over, singing along until I knew every word, imagining a cartoonishly cute pet rat. I didn’t own any pets, so even a pet rat was really appealing at the time.

These are not only my earliest memories of vinyl but also some of my earliest memories of music. Sharing a vocal range with a young MJ in my quiet basement was one of my first attempts at imitation singing. Maybe it’s a bit surface level to choose a song by its sticker, but I actually still pick vinyl by its artwork to this day. For me personally, the vinyl experience is perhaps even half visual. Watching a record spin is a hypnotic and meditative activity for me.

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Graded on a Curve:
King Gizzard and
the Lizard Wizard,
Nonagon Infinity

Look, I’ve only got about 10 minutes to write this review, because I just got a brand new chainsaw and I’m itching to use it on our too-big-for-our-kitchen table, so pay attention. These preternaturally prolific (they released 5 studio LPs in 2017 alone) Aussie shapeshifters have one of the dumbest monikers I’ve ever had the misfortune of running across, but don’t let it deter you from checking out their music.

King Gizzard is a difficult band to pigeonhole. AllMusic proclaimed the band’s 2016 LP Nonagon Infinity “maybe the best psych-metal-jazz-prog album ever,” which should give you some notion of these eclectic Australians’ genre-blending proclivities. They’ve also been labeled a garage rock band, but I’ll be damned if this stuff came out of a garage on my street. A garage with a rocket to Venus parked in it maybe, because this shit is strictly interplanetary.

Me, I’m inclined to file King Gizzard under Krautrock for Kangaroos, because they seem to embody many of the more groovy sounds of Baader-Meinhof era West Germany–the motorik propulsion of Neu! and Kraftwerk, the experimental jazz impulses of Can, and the stark weirdness of Amon Düül II. Drummers Eric Moore and Michael Cavanaugh break the speed limit throughout, vocalist Stu Mackenzie somehow manages to sound both excitable and robotic, and the band’s three guitarists conjure up static storms of hair-raising psychedelic electricity. Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s harmonica and organ provide both grit and coloration.

The album’s title is appropriate. Like the best of Neu! or Kraftwerk this is Autobahn Muzik, designed to put you in the fast lane on an endless superhighway to eternity. Mackenzie has described Nonagon Infinity as a “never-ending album,” with the closing track “linking straight back into the top of the opener like a sonic Mobius strip.” Songs meld seamlessly into one another–I still can’t hear the transition from “Robot Stop” to “Big Fig Wasp” and I’ve listened to the LP dozens of times–and the overall effect is mesmeric.

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TVD Premiere: Craig Irving, “Heart”

Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands, Craig Irving spent his formative years lending guitar and vocals to some of Scotland’s top folk acts. Irving has embarked on several worldwide tours with sextet Gaelic band Mànran while his work with the Scottish folk trio Talisk has received a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Striking out on his own seems like a natural progression for the young songwriter whose lulling debut track, “Heart,” feels like the work of savvy and seasoned artist. The Vinyl District is pleased to premiere the single, which owes as much to American heartland rock and modern pop rock as it does to traditional Celtic influences.

Irving has an earnest and highly personalized style, which complements the ringing, guitar-driven vibe of the instrumental portions, culminating in a hook that is both deeply felt and instantly hummable. “Heart” is set to arrive via Spotify on May 31st and will be followed by further promising singles, slated for the latter half of 2019.

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Graded on a Curve:
G. Calvin Weston &
The Phoenix Orchestra,
Dust and Ash

The Philadelphia-born drummer G. Calvin Weston is probably best-known for his work with James “Blood” Ulmer and as a member of Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, though along with releasing numerous records as a leader he’s also played in the Lounge Lizards and with Marc Ribot. His latest and third for 577 Records pairs him with the Phoenix Orchestra, and it’s as jazzy-funky an affair as one might expect, but with some added treats, including dual violins (plus viola and cello), Weston blowing a little pocket trumpet, and even some vocals courtesy of Kayle Brecher. Vinyl lovers with a hankering for robust fusioneering have reason to rejoice; Dust and Ash is out on wax May 24.

Grant Calvin Weston’s connection to Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time is undeniably a major feather in the artist’s proverbial cap, though back in the day (i.e. the late ’80s) I’ll admit to being more struck with his work on James “Blood” Ulmer’s first two records, especially 1980’s classic Are You Glad To Be In America? This is partially because Coleman’s two earlier electric band outings, ’76’s Dancing in Your Head and ’78’s Body Meta, had already nailed me but good; the saxophonist’s ’80s albums featuring Weston weren’t just more of the same, but they can be evaluated as something of a refinement.

On the other hand, Ulmer’s second and third albums, both of which I’d heard before his ’78 debut for Artist House Tales of Captain Black (which featured Coleman and Weston’s Philly-based friend and future Prime Time cohort, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma), were upon introduction both striking affairs. Over time the impact hasn’t lessened by much.

Are You Glad To Be In America? offers the selection “Jazz is the Teacher (Funk is the Preacher)”; its title is a decent summation of Weston’s mode of operation across the decades. To expand a bit, he’s drummed with all three members of Medeski Martin & Wood, contributed to the work of techno artist Tricky, and along with Tacuma, taken it far outside in trio with the late Brit avant guitarist Derek Bailey. A fine recent example of his aptitude with improvisational fire and power groove would be his work in the Young Philadelphians alongside guitarist-leader Marc Ribot, Tacuma, and guitarist Mary Halvorson.

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A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 5/22/19

Grand Junction, CO | Triple Play Records celebrates 31 years of business: A local record store took advantage of the Downtown Music Festival this weekend. Triple Play Records on Main Street hosted their 31st-anniversary sale, to celebrate the many years they’ve been in business, and say thank you to customers. They say they have excess inventory of vinyl records they need to get rid of, and the festival going on downtown is perfect to bring in some new business. “The Off-Road Festival has been amazing. Every year it continues to get better. It used to be the Art and Jazz Festival, so we started the sale then, but we’ve just held it through the change of the festivals and, the amount of people it brings down is amazing,” said Matthew Cesario, General Manager, Triple Play Records. After the store closed for the day on Sunday, they left out some records for customers to take for free.

Adelaide, AU | Vinyl Squeeze bucks the trend and proves Adelaide still loves a great record store: Sadly, in recent times, there has been more of a need to report on the closure of record and CD stores as they lose their fight against the dual digital enemy of streaming and downloading than there has been on celebrating the arrival of new music retailers. Eighteen months ago, Craig Siviour (aka Cragos to his regulars) after a decade of meticulous planning, bucked the trend and opened Vinyl Squeeze at Gilles Plains confident that there was sufficient demand for a quality vinyl retailer in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. A visit to the store immediately confirms that this is a store sure to please record collectors. There is a huge range of new and second-hand vinyl albums and 45s. The back room also has a wide selection of second-hand CDs and music DVDs, books and tapes. And the prices are surprisingly affordable! Everything is beautifully and accessibly laid out – and there is also an unusually large amount of ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic memorabilia on display around the store…

Houston, TX | 3 top spots for vinyl records in Houston: Looking to score vinyl records? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top vinyl record hot spots in Houston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re in the market for vinyl records…Topping the list is Vinal Edge Records. Located at 239 W. 19th St. in the Heights, the spot to score music and DVDs and vinyl records is the highest rated vinyl record spot in Houston, boasting 4.5 stars out of 61 reviews on Yelp.

Kent, UK | Owners to sell Herne Bay record store B’side the C’side: A 65-year-old who has been living his boyhood fantasy of owning a record store has put his beloved shop on the market. Martin Eastman and wife Chris have been running B’side the C’side in Herne Bay High Street since 2013. But they have decided to relocate to Essex and placed an asking price of £350,000 on the freehold for the store. “We’ve lived the dream,” Mr Eastman said. “I’ve wanted to own one ever since I bought my first record in 1962. We originally came from Essex and are going back to be nearer our family. “It is a shame, but we’re trying to sell it as a going concern because we believe every town should have a record shop, especially a vinyl one.” The business has been on the market since January and the couple is hoping to up sticks by the end of the year. Mr Eastman insists his business has been unaffected by the rise of music downloads and streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Amazon Music. Instead, he believes vinyl has become increasingly popular among people between the ages of 20 and 30 in recent years.

Bakersfield, CA | Original pressings of Buck Owens LPs available May 31 from Omnivore (online only)—40 original, vintage, sealed volumes: On May 31, 2019, exclusively from the Omnivore Recordings’ web store, 40 original, vintage, sealed Buck Owens LPs will be made available for sale. The stock comes directly from Owens’ own collection in Bakersfield. The original pressing LPs span much of Buck’s career, from 1964’s Together Again/My Heart Skips a Beat to Act Naturally, released in 1989. Quantities are limited and the LPs will be sold first come, first served. This is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of country music history direct from the collection of the artist!

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TVD Live Shots: Foals
at the Bataclan, 5/13

PARIS, FRANCE | There’s something incredibly unique about Foals. If you ask one hundred different people how to describe their music, you’ll get 100 different answers. How many bands can say that—in a good way that is? I’ve seen these guys live three times now and this is the best they’ve ever been—one thousand fucking percent. Maybe it’s the intimacy of the venue? Perhaps the fact that the buzz on these guys never seems to die? Or maybe it’s just that from start to finish the band delivers a punch to the gut that channels perfectly into controlled chaos.

Foals have figured out a way to masterfully combine the best of synth pop, new wave, and post-punk into a universally appealing sound. Back that up with a cutting edge light show and a frontman who spends an equal amount of time crowd surfing and diving off balconies than he does actually on stage singing, and you have arguably the hottest band in the UK.

Touring in support of part one of their hotly anticipated fifth and sixth studio albums, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 and Part 2 (Part 1 was released in March while the latter will release in September) Foals played a more intimate venue than what most fans are used to.

These guys also have a different rule for photographers. While the industry standard for almost every show is the first three songs, no flash, Foals break the trend by only allowing photographers to shoot during the last three songs. (The most accepted reason being that musicians look their best during the first three songs, although there’s also a story that Springsteen came up with the rule in the ’70s because the photographers were becoming increasingly distracting.)

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TVD Radar: Game Of Thrones, Season 8 OST vinyl coming to stores

VIA PRESS RELEASE | WaterTower Music has released Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO Series) Season 8 – the soundtrack from the final season of the award-winning HBO series.

The album features music by Emmy® Award-winning and Grammy® Award-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi (Westworld, Iron Man, Jack Ryan, Pacific Rim), and is available for sale digitally and for streaming today, with a Double CD release scheduled for July 19 and a vinyl release later this year. Among the album’s 32 tracks, fans will find Djawadi’s 9-minute opus “The Night King,” as well as an instrumental version of the emotional ballad “Jenny of Oldstones.” “The Night King” theme debuted during a pivotal moment in the epic battle episode “The Long Night.”

“The Night King” went viral immediately after premiering on the show and dominated a top two spot on Billboard’s Top TV Songs chart for the month of April 2019 with 2.2 million streams. Within days, “The Night King” reached the top 4 most downloaded songs on iTunes and the top 18 most watched videos on YouTube and dropped the jaws of audiences and critics alike. Nerdist described the song as “a series highlight…Djawadi’s finest on the show,” while Indiewire proclaimed that Djawadi “really outdid himself here with the soaring, searching score that gave the episode its own unique flavor while also selling its most emotional beats.”

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  • SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL INDIE SHOPS SINCE 2007


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