In rotation: 8/24/15

Nairobi Record Store Links to East Africa’s Musical Past: “A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers.”

News Greater Manchester News Trafford: Record shop forced to close as independent shops struggle to survive in Altrincham. “Adam Masters has closed South City Music ‘with a heavy heart’ after three years. The shop – which sells vinyl, guitars and instruments – has been graced by pop royalty such as Johnny Marr, Oasis and The Charlatans over the years.

New record store recruited to OTR neighborhood: “The resurgence in vinyl records is not really a new thing but when it helps with the resurgence of a neighborhood, it is. The store “Black Plastic Vinyl” has sold records in Northside for the last three years. Now it’s expanding to Over-The-Rhine. If people need to replace their worn-out “Dark Side of the Moon” album, it’s the place to shop; Black Plastic is kicking off their new place with a party Thursday night, August 20.”

Toronto’s vinyl cafe now has booze and pinball too: “What used to be a record store, art space and cafe is now all that plus a bar with a nice selection of Ontario craft brews. An improved food menu (now with Sunday brunch) and a pinball machine make the space all the more sweet. Vinyl, coffee, good eats and beer (did I mention pinball?) – what more could one want out of a shop?”

Top 5 Unexpected Materials used to make Vinyl Records: With Vinyls making a come back, we take a look at some rad experiments with musical materials (Ed. note: never say “vinyls.” It’s incorrect.)

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