In rotation: 2/23/16

New dance specialist record shop opening in Paris: The latest addition to vinyl in the French capital. Booking agency and distribution house Yoyaku will open a physical record store in Paris later this month. The new store will be accessible to customers of Yoyaku’s online shop, which was launched recently to sell records from the the labels it distributes and more, the new venture will be for online customers only.

The Best Independent Vinyl Stores In Antwerp: Despite the comforts of online shopping, the incurable vinyl lover knows there’s nothing like the rush of flipping through a couple of thousand LPs on a rainy Saturday afternoon, all the while hoping to discover that one sublime or rare track. It’s an exciting experience only the independent vinyl record store offers. The crowd’s a familiar one and the shop owner a living encyclopedia of musical knowledge. Antwerp has no shortage of these habitats for the nostalgic.

Buffalo Records owners finds passion in vinyl store: The vinyl revival is alive in Kearney. “I think people want to stop and sit down and enjoy something, and I think records are the perfect way to do that,” Buffalo Records co-owner Bryce Jensen said. Jensen and co-owner Rex Herrick both said that they got into vinyl records while young by listening to their fathers’ music collections. “We’ve had a passion for records since we’ve been old enough to know what they are,” Jensen said.

Record store revival, The vinyl renaissance reaches Chico: Last Christmas, Amazon’s best-selling home audio product was a Jensen record player. In the United Kingdom, audio equipment retailer HMV reported selling a turntable every minute during the holiday shopping season, and vinyl record sales in the United States in 2015 were the highest they’ve been in 26 years. Those numbers have been reported by various sources heralding a new age for an audio format once considered extinct by all but hardcore audiophiles and music geeks.

Record fair hits all the right notes for Bolton music lovers: MUSIC lovers came out to hunt for hidden gems at a record fair in Bolton town centre. The Market Place Shopping Centre played host to the event for the first time, organised by Premier Record and CD Fairs. Collectors flocked to the numerous stalls to browse the rare vinyl and CDs throughout Saturday.

Do vinyl LPs wear out? The Audiophiliac takes on that myth: It’s no secret that LPs are delicate and can be easily scratched and damaged, but I’ve always taken good care of my records. “Good care” means I never left naked LPs sitting on the floor or handled them with dirty hands, and I always put them back in their sleeves after playing them. Those are hardly heroic measures, but they allowed me to assure that my many thousands of LPs are still reasonably quiet.

Late Tampa punk fixture Bud Mayhem’s record collection goes on sale: The musician and performance artist was a fixture of Tampa’s art-punk scene until his death in 2014 at age 55. Last fall, his family sold his vast and eclectic music collection, including some 700 vinyl records, to the Sound Exchange. After weeks of sorting and pricing, it’ll go on sale Saturday in an event they’re calling “Bud Mayhem Day” — the disassembling of his lifetime of music, album by album.

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