In rotation: 4/15/16

Re-vinylizing: Indie music shops gearing up for Record Store Day: Nine years ago, with illegal downloads crippling the music industry in general, things were looking grim for independent record stores. In fact, the situation is still far from rosy and numerous record shops continue to fail every year. For the survivors, however, the outlook is improving. And that has a lot to do with the efforts of Record Store Day, an organization formed in 2008 to secure hundreds of new vinyl releases and other promotional items, to be distributed exclusively at participating stores.

Owner of Burbank’s Atomic Records says major labels have turned the tables on Record Store Day: “People want to buy original Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis records,” he said. “That, to me, is celebrating record stores. It’s about vintage vinyl.”…”Unfortunately [it has] been totally co-opted by major labels who want to get their product of new vinyl into stores,” he said. “It’s been a mix of emotions for record store owners,” he added. “Some people are really happy about it and some people can’t stand it.”

Music lover buys old vinyl record for £1 in a junk shop – finds out it’s actually worth a LOT more: A record collector who picked up an old LP for £1 in a junk shop actually got a much better bargain than he realised when he had the item valued. The anonymous man purchased the record – by 1960s British band Complex – in a junk shop in the north west of England. He was drawn to it after seeming to recollect the image on the cover, but it wasn’t until he got home and did some research that he realised its potential value. Now it’s expected to sell for around £10,000

Record Store Day 2016: For Shangri-La Records, prepping for Saturday’s 9th annual Record Store Day means opening a few hours early. “We said 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but usually we open a little earlier because of the big line of people. As soon as we’re ready, we let them in. I think last year we opened at 8:30 a.m.,” Shrangri-La Records owner Jared McStay says. Bolstering the lot of official Record Store Day titles Shangri-La plans to have on hand Saturday will be a major increase in the rest of the store’s stock of new vinyl.

Five Reasons You Should Buy A Record On Record Store Day: Record Store Day 2016 is only a handful of days away, and the excitement levels are starting to peak. If you’re still umming and ahhing about whether to head along to one of your local independent record stores and part with some hard-earned cash in exchange for quality music, here are some hard-to-fault reasons to make the effort and support the industry…

Vinyl records could be heading back to their glory days, says BPI: Sales of vinyl records have reached their highest level for 20 years and could be on track to return to the glory days of the Long Player in the late 1980s, a British industry body said on Thursday: “Vinyl is no longer the preserve of baby-boomers who grew up with the format. It now also appeals to a new generation of engaged younger fans and millennials,” said Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of BPI, the representative body for UK record labels. Figures produced by the BPI show that LP sales between January and March this year increased by over 60 percent from the same period last year.

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