In rotation: 4/4/16

Sainsbury’s say vinyl ‘shouldn’t be elitist’ as records return to supermarket chain shelves, Stores have started selling vinyl records for the first time since the 1980s: A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s has commented after the supermarket chain started to sell vinyl records for the first time since the 1980s, saying that vinyl should not be regarded as an “elitist” format. Pete Selby, the store’s head of music and books, told Music Week: “The format never used to be elitist and we don’t believe, given the emotional attachment it still has for many customers, it should be seen as out of reach for them in 2016”.


Dad Rock: Tour Jack White’s Third Man Records: What started as a two-employee company to reissue White Stripes back catalog has grown into one of the most innovative record labels going. In the past seven years, Third Man Records has developed a roster of artists beyond Jack White, released 350 titles and pressed some 2 million pieces of vinyl. Many of the records are unique (embedded holograms, flexi-discs pressed on X-Ray film), and the company also operates two retail stores, here and in White’s hometown of Detroit, both with “novelties” and impressive performance spaces.

Aurora store aims to capitalize on surging vinyl record popularity: Possibly more interesting than the increase in vinyl sales are the ages of the people buying the old-school format, according to Newmarket vinyl enthusiast and soon-to-be Aurora record store owner and operator Rob Davison. “People who grew up with vinyl are a given, but I am absolutely astounded by the number of youth who are purchasing vinyl,” he said…“The whole digital world of music is great, but the artifact just isn’t there and that’s part of the experience,” he said.

Death of an Echo Park record store: What happens when vinyl goes mainstream: “The black-and-white paper-crane-shaped sign has come down for good at Origami Vinyl. The Echo Park record store abruptly closed this month after seven years of pushing against the streaming revolution by selling vinyl LPs, hosting live bands in its loft and serving as a focal point for the neighborhood’s independent music culture…But Origami’s closing may have less to do with a weakening in the vinyl revival and more to do with the mainstreaming of the trend. “I was at the Americana in Glendale,” said owner Neil Schield, “and the Barnes & Noble there had a huge sign advertising its vinyl section.”

Vinyl Records are Hot Again: Revival Driven by Both New and Vintage Titles: But now, in an age in which you can stream or download an album out of thin air, a new appreciation for vinyl is becoming something of a phenomenon. Record stores are thriving again. “For us, it’s all about getting the right records,” said AJ Sachs, a salesman at Records on Broadway in Sacramento, a store that buys and sells used vinyl. “Then the demand is there.” “I came back to vinyl because the computer (breaks), and you are nobody,” said a shopper at Records who goes by the name DJ Fonki Cheff. “The vinyl…(It’s) gonna be there forever.”

Shoals record store plans farewell party: Owner Eli Flippen originally planned to close Pegasus Records at the end of March. “We should be closed today,” said Flippen. “This would have been the first day of us being closed.” Instead, the community support for the record store has briefly delayed its closing.Their close-out celebration, which will be in two weeks, will coincide with National Record Store Day on April 16. “I was very overwhelmed. We knew we’d get some kind of response but not what wound up happening,” explained the owner.

Songland Canberra To Celebrate Record Store Day For RSPCA: Songland Records in Canberra will out on its annual Pre-Loved Record Sale as a fundraiser for the RSPCA for Record Store Day 2016. Australia will celebrate Record Store Day on April 16 while Songland will extend its Pre-Loved Record Sale across the weekend to maximum impact for the RSPCA. Songland owner Brian ‘Frog’ Harris has put the call out for your unwanted VHS cassettes, vinyl, CDs or audio cassettes and will sell them on RSD with all the money raised going to buy treats for the animals waiting for their forever homes at the ACT’s RSPCA animal shelter at Weston.

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