In rotation: 5/12/16

Preserving Bristol’s music scene in vinyl: From raucous swing to hip hop swagger, the rich veins of Bristol’s music scene are filled with obscure genres and niches which make the city what it is. But never before has the whole city had a single album to call its own. Until now, perhaps. Sound engineer Ben Capp and Bristolian legend Jonathan ‘DJ Dad’ Coles are hoping to preserve Bristol’s current musical offering in the form of a limited edition run of double vinyl LPs (digital downloads will also be available) featuring some of the best genre-spanning artists creating music today.

HMV re-claims position as UK’s second biggest entertainment retailer as it snaps at Amazon’s heels and ‘excites consumers like it did in its heyday’: HMV has re-claimed its position as the UK’s second biggest entertainment retailer, with shoppers shunning major online players in favour of an old-fashioned browse in a shop for CDs, DVDs, games and vinyls. (The plural of vinyl is vinyl. —Ed.) HMV’s sales boost in the last quarter meant its market share swelled to 16.9 per cent, ahead of Tesco’s 16.1 per cent, but still behind Amazon’s 22 per cent slice.

The @HappyDog58 Hosts Northeast Ohio Vinyl Record Swap: Sun 5/15 @ 1PM: With serious music collectors having embraced vinyl as their format of choice, vinyl records, both old and new, are a hot commodity. The Northeast Ohio Vinyl Swap, taking place at the Happy Dog in Gordon Square, is about bringing these music lovers together for an afternoon of socializing to share and talk about their finds and listen to music. It’s also about buying, selling and trading but not so much about dealing: it’s an event where music lovers and collectors can build relationships that enhance their hobby and their passion. It’s free.

Running My Record Store In New York Is Becoming a Nightmare: Just when we thought vinyl was creating a resurgence in independent record retailing, there’s this. It turns out that one of the most legendary record stores in New York City, Other Music, has now decided to shut down this summer…But why? The real reason, according to co-owner Josh Madell, is largely financial. “We still do a ton of business — probably more than most stores in the country,” Madell told the New York Times. “It’s just the economics of it actually supporting us — we don’t see a future in it.”

El Cerrito’s Arhoolie Records sold; will remain open: El Cerrito’s Arhoolie Records, the vastly influential roots music label founded by Chris Strachwitz in the early ’60s, has been acquired by Smithsonian Folkways…”Since I’m not King Tut, I can’t take my Arhoolie baby with me,” he said. “It was Moe Asch, founder of Folkways Records, who told me in so many words, `Chris, you’ve got to think about what you are going to do with all your stuff when you kick the bucket.’

John Carpenter Releasing Re-Recordings of Classic Themes; Watch New Escape from New York Music Video!: As reported by Fangoria, Carpenter will soon unload two 12-inch vinyl albums featuring brand new re-recordings of his most iconic movie themes. Hitting shelves on June 17th courtesy of Sacred Bones Records, the first EP will feature full-band re-recordings of the themes for Halloween and Escape from New York, while the second will breathe new life into the themes for Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog.

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