In rotation: 5/24/16

Data: How vinyl revival makes it harder on small local labels: The data show more and more records selling, but those numbers represent only a small part of total music sales, around 5 percent in 2015. And that proportion is not enough to justify an expansion for the companies that press records using an expensive, old-fashioned industrial process. So the small number of record presses in the U.S. (there are fewer than 20) operate around the clock sometimes to keep up with demand. And local labels are feeling the pressure.

Hudson record store legend Stanley Krause dies at 74:Stanley R. Krause, 74, the owner of Stan’s Square Records in Jersey City, died on Friday at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville…Known as a vinyl record collector’s paradise, Stan’s Square Records opened in Jersey City in 1965 on Kennedy Boulevard before it moved to its location on Bergen Avenue in McGinley Square in 1978. Krause, who was a huge fan and supporter of acapella and Do-Wop music, also was the founder of Catamount Records, a label that has overseen and spawned several groups including The Catamounts, Mixed Company, Royal Counts and the Persuasions.

Vinyl fever takes over Miami: Vinyl was considered dead, gone and buried, but far from that, the fever for LPs is taking back America, particularly from record stores in Miami, where the rage for this format belies its supposed extinction. Now that special sensation returns of opening the disc’s illustrated jacket, taking out the LP and placing the record player’s needle on it to enjoy the music.

Record shops on the up as vinyl sales surge: Record shops across South Essex are booming as vinyl sales continue to soar. In 2015 sales grew for the eighth consecutive year, with more than two million vinyls (The plural of “vinyl” is “vinyl.” —Ed.) sold throughout the country. Mike Dalby, manager of Adrian’s Records, in High Street, Wickford, said the sale of records now accounts for around half of the business. This is compared to just five per cent six years ago. Mr Dalby, 42, said: “The trend in people buying vinyl has made the businesses more comfortable than it was six years ago – there is definitely an upsurge in vinyl sales.

For the record: The Haji Ebrahim Record Store in Chor Bazaar tells many a tale of a vinyl past: It was his uncle who passed on the Haji Ebrahim store and a love for vintage records to Mohammad Salim. The unassuming shop in the centre of Chor Bazaar is marked by golden gramophones and casually suspended vinyl discs rotating in the hot air. The tiny shop is crammed with thousands of old records, radio sets, gramophone players and other music memorabilia.

Check out the world’s first wireless vinyl record player, TRNTBLE: Taking vinyl a step further into the modern world, VNYL recently released details on their newest endeavor, a completely wireless turntable called TRNTBLE. This first-of-its-kind record player will stream music to a variety of speakers through Bluetooth or Airplay, and, more importantly, will offer the streaming of uncompressed audio to Sonos’ entire line of premium audio products. On top of that, TRNTBLE will identify the music that it is playing in real time and allow a live tune-in feature through Spotify.

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