In rotation: 7/27/16

Vinyl revival sees new Carlisle shop: A new music shop is hoping to run listening evenings, to introduce people to different music. James Brown has opened the Vinyl Cafe, on Abbey Street, in Carlisle city centre, where he sells vinyl records as well as coffees, teas and baked food. Mr Brown, 44, who lives in Dacre, near Penrith, said: “I am a customer myself, I wanted a record shop that was comfortable to browse in. “This is an environment where you can come in, relax and listen to music. You can play the records first before you buy them.”

New record shop Rocksteady Records opens in Melbourne: Rocksteady Records is the latest addition to Melbourne’s thriving vinyl scene. The new store is located in the beautiful art deco Mitchell House building in the central business district. Rocksteady will stock “lots of groove-based things”, spanning hip-hop, reggae and funk to indie and new wave. The store also promises to support local talent with a big collection of Australian releases. Owner Pat Monaghan, who has worked in record stores for the past 25 years, decided it was time to open his own place.

See photos of the vinyl turntable that Jack White is sending into space, Ex-White Stripes frontman is set to become the first person to play a vinyl record in space: It has been confirmed that Jack White is set to become the first person to play a vinyl record in space after the musician’s Third Man Records confirmed an upcoming historic event. The label had previously claimed that they would “make vinyl history again” on July 30, now confirming an event to mark their seven year anniversary and three millionth record pressed. A statement posted to the Third Man Records website reveals that the label has custom-built a “space-proof turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon”, named the Icarus Craft, with help from designer Kevin Carrico.

Smokin’ hot record store opens in OOB: Located off the main drag, Beach Budz has combined two hot markets – high-end cigars and the resurgence of vinyl records – in the ground-floor space of The Tax Doctor, 30 Saco Ave. If you know of another place where you can buy a $15 Ashton cigar and old rock, jazz, country and blues records while getting your taxes done, clue me in, because I sure don’t. The shop is operated by 19-year-olds Patrick Mourmouras and Joseph Casale, two Cheverus High School grads, college students and old friends who were looking for a way to make money during the summer break while getting some hands-on experience at running a business.

An Exhibition of Japanese Portable Record Players: The 1960s ushered in the golden age of record players as affordability made them a staple in almost every household. In Japan however, quality stereo sets remained unattainable for most, who then gravitated to a smaller, more affordable gadget: the portable record player. The devices were cheap, mass-produced players that were made, not only by electronics companies, but also toy companies and even industrial companies. Looking back on all the unique designs that came out, each was more groovier than the next. And it’s understandable why Fumihito Taguchi, a record shop owner in Tokyo, took an avid interest in these players and began collecting them.

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