In rotation: 9/13/16

Is Amoeba Going To Get The Wrecking Ball For A Big Fancy Tower? Are you sitting down? We are sorry to ruin your afternoon, but we have some potentially terrifying news. Hollywood’s beloved Amoeba Music may not be long for this world, at least in its current incarnation. The iconic record store “instantly became a Hollywood landmark” when it opened on Sunset Boulevard in 2001, spanning an entire city block between Ivar and Cahuenga. Now, it looks like GPI Companies, a real estate group, could be planning to raze the famous building, “pave” vinyl paradise, and put up a 20-something story tower monstrosity, complete with a massive rooftop pool…

New used record store starts spinning in LaSalle: After running a bi-annual record show in Windsor for about eight years, a local vinyl enthusiast has decided to sell items from his own shop. John Ashley opened Galaxy Records at 1478 Front Road in LaSalle last Saturday. He was and still is the promoter of the Windsor Record Show held at Villains Bistro, which brings in dealers from across Ontario to sell vinyl. “It was just a natural progression,” said Ashley, 55. “I like LaSalle. I thought the opportunity out here was good.”

Bringing vinyl back to the community: No longer are vinyl records seen as a relic of the past, but a resurgence of a particular musical culture. For Todd Gledhill, owner of Waxman Records, it’s about more than just the music, but the hobby of collecting, the particular qualities of the physical records and the chance to meet other record collectors across communities. “I think people like how tangible records are,” he said. “It all really becomes and experience; there is a collectible nature to it and for some a sense of nostalgia.”

Lynchburg record shop Speakertree re-opens, plans more live shows: The Lynchburg record shop Speakertree is open once again under new ownership after a summertime hiatus. While the narrow corner store at 522 Fifth Street still sells new and used vinyl as before, new owners Nick Cotrufo and Blake Gederberg are looking to grow the roster of live music acts that play the small stage at the back of the store. “It’s always been a record shop, but that’s all it’s been,” Gederberg said. “The future of Speakertree has a lot of live music involved and partnerships with bigger bands.”

Pressing Vinyl: Why It’s a Good Call and Some Things to Consider: The good news is, as an indie artist, you know where a lot of your sales come from: merchandise. While it continues to be hard for artists to gain exposure and earn money, an indie artist still has the ability to sell out concerts and move T-shirts, buttons, and albums to hungry fans. What you may not know, however, is that while everyone continues to listen to music on Spotify, iTunes, and Tidal, vinyl records have been making a comeback for ten years. And it could be the perfect medium to boost your bottom line, too.

Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill Special 30th Anniversary Edition Vinyl Reissue Available October 14: The 30th Anniversary LP edition of Beastie Boys’ debut album Licensed To Ill will be released on October 14, 2016. This special reissue was cut from the original production masters and is presented on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl…Virtually every track on the album was a hit single or fan favorite, including “Hold It Now, Hit It,” “The New Style,” “Paul Revere,” “Brass Monkey,” “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party),” “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and more.

Original Star Wars Soundtrack Getting Vinyl Re-Release: There are few movie scores that are more iconic than John Williams’ score for the original Star Wars. That being the case, fans will surely be delighted to know that the legendary score for A New Hope is getting a very cool new vinyl pressing in honor of Force Friday this year. The best part is that the super cool vinyl set will only cost $35, which isn’t bad at all when compared to the prices of similar items, plus there is a serious cool factor to go along with this one.

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