In rotation: 9/21/16

The Making of a Music Town: A few police vehicles sit down an alley, lights swinging, less than a block north of West Broad Street downtown. No one else is on the street. And no one, other than Marty Key, is at Steady Sounds on this Saturday morning. Soon, a handful of people are milling around Key’s vinyl record store, digging in bins, mining for gold. “It’s really dangerous to live so close,” a customer says, looking down at a hefty pile of used records. “Every time I walk by, I wind up dropping $20.” “Today, you’re dropping $23.17,” the record-store proprietor says.

You Can Book a Stay at the Rough Trade Record Store on Airbnb, This fall, you can spend a weekend night in the Brooklyn branch of the legendary record store: This fall, on select weekends, competition winners will be able to book out the entire Rough Trade record store in Williamsburg for an overnight stay. In collaboration with Sonos, the record store is opening up a new Sonos Listening Room, and will offer the listening room as a unique listing on Airbnb, which grants a renter access to the Rough Trade venue space and record store.

Vinyl record store to open in the Elk City District later this fall: Phil Melick can often be found thumbing through old records, in the basement of his home. But, the thousands of records sitting in bins, aren’t just collecting dust. Melick has plans for them. Soon, he will be taking all of them to his new store on the West Side. “I’ve always one day wanted to be in the position where I could semi-retire and open a record store,”said Melick. The former lawyer is opening Elk City Records on Washington Street West this fall.

Watch: New vinyl record store opens in Rugby town centre: Vinyl might have had its obituaries, but ‘old fashioned’ records are making a comeback. And nowhere more so than in Rugby where the newest shop to open for business sells nothing but vinyl. Just For The Record, located above Hunt’s book shop in High Street, fulfils a long-held dream for owner Sally Wolanski, who has been an avid record collector for much of her life. Sally is augmenting the stock at her new business with some of the 6,500 records she has amassed as a collector over 30 years.

US music business in growth spurt as streaming doubles: Outside of streaming, other segments of the music industry remained soft in the first half. CD shipments dropped 11.2 percent to 38.9 million, while downloads on iTunes and other services tumbled 14.5 percent to 48.2 million albums. In one potentially alarming sign, shipments of vinyl albums — a niche market which has recently led to a resurgence of record stores — slid 9.1 percent to 8.4 million records. Vinyl shipments had soared by more than 28 percent in all of last year.

Amoeba Music sells building: Amoeba Music is a household name in Los Angeles, and anyone native to the city — or anyone who has spent much time here — holds nostalgia and love for the independent record store. Last week, viral posts began to spread that Amoeba had sold their building for $34 million. There was a large public outcry after hearing the news that this Hollywood monument was going to disappear. But fear not — Amoeba isn’t going anywhere, at least not for the time being.

Vinyl’s resurgence hits home at Analog-A-Go-Go: Yolanda Bottorf couldn’t wait to add to her vinyl record collection of one. That’s why she looked forward to this year’s Analog-A-Go-Go festival so much. The Dover woman knew that besides the eclectic mix of music and beer, there would be a wide variety of vinyl records featuring an even wider array of artists at Saturday’s festival, held for the first time at Bellevue State Park near Wilmington. “My family has always been inspired by music,” Bottorf said walking out of the record and artisan marketplace Saturday with an armful of albums she had just purchased.

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