In rotation: 9/26/16

Lowenstein Complex helping to turn area into booming real estate market, Owner says the record shop isn’t going anywhere: Twist & Shout isn’t going anywhere and it isn’t expanding, Epstein said. The Lowenstein is the fabled record store’s third home in Denver. Epstein said he only plans to sell the real estate. “I’m tired of being a landlord,” he said, “I just wanted to be a retailer.”

Back into the groove: Resist the temptation to pack that dusty old turntable and send it off to The Salvation Army because it hasn’t been used for decades – this might be the time to hook it up again…Ironically, it is probably easier now to find Adele’s new album on wax than on CD, thanks to a new wave of vinyl record shops that have been opening – and expanding – over the last couple of years. Vinylicious Records kick-started the trend when it opened in Parklane Shopping Mall in early 2013.

Light sleepers need not apply! Music lovers can spend the night surrounded by records in New York’s Rough Trade store: Record lovers are in for a musical treat. Audio company Sonos and famous record store Rough Trade have teamed up to list a one-night stay at the iconic New York shop on Airbnb. The once-in-a-lifetime experience is the prize in a competition for two winners and their guests to retreat to their own private haven at Rough Trade’s new Listening Room.

The greatest record sleeves – as chosen by the designers: What’s the best-designed album sleeve? Richard Hamilton’s sleeve was really radical and ahead of its time and it still looks contemporary. By contrast to Peter Blake’s vivid artwork for the Beatles’ previous album, Sgt Pepper’s, it was a plain white sleeve with the band name just embossed, almost invisible. There was a stamped number, which made each one unique. My parents had it first, but I thought it looked boring until I studied art. Once you understand the context, it gets really interesting.

Plugging musical knowledge gaps with vinyl: …I wanted to buy a turntable and listen to vinyl again. I am slow to the party on this one. For some time, there has been a worldwide resurgence in the popularity of vinyl. And here, in lil ol Northland, the consequence is a shortage of second hand turntables. Searle Electronics in Whangarei specialises in selling good quality second hand audio gear, as well as new equipment. They have a waiting list of people who want to buy a decent second hand turntable.

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