In rotation: 11/1/16

New vinyl record store opens in downtown Muskegon: MUSKEGON, Mich. – The renaissance of downtown Muskegon’s Third Street corridor is well underway with the addition of a vinyl record store. Third Coast Vinyl opened on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1115 Third St. The store stocks new and used records and other music-related items, MLive (http://bit.ly/2epg4KL ) reported. “Contrary to what a lot of people might think, they do make new records,” said Paul Pretzer, owner of Third Coast Vinyl.

First look inside new Tunbridge Wells vinyl record shop Vinyl Revolution on its opening day: A new vinyl record shop has opened its doors in Tunbridge Wells today, boasting a huge collection of music, clothing and memorabilia. Vinyl Revolution, based in Camden Road, is opening as a temporary pop-up store, offering vinyl music from a wide range of genres going back across the decades. Owner Simon Parker wanted to launch a vinyl music shop with a customer orientated experience, to avoid falling into the cliche of an intimidating store of “music snobbery.”

Vinyl Lovers Unite at the Fargo Record Fair: FARGO, N.D. – The annual Fargo Record Fair has been bringing vintage music lovers together for the past seven years. The event was hosted at the Fargo Air Museum this year. Do you hear the scratches and the pops? To vinyl lovers like me and the rest of the crowd here, that’s what it’s all about. Something about the old–school technology gives these classic tunes a real authentic feel that some would argue is lost when they’re played from an iPod or a CD. “Just the aura of them when you’re listening to them. You know you can find something from 1969 and it just kind of takes you back you know,” said vinyl lover Derek Vander Vorste.

Vinyl revival: Record sales climbing; more musicians heading straight to vinyl: Daryl Halleck sifted through some of the vinyl he stocks in his new record store. He was wearing a David Bowie shirt and had an Alice Cooper Greatest Hits album playing in the background. “I started buying vinyl when I was like 11 years old,” Halleck, now 55, said. Once he started collecting the classic analog sound storage medium — considered by many audiophiles to produce the purist sound quality — it became his life. “All I did was buy records,” Halleck said.

A Year After the Alice Cooper Group’s Show, Good Records Set to Release an Epic 7-Inch: A year after it happened, Chris Penn is still in a slight state of disbelief that the original Alice Cooper group reunited and played the record store he co-owns, Good Records. On Oct. 6, 2015 the man born as Vince Furnier played with surviving members drummer Neal Smith, bassist Dennis Dunaway and guitarist Michael Bruce to a crowd of 200 in the Greenville Avenue shop. Now the store is preparing to release a limited-edition 7-inch called Alice Cooper: Live from the Astroturf, which will go on sale on Black Friday.

What Lady Gaga finds appealing in reel-to-reel: A week ago, Lady Gaga released her fifth album, “Joanne,” which has a stripped-down sound that is quite different from her previous efforts. She has promoted the album with performances at small night clubs and dive bars, a coming home of sorts to the days when a young Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta would tear up a West Village bar with nothing but her voice and a piano. Beyond Gaga’s performances, what’s unique about “Joanne” is how some of the songs were made. When she announced earlier this year that she was recording an album with the producer Mark Ronson, the press began calling it her analog album.

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