In rotation: 3/28/17

The world’s best record shops #062: Northside Records, Melbourne: Northside has been burning the flame for the inner city suburb of Fitzroy for over 10 years since it opened doors back in 2002. Owned by DJ CHRIS GIL, an encyclopaedia of the local and international soul scene, the store is often referred to as Melbourne’s home of new soul music. Chris also runs a weekly radio show on 3RRR pushing sounds stocked and supported via the store. Hosting an expansive selection of second hand records, the store is well-stocked in funk, soul, library music, beats, disco, jazz, afrobeat, hip hop and the funkier side of electronica.

Party to mark David’s Music product list launch ahead of Record Store Day is a huge hit! The free party at the much-loved store on Eastcheap saw indie-folk duo the Worry Dolls wow the audience – as a good number of music lovers gathered to help mark David’s official product list of limited vinyl to be released on this year’s RSD, which takes place on Saturday, April 22…Record Store Day is when more than 200 independent record stores across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture.

Total Drag record store expanding: Total Drag Records is officially expanding. The shop’s long-anticipated growth into the neighboring space formerly occupied by Common Sense began in earnest Sunday night, when owners Dan Nissen and Liz McGreevy-Nissen began clearing out the shop and preparing to paint. Common Sense officially opened into a new space of its own, offering a wider range of blown glass products and vape supplies just around the corner at 400 S. Second Ave. Total Drag has been a prime spot for all-ages concerts since 2014 in the small space at 307. E. 12th St. Packed houses and sellouts are common as nationally-touring bands stop through between gigs in larger cities.

Vinyl records business finds permanent home at Scunthorpe Market: A vinyl record seller believes he has found a gap in the market in Scunthorpe. Paul Bird, 55, has been selling records for five years at various events across the region with his pop-up business Birds Nest Records, but now has a permanent home at Scunthorpe Market. The Hull record seller has taken a stall for two days a week at the market. “It is a really funny market – in Hull I can’t sell Elvis, here I can sell Elvis. “So in Hull I can pick up Elvis for a pound and sell it over here for £3.

New music store expected to arrive: Nostalgia is music to Jason Wellwood’s ears. That’s why the Thunder Bay retailer of traditional vinyl record LPs said he doesn’t think that the arrival of a major record seller chain might cause the sun to go down on his business. “I’m not concerned about that at all,” Wellwood said Friday from his St. Paul Street store. “We welcome the addition to the city’s music scene.” The big chain soon to come is Sunrise Records, which recently added Thunder Bay to its growing list of Ontario outlets. Sunrise, which also sells vinyl, is expected to set up shop in Intercity Mall in the space vacated a few weeks ago by the money-losing HMV chain. Sunrise is headquartered near Hamilton, Ont.

Route 66 Record Show hosts 100’s of music collectors as the vintage format makes a come-back: Some say it’s the “resurrection records” that is making them so popular, but others say vinyl music never went out of style. Whatever it is, the vintage music brought hundreds of collectors to the Route 66 Record Show in Springfield Sunday. It’s music you can see, touch, feel and be a part of. “They say they have a soul that MP3’s don’t have,” Show attendee Scott Schriner said. Records are rising in this digital age. “The past five years, it’s really, I mean, taken off,” Heavy Heads Records owner Chris Grant said.

Soundtrack of Salina: Making records in the Heartland: It was the comeback that nobody predicted. Nobody…except this man. Vinyl records and turntables are becoming staples in homes across America once again. A dedicated group of people kept vinyl alive in the years its popularity waned. But it was vinyl, and a town in the middle of Kansas that helped this man survive. They were a sound once a sign of times gone by. Hisses and pops have spun back into homes across the country. “Everybody was running from vinyl. Everybody was running toward the CD.”

Your Vinyl Records Will Now Float In Mid-Air With MEG-LEV’s Levitating Turntable: Vinyl records are obsolete; no one really keeps the sturdy ancient turntables anymore. Apparently, that is not true. Phonograph or vinyl record player dates back to the 19th century, but MEG-LEV Audio from Slovenia is world’s most advanced record player that features a levitating turntable. The MEG-LEV audio is world’s first levitating turntable, which keeps the vinyl record above the base, making use of magnets, sensors, and custom software. The record is perfectly stable and capable of spinning at single playback speed or album speed. The music, a feast for your ears and soul, and the levitating record a feast for your eyes.

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