In rotation: 3/29/17

Record Revival: Vinyl is alive and well in Morinville: As you walk through the front door of Smith Music, expect to be greeted by a whirl of activity and sound. If you haven’t been there in a while, you’ll likely notice the place has changed, a lot. What was once a singular, large open room is now a building split up into three unique identities. There’s a new massage therapy business there. And, of course, there’s Smith Music with its immense stage and new (not to mention, impressive) recording studio. And, there’s Ron’s Collectibles.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day: “I was given a challenge by Bryan Burkert, the owner of The Sound Garden in Baltimore, to make record stores relevant in the face of the collapse of Tower and the rise of digital. So I started talking with record store owners about how it could be done. Chris Brown (with Bull Moose) suggested we do an event modeled after the indie comic book stores’ Free Comic Day. Eric Levin (with Criminal) was thinking the same thought and he was the one that suggested that we make Record Store Day all about vinyl…”

Vinyl records make comeback in Vietnam with new releases: Two albums of vinyl records (analog recordings) were released recently in HCM City, introducing a new element in the local industry that is dominated by digital CDs and DVDs. The album, entitled Mot Thoi Da Xa (Passing Time), has been produced by Music Faces Records, one of the region’s leading music producers, in cooperation with Gia Dinh Audio. It has 11 romantic songs written by veteran musicians such as Thanh Tung and Truong Huy, who were famous in the 1990s. Mot Thoi Da Xa features young singers Uyen Linh, Thuy Chi, Thai Trinh and Huong Giang. “We decided to use analog technology to make our new productions original and with perfect sound,” composer Duc Tri of Music Faces Records, who has more than 10 years of experience in recording, said.

Vinylmania sees music lovers flock to Coventry records fair, Fans could browse likes of Beatles, Queen and Oasis at Fargo Village fair: A crowd of music lovers flocked to a records fair held at Coventry’s Fargo Village. With vinyl said to be outselling downloads, the event attracted a number of records fans yesterday. They could browse through prog rock, punk rock and hip-hop to soul, reggae and doo wop at the sale organised by VIP Record Fairs. A large variety of artists were on sale from Presley to Plan B, The Beatles to Bob Marley, Arctic Monkeys to Pink Floyd, The Kinks to Kasabian, Stones to Sex Pistols, Led Zep to Queen, Oasis to Otis Redding – the whole spectrum of rock and pop was at the event.

A unique music house in Hanoi: Two siblings Tran Dai Duong and Tran Hai Dang have had an idea to turn the whole space of their house in Hanoi from the ground floor to a part of level 2 to exhibit a huge collection of vinyl discs and vintage musical stuffs. Professionals in the music industry thus call the house of the two siblings “a home theater of gramophone in Hanoi.”…At any corner in the house people can find different kinds of vinyl, speakers and recording machines. With some simple steps they can turn on the music and listen to the beautiful rhythms of local and foreign songs. Visitors can admire a rare collection of vinyl records of the Blues Festival in 1975 or a vinyl collection named Sleeping Beauty by Beethoven, recorded in 1960 – a gift from Dang’s friend from France.

Stranger Things soundtrack boxset to be reissued on vinyl: Before Stranger Things returns to Netflix this October, a limited edition vinyl reissue of both volumes of the soundtrack will be released as a deluxe box set. Through Lakeshore Records in North America and Invada Records in the UK and internationally, the new editions of the Stranger Things soundtrack will be available July 14 and feature coloured vinyl and exclusive artwork. The boxset also contains liner notes from The Duffer Brothers (the show creators) and soundtrack composers, S U R V I V E, reports Pitchfork.

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