In rotation: 4/20/17

The Best and Worst Releases of Record Store Day 2017: This year marks the landmark 10th instalment of Record Store Day, with the event ballooning from a modest promotional push behind indie record stores into a globe-spanning commercial bonanza celebrating all things vinyl. A decade ago, RSD was marked with a handful of exclusive releases intended to attract buyers to independent brick-and-mortar shops. Now, dozens upon dozens of special releases flood the marketplace from indie labels and majors alike…If you’re having trouble separating the wheat from the chaff in the massive list of exclusive releases, Exclaim! is here to help.

For Local Record Store, “Record Store Day” Means “Community”: As of 2017, four independently owned record stores in the state of Wyoming have signed the “Record Store Day Pledge:” Ernie November #6 in Cheyenne, Mammoth Music Inc in Riverton, 2nd Chance CDs in Sheridan, and Sonic Rainbow CDs in Casper. According to the official Record Store Day website, these stores have agreed to act “in the spirit of Record Store Day, and sell the commercial Record Store Day releases to their physical customers, on Record Store Day; not to gouge them, or hold product back to sell them online.”

Classified Records’ owner Neil Waters previews World Record Store Day: One need look no further than our own borders for proof of that, Classified Records firmly entrenched at the heart of the north-east music scene. For owner Neil Waters, the store’s success is owed in no small part to the town’s already storied musical heritage. “It just wouldn’t be achievable were it not for Dundalk’s long-standing history in that respect, from the Showband era right back to the Victorian gigs which were hosted here in years gone by. “Everyone from Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash to John Martyn and The Smiths have played in the north east over the years, and we’ve carried that history right through…”

Record Store day 2017 – the best events across Greater Manchester, It’s not just rare releases to get excited about this year – events are taking place throughout Manchester: It wouldn’t be record store day without queuing to buy some rare, never-before-heard tunes – and 2017 is no different. The Smiths are to release a previously-unheard demo of The Boy With The Thorn In His Side on vinyl for Record Store Day. The limited edition 7″ single will also feature an unreleased version of original b-side Rubber Ring. Elbow, Blossoms , The Courteeners , Magazine and Cabbage are also getting involved with exclusive, limited-edition releases…But it’s not just rare releases to get excited about this year – there’s plenty of events taking place throughout Manchester.

Vinyl music: Record Store Day 2017 in Kent: It’s nostalgia and great music that are in the mix this weekend to mark Record Store Day. The resurgence of vinyl nationally has been reflected across the country with record shops springing up, second hand shops giving over growing sections to records and regular record sales being staged…In Kent, towns touched by the revolution, include Tunbridge Wells, where Vinyl Revolution opened last year, Cliftonville where Transmission records opened a year ago and Ashford where father and daughter Vincent and Tahlula Monticelli opened the Record Store in Park Mall, which is taking part in Record Store Day.

This is how you can get rare vinyl in Swansea for Record Store Day, There’ll be limited editions from David Bowie, Manic Street Preachers and Super Furry Animals: The only shop in South West Wales participating in the event is Derricks Music, on Oxford Street, Swansea, and owner Chris Stylianou is preparing to be rushed off his feet. “It’s the biggest day of the year for the record industry,” he said. “It’s special this year because it’s the 10th anniversary, and it’s all about getting people into the shops. Ten years ago we could have ended up in a situation where we didn’t have any record shops. But it has had a good effect, and year on year it’s getting bigger. There were 280 independent record shops when it started, now there are 390.”

9 shops in Vancouver celebrating Record Store Day 2017: Every spring, vinyl lovers around the world look forward to Record Store Day. Founded in 2007, the special event celebrates independent record stores, their owners, their staff, and the unique community surrounding them. Limited edition vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists, both locally and worldwide, make special appearances in its honour. So as April 22 approaches, here are nine shops in Vancouver that are set to participate in Record Store Day 2017.

Record Store Day in Florida: To record store owners and lovers, nothing quite compares to the first moments after a needle hits vinyl, creating a soothing crackle as a record makes its first rounds. Record store owners and vinyl record enthusiasts will celebrate the musical phenomenon for the 10th annual Record Store Day on Saturday. Many independently owned record stores will officially participate in Record Store Day, offering exclusive vinyl record releases and promotional materials such as CDs and T-shirts and hosting giveaways or special events. FWB Vintage Records in Fort Walton Beach, Central Square Records in Seaside and Revolver Records in Pensacola are among the official participants in the holiday.

Beverly Records to bring music history to future fans: [Chicago’s] Beverly Records continues to link the rich history of vinyl to the future with a complementary Vinyl Fair and a record release party by local up-and-comers Railway Gamblers, all in one day, Saturday, April 22. “Our pocket of the city is so blessed to have a hip and supportive record store like Beverly Records,” said Matt Fricks of Railway Gamblers. “Having a real vinyl 45 to autograph as part of a record release party is the stuff of dreams.” While doors open at 8 a.m. to the long lines at Beverly Records for International Record Store Day, at 11 a.m. Cullinan’s Stadium Club opens the Vinyl Fair. Success breeds ingenuity, and the further expansion of inventory has meant “pop-up record bins” at Cullinan’s Stadium Club, next door at 11612 S. Western Ave. It’s also meant an “Antique Electronics Answer Man” on site and more.

Viewpoint: Banquet’s Jon Tolley on what Record Store Day really means to the music industry: I was recently interviewed on Sky News about ‘the vinyl revival’. Normally such interviews are feel-good stories about a nostalgic time when people used to buy records. And I’m always at pains to point out this is as modern day as it gets. I point out that records are the antidote to a culture where everything is immediate, where there’s a race to the bottom on price, and service and meaning are forgotten. That now, the emotional experience of buying and owning a piece of art is more important than it ever was.

This interactive map shows the locations of Detroit’s record stores: Ahead of this month’s Record Store Day, Curbed Detroit has created a handy map out every single record shop in the city that sells vinyl. Many of the shops featured on the interactive map will be hosting special Record Store Day events this weekend (Saturday 22nd April). Wax addicts will find an extensive list of stores that stock everything from Detroit techno to R&B and everything in between. Vinyl sales continue to surge worldwide with wax quickly becoming the must-have keepsake for music fans across the world.

Young Entrepreneurs: Talking shop with DIG owner Sarah Jones: Sarah Jones, a Galesburg native and Knox College graduate, got a taste of city life while living in Milwaukee, but she found a new groove as a business owner back in her hometown. She opened her store, DIG, four years ago at 70 N. Seminary St. in downtown Galesburg. In it, she houses eclectic inventory ranging from vinyl records and retro housewares to handmade jewelry and local artwork. This week, Jones will launch a new venture: turning part of her building into a fully equipped record store, just in time for Record Store Day on April 22.

Celebrate Record Store Day 2017 Reggae Music Event With VP Records: VP Records will release two limited edition vinyl titles and host its vinyl only, sound system celebration to commemorate Record Store Day 2017. Record Store Day 2017 will take place at VP Records’ retail outlet at 170-21 Jamaica Avenue, New York from 11am to 5pm on Saturday April 22, 2017. The event will feature an all-star cast of DJs including; Massive B, Road International, Tippatone and King Addies. Sound System will be provided by Pretty Posse (Yellow Bird). This reggae music event is free to the public. “We are excited about our Record Store Day event” commented VP Records founder Patricia Chin, “we welcome the public to come and experience a bit of sound culture and pick up some new music.”

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