In rotation: 5/15/17

Report: Vinyl Fans Still Flocking To Physical Stores: Vinyl fans report shopping at both physical and online retailers to grow their collections — Amazon, Barnes and Noble and indie stores are named the top three reporter retailers for vinyl purchases by shoppers, Crupnick said. Though online commerce can provide obvious convenience, like placing a pre-order or hunting down a certain color variant, Crupnick said he thinks dedicated vinyl collectors are likely to continue to frequent record stores for afternoons of stack diving.

NYC record store Disc-O-Rama closes after 41 years: While thousands thumbed through used vinyl at the WFMU Record Fair over the weekend, New York lost another record store. Disc-O-Rama, which first opened in 1976 and had a few locations in Manhattan, closed its last store over the weekend which was located on W. 8th St (between Macdougal and 6th Ave.) “Thank you New York. It has been an epic ride, starting with vinyl, to cassettes, CDs and back to vinyl again. Who would have thunk it!!!” Sorry to see you go, Disc-O-Rama, but their online store remains open.

The MP3 Is Officially Dead, According To Its Creators: “The death of the MP3 was announced in a conference room in Erlangen, Germany, in the spring of 1995.” So opens Stephen Witt’s How Music Got Free, an investigation into the forced digitization and subsequent decimation of the music business, from which it has only very recently started to recover…But now, 22 years later, the MP3 truly is dead, according to the people who invented it. The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, a division of the state-funded German research institution that bankrolled the MP3’s development in the late ’80s, recently announced that its “licensing program for certain MP3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated.”

World class vinyl plant opens its doors in Burlington: Burlington can now call itself the vinyl record capital of Canada. At its new 20,000-square-foot plant, Precision Record Pressing held an opening celebration Thursday for more than 100 invited music industry guests, including representatives from all the major Canadian record labels. The $5 million plant, located in an industrial park off Harvester Road, boasts five new double record presses — freshly manufactured in the Czech Republic — that can turn out 3.6 million vinyl records per year. “There’s nobody else (in Canada) that can do our volume,” Precision vice-president Gerry McGhee said in an interview.

Hard Rock International Amplifies The Sound Of Your Stay® with Launch of WAX Music Amenity Program, Hospitality Brand Teams Up with Iconic Brands and Emerging Artists for Complimentary In-Room Vinyl Experience: Partnering with Crosley, one of the world’s most notable turntable manufacturers, and Sony Music Entertainment, a global recorded music company, guests will be offered an all-encompassing opportunity to tune in to the resurgence of vinyl records. Exclusive at all 24 hotels, guests will be offered stylish turntables in the comfort of their own rooms and experience music as it was intended to be listened to.

The Loft Record Console Offers the Best of Vinyl and Digital: Vinyl has made a huge comeback over the last several years. Although many manufacturers have released updated turntables in response to the renewed interest in vinyl, this means that consumers must have two separate devices to play their favourite music—a turntable and a digital music player. The Loft Record Console by Wrensilva is a modern record console that allows you to play your vinyl records and stream digital music too. This streamlined, affordable audio system packs plenty of capability and power into a handsome piece of furniture. The Loft Record Console is a cheaper and smaller console than some of Wrensilva’s other consoles, which makes it perfect for smaller spaces.

Top 5 Electronic Vinyl Records Of All Time: There are so many record releases out now, that for a beginner it’s hard to even know where to start a collection, the obvious is always your favourites first before the overwhelming sense of achievement and ensuing addiction kicks in. A little like a seaman launching his boat for the first time and tasting freedom before spending a lifetime out at sea. According to Albumofhtheyear.org there are many special pieces of highly collectable vinyl records and artwork that sit higher on the priority list than others. Everybody has different tastes in music and although your own preferences may differ, according to their online voting system they have amassed a hot list below.

David Bowie’s special RSD release of Cracked Actor to be re-issued: Due to fan demand, David Bowie’s record label Parlophone have announced a full edition release of the late artist’s ‘Live in Los Angeles’ album. The album, released as part of Record Store Day, is a special one-off recording of the artist in Los Angeles in 1974. This gig, from the apt Philly Dogs Tour, has gone down as one of Bowie’s great legacy shows. Remaining completely unreleased until last month, the record was the biggest selling vinyl album on Record Store Day this year. The show was one of the first to feature his long-time collaborators and touring band members, Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar. Cracked Actor was produced by David Bowie and mixed by Tony Visconti at Human Studios, NYC in October and November 2016.

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