In rotation: 6/29/17

Bushwick’s Daptone Records Will Host a Stoop Sale Friday With Free Beer: Vinyl collectors, fans of soulful Daptone Records, and beer-drinkers will have a field day at this Friday’s Daptone Super Soul Stoop Sale. The record label is credited with the soul and funk revival of the last decade and a half. One of the label’s first major successes was recording the backing music to Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” as the Dap-Kings. You may also remember the Dap-Kings as Sharon Jones’s permanent backing band, recording seven full-length albums with her before Jones’ untimely death in November of last year.

Norton Records Shop is closing soon, looking for new tenant for the space: “With a sigh, the continuing saga of Norton Records is about to start yet another chapter, as we work toward a huge move of our headquarters in Brooklyn. Right now, the shop will have to close in order to make the move happen. Nothing is easy, that’s for darn sure! Before we close, we need to find a new tenant for the shop space. It’s a perfect location for a small shop, so if anyone out there has been dreaming about running their own little shop with modest rent in scenic Prospect Heights, close to the subway, and just a short block off Atlantic Avenue near Barclays Center, you’ve got a built in customer base…”

New East Village Record Store Will Be ‘Like Flight Club, But For Records’: New York vinyl fans have had to cope with repeated bad news over the past few years, as record shop after record shop has closed downtown. But…a new record shop is coming to the East Village, created by the people behind the podcast and cult Instagram RecordNerdz and focused on hard-to-find contemporary music. Opening July 29, Limited to One will be “a record store for record collectors,” said Kristian Sorge, who founded the store with his girlfriend Nichole Porges. “We’re not shooting to have a lot of dollar bins. We don’t want to have a lot of fluff. We want it to be a very curated space that focuses on contemporary collectible items and out-of-print items.”

Sales of vinyl records not doing too badly, attracting younger crowd: Over the past few years, newer, fresher faces have been navigating through the precarious floor-to-ceiling shelves containing vinyl records at Roxy Disc House, browsing for their favourite records. The vinyl revival in Singapore continues to pick up steam, even as digital music and streaming services might still be the predominant players in the music space, according to the latest statistics from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Vinyl sales make up slightly less than 1 per cent of all music sales here, but grew fivefold last year to US$150,000 (S$208,000).

Days when vinyl had music world in a spin: Records dominated the music scene prior to cassettes and CDs, originally coming out as 78s, which means 78 revolutions per minute on a turntable. Later came the more popular 33 1/3 long play record (LP) that could fit more songs on each side of the disc while singles, or 45s, had just one song per side. So vinyl has a long history on the music scene and many argue they have a far better sound than CDs or digital tracks. You can find out for yourself by checking out Back To Vinyl each Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm on 2MCE, when Ron Gibson spins in all your favourite vinyl tracks.

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