In rotation: 7/31/17

So long and thanks for all the noise: Permanent Records closing in September: Ukrainian Village just got way less cool. Permanent Records announced they’ll be closing their location at 1914 W. Chicago after 11 years. News like this is always depressing for vinyl lovers, but the silver lining as at least they aren’t going out of business. Permanent has three other locations in Los Angeles, which the owners will be focusing on full time…As their lease was coming to an end, the decision had to be made. They are considering any offers on the store if anyone with a bit of extra scratch is looking to own a record store. Otherwise, the remaining inventory will be finding its way to Hollywood.

Kindercore Vinyl brings innovation and sustainability to record pressing in Athens, GA: Kindercore Vinyl is taking advantage of recent technological advances in the industry with the cutting-edge WarmTone press from Canadian firm Viryl Technologies. The WarmTone incorporates automation and data science into the pressing process to ensure more consistent results, allowing KCV to modernize a process long plagued by bottlenecks and inconsistencies. The pressing plant’s commitment to modernizing record-pressing doesn’t stop there. Chief Technical Officer Dan Geller, a research engineer with experience in developing plant-based alternatives to fuels and other products, is working to revolutionize the materials of the records themselves.

The Ebow Gallery launch ‘Cassettes vs Vinyl’ exhibition: ‘Cassettes Vs Vinyl’ is a music-themed art exhibition with work by The Specials’ bass player, Horace Panter, and artist friends Morgan Howell and Chris Barton. A study of the transient nature of pop music culture, the Ebow Gallery takes on the look of a record store filled with paintings, prints and sculptures of supersized collectables and mixtapes evoking the analogue era and the musicians and songs who were a part of it. Goldenplec had the pleasure of a visit on the opening night and we can confirm, it’s a visual treat for music fans…This one is an immersive pleasure, we’d highly recommend a visit.

Grandmaster Flash admits much of his record collection came from ex-girlfriends: Grandmaster Flash has his ex-girlfriends to thank for helping him build the basis of his record collections, which helped inspire his legendary hip-hop career. In a recent interview with AM New York, Grandmaster Flash was discussing his early influences when he told a story about how he used to play with his father’s records and turntable after he left to go to work. At some point Flash decided he needed to accumulate his own records, which is when he tapped the families of his ex-girlfriends…Today Flash’s vinyl collection is vast, with an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, soul, funk and pop. It’s these very records that led to a string of DJ innovations that helped evolve the craft. Big up the exes for the crucial contribution to music history.

Steffi takes The Vinyl Factory on a tour of her record collection: At a first glance, it looks heavily curated, expertly pruned, the rock-solid collection of someone who has poured years and years into their passion for music. “For the first time in my life, I recently sold some stuff, which was really difficult,” explains the Dutch-born, Berlin-based DJ, as she gives us a detailed tour, section by section, genre by genre. “There are things that were either too damaged, or I’m ready to let go of it, which took 20 years.” She laughs and sighs at the same time.

Legacy Releasing First Ever Picture Disc of ELO’s “Out of the Blue” For 40th Anniversary: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Electric Light Orchestra’s (ELO) top-selling double album, Out of the Blue, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the first-time-ever picture disc edition of the ELO classic available everywhere on Friday, September 29. This 2LP collector’s picture disc edition of Out of the Blue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes a digital download of the album…Out of the Blue was also the first ELO album to feature the group’s logo as a three-dimensional flying saucer/space station, a visual motif central to ELO’s live shows.

Rare ‘Pussy Plays’ vinyl worth hundreds found in Oxfam Music Southampton: A relic for hardcore record collectors was found in a charity shop in Southampton. Staff at Oxfam Music Southampton were left shocked after a rare psychedelic LP was donated to the shop before being sold off for a record-breaking fee. ‘Pussy Plays’, an album by the short lived 60s group Pussy, has long been considered a holy grail for record collectors and was even reissued by Record Collector magazine, such was its importance to the genre. But once the album was sold for £1,200, the shop celebrated its biggest ever transaction.

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