In rotation: 9/15/17

Nine Inch Nails Doing Surprise Q&A At Reckless Records: When members of Nine Inch Nails landed in Chicago on Wednesday in advance of their Riot Fest performance, they had one question for locals: which record store should we check out? Twitter, of course, had plenty of answers. But mostly one: Wicker Park’s Reckless Records, 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave. Turns out, they already knew about Reckless. As of 8 a.m. Thursday, people began lining up at the record store to get a chance to see an intimate Q&A with the band. “We are having a private event, a Q& A will be live streamed at Reckless Records in Wicker Park at 6 p.m. tonight,” a Reckless employee said Thursday. “The first 150 people who show up in line today at Reckless will get wristbands to attend the Q&A.” By 11 a.m. Thursday, well over 150 people were in line for the event, including Albany Park resident Susanne Saba…

Geneva’s iconic Area Records closing after 40 years: Musician Larry Williams once said that rock ‘n’ roll has no beginning and no end, for it is the very pulse of life itself. So as one of the Finger Lakes region’s longest-serving independent music stores closes, Area Records & Music owner Mikel George views it not as an end but rather the beginning of a new chapter four decades in the making. “It has certainly been a good time, and our customers have always been incredible,” George said recently, as the store prepares for its liquidation sale beginning Friday. “I never felt as if I was going to work every day. The social atmosphere and business routine mixed together really well.”

5 treasures at this record store for $20 to get you pumped for Record Fair: The allure of vinyl records endures much like an old school crush, for better or worse. This once-pronounced dead media has risen from the ashes to serve far more than a niche audience. According to Billboard, vinyl sales have increased more than 250 percent in the last eight years. Capitalizing on that rising tide is Dayton’s relatively new record fair, happening Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yellow Cab Building. The first event, held in February, was patterned after Cincinnati’s Northside Record Fair.

These new record player designs will have you in a spin: Apart from the fact that they all spin at a speed of either 33 or 45rpm, the new vinyl record players presented at the recent IFA electronics trade fair in Berlin, Germany, don’t have much in common. Thomson and Bigben presented a yet-to-be-named model that can be mounted to a wall as a space-saving measure or an interior design feature. On the more conventional side, the record player has direct drive and automatic tonearm lift. But it also comes with a remote control as well as Bluetooth to transmit music wirelessly. And the protective cover can be removed automatically. The device will be available from January 2018, according to the manufacturer, with the price yet to be announced.

Rhino is back with limited edition vinyl for Rocktober: Last year Rhino kicked-off ROCKTOBER, a highly successful campaign that celebrated some of the biggest names in Rock N’ Roll. In 2017, Rhino returns with another riveting ROCKTOBER campaign featuring 17 not-to-miss releases.Tuesday, October 3 kicks off the first round of releases and continues with new releases every Tuesday throughout the month. ROCKTOBER 2017 features iconic artists Alice Cooper, Chicago, Dr. Feelgood, Faces, Grateful Dead, Heavy Metal, Jane’s Addiction, Nickelback, Skid Row, Testament, T-Rex, Velvet Underground and ZZ TOP. Full details on all titles are listed below, including limited edition quantities available worldwide. All releases will be available exclusively at participating brick and mortar retail outlets.

The Lightning Thief Cast Recording Gets Special Edition Vinyl This Winter: Broadway Records will release a special limited edition vinyl release of The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical this winter. Available exclusively at BroadwayRecords.com, the deluxe, limited edition, double record set printed on colored vinyl will be limited to a pressing of 1,000. Each record will be hand-numbered. This item will not be available in stores and is now available for pre-order. “We have been looking for the right cast album to debut on vinyl, and after one listen to The Lightning Thief, I knew that was the one. We think we have created something really special for the Percy Jackson and cast album collectors. We are so excited that our first foray into vinyl is with this dynamic album,” said Van Dean, President of Broadway Records.

Have you seen this fashionable Dallas window display featuring 2,000 scratched records? With arms outstretched, a mannequin wears a dress made of 7-inch records. Another, donning a Fendi dress, sits on a giant vintage phonograph with a horn. The third, in Belvest, stands atop an oversized box made of vinyl records. In all, 2,000 scratched records, saved from the trash, decorate the occasionally headless mannequins in the window display at Stanley Korshak in Uptown Dallas. It’s music, fashion and art, darling. It’s “Spin,” now on display. “These are some of the biggest visual display retail windows in the country,” says freelance visual artist Ben Lewis says. He’s standing in one of the two enormous, 90-foot Korshak window display rooms at the Crescent. But it isn’t just the air-conditioning that makes this workspace interesting.

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