In rotation: 9/18/17

Put it on wax: Three spots to find vinyl records in Denver, Vinyl records are back. Here is where to find them in Denver: Streaming services, like Apple Music and Spotify, are great for listening to and purchasing music whenever, wherever. However, there’s nothing like setting a needle on vinyl on a spinning turntable. The sound is natural, and holding a vinyl record might make you feel like you own a piece of art. Stop by these Denver record stores to explore thousands of albums.

Ordering a Double (a Drink and a Song) at Tokyo Record Bar: To the experienced cocktail-bar fan, some things about the new place on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village will be familiar: the hard-to-find entrance, the cramped subterranean quarters, the need for reservations, the turntable and the collection of old vinyl. Other details may ring fewer bells, if any: the seven-course izakaya menu, the preponderance of sake, the song index you are handed along with the cocktail menu. This is Tokyo Record Bar, a creative homage to a type of bar, common in Japan, where the aural is as important as the oral.

A new exhibition explores how recorded sound has changed the way we live: Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound, a new exhibition at the British Library, explores how the ability to record and reproduce sound has shaped modern life. The exhibition uses the invention of the phonograph, a device created by Thomas Edison in 1877 which enabled people to record and replay sound for the first time, as its launch point. Opening on the 6th October 2017, the five-month event features listening booths where you can hear rare and unreleased sounds from the British Library’s archive, an audio installation by composer Aleks Kolkowski, as well as the museum’s collection of players and recorders.

Rock Music Menu: The Rocktober celebration of vinyl returns for second year: Last year Rhino kicked-off Rocktober, a highly successful campaign that celebrated some of the biggest names in rock and roll. It was almost like having Record Store Day in October — albeit on a much, much smaller scale. The concept is the same, a limited pressing of some of the most iconic records in history. Now, the campaign returns with another riveting month-long event featuring 17 not-to-miss releases. Tuesday, October 3 kicks off the first round and continues with new releases every Tuesday throughout the month. Rocktober 2017 features iconic artists Alice Cooper, Faces, Grateful Dead, Jane’s Addiction and many more.

In the groove: Vinyl records see new life in 21st century: Lindstrom’s TV & Appliance at 400 E. Main St. in Galesburg used to house one of the biggest record outlets in downstate Illinois. But those days — when Lindstrom’s used to have its own radio show hosted by current owner Dick Lindstrom, his father Dean, and Jack Larson, and compete with The Platter Records — are now distant. Lindstrom’s, a family business of 92 years, started carrying records in the 1930s. While the profit margin on vinyl and its players was sometimes slim, the records got people into the store, which also sold televisions, radio and stereo equipment.

Solange to release limited vinyl edition of “A Seat at The Table” for one-year anniversary: It’s hard to believe that Solange’s Grammy winning album A Seat at the Table will celebrate it’s one-year anniversary on September 30. But with that date coming near, the “Cranes in the Sky” singer has decided to release a limited-edition, red colored vinyl version of the critically-acclaimed disc to commemorate the special occasion. The record will be available September 29, but you can pre-order it now via Solange.shop.musictoday.com/store. In addition, the recording artist has announced that she will perform a five-show series called “Orion’s Rise” surrounding A Seat at the Table’s upcoming anniversary.

Phish Announce A Live One Vinyl Box Set: Phish will release a deluxe box set featuring a 4-LP pressing of their first-ever live album, A Live One, on October 27. The album was originally released in 1995 and remains the band’s best-selling record. The new box set will include 180g red and blue vinyl, along with a photo booklet and free digital download of the set. The package can also include a t-shirt featuring images of Jon Fishman dancing. The multitrack recordings were originally made during Phish’s 1994 tours by Paul Languedoc. A Live One box set is available for pre-order now. More information can be found here.

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