In rotation: 9/19/17

Skeleton Dust Records opening in downtown Dayton: Vinyl and cassettes are back in style and will be sold at a new shop opening in downtown Dayton. Skeleton Dust Records, owned by local resident Luke Tandy, is on track to open in October at 133 E. Third St. Tandy said he’s been describing the store as “curated and eclectic,” with a wide range of genres available on records, cassettes and CDs, but also a carefully picked selection of what he considers the best stuff. “I’ll be kind of carrying a little bit of everything, but there’s a focus of stuff that falls outside of the mainstream,” he said.

Free Vinyl Record DAY at LA’s The Record Parlour, 30,000 LPs for FREE on September 23-24, 2017: 120,000+ Records purchased in the last several months have created a massive mountain of #Vinyl Records to accumulate since our last #FREE DAY in June. Over 30,000 records across all genres are out for FREE Sept 23-24. Arrive EARLY for the best selection and shorter wait time. Spend $20 and take up to 100 RECORDS FOR FREE. Please bring your own box or bag. We only do this 2-3x a year – don’t miss this final opportunity for 2017. (Next date is Jan 2018) In addition to LPs, we will have about 5,000 fantastic 45s, 78s, #Cassettes, Music Magazines and #Posters. They also have TO GO and are FREE.

Vinyl records experience resurgence in New Zealand: The death of vinyl is over-rated. Long-time record lovers say they never went away. A record fair held in Hamilton on Saturday saw a new generation trading, buying and selling records, organiser and collector Brian Wafer said. More and more young people are buying records, collectors say. More young DJs and alternative music fanatics are turning to vinyl. In Australia, a record plant will open in 2018 for the first time in 30 years to keep up with increasing demand. In New Zealand, revenue from record sales has climbed over the past four years. Radioscope, which collects data on the recording industry, reports sales doubled from $462,000 to $1 million between 2013 and 2014.

How to see Prophets of Rage perform at a Long Beach record store: Politically charged supergroup Prophets of Rage will make an appearance at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Records, 420 E. Fourth St., for an in-store performance on Friday, Sept. 22. The collective is made up of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill. “We’ve done a couple of things with Chuck D over the years and we’ve had Tom Morello before, and they called and said they wanted to do it,” said Rand Foster, owner of Fingerprints. The 7 p.m. show happens about a week after the release of the band’s self-titled 12-track album which mixes rap and rock with socially conscious and politically-driven lyrics.

THE BOOK NOOK: Setting the records straight once and for all: “The Forensic Records Society” by Magnus Mills is a peculiarity. The cover is designed to attract the attention of those of us who love our music singles. It was made to look like a 45-rpm single in the sleeve. It actually has a cutout for the record label. The story begins as our narrator and his friend James are listening to records. These two men are enthusiastic collectors of 45-rpm singles. After they finish listening, our narrator observes they are probably the only people in the world who just listened to that record and that “nobody else is interested. Nobody listens. Not properly anyway. Not like we do.”

Love and Records attracts music lovers of all ages: The air was filled with Love and Records at Galt Gardens on Saturday as hundreds came out to dig for hidden musical treasures and take in the late summer fair atmosphere. This is the seventh year for Western Canada’s largest outdoor record fair and music festival, known as much for its mountains of vinyl, cassettes and CDs for festival-goers to peruse as it is as a stage and venue for live musical acts to connect with local residents. The event is presented by 88.3 FM CKXU, the University of Lethbridge radio station.

Best turntables: the best record players for any budget in 2017: Vinyl isn’t just a fad for hipster kids. The record resurgence is here to stay and as a result, audio companies are releasing new turntables at various price ranges to fit any music-lover’s budget. WIth so many new turntables being released on the market, which one is best for you? This turntable buying guide will walk you through through the intricacies of picking the right deck for your needs and budget. Belt drive? Direct drive? Do I need a phono preamp? We’ll answer all of these questions and will get you listening to your favorite records in no time.

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