In rotation: 10/11/17

Dog statue graces The Record Store in Hayes: A large statue of a dog was unveiled at the opening of The Record Store in Hayes, located at The Old Vinyl Factory. The dog statue at the retail outlet is 5.5 metres in height. It corresponds with the famous logo which HMV uses. Other record companies have also employed the dog image, which is called Nipper, for marketing purposes. Printing services in Hayes may help to promote shops in the area. U+I played a significant role in overseeing the regeneration around the store. Richard Upton, the deputy chief executive at the firm, told Get West London: “What fascinated us was the potential of history at The Old Vinyl Factory and that had been missed by other developers…”

Vintage Trax rewinding the clock in Redditch for Cassette Store Day: Vintage Trax in Redditch are rewinding the clock this weekend for a celebration of all things retro. On Saturday (October 14) the independent record shop are hosting an event for Cassette Store Day, one of the only stores in the Midlands to be supporting the occasion. Cassette Store Day was founded in London by a group of UK labels in 2013, and has grown into a highly anticipated event, now in its fifth year. The day of global celebrations is in honour of the humble cassette tape, and opening up the doors at 10.30am, Vintage Trax will be stocking some of the new cassette releases along with 100s of preloved retro tapes across all genres.

A record was sold on eBay every 30 seconds in the UK last year: eBay has detailed eighteen major sales trends, to mark 18 years since the online marketplace launched in the UK. Using data from the UK site in 2016, eBay found that sale of retro items and vinyl records was the number one trend over the 12 months, with the popularity of Stranger Things sending searches for related ’80s ephemera surging 400%. Unsurprisingly, Trainspotting’s return to the cinema also fuelled interest in the original film. While data about sales of new records is reported on a regular basis, (with Q3’s report dropping last week) it’s always illuminating when marketplaces like Discogs and eBay provide insights into the second hand market.

Vinyl has made a comeback. Here’s where to feed your record obsession, With vinyl back in vogue, LP-themed bars and fairs are mushrooming globally. Despite its small size – there’s barely room for 10 – Little Soul Cafe, in the Shimokitazawa area known for its youthful population and trendy cafes, boasts 15,000 tightly packed records. This is the incredible collection of owner Miachan, who alternates between mixing whisky highballs and spinning rare soul and disco treasures that will thrill your ears. None of the records are for sale, although you can ask Miachan if there’s anything he’s looking to shift.

Cincinnati online auction platform selling one of America’s largest record collections: A Cincinnati-based online estate sale auction house is selling what it’s billing as one of America’s largest private vinyl collections. Everything but the House is auctioning off 250 albums in the collection of Howard Weinberg of Washington, D.C. from what they say “might be the largest vinyl record collection in America.” Weinberg’s collection contains about 2,500 Beatles albums alone. EBTH plans to auction off the collection through multiple sales. According to his brother, Marc, Howard bought every pressing that Capitol Records ever released of the Beatles, not including bootlegs or pressings from overseas.

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