In rotation: 10/20/17

Mt. Lebanon residents open Get Hip Record Store: Mt. Lebanon residents Gregg Kostelich and Barbara Garcia-Bernardo announced the grand opening of their new Get Hip Record Store on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. A grand opening event is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21, featuring live music from 7 to 9. New Orleans garage-psych band Bipolaroid will be preceded by Pittsburgh rockers Gas Tiger, and DJ Flipside Scotty will spin vintage records throughout the evening. The store is located one floor below the Get Hip Recordings label headquarters, 1800 Columbus Ave.

INTERVIEW: Paul Raper, Co-Owner, SingleShot Vinyl Records & Coffeehouse: Youngsters and students seem to have gone past the digital age – they still listen to things digitally when they’re on the move, but they want to hold a physical copy of something again. The older generations have always had that, they’ve always been able to appreciate it, but this is something that younger fans have re-discovered, or even discovered for the first time. It doesn’t tend to be CDs any more, there’s a kind of love and a nostalgia about records, that sense that something has been loved by someone else before you. We get stuff in from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s and you’ll often see little messages written on the liner notes, perhaps birthday messages. We don’t get rid of that, it’s part of this history!

Mainline Records takes over Disc-O-Rama space in the Village, open now: Manhattan has a new record store, Mainline Records, which opened a couple weeks ago in the Village in the old Disc-O-Rama space at 44 W. 8th St (between Macdougal and 6th Ave). The store is owned by Bob Perry, who bought Boston’s Cheapo Records last year, and they’re planning on a mix of secondhand records and new stuff too — they have CDs too. Regular record shoppers may recognize a few faces behind the counter, including Chris Vanderloo from Other Music who is helping get the store up and running just in its opening weeks.

Why Vinyl Matters: musicians, producers and record label gurus make the case: Last year, vinyl sales hit a 25-year high in the UK. Both young and old people ditched digital and snapped up the physical format of their favourite albums. But why? A new book, by cratedigger extraordinaire Jennifer Otter Bickerdike hopes to answer that very question. She’s spent the past 12 months or so chatting to a load of famous vinyl heads – including Lars Ulrich, Fatboy Slim and Tim Burgess – to get their opinion on the matter. Here’s what they said.

Superchunk Announce New Vinyl Single for Charity, The 7″, which features the new song “Break the Glass,” benefits the Southern Poverty Law Center: Superchunk have announced a limited-run 7″ vinyl single, with all proceeds going towards the Southern Poverty Law Center. The release features a new song, “Break the Glass,” as well as a cover of hardcore band Corrosion of Conformity’s “Mad World”…This marks Superchunk’s second single release of the year; Earlier this summer, they released “I Got Cut” as a 7″, fundraising over $20,000 for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. July also saw the seminal indie group announce a reissue of their self-titled debut album.

Neil Young announces first ever vinyl reissue of his 1972 album Harvest Moon: Neil Young’s critically acclaimed, much loved 1992 LP Harvest Moon is getting its first ever vinyl reissue this November. Releasing on the 24th, it will just miss the record’s 25th anniversary on November 2nd. Bringing back most of the musicians who contributed to Young’s early 1992 album Harvest, it’s considered by most to be a ‘sequel’ to said record. The reissue will be limited to 5000 copies. Harvest Moon is one of the many releases which form Record Store Day’s Black Friday contingent, which are largely limited to North American releases.

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