In rotation: 10/24/17

DJ Shadow to sell more of his personal record collection in Los Angeles: DJ Shadow will sell his own records, CDs and other collectible music ephemera at Rappcats in Los Angeles on November 4th and 5th. The two-day pop-up event is the second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale, where he opens up his personal music stash to fans and collectors. That includes not just records but CDs, cassettes, posters and “other oddities,” plus limited DJ Shadow items and rarities. “This is a chance for producers, dealers and DJs to access seldom-seen and eclectic vinyl at affordable prices…”

Bernie Grundman wants to change the way you hear music — for the better: One of the music industry’s most respected mastering engineers, Grundman specializes in an arcane yet crucial part of the recording process — the last step, essentially, before a piece of music is readied for mass consumption on CD or vinyl or, as is most often the case these days, as a stream of digital information beamed down from the cloud via Spotify or Apple Music. Mastering involves striking the final balance of the various elements in a mix, getting the dynamics just right, controlling the amount of silence between tracks — each of which can significantly affect an intricate production like some of those Grundman has mastered, including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Steely Dan’s “Aja.”

A new record pressing plant is opening in California: California’s Bay Area is getting a new vinyl manufacturing hub this year, reports KQED Arts. Second Line Vinyl will open this winter in Oakland operating on one machine initially before expanding to a further five by 2018. The plant will be city’s first since first since iconic early 20th century label Victor Records shut its doors in 1935. Founder Zane Howard wants to turn the 40,000 square foot factory into “a one-stop-shop for independent labels wanting to press records,” says KQED.

New Harry Potter soundtrack picture-disc boxset unveiled: The Harry Potter film series is one of the most successful cinematic franchises of all time and it continues to inspire a passionate and growing following around the world. One key that helped bring author J.K. Rowling’s books to life on the big screen was the evocative music created for the films by great composers like John Williams, Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper. This autumn, Rhino will transport you to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with a limited edition boxed set that features the soundtracks to the series’ first five films pressed on vinyl picture discs (10 LPs). Harry Potter: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks I-V will be available on 17 November.

Tame Impala Announce Currents Collectors Edition Box Set: Tame Impala have announced an extended edition of their 2015 record Currents. The box set—called Currents Collectors Edition— is out November 17 via Interscope. Along with the original album on red marbled vinyl, the Collectors Edition includes two new remixes on a 12″ vinyl, as well as a 7″ and flexidisc with three B-sides. There’s also new artwork, a poster, and a zine with “images and scribbles” from the recording process, according to a press release.

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