In rotation: 10/25/17

First Record Pressing Plant to Open in Oakland Since 1930s: By early next year, Oakland will be home to new a record pressing plant, the first of its kind in the city since the Victor Records plant closed in 1935. Second Line Vinyl has ordered a new vinyl record press, which is expected to arrive by February of 2018, according to Second Line CEO Zane Howard. The company plans to buy five more presses by the end of next year. With six presses working full time, Howard estimates the plant, called Bump Town, will be able to manufacture 2 million records a year. The new press couldn’t come sooner. There’s currently about a dozen vinyl pressing plants in the U.S., and for smaller, independent labels, it takes an estimated four to six months for an order to be filled. And records continue to post year-over-year sales gains, despite articles predicting the end of the “vinyl boom.”

The BPL’s massive vinyl collection will soon be available to the public: The Boston Public Library’s record collection — we’re talking about old school vinyl here — runs the gamut. There are pop albums like “No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins (featuring his 1985 chart-topping hit “Sussudio”) and “Hangin’ Tough” by New Kids on the Block, along with obscure titles such as “Hitler’s Inferno In Words, In Music: Marching Songs of Nazi Germany” and “Please Pass The Biscuits, Pappy (I Like Mountain Music)” by W. Lee O’Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys. The physical copies of those recordings have long sat in storage in a basement, but library officials have decided it’s time to clear them out and make them accessible to the public once again.

Calgary record collectors gather for southeast show: Vendors and collectors alike got the chance to show off thousands of vinyl records at the Calgary Music Collector’s Show in Acadia on Sunday. Over the past 10 years, music on vinyl records has seen resurgence as digital music fans are taking a look back at analog recordings. They say there is something different in the older media. “You get the in-between sound. There’s something that records have. You can’t skip it. It’s an in-between sound there and I really like that about them,” said Jacqueline Stutz, a vinyl record collector. Fans have been meeting in Calgary twice a year for the past nine years, looking for albums to round out their collections. Mark Corner, one of the organizers, says the show has a lot of rare records too.

Mondo and Death Waltz Reveal Details For Nightmare on Elm Street Vinyl Boxset: Mondo and Death Waltz have revealed all details for their upcoming “Box of Souls”, an 8-LP box set of every A Nightmare on Elm Street soundtrack in the films franchise (no, the remake is NOT included). Each soundtrack was lovingly remastered by James Plotkin and there will be original artwork from Mike Saputo. Additionally, each boxset will come with a 12-page booklet that includes extensive liner notes and interviews with composers and cast members, including Charles Bernstein, Mark Patton, Jack Sholder, Ira Heiden, Craig Safan, Lisa Wilcox, Jay Ferguson, and Charles Brigden. Each record will come on black vinyl.

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