In rotation: 10/31/17

Revival of vinyl helps record shop to its 50th year: A Resurgence in vinyl sales has helped Scotland’s oldest surviving record shop to reach its 50th anniversary. Bee Gees hit Massachusetts was the UK’s best-selling single – with the Beatles’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band on top of the album charts – when Concorde Music first opened its doors. The shop in the heart of Perth grew out of an earlier business owned by Scottish accordion legend Sir Jimmy Shand that went into liquidation, prompting Norman and Rena Smith to pay £2,640 to purchase the leftover stock, fittings and goodwill.

Coffee & Vinyl: 10 record shop cafés that serve both your addictions: Record shops as you know them are changing. In many of the world’s major cities, pressure on rent in central areas is such that the humble record shop, the musty, chaotic, dog-eared caves so many call home are often not able to support themselves by peddling wax alone. Shifting bargain racks to let the natural light flow in, moving new arrivals to one side for the odd table and an espresso machine, many shops now serve its customers’ coffee addictions as well as their vinyl ones. What’s more, they are often in spaces that have embraced the minimal aesthetic of contemporary interior design in stunning ways. From Hong Kong to LA here are ten of the best and most beautiful spots to grab a hot brew and a 12″ slab of pie.

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Long-time Charlotte record store calling it quits: Vinyl records are making a comeback, but one well-known Charlotte music store is getting out of the business. Four weeks from now, the owner of Wax Museum will close the doors for good. Thousands of people pass by the store at the corner of Monroe Road and Sharon Amity Lane during rush hour, but the days for the record store are numbered. “The Wax Museum has been fun,” said Chris Beachley. “It’s been 45 years, but it’s time to retire.” Thousands of records on the shelves, walls, and filing cabinets cross the musical spectrum. Liquidating that vast inventory of used records fuels a flood of memories for Beachley.

7-Eleven to move into Long Beach’s iconic V.I.P. Records store; not everyone is happy: A petition started months ago that sought to block the convenience store from opening garnered a few thousand signatures, and, as a result of public pressure, V.I.P. claims 7-Eleven agreed to move to a neighboring storefront and allow Kelvin to keep the original location. But that deal fell through, and 7-Eleven decided in September it would support the community through a $50,000 donation to Long Beach Poly High School while simultaneously severing ties with V.I.P., according to an email obtained by the Press-Telegram. That news came as a shock to V.I.P. president Shirin Senegal, who was handling the negotiations, but, she said they have decided to move forward with preservation while pursuing a lawsuit against 7-Eleven for breaching a “good faith contract.”

Wax Trax! Records Documentary Screening Question and Answer Period in Los Angeles Will Feature Members of Front 242, Revolting Cocks, Ministry and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: On November 9th, the legendary label, Wax Trax!, will present a screening of their recently completed documentary, INDUSTRIΛL ΛCCIDENT: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records, at Montalban Theater in Hollywood. The screening will be completed by a Question & Answer session moderated by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba with: Richard 23 (Front 242), Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Ministry, etc), Paul Barker (Ministry) and various members of My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, KMFDM and Frontline Assembly. In addition to the screening and Q&A session, Wax Trax will present a pop-up shop featuring several very rare items.

Haynes releases Owners Manual book for vinyl collectors: British publishers Haynes have released a new book in their storied Owners Manual series dedicated to vinyl records, turntables and audio kit. Founder John Haynes launched the books in 1960 with a guide aimed at general consumers detailing how to build an Austin 7 Special engine. “Based on the stripdown and rebuild of the project vehicle and with extensive use of step-by-step photographs – a process that has not changed to this day,” says the company. This How To Get The Best From Your Vinyl Records and Kit instalment, written by Patrick Fuller and Matt Anniss, is aimed at the seasoned turntablist and novice collector alike.

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