In rotation: 10/6/17

Truth Vinyl puts a new spin on the old record store: When you walk into Truth Vinyl for the first time, you’ll likely have one of two reactions. If you’re under thirty, you’ll probably nod approvingly and say, “Cool.” If you’re over forty, you’ll probably nod approvingly and say, “Wow. This isn’t anything like the old record store in my hometown.” Have you heard? Vinyl is back. In 2016, record sales in the United States rose for an eleventh consecutive year, according to data reported by The Vinyl Factory. Demand worldwide also continues to skyrocket, so much so that Sony recently announced plans to open a record-pressing plant in Japan to cope with the huge demand in that country alone.

Talking Shop: Pie & Vinyl, Southsea: At first glance, most people might think a savoury pastry dish and a circular black slab of synthetic resin with a hole in the middle make for unusual bedfellows. But for Steve Courtnell, the owner of Pie & Vinyl record café, the coupling is a perfectly natural one. Steve’s shop is located on Castle Road in a semi-leafy area of the Southsea district of Portsmouth, just a pebble’s throw away from the beach. At the top of the road, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his first two Sherlock Holmes stories, while at the bottom is a blue plaque commemorating the birthplace of Peter Sellers. Now it’s Courtnell’s shop, opened in 2012, that’s adding to the cultural heritage of the location. As soon as you cross the threshold and enter Pie & Vinyl, you know you’re in for a sensory feast.

Paisley music shop sees sales soar thanks to pop star Paolo Nutini: Record shop bosses say sales have more than doubled — thanks to Paolo Nutini. Feel The Groove is offering a chance to see the pop star at a tiny in-store gig in front of just 60 fans. Punters are given a raffle ticket to win a spot at the intimate hometown show for every £5 they spend. Mia Farrell works at the shop and revealed more than 1,100 raffle tickets have been handed out in just a few days. She said: “It’s been crazy, we’ve been non-stop and had people calling in from all over the country. “We’ve had fans coming up from England because it’s a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Independent label market returns to Paris for its second year: Independent label market will take place in Paris this weekend, Saturday 7th October 2017. Originally launched in London in 2011, the free record fair has since grown to encompass events across the world, including Europe, the US and Canada, which have hosted over 250 independent record labels. Over fifty labels will be hawking their vinyl wares at the Paris event, including homegrown French imprint Ed Banger, UK labels Mr Bongo, Ninja Tune and Soundway, US label Drag City and more. Independent Label Market: Paris 2017 takes place Saturday 7th October 2017 at Halle des Blancs Manteaux-Pierre-Charles Krieg, from 11am to midnight, 48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris.

Ásgeir To Host Vinyl Treasure Hunt In London: Icelandic artist Ásgeir is set to host a vinyl treasure hunt in London this Friday (October 6th). The songwriter recently held a 24 hour recording and mixing marathon, culminating in two tracks being pressed to vinyl live on television. The two track release is extraordinary limited, with Ásgeir set to play the one-of-a-kind vinyl copy in a revered London record shop this week. Taking place on Friday (October 6th) fans will be given clues online, with the name and location of the shop being kept a closely guarded secret.

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