In rotation: 12/15/17

From Beatles to Mohammad Rafi, you get the best vinyl records at this shop in Kolkata: There is a 7 decade old shop right here in Kolkata for those of us who are a bit old fashion. Vibrations(the shop) is situated at Mirza Ghalib Street, New Market Area. This shop was founded by the grandfather of the present owner named Mohammed Shah Nawaz in 1940s. They have been here from the start, selling gramophones and 78 RPM records. From 1960, they decided to go with the trend and started selling Vinyl which attracted a wide customer base, also foreigners. In 1980, the era of cassettes and audios had taken over, and they included this as well.

Rough Trade opens in Bristol: Record store group Rough Trade has opened in Bristol following a deal arranged by commercial property consultancy Hartnell Taylor Cook. The company opened its doors earlier this week (11 December 2017) after agreeing terms on the 4,465 sq ft Unit 3 at New Bridewell on Rupert Street. Rough Trade’s arrival in Bristol has come about after it bought out independent record store Rise. The existing staff have been retained by the business. Developer Watkin Jones is behind the New Bridwell project, located on the site of the city’s former central police station, bringing accommodation for 500 students to the building along with retail and leisure at ground floor…”Rough Trade will be looking to build on this foundation, being such a valued hub is precisely what they want to do, and if anything, their stronger brand should make it even more of a draw. This should be great news for music fans.”

Paul McCartney made an experimental Christmas mixtape for the Beatles in 1965: The original tape mix that Paul McCartney cut as a record for his fellow Beatles in 1965 has surfaced online, reports Dangerous Minds. Only four copies existed of the Unforgettable vinyl, given by McCartney to George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr for Christmas in 1965. All were believed to be lost. “I had two Brenell tape recorders set up at home, on which I made experimental recordings and tape loops, like the ones in ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’ And once I put together something crazy, something left field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening. It was just something for the mates, basically,” shared McCartney in an interview with Mark Lewisohn taken from The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film.

Eyeconik Records heats up local music scene: Eyeconik Records & Apparel, which opened at it’s current downtown location, 224 N. Campo St., in September, is not only bringing music to Las Cruces in the form of vinyl, CDs and cassettes, but also in the form of free intimate live performances. According to Gerard Hinderlich, live music and events coordinator for Eyeconik, touring bands scheduled to travel through Las Cruces have called the store asking about performing at their location, and that is a big part of why the store has made live performances a regular feature. The record store hosts free live music performances, featuring both local and touring bands, the first Friday and the third weekend of each month. “We’re looking for anyone who wants to play in a 125-year-old historic building,” Hinderlich said. “We’ve had everything from mariachi to rock ‘n’ roll bands.”

How A Vinyl Record Is Pressed: There’s so much attention given to vinyl these days that I though it might be a good idea to cover exactly what goes into actually pressing a record. It’s actually a primitive process by today’s standards, and it’s pretty amazing that they sound as good as they do. Here’s an excerpt from the 4rth edition of my Mastering Engineer’s Handbook that shows just how much of a multi-step operation vinyl record pressing is. Vinyl record pressing is virtually entirely mechanical and manual with a host of areas that could influence the end product in a mostly negative way. Here’s how it works.

Supremely Rare Vinyl Copies of Prince’s ‘Black Album’ Surface, Prince ordered the entire run of the 1987 LP destroyed, and virtually no copies survived. Now, after a surprise discovery, three are up for sale. There’s virtually no vinyl record in history more sought after by collectors than a genuine copy of Prince’s Black Album. Warner Bros. pressed approximately 500,000 copies of the album in late 1987, but ordered them all destroyed once Prince decided it was “evil” and should never see release. The label worked extremely hard to destroy every single copy, even asking executives to bring back advance CDs so they could be crushed. In late 1994, Prince briefly allowed his label to sell it on CD and cassette, but no vinyl copies were created. Only three American copies from the original 1987 vinyl pressing have surfaced in the past 30 years. “It is easily one of the rarest records in the world,” says Jeff Gold, a former Warner Bros. Executive Vice President who now runs the music memorabilia store Record Mecca, “if not the rarest.”

For Reba, Darius and Lady A, Christmastime is here — on vinyl: This year, Reba McEntire re-issued her latest yuletide offering, 2016’s My Kind of Christmas, in a new deluxe edition. But that’s not the only Reba holiday album that’s getting a special treatment in 2017. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Oklahoma native’s first seasonal set, 1987’s Merry Christmas to You, is being re-released on vinyl. The double-platinum album was initially available as a 33 1/3 record with its original cover, featuring a short-haired Reba. The new version opts for the second cover that came out in the nineties, featuring a more glammed-up photo of the country icon, showing off her considerable mane.

Viva Videodrome, the Atlanta video rental store that refuses to die: The roughly 2,000-square-foot shop at the prime corner of North Highland and North avenues is the last video store standing in Atlanta that is not of the XXX variety. It is an oasis for film buffs and the occasional visiting celebrity—Peter Fonda, Woody Harrelson, and Bill Paxton have all walked through the doors—who are suckers for special features, director’s cuts, or not letting Netflix’s algorithms ration out their media diets…“It’s like going to a record store,” says Tommy Morgan, a 17-year employee and carpenter who has spent years building and expanding shelves. “It’s a tactile experience. We are the neighborhood hardware store. People know us.”

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