In rotation: 2/27/18

Record Store Day UK Launch Events taking place 6th March: The full RSD18 list will be available to the public on Tuesday 6th March at 6pm and there’s lots of events to get involved with. It’s finally here, and we’re just as excited as you are! We’re very pleased to announce that our full list of #RSD18 releases will be launched on the 6th March from 6pm. In order to celebrate the launch, some of our independent record shops are putting on events so all the record lovers out there can check out the list and discuss their favourites. You can expect live music, quizzes, free Friel’s cider and more. There’s a range of events to choose from so make sure you get involved. Whether you pop down to your local or venture somewhere you haven’t been, it’s one to not be missed.

Walnut Creek: Up the Creek Records brings hip vibe to city: Walnut Creek recently took another major step toward becoming more urban. But in a totally cool hipster way. The city now has its first vinyl record store. And as befitting a cool hipster vibe, Up the Creek Records is tucked upstairs in an obscure Tice Valley location. There’s not even a sign visible from the street. Not a problem, says owner Nic Taylor, who estimates that he carries more than 1,000 mostly new records. “Record collectors are a dedicated bunch. They’re finding their way here.” So are local teens and millennials for whom vinyl records are so far out that they’re very in again. They’re rifling through the alphabetized bins alongside nostalgic boomers and dedicated audiophiles for whom record albums never ceased to be the best way to enjoy music.

Flipping through records and filling the air with nostalgia: EUGENE, Ore. – Legions of Audiophiles maintain that music on vinyl is still the only way to go, and for that select group of niche listeners and record collectors, Sunday was a blast in downtown Eugene. The record show included all genres, eras and tastes of music, and Director Thomas Jones jokingly says the common love for records is that mp3’s don’t have a smell, among other things. “It sounds better, to me there’s something about flipping the record and dancing around the living room or doing dishes,” said Marie Rose. “I don’t plug my phone in to listen to songs, I don’t keep a lot of songs on my phone.” Record prices ranged from booth to booth, and the entrance fee was only $3.

‘It’s not going anywhere’: Vinyl record rediscovery happening in SWFL: J.W. Honeycutt, of Joe’s Record Exchange — which opened in September 2014 on First Street, in downtown Fort Myers — has been in the music industry since the mid-1980s, and he has been an avid consumer of vinyl. Honeycutt credits his love of music to his upbringing, listening to the likes of Elvis Presley and Little Richard on his mother’s record player. “I was just always a vinyl person,” Honeycutt said. Justin Giustizia, of North Naples, calls himself a “curated seller” and cultivates product to sell to online clients from a variety of Southwest Florida record stores. As such — he roots for the success of music on vinyl music. “I think we wanted the tangible again,” Giustizia said.

Sufjan Stevens to Release ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Songs on 10-Inch Vinyl for Record Store Day: The Oscar-nominated “Mystery of Love” leads the three-song, limited edition 10-inch translucent vinyl set. Fans of Sufjan Stevens and the film Call Me by Your Name, rejoice: The three songs Stevens contributed to the critically acclaimed film — including the Academy Award-nominated “Mystery of Love” — will be released on 10-inch translucent vinyl for Record Store Day (April 21). The three-track Mystery of Love project will be limited to 10,000 individually numbered copies worldwide and will be available only at participating Record Store Day retailers. The title’s A-side will boast “Mystery of Love,” while its B-side will carry “Visions of Gideon” and “Futile Devices” (Doveman Remix). All three songs are also found on the Call Me by Your Name soundtrack, which was released on Nov. 3, 2017.

Neil Young Set To Release Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live on 4/21: Neil Young is set to release one of the most sought-after recordings from his vast archives, Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live on three-sided 2LP set exclusively on Record Store Day, April 21st. This was the first public performance of many of the songs that would make up Young’s seminal album Tonight’s The Night, which would not be released until June 1975. The album’s final track “Walk On” would not appear until the release of On The Beach, in July 1974. The Record Store Day Limited Edition pressing will include an exclusive print of the band live on stage at The Roxy. The standard vinyl edition (without print) CD and digital editions will follow on Tuesday, April 24th. Album pre-orders begin March 5.

How Declining CD Sales Impact Independent Country Artists: Recent reports of Target stores possibly changing how they handle CDs, and word that Best Buy won’t sell them at all soon, seem to further hasten the steady decline of a once-prominent medium. For a bulk of the past 30 years, physical media sales took Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and others to the top of the country charts. Now, country music seems to mirror the rest of popular music, with its next stars gaining traction through social media and streaming services. For example, Maren Morris and Luke Combs used Spotify and other modern conveniences to beckon their arrivals. Just as pop star Lily Allen built a career off her Myspace presence in the mid-aughts, young country singers can overcome the newfound limitations of aging formats.

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