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Record Store Day 2018 List Announcement: The 11th Annual Event on Saturday, April 21, 2018: Record Store Day is turning it up a notch in 2018, and everything is coming together to give you something very, very special on April 21st! More independent releases with newer artists, legendary names, iconic performances captured for posterity, limited runs, multiple formats, more heavy hitters, more long out-of-print reissues, more exclusive tracks, and more of everything else you were hoping for. Why? Because you deserve it…and because that is what Record Store Day does…every year, for all our participating record stores and their loyal customers. Find records you never thought you would ever see again, buy records you cannot get enough of, and discover records that will become your new favorites immediately out of the shrink wrap! We are extremely psyched about the depth and scope of 2018’s Record Store Day selections.

Record Store Day 2018: BBC’s of 10 of the best releases: The vinyl revival shows no sign of slowing down, with 4.1m records sold in the UK last year. And fans of the format get an early Christmas in April, when more than 500 new releases fly into independent music shops for Record Store Day. Almost all are limited editions, featuring unreleased tracks, special artwork and rare remixes. This year’s selection includes everything from the Twin Peaks soundtrack to a Duran Duran live album. There’s even a cassette version of Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, if that’s your sort of thing. Record Store Day, now in its 11th year, is hugely important for local, independent record stores…The full, exhaustive list of releases for 2018 has just been published – and we’ve ploughed through it so you don’t have to.

Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media suddenly closes after 2 years of operation: People hoping to buy new and used books and vinyl records will be sad to see that Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media on 2454 Telegraph Ave. is now closed. Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media, or Mad Monk’s, closed suddenly last week after two years of operation. The last day the record and book store was open was Feb. 25, according to Jose Salcedo, Rasputin Music’s weekend manager. The owner of Mad Monk’s, Ken Sarachan, as well as Mad Monk’s employees were making plans to reformat the store up until the last day the store remained open, according to Salcedo. Salcedo confirmed that Mad Monk’s is now permanently closed.

From stand to storefront: KELSEYVILLE — Nearly 10 months ago, Elizabeth Pike wrote “Take A Look: Vintage and Unique Dresses” on a medium-sized whiteboard for her small stand during a Second Sunday Swap Meet at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Today, a large wooden sunflower with a vinyl record painted in the center serves as the official sign of her storefront, now open in Kelseyville. Kelseyville Tripp Shopp, located at 3970 Main St. in suite 4, is a time capsule filled with all-things vintage. From old band t-shirts, to record players and vinyl, and to retro accessories, Pike says there’s a little bit for everyone…And there’s still more to come, said Pike as she unboxed more records before the business’ ribbon cutting event over the weekend. While more mannequins get dressed, more clothing and record racks filled, Pike said there’s already plenty for shoppers to explore.

‘Leaving a huge hole’: Melbourne music institution fades out: After trading for nearly a century, Melbourne’s oldest classical music store has reached its final coda and will close its doors. For 96 years, Thomas’ Music store on Bourke Street has been an intrinsic part of the city’s creative community. Generations of music enthusiasts and budding musicians have spent hours in its cosy confines, scouring its crowded shelves, which contain one of the world’s largest and most-eclectic ranges of classical music on CD, DVD and vinyl. For Christine Hinton, who has worked at the store for more than four decades, the people and the music have woven themselves into the soundtrack of her life.

Retail record shop Disc-Cover Records open in downtown Nampa: Al Babbitt’s dream of opening a record store started when he was 14 years old and began collecting records. “(My father and I) used to go to a record store called Music Market every weekend,” Babbitt said. “I saw those guys playing music and pricing records, and I had such a passion for records and music — I was like ‘OK, I want to do this.’” Babbitt is the owner of Disc-Cover Records, a retail record and CD shop that opened on Saturday in downtown Nampa. Babbitt decided to open the shop in November 2016. Since then, he has collected close to 11,000 records that make up the stock of the store. About 90 percent of those records are used. Babbitt said he plans to continue to replenish the used records as needed, but might increase the number of new records if customers advocate for them.

Discogs Launches Collection Management Improvements; Over 243,000,000 Items In User’s Collections: Discogs, the World’s most extensive Database and Marketplace of physical music, launches multiple improvements to Discogs user’s functionality and features within their collection management system today. Now, users can filter by format, genre, style, release year, and within personally customized folders while also filtering collection statistics like minimum, median, and the maximum value of items in their collection. Other improvements include enhanced collection search tools and greatly improved cover art display under the “Cover View” function. For a complete overview of the improvements to functionality in the Discogs collection management features, visit the Discogs Blog.

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