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Beverly Records ready with exclusive vinyl releases for Record Store Day: CHICAGO – The first-ever vinyl version of comedian Adam Sandler’s debut album and the “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” soundtrack pressed onto 10-inch vinyl shaped like the inquisitive stocky bird known as a Porg are among the quirkier releases local vinyl collectors will be seeking when doors open early April 21 at Beverly Records for Record Store Day. “There are always ones we can predict people want, like Dave Matthews Band, Lincoln Park and Phish, but smaller releases like ‘Star Wars’ that maybe we wouldn’t get before we now know there’s interest,” said John Dreznes, whose father Jack Dreznes opened the Chicago store at 11612 S. Western Ave. in the late 1960s.

Retailers prepare for Record Store Day on April 21: CHICAGO – For vinyl purists and music lovers, April 21 is your jam. Literally. April 21 marks the 11th annual Record Store Day, originated to celebrate and promote the local, independently owned record store worldwide. It’s a day when rarities and B-sides, re-issues and live shows are issued. Only a certain number of records are pressed and distributed to participating shops. This year, hip-hop group Run the Jewels is the Record Store Day ambassador. Several local stores participate in Record Store Day, including Naperville’s Purple Dog Records. Owner Erin Gavin said they will be opening for business at 8 a.m. that day. “We have a whole bunch of Record Store Day releases this year,” she said. “Surprisingly, the titles that are a little bit more obscure seem to be the ones that people are asking about…”

Everything you need to know about Record Store Day in NYC: Record Store Day arrives Saturday, April 21. You can swing by one of the best record stores in NYC (any day is good for a visit, really) or participate in a record store crawl (though it’s sold out). If you’re overwhelmed by the options though, here’s a concise guide to navigating the faux holiday: Three Record store day releases to buy, Three record shops to visit, Three events to attend.

Why are so many vinyl record stores opening in Palm Beach County? Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music enthusiast opened Analogopolis (rough translation: city of sound) in a Juno Beach shopping plaza last November. His red-walled store is tastefully curated, with over 1,000 vinyl platters presented alongside everything from throwback laser discs to vintage Florida post cards. Of course, Procyk is ready for The Question. Yes, vinyl is hip. Yes, vinyl is making its zillionth comeback. But is it possible for a physical record store to survive and even thrive in an age of online streaming?

Store looks to bring Record Store Day to Champaign: CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A record store in downtown Champaign is looking to fundraise to bring Record Store Day to the city. Exile on Main Street started a GoFundMe page asking for donations so they can participate in Record Store Day on April 21. Their goal is to reach the $8,000 necessary to participate in the event and they have reached over $6,000 already. Any donation made to the GoFundMe Page will act as a store credit that can be used anywhere in the store on Record Store Day, or at any other time. “The amount of donations we just got in the first day was pretty overwhelming,” owner of Exile on Main Street, Jeff Brandt said. “The amount of money from zero to thousands of dollars over the course of 24 hours made me feel really good about having my store. And knowing that people think it’s an important part of the community and [doesn’t] want to see it disappear.”

Day of note for record stores, Annual event brings vinyl fans in for rare releases: …Record Store Day encourages shoppers to celebrate their local stores, which are a vital part of the community and economy and provide a place for people with a shared interest to gather. In a celebration of brick-and-mortar business, many go all out for the day — Twist and Shout offers coffee and food for those who first arrive, Black and Read will have local bands performing throughout the day, and Angelo’s will have special free items available to shoppers. “We open early and do our best to make sure we have at least one copy of all the releases in all three of our stores,” Bogue said. “It’s something people look forward to, and we want to do our best to ensure we have the releases.”

The world’s biggest record fair returns this weekend: “You’re surrounded by every record you’ve ever wanted in your life.” The world’s largest record fair, Mega Record and CD fair, will descend on Utrecht this weekend for its 49th edition. Over 500 vendors will be selling new and old vinyl wares at Mega Record and CD fair, across 12,500 square feet inside Jaarbeurs Expo. As in past instalments, there will also be auctions, performances and exhibitions throughout the course of the weekend, including a retrospective about the history of disco curated by Patrick Helene, and a live auction of over 100 rare records by UK-based Omega Auctions.

Sydney’s largest vinyl market comes to Glebe as sales soar by 70 per cent: Sydneysiders swept up in the vinyl revival, and we are not talking about the paisley-adorned stretch vinyl fashions from the ’70s, will be able to get their fix of vintage wax at the Glebe Record Fair on Saturday. This treasure trove of nostalgia represents the biggest one-day record fair in Australia, with organiser Baz Scott, from Newtown’s Egg Records, reporting there will be 100,000 vinyl records as well as CDs on sale at Glebe’s Peter Forsyth Auditorium. “We have more than 100 private sellers and dealers from around the country coming to this year’s record fair and they will be selling all genres, including punk, pop, jazz, soul, blues, hip hop and rock. “So if you are looking for that ‘Holy Grail’ the chances are you will find it here, plus the annual fair has a great sense of community with young and old getting together to discuss their favourite music,” Scott said.

“High Definition Vinyl” Is Happening, Possibly as Early as Next Year, With a new $4.8 million investment, an Austrian startup says it could have “HD vinyl” in stores by 2019: The HD vinyl process involves converting audio digitally to a 3D topographic map. Lasers are then used to inscribe the map onto the “stamper,” the part that stamps the grooves into the vinyl. According to Loibl, these methods allow for records to be made more precisely and with less loss of audio information. The results, he said, are vinyl LPs that can have up to 30 percent more playing time, 30 percent more amplitude, and overall more faithful sound reproduction. The technique would also avoid the chemicals that play a role in traditional vinyl manufacturing. Plus, the new-school HD vinyl LPs would still play on ordinary record players.

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