In rotation: 6/7/18

London, ENG | A vinyl market with an all-female line up is coming to Soho: Independent Label Market – a celebration and gathering of, you guessed it, independent record labels – has become something of a muso institution since it started back in 2011. And this month they’ll be doing even more good stuff by specifically championing labels founded by ladies, bringing an all-female ILM takeover to Soho on Saturday June 16 in collaboration with Soho Music Month. A host of female-led labels including Wolf Tone (home to Glass Animals and The Horrors), Kaya Kaya (who’ve released tracks from Rejjie Snow and Georgia) and Batty Bass will be selling their sounds on Berwick Street from noon to 6pm. You’ll also be able to tune into an exclusive live broadcast on Soho Radio, who’ll be backing up proceedings with a line-up of top-notch female DJs throughout the day. What’s not to like?

Austin, TX | Austin opens vinyl record manufacturing plant: Austin’s new record manufacturing plant, Gold Rush Vinyl, is only one of two in the world that is owned by a woman. Caren Kelleher said despite just opening its doors at 1321 Rutherford Lane in Northeast Austin, business is better than expected. Austin musicians, like Dave Fisher, appreciates the convenience. “It’s simple, I can drop by here and check to see how things are going,” said Fisher. Fisher just dropped his new single called, “This Used to be My Town.” Fisher ordered 250 copies of his record, something he can’t do at other plants because they require at least an order of 500 records. Short runs, or short orders, are what Gold Rush Vinyl is known for. “We’ll run anything from 100 units and up. Most plants have a minimum of 500 and up. A lot of bands don’t even need 500 and it’s actually very demoralizing when you see records you didn’t sell sitting in your closet,” said Caren Kelleher.

5 good tips for collecting vinyl records: Did you buy one of the 9 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. last year? If you’re among the many people who have rediscovered (or, for younger listeners, discovered) the magic of old-school albums, you may be interested in starting a collection. Before you buy, however, read these five tips for collecting vinyl records so you can avoid some mistakes we made while amassing our collection of nearly 2,000 LP’s

Pompton Lakes, NJ | Pompton Lakes train station houses shop selling vintage books, vinyl records, cassettes: The new Station 1 Books Vinyl & Vintage Shop inside the 1927 historic rubble stone train station building, is essentially an “ongoing garage sale,” said its owner Daniel Salsberg. It’s a really, really big garage sale with 15,000 used books, thousands of new and used records and other hidden gems, including cassette tapes and even a Walkman. The used merchandise fills the inside the Craftsman-style building designated as a historic site in 2004, near Lakeside and Wanaque avenues. There are even more books in the 1948 red train caboose nearby, which is where Salsberg currently stores military history books he acquired from a museum clean-out…Salsberg was surprised to learn there was far more demand for records than books.

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