In rotation: 7/3/18

Irvington, IN | Irvington Vinyl & Books will add new chapter to story of indie shops: Irvington Vinyl & Books will extend the music and literature legacy at the former site of Bookmamas and Irvington Vinyl. An opening-day party is scheduled 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30 for the new shop that’s reviving the mission of two businesses that closed in March…Author Elysia Smith owns the independent shop that succeeds Bookmamas, a fixture in the neighborhood since 2005, and Irvington Vinyl — which opened inside the bookstore in 2014. Bookmamas owner Kathleen Angelone cited health issues when closing her store, and Irvington Vinyl owner Rick Wilkerson said he planned to move to a new city. In a blog post, Smith wrote that she purchased Wilkerson’s records, a collection with pedigree dating to his ownership of Missing Link Records from 1993 to 2008.

Fullerton, CA | Black Hole Records to Move From Downtown Fullerton Location After 27 Years: Fullerton punk rock history has taken back-to-back blows in a mosh pit of bummer news this week. News that the city’s longest-running record store, Black Hole Records, is moving from the brick and mortar shop they’ve called home for the last 27 years hit like a gut punch from a rogue leather jacket-clad elbow. Then passing of one of the genre and the city’s icons, Mr. Steve Soto, founding member of formative Fullerton punk band the Adolescents on Wednesday hit the scene like a steel-toed Doc Martin to the dome…The new location will be smaller than the current shop but it’s a move that’s actually bringing them back to their early punk roots.

San Luis Obispo, CA | 3 years after SLO fire, owners of The Sub will rebuild, starting with record store: The owners of The Sub and Square Deal Recordings & Supplies, two businesses in San Luis Obispo that were destroyed in a 2015 fire, will rebuild on their Higuera Street property, with plans for the Square Deal structure already approved…Square Deal moved roughly a block away from its old location to 2146 Parker St. within weeks of the fire. The business sells vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes as well as patches, stickers, buttons and pins, among other items. The Sub was known to carry a large and eclectic collection of items, including rare posters and records, as well as clothes, tapestries, smoking pipes, antiques and tobacco supplies. “We miss our customers, our fun products and the interactions with our community…”

Weezer’s ‘Africa’ cover is getting a vinyl release: …The band covered the song after a dedicated Twitter account named @WeezerAfrica started an epic campaign to request that Weezer take on the Toto classic. They trolled fans by initially releasing a cover of Toto’s ‘Roseanna’, which won the 1983 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Thankfully, shortly after, they treated campaign backers to their version of ‘Africa’. The cover will now be released on a limited edition 7″ record, via Urban Outfitters. Both Toto tracks will feature on the vinyl, with the A-side hosting ‘Africa’ and the B-side featuring ‘Rosanna.’ It’ll be released on August 31. The vinyl itself is lime green and the cover art consists of some palm trees and the tweet that started it all: “@RiversCuomo it’s about time you bless the rains down in africa.”

How To Clean Vinyl Records: Ever play a vinyl record and listen to the clicks and pops an old record makes? All those sounds can be prevented by simply keeping your records free of dirt and debris. The better you care for your records, the longer they will remain quiet, all you hear is the music on the record. Using a record cleaning machine is the best way to clean a record, but these devices are often expensive. There are plenty of cheap alternatives that will ultimately complete the job much faster and with the same quality as using a cleaning machine…It is extremely important to keep your vinyl records clean not only so they perform better but because they can often be extremely expensive to replace. Properly cleaning your records can feel like a tedious and even somewhat nerve-racking task that might seem a bit intimidating especially if it is related to a rare vinyl record.

Jim Henson’s ‘The Dark Crystal’ Gets an Exclusive Vinyl Soundtrack Release: Jim Henson’s masterpiece The Dark Crystal celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, and a special deluxe vinyl soundtrack featuring Trevor Jones’ musical score was released to mark the occasion. Finding one of those original releases for the standard price is no easy task at the moment, but the good news is that ThinkGeek has just launched their own exclusive picture disc edition which you can order right here for $39.99. Grab one while you can because only 500 individually numbered copies exist. The exclusive picture disc features a full image of the main characters on the front and shard on the reverse. Previous versions of The Dark Crystal deluxe vinyl soundtrack were limited to basic color variations. Beyond the aesthetics, you’ll be treated to over 40 minutes of music composed by Trevor Jones that was arranged specifically for an album listening experience.

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