In rotation: 12/3/18

Warwick, NY | Original Vinyl Records official ribbon cutting Wed., Dec. 10, 3PM: 17 year Warwick, NY resident Jim Eigo, owner of Jazz Promo Services, has fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening Original Vinyl Records, a retro record store for the avid and novice vinyl album collector. Jim, a collector himself, amassed the records he’s selling over years of collecting, picking, yard sailing and record shows. Jim is a long-time veteran of the record business having worked at Cox Records in Brooklyn, NY, running the jazz dept. at the legendary Greenwich Village record store Happy Tunes Records in the 1970s, setting up the first record store in Soho the Soho Music Gallery on Grand and Wooster and managing the jazz dept. for J & R Music World back in the 1980s. Jim always planned to get back into the retail end of the music business. After years of marketing and promoting jazz musicians and record labels, he saw the opportunity and the need for a local record store. Original Vinyl Records is the first in Warwick, NY in nearly two decades.

Wales, UK | The largest vinyl warehouse clearance sale ever seen in Wales is coming to Barry. It signals a scaling down of the huge record dealing business originally set up by Claire Williams and Mark Owen. Record collectors, vinyl enthusiasts, and music fans will have the chance to pick up bargains and rare finds at the largest vinyl record warehouse clearance sale ever seen in Wales. Up to 100,000 items are up for grabs at knockdown prices – from every music genre imaginable at a warehouse in Barry. It signals a scaling down of the huge record dealing business originally set up by Claire Williams and Mark Owen more than eight years ago. Mark, who formerly travelled the world as a tour manager, has set up a successful rock management company looking after rising stars such as the Kris Barras Band and Salvation Jayne, while Claire is going to carry on in the record dealing business, but on a much smaller scale, hence the reason for the mammoth sale of their huge stock from their warehouse on Vere Street in Cadoxton.

Shepherdstown, WV | Black Friday buyers descend on Admiral Analog’s Audio Assortment: While some holiday shoppers were flocking to Walmart and Kohls for their Black Friday sales, other shoppers were descending on Admiral Analog’s Audio Assortment, for the store’s annual Black Friday Record Store Day. The day is an event many U.S. record stores hold the day after Thanksgiving, attracting buyers, not with low prices, but with unique items like limited special editions from major artists. Customers from around the Eastern Panhandle were already waiting for Admiral Analog’s Audio Assortment to open its doors, over a half-hour in advance of the store’s opening time. One of the people waiting to enter the store was Summer Russell, of Charles Town, with her niece and daughter. Russell said her niece was the most serious about owning an expansive record collection.

Manchester, UK | Pete Doherty’s favourite box set and the £3,000 vinyl – tales from a Northern Quarter music institution. Vinyl Exchange is one of the oldest record shops in the area and turns 30 this weekend. The Northern Quarter is a lot of things to a lot of people – brunch destination, late-night cocktail haunt, vintage shopping haven, a gallery for street art fans. No matter what you’re into, though, music has flowed through the veins of this part of Manchester for decades. Vinyl Exchange is one of the oldest record shops in the area, turning 30 this weekend with a huge party with some musical mates – there’ll be resident vinyl DJs providing a soundtrack, with Shindigger supplying beer and Reform Radio live streaming the whole thing. Since opening in 1988, the team have seen a lot of things, from extremely rare records worth thousands of pounds to completely unexpected celebrity shoppers. Co-owner Richard Farnell has been part of the business since 1995, and in that time vinyl’s popularity has teetered on the edge of extinction, and then surged back from the near-dead. “People seem to be kicking back against digital downloads,” he says. “They want something that’s more tangible, something that they can actually own – which is good for us!

Dallas, TX | Why a Chicago filmmaker is shooting a documentary about Dallas institution Bill’s Records: The first time I met Bill Wisener, proprietor and namesake of Bill’s Records, I didn’t like him very much. That was 37 years ago. Thursday morning, and again in the late afternoon, I found myself ending our conversations with an “I love you, too.” I went to see Wisener at his store in the Cedars because earlier this week I had been sent an Indiegogo fundraiser for a documentary about him by a Chicago filmmaker named Chuck Przybyl. It’s already a work-in-progress: In 2015 Przybyl made an acclaimed nine-minute short about Wisener — and his musty, messy record store — that toured the film-fest circuit…The first time Przybyl stumbled upon Bill’s Records three years ago, he thought the store on South Lamar Street was a thrift shop — “Goodwill for records,” he told me Thursday. I can see why.

Las Vegas, NV | On The Record has a date with Lady Gaga for opening party: On The Record is reinforcing the importance of location, location, location in the value of real estate. OTR is indeed in the center of the action on the Strip. The nightclub operated by L.A. twins Mark and Jonnie Houston will celebrate its grand opening at Park MGM on Dec. 28 with the after-party for Lady Gaga’s premiere of “Enigma” at neighboring Park Theater…The 11,000-square-foot, three-room club is home to a real vinyl record store, a double-decker bus doubling as a DJ booth, a patio bar, unmarked karaoke rooms and a Vinyl Parlor listening room. On The Record will be open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. The stylishly attired, 39-year-old Houston brothers have already taken to Vegas (they were all over the VIP opening of NoMad Restaurant at The Park MGM this month) and are sure to be lightning rods for attention.

Manila, PH | IN PHOTOS: Ali Mall sale offers further proof of vinyl’s resurgence: Kagatan 29, the quarterly vinyl record sale in Cubao and held for the first time inside a mall — Ali Mall to be exact – from December 1-2, proved to be a smashing success. Previously held at the bohemian and artistic enclave of Cubao X, event organizer, DJ Arbie Bulaong, who last November opened a second branch of his vastly successful Treskul Record shop at the Alley X area of Ali Mall, was asked by the mall management if he would like to hold the record sale at the atrium area. The sale drew a lot of new faces, the kind you will not see at the Kagatan sales at Cubao X, the November Hi-Fi Show, or even Record Store Day. “For one, we’re in a high traffic area and there are a lot of curious passersby,” observed Bulaong. “Unlike in Cubao X na kailangan mong dayuhin because you are going to the event, here sa Ali Mall, you have the incidental buyer. And it is nice to see there are a lot of new faces.

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