In rotation: 1/24/19

Winowa, MN | Jason LaCourse has opened the Cavalier Record Store as a pop-up shop in the lobby of his Cavalier Theater at 118 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown La Crosse. LaCourse said he’s selling a well-curated selection of new and used vinyl records, and also buys used vinyl records. In July, he began the pop-up shop and was open one Sunday a month. The pop-up shop now is open from 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday, and from noon to 2 p.m. one Sunday a month (including next Sunday, Jan. 27.) Starting Feb. 10, hours will be noon to 2 p.m. every Sunday and 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday. LaCourse said he also will continue to sell vinyl records online, as he has done for about five years. “There’s been a huge resurgence in the vinyl record market” in recent years, he said. “Primarily with collectors.” LaCourse said he has about 2,000 new vinyl records and about 3,000 used vinyl records, and displays a changing mix of about 1,000 records when the pop-up shop is open.

Minneapolis, MN | ‘Vinyl listening room’ now up and running at Minneapolis Central Library. The opening coincides with a new series of “Vinyl Revival” events at the library. If you’ve been yearning to get in on the vinyl craze but don’t want to spend the money on your own turntable, audio gear and record collection, the downtown Minneapolis public library will let you satisfy the urge. On Saturday, the Minneapolis Central Library on Nicollet Mall kicked off what it’s calling “Vinyl Revival,” a series of curated events such as “artist residencies, programs and listening opportunities” all celebrating old-school records. Toki Wright, a rapper and educator, hosted the inaugural event on Saturday by spinning records from the library’s collection, sharing “tips and techniques for crate digging,” and introducing the new vinyl listening room, the library said.

Hail to the “Chief”: Eric Church doubles down on vinyl, turns in marathon sets on tour: This weekend, Eric Church takes his Double Down Tour to St. Louis, Missouri for two nights at Enterprise Center. And if fans are wondering what to expect from his two shows, his opening weekend concerts in Omaha, Nebraska may be a pretty good indication. In total, the Chief played more than seven hours over the two nights, singing close to seventy songs, and only duplicating thirteen tunes between Friday and Saturday. The North Carolina native even took a few requests. Eric also has good news for Church fans who actually own record players: He’ll be re-releasing three of his classic albums on colored vinyl in the coming weeks and months. The second vinyl pressing of his debut, Sinners Like Me, will arrive January 25. It’ll be red, just like the second pressing of Chief, which comes out February 15. This will be the fourth vinyl run of Carolina, which will be available April 5. It’ll be yellow.

Garth Brooks announces ‘Fun’ new album title; vinyl box set: “The vinyl is the word for 2019. So just think of anything… forward slash vinyl. Just follow it with that — everything we’re gonna do. It’s gonna be fun. Vinyl is coming. So now let’s talk about how vinyl is coming. Surely not on the new record, too? Yes. Vinyl is coming on the Fun record. We gotta figure this out. Don’t know how we’re gonna do this yet, but we will figure it out. That’s still not the final news. The vinyl news is coming, but let’s talk about that special number, shall we?” Brooks says with enthusiasm…”We’ll declare this package hopefully soon and have some artwork for you to see. I’m just telling you right now, take what you think of vinyl, throw it out the window because what’s coming, it’s never been done before. Even the manufacturer’s going, ‘You gotta be crazy.’ But yeah, you’re right, we’re crazy, but it’s gonna be fun.”

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