In rotation: 1/29/19

Nashville, TN | Record Store Recon: Vinyl Tap: The store has a good selection of store T-shirts, store-branded glasses, new vinyl and a limited supply of used LPs. There is a better selection of liquor than you would find on most band’s riders…Todd Hedrick is the owner of Vinyl Tap and happened to be there when I stopped by. I found him to be very helpful and excited to share the story about his shop. He offered to order something new if I did not find it in the store…One of the cleanest stores I have ever been in, which makes sense since they also offer food and drink. The records are very easy to go through and in alphabetical order within each of their sections. When I spoke with owner Todd Hedrick about why he started the store, he said, ”It allows me to bring together my two favorite hobbies, records and drinking.” The store also has a small stage for bands to perform. The name of the store came up while watching the movie classic, Spinal Tap.

Springfield, IL | Local Business Notes: Recycled Records owner wins lifetime achievement award: It was not Mark Kessler’s plan to attend DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD INC.’s 26th annual awards dinner Wednesday evening. After all, the following day was a work day for the 71-year-old owner of the one-of-a-kind RECYCLED RECORDS and SPRINGFIELD FURNITURE. But Kessler, who in the past served on DSI’s executive board, was told by the organization’s executive director Lisa Clemmons Stott that “you need to go this year.” The reason? Kessler would be named this year’s recipient of the group’s Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the longtime Springfield architect who passed away in 2016. As a few have pointed out, The State Journal-Register omitted the award from our list of winners that appeared in Thursday’s paper. So, I caught up with Kessler on Friday, when he told me the award is “very much appreciated.”

Mumbai, IN | How a Mumbai scientist helped bring together India’s obsessive record collectors. After amassing records over five decades and building a community, Suresh Chandvankar is introspecting: ‘What is this passion? Where does it come from?’ The alarm is set for 5 am, but I’m up a few minutes earlier. At that precise moment, in another part of the world, a Saurashtrian with a dodgy knee and a bald 31-year-old New South Welshman, two specimens of a near-extinct species, are gearing up for the next round of a fascinating war of attrition. But, for once, the temptations of Test cricket have to be curbed and defied. Four hours later, after changing trains thrice, I’m in the distant suburb of Badlapur, and Suresh Chandvankar is leading me up the stairs to what can only be described as his den…Each of these records has a story, he says. And many of these stories, I realise, originate in Chor Bazaar, Mumbai’s legendary flea market. My favourite is the one about a Zonophone shellac disc from the early 1900s, featuring the music of an obscure shehnai player named Ali Bakhsh.

Xiaomi JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player Offered For $249.99: Recently, a very rare gramophone appears in Xiaomi grocery store. A group of people who have a special love for it are very happy about that. On the basis of the old model, this record player has incorporated many technological elements to make it different. The gramophone is called JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player. The whole speaker of the player adopts the integrated playback design, which simplifies the original complex mechanical structure of the phonograph and replaces the mechanical design by electronic hardware. The overall design of the record player is box-shaped. It is black all over and has a metallic texture. The accessories include the standard head and arm of the record player. In order to ensure the original flavor of the recorder, the JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player adopts the original MM magnetic head with iron triangle and metal movable arm. The gramophone is called JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player.

MEGADETH’s First 35 Years Covered In New 3-Disc Anthology ‘Warheads On Foreheads’: On March 22, 2019, MEGADETH celebrate their 35th Anniversary with the release of Warheads On Foreheads, a 35-track, career retrospective. The anthology spans their entire studio recording career, from their first album Killing Is My Business… to their 2017 GRAMMY® Award winning release Dystopia, and will be available as a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set and a digital edition via UMe Recordings. A limited edition, four-LP set pressed on silver colored vinyl will be available exclusively through the band’s online store, with deluxe bundles to be announced. “Thirty five years ago I chose the name MEGADETH for my band and I see these songs as the most efficient weapons in the bands arsenal,” says Dave Mustaine. “WOF is a U.S. military term for targeting efficiency,” Mustaine continues, “it’s all about using the right tool for the job and these tracks were created for maximum destruction (or stopping power, or something else!)”

Elbow to release The Seldom Seen Kid Live At Abbey Road on vinyl. Orchestral version of Mercury Prize-winning album out in April… Elbow will release a live version of their fourth album, 2008’s The Seldom Seen Kid, on vinyl through UMC/Polydor on April 19. The Seldom Seen Kid won the band the Mercury Music Prize in 2008. The same year the band won the Best UK Band gong at the BRIT Awards and the album went on to sell over a million copies. On January 17th, 2009, the band played a very special show to an invited audience at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, creating what mainman Guy Garvey considers “the definitive version”. “It was humbling to work with such an amazing group of musicians and arranger Nick Ingman and, even now, I have to pinch myself when I think we are part of the amazing musical history of Abbey Road,” he says. “We knew we had a ten-minute window to re-record anything that went wrong because of the way that orchestras are paid but, with an audience in the room, we were determined to get it right first time. The show felt a bit like unicycling on a high wire to start with, but the result is something that I am eternally proud of.”

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