In rotation: 2/1/19

Hollywood, CA | Vinyl Collectors Flock to Hollywood for Free Record Day: Events like “Free Record Day” at the Record Parlour in Hollywood have been bringing in collectors from all over Southern California. With hundreds of thousands of albums in stock, Chris Hotenschlaeger opened the Record Parlour five years ago as the vinyl Renaissance was kicking into high gear. “We are blessed,” said Hotenschlaeger. “We’re Los Angeles. We have all the records you could ever imagine. But there’s people around the world that want that Led Zeppelin record and they come to the Record Parlour.” Collectors line up starting early in the morning, eager to see what treasures they might find and to get some free records from over 40,000 on offer. Many collectors came prepared with their own crates. But what is the appeal of vinyl? “It just sounds better,” said collector Nicholas Ibarra.

San Diego, CA | Pro Skateboarder Opening Coffee Bar and Record Shop in Oceanside. Steel Mill Coffee is coming soon. Oceanside is getting a craft coffee infusion with the upcoming opening of Steel Mill Coffee on Mission Avenue. The 900-square-foot coffee shop is a new venture from professional skateboarder Riley Hawk, a North County native and the eldest son of skate icon Tony Hawk. Both father and son have a considerable interest in coffee; Tony Hawk was among the marquee name investors in Blue Bottle Coffee. Hawk’s partner in Steel Mill is longtime friend and fellow pro skater Shea Cooper, who is also a coffee roaster… Currently scheduled to debut on February 4 and operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the modern retro shop will feature a collection of records available for purchase. Hawk tells Eater that the mix of newer and original vinyl pressings will include lots of classic rock along with some obscure hard rock and psychedelic music.

Huntsville, AL | New tennant announced for Campus 805 in Huntsville: The new tenant is part of a much larger project connected to Downtown Huntsville. A new business is getting ready to open up in Campus 805 in Huntsville, Schrimsher Company announced on Thursday. It is called Offbeat Coffee Studio and it will open in March on the first floor of the Stone Center in the Detention Hall. Owner Anna Husband said the coffee shop is set inside a record store where they will play vinyl records and use actual film to take photos for Instagram. Husband also said, “Coffee doesn’t have to be this pretentious, serious, unattainable thing. We want to bring it down to earth a little bit. We want to have the information and knowledge of a coffee sommelier, but we also want fun, quirky drinks.” Offbeat Coffee Studio will be the only coffee shop in the Campus 805 development off Governor’s Drive. According to Schrimsher Company, Offbeat Coffee Studio is “one of the inaugural members of Downtown Huntsville’s Craft Coffee Trail.”

Discogs Surpasses 300M Releases In Users’ Collections; Adding 6M+ Monthly Throughout 2018: Discogs surpasses a monumental milestone this week with its users adding over 300,000,000 releases to their Collections since the functionality was added in early 2001. Growth continues to be a theme with Discogs in looking back at 2014, Discogs users were adding 2M releases per month to their Collections while the site had over 4.5M releases submitted to its Database. Today, the Discogs Community is adding over 6M releases to their Collections monthly, and is nearing 11M releases in its massive Database. And yes, the Discogs Community is still adding vinyl to their collections at an astonishing rate. The first 1M releases added to Collection and the last 1M releases added were 68% and 70% vinyl respectively. Consequently, cassettes have seen a 183% increase and reel-to-reel has seen a 4,468% increase across the same metrics. To ingest the several other data points across Discogs’ 300M Collection milestone, click HERE.

The Vinyl Word: classic albums turning 40 this year: This year is a milestone year for several classic albums that celebrate their 40th anniversary and are still as relevant today as they were when they were released. Let’s start with the legendary Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. This was the band’s 12th studio album and was released in October 1979. At the time of recording it was the most expensive rock album ever recorded. The production costs were estimated to have been over US$1 million (equivalent to $3.45 million today). The double album was considered more experimental than their previous albums and contained tracks like the title track Tusk that involved the full band along with the USC Trojan Marching Band with a live performance of the band recorded at Dodger Stadium in June of 1979. Funny story with that particular video recording involving John McVie. He was in Tahiti during the Dodger Stadium recording but if you watch closely, Mick Fleetwood carries a cardboard cutout of him around the stadium. It’s a great album and one of my favourites.

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