In rotation: 2/28/19

Here’s the List of Rumoured Record Store Day 2019 Releases: Record Store Day is once again approaching. And once again, the sprawling list of rumoured Record Store Day 2019 releases has leaked ahead of the official announcement. Like every year, users over on Reddit have dug up a list of RSD exclusives rumoured to be arriving on April 13. It goes without saying, though, that the list is very much still a work in progress, with the majority of the titles apparently coming from the France list at this point. Still, if years past are anything to go by, the list should give you a good idea what you can expect this RSD…A few highlights from the rumoured list include releases from David Bowie, U2, Weezer, Morrissey, the Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Prince, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Iggy Pop, John Lennon, Thee Oh Sees, Fleetwood Mac, Gorillaz, Green Day, Ennio Morricone, Lou Reed, Madonna, Mastodon, and Queen.

Alexandria, VA | ‘Rat Tunnels’ Forced Crooked Beat Records Out Of The District. Now High Rents Are Keeping Them Out: Crooked Beat Records was a staple Adams Morgan record store for 12 years when it closed its storefront in 2016. Human residents of D.C. loved it, and apparently so did rodents. “Yes. The rumors were true. There were rat tunnels were going as far as 28 feet below our old location in D.C. … it was a city within a city under the store,” Crooked Beat wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend announcing that it would not be moving back to Adams Morgan. The store was apparently in the middle of negotiations with a building owner trying to open a location in its old neighborhood, but couldn’t reach a deal and withdrew its offer. Crooked Beat owner Bill Daly tells DCist high rent has been a serious problem as he tries to look for a new location in the city. He says he’s offering to pay 30 to 35 percent more in rent than he paid for his old Adams Morgan spot, but things always end up being more expensive than that. He is “shying away more from D.C. because we’re running out of options with the rents,” Daly says. “We’re kind of hitting a dead end.”

Modesto, CA | Modesto’s old Babies R Us gets a new, rocking tenant as Rasputin Music to move in: So much for music stores all dying out. But then I guess when you’re named after one of history’s most infamous mystics, the rules simply don’t apply. The Rasputin Music store in north Modesto is moving to a new, much larger location. It will take over the vacant Babies R Us site on Sisk Road, in the process filling one of the large retail vacancies left from recent national chain store closures. The music and DVD store opened on Dale Road, two doors down from Trader Joe’s, in late 2014. Since then, the store has sold new and used CDS, vinyl records, DVDs and other related merchandise. The new site will be a combination Rasputin and Anastasia New & Vintage Clothing store, bringing a large selection of new and used apparel into the mix.

Okki Nokki RCM cleans records without cleaning out your bank account: It’s always tempting to bolster your vinyl collection with second-hand finds, but not everyone is as careful as you. If you’re looking to keep your record library in tip-top condition and hear them play at their best, a record cleaning machine could be the answer. However, many can cost more than some turntables. Fear not, Dutch brand Okki Nokki has the solution. Okki Nokki comes from Holland and is one of Europe’s best-selling record cleaning machines. Now, thanks to County Durham-based hi-fi distributor Decent Audio, it can easily be purchased here. The Okki Nokki RCM (Record Cleaning Machine) is a compact yet powerful piece of kit whose build quality, features, and performance might reasonably be expected to come with a high price tag. Conceived initially around 15 years ago by Dutch designer Johan Bezem, its design and construction have steadily and deliberately evolved, adding a raft of enhancements while keeping the price firmly in check.

Bad Brains’ Black Dots Vinyl Reissue Announced. The 1979 recording will be pressed to vinyl for the first time in over 20 years. Black Dots—a collection of early studio recordings from DC punk/reggae icons Bad Brains—is getting the reissue treatment. First recorded in 1979 at Inner Ear Studios, the compilation features early Bad Brains demos of tracks like “Pay to Cum,” “Regulator,” “Don’t Need It,” and more. The record will be available on limited edition white vinyl via Caroline Records starting March 29. A standard, black vinyl pressing will be released the following month. The reissue marks the album’s first vinyl pressing in over 20 years; it was released on vinyl in 1996. You can pre-order it here.

Diana DeGarmo on Upcoming ‘Gemini’ Album & Why Post-‘Idol’ Music ‘Broke’ Her Heart: “…I adore the ceremony of choosing a vinyl record, setting the needle down, flipping the record, the beauty and size of the artwork on the jacket, all of it. It is a daily ritual that my husband and I cherish when we are both home. That tradition helped plant the seeds for Gemini’s vinyl creation. I knew I wanted to hear my music that way. However, we live in a world surging with technology so I could not ignore the need for digital copies of Gemini as well. But it’s vinyl that I crave. Vinyl gives us the chance to slow down and remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of modern life. As far as CDs go, it has really just been an economical choice. I am as “independent” as you get! CDs are not completely off the shelf for Gemini’s future, but for now, vinyl and digital it is.”

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