In rotation: 3/20/19

Murfreesboro, TN | The Great Escape used media store opens location in the heart of Murfreesboro: If you have used media you’d like to sell or you’re looking for new items to add to your collection, you’re in luck. The Great Escape media store has opened in Jackson Heights Plaza at 810 N.W. Broad St., Suite 200, in Murfreesboro. This is the fifth location for the store, which opened in 1977 in Nashville. “(We sell) new and used records, new and back-issue comic books, CDs, video games, toys, movies and many more items,” said Rob Baker, who co-owns The Great Escape with his wife, Candace Baker. The store also pays cash for collections and collectibles, or trades with people bringing in items to sell…The Bakers have been residents of downtown Murfreesboro since 2012 and wanted to open a shop close by in their hometown.

Hanover, PA | Hunting for vintage vinyl records? Head to Vinyl Visions in downtown Hanover: For Perry Musselman, part of the fun of collecting and buying records is the hunt to find the exact one you want. On April 3, Musselman’s own record shop, Vinyl Visions, will be open at 10 York Street in Hanover. “I am 60 years old, and I never put away my turntable,” Musselman said. “I have been playing record albums all my life.” In the new shop, Musselman will be selling CDs, DVDs, rock and roll posters and other miscellaneous paraphernalia in addition to vinyl records. Two-thirds of the inventory at Vinyl Visions will be rock and roll and “the music I grew up with in the 70s, only because it’s what I like and have a passion for,” Musselman said. However, there will be records going as far back as the 50s and more recent content, too.

Berlin, DE | Inside the vinyl archives of Berlin’s biggest music library: Where almost everything is borrowable. Following our feature discovering incredible record libraries around the world, DJ and producer Max Graef uncovers an audio treasure trove at the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek BerlinZentral. The largest public music library in Germany’s capital boasts a huge range of sonic archives (salsa, Russian folklore, rap, medieval and more), music publications, over 43,000 CDs, over 95,000 pieces of sheet music, and a “piano room” where you can reserve your slot to tickle a Bechstein or Steinway piano ivories for up to two hours a week. As for vinyl? There are over 73,000 records in its collection, all housed in a closed storage container at the ZLB’s Berliner Stadtbibliothek location.

UK | Journalist Pete Paphides Launches New Label: Music journalist Pete Paphides has announced the launch of new label Needle Mythology. A noted scribe, Pete Paphides’ excellent Soho Radio show is a perennial spin in the Clash office, matching classics against lesser known gems. The latter certainly form the spine of new label Needle Mythology, with Pete Paphides aiming to bring sought after records to vinyl for the first time while expanding on the original CD format. The label’s name comes from a song by Stephen Duffy, with the indie legend’s 1997 album ‘I Love My Friends’ becoming one of the imprint’s first releases. Needle Mythology also launches with a rare 2004 solo record from Ian Broudie, seemingly recorded in a hotel in the wee small hours after he was finished producing The Coral. It sounds like an excellent project, with Pete Paphides giving a lengthy interview to Super Deluxe Edition about his motivations, and what lies ahead for the imprint.

Orrville, OH | Younger generation intrigued by technology from the past: Rotary telephones, 8mm video cameras and Atari video computer systems were once the talk of the town, but now they reside in places like the Old Technology Museum that was on display at the Orrville Public Library on Friday. Colin Daniels, a junior at Smithville High School, was shocked that some of the items in the museum, like the Nintendo GameCube, were ones he has actually used. “It is kind of cool how technology progresses,” he said. “The GameCube came out in 2002, I used it and I am not old. Even though it came out recently, it is now considered old.” …While some of the items on view appeared almost foreign to Daniels, he was drawn to the vinyl record display. “I have a record player,” he said. “There is a cool novelty about putting the record on the player and sitting back and listening to it. It even sounds better than digital music, it feels warmer and it is cool that people are getting back into (vinyl).”

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