In rotation: 3/29/19

Brooklyn, NY | Two new record stores are opening in Brooklyn: Two new record stores are opening in Brooklyn thanks to the Mexican Summer label, which is also based in the New York borough. The owners of Co-op 87 are partnering on the outlets. Brooklyn Record Exchange will first welcome customers at 599 Johnson Avenue, Bushwick, on Saturday 30th March. It will share the address with revered club and live venue Elsewhere. A second location at 87 Guernsey Street, Greenpoint, will open later in spring— where Co-op 87 was doing business until its recent temporary closure. According to reports, there will be dedicated areas for Mexican Summer releases, alongside its reissue imprint Anthology Recordings. Albums, singles and EPs from other labels will also be sold, of course, as will books and films.

Petaling Jaya, MY | Go out and buy some music at these Record Store Day events in April: makes it stand out as one of the busiest times for record buying, visiting music shops and going out for independent music events in the Klang Valley. The international Record Store Day (RSD) buzz is an obvious – nearly festive – highlight next month (observed on April 13). RSD, arguably, seems to bring out the best qualities in music lovers. It gets people excited about music buying again. From Kuala Lumpur to Subang Jaya, we’re talking about Instagram feeds filled by scenes of eager music fans waking up early on a weekend and lining up in front of record stores to grab exclusive RSD releases – official or not. Local indie bands seeing their out-of-print albums reissued by a small circle of dedicated music ‘archivalists’ and the sight of young and old vinyl collectors mingling together at pop-up music events are surely rare moments to rejoice.

Loveland, CO | Loveland Today: Downtown Sound’s new owner: As of March 1, Downtown Sound, a shop selling vinyl records and musical instruments and equipment in downtown Loveland, has a new owner. Rogan Magyar, who has owned Keptone Music Workshop in Orchards Shopping Center since 2011, purchased Downtown Sound from the Roth family, closed the Keptone location and moved his music-lesson business downtown. The record store at 330 E. Fourth St. will continue to sell old and new vinyl, guitars and vintage amps, and all the merchandise it always provided, Magyar said, plus it will offer music lessons. A bonus: Because the business is staying open in the evenings for private music lessons, shoppers now have more hours to browse the record racks.

Virgin Voyages Is Committing to Music Theme With Vinyl Record Store and Karaoke Lounge: It looks like Virgin Voyages is going all-in with the music theming on its first ship. The start-up line backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced on Wednesday that its 2,770-passenger debut vessel, Scarlet Lady, will have its very own vinyl record store — an homage to Virgin Group’s early days as a record-selling business. To be called Voyage Vinyl, the record shop on Scarlet Lady will feature listening stations where “sailors” (what the line calls its passengers) can sample music before buying. It’ll sell a mix of current and classic albums, plus limited-edition collections created by the line’s resident DJs. Music magazines and headphones will also be for sale alongside record players (for those of you who go on cruises to buy record players).

Columbus, OH | Six local concerts to bookmark on Record Store Day: With Record Store Day only a few Saturdays away, it’s time to start plotting out your map of local music destinations to visit. The early arrival of RSD means that we get to overindulge in vinyl a week earlier this year. Although there will be plenty of deals at the handful of record shops across Columbus, this post focuses on a pocketful of shows that will be taking place on Saturday, April 13. With some of the events not costing a penny and all of them being under $10, all of the below local shows will save you from emptying your pockets if you went buck wild on vinyl earlier in the day. The six concerts listed below will all be taking place on the official RSD celebration date, April 13.

Sydney, AU | Merph launches Apparent Motion with beginner turntable & record workshop: Sydney selector MERPH (NECTAR) has today launched Apparent Motion, an initiative bringing together music and culture through fostering inclusive, accessible and safe spaces. The launch also comes with the announcement of the first in an ingoing series of workshops aimed at beginners. This first workshop aims to facilitate an open discussion surrounding both the history and context of vinyl as a medium. It also aims to equip those keen with the knowledge and confidence to navigate a record store to its fullest – searching for music, handling and storing records and using turntables. If you’re someone who has had little to no experience with records or turntables, wants to learn the basics of handling and playing a record, wants to understand how to browse and navigate a record store or you’re just simply wanting to know a bit more about records and turntables before investing, this is for you!

5 Tips to Maintain Vinyl Records: Vinyl is obsession for many, and the sweet sound that it produces is incomparable. Gramophone and vinyl records are classic, and we all know one thing about classy things, they are high maintenance, those who own records know it very well. So, if you have been recently fascinated by them and want to start owning these ‘handle with care babies’ then here are some important steps to take care of them like a pro. Even if you are an experienced person, learning some new steps will definitely be beneficial, right? So, read on.

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