In rotation: 4/10/19

UK | Record Store Day 2019 – when is it, what are the best releases and how can I find a list of the shops taking part? Records by Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Lou Reed are just some of the special releases being issued for this year’s Record Store Day. This year RSD 2019 falls on Saturday, April 13. It was first conceived as a way of gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first day was April 19, 2008. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. It’s not just about trying to flog records but the day often includes various activities such as gigs, meet and greets, as well as DJs. But there have also been cook-outs, body-painting and a whole host of activities.

Sussex, UK | Record Store Day 2019: All you need to know about vinyl in Sussex: With Record Store Day seeing queues from 3am outside some stores last year, here’s your guide to getting ahead of the game in Sussex. What is it? With more than 500 limited edition releases on offer, Record Store Day is your chance to grab exclusive vinyl not available anywhere else. When is it? Record Store Day 2019 is this Saturday, April 13. Last year saw queues from 3am in Chichester as music devotees clamoured to get the new releases. Our advice is to get to stores early to avoid disappointment. Where can I buy these exclusive records?

Yorkshire, UK | Five top Record Store Day events in Yorkshire this year: Record Store Day will soon be upon us, and shops across the county have special things lined up for Saturday (April 13). Be it live in-store concerts or rare releases, Record Store Day has always meant that shops have taken the opportunity to go the extra mile in satisfying their vinyl-hungry customers. Music fans from all over the country descend upon their local stores to get their vinyl fix. Here are some of the best places to do just that in Yorkshire this weekend.

Chicago, IL | ‘It’s the busiest day of the year, by far’: Oak Park shops preparing for Record Store Day, first without founder Val Camilletti: Though it will be the first celebration without its founder and owner, the party will still go on at Val’s Halla Records as the shop celebrates Record Store Day on April 13. Val’s Halla, 239 Harrison St., in Oak Park, will open its doors at 9 a.m., and the day will include limited edition goodies, a store-wide sale, coffee and doughnuts while they last and live music throughout the day. At Oak Park Records, 179 S. Oak Park Ave., owner Alan Heffelfinger said he will be offering 20 percent off used vinyl, sales on new vinyl and will have specials on some CDs and cassettes…Val’s Halla store manager Shayne Blakeley said record stores typically experience a drop in sales after the holidays, but he hopes Record Store Day can reignite the community’s connection with the iconic shop.

Brighton, UK | A guide to Record Store Day 2019 in Brighton: Record Store Day 2019 is right around the corner. There are some great albums on offer and record stores across Brighton are putting on plenty of entertainment to satisfy customers who will have been queueing throughout the day to get their hands on limited edition LPs by their favourite artists. Here is your comprehensive guide to what’s going on this Record Store Day (RSD)…Having not taken part in Record Store Day last year, the team at Cult Hero are eager to get going in 2019. Now in their new home in The Lanes, owner Frank Taylor is excited about what RSD has in store. He said: “It should be packed in here, it should be really good. “The spread of records is good this year, probably the best I’ve known.”

San Antonio, TX | A Brief History of Record Store Day, Why You Should Participate and Our Picks for This Year’s Releases: Record Store Day started in 2008 in reaction to media prognosticators saying that independent record shops would soon be a thing of the past. A group including Michael Kurtz, president of a coalition of independent record store chains, and Chris Brown of Bull Moose, a music based in Maine and New Hampshire, decided something needed to happen to keep the love of vinyl alive. So, the group took direction from Free Comic Book Day, which had done wonders in keeping independent comic shops alive. After some planning, Record Store day was born and for over a decade now, it continues to grow. As part of the festivities, one band or artist serves as each year’s “ambassador” for Record Store Day. Pearl Jam is the 2019 ambassador. Past ambassadors have included Ozzy Osbourne (2011), St. Vincent (2017) and Run The Jewels (2018). Each year’s artist usually puts out a promotional video talking about why Record Store Day is important and why people should participate.

Melbourne, AU | Jump on the free Ortofon shuttle buses this Record Store Day: The 33 1/3 revolution continues on Saturday, April 13 as the annual Record Store Day returns in 2019. Come this weekend, conga lines of enthusiastic vinyl-devotees will weave their way through crowded pavements, cross busy roads and brave whatever Melbourne’s unpredictable weather throws at them, just to arrive at their fave record store. And we applaud their support of record stores across the globe. Head to your nearest record store this Saturday, and you’ll be rewarded with limited edition LPs and be treated to in-store gigs by talented musicians. Melbourne record-hunters can also join us on one of the two free Ortofon Record Store Day shuttle buses.

UK | Record Store Day 2019: The Mighty Boosh named UK ambassadors: The Mighty Boosh have been announced as the 2019 UK ambassadors for Record Store Day, which celebrates independent record shops around the country. Comedy duo Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt follow the likes of Elton John, Dave Grohl and St Vincent in the role. “The bar’s been set at a new height,” Julian tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. “I didn’t want it to change me but I think it might have,” Noel Fielding adds. “It’s definitely put a spring in my step.” This is the comedy duo’s first official outing as The Boosh for more than five years. Since their BBC TV show came to an end in 2007 they’ve done a live theatre tour and made a handful of appearances at festivals around the world. Despite saying they’d “love to put out” live shows and an album of tracks they recorded in New York “at some point”, the duo say their Record Store Day duties are, for now, a one-off appearance for The Mighty Boosh. It’s fair to say they’re taking their role seriously though.

Fresno, CA | Record Store Day is coming. Here are the local spots celebrating the vinyl: Everything old is indeed new again and the trendiest music followers are already over vinyl records (again) and are back to buying cassettes. For the rest of us, Record Store Day is a big thing. Just ask this year’s Record Store Day ambassadors, Pearl Jam. Hundreds of new, re-released and exclusive titles will be available at participating stores on Saturday, including some limited-run, regional releases (so, like rare). The full list of releases can be seen at the Record Store Day website,

North Bay, ON | Just take those old records off the shelf: There is a definite resurgence in vinyl. Those in the know, say the renewed interest has people flocking to record fairs. “It is definitely starting to become very, very popular. At one time the ’90s in larger centres it was popular, but we’re seeing in smaller communities, and everywhere actually, people are really into vinyl,” shared Todd Gledhill owner of Waxman Records in North Bay. “I think a big part of it is nostalgia. There is definitely the collectability. I think that people are enjoying having physical media once again. It has almost come around full circle. With all of the downloading and streaming and stuff like that, people just like to be able to hold the music that they love, in their hands.” Gledhill says people tend to gravitate towards music from the ’70s through to the ’90s, although there is a certain demographic that is looking for a trip down memory lane searching for the popular sounds of the ’50s and ’60s. And of course, there are those looking for today’s music.

The easiest turntable upgrade you’ll ever make: An Ortofon cartridge can radically change your system’s sound for the better. The pursuit of great sound never ends. But while glossy magazines and endless Instagram pages plastered with the most esoteric hi-fi components feed that hankering for new and expensive hardware – whether that be a new turntable, speakers or amplifier – there are ways to upgrade your system without breaking the bank. One of the most radical can be a new cartridge. They might not grab the headlines in the same way as a flashy new deck, but sonically it might be the best purchase you ever make. What is a cartridge?

Champaign, IL | Downtown Champaign’s Record Swap may soon play its swan song: Four decades after Record Swap opened in Champaign-Urbana, the store may be closing this summer if owner Bob Diener doesn’t find a new location. His rent would have gone up 50 percent in July, Diener said, so he declined to sign a new lease at his building on the east edge of downtown Champaign. “It’s our 40th year in business,” he said. “We’re more than likely going out of business, so I don’t care about the anniversary. It’s sad.” The store, which sells vinyl records, CDs and DVDs, has been at its latest location at 114 E. University Ave., for 12 years. Diener started the business with his brother in Chicago Heights in 1977, and also once had a shop in Valparaiso, Ind. Both of those locations later closed.

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