In rotation: 4/8/19

Stroud, UK | Top performers and international DJs to descend on towns for Record Store Day: Record shops across the Five Valleys will be rewarding music fans with an array of new releases, live music and rare vinyl as they take part in this year’s Record Store Day. This year’s annual event falls on Saturday, April 13, and is a chance for the 200 independent record shops to celebrate their trade, and the millions of musicians and artists that they support. With so many music lovers living across the district three shops are flourishing, two in Stroud, and one in Nailsworth. Each of the shops, Trading Post Records in Kendrick Street and Sound Records in the High Street, both in Stroud, and Sanctuary Music at Nailsworth Mills (by the Morrisons car park) will be throwing open their doors at 8am so record collectors and music lovers can pick up special releases on the day.

Redditch, UK | ELO gold disc and more for sale as Vintage Trax marks Record Shop Day: The UK’s 12th annual Record Store Day is fast approaching on Saturday, April 13, but Redditch’s only independent record retailer, Vintage Trax, is ready to mark the occasion with a new look to their Headless Cross shop and will be celebrating the event in its own way. “As is the norm for us, we will not be stocking any of the new Record Shop Day releases,” said owner, Ros Sidaway. “Instead, we have focused on what we do best – curating and selling excellent quality preloved vinyl records from the Jazz age to the 1990s. “Rock music is our most popular selling genre so we’ve pulled it altogether in one room with the back room now covering everything else.” The shop also sells band tour merchandise and memorabilia, and was recently approached by Bev Bevan, former drummer with The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, ELO Part 2, Black Sabbath and now percussionist with Quill, to help him sell some of the many items he has collected over the past 50 years in music.

AU | Record Store Day In Saturday April 13 2019: This 13 April, Record Stores across the country will celebrate the 12th Record Store Day with lots of special in-store activity, special releases, in-store appearances, parties, DJs spinning vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting and some stores partying into the night. This annual event reiterates the importance of the traditional music outlet as one of the major avenues for the public to discover the many genres of music releases each year, with around 50,000 music lovers visiting their favourite store to take part in the day. It is about celebrating your local Indie Record Store and its place in the world of music. There are so many artists making music that never gets radio play. The local indie store helps spread the word, they play that music instore, the bands play live in-store, they stock the CDs and vinyl and Limited Edition pressings of records are available from major labels through to the bands organising it themselves.

Sydney, AU | Sydney’s oldest standing record store is set to close this month: Sydney’s oldest standing record store Lawsons Records is closing down, sigh. The secondhand shop opened in Pitt Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD in 1968 and since then, has seen the rise and fall of record sales over the years. The shop is closing due to unattainable rent prices, with long term owner Jerry Pasqual telling the ABC his rent went from $1,450 to $5,000 a week around seven years ago when the landlord changed. According to the Australian Recording Industry Association ( ARIA), vinyl has made a comeback will high sales for the eighth year in a row, with 2018 reaching $21 million. Despite this vinyl revival, the market still wasn’t strong enough to keep them going. Mr Pasqual, now 77 reflected on the success of his small business and the changes he has encountered telling the ABC: “The 1980s were the best for vinyl” “By 1992 people really wanted CDs so that’s when we called St Vinnies — they brought three trucks and took all the records away.”

Bryan, TX | Local vinyl records store opens second location in Downtown Bryan: Just one year after Curious Collections Vinyl Records & More opened their location on Rosemary Drive, they have opened a second location in Downtown Bryan. At their grand opening event at Downtown Bryan’s “First Friday,” visitors got to check out the new shop, drink wine and listen to records. The owner and operator, Mary Beth House, says it’s an exciting and groundbreaking achievement to open a second location in Downtown Bryan. Not only does Curious Collections sell records, but they also repair turntables, clean vinyls, and even have a listening room where guests can listen to a record before purchasing it. Curious Collections is the only approved Record Store Day dealer within a 100-mile radius of Bryan/College Station and will participate in the event on April 13 at their Rosemary Drive location.

Boston, MA | Local record stores ‘carry the torch’ for a new generation of music fans: A crowded labyrinth of shelves piled high with old vinyl, CDs and memorabilia lies tucked away in the basement of the 957 Commonwealth Ave. — the location of In Your Ear Records. Music aficionados, some just browsing, some who know exactly what they’re looking for, search the stacks for a rare find. Reed Lappin, who co-owns In Your Ear, said records — once thought to be dying — have seen a recent resurgence. “People seem to value record stores more nowadays as part of the music landscape,” Lappin said. “We’re doing OK right now, but there are always shifts that happen.” In a time when the music industry seems to be dominated by streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, vinyl sales are on the rise. “There’s a whole new generation of young people interested in vinyl now,” Lappin said. “You need that customer base to keep things going…”

San Diego, CA | Where to celebrate vinyl in San Diego on Record Store Day: Who said vinyl was dead? April 13 marks Record Store Day (RSD) in the U.S., as stores across the country plan to take part in the celebration of records with special releases. Releases from artists including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Prince, Sly & The Family Stone, Weezer, and many more will hit record store shelves for the musical holiday. This year’s RSD ambassadors, Pearl Jam, will also have a special release available, according to the organization Record Store Day , which promotes the day every April as well as independent record stores year-round…In San Diego, several local stops are celebrating with the special RSD releases — and there are plenty of other stops to visit to support independent retailers:

Fort Wayne, IN | The vinyl countdown for fans of records: Record Store Day. It’s the day we celebrate the independent record store. It’s the day we celebrate music and community. And it’s the day music lovers have celebrated since 2008. This year, Record Store Day is on April 13, and the excitement begins in Fort Wayne at 8 a.m. inside all three Wooden Nickel Music stores and at Neat Neat Neat Music on South Calhoun Street. Neat Neat Neat: Head downtown to Neat Neat Neat Records and Music and you’ll find that owner Morrison Agen has stepped his game up this year with some exciting changes and additions to how his Record Store Day celebration will run. The store underwent a bit of a transformation last year, adding the ability to sell liquor, and has begun the process of adding a kitchen in the hopes of offering food options in the not-too-distant future. Always looking for ways to improve the shopping experience for customers, Agen has switched up the way Record Store Day releases will be sold at his store this year.

Rockford, IL | Kate’s pie shop, record store in Rockford closing but pies will be sold at farmers markets: You’ll still be able to buy Kate Sullivan’s pies, but not at her retail store at the East Branch of the Rockford Public Library after April 27. Sullivan said she’s closing Kate’s Pie Shop Cafe & Records at 6685 E. State St., where her business has been located the past five years. “I’m moving away from brick-and-mortar and taking the pie on the road and online,” she said. She will sell pies at area farmers markets and may try to get her pies sold in other stores. And in the future, she’ll be selling just pies, not records, she said. She is discounting records, T-shirts, CDs posters and backstage passes available at the store at 50% off until closing.

Webster Groves, MI | 40 years after he colored this album as a 12-year-old, man finds it again at Webster Groves record store: Edward Burch has a record store ritual. A few times a month, he thumbs through the stacks of local record shops looking for new additions to his collection of some 2,200 LPs. But this week, Burch made a different kind of discovery at Euclid Records in Webster Groves: The exact album he had colored on as a 12-year-old boy. Burch had already selected his buy for the day — Bobby Bland’s 1969 album “Two Steps from the Blues” — and was browsing through the new arrivals section when he spotted a copy of the 1967 self-titled record from British band Procol Harum. Unlike the original, the cover had been carefully colored in with markers. “I just said ‘Oh my God, this has to be the same one,’” he said. “I colored this in 1979

Record Store Day 2019: the best turntables to enjoy your vinyl on: Find out more about the special vinyl releases on offer and the turntables worth considering to bring them to life.’” Saturday 13 April is Record Store Day, when music fans have the opportunity to pick up newly released limited-edition presses of their favourite artists. The record players themselves are often on special offer on the day as well. But watch out: around 30% of all turntables we’ve reviewed are Don’t Buys, so take our expert advice and avoid buying a record player that will make your listening experience a painful one. We consider some of the most popular turntables on the market – from budget to higher-end models – to reveal which are worth your money. Jump straight to the best turntables from our expert lab tests.

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