In rotation: 4/9/19

Dickson City, PA | Record Store Day set for April 13 at Gallery of Sound in Dickson City: When Joe Nardone Jr. and Jay Notartomaso talk about Record Store Day, they sing the praises of the vinyl records that gave record stores their name. “It just gives you a better sound,” said Nardone, who has planned special events for April 13 at Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound stores in Wilkes-Barre Township and Dickson City. “Digital music is 0’s and 1’s translated into what sounds like music, but non-digital is not compressed, not changed. It sounds warmer.” “I’m of a generation were records were the format, what everyone had,” said Nortartomaso, who will expand Record Store Day into a two-day Record Store weekend April 13-14 at Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “I like records because I’ve always had them.

Northampton, UK | Records shops in Northampton get ready for annual vinyl releases dash: Record Store Day is back this weekend with shops across the county gearing up for the annual dash for copies of this year’s limited releases. Spun Out and Vinyl Underground will both be stocking official RSD19 releases, with Spiral Archive and The Lamplighter also getting involved with record sales during the day. For the first time this year, Spun Out, in Gold Street, will be opening on both the Saturday and Sunday to meet demand from record buyers. Owner Chris Kent, pictured with some of this year’s limited releases, said: “We’re really looking forward to Record Store Day again. It’s such a great day and lovely to see customers old and new who turn out to support the shop. “Every year we get people discovering us through record store day and they come back on a regular basis.

Richmond, VA | Richmond’s independent record stores stick to their groove: Pelham Blunt of Richmond has an impressive collection of albums — he estimates the number in the thousands — and he plans to add more Saturday. April 13 is national Record Store Day, an annual event that began in 2008 to help struggling independent record stores. They get exclusive or first rights to sell records pressed especially for the day. “Record Store Day is like Christmas in April for record collectors,” said Blunt, whose dining room has become a music room with floor-to-ceiling shelves of records. “Not only do the stores have all the exclusive Record Store Day records, but often they also put out nice used collections that day as well,” he said. Some stores create a festival atmosphere with refreshments and live music. In some cases, customers line up hours before opening times to be the first in the store. “It’s a very celebratory, communal experience,” Blunt said.

Dorset, UK | Shops taking part in Record Store Day in Dorset: It is bigger than Christmas for the small businesses selling music on vinyl. Record Store Day – taking place this Saturday, April 13 – regularly sees some fans camp out overnight to get their hands on a slew of collectable releases. Hundreds of special singles and LPs are ready for release, including titles from Queen, David Bowie, U2 and Madonna, as well as a host of independent artists. The Vault in Bournemouth and Christchurch and Square Records in Wimborne are among the 200 independent shops taking part in an event that accounts for a big chunk of their turnover. They are not allowed to sell before 8am and there is a seven-day embargo before anyone is allowed to sell the releases online. The local stores taking part limit customers to one copy of anything. Alan Rowett of the Vault said: “It’s better than Christmas.”

New York, NY | CARIBBEAT: VP Records in Queens marking national Record Store Day by celebrating the firm’s vinyl classics: VP Records — which is celebrating its 40th anniversary of releasing great reggae and soca music — is going back to its roots for national Record Store Day on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., with live performances and vintage works from its vinyl beginnings. Execs at VP Records will give details on “The Reggae Trail,” an interactive, digital project mapping significant reggae locations in the five boroughs and tracking the genre’s worldwide growth. “Vinyl is such an important part of Jamaican music and culture and we are thankful that Record Store Day has kept it alive in such a powerful way, year after year,” said VP and Chief Operating Officer Randy Chin. The sounds from DJ and sound system performances will echo from VP’s flagship retail store in Queens at 17-21 Jamaica Ave. Performers include Earth Ruler, Digital English, Blunt Posse, Dub Electronics, Super Force and Pretty Posse.

Boise, ID | Spin out on Record Store Day at Boise’s Record Exchange: Mark your calendars — The Record Exchange is hosting its annual blowout Record Store Day party on Saturday, April 13, a day that has been ordained as the day to celebrate all things record store since the first one heralded in by Metallica in 2008. Michael Bunnell, along with his wife, Jil Sevy, have owned the independent local music store since 1977. They have seen changes and music formats come and go — the 8-track, cassette tapes, laser discs, CDs, the death and rebirth of vinyl — and have sat in front row seats as the purveyors and royalty of Boise’s local one-stop shop for music in a variety of formats, concert tickets, in-store performances and, since the mid-1980s, coffee and gift items. It’s not just a record store — it’s a whole record store culture, Bunnell said, and Record Store Day is the day set aside to celebrate all of that.

Auckland, NZ | Enjoy Record Store Day 2019 at Flying Out: Christmas? Boooooring… Birthdays? Pffftttt… Easter? Mufti Day? WhatEVER. Here at Flying Out, there’s only one date we’re getting giddy for… RECORD STORE DAY! 2019’s Record Store Day at Flying Out is going to be our boldest and brightest yet. Not only have we extended our hours and stocked up on an apocalypse-survival-pack’s worth of the best records in the world, but this year we’re coming at you with a programme to remember! In the spirit of neighbourly niceness, the good sorts at Pitt Street Methodist have let us set up an OUTDOOR STAGE on their steps, and we’ve roped in some of our favourite acts from 1:12 Records to make it a shindig to end all shindigs. Not only that, but our mates The Beths are fresh back from the most epic tour ever, and are getting up early to come DJ up a storm for your listening pleasure! Not only THAT, but we’re finally in possession of the long-awaited reissue… Headless Chickens’ Body Blow!

Pro-Ject and Ortofon return to sponsoe Record Store Day: For the fifth year in a row, Pro-Ject Audio Systems is returning to sponsor the international event Record Store Day here in Australia. On the titular day, vinyl-lovers descend on record stores to snap up limited edition releases and discounts, enjoy in-store gigs and DJ sets, and celebrate beloved record stores. Pro-Ject return as the Official Turntable Partner of Record Store Day Australia. As part of the festivities, Pro-Ject is giving one vinyl-lover the opportunity to win an Essential III Phono turntable in a Walnut finish. To be in a chance of winning, entrants need to post a photo of their “weirdest” or most unusual record on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #RSDWin, and tag Pro-Ject (@project_audioon Instagram; @ProJectAUNZ on Facebook). Once posted, entrants need to head to to complete entry. Two runners-up will win a Spin-Clean Record Washing System, to bring new life to dusty LPs.

Digital music leaves stars (and planet) counting the cost: People tend to reach for their violins when multimillionaire pop stars start complaining about money but new figures show that the rise of digital platforms has drastically reduced the amount people spend on music. The environmental cost has also grown, according to researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of Oslo. Although streaming and downloading has reduced the amount of plastic used by the recording industry, this is offset by the energy-intensive act of storing and processing music online. After adjusting for inflation, researchers found that the cost of buying an album has fallen by $17.44 (£13.38) since the 1970s, when most people bought music on vinyl.

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