In rotation: 5/22/19

Grand Junction, CO | Triple Play Records celebrates 31 years of business: A local record store took advantage of the Downtown Music Festival this weekend. Triple Play Records on Main Street hosted their 31st-anniversary sale, to celebrate the many years they’ve been in business, and say thank you to customers. They say they have excess inventory of vinyl records they need to get rid of, and the festival going on downtown is perfect to bring in some new business. “The Off-Road Festival has been amazing. Every year it continues to get better. It used to be the Art and Jazz Festival, so we started the sale then, but we’ve just held it through the change of the festivals and, the amount of people it brings down is amazing,” said Matthew Cesario, General Manager, Triple Play Records. After the store closed for the day on Sunday, they left out some records for customers to take for free.

Adelaide, AU | Vinyl Squeeze bucks the trend and proves Adelaide still loves a great record store: Sadly, in recent times, there has been more of a need to report on the closure of record and CD stores as they lose their fight against the dual digital enemy of streaming and downloading than there has been on celebrating the arrival of new music retailers. Eighteen months ago, Craig Siviour (aka Cragos to his regulars) after a decade of meticulous planning, bucked the trend and opened Vinyl Squeeze at Gilles Plains confident that there was sufficient demand for a quality vinyl retailer in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. A visit to the store immediately confirms that this is a store sure to please record collectors. There is a huge range of new and second-hand vinyl albums and 45s. The back room also has a wide selection of second-hand CDs and music DVDs, books and tapes. And the prices are surprisingly affordable! Everything is beautifully and accessibly laid out – and there is also an unusually large amount of ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic memorabilia on display around the store…

Houston, TX | 3 top spots for vinyl records in Houston: Looking to score vinyl records? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top vinyl record hot spots in Houston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re in the market for vinyl records…Topping the list is Vinal Edge Records. Located at 239 W. 19th St. in the Heights, the spot to score music and DVDs and vinyl records is the highest rated vinyl record spot in Houston, boasting 4.5 stars out of 61 reviews on Yelp.

Kent, UK | Owners to sell Herne Bay record store B’side the C’side: A 65-year-old who has been living his boyhood fantasy of owning a record store has put his beloved shop on the market. Martin Eastman and wife Chris have been running B’side the C’side in Herne Bay High Street since 2013. But they have decided to relocate to Essex and placed an asking price of £350,000 on the freehold for the store. “We’ve lived the dream,” Mr Eastman said. “I’ve wanted to own one ever since I bought my first record in 1962. We originally came from Essex and are going back to be nearer our family. “It is a shame, but we’re trying to sell it as a going concern because we believe every town should have a record shop, especially a vinyl one.” The business has been on the market since January and the couple is hoping to up sticks by the end of the year. Mr Eastman insists his business has been unaffected by the rise of music downloads and streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Amazon Music. Instead, he believes vinyl has become increasingly popular among people between the ages of 20 and 30 in recent years.

Bakersfield, CA | Original pressings of Buck Owens LPs available May 31 from Omnivore (online only)—40 original, vintage, sealed volumes: On May 31, 2019, exclusively from the Omnivore Recordings’ web store, 40 original, vintage, sealed Buck Owens LPs will be made available for sale. The stock comes directly from Owens’ own collection in Bakersfield. The original pressing LPs span much of Buck’s career, from 1964’s Together Again/My Heart Skips a Beat to Act Naturally, released in 1989. Quantities are limited and the LPs will be sold first come, first served. This is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of country music history direct from the collection of the artist!

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