In rotation: 8/13/19

Traverse City, MI | MTM On The Road: National Vinyl Record Day at RPM Records in Traverse City: Spin the turn tables today and play your favorite vinyl record. It’s National Vinyl Record Day! And a must-stop shop in Traverse City is ready to help you add to or start your own collection. RPM Records has more than 70,000 vinyl records with all of the classics and modern hits. The store will also repair your equipment or help you find what you’re looking for if you want to buy a new turn table. Join Regan Blissett and Stephanie Adkins as they take a look at how to start your own collection, take care of your records, and more.

Burlington, NC | Alamance has plenty of vinyl lovers: Vinyl Record Day marks a growing trend. Vinyl records have been declared dead many times, but keep rallying, and now there are two local businesses living on vinyl records and a couple of others at least making some money on them. “I’ve had 17-year-old girls ask for Frank Sinatra records and a 9-year-old kid say ‘look dad — Dean Martin,’ ” said Jon Guza, owner of HiFi Records in downtown Graham, which sells new and used records and draft beer. Vinyl sales increased 15 percent in 2018 with record-breaking Record Store Day sales in April, according to Nielsen, amid rapid growth of total music sales, especially streaming, which increased 49 percent. August 12 is Vinyl Record Day, which marks the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Vinyl enthusiast — if that’s a strong enough word — Gary Freiberg had it designated in 2002 in San Obispo County, Calif., and dedicated a non-profit organization to preserving and appreciating records and having vinyl record parties on the Saturday after Aug. 12.

UK | Premier League referee Jon Moss Q&A: Music and football: The Premier League is back! But spare a thought for the top flight referees, who will be under more scrutiny than ever before. We already know how Mike Dean escapes the pressure of officiating at the highest level – by giving it loads in the away end at his beloved Tranmere Rovers. Now his colleague Jon Moss has opened a record shop in Leeds – wonderfully called The Vinyl Whistle – so BBC Sport went to meet Moss to talk music and football… Guilty pleasure? Take That. We went to see them a couple of years back. Someone gave me some tickets – we didn’t pay for them – what a show it was. Greatest Day. I’m not into that kind of music, but I love that song. And Miley Cyrus, The Climb. What a tune that is! My daughter likes to sing it to me occasionally just to really annoy me. But what a tune… Which grounds have the best music? When we do our pre-match routine we go out for a warm-up about 2.30pm. The best ever soundtrack warming up was at Rochdale. It was all the Indie Classics. You’re trying to do your warm-up and they had Stone Roses, Oasis, into a bit of Joy Division, back to New Order. It was just the perfect soundtrack to warm up to.

Chicago, IL | Oak Park artist chosen to paint Val mural: Mini-mural project to commemorate late local entrepreneur, celebrity. The Oak Park Area Arts Council has announced its second round of winners for its 2019 mini-mural project, and Oak Parker Joe Abboreno was chosen to paint the mural the group is dedicating to the late Val Camilletti. Camilletti was a beloved figure in Oak Park for decades as owner of Val’s halla Records, a music store located at 723½ South Boulevard for more than three decades before moving to 239 Harrison St. in 2006. Shortly after Camilletti’s death in 2018, Oak Park residents aimed to have an honorary street sign installed on South Boulevard for the late record purveyor, but the Oak Park Board of Trustees denied the request, instead choosing to commission a mural. The Oak Park Area Arts Council, which commissions 20 murals per year along Union Pacific Railroad retaining wall along North and South boulevards as part of its mini-mural project, specified that one of the murals would commemorate Camilletti. “She really touched a lot of lives,” Abboreno said in a telephone interview.

UK | Blur at number one on UK Vinyl Singles Chart with Girls And Boys: Blur‘s Girls And Boys, part of the Parklife 25th anniversary releases, is the new number one on the UK Vinyl Singles Chart. Idles have a high new entry too with their non-album single Mercedes Marxist, while the first taste of the next record from Elbow, Dexter & Sinister, is another to debut inside the Top 5. Reflecting the surge in popularity of the traditional format, dedicated vinyl album and singles charts were launched by the Official Charts Company in 2016 with the singles chart compiled from sales of 7″ and 12″ records.

Margate, UK | Margate Pride Rock night creates safe space for LGBTQ+ community: An evening of punk music took place in Thanet on the eve of Pride weekend to celebrate queerness and diversity. Margate Pride Rock was held at record store Elsewhere in The Centre to kick off a weekend of pride celebrations across the town. The evening was headlined by Pink Suits, a punk duo made up of Jordan Lennie and Ray Prendergast. Jordan said the duo set out to make political music: “We touch a lot on government politics, and then identity politics, sexuality, and how our bodies can be used for protest,” he said. The first song they wrote was a rally against the idea of being too politically correct. “We think that’s just people getting more rights and being able to say, ‘you shouldn’t say this because it is offensive.’ “This is people’s lives that are being negatively affected by a sort of bigoted rhetoric. “It’s not political correctness gone mad, it’s people trying to have a fairer, better life.”

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