In rotation: 8/5/19

Dundee, UK | LISTEN: BBC Radio DJ dedicates show to Dundee ‘legend’ Alastair ‘Breeks’ Brodie: BBC Radio DJ Marc Riley has dedicated a show to former Dundee record show owner Alastair ‘Breeks’ Brodie, who died this week. Mr Brodie, 65, owned the iconic Groucho’s on the Nethergate and sold vinyl records in the city for 43 years. His passing on Tuesday night sparked a number of tributes from people in Dundee and further afield. Mr Riley became the latest to pay homage to Mr Brodie in his BBC Radio 6 show on Thursday night. Mr Riley, who has his own two-hour show on the digital platform four nights a week, began the show by saying: “I would like to dedicate this show to Alastair ‘Breeks’ Brodie, RIP, who ran Groucho’s record shop in Dundee. “He was a much-loved member of the local community and the music community – a legend by all accounts – so I hope he would have approved of this…” He then played The Cramps song ‘Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?’ in memory of Mr Brodie.

Japan record shopping: Back to Tokyo: After our rest in the mountains of Hakone I was excited to explore metropolitan Tokyo. When we arrived in Shibuya and got settled in I merely Google-mapped Disk Union and assumed following the search results would lead me to the correct destination. Along the way I came across the jazz bar Dug, a name I knew from separate recordings by Albert Manglesdorff and Mal Waldron. Unfortunately it was Dug in name only, with drinks and a cover charge, but no live music. A few blocks passed Dug, unlike so many of my other searches in Japan, I actually found the store on the first try, located in the heart of Shibuya with no trouble at all. Disk Union Shibuya is a multi- story affair with each floor dedicated to a different genre of music. The stairwell leading to F4, jazz and blues, certainly filled me with a sense of expectation.

Quentin Tarantino Is As Proud Of His Soundtracks As He Is Of His Films: My phone rang the evening after the Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Tarantino himself was calling to talk about his latest album: a very special approach to the film’s soundtrack. But first, some context: Tarantino’s latest film is an ode to Los Angeles in 1969, when the Manson family ruled Spahn Ranch (and drew the sexual attention of more than a few famous men), spaghetti Westerns were just becoming a thing, and KHJ “Boss Radio” soundtracked the lives of white Angelenos with Deep Purple and the Box Tops, stitched together with the patter of jocks like Humble Harve and jingly ads for stuff like Pioneer Chicken and Montgomery Bank. While Tarantino might be best known for his filmography — and if you haven’t heard of films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds, I envy your discovery process — his discography is crafted with equal intention and precision. He’s a music fan, and it shows.

Considerations When Purchasing a Record Player: Owning a record player is a music lover’s dream. This goes beyond the convenience of being able to carry around your favorite tunes wherever you go or switching on random background noise to draw out the silence. The decision to buy a record player is all about experiencing the music to the fullest. Though the reasons to get a record player are straightforward enough like the desire to listen to your favorite music with a warmer, more authentic sound, there may be some less obvious aspects you need to consider. While you don’t have to be an audiophile investing thousands of dollars in a high-fidelity sound system to achieve the same level of appreciation for your music collection, there are some key things you should be aware of when looking to purchase a record player.

OUT NOW: Doctor Who: Wave of Destruction – Exclusive vinyl record at Sainsbury’s: Following the sell-out success of Big Finish Productions limited edition Doctor Who stories on vinyl, another has been released today; Wave of Destruction. Sainsbury’s releases Doctor Who: Wave of Destruction starring Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson today, Friday August 2nd 2019. It will be available as a Limited Edition run of 1500 copies on ocean swirl vinyl – only available in UK Sainsbury’s stores. In this full-cast audio drama from 2016, the Vardans return to take on Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. The Doctor had previously encountered the Vardans on Gallifrey, the Doctor’s home planet, in the 1978 television story, The Invasion of Time.

Mythical avant-garde record shopping guide, “Nurse With Wound list”, reissued on vinyl: The cult collection of “psych/prog/punk peculiarities” assembled by Finders Keepers. In 1979, industrial outfit Nurse With Wound released their debut album Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella. With it, Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill, and Heman Pathak included an alphabetical list of records that had influenced the band’s sound, spanning the full gamut of obscure, dissonant (and dissident) underground music. Expanded on their second album the following year, the 291-strong list has since become something of a crate diggers’ grail guide – a compendium of curiosities, far beyond its original purpose, that passes for a stamp of quality in record buying circles. As Finders Keepers’ writes: “‘NWW’ has become a buzzword and in the passed decades since its first publication The List has been mythologised, misunderstood and misconstrued. It’s also been overlooked, overestimated and under-appreciated in equal measures, but with a growing interest it has also come to represent a maligned genre in itself.”

Prince Estate Reissuing Three Mid-Nineties LPs With Rare, Out-of-Print Material: The VERSACE Experience (PRELUDE 2 GOLD), Chaos and Disorder, Emancipation highlight latest archival campaign. The Prince estate is reissuing three mid-Nineties Prince albums — The VERSACE Experience (PRELUDE 2 GOLD), Chaos and Disorder and Emancipation — on September 13th via Sony’s Legacy Recordings. The three titles will be available individually and in bundled CD+LP formats via the late artist’s website. Chaos and Disorder and three-hour triple-album Emancipation, his out-of-print 18th and 19th records from 1996, will be available on CD for the first time in two decades. Both will also make their vinyl debut, with Chaos and Disorder pressed on a single disc and Emancipation as a 6-LP package. All three of the reissued albums will also be issued on limited-edition purple vinyl.

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