In rotation: 10/17/19

Brooklyn, NY | New York venue public records opens record store: Located in the venue’s cafe, The Store is the latest addition to the new Gowanus club. Brooklyn’s public records has opened a new in-house record shop, The Store. Run by DJ and bvrly owner Tal Silberstein, The Store officially opened two weeks ago in the public records’ cafe. The shop stocks vinyl spanning African, jazz, disco, ambient, house and more. The selection will also include new releases from partner labels like Rvng Intl., Pacific Rhythm, Séance Centre, Incienso and Sound Metaphors. In addition to records, products from New York art book store Import News will be available for purchase. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM, the store will also sell audio gear, merchandise and prints. public records, Brooklyn’s new hi-fi bar and music venue, opened in Gowanus last March.

Peterborough, CA | Moondance record store founder Mike Taveroff dies: Mike Taveroff, the founder and operator of the downtown record store Moondance for 46 years before he retired and closed the store in 2018, has died. Mr. Taveroff was 70 and died on Sunday. Mr. Taveroff died of cancer after he was diagnosed in March, the Kawartha Now online site reported. He is survived by his daughters Jesse and Leigh. He was predeceased by his wife Cheryl, who died of cancer in 2017. Mr. Taveroff was a Montreal native who’d been living in Vancouver when he decided to move to Peterborough in the early 1970s. He started selling records in 1972 in his wife Cheryl’s clothing store — called Moondance, after the Van Morrison song. The Taveroffs worked together in the early years before Cheryl stayed home to raise their two daughters. Mr. Taveroff continued to run the store for 46 years, and was known for his eclectic taste, his ability to source rare recordings.

Duncan, OK | Record store opens in Duncan: A new record store is now open in Duncan. Vinyl has made a comeback in recent years, with several record stores opening around southwest Oklahoma. “I think it’s the vintage sound that vinyl has. You can’t duplicate that sound, really, I don’t believe in any other way. Vinyl is something, in my opinion, that has a unique sound of its own and I think that’s what people are drawn to,” said vinyl fan and owner of J & M Family Music Matthew Bernard. Duncan resident Casey Sorensen – Kindt said he grew up listening to music on vinyl and remembered his love for it after he and his wife bought a few records at Goodwill. “We ended up buying several more and every place we stopped we continue looking for them. The collection grew huge so we thought maybe we’d turn around do it our own,” Sorensen – Kindt said. That collection has turned into Put the Needle on the Record, a new record store on Main Street in Duncan.

Fresno, CA | Fresno Rasputin record store owner buys nearby property: …the building was purchased by entrepreneur Ken Sarachan, owner of Rasputin’s Music & Movies, the largest independent chain of record stores in the Bay Area. The Berkeley-based business, which specializes in selling CDs, vinyl records and DVDs, also has stores in Stockton, Modesto and Fresno, the latter a stone’s throw away from Appliance Depot. No record of the sale has yet been processed by Fresno County, but property sales in the county are backed up and can take weeks to process. It’s not clear if Sarachan plans to move the existing Fresno Rasputin’s store to the larger building or if the newly-purchased building will have anything to do with the record and movie store chain. Repeated calls to Sarachan to inquire about his plans for the newly-purchased site — which before becoming an appliance store was a Copeland’s Sports store — weren’t returned, and a broker involved in the sale declined to discuss plans.

How Science Got Sound Wrong: In this edition of Tech Turncoat Truths, William Softky asks whether analog LP records are more authentic than digitally compressed sound. Neil Young was a famous rock musician in the 1970s, specializing in live performance and weird acoustic spaces, like the echo-filled iron sawdust burner I once camped in as a kid. In a recent interview for The New York Times Magazine, he claimed that digital compression technology — CD, MP3, streaming — undermines human dignity. Of the thousands of comments in response, many readers denounced him as emotional, anti-scientific, a Luddite and even partly deaf. But might Young know something the rest of us don’t? Put another way, if a sensitive, world-acclaimed innovator denounces his industry and its technology for undermining human dignity and brain function, something big is up. Who could be more qualified than a world expert — with loads of experience and no incentive to fib — to call the alarm about widespread technological damage? Young isn’t the first to denounce digital and acclaim analog. Legions of self-proclaimed audiophiles have lamented the loss of vinyl LPs since digital CDs first appeared in the 1970s.

Queens of the Stone Age announce vinyl reissue series: The albums will arrive in November and December. Queens of the Stone Age have announced a vinyl reissue series, with their first four albums for Interscope Records getting a re-release. ‘Rated R’ and ‘Songs for the Deaf’ will be reissued on November 22 whilst ‘Lullabies to Paralyze’ and ‘Era Vulgaris’ will arrive a month later, on December 20. Last week (October 4), Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme teased that a Desert Sessions world tour might be “coming soon” after the recent resurrection of his musical collective. Reforming after an absence of sixteen years, the 11th and 12th volumes of the Desert Sessions are due to arrive on October 25. Now, when fans visit the “world tour” section of the official Desert Sessions website, they’re greeted with a blank list of dates and the all-important words “coming soon.”

CA | New Vinyl Cafe albums featuring Stuart McLean celebrate show’s 25th anniversary: It’s been 25 years since The Vinyl Cafe launched on CBC Radio and to mark the show’s anniversary, two new albums of stories from the late Stuart McLean are being released to the public. McLean, who died in 2017 at age 68 after a battle with melanoma, debuted the show in 1994 and the main attraction became the ongoing tale of a fictional couple named Dave and Morley. Written and recounted by McLean, fans across the country turned up in droves when he began taking the show on the road. The two new four-disc sets of material feature 13 Dave and Morley stories never previously available on CD. It also includes, for the first time, stories about the towns and cities the show travelled to over two decades. Postcards from Canada features essays about 21 different locations, including Tofino, B.C., where McLean recorded the show in January 2015 shortly before suspending his tour for cancer treatment.

Back By Popular Demand: Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’ Is Available On Vinyl: It’s vinylney, bitch! If you forgot to have Siri remind you last Friday that Urban Outfitters was releasing a limited edition pressing of Britney Spears’ best album of all time (fight me), Blackout, on vinyl, then you’re in luck. Sort of. The black and white print of the first batch sold-out within a day. The first print is the version die-hard fans want the most. It’s also worth more. If you didn’t jump online last Friday to purchase one of the 5000 copies, you missed the boat; no additional copies in black and white will be made. However, there was so much of a ruckus about it that Urban Outfitters immediately replaced the original listing with a second limited edition pressing of Blackout, only this time it’s on a clear record. Like I mentioned, it’s not the original, but if you are a collector – owning the second edition is better than nothing! Unlike the original, which will arrive to purchasers this month, the clear version won’t be shipped until December.

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