In rotation: 10/4/19

Paris, FR | Paris Loves Vinyl 2019 at the Reuilly Space: The Reuilly Space opens its doors on Sunday, November 10, 2019 to the new and seventh edition of Paris Loves Vinyl. In the program? A destocking of 100,000 vinyls, 70 exhibitors present and 8 dj sets for all lovers of the record! As the digital continues its invasion, the vinyl makes resistance. The proof, every year with the Record Store Day which seduces many amateurs and fans of music. It’s about Paris Loves Vinyl which celebrates this autumn its 7th edition. Purpose of this event? “Place Paris on the map of the most beautiful international conventions and make it an unmissable event for all collectors, amateurs, curious, music lovers, diggers and, especially, for all the young generation who discovers this format via the web, House Music, hip hop”.

Portland, OR | Beacon Sound Is Opening Its Own Store, While Planned Partner Nationale Continues with East Burnside Location: Earlier this year, it was reported that North Mississippi record store Beacon Sound was joining forces with the Nationale art gallery for a joint storefront at the intersection of East Burnside and 22nd. Beacon Sound’s Andrew Neerman and Nationale’s May Burruel announced this week that their joint venture won’t be going forward as planned. Instead, Beacon Sound will be remaining a separate entity and reopening at a new location on October 10. The new location is 207 SE Grand, between Ash and Pine. This is next door to the Elvis Room bar (which was once upon a time the East End rock venue), in a space that has been home to the Sea Tramp tattoo parlor and a State Farm insurance office. In a statement, Neerman and Burruel write, “This new space will be ground zero for the record label… and critically-acclaimed record shop.

Telluride, CO | Colemine Records is the new soul institution: Stax, Daptone, Big Crown are all record labels famous for delivering top-notch, goosebump-producing soul music. Legends like Sharon Jones, Booker T, Charles Bradley, The Staples Singers and so many more released world-changing albums under these cult classic labels, creating movements and generations of soul, gospel and funk. More recently, a new wave of young artists have taken hold, catching the ears of music enthusiasts globally. Telluride has caught a glimpse of this new wave and, maybe, you have, too. If you had the luck of attending local performances from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Durand Jones & The Indications or Monophonics in town you 100 percent got a healthy glimpse of the wave. These stunning young artists, along with other incredible talent, all have one emerging record label in common, Colemine Records.

Bakersfield, CA | Bakersfield Sound 10-CD set is both entertainment and encyclopedia: Several things impress about Scott B. Bomar’s exhaustive history in word and song of Bakersfield’s (mostly) post-war music legacy, but two stand out. One is the staggering level of commitment it must have taken for Bomar to dig up, clean up, pare down and obtain rights to the 299 tracks on his new 10-CD boxed set, “The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974.” The other is the sheer weight of the final product. Including the 10 separately sleeved music discs and the 224-page, photograph-rich hardcover coffee table book within, this full-term baby comes in at an authoritative seven pounds-plus. Bomar, a Los Angeles writer and musicologist, has researched the Bakersfield Sound extensively enough over the past 15 years to have become familiar with most of this city’s better dining experiences as he immersed himself in the music history.

The Value of Vinyl: Resurgence of Vintage Music Medium Spins Out of Control: “…A lot of people who buy vinyl are nostalgic for the days before CDs. CDs have no romance. They’re a product whereas a record feels more like a piece of art. So I would imagine that many people that used to buy CDs now just download or do what you guys do, and people that had relationships with records when they were kids are probably continuing that nostalgic relationship now, although records and vinyl records are more expensive than CDs today,” said Demer. Chamblee students, while not being alive to see the hay-day of records, have joined the rest of the world in jumping on the vinyl bandwagon. “I collect records because one time when I was like 8 or 9 I found my dad’s old record collection and turntable in my basement and I thought it was so cool because I had always heard my dad play the songs from the records in the car but it was the first time I found out the names of the artists and songs I had never heard before,” said Lizzie Smith-Purcell.

Ortofon Launches Record Brush Vinyl Brush: The creators of Ortofon Record Brush called it “a must-have accessory for any music lover.” This is a brush with which you can efficiently and safely clean the surface of a vinyl disc from dust. According to the company, regularly carrying out this action, the owner of Ortofon Record Brush will not only improve the sound quality, but also increase the life of the diamond needle cartridge.The brush was developed by Danish company Møller Jensen Innovation and Design. And this is not a special case of cooperation with Ortofon. The same company developed the design of several cartridges of vinyl players, which took pride of place in the company’s lineup. Among them: MC Jubilee, Kontrapunkt series, 2M and Concorde MkII. The Ortofon Record brush received two rows of tightly bonded carbon fibers, which also have antistatic properties.

What does music do to us? Original Thinkers ponders the power of music. “I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if you never take it seriously, you never get hurt, you never get hurt, you always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” Those are infamous words spoken by the effervescent Penny Lane in one of my all-time favorite movies, “Almost Famous.” I’m not great at reciting movie lines like others in my life, but that one has stuck with me ever since I first saw the film almost two decades ago. When I find that I’m taking things too seriously and need a pick-me-up, I try to heed Penny’s advice. Of course, I visit my friends through Spotify these days versus the record store but it has similar impacts nonetheless. This past month I’ve felt stressed out and in need of a pick-me-up and I knew instantly what would make me feel better: listening to Michael Franti’s “Stay Human” and “Everyone Deserves Music” albums, on repeat. Somehow when I hear the intro to “What I Be” or the funky beginning of “Stay Human,” a wave of calm comes over me and whatever’s bothering me is more manageable.

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