In rotation: 6/16/20

Aberdeen, UK | North-east store taking part in 24-hour campaign to support vinyl sales amid Covid crisis: Sales of vinyl have experienced a resurgence in recent years, hitting a record high in the UK in 2019. But, like many businesses which rely on face-to-face transactions, traders have had no option but to watch takings plummet during the Covid-19 crisis. Chameleon is a home design and vinyl record shop on Union Grove in Aberdeen, and it is just one of more than 130 premises supporting the #LoveRecordStores initiative on Saturday, June 20. Owner, Michael Moloney, said Chameleon has been closed for 12 weeks and had suffered from missing out on the usual boost in sales associated with the annual Record Store Day in April. Mr Moloney said: “To fill the gap, a number of independent distributors put together a campaign. “It is intended to support local stores that have had to close and offer unique products to sell online.

Belfast, IE | Record shop campaign shares new details of event to support ailing stores: A campaign launched to help independent record stores survive the coronavirus pandemic has announced new details of its 24-hour event. More than 130 shops will take part in the project, which will see dozens of new and re-issued vinyl releases being made available to music fans. As part of the #LoveRecordStores day, on June 20, organisers say they are planning “the world’s biggest online in-store event,” with 24 hours of live performances, interviews and more, curated by some of the most influential independent labels. It comes after Record Store Day, an important fixture in the music retail calendar for UK music retailers, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jason Rackham, co-founder of the #loverecordstores campaign, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from artists, DJs and labels for the #loverecordstores event on June 20. “Alongside the dozens of new and re-issued record releases we’re making available for music fans to buy online from their favourite record stores, our 24-hour ‘virtual in-store’, which is the biggest online ‘in-store’ event the world has ever seen, has a stunning line-up of talent, all of whom are passionate about supporting this event.”

A Guide To Sell Your Vinyl Records: The vinyl record is back in trend, and the market is hot right now. So it is a good time to sell if one is interested in making money. A few years back, vinyl collecting was considered a favorite hobby, and people enjoyed it most, and then things have changed. We entered in the age of streaming services and digital formats. But now there is a kind of vinyl revival, and people are far more interested in adopting it as a hobby and looking for the old record to add to their collections. Vinyl revival comes up with an advantage that people have started to make money through it. Those who have old records are willing to sell them. Today even different online platforms are available that are serving people in order to purchase their old records. Cash For Records is an online platform that guides people through the process of how they can sell their vinyl records. They provide reliable and honest services to their clients. Here we have also collected the tips that can help you to sell your records and make money.

Cape Coral, FL | Revolution Records in Cape Coral well worth a spin: After opening in January 2019, Revolution Records quickly became a downtown must-stop for music lovers with its new and used vinyl, CDs and cassettes covering heavy metal, pop, jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, country, reggae and more. It contributed to the downtown music scene by providing a welcome escape from online streaming and other digital services. Then owner Jason Handy had to close his store in March due to the Stay at Home order. But not only have loyal customers returned upon its reopening in May, new ones have been dropping by as well. Handy attributes it to music being “a tonic for the soul and a mood-enhancer” that’s especially helpful these days. The 16-month-old store has plenty more to offer visitors. “If someone wants to hear something first before deciding (whether to buy it), I’ll play it,” said Handy. And ambient music in the store isn’t set on one satellite channel or his Spotify playlist. “I might play a certain genre based on what some people are considering or that reflects the mood I feel at that time. It’s how I relate to music.”

Verve Label Group/UMe Announces Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series Acoustic Sounds To Offer Definitive Audiophile Grade Versions Of Classic Jazz Records: Seeking to offer definitive audiophile grade versions of some of the most historic and best jazz records ever recorded, Verve Label Group and UMe’s new audiophile vinyl reissue series Acoustic Sounds will launch July 31 with its inaugural releases – the sensational collaborations, Stan Getz and João Gilberto’s landmark Getz/Gilberto (1964) and the remarkable Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson (1959). Utilizing the skills of the top mastering engineers and the unsurpassed production craft of Quality Record Pressings, all titles will be mastered from the original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged by Stoughton Printing Co. in high-quality tip-on gatefold jackets. The releases will be supervised by Chad Kassem, CEO of Acoustic Sounds, the world’s largest source for audiophile recordings.

Bring That Beat Back: Nate Patrin on How Sampling Made and Remakes Hip-Hop: In the ’70s, the first hip-hop DJs like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash electrified crowds with the power of breakbeats, isolating the funkiest measures of a track and playing them back-to-back-to-back to Bronx revelers. The exacting process of switching between two vinyl records on two decks was a highly manual form of sampling, years before the term became dominant in music production circles. The breaks were infectious, the process of selecting an eight- or 16-bar loop an artform in itself, and the DJ’s ear for hooks brought phrases and songs into a new musical lexicon. Recognizing a bassline from your favorite Chic track at a party may have been a thrill on its own, but hearing it repeated relentlessly, at loud volumes, perhaps through an echo-drenched soundsystem like Herc’s while MCs took turns at the mic—and suddenly the bassline was transformed into something else entirely.

Leeds, UK | Do you have any rare football records in your loft? Collecting vinyl records really isn’t something you should do. It’ll absorb a lot of your money, it will send you raking through dusty boxes in damp charity shops, junk stores and small record shops run by eccentrics who will look witheringly at whatever you buy. You will meet some odd people with odd obsessions. You will end up knowing about etchings in groove run-offs, obi strips, promos, test pressings, first pressings, flip back sleeves, export labels and catalogue numbers. And you too will become obsessed with these things and develop a sixth sense for when something is rare and collectable and when it isn’t. Collecting isn’t a hobby, it is a state of mind. You’re either a collector or you’re not. If you’re not it looks bizarre. Why would anyone spend all day at a record fair looking through thousands of records on the off-chance one is on the Fillmore label because you’re collecting the 22 records it released? Why would you fill your house with thousands of the things which cost a small fortune to move house with?

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