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Milford, CT | ‘Just about having an outlet’ – New record store to open in Milford: Punk rock is alive and well in Connecticut, and now it’s got a new home in Milford. After years working with Sony, Jay Reason says he started his Static Era record label to give a voice to the Connecticut hardcore scene that shaped him. He says the new Static Era store is a way to showcase local acts that would normally be promoting themselves with concerts and tours. Reason says platforms like YouTube and Soundcloud just don’t build community like a local music scene can. Reason says Static Era will carry a little bit of everything for everyone, but he sees it as a gathering space for Connecticut’s DIY artist community. Static Era is open Fridays and Saturdays from 12–7.

London, UK | Records Wanted! SE London’s Favourite Record Shop Reopens: It’s been a tough year for music. The government has, perhaps unsurprisingly, left venues unsupported and overlooked musicians. Creatives have even been encouraged to retrain if they can’t find work. The 10pm curfew was the final blow, and casualties have sadly started to surface. Peckham’s iconic pool/night club Canavan’s – which was integral to the birth of DJ Bradley Zero’s label Rhythm Section – shut its doors for the last time three weeks ago. So, in a year devoid of live music, vinyl is the next best thing. Reopening at just the right time, producer, DJ and music connoisseur Lorenzo Bandiera has unlatched his treasured record shack Lorenzo’s (Records Wanted) after a three-month hiatus. Following six years of business inside Peckham’s Sky Shopping City arcade, Lorenzo’s is now trading from a roomier spot on Brockley Road, South East London. There’s more natural light than before. But the good vibes are the same.

Record Store Day’s Black Friday Releases Include Albums from My Chemical Romance, Beastie Boys, and more: Albums from My Chemical Romance and The Beastie Boys are among Record Store Day’s Black Friday 2020 exclusive titles that will be available in independent record stores on November 27. My Chemical Romance offer a limited version of their 2006 live album, Life On The Murder Scene. The Beastie Boys’ limited version of 1994 compilation album Some Old Bullshit will also be on sale. More than 200 indie record shops in Britain will take part in this year’s event, which falls the day after Thanksgiving. Announcing the list of this year’s exclusive titles, Record Store UK tweeted, “RSD Black Friday returns on 27th Nov and we’ve just revealed a fresh batch of exclusive releases that’ll be making their way to indie stores.” The 2020 exclusives also include: Nick Cave – “Cosmic Dancer” 7″ (from T-Rex tribute AngelHeaded Hipster), Motörhead – On Parole (Expanded and Remastered), The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed (Collector’s Edition), Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle (double LP picture disc) and U2 – Boy (40th Anniversary Edition).

Drummer Bernard Purdie’s record collection is going on sale: Taken from amongst the 4,000+ albums he played on, including records by Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan and more. Drummer Bernard “Pretty Purdie’s remaining record collection is going on sale via Rappcats. Purdie, who has played on over 4,000 albums, is widely regarded as “the world’s most recorded drummer”. He is also known for his ‘Purdie Shuffle’ – a syncopated drum pattern which he can be heard performing on Steely Dan’s ‘Home at Last’. The sale was due to take place in NYC with Purdie presiding over it in person. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the sale is now taking place online, with all of the records having been shipped to Rappcats’ LA HQ. Speaking about the collection, Purdie shares: “I mainly collected records I played on, and people used to sign them for me. Any time there’s a note on those records, like Quincy Jones’ records, it’s an indication that I’m on it … It’s cool for me to sell these as I already made my, you know, peace with myself.

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