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In rotation: 3/28/17

The world’s best record shops #062: Northside Records, Melbourne: Northside has been burning the flame for the inner city suburb of Fitzroy for over 10 years since it opened doors back in 2002. Owned by DJ CHRIS GIL, an encyclopaedia of the local and international soul scene, the store is often referred to as Melbourne’s home of new soul music. Chris also runs a weekly radio show on 3RRR pushing sounds stocked and supported via the store. Hosting an expansive selection of second hand records, the store is well-stocked in funk, soul, library music, beats, disco, jazz, afrobeat, hip hop and the funkier side of electronica.

Party to mark David’s Music product list launch ahead of Record Store Day is a huge hit! The free party at the much-loved store on Eastcheap saw indie-folk duo the Worry Dolls wow the audience – as a good number of music lovers gathered to help mark David’s official product list of limited vinyl to be released on this year’s RSD, which takes place on Saturday, April 22…Record Store Day is when more than 200 independent record stores across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture.

Total Drag record store expanding: Total Drag Records is officially expanding. The shop’s long-anticipated growth into the neighboring space formerly occupied by Common Sense began in earnest Sunday night, when owners Dan Nissen and Liz McGreevy-Nissen began clearing out the shop and preparing to paint. Common Sense officially opened into a new space of its own, offering a wider range of blown glass products and vape supplies just around the corner at 400 S. Second Ave. Total Drag has been a prime spot for all-ages concerts since 2014 in the small space at 307. E. 12th St. Packed houses and sellouts are common as nationally-touring bands stop through between gigs in larger cities.

Vinyl records business finds permanent home at Scunthorpe Market: A vinyl record seller believes he has found a gap in the market in Scunthorpe. Paul Bird, 55, has been selling records for five years at various events across the region with his pop-up business Birds Nest Records, but now has a permanent home at Scunthorpe Market. The Hull record seller has taken a stall for two days a week at the market. “It is a really funny market – in Hull I can’t sell Elvis, here I can sell Elvis. “So in Hull I can pick up Elvis for a pound and sell it over here for £3.

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TVD Radar: Of Potato Heads and Polaroids:
My Life Inside and Out
of Pearl Jam
by Mike McCready

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Pearl Jam. Not many bands have achieved a status needing no adjective or description. Pearl Jam has. And fewer still have had an insider, much less a member, obsessively capture onstage and offhand pics of the experience—the friends, family, and fans… and one very famous plastic toy. Luckily for us lead guitarist Mike McCready did—trusty Polaroid camera in hand.

Documenting years of touring and travels, McCready snaps meetings with heroes and inspirations from all walks of life; time spent with crazy friends and family; and moments featuring wildly artistic takes on art, nature, and architecture. Also: he once rocked a fab grey shift. And true to form for one not taking things too seriously, Mike sometimes had his pal, Mr. Potato Head, pop in and share in the fun.

As wonderfully intimate as group “selfies” with the likes of Neil Young, Questlove, Jimmy Page, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, The Edge, Ben Harper, Peter Buck, Paul McCartney, Mike Mills, Sting, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Carrie Brownstein, Robert Plant, Peter Frampton, Dave Grohl, Gene Simmons, Bono, Jack White, Danny Clinch, Lady Gaga, Laura Dern, Dustin Hoffman, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Leslie Mann, Jimmy Fallon, Mira Sorvino, Tim Robbins, Hugh Jackman, Venus Williams, and Kate Hudson are, it’s the massive homage to the band’s fans taken from stage view, in places from the Pacific Northwest to Peru, from Brussels to Bolivia, that brings McCready’s manic intimacy come roaring to life.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday recap of the new and FREE tracks received last week to inform the next trip to your local indie record store.

Threefifty – Crossing State Lines
Beth // James – Lion Eyes
The Nickajack Men – Marilyn
James Raftery – Frame
Wuh Oh – Hairstyle
Tree Machines – Waiting On The Sun
Jupiter Deluxe Tube – Restart Me

Blondie – Long Time

The Calm Fiasco – Just Don’t Care Anymore
Round Eye – billy
Lucian – Close to You feat. Jasmine Sokko
Amp Live – Gravity
Pure Colors – Take This Mind
Hervé – I Got That
Cloudchord – Birdbath and Beyond
NIGHTOWLS – Blacked Out (feat. Brewski)

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In rotation: 3/27/17

New vinyl outlet coming to Allentown: A new record store is preparing to open in Allentown. SuperMonkey Recording Co., a local record label, will debut a new store at 813 E. Warrington Avenue on April 22, which is also Record Store Day. Working with a Hilltop Alliance New Business Grant, SuperMonkey will sell a mix of music and merchandise of the artists on its label as well as that of newly printed, national releases. The store will also include a ticket counter for upcoming local concerts along with a selection of guitars and other musical equipment.

Thunder Bay indie record store welcomes Sunrise, Jason Wellwood of New Day says stores in town collaborate to help customers find what they want: The owner of an independent record store in Thunder Bay, Ont., says he welcomes news that Sunrise Records is opening in the city and committing to carrying a large selection of vinyl. New Day Records and Accessories owner Jason Wellwood told CBC he and the staff of the old HMV store used to work together to help customers find what they wanted, and he hopes to have the same relationship with Sunrise. “My clients don’t just like the weird obscure stuff that you’re not going to find at Sunrise,” he said.

Huge event planned at Jacaranda Records for Record Store Day: The Jacaranda has been one of the cornerstones of Liverpool’s music industry for almost 60 years, so it seems fitting it’s hosting an event for Record Store Day this year. The Beatles are known to have strong links with the famous Jacaranda basement and still years on it hosts Liverpool artist and music lovers. This year, they have tripled the amount of releases that they did last year and have three floors of almost 15,000 vinyls, (“Vinyls” is not a word. —Ed.) many of which will are from Liverpool artists.

TV presenter Lauren Laverne and big-name band to appear at Vinyl Tap for BBC live show, Laverne will be hosting her BBC 6 Music show from the Huddersfield record store: There will also be an as-yet-unnamed but big-name band playing live from Vinyl Tap as part of the show. The show ties in with Record Story Day, the following day, where independent record shops, including Vinyl Tap, will be stocking a range of rare records. Vinyl Tap, a treasure trove for record collectors, learned the news a week ago – but owners were sworn to secrecy until it was announced by DJ Steve Lamacq on his BBC radio show on Tuesday.

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In rotation: 3/24/17

Northfield Record Store Set to Close Their Doors for Good: There will be one less record store open for business when Record Store Day 2017 rolls around on April 22nd. This special day is partially responsible for a recent resurgence in good old vinyl. The Press of Atlantic City is reporting that Tunes located in the Center Point Plaza shopping center on Rt. 9 will be closing its doors for good this Sunday (March 26).

Defend Vinyl’s Graham Jones – “I’d always wanted to open a record shop”: With Defend Vinyl having opened its doors on Smithdown Road, Getintothis’ Paul Higham met with Graham Jones to chat all things record shop related. If there has been much talk of the vinyl revival in recent years then equally Smithdown Road is currently experiencing something of a renaissance, with a number of exciting new businesses opening and thriving in the vibrant south Liverpool thoroughfare. Late in 2016 the twin forces coalesced with the opening of a new record shop catering exclusively to Liverpool’s vinyl enthusiasts, Defend Vinyl.

Sunrise Record Store Coming To Lansdowne Place Mall: Sunrise: Canada’s Record Store has updated their list of locations they’re expanding to, and it now includes Lansdowne Place Mall in Peterborough. Sunrise—which features independent music on CD and vinyl, DVD movies and pop culture toys, games and apparel—made the announcement of updated locations, including LP, on Wednesday (March 22nd). No word yet when exactly it is opening at LP, but new stores start rolling out in April. This is great news for the mall, which recently lost HMV when it went bankrupt and closed its stores across Canada. Part of Sunrise’s success will be capitalizing on the resurgence of vinyl.

Vinyl Records? – Right on!: Among the old buildings of the Herndon Historic District sit the town’s Depot Museum, the Washington and Old Dominion Caboose and the Old Town Hall. Nearby, a new store has opened across the street that sells an invention that would seem to fit in, since it was conceived during the late 1800s. Next to the Roaches in the Attic antique store on Elden Street is a new vinyl record store. While listening to music from the spiral grooves of a vinyl is a timeworn occurrence, the young proprietor of the small store does not consider his wares to be antiquities. Garin Pappas, 23, opened Right On! Records and started selling, buying and exchanging 12-inch albums in a small space on the second floor of 731 Elden St. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony took place on Sunday, March 12.

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TVD Radar: Self-titled debut album from Leon Russell gets a 180g blue translucent vinyl reissue

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “There may not have been a more versatile or accomplished musician in all rock ‘n’ roll.”

Marhall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing Leon Russell’s self-titled debut album on 180g blue translucent vinyl with gatefold sleeve! One of the most startling original debut albums ever, Leon Russell was the culmination of many years apprenticeship behind-the-scenes of the music business where he was a well-known and long-respected figure. As one of the most accomplished musicians to emerge from the ’60s music scene, Leon Russell proved equally accomplished as a singer, guitarist, keyboard player, composer, and producer.

Combing those skills after many years as a touring musician and in Hollywood recording studios, Russell emerged in the ’70s as one of rock’s true renaissance men. On this recording, Russell was surrounded by a cast of top-level musicians including Chris Stainton and Alan Spenner, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, Jim Gordon, Bobby Whitlock, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, B.J. Wilson, Joe Cocker, and back-up singers Merry Clayton and Clydie King. Among the wonderful songs included are “Delta Lady,” his standard-to-be, “A Song For You,” and “Hummingbird.”

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TVD Radar: Record Store Crawl announces second annual series of dates across US record shops

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Audiophiles, record enthusiasts, and music lovers are invited to join the second annual series of official Record Store Crawls, taking place in various U.S. cities throughout the next few months.

The first of this year’s Record Store Crawls takes place in New York City on Record Store Day, April 22nd, while the remainder of the cities’ Crawls will take place from June through August. Participants will be escorted by bus to some of each city’s best record stores with performances from various artists along the way. Tickets range from $34.95 to $59.95, and can be purchased at

Record Store Crawl participants will enjoy: • A seat on the Record Store Crawl bus • A one-of-a-kind performance • Food and drinks • A gift bag including a mystery vinyl LP and other limited edition gifts • Discounts at participating records stores; and • Various other giveaways.

Bands confirmed to perform at select Record Store Crawl dates include: Savoire Adore (Nettwerk Records); Craig Brown Band (Third Man Records); Four By Fate (The End Records); The Sweeplings (Nettwerk Records), Angelica Garcia (Warner Bros. Records), Ryan Kinder (Warner Music Nashville), Steff and the Articles (independent), and more to be announced. Record Store Crawl is proudly presented in partnership with Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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In rotation: 3/23/17

Record Store Day 2017 promises over 500 vinyl releases: From Adam Franklin to The Zombies, there are loads of great Record Store Day deals in the pipeline this year. With over 500 releases listed on the RSD website (also downloadable as a 69-page PDF), including exclusives from Animal Collective, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips and a re-release of the Space Jam soundtrack, you’re sure to find something you like. The event on Saturday 22nd April marks the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, spanning a remarkable upturn in vinyl’s fortunes. Organisers are hopeful that this year’s sales will top the previous high.

Merchant Vinyl Company Launches Affordable, Efficient Record Pressing for Everybody: Recently launched, Merchant Vinyl Company aims to be the go-to spot for the independent music community’s vinyl pressing needs. Founded by Garrett Wadford after growing frustrated with the many hassles of pressing vinyl for his burgeoning punk rock label, Wadford’s goal with starting MVC was to make the entire process easier, faster, more efficient and more affordable for everybody. Garrett then brought on co-owners John Meloche and Lenneke Knape to help him carry out his vision.

How Discogs Dragged Record Collecting Into the 21st Century: Discogs is showing no sign of slowing down. In 2016 alone, their database grew by 12%, bringing their total number of listings up to over 8,000,000; it was also a record-breaking year for sales, with 6,691,144 vinyl records sold, and a 26% increase across formats. According to the company, some labels even refer to the company’s annual report to figure out what records from their catalog are worth repressing.

Sun begins to set on Lokananta: Lokananta is the oldest recording studio in Indonesia. The company’s premises are not as good as those of newer recording firms as, from the outside, Lokananta looks dull and dirty. However, 40,000 tapes and vinyl records with historical value from various genres are stored inside. As the country’s first recording studio, built in 1956, Lokananta became a pioneer of Indonesian music recording. It served as a national hero when two Indonesian songs — “Terang Bulan” (Moonlight) and “Rasa Sayange” (Love) — were claimed by other countries. When the Pendet dance was claimed by Malaysia, Lokananta came to the rescue by proving that the dance originated in Bali.

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In rotation: 3/22/17

Record Store Day 2017: Exclusive Releases Revealed: Today (Mar. 21), Record Store Day 2017 revealed its list of exclusive releases. This year, on Apr. 22, RSD will celebrate its 10th anniversary with St. Vincent as its ambassador. Previous ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Jack White, Metallica and many others. This year’s official RSD list includes top titles from artists like late legends David Bowie (a three disc LP and box) and Prince (seven reissues of 12″ maxi-singles from the ’80s). Elsewhere, one of the more amusing titles is The Cubs Won It All In 2016, a 7″ vinyl of the celebratory song that was written, recorded and released hours after the Chicago Cubs won Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

Ten records you might actually want to buy on Record Store Day: Ever wanted the new Little Mix album on pink vinyl? Then you’re in luck. The band are releasing a special neon edition of Glory Days for Record Store Day 2017, in the hope it will tempt you into a nearby vinyl emporium. They’re among 500-plus artists supporting the 10th annual Record Store Day – with David Bowie, Madonna and Babymetal all joining the fun. Best of all, Aqua are celebrating 20 years of Barbie Girl by re-issuing their global smash in a plastic sleeve. Why? Because “life in plastic, it’s fantastic”.

Three Day Vinyl Record Sale at Ore Dock Brewing Company: Beginning at 12pm on Wednesday, March 22 until Friday, March 24 at 1am, a three-day vinyl record sale will be held at the Ore Dock Brewing Company at 114 W. Spring street in downtown Marquette. This event will take place in the 2nd floor community room and is presented by the NMU Vinyl Record Club. Come and browse through thousands of collectible & new vinyl records up for sale along with CDs, concert posters, movie posters & gig-posters. The public is invited to bring their vintage vinyl for sale or trade.

Make a trip to this sneaky good record store tucked away in North Georgia: You will need to make a list outlining every hole in your collection, true. But Eric’s Records might just be worth it. The record store, located at 811 Highway 441 N. in the Georgia Mountain Market, reportedly has 20,000 plus old vinyl records, and they are extensively cataloged, priced according to their condition fairly, with multiple issues of all kinds of famous records. If you like the Beatles’ “Abbey Road”, for instance, you can compare three records at three prices (Best, Better and Good) that reflect a commitment to a decent exchange.

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In rotation: 3/21/17

Robert Forster, Mark Gable Sign Up As Record Store Day 2017 Ambassadors: Record Store Day in Australia has announced their first ambassadors for 2017. More ambassadors will be announced in a few days. Record Store Day is a once-a-year unmissable day for all music lovers. This year it’s celebrating 10 years with a record number of participating indie record stores. Set for Saturday 22 April more than 170 indie music stores around Australia will throw open their doors to live music, DJs spinning the vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting and, of course, the legendary vinyl crate digging.

The Record Store in Park Mall, Ashford, expands: An old school vinyl record store has been such a success in Ashford, the owners have had to move into a bigger store. Father and daughter duo, Vincent and Tahlula Monticelli, opened The Record Store in a small kiosk in Park Mall in September last year. But now, as business is booming, the pair have moved their stock of records, CDs and music memorabilia into a bigger unit a few metres away. Tahlula, 21, explained: “My dad raised me on records so I’ve had a love for them forever. “My mum told him to do something with his record collection or she’d kick him out because it was taking up most of the house. “So he suggested opening up a record shop, and it’s just been brilliant.

After 32 years, Record Theatre’s University Plaza store to close: The Buffalo area is about to be down to a single Record Theatre location. A week after the death of the company’s founder, Leonard Silver, Transcontinent Record Sales has announced that it will close the store in the University Plaza on Main Street in Amherst on March 26. “What this really is about is consolidation, not closing,” said Brandon Delmont, head buyer for the Record Theatre stores. “We will be taking all that’s left of the stock from the University Plaza location and bringing it down to our flagship store at 1800 Main St. (at Lafayette) and essentially making one superstore.”

Vinyl records ‘taking off’ in mid-Michigan: It would happen several times a day, without fail. Music lovers and record fanatics would come into B’s Music Shop, located in uptown Mt. Pleasant, asking for vinyl records. According to the store’s Google ad listing, vinyl records were a part of its featured merchandise. However, that was not the case. “Almost 10-15 people would come in and ask us where they were and I’d have to tell them that we actually don’t,” said owner Brian Hansen. “I felt bad and that was a ton of business we were missing out on.”

Tributes to beloved record shop owner Darren Sawchuk pouring in online: A beloved Winnipeg record shop owner and Tragically Hip cover band frontman has died. Online tributes are pouring in for Darren Sawchuk, who passed away early Saturday. After being diagnosed with cancer, Sawchuk quit his job as a lawyer, bought 25,000 records and opened Vinyl Revival. And he didn’t stop there…”He wrapped people into a safe environment,” Lannon said, “with the understanding, what have you got to lose? … Grab your guitar, let’s go in the back, let’s do this right now … let’s not wait.”

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