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Spinning: Crowded House, “When You Come”

Look, it’s hard to tell people how you feel, what’s going on, the tides pushing and pulling.

Time was when a mixtape was that bridge, or the spin of a well-intentioned record eliciting its own waltz about a candlelit room with the object of one’s adoration.

It’s an emotional world, it is. Thus TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires and mixtapes. Reading between the lines—wildly encouraged.

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Rebel Westerns,
The TVD First Date

“When the needle hits the groove, everybody recognises that signature sound.”

“I think it is built into our DNA now from generations of our grandparents hearing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ for the first time—it’s hereditary and the reason it’s remained as a format for so long is you can’t deny the intoxicating experience of spinning a record for the first time. It’s an addiction, there’s something sensual about it that is truly unique in itself.

My parents have an exhaustive record collection and they bonded through music. Pop hits of the ’80s when they were growing up like Tango in the Night, those club Bowie records that took the world into a new dimension. Music was such an obsession back then, falling in love with a band was like picking a team. It identified you, and you lived your life through the shared ideals of other like-minded people.

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In rotation: 8/31/16

After Months of Delay, Joe’s Record Paradise Finally Reopens, But the process has left owner Johnson Lee thousands of dollars in debt: Today, Joe’s opened its doors for the first time in months, at its new location at 8700 Georgia Ave.—five blocks from its previous location. Lee says the delays were mostly due to build out of the new space and waiting for city inspections to be passed. As for the space, he says it’s “about the same size” as the previous location, but with storage rooms instead of a huge open showroom, like the previous location.

WSIU Classic Vinyl Sale Coming Sept 17, Item Donations Needed for Annual WSIU Fundraiser: Find your treasure at WSIU Radio’s 9th Annual Classic Vinyl Sale, coming for one day only to WSIU-TV Studio A, located in the Communications Building, Room 1065, 1100 Lincoln Drive on the SIU Carbondale campus on Saturday, September 17 from 9am to 5pm…All sale proceeds will support WSIU Public Radio’s programming, services, and community engagement activities.

Vinyl lives: 65 years LP in Germany: Berlin. Using vinyl master of pop, jazz and classical music around the globe have made career. Some music lovers remember sentimental to their first records. 65 years ago, appeared in Germany the first LP with 33 1/3 revolutions and revolutionized the music business. They still exist, these black striations in extruded vinyl. 30 centimeters in diameter, about 180 grams, moved at 33 1/3 revolutions per minute, small center hole. Kenner shout still on: The Sound. The crackling. The heat. Unique.

The Beach Boys Celebrate 50 Years Of “Good Vibrations” With Commemorative Sunburst Vinyl EP: October 10th marks the 50th anniversary of the release of one of popular music’s most iconic songs of all time, The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” The Beach Boys and Capitol/UMe will celebrate the golden milestone with the worldwide release of “Good Vibrations” (50th Anniversary Edition) on a 12-inch sunburst vinyl EP on October 7. Named the “Greatest Single of All Time” by MOJO magazine, “Good Vibrations” is a musical treasure for the ages…A crown jewel of popular music, “Good Vibrations” has been called a “pocket symphony,” with its still-innovative production, lush, layered arrangements and range of instruments, including the world’s most celebrated use of the theremin.

Juan Gabriel music flying off the shelves at local music store: Music by Juan Gabriel is flying off the shelves of an El Paso record store. The singer/songwriter died Sunday. George Reynoso, the owner of All That Music and Video, told CBS4 he sold about 95 percent of the artist’s music he had on hand. “He was particularly big here on the border,” he said. When KFOX14 stopped by, only about a dozen CDs were still on the shelves. Reynoso said Gabriel is one of the store’s top sellers.

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Spinning: Gene Wilder, “Pure Imagination”

Look, it’s hard to tell people how you feel, what’s going on, the tides pushing and pulling.

Time was when a mixtape was that bridge, or the spin of a well-intentioned record eliciting its own waltz about a candlelit room with the object of one’s adoration.

It’s an emotional world, it is. Thus TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires and mixtapes. Reading between the lines—encouraged.

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In rotation: 8/30/16

How Long Beach’s Fingerprints record store brought intimate music moments to FYF Fest 2016: Fingerprints record store in Long Beach is known as a place where big acts like Foo Fighters and Cage the Elephant come to perform small intimate shows. This weekend the record store was again the place to be at FYF Fest when it came to seeing big names in small places. FYF artists like Moby, Wild Nothing and Charles Bradley appeared at the pop-up store to sign copies of their albums and posters. And for those who missed the signings, the store was selling records and tapes from the performing artists as well as curated collection of other music that reflected the spirit of the festival.

‘Sexist’ labelling in record store prompts angry rant from singer Kate Nash: Women’s battle for equality has been well documented for centuries, but while we might have the vote and equal pay there are still instances of everyday sexism which can leave us dumbfounded. These are seemingly ‘harmless’ throwaway comments, jokes or lazy categorisation. One instance of damaging labelling spotted by singer Kate Nash in a record store led her to post an angry rant on Twitter – and it’s totally clear why. The British songwriter, who found fame with her hit Foundations in 2007, had spotted a category in a record shop which read: “Females of all description” in which a Florence and the Machine vinyl was filed, alongside genre categories such as as “Reggae/Tamla/Rap etc”.

Houston record shop owner recalls friendship with Juan Gabriel: Inside Memo’s Record Shop in southeast Houston, owner Memo Villareal played a special song Sunday. “It was a big hit. This is my favorite song,” he said. The song is “Querida” and the man on the cover of the cd case, is famous Mexican singer Juan Gabriel. He’s not only the well-loved artist, whose death has stunned his fans, but he was also a close friend of Villareal’s. “He invited me every time he came to Houston. I was in the front row watching him,” said Villareal. Their friendship spanned more than 40 years, and the photos cover his store.

Entourage Music may be forced to close by Glenbrook Square: A local music store may have only a few days left before it’s forced to close its doors to make room for a national music chain. Entourage Music is a small record shop currently located in the Glenbrook Square Mall, selling eclectic items, vinyl records and CD’s — a “mom and pop” shop locals like. Store owner Chris Roets was, and still feels, blindsided. “I have been a tenant for three and a half years and at 4:30 yesterday [Thursday], told my lease was not being renewed so F.Y.E. could move into Glenbrook Square,” Roets told us.

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Spinning: Joe Jackson,
“A Slow Song”

Look, it’s hard to tell people how you feel, what’s going on, the tides pushing and pulling.

Time was when a mixtape was that bridge, or the spin of a well-intentioned record eliciting its own waltz about a candlelit room with the object of one’s adoration.

It’s an emotional world, it is. Thus TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires and mixtapes. Reading between the lines—encouraged.

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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.

Somatoast – Nodus Tollens
Caleb Keith & the Calaveras – Marie
Angie Keilhauer – Made To Live By The Water
The Chairman Dances – César Chávez
The YUM YUM’s & Mat McHugh – A Pocket Full of Shells
The Shondes – Carrion Crow

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Bloods – Bring My Walls Down

IAN SWEET – All Skaters Go To Heaven
Fialta – Be Someone
Jessie Reyez – Figures (beats 1 Zane Lowe Premiere RADIO RIP)
Mood Robot – Ghost
The Burgeoning – Beautiful Rampage
The Moondoggies – Oh Now Honey
Time – World War Me

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In rotation: 8/29/16

The Best Remaining Record Stores in America: Gentlemen, we are in the midst of a vinyl revolution. You’ve heard that phrase over and over again, but it really is true. People all over the world—young and old—are discovering and rediscovering the warmth and tonality of high fidelity vinyl sound and experiential listening one record sleeve and liner note at a time. But where does one procure such archaic wares? (Ugh. —Ed.)

A Hit-Predicting Algorithm Is Keeping This Record Store Afloat, Bull Moose a Maine-based chain, licenses its data analytics software to other small retailers: A visitor to any one of Bull Moose’s 12 stores in Maine and New Hampshire would be hard-pressed to see the future of brick-and-mortar retailing there. The uniform display racks and fluorescent lighting are utilitarian, offering up a warehouse-size selection of new and used CDs and LPs, movies (including straight-to-VHS horror flicks), video games, and books that evokes the golden era of the 1990s. What sets Bull Moose apart from other independent media store chains is the software behind it.

Toronto’s Microforum Signs with Viryl Technologies to Build State-of-the-art Record Pressing Plant: Microforum signs an agreement for the purchase and installation of Viryl’s “WarmTone” vinyl pressing lines at its Toronto, Ontario manufacturing facility. Viryl Technologies’ presses are the most advanced vinyl record presses in the world. “These presses are modern, fully-automatic and in a class of their own. We studied the options and the WarmTone press was the clear winner”, says Microforum President Frank Stipo.

The world’s best record shops #034: Discos Paradiso, Barcelona: Co-owner Gerad Condemines used to work at local store La Ruta Natural whilst fellow native Catalan Arnau Farrés would sell flea market finds on Discogs. Their joint obsession with rarities sent them hunting for vinyl all over Europe. Eventually they decided to channel their efforts into a brick-and-mortar, opening Discos Paradiso in the Raval neighbourhood. Since its inception in the Raval neighbourhood in April 2010, the store has become a focus point for Barcelona’s dance and experimental scene.

Now that anyone can be a DJ, is the art form dead?: In the 1990s, DJs who rose to the top had generally paid their dues. Alan Banks, onesuch, says he started on school radio and graduated to local bars before promoting his own nights in big London clubs such as Heaven. Mr Banks would spend hours preparing for a set, learning the break-points of records, counting bars and arranging the tunes in his box by their musical keys. The tables, though, were about to turn.

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Spinning: Arnold,
“Oh My”

Look, it’s hard to tell people how you feel, what’s going on, the tides pushing and pulling.

Time was when a mixtape was that bridge, or the spin of a well-intentioned record eliciting its own waltz about a candlelit room with the object of one’s adoration.

It’s an emotional world, it is. Thus TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires, mixtapes, and fan letters.

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In rotation: 8/26/16

Sounds like an (un)broken record: Talking about a record collection makes someone sound old. Hopefully, always makes a person sound educated on how to care for music and art. If someone wanted to record an album in 1975, that person needed to either be rich or be talented enough and play ball enough with record companies to get one of them to bankroll a recording session and tour. This provided a higher benchmark of talent to reach.

The definitive guide to São Paulo’s best record shops: São Paulo is the third largest city in the world and Brazil’s sprawling cultural hub…Luckily, a large majority of the record stores are very close together in the downtown (Centro) area. The stores are mostly located in galerias (shopping malls) and often you can encounter 10+ stores on a single floor. Some of the best record stores are in the downtown galerias but travel outside of the city centre and you’ll be equally rewarded, as long as you know where to look.

Asia Minute: Vinyl’s Record Appeal in Japan: Tokyo is getting another record store…and a pretty big one. Jiji News reports the store in the Shinjuku neighborhood will have about 70,000 records for sale…along with record players, and some 20,000 CD’s. It will be run by a subsidiary of the convenience store Lawson’s, which launched its first record store in the nearby area of Shibuya a couple of years ago. Most of the records in the new store will be used, with prices ranging from about three dollars to as much as a thousand dollars for rare items.

How To Connect A Turntable To Your Wireless Speaker: … as we enter a golden age of streaming music, the popularity of a dinosaur music format is going gangbusters. It’s hard to imagine a less practical format for playing music than a vinyl album –it’s huge, one scratch and it’s ruined, the vinyl warps in heat and a vinyl record can cost $25 or more– but vinyl is hot. Vinyl album sales have grown every year for the past decade. That means more and more people are investing in a turntable, hitting the local used record store and then trying to figure out how the heck to listen to these records over their Bluetooth speaker—because many of them have never had the need to buy a traditional stereo system.

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