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In rotation: 1/20/17

It’s not all about digital music: An old vinyl record factory gets new life: Bob Marley pressed some of his records there. So did 2 Live Crew, Mary J. Blige, Lee “Scratch” Perry and 50 Cent. Now the former Final Vinyl record factory, founded in Opa-locka in the 1970s by Jamaican reggae producer Joe Gibbs as his base of U.S. operations, is reopening for business under a new name. SunPress Vinyl, a vinyl record pressing plant at 14097 NW 19th Ave., boasts six pressing machines, including one capable of producing multi-colored and picture discs. The facility will also offer complete packaging services such as labels, single or gatefold jackets and inner sleeves.

Vinyl Records Make A Comeback In Kilwinning: A music-loving Kilwinning couple are bringing vintage vinyl back to the Main Street. Husband and wife team Colin and Andrea Boyd rolled back the years this week with the opening of the Rare Trade record shop in their home town. And they reckon the nationwide resurgence of old school 45s and 78s means they shouldn’t have a problem carving a niche in a digital world. Colin, who lives in the town’s Dalry Road, said: “Vinyl records are back with a bang – people are starting to realise that now.”

Massive vinyl record and CD fair is heading to Bromsgrove: The first Bromsgrove vinyl record and CD fair of 2017 will take place between 10am and 4pm next Sunday (January 29). The event, organised by Midlands Records Fairs, is being held at the Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa – formerly the Holiday Inn – Birmingham Road where there is free parking available for buyers and sellers. Admission for buyers is £1 from 10am to 1pm and then free entry afterwards. There are also ‘early bird’ passes for £5 which admit people from 9am. Prices will suit bargain hunters and keen collectors alike.

Label ventures into vinyl with first press of its kind: Dustin Blocker started Hand Drawn Records in 2006. He saw untapped potential among indie bands across North Texas — including Denton acts. He wanted a label that would serve musicians, not shoulder past them in hot pursuit of a big, blinking bottom line. Eleven years later, the University of North Texas alumnus means to plump up that bottom line for musicians by putting a vinyl album in their hands. If things go as planned, Hand Drawn Pressing will make 2 million records a year.

This Is How (And Why) Slightly Stoopid’s Smokable, $7,000 Hash Record Got Made: These are glory days for aging hipsters: The availability of both limited-edition vinyl releases and bespoke strains of weed may be greater than ever. Vinyl sales are at a 28-year high in the United States, and cannabis is legally available for medical and/or recreational use in 28 states. Which, perhaps, made inevitable the arrival of the first known record pressed from hash. “It’s all about putting two old-school vintage mediums together,” says Jon Phillips of Silverback Music, the team that made the LP and manages the stalwart jam band Slightly Stoopid. “Vinyl is an old-school medium, and that’s how we feel about hashish, too.”

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TVD Radar: George Harrison Vinyl Box & Book Release, 2/24

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Harrison family is proud to announce the release of George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection (UMe) box set featuring all of George Harrison’s solo studio albums in one collection for the first time.

The vinyl box set includes all twelve of George’s studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George’s classic live album Live In Japan (2LP), and two 12” single picture discs of “When We Was Fab” and “Got My Mind Set On You.” All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout. The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass as a limited edition title.

George Harrison’s I Me Mine was originally published by the specialist book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980. It became the first of many collaborations between George and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison’s own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality, and philosophy.

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In rotation: 1/19/17

Vinyl Records Resurging: “A lot of people have heard about the vinyl comeback” said Patrick Hodgkins, Co-owner of Lagniappe Records, “so they’re googling record stores and ours comes up and they’re like ‘ohhhh they’re so many records.'” Patrick Hodgkins and his co-owner moved Lagniappe records to downtown Lafayette a little over a year ago and in that time frame they’ve seen a hike in sales. “It’s between slight and drastic, a happy medium. It’s definitely growing. As many records as we sell, we have people bring in records. So, it’s a steady supply.” said Hodgkins.

Tuff Gong International partners with Florida-based Sunpress Vinyl to relaunch pressing of vinyl records! Tuff Gong International is honored to announce the relaunch of our vinyl manufacturing services this February in partnership with Sunpress Vinyl. Considered by music purists to provide the premium listening experience, sales of vinyl records are on the rise, hitting a 28-year record high last year. Tuff Gong’s vinyl pressing factory has always been the most popular in the Caribbean, with its high-grade product attracting clients from as far away as Europe and Asia.

From anti-releases to 1-inch records: 13 albums you have to work too hard to hear: Obsessive music fans are a strange ilk. Not only will they fill their homes with every deluxe reissue of a record, but they’ll take on some barely functional curiosities, too. Here’s a look at the releases that stretch the definition of “album,” often requiring so much effort that it begs the question if it’s worth it—or, in some cases, if it’s even music.

LPs and the People Who Press Them: “We identified vinyl as kind of working with the ethos of the company, Hand Drawn Records, and also of course a huge need in the market, and something we were excited about,” Blocker says. “So we got into the game actually as brokers in 2014, just to simplify the ordering process for musicians. That’s how we learned the best mastering houses, the best print people, and of course, the process of pressing vinyl records.”

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TVD Radar: Modern Harmonic launches “Winter in Space”
vinyl in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On Friday the 13th of January, Modern Harmonic celebrates their “Winter In Space” event with a handful of space themed records!

“Winter In Space” launches the first ever vinyl LP reissue of Tom Glazer & Dottie Evans’ Space Songs, a record created for children in the ’60s but coveted by adults today. Attilio Mineo’s Man In Space With Sound, a platter of beautifully textured space sounds with period-perfect narration (created for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair) will be reissued on a custom colored vinyl LP and deluxe CD with a coloring book style insert. The Space Age Is Here To Stay, recently released in a limited fashion, will get a full release on CD and LP. It is the first-ever collection of Arkestra vocal tracks, so they’ve been appropriately released as Sun Ra & his Interplanetary Vocal Arkestra.

Speaking of Sun Ra, “Winter In Space” will feature the release of three 7” singles from the man from Saturn. Each features a celebrated Sun Ra recording on the A-side with an unissued cut on the B-side with incredible illustrations from the cream of the sci-fi artist crop. Friday the 13th of January should prove to be a treasure trove for fans of modern space art and music.

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The DC Record Fair returns to Penn Social Sunday, 1/29!

Back for its 8th year is Washington, DC’s twice yearly record rummage, The DC Record Fair which sets up shop on January 29, 2017 in the cavernous confines of downtown DC’s Penn Social.

As with each event, we’ll have 40+ vinyl vendors from up and down the East Coast, the DJ line up, the bar, the food, Zeke’s Coffee back with their bold brew, raffle items up for grabs just for coming through the door, plus the random other surprises that make the DC Record Fair a special community event.

The Winter 2017 DC Record Fair DJ Line-up:
11AM-Noon – Alpha Betts
Noon-1PM – Leon City Sounds
1PM-2PM- Neal Augenstein
2PM-3PM – DJ Dola
3PM-4PM – Mikie Love
4PM-5PM – Jake Starr

Our friends at the Fillmore Silver Spring put together this piece a while back that outshines any descriptive copy we could devise:

Mark your calendars! 
THE DC RECORD FAIR

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Penn Social, 801 E Street, NW
11:00–12:00, Early Bird Admission $5.00
12:00–5:00, Regular Admission $2.00
RSVP at the Facebook invite!

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In rotation: 1/18/17

Cash in the Attic? With vinyl sales booming and collectors forking out thousands for rarities… is your old record collection worth a fortune? Is your old record collection worth a fortune? Vinyl sales are booming and collectors are forking out thousands of pounds for rare discs in mint condition. Take the time to research the versions of your vinyl, as you may have the odd gem in there. Here, Ian Shirley of Record Collector’s Rare Record Price Guide picks out rare discs fetching top dollar.

B-Side records to continue after heartwarming response: “The outpouring of support and well-wishes and offers to work was overwhelming. Who knew so many people cared about a little old record store? Not us,” Manley said in an email interview. “We are humbled and thankful beyond words for the kindness of the community.” The small shop at 436 State St. has survived the decline in vinyl record sales in the late 1990s and 2000s and the arrival of digital music through iTunes and on-line streaming services.

“Saddest Record Store in the World” Closes Seven Months after Extremist Attack: Velvet Indieground, a record shop in Istanbul run by a Korean expat, has closed. The store figured prominently in the media after what an extreme Islamist attack on June 17 of last year, when a handful of Turkish individuals entered the premises, assaulted customers with metal and wooden clubs, and vandalized the property, condemning them for drinking during Ramadan. Customers had gathered at the time for a meet-up to listen to music by Radiohead.

Upminster store enjoying ‘fad’ as vinyl hits record 25-year high: To understand what is causing the peak in vinyl sales, the Recorder took a trip to Upminster’s own Crazy Beat Records, a shop which stocks at any one time in excess of 100,000 items on vinyl and CD. The store, in Corbets Tey Road, started out as a predominantly black music store with people coming from all across London for rare records. It now specialises in anything from classical to reggae music and has been owned by Gary Dennis for the past 27 years. Gary believes the current boom is a “fad” as consumers become fascinated and hooked on the physical format of music. “Vinyl records have that wow factor,” he said.

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TVD Radar: The Chemical Brothers’ full catalog on vinyl in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Limited edition color vinyl of first seven studio albums available exclusively at U.S. independent record stores.

All eight of The Chemical Brothers’ studio albums are now available on vinyl. Today, (1/13) Astralwerks reissued the GRAMMY-winning U.K. band’s first seven studio albums on double LP vinyl. The reissues—plus 2015’s Born In The Echoes—can be found on black vinyl at retailers everywhere.

To celebrate the reissues, Astralwerks has also released the first seven albums on hand-numbered, limited edition colored double LP vinyl. These special pressings are limited to 1,000 copies of each title and are available exclusively from U.S. independent retailers. Fans can purchase them at Amoeba and at local independent record stores in the following colors:

Exit Planet Dust (1995) – Clear Vinyl
Dig Your Own Hole (1997) – Solid White Vinyl
Surrender (1999) – Solid Blue Vinyl
Come With Us (2002) – Solid Red Vinyl
Push The Button (2005) – Transparent Blue Vinyl
We Are The Night (2007) – Soda Bottle Clear Vinyl
Further (2010) – Transparent Green Vinyl

Each comes repackaged in the original sleeve artwork that the first pressings came in. Audio has been cut from the original lacquers directly from the studio of the original engineer, Mike Marsh, and fully approved by The Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands.

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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.

Anjou – Soucouyant
Boogarins – Olhos
Granfalloon – EFFY
Frances Luke Accord – Nowhere To Be Found
Rocky Wood – Bail Out
Olive & The Pitz – Landlocked
Antenna Man – Knockdown
The Jones Family Singers – All God’s Children Ain’t Free
Almond & Olive – Standing at the Precipice
Altar Eagles – Skeletal
The Gods Themselves – So Hot

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Black Star Riders – Testify Or Say Goodbye

Toma – Going Nowhere
James Raftery – Everything
Daddy Lion – Maslow
The Nyx – Home
I Am The Polish Army – David Bowie
Matthew Squires – Debt Song
Thurst – Alienation
STRAIGHTLINE – Not Afraid
Impala – Pilot (Feat. Tima Dee)
Mess Kid – SWM
Mykki Blanco – Loner “Remix” feat. WIKI

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In rotation: 1/17/17

Vinyl Sales Aren’t Dead: The ‘New’ Billion Dollar Music Business: Vinyl records are projected to sell 40 million units in 2017. This will bring the past seven years’ collective sales to the $1 billion benchmark for the first time this millennium. This impressive milestone has been untouched since the peak of the industry in the 1980s. While explosive by today’s standards, according to Deloitte, in its heyday (‘81), total vinyl album sales topped $1 billion in just that year alone.

Radio Wasteland Records opens Friday in Midland: Break out your turntables and get ready for a blast from the past because a record store is opening in Midland on Friday. Radio Wasteland Records, located at 718 George St., will offer an extensive assortment of vintage vinyl and new releases for young and old music lovers alike. “What we have, as far as an offering goes, runs the gamut. If you can think of an interesting genre for vintage vinyl, I think we can represent it here,” owner Jim Gleason said. The store, located just four blocks north of Dow Diamond, will host a collection of genres ranging from rock and roll and soundtracks to radio shows and even a few area recordings.

Tunbridge Wells pop-up vinyl shop owners want to reopen elsewhere in town: A pop-up vinyl record shop in Tunbridge Wells has closed down, but the owners want to reopen in town, saying the business “exceeded all expectations”. Vinyl Revolution, which was based in Camden Road, had opened at the end of October but only had plans to be open at the venue until January due to a proposed redevelopment of some of the shops on the edge of the Royal Victoria Place centre. “For an idea that literally only came to us three months before we opened, the shop has exceeded all our expectations – a large part of that is due to being in Tunbridge Wells,” co-owner Rachel Lowe told Kent Live.

Re-covered in Vinyl: Fully half the modern world seemed to be covered in vinyl back in the ’50s and ’60s, and of course these days everyone is collecting vinyl records again. They might indeed sound better than their digital descendants, but there’s no denying the vintage appeal of all things vinyl. So it’s vinyl on centre stage as the collector’s collective Made by Legacy, which specialises in organising American-style flea markets, mounts its latest funky retail extravaganza tomorrow and Sunday on the roof of Bangkok’s Fortune Town mall. This is the eighth edition for a dazzlingly diverse flea market that has previously evoked nostalgia for Vietnam-era GIs, childhood toys and classic cars. This year’s 150 booths will be piled high with vinyl stuff – and a whole lot more besides.

Music’s Weird Cassette Tape Revival Is Paying Off: For Andy Molholt, there’s something oddly special about hitting play on his boombox at the beach. The Philadelphia-based musician tours frequently with his band Laser Background and, between that and the many shows he helps book back home in Philly, he winds up seeing a lot of bands perform in bars, basements, and warehouses. If he likes them, he usually buys a tape. “It’s nice to only be able to listen to what’s in front of you, instead of having the entirety of music at your fingertips with Spotify and all that,” says Molholt of his growing tape collection. “There’s also something warm and fuzzy about tapes to me, maybe in a nostalgic kind of way.”

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