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TVD’s 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, Week 7: Shakey Graves, And The War Came (Signed LP)

As we noted upon the launch of our first of 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, it’s easy to forget that going on 8 years now when TVD was in its year one (as was Record Store Day) the vinyl medium wasn’t “back,” sales weren’t stellar, and indeed record stores were a fading lot. No, worse actually. Shops we’re closing at such a clip, their disappearance literally informed the launch of the site you’re reading at present.

And as we’ll repeat for 9 weeks—vinyl and record stores go hand in hand. Their shared intrinsic value is the cultural commodity and the bedrock of any local music scene. Don’t believe us though…hit up your locals and the marriage becomes crystal clear. 

But we too have been overwhelmed with the resounding popular and prevalent headlines as to vinyl’s big resurgence, yet they also arrive in tandem with far less rosy headlines such as “Starbucks to Open in Former Bleecker Street Records Space”—and worse, some very bad ideas when one advocates for record shops have, of late, become internet fodder. (Seriously, vinyl subscription clubs are the Carson Daly of record collecting.)

As such, picking up with an old TVD favorite, we’ve lined up 9 (count ‘em, 9) weeks of vinyl giveaways as we count down to Record Store Day 2015 to redouble our efforts to underscore the viability and the inherent need for your local brick and mortar record shops to remain the vibrant community touchstone that they intrinsically are. And while we kinda hate hanging out by the mailbox waiting for a record to show up (unless you’ve ordered it from a mom and pop or directly from a label!) we’re shipping out records for 9 weeks straight as sweet reminders that record stores are literally where it’s at.

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In rotation: 3/31/15

The popularity of vinyl records plays on in Winnipeg: Vinyl lovers flipped through records Sunday to find everything from rock to soul, jazz and more at Rockin’ Richard’s Record and CD sale.

“While focusing on the rise and demise of Tower Records, the fallen retail giant that once billed its flagship location as ‘The Largest Record-Tape Store in the Known World,’ actor-turned-documentarian Colin Hanks also offers glances at the bigger picture of 21st-century recording industry upheavals in ‘All Things Must Pass.’

Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream parts with his 25,000-piece record collection: “Known around the office as “Bream’s record vault,” the collection has been moved around the Star Tribune’s sprawling headquarters a few times but has been housed for the longest stretch in a dingy, dusty room in the furthest back corner of the building’s basement, where the steel tracks that once guided giant rolls of newspaper toward the printing press still zigzag across the floor.”

Record shop celebrates its 10th anniversary: “Sole proprietor Stuart Smith established Seismic Records in 2005 supplying vinyl and CDs to an expanding customer base in the UK and worldwide.”

“Practical solutions for record storage are few and far between. Vinyl lovers were up in arms when IKEA announced it was discontinuing its Expedit range last year, and though it replaced it with the almost identical Kallax, there’s still a lack of options if you don’t want to battle your local branch on a Saturday afternoon.”

“Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker is presenting 20 Golden Greats,’ an art exhibition at Red Bull Space Paris accompanied by an instrumental soundtrack. The exhibition is composed of vinyl records designed by Cocker, bearing the names of fictional songs credited to labels like RCA Victor and Belter.”

Elton John pays record store surprise visit: “What would you say if Elton John walked into your record store? Sunny Rosen, the mom in the mom-and-pop Wax Trax Records store at 2909 S. Decatur Blvd., put her hand to her mouth in amazement and said, ‘This is so much better than seeing you from the last row in Carnegie Hall in 1971.’”

Death Waltz Records to Open New Vinyl Soundtrack Store in the UK: “…known producing fresh vinyl copies of soundtracks old and new, has announced that they’re opening an actual brick ‘n mortar store in the UK that will be called Transmission Records.”

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday recap of the new tracks received last week—provided here to inform your next trip to your local indie record store. Click, preview, download, purchase.

Love Axe – Only Gonna Tear You Apart
The Capture Effect – Lies And False Signals
Chastity Belt – Joke
Tree Machines – Fucking Off Today
Josh Gilligan – Old and Tired Ground
Thad Kopec – Every Drop
Absofacto – Dissolve (Robert Lux Remix)
Mikaela Kahn – Chemical Attraction
stickybackplastics. – Psycho Dreamer (Single Version)
DOSVEC – Safe & Intoxicated (Capital Cities vs Martin Solveig & GTA)

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Morning Harvey – Smith Street Swap Meet

The Helmholtz Resonators – Vermillion Hue
Fritz Montana – I’m Not The Same
C A R A L I S – Clicks In SOLLUS (Remix)
Round Eye – City Livin’
Royal Tongues – Don’t Wanna Fight
Daniele Di Martino – Time (Original Mix)
The Fantastic Plastics – NoNoGoGo
The Othermen – (Do The) Stand Still
Muzzy Bearr – Seduction Cup
OT Genasis – CoCo (BoBega Bootleg)

15 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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In rotation: 3/30/15

Exactly Why Should You Buy Your Vinyl In A Record Store? “…But we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, vinyl is about so much more than just the music. It’s about the experience. And hauling your arse to a record store is a really important slice of that experience.”

586 Records secures enterprise funding as Newcastle’s latest record shop: DJ and promoter Antony Daly hopes his vinyl dedicated shop will attract record lovers from across the North East

Tim Dalton Joins Joe Camilleri And Amber Lawrence As Record Store Ambassador: Music educator Tim Dalton has joined ARIA Hall of Famer Joe Camilleri and Golden Guitar winner Amber Lawrence as an Ambassador for Record Store Day Australia.

“Record Store Day is on its way and all the vinyl happy collectors are jumping for joy with all of the planned limited releases. For someone who had no idea what we’re talking about, this article is made for you. Here are 10 tips for budding vinyl collectors in any stage of their collection.”

“The art world can’t keep its hands off vinyl. From Fluxus artists like Milan Knízák and Nam June Paik, to experimental turntablists and sound pioneers like Christian Marclay, records have proved infinitely fascinating both as aesthetic objects to be celebrated and formats to be manipulated, pulled apart and reconstructed. Opening at BALTIC39 in Newcastle…”

NUVO at 25, Browsing Indy’s record stores: “Throughout the rise and fall of the “digital age” Indianapolis has been fortunate to host not just one, but a handful of world-class, independent, brick and mortar music shops.

Vinyl Records: Our last, best hope? “The resurging interest in vinyl records offers a ray of hope for humanity.”

Getting in the Groove, Physical Records in a Digital World: “When my friends come to my house, we always play records,” Antee said. “I love the crackling [sound], and I feel there’s a big difference in the connection that you feel with the music because you have the album cover and all of the information about the record right in front of you.”

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TVD Recommends: Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats Trivia Night 3/29

Please join City Winery and TVD’s Tim Hibbs in welcoming Nashville’s newest exhibit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with our themed trivia night, this Sunday, March 29th, in the upstairs lounge. We’ll dig into the story of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, which opens March 27th.

Test your music history knowledge with questions developed by museum staff and groove to music of the 1960s and ’70s provided by Tim. An all-vinyl playlist featuring the music of the exhibit will include Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, the Byrds, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Nelson, and dozens more hit folk, rock, and country records featuring the session musicians known as the Nashville Cats.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and the competition begins at 7:00 PM. Teams will compete for prizes provided by City Winery and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, including museum admission and City Winery concert tickets.

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In rotation: 3/27/15

WESU spring record fair to draw collectors to Middletown: “Every year we’ve added to the number of vendors and patrons,” said Benjamin Michael, general manager of the Wesleyan radio station.

Ignition Music Garage in Goshen working to create new music consumer: Store owner and founder Steve Martin opened Ignition Music Garage in 2012 to fill a need for people who want to find a more authentic music-buying and listening experience.

Brimful of Vinyl: Cornershop’s Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres to open world’s smallest record shop

Walkley’s independent record shop Tonearm Vinyl is teaming up with its neighbour Walkley Beer Co. to host an afternoon of free live music for this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday 18 April.

The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market “is the biggest and baddest tri-yearly event on the entire eastern seaboard with more vinyl than you can shake a stick at.”

10 Of The Best Vinyl-Friendly DJ Mixers: We are often asked the question, “I’m looking for a good vinyl-friendly DJ mixer, which one should I get?” so below are 10 vinyl-friendly DJ mixers that we recommend.

Now That’s What I Call Music 1 to be released on vinyl for Record Store Day: It features music from the likes of Phil Collins, UB40, Bonnie Tyler, The Human League, Madness and Culture Club.

Music-lovers in Boston will be able to get their hands on special releases when Record Store Day returns next month. Nevermind the Music Store, in Church Street, is once again taking part in the annual celebration of independent record shops, which this year falls on Saturday, April 18.

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In rotation: 3/26/15

Cavetone Records to celebrate 7 years: Cavetone Records is a vinyl-only record label and an all-analog recording studio. Scott Walus, founder of Cavetone Records, said the anniversary is celebrating the date of its first successful release, not when Cavetone Records was founded.

Goldmine Magazine Unveils Record Store Day Value Pack: With Record Store Day rapidly approaching, Goldmine Magazine and Krause Publications have teamed up to offer a top-notch selection of record collecting references.

Best turntables 2015 – Looking to get yourself a new turntable? We’ve rounded up some of the best record players on the market right now – from budget options right up to high-end products, there’s a turntable to suit all tastes, needs and wallets.

Vinyl record fair to be held at FarGo Village: With vinyl record buying back in fashion and enjoying a renaissance, Coventry will be the host of an upcoming record fair event this May.

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In rotation: 3/25/15

Vinyl records in Ethiopia: cultural artifacts or fetished commodities?

Newport to get live music for Record Store Day: Independent record store Diverse Records situated on Charles Street Newport, will provide the focal point of the day as music fans will be treated to entertainment and refreshments at the store.

“Everybody in a record store is your friend for 20 minutes or so,” Bruce Springsteen announces in All Things Must Pass, Colin Hanks’ nerdy, nostalgic documentary about Tower Records, which premiered last week at SXSW after seven years in the making.

Colin Hanks knows how his presence at SXSW looks…But days after the world premiere of his documentary “All Things Must Pass,” the 37-year-old star of the FX series “Fargo” insisted he was at South by Southwest, which wrapped up Sunday in Austin, Texas, only because he’d brought along his various creative partners.

Lost Weekend Video, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records to Partner on Valencia: Earlier this month, Oakland’s 40th Street vinyl outpost 1-2-3-4 Go! Records cryptically announced a forthcoming San Francisco location — with no address given — but now it can be told: that address will be shared with Lost Weekend Video, the Valencia Street video rental store and all-around beloved community hub.

Record Store Day might not be dying just yet, but to simply dismiss any reasoned criticism of it as “misrepresentation”? Give us a break.

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TVD’s 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, Week 6:
The Meters, Fire On The Bayou (Starburst Vinyl)

As we noted upon the launch of our first of 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, it’s easy to forget that going on 8 years now when TVD was in its year one (as was Record Store Day) the vinyl medium wasn’t “back,” sales weren’t stellar, and indeed record stores were a fading lot. No, worse actually. Shops we’re closing at such a clip, their disappearance literally informed the launch of the site you’re reading at present.

And as we’ll repeat for 9 weeks—vinyl and record stores go hand in hand. Their shared intrinsic value is the cultural commodity and the bedrock of any local music scene. Don’t believe us though…hit up your locals and the marriage becomes crystal clear. 

But we too have been overwhelmed with the resounding popular and prevalent headlines as to vinyl’s big resurgence, yet they also arrive in tandem with far less rosy headlines such as “Starbucks to Open in Former Bleecker Street Records Space”—and worse, some very bad ideas when one advocates for record shops have, of late, become internet fodder. (Seriously, vinyl subscription clubs are the Carson Daly of record collecting.)

As such, picking up with an old TVD favorite, we’ve lined up 9 (count ‘em, 9) weeks of vinyl giveaways as we count down to Record Store Day 2015 to redouble our efforts to underscore the viability and the inherent need for your local brick and mortar record shops to remain the vibrant community touchstone that they intrinsically are. And while we kinda hate hanging out by the mailbox waiting for a record to show up (unless you’ve ordered it from a mom and pop or directly from a label!) we’re shipping out records for 9 weeks straight as sweet reminders that record stores are literally where it’s at.

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In rotation: 3/24/15

Indie Record Stores Explain Why a Global Album Release Day Is a Bad Idea

Reflecting the resurgence of interest in vinyl, record fairs are holding their own in the internet age. We visit an event in Southampton to wax lyrical with buyers and sellers.

Music memories inspire new exhibition at Sunderland’s Pop Recs store: ..Seeing people’s passion for their records led to the 17-year-old creating Music Boxes.

Record label Ample Play are planning to open the world’s smallest record shop to coincide with Record Store Day. The pop-up shop will be open for one day only in North London, from 11am till 5pm on Saturday 18 April – Record Store Day.

The new movement in the music industry is for vinyl records. Is this a brand new concept? No. Vinyl is the new craze and actually began in 2012 by Texan Mark Robbins of All Texas Music (ATXM.)

Good news for record collectors and music fans: Yakima’s Off the Record will celebrate Record Store Day as usual this year. I mean, we always figured they would. But a few people have asked me, because longtime store owner Rich Koch retired last year and sold the store. So I’m here to tell you officially that new owners Gary and Twilla Pruitt plan to carry on the tradition.

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