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In rotation: 3/3/15

“Rega reveals 13 signed limited edition Record Store Day turntables: We knew that Rega was launching a limited edition Record Store Day turntable, but now it has been revealed that there will be 13 extra special decks…”

“Central London record store BM Soho—formerly Black Market—has closed down, though it promises to return ‘bigger and stronger than ever very soon in central London…'”

“Snag Some Vinyl at @BeachlandCle Record Riot: It’s for that growing number of vinyl junkies that the Beachland Ballroom is holding its Record Riot All-Vinyl Record Show. The event will feature dealers from both local dealers and dealers from outside the area with music in a variety of genres…”

“Sex Pistols single sold for £6,000—Unplayed copy of ‘God Save The Queen’ was among handful not destroyed by record company: …Nearly all of the 25,000 copies of the single that had been pressed in the six days were promptly destroyed…”

“Classic rock lives on at Lacey’s Boomerang Music and Video: ‘It looks like a bigger version of my bedroom when I was a teenager,’ said Gary, 57.”

“Despite the ‘streaming music boom’ and the rather more modest ‘vinyl revival’ both providing some positive spin, few would deny that 2014 was another challenging year for the record industry, following that temporary moment of optimism when the global recorded music market saw the slightest bit of growth in 2012…”

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Carpark Records 16th Anniversary Shows in NYC, 3/6, and DC, 3/7

For 16 years now, DC by way of NYC Carpark Records has been one of the finer proponents of all things indie—in sound and spirit both. In addition to a special basketball-themed picture disc to commemorate the label’s anniversary, Carpark is hosting 3 shows to celebrate 16 years of slinging some fine records our way. We have a pair of tickets to 2 of those shows to put in the hands of 2 of you, the Friday (3/6) show at Baby’s All Right in NYC and the Saturday (3/7) show at Washington, DC’s DC9.

First up however, label founder Todd Hyman was kind enough to pull himself away from the turntable to offer us some insights into the label’s inception and continued success.

“Carpark began in New York City in the late ’90s. I was working at a friend’s record store in the East Village and we started hosting a weekly DJ/experimental electronic music night at indie rock institution Brownies on Avenue A. I think a lot of people into indie music at that time felt like indie rock had reached its end. IDM/electronic type music seemed like a natural progression. Brownies still had bands playing every night but they ended them early then and began hosting DJ nights starting around 11 til closing (4am). We were on a Wednesday night.”

This kind of electronic music seemed like the future to me at the time. People making and performing music on their laptops! Seems rather mundane now, but it was brand new back then. Portable computers were finally getting powerful enough, and useful programs were finally available to the average consumer.

In addition to DJing at this night, called Invisible Cities, we hosted live music. Turned out there were quite a few folks making music on their computers with nowhere to play. We gave them a place to play. Some of the folks we hosted just to give you an idea: Marumari, Kid606, Cex, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Greg Davis, Lucky Kitchen, Kit Clayton, Safety Scissors, Jake Mandell, Zammuto, B. Fleischmann, and many others.

I thought there should be a professional label to represent this kind of music. Carpark was born!

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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.

Brad Reiman – A Vacation From My Mind
Jen Wood – Run With The Wild Ones
Ellie Goulding – Lights (GAMPER & DADONI Remix)
And The Kids – No Countries
Lox Chatterbox – Tryna Smoke
They Might Be Giants – Flood Live in Australia, Full Concert
Harriet Brown – 20/15
Sur Une Plage – Minimum
stickybackplastics. – Psycho Dreamer
Daydream Frenzy – Jade’s Song

The Living Statues – Blackout

AU8UST – White Sheets (Produced by CRNVL)
Kill The Waves – Vow
The Landing – Back to the Stars
Mighty Mouse – Live At XOYO, London 20th Feb 2015
boerd – City Cleep
Blind Lake- Walk beside me
Echos – Dont Let Me Go (Echos Remix)
The American Spirit – Wait For The Night
Snowbride – Rooftop Islands
Galantis – Runaway (Leo Medina & Jona Prado Remix)

10 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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In rotation: 3/2/15

“Coming This Summer – New Music Fridays: ‘“[The music industry] will now be competing with the movie industry for a limited amount of entertainment dollars…The idea of launching a record on a Friday and then having most of your fans be absent for the next 48 hours doesn’t seem very smart. I think this is why the majority of indie record labels are opposed to a Friday street date.’”

“’…It’s not what I want,” says the guy behind the counter at Jack the Lad, his skin peeking from beneath his Posies tee. “I’ve been in this shop — right across from the old clock tower — for 30 years. My store’s traffic depends on new release Tuesdays. Everything about how I run this place revolves around Tuesdays. This might put me out of business,’ he says…”

“London record shop BM Soho has closed, apparently without any warning to its customers. Techno producer…Truss tweeted a picture of the darkened shopfront with a sign reading: ‘Due to circumstances, BM Soho has to close.'”

“Adelaide live music venue Jive to reinvent itself as record store: Owner Tam Boakes had already been pondering ways to spruce up the venue, but the cogs truly started turning after a few beers with some friends…”

“Record shop opens on John Bonham’s childhood street: …The road holds memories for her as the shop is just a few doors down from her childhood home and the house where Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was born…”

“…Stashed between curling banisters near the middle of the store is a 30-foot high display where Dr. Dre hangs beside Abbey Road. Smooth Jazz, Classic Rock, Blues and Electronica: all genres have a place on the wall of the Urban Outfitters vinyl sec­tion. Beneath the display are even more record albums, wrapped in plastic and crammed into wooden shelves, selling for 35 dollars each. These shelves might look like a decoration that add to the store’s alternative am­biance, but it’s with displays like these that Urban Out­fitters has become the largest retail store seller of vinyl records in America…”

“A local indie record store is supporting up-and-coming artists who are only 11 and 12-years-old. Wax Trax Records, a vinyl and CD store in Denver, teamed up with Peck Elementary in Arvada, for the “Self-Portrait Albums” art show…”

“Jack Ware and his wife Betty have a love for animals and collecting all types of memorabilia and collectibles. The couple recently put those passions together by opening their store 3 Dachshunds, located at 2508 West Edmond Road last November. The store features a wide variety of items including vintage vinyl records, posters, collectibles, greeting cards, gifts, toys and dolls…”

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In rotation: 2/27/15

“Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day.

“Clueless Soundtrack Set for 20th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue: Special edition of the alt-pop heavy compilation will be printed on yellow and black plaid vinyl

“RIP Mammoth Cave Recording Co. or Why An Indie Label Can’t Survive in 2015: After 7 years and 44 excellent releases, the Canadian independent label home to B.A. Johnston, Ketamines, and a trove of vital punk reissues has called it quits.

“…Kevin Cheesman, from Milton-under-Wychwood, is organising the town’s first record fair in more than a decade. He hopes the renewed enthusiasm for vinyl sweeping the UK will mean fellow music-lovers turn out for the turntables…”

“Checker Records coffee journeys by Brew Crew: Local coffee shop Checker Records gives Volume Salon’s Kim Holtz the boost she needs to start her mornings right. The beloved hybrid record and coffee store, winner of the Hillsdale Daily News’ People’s Choice Award four years in a row, hooked Holtz on coffee.”

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In rotation: 2/26/15

“The Record Shops of New York, Co-op 87 Records: While the rest of the industry worries about MP3s kicking the chair from under the high street chain and streaming services looming over the shoulder of digital downloads, vinyl is enjoying a revival. Why? Your humble independent record shop…”

“A Huffington Post analysis of the most “wildly popular” types of stores in each state concludes Louisiana has a disproportionally high number of vinyl record shops. The analysis, conducted by the news website in collaboration with Yelp, suggests the state’s musically engrained culture—and perhaps New Orleans’ reputation as a hub for vinyl-loving hipsters—has helped carve out a retail niche…”

“Mill City Sound: New Hopkins record store contributing to vinyl boom…”

“Inside Retro-Vibe Music in Cardiff, a vinyl lover’s dream: With a massive 2900 sq ft of floor space, Retro-Vibe Music in Cardiff has two floors stuffed with thousands of pieces of vinyl, CDs, 78s, tapes, T-shirts, turntables and comics…”

“Rare vinyl records…are to go under the hammer at a Newbury auction tomorrow (Thursday)…A record in near mint condition of the Sex Pistols God Save the Queen (1977) in its original A&M sleeve, the property of a former employee of the record company, is estimated at £6,000 to £8,000…”

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In rotation: 2/25/15

DIY! “…if you’ve ever wanted to own your very own vinyl record press, you now can…Located in Zimbabwe, the now abandoned record pressing plant is up for grabs on eBay for a lazy £160,000.00.”

“The Cribs to play free set at Head record store: West Yorkshire indie rockers The Cribs are to play a live set at Head record store in Golden Square on Tuesday, March 24. The three brothers will also be signing copies of their new record, For All My Sisters, after performing in store at 5pm.”

“To help kick off a momentous year of celebration, SideOneDummy Records is taking a trip down memory lane with their 20 Year Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Series. The first in this year long collection of S1D classics is The Gaslight Anthem’s Live At Park Ave 10”. A limited coke bottle variant is exclusively for sale via the SideOneDummy web store and a limited translucent blue variant is available at Park Ave CDs in Orlando, FL.”

“The 5 Most Compelling Record Collectors In Film: From wheeler dealers and wanna-be DJs to nostalgic old timers and obsessive compulsives, meet cinema’s most compelling record collectors.”

“Lost art of listening parties is still alive in Cheyenne: Held on the first Thursday of every month, Knights of the Turntable is a free-flowing and open group for vinyl and music enthusiasts.”

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TVD’s 9 weeks of vinyl giveaways, Week 2:
Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti (Remastered,
180 Gram Vinyl)

As we noted last week 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 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.

For week 2 of 9, we’re delighted to send one of you a TVD HQ favorite.

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In rotation: 2/24/15

“Number of physical music stores reached all-time high in 2014: According to a new report, supermarket and generalist retailers stocking CDs and vinyl for the ‘impulse market’ meant the ways customers could access music hit an all-time high last year.”

“The smug, judging record clerk is a sad cliche, but the stereotype exists for a reason…Ask anyone who has worked in music retail, especially the old-timers, and they’ll tell you. We all have a story to tell.”

MOJO Led Zeppelin Vinyl Edition: A limited deluxe version of this month’s issue featuring Physical Graffiti Redrawn on two discs, with free replica poster and a special magazine cover…”

“New permanent home for successful pop-up vintage record shop: …Owner Ros Sidaway is looking forward to welcoming customers to the shop, which just happens to be a few doors down from her childhood home and also from the house where Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham was born…”

“Record fair to launch in Stourbridge: The historic Talbot Hotel in the heart of the town centre will be the venue where several traders will have rare, interesting and classic vinyl records for sale. Visitors will also be able to get their hands on a multitude of music memorabilia including programmes, books, magazines and clothing…”

“Music lovers flocked to Schertz today for the San Antonio Record Show. They packed the Schertz Civic Center to buy, sell and trade vinyl records. Dealers and private collectors from across Texas turned out for the show. It was all organized by Jesse Galvan. He’s the owner of Music Connection, an independent music store here in San Antonio…”

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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.

Dane Terry – Kids
Junk Riot – Lishnie Golovy
Big Search – Love In Return
Tired Lion – I Don’t Think You Like Me
Years and Years – King (PACES Remix)
Oh Honey – Don’t You Worry, Love (Lash Remix)
2/3 Goat – Jenny
Geographer – Need
Ahab – Osiris
Kin Cayo – Wrong Guy

Relapse Records Massive 25th Anniversary Free Digital Sampler

Shake Shake Go – England Skies (Epic Empire Remix)
VUURWERK – Wakening ft.Climb X
Psymbionic – Low Tide
Warning Light – Through the Storm Lands
Free Weed – Light The Night (Unkle Funkle Mix)
KDH – Beloved Devotion
Charlie Belle – Get To Know
Busses – Liar
The Curious Incident – Might As Well Swim (Radio Edit)
Ghost Loft – Talk To Me (Bearson Remix)

6 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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