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TVD Radar: Superchunk to reissue debut on vinyl, in stores 8/25

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On August 25, Superchunk will reissue their self-titled album on vinyl for the first time since its initial release, and on Merge for the very first time. The remastered LP features updated artwork and includes an 11” × 17” replica of an early Chunk show flyer, with photos and notes from the band on the reverse.

Both CD and LP include a digital download of Clambakes Vol 9: Other Music From Unshowered Grumblers – Live in NYC 1990, a show recorded at CBGB just four days after the album was released. The first 250 LP orders will receive the album on vibrant opaque orange vinyl, and both CD and LP orders will include a large foldout poster of the woodcut used on the cover art, while supplies last. In addition, all pre-orders will be entered into a random drawing to win one of 25 original doodles by Laura Ballance! Pre-order Superchunk now on CD and limited-edition orange vinyl in the Merge store, where this release, along with the entire Superchunk catalog, is on sale for 10% off through July 25!

Mac shared his memories of these early days of Superchunk: “When I listen to our first album now, other than cringing at some clams and the vocals and the juvenile attitude of the whole thing… what was I angry about? You’ll have to ask 21-year-old me because in my memory, we were having fun. I hear the accumulation of our influences, which I suppose is normal for a first album—weaving all the things you loved up to that point into your own first thing. The Buzzcocks, Hüsker Dü, Dinosaur Jr, and Sonic Youth are all right there and what we were listening to.

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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.

Anastasia Minster – When I Die
Brad Peterson – What The Open Heart Allows
J Hacha de Zola – No Situation
Kazyak – Basin
Stephen Doster – Something Good
Ephrata – Odds
Omega Vague – Drown
Kacey Johansing – Bow And Arrow
Mark Bryan – If You Saw Her

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
The Darkness – All The Pretty Girls

Apsley – Fear
Beth // James – Bring Your Fire To Me
General Crush – Beautiful Day
20 Minute Loop – Mercury Vapor
Houses of Heaven – Black Waves
R. Kelly – Ignition Remix (Pink Panda The Good Life Remix)
Chris Rivers – TRI Force Freestyle
Jahn Rome – Safe & Sound
Carbin x Milz x Top $helf – Pull Up

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In rotation: 7/24/17

Australia to get first modern vinyl pressing plant in 30 years: Program Records is set to open in Melbourne in 2018 and will come fully equipped with WarmTone presses, with makers Viryl Technologies claiming them to be the fastest pressing time in the world. The Canadian company says its fully automated machines can press a record in just 30 seconds. The factory will initially be offering 12-inch pressed at 140 and 180 grams and plan to offer 7-inch and 10-inch pressing in 2019. Custom colour options will also be available. Founder Steve Lynch says: “Program Records will focus on supporting the local music scene backed by a data driven and highly efficient production facility. Australia has a great music scene that deserves to have affordable, good quality vinyl made here on time.”

Electric Fetus’ Bob Fuchs on the vinyl revival: Start being sorry you gave away all your vinyl records (if you ever had any), or didn’t want your parents’ or grandparents’ collection, or don’t have a turntable. Vinyl is back. In fact, vinyl records are so popular that Sony, the biggest of the Big Three record labels, recently announced that it will start pressing them again, as soon as March 2018, in a new factory near Tokyo. The last time Sony made a vinyl record was 1989. Bob Fuchs knows more about the music business locally than anyone. The general manager of the Electric Fetus, a longtime Minnesota mainstay, he has seen it all firsthand in his 30 years there (he started in the record department in December 1987).

Yesterday & Today: Early DC punks shopped, worked at record store: Almost 40 years ago, the door opened to an unassuming record store in a strip shopping center in Rockville and became a rallying point for music fans and members of D.C.’s fledgling punk and alternative scenes. In September 1977, Skip Groff opened the Yesterday & Today record shop at 1327 Rockville Pike. “The rent was remarkably cheap for what I considered to be a prime location,” said Groff, sitting in his living room in Montgomery County. “When I started in 1977 it was $450 a month.” As the punk music scene began to percolate, Groff, who had served stints as a disc jockey at WINX and WAVA, and had worked in the record industry doing promotions for RCA, opened his independent store. This was the year that bands including The Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads released American singles, which Groff couldn’t sell.

The Smiths announce deluxe The Queen is Dead vinyl box set with unreleased recordings: The Smiths are releasing a deluxe version of their 1986 album The Queen is Dead on 20 October 2017. The vinyl set includes the first take of ‘There Is a Light That Never Goes Out’, along with demos and b-sides taken from their third studio album. The news comes over a month after the band teased a possible reissue of the album on social media. Hopefully this release will go more smoothly than their ‘The Queen is Dead’ single reissue earlier this year, which drew the ire of Morrissey after HMV implemented a ‘limited to one per customer’ policy.

Nightmares of an Erstwhile Record Store Manager: I have a recurring nightmare. It isn’t always the same, but it always involves a last-minute, present-day reopening of Hollywood Records and Tapes, the record store I managed decades ago. Until one day when it was abruptly shuttered by the building owners following a bank foreclosure. In my dream, I’m freaking out — rushing around, un-boxing 8-tracks, installing LP racks, and trying to remember how to fill out an Ennis form. Because customers are coming any minute now and we’ve been closed for 32 years! Ancient history. But memories of losing “my” music shop came flooding back when I heard that the Roosevelt Row home of Revolver Records is for sale. Wide awake, that news brought a flood of my own long-ago panic when one day my record store was no longer there.

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TVD Radar: Fluance’s RT80 and RT81 High Fidelity Turntables

Over the 10 years that we’ve been behind this vinyl endeavor, we’ve seen our fair share of turntables. From the lightweight plastic variations that one could kick down the length of a football field, to the mega high-end models you’d need to take out a second mortgage to afford, we’ve seen quite a number.

However, there’s been one recurring question we’ve received over the years from folks just getting into the vinyl thing to the old hands with years of experience—what’s your pick for a reasonably priced turntable that delivers higher end, quality fidelity? For a long time we didn’t quite have a solid position in regard to a price point paired with said turntable coming with a touch of elegance and superior stability and sound which would lend itself as a go-to recommendation—then these Fluance models came upon our radar.

Now, candidly, having felt a touch burned by the aforementioned plastic turntables more than once, we’ve become of the mind that seeing and hearing is believing, and to Fluance’s confidence in their product, they zipped one off to us in the mail that we’ve put to work in the office over the past few weeks—and we’re highly (and pleasantly) impressed.

Firstly, the turntable is gorgeous. Fluance shared with us their RT81 model and the natural walnut finish is a stunner. (Closer up, detail photos can be found here.) From the Audio Technica AT95E stylus to the Texas Instruments preamp and gold-plated RCA line outputs, the audio response is deep and warm and dynamic, and the ease of switching from 33 to 45RPM is a mere twist of a knob. All this and the set up and balancing of the tonearm was a snap.

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In rotation: 7/21/17

Long time book and record store closing it’s doors in Santa Cruz: After a 48 year run, it is time for John Livingston to say goodbye to Logos Books and Records Store, a staple of downtown Santa Cruz. Livingston founded Logos Books and Records at the age of 22 on Pacific Avenue and over the years, he’s seen his fair share of ups and downs. But recently it’s just been too tough to make ends meet. “This economic environment is difficult to sell a business like this,” added Livingston. A business that buys and sells used books and records, ultimately becoming a hub for downtown Santa Cruz. But currently, Livingston added he’s seen how streaming books and music online has completely changed the industry.

Longtime Rochester alternative music shop closing after 29 years: Alternative music fans are browsing the collection at Lakeshore Record Exchange on Park Avenue for the last time. The longtime Rochester alternative music store is closing next month after decades in business. Owner Andrew Chinnici says the European and American records and CDs he sells aren’t that hard to find anymore because most people buy their music online. “In a way, you could say that it’s good because more people listen to more music now than they ever have before.” he said. “It’s just the way in which they get it is different. And that’s the thing that sort of means that a place like this doesn’t really have a reason for being.”

Restaurant owner to open record store downtown in historic building: The owner of a popular Cincinnati restaurant is going into the music business, the Enquirer reports. Elias Leisring, owner of Eli’s BBQ, is preparing to open Herzog Music, a record store and music shop in the famed historic building where Hank Williams and other pioneering country, R&B and blues musicians recorded some of their earliest music. An opening event for the store at 811 Race St., across the street from the Phoenix reception venue, is planned July 22-23 “We’re going to have live music, bands and just a full weekend of celebrating Cincinnati’s music history,” said Andrew Aragon, who will be the store manager.

Soaring vinyl sales help put Golden Discs back in black: Record store chain Golden Discs is back in the black after the group posted a profit of €172,878 for financial year-end 2016, according to a statement from the group. Turnover for period-end December 2016 was €17.9m, driven in part by new store openings and a significant growth in sales of vinyl records. Store openings included one in Dundrum Town Centre and a pop-up store on Dublin’s Henry Street for the busy Christmas trading period. Sales of vinyl were up more than 100pc on the previous year, it said. “Vinyl sales are at a 25-year high and are continuing to grow,” said Golden Disc Group CEO Stephen Fitzgerald. “Its renaissance proves the desire to own music in the physical format remains strong,” he added.

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In rotation: 7/20/17

Consumer Watch: Vinyl revival hits Oklahoma City: Everything that is old is new again and that also applies to the vinyl record industry. There is a nationwide vinyl revival, and it is a new opportunity for music lovers and local businesses in the Oklahoma City metro. John Dunning has always loved music. He once made his living in the antique business, but when he came upon a massive record collection, it was time to make his passion, the new way he made a living. “You’ve got these records that are actual art, and artifact, and a piece of history. Plus, they sound better, and people just get in it,” says Dunning…This means the potential for business growth, and Trolley Stop Record Shop recently bought a new space that once housed the old Penn Theater, and will likely keep the six-year old first location open as well.

Cosmic Vinyl: For the Record: Among the promo posters, thousands of LP’s and 45 RPM’s was a record lathe. Blank vinyl records can be placed on the lathe and in real time, new recordings are cut permanently into the wax. Tony Oriza is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer who performs indie bands ranging from metal to shoegaze. He’s also largely responsible for pressing the albums. The master recording is played, and in the time it takes for a song to play from start to finish, a new vinyl is cut. “Orders typically run between one or 50,” said Oriza. (For the one-off pressings.) “We get people transferring old recordings they did years ago or even wedding proposals.”

Watch A Single Life: An Oscar-Nominated Short About How Vinyl Records Can Take Us Magically Through Time: In 2015, the Dutch animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke, got an Oscar nomination for this delightful animated short, “A Single Life.” It’s a two minute tale about how music–particularly vinyl records–can transport us to magical places. And we mean really magical places. Seeing that we don’t believe in spoilers, we’re not going to say anything more–other than “A Single Life” has been screened at more than 200 festivals and received more than 40 awards. And, what’s more, it will be added to our collection of Animated Films, a subset of our collection 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.

Vinyl records ‘more popular than ever’: Andrew Montgomery knows all too well about revolving trends. The owner of Leederville’s Urban Records says the resurgence of vinyl records is continuing to build, as young people are drawn to their tactile appeal. Mr Montgomery has run the Oxford Street store for 16 years and said the vintage music medium is now more popular than ever. “In the last five years it has steadily picked up,” he said. “Everything is being released on vinyl now, and there is a generation who did not even buy CDs but are buying vinyl.” Mr Montgomery said his CD sales make up about 20 per cent of his album sales where vinyl records were 80 per cent.

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In rotation: 7/19/17

Lakeshore Record Exchange on Park Ave. to close next month: In a Facebook post, the president of Lakeshore Record Exchange says the store will close next month. In the post, Andrew Chinnici writes “We’ve had the great fortune of having a supportive customer base which made it possible for us to focus on the niche genre of Alternative Music for so many years. The dedication to this genre meant we focused on stocking records and CDs from Europe and America that were difficult to find in other stores. Time and technology have changed the accessibility of these types of records and CDs.” Because of that and changes to the way people listen to music, Chinnici says the store will close near the end of August.

Dover’s Spun Records to close next month: After six years and three locations, Spun Records of Dover will close its doors. Mark Matarozzo, owner of the Grove Street shop, said he plans to close early next month, though a date is not yet certain. Matarozzo announced the news on Facebook last Thursday, and while this year has been slower in record sales, a closing sale helped spur activity. “I did more in the last three days than I have in a month,” he said on Monday.

Streaming’s Share of UK Music Business Still Rising, Streams boost combined album sales by 11.6% in H1 2017: Sales of physical formats were mixed compared with 2016’s first half. CD album sales fell 6.4%. But sales of vinyl albums rose 32.2%, and sales of vinyl singles jumped 60.2%—albeit from relatively low levels—due largely to reissues of classic records and limited-edition releases by new artists, according to the Official Charts Company. The UK’s figures are roughly in line with the US, where physical and digital album sales (excluding streaming) fell 18.3% in 2017’s first half, according to a Nielsen. But boosted by a 36.4% increase in streams, overall album sales increased 8.1% for the period.

Discog’s Crate Diggers announce new international record fairs: Crate Diggers are hosting six free record fair days around the world, including their first events in London, Tokyo and Amsterdam. Launched in 2014 by Discogs and Grimy Edits, the Crate Diggers events feature a record fair by day with local DJs providing the tunes, followed by an after party by night. Both new and used vinyl is on-sale. With past instalments including sets from Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, Doc Martin, Danny Krivit and Dam Funk, the inaugural London, Amsterdam and Tokyo editions are sure to host some formidable selectors.

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TVD Radar: Sepultura, Chaos A.D. and Roots remastered and expanded vinyl editions in stores this fall

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Sepultura broadened its musical horizons with Chaos A.D. and Roots, a pair of acclaimed albums that took the Brazilian band’s hard-rocking sound in bold and exciting new directions. This fall, Rhino will revisit those back-to-back classics with remastered versions that are expanded with rare and unreleased studio and live recordings. Chaos A.D. Expanded Edition will be available on October 6 and Roots: Expanded Edition will be available on November 3, both as double-disc sets for $19.98 each. Double-LP versions, with similar track listings, will also be available for $31.98 each.

Sepultura was founded in 1983 by the brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera with Wagner Lamounier and Jairo Guedes. Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. joined just a few short months later and in 1987, with the departure of Jairo and addition of guitarist Andreas Kisser, the solid line up of Sepultura was final. The band quickly became an influential force in heavy metal music thanks to its dynamic studio recordings and intense live performances. The band was in the midst of a creative and commercial peak in 1993 when it released Chaos A.D. with Max Cavalera on vocals and guitar, Andreas Kisser on guitar, Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr on bass, and Iggor Cavalera on drums. The record ushered in a more groove-based sound on songs like the singles “Refuse/Resist,” “Territory,” and “Slave New World.”

Chaos A.D. Expanded Edition includes a newly remastered version of the original album along with 17 bonus tracks. Among the highlights are a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Symptom Of The Universe” that was originally issued as a B-side, plus nine scorching live versions of album tracks like “Territory” and “Biotech Is Godzilla.” Also featured are several unreleased instrumental tracks that the band used during rehearsals for “Clenched Fist” and “Propaganda.”

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In rotation: 7/18/17

Lisbon record store Twice.Discos closes: The store’s former building, located in Lisbon’s historical Principe Real area, was recently sold, and its new owners have their own plans for the space. Founded in 2013, Twice.Discos stocked a range of music, from rock and new wave through to jazz and house and techno, and was among the city’s best-loved stores. Organisers will still be active on Discogs, which means that, until they find a new space, customers can purchase much of their stock online.

Arkansas record shop faces end of 4-decade run, Retiring owner has yet to find buyer: Pat Strachota’s office is unnavigable…Strachota, 67, swivels in a ripped office chair strategically placed in front of a barely visible sliver of glass — mostly blocked by more magazines, more vinyl and more paper. The window offers a view of the showroom of The Record Rack, an eclectic Pine Bluff icon that Strachota has owned for more than 40 years. It’s an icon set to close in the coming months unless the right buyer comes along in time. After four decades dedicated to the store on every day of the week except Sunday, Strachota is ready to retire.

Record Resurgence: …The average age for record buyers at Groamy’s is 20. It’s clear that millennials are just now discovering the format. “So these kids want to discover Cream. They want to discover King Crimson. They want to discover some of these obscure 60’s, 70’s, 80’s classic rock bands. That’s what a lot of them are buying, not even classic rock even some Top 40 stuff. I have to realize I’m old when a kid comes in and buys a Billy Joel record, I’m thinking how can you not have this already….Oh because you weren’t alive,” said Groamy.

Record Den in Mentor sees that vinyl is still vital: …These days, at Record Den and independently owned businesses like it across the country, brisk sales of new and used LPs provide daily affirmation that reports of the death of vinyl albums were more than a little premature. While there still is plenty of shelf space devoted to CDs at Record Den, vinyl albums are again moving the needle on Beaumont’s bottom line. “Vinyl accounts for about 40 percent of our sales,” Beaumont said. “This is a business. We go where the sales are.” Prices for new albums at Record Den are in the $25 to $30 range. Used albums sell for as little as 99 cents and generally are in the $4 to $5 range.

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TVD Radar: New Radicals’ Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too on vinyl for the first time, in stores 8/4

VIA PRESS RELEASE | New Radicals were an American alternative band formed by singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander. Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too, the 1998 MCA Records release—featuring the hit single “You Get What You Give”—is now being reissued by Interscope/UMe on vinyl for the first time as a 2-LP set—with an additional, exclusive color edition in translucent gold—on August 4.

After a pair of late-‘80s, early-‘90s solo albums, Alexander put together a group with a wide range of collaborators including Danielle Brisebois, best known for her roles in All in the Family, as well as future Paul McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson, and “Thriller” keyboardist Greg Phillinganes to form the band and record Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too. The band’s rock-pop-funk, blue-eyed soul hybrid, which was released on October 20, 1998, was praised by critics, who said it had its own “unique, oddball bounce” and compared it to Todd Rundgren and Prince, among others.

The album went platinum in America, and proved even more popular around the world, cracking the top 10 in the UK as well as many other territories. The first single, “You Get What You Give,” was a smash hit on the Billboard Hot 100, topped the charts in Canada and New Zealand, and was in the Top 5 in the UK In addition to its success on the pop radio charts, the song also crossed music genres and peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard Modern Rock chart.

Like much of the rest of the politically charged, sex-and-drugs-infused lyrics, “You Get What You Give” took on health insurance fraud, big-bank corruption, and the threat of technology while cheekily name-checking “fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson,” insisting, “You’re all fakes, run to your mansions/Come around, we’ll kick your ass in.”

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