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Spinning: The Style Council, “Changing of
the Guard”

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.

Katie Rose – Wonder
Amy Blaschke – Running My Heart To You
LION BABE – Jazz Drums
Modern Studies – Dive Bombing
Young Mister – Pasadena
Carl Creighton – I bought a card at the Hallmark. No, at the Walmart. It’s a Hallmark.
The Dirty Clergy – Decades

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Beyond Beyond is Beyond 2016 Summer Jam Sampler

Dot Dash – Daddy Long Legs
Warshow Angels – Bang Bang Love
Matt Bennett – Hook Pt. 1
Fialta – Another Lonely Heart
Cafe Disko – Can’t Stop The Feeling (Justin Timberlake Cover)
Ariana Delawari – Here Is My Love
Liana Bank$ – Off
EXSSV – Hangover (feat. Jitta On The Track)

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In rotation: 6/27/16

The world’s best record shops #025: Real Groovy, Auckland: Real Groovy has weathered a chequered past, moving location multiple times and just about managing to survive the 2008 recession – when lots of stores worldwide closed – to revitalise itself as vinyl-orientated fun palace. Apparently past customers have been as varied as Kurt Cobain and Stephen Fry. The shop says that it has “the classic Kiwi relaxed attitude towards fame, where we leave people alone to enjoy their time and not pester them for autographs or photos.”

Long Play Cafe has expanded by opening a second coffee shop and record store in the heart of Newcastle’s city centre: Newcastle’s Long Play Cafe has opened its second coffee shop in the city’s Grainger Market. Owned by friends and baristas Chris Jackson and Jon Marley, Long Play Cafe opened its first cafe and record store on Newcastle’s Quayside last year. Based in the former Jimmyz Bar on Sandhill, Long Play Cafe is a coffee house and record store which sells vinyl records and merchandise alongside an all day brunch menu and coffee.

Vinyl culture alive and well in East Lansing: In an era when newfangled music streaming services have contributed to the disintegration of albums and overall music purchasing is easily avoided, against all odds, vinyl culture paradoxically thrives and prospers. The only form of music acquisition that requires investment in an entire musical collection, let alone one that is bulky, potentially losable, and not preserved in some immortal, intangible “cloud,” has experienced ten straight years of growth, according to Nielsen, a company that tracks the sale of music.

Meet the Cult Film Superfans Who Turned Vinyl Soundtracks into an Empire: For Kevin Bergeron and Suzy Soto, selling vinyl online came as a natural way to combine two of their greatest passions: Horror movies and great music. Their business, Waxwork Records, re-issues classic vinyl soundtracks from cult films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Warriors, carving out a niche audience of horror and sci-fi superfans looking to own a slice of the movies that the love. Over the past three-and-a-half years, Waxwork Records has catapulted Kevin and Suzy from the world of New Orleans punk rock to rubbing shoulders with film legends like Martin Scorsese and George Romero.

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Spinning: Bananarama, “Cruel Summer”

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, offered without comment, TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires and mixtapes. Reading between the lines—encouraged.

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In rotation: 6/24/16

Old Street Records launches with pizza, cocktails and vinyl on the menu: Old Street Records, which officially opens on June 30, is collaborating with two record labels, Fiction Records and Caroline International, to sell their releases. This will mean vinyls (“Vinyls” is incorrect. —Ed.) from artists including Iggy Pop, Tame Impala, Nick Mulvey, The Maccabees, Ian Brown, Mystery Jets and Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes will be able to be bought from the bar. The Shoreditch site will also serve pizzas along with cocktails and craft beers, and it’s not all about vinyl — the bar will also have live music six nights a week, with an eclectic programme of soul, funk, jazz, rock and pop.

Why record stores mattered: This Saturday, Other Music—the tiny, beloved, and outré record shop on East Fourth Street—will cease its retail operations. No longer will sealed Belle and Sebastian or Boards of Canada LPs be tentatively placed on its counter. The headline of a Times article last month announcing the store’s finish read, “Other Music Record Shop, Yielding to Trends, Will Close.” What “trends” means in this context is startlingly self-evident. The prevailing trend of our time is, it seems, a disburdening of the past. Things that once appeared immovably vital are now relics to be examined, mourned, and recast as affectations.

Store keeps groovin’ on, T.O. record shop spins into 20th year: Record Outlet has been around for years and is the only record store in Conejo Valley, providing fans of analog media a source for used and new vinyl plus CDs, DVDs and tapes from 8-track to cassette. The store celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 19. Kc Staples, who owns and operates Record Outlet, said part of the appeal to owning vinyl is actually having something to touch and see—especially for people used to downloading their music.

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Spinning: The Three Degrees, “When Will I See You Again”

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, offered without comment, TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires and mixtapes. Reading between the lines—encouraged.

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In rotation: 6/23/16

Vinyl is not just for hipsters as it regains popularity: It’s often been described, erroneously, as a comeback, what with music stores liberally stocking them these days. Vinyl records, actually, never really went away. Labels might have stopped reissuing them in the 1990s and early noughties, but new releases, and reissues, are coming thick and fast once more. While the culture in Malaysia may still be at novelty level, the situation in a metropolis like London, is entirely different.

The best (remaining) record stores in New York City: June 2016 marks the end the end of the road for two NYC record stores that served vinyl enthusiasts for over 20 years. The East Village’s Other Music and the West Village’s Rebel Rebel Records, like many other independent and chain music stores before them, are both shutting down thanks to the combination of rising New York City rents and the internet’s effects on the industry.

Service Converts SoundCloud Tracks to Vinyl: Vinylize.it is a new startup from the QRATES team. The service hasn’t yet launched, but it would allow users to choose songs or playlists from SoundCloud for custom-pressed records, FACT reports. Records would only be made available following artist approval and after users “share and rally support” for each record. There’s currently no information about the sound quality of Vinylize.it records. All SoundCloud tracks are transcoded to 128kbps for streaming playback.

Avid vinyl collector buys first record player: Despite never having the basic equipment to play a single record, Young still sees himself as a true connoisseur. He encourages others who are interested in this type of pretension to seek out local record stores and talk to the person with the biggest beard, as they are undoubtedly the store manager…“I spend hours talking to my guy, Skyler. He’s actually getting into wax cylinders. He tells me that you haven’t heard Eddie Cantor until you hear him coming out of a hand cranked gramophone.”

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Spinning: Del Amitri, “Deceive Yourself
(In Ignorant Heaven)”

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. Contact’s the fact.

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In rotation: 6/22/16

Make a vinyl record from your favorite SoundCloud tracks: Vinylize.it users connect their SoundCloud account and create a project with the tracks they wish to buy on vinyl. After we aggregate demand, we notify the artist/label and provide them a turnkey solution which converts the demand to a crowdfunding/pre-order project on QRATES.

Dyno Records in Newburyport celebrates 40th anniversary: During his 40 years in the business, he has seem numerous changes in the music industry, from the disappearance of the 8-track to the rise of the cassette, the CD and, mostly recently, the popularity of downloading music. But there’s been a resurgence in buying and collecting vinyl albums and that is most definitely helping business.

HD Vinyl Patent Proves Market Forces Can Save the Vinyl Record: For some time, independent record labels have expressed concern about Vinyl hype and the very real problems caused by the production bottleneck. According to small labels, independent artists now struggle to get their work pressed as the major labels leverage their size and budget to squeeze more and more records through a limited number of pressing plants across the globe.

Edward McKay says it will close its Fayetteville store once property sells: Among other events, the Fayetteville store has been the only local retailer to participate in Record Store Day, an annual international event that celebrates and promotes independently owned record stores. Customers lined up early those days for special giveaways and chances at rare and unusual collectible albums.

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Spinning: Grant Lee Buffalo, “Mockingbirds”

Lord, 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, offered without comment, TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires and mixtapes. Reading between the lines—encouraged.

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