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We’ve closed up the shop for the Memorial Day holiday. While we’re away, why not fire up our FREE Record Store Locator app and visit one of your local indie record stores?

Perhaps there’s an interview, review, or feature you might have missed? Catch up, thank those who’ve served, and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday, May 31.

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We’re seeking interns
for Summer 2016

They come, they go—every 6 months or so it seems, leaving an indelible mark at TVD and on their own careers. Some depart to labels. Some are drafted by PR firms. Hell, some even stay on as TVD editors from their own home city—they’re just that good.

We’re seeking bright, self motivated, articulate future music industry professionals to join our team on the content side as well as the marketing and social media outreach that informs the day to day at TVD. Candidates need not be in Washington, DC where we’re based to be considered—just be awake when we are.

Interested? Drop us an email introducing yourself.

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In rotation: 5/27/16

Beechwood speaker simulates the resonance of vinyl records: If you’ve fallen in love with the sound of vinyl records but can’t bring yourself to invest time in the hobby, the Louis speaker by Paolo Cappello might be exactly what you’re looking for. The speaker is completely free of electronic components and uses the shape of the smartphone dock on top to project your digital music through the large, trumpet-like opening. The sound augments music with a deeper, hollow tone that the video describes as “warm,” but it hardly sounds similar to an actual record to me.

The Record Room To Move From Old Town Scottsdale to North Phoenix: Hopefully, we are long past all of the silly chatter about vinyl being dead and no one caring about buying records anymore. At least around these parts, people can’t seem to get enough of the spinning platters. The massive crowds that flood local music stores on Record Store Day alone should be enough to shut some mouths and lay those thoughts to rest. Take The Record Room. The store has outgrown its former location in Old Town Scottsdale and is in the process of taking over a much bigger space in northwest Phoenix at 2601 West Dunlap Avenue.

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In rotation: 5/26/16

Tallahassee Store Making Sure Vinyl Records Stand the Test of Time: How people listen to music is constantly changing. But as the record seems to stand the test of time, one Tallahassee store is making sure customers can not only listen to the oldies and the classics, they are also stocking vinyls from today’s artists. “Always loved music since I was a kid. I grew up in a household where music was constantly playing. I have two older sisters. I guess they had an influence on my musical tastes, my upbringing,” said Sharod Bines, the co-owner of Retrofit Records.

Record shop owner gives away stock after 50 years in the business: A Chicago book and record shop has become the latest casualty in the digital revolution – and its owner has decided to give away all of its stock. Rick Addy, owner of Shake, Rattle & Read, posted on Facebook to announce the closure of his store after 50 years in the business, and said that he would be giving away all of his stock on Tuesday and Wednesday to avoid having to throw hundreds of books, CDs and vinyl records “in a dumpster.”

Hold Your Squeals: Record Store Fights To Keep 15-Year-Old Deaf Cat: A whole community of cat- and music-lovers have jumped to the defense of a Kiwi record store after complaints were made about its resident cat, Callaway. The deaf 15-year-old feline has made his home at Vinyl Destination, a record store that also sells takeaway coffee, but has recently received complaints for being “disgusting”…”He is our little mascot. We are going to protect him. People come in to see him every day and have a cuddle or say ‘hey’.”

Gallery: 15 of the most beautiful turntables ever made: From Lego DJ booths to handcrafted hardwood plinths, we’ve scoured the world of Hi-Fi for beautiful record players. Engineers and DIY-minded individuals have continually experimented with turntables in pursuit of beauty, as well as perfect sound. The result of decades and decades of experimentation is an impressive stock of exquisitely designed and masterfully crafted record players. Whether it’s a dome-shaped turntable inspired by the first manned moon landing or an ultra minimalist ‘less is more’ design, we’ve rounded up 15 record players that are things of beauty.

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In rotation: 5/25/16

Interview: Ric Addy, Owner of Chicago’s Shake, Rattle & Read, on Closing the Business: The term “throwback” is bantered about with such regularity these days that it loses its meaning. An authentic throwback, however, is the eclectic pop culture store “Shake, Rattle & Read,” which closes its doors at the end of business Saturday, May 21st, 2016. The outlet, an Uptown neighborhood mainstay, has been owned by the same family for 50 years. Current owner Ric Addy is ready to say goodbye to all that.

Independent record store to open ‘biggest branch yet’ in Derby: With vinyl making a resurgence, Derby’s only independent record shop is moving with the times – opening its biggest store yet in the city centre. BPM, which set up in Derby almost 30 years ago, has moved from Sadler Gate to the picturesque Blacksmith’s Yard. The new spacious store has second-hand records on offer on its ground floor and a room with CDs upstairs. Dave Hill, originally from East London, moved to Derby in the early 1980s to manage record shop R.E.Cords. But never left. In 1987, he set up BPM with business partner Lisa Woolley, which they ran from their premises in The Strand for 20 years.

One in six albums sold worldwide is by a UK star: In its annual yearbook, a guide to the UK recorded music industry, the BPI said YouTube and other ad-funded websites paid out a “meagre” £24.4m in 2015. This was despite fans streaming almost 27 billion music videos – an 88% increase from 2014. That was narrowly eclipsed by the £25.1m earned from the sale of 2.1 million vinyl LPs in 2015 (a figure that suggests the industry makes almost £12 from every vinyl album sold).

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In rotation: 5/24/16

Data: How vinyl revival makes it harder on small local labels: The data show more and more records selling, but those numbers represent only a small part of total music sales, around 5 percent in 2015. And that proportion is not enough to justify an expansion for the companies that press records using an expensive, old-fashioned industrial process. So the small number of record presses in the U.S. (there are fewer than 20) operate around the clock sometimes to keep up with demand. And local labels are feeling the pressure.

Hudson record store legend Stanley Krause dies at 74:Stanley R. Krause, 74, the owner of Stan’s Square Records in Jersey City, died on Friday at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville…Known as a vinyl record collector’s paradise, Stan’s Square Records opened in Jersey City in 1965 on Kennedy Boulevard before it moved to its location on Bergen Avenue in McGinley Square in 1978. Krause, who was a huge fan and supporter of acapella and Do-Wop music, also was the founder of Catamount Records, a label that has overseen and spawned several groups including The Catamounts, Mixed Company, Royal Counts and the Persuasions.

Vinyl fever takes over Miami: Vinyl was considered dead, gone and buried, but far from that, the fever for LPs is taking back America, particularly from record stores in Miami, where the rage for this format belies its supposed extinction. Now that special sensation returns of opening the disc’s illustrated jacket, taking out the LP and placing the record player’s needle on it to enjoy the music.

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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.

wrtch – Take Life
VIRGO – Dissolve
Stefan Weich – Holy Nights
Brett – Touch Of Grey
Frances Luke Accord – Nowhere To Be Found
Amy Blaschke – Under My Skin
Nat Jenkins and the HeartCaves – Quarter to Three (Acoustic version)
We Are Ghosts – Way Out Of Your Mind
Boudoir Noir – Wild Valentine
In Letter Form – Face In The Crowd

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Starling Electric – No Clear Winner

Bugeye – Disco Dancer
Fialta – Do The Best We Can
déCollage – Better Things Pt 2
Skinny Blonde – King
Falqo – Someday (feat. Wild & Free)
Wuh Oh – Wolverines
The Hood Internet – Me And Mine (The Hood Internet x Wolkoff)
PLS&TY & Autolaser – Used To This (feat. MOONZz)
M3RC – Squad (Original Mix)
felicita – heads will roll / I will devour you

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In rotation: 5/23/16

Vinyl Record Sales Surges And Music Events Go Viral, Thanks To Rising Popularity Of Online Music Streaming: Interestingly while online music stream has contributed to the downfall of CD sales, it has boosted that of the old-style, old-school vinyl records that can only be played on a turntable. The BBC report notes that these vinyl buyers are avid record collectors and music aficionados who still cherish the traditional way of playing music because of the way it seems to bring them back to a more culturally refined, classier era.

Iggy Pop, Kim Gordon and Ian Rankin pick tracks for new compilation celebrating vinyl culture: Charlatans frontman and vinyl warrior Tim Burgess has announced a new compilation called Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco, to coincide with his book release of the same name. A celebration of vinyl culture, the book follows a digging road trip undertaken by Tim Burgess tracking down records recommended by the likes of Ian Rankin, Iggy Pop, Tony Wilson, Daniel Miller, Kim Gordon and more. The forthcoming compilation collects those timeless recommendations across double vinyl.

Do You Love Music? Silicon Valley Doesn’t: The song “Drag Me Down” by One Direction appeared on YouTube 2,700 times after the service was asked to take down unlicensed copies.These 2,700 pirated uploads allowed Google to continue profiting from advertising while the artists got nothing. The problem has gotten so bad that, in 2015, vinyl record sales generated more income for music creators than the billions of music streams on YouTube and its competitors.

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In rotation: 5/20/16

WAX Record Fair Happening May 21-22: Capitol Studios celebrates its 60th anniversary with the second annual WAX Record Fair May 21-22 at the iconic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. We’ll be on hand selling records at our booth, so come on by! The fair will feature performances alongside a number of record vendors, as well as studio tours, demonstrations and merchandise commemorating the event. It’s presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Stoughton Printing, Dorado Packaging and Record Collector News. Tickets are $10 at the door for general admission to the outdoor fair, $50 for GA with tour and $100 for VIP.

Rock and roll forever – press your ashes into a record: Dying is kind of boring, let’s be honest. You get all these people together in a room who you probably don’t like very much while they shed faux tears over your still-warm corpse then you’re either dumped in the ground or burned to a crisp. Of course, once it’s over it’s over but they do say that Rock and Roll will never die. If you want to live on forever and you’re a music buff then this service from And Vinyly could be for you.

The world’s best record shops #20: Mabu Vinyl, Cape Town: Mabu Vinyl was established in 2001 by Jacques Vosloo, who now co-owns it with Stephen Segerman. Aside from the awesome stock of vinyl, CD, DVD, cassette comic book and turntables, the main thing you need to know about Mabu is that it’s basically a movie artefact. A visit here is a bit like going to the Harry Potter Studios or doing a film location tour except without the gimmicks and loads of annoying tourists for company.

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In rotation: 5/19/16

Vinyl records are back in North East shops but why and for how long? For a format that was clinging to life only 10 years ago, what can explain the phoenix-like rise from the ashes?Ritchie Lattimore, manager of RPM Records, stalwart of the Newcastle music scene for almost 30 years, puts it down to a number of factors. He says: “There is no drive to listen to files on your computer any more, just pressing play. “People had forgotten how enjoyable it was to listen to records. “We had a loyal customer base who kept us going through our lowest ebb about seven years ago, but there is now also a hipster element. It’s fashionable again – I get that.”

Profile: Vinyl For A Cause: A few years ago, two friends and avid music lovers, Charlie Greengoss and Adam Victorn, sat in a basement spinning vinyl while watching YouTube videos. What started as an average night turned into a business venture after viewing a performance of Brand New’s lead singer Jesse Lacey covering Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash”. This insight was the spark that ignited Vinyl For A Cause; a record label focused on raising money for charity by releasing limited edition vinyl of bands and musicians covering each other’s music.

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