Trick or treat at your local independent record store for a chance to hear Metallica’s “Atlas, Arise” early: To help you get into the Halloween spirit, starting this Friday, October 28th, fans around the world can visit select independent record stores for the chance to obtain a free limited edition Hardwired…To Self-Destruct Halloween mask. Inside of each mask you’ll find a special access code that will allow you to hear “Atlas, Rise!” 30 minutes prior to it’s official release on Halloween.
Music biz to honor Portland record store owner: Proof that owning a record store is still cool, The Music Business Association will present Terry Currier, owner of Portland, Ore.’s Music Millennium with its Independent Spirit Award. The presentation will take place 5/17 during the Awards Breakfast of the Music Biz 2017 convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville. “Terry exemplifies the best qualities of independent music retail and has played a massive role in advocating for its health and vitality,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz.
Jakarta is having a vinyl renaissance: In the United States, record sales are on the rise, and pressing plants are working around the clock to keep up with demand. But in Indonesia, the last vinyl pressing plants went out of business in the 1980s, their machines long since sold for scrap metal, with no comeback in sight. Still, in the capital city of Jakarta, record shops are seeing a new generation of music lovers building their old-school collections, despite soaring prices and limited supply. On Jalan Surabaya, a street of low-slung buildings in Jakarta that has housed record vendors for decades, a few small shops still sell used records, packed beside others peddling discount luggage and antiques.
What goes around comes around: LPs drive substantial sales surge in changing music industry: After about 45 minutes of prowling around, Katie Dobosz and her fiancé, Tanner Kenney, leave with several treasures that should make for fine listening. There’s a classic Bob Dylan for her, and a quartet of styles for him — a live Y&T album and one by Morris Day and The Time among them. Before they depart, they cast their eyes about for their next trip to Johnny’s Records in Darien. The New Canaan couple have some choices to make. Vinyl records will have a prominent role in their nuptials next year, when their wedding party holds records instead of flowers.