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In rotation: 5/22/15

Josey Records, out of Dallas, is coming to Kansas City: “According to the press release, the Kansas City location will be 6,500 square feet and will house over 60,000 records and CDs. This location will also feature a stage for live music, local art and ‘a curated selection of local Kansas City beers.'”

Pondering Cafe Culture at Vinyl: “It’s sleek and modern, sure, but also a cross between “Seattle Coffee House” and “painfully hip record store.” (There is indeed a collection of vinyl albums up for perusal.)”

MARS Records descends upon Plymouth: “…There’s something about the process – the buying of the record, the opening of the record, the listening to it on the stereo with a bona fide cartridge. The sound is a little different and the experience is very different…”

For the Record: Vinyl Comeback Backlogs Dallas Factory, “They’ve been talking about the demise of vinyl since the 70s,” he says. “It’s never really gone away.”

‘A good run:’ Weirdo Records shutters after 6 years: “Weirdo Records, a home away from home for vinyl heads, has officially closed, according to the owner who posted a farewell note on the store’s website…”

“…Cambridge’s arts and music scene has taken another hit. Less than a week after news of T.T. The Bear’s Place’s closing had surfaced, Massachusetts Avenue record shop and underground culture destination Weirdo Records has shuttered…”

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Con Brio,
The TVD First Date

“Born in the ’90s, I grew up listening to CDs. Though I was always aware of vinyl’s existence, it wasn’t quite as accessible to me as CDs were. However, as I grew older, I began to explore life and soon expanded into the understanding of their raw and intimate sound quality.”

“Brief snapshot, I was 18 to be exact. I had just concluded my first meeting with a musical offer that allowed me to put together a 7 piece band and develop a residency that would be called “The Soul Train Revival.” Immediately after, I took a bus down to Haight Street and walked into a record store called, Rooky Ricardo’s Records to do some setlist preparation. Everything I discovered in that store was “reviving” in itself. Records from artists like Donny Hathaway, Chic, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and many others are where I parked my imagination through the in-store record player.

In conclusion, I walked out of there with more than a setlist and a free Stevie Wonder record (Talking Book) from the store owner. Thereafter, vinyl symbolized the timeless nature of music that resonated with me in an organic way.”

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

A Badge Of Friendship are back at full capacity this week with Episode 6 of their podcast.

Ed (or should we say “Beaver Man”) has come back from his self imposed quarantine, and the gang are also joined by none other than The Vinyl District’s very own Jon Meyers to discuss the origins of the site and his love affair with vinyl.

Ed spins a track from Stiff Records for this week’s “Label Love,” while Claire points the spotlight at Sia’s “Elastic Heart” for “Pass The Cheese.” Things then get a little bit freaky as Paul takes everybody to a strange, Nintendo K-hole with Boards Of Italia’s “Mario Theme” for this week’s “World Of Weird.”

Tracks played on the show can be heard in full here:

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In rotation: 5/21/15

Indie Retailers Launching “Vinyl Tuesdays” “Vinyl Tuesday is an initiative set up by Independent retailers to celebrate vinyl releases. Every Tuesday, participating retailers will celebrate by highlighting special-edition, catalog, promotional, and new releases on vinyl. The goal is to maintain and grow physical retail while giving music fans more compelling reasons to support this important part of the music business community…”

“Brooklyn may be saying out with the old and in with the new, but to one veteran record collector, old vinyl records are important to retaining the borough’s culture. Beats In Space artist Tom Noble has opened a vintage record store, Superior Elevation Records, at 100 White Street in Bushwick…”

Zenith Records spinning vinyl in Brunswick: “Zenith Records – the sole surviving vinyl disc manufacturer in Australia – has started running a night shift to meet demand and expects to produce between 250,000 and 300,000 units this financial year…”

Infographic: How Vinyl Records Made Their Comeback

A New Thread-Type Record Cleaning Machine From Pristine Vinyl: “While ultrasonic machines are well in vogue now—and for good reason—there’s still a place for this kind of record cleaner and it can be argued that it is superior to the velvet lip type machine because there’s always a fresh surface contacting the record and zero chance of re-contaminating the record…”

Jam 88.3 and Satchmi release vinyl record compilation to showcase Filipino bands: “…Now, the secret’s out and we’re more than happy to share with everyone what Fresh Fliter Volume 1 is all about…”

Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’ to sell on hot-pink vinyl: “As an attempt to build on millennials’ budding interest in vinyl and other things manual, Harper Collins will sell a recorded version of Yes Please featuring the voices of Poehler, Carol Burnett, Mike Schur and Kathleen Turner…”

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In rotation: 5/20/15

Meet the Man with Over 5,000,000 Vinyl Records: You may have heard of Zero Freitas and his insane vinyl jones. Now let’s hear him talk about it.

David Bowie to reissue ‘Let’s Dance’ single on yellow vinyl: The 1983 single will be re-released to mark the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition opening in Melbourne

Foo Fighters release mini-documentary about Record Store Day gig in Ohio – watch Foo Fighters Tickets: Dave Grohl and co performed at the Record Connection store in Niles, Ohio during April

Riding the Wave of Vinyl’s Revival: “Many within the industry attribute the revival to teenage and twenty-something hipsters raised on .mp3 downloads embracing the novelty of the “throwback” format. It is a tangible, engaging format that they can hold, flip, smell and contemplate the cover art. They can listen to whole albums as a story and an artistic expression, rather than individual tracks divorced from the whole.”

HMV Announces Website Relaunch: The previously stricken company has turned around significantly since its near-collapse in 2013, and its website re-launch will be particularly symbolic of its recovery.

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In rotation: 5/19/15

Petone pub’s Vinyl Club gets ready to spin for NZ Music Month: “To get more people on board, the vinyl enthusisasts has seized on the fact it is NZ Music Month and is inviting anyone interested in Kiwi music to come down to the Sprig & Fern on Jackson St and hear an eclectic mix this Sunday afternoon/evening. A special guest will be Colin Linwood, an authority on the New Zealand music scene who has a collection of about 30,000 records…”

Cooking Vinyl MD calls for music industry tax breaks: “…The tax breaks that currently exist to help the music industry actually give the tax break to private investors,” he said. “As exists for other creative industries, why not also have a scheme that gives the break directly to music?

QRATES Makes Vinyl Releases Possible For Smaller Bands: “The revival of vinyl demand is obvious, but what’s not so clear for up-and-coming artists is how to get their music on the resurgent format. What QRATES hopes to do is simplify the process by assisting in the funding, pressing and selling of vinyl records…”

This Hardcore Punk Record Is The Most Expensive Item Ever Sold On Discogs: “‘I’m bewildered. I don’t know why that record is worth anything to anybody when it’s not worth anything to the people who created it,’ said Mike ‘Judge’ Ferraro, drummer of straight-edge band Judge, about their curious debut LP Chung King Can Suck It.”

Urban Outfitters Now The World’s Biggest Seller Of Vinyl Records: “It’s notable that Urban Outfitters, a chain that’s worried it’s gotten too young for its 18- to 28-year-old customers in the past year, is such a big seller of an old technology. The people buying vinyl, it turns out, are those who grew up with the ability to download music or stream it on Pandora and Spotify…”

Wax Rax brings new vinyl record storage units to ICFF: “It’s Wax Rax’s second time at the annual ICFF contemporary design trade show at the Javits Center, and the Brooklyn-based handmade vinyl record storage unit manufacturer has two new pieces on display at its exhibition hall booth…”

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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.

Oulipo – Blue Flames
La Luz – You Disappear
Badwater – Don’t Tell Ma
Thad Kopec – Every Drop
Jeremy Bass – Firefly
Martin Newell – Liverpool Judy
White Like Fire – Crimson
Tree Machines – Late Snow
Winter – Crazy
RadaR – G.U.N. (Give Up on the Now)

The Mynabirds – Semantics

Sentinel – The Innocence
Chastity Belt – Joke
Secret Friend – Blue Sky
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars (Gummy Remix)
The Landing – Everything; All the Time
Ioan Delice – What’s Next
Metallica – Lords Of Summer (The Glitch Mob Remix)
Patrick Perez – Catharsis
Moonblanc – Over (ES.P Remix)
Outblinker – BLUE (Antoni Maiovvi Remix)

10 more FREE TRACKS on side B!

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In rotation: 5/18/15

Joy Division back catalogue to be reissued on vinyl with extra material: Release will mark 35 years of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

Foo Fighters revive old-school Valley music shop: “'[The concert] has brought a lot of new attention and brought people back to the store,” said Jeff Burke, owner of Record Connection. “It’s a relief for me because we were beating our brains out trying to get people back.’”

Vinyl record fair sales impress: “Compact Disc sales may be falling but the same certainly can’t be said about the sale of vinyl records…”

Every single vinyl record played at this clubnight will be given away free: “There’s no such thing as a free record. Or is there?

8 Things to Know and Love about Collecting Vinyl Records: “Here are a few things you should know before you start digging…”

A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Vinyl: “We suggest you head out to your local record store before it’s too late!

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In rotation: 5/15/15

Wax is back! Will teens want Judas Priest forever? “‘Vinyl stores are multiplying in San Diego right now.’ Eric Howarth should know — he spends a lot of time in them. Founder of the Vinyl Junkies record swap meets held monthly at the Casbah, he also sells at record swap meets throughout Southern California…”

The Soundtrack For Wes Anderson’s ‘Rushmore’ Will Get A Vinyl Release: “Now it seems that what once had only existed as a YouTube collection is now going to be released on vinyl…”

Dine Alone introduces Wax on Wheels mobile record shop: “Wax on Wheels was born out of the idea of wanting to bring a truly unique music experience to fans across the country for our 10th Anniversary. Rather than simply creating a stationary pop-up space for people to visit, we decided to take things a step further, and do it bigger…”

Spiral Scratch Records to close, at least temporarily: “’It is with great regret and sadness that we must report our landlord has purged us from our location. As a result, we will be temporarily closing until we find a proper location to serve you,’ a statement on the store’s Facebook page said.”

“The upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road is aiming to to make a splash not only on the big screen, but on your record player as well. With some extraordinary sleeve art by Mondo and a score by a certain Junkie XL, this release isn’t one to miss, whether you’re a dance music fan, Mad Max enthusiast, or both…”

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A Badge of Friendship,
The Podcast

A Badge Of Friendship is back with episode 5 of their weekly podcast!

The team are a man down this week and they console themselves by unleashing havoc on the sound effects console. They are also joined this week by Q Magazine’s Paul Stokes to discuss the supposed decline of the album and the documentary everybody’s talking about, Montage Of Heck.

It’s Paul’s turn to choose “Label Love” this week as he shines the spotlight on 4AD, Claire gets freaky with Mike Patton’s Mr Bungle in “World Of Weird,” and Ed musters up the energy to pick up the phone from his sick bed to explain why he decided to subject the gang to this week’s “Pass The Cheese” track.

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