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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.

Sunset Wrecks – The Stranger
Grey Gersten – You Can’t Stop
Katie Rose – Wonder
Caged Animals – Ghost Riding
Country Lips – Grizzly Bear Billboard
Cotton Mather – Life Of The Liar
Maps & His Mothball Fleet – Movies On The Lawn
Steel Cranes – Pretty
The Valery Trails – OK

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Teenage Fanclub – I’m in Love

FIONA SOE PAING – Heartbeat
Kermode – Visions
fiancé – h.a.g.s
OTHER PEOPLE – Reckonwrong’s Magical Journey
Good Lyfe & Vermosa (ft BRKLN) – After Midnight
BASECAMP – 1 Thing (feat Hoodlem)
INDO – Waiting
Big Kuntry King – Peach Crush (Light.Em.Up Remix)
Big Gigantic – Miss Primetime Feat. Pell
Getter – Wat The Frick

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In rotation: 7/25/16

Vinyl lives! 10 great record stores for a musical treasure hunt: At a time when smartphone users can access hundreds of thousands of songs in an instant, stores selling music on vinyl are still flourishing. “There is the excitement of the hunt and chase. You just don’t know what’s going to come next when you flip through records,” says Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 RPM Records (Scribner, $16). “Going to a record store is a physical experience in a way that acquiring music online is not.”

A New Spin on Vinyl Records: On the surface, the vinyl revival is a welcome bright spot for a beleaguered recording industry. On the flip side, there’s a pressing problem – literally. Only a handful of record-pressing plants remain in operation, and they must cope with aging, difficult-to-service machinery, a shortage of skilled labor, and a raw materials supply controlled by a single company. But in the meantime, additive manufacturing technology has advanced to a level of precision that could create interesting possibilities for this niche application.

We’ve Passed Peak Vinyl – Here Comes The Collapse: So vinyl has gone from comprising nearly 9 percent of physical album sales in 2015 to nearly 12 percent in 2016. BUT — as much as it pains me to say it — that’s not the important figure here. In fact, that statistic is basically useless to us. See, vinyl’s overall share of the “physical” market is pretty irrelevant, because its increase in that regard has less to do with the growth of vinyl than it does the decline of CDs. The thing to focus on here is that “38 percent” figure. If we want to get a feel for the viability of vinyl going forward, we have to isolate that data; we have to compare apples to apples.

Death Waltz Records unveil long-awaited Twin Peaks vinyl reissue: Angelo Badalamenti’s beloved score makes its long overdue return to vinyl next month. Death Waltz have finally revealed the first look at the the Twin Peaks soundtrack vinyl reissue. Originally announced in 2014, it — and a Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me soundtrack reissue — will finally be released later this year. More details will be unveiled on August 8, but fans can check out the artwork today (on, coincidentally, Laura Palmer’s birthday). It will be available on Death Waltz’s site August 10, before heading to physical retailers September 9.

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Spinning: King L, “Lost And Found And Lost 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 TVD HQ’s recurring fuel for your fires and mixtapes. Reading between the lines—encouraged.

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In rotation: 7/22/16

Albany record store finding its groove: The red sandwich board sits on the sidewalk on Solano Avenue, the word “Records” and an arrow pointing to the door. The strains of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” waft out to the sidewalk. That would be records, as in LPs. Strictly Vinyl Records opened in January just off the corner of San Pablo Avenue, tucked behind the Subway. The name is accurate — owner David Kearney only carries vinyl records. There’s a box with 45s and the walls are lined with good old-fashioned record racks. Kearney, 41, is a lifelong record collector so opening a store made sense. Well that, and he needed a job. “It’s kind of a lifelong dream,” Kearney said.

The world’s best record shops #029: Princeton Record Exchange, Princeton: Barry Weisfeld is the original owner of PREX (as it’s often lovingly called). Weisfeld had spent five years, starting in 1975, sleeping in his van and selling records on street corners, college campuses, fleamarkets or wherever he could find a space…Customers, both local and international, come for the rabbit hole experience; a seemingly never-ending, continually updating archive of quality, well-priced records. PREX is thought to have the largest selection on the East Coast, with close 150,000 music titles and over 10,000 DVDs. If you’ve ever been to an Amoeba, you’ll know what you’re getting in to.

Wormhole’s World: Meet the owners of new RPM record store: Karrie is very new to vinyl, by her own admission, and whilst Greg has been collecting records for 10 years, which seems a fairly long time, it really isn’t, especially when you’re going in to the business with no previous experience pushing wax…What they are, though, is enthusiasts. They’ve put themselves on the line — because let’s be fair, going into business on your own is a very big step — all because they love records. They love the artwork, they love the feel, they love the sound and they even like peeling off the cellophane.

Rare Beatles Acetate Given To Cilla Black Up For Auction: A long-lost acetate (demo disc) given to Cilla Black by the Beatles in 1964 has been found by Black’s family – the song was a top 10 hit for Cilla but the acetate features McCartney demoing the song for for Cilla. The disc will go on sale on Saturday August 27 at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in the Paul McCartney Auditorium of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. It is estimated to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.

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Spinning: Crowded House, “Skin Feeling”

Look, it’s hard to tell people how you feel, what’s going on, the tides pushing and pulling. Hands held. Skin feeling.

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—skincouraged.

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In rotation: 7/21/16

Benefit concert set up to help repair Doncaster record shop window: A fundraising benefit concert has been set up to help carry out repairs to a vandalised Doncaster town centre record shop window. The Notorious Aardvark in Waterdale was attacked by “mindless idiots” who smashed a window at the store which specialises in vinyl and rare records. A crowdfunding appeal to raise £500 to carry out the repairs has been set up and now musicians will come together on Sunday to help raise even more money for store owner Simon Saynor.

Vinyl Records Are Making a Comeback: Attention all music lovers! Are you looking for a way to connect with the artists you love the most? No worries, Vinylize.it has got you covered! With this cool new method you can actually listen to all of your favorite tunes the old school way; on a vinyl record. That’s right! The classic way to enjoy music is making a comeback and you have the chance to be a part of the once famous collector’s items.

Is Jack White set to become the first person to play a vinyl record in space? Third Man Records promise to ‘make vinyl history’ on July 30: Jack White could be set to become the first person to play a vinyl record in space after the musician’s Third Man Records released a teaser clip for a mysterious upcoming event. In 2012, the former White Stripes man astronaut Buzz Aldrin that he was working on a “secret project” to get one of the songs on his Third Man Records label to be the “first vinyl record played in outer space”. Asked how he planned to do it, White said he was planning “to launch a balloon that carries a vinyl record player. And figure out a way to drop the needle with all that turbulence up there and ensure that it will still play”.

New Release: Peter Gabriel Half Speed Mastered Vinyl LPs Coming Soon: Out in October are a series of half-speed remastered double vinyl issues of Gabriel’s classic first four solo albums. All will be double vinyl and play at 45RPM for the ultimate in sonic fidelity.

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Spinning: Nick Heyward, “Whistle Down the Wind”

Look, it’s hard to tell people how you feel, what’s going on, the tides pushing and pulling. (Hello, hello, hope you’re feeling fine.)

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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In rotation: 7/20/16

Amoeba Records’ Pot Club Plan Gets A Second Spin: Global music brand Amoeba Records in Berkeley will get a replay of its bid to open a pot shop, thanks to a Berkeley City Council vote to add two more medical cannabis dispensaries last night. The Telegraph Ave. music store and institution seems strongly positioned to obtain one of those two new permits. Berkeley lawmakers added the new permits during a consent calendar vote Tuesday night. Berkeley has three dispensaries — Berkeley Patients Group, CBCB, and BPCC — and added one new permit in May. Faced with multiple, highly qualified applicants, the Council promised to potentially add two more permits, given high consumer demand and the relatively low amount of clubs per capita in the college town.

Meet the genius behind Todd Terje’s spectacular record sleeves: Norwegian illustrator Bendik Kaltenborn’s hand-drawn lettering and quirky characters have adorned sleeves and posters for the likes of Norwegian jazz trio Listen, British band Chicken Lips and composer Daniel Herskedal. Drawing on a life-long love of comic books, the artist creates a cast of characters that exist in a bright and angular world that’s miles away from the status quo of Marvel or DC Comics. However it’s Kaltenborn’s collaboration with Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje that helped springboard the illustrator into sleeve design, and has catalysed a creative partnership between the pair that’s produced one of the most recognisable visual identities in music today.

The 57 Most Influential Album Covers: A critic once conceded that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. They had a point. Painting or drawing about music, however, is another subject altogether. Album cover artwork is a case in point, often helping to encapsulate the emotional direction of an entire album. Sound and vision come together in our list of 57 of the greatest ever album covers, while restricting ourselves to just one cover per musical artist.

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Spinning: Olney Clark, “Josefin the Writer”

Look, it’s hard to tell people how you feel, what’s going on, the tides pushing and pulling. Longing, etc.

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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