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In rotation: 4/12/19

Alton, IL | Record Store Day in Alton stays loud: Jacoby’s Grassle saves live music on annual day of tuneage: …One of the highlights for the local music scene on Record Store Day has been the live performances at Slackers. However, due to the recent move to Alton Square Mall and the timing of Easter Sunday, live music on Record Store Day almost didn’t happen in the city. So Joshua Grassle, Jacoby Arts Center’s proactive plan-man, partnered with Score Records and Slackers to bring the first Record Store Day after-party, ensuring a home for live music in Alton on the annual day of tuneage. “Normally I help Slackers with live music for Record Store Day,” Grassle said. “However, they just moved in Alton Square Mall and won’t be able to have live music this year, and Score Records wanted to have live music but their space is small to have a band. So we decided at Jacoby Arts Center to work with both stores to put together an after party.”

NZ | Record Store Day 2019 Highlights: If you looked at every Record Store Day event on this Saturday 13th April all at once it would leave your head spinning, so we’ve done you a solid and compiled a few highlights of what’s happening across Aotearoa. For those of you planning a full day of it, don’t forget to give your finger tips a break every half an hour to avoid vinyl blisters – safety first. We’ll be out and about in Auckland on Saturday, and we’d love for you to @undertheradarnz in your RSD Instastories so we can share your vids, live vicariously, and pretend we jetted around to every event in the country. Get amongst it and support your local record store!

Youngstown, OH | Annual Record Store Day to take place Saturday: Record Store Day 2019 will take place Saturday at independently owned record stores around the Valley and around the world. The annual event was started in 2008 in the U.S. and has spread to the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Spain and Poland. The purpose of Record Store Day is to bring together fans, artists and thousands of independent record stores. Each year, a number of records are pressed specifically for the day. This year, Pearl Jam has been selected as the official ambassadors of the event. This year’s releases include 500 releases. Some of the releases include a special picture disc release of “Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original Soundtrack;” and KT Tunstall will release the re-edition of her 2018 album “WAX” called “Extra Wax.”

Mold, UK | Mold’s Vod Music gets in the groove for its tenth Record Store Day: Record Store Day is the one day of the year that unites more than 250 record shops in the UK and thousands globally. It’s a celebration of their independence, unique culture and the art of vinyl. Set up in 2007 to champion independent record shops, 12 years later it’s still going strong as it celebrates not only the businesses that have stood the test of time but also the new generation of shops who have just opened their doors. Hundreds of recording artists support the event by releasing exclusive vinyl records. This year includes releases from the likes of IDLES, Grandmaster Flash, The Rolling Stones and Courtney Barnett, with free live performances and parties also taking place up and down the country. “It’s brought me happiness running a record shop. I mean, I think it’s a dream job!

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TVD Radar: Anthology Recordings’ Sad About The Times in stores 5/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Anthology Recordings (Mexican Summer’s reissue arm home to releases and compilations from Pharoah Sanders, Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Paul Major’s Feel the Music and Unusual Sounds) announce a new compilation called Sad About The Times out May 17. The new release explores North American ’70s FM from folk, soft rock, West Coast jangle, power pop and more. Sad About The Times is a companion piece of sorts to Anthology’s V/A – Follow The Sun, which focuses on ’70s FM through a distinctly Australian lens.

Sad About The Times was compiled by Mikey Young (Total Control / Eddy Suppression Ring) and Keith Abrahamsson (Founder / Head of A&R at Anthology Recordings). Young explains the new compilation, “For nearly all my 41-year-old life, my most constant joy has been to find new music to love. My next move is usually to force the people around me to listen and hope they feel the same joy. Teenage friends and crushes didn’t care at all about the knowledge I was imparting or the mixtapes I was laboring over, I’m pretty damn sure. City life was a little more receptive, though dj’ing what I heard as totally life changing, life affirming jams at bars to dudes requesting GnR didn’t always make it feel so. The occasional radio show gives me an outlet to continue sharing tunes but sometimes that feels like firing noise into a blackhole filled with all the other bazillion archival radio streams.

Doing these comps with Keith seem like the logical progression of what I’ve always loved doing. They are the most tangible, most fulfilling experiences I’ve had discovering and sharing music. I’ve learnt a ton and heard songs that make me feel as ecstatic as I did when I first heard songs that made me feel ecstatic. That’s maybe the best thing about doing these, realizing that can still happen.”

You are alone in a hot tub on a warm summer night back in the ’70s. Scarcely a week earlier she was right there with you, laughing, gazing at the stars, the FM radio playing the top pop hits as you frolicked in the gurgling water. Now she’s gone. Really gone.

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TVD Radar: Link Wray lost tracks, 7-inch single in stores 4/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “He’s the king. If it hadn’t been for Link Wray and “Rumble,” I’d have never picked up a guitar.”Pete Townshend

Dan Auerbach’s label, Easy Eye Sound, will release two previously lost and unreleased tracks from the archives of the legendary Link Wray, “Vernon’s Diamond” which was recorded between 1958-59 at the Broadway Recording Studio in NYC and “My Brother, My Son” recorded in 1970 at Fred Foster Studios in Nashville, TN, as a 7-inch vinyl on Record Store Day 2019. All profits from sales of the 7-inch will benefit a planned Link Wray Statue in his home state of North Carolina. You can find more information about this release here.

Said Dan Auerbach of Wray’s importance, “I saw him play in Cleveland at the Grog Shop, and he blew my mind. To get the chance to put out unreleased songs on Easy Eye Sound is amazing and a dream I never thought was possible.”

The story of “Vernon’s Diamond” is as fascinating as the man himself. During the late months of 1958, Link was in New York for a gig and tracked the song at Broadway Recording Studio which was cut live to 45 acetate disc. The disc sat, unrecognized and gathering dust, on a shelf for 60 years before being recently rediscovered. Keeping with Link’s practice of re-naming versions of his music throughout the years, “A Cook for Mr. General” transformed into “Vernon’s Diamond.” Then, recorded again later, was renamed one more time and became Link’s “Ace of Spades.”

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In rotation: 4/11/19

Charleston, SC | What to look out for this Record Store Day: It’s that magical time of year again when local record stores are flooded with special vinyl and cassette issues from hundreds of artists. Lucky for Charleston, Monster Music & Movies is in on the official international event, with a delicious mix of new music flooding its doors every day in anticipation. The West Ashley store will open its doors bright and early, at 8 a.m. for us super nerds, and day-long festivities shall ensue. Look forward to live music from noon until 7 p.m., a food truck rodeo, jump castle, and Monster’s famous sidewalk sale (cheap vinyl lovers, here’s lookin’ at you). Food trucks include Greek’n Out, Dough Boyz, Krystyna’s Polish Food, Annie O Love Granola, and Bottleneck Coffee (free coffee for the first 100 people in line 7-8 a.m.). A few CP music writers recently sifted through the official Record Store Day release list (you can too at and narrowed down the titles they’ll be on the hunt for come Saturday.

UK | Record Store Day: 20 exclusive releases to look out for: Classic vinyl reissues, limited collectors’ editions and unreleased recordings from Fela Kuti, Prince and David Bowie join rare pressings by the Prodigy and the Notorious BIG this Saturday. Cissy Houston – Cissy Houston, The Grammy winner’s second album, which features a heartfelt cover of Be My Baby, is being reissued on vinyl for the first time in four decades. Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch – Twin Peaks: Season 2 music and more. David Lynch is overseeing this vinyl reissue of the soundtrack to Twin Peaks’ second season, which will include a 24-page collectors picture book featuring stills from the cult classic show. Robyn – Body Talk, The Swedish star’s euphoric dance floor fillers, including the original and the undeniably supreme version of Dancing on My Own, will be available on limited edition white vinyl…

Mt. Pleasant, MI | Music store to celebrate growing sales of vinyl records: Brian Hanson can’t quite put his finger on why he’s selling so many vinyl records, but he said he thinks it has something to do with records offering a different musical experience to people who’ve never had it. “We treat music like potato chips,” said Hanson, owner of B’s Music, 613 N. Mission St. “It’s everywhere.” That ubiquity comes courtesy the ease of streaming digital copies of music, and allows people to experience music easily, sometimes to the point of no personal investment. He said that applies to himself, like when he catches himself yelling at his Alexa to stream music for him. “I think vinyl is removing music from the background,” he said. It gives people a chance to sit down and really experience the music in a format that even after all the years offers the best experience.”

AU | ARIA celebrates Record Store Day with new vinyl album chart reflecting boom in LP sales: The resurgence of records has the music industry spinning around, with ARIA reintroducing a top 100 vinyl album chart this week to coincide with the annual Record Store Day celebrations. As tens of thousands of music fans prepare to trawl through the racks of their local record store on Saturday, ARIA reveals vinylphiles are embracing new releases on the shiny black plastic as much as they replenishing their collections with classic albums. While Queen’s hit collections were among the most sought-after records in 2018, new releases by Australian artists including Gang Of Youths, Tash Sultana, Skegss and four albums by psychedelic rock heroes King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard factored in the top 50 albums.

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TVD Radar: In The Garage: Live Music from WTF with Marc Maron – Vol. 1 in stores 4/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Boston’s legendary Newbury Comics and Record Store Day have teamed up with Tito’s Vodka to release In The Garage: Live Music from WTF with Marc Maron – Vol. 1, available at participating record stores this Record Store Day, Saturday, April 13th. The album marks the first title on the new Record Store Day label, and proceeds will benefit Musicians on Call.

Ahead of the release, Newbury Comics threw a party on April 6th in honor of its 41st birthday and the day having been recently proclaimed as “Newbury Comics Day” by Boston City Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Held at Newbury Comics’ newest location at 348 Newbury Street, the in-store event was a wicked good time featuring performances by Jeff Tweedy, Keytar Bear, and a DJ set from 7L & Esoteric (of Czarface). In addition, Newbury Comics and Record Store Day presented Musicians on Call with a check for $5000, the funds raised through the sold-out pressing of the inaugural RSD Records album.

Founded in 1999, Musicians on Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities in 17 locations across the United States, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, and Boston, the latter of which is home to Newbury Comics and once home to Maron, who attended college at Boston University.

“Across the country, we’ve seen the incredible benefits of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients,” said Pete Griffin, Musicians On Call President & CEO. “We rely on the support of the music community to help us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients. That’s why are so grateful to Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Record Store Day, Newbury Comics, and Marc Maron for recruiting this incredible roster of musicians to help amplify our mission, allowing us to deliver the healing power of music to even more patients, families and caregivers.”

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In rotation: 4/10/19

UK | Record Store Day 2019 – when is it, what are the best releases and how can I find a list of the shops taking part? Records by Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Lou Reed are just some of the special releases being issued for this year’s Record Store Day. This year RSD 2019 falls on Saturday, April 13. It was first conceived as a way of gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first day was April 19, 2008. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. It’s not just about trying to flog records but the day often includes various activities such as gigs, meet and greets, as well as DJs. But there have also been cook-outs, body-painting and a whole host of activities.

Sussex, UK | Record Store Day 2019: All you need to know about vinyl in Sussex: With Record Store Day seeing queues from 3am outside some stores last year, here’s your guide to getting ahead of the game in Sussex. What is it? With more than 500 limited edition releases on offer, Record Store Day is your chance to grab exclusive vinyl not available anywhere else. When is it? Record Store Day 2019 is this Saturday, April 13. Last year saw queues from 3am in Chichester as music devotees clamoured to get the new releases. Our advice is to get to stores early to avoid disappointment. Where can I buy these exclusive records?

Yorkshire, UK | Five top Record Store Day events in Yorkshire this year: Record Store Day will soon be upon us, and shops across the county have special things lined up for Saturday (April 13). Be it live in-store concerts or rare releases, Record Store Day has always meant that shops have taken the opportunity to go the extra mile in satisfying their vinyl-hungry customers. Music fans from all over the country descend upon their local stores to get their vinyl fix. Here are some of the best places to do just that in Yorkshire this weekend.

Chicago, IL | ‘It’s the busiest day of the year, by far’: Oak Park shops preparing for Record Store Day, first without founder Val Camilletti: Though it will be the first celebration without its founder and owner, the party will still go on at Val’s Halla Records as the shop celebrates Record Store Day on April 13. Val’s Halla, 239 Harrison St., in Oak Park, will open its doors at 9 a.m., and the day will include limited edition goodies, a store-wide sale, coffee and doughnuts while they last and live music throughout the day. At Oak Park Records, 179 S. Oak Park Ave., owner Alan Heffelfinger said he will be offering 20 percent off used vinyl, sales on new vinyl and will have specials on some CDs and cassettes…Val’s Halla store manager Shayne Blakeley said record stores typically experience a drop in sales after the holidays, but he hopes Record Store Day can reignite the community’s connection with the iconic shop.

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TVD Radar: D.O.A., 1978 2LP set in stores 5/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | D.O.A. “1978” is a 21 track collection of unreleased demos, rare tracks, and early singles from Canada’s punk pioneers. Joey Shithead Keithley went deep into the Sudden Death vault and came up with some super exciting and raw punk rock.

The album title and art concept is spike haired nod of the head to that early, dynamic era of D.O.A. and to the seven great former members of D.O.A., who have passed on. Their spirit and talent played a huge role into launching the band into worldwide prominence. The two constants on the album are Joey Shithead and Chuck Biscuits who play on every track. From the start of “1978” the listener is drawn in by their wild, “I don’t give a shit” approach to punk rock. Now some 40 years later you can hear it all, starting with the never seen light of day demo version of The Enemy. This demo has a different set of lyrics that speaks to fighting Nazis, strange, what is old is new and vital again.

There’s a ton of exciting tracks that range from the never heard before: Bored and Suicidal, The Mutant, No God No War, Rip Dis Joint, No Way Out and Rent-A-Riot to classic early singles like Fucked Up Ronnie, Disco Sucks, World War 3, The Prisoner and Thirteen. You also get demo versions of America the Beautiful and Liar for Hire with Biscuits drumming, which are wildly different from the classic versions you hear on “War on 45.”

On “1978” you hear the origins of hardcore and you get a full blast of D.O.A’s politics and raucous humour. The album will be released as a double 12″ LP/CD on May 3rd, go to Sudden Death Records for more info.

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TVD Radar: Galaxy Quest OST glow in the dark vinyl in stores 5/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | With famous screen composers for a father (Alfred Newman) and a brother (Thomas Newman)—not to mention his cousin Randy Newman—David Newman has had quite the family tradition to uphold.

But uphold it he has and in his own uproarious way. Name your favorite comedy of the last 2-3 decades and chances are David Newman’s name is unspooling in the credits. Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, Other People’s Money, The Mighty Ducks, The Nutty Professor, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Heathers, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas, Ice Age, Girls Trip…all his. But perhaps his best-loved score of all is the one he composed for the 1999 sci-fi action/comedy Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell. While the film was definitely a comedy, it also moments of genuine drama and action-filled suspense (which in part explains why Galaxy Quest is such a cult classic), and Newman deftly balances both sides with a score full of big choral passages and stirring themes.

For its maiden voyage on vinyl, we’ve taken the extended version of the Galaxy Quest score that first appeared on CD in 2012, housed it inside a gatefold jacket boasting copious production stills, and pressed it up in blue “galaxy” vinyl…limited to 1,400 copies. And just for our website customers, we have 100 copies pressed in glow in the dark vinyl.

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In rotation: 4/9/19

Dickson City, PA | Record Store Day set for April 13 at Gallery of Sound in Dickson City: When Joe Nardone Jr. and Jay Notartomaso talk about Record Store Day, they sing the praises of the vinyl records that gave record stores their name. “It just gives you a better sound,” said Nardone, who has planned special events for April 13 at Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound stores in Wilkes-Barre Township and Dickson City. “Digital music is 0’s and 1’s translated into what sounds like music, but non-digital is not compressed, not changed. It sounds warmer.” “I’m of a generation were records were the format, what everyone had,” said Nortartomaso, who will expand Record Store Day into a two-day Record Store weekend April 13-14 at Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “I like records because I’ve always had them.

Northampton, UK | Records shops in Northampton get ready for annual vinyl releases dash: Record Store Day is back this weekend with shops across the county gearing up for the annual dash for copies of this year’s limited releases. Spun Out and Vinyl Underground will both be stocking official RSD19 releases, with Spiral Archive and The Lamplighter also getting involved with record sales during the day. For the first time this year, Spun Out, in Gold Street, will be opening on both the Saturday and Sunday to meet demand from record buyers. Owner Chris Kent, pictured with some of this year’s limited releases, said: “We’re really looking forward to Record Store Day again. It’s such a great day and lovely to see customers old and new who turn out to support the shop. “Every year we get people discovering us through record store day and they come back on a regular basis.

Richmond, VA | Richmond’s independent record stores stick to their groove: Pelham Blunt of Richmond has an impressive collection of albums — he estimates the number in the thousands — and he plans to add more Saturday. April 13 is national Record Store Day, an annual event that began in 2008 to help struggling independent record stores. They get exclusive or first rights to sell records pressed especially for the day. “Record Store Day is like Christmas in April for record collectors,” said Blunt, whose dining room has become a music room with floor-to-ceiling shelves of records. “Not only do the stores have all the exclusive Record Store Day records, but often they also put out nice used collections that day as well,” he said. Some stores create a festival atmosphere with refreshments and live music. In some cases, customers line up hours before opening times to be the first in the store. “It’s a very celebratory, communal experience,” Blunt said.

Dorset, UK | Shops taking part in Record Store Day in Dorset: It is bigger than Christmas for the small businesses selling music on vinyl. Record Store Day – taking place this Saturday, April 13 – regularly sees some fans camp out overnight to get their hands on a slew of collectable releases. Hundreds of special singles and LPs are ready for release, including titles from Queen, David Bowie, U2 and Madonna, as well as a host of independent artists. The Vault in Bournemouth and Christchurch and Square Records in Wimborne are among the 200 independent shops taking part in an event that accounts for a big chunk of their turnover. They are not allowed to sell before 8am and there is a seven-day embargo before anyone is allowed to sell the releases online. The local stores taking part limit customers to one copy of anything. Alan Rowett of the Vault said: “It’s better than Christmas.”

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TVD Radar: The Vinyl Frontier, the story behind the mission of NASA’s Voyager Golden Record in stores 5/21

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “Delivered with effortless grace, this buoyant look at one of NASA’s most unusual but oft-overlooked efforts will appeal to music fans and astronomy buffs alike.”Publishers Weekly STARRED review

In 1977, NASA sent Voyager 1 and 2 on a grand tour of the outer planets, after which they would drift forever in the unimaginable void of interstellar space. With this morose outcome in mind, NASA decided to do something optimistic. They commissioned the great astronomer Carl Sagan to create a message to be fixed to the side of the Voyager spacecraft, thus becoming the most important compilation ever conceived. It wasn’t from one person to another, it was from Earth to the Cosmos.

The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record (Bloomsbury Sigma; ISBN 978-1-4729-5613-2; $28.00 US; May 21st, 2019), by Jonathan Scott, a writer, record collector and astronomy enthusiast, is the fascinating story behind the mission, music, and message of NASA’s Voyager Golden Record—humanity’s message to the stars. The 90-minute, multi-media record contains a variety of music from well-known artists such as Bach, Beethoven, Chuck Berry, and Blind Willie Johnson, along with more than 100 photographs and diagrams, greetings in multiple languages and music from remote cultures around the globe, and a message of peace from President Jimmy Carter.

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TVD Radar: American Beauty OST red and black ‘haze’ vinyl in stores 5/10

VIA PRESS RELEASE | With 14 Academy Award nominations, seven Grammy awards, and an Emmy to his credit, Thomas Newman has a track record second to none among modern screen composers (and even among his family, which is saying a lot considering he is son to Alfred, brother to David, and cousin to Randy Newman).

But among all his Academy Award-nominated scores—to classics like The Shawshank Redemption, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Road to Perdition—his score to the 1999 Academy Award-winning Best Picture American Beauty (the first of his many collaborations with director Sam Mendes) remains his most distinctive. That’s because Newman made the bold choice of composing a score almost entirely with percussion instruments, brilliantly intuiting that the lack of melodic resolution in the film’s themes would echo and amplify what he termed the “moral ambiguity” of the script.

The result was a haunting and wholly original film score that is instantly recognizable to anyone who has seen the picture. Real Gone Music is very proud to present this work of genius on vinyl for the very first time and for this momentous release, Real Gone has commissioned limited-edition, gatefold artwork by illustrator Matt Ryan Tobin that captures the creepy, voyeuristic element of the film (as expressed through the video camera lens of Wes Bentley’s character Ricky Fitts) while preserving the dark “beauty” of the drama.

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In rotation: 4/8/19

Stroud, UK | Top performers and international DJs to descend on towns for Record Store Day: Record shops across the Five Valleys will be rewarding music fans with an array of new releases, live music and rare vinyl as they take part in this year’s Record Store Day. This year’s annual event falls on Saturday, April 13, and is a chance for the 200 independent record shops to celebrate their trade, and the millions of musicians and artists that they support. With so many music lovers living across the district three shops are flourishing, two in Stroud, and one in Nailsworth. Each of the shops, Trading Post Records in Kendrick Street and Sound Records in the High Street, both in Stroud, and Sanctuary Music at Nailsworth Mills (by the Morrisons car park) will be throwing open their doors at 8am so record collectors and music lovers can pick up special releases on the day.

Redditch, UK | ELO gold disc and more for sale as Vintage Trax marks Record Shop Day: The UK’s 12th annual Record Store Day is fast approaching on Saturday, April 13, but Redditch’s only independent record retailer, Vintage Trax, is ready to mark the occasion with a new look to their Headless Cross shop and will be celebrating the event in its own way. “As is the norm for us, we will not be stocking any of the new Record Shop Day releases,” said owner, Ros Sidaway. “Instead, we have focused on what we do best – curating and selling excellent quality preloved vinyl records from the Jazz age to the 1990s. “Rock music is our most popular selling genre so we’ve pulled it altogether in one room with the back room now covering everything else.” The shop also sells band tour merchandise and memorabilia, and was recently approached by Bev Bevan, former drummer with The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, ELO Part 2, Black Sabbath and now percussionist with Quill, to help him sell some of the many items he has collected over the past 50 years in music.

AU | Record Store Day In Saturday April 13 2019: This 13 April, Record Stores across the country will celebrate the 12th Record Store Day with lots of special in-store activity, special releases, in-store appearances, parties, DJs spinning vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting and some stores partying into the night. This annual event reiterates the importance of the traditional music outlet as one of the major avenues for the public to discover the many genres of music releases each year, with around 50,000 music lovers visiting their favourite store to take part in the day. It is about celebrating your local Indie Record Store and its place in the world of music. There are so many artists making music that never gets radio play. The local indie store helps spread the word, they play that music instore, the bands play live in-store, they stock the CDs and vinyl and Limited Edition pressings of records are available from major labels through to the bands organising it themselves.

Sydney, AU | Sydney’s oldest standing record store is set to close this month: Sydney’s oldest standing record store Lawsons Records is closing down, sigh. The secondhand shop opened in Pitt Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD in 1968 and since then, has seen the rise and fall of record sales over the years. The shop is closing due to unattainable rent prices, with long term owner Jerry Pasqual telling the ABC his rent went from $1,450 to $5,000 a week around seven years ago when the landlord changed. According to the Australian Recording Industry Association ( ARIA), vinyl has made a comeback will high sales for the eighth year in a row, with 2018 reaching $21 million. Despite this vinyl revival, the market still wasn’t strong enough to keep them going. Mr Pasqual, now 77 reflected on the success of his small business and the changes he has encountered telling the ABC: “The 1980s were the best for vinyl” “By 1992 people really wanted CDs so that’s when we called St Vinnies — they brought three trucks and took all the records away.”

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TVD Radar: Traffic,
The Studio Albums
vinyl box
set in stores 5/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | This May UMe/Island celebrates Traffic’s influential legacy with this stunning limited-edition Island Records studio collection. Traffic’s first ever vinyl box set is available to pre-order here.

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, Traffic came to prominence in the late 1960s with a distinctive sound which quickly earned them U.K. Top Ten hits in the shape of “Paper Sun” and “Hole In My Shoe” before releasing their first album, Mr. Fantasy in December 1967. Formed earlier that year, Traffic comprised vocalist/organist Steve Winwood (still only 18 years old at the time); drummer/singer Jim Capaldi; singer/guitarist Dave Mason, and reed player Chris Wood. Alongside contemporaries like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic set about shifting the boundaries of rock music, experimenting with sound and incorporating elements of blues, soul and jazz to create their own unique oeuvre. A key part of their story is their retreat to a communal stone cottage in Berkshire, where they took inspiration from their natural surroundings and worked without distraction, writing and rehearsing the material for the first two albums, Mr. Fantasy and Traffic (1968).

Always revolving around the three core members, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, and Chris Wood, Traffic had as few as three and as many as seven members between the years 1967 to 1974 but despite all the personnel changes and shifts, they remained a force to be reckoned with until deciding to split in 1974, having given their final performance on August 31st and releasing their last album, When the Eagle Flies.

Boasting all six studio albums recorded for the Island Records, the LPs have been remastered from the original tapes and presented in their original and highly collectable ‘first’ Island pressing form (gatefold sleeves, pink eye labels etc). The set also includes a related and super rare facsimile promo poster for each album.

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In rotation: 4/5/19

AU | Australia’s recorded music biz enjoys ‘very healthy’ gains, posts fourth year of growth: It’s official: Australia’s recorded music market is flying. And it’s tracking well ahead of global trends. Earlier today, ARIA published its 2018 wholesale results with revenue blowing past $526 million during the period, up 12.26%, for the fourth successive year of growth. In a week which saw Josh Frydenberg unveil the federal budget and the IFPI issue its Global Music Report, ARIA provides arguably the cheeriest news. The ace in the market is, of course, music streaming platforms which generated total, combined gains of 41.2% in revenue over the previous year. Without the likes of subscription services Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play and Spotify, and on-demand platforms such as YouTube, there is no growth. Zip.

Calgary, CA | 12th annual Record Store Day taking place in Calgary this April: On Saturday, April 13, vinyl record enthusiasts are invited to celebrate independent record stores all over the world as part of Record Store Day. Here in Calgary, vinyl collectors can look forward to parties, in-store performances, and special releases from bands old and new. Now in its 12th year, Record Store Day gives music fans the chance to celebrate their local record shops that continue to pay homage to the magic of pressed albums and hopefully walk out with the record they came in for, and maybe with something totally new as well.

Incredibly rare purple vinyl copy of Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) up for auction! One of only a handful of copies ever pressed (some sources say as little as 5 copies were produced), here’s an unbelievable chance to own one of the rarest Bowie records in existence; the UK 1980 RCA purple vinyl copy of the superb album Scary Monsters (BOW LP 2). Presented in outstanding condition, the record is Ex+. Witnessed under high intensity LED lights, there are a couple of extremely faint, minor and exceedingly wispy markings that are noted. With extremely clean and sharp labels showing no spindle markings indicating this copy has been played sparingly. Matrix/stampers: BOW LP2 A3 TOWNHOUSE I CANT THINK…. B3C & BOW LP2 B3 TOWNHOUSE …..OF ANYTHING A1AX. Complete with the original UK picture sleeve (as this copy would have been housed with) presented in VG+ condition with a couple of light creases.

Stroud, UK | Sean and Tom welcome customers to Sound Records’ new home – in pictures: Vinyl connoisseurs in Stroud now have even more space to find their favourite music gems after a record shop has expanded into new premises following a successful first year of trading. DJs and record dealers Sean Roe and Tom Berry have moved out of their old shop in Gloucester Street and set up in the iconic building which used to house Inprint right in the centre of Stroud. The positive move came just before the anniversary of first year of business for the pair, who set up Sound Records last April. “We’ve had a brilliant time in Gloucester Street since we opened, but the shop simply became too small to stock all the records we want to provide,” said Tom.

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TVD Radar: The La’s BBC In Session vinyl debut in stores 5/31

VIA PRESS RELEASE | A new vinyl edition of The La’s much-acclaimed archival collection, BBC In Session, is set for release on coloured vinyl on 31 May.

Originally issued on CD in September 2006, BBC In Session is only now making its debut on wax as a limited edition, numbered coloured LP, which will be housed in a gatefold sleeve. BBC In Session includes the seminal Liverpool band’s session appearances on radio shows hosted by Janice Long, Liz Kershaw, Bob Harris, and Nicky Campbell. The sessions span a Janice Long session on 2 September, 1987 – captured shortly after the release of the band’s debut single, ‘Way Out’ – and a session for Bob Harris from October 1990, which coincided with the release of The La’s lone, self-titled studio album.

Originally formed by guitar and vocal songwriting duo Mike Badger and Lee Mavers in 1984, The La’s coalesced around Lee Mavers after Badger’s departure late in 1986. The band was frequently tipped for major success and were an influence on the Britpop bands of the 1990s, with Oasis’ Noel Gallagher later saying “We kind of wanted to finish what The La’s started.”

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