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In rotation: 4/17/18

Record Store Day 2018: Your guide to deals, free giveaways and parties in Tampa Bay: Yep, it’s time once again for Record Store Day. And trust us, you’re going to want a guide. You can head to Record Store Day’s website for all the details on this year’s hundreds of limited special releases, including vinyl LPs by Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd, plus collectible items by Run the Jewels, the National, Arcade Fire and many more. But the RSD site only gets you so far. As usual, it doesn’t tell you much about what’s happening in Tampa Bay on Record Store Day; it lists two stores (Vinyl Countdown and Gulfport Records) that are out of business. Here’s a better look at where to go and spend your allowance this Record Store Day.

Redditch indie shop Vintage Trax marks Record Store Day this Saturday: To mark the UK’s 11th annual Record Store Day this Saturday, Redditch’s only independent record shop Vintage Trax is promising something for everyone. The established shop on Birchfield Road, Headless Cross has compiled an extensive offering of collectable retro picture discs, shaped discs, coloured vinyl and limited edition issues of 7” and 12” singles, LPs and box sets for music fans. Plus, there will be hundreds of CDs from just £1 each. “Our customers are looking for good quality original albums and 7”/12” singles, and so rather than committing a big chunk of our stock budget to the RSD releases, we’re focusing on offering our biggest ever range of retro vinyl,” said owner Ros Sidaway.

Record Store Day 2018: Carnival Records in Malvern going back to its roots for vinyl’s big day: One of the biggest days of the year for vinyl lovers will be celebrated with a twist at a Malvern record store. Record Store Day, which is observed across the country on Saturday (April 21), offers music fans the chance to snap up limited edition vinyl across a range of genres. Whilst Rachel and Chris Heard, who own Carnival Records in Malvern, do celebrate the day, they do not sell any of the exclusive vinyl and instead reduce their entire stock by half price. Mr Heard said: “We are a real independent shop and celebrating and promoting shops like ours is what Record Store day was originally set up for.

Record Store Day 2018: The places to buy vinyl in and around Coventry: Record Store Day 2018 is just around the corner and music lovers in Coventry and Warwickshire will be able to get their hands on a number of exclusives on the day. The event is now in its 11th year of celebrating the independent music industry and promoting vinyl. In Coventry and Warwickshire, there are two stores taking part in the event, which takes place on Saturday, April 21. These stores will stock new releases which will be available exclusively from independent record stores. Records from big name artists make up the Record Store Day release list, including ABBA, David Bowie, Niall Horan, Wu-Tang Clan and many more. However, it is worth noting that not all stores will stock every release, and anyone interested is advised to contact stores in advance.

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TVD Radar: Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating
the Mainstream
now screening via VOD

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream dusts off old vinyl sleeves and record players to rewind back to 1977 – mid-1980s to celebrate the incredible and vital epoch of Scotland’s post-punk and indie music scene by two small, short-lived labels, FAST Product and Postcard Records.

Director Grant McPhee returns with feature-length music documentary, Big Gold Dream distributed in the US by TriCoast Entertainment and CEO’s Strathford Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton. Big Gold Dream credited producer Wendy Griffin alongside co-producers, Innes Reekie, Erik Sandberg, and Angela Slaven.

Often overlooked and forgotten, Big Gold Dream preserves Scotland’s lost music gems and their legacy by highlighting FAST Product and Postcard Records essential role in shaping the post-punk and Independent music scene. Postcard Records and FAST Product were initially influential in shaping UK’s music scene with their eclectic rosters (musicians that didn’t guarantee instant revenue or even a full crowd).

Big Gold Dream captures the labels’ revolutionary roles in the ‘70s punk movement to ‘80s pop music, creating Scotland’s launch pad for little known bands like Scars, Orange Juice, Dead Kennedys, The Human League, Josef K, and early Joy Division, to be pushed out into America mainstream, eventually creating a name for themselves and going down in music history.

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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.

No Name Hotel – Blood on Sky
Kuwaisiana – Gashxi (گشِّي)
The Right Here – More Delusions
Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals – Cyndi
David Hopkins – C’est La
Peelander-Z – Yeah Yeah Yeah
Oberon Rose – A Place In The Sun
The Fretless – Jenny Bear (Live)

Donna Missal – Thrills

Jodee Lewis – Buzzard’s Bluff
The March Divide – Get In Line
Sleepspent – Something
Mickelson – No Such Luck
Echo Bloom – Song For Steven
PBG The Prince – Movie Star
M3tymes – The Life & Tym3z of a Hustla
Marz Money – Lying

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In rotation: 4/16/18

Celebrate Record Store Day in Charleston at Monster Music and Vinyl Countdown: Y’all ready for Record Store Day (RSD) on Sat. April 21? Though Monster Music & Movies is the only local place where you’ll find official RSD releases, The Vinyl Countdown is hosting a special local release…High Water Festival performers and NOLA five-piece Tank & the Bangas won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest last year and have traveled the world — including a stop in Charleston on the #TinyDeskConcert tour — wowing fans with their neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop, and spoken word realness ever since. They’ll make a pitstop at Monster Music during High Water weekend as part of the store’s free RSD extravaganza, which also includes a puppy fest from the Charleston Animal Society, Jason’s Jump Castles, the below local acts, and food trucks Dave n Dubs, Towin’ the Dough, and Area 51.

Back in the Day: Suisun’s Retroactive Records and Games a portal to past: There’s a time portal located in downtown Suisun City that can transport people back to the past. Sorta. Locally owned record store Retroactive Records and Games, at 801 Main St., is the portal of which I speak. The open sign on the shop that reads ”Come In, We’re Awesome” represents truth in advertising. The shop is in the same spot where Collins Music and Collectibles was for years. When I visited Wednesday, sweet classic R&B, B-side rock tunes as well as Top 40 hits were blaring on the stereo system while I spoke to manager Steve Maag. “I want people to come here and feel like it’s not some stale corporate atmosphere. People have told me it feels like a place that could be in Berkeley and that’s what I’m trying to cultivate,” Maag said.

Rega’s Record Store Day turntables to be signed by Fatboy Slim, Jethro Tull and others: 2017 saw the likes of Elbow, Noel Gallagher and Placebo lend their signatures to the cause and for 2018 Rega has lined up Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame, Jake Bugg, Fatboy Slim, and Rag’n’Bone Man – the official UK ambassador for Record Store Day. As part of this year’s celebrations, Rega has already revealed it will be producing 500 limited edition RSD turntables – the deck is a “unique hybrid” of the company’s Award-winning Planar 1 and Planar 2 models. And now we know that 17 of the 500 will be adorned with an autograph. The only way you can get hold of one is to head to your nearest participating record shop or hi-fi retailer and hope the deck you’ve bought carries a special scribble.

Record Store Day 2018 in Phoenix: Where you can shop for cool records, attend concerts: Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, an awareness-raising celebration of the brick-and-mortar independent record store as a cultural hub for hardcore vinyl geeks and casual music fans alike…This year’s event is coming to a record store near you on Saturday, April 21, with hundreds of acts releasing exclusive RSD product to honor the occasion. Total annual sales for vinyl at indie retailers has grown considerably and consistently since Record Store Day started, jumping from 737,000 units in 2007 to 5.4 million in 2016, or an increase of 637 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Every year since 2009, there’s been a Record Store Day Ambassador. The first was Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal. Since then, the title has been held by Josh Homme, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Metallica and St. Vincent.

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TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Concert for George,
4-LP, 180-Gram Box Set

Friends, not only are we living in the material world, we’re living in the physical world, one in which the lovingly assembled Concert for George—the live performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in memory of George Harrison one year after his passing—has arrived on store shelves for the first time on vinyl. And we have a copy of the 4-LP box set to, yes, physically mail to one of you.

In some manner not unlike John and Yoko’s Wedding Album for its sense of bequeathing a bit of the experience for those not in attendance, the Concert for George box set captures the spirit of the evening in both presence and tone. The 4 180-gram LPs are housed in weighty and well-designed sleeves, and the pull out book functions much like the evening’s program for the listener.

As to the performances, they’re spirited and often moving—Ringo’s “Photograph” written with George a particular highlight, as well as Paul’s solo intro to “Something” on the uke which swells into a full band undertaking. Just lovely (and never maudlin). And hey, if you’re thinking you might miss George’s vocals, Jeff Lynne bears an eerily similar tone to that of Mr. Harrison.

First things first—some official background on the release: In honor of George Harrison’s 75th birthday (February 25), the Grammy®-winning, 8-times platinum release Concert for George, is available for the first time on vinyl, released as a 4-LP Box Set. Says Olivia Harrison, “We will always celebrate George’s birthday and this year we are releasing Concert for George in a very special package in memory of a special man.”

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In rotation: 4/13/18

Beverly Records ready with exclusive vinyl releases for Record Store Day: CHICAGO – The first-ever vinyl version of comedian Adam Sandler’s debut album and the “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” soundtrack pressed onto 10-inch vinyl shaped like the inquisitive stocky bird known as a Porg are among the quirkier releases local vinyl collectors will be seeking when doors open early April 21 at Beverly Records for Record Store Day. “There are always ones we can predict people want, like Dave Matthews Band, Lincoln Park and Phish, but smaller releases like ‘Star Wars’ that maybe we wouldn’t get before we now know there’s interest,” said John Dreznes, whose father Jack Dreznes opened the Chicago store at 11612 S. Western Ave. in the late 1960s.

Retailers prepare for Record Store Day on April 21: CHICAGO – For vinyl purists and music lovers, April 21 is your jam. Literally. April 21 marks the 11th annual Record Store Day, originated to celebrate and promote the local, independently owned record store worldwide. It’s a day when rarities and B-sides, re-issues and live shows are issued. Only a certain number of records are pressed and distributed to participating shops. This year, hip-hop group Run the Jewels is the Record Store Day ambassador. Several local stores participate in Record Store Day, including Naperville’s Purple Dog Records. Owner Erin Gavin said they will be opening for business at 8 a.m. that day. “We have a whole bunch of Record Store Day releases this year,” she said. “Surprisingly, the titles that are a little bit more obscure seem to be the ones that people are asking about…”

Everything you need to know about Record Store Day in NYC: Record Store Day arrives Saturday, April 21. You can swing by one of the best record stores in NYC (any day is good for a visit, really) or participate in a record store crawl (though it’s sold out). If you’re overwhelmed by the options though, here’s a concise guide to navigating the faux holiday: Three Record store day releases to buy, Three record shops to visit, Three events to attend.

Why are so many vinyl record stores opening in Palm Beach County? Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music enthusiast opened Analogopolis (rough translation: city of sound) in a Juno Beach shopping plaza last November. His red-walled store is tastefully curated, with over 1,000 vinyl platters presented alongside everything from throwback laser discs to vintage Florida post cards. Of course, Procyk is ready for The Question. Yes, vinyl is hip. Yes, vinyl is making its zillionth comeback. But is it possible for a physical record store to survive and even thrive in an age of online streaming?

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TVD Radar: Pete Townshend, Who Came First deluxe edition in stores 4/20

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Who Came First is the debut solo record by Pete Townshend, first released in 1972. The album collected together tracks from Townshend’s private pressings of his tributes to Meher Baba, Happy Birthday and I Am, as well as demos from the unrealized concept album Lifehouse, part of which became The Who’s classic Who’s Next album.

To celebrate the 45th Anniversary, the album will be released as a 2CD-expanded version, featuring eight previously unreleased tracks, new edits, alternative versions, and live performances. Also included in the eight panel digipak are new sleeve notes provided by Townshend himself, the original poster from the 1972 release and a 24-page booklet which contains rare images of Meher Baba and Townshend in his recording studio. The cover photo of Townshend, taken by Graham Hughes (who also shot the cover of The Who’s Quadrophenia), has been updated for this release.

Who Came First has been remastered by long-term Pete Townshend and The Who collaborator Jon Astley using the original master tapes. CD1 consists of a remastered version of the original album and CD2 includes unreleased tracks, alternative versions, and live performances.

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In rotation: 4/12/18

Music Business Hall of Fame to Launch at Music Biz 2018 Conference with Tower Records’ Russ Solomon as First Inductee: As part of its 60th Anniversary conference, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that the Music Business Hall of Fame — which was previewed at last year’s conference and will celebrate the achievements of industry executives, companies, media, venues, institutions, and others who have significantly contributed to the growth and continued success of the music business — will have as its first inductee the late Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon, who passed away on March 4. The Hall of Fame will have its official launch as part of the Music Biz 2018 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Acclaimed actor and director Colin Hanks, who directed the 2015 Tower Records documentary All Things Must Pass, will pay tribute to Solomon.

BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne is coming to Wales for Record Store Day, The DJ and music-lover will be in Spillers for the day that celebrates independent record shops: Top BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne will be in Cardiff next week for a celebration of Record Store Day, 2018. The former Kenickie singer, who has presented the mid-morning slot on the station since 2009, will be in the city on Friday, April 20 and will broadcast live from Spillers Records from 10am…In Spillers, which is the world’s oldest record store, Lauren will be joined by Welsh music icons Gwenno and Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys who go back to back in a vinyl-only Desert Island Disco – a popular feature on her show. Spillers owner Ashli Todd is gearing up for the big two days, the first of which, Laverne’s visit, she found out about eight weeks ago. She said: “For the past couple of years Lauren Laverne has been doing a special Record Store Day show from an independent record shop. “We are thrilled she’s coming to Spillers, the BBC came and did a recce to have a look at how they could set up and they’re going to be doing it from the counter. It’s very excitiing…”

Australia: Lots of activity planned for Record Store Day 21 April 2018: 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. Record Store Day is a once-a-year unmissable day for all music lovers. This year it’s celebrating 11 years with a record number of participating indie record stores. Set for Saturday 21 April more than 190 indie music stores around Australia will throw open their doors to live music, DJs spinning the vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting and, of course, the legendary vinyl crate digging. The indie record store is a community hub for music lovers: a place to find new music, reconnect with old and new music from old friends, get great advice and recommendations, hear musicians live, find out what’s happening in the local music scene, and generally hang out with people who love music as much as you do.

Local musicians, supporters gather for vinyl collaboration to be released on Record Store Day: To get Columbus’ music in your ears, one entrepreneur first needs to get it into your hands. Music promotion company In The Record Store and Traxler Printing have teamed up to create 2500 Summit Street, a four-song vinyl record highlighting four Central Ohio bands and is meant to raise awareness of the local music community. “I wanted to create something where someone could physically hold the Columbus music scene,” said Vince Tornero, cofounder of In The Record Store, a podcast, blog and magazine dedicated to Columbus music. The name and the album’s cover are a nod to Used Kids, the venerable Columbus record store. The record features a pair of original tracks from MojoFlo and Mistar Anderson and a pair of cover songs from Zoo Trippin and Damn the Witch Siren. “We hope this goes well,” Tornero said. “We’d like to do a whole record store series.”

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TVD Radar: Classic American early 70’s Heavy Psych rock band BANG, The Best of BANG vinyl in stores 4/20

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “One of the first American rock bands to openly worship and emulate Black Sabbath, Bang are, in fact, American doom pioneers, and their first album is a stone-cold classic of ugly distortion and steely-eyed downer rock.”Classic Rock Magazine / Team Rock “10 Essential Proto-Metal Albums”

Often called America’s answer to Black Sabbath, BANG is one of the most unsung bands in the history of US hard rock. With the heaviness of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, coupled with the groove of Grand Funk Railroad, BANG released three critically acclaimed albums on Capital Records in the early 70s, establishing the heavy genre that is now revered as proto-metal.

Busting out of the turmoil of the post-psychedelic ’60’s, BANG’s 1971 self-titled debut is considered an important forerunner of the early Doom Metal genre. Decibel magazine has hailed it as a “landmark album in the badass pantheon of metal” and inducted the album into the Decibel Metal Hall of Fame. As richly deserved as this honor is, BANG were no one-trick pony. Undoubtedly one of America’s heaviest proto-metal bands, BANG also had a strong sense of melodic power, versatility and their songwriting skills were second to none.

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In rotation: 4/11/18

Record Store Day will celebrate record stores and the vinyl revival: For generations, music lovers have cherished the experience of sifting through vinyls [“Vinyls” is not a word. The plural of vinyl is in fact “vinyl.” —Ed.] in record bins. It is a ceremonial experience worth celebrating and it’s making a comeback, according to Boo Boo Records Manager Mike White. This unique way of discovering music inspired Record Store Day, an annual international celebration of independent record stores and small labels. San Luis Obispo record stores Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills Records will host Record Store Day celebrations at their stores April 21 with live music, sales and limited edition LPs. “We think it’s essential to be able to shine a light back on retail brick-and-mortar record stores,” White said.

Everything you need to know about biggest Record Store Day ever in Gloucestershire: Forget Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter – if you’re a vinyl fan, there is only one day on the calendar that matters – Saturday, April 21, Record Store Day 2018. That’s because Record Store Day 2018 is set to be the biggest and loudest celebration of vinyl yet, with over 450 exclusive records set for release and a host of live events lined up across the county. More than 200 independent record shops across the UK will come together to celebrate their love of vinyl, making the 11th annual Record Store Day the biggest and best yet. And vinyl fans in Gloucestershire will be spoilt for choice, with five record stores in the county taking part, stocking hundreds of rare releases. There will be DJs spinning the black circle at record shops throughout the day, as well as live acts, food stalls and even talk of a secret street partty.

Furnace Record Pressing Plant Is Ready To Roll: “…Since we are a contract manufacturer, it’ll be whatever projects our customers entrust us to press for them. We do plan on reserving a big chunk of our capacity to press for small bands and indie labels. They are always being relegated to end of the line so I hope we can help the folks out there who are struggling to get good lead times for their projects. That said, we press for all of the majors and hope to continue to earn their business. For as much slack as the majors get, they really helped fuel the vinyl resurgence and they pay their bills on time so their support has been vital to us and many other plants in the industry.”

John Cusack On ‘High Fidelity’ TV Reboot: ‘They’ll Fuck It Up’: News that 2000 rom-com High Fidelity is to get a TV reboot was met with excitement by fans, but film star John Cusack looks to have some serious concerns. The series is believed to deviate slightly from the Stephen Frears-directed film and the 1995 Nick Hornby novel and will centre on a female record store owner, presumably in the Rob Gordon role. However in series of tweets, Cusack believes if Hornby is not involved in the reboot, “they’ll fuck it up”. “The woman part seems good / the rest not so much,” the 51-year-old actor tweeted. “But it’s Nick’s book hope at least he’s involved- if he’s not – it’ll suck.”

‘Empire Records’ Star Ethan Embry Reacts to the Film Being Adapted for Broadway: Is Rexy still sexy? It would appear so since a Broadway musical adaptation of Empire Records is in the works, Rolling Stone reports. The 1995 film focused on a group of young employees at Empire Records who made it their mission to save the independent record store from being bought out by a large chain. Starring Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane and Johnny Whitworth, the movie became a cult classic. Embry reacted to news of the Broadway production on Twitter. “A musical huh? The original was borderline a musical with all that damn dancing in it,” the 39-year-old actor tweeted. “The only question should be, how much weight will [GWAR] be pulling?” Embry’s character, Mark, had a hallucination that he played with the heavy metal band GWAR after eating a pot brownie.

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