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TVD Radar: David Gray, White Ladder 4-LP, 20th anniversary reissue in stores 2/14

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Multi-platinum, multi-Brit and Grammy-nominated, British singer-songwriter David Gray is today announcing a 12-date UK and European arena tour; White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour, to celebrate the trailblazing album’s 20-year anniversary.

The 7 million record selling and one of the greatest and most heart-warming word-of-mouth successes in music, White Ladder will be performed by Gray with all the original band members and with all the original equipment to recreate the record in its entirety, plus a set of the greatest hits. Commencing at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on March 20th 2020, the tour will include London’s The 02 on March 26th and Dublin’s 3 Arena on April 2nd. Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 9am on Friday October 11th. Fans can have access to presale tickets on Wednesday October 9th by pre-ordering products from the remastered collection here.

An expanded 20th anniversary edition of White Ladder will be released on 2xCD, 4xLP, and digital formats. This will include a special remastered edition of the iconic album plus White Ladder era previously unreleased rarities, B-sides and demos. Physical versions will be accompanied by an extensive booklet with writings by Gray about the whole White Ladder experience—from the people involved, to the stories behind the songs and memorable shows.

The newly-remastered original album will also be released on 2LP white-coloured vinyl, CD and digital, available here. This is the first time White Ladder has ever been pressed on vinyl. www.DavidGray.com will feature music and White Ladder merchandise.

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TVD Radar: Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho coming to Blu-ray and DVD, 12/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Before his bizarre death at the hands of a chiropractor, Robbie Basho was sure that his compositions would not outlast him.

Orphaned during infancy, diagnosed with synaesthesia (a union of the senses that caused him to interpret sound as colour) and claiming to be the reincarnation of a 17th century poet—the Baltimore-born guitarist and singer’s musical output was as equally as outlandish as his persona. In his brief and troubled life he laid the foundations for radical changes to the musical landscape of America during the 1960s and ’70s but reaped little more than a sparse (if fervent) following during his lifetime.

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a journey into the heart of an artist’s lifelong struggle—designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated.

Featuring interviews with Pete Townshend and Country Joe McDonald as well as Basho’s former students, contemporaries, religious associates, and few close friends, the documentary integrates new information and anecdotes on Basho with previously uncovered archival material and photography of the natural phenomena and landscapes that informed his work.

Director / Producer, Liam Barker says, “As a keen explorer of obscure musicians it was perhaps inevitable that I was to discover Robbie Basho at some point but nothing had quite prepared me for the experience. As well as being astonished by Basho’s inimitable musical vision, I was equally fascinated by the mystique and intrigue surrounding his person.

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In rotation: 10/7/19

Sarnia, ON | Business as usual at Sarnia’s Cheeky Monkey, until it’s not: …While it’s true that Cheeky Monkey Record Store co-owners Roland and Mary Anne Peloza recently put their three-unit Christina Street building up for sale (at press time, Cushman & Wakefield’s Ken Poore has it listed at $699,000), the couple wants to assure loyal customers and local music fanatics that their iconic music store will most assuredly still be open for business during the upcoming holiday season and possibly beyond that for some time, too. The answer to the question of when exactly Cheeky Monkey will close its doors for good is, to steal a phrase from Bob Dylan, blowing in the wind. “Basically it’s business as usual … until it’s not,” Roland said, smiling. But after 37 years of providing music lovers and movie buffs across southwestern Ontario with every kind of genre of entertainment in virtually every kind of format – from VHS tapes and 8-Tracks to vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays – the Pelozas have finally decided to start the process of winding down their successful small business career…

London, UK | Is it time for CDs to be resigned to the dustbin of history? But one expert says CDs are ‘a long way from dead.’ CDs are seemingly on the way out as sales drop by millions and millions year-on-year. Vinyl, meanwhile, continues to enjoy its revival. Vinyl sales are set to overtake CDs for the first time in 33 years, according a report by an American music body. However, this is not the case in Europe, with one expert saying that CDs are “a long way from dead.” While the vinyl revival has caused the sales of records to grow in recent years, CD sales have went the opposite way. In 2018, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released their mid-term report that showed CD sales were “dropping three times as fast as vinyl sales were growing.” The RIAA have published their mid-term report for this year. It found that vinyl is on target to outsell CDs for the first time since 1986. There were 8.6 million vinyl records sold in the US in the first half of 2019, earning $224.1million. CDs, meanwhile, made $247.9m in the same period. Rolling Stone reports: “Vinyl revenue grew by 12.8 per cent in the second half of 2018, and 12.9 per cent in the first six months of 2019, while the revenue from CDs barely budged.

Can our vinyl obsession ever be environmentally friendly? Vinyl is back, but the format comes with a serious environmental cost. As the dance music world attempts to go greener, some companies are working out ways to make our wax obsession as eco-friendly as possible — we spoke to the head of one such manufacturer, Deep Grooves Pressing Plant, to find out more. …When it comes to vinyl production specifically, each stage of the meticulous process is harmful. The fossil fuel, crude oil, is extracted from limited sources in the ground, refined and processed into PVC granulate — the material that your standard vinyl is made from. The typical black colour of vinyl is derived from carbon black, a by-product from the burning of petroleum substances like tar. Studies from professors and other qualified professionals estimate that we have around 50 years until all fossil fuel sources are depleted, and although we can use alternatives, fossil fuels are ultimately irreplaceable.

Bury, UK | HMV Bury to host series of live gigs supporting unsigned artists: A record store is opening its doors and its shelves to unsigned bands and artists in a bid to help them boost their exposure and land their big brake. HMV’s Bury store is preparing to launch a series of live music events featuring some of the hottest talents from across the borough and Greater Manchester as part of its Live and Local campaign. Kicking off the seven show run are Bury and Bolton psychedelic indie rockers Fragile Audio who will be performing from 4.30pm on October 5. Also lined up to play over the following six weeks are Bolton singer songwriter James Holt, Wilmslow-based artist Jay Dunn, Bury and Bolton surf rock punks Adventures of Salvador & Uke Punk, Oldham indie band The Recreation, Manchester teenage multi-instrumentalist Cobain Jones and Bury jangle pop five-piece Hurray For Tuesday. Steve Toolan, HMV Bury store manager, said: “Saturday will be our very first live gig. We are only a small shop so it’s going to be interesting.

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TVD Radar: Johnny Marr 7-inch box set “Single Life” in stores 12/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Johnny Marr has announced details of “Single Life;” a limited edition 7” Box Set featuring Johnny’s first ten solo single releases, due for release on December 6th.

From 2012’s “Upstarts” to 2018’s “Spiral Cities,” and new live favourite “Armatopia,” the release also contains vinyl debuts for promo-only track “The Messenger,” backed with an exclusive unreleased demo version of “New Town Velocity.” All ten 7” singles are pressed onto coloured vinyl and the set is completed by two limited edition photographic prints, exclusive to “Single Life.” “Single Life” marks the close of the Call The Comet tour, an 18-month run that’s seen Johnny complete a full tour across North America, major summer festival appearances, and sold-out headline shows across the UK and Europe in 2019 alone.

Acclaimed performances at All Points East, Glastonbury, Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown, Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Mad Cool, Pukkelpop and many more saw early 2019 single “Armatopia” fast confirmed a new live favourite. Described by Noisey as “combining Marr’s utopian fixation with crisp synths, a buzzy guitar line and visuals that recall a party at the end of the world. When life feels particularly dark, and it’s easy to wallow, a song like this says ‘fuck it – let’s dance instead.’”

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In rotation: 10/4/19

Paris, FR | Paris Loves Vinyl 2019 at the Reuilly Space: The Reuilly Space opens its doors on Sunday, November 10, 2019 to the new and seventh edition of Paris Loves Vinyl. In the program? A destocking of 100,000 vinyls, 70 exhibitors present and 8 dj sets for all lovers of the record! As the digital continues its invasion, the vinyl makes resistance. The proof, every year with the Record Store Day which seduces many amateurs and fans of music. It’s about Paris Loves Vinyl which celebrates this autumn its 7th edition. Purpose of this event? “Place Paris on the map of the most beautiful international conventions and make it an unmissable event for all collectors, amateurs, curious, music lovers, diggers and, especially, for all the young generation who discovers this format via the web, House Music, hip hop”.

Portland, OR | Beacon Sound Is Opening Its Own Store, While Planned Partner Nationale Continues with East Burnside Location: Earlier this year, it was reported that North Mississippi record store Beacon Sound was joining forces with the Nationale art gallery for a joint storefront at the intersection of East Burnside and 22nd. Beacon Sound’s Andrew Neerman and Nationale’s May Burruel announced this week that their joint venture won’t be going forward as planned. Instead, Beacon Sound will be remaining a separate entity and reopening at a new location on October 10. The new location is 207 SE Grand, between Ash and Pine. This is next door to the Elvis Room bar (which was once upon a time the East End rock venue), in a space that has been home to the Sea Tramp tattoo parlor and a State Farm insurance office. In a statement, Neerman and Burruel write, “This new space will be ground zero for the record label… and critically-acclaimed record shop.

Telluride, CO | Colemine Records is the new soul institution: Stax, Daptone, Big Crown are all record labels famous for delivering top-notch, goosebump-producing soul music. Legends like Sharon Jones, Booker T, Charles Bradley, The Staples Singers and so many more released world-changing albums under these cult classic labels, creating movements and generations of soul, gospel and funk. More recently, a new wave of young artists have taken hold, catching the ears of music enthusiasts globally. Telluride has caught a glimpse of this new wave and, maybe, you have, too. If you had the luck of attending local performances from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Durand Jones & The Indications or Monophonics in town you 100 percent got a healthy glimpse of the wave. These stunning young artists, along with other incredible talent, all have one emerging record label in common, Colemine Records.

Bakersfield, CA | Bakersfield Sound 10-CD set is both entertainment and encyclopedia: Several things impress about Scott B. Bomar’s exhaustive history in word and song of Bakersfield’s (mostly) post-war music legacy, but two stand out. One is the staggering level of commitment it must have taken for Bomar to dig up, clean up, pare down and obtain rights to the 299 tracks on his new 10-CD boxed set, “The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974.” The other is the sheer weight of the final product. Including the 10 separately sleeved music discs and the 224-page, photograph-rich hardcover coffee table book within, this full-term baby comes in at an authoritative seven pounds-plus. Bomar, a Los Angeles writer and musicologist, has researched the Bakersfield Sound extensively enough over the past 15 years to have become familiar with most of this city’s better dining experiences as he immersed himself in the music history.

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TVD Radar: Pet Sematary, OST 2-LP
in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Waxwork Records is proud to present Pet Sematary Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Christopher Young.

Directed by Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kölsch (Starry Eyes), Pet Sematary is a 2019 supernatural horror film adaptation of the popular 1983 novel of the same name by author Stephen King. The story follows a husband and wife that move with their young son and daughter to a new home in Maine. After the accidental death of their daughter, the grieving father exhumes her and buries her in a burial ground known to bring loved ones back from the dead. This act ultimately dooms the family. Ghosts and grief make this particular film adaptation of King’s works the darkest to date.

Composed by Christopher Young (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Hellraiser, Drag Me To Hell), the music of Pet Sematary is dark, dissonant, and synth driven to create an atmosphere of dread and grief that spirals violently out of control. Young sonically captures the ominous supernatural element of the film and its story with his decades long experience of expertly scoring some of the most notable and beloved horror movies, ever.

Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the original soundtrack to Pet Sematary as a deluxe double LP featuring 180 Gram “Church” colored vinyl, new artwork by Christopher Shy, composer liner notes, old-style gatefold jackets, and printed inserts.

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Demand it on Vinyl:
Fats Domino, I’ve Been Around 12-CD/DVD in stores 11/8

VIA PRESS RELEASE | All the singer-pianist’s defining work for Imperial and ABC-Paramount is compiled on comprehensive 12-CD/1-DVD collection.

Bear Family Records, the international gold standard for excellence in music reissues, offers the most in-depth look yet available at the groundbreaking R&B and rock ’n’ roll hits of the pioneering New Orleans singer-pianist Fats Domino in its new box set I’ve Been Around, to be released November 8, 2019. The monumental collection contains 312 tracks comprising all the Crescent City titan’s work for Imperial Records, for which he cut his first and greatest hits from 1948-1962, and ABC-Paramount Records, his recording home from 1963-65. A motherlode of originally unreleased alternate takes, undubbed and unedited masters, and newly discovered instrumental backing tracks, is included.

Domino (1928-2017) was the first major artist to explode off the R&B charts and into the teenage consciousness during the 1950s. He made his mark both as a session pianist behind Big Joe Turner, Lloyd Price, and Smiley Lewis (whose work backed by the keyboardist is heard on I’ve Been Around) and as a star in his own right, notching hit after hit with his sunny vocalizing and romping, rolling work on the 88s.

He changed American music in the process by crafting universally popular songs that bridged the then seemingly vast chasm between African-American and white audiences. New Orleans bandleader Dave Bartholomew called him the “cornerstone” of rock ’n’ roll.

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In rotation: 10/3/19

New York, NY | Nashville Opens Pop-Up Record Store in New York: While it’s known as the home of “country” music, artists like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Jack White, Kings of Leon, and so many others have also recorded albums in Nashville, or called the city home at one time or another. Now, a new vinyl pop-up shop at New York’s SHOWFIELDS called Spin On: Nashville’s Vinyl Collection, is highlighting Nashville’s rich music history. The store will also feature in-store artist performances and autograph signings. Nashville’s world-renowned record store, Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music & Books, curated the vast collection of albums on display. “As people look through these records they’ll go, whoa, how is this related to Nashville?” notes Grimey’s co-owner, Doyle Davis. “What is R.E.M. doing here? Well, they cut Document at the Sound Emporium on Belmont Boulevard. Neil Young cut records here, Bob Dylan cut records here. And now the Nashville rock scene is so dynamic with Jack White, The Raconteurs, and Black Keys. So, you’ve got the obvious country, Americana, singer/songwriter legacy of the city…”

Boise, ID | Keepin’ It Local: Boise man shows us why holding a vinyl, cassette or CD in hand really rocks! Iconic Boise record store owner molds music lovers for decades and generations to come: Technology has changed our world. Including the world of music. The way we discover music and artist, how we listen…even how we purchase music has all evolved with the invention of the internet. While some appreciate the convenience of online, others said we are missing a large part of the ‘art.’ Owner of the iconic Boise music store, ‘The Record Exchange,’ Micheal Bunnell, argued that there is still great relevancy to shopping for music locally. Bunnell is also the co-founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and said, “I think it (the Record Exchange) is a place where different cultures and people with different backgrounds can meet and share a passion. It has a place in any community in the country.” To him (and many others), music is more than just clipped sound bites, it is an experience, an experience that you get when seeing album art, a tour poster or when you hold a vinyl, cassette or CD in hand.

Chattanooga, TN | Yellow Racket Records To Open Record Store In April 2020: Local indie record label Yellow Racket Records has announced a plan to open a 2,000 square foot record store in the heart of Chattanooga in April 2020. The store will primarily carry vinyl records, both new and used, with a wide selection from independent and major labels. They also intend to stock a small assortment of CD’s, cassettes, posters, and other music merchandise (such as apparel and accessories). The store will partner with Goodman Coffee to operate a small coffee bar for people to enjoy while shopping and listening, and they plan to host regular events on site, including in-store performances, listening parties, artist meet-and-greets, and other community events for vinyl collectors and music lovers. Label-founder and owner Ben VanderHart states that the vision for the location is to help foster Chattanooga’s vibrant community of vinyl collectors and music lovers by offering tangible, memorable experiences with music. “We live in an age where music is becoming more and more ephemeral; and as that happens, more and more people are looking for intentional, physical, lasting experiences with music,” said Mr. VanderHart. “Which is why I think vinyl has become so popular in the last decade.”

Portland, OR | Music to Your Ears: A Guide to Portland’s Best Record Stores: Portland is a vinyl town. Sure, coffee, bikes, and beer get all the headlines, but record hounds know the real truth: This is a city of DJs, and it’s powered by 12-inch slabs of wax. Naturally, Portland has an embarrassment of riches as far as places to score your next vinyl fix, and there are too many great record stores to mention them all here. But if your turntable setup is crying out for something new to play (or, better yet, something old and rare), you can’t make a wrong step with these terrific shops. You’re not a Portland record collector until you’ve made the pilgrimage to Crossroads Records (8112 SE Foster), which boasts the biggest, baddest, best selection of used vinyl in the city. Crossroads is a multi-vendor mini-mall of record sellers, each one hosting a table of specialized wares. This is the place to go for deep crate digging, with ultra-rare obscurities sharing bin space with crowd-pleasing go-tos. It’s easy to lose the entire day browsing Crossroads’ countless bins—and each vendor is organized separately, which makes searching for one thing in particular a blissfully time-consuming affair—so block out a chunk of the afternoon and get ready to lug home an armful of choice LPs.

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TVD Radar: The Police, Reggatta de Blanc, Zenyatta Mondatta, Ghost in the Machine, and Synchronicity resissues in stores 11/8

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Police will be reissuing remastered 180-gram heavyweight vinyl of Reggatta de Blanc, Zenyatta Mondatta, Ghost in the Machine, and Synchronicity as well as a 6-CD box set Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings that brings together all their studio albums with the addition of a bonus disc of B-sides entitled Flexible Strategies. All titles will be released separately on November 8, 2019, and are available to pre-order.

Reggatta de Blanc – Originally released in 1979, this is the band’s second album and their first album to reach No. 1 in the U.K. It features the band’s first two chart-topping hit singles – “Message in a Bottle” and “Walking on the Moon,” while the album’s title-track received the GRAMMY® Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1980. In 2012, Rolling Stone magazine named it one of their 500 greatest albums of all time.

Zenyatta Mondatta – The third Police album, released in 1980, is regarded as one of the finest rock albums of all time and again reached No. 1 in the U.K. album chart , as well as No. 5 in the U.S., and features two classic hit singles – “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.” The album won two GRAMMY® Awards including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Behind My Camel.”

Ghost in the Machine – Originally released in 1981, their fourth studio album was No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, No. 2 in the U.S. and is a multi-platinum bestseller. It features three hit singles – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Invisible Sun,” and “Spirits in the Material World.” Their jazz influences became more pronounced, but the album had a very strong, sophisticated pop appeal. This album was also included in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time.

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In rotation: 10/2/19

Santa Ana, CA | Turning the Tables: Rising vinyl scene in Santa Ana: In this era of Soundcloud, Spotify and other digital streaming services, music has become more accessible and disposable than ever. One physical form of music remains prominent and growing in the industry. It is not cassettes and it’s definitely not CDs, but it does start with a crackle — vinyl. Vinyl sales are visibly growing, record sales are booming while other physical forms of music, like CDs, are plummeting. According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) 2019 mid-year report, vinyl is a $224 million industry, with a 12.9% increase in sales in just 2019 alone, making records more profitable than all other forms of physical music and even digital downloads. Streaming still accounts for 80% of music’s grand revenue, while physical forms of music render 9%, vinyl is still doing significantly well.

Edinburgh, UK | National Library of Scotland receives donation of over 10,000 records from life-long collector of Scottish music: A record collector based in the West Midlands, Mr Dean-Myatt amassed his collection of Scottish music over a 70-year period – he is now donating them to the nation. His special interest in 78s of Scottish music stemmed from the music played by his relatives in Scotland. His research resulted in his book, The Scottish Vernacular Discography 1888-1960. Any flat disc record, made between about 1898 and the late 1950s and playing at a speed around 78 revolutions per minute is called a “78” by collectors. Mr Dean-Myatt said: “I have always been bemused as to why Scotland did not have a sound archive that recorded the commercial vernacular music of Scotland, rather than high art music. “I want the collection to be heard and used by people to listen and learn about historic Scottish music…”

Concord Acquires Legendary Punk Label Victory Records: Growing indie powerhouse Concord continues to gobble up independent music labels with its acquisition of Victory Records, the Chicago-based punk and emo label founded by Tony Brummel in 1989. As part of the deal, Concord has also acquired Brummel’s Another Victory Publishing catalog too. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Billboard estimates that the Victory company had $4.5 million-$5 million a year in revenue and further estimates that Concord paid somewhere in the range of $27 million-$34 million for the Victory company. “Concord is a market leader across rock genres in both new releases and catalog,” Concord”s chief business development officer Steve Salm said in a statement. “Tony’s dedication to Victory and the development of talent within these rock genres of metal, emo and hardcore as a true independent operator is incredibly admirable and he’s made a very significant impact …”

The Beatles’ Abbey Road on course to return to Number 1 on its 50th anniversary: The Beatles are heading for Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart. The Fab Four’s historic Abbey Road album is on course to return to the top spot 50 years after it first ruled the Official Chart in October 1969. During its original run, the album spent 17 weeks at Number 1, 11 of which were consecutive. Read our chart fact rundown on Abbey Road. As of today’s Official Chart Update, Abbey Road has a lead of 12,000 chart sales over last week’s chart-topper Why Me? Why Not. from Liam Gallagher (2). A newly released 50th anniversary edition of the album on CD and vinyl, featuring previously unheard material from the recording sessions, are driving its sales this week. Meanwhile, Lewis Capaldi’s former Number 1 album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent is climbing again this week following his recent BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Symphony, currently back up four places to Number 3.

Robert Plant vinyl singles box set arrives in time for Christmas: Robert Plant is celebrating the second season of his hugely popular podcast, Digging Deep with Robert Plant, with the release of a very special limited edition 7’’ singles boxed set. DIGGING DEEP includes 16 A-sides and rare B-sides spanning three decades, remastered versions available on vinyl for the first time. The eight-disc collection also features restored artwork from the original 7’’ releases, packaged in a bespoke hardback book. DIGGING DEEP will be available worldwide via Plant’s own EsParanza label on Friday, December 13; pre-orders are available now. DIGGING DEEP collects two songs from each of Plant’s eight acclaimed solo albums, highlighted by 10 iconic tracks which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart, including the #1 classics, “Little By Little,” “Tall Cool One,” and “Hurting Kind.” The boxed set also includes a number of songs featured on Digging Deep with Robert Plant, including “Big Log” and “Tin Pan Valley,” both of which are discussed at length in the podcast’s second season.

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In rotation: 10/1/19

Sacramento, CA | Iconic music store Dimple Records shuts its doors for good: It’s the end of an era. The owners of an iconic record and CD store enjoyed a final spin Friday night. Dimple Records officially closed its last three stores in Roseville, Folsom and Arden. The business was founded by John and Dilyn Radakovitz in 1974, and they were in business for 45 years. “We’re a little bummed, but we enjoyed as much of it as we could,” said customer Andi Bonner, who was visiting with her daughter Mikenzie. After slumping sales and a change in how customers purchase and listen to music in the digital age, the owners decided it was time to close up shop. The owners arrived Friday at their farewell bash in Roseville on the red carpet and thanked their many loyal customers and employees. “It’s kind of a sad day,” said John Radakovitz. “But I’ve loved every minute of it – selling music. It’s all I’ve ever done. I’ve met some wonderful people.”

Eugene, OR | Local record stores embracing album format coming around again: “Record stores are sort of like libraries, where knowledge is shared and pursued,” says Callie Lou Dean of Moon Rock Records in Eugene. There is no arguing that digital platforms, like the iPod and online streaming service, created a seismic shift in the way people consume music. The game changer came in 1999, when the iPod hit, letting people download digital music, listen to it online and carry it on their cell phones. In the iPod’s wake, compact discs would lose almost 30% of their total revenue in six years, digging into record store profits. When Greg Sutherland began at House of Records in 1983, there were 12 record stores around town. Since Skip Hermens at Skip’s Records & CD World decided to retire in July, there are three existing records stores left in Eugene. A fourth, the newest addition, is Springfield’s Little Axe Records, which opened June 1.

Sydney, AU | Step back in time: LPs to outstrip CDs for first time in 33 (and 1/3) years: Kylie Minogue achieved something remarkable in July, when her best-of collection Step Back in Time topped the ARIA charts in its first week of release. It wasn’t just that she chalked up a sixth number-one album courtesy of her 13th compilation. It was that she sold more copies of it on vinyl than on CD. It was proof, for those who still doubted, that vinyl is back. Peak vinyl was 1987, when sales of 12- and 7-inch discs were worth more than $80 million in Australia. By 2007, the format was worth barely $2 million a year. Now, though, it is worth around $20 million, and climbing. “A lot of music fans find the digital experience to be detached,” says Ian James of Mushroom Music Publishing. “It doesn’t give you any sense of involvement with the artist. There are so many pieces of music in the digital world that it makes it almost impossible to differentiate.”

Nirvana announce ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’ vinyl reissue: Nirvana‘s ‘Unplugged In New York’ is set to receive a vinyl reissue to mark the 25th anniversary of its 1994 release. Widely considered to be one of the best live albums of all time, the 2LP release features the entire show, alongside five rehearsal performances which were previously only available on DVD. Marking the significance of the release, it also boasts an exclusive gatefold jacket with anniversary silver foil detail on the front and back cover. You can check out the tracklisting in full below, and pre-order an exclusive limited edition coloured vinyl on Nirvana’s official website.

Black Friday 2019: the dates, the best deals and all the latest info for music fans: Keep it locked to this page for the best Black Friday music deals on record players, vinyl, headphones, guitars and more. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us. Unless you live under a rock, you’ll know that the day after Thanksgiving the biggest and maddest online shopping event of the year kicks off. But the Black Friday deal-fest doesn’t stop there – from early October right up until Christmas you can expect to see loads of ace deals on music gear, from music listening tech to instruments, band merch and Dr Martens. If you know what you’re looking for – and where to look – it’s possible to bag some absolute bargains. But we’re not planning on casting you adrift on a sea of Black Friday pet food deals (unless that’s what you’re after), our experts will be updating this Black Friday hub regularly with the very latest bargains.

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TVD Radar: Chet Baker, The Legendary Riverside Albums 5-LP box set in stores 11/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Chet Baker’s The Legendary Riverside Albums on November 15th.

The deluxe five-LP box set presents the artist’s output as a leader for the renowned jazz label, recorded and released between 1958 and 1959: (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen To You, Chet Baker In New York, Chet, and Chet Baker Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe. The recordings, which feature such icons as Bill Evans, Johnny Griffin and Kenny Burrell, have been cut from their original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI. Also included is a bonus disc of choice outtakes and alternates from Baker’s Riverside sessions, plus a collectible photo print and a 16-page booklet filled with photos and insightful new liner notes by jazz historian Doug Ramsey. The complete collection will also be released digitally, including in hi-res 192/24 and 96/24 formats. The track “You’re Driving Me Crazy” is available to stream and download today: listen and pre-save the collection here.

Few musicians have embodied the romantic—and ultimately tragic—jazz figure as totally as Chesney “Chet” Baker (1929–88). Unschooled yet eloquent in his music, and a fast-liver who survived for nearly six decades, the Baker mystique has only reinforced one of the most haunting trumpet styles and ingenious approaches to jazz singing. The Los Angeles–based musician rose to fame in the early ’50s, playing with established artists like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and pianist Russ Freeman—partnerships which would solidify his status as a major jazz star. By the end of the decade, when he signed a four-album deal with the New York–based label Riverside, Baker had become known for his trademark West Coast “cool jazz” style. However, these recordings—which pair the artist with some of the best East Coast players—demonstrate Baker’s versatility as a modern trumpeter who could play with even the hardest boppers.

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In rotation: 9/30/19

Kelowna, ON | ‘We can’t let the music die’: Kelowna’s Milkcrate Records takes final bow: It’s not just any record store, Milkcrate Records is a vital lifeline of Kelowna’s music scene and it’s about to disappear from Lawrence Avenue. “We can’t let the music die,” said Richard Rafton, Milkcrate Records owner. Known not only for its great record selection, Milkcrate was a key connection for local artists and music lovers. Employees would welcome anyone through the doors for coffee, a slice of pie and record spinning during the day. At night it became a place where musicians, poets and authors could come together in the name of art. “We are all about supporting not just the local music scene but live music in general,” Rafton said. After five years of fostering local talent and allowing it to blossom on-stage, Rafton said it’s time to say goodbye to the beloved record store, after losing a dispute with the landlord.

Dublin, IE | Pixies make in-store appearance ahead of Dublin gig: US indie legends Pixies marked the release of their new and seventh studio album Beneath The Eyrie with an in-store appearance at Tower Records in Dublin on Thursday afternoon ahead of their sell-out show at the Olympia Theatre. The band, Paz Lenchantin, Joey Santiago, Charles Thompson IV and David Lovering, signed albums and spoke to fans at the shop at lunchtime. Pixies played a 39-song set last night at Ulster Hall in Belfast, including new track Los Surfers Muertos, and classics such as Caribou, Velouria, Nimrod’s Son, Wave of Mutilation, and an encore of Debaser. Regular visitors to Ireland, Pixies have played many gigs here over the years, since their first Irish show at Dublin’s National Stadium in 1990. They have also headlined several Irish festivals. Tower on Dublin’s Dawson is no stranger to visits from international music stars and earlier this year Bob Dylan surprised staff at the shop when he sent them a signed copy of his 1997 album Time Out of Mind to mark Record Store Day.

Leeds, UK | Newsflash! PL ref Jon Moss is in a band and has opened a record shop in Leeds: When I tell people that Premier League referee Jon Moss has a record shop in Headingley called ‘Vinyl Whistle’, the first reaction is “really!” followed by “great name”. The Leeds postcode, LS6, is ‘Studentsville’. Not the most obvious place for one of the country’s leading football officials to pop up with a stack of LPs and singles. But back in the late 80s and early 90s, this was Jon’s hunting ground. Like so many of us back then who wrote cheques to buy fish and chips and queued outside phone boxes to contact our girlfriends and boyfriends, Jon was a record-buying, gig-going musical nut. And his passion for music has never left him since those taste-shaping days. So Planet Football was intrigued. The part of the Venn Diagram where football referees and Velvet Underground (that’s what he would be playing when I first entered his shop) fans intersect is a small one. It was time to find out how this all came about.

3″ Vinyl? Record Stores Nationwide Are Selling the Tiny Format: Record Store Day is now trying to popularize a niche vinyl format with new releases for the ‘RSD3 Mini Turntable.’ Vinyl sales are now threatening to overtake CDs — for the first time since 1986. So maybe this is the perfect time for a vinyl novelty. The tiny, 3″ vinyl format was first popularized by The White Stripes frontman, Jack White. White’s label ⁠— Third Man Records ⁠— imported the format from Japan for limited edition singles. The original 3″ vinyl player was a cheap toy from Japanese toymaker Bandai. The format never caught on beyond White Stripes fans, but Record Store Day is hoping to change that. Earlier this year, Record Store Day teamed up with Crosley to release a new 3″ vinyl player. Dubbed the RSD3 Mini Turntable, the record player launched on Record Store Day ⁠— April 13th. Four collectible singles from Third Man and Epitaph Records highlighted that initial release.

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TVD Radar: Harry Nilsson’s final album, Losst and Founnd in stores 11/22

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The music world was stunned on January 15, 1994, when superstar vocalist Harry Nilsson was struck down by a heart attack at the young age of 52. What the music world did not know at the time was that the multiple Grammy®award-winning artist was at work on his first album of original material in nearly fifteen years—fans would have to wait another quarter of a century to hear it.

Omnivore Recordings is proud to release Losst and Founnd, a brand new album by Harry Nilsson. Produced by Mark Hudson (Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), the album features nine Nilsson originals as well as covers by Jimmy Webb and Yoko Ono. With musical contributions from an all-star cast of musicians, including Van Dyke Parks, Jim Keltner, Webb, and Harry’s son, Kiefo, the album features classic Nilsson melodies that have been his trademark for over 50 years.

Nilsson’s estate is administered by Warner Chappell Music (WCM), who championed the album as part of the company’s effort to create new opportunities around catalog. WCM is working on a four-series podcast delving into the backstory behind Losst and Foundd, to be released leading up to the November album drop. Losst and Founnd will be available in CD, LP and Digital on November 22, 2019.

Nilsson’s legacy—a body of work including “Everybody’s Talkin’,” “Without You,” “Coconut,” “Jump Into the Fire, “Spaceman,” and “I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City”—has been bolstered in the last few years with the successful documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? and the many, many usages of Harry’s songs in film and television including this year’s Netflix hit Russian Doll, which features Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up” from his classic Nilsson Schmilsson album.

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In rotation: 9/27/19

Cork, IE | Why we need to support independent record shops: THE independent record shop has been under threat for many years now. Before the so-called vinyl revival of the last 10 years, nearly every one of them had closed in Cork and at one stage even Plug’d records had to shut for a significant amount of time. Plug’d originally occupied the Washington St premises that Comet had in the 90s, (during the heyday for record shops here) but there are multiple reasons why independent shops have not been able to continue doing business since. Remarkably, in Cork, we still have a few, but sadly one of the main ones took a massive hit recently with the fire in Douglas Village shopping centre. Music Zone was just one of the many independent shops affected by the fire, which looks set to keep the centre closed for a significant amount of time. But Ray from the shop is doing his best to carry on regardless.

Pittsburgh, PA | Pittsburgh’s 3 best spots for affordable vinyl records: Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable vinyl record hot spots in Pittsburgh, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings. 1. Jerry’s Records: Topping the list is Jerry’s Records. Located at 2136 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill South, the spot to score music, DVDs and vinyl records is the highest-rated low-priced vinyl record spot in Pittsburgh, boasting 4.5 stars out of 73 reviews on Yelp. This spot was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s best record stores, according to its website. Expect to find nearly a million albums in a diverse range of genres like pop, metal, funk, classical and more.

Bromsgrove, UK | Bromsgrove Record and CD Fair returns to the town: The Bromsgrove Vinyl Record and CD fair returns to the Bromsgrove Hotel & Spa this Sunday (September 29). Organisers are promising a number of new traders who have never sold at the venue before in addition to 40-plus tables of used and new vinyl/CD and memorabilia assortments. The fair is the first since May, having taken a four-month break over the summer. Further information is available at www.midlandsrecordfairs.co.uk There is free on-site parking when registering inside the hotel, as well as a cafe and restaurant. The fair runs from 10am-4pm.

Gearbox Records unveils Automatic MkII turntable: Vinyl record label, Gearbox Records, has announced the Automatic II turntable, targeted at novice and experienced vinyl users alike. Gearbox Records was established in 2009 and has cultivated a reputation for producing great quality vinyl releases. It then struck up a collaboration with Austrian hi-fi brand Pro-Ject Audio, resulting in the original and distinctive Automatic turntable. The MkII (£549) is a similar affair, taking its design cues from Dieter Ram’s 1955 Braun PC 3 SV record player. It’s a meld of the old and the new with transparent plinth allowing users to see the internal workings of the deck. There’s also Bluetooth connectivity for streaming vinyl wirelessly, as well as Gearbox’s music-recognition technology that allows tracks to be added from your record collection to your Spotify playlist. It carries a built-in valve phono stage, designed and tuned for moving magnet (MM) cartridges such as the pre-fitted Ortofon OM10. Plug the turntable into any line input and you’ll be ready to listen to your collection straight from the box.

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