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In rotation: 2/8/19

Washington, DC | Red Onion Records Moving from U Street to Hyattsville in March, Reopening in the Fall! Let’s get serious folks – 13 years ago I moved to DC with no job, a cat, a gal, and lots and lots of records. I found a little basement space on 18th St and opened Red Onion Records & Books. The ceiling was low, so was the rent, and we really loved our time there. We had parties, book readings, so many great in-store performances, it was truly a magical place. Nine years later we packed everything up and moved out of the basement and a few blocks over to a bright and sunny space on U St. I’ve loved our time there and all the new faces we’ve met, but it’s time to say goodbye to DC. We’ll be closing up the shop in March, taking a little break, and opening the Hyattsville location in the fall. This wasn’t an easy decision, but we’re looking forward to what the future will bring. I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everybody who has ever been a part of this crazy adventure, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Auburn, AL | From professor to DJ: The heart of Doctor Punk resides in 12,000 albums: …For Stanwick, no matter how many times a song is streamed, without a little backstory to the lyrics, the song remains only a collection of sounds — a few notes and keys that can be disposed if not careful. “[Today’s music] is just part of the background,” Stanwick said. “It’s just there. There’s not the emotional attachment to songs I think that there used to be.” It’s one of the reasons Stanwick holds onto each of the hundreds of ticket stubs from all of the concerts he’s attended, why he continues to add to his immense vinyl and CD collection and why he records every show on cassette. “I embrace this idea that the physical copy of the music is so important — to look at the lyrics, look at who wrote the songs, who produced the songs,” Stanwick said. “All those things I think are extremely valuable to help you understand the core parts of the music.”

Hamilton, CA | Hamilton man behind Sunrise Records just saved HMV — betting his money on vinyl. In a digital age, Doug Putman has a steadfast belief people like to have and collect things. Hamilton’s Doug Putman might be the king of vinyl right now. His Ancaster-based company — Sunrise Records — just struck a deal to buy British retailer HMV out of bankruptcy in purchase that will keep most of the locations in Britain open. In a world where media from music to movies is increasingly streamed and not sold physically, Putman remains steadfast that there will always be room for tangible mediums — from resurgent vinyl, even to decidedly less popular options like DVDs and CDs. “I think people are always going to buy physical. They want something to collect and have,” Putman said. “I just think it’s not going away.”

New Vinyl Edition Of The Slits’ Landmark Debut ‘Cut’ Set For Release. Produced by Dennis Bovell, ‘Cut’ was originally released in September 1979 and it remains a post-punk touchstone. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, The Slits’ landmark debut album, Cut, is to be reissued on 180-g black vinyl through UMC/ Island Records on 5 April. Overseen by reggae producer Dennis Bovell, Cut was originally released in September 1979 and remains one of the post-punk era’s most seminal releases. The record gained instant notoriety due to its controversial cover image depicting the three Slits – Ari Up, Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt – clad in mud and loincloths. However, the music contained within was every bit as striking. Enhanced by future Siouxsie & The Banshees star Budgie’s crisp, inventive drumming, the girls’ natural quirkiness came careening to the fore on scratchy but exuberant pop-punk tracks including ‘So Tough’, ‘Typical Girls’ and the irreverent, anti-consumerist ‘Shoplifting’, but the album’s spacy sensurround also owed a debt of gratitude to Bovell’s deft studio techniques, which graced highlights such as ‘Adventures Close To Home’ and the football- and TV-dissing ‘Newtown’.

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TVD Radar: KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope red vinyl reissue in stores 3/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Brit and Ivor Novello Award-winning artist KT Tunstall is reissuing her debut album Eye To The Telescope for the first time since its original release in 2004 to coincide with her 2019 UK March tour via UMC. The album, pressed on striking transparent red vinyl, features hit singles “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” “Other Side Of The World,” and “Suddenly I See.”

Following the immense success of her debut, KT outsold every other female artist in the UK in 2005, won the 2006 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, won the Ivor Novello Best Song award for her huge, self-penned hit “Suddenly I See,” and a Q award for Track of the Year. She also landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and lent her tunes to a host of movies (The Devil Wears Prada), TV shows and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign theme song.

Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albums followed; Drastic Fantastic, Tiger Suit and Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon in 2007, 2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerizing live artist.

This past year, KT released her 6th studio album WAX, out now via Rostrum Records. WAX, landed at #30 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and the single “The River” sits at #21 on Billboard’s AAA Songs Chart.

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TVD Radar: Ben Folds, Live at Myspace 2LP reissue in stores 3/29

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Remember Myspace? By August 2006, Myspace had over a hundred million member accounts, and, in October of that year, it decided to launch its first-ever webcast. The artist chosen for this epochal event? Ben Folds. The hour-long program featured Folds in front of a small audience housed in a custom set built right in Folds’ home studio in Tennessee, performing songs from his third and latest solo album, Supersunnyspeedgraphic, as well as a couple of tunes from his previous group, Ben Folds Five.

As the first concert offered in real-time by the social networking site, Folds and his band (bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Lindsay Jamieson) were arguably positioning themselves on the leading edge of entertainment-meets-technology. “Well, it felt like someone was,” Folds says today with a chuckle, “But I didn’t think it was me. My fans and people around me were always really computer savvy, and there was a lot of hyping of [the event].”

Now—just like it did with its release of Ben Folds Five: The Complete Sessions at West 54th—Real Gone Music is bringing this superlative show to CD and LP for the first time with its release of Ben Folds: Live at Myspace, a single CD/double vinyl package featuring all 12 songs from Folds’ Myspace performance along with five bonus tracks from the digital-only iTunes Originals series.

Featuring pictures from the Myspace gig and liner notes by Bill Kopp offering Ben Folds’ reminiscences about the concert, this is as close as you can get to being there, and the studio-quality sound may just convince you that you are there if you just shut your eyes. We’ve also created custom gatefold jacket art for the vinyl release, which is being pressed in white vinyl limited to 1,000 copies.

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In rotation: 2/7/19

UK | HMV closure is a ‘body blow’ for Exeter and Plymouth: …HMV administrators, KPMG, have confirmed that the Exeter branch, which occupies one of the largest stores in Princesshay and the store at Drake Circus in Plymouth, are among 27 that will close in a buyout by Canadian retailer Sunrise Records. Staff at the stores, who were informed first thing on Tuesday, will be among the 455 made redundant as a result of the closures. Remaining open will be 100 stores, securing the future of 1,487 store staff. Tim Jones, chairman of the South West Business Council said: “You can’t disguise it, this is a body blow for Exeter and Plymouth. “It is extremely worrying seeing flagship stores that bring people in to the city centres and are mainstays of retailing go one after the other.” The Torquay branch shut in 2003 and the Exeter and Plymouth stores were the last remaining in Devon. It follows a long list of record store closures in Exeter. At one time, the city had an HMV, Virgin Records, Our Price, Solo Music and Martian Records, which have all since closed.

Liverpool, UK | Dig Vinyl – look inside the Bold Street record shop’s new Liverpool home: …Since opening it’s doors in March 2014 Dig Vinyl has quickly become one of Liverpool’s leading lights for record collectors, with many spending hours trawling their stock for the rarities, contemporaries, and collectable records on offer. Formerly housed in the characteristic basement of vintage clothing boutique Soho’s, and having already expanded a few times within there, the time had now come for the guys at Dig Vinyl to make a big jump into a new premises. And on the looks of things that jump was definitely the right one. Now situated on the first floor of Bold Street’s clothing shop Resurrection, the place was a hive of activity when we dropped in on Saturday for our first nosey around the new venue. The brightly lit open space automatically gives a more welcoming feel, this adding the the friendly and very knowledge staff, and vastly expanded collection of records from every age and genre conceivable resulted in us overstaying our visit a bit longer than envisaged.

UK | Sunrise gets ‘physical’ with HMV purchase: Ancaster’s Doug Putnam has become a leading figure in “physical media business” with his company’s purchase of HMV in Britain. You’ve heard about the British invasion — all those rock bands from the United Kingdom that stormed North America in the 1960s? Well, this week there’s a new musical offensive, only this one is going in the opposite direction. Doug Putman — the 34-year-old Hamilton-born owner of Ancaster-based Sunrise Records — has struck a deal to buy 100 bankrupt HMV stores in Britain, pushing aside sporting goods billionaire Mike Ashley, among others, to do it. It makes Putman the head of the only major record-store chain in the U.K. — one that has $400 million in annual sales — and it turns him into one of the world’s leading proponents of “physical media.” “We know the physical media business is here to stay and we greatly appreciate all the support from the suppliers, landlords, employees and, most importantly, our customers,” he said.

UK | Fopp: The rise and fall of a music store empire: It was the mothership of an independent record shop empire that grew from a one-man Glasgow market stall to 100 stores across the UK. Fopp on Byres Road helped shape the musical tastes of thousands of Scots and influenced some of the country’s most popular musicians. But its doors have been closed for good after the chain’s owner, HMV, was bought by Canadian firm Sunrise Records. The deal has also led to the closure of HMV branches in Ayr and Braehead – but it is the loss of the Byres Road branch which has been most keenly felt. Members of bands like Mogwai, Belle and Sebastian and Arab Strap have all described how the Byres Road shop – situated in the heart of Glasgow’s student area – was a key part of their musical education in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite was one of the first to pay tribute to the store’s importance after the news emerged, describing it as “a great place to buy music for as long as I remember.”

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In rotation: 2/6/19

Perth, AU | 78 Records closes in Perth after nearly 48 years, blaming Spotify, retail downturn: Iconic Perth music store 78 Records has announced its closure after almost 48 years in the vinyl business, blaming the rise of streaming services and declining retail conditions for its demise. The business relocated several times to buildings along Hay Street, becoming an institution in Perth’s local music scene, before eventually ending up in a laneway off Murray Street. Current manager Andrew “Fang” de Lang started working at the store in 1986 as a 19-year-old. “When I started we were in an old building next to His Majesty’s (Theatre),” he said. “The thing that attracted you to the shop was that it had this storefront window that you couldn’t see through, but just had album covers in the windows so you couldn’t actually see inside…

UK | Doug Putman: the vinyl fan aiming to put a new spin on HMV. Owner of Canadian chain Sunrise has compared record shopping to a ‘treasure hunt.’ Doug Putman, the Canadian entrepreneur and saviour of HMV, is a self-proclaimed lover of vinyl records who is adamant that bricks-and-mortar music stores are still viable at a time when consumers are ditching CDs in favour of digital downloads. With his purchase of 100 HMV stores in the UK, he is putting his money where his mouth is and has a major challenge ahead to turn around a retail business that has collapsed into administration twice in the last six years. Putman, 34, has a decent track record. His Canadian music chain Sunrise Records has grown from just five stores when he bought it in 2014 to 84 stores today. The bulk of that expansion came in 2017 when he bought 70 of HMV’s stores in Canada after the chain went bust there. Putman says the gamble has paid off, with those stores now making a profit.

UK | HMV reveals which 27 stores are closing as it is sold to Canadian music boss. Oxford Street flagship shut but 100 of chain’s 127 stores will survive under new owner. HMV has been rescued from collapse by a Canadian music entrepreneur, but 27 stores in prime locations have closed, including the site of its first store on London’s Oxford Street. Doug Putman, who runs the Canadian retailer Sunrise Records, has bought the UK music and film retailer after emerging as the leading contender over the weekend, heading off competition from Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct boss. As part of the deal, 100 HMV shops will remain open, protecting the jobs of nearly 1,500 workers across the stores and head office. However, the immediate closure of 27 stores will lead to 455 job losses and a further 122 warehouse jobs will go in the coming weeks. Closure of the flagship store on Oxford Street signals the end of HMV’s presence on London’s most famous shopping street after nearly a century. That first shop was opened in 1921 by Sir Edward Elgar, the British composer.

Portsmouth, UK | Gosport record fair takes people back to their teenage years: Dancing the night away, rocking out to their favourite tunes or just recalling the classics – these were the memories brought back at a record fair over the weekend. The second annual Gosport Record Fair was held at The Fallen Acorn brewery in Mumby Road on Saturday, bringing hundreds of people down to reminisce about the glory days of vinyl – and pick up some new records for their collection. Organised by Kieron Howes from A Slice Of Vinyl, the event was also raising money for Tonic Music for Mental Health in Portsmouth. Visitors to the fair say that some of their favourite memories can be associated with a vinyl record, or a song from their past. Paul Maidment, 56 from Gosport, said: ‘I collect vinyl records that I can get autographed. ‘I had a big collection when I was younger but when CDs came out I got rid of it – and definitely regret it.

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TVD Radar: Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain by Danny Goldberg in stores 4/2

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “Insightful, passionate and clear-eyed, Danny Goldberg’s account of his personal and professional relationship with Kurt Cobain is required reading for not only Nirvana enthusiasts, but anyone interested in how the corporate music industry engaged with the punk rock underground of the early 1990s. While providing an intimate view of the support system the band had from a world their scene was historically at odds with, Goldberg shares what is essentially the story of two men, a generation apart, who became unexpected friends through a mutual appreciation of feminism, LGBT rights, and a dedication to the activist power of music. It is a contemplative requiem to losing someone you love who immeasurably touched the entire planet with a singular magic.”Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth

On the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death comes a new perspective on one of the most compelling icons of our time. With candor, honesty and empathy, Danny Goldberg, one of Nirvana’s managers from 1990 to 1994, shares his memories of his brief but momentous time with Kurt and the band in SERVING THE SERVANT: Remembering Kurt Cobain (Ecco; On sale April 2, 2019; $28.99, 304 pages; ISBN 978-0-06-286150-4). The result is a fresh and frank portrait of an icon unlike any that has come before.

When Goldberg agreed to take on Nirvana, he had no idea that Cobain would become a pop-culture icon with a legacy arguably at the level of that of John Lennon, Michael Jackson, or Elvis Presley. Goldberg worked with Kurt from 1990 to 1994, the most impactful period of Kurt’s life.

This key time saw the stratospheric success of Nevermind, which turned Nirvana into the most successful rock band in the world and made punk and grunge household terms; Kurt’s meeting and marriage to the brilliant but mercurial Courtney Love and their relationship that became a lightning rod for critics; the birth of their daughter, Frances Bean; and, finally, Kurt’s public struggles with addiction, which ended in a devastating suicide that would alter the course of rock history. Throughout, Goldberg stood by Kurt’s side as manager and close friend.

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In rotation: 2/5/19

Paris, FR | New record shop Dizonord is opening in Paris. With a two-day opening party featuring over 40 DJs. A new record shop called Dizonord is opening in Paris this Friday 8th February. Dizonord will stock new and secondhand vinyl spanning everything from Afro-funk, synth-pop, Bollywood and folk to zouk, French boogie, disco and field recordings, as well as CDs and magazines. The space will also feature a café and bar, as well as events, screenings and educational workshops for adults and children. Dizonord is hosting a two-day event to celebrate its opening weekend, 8th-9th February, with over 40 DJs lined up to play including Ron Morelli, Zaltan and Concrete. Dizonord is located at 9, Rue André Messager 75018 Paris, in the 18th arrondissement.

UK | HMV sold to Canadian mogul Doug Putman, saving 1,500 jobs. Sunrise Records owner to keep 100 of chain’s 127 stores, including four Fopp outlets. A Canadian music entrepreneur has rescued HMV from collapse, taking over 100 shops and safeguarding 1,500 jobs. Doug Putman, who runs the Canadian retailer Sunrise Records, has bought the UK music and film retailer after emerging as the leading contender over the weekend, heading off competition from Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct boss. HMV collapsed into administration just after Christmas, blaming tough conditions on UK high streets and competition from streaming sites such as Netflix and Spotify. Under the deal, 27 of HMV’s stores will close immediately with the loss of 455 jobs. A further 122 warehouse jobs will be lost in the weeks to come. In a statement announcing the deal, Putman said: “We are delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK and add nearly 1,500 employees to our growing team. By catering to music and entertainment lovers, we are incredibly excited about the opportunity to engage customers with a diverse range of physical format content, and replicate our success in Canada.

Toronto, CA | In Toronto’s booming vinyl scene, record shops are finding a groove: The Tiny Record Shop’s recent expansion into not-quite-so-tiny new digs is, Trevor Larocque admits, largely “an illusion.” But its symbolic value stands. An endangered species just a decade ago, the record shop has clawed its way off the critical list on the back of the vinyl LP’s commercial resurgence in recent years and was in thoroughly stable condition in Toronto as 2018 drew to a close. An informed bet would be that there will be more record shops on our streets, not less, at the end of 2019. Larocque and his partner, Maude Fallon-Davesne, for instance, opened their record nook in a 77-square-foot space at Queen St. and Broadview Ave. in the back of gift shop Token four years ago as a pseudo pop-up enterprise intended to rid their home of half of the vast record collection he’d been accumulating since junior high and clear some space for two young children. It went so well that, this past November, the Tiny Record Shop relocated to decidedly more permanent-feeling digs

Perth, AU | Final spin of the turntable for Perth music institution 78 Records after 47 years in business: A Perth music institution is set to close its doors, killed off by the proliferation of online streaming services and tough economic times for bricks and mortar retailers. In a post to its followers on Facebook on Monday afternoon, 78 Records said that after 47 years in the vinyl business, it would unplug the turntable at its upstairs outlet off Murray Street mall for the last time next month. “This decision is due to the current economic and retail climate, with a substantial increase in streaming services at the expense of physical products,” the post from 78’s Andrew ‘Fang’ de Lang said. “We thank all our customers, past and present, for their patronage; indeed we have enjoyed those 47 years of commitment and devotion to the cause of music.

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TVD Radar: ‘Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul’ radio doc examines the gospel roots of rock, soul, and R&B

VIA PRESS RELEASE | A new radio documentary that explores the history of black gospel music and illustrates its significant influence on the formation of rock and soul music will be broadcast by US radio stations in February, during Black History Month.

Hosted by GRAMMY award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN and distributed by NPR. Through in-depth interviews with artists and dozens of songs (including many archival selections), the four-hour documentary illuminates the profound impact that gospel music has made on popular music. The Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul documentary is the culmination of WXPN’s year-long project of the same name, that featured prominent gospel and contemporary music artists, historians, and experts contributing their research and insights to a media-rich website (xpngospelroots.org), in addition to a series of sold-out gospel music concerts, film screenings, and panel discussions. The project and radio documentary are supported by a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

“The project demonstrated the enormous role that black gospel music played in the birth of rock and roll, and its continuing influence on popular music genres, including soul and R&B,” said Co-Executive Producer and WXPN Assistant Station Manager for Programming Bruce Warren. “The radio documentary explores these connections as a way of re-instituting gospel’s central place within the history of American popular music.”

Host CeCe Winans said, “Gospel music’s influence on early R&B, soul, and rock and roll is significant, and the stories we tell and share in the documentary wonderfully illustrate that. It was a pleasure working on the documentary – there is so much richness, detail, and respect for the history that went into the making of it. As a gospel musician myself, it’s important for music fans and listeners to learn how much gospel music serves as the foundation for so many other music genres.”

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In rotation: 2/4/19

Howell, NJ | Iconic Record Store Closing In Howell Soon: Two businesses are winding up their final days in Howell, with The Record Store closing this weekend, and Sears at Howell Plaza shuttering in just over two weeks. The Record Store, which has been a fixture in the community for 30 years, will have its final two days of business Saturday and Sunday, according to the store’s Facebook page. The shop announced its plans to close in mid-December, as the owner, Jeff Laga, decided it was time to pursue the next chapter in his life: “He has been involved with the music business now for over 45 years. The Record Store did start out as a record store in Howell, 30 years ago. He has seen many ups as well as many downs but he has stuck with it all this time. However, in the last few years he has found his enthusiasm waning and more importantly, his heart has just not been in the business anymore.”

Surrey, UK | Record store offers band poster for Twitter followers who promote appeal for sleeping bags: Banquet Records in Kingston are supporting an appeal from Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH). The Kingston-based homelessness charity put out an appeal for extra sleeping bags earlier today (February 1) in light of the severe winter weather conditions hitting the area this week. In a show of solidarity with the work KCAH do, staff at Banquet Records took to the Kingston shop’s Twitter account to help raise awareness and support for the appeal, which was promoted by KCAH on the site, offering a poster featuring The 1975, a band popular at the record store. KCAH’s initial appeal posted to Twitter said: “If you have a good condition WARM sleeping bag in good condition still in its sleeve to donate, please pop into our office today. Thank you so much!” …Speaking to the Surrey Comet on Friday, John Tolley from Banquet said: “We know the people who run the shelter and it’s a really good and important thing they do. Obviously you just need to look outside — the weather’s horrible — and anything we can do to help them, we should.

Phoenix, AZ | ‘Revolver Records was bigger than its records’: Closing store sees its last First Friday: Among the art, food trucks and local dives, Revolver Records was always a hub for First Fridays in downtown Phoenix. Friday, Feb. 1, seemed like any other First Friday. There was a steady flow of people, some hauling out records in stacks, walking in and out of the small record store’s doors with music and art surrounding the red building outside. Families, college kids and avid record collectors browsed through a variety of music from Captain and Tennille and Jose Feliciano, to Anne Murray and Paul Young. But on closer inspection, a white sign was taped on the front door stating “Goodbye Roosevelt Row! Store Closing Sale! 50 percent off everything! Everything Must Go!” People who hadn’t heard the news were surprised. They asked employees if it was true.

Sioux Falls, SD | Vinyl Taco serves up Mexican and classic rock in the old Bucks location: Sioux Falls diners love their tacos, and it showed this week when Vinyl Taco opened in the old Borrowed Bucks spot near the Western Mall. Vinyl Taco opened its restaurant space Thursday, and its first day in business at 3609 S. Western Ave. was a success, co-owner Kirk Keupp said. Keupp is part of a team of investors who also owned the Bucks and J.L. Beers brands. Vinyl Taco is the most recent of the group’s restaurants to make its way from the Fargo market to Sioux Falls. It mixes a wide variety of Mexican dishes with classic rock, all played on Vinyl Taco’s selection of about 1,000 vinyl records. “We spin albums every day,” Keupp said.

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TVD Radar: The Fall, Bend Sinister 2LP vinyl reissue in stores 3/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Beggars Arkive is excited to announce the long-awaited reissue of The Fall’s ninth studio album, Bend Sinister, originally released in 1986. This edition is titled Bend Sinister/The ‘Domesday’ Pay-Off Triad-Plus!

It was the last of three albums in a row produced by John Leckie and was named after a dystopian novel by Vladimir Nabokov. After the universal acclaim for the previous year’s This Nation’s Saving Grace, Bend Sinister often stands in its predecessor’s shadow. It is a dark, brooding album made at the height of the group’s Beggars Banquet years and many people include this at the top of the list of favorite Fall albums.

“From Bend Sinister, “Mr. Pharmacist” is a lurching installment in pop music’s ongoing conversation with drug dealers, illicit and otherwise. Actually a cover of 1960s garage-rockers the Other Half, it’s also a demonstration of how the Fall’s relatively unchanging style could bolster other people’s songs.” —Pitchfork

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TVD Radar: Tony Newton, Mysticism & Romance vinyl reissue
in stores 3/29

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Tony Newton (born 1948) is a multi-instrumentalist from Detroit, MI who began his professional career at the age of thirteen, playing bass guitar with blues legends like John Lee Hooker and T-Bone Walker. Discovered by Motown executive Hank Cosby while playing the Detroit blues circuit at the age of 18, he became the touring bassist with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles on the famed 1965 European ‘Motown Review’ tour. Within two years, Newton became the Miracles’ musical director.

Tony Newton also toured and recorded with other Motown artists such as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5 … and countless others. Earning the nickname “the Baby Funk Brother” he left his trademark of solid, hard-driving and deftly clever grooves on such timeless hits as “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Stop In The Name Of Love,” “Nowhere to Run,” “ABC,” “Never Can Say Goodbye,” “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” and many others. Next to his impressive body of work for Motown, Newton can be heard on several hit singles from labels like Invictus-Hotwax and Stax.

Later, Newton gained recognition as a member of both the acclaimed jazz-rock fusion group The New Tony Williams Lifetime (headed by Miles Davis’ drummer Tony Williams) and the British hard rock group: G-Force (with veteran guitarist Gary Moore).

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In rotation: 2/1/19

Hollywood, CA | Vinyl Collectors Flock to Hollywood for Free Record Day: Events like “Free Record Day” at the Record Parlour in Hollywood have been bringing in collectors from all over Southern California. With hundreds of thousands of albums in stock, Chris Hotenschlaeger opened the Record Parlour five years ago as the vinyl Renaissance was kicking into high gear. “We are blessed,” said Hotenschlaeger. “We’re Los Angeles. We have all the records you could ever imagine. But there’s people around the world that want that Led Zeppelin record and they come to the Record Parlour.” Collectors line up starting early in the morning, eager to see what treasures they might find and to get some free records from over 40,000 on offer. Many collectors came prepared with their own crates. But what is the appeal of vinyl? “It just sounds better,” said collector Nicholas Ibarra.

San Diego, CA | Pro Skateboarder Opening Coffee Bar and Record Shop in Oceanside. Steel Mill Coffee is coming soon. Oceanside is getting a craft coffee infusion with the upcoming opening of Steel Mill Coffee on Mission Avenue. The 900-square-foot coffee shop is a new venture from professional skateboarder Riley Hawk, a North County native and the eldest son of skate icon Tony Hawk. Both father and son have a considerable interest in coffee; Tony Hawk was among the marquee name investors in Blue Bottle Coffee. Hawk’s partner in Steel Mill is longtime friend and fellow pro skater Shea Cooper, who is also a coffee roaster… Currently scheduled to debut on February 4 and operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the modern retro shop will feature a collection of records available for purchase. Hawk tells Eater that the mix of newer and original vinyl pressings will include lots of classic rock along with some obscure hard rock and psychedelic music.

Huntsville, AL | New tennant announced for Campus 805 in Huntsville: The new tenant is part of a much larger project connected to Downtown Huntsville. A new business is getting ready to open up in Campus 805 in Huntsville, Schrimsher Company announced on Thursday. It is called Offbeat Coffee Studio and it will open in March on the first floor of the Stone Center in the Detention Hall. Owner Anna Husband said the coffee shop is set inside a record store where they will play vinyl records and use actual film to take photos for Instagram. Husband also said, “Coffee doesn’t have to be this pretentious, serious, unattainable thing. We want to bring it down to earth a little bit. We want to have the information and knowledge of a coffee sommelier, but we also want fun, quirky drinks.” Offbeat Coffee Studio will be the only coffee shop in the Campus 805 development off Governor’s Drive. According to Schrimsher Company, Offbeat Coffee Studio is “one of the inaugural members of Downtown Huntsville’s Craft Coffee Trail.”

Discogs Surpasses 300M Releases In Users’ Collections; Adding 6M+ Monthly Throughout 2018: Discogs surpasses a monumental milestone this week with its users adding over 300,000,000 releases to their Collections since the functionality was added in early 2001. Growth continues to be a theme with Discogs in looking back at 2014, Discogs users were adding 2M releases per month to their Collections while the site had over 4.5M releases submitted to its Database. Today, the Discogs Community is adding over 6M releases to their Collections monthly, and is nearing 11M releases in its massive Database. And yes, the Discogs Community is still adding vinyl to their collections at an astonishing rate. The first 1M releases added to Collection and the last 1M releases added were 68% and 70% vinyl respectively. Consequently, cassettes have seen a 183% increase and reel-to-reel has seen a 4,468% increase across the same metrics. To ingest the several other data points across Discogs’ 300M Collection milestone, click HERE.

The Vinyl Word: classic albums turning 40 this year: This year is a milestone year for several classic albums that celebrate their 40th anniversary and are still as relevant today as they were when they were released. Let’s start with the legendary Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. This was the band’s 12th studio album and was released in October 1979. At the time of recording it was the most expensive rock album ever recorded. The production costs were estimated to have been over US$1 million (equivalent to $3.45 million today). The double album was considered more experimental than their previous albums and contained tracks like the title track Tusk that involved the full band along with the USC Trojan Marching Band with a live performance of the band recorded at Dodger Stadium in June of 1979. Funny story with that particular video recording involving John McVie. He was in Tahiti during the Dodger Stadium recording but if you watch closely, Mick Fleetwood carries a cardboard cutout of him around the stadium. It’s a great album and one of my favourites.

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TVD Live Shots: The 10th Annual DC Record Fair at Penn Social, 1/27

PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNSSo what were you doing ten years ago? Probably not thinking of vinyl and record stores as a current concern—even if you stuck it out with our favorite medium through its less than popular phases.

Yet, there we were in January of 2009 feeling optimistic there would be an audience for a DC Record Fair which we brought to DC’s sorely missed Civilian Arts Project gallery space. And there were crowds. And lines. And a level of enthusiasm we simply didn’t anticipate …for vinyl.

Ten years on, over 1400 of you attended our now twice yearly event at DC’s Penn Social, and we’re thrilled by the continued support. Watch this space for updates on 2o19’s next DC record rummage.

This is not to say we haven’t received some criticism—yes, sometimes it’s dark, yea, a record here or there might be “overpriced,” or the crowd might be too heavy when you came by. (Hello 9:30 Club forum—we see you.) Rest assured we’re purchasing lights for the next event—however, if you can offer constructive criticism, we’d love to hear from you, either directly or in the comments. This is a community event and we’d like to hear from the community of DCRF attendees.

For now, here’s what went down last Sunday via the lens of photographer, Richie Downs.

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TVD Radar: Jewel, Pieces Of You vinyl reissue in stores 2/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings is pleased to announce their upcoming reissue of Pieces of You, the debut album from Jewel, one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time. Long out-of-print, Craft Recordings reissues this landmark album on February 15th. Like the original, the 2-LP vinyl features five bonus tracks that originally appeared as B-sides on the album’s single releases, with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Memphis Record Pressing. Barnes & Noble also will be selling an exclusive blue vinyl version.

Acclaimed American singer-songwriter-poet Jewel has enjoyed career longevity rare among her generation of artists. Since achieving international stardom over 20 years ago, Jewel has emerged as a charismatic live performer and a respected songwriter with 12 studio albums, four GRAMMY® nominations, and over 30 million albums sold worldwide. Signed before she was 19, Jewel credits her great mentors Bob Dylan, and Neil Young who took the time to encourage her as a young artist, advising her to take risks and make music she is authentically interested in.

Pieces of You was released in 1995, recorded in a studio on Neil Young’s ranch, and included Young’s backing band, The Stray Gators. The album stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for two years (peaking at #4) and spawned Top 10 hits including the certified platinum single “You Were Meant for Me,” “Who Will Save Your Soul,” and “Foolish Games.” Described by Rolling Stone as “a record that carved out a perfectly confessional, coffeehouse niche between the decline of grunge and the rise of slinky pop princess.” The album also reached mainstream success, going on to sell over 12 million copies and becoming certified 12x platinum ─ making it one of the best-selling debut albums of all time.

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In rotation: 1/31/19

Jersey City, NJ | Jersey City’s Iris Records closing in February: “You can’t really live a full life without making difficult decisions. And deciding to close our shop on Brunswick Street has been a tough one for me. We opened in June of 1996 (Fridays only!), with a dude named Nestor buying a Bob James album for four bucks. 22 years and millions of dollar records later, we have lots of old and new friends who will be gutted by our news.This was the most difficult aspect of my decision. Sure, the rent keeps rising, the internet is killing us and our street is a construction site without any businesses to bolster our shop. None of this is news to anyone who lives, works or plays in the “new” Jersey City. But communities need things like record stores, and with Stan’s gone, JC will be left with no shop dedicated to music. That’s what rankles me the most. But nothing lasts forever, right? Anyone who has spent time chatting with me about life in general won’t be completely surprised by our closure. Running a business is difficult and I have a fair amount of tread on my tires. It’s time for a change!”

Kamloops, BC | Kamloops record store going cashless after nearby robberies: Barnacle Records doesn’t want your cash (for now). Since Jan. 11 there’ve been four robberies in downtown Kamloops — all within a couple hundred metres of each other — leading the record store to take a unique security measure. In a social media post last week, the owners of the store announced they would be going cashless for now, until the issue is resolved. That was after three robberies, one at Whispers and two at Moviemart, both just down the street from Barnacle. On Monday (Jan. 27), the McCleaners laundromat was robbed by a man with a knife and hammer. While police can’t confirm if the crimes are linked, Ronan McGrath, who owns and operates Barnacle with his wife Jessie, believes they’re connected, and while that risk is ongoing the shop isn’t carrying any hard cash.

Portland, OR | Where We Live: Portland slogan’s ‘weird’ roots: Portland is home to a wild assortment of people with delightfully original ideas. But one thing that isn’t original is the city’s unofficial motto. Weird, right? The phrase ‘Keep Portland Weird,’ it turns out, has Texas roots and one man is to thank for its migration to Oregon. Terry Currier, who owns a record store on Burnside called Music Millennium, told KOIN 6 News he was brainstorming a campaign to support local businesses in the city back in the early 2000s when inspiration didn’t dawn on him so much as it was given to him. “One day, I was talking to my friend who had a record store in Austin, Texas,” said Currier. That friend told him how someone had come up with the slogan ‘Keep Austin Weird.’ Currier loved it. So much so that he went to work spreading the slogan using a method that proved to be quite effective. “I made like 500 bumper stickers that said ‘Keep Portland Weird,'” Currier said. “And I made 500 bumper stickers that said ‘Keep Portland Weird – Support Local Business.'” Currier launched his bumper stickers in 2003, then ran a picture of the sticker in a local newspaper. The rest is history.

Hallmark Introduces New Vinyl Record Greeting Cards This Valentine’s Day Featuring Legendary Warner Music Group Artists. New Valentine’s Day cards feature vinyl records from Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé, and Kelly Clarkson. This Valentine’s Day, Hallmark is expanding its collection of Vinyl Record Cards with new cards featuring songs from legendary Warner Music Group (WMG) artists including Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé, and Kelly Clarkson. Each card includes an exclusive 7-inch vinyl record with two songs from each artist built into a sleeve on the card’s cover. Just remove the record, put it on any record player and enjoy the music. “Cards and music both share the power to change someone’s day and bring people closer, and our hope at Hallmark is that our new vinyl record cards will help people put their feelings into words,” said Tom Brantman, creative director – Hallmark Greetings Innovation. “These cards take Valentine’s Day to the next level as more than an expression but also a gift that can be enjoyed throughout the year.”

Jim James Announces Full Band Headline Tour, Deluxe Vinyl Reissue: …Paired in a die-cut gatefold jacket, pressed on specialty foil, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION sees both albums printed on newly colored vinyl, with UNIFORM DISTORTION available in a black and gold vinyl mix and UNIFORM CLARITY in a black and white vinyl mix. Furthermore, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION appends UNIFORM DISTORTION with two tracks from the original sessions, “It Will Work Out” and “Flash In The Pan” (Rock and Roll Versions) – both first released on Uniform Clarity – and also includes an exclusive 7″ single comprised of four never-before-heard cover versions: “Hot Burrito #1” (originally performed by The Flying Burrito Brothers), “How?” (John Lennon), “Fallin’ Rain” (Link Wray) and “Dark End of the Street” (written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman and recorded by innumerable legendary artists). Lastly, UNIFORM DISTORTION/CLARITY: DELUXE EDITION includes a double-sided foldout poster signed by James and exclusive to this release.

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