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In rotation: 7/2/18

Tel Aviv, IL | Marching to a Different Beat: How Beatnik Records amassed an amazing collection of Israeli music records and why people are buying more record players than ever before. ‘Did you know records are made as a by-product of oil production?” asks Beatnik Records owner Guy Grinberg. “In the 1970s there was an oil crisis and the prices of oil went up. This had a bad effect on the quality of records being produced because the companies wanted to save money, so records became thinner and they began using recycled materials in the pressing of new records. In Israel, for example, they stopped laminating album covers after 1973 in an attempt to reduce costs.” Clad in a black T-shirt, long-haired and sporting gold earrings and a heart-shaped arm tattoo, Guy looks the part of a musician-turned-record shop owner. “I was in a rock band actually,” he confesses. “We were called ‘Binder and Duntat.’”

Pekin, IL | A Day in the Life Of A … Record Store Manager: While video may have killed the radio star, online music options are killing the brick and mortar music stores. In order to stay relevant and competitive, one Pekin business combines music sales with other merchandise. Co-op Records is located at 3253 Court St. in Pekin. They are open every day of the week. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brandon Timian, 45, is the store’s manager and said despite the store name they offer more than records. They buy, sell and trade CDs, cassette tapes and movies. Co-op also sells incense, apparel, body jewelry, golf discs, video games and vinyl records. Timian said, “If we only sold music we’d be out of business. We’ve got to be creative. I wish more people brought in used CDs and vinyl rather than throw them away.”

Seattle, WA | Easy Street Records celebrates 30 years; Clever video promotes 30% off CD Sale: Easy Street opened its store in West Seattle in 1988, and later added a cafe/bar, which serves coffee, breakfast, lunch and beer & wine. Easy Street Records often hosts live in-store performances by national and local musicians. The store carries new and used CDs, vinyl records, DVDs/BluRays, new books, magazines and company-branded merchandise. Owner/President Matt Vaughan worked at two different record stores during his teen years. In 1987, with both stores ready to go out of business simultaneously, Vaughan approached both owners and offered to consolidate the two stores into one. Vaughan opened Easy Street Records in the Junction in 1988 and the following year moved the store down the street to its current location on the primary corner of the Junction in the historic Hamm Building.

Sanborn, NY | Niagara Records is quintessential stop for music lovers: “Do what you love.” It’s not just a quote heard time and time again. For Niagara Records store owner David Ishman, it’s what prompted him to open his own record store in October 2017. Located at 5833 Buffalo St., Niagara Records offers everything a music lover could want. It currently sells vinyl and CDs spanning genres such as pop, rock, soul, bluegrass, country, blues and jazz, all neatly organized by genre. Right away, customers who walk in will gravitate toward some aisle of music looking for their next favorite album. Ishman has posters of all kinds of music legends hanging on his walls, including Fleetwood Mac and Hank Williams. Ishman is always playing music on his stereo, too, and if you tell him what your favorite kind of music is, he just might play something you’ll like. Customers can also find stereo equipment and turntables to buy, and they can sell parts of their old music collection they don’t want anymore.

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Demand it on Vinyl:
Alice Coltrane, Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings in stores 9/7

If you stress it, they’ll press it. —Ed.

VIA PRESS RELEASE | After the death of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane embarked upon a solo career that was marked with the same uncompromising vision, spiritual probing, and formal innovation as that of her husband. Her first seven solo albums were recorded for the Impulse! label, home to John during the latter part of his career; those records, though offering more of the modal jazz with devotional overtones that Coltrane fans had come to cherish, also saw her branch out in unexpected ways, introducing new instruments (harp, Wurlitzer organ), new styles (raga, modern classical), and new approaches to recording, even incorporating classical string sections into a “free” musical environment.

By the mid-‘70s, however, time was ripe for a change. ABC, the parent label of Impulse!, was suffering from management upheaval, while the now-local Warner Bros. label—Coltrane had moved to Woodland Hills, CA to raise her family—was aggressively pursuing a number of Impulse! artists, with Alice at the top of the list. Spiritual Eternal—The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings brings together, for the first time ever, the three studio albums that Alice Coltrane cut for the Warner Bros. label, albums that proved to be her final commercial recordings of the 20th century.

Though it is difficult to characterize such an eclectic and far-reaching collection of music, several things hold true throughout these three records, recorded from 1975 to 1977 with Ed Michel as producer. The first is that Alice’s instrument of choice was increasingly the Wurlitzer organ, specifically a 1971 Wurlitzer 805 Centura that included an Orbit III analog synthesizer with pitch-bending ability as one of its three manuals—a feature she used liberally and which further distinguished her sound. Coltrane credited divine guidance for her choice of the instrument; it certainly pushed her work even farther from jazz, its droning sound echoing that of the harmonium used in Eastern music.

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In rotation: 6/29/18

Portland, OR | 10 Million Releases on Discogs! Discogs, the world’s foremost Database, Marketplace, and Community for physical music, surpasses a significant data milestone with the addition of the 10 millionth release to the Discogs Database. The user-built, open-source database, with more than 400,000 Contributors, continues the nearly 18-year mission to build the most extensive and comprehensive music Database and Marketplace in the world. In 2000, Founder and President, Kevin Lewandowski launched the Discogs Database by submitting The Persuader’s 2xLP release Stockholm followed by the launch of the Discogs Marketplace in 2003, establishing an essential resource for record collectors worldwide, and unknowingly setting a cornerstone for the vinyl revival and international cultural experiences like Record Store Day.

Cambridge, UK | Millionaire lottery winner returns to his roots with new record shop: A Haverhill man who won a £148 million jackpot is returning to his roots by re-opening a record shop in the town. Multi-millionaire Adrian Bayford landed the second biggest lottery win in British history in 2012. Bayford, 45, was selling second hand albums from a music shop when he struck lucky on the Euromillions. Eight years on from his life changing win he is opening a new branch of Black Barn Records in Haverhill. The bric-a-brac store sells everything from life-size cutouts of Hollywood legends to signed Beatles memorabilia. Bayford already owns a record store by Cambridge’s Grafton Centre with the same name, which he opened in April 2016, but his newest venture is on the same site as where he used to work.

John Coltrane’s New ‘Lost Album’ Captures a Day in the Life of His Greatest Band: Any newly discovered music from a legend on the order of John Coltrane is an event. But the reason advance buzz has been particularly feverish for Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, a previously unissued session from March of 1963, is that it comes from the era of his so-called Classic Quartet. Simply put, the group – featuring pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – was Coltrane’s greatest band, a unit perfectly poised between hard-edged swing and gravity-defying exploration. And here, suddenly, we have 90 minutes of excellent-sounding material from them that most never knew existed.

Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen soundtrack released on limited white vinyl: 666 copies, naturally. The original soundtrack for 1976 horror film The Omen is being released on limited white LP, via Varase Sarabande this June. The Omen stars Gregory Peck as an American diplomat who replaces his deceased baby with an orphan whose mother died at birth. Little do they know that this seemingly innocent newborn is actually the Antichrist. Legendary American composer Jerry Goldsmith who also crafted sounds for films including Planet of the Apes, Chinatown, and LA Confidential created its Oscar winning score, which also received a best original song nomination for ‘Ave Satani’ (Hail Satan).

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TVD Radar: Burning Down The Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr in stores 9/11

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “The best punk book since Please Kill Me. ​—Legs McNeil, author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

Writer and award-winning German-language translator Tim Mohr has announced the release of his first book, Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, out September 11, 2018 via Algonquin Books. Telling the little-known story of a group of East German kids who rebelled and helped set the world on fire, Mohr takes readers on a fascinating trip through the 1980s.

Rejecting the dismal, pre-ordained futures the dictatorship tried to impose on them, these teenagers embraced punk—the aesthetic, the music, the liberating feeling of collective anarchy—and defied the state and its security apparatus. Banding together, they faced down surveillance, police violence, blacklisting from schools and jobs, and even imprisonment as they fought to create and control their own individual futures.

Beginning in earnest in the late 1970s, a handful of young people who had lived in the shadow of the Berlin Wall their entire lives caught snatches of punk music on forbidden British military radio broadcasts and began to question authority, daring to dress differently and make music that was dangerously critical of the government. Living inside the borders of East Germany but outside the system, they were hassled in the streets relentlessly pursued by the Stasi—the notorious East German secret police—but would not be deterred in their pursuit of punk.

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In rotation: 6/28/18

Gloucestershire, ENG | Stroud band to launch debut single with Sound Records: An exciting new band from Stroud will mark the release of their debut single with a gig at Sound Records this Saturday. The gig will take place at the Sound Records store in Gloucester Street at 2pm in an event that is sure to showcase their new single Come Alive. Stroud residents Tom Percival and Mathew Lacey founded Grasscourt after meeting at a fundraiser for their community playgroup. Tom outlined how the upcoming band caught the attention of their record label, Lost Map Records. “We didn’t really expect the band to develop beyond the fundraiser, but we’re thrilled to have caught the attention of a small record label,” said Tom. “Now we’ve released the single, we are hoping to gig as much as we can around Stroud starting at Sounds Records.”

Atlantic City, NJ | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City: Music, Music, Music: If you’re not busy seeing or listening, hotel habitués can take in Hard Rock’s “Sound of Your Stay” program where guests check out Fender guitars or vinyl record turntables and a selection of albums. “From the 50 music zones throughout the property where we curate every single song and monitor their tone and volume, to our “365 Live” aspect of musicians playing somewhere — everywhere — when you walk into Hard Rock, it’s an immersive experience,” said Adam Zenegl, the hotel’s locally-born “Vibe Manager.”

Our 10 favourite reissues of 2018 so far: We begin our mid-year round-up with a look at the most compelling reissues and compilations of the last six months. Perhaps more so even than new releases, the best reissues are gateways to new worlds, one-way tickets to far flung destinations and lost eras of music. Year on year, the scope of these retrospectives gets wider. Whether they’re compilations like Soundway’s superb South African bubblegum pop release Gumba Fire that bring a scene to life once more, or Finders Keepers’ lost Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack, that expose something both classic and altogether new in one go, the best reissues are those which add the sum knowledge of this musical world, and increase our access to it in the process.

A Kaleidoscope Of Sounds: Psych & Freakbeat Masterpieces Vinyl Box Set: Seems to be the season of the box set. Next on the upcoming list is A Kaleidoscope Of Sounds: Psych & Freakbeat Masterpieces, which is actually a vinyl box set. This is a 7 x 7-inch box set compiled by Phil Smee and containing what is described as ‘some of the rarest and most valuable Psychedelic & Freakbeat singles from the 1960s’. Quite a boast. It is also a first time reissue for nearly all of these singles since their original pressings, with each housed in replica label bags with original artwork alongside an extensive booklet and rare photos. Each box is also individually numbered (just 1,000 are being made) and includes download card if you want to take the tunes with you.

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TVD Radar: Elvis Presley, Where No One Stands Alone blue vinyl in stores 8/10

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “Since I was two years old,” Elvis Presley once said, “all I knew was gospel music. It became such a part of my life, it was as natural as dancing. A way to escape my problems, and my way of release.” It was gospel music that most ferociously stoked his musical passions, even as his unique synthesis of country, popular, and rhythm and blues styles made him an idol to millions around the world.

The new album Where No One Stands Alone, available August 10, celebrates the power and passion of Elvis Presley’s gospel music. Produced by Joel Weinshanker, Andy Childs and Lisa Marie Presley, the album features 14 of Elvis’ most treasured performances of inspirational music with rare alternate Elvis vocal takes and newly-recorded instrumentation and backing vocals, including members of The Blossoms, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, and The Stamps Quartet. The title track, originally recorded in 1966, is presented as a duet between Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.

Shop.Graceland.com will have exclusive, limited edition versions of the album on blue 12” vinyl and cassette configurations. Fans purchasing the CD, exclusive blue vinyl, and cassette together from Shop.Graceland.com will receive a limited edition lithograph signed by Lisa Marie Presley.

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In rotation: 6/27/18

Why British DJs From the ’60s and ’70s Kept Their Best Records Secret: There’s a great Marvin Gaye single from 1967 called “This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It’s Killing Me).” It’s classic Motown. All energy and style and the kind of driving backbeat that made the Motown Sound so iconic. Marvin is giving it his all on this record, his voice a breaking growl, soaring over the music. It’s soul at its finest and we, the lucky listeners, just get to sit back and enjoy it. Or at least, now we do. Unless they were top brass over at Motown HQ, soul music lovers in the U.S. at the time probably never heard this song. It went unreleased for years, and only reappeared as a bootleg in the late 1970s, with a noticeable difference: Marvin Gaye’s name was nowhere on it. When the record resurfaced years later, it was under the name J.J. Barnes, a purposeful deception by obsessive record collectors and DJs known as a “cover-up.”

Manahawkin, NJ | The “Red Rocker” Bruce Ciangetti Honored on Sunday: The Manahawkin area honored Bruce Ciangetti, the “Red Rocker” on Sunday at the Manafirkin Brewing Company site. The Brewery is located in the rear of the former Red Rocker Record store. Music lovers who grew up in the Manahawkin and LBI area in the eighties and nineties regularly shopped at the Red Rocker Record store on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin. This was back in the day of vinyl records and cassettes. Bruce’s friends came out on Sunday, June 24. The people seemed to have a good time reminiscing and chatting with the “Rocker.” “Bruce Ciangetti, turned all of us onto awesome music from thrash metal and punk to classic rock and early 90’s grunge,” wrote Chris Fritz who worked for the Rocker as a teenager in his store. “Bruce, quite frankly is a music legend in this area.”

There’s a hidden 5th LP in the packaging of Kamasi Washington’s new album: Over the weekend, jazz lord Kamasi Washington dropped his epic new album Heaven and Earth, and oh boy, it’s an experience. With a sprawling two and a half hour run time, the double album is available physically as a four LP vinyl set. But apparently four LP’s just aren’t enough… The hidden fifth LP is concealed in the album’s centre gatefold, and you’ll need to use a pair of box-cutters (or something sharp) on the perforated cardboard line to access it. Be careful though, you don’t want to cut too deep and damage the record below. The LP is a 40 minute long EP called The Choice, which hauls the album’s run time up to three hours and ten minutes long.

Luke Cage Season Two Original Soundtrack released on “smokey yellow” vinyl: Created by A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge aka The Midnight Hour. The original score for season two of Netflix show Marvel’s Luke Cage is being released on limited 2xLP, via Mondo this June. Luke Cage stars Mike Colter in its titular role, a former convict who develops superhuman strength and skin, and returns to Harlem to fight crime. As with the critically acclaimed score for season one, Luke Cage’s music was composed by Ali Shaheed Muhammahd and Adrian Younge. Younge and Muhammad recorded Luke Cage’s soundtrack in the winter of 2018 at two studios in Los Angeles, Blakeslee and Linear Labs. Accoridng to Mondo, its sounds “explore the vast sonic cultural landscape of Harlem” with the new addition of “a dub reggae motif for the character of Bushmaster.”

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TVD Radar: The Fall, 458489 A-Sides first
US vinyl pressing in stores 8/10

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “At various points in the band’s four-decade career, the Fall might sound like punk, hard rock, psychedelia, funk, blues-rock, jazz-rock, electropop or sheer noise. “If it’s me and your granny on bongos, it’s the Fall,” Mr. Smith once declared. The BBC disc jockey John Peel, an early and steadfast supporter, said of the Fall that ‘they are always different, they are always the same.’”The New York Times

The seventeen songs collected on 458489 A-Sides come from The Fall’s Brix Smith era, aka “the golden era of Fall releases.” This is a perfect introduction to the band, and as legendary critic Robert Christgau said, it’s “The only Fall record any normal person need own.” Originally released in 1990, this album has never been released on vinyl in the US, and isn’t easy to find elsewhere.

The band’s legendary and notorious frontman Mark E. Smith passed away earlier this year at the age of 60. The band’s output since they formed at the height of the punk rock movement in Manchester in 1976 was prolific to say the least. It’s hard to be exact, but in their four decades, The Fall released 31 studio albums, 5 part-studio/part live albums, 32 live albums, 40 compilations, and Mark E. Smith also released two spoken word albums. Another high number is that of former members of The Fall. There were over 60 different band members over the years. Their high volume of quality work over the last 40+ years had an enormous influence which was extolled greatly after his death.

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In rotation: 6/26/18

Bath, ENG | New burger bar and records store coming to Moorland Road in Bath: Two new shops are coming to a popular Bath high street – including a burger bar which is opening imminently. Moorland Road, in Oldfield Park, is poised to welcome the new additions of Revival Records Exchange and Magu. Magu has been tantalising people online since April by posting pictures of sourdough cheese burgers, bottles of its own brand of sauce and crispy bacon…It promises to offer “secret off-the-menu burgers from time to time” and asks people to follow its Instagram account for updates. The record shop will be taking the place of a former jeweller…”Having two new independent businesses on Moorland Road will be a nice boost for the street and I wish them well.”

Spokane, WA | Spokane Staple: Bob Gallagher’s shaping Spokane’s music scene, one record at a time: Walking into 4000 Holes Record Store for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Rows and rows of carefully organized new and used CDs greet you from the middle of the store, and, along the wall, new and used vinyl, equally as organized, sit in record racks, crates on the floor and on-the-wall displays that reach all the way to the ceiling. That’s not to mention the wall covered in Beatles memorabilia, plus items from bands like the Doors and a note to 4000 Holes from the late Layne Staley, behind the register. It’s a lot to take in, and it’s been that way since the record store opened in 1989.

Frederick, MD | Local record store reopens after devastating floods destroy inventory: After devastating rains and flooding destroyed a local record shop, the community came to its rescue. Vinyl Acres in downtown Frederick reopened its doors this weekend after repairing the basement-level shop for the last five weeks. Owners said the costly work done to clean-out the mess, restore flooring and records, could not have been possible without the help of the community who donated thousands to the shop’s GoFundMe page. “We were not really ready to give up. I can barely describe the level of gratitude that we feel. It’s just the goodness of people,” explained co-owner of Vinyl Acres, Martha Hull.

Scranton, PA | Before plant closure, WEA employees gather to reminisce: Embracing each other and wiping tears, employees who once made vinyl records and compact discs gathered together for one “last song.” At a dedication ceremony for an old record press Saturday morning and at a reunion picnic in the afternoon, hundreds of former employees of WEA Manufacturing reminisced about happier days. As WEA eventually became Cinram International and then Technicolor, the number of employees dwindled. The plant, which at its peak employed 3,500 people, will close its doors in a few weeks. The employees wanted to honor the Marquardt family, especially the late Richard C. Marquardt, who grew his own father’s company, Specialty Records, into WEA.

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TVD Radar: Hampton Grease Band, Music to Eat 2-LP vinyl reissue
in stores 8/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Why would we reissue a record that is reputed to be the second worst-selling release in the history of Columbia Records? (Legend has it that it was undersold only by a yoga instructional album.) Well, because in the 47-some years since its release, the Hampton Grease Band’s Music to Eat has steadily ascended the list of Greatest Cult Records of All Time so that now it resides at the tippety-top.

Indeed, modern-day jam bands genuflect at the sight of the trippy cover art alone (Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit was an early ‘90s fixture in the movement), as the jazz/prog/psych guitar licks of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling give such famous duos as Betts/Allman, Verlaine/Lloyd, and Bloomfield/Bishop a run for their money. Add a generous dollop of Pop Art surrealism delivered by Hampton’s Dada-ist, Beefheart-ian roar and you’re left with an album that inhabits a rarefied realm somewhere between Trout Mask Replica, Anthem of the Sun, Hot Rats, Happy Trails, and maybe The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (particularly because the Hampton Grease Band was also from the South but far, far stranger).

But what makes this record even more special is the way it points the way forward as well as back. Yes, you can hear echoes of their more famous, improvisationally-minded contemporaries, but the offhand guitar riffs, frenzied instrumental passages, stylistic about-faces, and deadpan vocals bring to mind nothing other than a psychedelicized Minutemen (and David Thomas of Pere Ubu sounds a lot like Col. Bruce).

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TVD’s Press Play

It’s the 350th (!) edition of TVD’s Press Play—and an announcement:

Upon the launch of Press Play quite a number of years ago, we were happily deluged with free files we were invited to share with you. While never a fan of Mp3 downloads, we nevertheless felt sharing was caring. However come 2018 with streaming (and happily, vinyl) on the rise, we receive fewer and fewer free files for download, as today’s paltry pickings attest.

Press Play will move from its weekly perch to perhaps bimonthly, monthly–or hell, as warranted–moving forward. We invite your feedback.Ed.

Static Diary – UFOs
Chris Rivers – RIP X
Ricky Bats – By My Side

TVD SINGLE OF THE WEEK:
Paul McCartney – Come On To Me

PRESS PLAY FOR THE WEEK OF 6/18/18
Pale Green Things – The Islands
The March Divide – I Don’t Care
Mountain Lions – California
The Eyebrows – Suicide Love
Hot Sauce Pony – Fenced In
Sara O’Brien & the Community Rocks! Kids – Vegetarian
Lara Smiles – Coincidence
SIR-VERE – NIGHT TIME (SYSTEMIC OBLIVION REMIX)
Chris Rivers – Gimme The Boost

PRESS PLAY FOR THE WEEK OF 6/11/18
The Color Forty Nine – Storyteller
Chris Rivers – I Am He
Badjokes – Clap Your Hands

PRESS PLAY FOR THE WEEK OF 6/4/18
Sleepspent – Come Smile With Me
Rodin – Rickshaw Roadtrip
Chris Rivers – Y’all Know Me

PRESS PLAY FOR THE WEEK OF 5/28/18
Eric Benoit – Black Currant
James Rose – Head for the Coast
Carry Illinois – Pushing Sound
J Hacha de Zola – Lightning Rod Salesman
Cosmos Sunshine – Letdown
Chris Rivers – Can’t Fight The Healing
Rebekah Rolland – Standing Still
PHOSPHENES – Boy In The Hood
Plusaziz – Murra (مُرّة)
Pale Green Things – Snakes
Broken Baby – Year of the Fat Man
The March Divide – Get In Line
Sara O’Brien & the Community Rocks! Kids – Let Yourself Shine!
Chris Rivers – Dragonfly
RRose RRome – EXCELLENT
Marz Money – The Truth Freemix

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In rotation: 6/25/18

Eivissa, ES | For The Record: The Vinyl Bubble Has Burst: Vinyl was already a labour of love at the beginning of the decade but the great irony of today is that now sales are up, the labour has never been harder. The question of whether to release on vinyl only or not has become all the more complicated. If you’re a touring artist, a vinyl only release runs the risk of alienating your fans in South America who may not be able to afford the cost of imported wax. So many artists and labels have turned to Bandcamp as an alternative way of releasing digitally, in part tempted on there by the companies more attractive royalty split than other digital stores like Beatport and by the falling numbers of orders.

Kochi, IN | Not antique but original! Gramophones are still the favourite for many: Open veranda, long-armed easy chair, a glass of piping hot coffee, the day’s newspaper and soft music coming from a gramophone…they evoke an image that is no longer a part of life today. Everything, even music, used to be untouched and original in the good old days. Today due to technological advancements, music is available on the tip of our fingers. “But it has lost its ethereal magic,” says Sajan C Mathew, music critic. “However, it is heartening to see that many, especially those who had heared songs on the gramophone, are turning back to them.” A Gen-Z person might not be able to comprehend the hullabaloo about the cumbersome vinyl records and the unwieldy music machines. “It is the lilting music in its original state that holds the listener spellbound…”

Peterborough, CA | From vinyl to fashion, new Peterborough businesses are embracing the past: They say everything old is new again, and one market trend is proving just that in Peterborough. At The Twisted Wheel, a newly-opened bar and music venue, sounds of the past are spilling from its Water Street location. For co-owner and operator Jonathan Hall, there’s nothing quite like the sound of vinyl and the experience that goes along with it. “I like being in a record store and finding something I’ve been looking for for ages and that natural feeling you get when finding something,” said Hall. “I love the art and touching it and reading the lyrics; there is a lot I love about vinyl.”

A platinum record: the vinyl LP celebrates its 70th birthday: At a press conference in New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel in June 1948 (there is some dispute about the actual date – the 18th, 20th and 21st are all suggested), Columbia Records introduced its long-playing vinyl discs. The company had embarked on the task of developing a storage format that could hold 20 minutes of music per side in 1941, had paused almost immediately due to American involvement in World War II, and resumed in 1945. By 1948 it was ready. Two types of discs, 10in and 12in, both turning at a mere 33⅓ revolutions per minute, were unveiled – and by 1956 the previous standard for recorded music, 10in shellac discs that turned at 78rpm and would break if you dropped them, had been abandoned by every major recording company in the United States.

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TVD Radar: The Wolfhounds, Hands In The Till: The Complete John Peel Sessions in stores 7/27

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Originally formed as teenagers in 1984, The Wolfhounds released four critically acclaimed LPs and numerous singles, appeared on the NME’s influential C86 cassette, extensively toured the UK and continental Europe, finally disbanding in 1990. The band reformed in 2006 at the request of St Etienne’s Bob Stanley to celebrate 20 years since the release of C86, and inflicted a severe guitar noisefest on an unsuspecting indiepop crowd at London’s ICA. Since 2012 they have been recording and releasing new material.

At the peak of media attention over the new bands promoted by the C86 cassette, The Wolfhounds recorded three four-song sessions for the BBC’s legendary late-night John Peel Show between March 1986 and January 1987, capturing all the excitement and youthful exuberance of a band just catching the public imagination. With an energy born of sweaty, rammed gigs in the function rooms of London pubs and a willful experimentation nurtured in suburban bedrooms and garages away from watchful eyes, The Wolfhounds blasted their raw live sound straight to tape with little in the way of overdubs or the more considered studio polish of their excellent albums.

Every song from these sessions is now gathered together on Hands In The Till, making a surprisingly coherent whole despite the heady disorganized thrust of the times and a couple of line-up changes in the meantime. More wiry and angular than most of their C86 peers, The Wolfhounds had more in common with The Fall than The Byrds, and Hands In The Till shows them at their caustic best.

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In rotation: 6/22/18

Wilkes-Barre, PA | The Last Song Event for “Specialty Records”: Lackawanna County’s Mid-Valley ‘revolutionized’ the entertainment industry. A lot of that attributed to the Marquardt Family. “In 1916 Frank Marquardt had the idea to take a Scranton button, Frank had developed an idea, a concept of making a molding press and it turned into a record,” said Douglas Long, a 36 year employee. That one record would pave the way for Specialty Records. With a third generation, Marquardt in control, Specially Records on North Valley Avenue in Olpyhant took off. “I was the first one to listen to the Eagles albums because we used to get vinyl lacquer,” Said Mary Ann Novak.

Hong Kong | Hong Kong Records to close shops at Pacific Place and Harbour City, marking end of era in city’s music scene. An institution of Hong Kong’s music scene that counts former governor Chris Patten, ex-No 2 official Rafael Hui Si-yan and fashion magnate Dickson Poon as customers will close its doors for good next week because of heavy losses and a bleak outlook, its owner said on Wednesday. After 29 years in business, Hong Kong Records in Admiralty will close on June 27 while the firm’s other store at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui is expected to follow soon after, Siu King-chin said. “Everything has an end,” Siu, 70, said. “We have lost money in the past three to four years, and the operating environment was particularly difficult in the past 10 months. There is no future in the industry.”

Toronto, ON | Long-time record store owner and music volunteer Taras Ostashewsky dies: Those of a certain vintage will remember Ostashewsky as manager of S.U. Records in HUB Mall for over a decade, ending in the early 1990s. For several decades he put much of his energy into volunteering for the Edmonton Jazz Society, and then as public relations officer for the Jazz City International Music Festival for some 25 years. He was also a long-running radio host on Wait Until Dark on CJSR-FM, a film reviewer on CBC Radio, a member and recent president of the Edmonton Film Society, and employed to stock jazz for The Gramophone. Through all these venues and in his many friendships Ostashewsky’s passion for jazz and other music, film and the arts generally was always at the forefront. It often seemed that he found his duty in promoting what he felt to be new, important or obscure names. Many lives were enriched from his efforts. He will be missed.

Detroit, MI | Third Man Records offers goodies for donations to immigrant services: …On Wednesday, the company announced that any fan who visits their Third Man stores in either Detroit or Nashville with proof of a $50 donation to any organization raising money to help children that have been separated from their families will receive a free limited exclusive record from the Third Man stash, while supplies last. Among the charities the company suggested are RAICES, the largest immigration legal services non-profit in Texas; the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, which provides legal aid to refugee families and the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the U.S. government. A list of other charities was tweeted out by Third Man on Wednesday.

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TVD Radar: Ted Hawkins, Watch Your Step vinyl reissue in stores 8/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings celebrates the reissue of Ted Hawkins’ 1982 album Watch Your Step. This release marks the first-ever official vinyl reissue of Watch Your Step, available on August 3, 2018 (8/3). From his obscure beginnings in Biloxi, Mississippi, to playing on the streets of Venice, California for small change, to experiencing notoriety in Europe as thousands flocked to his concerts before his untimely death: Ted Hawkins lived what he sang; of that, there is no doubt. His powerful, soulful voice awed listeners as he shared his beautifully troubled world. For the first-time fans can experience Watch Your Step on 180-gram vinyl.

More about Ted Hawkins: Consider the unlikely story of Ted Hawkins. When he signed with Rounder Records in 1982, he had no manager or booking agent, and his only gig had been performing on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, California, where he sat on a milk crate and played for tips. At the time of his signing, he was also incarcerated at the California State Penitentiary. Yet, Ted’s music was so soulful and compelling that there seemed to be no choice, especially for a label that did not measure success in sales or chart position.

Ted’s songs are quirky and personal, addressing despair and contrition in relationships (“I Gave Up All I Had,” “If You Love Me”), abandonment (“The Lost Ones”), alcohol addiction (“Sorry You’re Sick”), and even a hypothetical jingle for an airline company (“TWA”). There was also pure exuberance, if sometimes tainted with a dark edge, on songs such as “Watch Your Step” and the humorous “Who Got My Natural Comb?”

The album, Watch Your Step, went on the receive a rare five-star Rolling Stone review, and was an artistic coup for Rounder. As esteemed author Peter Guralnick wrote in his album notes, Ted’s music was a “rural adaptation of contemporary soul music,” influenced especially by Sam Cooke. Hawkins was a soul singer of the first rank, tapping county, folk and blues along the way. He had a rough-voiced authority that, under other circumstances, might have made him a star.

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