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In rotation: 2/26/21

Bozeman, MT | This might be the best record shop in Montana: If you are a person that loves listening and collecting vinyl records, this spot is a must go to in Montana. So here in Bozeman we have a few pretty great record shops. Cactus Records in downtown Bozeman is a great spot. They have some of the best new top vinyl’s you can get. Plus, their used collection is rock solid. Then there is the recently new Wax Museum in Bozeman. Their vinyl records are mostly in old school punk and some classics and their used section is pretty incredible if you are looking for classic rock or country. Both of these spots are great but there is a place in Montana that has one of the biggest and fantastic collections of vinyl record’s I have ever seen and luckily it’s a pleasant drive to get there. In Missoula, most people know Rocking Rudy’s for great gifts and a huge music selection(my dad would go here every time we visited) and I honestly thought that was the only music store in Missoula. That was until my brother introduced me to my new favorite spot. Ear Candy Music.

Bend, OR | Audiophiles, physical media fans embrace cassettes in Bend: Though not as popular as vinyl, tapes are making a comeback. Erika Windlinx of Prineville grew up listening to rock ’n’ roll bands such as Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC on rides in her father’s truck. But the 21-year-old didn’t have a physical music collection until about three years ago when her grandfather died, and she inherited his truck. It only had a tape deck, so Windlinx started scouring Smith Rock Records (formerly Ranch Records) in downtown Bend for cassettes. She now has a collection of between 50 and 100 cassettes. “It’s something material,” Windlinx said. “I’m sure I could find some way to hook up my phone to my truck and play media through MP3s and stuff, but I like the material. I like having the little flip booklet that you have that has all the funny little pictures of rock stars in them, and then it has a little cover picture. In this day and age we’re definitely losing that, and I feel like that’s a bit pricier of something to have to pay, to lose the material for more convenience.”

Cleveland, OH | Boss Ladies of CLE: Brittany Benton. Producer, DJ, owner of Brittany’s Record Shop: this Boss Lady is helping to drive Cleveland’s music industry. Brittany Benton says that being prepared has served her well this last year. “It was one of those situations where they say, you know, stay ready so you don’t have to get ready,” Benton said of the events of 2020. As the reckoning around race and equity took shape last summer, her Slavic Village store, Brittany’s Record Shop, saw unprecedented sales. “The first four days of June, it eclipsed what I made all through all my sales channels in 2019 and it’s been pretty steady since,” Benton explained. “People were looking online for all types of black business owners to patronize and then, [it helped that in] the vinyl community were very close-knit.” Benton says that while she had to close her store for about five weeks at the start of the pandemic, her website sales have more than made up for the closure.

Raleigh, NC | Vinyl Record Stores in Raleigh, NC: A pandemic-plagued year presented brutal challenges for businesses of all types and sizes, including record stores. Yet somehow, record stores in the Raleigh area are finding new ways to not just survive but thrive, often by honing in on new features or niches. Here’s a survey of stores on the scene. All have the standard coronavirus protocols with mask-wearing, hand-sanitizing, occupancy limits, social distancing and such. Most of them offer curbside pickup or mail-order delivery if you want to truly keep your distance. Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop: As the pandemic picked up speed during the spring of 2020, the record store upstairs at the Pour House Music Hall was ill-prepared for a shutdown, lacking a website. So they had to do what co-owner Adam Linstaedt calls “a quick pivot,” with co-owner Lacie Linstaedt getting a fully functional website up and running by the middle of April. Online sales got the shop through the dark days of the shutdown, and they have since reopened four days per week. The inventory continues to be vinyl-only, and they have done their best to keep things fun even in the midst of harsh times.

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TVD Radar: Can,
Live In Stuttgart 1975
3LP in stores 5/28

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “Their live performances sound like an epic story we are being told—a novel, with differing chapters, changing moods, weather, seasons and exotic landscapes.”Alan Warner

Mute and Spoon Records are proud to announce the first in a series of long-awaited live album releases. Can: Live in Stuttgart 1975 is out May 28 on vinyl, CD, and digital platforms. If you think you knew Can, even after all the albums and through recently discovered material such as the legendary Lost Tapes, you’ll still find masses to surprise you here. This music is never the same river twice. In five parts, Can: Live in Stuttgart 1975 demonstrates an important and formidable element of the Can story—their live performance.

The Can Live series has taken the best of the bootlegged recordings and—overseen by founding member Irmin Schmidt and producer / engineer Rene Tinner—run them through the wringer of 21st century technology to bring you these vital historical documents in the best quality versions possible.

Founded in the late ‘60s and disbanded just over a decade later, Can’s unprecedented and bold marriage of hypnotic grooves and avant-garde instrumental textures has made them one of the most important and innovative of all time. These albums reveal a totally different perspective to the band. You may hear familiar themes, riffs and motifs popping up and rippling through these jams, but they are often fleetingly recognized faces in a swirling crowd.

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TVD Radar: The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present
by Paul McCartney in stores 11/2

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.”
Paul McCartney, The Lyrics

In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career—from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive—drafts, letters, photographs—never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it.

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TVD Radar: Making Vinyl’s 2020 Best in
Vinyl Packaging Awards Bestowed Virtually

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The best in vinyl records packaging was celebrated today (2/24) at the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards Virtual Ceremony. The video reply of the ceremony is here.

Now in its 4th year the Making Vinyl Packaging Awards garnered more than 219 entries in 15-categories that were then reviewed by more than 21 judges on both sides of the Atlantic. The ceremony was hosted virtually by renowned packaging legend Craig Braun (the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers and Alice Cooper’s School’s Out) who’s been an actor for the past two decades. The final round judges (Gail Marowitz; The Visual Strategist, Brian Schuman; Concord Music, Scott Pollack; A to Z Media; Sean Mosher-Smith, Echo Designlab, & Bryan Ekus; Making Vinyl) took turns announcing the winners and runners up.

The awards are part of Making Vinyl, the first B2B conference dedicated to the rebirth of the vinyl record industry, and produced by Colonial Manufacturing Cooperative, a buying collective among media manufacturers. More info about the awards is here.

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In rotation: 2/25/21

Louisville, KY | Mr. Tees Record Store a lasting memory for Louisville’s music industry: The tunes of a local record store started flowing through the West Louisville community in the 1980s. Mr. Tees Record Store was the spot for local artists to find their beats and where gospel legends passed through the aisles. Willie Glover knows almost every tune of the gospel, from Douglas Miller, to his very own as the lead singer of the group Archie Dale and the Tones of Joy. ”We never could come up with a solid hit record,” Glover said. In 1985, he opened Mr. Tees Record Store, bringing hits to the shelves to make a living. ”The life of a music store is new music,” Glover said. “If you can get new music and get it first, then you can make some money.” …”Everyone knew about Mr. Tees,” she said. “We would listen to gospel music, then hear a song on 1240 LOVE and then WLLV. We would travel down there on Broadway and you’d go in there and get the feeling of physically putting your hands on the tapes and albums.”

Webster, PA | Webster’s Stax of Trax Records provides a variety of unique vinyls:  To see if I could stock up on some records for my collection, I visited the records section of Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe: Stax of Trax. Since returning to State College, I have been hunting for more vinyl record shops after checking out Music Underground last semester. When you Google “records shops in State College,” you find a decent amount of opportunities to purchase these musical collectibles. Though Stax of Trax appears as its own individual store on the web, it is actually inside Webster’s. Though I had been to the bookstore and cafe before, it turns out I hadn’t truly experienced all it has to offer. I always enjoy a good bookstore, and I have been to many all over the country, including Strand Book Store in New York City and Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver. Webster’s just seems different to me — but in a good way. I don’t know if it is the older bookstore aesthetic that intrigued me or the smell of food at the cafe, but I enjoy being at Webster’s. The whole store and the smell of old books gave me a bit of nostalgia.

Buffalo, NY | Remember the records? These few vinyl shops in Buffalo had them: Back in the 70s and 80s DJs and record enthusiasts only had a few places to go to get classic vinyl. The known retail record stores in Buffalo carried mostly mainstream music that was being played on the radio at the time. Before I became a DJ, I remember going to The “Record Theater” it was on Mian Street in Buffalo, back then 12-inch singles were $4.99, and I would go at least once a week to try to keep up with what was current. I soon found out, that for DJs to get a good deal on music, one of the places you had to go to, was right downstairs from the Record Theater, and it was called “One-Stop”, they sold music to DJs and people on the radio at a discounted price. The store many of us DJs went to has been around for well over 50-years and still stands as the oldest record store in Buffalo still in operation, Doris Records. I learned to hit up Doris Records when you wanted to get new music first in the 80s and 90s, Doris Records was one of my favorite places.

Lily Allen would have put her albums on vinyl “long ago” if she owned the masters: And she “had nightmares trying to get things pressed” for her 2018 record ‘No Shame’ Lily Allen has told fans she wishes she could have her albums repressed on vinyl. The singer was responding to a tweet after someone asked her about the possibility of getting her discography repressed, to which she revealed that she’s always wanted to but is unable to because she doesn’t own the master recordings. A fan wrote on Twitter: “lily pleeeeease press your records on vinyl again!!! we are BEGGING!!!!!!” with Allen replying: “if i owned the masters i would have done it long ago.” Allen added: “i had nightmares trying to get things pressed on NoShame, wanted to do limited edition of singles but was told it was too expensive.” Another fan wrote: “Can you not re-record them like Taylor? Or is that really expensive to do?” Allen responded: “perhaps. maybe one day.”

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TVD Radar: Spiritualized announces The Spaceman Reissue Program

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Spiritualized and Fat Possum Records are proud to announce the first stage of The Spaceman Reissue Program: definitive vinyl releases of the first four Spiritualized albums. Curated by J Spaceman, the series will kick off April 23 with Spiritualized’s classic 1992 debut, Lazer Guided Melodies.

Elevating the gritty, narcotic garage blues of Pierce’s recently disbanded Spacemen 3 into a crystalline space rock/pop wall of sound, Lazer Guided Melodies was recorded from 1990 to 1991, its 12 songs divided into four distinct movements. Reflecting on the transition from Spacemen 3 to the first realization of the Spiritualized sound, Pierce recalls:

“The last Spacemen 3 record was under-realized to me. When I listen back to that stuff it sounds like somebody finding their way. There was a lot of ideas but no way to put them into a space that would make them all work. So, there was a huge freedom forging over the last Spacemen 3 record and when Spiritualized started it was like, ‘OK it’s all yours. Go’…

We recorded the tracks in the studio near my flat which was a place where they predominantly recorded advertising jingles and it’s where we made all the Spacemen 3 records, but then the recordings were taken to Battery Studios in London, to explore a more professional way of making music… Once I approached that way of doing things I opened up a whole world and I was astounded that somebody could take those tracks and turn it into the record it became…”

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In rotation: 2/24/21

Portland, OR | Face the Music: Looking to build up your record collection? Here’s where to find vinyl in Portland. Support local businesses and fill the void of live music with the next best thing. Over the past year, as we’ve slogged, cried and persevered our way through the pandemic, I’ve tried to offer up ways to support local music venues and musicians. This week I’m pulling a slightly different thread by suggesting some retail therapy in the form of record shopping in and around Portland and through local stores online. Not only will you support local businesses, you never know what you might find while out there flipping through the stacks. I reached out to several shops in Portland to check in about sales during the pandemic and found that vinyl, which started its resurgence a few years back, is as popular as ever. Whether you’ve already jumped on the trend or are interested in starting a collection, here are places to look and what they have to offer.

Boise, ID | A breath of fresh air: The Record Exchange adds air purifier to safety measures for in-store shoppers: In a news release, The Record Exchange in Boise announced it is adding to its cadre of safety measures for in-store shoppers. “Behold the power of ions!” The announcement said, “Since the start of the pandemic, The Record Exchange has taken multiple steps to make sure you stay safe when you step inside our store. And now we’ve taken a leap into the air – literally.” With the installation of needlepoint bipolar ionization technology, the result is cleaner, purer, air, said the release. “Needlepoint bipolar ionization is a purification process that removes airborne particulates, odors and pathogens using safe ultraviolet rays. Basically, it attacks and kills all the bad stuff in the air – dust, spores, bacteria, and yes, viruses – by stealing its life-sustaining hydrogen. In the process, the system also greatly reduces outdoor air intake, keeping our newly pure store air nice and pure.”

Wappingers Falls, NY | Wappingers Falls brewpub The Vinyl Room moving to Beacon: The Vinyl Room, a Wappingers Falls-based brewpub and record shop, has announced it will close on Feb. 28 and reopen later this year in Beacon. The Vinyl Room opened in 2017 at 2656 E. Main St. and offered its customers an extensive inventory of vinyl records along with craft beer, wine and pizza. The company shared the news of its move on its Facebook page, but did not state where or when it would be opening in Beacon. “These uncertain times have presented us with some new opportunities to grow our business, and we are looking forward to setting up shop in our hometown of Beacon this coming spring,” the statement said. “We would also like to thank everyone for all the support the last four years in the village of Wappingers Falls. We’ve built some wonderful friendships, enjoyed some amazing times together, and we will truly miss everyone visiting us in Wappingers.”

Norwich, CT | New comics and records store in Griswold looks to hold future events: Comics have been a way of life for Chris Hebert since, as a child, he was given a Star Wars: Return of the Jedi comic book by his mother before getting surgery about 40 years ago. Since then, he has kept up comic book collecting as both a hobby and as a side job. However, the pandemic has made him rethink how he approaches his business. On Sunday, Hebert, along with Mike Young, opened CH2 Collectibles featuring RPM Records, in the Slater Mill Mall in Griswold. The collectibles include comics, records, toy cars and trading cards. The store’s hours are Thursdays and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hebert and Young met while working as vendors at the Slater Mill Mall’s flea market. Because of the pandemic, the men weren’t able to access their inventor in store. However, Hebert said an opportunity became available when a space in the Slater Mill Mall opened up, and the two men moved in February.

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TVD Radar: Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2 and Ali Farka Touré, Red vinyl reissues in stores 3/26 and 5/7

VIA PRESS RELEASE | World Circuit announce the reissue of two essential records from their celebrated catalogue. Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2, compiled by the label’s own Nick Gold, will be released on deluxe 180G, limited edition, red and blue vinyl on 26th March. Ali Farka Touré’s revered breakthrough album Red will be available on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1984 on 7th May.

CUMBIA CUMBIA 1 & 2 | Cumbia, the music and the dance synonymous with Colombia, has been around almost since the 17th century. Today, it’s a badge of identity for Colombians everywhere, but is now also enjoying a global renaissance; filling dance floors and captivating a new generation of music fans. This collection brings together some of the greatest recordings made by Colombia’s legendary record label, Discos Fuentes, between 1954 and 1988.

Discos Fuentes was founded in Cartagena in 1934 by the visionary musician, arranger and producer, Antonio Lopez Fuentes. It was the first important record label in the country and grew into a company of immense significance for Colombian music, responsible for thousands of hits and scores of legendary singers and musicians over six decades. Fuentes hand-picked his musicians and singers then meticulously arranged, produced and recorded their music in-house.

This collection presents thirty of these three-minute-masterpieces, showcasing the gamut of styles that make up the distinctive and irresistible cumbia sound; a sound typified by a loping 2/4 gait and a pulsing rocksteady bassline, overlaid with heavy rural percussion, brass, accordion, clarinet, electric guitar and vocals. Disc 1 features a broad range of cumbia styles with recordings from 1960 through to 1988, whilst disc 2 digs further into the classics of the past focusing almost exclusively on the 1950s and 1960s.

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In rotation: 2/23/21

Washington, DC | Meet the owner of DC’s HR Records, one of very few Black-owned record stores in the US: The story of D.C.’s place in music history is one that’s been spinning for generations. The legendary shows at Constitution Hall, the Go-Go soundtrack of the city and, of course, the homegrown legends of jazz and soul. But record stores — a place where knowledge is passed on, where you can discover what’s next, and where you can literally hold a piece of history — are rarely in Black hands. That’s where Charvis Campbell comes in. He’s a product of Howard University, who left the world of academia for a new musical arrangement. He owns HR Records, which stands for Home Rule Records, in the heart of D.C.’s Brightwood Park. “We’re probably the only one in the city, and for obvious reasons that’s a concern if you think of the history that D.C. has with music, that our people have,” he told us. “The fact that we only have one store says something there.” In fact, an online community that’s keeping tabs says Campbell’s shop is one of only 37 Black-owned record stores in the country, despite record-sales for vinyl records recently. Campbell says his stake in this side of the industry is a key part of holding on to D.C.’s musical heritage.

Ottawa, CA | Boyd Brothers Stay In the Groove With Ottawa’s Compact Music: The Boyd brothers, Ian and James, have been persistent and sometimes loud proponents of indie music retailing, strongly supportive of local recording artists, and profitably operating their business through the peaks and valleys of the trade. Last year, having been forced to shut down for 13 weeks during lockdown, they still came out ahead in year-end numbers, as compared to 2019. The Bank Street store today is practically all new vinyl and doing very well. Paige Raymond Kovach reports. Ian and James Boyd have been in the music retail business for 43 years and have kept the beat going through many entrepreneurial challenges that include the dawn of digital downloads, and the current Covid-19 pandemic. The two started selling records in 1978 under the name Circular Motion when they set up shop in the front of the Saucy Noodle restaurant to sell their record albums. “I think my first day I sold seven records, and thought to myself ‘I’m gonna get rich,'” Ian says with a hearty laugh.

Grand Junction, CO | Localrado: Put Your Records On: Triple Play Records spins on the power of music. The store is packed solid with vinyl records and CDs featuring hits from multiple genres. In a day of digital streams, employees notice that a high appreciation remains for hard copies. “Being able to listen to a record or a physical media CD rather than a download is important to our culture and to the community as well,” Matthew Cesario shares, “We’re able to give back to the community and we’ve done in many ways over the years.” Adapting to all styles, Triple Play can convert vinyl records and cassettes to CDs or MP3s for personal devices. “At Triple Play Records, they encourage you to listen to a classic disc then go out and toss one,” Cora Dickey says.

Common Celebrates Black Vinyl, in All Its Forms, as Record Store Day Puts a Spotlight on Black-Owned Music Shops: RSD has a website showcasing 30 Black-owned record retailers for Black History Month, with a very vinyl-conscious hip-hop star helping lead the awareness charge. Black History Month is also, unofficially, Black Record Store Day Month. The Record Store Day organization has made it a mission throughout February 2021 to put the spotlight each day on a different Black-owned music shop in the U.S., a cause that has involved bringing in Common to help shine the spotlight on independent retailers that deserve the patronization every month of the year. “I owe so much to record stores and specifically Black-owned record stores,” Common tells Variety. “I’m very grateful to be a part of Record Store Day supporting Black-owned record stores because of what they’ve meant to me and what they’ve meant to Black culture and getting Black music out to the world. So I think it’s only right. It’s like, to whom much is given, much is required. For me, this is my duty.”

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TVD Radar: The Beat Farmers, Tales of the New West 2CD set in stores 4/2, vinyl 5/7

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Beat Farmers, one of roots-rock’s most beloved but unsung combos, finally get their due with a deluxe reissue of their classic 1985 debut album, Tales of the New West, out April 2, 2021 from Blixa Sounds.

This deluxe CD reissue features all 12 tracks from the original album released on Rhino Records, as well as a second disc, Live at the Spring Valley Inn, 1983, a 21-song recording of the Beat Farmers on their home turf of San Diego that helped land the band a record deal. A gatefold package houses the two discs with a 24-page booklet featuring rare photos and other images. Also included are liner notes by the reissue’s producer, Dan Perloff, an early champion who discovered the band while attending San Diego State University and brought them to the attention of Rhino Records executive Gary Stewart.

Tales of the New West features the Beat Farmers’ classic lineup of singer-guitarists Jerry Raney and Buddy Blue, bassist Rolle Dexter, and drummer-singer Country Dick Montana. With their trademark double-barreled attack, the Farmers had the unique talent to deliver a mix of earnest roots-rock with killer riffs on originals like Blue’s “Lost Weekend” and Raney’s “Showbiz,” and choice covers of the Velvet Underground’s “There She Goes Again” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Reason to Believe.” They capped it all off with the over-the-top lunacy of Country Dick on tracks such as “California Kid” and “Happy Boy.”

Steve Berlin of Los Lobos co-produced Tales of the New West, and blows sax on “Showbiz.” Other special guests included Chip and Tony Kinman of Rank & File, Peter Case of the Plimsouls, Sid Griffin of the Long Ryders, and the Bangles’ Vicki Peterson, as well as future Beat Farmer Joey Harris and “Bigger Stones” songwriter Paul Kamanski.

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In rotation: 2/22/21

Hermitage, PA | Stacks of wax, tons of toys and a multitude of memories: Flipside is somewhere between a store and a collection that got a little out of hand. Stepping inside the front door of Flipside Records and Collectibles, a quick glance around the room will reveal rows upon rows of records, CDs and other music memorabilia — and at the far end of the room, a door leads to yet another room of shelves and cabinets full of curiosities bound to evoke memories. With everything from rock ’n’ roll and country to rap and hip-hop, some shelves feature records of famous artists such as Frank Sinatra to seemingly random oddities such as holiday-themed records of DC heroes. Other shelves carry CDs with more modern artists such as Green Day, while cassette tapes feature everything in-between. Owned by husband-and-wife team Robert and Judy Johnson, the Hermitage business has something for everyone from hardcore collectors looking for that rare, 45 rpm record of an obscure musician to a young person who’s just discovering a new genre. “I think it’d be hard for a family to come in here and not find something that’s of to interest everyone,” Judy said.

Denver, CO | Good Baby Founder Queues Up Most Personal Pop-Up To Date With Larimer Records Cafe: Last October, Good Baby MGMT took on the rather Herculean task of refurbishing The Market at Larimer Square. For founder Josh Sampson — the man behind TheBigWonderful, Denver Bazaar, Yeah Baby and Neon Baby — the iconic space’s transformation was but one piece of the larger task of bringing fresh ideas and a younger demographic to a Larimer Square in crisis. Before formally launching Good Baby, Sampson acted as director of placemaking for the whole block — introducing an all-star roster of new tenants including Bao Brewhouse, Hidden Gems, Drunken Bakery and Ghost Coffee, alongside his original concepts Farmers Market LSQ and Garage Sale. On Tuesday, February 2, Sampson upped the ante with the opening of Larimer Records Cafe — once again dramatically refashioning The Market’s venerated multi-level interior. Sampson rightly describes the project — essentially a pop-up within a pop-up focusing on bourbon, wine, vinyl and beer — as the “hipster sax.”

Milwaukee, WI | Retro MKE: The Exclusive Company. Say it with me — the Exclusive Company!” Many Milwaukee radio listeners remember the iconic statement fondly — along with afternoons spent perusing Exclusive’s bins of LPs for treasures. The Exclusive Company, billed as “America’s Oldest Full-Line Independent Record Store,” originally opened on Main Street in West Bend in 1956 and sold all iterations of vinyl: 33, 45 and 78 rpms, expanding over the decades to include cassettes and CDs. In its heyday during the 1970s and 1980s, The Exclusive Company was the hub for vinyl and CD aficionados — album signings (and occasional performances in the store), tie-ins with Summerfest shows and local appearances, midnight record release sales, and solid cross section of music from rock to jazz, soul, country, experimental and classic. When the demand for physical albums boomed again in the 2000s, The Exclusive Company found a market for both new-release and pre-owned records, along with an expansion into novelty items and pop-culture collectibles. The West Bend store carries additional car and home audio electronics, TVs and DJ equipment.

Wappinger Falls, NY | Unique Hudson Valley business closing for months, moving: A very popular and unique business that sold beer, wine, food and records is closing. But will reopen in a few months at a new location. On Thursday, The Vinyl Room, the Hudson Valley’s first-ever taproom and record shop, announced Feb. 28 will be the company’s last day open for business at its Village of Wappinger Falls location. “We would also like to thank everyone for all the support the last four years in the Village of Wappingers Falls. We’ve built some wonderful friendships, enjoyed some amazing times together, and we will truly miss everyone visiting us in Wappingers.,” The Vinyl Room wrote on Facebook. The Vinyl Room offers its customers a wide range of items. The business opened on East Main Street in 2017. It sells vinyl records, wine, craft beer and pizza. The good news is the popular business isn’t closing for good, like so many eatery’s have been forced to do this pandemic. The Vinyl Room is moving to an undisclosed location in Beacon.

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TVD Radar: Todd Rundgren, A Wizard,
A True Star…Live
2LP rainbow swirl vinyl in stores 3/5

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Rock Hall of Fame nominee and revered musician/producer/songwriter, Todd Rundgren performs a very special live concert featuring the entirety of his classic 1973 album A Wizard, A True Star!

Recorded 2009 in Akron OH, this special concert was released on crystal clear DVD and CD last year and now has been pressed on deluxe RAINBOW SWIRL vinyl! 2LPs in a gorgeous gatefold jacket featuring images from Todd Rundgren’s truly epic multi-media concert event—a front-to-back recreation of his enormously popular and influential album, A Wizard, A True Star!

A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren’s 1973 solo album aptly foreshadows the contributions of this multifaceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, interactive artist, and author, over the past 50+ years Rundgren has made a lasting impact on the form, content, and delivery of popular music.

His seminal album Something/Anything? (1972), on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts and acted as his own producer, catapulted Rundgren into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him “Rock’s New Wunderkind.” His 21 solo albums, plus 14 with his prog rock/power pop ensemble Utopia, spawned such hit singles as “I Saw The Light,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” “Bang The Drum,” and with his band Utopia, “Love Is The Answer.”

As a producer, Rundgren has brought his creativity to bear on nearly one hundred albums, including with Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, The Psychedelic Furs, The Tubes, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, Hall & Oates, The Band, and Meat Loaf’s 50-million-selling Bat Out Of Hell.

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In rotation: 2/19/21

Nearly 12 million records sold on Discogs in 2020: With over 140 million items added to people’s collections. Discogs has released its end of year report for 2020, with vinyl sales reaching record highs during the period. Despite the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 saw substantial growth in vinyl sales globally, and Discogs was no exception. A reported 16,290,197 items were sold on site — an increase of 40.12% over the previous year, with vinyl sales accounting for 73.4% of all sales. Vinyl was the most popular physical format on site, with 11,961,998 records sold in 2020. The platform also saw 140,189,018 items added to collections in 2020, fuelled by global Coronavirus lockdowns, and more time spent at home.

Ontario, CA | ‘Reopening is more than just slapping an open sign on the door.’ Sudbury-areal businesses continue to grapple with the unpredictability of the pandemic post-lockdown. Eight weeks to the day the Ontario government announced the second provincial lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, non-essential businesses were permitted to open in the Sudbury district. The stay-at-home order lifted on Tuesday, and Public Health Sudbury and Districts’ service area was moved into the orange zone of the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework. Most businesses, including gyms, clothing stores and cinemas, were allowed to re-open with public health protocols in place, including reduced capacities and other restrictions. Weathering the storm of a second provincial lockdown, however, has been challenging and local businesses are doing their best to stay afloat. “You have to remain hopeful. You have to be looking forward to the future and planning, but with the pandemic, we’re dealing with a level of unpredictability that makes that really hard,” said Beth Mairs, lead programmer at Sudbury Indie Cinema.

Red Hook, NY | The Record Shop is perfectly Red Hook, by Gene Bray: You see a permanent bench in front of a bizarre looking sculpture of guitars. A Sculpture-like apparition that might be unwelcome in some neighborhoods. It’s clear that anybody is welcome to sit at this crazy lookin spot. Anytime. At dawn there is usually all kinds of free stuff on it. By noon chairs appear. This is a place to relax a while with others… And of course, the records. Hundreds of albums are displayed in huge wooden racks. And 45s. A record is always playin on 1 of the two turntables in the window. Never loud though. Background music. You can hear it on the sidewalk out front too; also at the same low volume.. Don’t worry, it’s loud enough. These turntable sounds are free to anyone passing by. And it hits em right between the eyes. Impromptu dancing is always breaking out. Inside and on the sidewalk. One day I saw an older lady dancing in front of the shop. Gracefully, effortlessly, sensuously moving to a Salsa beat.

Manchester, UK | A new bar, bakery, record store and cafe hybrid is heading to Altrincham: It started life in a caravan but is moving on up. Altrincham is set to welcome a new cafe-bar with a record store and bakery inside after lockdown. The hybrid venue comes from local independent record label Stutter & Twitch, who have been operating a coffee shop out of a caravan since last summer. The new permanent site will serve craft beer, cocktails and wine alongside its artisan coffee as soon as restrictions allow. The unit at Stamford Square will play host to live music from local artists and DJs. It will also be home to a small record store, and a mini bakery churning out baked goods to be stocked and sold from the caravan, which will remain in place. Stutter and Twitch’s expansion comes in partnership with Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council, and is part of a wider plan to transform Altrincham’s Stamford Quarter. The plan includes creating a community-focused public square at Stamford Square, where Stutter & Twitch are building their new home. The site will be ready this March, but will open as soon as restrictions allow.

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TVD Radar: Donna
Lewis, Now in a Minute 25th anniversary vinyl reissue in stores 4/2

VIA PRESS RELEASE | 1996 debut album from the Welsh singer-songwriter Donna Lewis is a charming blend of highly personal songs set to dream pop production and features chart topping single “I Love You Always Forever,” which had the most spins on radio of any song in pop music history to date.

Welsh-born singer-songwriter Donna Lewis went from being to a music teacher to notching, with the single “I Love You Always Forever,” a song that spent nine weeks at #2 on the charts and got the most spins on radio… ever! And the accompanying album, 1996’s Now in a Minute, an utterly charming blend of personal lyrics and dream pop production, went Top 40 as well (and scored another hit with “Without Love”).

Now, on its 25th anniversary, and with the full cooperation of the artist herself, we at Real Gone Music are bringing Now in a Minute to LP for the first time with an orange vinyl pressing limited to 1,000 copies! Includes an inner sleeve with lyrics, too (which you will want to read).

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Demand it on Vinyl: Peggy Lee, Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook
2CD in stores 4/9

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Omnivore Recordings and Peggy Lee Associates are proud to announce the April 9, 2021 release of Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook. Compiled to accompany the 2020 PBS documentary Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee, this two-CD, 40-song set features dozens of previously unissued performances from Lee’s 1951-1952 radio program. Besides her renditions of American standard classics, songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Frank Loesser, and Johnny Mercer make rare duet appearances with Lee.

“Music is my life’s breath,” proclaims the epitaph of Norma Deloris Egstrom, better known to the entertainment world by her professional name of Peggy Lee. Last year marked the centennial anniversary of the birth of this legendary artist, who made considerable contributions to the world of jazz and popular music.

Over her seven-decade career, Peggy Lee, as both a singer and a songwriter, helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer, and her quietly captivating voice continues to resonate with audiences of all ages. Born in an era in which women struggled for equality—a conversation that continues today—and carrying the burden of a traumatic childhood, she was a true pioneer and survivor to her core. What she accomplished as a woman, and as an artist, is nothing short of extraordinary.

Lee’s vast and varied catalog of songs flourished from remarkable longevity in the music business: she recorded more than 1,100 masters and over 50 original albums. Her total number of radio broadcast performances exceeds 800, and her television appearances surpass the 200-mark.

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