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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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TVD Radar: Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings 8LP set in stores 3/29

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Though it’s been 52 years since his tragic passing, John Coltrane’s importance and influence have never been greater.

Though active for a relatively short period—from 1957 to ’67—he was an intrepid spirit who developed at a feverish pace. Coltrane’s breakout year, when his mature sound first grabbed ears and his own recordings began to sell consistently, was 1958. Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings, out March 29th on Craft Recordings, is a box set (8-LP, 5-CD & digital formats) that chronicles the exciting story session by session, featuring all 37 tracks Coltrane recorded as a leader or co-leader for the independent Prestige label in those twelve months. This collection captures him in creative high gear—developing the signature improvisational style that journalist Ira Gitler famously dubbed “sheets of sound.”

The timely release of Coltrane ’58 marks the 70th year since the founding of Prestige Records and comes just after the 60th anniversary of these recordings. It also follows on last year’s successful release of Both Directions at Once, which debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200, the highest chart position of his career.

Coltrane ’58 brims with the shared jazz repertoire of the day—blues, bebop standards and familiar ballads—as well as original compositions and obscure tunes Coltrane rediscovered. Together they offer an array of emotional depth and instrumental prowess, showing how the rising saxophonist was actively stretching sound and increasing the intensity, and shifting the direction of what jazz performance was about. Included are definitive versions of “Lush Life,” “Lover Come Back to Me,” “Stardust,” “Good Bait” and “Little Melonae”; first recordings of originals like “Nakatini Serenade,” “The Believer,” “Black Pearls” and the heartfelt “Theme for Ernie”; and extended tenor saxophone tours-de-force such as “Russian Lullaby,” “Sweet Sapphire Blues,” and “I Want to Talk About You” that anticipate the stratospheric heights Coltrane would reach in the 1960s.

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In rotation: 1/30/19

Philadelphia, PA | The Five Essential Record Stores For Building Your Vinyl Collection: Take your music taste for a spin with these classic stops. Newsflash: the album is dying, but the vinyl is gaining a whole new life. A relic of the pre–Spotify era when DJing meant more than just queuing a playlist, the record represents our wildest Gen–Z fears—commitment, authenticity, and fragility. And yet, we can’t stop buying them. In 2018, vinyl sales increased by 12.6 percent, while tangible album sales plummeted by more than triple that. With those statistics, it feels like everyone and their trendy little sister is getting in on this vintage trend. And you can, too, by building a vinyl collection that has everything the music section at Urban Outfitter’s doesn’t: hidden classics, genuine collectibles, and even the spare cassette tape. Whether you’re itching to live out an Empire Records–themed fantasy or put the latest Phoenix release on the needle, these stores have you covered. These institutions of all things throwback are the best record stores in Philadelphia

Seattle, WA | Vintage and the vinyl: A quick tour of five local record stores: Against all the odds of an increasingly digitized music industry, record stores seem to be everywhere. It appears that not even advancements in technology can expel vinyl records from their elusive “cool kid” status. In fact, vinyl sales themselves have been steadily rising since the market experienced a miraculous resurgence in the mid-2000s. In a consumer culture that routinely relies on the resurgence of “vintage” to diversify sales trends, record stores seem to thrive on their utter outdatedness. So for your retro pleasure, below are brief descriptions of five Seattle record stores that epitomize both the city’s diverse music scene and the distinct qualities that sustain the vinyl industry. Each store was evaluated based upon selection, organization, price range, and its general atmosphere and vibe.

Tell the truth: Do you really listen to albums on vinyl? I know it’s retro-cool to have a turntable for your favorite classic albums. But honestly — isn’t it really kind of a pain? …while I admit I, too, get a little nostalgic when I hear that telltale crackle in the speakers that means somebody’s playing a vinyl record, I can only take so much of the warm fuzzies before I wonder “why bother?” I mean, once you hear “Rocket Man” on Honky Chateau, you’re at the end of Side One. Which means after just five songs, you have to get up, walk over to the turntable, flip the record over, and listen to the next five songs on Side Two. And this is assuming you actually like all five songs on each side of the album. If you feel like skipping “I Think I’m Going to Kill Myself” (SIde One, Track Three) that’s another trip over to the turntable to lift the needle and drop it at the beginning of the next song. I feel as if all the progress we’ve made in music tech since the 1970s has rendered all that getting up and getting down unnecessary.

Review: Fluance’s RT85 turntable helped me understand vinyl’s surprising comeback: I have a bit of a confession to make. I’ve spent more money on audio gear than I care to admit… but I’ve never been that much into vinyl. Sure, I’ve owned a few budget tables over the years, and I’ve quietly admired the Regas, Technics, and VPIs of the world at audio events. I appreciated their value for those with extensive vinyl collections, or simply for the experience of the album art and ritual of placing a record on a platter. But as someone who grew up with the convenience digital era, I never felt compelled to invest in a fancy turntable. Then Fluance sent over the RT85, the $500 flagship of its new ‘Reference’ turntable family. I think I get it now. The RT85 is a beautiful, well-thought-out table, and for this relative vinyl noob, its sound quality was good enough to make me a bit of a convert.

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TVD Radar: The Gun, Gun ‘red devil’ vinyl reissue in stores, 3/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | This 1968 release wasn’t just the debut album for the British band The Gun; it also marked the debut of a number of notable artists and their creations.

First of all, this was the first album recorded by the Gurvitz brothers, bassist/vocalist Paul and guitarist/vocalist Adrian; they went on to form Three Man Army (with Buddy Miles among other drummers) and then The Baker Gurvitz Army with Ginger Baker of Cream among many other projects. The Gun also introduced the song “Race with the Devil,” which scored the band its only hit and was covered by everybody from Judas Priest to Girlschool to Black Oak Arkansas. And, finally, take a gander at that incredible front cover artwork…yes, that is the maiden album illustration of one Roger Dean, whose otherworldly creations graced the covers of many a Yes album cover (Yes vocalist Jon Anderson was for a short time a Gun member, in fact).

Armed with such a collection of talent, and a dazzling stylistic breadth that ranged from psychedelic to hard rock to mod to Procol Harum-esque prog, it’s little wonder that Gun has seen multiple reissues, but it’s been about 30 years since it’s been available on vinyl. This new limited edition (of 1000) “red devil” vinyl pressing presents the original artwork intact.

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Nashville, TN | Record Store Recon: Vinyl Tap: The store has a good selection of store T-shirts, store-branded glasses, new vinyl and a limited supply of used LPs. There is a better selection of liquor than you would find on most band’s riders…Todd Hedrick is the owner of Vinyl Tap and happened to be there when I stopped by. I found him to be very helpful and excited to share the story about his shop. He offered to order something new if I did not find it in the store…One of the cleanest stores I have ever been in, which makes sense since they also offer food and drink. The records are very easy to go through and in alphabetical order within each of their sections. When I spoke with owner Todd Hedrick about why he started the store, he said, ”It allows me to bring together my two favorite hobbies, records and drinking.” The store also has a small stage for bands to perform. The name of the store came up while watching the movie classic, Spinal Tap.

Springfield, IL | Local Business Notes: Recycled Records owner wins lifetime achievement award: It was not Mark Kessler’s plan to attend DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD INC.’s 26th annual awards dinner Wednesday evening. After all, the following day was a work day for the 71-year-old owner of the one-of-a-kind RECYCLED RECORDS and SPRINGFIELD FURNITURE. But Kessler, who in the past served on DSI’s executive board, was told by the organization’s executive director Lisa Clemmons Stott that “you need to go this year.” The reason? Kessler would be named this year’s recipient of the group’s Wally Henderson Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the longtime Springfield architect who passed away in 2016. As a few have pointed out, The State Journal-Register omitted the award from our list of winners that appeared in Thursday’s paper. So, I caught up with Kessler on Friday, when he told me the award is “very much appreciated.”

Mumbai, IN | How a Mumbai scientist helped bring together India’s obsessive record collectors. After amassing records over five decades and building a community, Suresh Chandvankar is introspecting: ‘What is this passion? Where does it come from?’ The alarm is set for 5 am, but I’m up a few minutes earlier. At that precise moment, in another part of the world, a Saurashtrian with a dodgy knee and a bald 31-year-old New South Welshman, two specimens of a near-extinct species, are gearing up for the next round of a fascinating war of attrition. But, for once, the temptations of Test cricket have to be curbed and defied. Four hours later, after changing trains thrice, I’m in the distant suburb of Badlapur, and Suresh Chandvankar is leading me up the stairs to what can only be described as his den…Each of these records has a story, he says. And many of these stories, I realise, originate in Chor Bazaar, Mumbai’s legendary flea market. My favourite is the one about a Zonophone shellac disc from the early 1900s, featuring the music of an obscure shehnai player named Ali Bakhsh.

Xiaomi JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player Offered For $249.99: Recently, a very rare gramophone appears in Xiaomi grocery store. A group of people who have a special love for it are very happy about that. On the basis of the old model, this record player has incorporated many technological elements to make it different. The gramophone is called JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player. The whole speaker of the player adopts the integrated playback design, which simplifies the original complex mechanical structure of the phonograph and replaces the mechanical design by electronic hardware. The overall design of the record player is box-shaped. It is black all over and has a metallic texture. The accessories include the standard head and arm of the record player. In order to ensure the original flavor of the recorder, the JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player adopts the original MM magnetic head with iron triangle and metal movable arm. The gramophone is called JYK Play Bluetooth vinyl record player.

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