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TVD Radar: Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks Vol. 34, Rochester, NY 11/5/77, 6LP vinyl box set in stores 11/30

VIA PRESS RELEASE | If the saga of the Grateful Dead is a long strange trip, then Real Gone Music has definitely been along for part of the ride. First, Real Gone released the entire Dick’s Picks series of live concerts on CD, all 36 volumes of it, many of them never before available at retail. Then Real Gone began putting out the Road Trips series, none of which has ever been in stores before. Now the time has come for Real Gone to take the next step in their evolution as a key source for rare Grateful Dead recordings. Real Gone has crossed the vinyl frontier with Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 34 – Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY 11/5/77 out November 30 on hand-numbered limited edition 6-LP vinyl.

Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 34 – Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY 11/5/77 was recorded in 1977 with fiery performances of “Big River,” “Jack Straw,” “Deal,” and “Eyes of the World” powered by a particularly lively Phil Lesh. But for many the highlight will be one of the truly great performances of “The Other One” in the Grateful Dead catalog, 12 minutes of surging intensity and building crescendos. This Pick also included highlights from a 11/2/77 Toronto show, including a great medley of “Estimated Prophet”/”St. Stephen”/”Truckin’”/”Around and Around” (the track listing was reconfigured to put all bonus tracks at the end of the set).

For the release, Real Gone enlisted David Glasser at Airshow Mastering to remaster the set from the original tapes for vinyl. David’s had a long association with the Dead; he mastered the soundtrack to last year’s Long Strange Trip documentary. For lacquer cutting, Real Gone turned to John Golden at Golden Mastering. John has worked with artists as far-ranging as Jonathan Wilson, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Soundgarden among others. The test pressings were approved by David Glasser, the Grateful Dead’s resident curator David Lemieux, and Gordon Anderson from Real Gone.

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In rotation: 10/29/18

Los Angeles, CA | Iconic Record Store Returns: DTLA – A leading independent hip-hop record store has returned to Los Angeles. On Sept. 22, Fat Beats opened its first physical location since declining sales forced the owners to close their New York and Los Angeles shops in 2010 (it continued to do online sales). It is located at 916 S. San Pedro St. in the Fashion District. Specializing in hard-to-find underground hip-hop vinyl, the original Fat Beats in New York debuted in 1994 and became famous for employing a host of future hip-hop artists including Ill Bill, DJ Eclipse and Rhettmatic. The previous Los Angeles location was on Melrose Avenue. The Los Angeles store is open daily from noon-7 p.m. It joins fellow Fashion District vinyl emporium Pop Obscure Records, which is at 735 S. Los Angeles St.

Buffalo, NY | How a 31-year-old record collector turned a hobby into an expanding business: While a student at Niagara Wheatfield High School, Phil Machemer used to skip out of class to check out new releases and used albums at Elmwood Avenue stores such as Home of the Hits and New World Record. “I was a big fan of both stores,” he said. Machemer, 31, parlayed his love of music, particularly vinyl records, into a career. He began selling used albums at flea markets before opening Revolver Records at 1451 Hertel Ave. Now, with more than 30,000 records, he will soon open his second location in the former Spoiled Rotten store at 831 Elmwood Ave. A fan of many genres including classic rock, he has dreamed about running two record stores since he was a teenager.

Wheeling, WV | A new business is looking to bring some music into the heart of downtown Wheeling. Nail City Record celebrated its ribbon cutting Thursday morning. The shop, located in the McClain building, sells vinyl, cassettes, CDs and posters. It also has a room where guests can plug the music in and just listen. The owners had started out selling vinyl online, but after traveling to Colorado and seeing a record store, they wanted to open something like that in Wheeling. “I noticed when I came back that Wheeling had a very vibrant music scene, above and underground, and I wanted to be a part of it,” said owner Jonathan Napier. “So, we decided we might as well go ahead and open the store since we were selling online. So now, we have a physical location.”

White Rock & South Surrey, BC | The vinyl countdown: How 40,000 records ended up at a Surrey store. Newton’s Innovative Audio has become a go-to place for record collectors. With so many cardboard boxes of vinyl records to sift through, Mark Smith is feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. “There’s a lot of them,” Smith said nervously as he scanned the interior of Innovative Audio, the Newton-area store devoted to fixing and selling vintage sound equipment. In a rear storage area rest boxes full of close to 40,000 titles culled from the collection of Howard Tsumura, who previously ran the record bins as an independent arm of Gord Sauck’s store operations. Earlier this month, Smith acquired all that vinyl and, with the help of a half-dozen people, moved it from Tsumura’s house to the store on 78th Avenue.

Raleigh, NC | Nice Price Books and Records will open a vinyl shop in Oakwood this week: A pint-sized version of Hillsborough Street’s Nice Price Books and Records will move into Oakwood this week, with a strong emphasis on records. Nice Price Jr. occupies the space at 222 N. Bloodworth St., Suite 103, and according to co-owner Enoch Marchant, it will primarily be a vinyl record store that (soon!) will sell beer for people to sip while listening to tunes. In addition to a selection of new and used vinyl, the 500-square-foot space will have a small curated selection of books (likely music biographies and rock music books), one rack of cassettes and a few T-shirts, Marchant said in a phone interview Wednesday. The beer, when all of the licenses are obtained, will be available in what Marchant describes as a “baby bar” because of its small size.

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TVD Radar: Filter,
Short Bus vinyl reissue
in stores 11/2

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings has confirmed plans to re-release the debut album from influential industrial rock band Filter. The platinum-selling Short Bus will be reissued on two vinyl configurations: black vinyl (available widely), plus a limited-edition white vinyl edition available only to indie record stores (1,000 available). Both have been mastered by George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenram at Fantasy Studios and pressed at Memphis Record Pressing.

The e-album will also receive the deluxe treatment, with a digital version to be released featuring six bonus tracks composed of remixes and B-sides from the Short Bus era. Ben Grosse, who mixed Short Bus, also produced “Dose (Ben Grosse’s Morning After Mix),” and all remixes of “Hey Man Nice Shot” were produced by famed songwriters and producers the Dust Brothers, whose previous work includes the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique and Beck’s Odelay. These bonus tracks were featured on the original 1995 CD and vinyl singles.

In 1995, Filter emerged as one of industrial’s most vibrant, vivid, and vitriolic voices with the release of their debut, Short Bus. The record introduced the world to the immortal “Hey Man Nice Shot” and went platinum.

Richard Patrick (Filter vocals, guitar) had been working with Trent Reznor as a touring guitarist for Nine Inch Nails when he penned what would become Filter’s first single—the demo for which was recorded at Reznor’s home studio. Upon its release, Filter, Patrick and Brian Liesegang (co-producer and sound designer), gained immediate traction with the song. “Hey Man Nice Shot” was awarded MTV’s “Song of the Week” with a review proclaiming, “This is the most infectious piece of industrial rock since NIN’s ‘Closer.'”

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TVD Radar: Buzzcocks, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites reissues in stores 1/25

VIA PRESS RELEASE | To mark the 40th anniversary of the original releases, Domino are very proud to announce details of the reissue of Buzzcocks seminal first two albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites, on Friday, January 25th, 2019.

Both albums have been lovingly restored and re-mastered from the original ¼” tapes for the first time and come packaged in the original Malcolm Garrett designed sleeves with lavish 8-page booklets containing unseen images and extensive liner notes by famed writer, broadcaster, music journalist, and cultural commentator Jon Savage. Faithful to their original tracklistings, the reissues see the albums released on vinyl for the first time in many years and will be available on deluxe 180g vinyl and CD. The albums follow the Domino re-releases of their debut EP, “Spiral Scratch” and Time’s Up, a collection of demos, from 1976.

Famously taking their name from “It’s the buzz, cock,” a headline from a Time Out review of 1970s TV music drama Rock Follies, Buzzcocks formed in Bolton in 1976 by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, who have a strong claim to have kick-started a musical revolution in Manchester having organized and played at the now famous Sex Pistols show at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976—a show which inspired and spawned the likes of Joy Division, The Fall, and The Smiths.

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In rotation: 10/26/18

Reykjavik, IS | Iceland’s 12 Tónar Named One of World’s Top 10 Record Stores: Music journalist Marcus Barnes has named the Reykjavík institution 12 Tónar among the ten best record stores on the planet. As the author of the newly published “Around the World in 80 Record Stores,” Barnes can safely be considered something of an authority on the topic. 12 Tónar opened its doors two decades ago and has long since cemented itself as an Icelandic cultural institution. Much more than a record store, they also run a record label of the same name, which has over 100 releases under its belt from some of the most notable artists in Iceland. In addition, their cosy store on Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavík has played venue to a number of concerts throughout the years, and the place has become known as an unofficial community centre for the Icelandic music scene.

Halifax, NS | Iconic record store hails town centre’s resurgence: One of Halifax’s longest-serving independent retailers has admitted he was initially sceptical of major investment projects he now believes has rescued the town’s fortunes. Revo Records owner Nick Simonet said that multi-million pound injections into projects such as the £19 million Piece Hall renovation have made all the difference to small businesses like his. The iconic vinyl record and entertainment store, based in the Westgate Arcade which itself undertook a stunning £2 million redevelopment in 2007, is celebrating its 31st year. It’s a stretch of time in which Nick has seen the good, the bad and the ugly of retail in Calderdale. “There’s been ups and downs,” he said, “but what we’ve seen over the last few years is a huge resurgence in the town. The footfall has improved massively and there’s a buzz about the place again.

Plainfield, IN | Multimillion-dollar plan would revitalize downtown Plainfield: This Hendricks County town is working to revitalize its downtown area and is starting with a project on the eastern portion. A new complex will spread about 2-1/2 blocks from U.S. 40 and Avon Avenue to East Street. Town leaders hope it will serve as a catapult to revitalize the downtown area. Business owners are hoping the same. At Rock Bottom Treasures in downtown Plainfield, what keeps business spinning is its unique collection of vinyl records. “They like, of course, the music. That’s the big thing. I also specialize a little bit in video games, retro toys and clothes,” said Rock Bottom Treasures owner Scott Burress. But, because business is business regardless of what you do, there are some challenges. “You need to sell quite a few records to break even and try to realize a profit,” Burress said.

Indianapolis, IN | Best of Indy 2018—Shops + Services: Irvington Vinyl & Books. Like so many others, we took it hard when news broke earlier this year that two favorite local shops were closing: Irvington Vinyl and Bookmamas. Our sadness was, thankfully, short-lived. Lucky for us, and everyone else, both shops now continue under the ownership of Elysia Lucinda Smith. After only three months at the helm, Smith has managed to keep what’s best about both previous stores and add her own spin on things—primarily, adding a hefty dose of programming that involves the neighborhood and creating a space where her neighbors feel welcome to buy, browse, or simply “be.” “People can only use the tools they have access to; and I want to help make those tools available,” says Smith about the shops plentiful in-store resources and programming.

Swindon, UK | XTC albums re-release on vinyl as sell-out show comes to Swindon Arts Centre: XTC fans will be able to see two original band members play this weekend just days after three of the band’s albums have been reissued on vinyl today. Founding members of the Swindon band Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers will play a four-night marathon of sold-out shows at the Swindon Arts Centre over the weekend. And by chance the show coincides with the re-release of three of the band’s albums on vinyl, Apple Venus Volume, Wasp Star, and Skylarking. Red House Records, based in the family-run Holmes Music, on Farringdon Road, will have copies of the newly-made vinyl in store from today. Paul Holmes from Holmes Music told the Adver: “It’s the musical equivalent of an astronomical happening which occurs only once in a lifetime.

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TVD Radar: Blondie’s Chris Stein photo book Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Blondie’s Chris Stein has released Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene, his latest photo book—out now. Following in the footsteps of the successful Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk, this newest book is a highly personal and visually arresting collection of Stein’s photographs which captures an important, but fading chapter in Manhattan’s history—complete with candid photographs of pop-culture icons—through his insider lens.

For the duration of the 1970s—from his days as a student at the School of Visual Arts to founding member of the era-defining band Blondie and the architect of its success with lead singer Debbie Harry, to his subsequent reign at the epicenter of punk’s golden age—Chris Stein kept an unrivaled photographic record of the downtown New York City scene. Focusing mainly on a single decade in Stein’s own world, the images presented here take us from self-portraits in his run-down East-Village apartment to evocative streetscape shots in all their most longed-for romance and dereliction.

An eclectic cast of cultural characters—from William Burroughs and Lydia Lunch to Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol to Basquiat and Shepard Fairey—is captured during this moment in time, juxtaposed with children sitting on stoops, torn-down blocks, the graffiti-ridden subway, and the burgeoning club scene of the Bowery.

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In rotation: 10/25/18

Buffalo, NY | Revolver Records rides the rising vinyl tide: Three years ago, when Phil Machemer opened Revolver Records on Hertel Avenue, success for the new venture was far from guaranteed. Streaming services had all but decimated the world of walk-in, local music retail. In the time since Revolver opened, local stores Spiral Scratch and the last of the once-bustling Record Theatre stores closed. And though a handful of local record stores specializing in used vinyl – Record Baron in Kenmore, Black Dots on Grant Street and Rick’s Record Shack on Woodlawn among them – the survival of new independent music retailers in Buffalo – or anywhere, really – seemed unlikely.

Reykjavik, IS | Iceland’s 12 Tónar selected greatest record store in the world: Music magazine NME (New Musical Express) just published an article on a new book by journalist Marcus Barnes on the world’s best record shops. Barnes selects his top ten record shops for NME and lists Icelandic record store 12 Tónar as his number one record store in the world. In the book, Barnes lists 80 record shops worldwide. Barnes writes about 12 Tónar: “Iceland has a sterling reputation for producing incredibly talented, unique artists. This shop is owned by a few of them and its selection is top notch. Add to that the fact that it has been designed so that customers can chill out and socialise with one another and you’ve got a winning formula.”

Chicago, IL | Beverly Records’ Dreznes celebrates 70th birthday: Beverly Records owner Jack Dreznes holds his granddaughter Delaney at his surprise 70th birthday party on Oct. 14 surrounded by family and all of his 14 grandchildren who surprised him at the Frankfort Bowl themed party “Split Happens, Jack’s 7*10 Birthday Bowling Bash.” Beverly Records has remained in the Dreznes Family since 1967 when Jack’s father, John, bought the store for his mother, Christine. The store began as a small gift, novelty and record store and has become one of the foremost go-to record stores in Chicago at the same location, 11612 S. Western Ave.

Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special’ to Get 50th Anniversary Box Set Release: On November 30th, a comprehensive, deluxe box set featuring a dizzying array of audio and video components will celebrate the special’s 50th anniversary. The five-CD and two-Blu-ray disc set will mark the first time ever that all previously-released audio and newly-restored video from the taping of the special will be available in one package. Spotlighting unused performances and studio outtakes of Presley in his element, the collection also features an entire disc of the legendary sessions for the NBC special, which Presley recorded with the studio musicians collectively known as the Wrecking Crew…Fontana and Moore are both featured in the two-LP vinyl release The King in the Ring, also included in the boxed set. Released in limited quantity for Record Store Day earlier this year, the set showcases the laid-back “sit down” sets from the special, performed in the round for an intimate audience.

Austin, TX | Legendary blues club rolls out po’ boys: Antone’s Nightclub is having a family reunion. On October 23, the legendary Austin blues joint announced that it would start serving Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, bringing the popular Houston sandwich company to Central Texas for the first time in decades. The po’ boy company was founded by Jalal Antone, the uncle of the club’s founder, Clifford Antone. Starting October 27, the po’ boys will be available at the bar and front record shop, Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts, daily from noon-2 am.

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In rotation: 10/24/18

Newburyport, MA | New owner plans to keep Dyno Records spinning: For more than 40 years whenever someone walked into Dyno Records on Middle Street, they would see owner Richard Osborne with a big smile and a music recommendation or two. But starting Nov. 1, there will be a new friendly face inside the iconic downtown Newburyport business when Summit Place resident Sally Delaney marks her first official day as the store’s new owner…But after decades in the business, Osborne made the decision to retire and put out the word that he was selling the store to someone else. Enter Delaney, a Dyno regular for years. “I was heartbroken thinking of this place closing and Rich going away,” Delaney said, adding that over the 20 years she had been coming to the record shop, Osborne has given her a deeper appreciation of music.

Columbus, OH | Spoonful Records’ Amy Kesting answers pressing questions about vinyl: Amy Kesting owns Spoonful Records, an inviting record store at 116 E. Long St. in downtown Columbus, with her husband, Brett Ruland. Originally Ruland’s record label, Spoonful Records recently celebrated its eighth anniversary and boasts a diverse collection of vinyl, cassettes and CDs. In The Record Store caught up with Kesting to ask her about the origins of the store…”I met Brett when I interned at the Columbus Museum of Art to train to be a museum registrar. Brett got laid off from the CMA when they started the renovations for the addition that is now complete (and gorgeous). … He was ready for a career change and kept throwing out ideas to me, about a coffee shop or a venue for local bands. He had the Spoonful record label and there were all these records in his house. Finally, I suggested to him that he open a record store.”

Marvel Hip-Hop Covers Coming to Vinyl: New editions of GZA, 50 Cent, and LL Cool J records featuring Marvel-designed artwork. Back in 2015, Marvel Comics debuted a ton of variant comic book covers that paid homage to classic hip-hop albums. Now, Marvel and Urban Legends have collaborated to put three of those covers on new vinyl LP reissues. On December 7, they’ll release new Marvel-inspired editions of 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’, LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out, and GZA’s Liquid Swords. Preview the new pressings above.

Nashville, TN | Third Man Records Opens a Old School Photo Lab In Nashville: Third Man Records in Nashville soft-launched the venture this summer. Like its Detroit vinyl records plant, Third Man Photo Studio is now open to the public. The professional photo and development lab features photo chemists that hand-process several different types of film. Color negative, black & white, and color positive films are processed using traditional techniques to create unique, high-quality prints. The photo lab combines both modern and traditional practices for photo development. The lab’s photo chemists can convert any digital image into a physical negative to use in the process. Digital negatives produced this way make it possible to create infinite fine art replicas of digital photos. The prints created are one-of-a-kind archival quality.

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TVD Radar: Pearls Before Swine, Balaklava 50th anniversary edition in stores 12/14

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Released in late 1968, the second Pearls Before Swine record continued to deliver music with a preternatural sense of what the youth of America wanted to hear. One Nation Underground had been a surprise hit when released in 1967 by the hipster free-jazz indie label ESP, receiving an incredible organic response, with continuous underground radio play and sales.

Like One Nation Underground before it, Balaklava celebrates 50 years of life in stunning fashion. Original producer Richard Alderson has remastered the album, restoring the precision of the original mix—and in the process, revealing fantastically dynamic performances and dispersing the haze of the years that had gathered over latter-day editions of Balaklava. The music and message it intended to deliver to the world are still needed, the peace still sought. The fight to understand and to change is still ongoing. And so, Balaklava has fresh purpose, after all this time.

The music of Balaklava strips away the manic, post-garage band diversity of the first album, instead grounding the production around Tom Rapp’s guitar and singing, with the touches of instrumental color all the more dramatic and striking. Tom Rapp passed away while this album was being readied for re-release. While he spent the majority of his life working as a lawyer who practiced humanist, equal-rights law—”60s law,” as he put it—for the benefit of many underrepresented people, his name will best remembered and will forever be synonymous with the music of Pearls Before Swine. We are grateful to help in pushing this music forward toward the eternity it deserves.

It goes without saying that this anniversary restoration of Balaklava is dedicated to Tom’s memory. May he rest in peacefulness, and live in the positivity that Pearls Before Swine bring to all who hear their music. It’s been 50 long years, but you can finally own the definitive version of this masterpiece on December 14th.

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In rotation: 10/23/18

Wakefield, UK | Getting Wakefield hooked as Vinyl revival heads for the city: A student is hoping to get Wakefield hooked on the vinyl revival by setting up a regular record fair in the city centre. Jason Firth, 30, is busy organising the first event for a week on Saturday in which thousands of LPs will on sale for music fans. If successful, he is hoping to make it a regular event, and hopes to introduce live bands to play during the fair in future. Physical album sales have nose dived in recent years thanks to the advent of digital downloads and has led to the loss of HMV on Kirkgate and more recently, That’s entertainment, in The Ridings. But vinyl records have undergone somewhat of a resurgence and Jason, who is originally from Altofts, is hoping to capitalise on the trend.

Salt Lake City, UT | After 40 years, Randy’s Record Shop is thriving in the vinyl revival: Walking through the doors at Randy’s Record Shop is like stepping into the past — back to a time when vinyl was king and CDs, let alone Spotify, didn’t exist. The modest-looking store at 157 E. Harvey Milk Blvd. (900 South) in Salt Lake City is stuffed with tens of thousands of records — albums, 45s, even some 78s. It’s staffed by people who are, if possible, even more enthusiastic about music than the customers, led by founder/owner Randy Stinson, who opened for business in October 1978. He credits the store with giving him focus after his service in Vietnam, where his brother had sent him the latest releases and homesick soldiers crowded around to hear them. He worried about closing in the 1980s: CDs were suddenly being sold everywhere, from new music shops to grocery stores, and Rhino Records stopped reissuing classic albums on records.

Toronto, CA | The secret resilience of Toronto’s video stores: Intent on weathering the digital storm, the city’s remaining stores are seeing customers come back. …Granted, the onslaught of digital content and rapid gentrification has cut deep into Toronto’s once-robust video store scene, knocking out places like Mirvish Village’s Suspect Video and Film Buff in Parkdale and Leslieville. Still, there are hopeful signs, like the re-opening of North York’s Videoflicks under new owner Billy Bougadis. Previously a Videoflicks customer, Bougadis built his own film collection until he had 25,000 titles packed into two storage lockers. When the longtime owners closed up shop after 37 years, he took the plunge into ownership. Bougadis says it’s “malarkey” that video stores aren’t necessary anymore, concluding that people crave being together to pick entertainment.

Manchester, UK | The world’s best record shops #128: Eastern Bloc, Manchester: Mancunians don’t need any encouragement to speak about their music heritage, but the city that brought us A Guy Called Gerald and New Order wouldn’t be the same without Eastern Bloc. Opened in 1985 by John Berry & Martin Price of 808 State, owned by Berry solely today, Eastern Bloc “was opened as a means to provide the people of Manchester with the new and exciting dance music emerging at the time,” says Eastern Bloc’s vinyl encyclopaedia Tom Houghton. Now, Eastern Bloc is part record store, part coffee shop and bar, and all-round Mancunian institution. Tough stuff from Tessela, dubbed out electronica, DnB, funk, soul and experimental fare are Eastern Bloc’s cornerstones.

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TVD Radar: BMG’s “RPM Series” on influential record labels, launches with titles on both Sub Pop and Excello labels

VIA PRESS RELEASE | From Seattle grunge to swamp blues and all points in between, BMG Books’ new RPM series gives fans an inside look at the independent record labels that made their mark on music history. The series debuts on November 20, 2018 with the first two volumes: World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story and Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story. Each is sized at 7″x7″to mimic the dimensions of a 45 RPM record, and each features a photo insert that helps brings the story to life with rare and unseen photographs.

“We want to honor the truly special independent labels,” says BMG’s Kate Hyman, who originally conceived of the project. “We want to celebrate the days when fans would buy records based on the logo alone. Let’s hope there will continue to be more of them that take the big risks and break the mold of the majors.” Future volumes will cover Chrysalis Records (Procol Harum, Jethro Tull, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol) and the Cold Chillin’ label (Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante).

“As a self-proclaimed music geek, I’ve always been a big fan of the 33 1/3 series,” explains Scott B. Bomar, Publisher and Senior Director of BMG Books. “We wanted to take that concept and build upon it. Instead of focusing on a single album, each volume in the series covers a label that made an important splash in one way or another. We’ve given ourselves space to dive into some of these stories in ways that maybe haven’t been explored in the past.”

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TVD Radar: Cybotron, Enter vinyl reissue in stores 11/9

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings is honoring the roots of electronic dance music with a nod to the foundational contributions of Detroit electro-outfit Cybotron, and their futuristic genre-masterpiece Enter. Noted by Pitchfork and others as “where Detroit techno began,” the 8-track collection is being released November 9, 2018 on vinyl with remastered audio—George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenram cut the lacquers at the iconic Fantasy Studios—and includes the original album version of the hit track “Clear.”

First released in 1983 on Fantasy Records, Cybotron’s debut album Enter became an influential record in the evolution of electronic dance music. Often cited as one of the forbearers of modern techno, Enter is commonly regarded as the only old-school electro album with major staying power, largely due to the strength of the writing (“Alleys Of Your Mind,” “Cosmic Cars,” “Clear”) and the harmonious collision of Juan Atkins’ penchant for cosmic funk production techniques and Rik Davis’ arena rock sensibilities.

Most recently, The Wire cited “Clear” as a “groundbreaking…first-generation piece of pure machine music,” while newer listeners may recognize it as the hook from Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control,” among other major hip-hop hits.

Cybotron was founded in 1980 by Juan Atkins and Richard “3070” Davis in Detroit, Michigan; guitarist John “Jon 5” Housely soon joined. The name Cybotron is a verbal mashup of the words of “cyborg” and “cyclotron.” The group released a series of classic hit singles of the electro genre including “Alleys Of Your Mind,” “Cosmic Cars,” “R-9,” and most notably “Clear.”

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In rotation: 10/22/18

Kutztown, PA | Kutztown zoners delay decision on pizza shop’s move to current record-store location: Young Ones Records customers have garnered 2,700 signatures to stop Tommy Boy’s Pizza Cafe from getting a variance allowing it to purchase and move to the record store’s location. The Kutztown Zoning Hearing Board voted Wednesday night to continue a hearing for zoning relief that would allow Tommy Boy’s Pizza Cafe to move to a new location on Whiteoak Street. Attorney Alexander J. Elliker, representing restaurant owner Thomas Mathias, asked the board for a continuance until Nov. 7 because of an improper posting of the property… Young Ones Records currently occupies the Whiteoak Street building, and the record store’s customers are opposing the zoning relief; they’re upset that owner Chris Holt will be forced to find a new location should the pizza shop buy the building.

Nashville, TN | Fond Object to Close Downtown Location. Original location in Riverside Village to remain open. Bummer news in Nashville record retail: Roughly 18 months after much-loved East Nashville record and vintage shop Fond Object opened a second location on Fourth Avenue South, co-founder Jem Cohen tells the Scene that the downtown store will be closing up shop. “Downtown was an amazing opportunity, but I think it’s best to focus our attention to one location and a neighborhood that truly supports us,” Cohen says in an email. In addition to offering records, vintage clothing and other items for sale, the Fourth Avenue store has played host to notable shows including two enormous Record Store Day parties, a surprise set from Eagles of Death Metal, a tape release for locals Shell of a Shell and a phenomenal show from A Giant Dog. The East Side store’s backyard space continues to be an important community resource

Lubbock, TX | Terri Tells You – Josey Books & Records: New Book and Records Store Opens in Lubbock: Book and Record lovers, rejoice! There is a new store in Lubbock that offers new and used books and records along with collectibles. Store Manager, Stuart Spikes joined me in the studio to talk about the independent book store. The store originally opened up in Dallas and is now a popular store in that area. Owners then branched out to Kansas City, Tulsa and now here in Lubbock. In areas where Hastings closed down, Josey’s was an option for anyone who wanted to buy or sell books. In 2017, the business expanded to include records, DVD’s and collectibles. Now you can find anything you might be looking for at a reduced price…

Salt Lake City, UT | Through 40 years of highs and lows, Salt Lake’s Randy’s Records keeps spinning: When you talk to Randy Stinson, the conversation quickly turns to numbers. Some of those numbers are small: one to five (the number of dollars his music store, Randy’s Record Shop, used to charge for Led Zeppelin albums); 45 (the RPMs at which 7-inch vinyl singles are played); 60 (“I worked probably 60 hours a week for most of my life,” Stinson said); ’67-’69 (the years he was in Vietnam). Those numbers quickly skyrocket: 1989 (the year major record labels stopped printing new vinyls); 10,000 (the number of dollars he borrowed to open Randy’s Records in 1978); and more than 100,000 (the number of records he once owned). Another number sticks out: 40 — the years that Randy’s Record Shop has now been open.

Are retro Bush turntables worth buying? Bush is one of the most popular retro turntable brands, alongside rivals like GPO and ProJect. But do they have the sound quality to do your vinyls justice? [A reminder: The plural of vinyl is in fact, “vinyl.” You wouldn’t say “deers” would you? —Ed.] Share by email Retro and vintage-looking turntables have become increasingly popular since the vinyl revival – and as Bush is one of the biggest brands in this space, you might find yourself trying to choose between one of its turntables and a retro rival from another brand. We’ve rounded up some popular models to consider – but as sound quality can vary massively, you should do your homework before you buy. Retro turntables come in all shapes and sizes, from big wooden tabletop models, such as the Ion Superior LP, to suitcase-style models that you can carry from one room to another, such as the Crosley Cruiser and one of Bush’s most popular models – the Bush Classic Turntable (PHK-M41).

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TVD Radar: Cheap Trick, The Epic Archive Vol. 2 (1980-1983) 2-LP clear vinyl in stores 11/23

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Cheap Trick fans positively inhaled our first batch of rarities on vinyl, so we’re back with 16 more lost tracks from Rockford, Illinois’ finest! Except this time, Ken Sharp’s notes feature track-by-track commentary from Bun E. Carlos, Tom Petersson, and Rick Nielsen…this collection is a deep dive into the Cheap Trick hive mind.

So let’s jump in…first up are three tracks taken from the 1980 EP “Found All the Parts,” including a live version of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” with an instrumental nod to The Yardbirds’ “Shapes of Things.” Then comes the single “Oh Boy,” followed by the demo of “Loser,” which was recorded in 1980 but was written by Nielsen way back in 1976. Two live tracks, “The House Is Rockin’ (with Domestic Problems)” and “Way of the World,” from a New Year’s Eve 1979 show at the L.A. Forum raise the temperature, then come the George Martin-produced single versions of “World’s Greatest Lover” and “Everything Works If You Let It.”

Two tracks, “Reach Out” and “I Must Be Dreamin’,” from the Heavy Metal soundtrack and the title song from the Spring Break soundtrack cover the Cheap Trick silver screen legacy, while the demo version of the classic “If You Want My Love” premieres on LP. The “Super New Dance Re-Mix” of “Saturday at Midnight” and “Short Version” of “Dancing the Night Away” also surface for the first time since their original release, as does the last track, the b-side “Get Ready.”

Rare photos by long-time band photographer Robert Alford accompany in the gatefold jacket; the set is mastered by the great Vic Anesini at Battery Studios. 2-LP clear vinyl edition limited to 1500 copies, exclusive to Record Store Day/Black Friday.

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In rotation: 10/19/18

Rockford, IL | Visit five stores for Rockford Record Crawl on Saturday: Five stores will host the Rockford Record Crawl 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: Kate’s Pie Shop Cafe & Records, 6685 E. State St.; Culture Shock, 2239 Charles St.; Toad Hall, 2106 Broadway; CD Source, 5723 N. Second St.; and Retro Rock Records, 4675 Bluestem Road, Roscoe. Listen to music, enjoy refreshments and turn in your punch card at the end of the crawl with punches from three of the stores for a chance to win $125 worth of records.

Silver Spring, MD | Hints of trouble in (Joe’s Record) Paradise; owner blames upcoming elections: The Instagram post left vinyl-loving music fans in the Washington area holding their collective breath. On Friday, Johnson Lee, owner of Joe’s Record Paradise in Silver Spring, photographed a Post-it note with a fading black magic marker, reading “Come in for deals this weekend. We may not be around much longer…” For a record store with a long local history and that struggled to reopen in 2016, owner Johnson Lee tells WTOP his post was a bit heavy on the hyperbole. “It was worded a little more ominously than I should have, perhaps,” said Lee, the son of founder Joe Lee, who took over the business in 2009. “It’s been a real tough two years.”

W Hotels launches its own record label after installing recording studios: Pushing music to the forefront of the visitor’s experience, recent innovative moves by global hotel brand W Hotels include adding carefully-curated playlists and catalogues to rooms, creating the Wake Up Call music festival, and installing recording studios in four locations around the world that allow creative guests to express themselves. Taking that appreciation for music a step further, the hotel chain has just announced the launch of its very own record label…Rising pop and R&B star Amber Mark is the first artist to be signed to W Records, and is due to release two digital and two vinyl tracks this month. Plans are in place for three more emerging artists to be signed over the next year.

Islington, UK | Editor’s comment: What can we learn from Alan? …My childhood was spent in record shops. I can’t have been older than Alan’s eight-year-old customer when I started digging through dusty crates for the music that would go on to soundtrack my teenage years – the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Pink Floyd – and soon enough I was planning entire day trips around shops I’d found in the Yellow Pages, in towns that were just about accessible by train with the assistance (or resignation) of a long-suffering parent. It seemed like a whole world had opened up to me but in truth those years – late ’90s, early 2000s – were vinyl’s nadir. Sales, despite my pocket money, were unsustainably low; shops were closing or downscaling to focus on easier, more reliable sources of income; industrial investment was minimal or non-existent, with manufacturers left to salvage parts for ailing record presses from decommissioned Eastern European plants. Yet fast-forward 15 years and the picture is completely different

Fargo, ND | Give music a spin: 6 things to do this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead—Fargo Record Fair: It seems like every year there’s a news story about a vinyl resurgence, but for some music fans, spinning black records never went out of fashion. Collectors of all ages will descend on the El Zagal Shrine, 1429 Third St. N., Fargo, for the annual Fargo Record Fair this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some will be looking for old jazz, some hunting for new indie rock, others searching for obscure noise acts. With 30 vendors participating, it’s possible to find the album you’ve been looking for or the one you never knew you needed. Admission $3.

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