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TVD Radar: Making Vinyl 2017: A resounding success, returning in 2018

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Nearly 300 professionals engaged in some aspect of vinyl record manufacturing from all over the world congregated at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel November 6th–7th for Making Vinyl, the debut event conceived to celebrate the industry’s global rebirth.

The first day of Making Vinyl’s conference session explored the astounding comeback of a physical media format thought not long ago to be nearly defunct, only to reemerge as a deluxe product that has seen double-digit growth for 10 consecutive years. “If you really want to show reverence and respect to the music, experience it this way,” urged vinyl champion Jack White, Day One’s keynoter, in a 40-minute conversation with Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell. “I don’t care if we lose money,” White admitted of his vinyl plant Third Man Pressing, which he opened in February and served as the hometown sponsor of the event.

By having his own factory in Detroit, White streamlined his vertically integrated company’s supply chain. “Exposing people to beauty at any cost—that’s everybody’s job in this room,” White said, issuing marching orders. Making Vinyl attendees were scheduled to tour the Third Man facility, located a few miles away from the Westin.

Opening keynoter Michael Kurtz, co-founder of event partner Record Store Day, made the case that vinyl’s growth is much bigger that widely reported in the mainstream media. “It was amazing to spend two days with people who actually make things,” said Kurtz. “The energy level and quality of discussions was refreshing and exciting. I cannot wait to begin work on Making Vinyl 2018.”

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In rotation: 11/10/17

Why Detroit hosted the first-ever vinyl industry conference this week: In a world where you can get virtually any song at your fingertips within seconds, vinyl records have somehow managed to survive, and even thrive. In the past 10 years or so, the format made a big comeback. To celebrate, the industry converged in Motown earlier this week. Colonial Purchasing Co-Op put on its first ever vinyl conference, Making Vinyl, on Monday and Tuesday at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit. Organizers said the goal was to bring together key players in the industry to discuss the resurgence of vinyl and “the circumstances leading up to this astounding comeback that took everyone by surprise.”

Gordie’s Music preparing to play its final tune in Victoria, Vintage guitar and vinyl shop closing the doors after 20 years in business: Gordie’s Music, the city’s source for vintage guitars and vinyl records, will close later this month after almost two decades in business. Originally from Saskatoon, Gordie Budd landed on the island in the late ’90s and opened his guitar shop in 1998, offering lessons, repairs and rentals. He says he always dreamed of owning a record store, starting from scratch with a small crate of vinyl in the corner. As the popularity of analog saw a resurgence with a younger audience, Budd says the collection grew until one day he looked out to rows and rows of records and thought, “I own a record store.” “True audiophiles never left vinyl,” he says, and true customers never left Budd. When the News stopped in to visit, an old regular walked through the door and called out, “I’ve got two questions! Is it true? And, who do we shoot first?”

Dudley’s Records: Spinning vintage vinyl in Torrance: Bill Dudley has been spinning vinyl since he was 15. He’s been working either as a D.J. or in his own record stores for years. Now, he brings that passion for music to the South Bay with Dudley’s Records. The store opened on Friday the 13th in October in Torrance, but is already drawing crowds…Dudley’s previous store locations were in the Portland area, where he moved after needing a break from his radio work. “It was 1980, and I took $8,000, and opened a store when I got tired of the radio business. No one sold 12-inch singles or ’45s at that time, so that’s what I started with. At first I was mostly selling to club D.J.s and then kids started coming in, high school and college-age patrons, so I started carrying heavy metal, new wave and dance music in two different stores. At one point, I had three stores in the Portland area,” said Dudley.

Vinyl Lives: Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles Keeps Chicago Colorful and Groovy: On the corner of W Diversey Ave and N Kedzie Ave in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood sits a colorful little record shop by the name of Bric-a-Brac. The store’s logo is a bright yellow triangle wearing sunglasses and a big smile, a welcoming character resembling a tortilla chip that appropriately reflects the eclectic and playful decor of the shop. Calling themselves “your one-stop shop for all the necessities that no one really needs”, Bric-a-Brac specializes in new and used vinyl and cassettes, vintage movie posters, toys from the 80’s and 90’s, and all kinds of pop culture knick knacks. On a more serious note, the store also carries a large selection of music from local acts and maintains a bustling schedule of in-store performances.

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TVD Radar: A Charlie Brown Christmas on 180-gram vinyl in stores 11/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is pleased to announce a high-end vinyl reissue of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s beloved jazz album, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Due out November 17th, the LP will be released on 180-gram vinyl, and housed in an old-school style, tip-on jacket, featuring the rarely seen artwork from the original 1965 album. Lacquers for the album were cut by George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenram at Fantasy Studios, while the vinyl was pressed at Quality Record Pressings.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, certified 4X Platinum by the RIAA in 2016, is one of the best-selling jazz albums in history, second only to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue; and it’s no surprise: Guaraldi’s engaging score to the synonymous holiday television special has introduced generations of children and their parents to the joys of jazz music, with tracks like the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy,” and yuletide favorite “Christmas Time Is Here.” The album was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry five years later, and continues to be a perennial favorite, thanks to annual airings of the Christmas TV special.

A native of San Francisco, Vince Guaraldi became one of America’s most successful jazz artists during the course of his lifetime. Though Guaraldi’s legacy is most famously tied to his association with Peanuts, he was already an established, GRAMMY® Award-winning artist by the time that producer Lee Mendelson tapped him to score the first of many animated specials based on the Charles Schulz-penned cartoons. In a 2003 interview, excerpted from the biography Vince Guaraldi at the Piano (Derrick Bang; McFarland Books), Mendelson declared, “There was no doubt in my mind that if we hadn’t had that Guaraldi score, we wouldn’t have had the franchise we later enjoyed.”

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In rotation: 11/9/17

Tokyo tops Discogs and VinylHub’s list of cities with the most record shops: Discogs and its sister site VinylHub have collected a wealth of information about the world’s record shops. Like Discogs’ own well-known music database, the findings are based on community input, which shows the United States as having the most record shops by far, with 1482, followed by the United Kingdom with 537 and Germany with 453. The three cities with the most stores are Tokyo with 93 (more than half of the 158 in Japan), Berlin with 87 and London with 79. In the US, the top three cities are New York (47), Chicago (30) and Los Angeles (29).

Casbah Owner Teams up on New Record Shop—San Diego, there’s a new record shop in town: South Park welcomes the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack: We’re goin’ down to South Park and we’re gonna have ourselves a time: The San Diego borough — currently home to spots like Hamilton’s Tavern, Kindred, the Whistle Stop, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, and Buona Forchetta (among many others) — is all set to welcome its newest addition, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack. The newly announced, used-vinyl-focused shop arrives as a joint venture between Casbah owner Tim Mays and M-Theory Music founder Eric Howarth — and hosts its grand opening on Nov. 24-25, at 2235 Fern St., directly across the street from the Whistle Stop.

For 25 years, CD Warehouse was a hub for Springfield music fans. Then, online streaming claimed it. The store began liquidating its stock of more than 80,000 items Monday, Michael Vincent said. About 400 people attended; one guy drove down from Kansas City. It’s a long-anticipated ending: Historically, Vincent said, as music lovers entered their 30s, 40s and 50s, their tastes solidified and they didn’t come by the shop as frequently. But those customers were always replaced by new high school and college-aged kids. But no longer. The kids quit coming four to five years ago. Meanwhile, sales have declined 5 to 8 percent over the past decade, Vincent said.

The world’s biggest record fair returns this weekend: Mega Record and CD Fair will be holding its 48th edition for two days in Utrecht, this Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November. Over 500 stands will be selling old and new vinyl wares across 12,500 square feet inside the Jaarbeurs Expo. This year’s Mega Record and CD Fair will also feature auctions, performances and exhibitions, including vinyl cover installation ‘The Female Heroes of Elvis’ curated by DJ Miss Twist, and a live auction of over 100 rare records by UK-based Omega Auctions.

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TVD Radar: More of The Monkees (Super Deluxe Edition) in stores 12/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Who’s ready for even more of MORE? In honor of 50th anniversary this year, we’ve super-sized MORE OF THE MONKEES with a staggering 91 tracks including 55 previously-unreleased alternate takes, remixes, and newly discovered concert recordings from 1967, the band’s earliest-known live tracks, as well as a bonus 7″ of “I’m A Believer” (Remix)/”(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” (Vocals Only).

“This is the most exciting archival dig through The Monkees’ vault since 2009’s THE BIRDS, THE BEES AND THE MONKEES DELUXE EDITION. Every track is newly mastered for this set; the live material is the most historically significant of their career,” says Andrew Sandoval, who produced the set and wrote a new essay for its expansive booklet.

MORE OF THE MONKEES: SUPER DELUXE EDITION significantly expands the special edition of MORE OF THE MONKEES released in 2006. Along with mono and stereo mixes of the original album, the SUPER DELUXE EDITION takes listeners into the studio for the making of the album through extensive studio outtakes. Many make their debut here, including the first recorded versions of: “Words,” “Valleri,” “Hold On Girl” and more. Backing tracks for early version of “Sometime In The Morning,” “I’m A Believer,” and “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)” offer a behind-the-scenes perspective on the creative process.

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TVD Radar: Verve Records’ Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington,
and Stan Getz 5-LP box
sets in stores 12/8

VIA PRESS RELEASE | There are many who would agree that classic jazz from the 1950s and ’60s sounds best when played on the medium it was originally intended for – namely, the vinyl LP. With that in mind, UMe is proud to present three vinyl box sets via Verve Records focusing on key albums from three of jazz’s biggest and most influential stars from its golden era: singers Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, together with tenor saxophone sensation, Stan Getz. Available December 8, each box set contains five of the artists’ most popular and enduring albums mastered on 180-gram vinyl, and presented in authentic period sleeves that reproduce the original artwork. For those who prefer CD, the collections will be available on December 15.

Dubbed “Lady Day” by jazz saxophonist, Lester Young, Billie Holiday (1915-1959) is one of the most influential and iconic jazz vocalists of all time. Her uniquely expressive voice, with its unmistakable tone, timbre, and horn-like phrasing, had an emotional sincerity that made everything she sang seem an honest reflection of her own personal struggles in life. Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia and after experiencing a difficult childhood, found an escape through music. She began singing professionally as a teenager in the late 1920s and signed her first recording contract in 1935, before going on to work with the swing-era big bands of Count Basie and Artie Shaw. By the 1940s, she was a big solo star but behind the showbiz glamour there was a dark underside of drug and alcohol dependency, which eventually hastened her tragic demise (she died in 1959 aged 44).

Classic Lady Day catches up with Holiday at the dawn of the LP age in the 1950s when she recorded for the Clef and Verve labels founded by jazz impresario and producer, Norman Granz. The opening album in the set is 1957’s Solitude: Songs By Billie Holiday, which was first issued in 1952 as a 10-inch LP called Billie Holiday Sings for Granz’s Clef imprint. It’s a delightful small group session where Holiday’s beguiling voice is framed by sympathetic and lightly-swinging arrangements played by sidemen that include pianist Oscar Peterson and guitarist Barney Kessell. Holiday’s mournful version of Duke Ellington’s immortal “Solitude,” with Charlie Shavers on trumpet, is particularly arresting. Holiday also puts her own inimitable stamp on the standards “You Go To My Head” and “These Foolish Things.”

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In rotation: 11/8/17

The Guardian view on vinyl: getting its groove back: Every so often, when hope is almost lost, an endangered species claws its way back from the brink. With loving care, a population flourishes and even re-establishes itself in the wild. Vinyl records, it appears, may be this kind of creature. A couple of decades ago they appeared on the verge of extinction, found only in dedicated collections. Then the numbers climbed again: a global revival had begun. Vinyl charts were reintroduced two years ago on the back of rising sales. Sony has announced that it will return to making vinyl, 30 years after it gave up. Sainsbury’s launch of own-label records this week highlights the surge of interest in a format once thought as enduring as phonograph cylinders or the eight-track cartridge.

Jack White reflects on career, rhapsodizes vinyl records at Detroit conference: Speaking Monday to a group of folks very much invested in the cause, Jack White reflected on his long, romantic relationship with vinyl records. “If you really want to show reverence and respect to the music, experience it this way,” White said during a 40-minute talk at the inaugural Making Vinyl conference in Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Few figures in modern music have been bigger ambassadors for vinyl than the White Stripes founder and Third Man Records operator, and his homecoming appearance was the conference’s opening-day highlight. The event has drawn personnel from across the resurgent record-making industry for two days of panels, supplier pitches and networking.

Hipsters will hate supermarket vinyl but this is why we should cheer: Supermarkets make hypocrites of us. We lament the closure of all the shops which couldn’t compete while cheerfully continuing to be suckled by these retail monsters, whole milk or semi-skimmed. Ah, but surely shopping for music, and particularly vinyl, should be an altogether different experience – a challenge, a quest or an adventure. If you’re really lucky, all three. In my early teens, not knowing much, record-buying was inconvenience shopping. The stores were cramped, smelly, noisy, randomly arranged, intimidating and elitist – in essence, everything that supermarkets aren’t.

Memphis’ Spin Street Music Store to Close in January: Spin Street, the record store at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street, is preparing to close its doors. The store – which in recent years has expanded its product assortment extensively to include everything from toys and T-shirts to even drones – is holding a closing sale now. Signs advertise 30 percent to 50 percent off the original prices, and the closing is set for the end of January. The space already is being marketed for lease. Cushman & Wakefield/ Commercial Advisors signs are posted on the store’s exterior. The store posted a short message to its Facebook page that reads: “We are sorry to announce that Spin Street Memphis is closing. We have started our liquidation sale. Please come in and see us while we are still here.”

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TVD Radar: Big Star,
Live at Lafayette’s Music Room in stores 1/12/18

VIA PRESS RELEASE | It is well known that Big Star played a one-off promotional concert for the Memphis Rock Writers Convention at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis in May of 1973. The show cemented them into legendary status, after the journalists who witnessed it carried the message of Big Star out in their writing, even though the band had only released one album, #1 Record, and were unsure of recording a second after the departure of co-founder Chris Bell.

What may not be so widely known is that the trio played the same venue four months earlier with the same power and passion opening shows for the Houston R&B band Archie Bell & the Drells. First issued as Disc 4 of the Grammy® Award-winning Keep An Eye On The Sky box set, Live At Lafayette’s Music Room sees new light as a stand-alone release, available on January 12, 2018 from Omnivore Recordings on CD, Digital, and for the first time, double LP. The performance has never sounded better, thanks to new mastering and restoration from Grammy®-winning engineer Michael Graves, with supervision from Grammy®-winning producer Cheryl Pawelski.

The 20-track set features material from Big Star’s debut, #1 Record; songs that would appear on the (not yet recorded) follow-up, Radio City; and choice covers from The Kinks, Todd Rundgren, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and T. Rex. As an added bonus, all formats include a download of a previously unissued 1972 interview with Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel from the summer of 1971 with Jon Scott on Memphis’ FM 100.

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In rotation: 11/7/17

10 Highlights From Jack White’s Interview at Making Vinyl Conference: The lifelong vinyl devotee delivered a lively and passionate keynote Q&A for the Making Vinyl conference on Monday evening in White’s home town of Detroit, where he opened Third Man Pressing — the first plant in 35 years to open in the U.S. with brand new presses — over seven months ago. Accompanied by his mother and several Third Man staffers and questioned by his nephew and Third Man principle Ben Blackwell (a White Stripes roadie during his teen years and drummer in the Dirtbombs), White spoke to the gathering of nearly 300 manufacturers, suppliers and retailers, rallying the troops about his love of vinyl and his hopes for the industry’s continued growth. White’s talk did not dismiss more contemporary modes of listening to music — or experiencing any art, for that matter — but the 35-minute session made a convincing case for the value of vinyl, speaking to but also gallivanting the converted.

New Lexington store capitalizing on renewed interest in vinyl records: It was a love for music and awareness of this return to records among consumers that prompted Lexington local Kingsley, “D.J. Kingpin” Waring to open Turntable City at 202 West Main Street in the heart of Lexington. Kingpin says his store has a ton of full albums, 12-inch singles, and all musical genres in stock. The store will have more titles for purchase during the holiday season. Pricing averages out at around $7 per record, with discs available from $1 to $15. Turntable City is another exciting new business in Lexington, and especially in the downtown area.

Vinyl records making a comeback in Marquette County: Blackrocks Brewery hosted a “pop-up” vinyl sale Sunday afternoon. The event invited members of the community to see what Marquette area’s Gitche Gumme Records has to offer along with the chance to buy some new music. Gitche Gumme Records has a shop in the basement of the Masonic Building on Washington Street in downtown Marquette. They’re getting ready for their grand re-opening next month. The disc jockey spinning records on Sunday says, these “pop-up” style events are a great way to reintroduce the public to vinyl music.

Record show to spin for the 13th year: Record lovers, rejoice: the Tucson Record Show is back. Nov. 11, there’s the chance to peruse 45s, LPs and music memorabilia from as many as 20 different vendors. The event — this is the 13th annual one — offers visitors an opportunity to get a closer look at Tucson’s record scene, which Bruce Smith, one of the record show’s organizers, said he sees resurging. Smith has been collecting records for more than 50 years and buying and selling them through his business, Cassidy Collectibles, for 25 years. “There’s never been as many record stores in Tucson at one time since maybe the late ‘70s,” Smith said, counting at least four records stores that he knows of. “People are getting into the business because there’s a demand for it.”

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TVD Radar: Third Man Records to reissue Muddy Waters’ Electric Mud, in stores 11/17

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Third Man Records is proud to announce the reissue of Muddy Waters’ fifth studio album Electric Mud, which comes as a continuation of Third Man’s partnership with Universal Music Group and the Estate of Muddy Waters.

The album was originally released by Chess in 1968 and has not seen a legitimate domestic vinyl release since 2002, despite its enormous influence on generations of blues rockers. It features members of Rotary Connection as Muddy’s backing band and was very controversial upon its release for its fusion of electric blues with psychedelic elements. The album is now recognized as a forward-thinking classic, sampled extensively by artists like The Black Keys and Gorillaz.

The standard reissue will be available everywhere via Third Man Records on November 17th, with a deluxe version available at Third Man Records’ Nashville and Detroit storefronts as well as Reckless Records in Chicago while supplies last. Album pre-orders are available here.

The deluxe version of the reissue will come in “Chess-nut Brown” vinyl, with a hand screen-printed black matte jacket with silver type (a recreation of the rare, first pressing variant), a 2-panel foldout poster, and a reproduction of the original “eight pager” booklet. The standard edition will come in black vinyl, with a gatefold vinyl jacket in its original black-on-white color scheme, and a four-panel foldout poster.

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