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TVD Radar: The Thousand Incarnations of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar and Banjo (1963-1974) in stores 3/23

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On March 23, Craft Recordings will release The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar and Banjo (1963-1974) on 2LP, CD, and digital.

This new compilation celebrates the groundbreaking, inventive approach to traditional instrumentation brought forward by an impressive group of maverick artists whose interpretations of folk, blues, and traditional song gave rise to one of American music’s most unique and influential stylistic schools, known today as American Primitive. Featured artists on the compilation, which serves as a “Who’s Who” of the genre, include John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, Harry Taussig and more. The two-LP vinyl edition features deluxe gatefold packaging, and a tipped-in booklet containing new liner notes by compilation producer Glenn Jones and illustrations by Drew Christie. The CD configuration comes housed in a softpack and features a booklet containing both Jones’ notes and Christie’s artwork.

The Craft Recordings release comes in connection with a three-day festival by the same name, The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose, which promises to be a music festival unlike any other. Taking place at multiple venues in Takoma Park, MD from April 13th – 15th, the festival brings together for the first time more than 25 acoustic fingerstyle guitar and banjo players from every era of the American Primitive/Guitar Soli movement and every corner of the United States; pairing legends such as Peter Lang, Max Ochs, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker with modern day heavy hitters like Glenn Jones, Marisa Anderson, Daniel Bachman, and Nathan Bowles.

There will also be documentary screenings and rare footage of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and Jack Rose, plus panel discussions with scholars and musicians. It is only fitting that Takoma Park, Fahey’s boyhood home, will host the festival this year, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of his very first recordings.

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TVD’s Press Play

Press Play is our Monday recap of the new and FREE tracks received last week to inform the next trip to your local indie record store.

Boy Rex – Golden Standard
Jason S. Matuskiewicz – Can We Put Out The Flames?
Moon Darling – Don’t Rise
Margaret Chavez – Call For Cull
Jared Saltiel – Wayward Queen
Felsen – Vultures on Your Bones
The Incredible Vickers Brothers – In Memory
Blind The Thin King – Hail The Newborn Killer
Nathaniel Bellows – Keep in Mind

UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey – She Loves Me Now

J Hacha de Zola – My Special Angel
Oberon Rose – Tell Me All About It
Echo Bloom – The Duke
Le Rug – Gloss
Reigen – How to Make Love
Corina Corina – BAR$
BIJOU – Gotta Shine (ft. Germ)
Sonny Side Up – I DK U (ft Yung Skrrt)

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In rotation: 2/5/18

Best Buy will cease selling CDs later this year. Meanwhile, Target is asking record labels to buy back any unsold inventory. A technologically obsolete medium that self-destructs over time? No wonder only 89 million CDs were purchased in all of 2017. Back in 2001, that number peaked at 800 million and many of those copies were sold by retail giants like Best Buy and Target. But as interest in physical discs has waned, so too has the amount of space these stores dedicate to such inventory. Soon enough, Best Buy will cease selling CDs altogether, while Target will ask record labels to front the costs, according to a new report from Billboard. Come June 1st, Best Buy will no longer offer CDs in its retail stores. Physical music is only generating around $40 million in annual revenue for the company and executives would rather dedicate the floor space to more lucrative items, Billboard notes. Best Buy will continue to sell vinyl for at least the next two years, but titles will now be merchandised with turntables.

On the Road Again: Heart of Vinyl Brings Your Favorite Records to Local Breweries: Murfreesboro record collectors haven’t had to travel far when looking to add to their collection. Antique and thrift shops, chain retailers and local record stores like Waxface Records, Media Rerun and the now-defunct Little Shop of Records have supplied the local community with music on vinyl. However, brick-and-mortar businesses are not the only places capitalizing on the continuing surge of vinyl sales. Last summer, Justin and Megan Frazier became part of a growing retail trend of “pop-up shops” when they hauled hundreds of records to various breweries and taprooms in the region.

A new record shop has opened in Sydney: Sydney promoters Something Else have opened up a new record shop, reports Resident Advisor. Located in New South Wales, Something Else Records will stock “the latest house, techno and varied electronica vinyl, as well as selected 2nd hand collections,” shares SE. The shop will also sell gear, including new and refurbished turntables, mixers, and headphones, as well as artwork. Something Else Records is open Thursday through Sunday – 488 King Street, 2042 Newtown, New South Wales. Head here for more info.

Cubao X vinyl sale draws younger crowd, more women: MANILA—Kagatan 26, the first of the quarterly vinyl record sales/swaps at Cubao X in the Araneta Commercial Center was held over the weekend with over a dozen sellers and re-sellers of records, compact discs, and cassettes converging in this bohemian and artistic enclave. According to event organizer DJ Arbie Won, the resurgence of vinyl domestically has shown no signs of stopping. “There are sellers and sales not only in the national capital region but also outside,” Wong noted. “And we’re also seeing a lot of younger people discover the magic of vinyl.” Like 25-year old writer Nic Angeles, who only began buying vinyl recently. “Previously, I was into compact discs and streaming. My first encounter was my parents’ collection – New Wave titles. My dad got a Smiths record and he played it and I fell in love not only with the music but the medium. It was a different experience,” she said.

Rare John Coltrane LP for Sale on eBay for $19,000: FACT reports today that a rare test pressing of the landmark 1965 John Coltrane LP A Love Supreme is now up for sale on eBay. The starting price? $19,000. A Love Supreme is widely lauded as a high water mark of the genre. The test pressing is in VG condition, exists in a generic sleeve, and has a Van Gelder Stamp on both sides of the vinyl. According a statement given to FACT from the eBay seller thesoundofblue, the record was originally purchased at Academy Records in New York for an undisclosed sum. “Someone also pointed out that where it says Coltrane it looks like his signature. I am not real sure about that. He usually signed his full name. No idea who Ken Coltrane is,” he added.

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In rotation: 2/2/18

Lost Weekend Records turns 15: Kyle Siegrist opened Lost Weekend in 2003, offering weekend-only hours and stocking largely used vinyl. Gradually, the shop’s open hours increased, and its stock of new LPs grew, first with two, three, four crates against the front counter, and eventually to the handful of racks that now line the walls of the low-ceilinged store. Despite the concerns of friends, business at Lost Weekend has increased every year it’s been open, allowing Siegrist to expand his staff. (He now employs two workers, in addition to the odd helper during busy times, such as Record Store Day, a single day in April where sales can equal an entire month’s business.)…Not bad for someone who didn’t have much of a fallback in place once he shifted to the store full-time in August 2003 after leaving his job at the print shop. “My backup plan was bankruptcy,” he said, and laughed.

Moondance closing its doors after 46 years as a downtown Peterborough fixture, Owner Mike Taveroff is retiring after running Canada’s oldest independent record store since 1972: …To walk into Moondance — the store took its name from Van Morrison’s 1970 song of the same name — is to take a trip back in time to when independent record stores were king. Row upon row of vinyl albums, CDs and DVDs greet customers, lined up neatly in hand-made wooden bins. Then there are the numerous posters, band T-shirts and music industry magazines, all serenaded by a non-stop soundtrack of hit music, new and old. As such, a visit to Moondance was, and still is to some degree, an escape from life’s daily demands as much as it is a music shopping opportunity…“Right at the start, I made it very clear to people — ‘Come in, hang out. If you don’t buy anything, it doesn’t matter.’ A lot of the fun of this place was a result of the people that came in and the amazing conversations that took place.”

Homeless Sexual record-shop owner keeps the faith. “Cassettes have come back really big but I didn’t see it coming.” When Jeff Clark was hit by a train in Little Italy last June, the 20 employees at his Thrift Trader stores in PB and North Park immediately lost their jobs. The used records and retro clothing from his PB and North Park stores were put in storage. “He worked his whole life, then all of a sudden it was just gone,” says Davit Buck, who knew Clark back when he owned some 16 Music Trader used-CD stores (which predated Thrift Trader). “I heard he recently went to see his stuff in storage and he was happy it was still there. I heard the security guard was selling some of his stuff and giving the money to Jeff.” (A former employee says Clark continues to undergo physical therapy. “He’s learned to walk again. He has his sense of humor back.”)

It’s the vinyl countdown: Record fair coming to Toowoomba: Toowoomba’s growing community of vinyl lovers have a rare opportunity to get their hands on a huge number of LPs at this year’s annual record fair. With a wide selection of more than 200 crates of LP records, preloved and new, as well as magazines, cassettes and CDs, there will be something for everyone at this year’s fair. The fair has been held annually for the past six years, however organiser Jason Woodward plans for there to be two to three this year because of community interest. “There is a surprising number of people in Toowoomba who appreciate vinyl. We are expecting 300 to 400 people there,” he said…The fair will return to its original home at St Thomas More Hall, 71a Ramsay St, South Toowoomba on Saturday, February 17.

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TVD Radar: Rhapsody
in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison

in stores 3/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “Kruth pieces together the events that turned a talented West Texas kid with an astonishing vocal range into rockabilly’s premier balladeer, the man behind that saucy ‘Mercy’ in the massive hit ‘Oh, Pretty Woman,’ and a genuine rock star capable of headlining concerts with the Beatles as his supporting act.” The Washington Post

Elvis Presley considered this voice rock ’n’ roll’s finest; Bob Dylan claimed it could drive him off a cliff. Bruce Springsteen reckoned the man behind it “the coolest uncool loser you’d ever seen.” Incongruous among a cohort of musicians now remembered for their wild stage antics and pretty boy swagger, Roy Orbison was the unlikeliest pop icon to emerge from the 1950s. Until the 2013 release of John Kruth’s Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison, the particulars of Orbison’s success remained as enigmatic as the man himself.

Rhapsody in Black searched beyond the melancholic songs and iconic Ray-Ban shades, illuminating the sonic alchemist who transformed pain and misery into transcendent melodies and platinum records. Now, to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Orbison’s death, Backbeat Books proudly presents this essential biography in an updated paperback edition.

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In rotation: 2/1/18

Old-school record shop puts a different spin on buying music: One would expect vinyl records to be a thing of the past, especially with streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora gaining popularity. On the contrary, these treasures are making a comeback, especially over the last 10 years, after nearly disappearing in the early 2000s. Along with the vinyl resurgence comes the revived interest in the record shop. Whether one is an avid vinyl collector, or is just starting a collection, Cool Beat Music and Books is worth a visit.

“A little weirdo community centre”: Inside Hi-Tackle, Manchester’s secret record shop: Should you visit Manchester’s Hi-Tackle you’ll be forgiven for being taken aback by it. It’s a record store first and foremost, found in a snug office above the Hidden nightclub in Manchester’s industrial outskirts. For those outside the M1 postcode you’re almost certain to get lost when trying to find it, but when you do, you’ll spend half your time digging through the crates of boogie, street soul, jungle and hardcore, and the other half playing 8-bit video games. It’s like visiting that friend whose Mum let you swear and watch horror movies after school, that is, if those friends were Ruf Dug and Randy Brunson.

Remembering two Buffalo icons: Drive down East Ferry St. in Buffalo and you will pass Doris Records. The owner Mack Luchey passed away. In a 2004 interview with 2 On Your Side, he talked about expanding his record store, long before there was a Record Theatre. His store is where people could buy concert tickets that may not be available elsewhere. The flagship store remains open. Outside of music, Luchey was a founding member of Men Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer and the Juneteenth Festival. He was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

My name is Dave, I collect vinyl records, and I have a problem. I recently had to move to a smaller apartment because of our great city’s rising rents. Maybe you can relate. This has forced me to face the unpleasant physical reality of my music collection, which consists of six or seven thousand records, CDs, and cassettes (conservative estimate). Oh yeah, and dozens of music-oriented DVDs. Cramming all of these artifacts — plus books, magazines, and non-music DVDs (because I’m a well-rounded individual) — into my new Beacon Hill apartment has required many ruthless decisions about what to keep and what to jettison. I’m not done making these decisions. As I write this, I’m surrounded by dozens of boxes.

For EPs, Brevity is a Subtle Bliss: I am in love with the EP. Not the specs of vinyl record they pressed in the 1950s by modern-day VCA Records to compete with Columbia’s LP records, even though its technical limitations contributed to our modern definition. The EP of today is essentially any release “longer than a single, shorter than a full album, usually about three to four songs long. But don’t let that dispassionate definition fool you. EPs are, as a form, a gift to music. The EP is, in some ways, the short story of the musical world. If they’re not good, we throw them away faster than we picked them up. Sure, a couple mistakes or uninteresting minutes might be forgivable on the LP, but when you’ve only got nine minutes of content on your record? Come on.

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TVD Radar: All Gates Open: The Story of CAN in stores 5/5

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Faber & Faber are proud to announce All Gates Open, the definitive story of the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: Can. It consists of two books and previously unseen art and photos.

In book one, All Gates Open, Rob Young gives us the full biography of a band that emerged at the vanguard of the Krautrock scene in late sixties Cologne. Can’s studio and live performances burned an incendiary trail through the decade that followed, and left a legacy that is still reverberating today in hip hop, post-rock, ambient, and countless other genres. Rob Young’s account draws on unique interviews with all the founding members of Can, their vocalists, friends and music industry associates. And he revisits the music, which is still deliriously innovative and unclassifiable more than four decades on. All Gates Open is a portrait of a group who worked with visionary intensity and belief, outside the system and inside their own inner space.

Book two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a “collage” – a technique long associated with Can’s approach to recording. There is an oral history of the band, collated by former Electronic Beats and Spex editor Max Dax, and Robert Defcon, drawing on interviews Irmin conducted with musicians who see Can as an influence.

These musicians include the likes of Bobby Gillespie, Geoff Barrow, Mark E. Smith, Daniel Miller and many others, but also with artists and film-makers like Wim Wenders and John Malkovich, where Irmin reflects on more personal matters and his work with film. Extracts from Irmin’s notebooks and diaries from 2013–14 are also reproduced as a reflection on the creative process, and the memories, dreams and epiphanies it entails. Can Kiosk offers further perspectives on a band that has inspired several generations of musicians and film-makers.

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In rotation: 1/31/18

Walnut Hills and UC grad wins Grammy for Voyager record project: CINCINNATI — Cincinnati native David Pescovitz was still stunned on Sunday afternoon, just a few hours after winning a Grammy Award for best boxed or special limited-edition package. “It’s astounding,” said Pescovitz, 47. He shared the award with his colleagues, graphic designer Lawrence Azzerad and Tim Daly, manager of the legendary Amoeba Music record store in San Francisco, for their work on “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition.” The Walnut Hills High School and University of Cincinnati graduate (and a longtime friend of this writer) called the award a capstone to a lifetime spent gazing at the stars, obsessively collecting books about the cosmos and listening to albums made by artists from every corner of the globe.

Vinyl swap Saturday brings back music: David Turner remembers pedaling his bicycle into downtown Gastonia as a young boy to spend time sorting through the bins of albums at Ja-Jo’s Records. “I would take the money I earned from cutting my grandparents’ grass and buy Elvis records,” said Turner. “This had to be in the early 70s. We no longer have any record stores in Gastonia and I wish we still did.” As a way to increase interest in vinyl collecting throughout Gaston County, Turner is hosting a vinyl swap and buy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Atrium at Olio’s, 245 W. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. During the event, vendors will sell records and people will also have the opportunity to trade with other vinyl enthusiasts. “Vinyl is becoming popular again and more and more people are becoming interested in collecting them,” said Turner.

Record swap to be held Saturday in Elm Grove: Nail City Record in Elm Grove will hold its inaugural record swap on Saturday. All you have to do is bring in a crate of records. They could be old vinyls you’re ready to trade or classics any doubles you might have. Once there, you can trade with other people in the store who have brought in their own collection. Jonathan Napier, the store’s owner, wanted to start this monthly event to bring together vinyl lovers in the Wheeling area. Record Swap Saturday will take place the last Saturday of every month at Nail City Record.

Obit: Mack S. Luchey, owned and operated Doris Records, area’s oldest record store: BUFFALO—When Mack S. Luchey opened the first Doris Records store on Broadway in 1962, he always had a speaker outside. “He and Doris would drive to New York City and bring back something that hadn’t been heard here yet,” said his son, Derrick, who helps manage the Buffalo record store. “It was when ‘Green Onions’ was popular. When people passed by and heard the new stuff, it would attract them in.” Mr. Luchey remained active in Doris Records, now the oldest record store in Western New York, until he was injured in a fall in December 2016. He died in his Buffalo home last Friday. He was 82.

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TVD Radar: Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft, and Black Moses vinyl reissues in stores 2/23

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On February 23rd, Craft Recordings will release newly remastered editions of three classic albums from soul icon Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft, and Black Moses.

Each LP boasts audio remastered by leading engineer Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters from the original analog tapes and comes housed in a faithfully reproduced package, complete with old-school style tip-on jacket, and in the case of Black Moses, a replica of the legendary, iconic four-foot cross-shaped fold-out image of Isaac as Black Moses. The release comes on the heels of a year-long celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Stax Records, and a historic look at the contributions made by Hayes to the success of the label as embodied in the lauded 2017 deluxe 4CD box set, Isaac Hayes: The Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976), which celebrates the multi-faceted artist’s talents as a producer, writer, and performer.

About Hot Buttered Soul | Reaching #1 on the Billboard Soul/R&B chart in the year of its release (1969), Hot Buttered Soul is a transformative genre-bending soul record that changed the shape of popular music forever. Featuring “Walk On By” and Hayes’ expansive, cinematic take on “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” this new reissue from Craft Recordings showcases newly remastered audio cut at Elysian Masters under the supervision of Dave Cooley and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Memphis Record Pressing.

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In rotation: 1/30/18

A mapped guide to Philly’s 13 best record stores: Philadelphia record stores have a seemingly endless selection of physical music, from old school cassette tapes to classic vinyl records and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for an iconic album or you’re digging through the crates for a cult favorite, Philly has what you need…From mom-and-pop record shops to mega-stores, Philadelphia has a remarkable range of locations offering throwback staples to the most recent releases. There’s no reason for you to be bored with your music since fresh artists are a trip away.

Oxford’s End of All Music relocates records, revamps vinyl: It was the needle drop heard ‘round Lafayette County. When David Swider took to social media on Dec. 23 to announce that The End of All Music – Oxford’s premiere vinyl music shop – was moving, he knew something special was about to happen. However, announcing was the easy part. Making the move in less than four weeks was a bit harder, especially at the busiest shopping time of the year. But with a team of dedicated friends and family, a little ingenuity and some good tunes, Swider made it happen. The End of All Music now resides on Oxford’s historic Square’ a place it has always belonged.

The Future of Vinyl: After another year of all-time highs (as Nielsen reports sales up 9% in the US, and BPI posts a 26.8% increase in the UK) the vinyl format is stronger than the My Bloody Valentine Loveless-era. The format has become a cultural identifier — a badge of honor amongst the millennials, an “I told you so” moment for collectors, and a commercial star for specific rheumatoid arthritis medication. Some have predicted the vinyl bubble will burst. That said, turntable sales are on the rise and big-box shelf space is now devoted to Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift wax. These indicators seem to tell a different story. To get a read on the situation from those in the know, we’ve asked industry experts, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world to chime in on the future of the vinyl format.

After the vinyl revolution comes the return of the record-playing jukebox: Vinyl sales are booming. At this point, it’s less of a revival and more of a full-on second coming of the long-playing record. While turntables are becoming common in homes once again, the classic vinyl jukebox is also on the comeback trail. NPR reports business is booming for one of the only full-time vinyl jukebox repairmen in the United States. Perry Rosen from New York travels the US doing up old machines from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s…Rosen says his clients include older generations looking to revisit the tunes of their youth, while younger people are also stocking the jukeboxes with their own collections.

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