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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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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.

Jeff Tweedy – Laminated Cat
Little Shrine – Stone
Flotation Toy Warning – Controlling The Sea
Matt Hectorne – Only Way Into Your Heart
Robin Jackson – Drifting At Sea
Mt. Doubt – Teeming

Pip Blom – School

The Captain of Sorrow – Hollow Empty Void
Mo Troper – Your Brand
Eagle Johnson & Clean Machine – Hero
Broke Royals – As Long As I Can See
Monster Rally – Toucans
Dream System 8 – Losing All of You
Lunettes Noires – Troubles (Original Mix)

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In rotation: 11/6/17

New record store in Shamrock looks to defy national trend: When Jenny Logan was 6 or 7 years old in Shamrock in the 1970s, she got an album of KC and The Sunshine Band. She played it on her Donny and Marie Osmond record player. And played it and played it and played it…Now, nearly 40 years later, Logan has taken music, and the way it used to be played, to new heights. In doing so, she’s saying hello when others have said goodbye. Vinyl records — the iconic albums and 45s of generations past — have been yet another casualty of the digital world, joining the cemetery of the way it used to be along with photography film, landlines, VCRs, maps and encyclopedias. But not in Shamrock, and not with Jenny Logan.

Female Treble: A unique spin on a record store, Lisa Pereira owns the city’s only fully female-owned record store: “I have a tendency to sell stuff I like,” says Lisa Pereira, owner of Female Treble, one of the city’s only fully female-owned record store. This is why she’s touting vinyl from heavy rock bands from Detroit, queercore and female artists. She plays, but does not currently sell a record by early ’70s Detroit band The Punks (it’s rare but she’ll sell the soon-to-be-released reissue). She’s also proud of a new vinyl release by soul icon Jackie Shane ($39.99). She’s selling her new and used records in her own way too. Female Treble currently exists as a store-within-a-store at Eyesore Cinema on Bloor St. W. near Dufferin St. Soon, she’ll have a second semi-location too.

The Beatles’ Christmas Records Receive Limited Coloured Vinyl Box Set Release: As ably proved by the phenomenon that was Beatlemania, no band inspired such devoted fandom as The Beatles. And, in turn, no band looked after their fans quite like rock’s finest foursome. As special thank yous to all the “Beatle people” around the world – as the group referred to their dedicated fanbase – The Beatles recorded Christmas flexi discs for their fan club members each year from 1963 to 1969. Previously only ever available through The Beatles’ fan club, this year, as a bumper stocking filler, the seven Beatles Christmas records are being reissued on coloured vinyl in one 7” box set.

‘Vinyl kept Fives open’ says record shop boss: A record shop owner in Leigh said that without the resurgence of vinyl, his store would not be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Fives record shop in Broadway celebrated 40 years since it opened its doors, with its most loyal customers and a new young generation of music fans who have helped to bring vinyl back to the market. The shop also hosted legendary David Bowie collaborator and pianist of the band, Yes, Rick Wakeman, ahead of his performance at the Palace Theatre in London Road, Southend…“Vinyl has saved independent record shops around the country, and now there are more then ever before.”

Vinyl listening is getting simpler with The Plus Record Player from Plus Audio: Collecting vinyl is easy — all you really need is some extra cash and a trip to your local record store to really get into the hobby. Listening to vinyl, on the other hand, is a different beast entirely. From finding the right turntable, to wiring up your amps and speakers, going from your first vinyl record to your first spin can be a process. There’s always been an easy mode to this game, however, and that’s all-in-one turntables — but if you’re serious about sound quality, these can be a dodgy choice, at best. However, following a successful over-funded Kickstarter campaign, audio company Plus Audio (stylized as +Audio) is gearing up to launch its own all-in-one hi-fi turntable, The Plus Record Player (stylized as The+Record Player), which aims to bridge the gap between all-in-one simplicity and full-setup fidelity.

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TVD Radar: Dionne Warwick, Odds & Ends–Scepter Records Rarities in stores 12/15

With a total of 40 Pop chart hits, Dionne Warwick’s recordings for the Scepter label rank as arguably the most successful run of any artist—and certainly of any female artist—for an independent label during the 1960s.

But all that success had a downside for her considerable legacy: Scepter became a hot property for acquisition, and as a result the label’s holdings were bought and sold several times before Dionne herself arranged to buy her own masters back. By that time, though, the Scepter tapes had been scattered in disarray, thus leaving a lot of material in limbo and causing compilers to throw up their hands.

Well, where other reissue labels fear to tread Real Gone Music goes full speed ahead! Odds & Ends—Scepter Records Rarities offers 25 hard-to-find tracks (plus some bonus promo spots) from the Scepter vaults, including rare alternate versions (of hits like “Don’t Make Me Over,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”), stereo singles (“He’s Moving On;” “Amanda”), foreign language singles (“A House Is Not a Home” in Italian and French; “Walk On By” in German and Italian), stereo mixes (of “Get Rid of Him” and “Silent Voices”), and just plain lost tracks (like “Our Ages or Our Hearts” and “Monday, Monday”).

Many of the selections are previously unissued and most are making their CD debut. What’s more, this one’s released with the full cooperation of the legendary lady, Dionne herself, who sat down for an interview with liner note writer Joe Marchese, and includes rare photos. Remastered by Ted Carfrae, Odds & Ends—Scepter Records Rarities is a stone solid must for any Dionne fan, and of course any Bacharach-David fan as well…this is some of the greatest—and rarest—vocal pop music of the ‘60s!

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In rotation: 11/3/17

Making the rounds of Tokyo’s record stores: Tokyo is a city of thirteen million people, and what sometimes seems like twice as many music scenes. With fans, concerts and clubs spread throughout a vast metropolitan area, the record store acts as a home base — they are anchors for entire musical subcultures. For the uninitiated, it can be an entry point, too. As well as providing listeners with recordings, record stores are a source of information about gigs and clubs (also known as live houses in Japan), and a space to meet likeminded fans and collaborators…Though by no mean extensive, the listings should help you on your way towards new sounds and new experiences.

Record growth: Pressing plants make sound investment in vinyl: Vinyl has made a record comeback, and Furnace Record Pressing can’t open its new vinyl pressing plant in suburban Washington, D.C., soon enough. “After seeing years of consistent vinyl growth and new markets emerging around the globe, we knew it was time to make the significant investment into expanding our operations,” Furnace Record Pressing founder and CEO Eric Astor said. In the digital age, vinyl sales still pale in comparison to revenue from streaming. While revenue from the sale of vinyl reached $182 million in the first half of 2017, according to data released in September by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), revenue from streaming services reached $2.5 billion.

Sainbury’s heralds vinyl sales with release of Own Label albums: The retailer has surprisingly announced it is one of the major high-street sellers of vinyl, having shifted some 120,000 units since it started selling them in March 2016. It is doing its part to solidify the medium’s 5% share of the UK music scene. Furthermore, it claims that one in every 20 vinyl records sold in the UK is now purchased in a Sainsbury’s store. Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne fame has put his name to the albums, two 20-track compilations. The stunt could position the retailer as a reliable vendor of vinyl, across the 168 stores that will stock it. Pete Selby, head of music and books at Sainsbury’s, said: “Our customers’ love of vinyl shows no sign of abating, so alongside the classics albums, we want to offer our shoppers something they won’t find anywhere else.

Review: ‘The B-Side’ Is an Extraordinary Masterclass in Listening: You may have even been told, with unconditional sincerity, “This song will change your life.” And if it didn’t quite do that, the focus of an aficionado’s enthusiasm and expertise made you hear layers and meanings that you would never have inferred had you come across the same work by chance on the radio or as background music at a party. That’s the experience, heightened to the point of transcendence, that’s on offer in the Wooster Group’s extraordinary “The B-Side: ‘Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons,’” which runs through Nov. 19 at the Performing Garage in SoHo. Like this troupe’s marvelous “Early Shaker Spirituals,” staged in New York in 2014 and scheduled for revival in December, “The B-Side” is quaintly subtitled “A Record Album Interpretation.” Yes, the focal point here is a vinyl disc that is removed from an attractively illustrated jacket and placed on a turntable.

Vinyl Record Swap Planned At Red Palm In Evergreen Park, Vinyl record owners will trade goods during a “Swap & Haggle” event organized by Beverly Records: A community-based vinyl record fair should be a hit among record lovers near and far at the Red Palm Bar & Grill, 3020 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park on Sunday. Beverly Records is co-hosting the “Swap & Haggle” event from noon to 4 p.m. “We have people come in the store all the time selling records and we can’t buy them all because we have so much stock and not much room,” said John Dreznes, owner of Beverly Records, a 50-year- old family business at 11612 S. Western Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood. “Unfortunately, we are letting a lot of collections go and this is a great way to get these collections back in circulation.” Organizers expect dozens of tables stacked with vinyl from residents’ personal collections, according to a news release.

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TVD Radar: Thelonious Monk’s The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection in stores 12/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings, the Catalog Division of Concord Music, is proud to announce the release of Thelonious Monk’s The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection. Due out December 15th, the limited-edition box set includes all five of the 10″ vinyl LPs which the pianist recorded for the jazz label, spanning 1952 to 1954.

Each album has been faithfully reproduced – from the jacket design to the LP labels – while the audio has been carefully restored and remastered by Joe Tarantino from the original analog tapes, with lacquer cutting by George Horn and Anne-Marie Seunram at Fantasy Studios. Rounding out the collection is a booklet with new liner notes by Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection will also be released in high-res and standard audio formats across all streaming and digital platforms.

Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982), who would have turned 100 this year, remains one of the most highly regarded jazz artists in history, known for his unique style on and off the piano. Monk was a rule-breaker, pushing the limits of his genre, with his dissonant chords, unconventional melodies and progressive rhythms. Initially dismissed an eccentric by the musical elite, Monk stood his ground, and came to be celebrated for his complexities; considered by many to be a genius.

However, in the early ’50s, the artist was still struggling to find critical and commercial acceptance. In his liner notes, Robin D. G. Kelley refers to this era as the “golden years in terms of [Monk’s] creative output” but, he adds, “these were also dark times.” Following an unjust run-in with the law, the jazz musician’s cabaret card was revoked, preventing him from performing at New York clubs, and restricting his income.

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In rotation: 11/2/17

Sainsbury’s gets into the groove with new record label: Sainsbury’s is to launch its own record label as the supermarket giant looks to capitalise on the resurgent popularity of vinyl. The company will join forces with Universal and Warner Music to publish exclusive records under its new Own Label imprint, which will be available in more than 160 Sainsbury’s superstores. Two vinyl compilation albums will kick off the launch: Hi Fidelity – A Taste Of Stereo Sound, and Coming Into Los Angeles – A Taste Of West Coast, featuring Cat Stevens and Sir Elton John…Sainsbury’s began stocking vinyl in March 2016 for the first time since the 1980s and claims to account for almost 70% of the total grocery vinyl market.

Business Snapshot: Into the Abyss: Brad and Jenni Germain’s just-opened vinyl and clothing store is a reflection of their personal tastes. “We’re here because we wanted to create a different type of record store and wanted a shop in the Locke Street neighbourhood. It was important for us to have a shop that had new and used records, clothing and a bit of a counter-culture experience on Locke Street which may have not existed before. We wanted to carry different types of records compared to some of the other shops in town wanting to focus on some lesser known artists and hidden treasures. We also wanted to have an event space where we could have live music.”

Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap Kickstarter: Smithsonian Folkways has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a major boxset, ‘Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap’. Created in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the 9-CD, 130-track, 300-page book is a landmark collection of music spanning from Sugarhill Gang and Roxanne Shante to Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, powerful stories and stunning visuals from Def Jam’s founding creative director Cey Adams and extensive photos, including below of artists like Tupac, Eazy-E and many more. You can learn more about the Kickstarter right here.

Put it on replay, Local record store Replay Records stays true to its roots after 28 years, even in the era of digital music: In an ever-more-digital world, it’s easy to forget the comfort that comes with once common activities. Whether it’s sealing a letter to mom or dusting off some old records, there’s something about these tactile experiences that’s missing from their digital counterparts. Replay Records in Hamden makes the latter simple to relive. Replay, located at 2586 Whitney Ave., is a quintessential record store. Walking through the front door, customers are greeted with stacks of dusty records, the sound of 80s rock played over a crackling Pioneer stereo and an intangible quality that screams “authentic record store.”

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TVD Radar: The Rolling Stones–On Air 1963-65, in stores 12/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Rolling Stones have unveiled the second track from The Rolling Stones – On Air, a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from their formative years. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” recorded for Saturday Club in 1965 and taken from the upcoming release, is available now across various formats.

The Rolling Stones – On Air offers a glimpse into the early days of The Rolling Stones a few years before “The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World” became a reality. This was a band playing the music they loved so much—Blues, R&B, Soul and even the odd country song. The songs, including eight the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone UK BBC shows such as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965.

Released via Polydor Records/UMe on CD, double CD deluxe edition, heavy-weight vinyl, and special limited-edition colored vinyl, The Rolling Stones – On Air is released on December 1 and available to pre-order here. This album follows the recent release of The Rolling Stones – On Air coffee table book, by Richard Havers and published by Virgin Books.

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In rotation: 11/1/17

Are Rochester’s music stores fading out?: A tight-knit community is not always a bulletproof one, however, and the antisocial nature of music streaming’s accessibility and convenience has reduced how much people seek out their local and tangible music community. This is seen not just in the struggles that record store’s have faced, but in other areas such as music journalism as well…To many, there’s something particularly sad about the closing of a record store. You lose a community space, an exciting relationship between you and tangible music. In Rochester, these places are integral to underlooked art and culture, which only intensifies the loss. All these stores rely on patronage above all in order to keep doing what they do. People are quick to decry the loss of music stores and communities, but this is often too little too late.

Wilmington couple banks on resurgence in vinyl records: Rich Fisher grew up in the city that birthed Motown, was “spoon-fed” Led Zeppelin as a child and had his appetite for music satiated during the three years he spent in Europe serving in the U.S. military. “At some point in our lives, music means a whole bunch,” Fisher said. “It never left me.” Now, 17 years after becoming one of the few to beat pancreatic cancer, Fisher, whose sickness left him a diabetic, is trying his hand at owning a vinyl record store – and in the process, starting to get rid of the vinyl collection that his wife and business partner, Kim Gold, was tired of seeing grow. Fisher and Gold opened SqueezeBox Records a little more than two weeks ago at 1901 W. 11th St. near Trolley Square in Wilmington. The building was formerly used by Parisi Carpets.

Music Biz 2018 Independent Spirit Award Goes to Radakovitz Family and Their Iconic Sacramento Chain Dimple Records: The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present its prestigious Independent Spirit Award to the Radakovitz Family, owners of the iconic Sacramento, CA-based record store chain Dimple Records, during the Music Biz 2018 conference’s Awards Breakfast — sponsored by the Country Music Association — on Wednesday, May 16, at the Omni Nashville Hotel. “Over the last three-plus decades, the Radakovitz Family and Dimple Records have shown tremendous dedication to the independent music community, ensuring that their stores are not only retail spaces, but also gathering spots for the local music scene,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “They perfectly embody the core values of innovative thinking, entrepreneurship, and success that stand at the heart of the Independent Spirit Award, and we are thrilled to present them with this honor.”

The Art of Vinyl Covers 2018: Vinyl is currently coming alive and therefore all the artful covers of the last decades raising our awareness again. They show us true music and design history in an inspiring way. Now the world’s first tear-off calendar with 365 vinyl covers from the last five decades will be published. Including famous and less known artists of all genres, true classics but also scurrilities. In addition to the daily music inspirations and eye candies, all responsible cover photographers, illustrators and art directors are mentioned. A must have for all vinyl lovers and design nerds!

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TVD Radar: All Day Thumbsucker Revisited: The History of Blue Thumb Records, in
stores 11/10

VIA PRESS RELEASE | From 1968 to 1978, Blue Thumb Records was one of music’s most adventurous and imaginative record labels, with a far-ranging roster of cutting-edge acts and an unconventional visual sensibility. Nurturing an eclectic assortment of artists from a wide variety of genres, Blue Thumb embodied the restless creative spirit of the era in which it was born, reflecting the emerging attitude that albums were worthy of being taken seriously as artistic statements.

Blue Thumb’s expansive musical vision was anthologized on the 1995 label retrospective All Day Thumbsucker Revisited. Verve Records/UMe is releasing the long-out-of-print collection, originally compiled by Gary Katz, known for his work with Steely Dan, in an updated two-CD edition on the eve of next year’s 50th anniversary of Blue Thumb’s founding. The first in a projected series of releases to celebrate the revered label, the CD set offers 32 vintage tracks spread across two discs, while the digital edition, due November 10, marks the first time this collection will be available as a digital download and for streaming. In showcasing Blue Thumb’s influential artist roster, the album also honors the iconoclastic musical vision of late label founders Bob Krasnow, who died on December 11, 2016, and Tommy LiPuma, who passed away on March 13, 2017.

Danny Bennett, President & CEO of Verve Label Group comments, “With the release of All Day Thumbsucker Revisited, we are so proud to honor Tommy LiPuma and Bob Krasnow by celebrating their Blue Thumb Records legacy and the incredible music they curated, all of which is well represented on this must-have collection.”

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