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In rotation: 8/20/18

Detroit, MI | Paramita Sound to revamp record shop, add booze at Siren Hotel: West Village-neighborhood record store and party house Paramita Sound is reopening as a combined bar and retail shop at the boutique Siren Hotel in downtown Detroit. The record shop closed its 3-year-old location on Van Dyke Street in January, popping up afterward in retailer Detroit is the New Black’s 1426 Woodward Ave. store from February to April ahead of its planned permanent relocation to downtown. Founder and owner Andrey Douthard, 32, wants to grow revenue of the business that was “basically … breaking even, keeping the lights on” in West Village. “Having the ability to sell spirits is going to completely change the dynamics of the financial picture for the record shop,” he said. “It’s a bittersweet moment leaving the Villages. Not excited about it, but we have to do what’s best for our business.”

Cincinnati, OH | C&D Record Bar: Oldest record shop in town has closed: Greater Cincinnati’s oldest record shop is no more. C&D Record Bar, a fixture along Newport’s Monmouth Street shopping district since 1957, has ceased operation. Dave Heil recently sold his inventory and the building at 908 Monmouth, which housed the store on the ground floor and his private residence above. “It just ran its course, I guess,” said Heil, who owned C&D since 1996. He also previously owned Circle CDs & Records, a former shop on Glenway Avenue in Western Hills. Heil had been attempting to sell C&D to a party interested in keeping the shop alive but couldn’t find a buyer. “I wanted somebody to take over the building and the business so I didn’t have to move it all, but I couldn’t wait forever,” the 64-year-old Heil said. “The next best thing was to move the inventory down the street. Keep it in Newport, at least.”

Barrington, IL | Rainbow Records in Barrington closes, but another music man steps in to fulfill ‘the attraction of vinyl’: cherished, independent storefront where music lovers gathered for 12 years to thumb through isles of vinyl recordings to buy, Rainbow Records in Barrington, recently closed its doors. However, the shop’s well-known reputation for vintage record selection and music industry knowledge from its owner, John Thominet, will continue when a separate store soon opens under a new owner and name. Rainbow Records is set to remain doing business Aug. 23 through Sept. 30 at its old location, 421 N. Northwest Highway, while the new Scratched Vinyl store has an Oct. 5 grand opening at 119 Barrington Commons Court in downtown Barrington under owner Jon Decatorsmith. “I wanted to get 20 years in, and it was time to go, which was what I did,” said Thominet, who operated his first Rainbow Records in 1998 in Palatine before opening a storefront in Barrington in 2006.

Lynchburg, VA | Aretha Franklin music lives on at local downtown record store: The Queen of Soul passed away but her music is being played throughout the country. A Vinyl shop in Lynchburg, Speakertree Records has Aretha Franklin’s records on display to honor her. Blake Gederberg owns Speakertree. He said he loves the community of people his Records store brings in because it’s about collecting music rather than consumption of music. “It reminds people of their passion and their love for that artist, to the point where they might be like I don’t have enough Aretha on Vinyl,” said Gederberg. Since her passing, Speakertree has this Natural Woman on display as you walk in. “I’ve listened to her all growing up, there’s nobody who doesn’t know who she is, she’s an icon,” said Michaela Williams, a frequenter of the store.

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TVD Radar: Lindsey Buckingham, Solo Anthology in stores 10/5

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Lindsey Buckingham is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters and musical expressionists of our time. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 3 time GRAMMY winner, Buckingham is best known as the producer, guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac and as a widely celebrated solo artist.

His forthcoming Solo Anthology – The Best of Lindsey Buckingham is a comprehensive record of this illustrious career. Out October 5th on Rhino Records, Buckingham’s Solo Anthology will be released as a 3-disc set on CD and digitally and will also be available as a single disc abridged release. A 6-LP vinyl release is slated for November 23rd. The album is available for pre-order now. Solo Anthology – The Best of Lindsey Buckingham includes album, live and alternate versions of some of Lindsey’s celebrated solo albums including cuts from Law and Order, Go Insane, Out of the Cradle, Under the Skin, Gift of Screws and Seeds We Sow and incorporates songs from his collaborative album with Christine McVie released in 2017.

The anthology features Buckingham’s film work with “Holiday Road” and “Dancin Across The USA” from the 1983 motion picture soundtrack to National Lampoon’s Vacation and “Time Bomb Town” from 1985’s Back to the Future. Live versions of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” and “Go Your Own Way” round out the album, but the most thrilling tracks come in the form of two new songs that have never before been released, “Hunger” and “Ride This Road.”

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In rotation: 8/17/18

Berkeley, CA | Classical movements: Fans of Berkeley’s The Musical Offering may have noticed some changes have been afoot at the daytime café/classical music record store. Last Wednesday, the shop, located just across the street from UC Berkeley, closed early for a remodeling project. On Monday, just before Cal move-in day, it reopened with an updated front counter and new flooring. The old red counter, made from a harpsichord, had character, but the new countertop offers more space. This is just the first phase of changes to come at the 44-year-old institution, which is affiliated with the University Press Bookstore located just next door. According to Musical Offering’s transition manager Deirdre Greene, the updates will not be too jarring for longtime customers, but the shop is hoping to invite a more diverse crowd

Grandview, OH | Grandview-area Craft & Vinyl aims to quench thirst for music: It’s a record store with a fondness for craft beer. Craft & Vinyl opens Wednesday at 1806 W. 5th Avenue, in the Grandview Heights area. “I love music, I love creating music, I love craft beer, I love collecting vinyl,” said Troy Stacy, the longtime digital marketing consultant who owns Craft & Vinyl. “So the idea was to combine all the things I love into something that I don’t think has ever been done before. Come in, have a beer and enjoy browsing through the vinyl albums.”…In the middle of the shop are the record bins, which have traveled over the years from record store to record store — originally in a Peaches, then Record Convention, then Ace in the Hole in Upper Arlington. “I added cupholders,” Stacy said, in a nod to beer-drinking shoppers who’ll eventually need two hands to paw through the records.

Urban Outfitters’ Corduroy Record Players From Crosley Are An Instagrammable, Retro Dream: Urban Outfitters is undoubtedly one of the most popular clothing and lifestyle chains right now. Its claim to fame is an array of unique wears. During one trip you could leave with a flow-y, floral sundress and an ugly-chic pair of pants. But Urban Outfitters is also an exceptional stop for all your music needs as well. You’ve likely seen the LPs displayed in stores before, but if you haven’t, now is the time to take a closer look — especially now that UO is currently carrying an exclusive corduroy-covered record player online that is both functional and fashionable. Plus, it comes in THREE colors! (Hurl. —Ed.)

Danny Bonaduce Is Sneaking Around Record Stores Signing Partridge Family Albums: Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce is on a mission to add value to old Partridge Family albums. He is on a crusade sneaking around Record Stores and adding his moniker to old Partridge Family albums. Bonaduce, who played Danny Partridge in the hit TV show, pops up at stores with his sharpie, finds the P section, flips to the Partridge Family albums and whacks on his signature, then quietly leaves the store. Even toy stores with old Partridge Family merch could get a visit. Bonaduce has been secretly signing Partridge Family paraphernalia for the past few months. He has videoed his escapades in Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Honolulu and Vancouver. “Some people might call this vandalism. I call it ‘adding value.’ You’re welcome.”

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TVD Radar: The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 50th Anniversary vinyl reissue in stores 10/26

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Kinks will release a 50th Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest British rock albums of all time The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society on BMG October 26th.

This essential album by one of the world’s best ever bands is defined by the extraordinary catalogue of Ray Davies’ songs, driven by brother Dave Davies’ power pop guitar and became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society cemented Ray Davies reputation as one of Britain’s greatest ever songwriters of his and any generation. “I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life,” says Ray. “In my imaginary village. It’s the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you’re never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle.”

Somewhat overlooked upon its release in November 1968, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now regarded as one of the best British albums ever recorded. Created in difficult circumstances by a band on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion, it is an album of timeless, perfectly crafted songs about growing up and growing old, and the decline of national culture and traditional ways. Enduring and unsurpassed, with its wit, sadness, quiet anger, regret and charm, it is generally considered the high point of The Kinks’ outstanding career and Ray Davies’ masterpiece.

Included in this anniversary edition are many previously unreleased tracks and versions, including the previously unreleased track “Time Song.” Despite never been included on a release, “Time Song” was performed by The Kinks at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973, celebrating Britain’s entry into the Common Market.

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In rotation: 8/16/18

Sleep’s “Leagues Beneath” Is Coming to Vinyl via Third Man Records: For Sleep fans, the big news about the legendary stoner metal band this year was obviously the surprise 4/20 release of their long-awaited fourth album The Sciences. But that wasn’t their only recent new music: in May, they also digitally released a single called “Leagues Beneath,” a behemoth jam that has since become a staple of their live sets. This being Sleep, “Leagues Beneath” is long enough to be an EP unto itself, and now that’s exactly what’s happening: the nearly 17-minute track will be released as a 12″ vinyl single via Jack White’s Third Man Records, the same label that issued The Sciences. The record will be available in both aquamarine and standard black vinyl, both of which will feature “a tentacled aquanaut nightmare etching” on the B-Side.

The National are releasing a rare vinyl of early live tracks for fan club members. The limited edition release is called ‘Cherry Tree Vol. 1’ The National will release a rare vinyl of early live tracks but only their fan club members will be able to get their hands on it. Titled, ‘Cherry Tree Vol. 1’ the release consists of early-era live performances, including ‘All the Wine,’ ‘Lucky You,’ and ‘Murder Me Rachel.’ Sharing the news on their Twitter account, the band added that it would be “shipping later this year to all Cherry Tree members.” See that tweet below, which also shows off the artwork for the release.According to the Cherry Tree website, members of the fan club get Exclusive content, exclusive and limited edition merchandise, priority ticketing and an annual collectible vinyl, which is included in the membership.

Stereolab Announce Switched On Vinyl Reissue Series. Their 1990s compilations have been remastered: Stereolab have announced they are reissuing their Switched On compilation albums. All three collections—1992’s Switched On, 1995’s Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2], and 1998’s * Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3]*—have been remastered and will be released on vinyl and CD, with the LP editions to be pressed on clear vinyl. The CD boxset will feature all three compilations “in individual card wallets plus an insert.” Refried Ectoplasm and Aluminum Tunes will also be released on streaming services for the first time. The reissues arrive September 28 via the band’s Duophonic UHF Disks label.

A comprehensive guide to turntable weights, clamps and stabilisers: As any audiophile will tell you, several factors affect our perception of sound quality during record playback. One of these is the stability of the record. There are a variety of accessories designed to help stabilise records, the most common of which are weights, clamps and, occasionally, periphery rings. While many feel these accessories ‘lift’ the sound, tightening frequencies across the spectrum and subduing any resonance that may occur as the needle tracks the groove of an unsecured record, others feel that they can place unnecessary strain on belts and bearings, producing results too fine to appreciate.

Hero Breaks Car Window to Save Vinyl Records on Hot Day: Local hero and vinyl enthusiast Nate Adams broke a car window in last week’s triple-digit temperatures in order to save some records overheating in the backseat, according to multiple witnesses. Adams allegedly noticed the neglected crate of vinyl in the 2005 Suzuki Aerio after leaving an ice cream shop Saturday afternoon. Knowing the dangers, he quickly took action. “It was, like, 100 degrees,” said Adams. “Vinyl can get warped at, like, 80 degrees, and it will never sound the same again. I knew I had to do something. So, I picked up a rock and threw it through the window. I just did what any other vinyl lover would do.” …Bystanders report Adams stayed with the records until authorities arrived on the scene.

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TVD Radar: Jeff Tweedy, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) in stores 11/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for this work with Wilco, opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people that have inspired him.

Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it’s thanks, in large part, to the band’s singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, and his artistic process. Until now.

In his long-awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; the St. Louis record store, rock clubs, and live-music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career; and the Chicago scene that brought it all together. He’ll also talk in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more; and write lovingly about his parents, wife Sue, and sons, Spencer and Sam.

Honest, funny, and disarming, Tweedy’s memoir will bring readers inside both his life and his musical process, illuminating his singular genius and sharing his story, voice, and perspective for the first time.

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In rotation: 8/15/18

Edwardsville, IL | Edwardsville going on the record: New shop will feature music on vinyl, cassettes. When the Trusty Chords Record Store opens this fall it will be the first Edwardsville store since the ‘90s that buys and sells vinyl records, CDs and cassettes. The owners’ intent is to have the new store open by the second weekend in November. It will be located in the breezeway of the Montclaire Shopping Center on Troy Road. In recent days, though, the interior has been gutted and Anderson says that when the new store opens, customers will see new and used vinyl, CDs, turntables and turntable accessories, and even a few cassettes. Cassettes, he says, have caught on with a new generation of listeners, despite obvious flaws in the format that sometimes drove earlier users to distraction.

Brighton, UK | Record enthusiasts hunt for bargains at vinyl fair: Music lovers flocked to a record fair to add more vinyl to their personal collections. The event was held at Komedia, in Gardner Street, Brighton, yesterday. Vinyl enthusiasts were busily hunting for bargains and a chance to discover new albums. Brighton Record Fair attracted buyers from all age groups, proving again that the vinyl revolution is gaining momentum. Maria Godden, 43, from Telscombe Cliffs, said: “My son and I came specially for this record fair. “I was just browsing around, hoping to find something really good. I’ve just started collecting vinyl because of the good quality. I really love music. So far I have 20 records and I want to collect as much as I can.”

Keighley, UK | Central place for your soul music: Central Soul will hold its first regular session of the autumn season at Central Hall, Alice Street, on Saturday, August 18 from 8pm to 1pm. DJs from Cross Hills and Lancashire will play the best in 60s and 70s soul including Motown and Northern soul, using original vinyl records. There is a large main dance hall and a bar and chill room. Organiser David Shackleton said the club held a successful night at the Octagon, in Sandbeds, last month, featuring two live artists. Next month Central Soul will host a reunion for former regulars at the Buffs RAOB Club, which ran during the 1970s at the bottom of Spring Gardens Lane in Keighley.

Tokyo, JP | The world’s best record shops #119: Universounds, Tokyo: Tokyo has no shortage of amazing record shops but in amongst the towering skylines, arcades and walkways of Japan’s capital, it’s easy to be distracted from your record diggings. But if you only have time for a handful of stores on your holidays, then make sure Universounds is near the top of your list. Owned by Yusuke Ogawa and found a five minute walk from Koenji Station, Universounds is a beacon for particularly evasive funk, soul, disco and jazz records – or rare grooves, to use the native tongue. It’s a sampler’s delight, so much so that names like DJ Marky have been found rifling through the racks for alien breaks to chop and screw.

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TVD Radar: Ace Of Cups’ debut LP in stores 11/9

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The first studio release by the only all-female rock band of the late ‘60s San Francisco scene: Features contributions from Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Dead & Company), Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Taj Mahal, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter Coyote, and many more.

Ace Of Cups, the beloved all-female rock group from the 1960s San Francisco psychedelic scene, will release their self-titled debut studio album on November 9th via High Moon Records. Produced by Dan Shea (Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Santana), the record’s twenty-one tracks span fifty years of brilliant songwriting. From 1967 to 1972, Ace Of Cups—Mary Gannon (Bass), Marla Hunt (Organ, Piano), Denise Kaufman (Guitar, Harmonica), Mary Ellen Simpson (Lead Guitar), and Diane Vitalich (Drums)—were at the epicenter of the ‘60s cultural and social revolution.

From the Acid Tests to the protests, from the free concerts in Golden Gate Park to the ballrooms of San Francisco, they shared stages with everyone from The Band to the Grateful Dead. Michael Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia, and Buddy Miles were their fans and the Ace were chosen to open for Jimi Hendrix the week after his groundbreaking performance at The Monterey Pop Festival. When asked by Melody Maker magazine to name his favorite musical discoveries on his U.S. trip, the Ace Of Cups was the first thing he mentioned.

“I heard some groovy sounds last time in the States, like this girl group, Ace Of Cups, who write their own songs and the lead guitarist is hell, really great.”Jimi Hendrix, 1967

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In rotation: 8/14/18

Kingston, ON | Kingston store owner feeling the love: Brian Lipsin says he is stunned and touched by the love he’s received from the Kingston community this past week. Ever since a flood at his store, Brian’s Record Option, last Saturday, Kingston‘s favourite record store owner has been inundated with messages of support and donations of money and items to keep his store going. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $10,000 in one week for Lipsin, and local venues are hosting benefit concerts on his behalf. Private citizens are donating records to help him re-stock and hundreds of comments posted online outline the personal stories of why Brian’s Record Option is so important to the people who have visited there in the past nearly four decades. “It’s been utterly amazing. I feel like I’m a rock star who doesn’t know how to play the guitar,” Lipsin said on Saturday, exactly one week to the hour after he locked his flooded shop, feeling overwhelmed at the potential damage and unsure whether he would be able to reopen.

Wieden+Kennedy Give Life To Vinyl Records In AR: Media that appeals to more than three senses can increase brand impact and engagement by more than 70% (Martin Lindstrom, 2017). We’re seeing an increase in multisensory campaigns that stimulate multiple senses – including this new initiative from Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam that brings the vinyl experience to life via augmented reality (AR). Listeners can pull up the ad agency’s AR app Lava, and view virtual moving ‘sculptures’ emerging from the record as it spins on the turntable. The first album to utilise the app is the debut from Dutch band Necessary Explosion. The sculptures react and adapt as you move around them, and the app also works with Spotify and Apple Music. In a statement, Anita Fontaine and Geoffrey Lillemon, creative directors of W&K Amsterdam’s Department of New Realities, described the app as “the future digital vinyl sleeve“. They added: “We see this approach as a new emerging genre for lots of artists, one which can open up new possibilities for all kinds of AR music experiences.”

Post Malone Is Dropping A Vinyl Version Of Beerbongs & Bentleys: The vinyl crackle sound is an essential part of a collectors’ pleasurable experience, like a serpentine belt tucked beneath a muscle car. Post Malone of people, grew up listening to vinyl records passed on by his father Rich Post, a locally respected disc jockey in the Grapevine, Texas area. Records like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran and Billy Idol were the basis for Post Malone’s earliest childhood memories. Even the record Post Malone surpassed on the All-Time R&B charts, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was in partly to blame for the CD boom, but only when it re-entered the market as a reissue, unlike 8-track recording technology which is virtually non-adaptable, and with good reason. The distinguishable vinyl crackle is the elusive demarcation of an unclear technology, but those who know it consummately, sing its praises

League Of Gentlemen release vinyl collection. BBC-owned record label Demon has announced a deluxe League Of Gentlemen vinyl box set. The 12-disc collection promises both the soundtrack to the entire original 3 series of TV sitcom The League Of Gentlemen, plus their earlier radio show, On The Town With The League Of Gentlemen. Issued on brightly coloured, heavyweight vinyl discs, the limited edition set will be released on 2nd November and costs £139.99. Orders are now being taken on an exclusive, dedicated website: alocalshop.co.uk The set, titled Special Stuff – The League Of Gentlemen’s Vinyl Cuts, is named and styled in homage to Royston Vasey’s master butcher Hilary Briss. The Gents – Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – have collaborated with the company and artist Graham Humphreys to create the collection, which also includes an exclusive photo print signed by the four men, and brand new sleeve notes also written by them.

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Demand it on Vinyl: Attitudes, Ain’t Love Enough: The Best of Attitudes in stores now

If you stress it, they’ll press it. —Ed.

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Attitudes, one of the most feel-good rock bands growing out of Los Angeles in the 1970s, return to the scene with Ain’t Love Enough: The Best of Attitudes from Dark Horse Records. The digital reissue Best Of album features the timeless classic “Sweet Summer Music” amongst other memorable top picks from their greatest hits. Attitudes, composed of keyboardist David Foster, drummer Jim Keltner, bass guitarist Paul Stallworth, and guitarist/lead singer Danny Kortchmar, met as session musicians while jamming at the hip Studio B at the famed Record Plant in Los Angeles.

Keltner, who was then a 15-year veteran of countless hit records, including those by George Harrison, Carly Simon, John Lennon, and Barbara Streisand, had been asked to start a jam session at the studio by Record Plant co-owner Gary Kellgren. Soon began The Jim Keltner Fan Club Hour – a club of fans and friends that would include the likes of Lennon, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Jack Bruce, Stevie Wonder, and plenty more, including guitarist Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, then known for his session work with James Taylor, Carole King and many others.

Both Kortchmar and Keltner had played on sessions for a short-lived Canadian group called Skylark, featuring a young keyboardist named David Foster—who would go on to produce GRAMMY® Award-winning albums for artists like Chicago, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé and countless others. Following the disbandment of Skylark, Foster began session work around Los Angeles. Impressed with his playing, Keltner invited him to join what became known as the Fan Club jams. “David was a bad mother, man,” says Keltner. “He could play anything. And he was funky—there was nobody funkier than David Foster.” Recalls Foster, “I was just a musician who wanted to play. And you never knew who was going to show up there.”

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In rotation: 8/13/18

Canada | National record store chain marks 1st anniversary: Sunrise Records in Kelowna’s Orchard Park mall is joining a cross-country celebration of record stores still existing. Saturday, the 82 stores in the chain have food and giveaways, sales and discounts, and coupons for future use. Sunrise Records started in 1977 near Hamilton, Ont., but it became a national chain when it took over spaces previously occupied by HMV. That takeover was a year ago, so Saturday’s festivities are also a first birthday party. While record sales are miniscule compared to what they used to be, Sunrise has found a niche with those who still want to buy vinyl. Its stores also sell movies, games and pop culture items.

Wheeling, WV | Nail City Records Will Get You Into the Groove: Owner Sees Store As A Way to Preserve Culture and History. A new record store in downtown Wheeling isn’t just about the music, but also about local culture, history and making Wheeling a destination location for serious album collectors. Nail City Record opened last fall in Elm Grove, and has moved to the third floor of the McLain Building at 40-12th St., Wheeling. There are more than 100,000 pieces of recorded sound available at the shop, according to owner Jonathan Napier. He said the store is not just “about selling records, but archiving history.” …Napier said a major goal of the store is to get old records out of warehouses, basements and garages and back into circulation.

Des Moines, IA | Vinyl Cup, Des Moines’ newest record store, opens in Beaverdale this weekend: Luke Dickens started a Facebook group last summer to share his love for music with a few dozen friends. He posted the group’s first photo last August — a coffee mug placed on top of a turntable. “Vinyl Cup,” he called it. A nod to a collector’s familiar morning ritual of music and a morning cup. No price tag, no first-come, first-serve sales. Just a conversation starter with like-minded music collectors. That was until he posted a photo last September of a half-dozen or so albums and someone asked a question that would rocket-launch a business he hadn’t yet known he started: “How much?” So, he started buying and selling records. Fast.

Ann Arbor, MI | Unreleased Underground Resistance 12″ surfaces at Michigan record store: Two rare ’90s cuts from Jeff Mills and Mike Banks. Technical Equipment Supply – the Michigan-based record store operated by Ghostly International artist Todd Osborn – has announced that they are putting out an previously unreleased Underground Resistance record. The two-track 12-inch, titled ‘Electronic Emotions / Like That’, contains music that was produced between 1993 and 1994 by the seminal Detroit techno icons Jeff Mills and Mike Banks – the two founding members of Underground Resistance. This rare record is only available for purchase in the store, which is located close to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the town of Ypsilanti.

Treat Your Ears To This Stunning Okami Soundtrack Vinyl Boxset: To celebrate the release of Okami HD on Switch, Data Discs has partnered with Capcom to release a remastered version of the original soundtrack on vinyl, and it’s available to pre-order as we speak. Originally released in 2006 and composed by Masami Ueda, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Rei Kondoh and Akari Groves, the Okami soundtrack is known for suiting the game perfectly; the pieces act as a natural fit to the recurring themes of restoration and resolve. Using traditional Japanese instruments, and inspired by distant folklore, the score moves between peacefulness and danger effortlessly…This new release is presented as a quadruple LP box set, featuring over two hours of newly remastered music and a 40-page artbook. There is also a double-sided lithographic print featuring original illustrations from the Capcom archives in Japan. A lossless download code for the album is also included…

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In rotation: 8/10/18

Chicago, IL | Rogers Park gets a new record store: You could be forgiven for mistaking Electric Jungle for a gardening shop at first glance. Potted plants fill the windows of the new Rogers Park record store at 1768 W. Greenleaf, which opened without fanfare during the last weekend of July. The storefront is largely unadorned, though there’s a small green sign on the front door with the shop’s name and business hours. It’s open just a fraction of the week: 2-7 PM on Tuesday and Thursday, and noon-7 PM on Friday and Saturday. Owner John Ciba, who ran Logan Square record store Logan Hardware till it closed in May, says he started working toward opening Electric Jungle this past winter. He stayed mum about the shop’s existence till this summer, when he changed the handle on Logan Hardware’s Instagram account to “electricjunglechicago.”

Louisville, KY | Louisville’s Funhouse Records might be the biggest little record store in America: Five years ago, Bill Barriger had little interest in used vinyl records and couldn’t tell the difference between an LP worth $1 and one worth $100. Now he owns one of the most well-stocked record stores in the United States. Barriger, who opened Funhouse Records & Audio in the Highlands earlier this year, traveled to Texas two weeks ago to buy a collection of approximately 280,000 LPs and 45s. That’s a lot of records. Check that: It’s a crazy amount and the final count may be higher. Even more remarkable, a number of them are new old stock dating back to the 1980s, including unopened shipping boxes from distributors. In the world of record collectors — and retailers — this is the stuff of dreams, the kind of grail-rich score that could make Barriger’s reputation soar among collectors internationally.

SugarCube SC-1 vinyl noise remover hits the UK: For some vinyl enthusiasts, the surface noise of vinyl records is as endearing as the actions of pulling a disc from its sleeve or lowering a turntable’s tonearm lever. But of course one can have too much of a good thing, and the sound of a worn record can fall into that category. And if a good ol’ clean can’t help, maybe the SugarCube SC-1 can. Designed for people with older or second-hand record collections, the all-in-one noise removal device uses proprietary ‘click & pop’ removal technology by Silicon Valley-based start-up SweetVinyl to eliminate vinyl noise in real-time. The technology supposedly uses an algorithm to detect, isolate and remove unwanted noise while keeping the music signal unharmed. All owners have to do is hook the SC-1 up to a phono stage, press a button to initiate the clean-up process, and turn a dial to adjust the strength of the process.

UAE | Vinyl memories: Of cricket, mutton curry and a gruffy Dylan: …Growing up in Dum Dum, in the northern fringes of the eastern Indian metropolis of Kolkata, in the early 1970s, the sheer proximity to the His Master’s Voice (HMV) factory was something to brag about. HMV, then the largest music company in India, was quite a household name and very much a brand to reckon with in an age and time when brand-loyalties were more esoteric in terms of their association with life as it was and not quite dictated by a gadget freak’s now-or-never push for a ‘been-there-done-that’ proclamation. The day father brought home the HMV radiogram, it marked my initiation into the world of music — the sheer joy of being able to be in command of what one loved to listen to and not necessarily dependent on what the All India Radio programme presenter thought music ought to be.

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TVD Radar: The Death
of Rock: Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton
lost recordings in stores 10/12

VIA PRESS RELEASE | It was 1978 at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis. North Carolinian Peter Holsapple had rolled into town chasing the essence of Big Star. He hooked up with musician/ engineer/ friend-of-Big-Star, Richard Rosebrough after approaching, and being turned down by, Chris Bell, who Holsapple had hoped might be interested in producing him. Together Richard and Peter started laying down tracks during the off hours at the studio.

Chilton, meanwhile, was knee-deep in the making of Like Flies on Sherbert, also being tracked at Phillips. He told Peter, “I heard some of that stuff you’re working on with Richard … and it really sucks.” Alex promised to come by and show Peter “how it’s done.” According to Holsapple, “I caught Alex exiting a world of sweet pop that I was only just trying to enter, and the door hit me on the way in, I guess.” The results? Alex’s tracks definitely line up with the chaos found on Flies, while several of Peter’s songs found homes on The dB’s’ albums (“Bad Reputation” and “We Were Happy There”) and on an album by the Troggs (“The Death of Rock” retooled as “I’m in Control”), so not a loss at all.

What we have in these newly discovered tapes is a fascinating pivot point, with the artists moving past each other, heading in distinctly different directions. Chilton leaned toward punk/ psychobilly as he began playing with Tav Falco’s Panther Burns and produced the Cramps’ debut, Songs the Lord Taught Us, within a few months of these recordings. Holsapple was off to New York to audition for The dB’s and enter the world of “sweet pop.”

The Death of Rock: Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton will be released—40 years after the lost sessions—by Omnivore Recordings, on October 12, 2018.

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In rotation: 8/9/18

Leamington, UK | Musicians celebrate reopening of Head with intimate gig: Musicians ditched the stage and took to a slightly different venue to celebrate the reopening of a Leamington record store. Customers of independent music store Head, which is based in the Royal Priors, were left devastated when the shop closed last year. But it recently reopened its doors under new management and to celebrate the owners held an acoustic gig with performances by local bands Luna Kiss, The Ellipsis and Freezacrowd. Luna Kiss frontman Wil Russell said: “We have a record store that is supporting local artists and an opportunity for local artists to get involved with their local record store, which is something not a lot of places are doing. “This is a sense of community which has been lost in the industry for quite a while.”

Racine, WA | Harbor PC Music record shop plays to the tune of variety: Kevin Conrad smiles as he looks at the makeup-covered face of KISS front man Gene Simmons, printed on the jacket for his 1978 self-titled album. At age 9, “Gene Simmons” became the first album Conrad ever owned. Thirty-nine years later, Conrad has more than 20,000. About 4,000 of Conrad’s albums are on display in his record store, Harbor PC Music, 3208 Washington Ave., with another 16,000 stacked floor to ceiling in the basement. Conrad opened the record store in West Racine in 2016. He already owned the storefront; it had been a photo studio, but that had stopped being profitable. Half the building’s floor space is still dedicated to his PC repair business, which has been going strong for more than a decade.

Ontario, CA | Flooding forces beloved Kingston record store to hit pause: Future of Brian’s Record Option unclear after rushing water soaks stock. A beloved Kingston, Ont., record store is hitting pause after flooding damaged much of its inventory on Saturday. Brian’s Record Option on Princess Street has been a treasure trove of dusty vinyl stacked from floor to ceiling since the early 1980s. The 1,200-square-foot store holds 80,000 albums, 20,000 CDs and thousands of cassettes, posters and books. Brian Lipson, the store’s owner, told CBC Radio’s All In A Day he was downstairs in the basement when he heard water gurgling. It began to flow pretty fast. The water filled the basement and rose to the main floor, flooding through the store and out the front door, taking CDs and records with it.

Grandview Heights, OH | Pub, studio put new spin on record store: The combination record store, pub and recording suite will open Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1806 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus, just outside Grandview Heights. Stacy has spent the past year renovating the former thrift shop into an open and airy storefront. “It’s not your grandfather’s record store,” he said. Craft & Vinyl offers a small bar that serves craft beer, two floor displays of used vinyl records and new albums displayed on the wall. Two couches with music magazines arrayed on a coffee table are placed near a wall with concert posters designed by Mike Martin of the Columbus-based Engine House 13. Visitors also can play pinball on their choice of Rolling Stones or Kiss machines.

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TVD Radar: Elvis Presley: The Searcher DVD and Ltd. Collector’s Edition in stores 10/16

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the best-selling solo music artist of all time with more than one billion records sold worldwide, Elvis Aaron Presley created a revolutionary new sound that defined a generation and ignited throngs of fans with such hits as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Love Me Tender.” He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and now fans can get an inside look at a rarely seen side of Elvis—that of a music artist on a life-long search for self-expression when Elvis Presley: The Searcher debuts on DVD and Limited Collector’s Edition October 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

From the archives of Graceland and Executive Producer Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley: The Searcher is a three-hour documentary film presentation that focuses on Elvis Presley, the artist and musician, taking the audience on a comprehensive creative journey from his childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. Containing never-before-seen footage and music recordings, the film features commentary and interviews from some of the biggest names in music including Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, music producer Jon Landau, and Elvis’ guitarist, Scotty Moore, among others.

Also included is the “In Conversation” featurette, a Q&A discussion with Director Thom Zimny, executive producers Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling, and Grammy Museum executive director Scott Goldman recorded at the Los Angeles Grammy Museum. And the Limited Collector’s Edition will also feature commemorative packaging and a 20-page digibook featuring rare photos from the Graceland archives.

Directed and produced by Thom Zimny, Elvis Presley: The Searcher is executive produced by Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Jamie Salter (chairman and CEO, Authentic Brands Group) with Jon Landau and Kary Antholis serving as producers.

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