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In rotation: 5/24/18

Head record store in Leamington will re-open in June: Head record store in Leamington is set to re-open under new ownership at the start of June. The branch, which was part of a small chain of stores across the UK and Ireland, closed in January after its parent company went into administration. But Leamington branch manager Simon Dullenty is now the owner of the store in the Royal Priors and has said that the shop is “here for the forseeable future”. Mr Dullenty, who has run the Leamington store for ten years, said: “The Leamington store was always a great shop which was popular. “The resurgence of vinyl helped it to stay afloat and we also did well with sales of headphones and turntables.”

Experimental Brazilian records from 1976-1985 collected in vibrant new book: Sights and sounds from the underground. Journalist and record collector Bento Araujo has launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help publish the second instalment of his Lindo Sonho Delirante book series. A follow-up to Lindo Sonho Delirante Volume 1, – one of our favourite music books of 2017 – which looked at rare Brazilian psychedelic records released between 1968 – 1975, Volume 2 delves into 100 avant-garde and progressive psychedelic records from 1976–1985. As with the first edition, the book features fully illustrated cover art reproductions for all albums, with a review written in both Portuguese and English, alongside comprehensive original release information.

What the Tech? Father’s Day gift ideas: Many dads have some old LPs stored away somewhere but they probably don’t have anything to play them. Turntables are big again as most artists release new music on vinyl albums. Turntables from Audio-Technica are of good quality and won’t break the bank. The turntables connect to a stereo system without needing a pre-amp and some will connect to Bluetooth speakers anywhere in the house. Amazon has its own Vinyl Record Store that sells old and new releases.

Three Landmark Liz Phair Albums To Receive Vinyl Debuts, ‘Whip-Smart’, ‘whitechocolatespaceegg’ and ‘Liz Phair’ will all be available on 180-g vinyl for the first time. Three coveted releases from Grammy-nominated indie-rock singer/songwriter Liz Phair’s back catalogue are set for release through Capitol/UMe on 8 June. Each title will be making its debut on 180-g black vinyl. Whip-Smart, Phair’s September 1994 major-label debut, followed on the heels of her galvanizing, indie-released grrrl-power manifesto, June 1993’s critically acclaimed Exile in Guyville. Whip-Smart, co-produced by Phair and Brad Wood (Pete Yorn, Sunny Day Real Estate), built on the patented “Girly-Sound” alter-ego promise of Exile with the hard-hitting and quite unapologetic ‘Supernova’ (which shot to Number 6 on the Modern Rock Tracks Chart), the green-eyed percussive sneer of ‘Jealousy’, and the minimalist title track, which repeatedly namechecks the chorus of Malcolm McLaren’s joyous 1983 new-wave ode to jump-rope gymnastics, ‘Double Dutch.’ A limited edition of Whip-Smart, in orange smoke pressed on 130g vinyl will also be available.

Albums by Buddy Guy and Junior Wells Being Reissued on Vinyl by Craft Recordings: Craft Recordings is pleased to announce two special reissues from celebrated blues icons Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Both legends in their own right, their synergistic musical partnership prompted Rolling Stone to dub the duo “the Original Blues Brothers.” Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, they were frequent studio and stage collaborators, and together produced stunning live performances and some of their finest recorded work. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary for both Buddy Guy’s A Man and the Blues and Junior Wells’ Coming at You, seminal albums originally released on Vanguard Records that were among the first to capture the dynamic sound of Chicago’s electric blues scene. To celebrate these classic blues titles, both are being reissued on audiophile-quality, 180-gram vinyl cut from the original analog masters.

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In rotation: 5/23/18

West Chester, PA | The Mad Platter set to close: A borough staple since 1976, The Mad Platter will shutter its doors within the next couple of months. Owner John Harton, 65, said business has always been good, but he doesn’t want to sign a five-year lease and sell vinyl LPs into his 70s. “We’re not leaving because of business reasons,” Harton said. “We’ve had good business all along. “The comments posted online are overwhelming and let us feel appreciated. The town has been very supportive.” Harton enjoys the job. “Who wouldn’t want to work in a record store? You basically watch all kinds of life flow in and out of the door and get to interact with a variety of people. It makes you feel young, seeing all of the younger people.”

Edwardsville, IL | Elvis knows vinyl records: After years of touring as an Elvis Presley tribute artist, Collinsville native Bill Cherry has opened a store in his hometown that reflects his interests. Monster Vinyl, a record and collectible shop that combines music with horror, is located in downtown Collinsville at 107 East Main St. The store has been open since April 13. Cherry will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting during the Horseradish Festival, on June 2 at 1 in the afternoon. “I’m looking forward to having a few special guests and a few monsters walking around,” he said. The store sells used records and CDs. It also has and sells a large collection of horror movie memorabilia, including posters, masks, and books. “This store is my hobbies brought to the public,” Cherry said. “There’s a lot more to the story than Elvis Presley. I like music, monsters and horror movies.”

Warminster, UK | Shop is first to sell tokens to keep vinyl alive: A music shop in Warminster are the first shop in the country to sell one of the new Record Token gift cards which were launched earlier this week. Raves from the Graves in Weymouth Street are proud to be the first independent record shop to sell one of the tokens which can be used to purchase vinyl, CD or cassette music. Business owner, Richard Churchyard said: “We would like to thank our customers for their continued support and whilst we have definitely seen an increase in vinyl sales over the last five years, the people of Wiltshire have always demonstrated a true appreciation of music. “We are proud to have recently celebrated our 20th anniversary proving that in Wiltshire vinyl never died.”

The fastest-selling vinyl albums of the last 25 years: Dating back to when modern Official Chart records began, what other albums have seen strong opening vinyl sales? Last Friday, Arctic Monkeys claimed their sixth UK Number 1 album with Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. TBH + C was the sixth AM album in a row to debut at the top spot of the Official Albums Chart, keeping their 100% record of Number 1 studio albums alive. Available on black, clear, silver and gold LP variants, the album was the fastest-selling vinyl of the last 25 years, shifting 24,500 copies in just seven days. According to Official Charts Company data, dating back to when modern Official Chart records began in 1994, what other albums have seen strong opening sales of their wax press alternatives? We rundown the Top 10 vinyl albums of modern times.

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TVD Radar: Swans, Soundtracks For The Blind first vinyl release in stores 7/0

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Swans’ Soundtracks for the Blind, their last studio album released in 1996 prior to their 2010 reformation, will be released for the first time on vinyl by Young God Records on July 20th 2018.

Much requested by Swans fans, the vinyl package will consist of four LPs in jackets enclosed in a box with a poster, insert and download card. The box set will be a limited edition of 4,000 copies worldwide and once sold out will be followed later in 2018 by a gatefold LP version. The album will also be reissued on CD featuring a repackage of the original digipak for the 1996 Atavistic release plus a bonus disc of the contemporaneous “Die Tür Ist Zu” EP (a German language version of some of the material from Soundtracks that also includes unique material) recently released for the first time on vinyl in the USA for Record Store Day 2018.Outside of the USA “Die Tür Ist Zu” EP will be released as a limited edition companion piece double vinyl set, also on 20th July.

“This album has everything in there – all the ideas from Swans’ initial 15 years of work. There’s some contemporary recordings of the band as it existed in ’96/7, with Larry Mullins on drums/percussion, Jarboe singing and playing keyboards, Vudi playing electric guitar, and Joe Goldring playing bass and electric guitar, and me singing and playing electric and acoustic guitar, but there’s also a huge amount of sounds and recordings that Jarboe and I collected over the years.

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In rotation: 5/22/18

Head record store in Leamington set to re-open under new management: Head record store in Leamington is set to re-open with the same name and under new management. Posters on the windows of the currently unoccupied unit in the lower mall of the Royal Priors shopping centre, which Head occupied before it closed “for good” in January, had teased the re-opening but new posters now confirm this will take place. The poster, pictured, is advertising for new jobs for when the store re-opens on an, as yet, unspecified date.

Let the music play! New record shop opens up in town centre, Fish Records has gone from online to a physical store following launch in Stone: A successful record business has opened its first store – because of the growing popularity of vinyls. [“Vinyls” is not a word. The plural of vinyl is in fact “vinyl.” —Ed.] For almost 20 years, Fish Records has been operating as an online record shop, specialising in folk, roots and acoustic music. But now Peter Morgan, who took over the business in 2012, has opened the Fish Records store in Crown Street, Stone, selling brand new vinyls and CDs from popular artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The father-of-2 said the recent growth in vinyl sales makes it the right time to invest in a ‘physical’ store.

Revival Records: Vinyl lands in Port Fairy: Do you enjoy an earnest rifle through vinyl? Do you crave that sense of satisfaction you get when holding the real deal in your hands? Is fighting for the last copy of something, rather than being amongst thousands of downloaders, something you love to do?…Opening at the beginning of March this year, Revival Records is the small but unassuming record haven, and the passion project of Portland couple Ross and Rhonda Colley. After years guaranteeing customers a massive selection of vinyl records in Hobart and Cairns, the couple returned to the south-west and so brought their passion to Port Fairy. Stocking everything from pre-loved vinyl records, CD’s, DVD’s, books, sheet music to prints and merchandise, the suitably named Revival Records is a clear reflection of vinyl resurgence the music industry has experience of late – in the best possible way.

Royal Wedding to Be Released on Vinyl: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially married today and if you’re like many people across the world who didn’t watch the occasion live, you will soon be able to hear the ceremony on vinyl. Decca Records has announced that they’ll be pressing the entire service on vinyl, as well as putting the audio on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music in the coming days. “Capturing the words and music of this Royal Wedding is a great responsibility, knowing how much a permanent record of the event will mean to so many people around the world,” producer Anna Barry writes in a press release. “Our Decca team will deliver a state of the art recording which captures every nuance of this very happy day and it will be a joy to be a part of the celebrations.”

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TVD Radar: Backstreet Brit Funk Vol.2 compiled by Joey Negro double vinyl in stores 6/22

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Z Records continues its commitment to unearthing the obscure and long forgotten tracks from the last 40 years with the much-anticipated follow-up to Backstreet Brit Funk. Volume 2 has been eight years in the making and continues to showcase the best of the genre from the late ’70s to early ’80s, compiled once again by Joey Negro.

Brit Funk is perhaps one of the UK’s most under-appreciated genres. Emerging in the late ’70s and taking influences from jazz, funk, reggae, and pop, by the early ’80s it had spread all over the UK. Chart-topping mainstream bands like Wham!, Spandau Ballet, and Haircut 100 tapped into the style and sound to help launch their careers, whilst Linx, Level 42, Light of The World, The Cool Notes, and Hi Tension were all Brit Funk acts who troubled the UK top 40 with their own singles.

Brit Funk was essentially the UK’s answer to underground disco, with musicians at first imitating and eventually developing the sounds they heard on the US imports that made it across the pond. And like disco, the Brit Funk scene was significant in reducing racial boundaries in the clubs and raising the profile of black and white musicians who worked together.

Back in 2010 Joey Negro compiled the first volume of Back Street Brit Funk: a collection of obscure and forgotten gems of the scene that found favour across the board.

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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.

Rebekah Rolland – Standing Still
PHOSPHENES – Boy In The Hood
Plusaziz – Murra (مُرّة)
Pale Green Things – Snakes

Laura Carbone – Tangerine Tree

Broken Baby – Year of the Fat Man
The March Divide – Get In Line
Sara O’Brien & the Community Rocks! Kids – Let Yourself Shine!
Chris Rivers – Dragonfly
Marz Money – The Truth Freemix

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In rotation: 5/21/18

Sebastian Bach Reacts To Oldest Record Store In Canada Closing: “Moondance to me was in every way, a link to another world. A world we all desperately wanted to go to. Riding my bike every single day after school to your store, meeting up with friends, spending as long as we possibly could in the world of rock n’ roll that you provided for us all. Heck, you would even order special albums from far away countries and hold them behind the counter for us. With our names on them. This was pretty amazing stuff for a kid with rock n’ roll dreams..The fact that Moondance is ending the same month that I turn 50 is pretty wild to me. You have outlasted so many changes in the music industry…”

Knoxville Nightlife: Trailhead Beer Market offers great brews and vinyl on tap: “WDVX began presenting Vinyl Night in December 2016,” says WDVX Program Director Katie Cauthen. “Joe Jennings (Trailhead managing partner) and I were neighbors at the time and after listening to records and geeking out on music together, we realized that we both wanted to bring something like that to a public setting — a place where vinyl was appreciated and folks could listen in a laid-back atmosphere. Trailhead had already been having Vinyl Night for several months, but they were in between hosts at the time so it was a natural fit for WDVX to get involved.”

Vinyl record production revives in Shanghai after 22 years: China produced its first vinyl record in the 1920s in Shanghai, and then its first LP in September 1958. As music formats evolved from LPs to CDs to online digital formats, vinyl record production lines closed all over the world, with the last one in China shut down in 1996. But vinyl seems to have never left the music world. Some diehard fans believe the format sounds better, adds depth and texture, and represents a sense of ritual when listeners put records carefully on a player. Zhang Limin, general manager of China Record Corp. (CRC), said restarting the production line will serve the resurgence of vinyl, and is also due to the rich resources at CRC. “We wish to build a platform to develop vinyl in China and explore other possibilities through this music form,” said Zhang.

Reggae Label Trojan Records Details 50th Anniversary Releases, Label helped introduce Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee “Scratch” Perry to mainstream audiences: …Trojan’s upcoming 50th anniversary release itinerary includes the three-disc Ska and Reggae Classics collection (out May 25th), the two-CD sets This is Trojan Roots and This is Trojan Dub (June 22nd) and the coffee table book, The Story of Trojan Records (July 5th). Laurence Cane-Honeysett wrote the The Story of Trojan Records (he previously chronicled the label in his 2003 book, Young, Gifted and Black), which also contains illustrations, photographs, record sleeves and other previously unseen archival material. At the center of the Trojan 50th anniversary project is a massive box set, which arrives July 27th. The collection includes four vinyl LPs, six CDs, two seven-inch vinyl singles, an album covers book, a poster, a patch and a slip mat.

1996 Bruce Springsteen EP On Vinyl For First Time: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Blood Brothers’ EP will be released in vinyl for the very first time as part of the new box set ‘Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996’. ‘Vol 2’ picks up with ‘Tunnel of Love’ and features the ‘Human Touch’ and ‘Lucky Town’ albums of 1992, the solo record ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ from 1995, the live ‘In Concert/MTV Unplugged’ from 1993 and the two EP’s ‘Chimes of Freedom’ from 1988 and the 1996 ‘Blood Brothers’ EP. ‘Blood Brothers’ came along not long after vinyl had been phased out so it was only released on CD. The title track, ‘Secret Garden’ and ‘Murder Incorporated’ were included on Springsteen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album. ‘High Hopes’ and ‘Without You’ were on singles but remain Springsteen rarities.

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Demand it on Vinyl:
Gene Clark, White Light in stores 6/22

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

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Intervention Records introduces the next hybrid CD/SACD in its (Re)Discover Series, Gene Clark’s stunning 1971 classic, White Light (Cat# IR-SCD9 / UPC 707129301598). White Light’s CD/SACD on-sale date is June 22nd.

White Light is a bittersweet and knowing statement from a singer/ songwriter at the peak of his creative powers. Having fronted The Byrds, Clark on his own here is stripped down in guitarist Jesse Ed Davis’ stark production. The lyrics, singing, and guitar playing are so powerful that less production here is immeasurably more musically. White Light’s CD/SACD is mastered Direct-to-DSD by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio from the best source available—phenomenal-sounding 1/2″ safety copies of the original stereo master tapes. The results are amazing!

The beautiful guitar playing is full and rich, and listeners can hear the full body of the instruments, not just the strings. Gene’s aching vocals have never been so emotive and immediate.

The album art is beautifully restored by IR’s Tom Vadakan and housed in a super jewel box.

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In rotation: 5/18/18

If You’re Looking For Vinyl Records In New Jersey, Here’s Where To Go: Whether you’re looking to find a new album or to start your own collection these five record stores are the place to go. It’s time to dust off your turntables and turn the volume as high as it can go. But of course they also CDs if that’s more your style….Open since 1979, Vintage Vinyl has not only been selling music to the masses but they have been inviting musicians to perform on their stage. With a large selection of vinyl and CDs, you will always leave with something new to listen to. All you have to do is walk through their white stands to see pictures of every musician that has played there.

Recycled Records in Monterey is up for sale. One of only a handful of music stores in Monterey County is up for sale. Six years after buying Recycled Records in New Monterey, owner Sean McCann says it’s time for him to move on to be closer to his family in Arizona where his mother lives and his son recently moved. “Business is decent here,” he says. “(Though) it is a tough grind being a shop owner.” McCann listed the business for sale on Friday, May 11 and has already had some interest. He hopes to sell by September. The asking price is $100,000, or best offer. The shop, which has been a record store since 1975, carries new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and a variety of stereo equipment.

Longtime Clawson record shop in tune with demand for vinyl: Todd Fundaro has been in the record business long enough to see vinyl record sales fade and then return to throw CD sales out on their ear. “Vinyl isn’t coming back,” he said. “It is back.” Fundaro, 55, owner of Flipside Records in Clawson, started working for the business when his father opened it in 1983. He started off cleaning records and vacuuming the floors and later bought the store from his dad. The city’s Downtown Development Authority has just honored him with a plaque commemorating 35 years in business at 41 E. 14 Mile Road.

What Artists Get Wrong With Their Vinyl Releases: A Conversation with Masterdisk’s Scott Hull: “There’s been so much written about the limitations of vinyl that I think people get the misconception that vinyl is somehow fragile and not a robust format,” Hull says. “I get sent these mixed/mastered projects to try to cut them, and I’m seeing all sorts of issues with them and it’s usually too late to do much about them.” Hull reached out to Reverb to address these misconceptions. He’s here to explain why a competent mastering and cutting engineer can do more with the format than you may think. Keep reading to hear directly from Hull on what you can and can’t do with your vinyl release.

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TVD Radar: Donald Austin, Crazy Legs reissue in stores 6/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | There are musicians who have done little in their carreer, but the little they have done has left their mark. One of these examples is Donald Austin’s Crazy Legs album.

​Originally from Memphis, there is little known about Donald Austin. He worked as an arranger and sessionist for Junie Morrison of the Ohio Players and for Fuzzy Haskins of Funkadelic, and then there are the rumours: he played on some of the very last Motown Detroit sessions, he wrote the song “Angel” for Aretha Franklin at age 14. All we know and all we have are these thirteen FUNK tracks represented here on the Crazy Legs album.

​The album was produced by Funk veteran Bernie Mendelson (Funkadelic, Ceasar Frazier, Melvin Sparks) and mastering duties were handled by Howard Craft who worked with legends such as Al Green, Syl Johnson, Isaac Hayes and many other top artists. Also worth mentioning is the fantastic cover art designed by Neil Terk (known for his work with Cymande, Muddy Waters, Dire Straits, Funkadelic, Grace Jones etc). It’s no surprise that the album-art was featured in Joaquim Paulo’s book Funk & Soul Covers.

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In rotation: 5/17/18

London Record Shops: A Comprehensive Guide: Whether you’re a seasoned crate digger or making your first entry into the world of vinyl, this is the comprehensive low-down on London’s greatest record stores; from the old favourites in Soho to the new ventures in need of your attention. You will need: an Oyster card, a tube map, and a lot of cash.

HMV’s Vinyl Week 2018 set for June, special releases announced, Check out what exclusive vinyl pressings are coming soon. High street retailer HMV are bringing back their special vinyl season for a third consecutive year, and will run for 10 days from Friday June 8 to Sunday June 17. Akin to Record Store Day, HMV Vinyl Week 2018 will bring attention to the music industry’s phoenix format, which has risen from the ashes in recent years. In 2017, industry revenues from the vinyl sector rose 24% year-on-year; 4.1 million LPs were purchased last year, the highest volume since 1991. Liam Gallagher leads the first wave of special releases announced, which will be made available for the first time as part of the event. Liam’s Number 1 album As You Were, the fastest-selling vinyl product of the past 25 years, will be released on picture disc exclusively as part of the initiative.

Jersey City Record Sale At Stan’s 5.18-5.20: Next weekend from Friday to Sunday in Jersey City (5.18 to 5.20), there will be a record sale at what was once the oldest record store in JC. Stan’s Square Records, founded and run by Stan Krause was in business for over fifty years. He was not just an owner, but a record producer as well, that put out records on his Catamount label (doo wop, soul, hip hop). Sadly and unfortunately, Stan passed in 2016. Some friends have put together a proper close out sale for the store. There are thousands of 45s and Lps, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, posters, magazines, and more that will be up for sale on these dates.

York: Record collectors in a spin at city vinyl event: Vinyl record collectors were in a spin at an event in York city centre this weekend. A record collectors’ fair was held in The Basement at the City Screen cinema on Coney Street on Saturday. Dealers from across the country brought thousands of LPs, rare CDs and other collectible items to the event. An expert was on hand to offer free valuations of customers’ records and there were displays of rare LP sleeves. People were invited to bring along their unwanted records and CDs for cash or exchange.

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TVD Radar: The Nineteenth Whole, Smilin’ reissue in
stores 6/1

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Nineteenth Whole were an Indianapolis-based funky jazz outfit who were part of a very vibrant scene.

Jazz guitar legend “Grant Green” had originally hailed from there and he recruited the members of The Nineteenth Whole as his rhythm section for live dates. (Green also discovered the other great Indianapolis jazz outfit Funk Inc. at about this time.) The attention that followed their work with Green allowed the Nineteenth Whole to sign with producer Bob Porter (responsible for many superb jazz productions for Prestige and Atlantic) on Eastbound, a label he had set up with Detroit independent Westbound Records.

​Fronted by Billy Wooten’s distinctive vibes, joined by guitar legend Cornell Dupree (you all know his opening riff on the intro of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”) and percussionist Buddy Caldwell (THE session musician for respected labels such as Prestige & Muse) makes Smilin’ an organ funk groove classic at its best!

​Recorded in 1972 by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder (known for recording Miles Davis in the early 1950s and the countless work he did for Blue Note, Prestige, Verve and many others) at the Indianapolis club that gave the band their Eastbound name: “The Nineteenth Whole.” Production on the album was handled by Bob Porter (responsible for many superb jazz productions for Prestige and Atlantic).

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In rotation: 5/16/18

Family-owned Sioux Falls Music closes after more than 40 years: A family-owned business on West 41st Street is closing after more than 40 years of making life more musical for Sioux Falls residents. Sioux Falls Music announced the decision to close in a Facebook post Monday, which prompted more than 100 heartfelt comments from shoppers who lamented the loss of a music store or remembered their childhood shopping for instruments. “People are not playing guitars recreationally anymore like they used to, and people are willing to buy guitars on the internet,” said Don Saxton, who works at the store and is married to owner Barbara Saxton. The store is scheduled to close June 23. “We have enjoyed serving the Sioux Falls community, and appreciate each and every one of you,” the store’s owners said in the Facebook post.

Listen up, audiophiles: Going Underground Records is now in East Hollywood: In need of some vinyl records? Music fans, rejoice: A new business has you covered. The fresh addition to East Hollywood, called Going Underground Records, is located at 4355 Melrose Ave. Founded in 2001, this spot is central California’s largest and longest-running vinyl record store, according to its website, with a recent expansion to Los Angeles. LPs, 45s, reel-to-reels, stereo equipment, local concert promotional items and more are available to buy, sell or trade to your heart’s desire. Going Underground Records has just one review on Yelp, which gives it a solid five-star rating thus far…”Awesome records, plenty of parking and the cutest staff. I’m lost at how amazing the selection is. It’ll keep growing and I’ll have to move in eventually. Really helpful staff and seems to be fairly priced.”

Greensboro/Winston-Salem: New downtown Triad store combines vinyl sounds, wine and craft beer: The beat goes on with another social-gathering spot coming to a growing Triad downtown district. HiFi Records, a record store and mini-taproom selling vinyl records, wine and craft beer, is scheduled to open this fall on the left side of the Scott Building at 101 N. Main St., off Courthouse Square, in Graham. Owner Jon Guza named the store after his father’s dog, HiFi, who was named for his love of sitting in front of the HiFi turntable and listening to whatever was playing…“HiFi Records is bringing the vinyl experience to Graham with craft beer on tap, a selection of wine and a relaxed living room atmosphere, a place where music sets the mood and conversation is king,” Guza said. “At HiFi, folks can browse new and used vinyl, sip a drink, meet people and talk about music and life.”

Traffic Records jazzes up Atascadero, Vinyl record hub is the first of its kind in the North County: The sandwich board sign is not up on the curb yet at the record store in Atascadero. And yet the small but joyful subculture of record collectors know it’s located somewhere near the ARTery. Just look for the flowers and the red door. But a better way to find the newly-opened Traffic Records would be to follow that light jazz drifting down the sidewalk.The day our paper arrived to see downtown’s newest, hippest child of Atascadero’s downtown, Manuel Barba, co-owner of Traffic Records was playing the soul jazz of Hank Mobley. A soft white disco ball created movement on the walls decorated with classic music posters. A breezeway stacked with clean oak vinyl records lined the 400-square-foot store. The square rows of records in handmade light wood bins are organized but not alphabetized.

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TVD Ticket Giveaway: Trashcan Sinatras in
the city of your choice

Time was when alongside, say Prefab Sprout, The Blue Nile, Danny Wilson, Del Amitri, and Aztec Camera, the Trashcan Sinatras were among a classic era with their stunning debut release Cake, our original cassette copy worn down to a wobbly, stringy mess given its frequent rotation.

The difference between the Sinatras and the other aforementioned bands is that they’re quite happily still at it—both recording and touring. As to the latter point, the band hits the road this month for a trek through the US—their largest ever in the States—playing both their debut Cake and its follow-up, 1993’s I’ve Seen Everything in full and acoustic, among other highlights from their catalog.

As the headline above attests, we’ve got tickets to award five of you for any stop on the band’s North American May/June run—and these dates are listed below for your perusal.

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TVD Radar: We Are The Clash in stores 7/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “When did the Clash quit being ‘the only band that matters’? This fascinating book faces a challenge: documenting the final years of the British band that its record label had promoted with that slogan . . . The band may no longer have mattered, but its legacy mattered to the authors, who make it matter to the readers. More than a footnote to the rise and fall of one of the last great rock bands.”Kirkus Reviews

The Clash was an incendiary paradox of revolutionary conviction, musical ambition, and commercial drive. We Are The Clash is a gripping tale of how the band—fractured by its Top 10 success—fought to reinvent and purify itself as George Orwell’s 1984 loomed. This extraordinary effort crashed headlong into a wall of internal contradictions, personal tragedy, and rising right-wing power as personified by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

While the world teetered on the nuclear abyss, British miners waged a life-or-death strike, and tens of thousands died from US guns in Central America, Clash cofounders Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon set out to rebuild the band after ejecting guitarist Mick Jones and drummer Topper Headon. Bolstered by coconspirators Bernard Rhodes and Kosmo Vinyl, and three twentysomething recruits—drummer Peter Howard and guitarists Nick Sheppard and Vince White—The Clash launched a desperate last stand, shattering the band just as its controversial final album, Cut the Crap, was emerging.

Authors Andersen and Heibutzki weave together extensive archival research and in-depth original interviews with virtually all of the key players involved to tell a moving story of idealism undone by human frailty amid a climatic turning point for our world. With a foreword by The Baker.

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