Category Archives: A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 12/13/18

Honolulu, HI | The world’s best record shops #135: Hungry Ear Records, Hawaii: …Hungry Ear’s racks boast collections of rare reggae and rock classics (the huge Beatles mural that covers the back wall of the store may give that away), but their bread and butter is Hawaiian and local music: from disco by Nohelani Cypriano to smooth, jazz-tinged grooves from Momi Riley. To Yamashita, this is music he wants to hand down to another generation. “I remember the days when a record store was not only a repository of great music, but also a place where you could meet like-minded people and hang out,” Yamashita says. “A lot of kids aren’t on a professional path and I’d love to give them the tools to integrate into the world outside school, friends and parents, without feeling they have to lose themselves. We’d love it if kids rediscovered the pleasure of spending afternoons after school at our store.”

Racine, WI | Records live here: Longshot Vinyl Lounge opens in Downtown Racine: To Jada Pfarr, those ones and zeros of digitized music cannot compete with good old long-play vinyl records. Now, the Kenosha woman has turned that love of records into a new Downtown Racine store, Longshot Vinyl Lounge, at 324 Sixth St. “I’m a record collector, and my husband is a record collector,” Jada said Monday. “This is what we would be doing on Friday night: putting on records and looking through all the stuff, and we love to record-shop. “And we — especially me — just don’t like record shops,” she said. “They’re dusty; there’s a million records. You have to spend hours of time.” With one particular Milwaukee record store in mind, Pfarr continued: “There’s nowhere to sit down, there’s no bathroom — not a public bathroom, anyway. They have live acts, but it’s cramped, it’s small. They have DVDs; they have all this other stuff in there.” Jada owns the business but said that she and her husband, Jeff, “just kind of came up with the concept of: Let’s make a record store that you’d hang out in…”

Berlin, DE | Berliner Meister Schallplatten direct to disc recording: The Berlin-based Label Berliner Meister Schallplatten is producing live recorded vinyl using Direct-to-Disc methods. Up until the 1950s, most recordings were made direct to vinyl but, with the emergence of new technology, direct-to-disc became marginalised until it nearly vanished from professional recording practices. In 2012 sound engineers Stephan Flock and Rainer Maillard founded the Label Berliner Meister Schallplatten. They made a name for themselves thanks to their bespoke methods of recording and producing an unmistakable quality for the artists they represent. When the opportunity came up to buy a lathe cutter that was destined for destruction, they had a vision not only to preserve the knowledge and the technical know-how but also to establish a new tradition of professional direct-to-disc recording.

Michelle Obama Talks Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 and Other Childhood Music Memories With Questlove: …Discussing her earliest albums, Obama recalled the first record she received as a gift was Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book, which she was actually given twice one Christmas. “That’s how good an album it was,” she said in a clip premiering exclusively with Billboard. One copy came from her parents and the other from her maternal grandfather, Southside, who she described as the “musical core of our family.” That version included the lyrics in braille, which she studied while she listened to the music, hoping to better understand the artist behind it all…That was the first album she ever owned as a child. But as music fans know, there’s a big difference between the first album you ever received and the first one you bought for yourself. Those early purchases were reserved for the Jackson 5, whose “ABC” and “The Love You Save” she bought on 45 RPM single vinyl records and mostly only played in her bedroom, dancing and singing along.

Vinyl Edition Of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film Soundtrack Coming In February. The film soundtrack is already becoming one of the band’s fastest-selling albums throughout the world. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody film soundtrack is set to be released as a 2-LP set on 8 February. The 22-song soundtrack album, produced by Brian May and Roger Taylor, features the first-ever release of audio tracks from Queen’s legendary performance at Live Aid as well as other rare live tracks and their biggest hits. Rolling Stone hailed it as “more than just a greatest hits,” praising it as, “a fun imaginative way to relive the band’s genius.” The Bohemian Rhapsody film soundtrack will come as a vinyl double album specially cut at Abbey Road Studios. Continuing the celebration of Queen’s iconic music, a special picture disc edition of the album, as well as a 7” single featuring the original ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’/‘I’m In Love With My Car’ pairing, will also be released on Record Store Day, 13 April 2019. While not featured in the film, ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ is joke-referenced several times in the film. Now the track gets its moment.

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In rotation: 12/12/18

Baltimore, MD | True Vine owner says he is being forced out by Golden West: The True Vine Record Shop, a Hampden-based record store that has been recognized as one of the nation’s best for its eclectic offerings and shelf space for experimental genres, says it is being forced out of its Hickory Avenue storefront by an unlikely foe: the Golden West Cafe, a funky Tex-Mex restaurant around the corner, on W. 36th Street. True Vine posted the news on its Instagram account Sunday, saying the popular Hampden eatery bought the shop’s sublet lease and plans to use the space as part of an expansion. As Baltimore Fishbowl reported last month, Golden West has taken on a new investor to start a vegan-focused bakery and open other Golden West locations, as well as expand its current footprint to include an events room and a space for live performances. “We cannot stay because golden west’s new investors do not find us to be a financially lucrative business compared to what they envision as financially lucrative, which is an extension of golden west,” the post from True Vine said.

Columbus, OH | Craft & Vinyl offers records, beer, live music in one-stop shop: At Craft & Vinyl, the name says it all. After only three months in business at 1806 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, between Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, the store is making a splash as a haven for fans of records, craft-beer aficionados and songwriters. “It’s built to look like an art gallery,” said owner Troy Stacy. This description holds true at the vibrant new shop. Upon entering Craft & Vinyl, one sees a record store that pays homage to the days of classic rock and metal. The walls are crowded with concert posters — all of which are for sale — designed by renowned poster artist Mike Martin. The record shelves are stocked with the likes of everything from Iron Maiden to Jimi Hendrix. Customers also are greeted by a bar that boasts local craft-beer selections and that feels conducive to the environment Stacy seeks to promote.

Harrisburg, PA | Mr. Mike’s Record Store going out of business: The end of an era is approaching for a downtown Harrisburg record shop. Mr. Mike’s Record Store will be closing its doors after nearly 33 years. Michael Albert opened his business on South Third Street in 1986. Over the years, the shop specialized in R&B and rap, but Albert was known for getting records or tapes from his distributor that weren’t available at other record stores in the city. Albert also promoted live concerts at the Forum and other city venues, and he hosted autograph sessions in his store that included some of the biggest names in the business, including MC Hammer, Kid ‘n Play, and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith. Albert says close at the end of the month was a difficult decision. “It is the toughest decision I made,” he said. “These last two years, I didn’t make any money and I had to dig into my own pocket to keep the store open.”

Vinyl Collecting 101: Properly Maintaining Your Wax: If you are reading this, you probably have a new-found or existing respect for vinyl records and all that they have to offer. Truly, vinyl is making huge strides in renewed popularity, partly because of a format that allows listeners to enjoy an emotional connection with the experience of listening to warm sounds generated by oversized discs housed in colorful covers. While the appeal of owning a vinyl collection, large or small, varies in importance according to the collector, the methods for buying, transporting, playing, and storing are relatively set in stone. Keep reading to learn more about how to preserve your music collection for many years…Checking the condition of a vinyl record begins by carefully taking it out of the cover and visually inspecting it. While dust is to be expected, ground-in dirt is not. Use these tips to avoid problems

The Prince Estate in Partnership with Legacy Recordings Announce First Wave of Physical Titles (CD/Vinyl) in Definitive Catalog Rerelease Project: The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are pleased to announce the first round of physical titles set for release as part of the ongoing and definitive Prince catalog project first announced in August. Three essential full-length Prince albums, Musicology, 3121 and Planet Earth, will be available on CD and – for the first time ever – on vinyl beginning Friday, February 8, 2019. Each of the vinyl titles will be pressed on highly collectible, limited edition purple vinyl. In addition, the albums will be available in both CD/LP form alongside new exclusive merchandise corresponding to each album era via the Official Prince Store.

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In rotation: 12/11/18

Albany, NY | After 70 Years, Blue Note Record Shop Still Going Strong: Blue Note Record Shop has been in the community for 70 years. Located at 156 Central Avenue in Albany, the music store specializes in vinyl and sells modern albums too. Blue Note was founded by the current owner’s parents, and he says generations of families make their way down to the store as a tradition. The business booms even more during the holidays thanks to iconic Christmas bops that are still alive today. Owner Biff Pock says there’s no coincidence sales are higher during the holidays. He says listening to classics is even better on vinyl. “That’s what mostly what the holidays are about. You know, being with your family, reminisce about the wonderful memories, and enjoying the holiday spirit. And that’s the beauty of vinyl. And it becomes a wonderful memory,” said Pock.

Essex, UK | This vinyl shop stocks one of the largest vegan wine selections in the UK: A couple has opened a vinyl record and organic, biodynamic vegan wine shop in Manningtree, Essex. The shop, appropriately named Winyl, is the brainchild of duo Whilmari Swift and Steve Tattam. Local news source East Anglian Daily Times reports that Tattam has more than 20 years experience selling vinyl, starting back in the late ’80s, when he worked for Virgin Megastore. Tattam eventually moved on, but said that the resurgence of vinyl prompted him to consider other career options. According to a report released by global data firm Nielsen last year, record sales have been on the rise for 12 consecutive years, with vinyl representing 14 percent of all physical album sales last year…Why unite records with vegan wine? Last September, Swift told the Harwich and Manningtree Standard that both are a passion of her husband’s.

Juneau, AK | Hit records: Vinyl shop sells out fast: Pop-up shop draws record-hungry crowd. The tartan tarp in the Alaskan Brewing Co. tasting room might as well have been a matador’s cape. Once it was lifted, a stampede started toward the boxes of records present for KXLL’s Pop-Up Record Shop Thursday evening. “When we started, we’d have eight boxes, and there’d be people throwing elbows,” said Annie Bartholomew, program director for KXLL. For the most recent shop, Thursday, Dec. 6, there were multiple rows of boxes and plenty of space in the new tasting room, although vinyl vultures made their passes through the wares in tight clusters. McLean Steadman was one of the collectors on hand before the shop opened. He’s been collecting records for about 20 years, he said. Most recently he came into record-playing equipment when a friend upgraded what they had and old gear found its way to Steadman.

Trinidad and Tobago | Cleve’s music store owner dies at 72: Cleve Calderon, founder of Cleve’s One Stop Music Shop, has died. Calderon, 72, started working in the music business at his cousin’s shop, Rhyner’s Record Shop at age 11. In 1994 he opened Cleve’s after giving up a career as DJ Nutcracker 2000. Since then, the popular music store continued to be the go-to place for music lovers to get local and international CDs and used records. The store remains operational on Frederick Street, Port of Spain. Calderon’s daughter, Krisann Calderon, told Sunday Newsday her father was ill and in and out of hospital for about a month before he died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope on Friday at 3.30 pm. She said he and his family were prepared for the inevitable. “He was a very simple person. You tell him this is what it is and he just accept it for what it was. He was at peace.”

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In rotation: 12/10/18

Harrisburg, PA | ‘I’m just a guy who owns a record store.’ Mike ‘Mr. Mike’ Albert remembers 33 years in business: The secret to a good pop song, as anyone who’s ever fallen in love during the three minutes and thirty-four seconds it takes to get from triumphant beginning to the often melancholic end, is the beauty of the memory it holds. Births. Deaths. First loves. Break-ups. First cars. First jobs. First and second marriages. The pop song, disposable by design, becomes something more permanent: A soundtrack for our lives. As he looks around the store he’s operated in various spots on South Third Street for 33 years, Mike Albert hears echoes in every corner. The friends he’s made. The musical legends he’s met. And, perhaps, most of all, the usual Saturday morning crew of regulars who have given shape to his days. But on Dec. 29. the needle will run out on the groove, as Albert, owner of Mr. Mike’s Records, puts the key in the door a final time.

Fort Worth, TX | Christmas Wax: Fort Worth suddenly has a glut of record stores for your holiday-buying needs. “Do people still buy records?” This is a question I’ve heard asked by Boomer dads at Off the Record (the Near Southside record store/watering hole where I tend bar on Sundays), and I think it’s an odd thing to ask when, in plain sight, directly opposite the bathrooms, there’s a shelf about 2 feet deep, 4 feet high, and 15 feet long stocked with vinyl albums festooned with price tags… As of December 5, 2018, Fort Worth proper has five stores dedicated to selling vinyl records, and that’s not even counting Truth Vinyl and Growler Records in Arlington, Vintage Freaks in Bedford, Forever Young in Grand Prairie, the three Half-Price Books locations in Tarrant County, nor Record Town on South Main Street, which mostly sells CDs. Since the holiday shopping season lies upon us like a cheerful, pine-scented fog, what follows is a rundown of Fort Worth’s record stores, should a vinylphilic music fan be on your list of gift recipients.

Boulder, CO | Absolute Vinyl hopes to find groove in Longmont: Shop is city’s second old-school record store. An oversized cut out of “Aladdin Sane”-era David Bowie peaked out from behind a dozen or so boxes of vinyl records marked “Bluegrass, Country & Americana. Ambient & Electronic and Hip Hop A-K” inside a downtown Longmont storefront Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Bowie awaited his place on the walls inside Doug Gaddy’s most recent incarnation of Absolute Vinyl Records & Stereo, opening a mere eight months after he shuttered his Boulder location that served vinyl fans for nearly a decade. At the time, it seemed Gaddy was making a permanent exit from the realm of the brick-and-mortar record shop, a rarity in this age of online retail. The closure left Boulder with only two record stores, Bart’s Records and Albums on the Hill. When Absolute Vinyl opens on Friday, Longmont will become a two record shop town. The other shop is Recycled Records LP.

The Ruts’ Debut Album ‘The Crack’ Set For 40th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue In February: The legendary punk album’s new edition was remastered at Turan Audio and cut to vinyl at Abbey Road Studios. Trailblazing West London punks The Ruts’ legendary 1979 debut album The Crack has been remastered and is set for reissue on vinyl via Virgin/EMI/UMC on 8 February 2019. The album’s new edition was remastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio and cut to vinyl at Abbey Road Studios. Released in September of 1979, the band’s one and only studio album The Crack was an extraordinary statement of intent. As the energy and attitude of punks first wave started to dissipate, here was a band that exploded onto the scene with everything to offer. The Crack includes twelve power-packed songs brimming with invention and energy and it featured an outstanding run of hit singles – ‘Babylon’s Burning’, ‘Something That I Said’ and ‘Jah War’ – alongside some of the best adrenalized rock music to emerge in that decade’s closing.

‘Dawn to Dusk’ Music Playlist #28 – White Label Records’ co-founder Darren Tan: Discover the permanent record chart by this vinyl maestro. Every Wednesday we ask a creative, artisan, or musician to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, Darren Tan—co-founder of e-commerce music platform#vinyloftheday and the recently-opened White Label Records at Ann Siang House (together with Kurt Loy)—name his mood fixers for an entire day. So you’ve heard Loy’s picks last week. Dig it? You may like Tan’s choices too. After all, the duo has a matching frequency in music. As a fellow DJ and vinyl buff, Tan dedicated his time to celebrate vinyl culture through audio-visual online project #vinyloftheday. “Vinyl records attach more ‘sentimental’ value to music than digital formats such as MP3”, Tan expressed. “More fans in their late teens getting into vinyl because a lot of popular indie bands nowadays are putting out their releases on vinyl.”

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In rotation: 12/7/18

King’s Cross, UK | Independent Label Market: Returning to Canopy Market, King’s Cross on for the weekend on December 15th & 16th for their Christmas market in London, Independent Label Market will be supported by AIM – the Association of Independent Music. The labels are bringing with them their extensive back catalogues plus a selection of amazing market exclusives, rarities, signed goods and exclusive test pressings. Among them, One Little Indian will bring very rare coloured Bjork albums on 12”, Dirty Hit will have the brand new album by The 1975, Ninja Tune will bring latest releases by Peggy Gou and Little Dragon and Brainfeeder will have their brand new 10th anniversary compilation box with unreleased songs from the likes of Flying Lotus, Thundercat and BADBAD-NOTGOOD.

Springfield, VA | Digital Music Is King. So Why Did A Vinyl Record-Pressing Plant Just Open In Virginia? Last year, digital music hit a milestone. For the first time ever, it accounted for more than half of global music sales. Music streaming revenues rose more than 40 percent, while sales of physical recordings continued to sink. Yet a company in Northern Virginia has just started pressing vinyl records. Tucked away in an industrial park in Alexandria, Furnace Record Pressing is the country’s newest record manufacturing facility — and a seemingly batty business idea, if you haven’t paid attention to deeper trends in the music industry lately. Despite the overall downturn in physical recordings like CDs, vinyl sales have been on the rise for a decade now, as younger people have begun to discover the richer sound and collectable nature of old-fashioned records. But as the vinyl frenzy caught on, soaring demand quickly created a problem, says Furnace’s owner, Eric Astor.

Chicago, IL | A portrait of Chicago institution Out Of The Past Records: Almost 50 years in the business. Couple Charlie and Marie Henderson have been selling records in Garfield Park since 1969. A West Side Chicago mainstay, the original Madison Street storefront burned down during riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King. Now at 4407 W. Madison, the shop is a one-stop adventure for eager collectors ready to get dirty and dig. A cross-eyed cat named Shadow roams the store, and you’ll be sure to see some dusty groovers meandering through the stacks alongside you. Records here are ‘strictly old-school’, reasonably priced and gently used. As Marie Henderson says, “you’re guaranteed to find a lot of everything and a lot of nothing, it just depends what you’re looking for.”

Penticton, BC | Sleepovers for Life preserves new B.C. music in vinyl: A Kelowna man is reviving the art of record making. Boutique vinyl cutter, Steve Gibson began his career in Germany a year ago with a 20-hour training day followed by another all-nighter. He had been eyeing up German engineer Souri Automaten’s record cutter, which cuts a vinyl record in real time from digital copies, for quite some time. The only way to buy the equipment is to fly to Germany to be trained by Automaten himself. Then, only once training is completed to Automaten’s satisfaction, can equipment be purchased. Once Gibson returned home he started Sleepovers for Life, his own small-batch, record-cutting company that took off without any advertising. Gibson’s business has been growing solely by word of mouth. In one year he has cut hundreds of records. “Record people are generally collectors. Limited runs mean a huge amount to certain people, myself included. It’s that first pressing, this colour or that colour. The small batches are really fun for a certain group of people,” said Gibson.

The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide to Getting Into Vinyl Records: We’re in the age of digital music — a period in the history of recorded music where any song and any artist is accessible on our mobile phones at anytime. While digital music makes it easier than ever to consume music, formats like vinyl records have not gone away. In fact, in 2017 14% of all physical music was sold on vinyl LP records — and there’s a reason for it. Unlike digital music, there is a physicality to vinyl records, a slowness to it, that requires a listener to browse a stack, pull out a record and slip it onto a turntable. And while digital music may be easier to consume, there is a certain pleasure in hearing music played on a turntable. Audiophiles will tell you that the sound is warmer on records than digital files or CD (this author believes there is some truth to that), and that due to the nature of having to lift a needle on and off a platter, it forces one to listen through a complete album (or at least one side) rather than flipping through tracks with a swipe of your finger.

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In rotation: 12/6/18

Cleveland, OH | Cleveland’s Music Saves quits the record store business: Music Saves, a Cleveland-based online record store, announced that it will be shutting down its vinyl record sales. “Music Saves is quitting the music business,” reads a statement on the store’s website, written by owner Melanie Hershberger. “The industry has changed in ways I could never have predicted 14 years ago. A lot of it feels really backwards. A lot of it has really worked against us. I feel like, as many other small businesses, small record stores are becoming less needed, as time goes on.” Originally, Music Saves operated out of a brick building just down the road from Cleveland music venue Beachland Ballroom. The store specialized in selling new releases on vinyl, and it earned local fame for its resident cats.

Glasgow, SCT | Glasgow record store to launch city’s newest radio station. With the capacity to run 24/7 and available worldwide, the aim for LP Radio is to have the station grounded in Glasgow but facing out to the rest of the world. A Glasgow record store is to launch the city’s new radio station from its base in the west end of the city. LP Records, on Park Road in the Kelvinbridge area, is launching LP Radio – a worldwide alternative online radio station. LP Radio will be centred around discovering and sharing new music alongside a focus on debate, patter, and community. Speaking to Glasgow Live, the man behind the station Lorenzo Pacitti said: “Plain and simply it’s a dream that I think I can make a reality, and much like the motivation to start a record shop I think it’s a dream that’s rooted in satiating a definite need and appetite here in Glasgow and beyond.”

Pittston, PA | Swap & Hops Pop-Up Record Fair to bring record, beer lovers together in Pittston: The overlap between beer nerds and record collectors is a significant one, at least if you believe what you read on the internet. And now, an event at a Pittston brewery this weekend seeks to combine the two hobbies. The first NEPA Swap & Hops Pop-Up Record Fair will be held at the Susquehanna Brewing Company at its main location, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. The event will run noon to 6 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 9. The fair is being held in conjunction with the Gallery of Sound. According to a press release from the record store, approximately 5,000 items from the company’s inventory will be available at the fair before they’re sold in-store, giving serious collectors a unique opportunity to see items before anyone else. But Gallery of Sound won’t be the only ones there with records…

The Big Lebowski soundtrack released as limited 20th anniversary vinyl edition: That record really tied the room together. Mondo has announced that a 20th anniversary edition of The Big Lebowski soundtrack will be released on limited “white russian” coloured vinyl, this December. The Big Lebowski’s 15 song soundtrack features music by Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone and Moondog. Directed by the Coen Brothers, the cult movie stars Jeff Bridges as The Dude, who gets mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, known as The Big Lebowski. Its all-star cast is rounded out by John Goodman, Julian Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro as the fiesty, purple-velvet-jumpsuit-wearing, bowling pro Jesus Quintana. The 20th anniversary edition features new artwork by Paul Mann, available on coffee and cream coloured LP as well as a standard black variant.

Music streaming is fueling vinyl’s resurgence. They’re not competitors but complementary formats that deliver different benefits to fans. Streaming has been blamed for killing off the CD, but industry experts agree it’s helping bolster the growth and quality of another physical music format: vinyl. Since 2015, streaming income has eclipsed CD sales, and the likes of Apple Music and Spotify have become major players in the music industry. This year the Recording Industry Association of America reported that 75 percent of music revenue in the United States came from streaming services. In the past three years, vinyl sales in the US have steadily risen about $2 million annually. On paper, it doesn’t make sense. Why would anyone buy an album they can only listen to in one specific environment, when for half the price of a new record, they can put it and millions of others in their pocket and listen anywhere?

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In rotation: 12/5/18

New York, NY | RIP Bleecker Bob Plotnick, the Man Who Gave America New Wave, Punk, Power Pop in the 1970s: It’s a couple of days late, but I’m reporting to you that Bleecker Bob Plotnick died November 29th at age 75. If you lived in Greenwich Village in the late 1970s or cared about music at all from that era, you will know Bob’s name or the name of his record store. He — and it– were seminal in bringing New Wave, punk, power pop, whatever you want to call it to America. Without him it’s unlikely there would be the Ramones, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, New York Dolls, so many acts now so well established in the music firmament but 40 years ago just whispers from Melody Maker the NME.

New York, NY | Robert Plotnik, ‘Bleecker Bob’ of Record-Store Fame, Dies at 75: Robert Plotnik, a lapsed lawyer better known as the namesake of Bleecker Bob’s Records, a Greenwich Village vinyl mecca that survived the dawning of cassettes, CDs and downloading and the death of CBGB, the nearby club where punk rock was cradled, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 75. The cause was kidney failure, his partner, Jennifer Kitzer, said. He had been incapacitated since having a stroke in 2001. Bleecker Bob’s was immortalized in a 1993 episode of “Seinfeld” (when Kramer and Newman fail to make a windfall selling used records there), in the opening credits of “Saturday Night Live,” and in Colson Whitehead’s 2009 novel, “Sag Harbor.” It was also where a customer named Patti Smith met a record salesman named Lenny Kaye more than 40 years ago and invited him to accompany her on guitar at a poetry reading. He’s been accompanying her ever since.

Kidderminster, UK | Kidderminster man jailed for ‘fake’ vinyl records scam: Stephen Russell, 65, of Puxton Drive, Kidderminster, was part of a group which distributed unlicensed recordings of 1960s northern soul artists. On Friday (November 30), a court heard how 55,000 unlicensed records were seized by police following an investigation by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which represents record companies in the UK like Warner Music, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. Unofficial copies of original recordings included Marvin Gaye’s This Love Starved Heart Of Mine, Bettye Swann’s Kiss My Love Goodbye, Major Lance’s Investigate and Art Freeman’s Slippin Around With You. The BPI stumbled upon the operation after test-purchasing vinyl records sold online, which were found to have defects like misspellings, blurred typefaces, and a large quantity with the words ‘not for sale’, ‘promotional copy’, and ‘DJ copy’ written on them.

Syracuse, NY | Record collector opens shop in East Syracuse: Tom Little has been collecting vintage vinyl records for the past 10 years, and has already accumulated more than 40,000 records to date ­— a kaleidoscope of classic rock, blues, psychedelic and doo-wop records from the 50s through the 90s, now being sold at his new record shop in the village of East Syracuse on W Manlius Street. Little, 53, is a record collector and owner of Syracuse Vintage Vinyl, a used record store that opened in the village on Thursday, Nov. 15. Located on 205 W. Manlius Street along a strip also inhabited by two tattoo shops and Serres Donut Shop, this is the business’ first storefront. “I buy all the time, and I love to buy the stuff that sells quick,” said Little, citing records like Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” as best-sellers. “It’s just something fun to do,” he said. “I mean, how cool is it to own a record store? Pretty freaking cool.”

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In rotation: 12/4/18

New Orleans, LA | One Stop Record Shop: Legendary guitarist Earl King (“Lonely, Lonely Nights” and “Let the Good Times Roll”) claimed that he walked into the One Stop Record Shop one day in late 1963 and was told “All your gang is in the back.” Sure enough, behind the stacks of 45s and LPs he found Professor Longhair, Tommy Ridgley, Eddie Bo, and others huddled around the store’s piano. This was the same room where in early 1960 a teenaged Irma Thomas auditioned for Ron and Ric Records’ Joe Ruffino, which led to her cutting the hit “Don’t Mess With My Man” (the preceding lyric is “You can have my husband, but please…”). The record jumpstarted the career of the future Soul Queen of New Orleans.

The 50 Best Rock Albums Ever: The 50 greatest rock albums of all time, as chosen by you. When we asked people to vote for their favourite ever rock album, we didn’t restrict the options to a pre-defined list of titles we’d come up with over pints in the pub. You could add any album you liked. What happened? Well, a slew of old favourites popped up when we compiled the results, but there were a few surprises too, albums we probably wouldn’t have assumed would make to Top 50. And it’s made the results a lot more interesting. So if you voted, thank you, Otherwise, just enjoy a selection of 50 albums that genuinely broke the mould.

Help MOJO Find The World’s Best Record Shops! Nominate the music emporia that have made your lives better, and we’ll feature the most amazing in MOJO. …Wherever in the world it is, your dream shop will be a fantastic place to spend time. Maybe it looks great, has a cool specialism or super-friendly and knowledgeable staff. Maybe it’s on a boat or in someone’s front room. Perhaps it’s patronised by the local music-making community and/or the guy from Endless Boogie. Maybe it’s all black metal, in Bali. Or just more conventionally, you know, great. Possibly this retail wonder is in your own back yard – a regular haunt/life-support system – or a vision you’ve stumbled on during your travels.

Vinyl revival boosts Crosley Brands revenue: Crosley Brands, a venerable Louisville electronics company that has its origins in the heyday of radio, has been capitalizing on a surprising trend: a resurgence of vinyl. The analog technology, which requires a physical medium (the phonograph record) and a mechanical device that spins the record and decodes it with a needle, is finding ever more fans in an era dominated by streaming music and handheld devices that hold tens of thousands of songs. And if it weren’t for a gutsy decision and impromptu trip to China by a young CEO in the early 1990s — when vinyl, thanks to the dominance of CDs, seemed to go the way of 8-track — Crosley might have folded long before the vinyl renaissance.

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In rotation: 12/3/18

Warwick, NY | Original Vinyl Records official ribbon cutting Wed., Dec. 10, 3PM: 17 year Warwick, NY resident Jim Eigo, owner of Jazz Promo Services, has fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening Original Vinyl Records, a retro record store for the avid and novice vinyl album collector. Jim, a collector himself, amassed the records he’s selling over years of collecting, picking, yard sailing and record shows. Jim is a long-time veteran of the record business having worked at Cox Records in Brooklyn, NY, running the jazz dept. at the legendary Greenwich Village record store Happy Tunes Records in the 1970s, setting up the first record store in Soho the Soho Music Gallery on Grand and Wooster and managing the jazz dept. for J & R Music World back in the 1980s. Jim always planned to get back into the retail end of the music business. After years of marketing and promoting jazz musicians and record labels, he saw the opportunity and the need for a local record store. Original Vinyl Records is the first in Warwick, NY in nearly two decades.

Wales, UK | The largest vinyl warehouse clearance sale ever seen in Wales is coming to Barry. It signals a scaling down of the huge record dealing business originally set up by Claire Williams and Mark Owen. Record collectors, vinyl enthusiasts, and music fans will have the chance to pick up bargains and rare finds at the largest vinyl record warehouse clearance sale ever seen in Wales. Up to 100,000 items are up for grabs at knockdown prices – from every music genre imaginable at a warehouse in Barry. It signals a scaling down of the huge record dealing business originally set up by Claire Williams and Mark Owen more than eight years ago. Mark, who formerly travelled the world as a tour manager, has set up a successful rock management company looking after rising stars such as the Kris Barras Band and Salvation Jayne, while Claire is going to carry on in the record dealing business, but on a much smaller scale, hence the reason for the mammoth sale of their huge stock from their warehouse on Vere Street in Cadoxton.

Shepherdstown, WV | Black Friday buyers descend on Admiral Analog’s Audio Assortment: While some holiday shoppers were flocking to Walmart and Kohls for their Black Friday sales, other shoppers were descending on Admiral Analog’s Audio Assortment, for the store’s annual Black Friday Record Store Day. The day is an event many U.S. record stores hold the day after Thanksgiving, attracting buyers, not with low prices, but with unique items like limited special editions from major artists. Customers from around the Eastern Panhandle were already waiting for Admiral Analog’s Audio Assortment to open its doors, over a half-hour in advance of the store’s opening time. One of the people waiting to enter the store was Summer Russell, of Charles Town, with her niece and daughter. Russell said her niece was the most serious about owning an expansive record collection.

Manchester, UK | Pete Doherty’s favourite box set and the £3,000 vinyl – tales from a Northern Quarter music institution. Vinyl Exchange is one of the oldest record shops in the area and turns 30 this weekend. The Northern Quarter is a lot of things to a lot of people – brunch destination, late-night cocktail haunt, vintage shopping haven, a gallery for street art fans. No matter what you’re into, though, music has flowed through the veins of this part of Manchester for decades. Vinyl Exchange is one of the oldest record shops in the area, turning 30 this weekend with a huge party with some musical mates – there’ll be resident vinyl DJs providing a soundtrack, with Shindigger supplying beer and Reform Radio live streaming the whole thing. Since opening in 1988, the team have seen a lot of things, from extremely rare records worth thousands of pounds to completely unexpected celebrity shoppers. Co-owner Richard Farnell has been part of the business since 1995, and in that time vinyl’s popularity has teetered on the edge of extinction, and then surged back from the near-dead. “People seem to be kicking back against digital downloads,” he says. “They want something that’s more tangible, something that they can actually own – which is good for us!

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In rotation: 11/30/18

Bleecker Bob has died: Robert Plotnik, the titular owner of NYC’s iconic Village record store Bleecker Bob’s, has died. The sad news was confirmed by his longtime partner, Jennifer Kitzer. Bob had been in declining health for some time after suffering a stroke in 2001. The store stayed open till 2013. NYC/Brooklyn store Academy Records offering up this tribute: RIP to Bleecker Bob, a true legend on the NYC record store scene and probably the most singular character among that very idiosyncratic bunch. I first got to know Bob and his wise cracking sarcasm as a teenager in the late 70s as I soiled my fingers flipping through his grimy reused record sleeves. I also quickly learned that he loved an equal dose of sarcasm in return and our interactions were some of my first tastes of what it meant to be a real New Yorker. When I first opened my store in 2001 it was a real badge of honor when he came to check it out and told me it didn’t suck too bad. Catch ya on the B side

Denver, CO | Looking Back On 40 Years Of Wax Trax, Denver’s Vinyl Record Mecca: Sometimes it still feels like 1978 inside Denver’s Wax Trax Records. Maybe it’s the creaky wood floors, or the ever-present soundtrack of ‘70s-era underground rock that plays through the store’s speakers. But a big part of that preserved-in-time feeling probably comes from the owners, Dave Stidman and Duane Davis. If they’re not in the corner CD store of Wax Trax, then it’s a safe bet you can find them two doors down restocking the endless stacks of new and used vinyl. It’s been 40 years since Stidman and Davis took over, and that time comes with a lot of colorful stories from a seedier time in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. “We got into the corner store in 1978 and we got this space probably early ‘80s. It had been a woman who had a needle-craft store,” Davis said, standing among rows and rows of vinyl albums.

The best turntables of 2018: …There were a number of themes running through this year’s turntable designs. Firstly, the flush of excitement around vinyl in the turntable market in last five years has given way to specialist tools for niche customers. As a result, manufacturers are increasingly including semi- and automatic functions on their decks for record buyers who would not consider themselves ‘audiophiles’. Across the hi-fi industry, the tendency towards all-in-one models – where additional elements like amplifiers and bluetooth are packed into the turntable chassis – is an example of brands catering for more flexible forms of listening. On the other side of the coin, there are increasing numbers of interesting designs on offer for the audiophile listener with sound quality and innovation coming to the fore.

7 times Marvel superheroes appeared on record covers. The stories behind the strange collision of two iconic but (usually) separate worlds. Recently, Marvel honoured the world of hip-hop by recreating some of the industry’s most iconic album covers with their own superheroes substituted in. The variant covers appeared on Marvel’s comics and proved so popular that the publisher even released a two-volume collection of just the album artwork. But Marvel’s characters have appeared on record covers before, and often for stranger reasons than you might expect. Here are a few famous (and not-so-famous) examples that you may or may not be aware of

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In rotation: 11/29/18

Bensonhurst, NY | Bensonhurst record store still selling Italian goods over 50 years later: A Bensonhurst record store is going strong after over 50 years of keeping Brooklyn residents in touch with their Italian heritage. SAS Italian Records opened in 1967 and houses more than 3,000 CDs and other items. Owner Silvana Conte says the store was the first Italian importer of some items they sell like sportswear, magazines and Italian DVDs. Residents used to flock to the store to see Italian celebrities. “Little Tony was like the Italian Elvis. So they announced on the radio that he was coming and everybody and their grandmother was here,” says Conte. “The store was packed, people didn’t want to lose their spots so they peed on the floor … all the singers used to come from Italy and they would sign autographs and it was really great.”

Bexhill, UK | Much-loved Bexhill record store will re-open in new location: A well-loved record shop which closed down earlier this year is set to re-open inside the De La Warr Pavilion. Music’s Not Dead held a wake event on Sunday (September 16) where scores of musicians came to play live music and show their support, before it closed the doors of its Devonshire Road home for the final time. However, the popular independent retailer will get a new lease of life inside the De La Warr, from next month. Music’s Not Dead (MND) will re-open as a ‘pop-up’ on Friday, December 7, in the Café Bar on the first floor. Maybe It’s Time To Talk About Retirement Planning Have you given any thought to where your retirement income will be coming from? Sponsored by Prudential It will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, and on gig nights selling a wide range of vinyl/labels covering all music tastes.

Nashville, TN | Record store building on east side faces demo: …The address of the Fond Object property is 1313 McGavock Pike, with the quirky record store having served as a community space of sorts since it opened in 2013. Metro Councilmember Anthony Davis, in whose District 7 the property sits, posted the following on the Inglewood-Nashville Facebook page: “I only can pass along what the owners told me. They would likely soon tear down the McGavock building, design and at some point build a new three-story building on McGavock, with either retail ground floor and apartments above, or all apartments.” That three-story building, if it materializes, would replace the one-story structure housing Fond Object and the homes to the north.

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In rotation: 11/28/18

Mumbai, IN | The world’s best record shops #133: Music Circle, Mumbai: Born from owner Pilak Bhatt’s 40+ year obsession with record collecting, Music Circle is a beacon for rare local music. Initially run from his Mumbai apartment before moving into a fully fledged store five years ago, Bhatt runs Music Circle with his wife Ujwala and his son Yash, and colleague Kranti. “We are doing our bit to keep this beautiful format alive in India,” explains Pilak. “We want to remind people that analogue sound is better than MP3s. We feel that vinyl collecting should not be the preserve of rich and elite – the common man should be able to afford it.” Music Circle boasts a fine selection of rock, jazz and blues – one of Pilak’s most prized possession is a rare Beatles 78RPM made in India – but we suggest you go for the local discoveries.

Lafayette, LA | How I Got Here: Lagniappe Records co-owner Tess Brunet: Tess Brunet is co-owner of vintage records store Lagniappe Records along with her husband, Patrick Hodgkins. The store, which moved from its previous space on Jefferson Street to a bigger space two doors down at 311-B Jefferson St., got its start in Baton Rouge before moving to Lafayette. “We started out much smaller than it is now with our own record collections. Online music is something that we didn’t consider at all. We didn’t set out to do much more than create jobs for ourselves and curate a shop we could be proud of. That and I don’t like answering to anyone. We were confident we could pull it off considering our collective knowledge of music. Collectively, we cast a pretty wide net. The cleaning and grading standards are set pretty high, and it’s meticulously organized.”

Why do LPs sound so good? The LP boom shows no signs of slowing, and no one really knows why. The continuing audiophile fascination with LPs is a mystery, LPs are ancient tech, records can be noisy, they’re fragile, expensive and they take up a lot of space. The best turntables, high quality phono cartridges, and preamps can cost a fortune. Even so, a lot of audiophiles still favor LPs, I know I do. Playing audio files is gigantically more convenient than playing an LP, digital converter technology is getting better every year, and high-resolution files are clearer than the best LPs. Digital is eminently portable; LP playback is strictly a stay-at-home affair. So why are audiophiles still clinging to LPs? Ask them why, and they all say the sound comes first — and I agree. Music sounds better played on a good turntable than it does from files or CDs.

Oreo Just Released A Record Player That Plays Actual Cookies: This is the perfect gift for the Oreo-lover in your life! For Oreo-lovers, this holiday season just keeps getting better and better. First, news broke that an Oreo Ultimate Dunking Set exists, which means you and your partner in crime can twist, lick and dunk your Oreos without worrying about fallen crumbs or milky fingertips. And now, the Oreo-obsessed vinyl enthusiasts in your life get the chance to “play” their favorite cookie with the gift to end all gifts: The Oreo Music Box. Just in time for the holidays, Oreo has released a new gift set that combines music and snacks in one collectible tin by using Oreos to play actual music.

Tupac’s estate confirm 20th anniversary Greatest Hits vinyl and merch: The new line will only be available for a limited time. Tupac‘s estate has announced a new range merchandise and vinyl to mark the twentieth anniversary of the late rapper’s Greatest Hits album. Earlier this week (November 19), a cryptic ‘1998’ countdown began on Tupac Shakur’s official Instagram page. The post featured an image of the artist, along with the date ‘Saturday 11/24’. After fans pointed out that the date lined up with the milestone anniversary, it has now been confirmed that special editions of the Greatest Hits collection will be released. Available as a clear vinyl, a standard vinyl, or digital download, the album features 21 hits and four posthumous songs. An original mix of ‘California Love’ – previously only available in the single format – will also be included.

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In rotation: 11/27/18

San Antonio, TX | Local business owners say Small Business Saturday more important than ever before: Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday lies the sometimes forgotten Small Business Saturday. Local business owners said it’s more important then ever, as local businesses compete with big online retailers in order to remain open. Adrian Heart has worked at Hog Wild Records for eight years. The record store off North Main Street has been open since 1982. Heart said he believes customers keep coming back, even while the shop competes with the giant online world, because of the experience. “The experience of finding a record they have never heard before,” Heart said. “Looking for different music and they know they have a rapport with us.” It’s not just local brick-and-mortars that are fighting to stay open, but businesses that sell their homegrown products the old fashioned way— from stands at the Pearl Farmers Market.

Andover, UK | New vintage vinyl store The Record Box opens its doors in Andover: The Record Box, in George Yard, holds a host of vinyls [“Vinyls,” not a word. —Ed.] and collectables and opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday. Phil, who was inspired to open the store, said: “I’ve been doing it for years, about 35 years, collecting everything and anything. Captain Scarlet stuff mainly, that’s my main thing. I do collect records as well, my main genre is punk. This is my own personal collection and obviously stuff I’ve bought over the years and duplicates and stuff like that.” To start with the store will be opening on Saturdays only, from 10am to 5pm. Phil believes there is a big market for vinyl, as sales have increased in recent years. He added: “Andover needs something like this. “I think there’s a market for it, a big market for it…”

Baltimore, MD | Farewell to Record and Tape Traders, a suburban refuge for musical discovery: If nothing else, record stores are beautiful. They have a certain unplanned allure, stacks tilting under their own weight, row after row of colors and words loosely organized by genre and alphanumeric value. Recently, Record and Tape Traders in Towson, the flagship of a once-robust local chain, announced it will be gone after a 40-year run—from 1978-2018. The singularity of the Towson Record and Tape Traders was in part its location, which was kind of a weird spot–behind an up-market grocery store in a somewhat pointless strip mall off of Dulaney Valley Road. Those things—strip and mall and Dulaney Valley Road—don’t exactly scream “formative.” Compared to essential music shops like Amoeba Music in Los Angeles or even Sound Garden in Fells Point, a record store in suburban Baltimore County seems insignificant. But that seclusion and obscurity gave it a unique value: It was a refuge for the weird

Midland, MI | Radio Wasteland moves its groove: Jim Gleason has spent the last three days moving vinyl records — some 4,000 to 5,000 of them — box by box, crate by crate. Luckily for Gleason, who owns Radio Wasteland Records in Midland, he has only a few steps to go for the transfer. He’s moving his business next door to 716 George St….”We’ll be able to put more records out,” Gleason said of the larger space. “But more importantly, we’ll be able to better display some of our stock. For example, our limited space means that we’ve had to leave the country music LPs in boxes on the floor. We’re also hoping to expand our classical and jazz music selections with the added space.” Moving into 718 George St., the space where Radio Wasteland occupied for about two years, is Stolloween, owned by Scott Stoll, an award-winning papier mâché artist who specializes in Halloween-related subject matter. Gleason, who owns the business with his daughter Katie, said he has about 8,000 more records in storage that he’ll bring over to the new location, which is double the size of the old.

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In rotation: 11/26/18

Austin, TX | Hundreds skip Black Friday shopping at malls for exclusive vinyl records at stores like Waterloo. “The lines are a lot shorter here then other stores,” He said, “it’s less stressful than shopping at a franchise.” When you think about Austin, art and music likely come to mind and what better way to avoid those long lines on Black Friday than to shop at one of Austin’s oldest record stores. Waterloo Records has been open for more than 30 years. On Black Friday, 175 unreleased vinyl records were put on sale exclusively for independent stores like Waterloo. “I feel like music is one of the coolest gifts you can give to somebody,” said Sebastian Garcia. “It’s been a good part of my life.” It’s quite a different Black Friday shopping experience for Garcia, who is a frequent customer at the record store.

Murfreesboro, TN | ‘Almost magical’: Waxface Records helps music lovers rediscover sound of vinyl: Waxface Records is causing the heads of vinyl record lovers to spin in stereo. The first clue of the high-fidelity funkiness found inside the store of sound — tucked into a tiny strip mall on the north side of Murfreesboro — are the strands of lights and 33⅓ RPM records decorating the windows. Walk through the doors and you might be greeted by the wailing of rocker Janis Joplin or the smooth crooning of Frank Sinatra coming from the shop’s record player. For some, the treasure hunt of flipping through the albums displayed in colorfully labeled wooden crates evokes musical memories and for others the thrill of discovery. With an average of 4,000 ever-changing vintage and new selections in LP and EP formats regularly in stock, the store offers many discoveries for visitors during the Record Store Day Black Friday event.

Seattle, WA | West Seattle record store promotes shopping local on Black Friday. Easy Street Records in West Seattle celebrated Record Store Day on Friday, joining an international movement where stores release rare musical finds on Black Friday. While lines accumulated outside big box stores, a West Seattle purveyor of vinyl put its own twist on Black Friday. For the 10th year, Easy Street Records on California Avenue turned Black Friday into Record Store Day. “It’s really a celebration of music,” said owner Matt Vaughan. Record Store Day on Black Friday is an international movement where record stores work with record labels and managers directly to release rare LP’s, 45’s, and CD’s. Once they run out in the store, they run out.

Boise, ID | Record Exchange sees boost in Black Friday demand: It is not every day that a crowd of Idahoans line up at 7 a.m. outside a store– in nearly freezing temperatures. “We had 75 people in line outside before we opened the doors today. Uh, past couple of years, we had 50. So that’s a big jump for us,” said Chad Dryden, Marketing and Promotions Director at The Record Exchange. But today isn’t like most days– it’s Black Friday. So for vinyl enthusiasts, that meant setting their alarms, because the record exchange offered about 150 Black Friday exclusives– released only to independent record shops like theirs. “Grateful Dead, Taylor Swift, U2, Hozier, Weezer– they put, uh, the Rosanna and Africa Toto covers that they did– they put those on a special vinyl release.” More big-name contemporary artists like these are pressing vinyls [“Vinyls,” not a word. —Ed.] recently, said Dryden. This is one reason for the boost in demand, he said.

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In rotation: 11/20/18

Vancouver, CA | Another Vancouver record store closes its doors after 40 years: Despite a resurgence in the popularity of records in recent years, technology and the internet have killed yet another brick and mortar store: this time a Vancouver record shop. After 40 years in business, Sikora’s Classical Records on Hastings Street is closing it’s doors for good. The original owners Dick and Dorothy Sikora had a vision in mind when they opened their doors, says now co-owner Edward Savenye. “They wanted this city to have something like that, where people who love classical music could come here and enjoy… yes consume, but at the same time, it was kind of like a gathering place,” he says. But now the owners have decided to close their doors because of what he calls the “five dirty Ds:” distribution, downsizing, demise, digitization, and desertion.

Vancouver, CA | Vancouver’s only classical record store calls it quits after 40 years. In a business dominated by Spotify and Amazon, Sikora’s Classical Records just can’t compete anymore. This is the story of a love affair that ends in heartbreak. Only for Ed Savenye, the sorrow comes from the decision to close Sikora’s Classical Records, the business he poured his heart and soul into for over 20 years. “As you can imagine, it’s pretty much the range of human emotions. There’s obviously sadness … and I’ll be honest, anger in that a lot of people, for the sake of a couple of bucks, they just deserted us.” Record and books stores are the serial victims of new technology and online commerce. Sikora’s managed to keep going beyond what seems reasonable in a Spotify and Amazon world by offering human service in a niche market. But reality finally caught up with the store at 432 West Hastings, and on Feb 28, 2019, exactly 40 years after Sikora’s first opened, it will shut its doors for good.

London, UK | Take a look around London’s three new record shops. More new record shops than Cabinet resignations. London has welcomed three new record shops since the start of November: the Arthur Russell-inspired World Of Echo on Columbia Road, a second outlet for Notting Hill institution Honest Jon’s in Kings Cross, and an (albeit semi-permanent) brick & mortar spot for online retailer in Dalston. To give you a sense of what to expect, VF took a camera to all three, which you can explore in the galleries below…Notting Hill record shop and label Honest Jon’s has opened a new venue in King’s Cross. Housed within new development Coal Drops Yard, the shop will operate as a sister location to its current Portobello Road spot. Co-founder Alan Scholefield explains: “we’ve been in that (Portobello) shop since ’79 — 40 years there and several years around the corner — so one thing you do accumulate is a lot of stuff. We’ve got a lot of records.”

Rochester, IN | BIZ BUZZ: Record Farm opens new location in Rochester: The Record Farm, located inside the State Theatre building on the 300 block of Market Street, is expanding to a second location in Rochester. Similar to its pairing with the State Theatre, the new store will be located inside the Times Theater at 616 Main St. in downtown Rochester. The Times is currently closed while raising funds for a restoration project. Like in its Logansport location, the Record Farm’s new store will sell new and used vinyl records, tapes, CDs, turntables and musical accessories like guitar picks, strings and straps. The Rochester store will also sell Fender guitars, basses and ukuleles and offer consignment on used musical instruments. Matt Swisher, who is co-owner of the Record Farm along with Adam Wilson, says the Rochester location is slightly larger than the Logansport location, allowing it to stock a little more inventory and musical instruments.

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