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

In rotation: 8/18/17

Korean music fans turn to vinyl for vintage listening experience: Although Korea still lags behind in vinyl record sales compared to other countries, with no official figures tracking the sales yet, the people behind Machang Music & Pictures thought it was important for Korea to have its own pressing plant. “Many asked me that question,” said Park Jong-myung, marketing director of the company. “We are living in such a digital world where almost everyone consumes music through streaming on their mobile phones. But we started it because we wanted to emphasize the value of listening to music, whereas these days, many people are simply consuming music.”

Record Lounge in REO Town is vinyl lover’s dream: “I think this was what I was supposed to do in life,” Frarey said. “Every other week my mom would go grocery shopping at Meijer, and I’d come home from school and there would be five or six 45’s lying on my bed.” The Record Lounge, an all-vinyl spot owned by Frarey, moved into REO Town about four months ago, after relocating from East Lansing. She started her brick and mortar business in 2008 in East Lansing, where she remained until April of this year. Record Lounge gets in new vinyl every day from its distributors. They buy, sell and trade. “It’s pretty wild how much vinyl they’re putting out,” Frarey said. “They’re doing all these reissues of things that you never would have thought were going to be on vinyl.”

Why Vinyl Records and Vintage Gaming Consoles Are Popular Again: Sales of vinyl are contributing to a resurgence of interest in turntables. Several new models were unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas. Clearaudio, Crosley, Harman, Technics, and VPI were among the companies that showed off their products…“For older collectors, there’s a serious nostalgia factor” when it comes to vinyl and other physical formats, Stephen Young, owner of Record Wonderland, outside Chicago, told the Tribune. “But we have people who are 16, 17, and 18 years old coming in, fascinated by the idea of tangible music, because they’ve all grown up with only digital files.”

Merle’s Record Rack hits 55: Michael J. Papa, owner of Merle’s Record Rack, is known to record-collectors as the “King of Vinyl.” But as Papa is getting ready to celebrate Merle’s 55th anniversary on Aug. 26, he said the business is as much about customers sharing and experiencing memories as about the extensive vinyl and collectible inventory. “These things have a million memories,” Papa said, extending his arm to the store filled with LPs, 45s, CDs and vintage stereo equipment. Music is “like a smell — it triggers something. … It brings them happiness. It helps them feel young again.” The celebration will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the store at 307 Racebrook Road, with a disc jockey, sales and “good vibes,” as he put on postcards publicizing the event.

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In rotation: 8/17/17

The attraction of analog … in our digital world: Though we live in a digital world, we’re flocking to analog things, says David Sax, author of “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter.” “Surrounded by digital, we now crave experiences that are more tactile and human-centric,” he explains in the introduction…When a record store opened up a block and a half away from Mr. Sax’s home in Toronto five years ago, he started buying albums. As he noticed more and more record stores opening, he discovered the number of new vinyl records pressed and sold had increased more than tenfold over the past decade, resulting in a similar boom in turntable sales, and more new record stores.

Over 50,000 rare records have been archived online for your listening pleasure: Vinyl – just that little bit more natural and refined than a compressed Spotify playlist, don’t you think? And, thanks to a collaboration between New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music and the Internet Archive, you can now listen to over 50,000 rare records online. As part of the Great 78 Project, a community project for the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records, this batch represents just a small part of the 200,000 record collection that’s in the process of being digitised.

Derby tech firm comes up with new mobile phone app to digitise vinyl records, Convert Technologies claims world first with app that can convert songs on vinyl into digital files with no need for editing: The firm said that the technology is quick, easy and convenient to use, allowing people to transfer their vinyl record collection on to their phones. The app is backed by Gracenote’s database, which automatically identifies the track, album and artist information as the record is playing. The app automatically separates an album into individual tracks. The end result is a fully formed set of music files which accurately reflect the original vinyl copy.

Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ Is Coming Out on Pink Vinyl, The Urban Outfitters exclusive release is limited to 2,500 units: Fans of late-’90s pop and vinyl records rejoice: Britney Spears’ debut album, …Baby One More Time, is getting a limited release on wax. Just 2,500 pink and white swirled copies of the album will be sold exclusively through Urban Outfitters with pre-order running now and delivery planned for November. The record includes tracks that launched Spears’ career such as the chart-topping “…Baby One More Time,” “(You Drive Me) Crazy” and “Sometimes.”

My View: Deep bonds develop while sharing music: We live in a digital age and the way we listen to music has been one of the most widely utilized vehicles for this movement. Being born in the early 1960s, I’ve lived through the transition from analog to digital platforms. The first LP I owned was the Jackson 5’s Greatest Hits. As I grew older, my musical taste evolved to include such diverse acts as the Canadian power trio Rush, the legendary reggae group Black Uhuru and alternative radio favorites the Pixies. In my college years, my musical taste was influenced by my friends. I was also a DJ at the Buffalo State radio station, WBNY, and Rude Boys Roots Rock Cafe…

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In rotation: 8/16/17

Rebirth of vinyl in Japan propelled by diversification of music platforms: Japan’s electronics and entertainment giant Sony is making a move to ride this latest wave in the music industry, with Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. recently announcing it will resume pressing vinyl at Sony DADC Japan Inc., its disc-manufacturing subsidiary in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, after a 30-year hiatus. Whether because of their grainy, warmer sound or simply because vinyl makes a fashion statement, LPs and EPs are being snapped up by people but not like the old days, surely. It’s not just older fans who grew up with records that are returning to the format, but younger customers who never had the experience of putting an album on a turntable.

Party Like a Rock Star in Music Record Shop’s New Green Room and Event Space: Music Record Shop at .Zack has expanded to the space next door to provide a luxury suite, used as a spot for touring bands to host their meet-and-greets, as well as a green room. The space is also available to rent out, so now — for a price! — you and your friends can party like rock stars too. The new suite, going simply by the name “303,” is 1,500 square feet and can accommodate up to 50 people. It can host acoustic musical performances and DJ spins as well. “Luxury” is an appropriate way to describe it. The suite is furnished with lavish couches and decor and has multiple TVs and a high fidelity audio system.

1987 Week: Walking into Tower Records at age 10 kickstarted a lifelong obsession: So there I am, rendered powerless at the base of Tower Records’ proverbial mountain, a spiritual retreat promising copious genre, sub-genre, and pseudo-genre — a place where Top 40 commingles with eyebrow-raising oddities. I am standing for the first time in a music megastore, shook with the realization that my small-town obsession has worldly potential. In late 1987, Tower’s Boston location was brand-spanking new: 39,000 square-feet of retail space spread over three floors of a seven-story building designed by Frank Gehry. It was the largest physical location in the company’s evolving chain of stores, and served as anchor for the Newbury Street retail district, then a glorious mash-up of high end and bohemian.

Reconstruction of iconic Sam the Record Man signs underway: The famous Sam the Record Man signs, which were part of the landmark downtown Toronto record store for decades, are being refurbished and reconstructed. The signs will soon have a new home overlooking Yonge and Dundas Square. The original sign, which was located on the northern side of the Yonge Street store was built in 1969 and a second sign was added to the storefront in 1987. Restoration began in June and construction of the signs will begin at the new home, 277 Victoria St. The project is expected to take approximately three months to complete, explains a release.

Can hi-res music hit the right note? Some kinds of music are really not well served by the MP3 system of encoding, which is designed to preserve the elements that the human ear can hear and discard the rest. Classical music aficionados, for instance, have never been keen on that kind of sonic compression. But Qobuz, along with rivals Tidal and Deezer Elite, offers streaming of “lossless audio” that throws nothing away. The highest quality MP3 has a bit-rate of 320kbps, while a hi-res file can go as high as 9,216kbps. Music CDs are transferred at 1,411kbps. “The artists want to have their music played as it was recorded. More and more albums are in hi-resolution,” says Mr Ouzeri.

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In rotation: 8/15/17

New vinyl-only independent shop launches in Southampton 19 Aug 2017—Vinilo Record Store’s owners interviewed: Southampton is never gonna be quite as cool as Manchester or Brighton, but its music scene is more vibrant than it has ever been, and now, at last, it’s getting a new independent record shop. Exciting times. There are already three others secondhand music shops; Boo-Hoo in Northam, Back-Tracks in Woolston and the Oxfam Music shop – stocking vinyl and CD’s, but Vinilo is going to be very different. The Record Store is going to be run by Ken Robshaw and Virginia Coe – who have plenty of ‘previous’ in local music and their dream, to open their own shop, is becoming reality on 19th August 2017.

Iconic Glasgow record store celebrates 25th birthday: In recent years, Glasgow has become renowned as a city that lives and breathes electronic music, and if anyone could lay claim to providing the oxygen for its success, it’s surely Rubadub. A true institution in every sense of the word, Rubadub – on Howard Street in the city centre – is unique in not only being regarded as being a pivotal part in the emergence of Glasgow’s outstanding dance music scene, it also remains at its core…No news has been released yet of how Rubadub plan to celebrate the milestone, but they’ve told their social media followers to keep their ears to the ground for anniversary news in the next wee while.

The world’s best record shops #076: Resident, Brighton: Resident is a record shop that proves you don’t need gimmicks, flash marketing or an “angle” to be a great record shop. Doing the basics better than most, Resident opened its door in 2004, the brain child of Derry Watkins & Natasha Youngs, who first met stacking the CD shelves of the local Virgin Our Price where they worked. Now husband and wife (what better indication of the shop’s love for music could you want?), the pair set about drafting a more independent alternative in the city, evolving to stock a huge selection of genre- and generation-less new music, catalogue titles and tickets to local gigs, some of which take place in the shop itself.

Athens’ last record store closing its doors next month: Haffa’s Records in uptown Athens is closing at the end of September, the owners confirmed this weekend, ending a 40-year-plus run as uptown Athens’ go-to record store. Haffa’s is also the only record store left in Athens. Co-owner Andrew Lampela acknowledged that it was a “really tough decision to make.” However, the economics just aren’t working out in Haffa’s favor, particularly in the last few years, Lampela said Friday. “You’ve got to weigh what’s going on; the way people absorb media these days has changed particularly in the last handful of years,” he said.

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In rotation: 8/14/17

Jack White Is Releasing An Exclusive Vinyl Record That You Can Only Get By Buying Detroit Tigers Tickets: There are two things in this world that Jack White seems to love above everything else: vinyl records and baseball. Thus it was only a matter of time that he found a way to bring those two oldest America traditions together in some way shape or form. Today, the Third Man Record boss announced that he was going to release a brand new single from a group called the Dugouts titled “Strike Out.” The only catch? If you want to own a copy of the seven-inch vinyl, you have to first buy this exclusive Detroit Tigers ticket package.

Record store Antikka—The Vinyl Cafe to open on Queen West: There will soon be another place to buy vinyl along Queen West when Antikka – The Vinyl Cafe opens in mid-September. Located at 960 Queen West next to Oliver Spencer and Fred Perry, the combination coffee/record shop will offer rock, blues and jazz bin-flipping plus an old Armenian tradition of making coffee over hot sand (apparently the first of its kind in Toronto). According to owner Razmik Tchakmak, a record collector and session musician, Antikka will also feature live music on the patio starting next summer. “I have visions of Antikka becoming a hub for all sorts of artists across the Toronto area,” he says.

Iconic Hollywood record store Amoeba Music could be forced to move: Last year, Amoeba confirmed that their current premises had been sold back in October 2015 for $34 million, but said that “the building owner [sic] are open to us potentially staying longer.” These new proposals suggest that GPI are now looking to move forward with their plans for the site. The above proposals will still require approval from the city before anything is confirmed. According to the proposals, demolition would take place in mid-2019, with the building’s completion aimed for 2021. Since opening in 2001, Amoeba Music Hollywood, which covers 24,000 square feet, has become a mecca for crate-diggers. The store has two other locations in California and all three are renowned for their rarities.

World’s smallest record store is in Batchawana Bay: It’s called Oosik Records — ‘Oosik’ is the Inuit word for the bone in a walrus’ penis. The shop is an old, formerly-refrigerated meat trailer on the side of the Trans Canada Highway, about 70 km north of Sault Ste. Marie. Batchawana Bay’s Al Bjornaa started the shop in June 2017 after his uncle gave him the trailer, which now sits in his front yard. The tiny trailer is stacked from floor to ceiling with around 1,000 records, 500 tapes, 8-tracks, books, art work, old record and cassette players, stickers, patches, and other odds and ends. “We’re not a normal business,” said Bjornaa. “We’re basically open all the time.”

A new record pressing plant has opened on an island in Canada: Kaneshii Vinyl Press has launched operations on Eastern Canada’s Prince Edward Island, reports A Journal of Musical Things. Kaneshii is the latest in a series of plants opening around the country over the past year, following Microforum in Toronto and Precision Record Pressing in Burlington. Like Microforum, Kaneshii will use machines from Viryl Technologies, known for creating the world’s first fully automated pressing machines. The factory will solely press 12”s initially before expanding to 10” and 7” production later in the year.

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In rotation: 8/11/17

The Wall Street Journal Accused of Fabricating Info to Support Its Anti-Vinyl Articles: Despite growing consumer interest in vinyl, not everyone likes the format. Take Wall Street Journal’s Neil Shah, for example. He’s written two mostly negative pieces on the surge of vinyl. However, according to Analog Planet, the notably cynical writer may have fabricated quotes and made up facts to support his position against the format…Enter Analog Planet’s Michael Fremer, who investigated Shah’s claims. As Fremer points out, the facts contradict his statement. Analyzing Shah’s piece, Fremer discovered that Shah created a “phony narrative” with completely incorrect information.

Rough Trade to open store in Bristol: Rough Trade are opening a fourth store in Bristol as part of its plans to expand. The chain, which currently operates three record shops in London and Nottingham, will open its latest in a premises currently housing Rise, with which Rough Trade have previously entered a partnership. The new store will keep up the tradition of Rough Trade shops having performance spaces alongside a café and bar. A statement from Rise read: “Rise Bristol is closing the current chapter on its inspiring history, whilst making plans for the opening of an exciting new one… Rough Trade, the legendary independent music retailer, joined forces with Rise a few years ago and together will open an impressive new Rough Trade in Bristol – featuring a café, bar and incredible live music space…”

Forget the vinyl comeback. See a house stuffed with antique phonographs. Brian Gorrell spent most of his career teaching music to children, including directing the Henry Clay High School Band in the 1970s. But for the past two decades, he has sold, repaired and collected their ancestors’ mechanical music machines. The basement and garage of Gorrell’s home in Lexington is filled with about 200 acoustic phonographs dating from the 1890s through the 1920s. He also has a nickelodeon, a roller organ and other pre-phonograph music boxes.

Indy Label & Main St Mainstay, Kiam Records: For music obsessives, the idea of owning an independent record store rarely develops beyond a pipe dream. The realities of small business ownership deter most. But for singer-songwriter Jennifer O’Connor, the idea never lost its appeal. Three years after cofounding Kiam Records Shop on Main Street alongside her wife, musician Amy Bezunartea, O’Connor continues to approach the venture as something new and exciting. “Since I was a little kid, I’ve been a music obsessive,” O’Connor told Nyack News and Views. “So the store was always something I’ve played around with in the back of my mind.”

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In rotation: 8/10/17

Vancouver’s Terry Currier, Music Millennium owner, honored by city of Portland: Very few things are more “Portland” than Music Millennium. Since 1969, when it first roosted at East 32nd Avenue and Burnside Street, the stalwart record store has played an outsized role in the regional music scene. And its owner, Terry Currier, does little to challenge the idea of what kind of man owns a music lover’s mecca. His office floor is covered with vinyl records and CDs. Music from a stereo carpets the conversations there. The 62-year-old, with a curly mop of hair and a short-bristled ‘stache, looks like a throwback. He speaks with an aloofness of an accomplished rocker. Even his computer, an old block of beige plastic, somehow makes him more rock ‘n’ roll.

Plans to demolish LA’s Amoeba Records appear to be accelerating: Hollywood record store Amoeba is at risk of being demolished within the next two years , according to new planning documents released yesterday, reports Curbed LA. The development plans are the latest update in an ongoing battle to decimate the store’s building site at 6400 Sunset Blvd and turn it into a glass skyscraper with rooftop pool. Amoeba Music, which first launched as a store in Berkeley in 1990 and has been at its LA location since 2001, already reassured patrons last year via their social media that they plan on remaining a fixture of the community: “we are going to remain in our building for the duration of our lease – which is several years… We are committed to staying in Hollywood and appreciate your concern and support.”

Adam Savage Takes a Tour of Jack White’s Third Man Records Vinyl Pressing Plant In Detroit: Adam Savage of Tested visited with the amazing Jack White before taking an exciting tour of his Third Man Records storefront and new vinyl pressing plant in Detroit, Michigan. In a truly immersive tour, Adam records his “Brain Candy” song and then follows his record’s eventual process from lathe to cellophane. Bonus: Adam also chats with Jack White about how recording this way impacts the creative process!

Triumph celebrates rock ‘n’ roll heritage with special edition vinyl and turntable: Iconic British motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, has created its own vinyl record and turntable, inspired by the rock ‘n’ roll heritage of its street range of bikes. The record deck, made in conjunction with legendary British maker, Rega, takes its inspiration directly from the Street Cup model, which is a modern-day street racer harking back to the café racer machines of the 1960s…The vinyl album has been pressed by Triumph music partner Flying Vinyl and is entitled ‘Racing the Record’. This title is a nod to the original 1960s café racer practice of selecting a record on a café’s jukebox and racing to a predetermined point and back before the song ended.

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In rotation: 8/9/17

World-famous store Rough Trade is coming to Bristol to replace much-loved independent shop after 8 years: One of Bristol’s most popular independent record stores has announced that it is closing its doors after eight years. But it’s not all bad news for the city’s music fans as Bristol has been chosen as the place for a brand new Rough Trade record store. Rise Records opened on Queens Road in 2009 but it will close at the end of the summer, along with the Friska cafe on the ground floor. The two-storey Clifton building has been bought by award-winning cocktail bar The Alchemist. Friska is relocating to Park Street and Rise Records will be absorbed by Rough Trade, which is opening a huge new site in Nelson Street, close to Broadmead.

Turntable sales reach $98 million in the US, with cheap faux-vintage decks coming out on top: Turntable sales between February 2016 – February 2017 have hit the $98 million mark in the USA, reports NPD Group. Innovative Technology Electronics who own Victrola took top honours, followed by Crosley Radio. Though the report didn’t detail the sales breakdown of turntable models, both companies primarily sell cheap all-in-one record players in a suitcase, which have speakers built in and unspeakable cartridge tracking force that can ruin your records.

First Look at The Vinyl Room Bar and Record Store: A new craft beer bar and record store is about to open in the Village of Wappingers Falls and we have your very first look. Owner John Kihlmire says the Vinyl Room is unlike anything the Hudson Valley has ever seen. This one-of-a-kind store will allow its customers to spend your time flipping through vintage record albums and playing classic arcade games while enjoying craft beer and wine. This unique business has been under construction on East Main St. in the Village of Wappingers for the past few months and is now almost set to open. Kihlmire says The Vinyl Room will probably be open later this month. Doors will open from noon until the evening every day of the week except for Mondays.

Give me the B side!: …Sometimes I liked the so-called B-side better than the A-side. I still remember playing The Beatles’ first huge American hit “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — a pleasant enough song and the only song I’d heard from The Beatles at the time. Then, I flipped the record over and wow! I heard Paul McCartney’s soulful Little Richard imitation on “I Saw Her Standing There,” with George Harrison’s rocking guitar solo and Ringo Starr providing the bouncing backbeat at which he was so adept. John Lennon’s voice harmonized with McCartney’s on parts of the song with an Everly Brothers-type blend.

Massive vinyl records sale has music from ABBA to ZZ Top: More than 25,000 vinyl records will be available to collectors and music lovers at the Sunshine Coast Record Fair on Sunday, August 13. Wax Buildup’s Mark Grounds will host his 17th record fair on the Coast at Buddina State School Hall, near Kawana Shoppingworld’s Coles (northern) entrance, from 9am-3pm. He said stallholders from as far away as Sydney would be bringing about 40 tables full of music on vinyl and CDs for sale from as little as $1 each. Music featured is anything and everything from ABBA to ZZ Top and every genre.

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In rotation: 8/8/17

Iowa music store sees success with popularity of vinyl: Weird Harold’s in Burlington has been selling music since 1972, and a good portion of that has been classic rock from the 1960s. “We would have bands come into the store and take pictures and sign autographs, but you don’t see a lot of that anymore,” said Weird Harold’s owner Danny Bessine. Ironically enough, Bessine, 69, didn’t listen to a lot of music during the 1960s. He was in high school at the time, and had a lot of other things on his mind. But music is unavoidable at any age, and he remembers the soundtrack to his teenage life.

Grant Smithies opens record shop in the Free House beer garden: A record shop has sprung up in the unlikely setting of a Nelson beer garden. Avid vinyl collector Grant Smithies has opened Family Jewels Records with his wife, artist Josephine Cachemaille, in the Free House beer garden. He said Family Jewels Records was “possibly the only record shop in the world that’s in a beer garden”. Free House owner Eelco Boswijk had used the small garden office, but readily agreed with Smithies’ idea of turning it into a record store. Smithies has held regular vinyl fairs at the Free House. But he reckoned the city was “desperate” for a record store after Everyman Records closed down three years ago.

Weathering a sea change in industry, Yep Roc Records marks 15 years: “Back in 2000, something like the Tift Merritt record we just put out would have us focused on chain stores for CD sales through traditional publicity and radio,” he said. “We still do that. But now there’s also satellite radio, Pandora, digital downloads for single songs, album downloads, streaming, artist-direct sales at venues, artist-direct sales from their website, label-direct sales from our website, vinyl. There’s more to keep track of. But it all adds up to a healthy music business where we hope to give consumers the choices they want. That’s the goal.”

Q&A with Plan 9 Music’s owner: “Our love of music and various music-related backgrounds drove us to seek work in a record store….Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, folks used to shop as a way to spend time, as well as their money. The act of shopping was a pursuit in itself. Nowadays, consumers are definitely more prudent in their spending as lifestyles, tastes and technologies have changed. We got into record selling during the early to mid-1980s right at the end of vinyl production and the dawn of the compact disc. Now here we are again, back to selling LP vinyl records. Only in this business can change also be a reversion!”

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In rotation: 8/7/17

Stanton Man’s Record Store Thriving: In the small city of Stanton, Brian Osbourne says his record store holds endless gems for music lovers. “It’s just music has touched me so much in different ways and it talked to me and helped through certain times of my life. It’s just that I’d like to share that with people too,” said Osbourne. With the help of his wife, Osbourne opened up Backstage Past and is celebrating one year of being open. While CDs and shirts are items offered, vinyl records are his prized merchandise.

More Than Mere Commerce, Buffalo’s Record Store Culture: Buffalo is a record lover’s town. Marc Weinstein, one of the co-founders of Amoeba Records (the world’s largest independent record store), is a Buffalo native and a former Record Theatre employee. We’ve always had several independent record stores to choose from, each serving its own niche. But in keeping with national trends, Buffalo’s record store scene has suffered some major losses over the past decade starting with the closing of Home of the Hits, followed by New World Record, Spiral Scratch, and now Record Theatre. These closings aren’t just signs of bad business for Buffalo, they are losses for our arts community.

Fans Flock to Oakland Record Store for Green Day Pop-up Shop: Green Day fans showed up in force to 1-2-3-4! Go Records in Oakland on Thursday, hoping to get some exclusive merchandise ahead of the rock band’s homecoming concert at the Oakland Coliseum. Famous for songs such as “American Idiot” and “Good Riddance,” Green Day formed in 1986 and has been performing ever since. The pop up is part of a two-day celebratory event for the the latest album, titled Revolutionary Radio. It will be open until 8 p.m. Friday. Some fans drove for more than an hour to get to the shop, lured by the prospect of T-shirts and limited edition memorabilia, including notebooks and skateboards.

A year and still spinning: Novel Idea Bookstore & More owner Brenda Whitaker had a lot of used vinyl records. So several months ago, she came up with an idea. She decided to create a floor with about 600 vinyl records at the Granite City bookstore, 1400 Niedringhaus Ave. “At the (Alfresco) arts center, I did a bar top with pennies, so I mozaiced a bar top with pennies,” Whitaker said. “I had all of these albums that were scratched or of no use and I couldn’t do anything with them, so I thought what I’m going to do with all of these albums that I can’t sell. So I thought I might as well mozaic the floor like I did the bar top.” …At Novel Idea Bookstore & More, patrons can buy candy, used clothes and LPs and read a book. The business is divided into seven sections — the Book Nook, Sweet Treats, For The Record, Youtopia, Wee-SALE, Daisy’s, and the Story Room.

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