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

In rotation: 3/28/17

The world’s best record shops #062: Northside Records, Melbourne: Northside has been burning the flame for the inner city suburb of Fitzroy for over 10 years since it opened doors back in 2002. Owned by DJ CHRIS GIL, an encyclopaedia of the local and international soul scene, the store is often referred to as Melbourne’s home of new soul music. Chris also runs a weekly radio show on 3RRR pushing sounds stocked and supported via the store. Hosting an expansive selection of second hand records, the store is well-stocked in funk, soul, library music, beats, disco, jazz, afrobeat, hip hop and the funkier side of electronica.

Party to mark David’s Music product list launch ahead of Record Store Day is a huge hit! The free party at the much-loved store on Eastcheap saw indie-folk duo the Worry Dolls wow the audience – as a good number of music lovers gathered to help mark David’s official product list of limited vinyl to be released on this year’s RSD, which takes place on Saturday, April 22…Record Store Day is when more than 200 independent record stores across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture.

Total Drag record store expanding: Total Drag Records is officially expanding. The shop’s long-anticipated growth into the neighboring space formerly occupied by Common Sense began in earnest Sunday night, when owners Dan Nissen and Liz McGreevy-Nissen began clearing out the shop and preparing to paint. Common Sense officially opened into a new space of its own, offering a wider range of blown glass products and vape supplies just around the corner at 400 S. Second Ave. Total Drag has been a prime spot for all-ages concerts since 2014 in the small space at 307. E. 12th St. Packed houses and sellouts are common as nationally-touring bands stop through between gigs in larger cities.

Vinyl records business finds permanent home at Scunthorpe Market: A vinyl record seller believes he has found a gap in the market in Scunthorpe. Paul Bird, 55, has been selling records for five years at various events across the region with his pop-up business Birds Nest Records, but now has a permanent home at Scunthorpe Market. The Hull record seller has taken a stall for two days a week at the market. “It is a really funny market – in Hull I can’t sell Elvis, here I can sell Elvis. “So in Hull I can pick up Elvis for a pound and sell it over here for £3.

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In rotation: 3/27/17

New vinyl outlet coming to Allentown: A new record store is preparing to open in Allentown. SuperMonkey Recording Co., a local record label, will debut a new store at 813 E. Warrington Avenue on April 22, which is also Record Store Day. Working with a Hilltop Alliance New Business Grant, SuperMonkey will sell a mix of music and merchandise of the artists on its label as well as that of newly printed, national releases. The store will also include a ticket counter for upcoming local concerts along with a selection of guitars and other musical equipment.

Thunder Bay indie record store welcomes Sunrise, Jason Wellwood of New Day says stores in town collaborate to help customers find what they want: The owner of an independent record store in Thunder Bay, Ont., says he welcomes news that Sunrise Records is opening in the city and committing to carrying a large selection of vinyl. New Day Records and Accessories owner Jason Wellwood told CBC he and the staff of the old HMV store used to work together to help customers find what they wanted, and he hopes to have the same relationship with Sunrise. “My clients don’t just like the weird obscure stuff that you’re not going to find at Sunrise,” he said.

Huge event planned at Jacaranda Records for Record Store Day: The Jacaranda has been one of the cornerstones of Liverpool’s music industry for almost 60 years, so it seems fitting it’s hosting an event for Record Store Day this year. The Beatles are known to have strong links with the famous Jacaranda basement and still years on it hosts Liverpool artist and music lovers. This year, they have tripled the amount of releases that they did last year and have three floors of almost 15,000 vinyls, (“Vinyls” is not a word. —Ed.) many of which will are from Liverpool artists.

TV presenter Lauren Laverne and big-name band to appear at Vinyl Tap for BBC live show, Laverne will be hosting her BBC 6 Music show from the Huddersfield record store: There will also be an as-yet-unnamed but big-name band playing live from Vinyl Tap as part of the show. The show ties in with Record Story Day, the following day, where independent record shops, including Vinyl Tap, will be stocking a range of rare records. Vinyl Tap, a treasure trove for record collectors, learned the news a week ago – but owners were sworn to secrecy until it was announced by DJ Steve Lamacq on his BBC radio show on Tuesday.

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In rotation: 3/24/17

Northfield Record Store Set to Close Their Doors for Good: There will be one less record store open for business when Record Store Day 2017 rolls around on April 22nd. This special day is partially responsible for a recent resurgence in good old vinyl. The Press of Atlantic City is reporting that Tunes located in the Center Point Plaza shopping center on Rt. 9 will be closing its doors for good this Sunday (March 26).

Defend Vinyl’s Graham Jones – “I’d always wanted to open a record shop”: With Defend Vinyl having opened its doors on Smithdown Road, Getintothis’ Paul Higham met with Graham Jones to chat all things record shop related. If there has been much talk of the vinyl revival in recent years then equally Smithdown Road is currently experiencing something of a renaissance, with a number of exciting new businesses opening and thriving in the vibrant south Liverpool thoroughfare. Late in 2016 the twin forces coalesced with the opening of a new record shop catering exclusively to Liverpool’s vinyl enthusiasts, Defend Vinyl.

Sunrise Record Store Coming To Lansdowne Place Mall: Sunrise: Canada’s Record Store has updated their list of locations they’re expanding to, and it now includes Lansdowne Place Mall in Peterborough. Sunrise—which features independent music on CD and vinyl, DVD movies and pop culture toys, games and apparel—made the announcement of updated locations, including LP, on Wednesday (March 22nd). No word yet when exactly it is opening at LP, but new stores start rolling out in April. This is great news for the mall, which recently lost HMV when it went bankrupt and closed its stores across Canada. Part of Sunrise’s success will be capitalizing on the resurgence of vinyl.

Vinyl Records? – Right on!: Among the old buildings of the Herndon Historic District sit the town’s Depot Museum, the Washington and Old Dominion Caboose and the Old Town Hall. Nearby, a new store has opened across the street that sells an invention that would seem to fit in, since it was conceived during the late 1800s. Next to the Roaches in the Attic antique store on Elden Street is a new vinyl record store. While listening to music from the spiral grooves of a vinyl is a timeworn occurrence, the young proprietor of the small store does not consider his wares to be antiquities. Garin Pappas, 23, opened Right On! Records and started selling, buying and exchanging 12-inch albums in a small space on the second floor of 731 Elden St. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony took place on Sunday, March 12.

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In rotation: 3/23/17

Record Store Day 2017 promises over 500 vinyl releases: From Adam Franklin to The Zombies, there are loads of great Record Store Day deals in the pipeline this year. With over 500 releases listed on the RSD website (also downloadable as a 69-page PDF), including exclusives from Animal Collective, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips and a re-release of the Space Jam soundtrack, you’re sure to find something you like. The event on Saturday 22nd April marks the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, spanning a remarkable upturn in vinyl’s fortunes. Organisers are hopeful that this year’s sales will top the previous high.

Merchant Vinyl Company Launches Affordable, Efficient Record Pressing for Everybody: Recently launched, Merchant Vinyl Company aims to be the go-to spot for the independent music community’s vinyl pressing needs. Founded by Garrett Wadford after growing frustrated with the many hassles of pressing vinyl for his burgeoning punk rock label, Wadford’s goal with starting MVC was to make the entire process easier, faster, more efficient and more affordable for everybody. Garrett then brought on co-owners John Meloche and Lenneke Knape to help him carry out his vision.

How Discogs Dragged Record Collecting Into the 21st Century: Discogs is showing no sign of slowing down. In 2016 alone, their database grew by 12%, bringing their total number of listings up to over 8,000,000; it was also a record-breaking year for sales, with 6,691,144 vinyl records sold, and a 26% increase across formats. According to the company, some labels even refer to the company’s annual report to figure out what records from their catalog are worth repressing.

Sun begins to set on Lokananta: Lokananta is the oldest recording studio in Indonesia. The company’s premises are not as good as those of newer recording firms as, from the outside, Lokananta looks dull and dirty. However, 40,000 tapes and vinyl records with historical value from various genres are stored inside. As the country’s first recording studio, built in 1956, Lokananta became a pioneer of Indonesian music recording. It served as a national hero when two Indonesian songs — “Terang Bulan” (Moonlight) and “Rasa Sayange” (Love) — were claimed by other countries. When the Pendet dance was claimed by Malaysia, Lokananta came to the rescue by proving that the dance originated in Bali.

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In rotation: 3/22/17

Record Store Day 2017: Exclusive Releases Revealed: Today (Mar. 21), Record Store Day 2017 revealed its list of exclusive releases. This year, on Apr. 22, RSD will celebrate its 10th anniversary with St. Vincent as its ambassador. Previous ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Jack White, Metallica and many others. This year’s official RSD list includes top titles from artists like late legends David Bowie (a three disc LP and box) and Prince (seven reissues of 12″ maxi-singles from the ’80s). Elsewhere, one of the more amusing titles is The Cubs Won It All In 2016, a 7″ vinyl of the celebratory song that was written, recorded and released hours after the Chicago Cubs won Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

Ten records you might actually want to buy on Record Store Day: Ever wanted the new Little Mix album on pink vinyl? Then you’re in luck. The band are releasing a special neon edition of Glory Days for Record Store Day 2017, in the hope it will tempt you into a nearby vinyl emporium. They’re among 500-plus artists supporting the 10th annual Record Store Day – with David Bowie, Madonna and Babymetal all joining the fun. Best of all, Aqua are celebrating 20 years of Barbie Girl by re-issuing their global smash in a plastic sleeve. Why? Because “life in plastic, it’s fantastic”.

Three Day Vinyl Record Sale at Ore Dock Brewing Company: Beginning at 12pm on Wednesday, March 22 until Friday, March 24 at 1am, a three-day vinyl record sale will be held at the Ore Dock Brewing Company at 114 W. Spring street in downtown Marquette. This event will take place in the 2nd floor community room and is presented by the NMU Vinyl Record Club. Come and browse through thousands of collectible & new vinyl records up for sale along with CDs, concert posters, movie posters & gig-posters. The public is invited to bring their vintage vinyl for sale or trade.

Make a trip to this sneaky good record store tucked away in North Georgia: You will need to make a list outlining every hole in your collection, true. But Eric’s Records might just be worth it. The record store, located at 811 Highway 441 N. in the Georgia Mountain Market, reportedly has 20,000 plus old vinyl records, and they are extensively cataloged, priced according to their condition fairly, with multiple issues of all kinds of famous records. If you like the Beatles’ “Abbey Road”, for instance, you can compare three records at three prices (Best, Better and Good) that reflect a commitment to a decent exchange.

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In rotation: 3/21/17

Robert Forster, Mark Gable Sign Up As Record Store Day 2017 Ambassadors: Record Store Day in Australia has announced their first ambassadors for 2017. More ambassadors will be announced in a few days. Record Store Day is a once-a-year unmissable day for all music lovers. This year it’s celebrating 10 years with a record number of participating indie record stores. Set for Saturday 22 April more than 170 indie music stores around Australia will throw open their doors to live music, DJs spinning the vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting and, of course, the legendary vinyl crate digging.

The Record Store in Park Mall, Ashford, expands: An old school vinyl record store has been such a success in Ashford, the owners have had to move into a bigger store. Father and daughter duo, Vincent and Tahlula Monticelli, opened The Record Store in a small kiosk in Park Mall in September last year. But now, as business is booming, the pair have moved their stock of records, CDs and music memorabilia into a bigger unit a few metres away. Tahlula, 21, explained: “My dad raised me on records so I’ve had a love for them forever. “My mum told him to do something with his record collection or she’d kick him out because it was taking up most of the house. “So he suggested opening up a record shop, and it’s just been brilliant.

After 32 years, Record Theatre’s University Plaza store to close: The Buffalo area is about to be down to a single Record Theatre location. A week after the death of the company’s founder, Leonard Silver, Transcontinent Record Sales has announced that it will close the store in the University Plaza on Main Street in Amherst on March 26. “What this really is about is consolidation, not closing,” said Brandon Delmont, head buyer for the Record Theatre stores. “We will be taking all that’s left of the stock from the University Plaza location and bringing it down to our flagship store at 1800 Main St. (at Lafayette) and essentially making one superstore.”

Vinyl records ‘taking off’ in mid-Michigan: It would happen several times a day, without fail. Music lovers and record fanatics would come into B’s Music Shop, located in uptown Mt. Pleasant, asking for vinyl records. According to the store’s Google ad listing, vinyl records were a part of its featured merchandise. However, that was not the case. “Almost 10-15 people would come in and ask us where they were and I’d have to tell them that we actually don’t,” said owner Brian Hansen. “I felt bad and that was a ton of business we were missing out on.”

Tributes to beloved record shop owner Darren Sawchuk pouring in online: A beloved Winnipeg record shop owner and Tragically Hip cover band frontman has died. Online tributes are pouring in for Darren Sawchuk, who passed away early Saturday. After being diagnosed with cancer, Sawchuk quit his job as a lawyer, bought 25,000 records and opened Vinyl Revival. And he didn’t stop there…”He wrapped people into a safe environment,” Lannon said, “with the understanding, what have you got to lose? … Grab your guitar, let’s go in the back, let’s do this right now … let’s not wait.”

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In rotation: 3/20/17

Sam the Record Man sign to spin again near Yonge Dundas Square: The iconic signage that once adorned Sam the Record Man’s flagship store on Yonge Street will get a new home this summer, with Ryerson University taking further steps to ensure the signs will shine bright over Yonge-Dundas Square, a stone’s throw from where they once stood. The university has enlisted Sunset Neon to restore the massive signs and install them atop 277 Victoria St. Work is expected to begin this spring and the signs are expected to be up by the end of summer. The main sign, a 15-by-11-metre behemoth, features two neon spinning discs and will be a familiar sight to anyone who wandered through downtown Yonge from the 1960s through 2000s.

Female-run Chesterfield record store rides the crest of the vinyl revival: Record shops are back in fashion – and Chesterfield has its very own temple to the turntable. Tall Bird Records on Soresby Street has now been going three and a half years. And now its owner, Maria Harris, is attracting attention as one of a small but growing number of female vinyl entrepreneurs. Maria, 53, said: “I suppose I am quite a rare breed. “Vinyl is generally a very male preserve but it can also be a selling point. “On balance the majority of my customers are men but there are more and more women who come in as well.”

From Bowie to Beatles – the rare records that could fetch you £8,000 at auction: If you were a proud owner of a turntable back in the sixties, there’s a chance you may have a few old vinyls (“Vinyls” is not a word. —Ed.) collecting dust in storage – but it could be time to dig them out. New research has revealed the most expensive LPs ever to sell – and own – with the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen worth an astonishing £8,600, in original mint condition. Other fabulously valuable finds include hits from The Beatles, the late David Bowie and jazz legend Kenny Dorham – which in working state, could cash you in a huge £2,343.78. Here’s our pick of the top 10.

Numark launches new affordable direct-drive turntable, NTX1000: Numark has unveiled a new affordable direct-drive turntable, the NTX1000. Designed from the ground up, it features an S-shaped tonearm with height adjustment, damped cueing, three pitch ranges (± 8, 16, and 50%) and is built to be resistant to heavy vibrations and external feedback. Numark are the latest brand following Pioneer and Denon in trying to step into the gap left by Technics, whose new SL-1200GR deck has priced out many DJs. As the company says: “Numark recognizes your need for a professional turntable that capitalizes on the resurgent popularity of vinyl for DJ gigs. But we’re mindful that you need for both versatility and value. The NTX1000 gives you everything you’re looking for.”

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In rotation: 3/17/17

Sunrise Records returning to Pen Centre, Record store chain will take over HMV lease: Shortly after music giant HMV entered bankruptcy and announced it would be closing up shop in Canada, Ancaster-based record store chain Sunrise Records revealed it will be buying out the leases of at least 70 of the former locations. Company president Doug Putnam said the St. Catharines store in the Pen Centre will be one of those locations. “With HMV closing, a big hole is left in the market,” said Putnam. “I think Canada needs a physical music retailer coast to coast. This seemed like a good opportunity and the timing is right.”

Music Record Shop makes new noise in Grand Center: Music Record Shop has some fancy new digs. The record store, specializing in vinyl and CDs, relocated from 4191 Manchester Avenue in the Grove neighborhood to the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s plush .ZACK Performing Arts Incubator at 3224 Locust Street (the Cadillac Building) in Grand Center. Music Record Store opened in January in its new location and this month had a grand opening that doubled as an album release celebration for St. Louis metal band Final Drive.

Fate of Iconic Record Store Sign at Center of Struggle Between Owner and City: Just two weeks after launching an online petition to pressure the city to help in designating the World Famous VIP Records sign as a historic landmark, the owner of the record store has launched a separate petition seeking to block what he’s calling the city’s “illegal” attempt to brand the iconic sign with historic status. Kelvin Anderson, owner and operator of VIP Records for nearly 40 years, claims that Mayor Robert Garcia and the city are proceeding with an attempt to classify the sign—made famous when it was featured in the 1993 music video for Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I (What’s My Name)”—as historic, which could effectively strip him of any rights he has to the sign.

Cassette Tapes And Vinyl Making A Comeback With Younger Generations: This isn’t a throwback; it’s 2017 and cassette tapes are back. Chris Jacques runs a small independent music label in Winnipeg that primarily works with cassettes. He’s produced tapes for musicians all over the world. It’s a trend that is popular particularly among newer bands. “They’ve grown up with CD’s and digital, that’s boring. Tapes are interesting, they’re neat, they’re compact,” Jacques from Dub Ditch Picnic Records said. He also noted that tapes are an easy and cost effective way to share music. “You’re always going to have a percentage of people who want to own something, that want to look at what they have.”

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In rotation: 3/16/17

Q&A: Kevn Kinney of Drivin’ N Cryin’ talks vinyl, folk music, legacy: “’Best Of Songs’ is an album with the best of our five EPs. It actually just came out on CD last month but vinyl sells better than anything else these days. People don’t buy as many CDs because they mostly download music or stream it. If they want to buy a physical copy, they like to by vinyl because vinyl is chic, popular now. But, vinyl also sounds amazing. A lot of people have record players again. Having vinyl is kind of a trendy-hip thing to do but it also looks cool because you get the full-on album cover. I prefer vinyl. I personally don’t own a CD player or a steaming device. I only listen to vinyl at home.

Paul McCartney to release 3-track Record Store Day cassette: Paul McCartney has announced that he’ll release a three-track cassette for this year’s Record Store Day. Titled Flowers In The Dirt – The Cassette Demos With Elvis Costello, the limited edition release features I Don’t Want To Confess, Shallow Grave and Mistress & Maid which were all recorded in 1989. It’ll be on sale on April 22 and comes after the re-launch of the Flowers In The Dirt Archive Collection, which will arrive on March 24. McCartney says: “The demos are red hot off the skillet and that’s why we wanted to include them on this boxed set.

Anton Newcombe named UK Record Store Day Champion: Given the psychedelic band’s prolific output – that’s five albums in the last three years and two of those have been in the last six months – the choice of Newcombe is an apposite choice. Speaking on a specially filmed video to celebrate the upcoming vinyl orgy of limited edition releases and major labels clogging up production at vinyl pressing plants, Newcombe extols the pleasures of the your independent record store. “Independent record stores are still a source of community and cultural centres. We’re living in time of MP3s and people hoarding things and downloading so much stuff… the record experience could be more personal,” he explained.

Help Musicians UK becomes official charity partner of Record Store Day 2017: Independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), has been named the official charity partner of Record Store Day 2017…“We’re thrilled to partner with Record Store Day in such a milestone year for the event – its 10th birthday. We encourage everyone across the UK to get involved this year,” said Richard Robinson, chief executive of HMUK. “Visit a store, embrace the unique culture, and donate to the work that HMUK is doing to support musicians and those in the industry at every stage in their career. Record Store Day is a powerful reminder to value our musicians so that they can continue to thrive.”

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In rotation: 3/15/17

New record shop Bordello A Parigi opens in Amsterdam: Bordello A Parigi has been operating as an online shop, record label and clothing brand since 2011. Yesterday (12 March), “after a lot of blood, sweat and beers,” the owners finally realised their dream of opening a physical space in the Dutch capital. Inside you can expect a strong selection of dancefloor-aimed 12″s and electronic long players plus the Bordello A Parigi fashion line. Have a browse of the online shop for more clues as to what’s in-store.

16 record shops owned by women you should visit, More and more women are opening record stores and selling vinyl: Husband-and-wife team Stevie and Jamie Freeman opened Union Music Store in 2010 – a bold move post recession that turned out to be well worth the risk. “I think women should be brave and open shops that sell music, but they don’t have to be afraid to mix it up with other retail, focus on the stuff they love and be a specialist in a genre – we do folk, country and Americana,” Stevie says. “Times are changing, women in the music business are becoming more present: there are more DJs, more producers, sound techs and so on. And so it should be.

800 Copies: Meet The World’s Most Obsessive Fan Of ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’: Yet the most atypical obsession of those five decades may be that of veteran music publicist and longtime Velvets fan Mark Satlof, who collects original pressings of the album. He owns more than 800 of them – he’s actually not sure exactly how many – which are neatly filed on shelves in his study. They account for an estimated 1 percent of all copies manufactured in the U.S. before March 1969. A first mono pressing, still in its shrink wrap? Check. Promo copies — both the version with the yellow label and the much rarer, white-label edition? Natch.

Aldi’s vintage-looking vinyl record player is £170 cheaper than posh version – can you tell the difference? Discount supermarket Aldi has started selling a vintage-looking vinyl record player that looks exactly like posh alternatives – but at a much lower price tag. The 3-speed turntable with built-in stereo speakers, which comes in a red or blue colour, will be in Aldi stores from 16 March. It looks remarkably similar to the Crosley Bermuda Dansette, which is sold by John Lewis, Urban Outfitters and Amazon, for around £230. Aldi’s version costs £59.99 – a massive £170 discount. The supermarket claims that its cut-price version is “identical in specification” to competitor models.

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