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

In rotation: 4/23/18

Vertigo, Dodds and more celebrate Record Store Day: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local record stores in Grand Rapids celebrated Record Store Day on April 21. Record Store Day was started in 2008 as a way for the staff, customers and artists to come together and celebrate the unique culture of record stores. On the day, there are also special vinyl and CD releases. Vertigo Music recognized the holiday with stacks of new and used records for sale. The store brought out over 800 used records for customers to purchase. Corner Record Shop in Grandville joined in the celebration with live music in the store all day. Also in Grand Rapids, Third Man Records’ Rolling Record Store was parked outside the GRAM in honor of Record Store Day. Third Man Records is a Nashville based record store that has a mobile store.

SLIDESHOW: Atomic Pop Shop celebrates Record Store Day: BATON ROUGE, LA – People lined up early Saturday morning to help a local record store owner celebrate her last Record Store Day in Baton Rouge. The Atomic Pop Shop record store on Government Street, which was set to close after the end of May, will remain open after being purchased by new owners. The store’s previous owner, Kerry Beary, is moving her operation to Charlotte, North Carolina despite the record store’s success in Baton Rouge. “I’m sad to leave, but excited for the opportunity in Charlotte.” Beary said sales at The Atomic Pop Shop, which first opened in 2011, increased by 20 percent each year. She also said 2017 was the shop’s most successful year ever. She hopes to have an operation similar to her colorful record store once she relocates to Charlotte.

Grimey’s celebrates last Record Store Day at 8th Avenue before moving to East Nashville: Hundreds flocked to Grimey’s for the annual tradition of Record Store Day, the last the 8th Avenue staple will celebrate on the west side of the Cumberland River. The day had added weight for many as the store prepares for a move to East Nashville. “It’s good they’re moving. They need the space, but it’s special for me to be here on the last one,” said James Bonomo, a record junkie who waited in line two hours for an exclusive Grant Green vinyl. And the day felt anything but sad. If there’s one thing Grimey’s has been able to create in its time at its 8th Avenue location, it’s a party. And co-owner Doyle Davis said this year’s celebration of the independent record store holiday was meant to be one of the best it has thrown in the last 11 years.

Red Deer record store celebrates its last Record Store Day, The Soundhouse, a guitar and record shop in downtown Red Deer, closes its doors next Saturday: A Red Deer record store celebrated its last Record Store Day a week before it closes its doors for good. Mike Williamson and Davin Kemshed have operated The Soundhouse, a guitar and record shop in downtown Red Deer for eight years. The initial plan was to close the store Saturday, on Record Store Day. But they decided to wait until Saturday, April 28. Kemshed said some people have expressed interest in buying whatever vinyl inventory is left after the store closes. “We haven’t been too concerned about that yet,” he added. Records are still a very popular way people listen to music, Kemshed said.

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In rotation: 4/20/18

Record Store Day 2018 all about vinyl, Jack White and keeping indie-shops spinning: As if the craziness surrounding Record Store Day wasn’t enough, vinyl aficionado Jack White will be in Grand Rapids performing during the celebration of independent record stores on Saturday, with a “Rolling Record Store” in tow. In addition to White’s 20 Monroe Live sold-out tour stop on Saturday night, the Detroit native’s Third Man Records will set up shop outside the Grand Rapids Art Museum during the day Saturday, selling merch and exclusive vinyl. The mobile “Rolling Record Store” will be open again near 20 Monroe during and after White’s show. But Third Man’s presence in Grand Rapids Saturday is just the tip of the needle when it comes to Record Store Day.

Adelaide: Record Store Day will see the city spinning out over vinyl: For lovers of vinyl, Saturday is bigger than Christmas. Music collectors will be lining up across Adelaide to get their hands on rare re-issues and special releases being dropped as part of the global Record Store Day. The event, which began in 2008 to support independent music retailers, has been embraced by record labels and grows bigger every year as more people return to vinyl. For Matt Horvath, owner of Clarity Records on Pulteney St, Record Store Day will run for 24 hours from midnight Friday. If history repeats, Mr Horvath expects a line down the street as he prepares to open. “There’s so much coming out,” Mr Horvath said.

Local record shops to celebrate Record Store Day UK: IT’S that time of year again when music lovers flock to support their local independent record store, in a celebration of their unique culture. Over 200 independent record shops across the UK come together, with the chance to sell the special vinyl releases which are made exclusive for the day. Many shops go one step further and host a programme of events for the day, with artists putting on live performances, or DJs taking to the decks. One such store is Fives Records in Leigh’s Broadway, which has handed over the events organisation to the Middle Age Spread DJ crew, something which has now become tradition.

This Saturday is WMG’s Record Store Day Record Store Crawl: Audiophiles, record enthusiasts, and music lovers are invited to join Warner Music Group’s third annual series of official Record Store Crawls, happening over the next few months in various cities in the U.S. and – for the very first time – Europe. The first of this year’s Crawls will take place in both New York City and Berlin on Record Store Day, April 21st, while the remainder of the Crawls will take place from May through October. This year, Record Store Crawl will release exclusive vinyl to coincide with the Crawls. Attendees will be among the first to have access to the limited-edition releases, which will hit shelves at indie retailers across the U.S. during each Crawl. Participants will be escorted by bus to some of each city’s best record stores, with performances from various artists along the way. Tickets can be purchased at www.recordstorecrawl.com.

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In rotation: 4/19/18

Your Austin Record Store Day field guide: Record Store Day is around the corner, and in its 11th year, it’s popularity is ever-increasing. Vinyl album sales in the United States increased by more than 1,000 percent over the past ten years. And junkies line up at stores’ openings to get their hands on rare and special releases from artists spanning all genres. It’s not unusual to be greeted by fellow eager fans, shop owners, music performances, free food and drink and more…“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day,” organizers of Record Store Day said.

Your guide to Record Store Day Chicago 2018: Put the needle down and let the music flow: It’s time for the 2018 Record Store Day (RSD), held on Saturday April 21. RedEye has your guide for events at record stores around Chicago as well as releases featuring local musicians. For RSD, RedEye talked with Drew Mitchell, the co-owner of Pilsen’s 606 Records. When he opened the store in 2015 with Tim Unsell, Mitchell put his own collection (gathered over two decades) on sale. He now travels the world scoping out record stores and shares his love of music — and the vinyl format — with fans from near and far who stop by 606 Records, which also releases its own albums.

Vinyl Destination: San Diego Celebrates RSD: If record collecting is your thing, your very own holiday is right around the corner: The 11th annual Record Store Day (RSD) touches down at more than 240 independent music shops all across the globe on Saturday, April 21. Here in San Diego, there’s a great selection of stores to find the myriad wax treasures about to be rained down on the masses from both indie and major record labels alike. Hundreds of new, reissued, or exclusive titles will be offered up — many in small, limited pressings. Originally designed to appeal to collectors and support independent stores, RSD now attracts more than its share of resellers looking to make a quick buck…While the environment surrounding RSD has changed over the years, it still represents one of the biggest days of the year for local shops and it’s difficult to criticize an event that helps pay their bills. So, in that spirit, if you’re heading out on Saturday around town, make a point to return to those stores with some frequency throughout the year (if you’re not in the habit of doing that already).

Savannah: Record Store Day 2018–Celebrate indie business and music with some major retail therapy: Record Store Day, the occasion when vinyl collectors rush their local music shops in search of limited edition treasures, is upon us once more. In lieu of Black Friday roughhousing—wouldn’t want to shatter a jackalope antler at Graveface or crack a KISS bobble head at Rody’s—lies friendly competition and communing between musically-minded Savannahians. Best of all, Record Store Day, which was created in 2007 by a group of independent record store owners, literally exists to support small, local businesses and communities. It’s a way to celebrate the way music brings folks together through special events, rare picks, and killer sales. Among the pickers at this year’s participating locations, you’re sure to rub elbows with Savannah’s listening elite: the DJs of WRUU 107.5, Savannah Soundings Community Radio. We asked the station’s spinners to share their top RSD 2018 picks.

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In rotation: 4/18/18

Here are the best events in Miami for Record Store Day 2018: Whether you own a record player or not, Record Store Day is an occasion to look forward to. The international music holiday—happening this Saturday, April 21—is a chance for independent record stores around the world to showcase limited edition releases, host live music and in-store signings and throw some pretty awesome shindigs. In Miami, Record Store Day has become a pretty big deal with no shortage of options to keep you bouncing around town. Below we’ve compiled some of what you can look forward to this Saturday.

Record Store Day Seattle: The ultimate guide to RSD 2018 deals and events: They’ll come in droves, a stack of limited-run color vinyl tucked under each arm, eyes bleary from an early morning spent flipping through racks of rarefied records. Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day has become the music nerd’s Black Friday — an enticingly fun consumer-oriented pseudo holiday that lures collectors to stores across the country (even in a post-streaming world) with a cache of new one-off and limited releases. When Record Store Day commences on Saturday, April 21, this year should be no different, with many of Seattle’s best record stores opening early, planning deals and in-store performances from local luminaries (and even an ex-Fugee) in addition to stocking those new RSD-sanctioned records. To make your crate-digging easier, we rounded up all the local RSD happenings we could find.

Your San Antonio Record Store Day field guide: Record Store Day is around the corner, and in its 11th year, it’s popularity is ever-increasing. Vinyl album sales in the United States increased by more than 1,000 percent over the past ten years. And junkies line up at stores’ openings to get their hands on rare and special releases from artists spanning all genres. It’s not unusual to be greeted by fellow eager fans, shop owners, music performances, free food and drinks and more. “This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities…”

Record Store Day in Tampa Bay is April 21st! This Saturday, April 21st is International Record Store Day! And no, it isn’t just one of those every day made up hashtag holidays. Record Store Day was founded in 2007 by independent musicians and record store owners as a way to get people in the doors so that maybe while you’re there, you’ll even buy a record of… The Doors?? Record Store Day “is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.” For some of us (like me), Record Store Day is like Second Christmas.

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In rotation: 4/17/18

Record Store Day 2018: Your guide to deals, free giveaways and parties in Tampa Bay: Yep, it’s time once again for Record Store Day. And trust us, you’re going to want a guide. You can head to Record Store Day’s website for all the details on this year’s hundreds of limited special releases, including vinyl LPs by Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd, plus collectible items by Run the Jewels, the National, Arcade Fire and many more. But the RSD site only gets you so far. As usual, it doesn’t tell you much about what’s happening in Tampa Bay on Record Store Day; it lists two stores (Vinyl Countdown and Gulfport Records) that are out of business. Here’s a better look at where to go and spend your allowance this Record Store Day.

Redditch indie shop Vintage Trax marks Record Store Day this Saturday: To mark the UK’s 11th annual Record Store Day this Saturday, Redditch’s only independent record shop Vintage Trax is promising something for everyone. The established shop on Birchfield Road, Headless Cross has compiled an extensive offering of collectable retro picture discs, shaped discs, coloured vinyl and limited edition issues of 7” and 12” singles, LPs and box sets for music fans. Plus, there will be hundreds of CDs from just £1 each. “Our customers are looking for good quality original albums and 7”/12” singles, and so rather than committing a big chunk of our stock budget to the RSD releases, we’re focusing on offering our biggest ever range of retro vinyl,” said owner Ros Sidaway.

Record Store Day 2018: Carnival Records in Malvern going back to its roots for vinyl’s big day: One of the biggest days of the year for vinyl lovers will be celebrated with a twist at a Malvern record store. Record Store Day, which is observed across the country on Saturday (April 21), offers music fans the chance to snap up limited edition vinyl across a range of genres. Whilst Rachel and Chris Heard, who own Carnival Records in Malvern, do celebrate the day, they do not sell any of the exclusive vinyl and instead reduce their entire stock by half price. Mr Heard said: “We are a real independent shop and celebrating and promoting shops like ours is what Record Store day was originally set up for.

Record Store Day 2018: The places to buy vinyl in and around Coventry: Record Store Day 2018 is just around the corner and music lovers in Coventry and Warwickshire will be able to get their hands on a number of exclusives on the day. The event is now in its 11th year of celebrating the independent music industry and promoting vinyl. In Coventry and Warwickshire, there are two stores taking part in the event, which takes place on Saturday, April 21. These stores will stock new releases which will be available exclusively from independent record stores. Records from big name artists make up the Record Store Day release list, including ABBA, David Bowie, Niall Horan, Wu-Tang Clan and many more. However, it is worth noting that not all stores will stock every release, and anyone interested is advised to contact stores in advance.

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In rotation: 4/16/18

Celebrate Record Store Day in Charleston at Monster Music and Vinyl Countdown: Y’all ready for Record Store Day (RSD) on Sat. April 21? Though Monster Music & Movies is the only local place where you’ll find official RSD releases, The Vinyl Countdown is hosting a special local release…High Water Festival performers and NOLA five-piece Tank & the Bangas won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest last year and have traveled the world — including a stop in Charleston on the #TinyDeskConcert tour — wowing fans with their neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop, and spoken word realness ever since. They’ll make a pitstop at Monster Music during High Water weekend as part of the store’s free RSD extravaganza, which also includes a puppy fest from the Charleston Animal Society, Jason’s Jump Castles, the below local acts, and food trucks Dave n Dubs, Towin’ the Dough, and Area 51.

Back in the Day: Suisun’s Retroactive Records and Games a portal to past: There’s a time portal located in downtown Suisun City that can transport people back to the past. Sorta. Locally owned record store Retroactive Records and Games, at 801 Main St., is the portal of which I speak. The open sign on the shop that reads ”Come In, We’re Awesome” represents truth in advertising. The shop is in the same spot where Collins Music and Collectibles was for years. When I visited Wednesday, sweet classic R&B, B-side rock tunes as well as Top 40 hits were blaring on the stereo system while I spoke to manager Steve Maag. “I want people to come here and feel like it’s not some stale corporate atmosphere. People have told me it feels like a place that could be in Berkeley and that’s what I’m trying to cultivate,” Maag said.

Rega’s Record Store Day turntables to be signed by Fatboy Slim, Jethro Tull and others: 2017 saw the likes of Elbow, Noel Gallagher and Placebo lend their signatures to the cause and for 2018 Rega has lined up Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame, Jake Bugg, Fatboy Slim, and Rag’n’Bone Man – the official UK ambassador for Record Store Day. As part of this year’s celebrations, Rega has already revealed it will be producing 500 limited edition RSD turntables – the deck is a “unique hybrid” of the company’s Award-winning Planar 1 and Planar 2 models. And now we know that 17 of the 500 will be adorned with an autograph. The only way you can get hold of one is to head to your nearest participating record shop or hi-fi retailer and hope the deck you’ve bought carries a special scribble.

Record Store Day 2018 in Phoenix: Where you can shop for cool records, attend concerts: Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, an awareness-raising celebration of the brick-and-mortar independent record store as a cultural hub for hardcore vinyl geeks and casual music fans alike…This year’s event is coming to a record store near you on Saturday, April 21, with hundreds of acts releasing exclusive RSD product to honor the occasion. Total annual sales for vinyl at indie retailers has grown considerably and consistently since Record Store Day started, jumping from 737,000 units in 2007 to 5.4 million in 2016, or an increase of 637 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Every year since 2009, there’s been a Record Store Day Ambassador. The first was Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal. Since then, the title has been held by Josh Homme, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Metallica and St. Vincent.

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In rotation: 4/13/18

Beverly Records ready with exclusive vinyl releases for Record Store Day: CHICAGO – The first-ever vinyl version of comedian Adam Sandler’s debut album and the “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” soundtrack pressed onto 10-inch vinyl shaped like the inquisitive stocky bird known as a Porg are among the quirkier releases local vinyl collectors will be seeking when doors open early April 21 at Beverly Records for Record Store Day. “There are always ones we can predict people want, like Dave Matthews Band, Lincoln Park and Phish, but smaller releases like ‘Star Wars’ that maybe we wouldn’t get before we now know there’s interest,” said John Dreznes, whose father Jack Dreznes opened the Chicago store at 11612 S. Western Ave. in the late 1960s.

Retailers prepare for Record Store Day on April 21: CHICAGO – For vinyl purists and music lovers, April 21 is your jam. Literally. April 21 marks the 11th annual Record Store Day, originated to celebrate and promote the local, independently owned record store worldwide. It’s a day when rarities and B-sides, re-issues and live shows are issued. Only a certain number of records are pressed and distributed to participating shops. This year, hip-hop group Run the Jewels is the Record Store Day ambassador. Several local stores participate in Record Store Day, including Naperville’s Purple Dog Records. Owner Erin Gavin said they will be opening for business at 8 a.m. that day. “We have a whole bunch of Record Store Day releases this year,” she said. “Surprisingly, the titles that are a little bit more obscure seem to be the ones that people are asking about…”

Everything you need to know about Record Store Day in NYC: Record Store Day arrives Saturday, April 21. You can swing by one of the best record stores in NYC (any day is good for a visit, really) or participate in a record store crawl (though it’s sold out). If you’re overwhelmed by the options though, here’s a concise guide to navigating the faux holiday: Three Record store day releases to buy, Three record shops to visit, Three events to attend.

Why are so many vinyl record stores opening in Palm Beach County? Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music enthusiast opened Analogopolis (rough translation: city of sound) in a Juno Beach shopping plaza last November. His red-walled store is tastefully curated, with over 1,000 vinyl platters presented alongside everything from throwback laser discs to vintage Florida post cards. Of course, Procyk is ready for The Question. Yes, vinyl is hip. Yes, vinyl is making its zillionth comeback. But is it possible for a physical record store to survive and even thrive in an age of online streaming?

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In rotation: 4/12/18

Music Business Hall of Fame to Launch at Music Biz 2018 Conference with Tower Records’ Russ Solomon as First Inductee: As part of its 60th Anniversary conference, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that the Music Business Hall of Fame — which was previewed at last year’s conference and will celebrate the achievements of industry executives, companies, media, venues, institutions, and others who have significantly contributed to the growth and continued success of the music business — will have as its first inductee the late Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon, who passed away on March 4. The Hall of Fame will have its official launch as part of the Music Biz 2018 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Acclaimed actor and director Colin Hanks, who directed the 2015 Tower Records documentary All Things Must Pass, will pay tribute to Solomon.

BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne is coming to Wales for Record Store Day, The DJ and music-lover will be in Spillers for the day that celebrates independent record shops: Top BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne will be in Cardiff next week for a celebration of Record Store Day, 2018. The former Kenickie singer, who has presented the mid-morning slot on the station since 2009, will be in the city on Friday, April 20 and will broadcast live from Spillers Records from 10am…In Spillers, which is the world’s oldest record store, Lauren will be joined by Welsh music icons Gwenno and Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys who go back to back in a vinyl-only Desert Island Disco – a popular feature on her show. Spillers owner Ashli Todd is gearing up for the big two days, the first of which, Laverne’s visit, she found out about eight weeks ago. She said: “For the past couple of years Lauren Laverne has been doing a special Record Store Day show from an independent record shop. “We are thrilled she’s coming to Spillers, the BBC came and did a recce to have a look at how they could set up and they’re going to be doing it from the counter. It’s very excitiing…”

Australia: Lots of activity planned for Record Store Day 21 April 2018: This annual event reiterates the importance of the traditional music outlet as one of the major avenues for the public to discover the many genres of music releases each year. Record Store Day is a once-a-year unmissable day for all music lovers. This year it’s celebrating 11 years with a record number of participating indie record stores. Set for Saturday 21 April more than 190 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 indie record store is a community hub for music lovers: a place to find new music, reconnect with old and new music from old friends, get great advice and recommendations, hear musicians live, find out what’s happening in the local music scene, and generally hang out with people who love music as much as you do.

Local musicians, supporters gather for vinyl collaboration to be released on Record Store Day: To get Columbus’ music in your ears, one entrepreneur first needs to get it into your hands. Music promotion company In The Record Store and Traxler Printing have teamed up to create 2500 Summit Street, a four-song vinyl record highlighting four Central Ohio bands and is meant to raise awareness of the local music community. “I wanted to create something where someone could physically hold the Columbus music scene,” said Vince Tornero, cofounder of In The Record Store, a podcast, blog and magazine dedicated to Columbus music. The name and the album’s cover are a nod to Used Kids, the venerable Columbus record store. The record features a pair of original tracks from MojoFlo and Mistar Anderson and a pair of cover songs from Zoo Trippin and Damn the Witch Siren. “We hope this goes well,” Tornero said. “We’d like to do a whole record store series.”

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In rotation: 4/11/18

Record Store Day will celebrate record stores and the vinyl revival: For generations, music lovers have cherished the experience of sifting through vinyls [“Vinyls” is not a word. The plural of vinyl is in fact “vinyl.” —Ed.] in record bins. It is a ceremonial experience worth celebrating and it’s making a comeback, according to Boo Boo Records Manager Mike White. This unique way of discovering music inspired Record Store Day, an annual international celebration of independent record stores and small labels. San Luis Obispo record stores Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills Records will host Record Store Day celebrations at their stores April 21 with live music, sales and limited edition LPs. “We think it’s essential to be able to shine a light back on retail brick-and-mortar record stores,” White said.

Everything you need to know about biggest Record Store Day ever in Gloucestershire: Forget Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter – if you’re a vinyl fan, there is only one day on the calendar that matters – Saturday, April 21, Record Store Day 2018. That’s because Record Store Day 2018 is set to be the biggest and loudest celebration of vinyl yet, with over 450 exclusive records set for release and a host of live events lined up across the county. More than 200 independent record shops across the UK will come together to celebrate their love of vinyl, making the 11th annual Record Store Day the biggest and best yet. And vinyl fans in Gloucestershire will be spoilt for choice, with five record stores in the county taking part, stocking hundreds of rare releases. There will be DJs spinning the black circle at record shops throughout the day, as well as live acts, food stalls and even talk of a secret street partty.

Furnace Record Pressing Plant Is Ready To Roll: “…Since we are a contract manufacturer, it’ll be whatever projects our customers entrust us to press for them. We do plan on reserving a big chunk of our capacity to press for small bands and indie labels. They are always being relegated to end of the line so I hope we can help the folks out there who are struggling to get good lead times for their projects. That said, we press for all of the majors and hope to continue to earn their business. For as much slack as the majors get, they really helped fuel the vinyl resurgence and they pay their bills on time so their support has been vital to us and many other plants in the industry.”

John Cusack On ‘High Fidelity’ TV Reboot: ‘They’ll Fuck It Up’: News that 2000 rom-com High Fidelity is to get a TV reboot was met with excitement by fans, but film star John Cusack looks to have some serious concerns. The series is believed to deviate slightly from the Stephen Frears-directed film and the 1995 Nick Hornby novel and will centre on a female record store owner, presumably in the Rob Gordon role. However in series of tweets, Cusack believes if Hornby is not involved in the reboot, “they’ll fuck it up”. “The woman part seems good / the rest not so much,” the 51-year-old actor tweeted. “But it’s Nick’s book hope at least he’s involved- if he’s not – it’ll suck.”

‘Empire Records’ Star Ethan Embry Reacts to the Film Being Adapted for Broadway: Is Rexy still sexy? It would appear so since a Broadway musical adaptation of Empire Records is in the works, Rolling Stone reports. The 1995 film focused on a group of young employees at Empire Records who made it their mission to save the independent record store from being bought out by a large chain. Starring Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane and Johnny Whitworth, the movie became a cult classic. Embry reacted to news of the Broadway production on Twitter. “A musical huh? The original was borderline a musical with all that damn dancing in it,” the 39-year-old actor tweeted. “The only question should be, how much weight will [GWAR] be pulling?” Embry’s character, Mark, had a hallucination that he played with the heavy metal band GWAR after eating a pot brownie.

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In rotation: 4/10/18

The day the music died: CD sales fade out; music stores adapt: …Small local CD and record stores have been struggling for a while with the rise of digital music, Duckworth said. She said she would like to believe there has been some stability recently because vinyl record sales increased about 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. Stability can also come from diversifying by selling other merchandise besides CDs and records, she said. There is still a market for CDs and records, Duckworth said. In 2017, physical copies made $1.5 billion, which was more than digital downloads at $1.3 billion. Digital downloads declined about 25 percent from 2016 to 2017, while paid subscriptions continue to grow…“Nothing can replace a physical copy of music,” he said.

New owners plan to restart Ignition Music Garage concert series: GOSHEN — The Ignition Music Garage in downtown has been purchased by two locals who intend to enhance the record store as a venue for live music. Tim Hochstetler, owner of T.G. Music, and Julie Hershberger, front-of-the-house manager at A Constant Spring, pooled their resources and their passions for music on vinyl and purchased the store Thursday from founder Steve Martin. “I have always loved music. I grew up playing clarinet,” Hershberger said of her reason for wanting to jump into the record store business. “I begged my parents for a guitar and they refused until I was 18. So I played guitar for a couple of years.”

Musical Adaptation of EMPIRE RECORDS Is In the Works! “The movie was really about a family that formed among these minimum-wage record clerks,” said Carol Heikkinen. “There’s a lot of nostalgia now for those old record stores where you could go and talk to people who loved the same music you loved, and discover new bands. We hope the musical will capture the memory of what it was like to be young in a time before iTunes and Spotify – music is such an important part of the youth experience, and it’s what brings these characters together. Zoe’s the perfect partner for this; the movie was part of her adolescence and she not only gets the music, but the themes of friendship and family. ”

Celebrate dance music and vinyl records at this pop-up experience: Back2Mono wants to get you out of your circles and onto the dance floor. You can expect the authentic analog experience though, at Back2Mono, a vinyl pop-up experience created by Japanese DJ Shigeki Fukuda, who has been living in the country for a bit over a year. Fukuda, who was surprised by the observation that people in the Philippines “just stay in their own circles,” founded the event in the interest of bringing people together through a shared love of music. The first Back2Mono event celebrated the beauty of Japan-pressed records. This second instalment of Back2Mono, though, taking place at The Alley at Karrivin on April 14-15, will be kicking out the jams with a fascinating theme: the history of dance music.

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