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In rotation: 10/18/19

Bridport, UK | Bridport Music set to close this month: A record store is winding down as it gets set to close its doors for the final time – after more than 40 years in business. Bridport Music will shut on October 26 and Steph and Piers Garner, who run the shop, have thanked all their customers over the years. The couple say they’ve put their ‘hearts and souls’ into running the business but are ready to move on to the next phase of their lives after more than four decades. Mrs Garner said: “We have had many lovely, loyal customers over the years and we want to say a big ‘thank you’ to them. We will miss it – it’s been a big part of our lives. We have brought up three kids in this time, paid off a mortgage and now it’s time for us to move on. It’s hard work running a business – but we’ve managed to make it work.The size of the shop, and its potential, will make someone else a good living. It’s time for some fresh blood.”

Norwich, UK | Tributes paid after death of well-known record shop owner: Robin Watson died aged 75 on September 27 after being diagnosed with cancer some years earlier. Mr Watson, who was born in Essex, first set up Robin’s Records on Norwich market in 1971, at the time operating just one day a week. He had been selling records at markets across the country, but, after growing fond of the city, decided to set up home in Norwich, opening a permanent store on Pottergate two years later. He weathered years of change in the industry and overcame obstacles – in 1977, thousands of pounds worth of stock was destroyed by fire – to become a popular spot in the city for music lovers. His wife Gillie Bexfield described him as a warm, generous man who loved his family, music and cooking, and who was something of a wine connoisseur. “He was just lovely,” she said. “He was generous, he was always loving, upbeat and cuddly, and just good fun to be around…”

Anastasia Island, FL | Join in celebrations at St. Augustine Beach: Two community events are on tap at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre next week. The Fall St. Augustine Record Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. It will feature live music, family friendly activities, food and drinks and more than 25 music vendors. Thousands of music-related items including new and used vinyl records, posters, turntable equipment and supplies, memorabilia, collectibles will be available for purchase. Activities will include the “DJ 101 Session for Kids,” hosted by DJ Dorian Lopez, who will also do sets throughout the day. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from several on-site food trucks as well as the Amphitheater’s own concessions.

UK | Does HMV have a future on the UK’s high street? When HMV opened its first store on London’s Oxford Street in 1921, it kick-started the company’s journey to selling music and film to the masses and becoming an iconic entertainment brand – both in the UK and abroad. However, the struggle to stay afloat on the UK’s high street became evident back in January 2013, when a period of decline saw the retailer collapse into administration – placing 4350 employees at risk of redundancy. The following April, restructuring firm Hilco came to its rescue with a £110 million deal despite HMV having £176 million in debt – including £20 million in tax owed to the HMRC. Just five years later though, HMV filed for a second administration. When it collapsed again a few days after Christmas 2018, Hilco blamed the “tsunami” of retail competition that HMV faced. Rick Smith, managing director of insolvency specialist Forbes Burton, said HMV “simply had too many unprofitable stores, not offering anything new and not reacting to the changing retail landscape as quickly as they should have done”. “There is also the high rents and business rates that are still strangling many businesses on the high street…”

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In rotation: 10/17/19

Brooklyn, NY | New York venue public records opens record store: Located in the venue’s cafe, The Store is the latest addition to the new Gowanus club. Brooklyn’s public records has opened a new in-house record shop, The Store. Run by DJ and bvrly owner Tal Silberstein, The Store officially opened two weeks ago in the public records’ cafe. The shop stocks vinyl spanning African, jazz, disco, ambient, house and more. The selection will also include new releases from partner labels like Rvng Intl., Pacific Rhythm, Séance Centre, Incienso and Sound Metaphors. In addition to records, products from New York art book store Import News will be available for purchase. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM, the store will also sell audio gear, merchandise and prints. public records, Brooklyn’s new hi-fi bar and music venue, opened in Gowanus last March.

Peterborough, CA | Moondance record store founder Mike Taveroff dies: Mike Taveroff, the founder and operator of the downtown record store Moondance for 46 years before he retired and closed the store in 2018, has died. Mr. Taveroff was 70 and died on Sunday. Mr. Taveroff died of cancer after he was diagnosed in March, the Kawartha Now online site reported. He is survived by his daughters Jesse and Leigh. He was predeceased by his wife Cheryl, who died of cancer in 2017. Mr. Taveroff was a Montreal native who’d been living in Vancouver when he decided to move to Peterborough in the early 1970s. He started selling records in 1972 in his wife Cheryl’s clothing store — called Moondance, after the Van Morrison song. The Taveroffs worked together in the early years before Cheryl stayed home to raise their two daughters. Mr. Taveroff continued to run the store for 46 years, and was known for his eclectic taste, his ability to source rare recordings.

Duncan, OK | Record store opens in Duncan: A new record store is now open in Duncan. Vinyl has made a comeback in recent years, with several record stores opening around southwest Oklahoma. “I think it’s the vintage sound that vinyl has. You can’t duplicate that sound, really, I don’t believe in any other way. Vinyl is something, in my opinion, that has a unique sound of its own and I think that’s what people are drawn to,” said vinyl fan and owner of J & M Family Music Matthew Bernard. Duncan resident Casey Sorensen – Kindt said he grew up listening to music on vinyl and remembered his love for it after he and his wife bought a few records at Goodwill. “We ended up buying several more and every place we stopped we continue looking for them. The collection grew huge so we thought maybe we’d turn around do it our own,” Sorensen – Kindt said. That collection has turned into Put the Needle on the Record, a new record store on Main Street in Duncan.

Fresno, CA | Fresno Rasputin record store owner buys nearby property: …the building was purchased by entrepreneur Ken Sarachan, owner of Rasputin’s Music & Movies, the largest independent chain of record stores in the Bay Area. The Berkeley-based business, which specializes in selling CDs, vinyl records and DVDs, also has stores in Stockton, Modesto and Fresno, the latter a stone’s throw away from Appliance Depot. No record of the sale has yet been processed by Fresno County, but property sales in the county are backed up and can take weeks to process. It’s not clear if Sarachan plans to move the existing Fresno Rasputin’s store to the larger building or if the newly-purchased building will have anything to do with the record and movie store chain. Repeated calls to Sarachan to inquire about his plans for the newly-purchased site — which before becoming an appliance store was a Copeland’s Sports store — weren’t returned, and a broker involved in the sale declined to discuss plans.

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In rotation: 10/16/19

Austin, TX | Get Drinks, California Burritos, and Records at Austin Newcomer Troublemaker: The new bar and store is taking over the old Hightower space. The team behind East Austin restaurant now-closed The Hightower revealed what they’re turning the 1209 East Seventh Street space into: a bar and record store called Troublemaker. The name is from Willie Nelson album, which was released in 1976 and features popular songs like “Uncloudy Day.” It’s aiming to open sometime in late October or early November. Hightower/Troublemaker co-owners chef Chad Dolezal and general manager Victor Farnsworth are partnering with Austin record shop End of an Ear and co-founders Dan Pluckett and Blake Carlisle. (The record shop, which opened in 2005 on South First, relocated to near Ben White on Clawson Street in 2016). That means actually selling records, as well as letting people play records from the store’s stock and bringing their own. There are also plans to host live music.

Newcastle, UK | Thieves smash their way into popular Newcastle record shop leaving owner furious: The record shop was left covered in rubble after the thief broke in through the basement and knocked through the walls of the store. Thieves have ransacked a West End record shop leaving the owner devastated. Beyond Vinyl, on Westgate Road, was targeted by thieves early on Saturday who made off with £1,000 in cash, as well as an iPad and a small amount of stock, leaving a trail of destruction behind them. David McGovern, who owns the shop, was left stunned after realising the business had been broken into and fears it may cost thousands to rectify the damage. Mr McGovern, said: “When I arrived at the store on Saturday morning, everything seemed normal. “It wasn’t until I went behind the counter and found the till smashed that I realised we had been targeted.” Upon assessing the damage, Mr McGovern says he believes the culprits broke through the wall above the fire exit to gain access.

Saskatchewan, CA | Former army mechanic keeps record players spinning: Dave Lindhorst isn’t sure where the turntable on his kitchen table came from. “It’s definitely a homemade rig,” he said. Lindhorst runs a small record player repair business. The former army mechanic doesn’t advertise but has customers from all over the Saskatoon area. The enterprise is a labour of love for Lindhorst. He owns almost 20 turntables — including one he built himself — and has several hundred albums. He fixes turntables on the kitchen counter because there isn’t space left in the spare bedroom. His passion began when he was posted in Germany several decades ago. “I had a really nice, high-end turntable that’s highly sought after. And I thought if something happened to me somebody would get it for pennies on the dollar so I decided to sell it,” he said. “Immediately after selling it I got seller’s remorse.”

Lincoln, NE | Motorcycle crashes spur Lincoln man to open record store: Two motorcycle accidents in the span of a few months changed the course of Rich Tuttle’s life. He had spent the past 12 years working at a pizza restaurant, but he had to have shoulder surgery after the second accident, and he no longer felt like he could do the work required. As he was considering what kind of a job he could or would want to do, he thought to himself, “I’ve got all these records around, let’s open a record store.” Tuttle, who’s lived in Lincoln his whole life, said he’s been collecting records, cassette tapes and CDs for several years. Much of it has just been one at a time, but he said he’s also bought collections from others, including more than 3,000 records from a collector in Missouri that he found on Craigslist. Tuttle said he worked on the idea of a record store on and off for about a year and a half but got serious about it after visiting a cousin in Augusta, Georgia, who owns one. “I said, yeah, I need to do this,” he said.

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In rotation: 10/15/19

UK | Revealed: The surprising problem which may have hampered HMV’s success in the past: HMV hit the headlines today after the company announced it will be opening its largest store in Birmingham – but an unearthed article has offered an explanation as to why this former family favourite has been so close to closure in the past. HMV has opened a 25,000 sq ft shop called HMV Vault in the midlands city, which it claims will be a “nirvana for music and film fans”. The store will sell vinyl, CDs and DVDs and offer a live performance area. The brand used to be the go-to place for music or film requests, but since the rise of the digital era and streaming services, the chain has gradually become less successful. Canadian businessman Doug Putman took over HMV UK in February this year, saving it from administration and rescuing 100 stores from closure and 1,600 staff from unemployment. He also acquired HMV Canada two years ago and merged it with the record store chain Sunrise Records.

Parkersburg, WV | Collectors show draws vinyl enthusiasts: The first Mid-Ohio Valley Record Collectors show, held in March, was a success. The second, held Sunday afternoon, appeared to be just as popular. More than 30 vendors, including some from our area, sold vinyl records, tapes, CD’s, and other music-related items. Other vendors came from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and other states. Similar shows have been held in nearby larger cities such as Columbus, Pittsburgh and Dayton, and have attracted local collectors. “It was a gamble to bring this kind of event to the Mid-Ohio Valley,” said Aaron Whited, one of the organizers, “because it’s something that had never happened before. But the event seems to get bigger and bigger every time we hold one of these. It kind of comes full circle bringing in these people we usually see at all the shows we usually travel to… It’s an amazing thing.”

With Streaming And Vinyl Growing — What About CDs? Between the still-growing music streaming services and the return of vinyl, the compact disc is in danger of disappearing. As the medium becomes more rare, some of those CDs stacked up on your bookshelf could actually be valuable. Most won’t, of course. For financial purposes, most are no more of an antique goldmine than cassette tapes. But there are a few rare CDs that still could fetch some serious coin. Is It The Real Slim Shady? Before you chuck them in the garbage, see if you have Eminem’s 1997 “Slim Shady EP” from 1997. Likely you don’t, because only 250 copies of it were sold, and only a few more than that made. The CD has sold online for more than $800, and on Amazon, it starts at nearly $6,000. Without shipping. According to a Michael Jackson memorabilia and collectors’ website, a withdrawn two-track Austrian version of the King of Pop’s “Smile” CD is one of the rarest and most sought Jackson memorabilia items, and could fetch $1,500. The site says watch out, though, because it’s also a frequently bootlegged item.

Dallas, TX | Twenty-two turntables memorialize black people slain by police in ‘American Monument.’ After pulling the plug on an earlier exhibition, Dallas artist Lauren Woods has found a new home for her work, a dark and deeply researched one. Last Sept. 16, Dallas artist Lauren Woods abruptly walked out of the reception for her multimedia installation American Monument at California State University Long Beach’s University Art Museum. After the firing of the museum’s art director, Kimberli Meyer, five days beforehand, Woods decided to put her show about police brutality and the killing of African-Americans on hold indefinitely, in an act of protest. A year later, however, her exhibit has resurfaced at the Beall Center for Art + Technology at the University of California, Irvine. Meyer was Woods’ chief collaborator on the exhibit in its original incarnation, and her dismissal, for which Cal State did not initially provide an explanation, led Woods to believe the university was attempting to kill American Monument. A statement released later by Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, who was dean of the university’s College of the Arts at the time, disputed this.

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In rotation: 10/14/19

Calgary, UK | Prairie Records Tops the Charts: Named Top Cannabis Retailer in Canada at Grow UP: Singing a different tune in cannabis retail, the award win is a testament to how Prairie Records is offering Canadian’s a truly unprecedented purchasing experience. It is extremely gratifying to have Prairie Records be recognized at one of the industry’s largest events and to be able to stand out amongst a field of very worthy retail competitors, says Adam Coates, Chief Commercial Officer at Westleaf and Retail Brand Strategist for Prairie Records. We set out to make waves in a sea of sameness by creating an immersive experience like no other in the marketplace, and we are pleased and honoured to receive this, the first Grow UP Conference retail award. Ten companies were nominated in the Grow UP retail category at this year’s event, the first for the industry. Among the nominees were independent stores and well-known national chains. Prairie Records was recognized based on delivering an unparalleled consumer purchasing experience and creating a welcoming brand for cannabis consumers.

Kelowna, BC | Vinyl-loving couple to sell records inside Kelowna collectibles store: A Kelowna couple has decided to partner up with a collectibles shop in the city, giving record-lovers a new spot to get their vinyl fix. Doogie and Rita Irvine have been actively collecting LPs and 45s since the ‘60s, garnering over 50,000 albums and singles along the way. After decades of adding to and caring for their collection, the pair decided that they wanted to share the love and bolster their retirement fund by selling it off. “We never made the complete switch to CDs,” said Reta. “The sound quality of vinyl is just so much better,” added Doogie. “We just kept collecting albums and it was always our plan that when we retired to have our collection help fund it, so we are lucky it has come back in such a big way,” laughed Rita. For the last 10 years, the Irvines have been traveling and setting up makeshift shop at vinyl fairs across the country, selling their beloved records to the new wave of waxheads.

Manningtree, UK | Vinyl shop shortlisted for best small shop gong: A wine and record shop has been shortlisted in a national competition which celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on high streets. Winyl, an independent record and wine store based in South Street, Manningtree, is in the running to be named Britain’s Best Small Shop by the Independent Retailers Confederation. Winyl specialises in new, special edition vinyl and some vintage vinyl, which has been cleaned and graded. The shop hosts regular free events and clubs. Mark Walmsley, chairman of the Independent Retailers Confederation, said: “It’s all about recognising the community and culture that is independent retail.”

Belfast, IE | HMV to open more new stores over the next year: The owner of HMV said the company will return to opening new stores over the next year, just eight months after it shut a raft of high street shops after being rescued from administration. Doug Putman, who purchased the music retailer in February, said the business will pump cash into new sites and refurbishments. He said the retailer is “under-indexed in London”, saying there is room for expansion in the capital as the company eyes new locations for its growth strategy. Mr Putman revealed his ambitions ahead of the launch of HMV’s largest ever store, which is being called HMV Vault, at Dale End in Birmingham. The store, which the retailer said will be the largest entertainment store in Europe, is due to open on Friday after a “multimillion-pound investment” in the new site. The store, which will stock more than 100,000 LPs and CDs, has been constructed with a large performance area at its centre and will be launched with a live performance by former One Direction singer Liam Payne.

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In rotation: 10/11/19

Birmingham, UK | First look inside giant HMV The Vault in Birmingham as Europe’s biggest store opens: Doug Putman told the PA news agency that the retailer is “under-indexed in London,” saying there is room for expansion in the capital as the company eyes new locations for its growth strategy. The owner of HMV said the company will return to opening new stores over the next year, just eight months after it shut a raft of high street shops after being rescued from administration. Doug Putman, who purchased the music retailer in February, said the business will pump cash into new sites and refurbishments. He told the PA news agency that the retailer is “under-indexed in London”, saying there is room for expansion in the capital as the company eyes new locations for its growth strategy. Mr Putman revealed his ambitions ahead of the launch of HMV’s largest ever store, which is being called hmv Vault, at Dale End in Birmingham. The store, which the retailer said will be the largest entertainment store in Europe, is due to open on Friday after a “multimillion-pound investment” in the new site.

National Cassette Store Day: Saturday, Oct. 12: With Black Friday Record Store Day on the way Nov. 29 (the list is out this week, and we have them for you!), the fledgling Cassette Store Day makes a great warmup for this fall celebration. In existence since 2013, CSD has grown in leaps and bounds with events across the world. At the moment more than 300 very limited releases lie in wait for you music fans that are only available for this special day. Following vinyl’s meteoric reemergence, cassettes began their comeback the same year as CSD. Fueled by mostly new releases, the single cassette manufacturing company in the U.S. actually ran out of material to make the tapes with in September 2017 and still gained year-to-year in sales. As of 2019, nearly 50 percent of the tapes sold are new releases (some with as few as 200 pressed) like Lana Del Rey, twentyonepilots and Beck. For 2018, a whopping 219,000 cassettes were sold nationwide, up from 178,000 in the previous year (when they experienced an increase of 35 percent).

Black Friday record player deals: how and where to find the best Black Friday turntable bargains: Black Friday 2019 is almost here. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Black Friday is the time when online retailers dish out epic deals on everything from video doorbells to Dr Martens. For wax fans, there’s plenty of great Black Friday vinyl deals to be had. But what if you don’t have anything to play your records on, or your turntable is due an upgrade? Black Friday could be the ideal time to get your hands on a great sounding new record player, too. Been eyeing up one of the decks we recommend in our best budget turntables guide, or perhaps you fancy something a little more upmarket (you’ve been good this year, right?)? Whatever you’re after, the likelihood is that you’ll find an epic record player deal on Black Friday. And the best news? We’ll have our experts on-hand throughout the shopping event to help uncover the best deals.

Leicestershire, UK | Ashby record store auctions off 40,000 albums: A recently closed record store has sold its collection of more than 40,000 albums and music memorabilia in an “unusual” auction. The Attic in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, shut in August when its owner could not find someone to take over the business. Ben Duncombe sold his entire stock at an auction held in the shop and picked up more than £13,400. The 36-year-old said selling up “was a really hard decision” to make. “I started selling records at car boots sales and stuff like that, and it just kept getting bigger until I opened the store,” he said. The life-long record collector said he was tempted to keep some of the vinyl stock himself. “I had to dissociate myself from it a few weeks ago” he added. “There was a Lynyrd Skynyrd record I thought ‘I’d quite like to take that’ but then I just had to leave it. “There’s some great 7” records too….and a whole Northern Soul section that I know’s really valuable. Some of it’s never been played.”

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In rotation: 10/10/19

Dublin, IE | Vinyl festival returns to Dun Laoghaire: Dun Laoghaire will be the home of The Vinyl Festival for the second year in a row. The event host a collection of talks, panels, DJ sets and live performances which celebrate the importance of music and the vinyl record. The line-up of special guests include Horslips, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty/This is England), Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), Noel Hogan (Cranberries), Mary Coughlan, radio presenters Dave Fanning and Tom Dunne, and many more. 43 years on from recording their Horslips Live album in Dún Laoghaire’s old Pavilion, Johnny Fean, Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart from the band are coming back to the town for two concerts as part of the festival. They will play two nights on November 1 and 2 in the Pavilion Theatre. Liam O’Maonlaí will discuss the writing and recording of Hothouse Flowers’ 1988 debut album, People and will play a few live tracks on piano as well as a couple on vinyl.

Sacramento, CA | Record Spinners: The History and Closure of Dimple Records: John Radakovitz stands in front of a makeshift assembly line in the back warehouse of Dimple Records in Roseville in July. One by one, he picks up a record, places it gently in a sleeve, affixes an orange price sticker to the front and sets it aside. Music has been at the core of John’s entire adult life. He’s made a career of trading tonal poetry captured on vinyl, then magnetic tape, then polycarbonate plastic disks — and somehow, in this era where millions of people lease music encoded as zeroes and ones, the company he cofounded more than four decades ago is still going strong. People still walk into his seven stores scattered throughout the Sacramento area, and they’re buying music, movies, video games and books, both new and used. But John knows many people are walking into his stores for what could be their last time

Guided by Voices throwing ‘Sweating the Plague’ listening parties: Guided by Voices‘ are gearing up to release Sweating the Plague in a few weeks — it’s the band’s 29th album and third this year. Robert Pollard’s well of anthemic, ultra-catchy rock songs has not run dry, as evidenced by “Unfun Glitz” which premieres in this post. Listen below. Sweating The Plague will be released on streaming services on November 1, but will be available in stores a week early, with listening parties happening in 17 independent record stores across four countries on Thursday, October 24 at 6 PM local time. Purchasers on that day will get a commemorative poster, and each store will be giving away a Sweating The Plague test pressing autographed by Robert Pollard. In North America, there are listening parties in Minneapolis, Nashville, Portland, Boston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dayton, Brooklyn (Rough Trade), Toronto, Seattle and Austin. All listening party locations are listed below.

Hartlepool, UK | Rare signed The Jam album up for grabs at Hartlepool charity music event: Music fans can win a rare album signed by all three members of The Jam and help raise money for two worthwhile causes at an upcoming event. Hartlepool DJ David Halcrow, his wife Tracey and Hartlepool March of the Mods organiser Kev McGuire are staging a day of music and fundraising at the Corporation Sports and Social Club in Whitby Street. It takes place on Saturday, November 2, from 2pm until late and will feature a mix of top local live bands, DJ sets, food and raffles. The main raffle prize is a rare three record vinyl album by The Jam autographed by Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton. The day is raising money for the Chemotherapy Unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and 12-year-old Grace Measor from Seaton Carew who has been undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

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In rotation: 10/9/19

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 is Friday, November 29th: Exciting New Titles Set For Release At Independent Record Stores, Nationwide. Record Store Day has taken care of your holiday shopping today with the release of the list of albums, singles, CDs, cassettes and books that you’ll be wrapping up to give and get this year, all available in limited editions only at independent record stores starting on November 29, AKA Black Friday. Since 2010, the organizers of April’s worldwide celebration of the record store, Record Store Day, have worked to shift the perception of Black Friday as a mass-produced, low-as-you-can-go event, concentrating instead on a list of special releases that highlight how great gifts from a record store can be, and celebrating the kick-off of the holiday rush at independently owned neighborhood businesses. This year’s diverse list continues that tradition and it can be found now at recordstoreday.com.

Los Angeles, CA | The Get Together Indie Label Fair Will Make Its L.A. Debut At The MOCA: On Nov. 15 and 16, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles will turn into an indie music lover’s mecca with its first edition of The Get Together: Record Label Market & Music Fair. After throwing three successful seasons of the Come Together in their home in New York City, Other Music has paired up with L.A. concert/event power team Spaceland and the MOCA to bring their indie artist vinyl/merch fair and music showcase extravaganza to Southern California. Following a kick-off party the first night, on Sat. Nov. 16, the marketplace will officially launch at 11 a.m., until 5 p.m., with a chance to shop merch and vinyl from a large selection of indie labels from around the world, including Future Classic, Fat Possum, Brainfeeder, Cosmica, Domino, Matador, Mexican Summer, Ninja Tune, Rough Trade, Stones Throw, Big Crown, Sub Pop and Young Turks. The event website reveals that more labels and programming additions will be added and also notes that “you can meet and mingle with the teams behind the records you love,” which is pretty awesome.

Seattle, WA | ‘Our window to the world’: Love of music, art inspires window-dresser at Seattle’s Easy Street Records: Every day, some 20,000 pairs of eyes pass the Easy Street Records store at California Avenue and Southwest Alaska Street in West Seattle. They look over while they’re waiting for the light to change, glance over as they walk past or stop cold in front of the store to take in the work of longtime visual artist Kevin Larson. On and off for 25 years, Larson has been dressing the store’s two front windows in a style that reflects not only the tastes of the people who work there, but the store’s customers as well, while celebrating new and established artists in a way that few stores do anymore. “The window is Easy Street putting forward our stamp of approval, our recommendation of a particular album,” Larson said. “It’s a challenge to catch the essence of a record. “Sometimes it helps to listen, sometimes it doesn’t help at all. I used to install after the store closed and play the record on repeat.” Larson does it on a small budget, but with big ideas and boundless creativity, fueled by a life spent in the record business. In the process, he has made Easy Street’s windows — and the store itself — one of the city’s musical taste makers.

Requiem for a Record Store: All Things Must Pass, a documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records, is worth a look. It’s one of those interesting stories that are relevant to me because it’s ephemeral and generational. It’s like watching a doc about free weekly newspapers thick with ads, repertory movie theaters that showed old films, or even as recent as video rental stores; all things that were big in “our” time — baby boomer’s time — and have since faded. But whatever age you are, you may find it of interest. I’d wondered how they managed to get interviews with people like Bruce Springsteen and David Geffen until I found out the director was Tom Hanks’ son Colin. As Colin’s dad nostalgically depicted in That Thing You Do, back when I was a kid, records were sold in places like TV and radio stores, department stores, and five-and-dimes (a pretty anachronistic phrase now). A few record stores existed mostly for the classical and jazz fans (I can’t really call them “crowds”) and were smallish hobby and collector stores. We boomers have lived through the whole era of the giant record superstore, rock-driven places like Sam Goody in New York and Tower Records, which started in 1960 in Sacramento and made its first giant leap to San Francisco in 1967. Its early claim to fame was completeness; every record, every genre.

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In rotation: 10/8/19

Ontario, CA | Owners of SRCVinyl, Prominent Independent Vinyl Record Retailer, to Open World’s First “Craft Distillery Record Shop.” SRCVinyl founders Jenna Miles and Danny Keyes have launched a small batch distillery – Limited Distilling, which will share its tasting room with SRCVinyl creating a unique indie record shop and craft spirits experience in the heart of Niagara, Canada’s wine region. Grand opening celebrations will commence October 18th – 20th with free tours & tastings, meet and greet with the distillery owners, a limited whisky release and a complimentary grand opening gift. Free tours can be booked HERE: http://www.distillery.ltd. …Located at 14 Henegan Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Limited Distillery is centrally located within Niagara’s famous brewery, winery and distillery trail. The 9,000 square foot industrial space will provide spirit and vinyl record enthusiasts the ability to tour and experience a true craft distillery, sample and purchase seasonal, small-batch spirits while shopping for vinyl records.

Winnipeg, CA | Get the record straight: Vinyl lovers have new Osborne location to search through bins for long-lost favourites. On Sunday, Brent Jackson, the 39-year-old owner of Old Gold Vintage Vinyl, an eclectic, pop-up record shop that recently landed a permanent address in Osborne Village, will be one of 90 vendors taking part in Rockin’ Richard’s Record and CD Sale. This will be Jackson’s 20th appearance at the twice-a-year sale in Winnipeg, the second largest of its kind in the country. And while the hip-hop, funk and soul DJ again devoted a chunk of time in the days leading up to the event debating which albums to bring along and which to leave behind, he admits he could have simplified things somewhat, by heading there with boxes and boxes filled with the exact same album. “Seriously, if I went there with nothing but Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, I’d probably be just as far ahead at the end of the day,” he says with a chuckle…

Taipei, TW | Man gifts 10,000 albums to Tainan music library: Yeh Sze-ya (葉思雅), an academic in obstetrics and gynecology living in Arcadia, California, has donated his collection of more than 10,000 classical music records and CDs to the Hsu-shih Music Library in Tainan. Yeh and his wife, Grace Chang (張信惠), resolved to give away 4,350 vinyl records and 6,350 CDs, which became a huge three-month project, as they had to spend eight hours each day organizing and packing the items into more than 100 boxes so that the shipments would comply with customs regulations and international copyright rules. “I knew it was a huge job, but doable,” the 82-year-old retired doctor said. “If we can help younger people, then it is like extending our lives. The Western Paradise in Buddhism or Heaven in Christianity do not necessarily have to exist, as long as these experiences that once touched us can be passed down to the next generation,” he said.

Boston, MA | Streamed music and digital images have driven the comeback of vinyl and printed photos: The resurgence of vinyl records in a time of digital music and streaming is a story of how innovation can make technological comebacks possible. In the summer of 2019, the sales of vinyl albums are on the verge of becoming the largest source of revenue from physical sales in the music industry. This follows 15 years of upward trend – today, while remaining a niche product, the vinyl record may well eventually survive to be the only analogue medium for music, as the sales of CD continue their downward spiral. Researchers in sociology and consumer culture have shown how this trend goes well beyond nostalgia – buyers of vinyl are attracted by its status as an object, its physical presence. This attraction matters even more today, as most of the time listening to a song does not involve buying a physical support anymore.

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In rotation: 10/7/19

Sarnia, ON | Business as usual at Sarnia’s Cheeky Monkey, until it’s not: …While it’s true that Cheeky Monkey Record Store co-owners Roland and Mary Anne Peloza recently put their three-unit Christina Street building up for sale (at press time, Cushman & Wakefield’s Ken Poore has it listed at $699,000), the couple wants to assure loyal customers and local music fanatics that their iconic music store will most assuredly still be open for business during the upcoming holiday season and possibly beyond that for some time, too. The answer to the question of when exactly Cheeky Monkey will close its doors for good is, to steal a phrase from Bob Dylan, blowing in the wind. “Basically it’s business as usual … until it’s not,” Roland said, smiling. But after 37 years of providing music lovers and movie buffs across southwestern Ontario with every kind of genre of entertainment in virtually every kind of format – from VHS tapes and 8-Tracks to vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays – the Pelozas have finally decided to start the process of winding down their successful small business career…

London, UK | Is it time for CDs to be resigned to the dustbin of history? But one expert says CDs are ‘a long way from dead.’ CDs are seemingly on the way out as sales drop by millions and millions year-on-year. Vinyl, meanwhile, continues to enjoy its revival. Vinyl sales are set to overtake CDs for the first time in 33 years, according a report by an American music body. However, this is not the case in Europe, with one expert saying that CDs are “a long way from dead.” While the vinyl revival has caused the sales of records to grow in recent years, CD sales have went the opposite way. In 2018, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released their mid-term report that showed CD sales were “dropping three times as fast as vinyl sales were growing.” The RIAA have published their mid-term report for this year. It found that vinyl is on target to outsell CDs for the first time since 1986. There were 8.6 million vinyl records sold in the US in the first half of 2019, earning $224.1million. CDs, meanwhile, made $247.9m in the same period. Rolling Stone reports: “Vinyl revenue grew by 12.8 per cent in the second half of 2018, and 12.9 per cent in the first six months of 2019, while the revenue from CDs barely budged.

Can our vinyl obsession ever be environmentally friendly? Vinyl is back, but the format comes with a serious environmental cost. As the dance music world attempts to go greener, some companies are working out ways to make our wax obsession as eco-friendly as possible — we spoke to the head of one such manufacturer, Deep Grooves Pressing Plant, to find out more. …When it comes to vinyl production specifically, each stage of the meticulous process is harmful. The fossil fuel, crude oil, is extracted from limited sources in the ground, refined and processed into PVC granulate — the material that your standard vinyl is made from. The typical black colour of vinyl is derived from carbon black, a by-product from the burning of petroleum substances like tar. Studies from professors and other qualified professionals estimate that we have around 50 years until all fossil fuel sources are depleted, and although we can use alternatives, fossil fuels are ultimately irreplaceable.

Bury, UK | HMV Bury to host series of live gigs supporting unsigned artists: A record store is opening its doors and its shelves to unsigned bands and artists in a bid to help them boost their exposure and land their big brake. HMV’s Bury store is preparing to launch a series of live music events featuring some of the hottest talents from across the borough and Greater Manchester as part of its Live and Local campaign. Kicking off the seven show run are Bury and Bolton psychedelic indie rockers Fragile Audio who will be performing from 4.30pm on October 5. Also lined up to play over the following six weeks are Bolton singer songwriter James Holt, Wilmslow-based artist Jay Dunn, Bury and Bolton surf rock punks Adventures of Salvador & Uke Punk, Oldham indie band The Recreation, Manchester teenage multi-instrumentalist Cobain Jones and Bury jangle pop five-piece Hurray For Tuesday. Steve Toolan, HMV Bury store manager, said: “Saturday will be our very first live gig. We are only a small shop so it’s going to be interesting.

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In rotation: 10/4/19

Paris, FR | Paris Loves Vinyl 2019 at the Reuilly Space: The Reuilly Space opens its doors on Sunday, November 10, 2019 to the new and seventh edition of Paris Loves Vinyl. In the program? A destocking of 100,000 vinyls, 70 exhibitors present and 8 dj sets for all lovers of the record! As the digital continues its invasion, the vinyl makes resistance. The proof, every year with the Record Store Day which seduces many amateurs and fans of music. It’s about Paris Loves Vinyl which celebrates this autumn its 7th edition. Purpose of this event? “Place Paris on the map of the most beautiful international conventions and make it an unmissable event for all collectors, amateurs, curious, music lovers, diggers and, especially, for all the young generation who discovers this format via the web, House Music, hip hop”.

Portland, OR | Beacon Sound Is Opening Its Own Store, While Planned Partner Nationale Continues with East Burnside Location: Earlier this year, it was reported that North Mississippi record store Beacon Sound was joining forces with the Nationale art gallery for a joint storefront at the intersection of East Burnside and 22nd. Beacon Sound’s Andrew Neerman and Nationale’s May Burruel announced this week that their joint venture won’t be going forward as planned. Instead, Beacon Sound will be remaining a separate entity and reopening at a new location on October 10. The new location is 207 SE Grand, between Ash and Pine. This is next door to the Elvis Room bar (which was once upon a time the East End rock venue), in a space that has been home to the Sea Tramp tattoo parlor and a State Farm insurance office. In a statement, Neerman and Burruel write, “This new space will be ground zero for the record label… and critically-acclaimed record shop.

Telluride, CO | Colemine Records is the new soul institution: Stax, Daptone, Big Crown are all record labels famous for delivering top-notch, goosebump-producing soul music. Legends like Sharon Jones, Booker T, Charles Bradley, The Staples Singers and so many more released world-changing albums under these cult classic labels, creating movements and generations of soul, gospel and funk. More recently, a new wave of young artists have taken hold, catching the ears of music enthusiasts globally. Telluride has caught a glimpse of this new wave and, maybe, you have, too. If you had the luck of attending local performances from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Durand Jones & The Indications or Monophonics in town you 100 percent got a healthy glimpse of the wave. These stunning young artists, along with other incredible talent, all have one emerging record label in common, Colemine Records.

Bakersfield, CA | Bakersfield Sound 10-CD set is both entertainment and encyclopedia: Several things impress about Scott B. Bomar’s exhaustive history in word and song of Bakersfield’s (mostly) post-war music legacy, but two stand out. One is the staggering level of commitment it must have taken for Bomar to dig up, clean up, pare down and obtain rights to the 299 tracks on his new 10-CD boxed set, “The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974.” The other is the sheer weight of the final product. Including the 10 separately sleeved music discs and the 224-page, photograph-rich hardcover coffee table book within, this full-term baby comes in at an authoritative seven pounds-plus. Bomar, a Los Angeles writer and musicologist, has researched the Bakersfield Sound extensively enough over the past 15 years to have become familiar with most of this city’s better dining experiences as he immersed himself in the music history.

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In rotation: 10/3/19

New York, NY | Nashville Opens Pop-Up Record Store in New York: While it’s known as the home of “country” music, artists like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Jack White, Kings of Leon, and so many others have also recorded albums in Nashville, or called the city home at one time or another. Now, a new vinyl pop-up shop at New York’s SHOWFIELDS called Spin On: Nashville’s Vinyl Collection, is highlighting Nashville’s rich music history. The store will also feature in-store artist performances and autograph signings. Nashville’s world-renowned record store, Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music & Books, curated the vast collection of albums on display. “As people look through these records they’ll go, whoa, how is this related to Nashville?” notes Grimey’s co-owner, Doyle Davis. “What is R.E.M. doing here? Well, they cut Document at the Sound Emporium on Belmont Boulevard. Neil Young cut records here, Bob Dylan cut records here. And now the Nashville rock scene is so dynamic with Jack White, The Raconteurs, and Black Keys. So, you’ve got the obvious country, Americana, singer/songwriter legacy of the city…”

Boise, ID | Keepin’ It Local: Boise man shows us why holding a vinyl, cassette or CD in hand really rocks! Iconic Boise record store owner molds music lovers for decades and generations to come: Technology has changed our world. Including the world of music. The way we discover music and artist, how we listen…even how we purchase music has all evolved with the invention of the internet. While some appreciate the convenience of online, others said we are missing a large part of the ‘art.’ Owner of the iconic Boise music store, ‘The Record Exchange,’ Micheal Bunnell, argued that there is still great relevancy to shopping for music locally. Bunnell is also the co-founder of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and said, “I think it (the Record Exchange) is a place where different cultures and people with different backgrounds can meet and share a passion. It has a place in any community in the country.” To him (and many others), music is more than just clipped sound bites, it is an experience, an experience that you get when seeing album art, a tour poster or when you hold a vinyl, cassette or CD in hand.

Chattanooga, TN | Yellow Racket Records To Open Record Store In April 2020: Local indie record label Yellow Racket Records has announced a plan to open a 2,000 square foot record store in the heart of Chattanooga in April 2020. The store will primarily carry vinyl records, both new and used, with a wide selection from independent and major labels. They also intend to stock a small assortment of CD’s, cassettes, posters, and other music merchandise (such as apparel and accessories). The store will partner with Goodman Coffee to operate a small coffee bar for people to enjoy while shopping and listening, and they plan to host regular events on site, including in-store performances, listening parties, artist meet-and-greets, and other community events for vinyl collectors and music lovers. Label-founder and owner Ben VanderHart states that the vision for the location is to help foster Chattanooga’s vibrant community of vinyl collectors and music lovers by offering tangible, memorable experiences with music. “We live in an age where music is becoming more and more ephemeral; and as that happens, more and more people are looking for intentional, physical, lasting experiences with music,” said Mr. VanderHart. “Which is why I think vinyl has become so popular in the last decade.”

Portland, OR | Music to Your Ears: A Guide to Portland’s Best Record Stores: Portland is a vinyl town. Sure, coffee, bikes, and beer get all the headlines, but record hounds know the real truth: This is a city of DJs, and it’s powered by 12-inch slabs of wax. Naturally, Portland has an embarrassment of riches as far as places to score your next vinyl fix, and there are too many great record stores to mention them all here. But if your turntable setup is crying out for something new to play (or, better yet, something old and rare), you can’t make a wrong step with these terrific shops. You’re not a Portland record collector until you’ve made the pilgrimage to Crossroads Records (8112 SE Foster), which boasts the biggest, baddest, best selection of used vinyl in the city. Crossroads is a multi-vendor mini-mall of record sellers, each one hosting a table of specialized wares. This is the place to go for deep crate digging, with ultra-rare obscurities sharing bin space with crowd-pleasing go-tos. It’s easy to lose the entire day browsing Crossroads’ countless bins—and each vendor is organized separately, which makes searching for one thing in particular a blissfully time-consuming affair—so block out a chunk of the afternoon and get ready to lug home an armful of choice LPs.

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In rotation: 10/2/19

Santa Ana, CA | Turning the Tables: Rising vinyl scene in Santa Ana: In this era of Soundcloud, Spotify and other digital streaming services, music has become more accessible and disposable than ever. One physical form of music remains prominent and growing in the industry. It is not cassettes and it’s definitely not CDs, but it does start with a crackle — vinyl. Vinyl sales are visibly growing, record sales are booming while other physical forms of music, like CDs, are plummeting. According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) 2019 mid-year report, vinyl is a $224 million industry, with a 12.9% increase in sales in just 2019 alone, making records more profitable than all other forms of physical music and even digital downloads. Streaming still accounts for 80% of music’s grand revenue, while physical forms of music render 9%, vinyl is still doing significantly well.

Edinburgh, UK | National Library of Scotland receives donation of over 10,000 records from life-long collector of Scottish music: A record collector based in the West Midlands, Mr Dean-Myatt amassed his collection of Scottish music over a 70-year period – he is now donating them to the nation. His special interest in 78s of Scottish music stemmed from the music played by his relatives in Scotland. His research resulted in his book, The Scottish Vernacular Discography 1888-1960. Any flat disc record, made between about 1898 and the late 1950s and playing at a speed around 78 revolutions per minute is called a “78” by collectors. Mr Dean-Myatt said: “I have always been bemused as to why Scotland did not have a sound archive that recorded the commercial vernacular music of Scotland, rather than high art music. “I want the collection to be heard and used by people to listen and learn about historic Scottish music…”

Concord Acquires Legendary Punk Label Victory Records: Growing indie powerhouse Concord continues to gobble up independent music labels with its acquisition of Victory Records, the Chicago-based punk and emo label founded by Tony Brummel in 1989. As part of the deal, Concord has also acquired Brummel’s Another Victory Publishing catalog too. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Billboard estimates that the Victory company had $4.5 million-$5 million a year in revenue and further estimates that Concord paid somewhere in the range of $27 million-$34 million for the Victory company. “Concord is a market leader across rock genres in both new releases and catalog,” Concord”s chief business development officer Steve Salm said in a statement. “Tony’s dedication to Victory and the development of talent within these rock genres of metal, emo and hardcore as a true independent operator is incredibly admirable and he’s made a very significant impact …”

The Beatles’ Abbey Road on course to return to Number 1 on its 50th anniversary: The Beatles are heading for Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart. The Fab Four’s historic Abbey Road album is on course to return to the top spot 50 years after it first ruled the Official Chart in October 1969. During its original run, the album spent 17 weeks at Number 1, 11 of which were consecutive. Read our chart fact rundown on Abbey Road. As of today’s Official Chart Update, Abbey Road has a lead of 12,000 chart sales over last week’s chart-topper Why Me? Why Not. from Liam Gallagher (2). A newly released 50th anniversary edition of the album on CD and vinyl, featuring previously unheard material from the recording sessions, are driving its sales this week. Meanwhile, Lewis Capaldi’s former Number 1 album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent is climbing again this week following his recent BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Symphony, currently back up four places to Number 3.

Robert Plant vinyl singles box set arrives in time for Christmas: Robert Plant is celebrating the second season of his hugely popular podcast, Digging Deep with Robert Plant, with the release of a very special limited edition 7’’ singles boxed set. DIGGING DEEP includes 16 A-sides and rare B-sides spanning three decades, remastered versions available on vinyl for the first time. The eight-disc collection also features restored artwork from the original 7’’ releases, packaged in a bespoke hardback book. DIGGING DEEP will be available worldwide via Plant’s own EsParanza label on Friday, December 13; pre-orders are available now. DIGGING DEEP collects two songs from each of Plant’s eight acclaimed solo albums, highlighted by 10 iconic tracks which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Rock Songs chart, including the #1 classics, “Little By Little,” “Tall Cool One,” and “Hurting Kind.” The boxed set also includes a number of songs featured on Digging Deep with Robert Plant, including “Big Log” and “Tin Pan Valley,” both of which are discussed at length in the podcast’s second season.

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In rotation: 10/1/19

Sacramento, CA | Iconic music store Dimple Records shuts its doors for good: It’s the end of an era. The owners of an iconic record and CD store enjoyed a final spin Friday night. Dimple Records officially closed its last three stores in Roseville, Folsom and Arden. The business was founded by John and Dilyn Radakovitz in 1974, and they were in business for 45 years. “We’re a little bummed, but we enjoyed as much of it as we could,” said customer Andi Bonner, who was visiting with her daughter Mikenzie. After slumping sales and a change in how customers purchase and listen to music in the digital age, the owners decided it was time to close up shop. The owners arrived Friday at their farewell bash in Roseville on the red carpet and thanked their many loyal customers and employees. “It’s kind of a sad day,” said John Radakovitz. “But I’ve loved every minute of it – selling music. It’s all I’ve ever done. I’ve met some wonderful people.”

Eugene, OR | Local record stores embracing album format coming around again: “Record stores are sort of like libraries, where knowledge is shared and pursued,” says Callie Lou Dean of Moon Rock Records in Eugene. There is no arguing that digital platforms, like the iPod and online streaming service, created a seismic shift in the way people consume music. The game changer came in 1999, when the iPod hit, letting people download digital music, listen to it online and carry it on their cell phones. In the iPod’s wake, compact discs would lose almost 30% of their total revenue in six years, digging into record store profits. When Greg Sutherland began at House of Records in 1983, there were 12 record stores around town. Since Skip Hermens at Skip’s Records & CD World decided to retire in July, there are three existing records stores left in Eugene. A fourth, the newest addition, is Springfield’s Little Axe Records, which opened June 1.

Sydney, AU | Step back in time: LPs to outstrip CDs for first time in 33 (and 1/3) years: Kylie Minogue achieved something remarkable in July, when her best-of collection Step Back in Time topped the ARIA charts in its first week of release. It wasn’t just that she chalked up a sixth number-one album courtesy of her 13th compilation. It was that she sold more copies of it on vinyl than on CD. It was proof, for those who still doubted, that vinyl is back. Peak vinyl was 1987, when sales of 12- and 7-inch discs were worth more than $80 million in Australia. By 2007, the format was worth barely $2 million a year. Now, though, it is worth around $20 million, and climbing. “A lot of music fans find the digital experience to be detached,” says Ian James of Mushroom Music Publishing. “It doesn’t give you any sense of involvement with the artist. There are so many pieces of music in the digital world that it makes it almost impossible to differentiate.”

Nirvana announce ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’ vinyl reissue: Nirvana‘s ‘Unplugged In New York’ is set to receive a vinyl reissue to mark the 25th anniversary of its 1994 release. Widely considered to be one of the best live albums of all time, the 2LP release features the entire show, alongside five rehearsal performances which were previously only available on DVD. Marking the significance of the release, it also boasts an exclusive gatefold jacket with anniversary silver foil detail on the front and back cover. You can check out the tracklisting in full below, and pre-order an exclusive limited edition coloured vinyl on Nirvana’s official website.

Black Friday 2019: the dates, the best deals and all the latest info for music fans: Keep it locked to this page for the best Black Friday music deals on record players, vinyl, headphones, guitars and more. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us. Unless you live under a rock, you’ll know that the day after Thanksgiving the biggest and maddest online shopping event of the year kicks off. But the Black Friday deal-fest doesn’t stop there – from early October right up until Christmas you can expect to see loads of ace deals on music gear, from music listening tech to instruments, band merch and Dr Martens. If you know what you’re looking for – and where to look – it’s possible to bag some absolute bargains. But we’re not planning on casting you adrift on a sea of Black Friday pet food deals (unless that’s what you’re after), our experts will be updating this Black Friday hub regularly with the very latest bargains.

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In rotation: 9/30/19

Kelowna, ON | ‘We can’t let the music die’: Kelowna’s Milkcrate Records takes final bow: It’s not just any record store, Milkcrate Records is a vital lifeline of Kelowna’s music scene and it’s about to disappear from Lawrence Avenue. “We can’t let the music die,” said Richard Rafton, Milkcrate Records owner. Known not only for its great record selection, Milkcrate was a key connection for local artists and music lovers. Employees would welcome anyone through the doors for coffee, a slice of pie and record spinning during the day. At night it became a place where musicians, poets and authors could come together in the name of art. “We are all about supporting not just the local music scene but live music in general,” Rafton said. After five years of fostering local talent and allowing it to blossom on-stage, Rafton said it’s time to say goodbye to the beloved record store, after losing a dispute with the landlord.

Dublin, IE | Pixies make in-store appearance ahead of Dublin gig: US indie legends Pixies marked the release of their new and seventh studio album Beneath The Eyrie with an in-store appearance at Tower Records in Dublin on Thursday afternoon ahead of their sell-out show at the Olympia Theatre. The band, Paz Lenchantin, Joey Santiago, Charles Thompson IV and David Lovering, signed albums and spoke to fans at the shop at lunchtime. Pixies played a 39-song set last night at Ulster Hall in Belfast, including new track Los Surfers Muertos, and classics such as Caribou, Velouria, Nimrod’s Son, Wave of Mutilation, and an encore of Debaser. Regular visitors to Ireland, Pixies have played many gigs here over the years, since their first Irish show at Dublin’s National Stadium in 1990. They have also headlined several Irish festivals. Tower on Dublin’s Dawson is no stranger to visits from international music stars and earlier this year Bob Dylan surprised staff at the shop when he sent them a signed copy of his 1997 album Time Out of Mind to mark Record Store Day.

Leeds, UK | Newsflash! PL ref Jon Moss is in a band and has opened a record shop in Leeds: When I tell people that Premier League referee Jon Moss has a record shop in Headingley called ‘Vinyl Whistle’, the first reaction is “really!” followed by “great name”. The Leeds postcode, LS6, is ‘Studentsville’. Not the most obvious place for one of the country’s leading football officials to pop up with a stack of LPs and singles. But back in the late 80s and early 90s, this was Jon’s hunting ground. Like so many of us back then who wrote cheques to buy fish and chips and queued outside phone boxes to contact our girlfriends and boyfriends, Jon was a record-buying, gig-going musical nut. And his passion for music has never left him since those taste-shaping days. So Planet Football was intrigued. The part of the Venn Diagram where football referees and Velvet Underground (that’s what he would be playing when I first entered his shop) fans intersect is a small one. It was time to find out how this all came about.

3″ Vinyl? Record Stores Nationwide Are Selling the Tiny Format: Record Store Day is now trying to popularize a niche vinyl format with new releases for the ‘RSD3 Mini Turntable.’ Vinyl sales are now threatening to overtake CDs — for the first time since 1986. So maybe this is the perfect time for a vinyl novelty. The tiny, 3″ vinyl format was first popularized by The White Stripes frontman, Jack White. White’s label ⁠— Third Man Records ⁠— imported the format from Japan for limited edition singles. The original 3″ vinyl player was a cheap toy from Japanese toymaker Bandai. The format never caught on beyond White Stripes fans, but Record Store Day is hoping to change that. Earlier this year, Record Store Day teamed up with Crosley to release a new 3″ vinyl player. Dubbed the RSD3 Mini Turntable, the record player launched on Record Store Day ⁠— April 13th. Four collectible singles from Third Man and Epitaph Records highlighted that initial release.

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