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

In rotation: 6/18/19

Louisville, KY | Moving out but moving forward: Underground Sounds getting new location after 24 years. The owner says after being in it’s original location for 24 years, he wishes they could stay for another 24. A local store that’s fed the hunger of music lovers for decades is closing its doors. They are leaving their shop right off Bardstown Road, to move to a more affordable location on Barrett Avenue. “Bardstown road has changed over the last few years. The cool mom and pop stores really can’t afford the rent in the area anymore so we’re kind of going off to the side streets now,” said Craig Rich, the owner of Underground Sounds. Although they are starting new beginnings elsewhere, they are leaving years of history behind at 2003 Highland Avenue. “My son said his first words here, he took his first steps in this store.There’s people who have met here that formed bands. I had two kids that were working here for me a while ago. They’re married now,” explained Craig. They are able to move most of their merchandise to the new location and Craig says they will bring their vibes along on the journey.

Cardiff, UK | The story of Kellys Records – the oldest secondhand record store in the UK: The Cardiff institution this month celebrates its 50th birthday. On the balcony of Cardiff Central Market a group of teenage girls excitably pose for pictures with friends. They’re gathered outside one of the market’s longest-running stalls and haven for music lovers – Kelly Records. One of the youngsters has a camera trained on her subject, while others capture images on their mobiles no doubt destined for social media. On closer inspection several of the girls having their picture taken are all wearing the same uniform – white t-shirt and blue jeans. It transpires that the pictures being taken are for a photoshoot for an aspiring band hoping to get some eye-catching publicity shots. “It happens all the time,” laughs Allan Parkins, the owner of the shop that has become a secondhand paradise for music lovers in the city and beyond during the last half century. “People love to have their photo taken with the records. It’s a great backdrop for pictures to put up on Instagram and Facebook.”

Prince Edward Island, CA | No jail time for P.E.I. man who stole vinyl records: A P.E.I. man who used a stolen credit card and sold about 200 records he stole from his roommate was recently given a suspended sentence. Tanner Edwin Earl Bell, 24, appeared before Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to the theft of the records and using a stolen credit card. The court heard that while the records’ owner was away Bell told him there was a break-in at their home, which wasn’t true. When the owner returned home, he learned Bell had taken about 200 records and sold them. The victim was able to locate most of the records Bell sold to Back Alley Music and to Most Wanted pawn shop. Bell was also caught on video using a stolen Visa card that belonged to a different victim. The court heard he had no prior criminal record before he committed those offences. Before hearing his sentence, Bell told the court he was deeply apologetic and won’t do anything like it again. “It’s a pretty atrocious act on my behalf…”

New Documentary ‘Blue Note: Beyond The Notes’ Surpasses Its Purpose: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, a stylish and engaging new documentary by Sophie Huber, opens in the recording studio, with a top-tier crew of modern jazz musicians going about their business. From his station behind a keyboard rig, Robert Glasper calls out ideas for an arrangement; Ambrose Akinmusire’s trumpet, warming up, can be heard in the background. An establishing shot introduces Don Was, the musical polymath serving as Blue Note’s president, as a hipster Buddha in the control booth. As Was explains to the camera, we’re watching a session for the Blue Note All-Stars, a group with an obvious name and celebratory purpose, having originally been assembled in commemoration of the label’s 75th anniversary. That was five years ago. Now, the pacesetting jazz label is celebrating its 80th, and among its related promotions and corporate tie-ins — vinyl reissues, branded playlists, album-cover art prints, a limited-edition watch — is this film.

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon sells for big money: ONE of Pink Floyd’s best known records is one of the most expensive to be sold in the UK. Fronted by Hove resident David Gilmour, Pink Floyd’s 1973 release Dark Side of the Moon is considered one of the finest records of all time. As well as being a musical masterpiece the album is also worth a lot of money. According to a list by music website Discogs, the album ranks in the top 50 most expensive albums ever sold in the UK. The Vinyl LP, Gatefold Sleeve edition of the record, released on Harvest, was sold in 2018 for the sum of $3,242 (£2,557). It means it ranks 31st in the list of most expensive records sold in the country. Containing well known hits like Us and Them, Time and The Great Gig in the Sky, Dark Side of the Moon is often heralded as one of Pink Floyd’s greatest albums.

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In rotation: 6/17/19

Cincinnati, OH | Old OTR record store gets new life … Oh, and hemp products: Another Part of the Forest, the record shop on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine, is re-opening with a new owner and new focus. Jerry Stepp is taking over the operation and renting the storefront from Julie Fay, who owns the adjacent Iris Book Café. Stepp ran Another Part of the Forest for Fay until a few months ago when it was closed and the business switched over to Stepp. Stepp’s changes include renovating the space and paring down the stock. What made the former incarnation of the store so interesting was also what made it so difficult: there was stuff everywhere. Nowhere did the vinyl-shopper’s phase “crate digging” more fittingly apply. Another Part of the Forest opened in 2010 with Mike Markiewicz running the operation. He gave it its name, taking the phrase from the Shakespeare play “As You Like It.” Merkiewicz died in 2014. Fay, the landlord, was left in charge and had help from Stepp and others.

Gastonia, NC | Record store opens in Gastonia: In a world of streaming music services, there’s still nothing quite like vinyl. Just ask Ron Davis. “It’s the ritual of it,” Davis said. “It’s just like for a cigarette smoker. It’s taking a cigarette out, tapping it, lighting it, that first inhale. It’s the same thing with sliding the record out of the jacket, spearing the hole with the spindle, and then dropping the needle down. It’s the ritual of it.” Davis is far from the only person who feels that way. And last month, he and business partner Speight Byrd opened Revolver Records on East Franklin Boulevard. It’s Gastonia’s first record store in decades, and it’s a dream come true for Davis. “I’ve always wanted to operate a record store,” Davis said. The shop, which opened in May, is full of vintage and new albums. Prices are varied, but Davis says his selection is cheaper than what folks might find in record booths or in sections of big-name stores. Vinyl in general has seen something of a revival in recent years.

Milwaukee, WI | Inglenook, a new store in Menomonee Falls, sells homemade products and plays vinyl records: Whether the record player is spinning Queen or Madonna, the unique physical vibrations from vinyl records will be the first impression of Inglenook, Menomonee Falls’ newest homemade items store. Inglenook, on the outskirts of downtown Menomonee Falls at N89 W16338 Main St., features homemade products such as self-care products, perfume, pottery and macrame. “Records have the perfect feel to the store,” business owner Tanya Kapp, who owns the business with her partner Angela Roberts, said. “It makes you feel as if you are at home.” They also stock the vinyl records played in the store, Kapp said. Requested records can be special ordered, she added. Inglenook, a Scottish word meaning a nook near a warm place, has a homemade faux-lighted fireplace where customers can chat or just listen to records. “Records are not a thing of the past,” Kapp said. “Vinyl records never went away.”

Chicago, IL | Tone Deaf Records Opens Saturday In Portage Park, With 12,000+ Punk, Metal, Indie, Jazz And Soul Albums To Choose From: Why don’t you do what you’ve always wanted and open a record store? his girlfriend said. So, owner Tony Assimos has been renovating the storefront at 4356 N. Milwaukee Ave. After months of preparation, Tone Deaf Records will open to the public Saturday (6/15). Tony Assimos, the store’s owner, decided to take the plunge and open a shop of his own at 4356 N. Milwaukee Ave. after he was priced out of Logan Square and the neighborhood’s other longtime record shop, Raffe’s, shuttered. “I’ve been busting my ass for the last two months to get everything up and running,” Assimos said. “I think it looks nice and the shelves are full of stuff. I think we’re presentable enough. “I’m going to open the doors at noon and have some cookies, coffee and other snacks,” he added. Assimos said his dad had a “killer record collection” and growing up, he’d sit with him and listen to albums from artists like Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Stones.

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In rotation: 6/14/19

Tulsa, OK | New locally owned record store opens in east Tulsa: Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks once again rock the record bins at an east Tulsa music store. Once a staple of the 1970’s and 1980’s, the vinyl records all but disappeared in the 1990’s and now Oil Capital Vinyl is bringing them back. The store is in its second week of operation at its new location near South Memorial Drive and East 27th Street South. The record store hopes to capitalize on a resurgence in records and record players. It’s also the longtime dream of its owner Daniel Vandurmen who said now just happened to be the perfect time. My previous job ended, they closed our plant recently and we saw it coming so I decided this was a good time, if I was ever going to do this to start a record store,” said Vandurmen. FOX23 did some checking and there is a spike in record sales. Last year Buzz Angle Music reported a nearly 12% increase in vinyl record sales but Vandurmen told us most of his sales right now are records that were printed decades ago.

New Bedford, MA | Hitting their groove: Local musicians going vinyl with help of Purchase Street Records: Another local musician has gone vinyl. With the release of J Kelley’s “Burning Season” the vinyl records renaissance is taking a greater hold in SouthCoast. The record is the second to be funded and released by Purchase Street Records, a downtown New Bedford business devoted primarily to the sale of vinyl albums. In September of 2017 the store supported a split EP with the local bands The Pourmen and Black Kennedys. It has sold more than 200 copies. The release of “Burning Season” will be celebrated on Friday, June 14 with a performance by Kelley and his band at the Pour Farm Tavern, conveniently across the street from Purchase Street Records. The Pour Farm gig will be the second event dedicated to this recording – in April the band launched the CD edition of the songs with a show at Paul’s Sports Corner in Fairhaven. “If you’re into Tom Petty, Goo Goo Dolls or 90′s Aerosmith you’ll like this record,” said Roger Chouinard, owner of Purchase Street Records.

Mount Kisco, NY | Record Store a Treasure Trove for Music Lovers: …Originally, Gibson, a collector who has been in the record business for most of the past 35 years, was going to use that space to run his mail order record business. But the retail side flourished forcing Gibson to find more room. “There hadn’t been a record store in the area for a long time,” he said. “I didn’t know how many people would be interested and there’s still a lot of people that are (interested) quite a lot, and it’s been a great time so far.” Between the two locations, Gibson estimates that he has about 40,000 records, with almost any genre of music represented at all price points, starting at under $5. However, his bread and butter are the rock albums from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, mostly the 33 rpm records, although he does carry a small collection of 45s and CDs. His merchandise also includes concert posters and other memorabilia. Much of Gibson’s inventory of used records he’s collected over the years he bought from other collectors or the public.

Seattle, WA | Capitol Hill gets a new bar: Life On Mars: Looking for a new bar to check out? Look no further than this new arrival. Called Life On Mars, the fresh arrival is located at 722 E. Pike St. in Capitol Hill. Life On Mars provides drinks and music in a laid back, retro atmosphere. The bar has a food and drink menu with bar fare like burgers, fries and mac and cheese. Drinks range from creative cocktails to draft and canned beer and wine. You can also purchase vinyl from the wide selection of more than 5,800 vinyl records the bar has displayed like a library of books. From 4-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, you can peruse the vinyl collection, pick a record and ask the bartender to play it during Vinyl Happy Hour. The newcomer has already attracted fans thus far, with a 4.5-star rating out of seven reviews on Yelp. Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. Life On Mars is open from 4 p.m.–2 a.m. daily.

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In rotation: 6/13/19

UK | This new book takes you inside London’s independent record shops: A 60-stop vinyl tour. A new book called Vinyl London: A Guide to Independent Record Shops has been published by ACC Art Books. Written by Tom Greig with original photography by Sam Mellish, Vinyl London visits sixty independent record shops, stalls, cafés and fairs in the city. Organised by location – Soho, North, East, South, West, Suburbs, Markets, Vinyl Cafes – it includes maps, addresses, opening times and information about stock. Featured locales include Phonica Records, Alan’s, Crypt Of The Wizard, Spiritland, and the Independent Label Market. Vinyl London is part of a series by ACC Art Books exploring creative scenes in the capital.

Austin, TX | Astro Records takes ‘a leap of faith’ in downtown Bastrop: Kevin “Lippy” Mawby’s grand opening of Astro Records in downtown Bastrop recently was an auspicious beginning for his new business. More than 100 people turned out — musicians, vinyl collectors and curious passersby — and the excitement surrounding his new venture was palpable. Astro Records, which takes its name from Bastrop, minus the first and last letters, has become Bastrop County’s first record store, nestled in a 1,000-square foot storefront along Pine Street in downtown Bastrop. After nearly 15 years trying to find a home for his vinyl collection, which he’s towed from New Orleans to Austin to Bastrop, he’s finally taking a “leap of faith” on Bastrop’s downtown. “The great thing about Bastrop, it’s one of a few downtowns that remains vital in small town Texas,” Mawby said. “It’s a lovely place to live. It’s safe, comparatively affordable, and everybody seems happy to be here.”

Oak Park, IL | The evening John Prine stopped by Val’s: Legendary folk singer wanted to give old pal’s shop a boost. It’s no secret that Val’s halla Records, 239 Harrison St. in the Arts District, has been struggling. Val Camilletti (1939-2018), the long-time proprietor, was one of Oak Park’s most beloved figures for over four decades. For 46 years Val sold new and used records while sharing her warmth and wisdom about music ranging from ragtime to rock. She died of cancer while in hospice care nearly a year ago. Through the decades, while developing a large number of devoted customers, Val had also got to know many musicians, especially those with local roots. One who was especially significant was John Prine from Maywood. Val actually helped John choose his first pressings for his records. Shayne Blakely, who spent half of his 38 years working at Val’s halla, continues to manage the store. He pays the bills, builds relationships, and sells new and used vinyl, cassettes, and CD’s, ever hustling to keep the place afloat.

Savannah, GA | Mini Graveface fest brings together impressive, diverse lineup: Ryan Graveface talks ahead of special Jinx show: Graveface Records, owned by musician, label head, and entrepreneur Ryan Graveface, is a Savannah staple by this point. He’s been running his label for over 15 years, and his record store has been here in town since 2011. Since landing in Savannah, Graveface has staged some successful music festivals — but admits that attendance started lagging after the first few years. He shifted his focus towards horror film festivals, but he’s ready to test the waters again and see if there’s still a hunger for the incredible music he’s consistently brought to our city. With the lineup he has planned, it’s bound to be an unforgettable event. I’d been doing the Graveface Music Fest for 15 years, mostly in Chicago,” he tells Connect.

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In rotation: 6/12/19

Edinburgh, SCT | Turntables, vinyl, cakes and coffee – welcome to Leith’s new record store cafe: Cafe Greenhouse opens this weekend at the Shore. Team EH6 has a new addition in the form of Cafe Greenhouse – a local coffee shop with a difference. Housed in Studio w2 – a concept events venue, pop up space and creative studio located on the Shore – the cafe is a record store meets coffee shop hybrid, packed full of turntables, records, cakes and coffee. Owners Jo and Erica have filled the Leith venue with an impressive selection of vinyl which customers can purchase or simply listen to whilst having a drink. In residency at 7 Tolbooth Wynd for the next eight months, the pop-up are serving up tea from Edinburgh-based Eteaket as well as Glasgow’s Ovenbird Coffee (who they are working with to create a bespoke blend for the caff). Writing on their launch party event page, Cafe Greenhouse said: “For a limited time only we’ll be sharing our love of speciality coffee, underground music, cultural activities and obscure plants to the wonderful people of Leith and beyond.”

Los Angeles, CA | Learning to Listen, in a Los Angeles Cafe Built for Vinyl Japanese-style listening bars, where D.J.’s spin carefully selected records for a hushed audience, are arriving in America. But truly appreciating them can take a little practice. At 9:30 on a recent Monday morning, I parked on East Fourth Place in the downtown arts district, between Skid Row and the Los Angeles River. I walked into a kind of glass vestibule, then opened a door into the half-light of In Sheep’s Clothing, a listening bar. I was returning for a second visit, at an unpopular hour, because I hadn’t grasped its purpose at a popular one. Listening bars — cafes with high-end audio equipment, where patrons listen to vinyl records, carefully selected by a bartender, from a record library behind the bar — have been an institution in Japan since the 1950s. They are a subset of the kissaten, the small and idiosyncratic coffeehouses dotting side-streets in Tokyo. Only recently have several emerged in New York City, Los Angeles and a few other places. Shakily, a culture and a lore are growing, of connoisseurship and grace and obsession.

Best turntables 2019: Budget, mid-range, high-end: Best Turntables Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best turntables you can buy in 2019. Vinyl is back and it’s here to stay. So whether you’re buying your first turntable, replacing an old deck or looking to upgrade your existing record player, we can help. We’ve rounded-up the best record players around, whatever your budget. There are a smattering of selections at the budget end of the market, plus a selection of premium record players if you’re looking to spend a little more money. You can even get a wireless Bluetooth turntable should you want to stream your vinyl selections. The boom in interest in vinyl has seen cheap turntables flood the market, with many all-in-one vinyl systems on the market for less than £100. But you can do better. In fact, some of these decks can even damage your vinyl. As tempting as some of the super-cheap systems may be, it’s worth paying a little more for better build quality and superior sound.

The past and the present merge beautifully in Sony’s wireless vinyl record player: CDs have pretty much already gone the way of the dinosaur. In fact, most cards don’t even come with CD players anymore. Not all physical media is dead when it comes to music though, because vinyl is making a huge comeback. People love how retro vinyl records are, and nothing sounds quite like a record. Of course, playing your vinyl collection on a 50-year-old record player sort of ruins the experience. If you want to enjoy the past but also drag your vinyl records into the future, we’ve got just the thing. The Sony PS-LX310BT Fully Automatic Wireless Vinyl Record Player with Bluetooth is our favorite record player by far, featuring both Bluetooth and wired audio outputs so you can connect it to any system you want! Here are the key details from the product page…

Recordings by Elton John, Nirvana and Thousands More Lost in Fire: A New York Times investigation has revealed that decades of Universal Music Group treasures burned in 2008. Eleven years ago this month, a fire ripped through a part of Universal Studios Hollywood. At the time, the company said that the blaze had destroyed the theme park’s “King Kong” attraction and a video vault that contained only copies of old works. But, according to an article published on Tuesday by The New York Times Magazine, the fire also tore through an archive housing treasured audio recordings, amounting to what the piece described as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.” What happened? The fire started in the early hours of June 1, 2008…The flames eventually reached Building 6197, known as the video vault, which housed videotapes, film reels and, crucially, a library of master sound recordings owned by Universal Music Group…Almost all of the master recordings stored in the vault were destroyed in the fire, including those produced by some of the most famous musicians since the 1940s.

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In rotation: 6/11/19

Bingley, UK | New Five Rise Records shop in Bingley is a dream come true for vinyl lover Aidy: We are already conscious of the impact online retail is having on our high streets. The ease and convenience of buying online has prompted many to shop from the comfort of their own homes – prompting plenty of questions as to what will be the shape of our towns and cities in future? Shops are either closing or just about surviving – we have already lost some well-known brands from our high streets with the future of many well-known names, among them Boots, and some stores within the Arcadia Group, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Topshop and Topman, hanging in the balance. Even department stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams have been feeling the pinch. So, how refreshing it is, to learn of a business that is actually launching – based within bricks and mortar – rather than run on a website in a virtual world. It’s somewhat ironic the birth of Five Rise Records, four years ago, was online.

IN | Odisha Civil Servant Collects 4000+ Vinyl Records, Uses YouTube to Preserve History: Around ten years ago, Vedabandhu Mishra, civil servant, was searching for an Odia song from the 1950s. Mishra searched with dedicated passion but soon realised that the song would remain alive only in his memory. There were no records of it. A little disappointed that a tiny piece of Odisha’s oral literature was lost to time, Mishra made a promise to himself. He was going to retrieve as many vinyl and shellac records as he could find, and keep them alive through the ever-changing waves of technology. Today, Mishra has a collection of over 4000 vinyl, and 500 shellac records, in addition to the ones has borrowed from friends, digitised and returned. While the earliest record he has, dates back to 1906, most of them are from the mid-1900s. The earliest phonograph disc records were made of a variety of materials including hard rubber. Around 1895, a shellac-based material was introduced and became standard.

‘Shrek (Music From The Original Motion Picture)’ Set To Make Vinyl Debut: On its initial release, the album was nominated for 2001’s Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture. 2001’s chart-topping, multi-platinum soundtrack album, Shrek (Music From The Original Motion Picture), is all set to make its debut vinyl release. On 2 August, Geffen/UMe will reissue the blockbuster soundtrack for the acclaimed, Academy Award-winning film in new black and limited edition dark green with lime-green starburst vinyl LP editions. The popular soundtrack’s highlights include Smash Mouth’s mega hit, ‘All Star,’ which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the band’s cover of Neil Diamond’s ‘I’m A Believer;’ EELS’ ‘My Beloved Monster;’ ‘Hallelujah’ performed by Rufus Wainwright; The Proclaimers’ ‘I’m On My Way;’ Baha Men’s performance of ‘Best Years Of Our Lives’ and from the film’s original score composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell, ‘True Love’s First Kiss (Original Score).’

Janet Jackson’s Iconic Back Catalog Is Getting Re-Issued On Vinyl: Janet Jackson is re-issuing her iconic back catalog on vinyl and it’s about time. The “When I Think Of You” hitmaker recently released her breakthrough album, Control, on wax for the first time since 1986, which Consequence of Sound reported. For its release, it was printed on a standard black vinyl as well as a limited red pressing. Now, Jackson is ready to pre-press some other legendary albums of hers. On Amazon and uDiscoverMusic, it appears that five other records of hers are already up for pre-order. Control: The Remixes is getting a funky, multicolored, eye-catching release. Like you can see on the uDiscoverMusic site, it is a two-LP vinyl. One disc is half red and blue and the other half pink and green. The compilation is listed to be released on July 25. Her follow-up studio release to Control, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, is being re-released on July 26. The chart-topping 1989 album will celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year and continues to make a huge impact on pop music today.

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In rotation: 6/10/19

San Antonio, TX | Local record shop thriving despite streaming music: Vinyl record sales humming at Janie’s Record Shop. Despite the popularity of streaming music, there is at least one record shop in San Antonio that is still thriving with vinyl record sales. KSAT 12 News reporter Max Massey paid a visit to Janie’s Record Shop, where he talked with Janie Esparza, owner of the record shop, and her son, Robert Esparza, who manages the business. In her 50s, she went back and got her GED (General Educational Development diploma), and she worked for another record shop, but she knew so much about the music. It was more like a hobby for them, but for my mom, it was a passion,” Robert Esparza said. Janie Esparza started her business in 1985. “Music is life,” she said.

Sydney, AU | The man who saved Blue Note records: When legendary record producer and musician Don Was landed his “dream gig” as president of Blue Note records, it was a mixed blessing. “My goal in life was always not to have a job,” says Was, whose producing credits include Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and the Rolling Stones. “I never thought of playing music, making records or being in the studio as work. I was just happy not to do something where I had a boss and had to show up.” But as well as getting used to showing up at an office, Was was presented with a far more urgent issue when he took over the top job at the legendary jazz label in 2011. “There was some thought that it should be closed down and they were going to make it a website that sold back catalogue and blue T-shirts, basically,” says Was, who is visiting Australia for the first time as part of a tour celebrating Blue Note’s 80th anniversary. “They weren’t sure how to go forward.”

U2 Announce The Unforgettable Fire and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Colored Vinyl Reissues: Their 1984 and 2004 albums have been remastered. U2 have announced new vinyl reissues of The Unforgettable Fire (1984) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004). The newly remastered editions will be pressed on wine red and red 180g vinyl respectively, and will include corresponding lyric booklets as well. The reissues are available beginning today. Last year saw U2 reissue their Wide Awake In America EP (1985), Pop (1997), and All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000). The band’s most recent record, Songs of Experience, was released in 2017. The band are set to continue their tour performing The Joshua Tree in full later this year.

Stone Temple Pilots Announce ‘Purple’ Super Deluxe Edition: When Stone Temple Pilots returned to the studio in 1994 to record the band’s second album, the quartet was facing the high expectations set by its debut “Core” (1992), which sold more than eight million copies and earned a Grammy Award. The release of “Purple” on June 7, 1994 would cement their place as one of the definitive bands of their generation as the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart on its way to selling more than six million copies. Today — on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the album’s debut — Rhino announces the upcoming release of a newly remastered version of “Purple” that is expanded with rare and unreleased studio and live recordings. “Purple: Super Deluxe Edition” will be available on September 13 for $64.98. The 3-CD/1-LP set includes a newly remastered version of the original studio album on both CD and vinyl, plus unreleased versions of album tracks and rarities, along with an unreleased full concert recording from 1994.

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In rotation: 6/7/19

New Orleans, LA | Uptown Record Store Plans Revival of Historic Woolworth’s Counter For Pop-ups, Events: Peaches Records also considering a restaurant down the road. Peaches Records, a treasured, decades-long destination for New Orleans music lovers, hopes to use its historic F.W. Woolworth lunch counter to host pop-ups and events, and to potentially establish a daily restaurant in the future. Uptown Messenger reports that the Magazine Street record store’s owners outlined their plans for the counter at a neighborhood meeting Monday, June 3. The meeting was part of the process in their quest for conditional use approval to operate as a restaurant and serve alcoholic beverages. Lee Rea, son of Peaches’ owner Shirani Rea, clarified that they would use the counter to host local chefs for pop-ups and fundraising events, but that any plans for a daily restaurant are three to five years down the road.

Newark, DE | Beloved 40-year downtown Newark business moves off Main Street (kinda): Less than a month after Newark’s Main Street was reduced to one lane as part of an 18-month road construction project, Rainbow Records has moved away from its longtime home there for a spot just off the central thoroughfare. Their new location at Pomeroy Station, a mixed-use development next to Newark Shopping Center on the street’s east end, features free parking. And most importantly these days, it also features an entrance and exit off N. Chapel Street, allowing customers to bypass the jackhammers… “We found a sweetheart deal,” says Todd Brewer, who bought the record shop with his wife in 2013 and reopened at the new location last weekend. “We really were looking for free parking, No. 1. It’s getting harder and harder to find parking and in 10 years it’s going to be impossible.”

UK | Jays announces partnership with Sunrise Records and Entertainment Limited trading as HMV and FOPP in the UK: Swedish audio product developer Jays Group AB (publ) is partnering with Sunrise Records and Entertainment Limited trading as HMV and FOPP, a leading retailer of music, film, games and technology products with over 120 stores around the UK. Jays Group AB (publ) announces a new partnership for distribution in the UK with Sunrise Records (HMV and FOPP), starting from Q2 2019. The agreement involves Jays’ current and future product range including products from the a-JAYS, a-Six and m-Six series. HMV’s heritage as an entertainment retail specialist stretches back over 90 years to 1921 when its first store in London’s Oxford Street was officially opened. HMV offers a wide selection of new release and catalogue titles of music, film, games and technology products. HMV was acquired by Sunrise Records, a Canadian record store company in 2019.

Verona, PA | Inner Groove Brewing in Verona promises suds and sounds: A new brewhouse in Verona promises to be the place for sounds and suds. Inner Groove Brewing along East Railroad Avenue is expected to open at noon on June 15 with eight beers on tap…The “inner groove” on vinyl records is where bands would have hidden tracks and messages. Music is strong theme throughout the 4,000-square-foot shop, from glued cassette tape centerpieces with electric candles to vinyl records used as coasters. The business logo looks like a hop spinning on a record with the company name in white boxes with black lettering. “I think all of us have a passion for music,” said Tim Melle, a 1990 Deer Lakes grad who called the layout “cozy industrial.” “Our goal is to produce two things: great beer and a great environment.” …Karaoke, trivia and “bring your own vinyl” are among activity nights in the works.

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In rotation: 6/6/19

Madison, WI | July 20 annual vinyl records sale will benefit Lakeview Library: Inspired by his love of records and his love of libraries, Tim Nelson has organized a vinyl sale for the past three years to benefit Lakeview Library. The sales raise money for the Friends of Lakeview Library, who in turn donate funds requested by the librarians to fulfill library users’ needs. The sales have benefited from renewed interest in vinyl recordings in the past decade. First year sales totaled $1,600, but sales have now settled at around $800 per year. The fourth annual vinyl sale will take place Saturday, July 20, from 9 am‒3 pm, at Lakeview Library. Most records cost $1‒$4, but collectables may be higher in price. Nelson, a Northsider who lives in Mendota Hills, has been fascinated by records since he was a child. “I really got interested in collecting when people started getting rid of their records when CDs came out,” he said. “There were all these good used records for sale. I started collecting classical music.”

Provo, UT | 3hive Record Lounge makes Provo a ‘hipper place’: 3hive Record Lounge owner and BYU graduate Sam Cannon said opening Provo’s only record shop last November was almost accidental. When The Mighty Baker moved from its spot on 500 North in Provo, the building owner let Cannon know the space was available if he wanted to set up shop. “The next thing you know, I have a record store,” Cannon recalled, laughing while donning a sweatshirt with the words “Delicious Vinyl.” “I have a day job, so I need this to pay its way, but I don’t need it to make a living. And so it really is just a passion project of mine.” Cannon didn’t open the 3hive Record Lounge on a whim, even if it may have been near accidental. He received encouragement from others in the Provo music scene, who agreed with Cannon’s belief that “a college town this size should have a record store,” and had success selling records both online and in pop-up shops. “I think the reason that people buy records is not necessarily for the sound quality, certainly not for the convenience, but because it’s a physical object made by a band or an artist that you love,” Cannon said. “If you have an emotional connection with something, but you have nothing physical to show for it, that doesn’t kind of feel right. It doesn’t feel complete.”

Whanganui, NZ | Local Focus: Vinyl finds a new groove at Record Fair in Whanganui: It looks like vinyl is back for another generation. Over the weekend, record collectors were out in force at the Record Fair in Whanganui. The foul weather was not foul enough to deter them from finding that special piece of vinyl. “They went out of vogue when CDs came in because CDs came in ’84 to ’85 and they started to take over from vinyl,” Vinyl Trader’s Tony Pill said. “But there were always collectors there that collected vinyl.” Pill said record collection is back in vogue, with young people especially. Record Fair boss Brian Wafer believes the demise of vinyl was a rock’n’roll swindle. “It was manufactured decline. You sell people whatever they like on vinyl, then you sell it to them in a new format on cassette. Then you go ‘hmmmm, how do we do it again? We’ll create a new format and tell them it’s better and we’ll sell it to them on that as well.’

Adelaide, AU | We chat to Revolver’s longest running resident DJ: While clubs welcome international guests most every weekend (who always do a pretty special job), sometimes it’s the locals that keep a place moving either opening floors or closing them in the early hours. Well, with one renowned club such as Melbourne’s slightly notorious jaunt Revolver (upstairs) comes a renowned resident DJ who has been holding the fort for close to 18 years – a record in Victoria, if not Australia if we say so ourselves. His name is Boogs and he is a critically acclaimed selector that has forged his skills minute by minute planted behind firmly the decks at all hours and all spots around Australia including his known 3-hour sets and 7am residency at Revolver. As you’d expect from someone who lets his mixing do the talking not a whole lot is known about the individual with more stamina than a newly minter 18-year old clubber. So in an effort to peel back some of the layers Thick As Thieves took to their socials and asked their fans for the questions they would ask Boogs!

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In rotation: 6/5/19

Tokyo, JP | A new record shop has opened in Tokyo: Run by producer and DJ Chee Shimizu. Chee Shimizu has opened a new record shop called Organic Music in Tokyo. Though this is the first brick and mortar location, Shimizu also runs an online shop of the same name, as well as a label called Japanismn. According to Shimizu, the shop will stock records, vintage clothing and artwork. Organic Music is located at 4-32-17 Shimoigusa, Suginamiku, Tokyo.

Urbana, IL | Record Swap turns tables, finding new life at Lincoln Square in Urbana: Record Swap, which was on the verge of closing in April, will live on in a new space at Urbana’s Lincoln Square. Store owner Bob Diener said he’s signed a new lease to take over the smaller of the two spaces occupied by Connections resale shop, which is closing June 30. Diener said he hopes to be open at his new location by Aug. 1, and maybe even before that. In business for 40 years, Record Swap has been at its current spot at 114 E. University Ave., C for 12 years. Diener had been facing a potential closing at that location because an upcoming rent increase in July would have been unaffordable for him. After news was out that he might be closing if he didn’t find a new space, Diener said, he had several customers asking him to remain open, plus offers from property owners to show him other spaces.

Dundee, SCT | Indie band to play Dundee’s Fat Sam’s thanks to city record store: Two Door Cinema Club will play at Fat Sam’s on June 25 to coincide with the release of their fourth album False Alarm. The one-off “album show” has been organised by Broughty Ferry-based Assai Records, who have drawn the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Foals and Tom Walker to the city in recent months. Assai Records posted: “We are really excited to announce Two Door Cinema Club are playing Fat Sam’s Dundee for Assai Records in support of their new album False Alarm out June 21 2019.” The store added that tickets are expected to sell-out “quick.” The show is one of only two Scottish dates on Two Door Cinema Club’s June 2019 tour. The Northern Irish band formed in 2007 and have released three albums: Tourist History, Beacon and Gameshow.

New York, NY | In This New York City Beer Bar, Hip Hop and Hops Get Equal Billing: When considering hit-making duos in the world of wine and spirits, the usual suspects immediately come to mind: wine and cheese, cigars and Cognac; Champagne and caviar. But what about beer and hip hop? The two may seem like an unlikely pair, but they’re what makes BierWax NYC in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood unique. Owner Chris Maestro grew up in Queens, New York during the early days of hip hop, when B-boys, graffiti, and the sounds of greats like Big Daddy Kane, RUN D.M.C. and Public Enemy began to infiltrate the airwaves. But it was jazz that ultimately kick-started Maestro’s love affair with vinyl during his college days at Binghamton University. “I purchased records by Horace Silver and Wes Montgomery, which I still have and know exactly where they are in the stacks at BierWax,” he recalls. “Eventually, I saved up money for a very cheap Radioshack record player that I connected to an old stereo and thus began the obsession with record collecting.”

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In rotation: 6/4/19

Portland, OR | Oregon Record Store News: Beacon Sound, Little Axe, and Exiled Records: Three morsels of local record-store news, bringing you up-to-date on Portland’s many excellent purveyors of used and new vinyl. Beacon Sound will be moving late in the summer. The North Mississippi store is teaming up with the Nationale gallery to open a joint storefront at 15 SE 22nd (at the intersection of 22nd and East Burnside). Nationale, which was once located on Burnside, has spent recent years on Southeast Division, but will be returning to Burnside; the Beacon Sound/Nationale opening date is currently slated for September 1. In an email newsletter, Beacon Sound’s Andrew Neerman says, “Look for a new loyalty program, a dedicated studio available for workshops, and a cassette section curated by Randall Taylor aka Amulets, among other things.”

Soho, UK | The Golden Mile: Soho’s record shop survivors: Soho’s Berwick Street and the surrounding area was home to more than a dozen independent record shops in the 1990s before soaring rents, wholesale gentrification and the rise of digital music reduced them in number. Despite the many ongoing challenges, though, the stalwart survivors have ensured Soho remains a heartland of independent record stores, all of which are sharply tuned to the demands of their core customers. By the time Berwick Street appeared on the sleeve of Oasis’ second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? in 1995, the area had long been a mecca for record collectors prepared to dodge the market stalls and seedy doorways of sex shops in search of gratification within the walls of its many record stores. At 30 Berwick Street, the doors of Reckless Records were opened for the first time in 1984. The oldest record shop on the street, Reckless is managed by Duncan Kerr, who has worked there since the outset.

Yucca Valley, CA | Record store owner is ready to rock in Yucca Valley: …Owner Carol Schofield is a veteran in the trade and High Desert Records is her fourth record store. “There is definitely a buzz going around with people talking about the opening,” she said. “People have been coming in.” Schofield opened her first record store at age 23 with a couple of friends in San Francisco. As a young woman, she spent most of her time at the beach. “I had no ambition except rock ’n’ roll,” she told the Los Angeles Times in a 2013 interview. “I didn’t want to work.” In the ensuing years, she has owned record stores in San Francisco’s Castro and Mission districts and Sacramento. Her most recent venture was Foothill Records in La Cañada Flintridge, which she owned for 12 years. Vinyl is in a renaissance and Schofield hopes to attract local music enthusiasts looking for a rare record, or maybe even a CD or DVD.

Vancouver, CA | Man prepares to sell thousands of records from weird, wonderful collection: Brian is walking into his basement to search for the record that changed his life when he was younger. “We always had music in our house,” he recalls of his childhood. “We’d dance around the living room!” But he’s not looking through his collection of 10,000 LPs for The Beatles his siblings listened to, or the Frank Zappa that “blew my mind.” Brian is trying to find what he first discovered during his late teens, Dirk Bogarde Reciting Lyrics For Lovers When you hear a couple of the tracks you realize the title couldn’t be more self-explanatory. “Once I had that record in my hands,” he says with a smile. “I was hooked on finding the unusual.” Four decades later, Brian still appreciates the peculiar. He pulls out random albums with titles like Music For Plants – “I must have 20 records of music to make your plants grow” — Music To Nudge You To Sleep – “This was put out by a drug company” – and Hanukah Rocks – “It’s shaped like the Star of David and recorded by Gefilte Joe and the Fish!”

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In rotation: 6/3/19

Quebec City, CA | Trio of music lovers bringing vinyl back to Quebec City: The Leisure Society will be a one-of-a-kind record store/coffee shop/vinyl pressing plant. Three Quebec City music lovers have concocted their dream project: a coffee shop-meets-record store combined with a state-of-the-art vinyl pressing plant. When it opens in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood this coming fall, The Leisure Society will be a space to slow down, put on a good record, and enjoy a cup of coffee. Not only that, it will be the province’s first vinyl pressing plant since the last one closed in 2015. Demand for vinyl records from consumers continues to grow across the country, while artists and music labels increasingly return to physical music platforms. Jean-François Bilodeau, Audrey Lapointe and Olivier Bresse have been working on the project for the past two years. The three met through a shared love of good coffee and great music while working in different roles in the restaurant world…”Jean-François is crazy about playlists,” said Bresse, with a laugh…”We just realized that we buy vinyls, but we all bought mostly online,” Bresse said. [Of course you know by now that the plural of vinyl is vinyl. —Ed.]

Oakland, CA | Oakland’s Park Blvd Records to close in June: Park Blvd Records, the only specialty rap and hip-hop store in Oakland, known for its rare and eclectic selection of cassettes and vinyl, will close its storefront at 2014 Park Blvd. on June 16. The company announced the move on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday, May 30: “So much has changed in the four short years since we opened — in rap music and in record collecting, in The Town and in the world — that our already stubborn mission of running a highly specialized neighborhood music store has started to feel like a full on fool’s errand.” The store’s owner, Andrew Nosnitsky — who goes by Noz — told The Chronicle on Thursday that the shop had not been working on a number of levels, and that the decision to close the physical space had been a long time coming. “I’m shocked that we’ve been able to do it for four years,” Nosnitsky said. “Every step of the way, it seems like it’s been such a struggle. It’s just been a lot. The shop has always been a labor of love.”

Los Angeles, CA | Record resurgence: Vinyl records offer nostalgia, new experience: If you find yourself sorting through albums of various music genres as the faded sound of classic rock music plays in the background, you may be at a record shop. While the phonograph, the first version of the vinyl record, was invented in 1877, the style of music listening is making a comeback, as explained by the owner of the Record Surplus store, Neil Canter. “Back in the ’70s and ’80s and into the ’90s, there were so many record stores, and then they all started going out of business in the 2000s,” Canter said. “Now there’s so many record stores again, so obviously there’s a demand, enough demand to have that many stores.” Canter explained why there has been a resurgence of vinyl records and record stores in 2019. “It’s a gathering place for people who want to look for, maybe, music that… they don’t know about. We have a lot of people who come in here and… they’ll say ‘I came in looking for one thing, I didn’t find it, but I found all of these instead,’” Canter said. “You [are able to] come in and discover things that you wouldn’t [by] going online.”

The most expensive vinyl records ever sold on Discogs: In what was originally created as a hobby project in 2000 by Kevin Lewandowski, Discogs has now grown to become a definitive resource for Vinyl and CD recordings across the market. The site, whose mission has now changed to become “the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace,” aims to bring together music fanatics of all genres through the knowledge of the art form. The database itself already celebrates contributions from more than 463,000 people, a catalog of more than 11,200,000 recordings taken from in excess of 6,300,000 artists. Understanding the strength of his platform, Lewandowski introduced the ‘marketplace’ in a bid to bring sellers of music together in one place. With more than 23 million items available and thousands of sellers, Discogs has become your favourite indie vinyl record shop taken to astronomical lengths. Over the years of growth, major sellers have taken their rare vinyl records to Discogs in a bid to garner the largest audience. This move, coupled with the somewhat rebirth of vinyl records in recent years, has amounted to major deals being brokered via the market.

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In rotation: 5/31/19

Kelowna, BC | Record maker looks to Kelowna to solve a mystery and make a movie: Scott Gibson was digging through the records at the SPCA thrift shop in Rutland when he struck by inspiration. Gibson, whose company Sleepovers for Life makes small batch vinyl records, found an album from the 1970s by a band called The Country Happy Gang that was based in Kelowna. “(We) looked it up online and couldn’t find anything,” said Gibson. “The record packaging was black and white, and you could see it was done on a budget … but the question was who was making records in this town back then? It was just a small orchard town.” The idea sparked a conversation with his friends and then a project. “We set out to do a 15 minute documentary for our own enjoyment, where we would try and find the band,” said Gibson.

Phoenixville, PA | New Pop-Up Vinyl Record Shop Opening Up In Phoenixville. A new pop-up vinyl record shop will open up for the first time this weekend in Phoenixville. The shop, Forever Changes, will be located inside Heart Stone Coffee in Franklin Commons. As a pop-up store, it will be open every Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Owner Shawn Cephas hopes to capitalize on the thriving economy that takes hold of the borough on Saturdays, pointing to the farmers market and the borough’s various festivals. He called the new space a “celebration of music and the arts.” “Forever Changes is not just a place for the vinyl record fan, it’s a place where our friends, family, and lovers can shop and support local merchants,” he said. “It’s more than records” Cephas traces his love of music to the day he was born above a record store: King James Records, one of the first African-American owned record stores in Philadelphia.

‘Born in the California sun’: how Pentagram rebranded the 61-year-old Warner Records: …The final identity hinges of a clean circular icon, which represents the record label’s vinyl heritage, the globe at large and the sun setting over the Pacific. “The idea of having an icon be able to be just a circle with a little slice taken off the bottom seemed so clean and simple,” said Oberman. “It’s the most pared down representation that we could think of. It’s like that old Coco Chanel quote – ‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off’ – it’s that version of an icon to me, as simple as it could possibly be.” It may be a circle but the logo is also a sponge, too – one that can seamlessly soak up any colour, platform, artist, animation or space. Norman Wonderly, Warner Records’ executive vice-president of creative, has already “taken this identity and run with it”, according to Oberman. “The strength of any identity always comes from what you do with it,” she said. “I hope that what we do doesn’t look like it just came out of the agency. [Um. —Ed.]

YES 50 LIVE double album to be released in August: Yes celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary over the last year with an extensive tour that included shows in Europe, North America and Japan. This year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are back with a new double live album that was recorded during the group’s anniversary tour. YES 50 LIVE will be available from Rhino on August 2 as two CDs ($19.98), or four LPs ($79.98). On the same day, the music will also be available digitally to download and stream. For a limited time, Rhino.com will also have exclusive color vinyl versions available while supplies last. The cover of YES 50 LIVE was painted by Roger Dean, whose artwork and trademark calligraphy are synonymous with the band’s identity. The CD and vinyl versions both come with an eight-page booklet that includes photographs from the tour taken by the Gottlieb Brothers. YES 50 LIVE features 13 live performances of key songs that helped make Yes the most enduring, ambitious, and virtuosic progressive band in rock history.

Auckland, NZ | The Others Way Festival returns for 2019: Since the event’s inception in 2014, the beloved grassroots music festival has become somewhat of an institution in the independent music scene of the city, attracting swarms of music-loving festival goers each year as Karangahape Road and the surrounding streets host a magical night of music and good vibes. For 2019, the multi-venue extravaganza will take place across beloved venues such as The Wine Cellar, Whammy! Bar and its adjoining Whammy! Backroom, Neck of the Woods, The Fale at Samoa House, Cross Street Market, Galatos, The Studio, The Thirsty Dog, and Audio Foundation. Joining the venue bill this year, The Others Way Festival organizers are proud to announce the addition of two new venues; the majestic Hopetoun Alpha and iconic Mercury Theatre. The annual event is hosted by Flying Out, an Auckland-based record store, distributor and home to Flying Nun Records, Arch Hill and numerous other local and international labels.

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In rotation: 5/30/19

Toronto, CA | Grigorian Says Goodbye To Yorkville To Exclusively Sell Online: Grigorian, Canada’s last standing classical music store, will shutter its Yorkville location in June. First opened in 1980, Grigorian will continue its online presence where it has successfully sold records for the past 20 years. John Holland, Grigorian’s gregarious web site manager, and one of the resident musical gurus, says, “while the transition is bittersweet, it is certainly not due to lack of business.” He cites the problematic cost of doing business in Toronto, the proliferation of streaming, and a shift in focus at record companies as factors in the decision. “Let’s just say that it has become very restrictive and that is a reason why a lot of independent businesses are closing in this city,” Holland volunteered when pressed for details about the Yorkville store’s closure. Rents have tripled in Yorkville and Grigorian, like other fleeing Yorkville retailers, i.e., David’s Shoes, Over the Rainbow, Pusateri and Chanel, need better cost efficiencies in this changing retail environment.

Manchester, UK | Record store has re-opened in Manchester after HMV went into administration: Owners of the company have secured a new lease for the shop on Brown Street in Manchester city centre. Popular record store FOPP has re-opened in Manchester city centre three months after it was forced to close when HMV went into administration. Back in February the music shop, on Brown Street, closed when HMV was acquired out of administration by Canadian retailer Sunrise Records. Hundreds of shops were saved, but FOPP was among 27 stores deemed unprofitable and was closed with immediate effect. However, on Sunday, May 27, the store was able to re-open after the owners of the company managed to secure a new lease. A spokesman for HMV said the retailer was very disappointed the shop closed back in February 5 and has worked to get the doors back open again. The spokesman said: “It is a very important store for people in the city. It is an iconic record store.

Memphis, TN | To mark Goner’s silver anniversary, the company is throwing a party this weekend. Back in 1993, when Eric Friedl decided to start the Goner Records label – putting out a limited vinyl release from Japanese noise-rockers Guitar Wolf – he did it because “their music was so wild that I didn’t think there was a label that would dare release anything by them.” Back then, Friedl couldn’t have expected Goner would be going, bigger and better than ever, 25 years on. But in 2019, Goner is its own little empire: one that includes a still-flourishing label, a thriving retail store and the annual Gonerfest concert extravaganza, which draws bands and fans from all over the world each September. To mark Goner’s silver anniversary, the company is throwing a party this weekend. Goner25 is a three-day bash that will include a performance by Guitar Wolf and other longtime label acts and supporters like The 5.6.7.8’s, Royal Pendletons, Jack Oblivian and Bloodshot Bill, plus film screenings and other fun.

St. Petersburg, FL | Daddy Kool Records and O’Berry Succulents will host a St. Petersburg listening party for plants: Plants like music, right? Studies done by Dr. T. C. Singh in the 1960s suggest that sound waves do have an effect on how plants grow, but Daddy Kool Records is going to give you a chance to experiment on your own. On Saturday, June 22, the recently relocated Sunshine City record shop staple is teaming up with O’Berry’s Succulents to stage a listening party for plants and people who love them. The occasion will celebrate the first official reissue of a album from Julliard-educated pioneering electro composer Mort Garson, which has become something of a cult favorite. Released in 1976, Mother Earth’s Plantasia (subtitled “warm earth music for plants… and the people that love them”) was given to folks who bought a plant at Los Angeles’ Mother Earth on Melrose Avenue. Recorded especially for plants, the album was also a Moog-driven stoner’s delight. The album wasn’t popular upon release, but original pressings — which include Mother Earth’s Indoor Plant Care Booklet — now go for up to $600 on Discogs.

Leeds, UK | It’s the Vinyl countdown as Leeds-based Norman Records goes green: …Mr Raine admitted there is a conflict between wanting to sell more records and being conscious about the environment. “Vinyl records are basically made from oil and chlorine, which are extracted from hydrocarbon and salt resources using vast amounts of energy and pollutant chemicals,” he said. But he added: “While vinyl records undoubtedly have a high environmental cost, they are the antithesis of single-use, disposable plastics. If all plastic objects had the long lifetime that vinyl records do then we wouldn’t be seeing nearly as much controversy around ocean pollution and landfill.” Norman Records has introduced a number of new green initiatives this year to try to reduce its carbon footprint including a free vinyl disposal service. Anything with value is handed over to charity and anything that can’t be reused is sent to a specialist unit for recycling vinyl in Selby, where it is broken down into pellets for future use. Meanwhile, 100 per cent of the considerable amount of cardboard the company receives from suppliers is now recycled. It also offers the cardboard for local residents to reuse.

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In rotation: 5/29/19

Phoenix, AZ | The 11 Best Record Stores in Metro Phoenix: Record collectors in Phoenix suffered a heavy loss when Revolver Records closed up shop in February. But like any industry, businesses come and go. Over time, new record shops open up where entrepreneurial record collectors see a need, and older chains expand as they refine their successful habits. Selling records in the age of digital streaming, when even the practice of buying entire albums digitally has decreased, is not as easy of a job as it used to be. The chain music stores of the past are long gone and CD sales continue to decrease annually, yet the demand for vinyl records continues to increase each year. Thankfully, here in the Valley, there are plenty of independent record shops where record collectors can shop for new and used records as well as record equipment…Figuring out which record shop carry the records you like can be a time-consuming task, so we’ve put together a list of 11 of the best record shops across metro Phoenix.

Dallas, TX | Josey Records Shares the Secret: How Record Stores Find Vinyl: If you’re a music fan in North Texas and you’re not following your favorite record store’s social media accounts, you’re missing out. Sure, it’s nice to know which new releases the shop has on its shelves every Friday, but that’s not the real gold to be had in most cases. The real social media treasure for record shoppers is when shop owners announce their acquisitions of a new vinyl collection to soon hit its shelves. On May 15, Northwest Dallas shop Josey Records posted a video clip showing off a newly acquired collection of classic heavy metal to its Facebook page. In the clip, a man’s hand flips through titles from Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Quiet Riot, Motorhead and Judas Priest. You can almost hear metal heads from across North Texas screaming “take all my money!” If you’re a music fan in North Texas and you’re not following your favorite record store’s social media accounts, you’re missing out.

Charlottetown, CA | P.E.I. vinyl-pressing company creates platform to aid production costs. ‘The Record Fund platform actually gives artists a means to be able to press vinyl.’ Kaneshii Vinyl Pressing in Charlottetown has created an online platform that allows artists to pre-sell their records to help cover the cost of production. Record Fund launched during East Coast Music Week as a way to help artists with up-front costs and a half-dozen artists signed up that first week. An order of 300 records usually costs around $3,000 but using Record Fund, an artist can pre-sell 100 records for $30 each which covers the cost, said Kaneshii co-owner Ghislaine Cormier. Then Kaneshii will ship the albums to the buyers, and the remaining 200 to the artist. “Going over processes with potential clients and whatnot, we saw that a lot of them, the main factor that would come into play that they wouldn’t start a project right away would be the funding,” Cormier said. She said this is a promotional tool that helps artists proceed with their projects.

Warner Bros. Records Evolves Into Warner Records: 61 years after the founding of Warner Bros. Records, the renowned label is being rebranded as Warner Records across the globe. This marks the latest step in the company’s evolution, following Aaron Bay-Schuck joining as U.S. Co-Chairman & CEO in October 2018, Tom Corson being appointed U.S. Co-Chairman & COO in January 2018, and Phil Christie being named President of the UK label in 2016. The name change also follows the U.S. company’s recent move to a new, state-of-the-art headquarters in downtown LA’s Arts District. Warner Records has unveiled a bold new logo, with an artful simplicity and impactful typography that are ideally suited to the digital world. The circular icon – suggesting a record, a sun, and a globe – is a nod to the label’s past, present, and future. The openness of the design gives it the flexibility to embrace all Warner Records artists and all genres of music around the world.

Lewis Capaldi scores the UK’s fastest-selling album of 2019 so far: “It makes me so proud.” Lewis’s debut album Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent scores impressive opening week numbers. Lewis Capaldi storms to Number 1 on this week’s Official Albums Chart with the biggest opening-week numbers for an album this year. The Scotman’s debut collection, Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent, notched up 89,506 combined sales to take the top spot, outperforming the rest of the Top 10 combined. Lewis overtakes Ariana Grande, who previously held the fastest-seller of the year title after scoring Week 1 combined sales of 65,214 with her Thank U, Next album in February. Physical sales account for 46% of Lewis’s opening-week figure, including 7,000 copies on vinyl, while 34% are streams and 20% are downloads. The album racked up 40.5 million plays across audio and video streaming platforms.

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