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In rotation: 6/18/18

Los Angeles, CA | Amoeba Music Set to Relocate Its Los Angeles Store, Plans to Seek Dispensary Permit: Amoeba Records’ Los Angeles store will move to a new location “within blocks” of its current spot on 6400 Sunset, where it’s been since first opening its doors back in 2001, according to Marc Weinstein, who co-owns the indie record retailer with Dave Prinz. The company also plans to seek a marijuana dispensary permit for the new location. Three nearby properties are being considered within the 20,000 sq. ft. range, two of them along Hollywood Blvd. According to Weinstein, that represents just a 15% smaller retail space than the current building. The official announcement will come within the next few weeks.

South Shields, ENG | Friends unite to open business ventures in South Shields: A group of friends have seen their business dreams turned into a reality after joining forces to revamp a former South Tyneside housing office. Goldie, Jill palmer and Paul Kidney worked flat out for nine weeks to give the old rent place in Charlotte Terrace a new lease of life. One half of the building is now home to Goldie’s music hub and coffee shop while the other half has been turned into The Cask Lounge – a micro bar run by Jill and Paul. The businesses opened to the public simultaneously on May 12. The music hub provides a place for fans of vinyl records to go, with a dedicated media room where they can listen to records or cassette tapes.

‘Hearts Beat Loud’: Nick Offerman & the Filmmakers on Making An Authentic Film About Vinyl & Streaming In 2018: “…There was one night when we were all wrapping up and it was me, Sasha, who plays Rose, and Brett,” reveals Clemons. “And we were in the shop, showing each other songs and albums that we liked. We’d pick up random records and were dancing, and it was cute. Brett was playing us songs from a playlist he made for his wife when they first started dating. I felt like we were still in the movie. It was a sweet bonding experience.” “You have to embrace what’s coming,” explains Haley. “But I think it’s great that we’ve gone back with music, as vinyl has come back in a big way and people are digging analog sound again.”

Clinton Township, MI | The graphic impact of punk on display at Cranbrook: Nothin’ to do and nowhere to go? Don’t let the summer heat make you feel sedated. Running through Oct. 7, Cranbrook Art Museum debuts the exhibition “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986,” the largest exhibition of its kind, exploring the unique visual language of the punk movement as it evolved in the United States and the United Kingdom through hundreds of its most memorable graphics — flyers, posters, albums, promotions, and ’zines. Drawn predominantly from the extensive collection of collector Andrew Krivine, “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die” also includes a nod to the Detroit roots of punk.

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In rotation: 6/15/18

The 8 best vintage turntables and what to look out for when buying second hand: …Buying a vintage turntable is a great option. For many, a budget for any sort of hi-fi is a low priority. Once the bills are paid, it can be virtually impossible to purchase a new, top quality hi-fi system. Going vintage can offer quality at a low cost. Others may have spent a bundle on a new deck but have little in reserve for that second system that would be ideal for a study, bedroom or spare room. Some might even want to revisit younger days when the then ‘new’ turntables were objects of desire and now they can afford to purchase one, or even two of these classic designs. Below, we have listed our Top 8 vintage purchases, but before you run off to your local second-hand store or eBay account, pause for thought.

Characters and music star in The Music Shop: Rachel Joyce’s The Music Shop (Random House, 2017, 307 pages) takes place in England and tells the story of Frank, an eccentric owner of a dingy record store, and Ilse Brauchmann, a young German woman who wanders into the shop and soon asks Frank to teach her what he knows about music. Surrounding these two figures are a collection of Frank’s eccentric friends and fellow store owners: Kit, Frank’s young assistant who has a penchant for breaking everything he touches; Father Anthony, a fallen priest who operates a nearby religious articles store; Maud, the scowling, bitter tattoo artist who secretly loves Frank; a pair of undertakers; Pete the barman; and Peg, Frank’s dead mother. And then there is the music.

The End of Owning Music: How CDs and Downloads Died. Physical formats are cratering, but vinyl’s niche is growing. Jack White and other experts explain the future of listening. As streaming gives the music industry its biggest profits in a decade, the CD business continues to plunge. CD sales have fallen 80 percent in the past decade, from roughly 450 million to 89 million. Since Tesla began manufacturing cars without CD players, other companies like Ford and Toyota have recently followed. Downloads – once seen as the CD’s replacement – have plummeted 58 percent since peaking in 2012, their profits now even smaller than physical sales. Artists have taken note; Bruce Springsteen released his latest box set, The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996, exclusively on vinyl, with no CD option, unlike 2014’s Vol. 1. “It’s a streaming world and a vinyl world with a quickly diminishing CD,” says Daniel Glass, president of Glassnote Records, indie-label home of Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.

Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack Releasing On Peach-Scented Vinyl: One of the more memorable scenes in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is the one where Timothee Chalamet has sex with a peach. It’s kind of sweet in the context of the film. Later this summer, the movie soundtrack will be pressed on peach-scented and -colored vinyl, which, in the context of the film, is kind of gross. 7,777 copies of the “peach season” edition will be released. The soundtrack features songs by Sufjan Stevens, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Mororder, and the Psychedelic Furs, among others. Call Me By Your Name “peach season” edition is out 8/3 through peach harvest season via Music On Vinyl.

Even Walls Fall Down: The Last Days of Cincinnati’s Ultrasuede Recording Studio: Plastic Ants entered Ultrasuede Studio to pay tribute to Tom Petty’s brilliance and soon found themselves mourning the loss of the recording space itself. Ants singer/songwriter Robert Cherry shares a behind-the-scenes look at an Ultrasuede session and documents the last days of one of Cincinnati’s longest-running music institutions — and its subsequent rebirth. Plus, check out the world premiere of the music video for Plastic Ants’ cover of Tom Petty’s ‘Walls,’ which (fittingly, as you’ll read) was one of the last songs recorded at Ultrasuede’s longtime space in Camp Washington.

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In rotation: 6/14/18

Colorado Springs, CO | Independent Records closes downtown location: The Independent Records & Video network of shops has long been a musical fixture in Colorado Springs, as anyone who still enjoys buying physical media surely knows. But as far as local musicians go, the record stores have been more than just a place to cop new releases or rare LPs; they have functioned as a sort of hub for musicians and music junkies alike…Given Independent Records’ inextricable connection to the local music community, as well as its fairly iconic status, news traveled quickly of the downtown location closing its doors after a 38-year run overlooking Acacia Park. And just as quickly the local music community was aflood with memories.

Berkeley, CA | Amoeba Music Is Now Selling Weed: California has legalized weed, which means that lots of businesses are making the drug a little bit more accessible to the public. But this ‘seed’ of this idea was planted years earlier. It turns out that Amoeba’s co-founders, Marc Weinstein and Dave Prinz, came up with the idea to combine the famed Northern California record shop with a pot shop in 2012. That’s roughly when they started noticing a decline in sales. “Music, in some ways, is such an uplifting product for humans,” Weinstein recently told Billboard. “And we thought, weed is just another inspirational product that we can get behind with our hearts and souls.”

Moby is selling off his personal record collection for charity: The sale on online marketplace Reverb LP will include Moby’s personal copies of nearly every one of his own records, along with hundreds of 12-inches he used as a DJ early on his career. His collection is said to be heavy on techno, house and hip-hop from the ’80s and ’90s, with many of the records featuring handwritten markers Moby added to help him during his DJ sets. “These are all the records that I bought and loved and played and carried all around the world,” the artist explains in a video promoting the sale. “I would rather you have them than me, because if you have them, you’ll play them, you’ll love them, and the money will go to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. So everybody wins. Well, except me, because now I don’t have any records.”

Cleveland, OH | Cleveland’s Music Saves record shop finds new life with online store and pop-up events: It’s nearly impossible to think of the Waterloo Arts District without the image of the iconic Music Saves sign glowing next to its Beachland Ballroom neighbor. But at the end of 2017, owner Melanie Hershberger knew it was time to close the door on the record shop’s day-to-day operations. Luckily for music fans in Cleveland (and beyond), the song isn’t over. This June, Music Saves launched an online store. For fans of Hershberger’s sharp curation of records that were always stocked at the shop, you’ll find a wide selection of indie, rock, folk, electronic and more online. Music can be shipped to your doorstep or picked up at the shop at 15801 Waterloo Road.

How the Rolling Stones’ Massive New Vinyl Box Came Together: “…I didn’t have any original master tapes for this. The management of the band archived everything digitally a few years back, and I was loaned a hard drive – they said, “You can have this for 24 hours; take anything you need off of it, and then it has to come back.” They had several high-resolution transfers of each album, or at least high-resolution where the source was analog tape, which was most of it. They just said, “Take your pick, and work with whichever transfer you feel is better with you.” I’d have liked to have got hold of the tape, but old analog tape is starting to get quite fragile, especially the stuff from the late Seventies and early Eighties, because the tape was not great…”

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In rotation: 6/13/18

Minneapolis, MN | Watch: Electric Fetus gets a 50th birthday message from Ringo Starr. The historic Minneapolis record store celebrated turning 50 with a First Ave concert at the weekend. “Peace and love, Minnesota.” With an attempt at American twang – which he swiftly drops – Ringo Starr starts his birthday message to his favorite Minneapolis record store, Electric Fetus. The venerable south Minneapolis store, which also has an outlet in Duluth, celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend with a celebration party at First Avenue headlined by Real Estate on Saturday. “Ringo here, just want to wish Electric Fetus record stores a happy happy 50th anniversary,” he says. “I want to congratulate you for still being open and selling records.”

When Did a Famous Guitar-Smashing Occur? One Fan of The Clash Insists Everyone Has It Wrong Decades after a photo appeared on the ‘London Calling’ album cover, Dave Marin is on a quest to prove the picture’s date is off—by a day. When the British punk band the Clash’s acclaimed double-album “London Calling” came out in the U.S. in January 1980, Dave Marin rushed to buy it. The cover featured the famous image of rocker Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar on stage. Mr. Marin, then a college student, had been in that New York audience to witness rock-star history. But as he read the album’s liner notes, his heart sank. The photo was dated Sept. 21, 1979. He knew that was off-key: He witnessed the bashing and his ticket stub—which he still has—is dated Sept. 20.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is exclusively releasing a single for baseball fans: Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder has announced that he’ll be releasing a new single – but there’s a slight catch if you’re hoping to get your ears around it. The new 7″ inch single will be released by Jack White’s Third Man Records this Friday, exclusively with tickets to the Chicago Cubs game on Friday, July 6. The A-side of the limited edition blue-and-red colored vinyl features a recording of ‘All the Way’, Vedder’s 2007 song which expresses his love of the Cubs. The B-side, meanwhile, includes a 1984 performance of ‘Go, Cubs, Go’. It isn’t clear if the vinyl will later receive a wider release. But despite the release, it seems that a new Pearl Jam album is still some way off.

Spiritualized to release new album And Nothing Hurt as orange vinyl box set: Spiritualized have announced the release of new album And Nothing Hurt, via Fat Possum/Bella Union on 7th September. The band’s first release in six years since 2012’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light, And Nothing Hurt had previously been teased in Morse Code. Full details of the release have now been made public, with a deluxe orange vinyl box set on the way, alongside a standard vinyl release. Both feature a sleeve design by Mark Farrow…According to the press release, Jason Pierce made the album on his own at home in London. Speaking about the process, he says: “The biggest thing for me was to try to make it sound like a studio session. There are bits that I went to a studio to record — mainly drums and percussion. I mean, there’s no way I’m going to get timpani up my stairs…”

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In rotation: 6/12/18

Lewes, East Sussex | Union Forever: Lewes’ record shop gets a makeover: It won’t take very long to realise something has fundamentally changed at Union Music Store in Lewes. Walk through the door and on the wall facing you, you’ll spot London Calling by the Clash, Let It Be by the Replacements and Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. For eight years, Union has stood as a little corner of Nashville in East Sussex, specialists in folk, country and Americana, but now Lewes’ little record shop is under new management. Musician Danny Wilson, known to For Folk’s Sake readers as the front man of Danny & The Champions of the World, and publicist Del Day, known to For Folk’s Sake writers as the man behind Ark PR, have taken over from Stevie and Jamie Freeman and are putting their own stamp on the shop.

Lima, OH | Groamy’s transforms over 25 years: For more than 25 years, Groamy’s CD’s and Tapes has not only been a place known to buy music and other forms of entertainment and accessories, but also a space that has helped local musicians grow their talent. When owner Gene “Groamy” Frueh opened his shop in 1992, it was attached to the old Igloo Drive Thru and Carry Out on 2000 Elida Road, with only about 80 square feet of space. After several location changes, he now has approximately 2,400 square feet at his current store on 1206 W. Robb Ave. Size is not the only transformation that Groamy’s has experienced over the years. When the store opened, he mainly sold records, tapes, CDs, VHS tapes and video games.

Copenhagen, DK | Vinyl records, music and Dragons’ Den: The man who started in music at 13: At 22 years old, Oscar Trap from Copenhagen is the world’s youngest vinyl pressing plant owner. He started his career in the music industry nearly 10 years ago. “I opened a record label in my dad’s name when I was 13 because I wasn’t allowed to have a company,” he explains. “I got some support from my local authority which gave me a room so I could build a studio in there,” he tells Newsbeat. Oscar’s record label’s unique selling point was that a band could record a demo in a day. The idea allowed musicians to leave the studio within 24 hours with a demo in hand to send to record labels, a process that can take months.

Oklahoma City, OK | Vinyl Man: Through the years, John Dunning has been a purveyor of antiques and lover of music. Funny, how his two loves married a few years ago. Now, Dunning runs Trolley Stop Records, 1212 N. Pennsylvania and is feeding the metro’s resurgent appetite for vinyl records. A story in Forbes magazine noted that since 2009 the vinyl format has experienced a 290-percent increase in growth. You’ll find CDs at Trolley Stop but they’re relegated to the back. There’s no doubt vinyl is the star of the show here. “To me the unusual thing was back in the 80s CD’s put vinyl out of business pretty much,” he said. “But now it’s kind of flip-flopped and records are putting vinyls out. They’re not making the CDs as much and Best Buy and Wal-Mart, they’re dropping CDs. “The interesting part is it’s the only example of a technology replacing a technology and then the replaced technology coming back and replacing it. I can’t think of any other scenario.”

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In rotation: 6/11/18

Minneapolis, MN | The Electric Fetus: A Store that (Rocked and) Rolled with an Industry’s (Ebb and) Flow: Minneapolis record store Electric Fetus is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It’s a significant milestone for a store that in the five decades since it was founded in 1968 has become iconic, even beyond its Minnesota roots. Eric Foss, owner of Minneapolis record label Secret Stash Records – which has worked with the Fetus to release Stash-produced reissues of old records and local artist original records – believes it’s the most recognized record store of the Twin Cities. “We’re blessed to have a bunch of great shops in town but if you talk to shop owners, other labels [all over the world], Fetus is the one that comes up first in conversation pretty much 100 percent of the time,” said Foss. “It’s part of the social fabric… the identity of the town.”

Kamloops, British Columbia | In Focus: Rónan McGrath. Meet Rónan, he has been a resident of Kamloops since 2007. Rónan owns a record store called Barnacle Records, stop by his office to jam to some great tunes and say hi! “Like many other independent promoters/ events coordinators, I only occasionally end up even covering costs after paying artists if I am putting on shows so that really plays out like volunteerism. I certainly hope and like to think that the net effect is a benefit to the community – hard to say with certainty though. We annually donate a lot of vinyl we can’t sell at Barnacle to non-profits…

Hutchinson, KS | For the Record: Many of us remember the physical experience of browsing through and purchasing records. Flipping through albums at the store, you lift one out of the rack, looking at the cover art. Album art is a genre in itself. The exposure artists receive through music is remarkable. The anticipation of opening the plastic and sliding the precious record out of the sleeve for its first listen on your turntable at home. The sound of the needle touching the record as it begins to play. If you miss this at all, you should know that record collecting and listening is still alive and thriving, especially here in Hutchinson. You can begin your journey to reliving the vinyl life at a unique event called Vinyl Night on Monday, June 11, at the Rusty Needle, 1808 N Plum St. From 7 to 10 p.m., you can listen to various records being played on a turntable.

Brooklyn, NY | The ‘Punk Rock’ Comic Book Shop: Sam Baldwin stood silently beneath the chandelier of cut-out magazine covers in Desert Island, a consignment-based comic book store on Metropolitan Avenue, his arms heavy with a stack of publications. A screen printer and artist from London, Mr. Baldwin studied the books’ illustrations meticulously, his eyes widening with each page turn. “I can buy this on eBay,” said Mr. Baldwin, 28, holding a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. “But there’s something about when you flick through the drawer, and you’re like, ‘It’s there!’” Experimental and underground artistry is the norm at Desert Island. Look through the Williamsburg store’s plywood shelves and you’ll find glossy paperbacks as well as photocopied-and-stapled booklets with a D.I.Y. aesthetic.

Why Vinyl? The Reason Record Collectors Collect: According to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), in 2017, sales of vinyl records hit their highest level since 1991, with over 4 million vinyl albums sold in the UK. As Record Store Day 2018 came around, I took to the streets of London to interview those queuing to hear the long and short of their long-play passion. While the demographic of the typical collectible is likely to be middle-aged, surely some of the resurgence in record sales owes much to younger generations who, with an almost infinite array of recordings at their disposal through streaming services, have sought connection with the physical format? Limited edition over limitless; the crackle over the click.

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In rotation: 6/8/18

Peoria/Bloomington, IL | Bloomington native spreads magic of music with old-school flare: With the music industry becoming almost exclusively digital, items like records can seem like a thing of the past. But one local man is bringing back the magic of music with the old-school flare. Bloomington native, John Anderson was 14-years old when he started to get into music. “The Police were my first favorite band probably when I was a kid,” he said. “I thought they were so cool.” While you can play music in different forms, Anderson says it’s records that truly bring the art form to life. For the past seven years, he says he’s been living out his dream as the owner of Reverberation Vinyl. “I get to listen to records all day. You know this is my second home basically,” said Anderson.

Cleveland, OH | Brooklyn-Based Label Will Open Record Store and Warehouse in Franklin Castle: When Miriam Linna, who previously lived in Ashtabula and Kent before launching the independent Norton Records with her late husband, Billy Miller, attended a private party at Franklin Castle last year, she was so bowled over by the local band Archie and the Bunkers that she signed them to her retro-minded label and released a single by the group. Hanging out in Cleveland and working with the talented organ/drums duo triggered a renewed interest in Northeast Ohio, and Linna has just announced that she’ll move the Norton Records warehouse from Brooklyn, New York, to the Screw Factory (the old Templar auto factory)…“We want to bring rock ‘n’ roll things we would typically do in New York to Franklin Castle,” says Linna. “And I really want to focus on things that are Cleveland centric and work with [the locally based vinyl pressing plant] Gotta Groove as well.”

Round Top, TX | Listen to records and watch the sunset at Texas’ chic new shipping container hotel: A unique new hotel has been created in Texas that sees recycled shipping containers being transformed into bohemian lodgings packed full of rustic charm. Complete with cosy furnishings such as hammocks and fire pits and offering guests undisturbed views of the state’s stunning sunsets, the rustic getaway is the perfect destination for travellers seeking some peace and quiet. Called Flophouze, the distinctive hotel is located in the town of Round Top, and was created by owner Matt White to showcase how salvaged items can be repurposed for everyday use…In place of televisions, each house has a record player with a handpicked vinyl collection, as well as stacks of books to keep visitors entertained.

The North Face is releasing two limited edition record bags. There’s one for 7”s and another for 12”s. Purveyor of fine outdoor garms The North Face has teased a new, limited edition collection of record bags on Instagram. Though little information can be found about the new range online yet, DJ KOCO a.k.a. SHIMOKITA shared previews of the two bags – a 7” size and a 12” size – on his social media, captured during a shoot inside Tokyo used vinyl HQ Record Station. Available at TNF’s Standard shops in Japan, each size is apparently limited to 300 pieces worldwide and will go on sale 15th June. Here’s hoping for a wider international release soon come.

Lost John Coltrane Recording From 1963 Will Be Released at Last: “Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album” was cut by the saxophonist’s classic quartet two years before “A Love Supreme.” Then it was stashed away. If you heard the John Coltrane Quartet live in the early-to-mid-1960s, you were at risk of having your entire understanding of performance rewired. This was a ground-shaking band, an almost physical being, bearing a promise that seemed to reach far beyond music. The quartet’s relationship to the studio, however, was something different. In the years leading up to “A Love Supreme,” his explosive 1965 magnum opus, Coltrane produced eight albums for Impulse! Records featuring the members of his so-called classic quartet — the bassist Jimmy Garrison, the drummer Elvin Jones and the pianist McCoy Tyner — but only two of those, “Coltrane” and “Crescent,” were earnest studio efforts aimed at distilling the band’s live ethic. But now that story needs a major footnote.

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In rotation: 6/7/18

London, ENG | A vinyl market with an all-female line up is coming to Soho: Independent Label Market – a celebration and gathering of, you guessed it, independent record labels – has become something of a muso institution since it started back in 2011. And this month they’ll be doing even more good stuff by specifically championing labels founded by ladies, bringing an all-female ILM takeover to Soho on Saturday June 16 in collaboration with Soho Music Month. A host of female-led labels including Wolf Tone (home to Glass Animals and The Horrors), Kaya Kaya (who’ve released tracks from Rejjie Snow and Georgia) and Batty Bass will be selling their sounds on Berwick Street from noon to 6pm. You’ll also be able to tune into an exclusive live broadcast on Soho Radio, who’ll be backing up proceedings with a line-up of top-notch female DJs throughout the day. What’s not to like?

Austin, TX | Austin opens vinyl record manufacturing plant: Austin’s new record manufacturing plant, Gold Rush Vinyl, is only one of two in the world that is owned by a woman. Caren Kelleher said despite just opening its doors at 1321 Rutherford Lane in Northeast Austin, business is better than expected. Austin musicians, like Dave Fisher, appreciates the convenience. “It’s simple, I can drop by here and check to see how things are going,” said Fisher. Fisher just dropped his new single called, “This Used to be My Town.” Fisher ordered 250 copies of his record, something he can’t do at other plants because they require at least an order of 500 records. Short runs, or short orders, are what Gold Rush Vinyl is known for. “We’ll run anything from 100 units and up. Most plants have a minimum of 500 and up. A lot of bands don’t even need 500 and it’s actually very demoralizing when you see records you didn’t sell sitting in your closet,” said Caren Kelleher.

5 good tips for collecting vinyl records: Did you buy one of the 9 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. last year? If you’re among the many people who have rediscovered (or, for younger listeners, discovered) the magic of old-school albums, you may be interested in starting a collection. Before you buy, however, read these five tips for collecting vinyl records so you can avoid some mistakes we made while amassing our collection of nearly 2,000 LP’s

Pompton Lakes, NJ | Pompton Lakes train station houses shop selling vintage books, vinyl records, cassettes: The new Station 1 Books Vinyl & Vintage Shop inside the 1927 historic rubble stone train station building, is essentially an “ongoing garage sale,” said its owner Daniel Salsberg. It’s a really, really big garage sale with 15,000 used books, thousands of new and used records and other hidden gems, including cassette tapes and even a Walkman. The used merchandise fills the inside the Craftsman-style building designated as a historic site in 2004, near Lakeside and Wanaque avenues. There are even more books in the 1948 red train caboose nearby, which is where Salsberg currently stores military history books he acquired from a museum clean-out…Salsberg was surprised to learn there was far more demand for records than books.

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In rotation: 6/6/18

Lancaster, OH | f.y.e. music store at River Valley Mall to close: The River Valley Mall will soon lose yet another tenant as f.y.e. plans to close soon. f.y.e., or For Your Entertainment, is a store that sells CDs, DVDs, and other entertainment items. Mall property manager Brenda Miller said the company has been in the mall for about 20 or 25 years, although under the Record Town and National Record Mart monikers before using the f.y.e. name. Store manager Dylan Reinschell said the store would probably close in the first week of July. He said the reason for the closing is a lease issue with the mall, but said he could not comment further about it. Merchandise is on sale now, and Reihschell said the sale would continue until the closing day.

Minneapolis, MN | Minneapolis record store Electric Fetus celebrating 50th anniversary: Minneapolis’ most renowned record store is turning the big 50. The Electric Fetus is celebrating the huge milestone officially on this Sunday, but will be celebrating all week with a variety of sales and more. First Avenue will host a big birthday bash Saturday, featuring several different indie-rock bands. The business has been a gathering place for music lovers and counter-culturists in Minnesota since 1968. An early publicity stunt helped create its colorful history in the Twin Cities. “It was called the ‘Naked Sale’ and if you came in naked, you got an album and you got to take it for coming in naked,” said Stephanie Covart Meyerring, a co-owner of the store. “So it was definitely the talk of part of our history and probably not okay to do today.”

UK | Vinyl and Brexit: ‘Terrifying’ or a ‘great opportunity?’ Many people remain divided on whether Brexit will be a success or not and the vinyl industry is no different. Record sales are at their highest level since the 1990s, but most records are manufactured in Europe. So there’s a lot of concern about what will happen when the UK leaves the European Union. A new breed of British record pressing companies say they will benefit from the changes, but others say Brexit is “terrifying”…”We will benefit from Brexit,” says Daren Fudge, the Director of Vinyl Presents, a new pressing plant in Portsmouth. “It will make us competitive with Europe once Brexit is implemented.”

Portsmouth, UK | Fareham shops: ‘We need to be different’ to survive: Heathen Chemistry Record shop owner: ‘There are a lot of great independent shops that offer something different but people don’t know about us as they don’t go further than the shopping centre. ‘If there was to be free parking at the bottom of West Street towards the station that would mean people have to walk past all the independent shops.’ Simon believes Fareham could become a mini Camden. or Brighton with some attention. He added: ‘Like Brighton and Camden we need to celebrate and big up our independent shops.

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In rotation: 6/5/18

Somerset, UK | Rye Wax opening pop-up record shop in Somerset House this summer: Peckham record shop and event space Rye Wax is launching a 2-week pop-up at Somerset House this July. In addition to showcasing independent labels, Rye Wax will also be selling print magazines that “representing photography, writing and illustration that touches on art, activism, gender, culture, sexuality and music.” The takeover is part of Somerset House’s East Wing Edit – a summer-long series of free workshops, performances, exhibitions and talks focused on creative processes and industry. Independent music and activism group #RealMusicRebels will also hold a week long takeover in the space, with “video installations of iconic jazz musicians exploring the intersection of art and activism,” listening stations and lectures.

Whanganui, NZ | Musically adventurous people come to Whanganui Record Fair for pick of 10,000 records: They were “sonic explorers”, looking for something new to please their ears. At least 200 people went to the Whanganui Record Fair at Lucky Bar + Kitchen on June 2. There were at least 10,000 records there for them to look through, organiser Brian Wafer said. The eight vendors were from Tauranga, Auckland and Palmerston North. The music on offer ranged from classical to punk rock. Many buyers were searching for music from the 1970s to 2000s that they had previously owned but had since sold or dumped. “There were also young people who are discovering, who think this is the best format,” Wafer said.

Bentonville, AK | Arkansas craft brewery starts record label: Bike Rack Brewing’s first album to feature 10 local artists. “…We decided to get out of the ‘stick the artist in the corner’ for background music concept,” said Jerad Sears, Bike Rack’s event curator and community ambassador. Sears coordinates entertainment for the brewery, from musicians to bean bag tournaments. Bike Rack’s first recording, in vinyl, is set to be released in early November. It will feature 10 local artists including Brother Moses, Jamie Lou and The Hullabaloo and Smokey & The Mirror. The recording is being done at Haxton Roads Studio and Ozark Collective is filming a documentary on the new label. Both outfits are based in Bentonville. “It’s going to be a non-traditional record label that’s steeped in our community,” Charlson said.

Chicago’s Wax Trax! Records portrayed as a romance etched in vinyl in new documentary: …Julia Nash, who directed the documentary, is the daughter of Jim Nash, who founded Wax Trax! in the mid-70s with his lover, Dannie Flesher, so her powers of objectivity must be taxed even more than mine. Industrial Accident opens with video footage of her and a friend arriving at a rural home in Hope, Arkansas, to reclaim the mountain of Wax Trax! memorabilia that Flesher left behind in a barn when he died of AIDS in 2010; Nash had succumbed to the same disease 15 years earlier. The movie argues that the store and the internationally beloved dance-music label it spawned were expressions of Nash and Flesher’s personal relationship, and that their own trust in personal relationships led to their commercial downfall. It’s a poignant story, though one limited by the absence of the only two people who really lived it.

A copy of Prince’s rarest and “most expensive album of all time” has been found: Prince’s legendary album from 1987 was initially supposed to be his 16th full length release before the singer experienced a “spiritual epiphany” that led him to believe the album was evil. He immediately stalled the release, recalled all 500,000 copies and demanded that they were destroyed. Later on, the label was allowed to sell the album on CD and cassette, but never again on vinyl, making it one of the most coveted rare waxes to date. In the past US variants of ‘The Black Album’ have been sold via the Discogs Marketplace. In April 2016 it sold for $15,000, but in February 2018 music historian and record dealer Jeff Gold of Recordmecca, who is a former Executive VP at Warner Bros Records who worked with Prince, uncovered five sealed copies of the US variant of the Prince rarity. After selling four copies via his own website, Gold sold the final copy of ‘The Black Album’ through Discogs for a reported $42,000.

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