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

In rotation: 2/22/18

CDs on decline as dorm rooms become studios, streaming becomes king: …With this steady decline in physical CDs, a surprising listening device from the past has made a renaissance. Durbin said vinyl has seen its 12th straight year of sales growth and more and more retailers are jumping on the trend. For Cicero, he said he thinks the nostalgic nuances CDs and vinyl bring back will stick around for awhile. “I like buying physical music from a store,” he said. “I think that physical music holds a sort of sentiment that digital music cannot match. Physically owning an album now to me means I am passionate about supporting the artist.”

Delicious Pizza carries on the Delicious Vinyl music tradition: Dough. Cheese. Sauce. All three words can double as slang for money and influence in the pop and hip-hop universe. But brothers Mike and Rick Ross have since 2015 taken a more literal approach with their music-inspired restaurant Delicious Pizza. With roots in Los Angeles hip-hop label Delicious Vinyl, their two pizzerias have gradually become communal hubs where pepperoni matters as much as beats. The brothers, who hail from Long Beach, opened the first Delicious Pizza at 5419 W. West Adams Blvd. in 2015. In the fall of 2016, the siblings, both in the early-to-mid-50s, opened a second outpost in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard just a short stroll from another pop nerve center in Amoeba Music.

Schlafly getting retro with new limited pilsner and vinyl pairing: Beer and records. Never thought to put those two together, but perhaps that is why I’m not in marketing. But leave it the brains at Schlafly Beer to come up with a way to bring the retro cultural revival of vinyl to beer, in the form of a new promotion for a limited edition version of its Pilsner pack. The Pilsner pack made it’s return to the market back in August and thanks to all of us, the sessionable style is now part of the brewery’s 2018 portfolio. Today, the brewery announced that for a limited time, the 12-bottle pack of the golden, crisp lager will come with a record affixed to the front which will feature a voucher inside for $5 off of any vinyl at local participating record stores across Schlafly’s distribution. The special record packs will be available now through spring.

Friels Cider launches Record Store day competition, Friels First Press Vintage Cider is running an on-pack competition to support its sponsorship of Record Store Day UK (21 April). A limited edition can design on 330ml cans will promote the competition, which offers consumers the chance to win a home vinyl package, including a Friels limited edition turntable, amp, loudspeakers, £200 to spend in any participating record store and four cases of Friels. To enter, shoppers need to enter their details on the Friels website. There will also be five smaller monthly prize draws from February to June for the chance to win a limited edition turntable, £50 to spend in local record shops, or a limited edition FrieIs Record Store Day bag. Each of the monthly winners will also get a case of Friels First Press Vintage 330ml cans.

My Bloody Valentine Confirm Isn’t Anything Surprise: My Bloody Valentine recently released a pair of all analog vinyl reissues of their albums Loveless and Isn’t Anything, and they’ve now confirmed that they slipped a little something extra in with some fans’ orders. Taking to Twitter, they said that they have been giving away an alternative cut and pressing of Isn’t Anything, but the LP has now sold out directly from the band. The pressing was only available to fans who ordered the record as part of its initial run. The band are currently at work on the follow-up to their 2014 LP m b v, with Kevin Shields having said last year that he wants the album to be available in the traditional LP format running at 40 minutes with seven songs. “It could turn out to be only five tracks. I hope not, but I don’t want it to be a double album and I don’t want it to be really long,” he said.

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In rotation: 2/21/18

Turntable sales fell in 2017 despite rising record sales: Turntable sales fell by 5% in 2017 from the 2016 total, according to new figures by industry watchdog Gfk, What Hi-Fi reports. Despite rising sales in the UK and abroad, optimistic forecasts of continued growth, and expansions at some of Europe’s biggest turntable makers, sales of decks didn’t reach expected heights in 2017. As we reported last year, turntables were forecast to be the highest selling tech product for Christmas 2017, although the majority of these will have been cheap, faux-vintage decks capable of ruining your records. After over ten years of continued growth in vinyl sales, it’s not altogether surprisingly the growth in turntable sales would begin to plateau as the majority of record buyers stick with their current set-ups or buy second hand, a metric not included in the survey.

Napan Sherry Moser spins successful record business: Sherry Moser’s business is going in circles — and that’s exactly how she likes it. Moser’s business, RebelGirl Records, sells vintage vinyl records. RebelGirl Records was launched in in 2016 when Moser decided to try her luck at selling a handful of records at her booth at the former Tews Treasures resale shop. To her surprise, the records were popular with customers. Moser began buying — and selling – more and more records. Today, “business has skyrocketed,” said Moser. RebelGirl Records now has more than 7,000 records for sale. “It’s amazing to see how large the collection is now and how that small stack of records started my journey,” said Moser, who lives in Napa.

Records, furniture or tattoo? Speakeasy a unique one-stop shop in Decatur: Brian Abbott said he knows it’s risky operating a unique, even “kitschy” sort of business in Decatur. But where else could someone find a one-stop-shop for vinyl records, furniture or a tattoo? “On the one hand, it may seem really bold because it’s like, ‘Well how is that going to fly in Decatur?’ But on the other hand, it’s not like we have a lot of competition here,” said Abbott, one of the three owners of the building and main proprietor of Speakeasy Records & Oddities. The business is approaching its one-year anniversary at 530 N. Water St., the site of the former Rupert’s Sport Shop, slightly off the beaten path north of downtown’s main shopping and dining district. Three businesses have opened in the space since April, and a coffee shop, The River Coffee Company, could be open by the end of the month, Abbott said.

dig! music up for sale in Ukiah: Rare though they have become in American life, Ukiah has its own record store. Yes, it’s called a record store although much of what you’ll find in it are compact discs, but not all by a long shot. Mike Roumbanis is the friendly face behind the counter and the promoter behind loads of in-store concerts at dig! music, the store he and his wife, Denise, (they met in a record store in Santa Rosa in 1979) have owned for 15 years and are now getting ready to sell – or close on June 30 if no buyer comes along. Mike just turned 65 and is ready to retire, but he wants the store to live on. Its been-there-forever vibe and “Gosh, look at all this stuff!” atmosphere draws customers who love music, love vinyl, love classics and can’t help themselves.”

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In rotation: 2/20/18

Nuggets reflects on 40 years of spinning records: Nuggets, a record store in Kenmore Square, has remained relatively unchanged despite opening 40 years ago. While a small collection of Blu-Ray discs near the front door acknowledges the 21st century, most of the store’s floor space is still filled with boxes of records covering everything from classical opera to rock. “People come in and they keep saying it looks like we’re in the time machine going back,” Nuggets owner Stuart Freedman said. Nuggets began as three men selling records out of cardboard boxes in Harvard Square, Freedman said. Forty years ago, they pooled their money to open a storefront at 486 Commonwealth Ave. and hired Freedman — then a student at Northeastern University — to work for them. It was several years before the original proprietors were bought out and he became the sole owner.

Is the Price of Vinyl Going Too High? Is the vinyl industry at risk of pricing itself out of existence? In its Year in Report 2017, researchers at BuzzAngle Music noted that streaming music consumption surged in the US and Canada. Physical and digital album and track sales, however, continued their slow descent into obscurity. The anomaly? At a 20.1% increase over 2016’s numbers, vinyl records sales actually increased. The medium now comprises 10.4% of all physical album sales in the US. Nielsen Music also reported a similar spike. Last year, vinyl records accounted for 14% of all physical album purchases, a record high. Bandcamp also reported a 54% increase in vinyl sales for artists on its online music distribution platform.

This Is How Bad Your Vinyl Obsession Is for the World: The term “vinyl” is short for polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, a common plastic polymer used in everything from credit cards to window frames. The vast majority of new plastics are made from crude oil, although a small but growing proportion are now being made by recycling old plastic. So what’s wrong with it? “When it comes to vinyl, there are environmental impacts related to anywhere energy is used,” explains Andie Stephens, associate director of corporate carbon footprint measuring company Carbon Trust. “This includes the extraction of crude oil from the ground, refining it, the subsequent processing of [turning] that refined oil into PVC, then using PVC to manufacture a vinyl. The black colour comes from the addition of carbon black, which is also made from fossil fuels.”

Bolingbrook students learn about record players: Tibbott Elementary School in Bolingbrook celebrated its 50th anniversary. As part of the festivities, students learned about what school looked like for students their age in 1967. For students and teachers 50 years ago, the audio/visual technology to enhance student learning was, to say the least, limited. But there was an ancient device known as the record player used in classrooms all across the country. Tibbott Principal Ana Wilson showed her students how the record player worked and what a vinyl 33 1/3 RPM album looked like.

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In rotation: 2/16/18

Run the Jewels Named Record Store Day 2018 Ambassadors: Run the Jewels are the ambassadors for Record Store Day 2018. “BRING ME MY SCEPTER AND CEREMONIAL ROBE,” El-P tweeted of the honor. “I was told I can park anywhere now.” Last year’s RSD ambassador was St. Vincent, and previous ambassadors include Metallica, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack White, Chuck D, and Dave Grohl. Last year’s RSD offered records including unreleased Smiths demos, David Bowie LP sets, and more. Record Store Day 2018 will take place on April 21.

Redditch’s Vintage Trax marking birthday with Primrose fund raiser: A retro Record Shop in Redditch is celebrating its third anniversary trading in Headless Cross with a charity fundraiser in aid of Primrose Hospice. This Saturday, February 17, will mark three years since Ros Sidaway launched her retro vinyl record shop, Vintage Trax, on Birchfield Road. It came after two successful trials in the Kingfisher Centre and since then there has been a huge growth in demand for classic and rare albums and 45s around the UK and overseas…“It’s been hard work to build the business but, as my family and friends know, I love music and really enjoy what I’m doing and it’s a great feeling to be helping people build their record collections and track down the albums they are looking for.”

California record dealer Pacific Beach Vinyl starts GoFundMe to remain open: Pacific Beach Vinyl is asking for support to keep its doors open. The San Diego dealer and wholesaler launched in 2014 and quickly became an important hub for European and US imprints pressing up house, disco, Balearic and world music. Their business hit financial trouble two years ago, when they entered into a bad debt consolidation deal with a predatory lender. “With growth came the need for expansive working capital,” they explain on their GoFundMe page. “PBV navigated a planned borrowing course and a clear path to continue an upward arc. In late 2015, PBV was offered an agreement that would consolidate its existing debt and allow it to grow to the next level and unchain itself from the toxicity of the high-priced loans on its books.”

‘A force of character, determination, or nerve:’ Moxy Music opens shop in Ridgecrest: Moxy Music is a new music store in Ridgecrest that opened its doors on Saturday at its location at 219 Balsam Street. Contact them through email at [email protected] or by phone at 760-667-2747. They carry new and used CDs and cassettes, posters, apparel, guitar strings, stereos, turntables, and more. However, one step into the building shows immediately shows you their focus: vinyl records. “I like the sound of vinyl. It’s got a lower deep end and it’s a warmer sound all around. It sounds a lot better,” said Moxy Music co-owner Joel Rodriguez. “I can’t listen to one track by an artist. I want to listen to the whole thing from side A to B.”

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In rotation: 2/15/18

Discogs Shares 2017 Data & Sales Trends; Surpasses 10M Units Sold; Vinyl Approaches 8 Million Units Sold: Another year has passed and we have, yet again, another batch of record-breaking data to share with the Discogs community. Our annual year-end report is a deep dive into the numbers, trends and music sales that made 2017 unique. So put on your favorite record, pull up a chair, and read on for the highlights of another successful year at Discogs…Our user-built database is the heart of Discogs, and our heart grew 4.18% in 2017. The formats that had the most releases added to the Database were CDs, with an increase of 22.94%, and Cassettes, with a growth of 12.13%.

Vinyl and coffee lovers welcomed at opening of new Dumbarton cafe, Big Sparra Music Cafe has now opened its doors on Glasgow Road. Lovers of vinyl and coffee were welcomed to Dumbarton on Saturday as Big Sparra Music Cafe opened its doors on Glasgow Road. The Lennox Herald previously revealed that music-loving Dumbarton man Robert McKain was working hard to open the store along with coffee shop manager Claire McAteer and Ash Mills, head of customer service. Robert said: “Saturday was amazing. We got really good feedback and there were points where we didn’t have enough seats…Robert, who also runs a vinyl store in Ayrshire, is aiming to celebrate Record Store Day in April at the new store at 137a Glasgow Road.

Worth a visit: notable small businesses in Northampton: …Decorated floor-to-ceiling with posters, stickers and album covers, the underground Turn It Up! feels more like a rock venue than a record store. The vintage aura of the store is alluring, but its beauty is in its record collection. Because of its trade-in policy, the store houses mostly used original records. Not only does this cultivate a relationship with the Northampton community, but this also means the price will be significantly lower than a reissued copy, often under $10 for an entire LP…In addition to vinyl, Turn It Up! sells new and used CDs, cassette tapes, DVDs and VHS tapes for thrift-store prices. Turn It Up! offers the authentic record store experience all over New England, with other locations in Montague, Keene and Brattleboro.

Death of the CD may change how we listen to music: No more blood beneath the fingernails, skin sliced from trying too eagerly to open that shrink-wrapped jewel pack. No more Nickelback beer coasters. No more CDs. Billboard reported last week that Best Buy will stop selling CDs come July and that Target is looking to break from the industry norm in how it sells CDs — the retail giant doesn’t want to pay for them unless consumers buy them first, as opposed to purchasing shipments up front. This is hardly a shocking development — we’ve been steadily progressing toward the increased digital consumption of music. I parted with my CD collection nearly a decade ago, though it was once a source of considerable music geek pride, having grown to nearly 6,000 discs.

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In rotation: 2/14/18

Redditch retro record shop celebrates 3rd anniversary with charity fundraiser this Saturday: Residents are being invited to a day of music, special offers, and give-aways to celebrate a record shop’s third birthday. Vinyl record shop, Vintage Trax, on Birchfield Road, will turn three this Saturday and is celebrating with a charity fundraiser. The shop was launched by Ros Sidaway, following two successful trials in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. “I can hardly believe it’s been three years already,” exclaimed Ros. “I had to check my diary to make sure. It’s been hard work to build the business but, as my family and friends know, I love music and really enjoy what I’m doing. And it’s a great feeling to be helping people build their record collections and track down albums they are looking for.”

Vintage record store sees uptick in sales due to vinyl resurgence: POCATELLO – Remember when it meant something to be first in line to pre-order a new album? Remember what it was like getting your hands on the shiny, new packaging for the first time, as you meticulously opened it up to read the liner notes? This is a foreign concept for today’s digital music consumers. But Vintage Vinyl and Antiques in Pocatello is bringing it back for a new generation. “With a record jacket, it’s almost like holding a book,” Quint Pimentel, Vintage Vinyl and Antiques Owner, tells EastIdahoNews.com. “You can learn so much about the artist. It’s more intimate (than listening on your phone).” Vintage Vinyl and Antiques offers a wide assortment of music, sound equipment and memorabilia for avid collectors. And with a resurgence in vinyl, Pimentel says he is noticing an increase in business.

Local West Ashley record store will still be selling CDs after Best Buy stops this summer: As music CD sales continue to drop, big box stores like Best Buy are pulling the plug. But instead of killing the music, a West Ashley record store is embracing it and increasing their CD inventory. “We feel like there’s demand, we’re going to keep selling them as long as people keep buying them,” said Galen Hudson, general manager at Monster Music and Movies. He said they’re adding to their current collection of more than 300,000 CDs. “You can get a lot of stuff as import that’s not available in the U.S. for a pretty good price, so that’s what we’re looking to expand,” Hudson said. “For us, CD is still outside vinyl, as much press as vinyl gets and as sexy as it is and everything, we sell more units in CDs.”

With Best Buy dropping CDs, the format is down but not out: “Twenty-some years ago, I remember saying about Best Buy, ‘They’re gonna run everybody out of business and then quit selling CDs,’ ” said Stephen Judge, owner of the three Schoolkids Records stores in the Triangle. “And now that day has come. I’d be lying if I said it was not concerning.” Independent stores have continued closing, including Record Exchange and Offbeat Records in the Triangle. Then came Amazon and streaming, and larger chains started failing, too – including Tower Records, which went out of business in 2006. In recent years, many independent stores like Schoolkids, Sorry State and Bull City Records prospered by focusing more on vinyl records, which have made something of a comeback as specialty niche items.

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In rotation: 2/13/18

Selectadisc legacy honoured by DJs at bakery: DJs and music traders are taking over a bakery to honour a much-loved record store which once stood there. Selectadisc, which closed its doors in Nottingham in 2009, was described as the “John Peel of record shops” and traded for more than 40 years. Its former sister store in London featured on the sleeve of Oasis album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? A six-hour celebration was taking place in the shop’s former premises in Market Street…The record shop found fame when its sister branch in Berwick Street, London, was featured on the cover of the 1995’s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Vinyl revival: Truck Store record shop celebrates seventh birthday with music and cake: The last surviving independent music shop in Oxford has proved its pluckiness as it celebrated its seventh year in the city. The city was once awash with record racks boasting national and local musical acts. Now Truck store stands alone in Cowley Road – with the only other music retailer being newcomer Fopp, in Gloucester Green. Truck Store’s fortunes have been helped by the revival of interest in vinyl records. To help it mark its seventh birthday over the weekend, the store invited local artists to celebrate its success…Truck Store manager Carl Smithson, who has been with the shop since it opened in 2011, said: “We had a lot of people in the shop and it was very busy for all the acts.

Record stores are small havens for local collectors: There are only a trio of shops on the South Shore that still sell vinyl records, but for local music lovers those stores are a place to feel at home. When John Nichols and Bobby DePesa were first toying with the idea of opening a record store in the basement of their Norwell skateboard shop, they had a few boxes of unwanted vinyl records lying around waiting to be tossed out. It wasn’t until a 16-year-old girl begged them to buy a seemingly random record containing the speeches of John F. Kennedy that a light bulb lit up. “That’s when we knew,” Nichols said. “I never saw that coming, and I would have said ‘See you later’ to that record, but everything will sell to someone.”

Vinyl fans dig for treasure at KUSF record swap: Aimee Myers said she was on a mission for Iggy Pop and the Cramps as she flipped through crate after crate of vinyl records on Sunday. And a few hours into digging at the Rock ’n’ Swap record fair at University of San Francisco’s McLaren Hall, she hit pay dirt: a $25 used copy of “Raw Power” by Iggy and the Stooges. “I’m really excited,” the 21-year-old media studies major said, clutching an older copy of the seminal 1973 pre-punk masterpiece in both arms. “I’ve been looking for this for a while, and I’ve been buying vinyl since the fifth grade.” Myers, a junior at USF, continued her hunt among the hundreds of record buyers and vendors packed into the conference center for the four-times-per-year swap meet that draws people from all over the Bay Area and state.

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In rotation: 2/12/18

37 Years After It Opened, Bill’s Records Is Still Special: On a chilly Sunday morning, Bill Wisener turns on the “open” sign at his vinyl record store, one of the oldest in Dallas. You’ll recognize Wisener’s shop when you spot the red “Bill’s” sign hanging outside the store, which is nestled next to Poor David’s Pub on Lamar Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood. Wisener is answering phone calls behind the cluttered counter near the front of the store. Music enthusiasts from all over the U.S. call 73-year-old Wisener every day to ask about the stock of vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, concert posters and pins, original paintings and other treasured music memorabilia in his store and on his eBay account. He’s sold vinyl records for 46 years, so he has extensive knowledge of popular music. But Wisener is not a walking, talking iTunes algorithm.

The sun sets on 60-plus years for this Fort Worth record store fixture: Record Town, one of the nation’s oldest vinyl record stores and a survivor of 60 years of change in the music industry, is moving from its original South University Drive location. And it may be changing hands…TCU students in the 1950s and 60s frequented Record Town for the latest vinyl releases from Elvis, the Everly Brothers or the Beatles. Now the couple’s son, Sumter Bruton III manages the store. He graduated from TCU in 1968, according to TCU Magazine. The iconic Record Town sign with Nipper the RCA dog in the middle hasn’t lit up for six or seven years. Now it appears the sun has set on the six decades the unassuming retail fixture spent in the same spot.

Hometown Business Connection: Tune Town: MANKATO , MINN. – Tune Town in Old Town hasn’t always been in the same place, but it’s been a fixture nonetheless for audiophiles in southern Minnesota. “I started Tune Town on October 1st, 1993 in Faribault, Minnesota. In 1997 we opened our second location in Mankato by the college in University Square. We were there for ten years, and then we went to the River Hills Mall,” said owner Carl Nordmeier. For a short period they even had a third store in St. Peter. But then Napster and digital downloads happened. Record stores throughout the country disappeared…It was tough going at first, because a lot of people thought we just closed,” said Nordmeier. But they were still open. And now actually growing, thanks to good ol’ fashioned analog.

Celebrity Handprints Surround Tulsa Store: TULSA, Oklahoma – 40 years ago, a Tulsa record store had visiting musicians create some lasting memories in the sidewalk around the store. The store is gone, but the handprints and autographs are still there. Now, a building rehab project has fans concerned about those celebrity handprints. Building owner Terry Palmer said a facelift is long overdue. It is now the home for Ehrles Party Supply, but forty years ago it was the home for Peaches Records and Tapes. “Recording artists would come by and put their hands in concrete just like they do in Hollywood,” said Palmer. Almost 40 years later, they’re still there. Some names aren’t memorable, but some like Mickey Gilley, Hank Williams Jr., Ray Price, and 38 Special are.

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In rotation: 2/9/18

Spun City: Elvis, the Patron Saint of pop culture and Poplar Avenue, has left the building. It is with melancholy that I find myself saying goodbye to Spin Street. Walking through the big record store at Poplar and Highland felt like walking through a time capsule, but with a slightly B-grade movie atmosphere. The store’s odd array of eclectic items carried a silent scream against pragmatism and reinforced the efficacy of pop culture: An authentic Star Trek lamp in the shape of the Starship Enterprise, a red-hot lava lamp, slightly frightening-looking bobble-heads, giant house slippers in the shape of a Marvel comic book hero, a retro record player, or the old, crumbling tattered record covers of Isaac Hayes.

Medway Music Fair records for sale and supporting local bands: Medway bands will have a new platform to boost their profile this weekend in the shape of a good, old-fashioned record fair. Recollect Music Fair holds its first event at MidKent College in Medway Road, Gillingham on Sunday, February 11. Organiser Graham Sage is inviting bands to sell their CDs and merchandise free of charge alongside the usual stall holders. Formerly the owner of Recollect Records in Strood, Graham shut up shop four years ago but has continued to run Recollect Music Fairs at Rainham Mark Social Club, until redevelopment at the club forced him to move. Extra space at the new venue inspired him to bring in a new twist by creating a platform for bands to reach a new audience.

Check Out this Beatles-Themed Vinyl Jukebox get Designed and Built: Designing a vinyl jukebox based on the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club might not sound like it would be that hard, but when you watch this guy get into it you get the idea that it’s anything but. The amount of detail that goes into this thing is intense. The cutting of the pictures to make sure that they’re to the proper scale and will fit precisely where they need to is something that seems like it’s no big deal for the designer, but it’s likely that he’s been doing this kind of thing for a while and could do it in his sleep. Watching how quickly and accurately me moves to render each picture and design component in the manner that it’s needed is something I tend to enjoy watching since the craftsmanship is fun to see.

The Beach Boys release ‘Pet Sounds’ in ltd. ed. colored vinyl LP: This week, The Beach Boys’ acclaimed 1966 album, Pet Sounds, will be released in a limited colored vinyl LP edition by Capitol/UMe. Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide and available exclusively from The Sound of Vinyl, the collectible special edition presents the classic album’s stereo mix on a 130-gram LP pressed on split translucent yellow and green vinyl…The Beach Boys’ 12th studio album, Pet Sounds is of one of popular music’s most influential and universally-acclaimed albums. Since its original release on May 16, 1966, the masterpiece has reigned at the top of countless critic and fan polls, maintaining its timeless rank as one of popular music’s most-cited influences.

Eastside Guide: Where to Buy Vinyl Records on the Eastside: rom East LA to Echo Park , the following is a list of record stores on the Eastside that are worth checking out if looking to add to your growing vinyl collection or starting one.

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In rotation: 2/8/18

Could CDs soon go the way of the cassette tape? CEDAR RAPIDS – Eight track tapes and audio cassettes are two once-popular music formats that faded away. And could compact discs, or CDs, be the next to get replaced. A worker at Record Collector in Iowa City checks in a used CD sold for resale. A national music industry publication says retailer Best Buy could stop new CD sales this summer. Reports that one national retailer plans to stop selling new CDs in stores this summer is raising that question. A report by the music industry publication Billboard claims Best Buy has told music distributors the company plans to pull CDs from store shelves July 1st…Bobby Larson, owner of Record Collector in Iowa City, says some music formats disappear only to reappear with new enthusiasts. One example in the music business is the sale of vinyl LP records.

Best Buy may be done with CD’s, but this Springfield music store isn’t: SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Stick It In Your Ear has been a Springfield staple since 1993, and they say if big box chains like Best Buy are ready to give up on music CD’s, then that just means more customers walking in their Walnut St. doors. “It’s kind of bittersweet, I guess,” store manager Erik Milan said. “Because it’s sad that [CD’s are] leaving on that level, but it’s great for us because they’re not going anywhere from our store. We’re only getting more and more, so it’s only going to be better for us.” Best Buy announced this week that CD’s will be off their shelves by this summer. Milan says that CD’s are one of the most popular formats in their store, but admitted that vinyl records are No. 1.

Best Buy Will Stop Selling CDs This Summer: The CD, which revolutionized the music industry in the late 1980s and early 1990s, could be on the way out…The threats to the CD format come as music streaming continues to explode in the music industry. Revenues from streaming music services accounted for 62% of the total market for the first half of 2017, according to newly-released numbers from the RIAA, the music industry’s U.S. trade group. Physical sales, which are comprised of both CDs and vinyl albums, made up 16% of the overall revenues. Revenues from shipments of CDs were down 3% to $431 million, while vinyl albums were up 3% to $182 million.

Independent Dubuque music shops say CDs not dead yet: John Hackett, who has owned and operated CDs 4 Change since 1998, has adapted to the recent uptick in popularity for vinyl. At one point in the 2000s, Hackett recalled, he exclusively sold CDs. Now his inventory is split about evenly between CDs and vinyl. Hackett acknowledged the rise of streaming and digital downloads has taken a substantial bite out of physical sales. “It has made a huge difference,” Hackett said. “You can go on YouTube and click on a song and listen to it without paying a dime.” Hackett suggested Best Buy’s decision to abandon CD sales could be a boon for stores like his. He noted that Best Buy often sold the items as a loss leader, luring customers into the store in hopes that they would buy something else.

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