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

In rotation: 6/14/17

Re-Animated Records Comes to Life, La Mesa finally gets a record shop of its own: Re-Animated Records: “As you can see, it’s pretty cluttered at the moment,” Re-Animated Records co-owner Nicholas Friesen tells me as we step inside his soon-to-be-opened shop in La Mesa Village. Amid the plastic sheeting on the ground covered in paint splatter, unhung wooden shelves, and the boxes upon boxes of records yet to be catalogued — San Diego’s newest record shop is taking shape piece by piece…“We’re getting a lot of excitement and positive affirmation from local residents and other business owners,” Nic said. “Everyone seems to agree that La Mesa has needed something like this for a while.”

Owners lift the needle on Niagara Falls record store, SRC Vinyl to close on July 2; business will continue online: The city’s lone record store is closing. The owners of SRC Vinyl have lifted the needle, so to speak, on their retail location. The reason for what seemed to be a sudden decision to close the store does not stem from a lack of business, co-owner Jenna Miles said. “Someone asked to buy the building,” Miles, who along with partner Danny Keyes, also owned the building at 5904 Main St. where SRC is located. “They take over on July 6.” She said that the idea of putting the building up for sale came from their real estate agent. Little did the duo know that the location would be snapped up quickly.

Tributes as Kidderminster record shop’s Mr Tee dies: Since the death of Francis Terry Thomas, known as Mr Tee, on May 30 tributes have flooded in from musicians and people connected to the music scene across the country. Terry opened Mister Tee’s Rock Shop in Blackwell Street in 1978 and sold records, badges and other musical memorabilia. It attracted people from a wide area and Terry was about to celebrate its 40th anniversary in the town…Shop manager Terry Hodges said: “I have been inundated by people calling and coming into the shop to pay tributes and many have gone onto Facebook from all over the UK.

Local Record Store Offers Needle Exchange Program for Vinyl Addicts: Local record store owner Dawn Rawlings is starting a needle exchange program for vinyl addicts, hoping to contain the audiophilia epidemic ravaging her community, according to local leaders and social workers. Rawlings, the owner/manager of The Vinyl Chapter in Hampden, implemented the program to help vinyl-addicted customers pursue their sonic addiction with clean, safe turntable cartridges…“My partner got me a Crosley turntable for Christmas. Really nice gesture, but it sounded like shit, and I knew there was stronger stuff out there,” said one patron, who asked to remain anonymous.

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In rotation: 6/13/17

Record Theatre Closing Last Location: A staple for music-lovers in Western New York for four decades is closing its last remaining location. The Record Theatre store on Main and Lafayette in Buffalo will close by the end of August. The store manager says the original owner passed away and now everything has been put into a trust for the family. Employees found out Monday and say it’s out of their control. “I’ve been going to this store since it opened up in the ’70s,” said customer John Stuhr. “Now I’m just really sad, it’s the last of the big record stores in this area.”

End of an era: Last Record Theatre location to close its doors: Record Theatre, once a chain of six record stores and the focal point of the Western New York music scene and a mecca for anyone looking for an album – or a cassette a CD or even an 8-track tape long ago – is going out of business. The news that the flagship Main Street location of the area’s longest-serving independent record store would close its doors for good in coming weeks comes three months after the death of its founder Lenny Silver and the closing of its other remaining store in the University Plaza. “I hoped this day would never come,” Mike Pierce, chief financial officer of parent company Transcontinent Record Sales said…

Vinyl record sales increase for 11 consecutive years, despite popularity of digital downloads: Paul LePree is a Guestroom Records regular. He owns thousands of records. “There is a sense of nostalgia tied into them, but I also like the tactile, physical product and to look at the art,” he said. “They make me happy.” The record resurgence in Louisville and around the world comes as no surprise to him or to any other music lover in the store. “They maintain some air of collectability, and their value stays pretty high on them,” Guestroom Records owner Travis Searle said. “They sound better to me…”

Eel Pie Records independent vinyl store is opening in Church Street, Twickenham: An independent vinyl record and CD shop is opening in Twickenham this week, bringing music-lovers a mix of legendary tunes. Co-founders Kevin Jones and Phil Penman, both from Twickenham, have transformed the former food hall in Church Street into their long-awaited business venture, Eel Pie Records, launching on June 8. The old-school music shop will feature a wide range of brand new vinyl, a growing selection of high quality second-hand vinyl, a themed selection of African and French CDs and a bargain bin. Mr Jones said: “We have been planning for some time now and spent ages looking for the right location and timing.”We got the keys three weeks ago and we are really excited that despite the hard work and rush to be finally launching tomorrow.”

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In rotation: 6/12/17

Record Store Crawl bringing PBR and discounted vinyl to Twin Cities: Warner Music Group is hopping on the vinyl bus and offering cold beer to customers who join them. On June 10, Warner’s two-year-old annual Record Store Crawl hits Minneapolis for the first time. A coach bus will escort up to 40 vinyl connoisseurs to the Electric Fetus, Mill City Sound, Down in the Valley, Barely Brothers, and Agharta Records. The tour kicks off at the Uptown VFW with ticket-buyers getting free PBR, drink tickets and a discounted lunch…This year’s crawl is another push from Warner Music Group to promote vinyl sales. In March, the company launched Run Out Groove, a vinyl-only label that selects its monthly pressings based on customers’ votes.

Fairhaven shop feeds collectors’ desire for vinyl records: Vinyl records are a little less dead today with the grand opening of Max J Records at 145 Bridge St., just off Huttleston Avenue. Owners John and Teresa Pimental have turned a lifetime passion for vinyl into a promising startup dealing with vintage and new vinyl records, which leads immediately to a question: Didn’t a vinyl record store open up just a few months on Purchase Street in downtown New Bedford run by Roger Chouinard? Can SouthCoast support two record stores like this? The answer from both shops is yes, it can.

Albuquerque record store to close after more than 30 years: After 32 years, an Albuquerque record store is closing its doors for good. The owner says the boom in online sales has hit them hard, and customers say Albuquerque is losing a little piece of history. “It’s a very sad day…when they close,” customer Vince Guillen said. “I’ve been a customer of the Stange’s here at Krazy Kat since they opened the door 32 years ago.” It opened in 1983. More than three decades later, Krazy Kat is bidding farewell. Owner, Edward Stange says it’s been quite the ride.

Tributes paid to popular Horsefair record store owner, Mr Tee: Tributes have poured in for Horsefair’s Mr Soul Man who lost his battle with cancer this week – at the age of 66. Francis Terry Thomas – also known by many as Mr Tee – who owned Mister Tee’s Rock Stop, in Blackwell Street, passed away on May 30…Terry Hodges, managing director of Mister Tee’s and who worked alongside Mr Thomas for many years, said: “Music and soul was always a big passion of his. “He started off the shop by wholesaling badges and sold them all over the world. Then one day someone came into the store with a box records and it started from there. “He worked with so many artists over the years including Michael Jackson, UB40 and the Specials.”

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In rotation: 6/2/17

This record shop is giving away 35,000 free records next week: Spend $20, get 100 records free. No, that’s not a typo. That’s five free records for every dollar you spend. Famed for its “Free Record Days”, LA emporium The Record Parlour is having another massive fire sale on 10th June for anyone looking to bolster their collection with a vast vinyl lucky dip. With over 35,000 LPs, 12″s, 7″s, 78s and cassettes to ship out the door, we recommend you get there early and get there ready, as previous year’s have seen queues form as far as the eye can see. Follow developments on The Record Parlour’s Instagram account and find the shop at 6408 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Dubai Gets A New Independent Record Store! Meet The Hero Behind It: When you think of Dubai, you might think of an international hub of culture, art, and activity. That might be true, but not so much for record collectors of the United Arab Emirates. Up until last week, Dubai didn’t have a single independent record store. Enter Shadi Megallaa, founder of The Flip Side record store and protagonist of the Dubai music and record collecting scene. The Flip Side opened just last week in Dubai’s up and coming art and design district, Alserkel Avenue. The shop promises to cater for all musical tastes and provide a meeting point for musicians and fans of all walks.

Sound & Vision Offers Vinyl Records and Music Expertise: Sound & Vision Vinyl, LLC, is the new record store in Salt Lake City. They opened on October 16, 2015. It is owned by Pam Lancaster and managed by Michael Maccarone. Maccarone has managed record shops for over 30 years. His interest in record collecting began by sampling his father’s rock n’ roll records and then by witnessing The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. In the 1970s, Maccarone’s interest in records was further inspired after being introduced to David Bowie records at a record shop. “[The employee] locked me in the store, made me buy The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust—I wasn’t allowed to leave until I bought the album,” he said.

Rosanne Cash Plots ‘King’s Record Shop’ 30th Anniversary Release, Legacy Recordings to issue 180 gram vinyl and digital editions of influential 1987 album featuring “Tennessee Flat Top Box,” penned by Johnny Cash: An early example of the burgeoning Americana genre, blending traditional country with rock & roll while delivering literate and incisive material, King’s Record Shop was also distinguished by its striking album cover photo. Taken by DeVito in front of the Louisville, Kentucky, record store owned by Gene King, younger brother of country songwriting legend Pee Wee King (“Tennessee Waltz”), the cover was the result of two photos taken separately, with Cash’s image superimposed on the location shot. The result was a 1988 Grammy win for Best Recording Package, awarded to album designer Bill Johnson.

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In rotation: 6/1/17

David Charters: Jamming and a spin back in time on decks: Nothing pumps the snoozing memory more than a liberally sugared doughnut in which swells a cell of jam – red enough to suggest the happy marriage of a young raspberry to a noble cherry with strawberry antecedents…And, for me, only a sticky whisker behind in the memory stakes are vinyl records. There was a joy of anticipation in settling the needle, gentle as a butterfly, on the edge of the spinning discs with their pink, black, blue, white or red middles.

HMV’s Vinyl Week returns in June: HMV’s Vinyl Week returns from 9th to 18th June 2017 it has been announced. For a limited time, vinyl fans can get Ed Sheeran’s debut album + with an exclusive sleeve alongside a range of exclusive coloured vinyl. There are also exclusive sleeve releases for Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life on silver vinyl and Suede’s self-titled debut on gold vinyl. The exclusives will only be available in-store and shoppers are advised to arrive early on Saturday 17th June to avoid disappointment. A maximum of 1 copy per title per customer will apply.

Physical music surges in Eastern Kentucky: In the last 10 years, records have started to make an appearance in the homes of old time record collectors as well as the rooms of teenagers. The demand for physical music has increased and given two independent record stores a home in Eastern Kentucky. Roundabout Music in Whitesburg and Vinyl Exchange in Pikeville are two of Eastern Kentucky’s only physical music stores. “We saw a need for people to buy music,” said Kevin Harmon, owner of Vinyl Exchange. “You could buy it online, but there is something different about having it in your hand.”

Music column: The vinyl record revival is here to stay: There’s a magical little record store called The End of All Music, one of the greatest gems this town has to offer. The minute I walk in, I am greeted with the aroma of old records, a smell I’ve come to appreciate in my years of collecting. The blue walls have rare and new releases all across them. There are rows of record crates always changing, so every trip, there is a new adventure. I am greeted every time by owner David Swider. Since the day they opened the store, Swider has been most helpful with every question I have. This time I asked about the vinyl record revival.

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In rotation: 5/31/17

It was 50 years ago today… looking back on half a century of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The next Beatles album didn’t have a name, let alone a concept, but the band already knew it had to be different. Very different. Along with his assistant engineer, 18-year-old Richard Lush, and under the gaze of producer George Martin, Emerick cajoled the primitive equipment into creating the extraordinary soundscapes for a band that had no respect for the limitations of the four track tape. Geoff Emerick now lives in Los Angeles, while Richard Lush has lived in Australia since the 1970s. Both of them spoke to 7.30 about the making of one of the most influential albums of the 20th century.

Sgt. Pepper’s redux: Should you buy the $$$ new version of The Beatles classic or save your money? Giles Martin and his team went back to these four track element reels and reassembled Sgt. Pepper’s from these earlier generation tapes, which had been kept in the EMI vaults. The results, whether the new stereo mix or the surround treatment, are remarkable. From the opening moments of the audience anticipating the start of a rock concert, you just know that you are about to experience something amazing—what audiophiles call an “eargasm.” It made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck as if I was really there standing among the audience—or in Abbey Road studios—waiting for the show to begin. Red lights, green lights, strawberry wine, if you know what I mean. And then BOOM it’s on. The title track rocks like a motherfucker.

Meet the critic who panned ‘Sgt. Pepper’ then discovered his speaker was busted. He’s still not sorry. He is 72, with a thin beard and easy laugh, and lives with his husband, Tony Ward, in a 14th-floor apartment Greenwich Village. He stopped writing about music in the late ’60s, but he never left journalism. For decades, Goldstein covered the arts and gender identity issues at the Village Voice, where he eventually served as executive editor. These days, he teaches “Pepper” in a course on the ’60s at his alma mater, Hunter College. Now comfortable in his own skin, Goldstein can explain why he feels he rejected “Pepper” all those years ago. The broken stereo, he says, had nothing to do with it.

Inside Unheard ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Outtakes: Exclusive First Listen: No matter how well you know the album, this remix is full of nuances any fan will notice, especially the bottom end —Ringo’s kick drum really reveals new dimensions. It’s a tribute to the band and their producer. “My dad, especially on Pepper, was almost like a satellite dish that managed to capture all their ideas and mash them down to this little black piece of plastic that changed the way people listen to music.” But the real treasures are the 34 bonus tracks, which will dazzle hardcore Beatlemaniacs — “the socks and sandals brigade,” as Giles Martin fondly calls them.

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In rotation: 5/30/17

Record Store Coming To Fairhaven: Fairhaven is getting a new record store this June! Records seem to be making a comeback and Max J Records will soon have plenty of them at their Bridge St location in Fairhaven. As their Facebook photo shows, there is quite the mix of music offered in the new store. And you can start getting your hands on their vinyl at their grand opening planned for June 3rd.

Winnipeg-based ‘doctor of audio’ keeping the records spinning at age 83: In the cramped quarters of Bill Yaworski’s Sanford Street electronics shop some feel claustrophobic, others see charm and feel nostalgic. It’s a business, which has stood the test of time and survived numerous changes in an evolving industry shaped by digital downloads and streaming music services. At Columbus Radio, it’s the resurgence of vinyl records that has helped keep the business running strong. Yaworski – in his white lab coat surrounded by stacks and stacks of audio equipment including speakers, amplifiers and turntables in need of repair – is known by some as a doctor of audio.

8 easy and affordable ways to clean your vinyl records by hand: If you look after your vinyl, then there is no reason why your new, quiet record shouldn’t stay quiet for many, many years. More than that, giving second hand records a thorough cleaning will drastically reduce any noise that you hear. Using a record cleaning machine is the best way to clean a record but they are often prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheaper, manual methods of record cleaning that do a great job. What follows is a broad selection of the different types of cleaning gadgets that you can buy.

British-Pinoy’s bag design part of ‘Record Store Day’ celebration in UK: An image created by a British-Pinoy graphic designer was chosen by fashion label Fred Perry for the Record Store Day held last month. Melvin Galapon’s design, which encapsulates his trademark linear-based, geometric, clean, digital, minimal and sometimes monochrome style, is the illustrator’s first contribution to the event. The limited-edition bags were handed out for free to the first 20 customers who lined up at participating venues located in towns and cities across the country.

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In rotation: 5/26/17

Independent Shop And Label alt.vinyl To Close: Independent online record shop and label alt.vinyl has announced that it is to close after 13 years. It began life as a record shop based in Newcastle opened by Graham Thrower, but soon changed to an online-only organisation, while remaining very much rooted in its northern surroundings putting out records from Richard Dawson and :zoviet*france: amongst others. In total, the label released more than 70 records. “It’s been great to have been a part of a global independent music community but the time is right… this cycle has come to a close,” Thrower wrote on the label’s website. “At the risk of a long post I’d just like to thank all those artists that alt.vinyl has had the pleasure to work with…”

Nostalgia for vinyl? Hamilton store’s 5,000 records can help: A new record shop in Hamilton aims to bring the resurgent vinyl format back to the forefront of people’s minds. Main Street Vinyl at 227 Main Street offers “a little bit of everything,” including albums from rock, soul, blues, country, jazz and reggae artists and groups. “You’ve got to have variety,” said store owner Bill Herren, whose collection of nearly 5,000 records, displayed in the business and stored in back, provides the bulk of the store’s inventory…“CDs are fading out and vinyl’s back,” Herren said. “There’s more vinyl sold in the last year that’s been sold since the 1980s … so it’s a good time to do it.”

Craft beer meets vintage records at The Vinyl Room: At first glance, The Vinyl Room could be a standard craft beer bar. Four local brews are on tap, with a selection canned beer and wine, and a light food menu. But guests will also find vinyl-packed shelves and turntables sure to delight any music fan. Equal parts bar and record shop, The Vinyl Room plans to combine the two interests into one unique addition to Wappingers Falls’ Main Street. And, it could be open by late-June.The business stems from owner John Kihlmire’s passion for music and beer. “I’ve been collecting vinyl since I was 15 years old,” he said. “More recently, I’ve really gotten into sour beer.” But The Vinyl Room isn’t just a mash-up of Kihlmire’s interests.

Seeking refuge in vinyl records during China’s cultural revolution: Around the beginning of the 1960s, our father spent 400 RMB to buy a Peony radio-record player. The record player, in particular, was quite high-tech back then: four-speed selection with automatic stopping coupled with a speed-detection regulation system. I imagined the flood of music that would flow out of the tiny red-and-green power light, turning our lives totally transparent, as if we lived inside a glass house. Father, however, didn’t particularly understand music, his purchase, while linked with an infatuation with modern technology, was more a reflection of his romantic temperament, a sharp contrast to the ominous age taking shape around us. An age when people endured constant hunger and busied themselves just trying to scrape by, living hand to mouth—idle ears seemed superfluous.

Reinventing the record: New Burlington factory turns out vinyl albums: Vinyl fanatics have a new champion in Gerry McGhee. McGhee is the proud vice president of Precision Pressing, a state-of-the-art vinyl record manufacturing facility in Burlington. The 20,000-sq.-ft. plant celebrated its official opening on May 11. It may be weird to describe a factory as beautiful, but that’s exactly what Precision is — a light-filled, high-ceilinged, scrupulously clean structure filled with handsome pressing machines and dozens of enthusiastic employees. Precision Pressing is a labour of love for McGhee, 55. He’s a lifer in the music industry — as both a musician and an executive — and Precision Pressing represents years of hard work and perseverance on his part to serve the global vinyl resurgence.

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In rotation: 5/25/17

What Retailers Can Learn From the Music Industry’s Meltdown: Labels scrambled to compete via technology they seemed to barely understand. “There were a lot of experiments with formats to try to come up with different things,” said Chris Brown, the CFO for the Maine-based, 12-store Bull Moose record store chain. “We had a summit meeting with BMG,” he recalled of the music conglomerate. “The company’s president held up what looked like a memory stick. He said, ‘People like MP3s, so we’re going to sell them MP3s on this memory stick here.’ It was maybe a one-inch square. They saw that as replacing the cassette. I never heard about it again after that meeting.”

Jerry’s Records owner retiring, but store will remain open: First the good news: As the sign outside the Squirrel Hill store says, Jerry’s Ain’t Closin’. The bad news is that after more than 40 years in the record business, beloved owner Jerry Weber is stepping away from the vinyl store that brought him international fame. Citing the need for another round of knee surgery, Mr. Weber has sold Jerry’s Records to employee Chris Grauzer for an undisclosed price, and his last day at Jerry’s will be July 31. “I sold him the store, the store name, the phone number. He’s going to be the face of Jerry’s Records,” Mr. Weber says.

New Record Store/Bar Opening in the Hudson Valley Next Month: A record store and craft beer taproom called The Vinyl Room will be taking over a vacant Hudson Valley storefront next month. Owner John Kihlmire says the business will combine both of his passions; vintage vinyl records and craft beer and wine. The record store will be open all day, welcoming music fans and collectors to come by and flip through records. While there, customers can also relax at the bar and grab a drink while enjoying some music. Everything played at the taproom will be off of vinyl records, and that policy will also go for any DJs who come to play for the late night crowds. Live music will eventually also be incorporated into the mix.

For the love of vinyl: Natalie plays CDs in her car, uses an iPod when she’s out and about, then puts a record on when she gets home. It’s her hierarchy of convenience and perceived authenticity – running from downloads to expensive vinyl – and from what is being heard at the shop counter, this is how increasing numbers of us are engaging with music. So, with fingers crossed, I’m going to suggest Natalie’s approach as the future, even if that’s more in hope than in any great faith in the youth of the day after tomorrow. The alternative – gulp – is that vinyl, the vestigial nipple of music formats, is well into its final comeback, and it has had more than its fair share already.

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In rotation: 5/24/17

At this Maryland vinyl fest, the wax will never wane: The Arbutus Record & CD Show happens monthly in the volunteer fire department hall in Arbutus, Md. On the third Sunday of the month — usually; this month’s show is the fourth Sunday, May 28 — dozens of dealers haul in LPs, singles, box sets, CDs, posters and other music-related ephemera. (Visit for info.) Some of the records are new pressings — examples of the vinyl resurgence we’ve all heard about — but the vast majority are old. Once, someone wanted them. Then someone didn’t — their owners outgrew Rush or the Monkees; they converted their records to MP3s; they died — and now these dealers hope someone wants them again.

Meet John Damroth of Planet Records in Harvard Square: At 27 years of age, after a short career in advertising I decided to be my own boss and open a record store in 1983. I managed to cobble together a business plan and get a loan to start Planet Records. Located in Kenmore Square in a renovated parlor floor apartment I did the remodeling with my brother and in November Planet Records opened its doors. We were an immediate success and I paid back my loan at the end of the first year. Our success was due to a large selection, high standards and efficient organization. We carried all types of music and over the years went from LPs to cassettes to CDs. There were some lean years for vinyl but I always believed in the medium and its value.

Stacks and Stacks of Vinyl: Tower Records in 1971: Some amazing footage has surfaced from the Sunset Boulevard store of the once powerful Tower Records chain —“Tower on Sunset” as it was known to all in the Los Angeles area, over the years the site of many huge in-store album release events, strategically situated near many record label West Coast offices. As the clip starts, the needle drops on Sly and the Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” The camera follows an employee carrying cardboard boxes on the sales floor, and we pass stacks and stacks of pristine vinyl, in that unique way that Tower sold music, with the top box open sitting atop more of the same title below.

Gramovox puts a new spin on enjoying vinyl: The phonograph — that is the record player — turns 140 this year, and while vinyl is on the return, the record player has hardly changed dramatically. That is until you set eyes on what Gramovox has made. A little different from your mum’s record player, or even the one you keep next to the Sonos so you can send the warm sound of crackling vinyl playing your favourite tunes throughout your home (this is actually us), Gramovox is taking the record player and giving it a different spin. Specifically, it’s making it go upright compared to flat on a platter, essentially creating a record player designed to be seen and heard, rather than the latter.

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