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In rotation: 8/20/18

Detroit, MI | Paramita Sound to revamp record shop, add booze at Siren Hotel: West Village-neighborhood record store and party house Paramita Sound is reopening as a combined bar and retail shop at the boutique Siren Hotel in downtown Detroit. The record shop closed its 3-year-old location on Van Dyke Street in January, popping up afterward in retailer Detroit is the New Black’s 1426 Woodward Ave. store from February to April ahead of its planned permanent relocation to downtown. Founder and owner Andrey Douthard, 32, wants to grow revenue of the business that was “basically … breaking even, keeping the lights on” in West Village. “Having the ability to sell spirits is going to completely change the dynamics of the financial picture for the record shop,” he said. “It’s a bittersweet moment leaving the Villages. Not excited about it, but we have to do what’s best for our business.”

Cincinnati, OH | C&D Record Bar: Oldest record shop in town has closed: Greater Cincinnati’s oldest record shop is no more. C&D Record Bar, a fixture along Newport’s Monmouth Street shopping district since 1957, has ceased operation. Dave Heil recently sold his inventory and the building at 908 Monmouth, which housed the store on the ground floor and his private residence above. “It just ran its course, I guess,” said Heil, who owned C&D since 1996. He also previously owned Circle CDs & Records, a former shop on Glenway Avenue in Western Hills. Heil had been attempting to sell C&D to a party interested in keeping the shop alive but couldn’t find a buyer. “I wanted somebody to take over the building and the business so I didn’t have to move it all, but I couldn’t wait forever,” the 64-year-old Heil said. “The next best thing was to move the inventory down the street. Keep it in Newport, at least.”

Barrington, IL | Rainbow Records in Barrington closes, but another music man steps in to fulfill ‘the attraction of vinyl’: cherished, independent storefront where music lovers gathered for 12 years to thumb through isles of vinyl recordings to buy, Rainbow Records in Barrington, recently closed its doors. However, the shop’s well-known reputation for vintage record selection and music industry knowledge from its owner, John Thominet, will continue when a separate store soon opens under a new owner and name. Rainbow Records is set to remain doing business Aug. 23 through Sept. 30 at its old location, 421 N. Northwest Highway, while the new Scratched Vinyl store has an Oct. 5 grand opening at 119 Barrington Commons Court in downtown Barrington under owner Jon Decatorsmith. “I wanted to get 20 years in, and it was time to go, which was what I did,” said Thominet, who operated his first Rainbow Records in 1998 in Palatine before opening a storefront in Barrington in 2006.

Lynchburg, VA | Aretha Franklin music lives on at local downtown record store: The Queen of Soul passed away but her music is being played throughout the country. A Vinyl shop in Lynchburg, Speakertree Records has Aretha Franklin’s records on display to honor her. Blake Gederberg owns Speakertree. He said he loves the community of people his Records store brings in because it’s about collecting music rather than consumption of music. “It reminds people of their passion and their love for that artist, to the point where they might be like I don’t have enough Aretha on Vinyl,” said Gederberg. Since her passing, Speakertree has this Natural Woman on display as you walk in. “I’ve listened to her all growing up, there’s nobody who doesn’t know who she is, she’s an icon,” said Michaela Williams, a frequenter of the store.

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In rotation: 8/17/18

Berkeley, CA | Classical movements: Fans of Berkeley’s The Musical Offering may have noticed some changes have been afoot at the daytime café/classical music record store. Last Wednesday, the shop, located just across the street from UC Berkeley, closed early for a remodeling project. On Monday, just before Cal move-in day, it reopened with an updated front counter and new flooring. The old red counter, made from a harpsichord, had character, but the new countertop offers more space. This is just the first phase of changes to come at the 44-year-old institution, which is affiliated with the University Press Bookstore located just next door. According to Musical Offering’s transition manager Deirdre Greene, the updates will not be too jarring for longtime customers, but the shop is hoping to invite a more diverse crowd

Grandview, OH | Grandview-area Craft & Vinyl aims to quench thirst for music: It’s a record store with a fondness for craft beer. Craft & Vinyl opens Wednesday at 1806 W. 5th Avenue, in the Grandview Heights area. “I love music, I love creating music, I love craft beer, I love collecting vinyl,” said Troy Stacy, the longtime digital marketing consultant who owns Craft & Vinyl. “So the idea was to combine all the things I love into something that I don’t think has ever been done before. Come in, have a beer and enjoy browsing through the vinyl albums.”…In the middle of the shop are the record bins, which have traveled over the years from record store to record store — originally in a Peaches, then Record Convention, then Ace in the Hole in Upper Arlington. “I added cupholders,” Stacy said, in a nod to beer-drinking shoppers who’ll eventually need two hands to paw through the records.

Urban Outfitters’ Corduroy Record Players From Crosley Are An Instagrammable, Retro Dream: Urban Outfitters is undoubtedly one of the most popular clothing and lifestyle chains right now. Its claim to fame is an array of unique wears. During one trip you could leave with a flow-y, floral sundress and an ugly-chic pair of pants. But Urban Outfitters is also an exceptional stop for all your music needs as well. You’ve likely seen the LPs displayed in stores before, but if you haven’t, now is the time to take a closer look — especially now that UO is currently carrying an exclusive corduroy-covered record player online that is both functional and fashionable. Plus, it comes in THREE colors! (Hurl. —Ed.)

Danny Bonaduce Is Sneaking Around Record Stores Signing Partridge Family Albums: Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce is on a mission to add value to old Partridge Family albums. He is on a crusade sneaking around Record Stores and adding his moniker to old Partridge Family albums. Bonaduce, who played Danny Partridge in the hit TV show, pops up at stores with his sharpie, finds the P section, flips to the Partridge Family albums and whacks on his signature, then quietly leaves the store. Even toy stores with old Partridge Family merch could get a visit. Bonaduce has been secretly signing Partridge Family paraphernalia for the past few months. He has videoed his escapades in Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Honolulu and Vancouver. “Some people might call this vandalism. I call it ‘adding value.’ You’re welcome.”

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In rotation: 8/16/18

Sleep’s “Leagues Beneath” Is Coming to Vinyl via Third Man Records: For Sleep fans, the big news about the legendary stoner metal band this year was obviously the surprise 4/20 release of their long-awaited fourth album The Sciences. But that wasn’t their only recent new music: in May, they also digitally released a single called “Leagues Beneath,” a behemoth jam that has since become a staple of their live sets. This being Sleep, “Leagues Beneath” is long enough to be an EP unto itself, and now that’s exactly what’s happening: the nearly 17-minute track will be released as a 12″ vinyl single via Jack White’s Third Man Records, the same label that issued The Sciences. The record will be available in both aquamarine and standard black vinyl, both of which will feature “a tentacled aquanaut nightmare etching” on the B-Side.

The National are releasing a rare vinyl of early live tracks for fan club members. The limited edition release is called ‘Cherry Tree Vol. 1’ The National will release a rare vinyl of early live tracks but only their fan club members will be able to get their hands on it. Titled, ‘Cherry Tree Vol. 1’ the release consists of early-era live performances, including ‘All the Wine,’ ‘Lucky You,’ and ‘Murder Me Rachel.’ Sharing the news on their Twitter account, the band added that it would be “shipping later this year to all Cherry Tree members.” See that tweet below, which also shows off the artwork for the release.According to the Cherry Tree website, members of the fan club get Exclusive content, exclusive and limited edition merchandise, priority ticketing and an annual collectible vinyl, which is included in the membership.

Stereolab Announce Switched On Vinyl Reissue Series. Their 1990s compilations have been remastered: Stereolab have announced they are reissuing their Switched On compilation albums. All three collections—1992’s Switched On, 1995’s Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2], and 1998’s * Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3]*—have been remastered and will be released on vinyl and CD, with the LP editions to be pressed on clear vinyl. The CD boxset will feature all three compilations “in individual card wallets plus an insert.” Refried Ectoplasm and Aluminum Tunes will also be released on streaming services for the first time. The reissues arrive September 28 via the band’s Duophonic UHF Disks label.

A comprehensive guide to turntable weights, clamps and stabilisers: As any audiophile will tell you, several factors affect our perception of sound quality during record playback. One of these is the stability of the record. There are a variety of accessories designed to help stabilise records, the most common of which are weights, clamps and, occasionally, periphery rings. While many feel these accessories ‘lift’ the sound, tightening frequencies across the spectrum and subduing any resonance that may occur as the needle tracks the groove of an unsecured record, others feel that they can place unnecessary strain on belts and bearings, producing results too fine to appreciate.

Hero Breaks Car Window to Save Vinyl Records on Hot Day: Local hero and vinyl enthusiast Nate Adams broke a car window in last week’s triple-digit temperatures in order to save some records overheating in the backseat, according to multiple witnesses. Adams allegedly noticed the neglected crate of vinyl in the 2005 Suzuki Aerio after leaving an ice cream shop Saturday afternoon. Knowing the dangers, he quickly took action. “It was, like, 100 degrees,” said Adams. “Vinyl can get warped at, like, 80 degrees, and it will never sound the same again. I knew I had to do something. So, I picked up a rock and threw it through the window. I just did what any other vinyl lover would do.” …Bystanders report Adams stayed with the records until authorities arrived on the scene.

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In rotation: 8/15/18

Edwardsville, IL | Edwardsville going on the record: New shop will feature music on vinyl, cassettes. When the Trusty Chords Record Store opens this fall it will be the first Edwardsville store since the ‘90s that buys and sells vinyl records, CDs and cassettes. The owners’ intent is to have the new store open by the second weekend in November. It will be located in the breezeway of the Montclaire Shopping Center on Troy Road. In recent days, though, the interior has been gutted and Anderson says that when the new store opens, customers will see new and used vinyl, CDs, turntables and turntable accessories, and even a few cassettes. Cassettes, he says, have caught on with a new generation of listeners, despite obvious flaws in the format that sometimes drove earlier users to distraction.

Brighton, UK | Record enthusiasts hunt for bargains at vinyl fair: Music lovers flocked to a record fair to add more vinyl to their personal collections. The event was held at Komedia, in Gardner Street, Brighton, yesterday. Vinyl enthusiasts were busily hunting for bargains and a chance to discover new albums. Brighton Record Fair attracted buyers from all age groups, proving again that the vinyl revolution is gaining momentum. Maria Godden, 43, from Telscombe Cliffs, said: “My son and I came specially for this record fair. “I was just browsing around, hoping to find something really good. I’ve just started collecting vinyl because of the good quality. I really love music. So far I have 20 records and I want to collect as much as I can.”

Keighley, UK | Central place for your soul music: Central Soul will hold its first regular session of the autumn season at Central Hall, Alice Street, on Saturday, August 18 from 8pm to 1pm. DJs from Cross Hills and Lancashire will play the best in 60s and 70s soul including Motown and Northern soul, using original vinyl records. There is a large main dance hall and a bar and chill room. Organiser David Shackleton said the club held a successful night at the Octagon, in Sandbeds, last month, featuring two live artists. Next month Central Soul will host a reunion for former regulars at the Buffs RAOB Club, which ran during the 1970s at the bottom of Spring Gardens Lane in Keighley.

Tokyo, JP | The world’s best record shops #119: Universounds, Tokyo: Tokyo has no shortage of amazing record shops but in amongst the towering skylines, arcades and walkways of Japan’s capital, it’s easy to be distracted from your record diggings. But if you only have time for a handful of stores on your holidays, then make sure Universounds is near the top of your list. Owned by Yusuke Ogawa and found a five minute walk from Koenji Station, Universounds is a beacon for particularly evasive funk, soul, disco and jazz records – or rare grooves, to use the native tongue. It’s a sampler’s delight, so much so that names like DJ Marky have been found rifling through the racks for alien breaks to chop and screw.

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In rotation: 8/14/18

Kingston, ON | Kingston store owner feeling the love: Brian Lipsin says he is stunned and touched by the love he’s received from the Kingston community this past week. Ever since a flood at his store, Brian’s Record Option, last Saturday, Kingston‘s favourite record store owner has been inundated with messages of support and donations of money and items to keep his store going. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $10,000 in one week for Lipsin, and local venues are hosting benefit concerts on his behalf. Private citizens are donating records to help him re-stock and hundreds of comments posted online outline the personal stories of why Brian’s Record Option is so important to the people who have visited there in the past nearly four decades. “It’s been utterly amazing. I feel like I’m a rock star who doesn’t know how to play the guitar,” Lipsin said on Saturday, exactly one week to the hour after he locked his flooded shop, feeling overwhelmed at the potential damage and unsure whether he would be able to reopen.

Wieden+Kennedy Give Life To Vinyl Records In AR: Media that appeals to more than three senses can increase brand impact and engagement by more than 70% (Martin Lindstrom, 2017). We’re seeing an increase in multisensory campaigns that stimulate multiple senses – including this new initiative from Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam that brings the vinyl experience to life via augmented reality (AR). Listeners can pull up the ad agency’s AR app Lava, and view virtual moving ‘sculptures’ emerging from the record as it spins on the turntable. The first album to utilise the app is the debut from Dutch band Necessary Explosion. The sculptures react and adapt as you move around them, and the app also works with Spotify and Apple Music. In a statement, Anita Fontaine and Geoffrey Lillemon, creative directors of W&K Amsterdam’s Department of New Realities, described the app as “the future digital vinyl sleeve“. They added: “We see this approach as a new emerging genre for lots of artists, one which can open up new possibilities for all kinds of AR music experiences.”

Post Malone Is Dropping A Vinyl Version Of Beerbongs & Bentleys: The vinyl crackle sound is an essential part of a collectors’ pleasurable experience, like a serpentine belt tucked beneath a muscle car. Post Malone of people, grew up listening to vinyl records passed on by his father Rich Post, a locally respected disc jockey in the Grapevine, Texas area. Records like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran and Billy Idol were the basis for Post Malone’s earliest childhood memories. Even the record Post Malone surpassed on the All-Time R&B charts, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was in partly to blame for the CD boom, but only when it re-entered the market as a reissue, unlike 8-track recording technology which is virtually non-adaptable, and with good reason. The distinguishable vinyl crackle is the elusive demarcation of an unclear technology, but those who know it consummately, sing its praises

League Of Gentlemen release vinyl collection. BBC-owned record label Demon has announced a deluxe League Of Gentlemen vinyl box set. The 12-disc collection promises both the soundtrack to the entire original 3 series of TV sitcom The League Of Gentlemen, plus their earlier radio show, On The Town With The League Of Gentlemen. Issued on brightly coloured, heavyweight vinyl discs, the limited edition set will be released on 2nd November and costs £139.99. Orders are now being taken on an exclusive, dedicated website: alocalshop.co.uk The set, titled Special Stuff – The League Of Gentlemen’s Vinyl Cuts, is named and styled in homage to Royston Vasey’s master butcher Hilary Briss. The Gents – Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – have collaborated with the company and artist Graham Humphreys to create the collection, which also includes an exclusive photo print signed by the four men, and brand new sleeve notes also written by them.

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In rotation: 8/13/18

Canada | National record store chain marks 1st anniversary: Sunrise Records in Kelowna’s Orchard Park mall is joining a cross-country celebration of record stores still existing. Saturday, the 82 stores in the chain have food and giveaways, sales and discounts, and coupons for future use. Sunrise Records started in 1977 near Hamilton, Ont., but it became a national chain when it took over spaces previously occupied by HMV. That takeover was a year ago, so Saturday’s festivities are also a first birthday party. While record sales are miniscule compared to what they used to be, Sunrise has found a niche with those who still want to buy vinyl. Its stores also sell movies, games and pop culture items.

Wheeling, WV | Nail City Records Will Get You Into the Groove: Owner Sees Store As A Way to Preserve Culture and History. A new record store in downtown Wheeling isn’t just about the music, but also about local culture, history and making Wheeling a destination location for serious album collectors. Nail City Record opened last fall in Elm Grove, and has moved to the third floor of the McLain Building at 40-12th St., Wheeling. There are more than 100,000 pieces of recorded sound available at the shop, according to owner Jonathan Napier. He said the store is not just “about selling records, but archiving history.” …Napier said a major goal of the store is to get old records out of warehouses, basements and garages and back into circulation.

Des Moines, IA | Vinyl Cup, Des Moines’ newest record store, opens in Beaverdale this weekend: Luke Dickens started a Facebook group last summer to share his love for music with a few dozen friends. He posted the group’s first photo last August — a coffee mug placed on top of a turntable. “Vinyl Cup,” he called it. A nod to a collector’s familiar morning ritual of music and a morning cup. No price tag, no first-come, first-serve sales. Just a conversation starter with like-minded music collectors. That was until he posted a photo last September of a half-dozen or so albums and someone asked a question that would rocket-launch a business he hadn’t yet known he started: “How much?” So, he started buying and selling records. Fast.

Ann Arbor, MI | Unreleased Underground Resistance 12″ surfaces at Michigan record store: Two rare ’90s cuts from Jeff Mills and Mike Banks. Technical Equipment Supply – the Michigan-based record store operated by Ghostly International artist Todd Osborn – has announced that they are putting out an previously unreleased Underground Resistance record. The two-track 12-inch, titled ‘Electronic Emotions / Like That’, contains music that was produced between 1993 and 1994 by the seminal Detroit techno icons Jeff Mills and Mike Banks – the two founding members of Underground Resistance. This rare record is only available for purchase in the store, which is located close to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the town of Ypsilanti.

Treat Your Ears To This Stunning Okami Soundtrack Vinyl Boxset: To celebrate the release of Okami HD on Switch, Data Discs has partnered with Capcom to release a remastered version of the original soundtrack on vinyl, and it’s available to pre-order as we speak. Originally released in 2006 and composed by Masami Ueda, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Rei Kondoh and Akari Groves, the Okami soundtrack is known for suiting the game perfectly; the pieces act as a natural fit to the recurring themes of restoration and resolve. Using traditional Japanese instruments, and inspired by distant folklore, the score moves between peacefulness and danger effortlessly…This new release is presented as a quadruple LP box set, featuring over two hours of newly remastered music and a 40-page artbook. There is also a double-sided lithographic print featuring original illustrations from the Capcom archives in Japan. A lossless download code for the album is also included…

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In rotation: 8/10/18

Chicago, IL | Rogers Park gets a new record store: You could be forgiven for mistaking Electric Jungle for a gardening shop at first glance. Potted plants fill the windows of the new Rogers Park record store at 1768 W. Greenleaf, which opened without fanfare during the last weekend of July. The storefront is largely unadorned, though there’s a small green sign on the front door with the shop’s name and business hours. It’s open just a fraction of the week: 2-7 PM on Tuesday and Thursday, and noon-7 PM on Friday and Saturday. Owner John Ciba, who ran Logan Square record store Logan Hardware till it closed in May, says he started working toward opening Electric Jungle this past winter. He stayed mum about the shop’s existence till this summer, when he changed the handle on Logan Hardware’s Instagram account to “electricjunglechicago.”

Louisville, KY | Louisville’s Funhouse Records might be the biggest little record store in America: Five years ago, Bill Barriger had little interest in used vinyl records and couldn’t tell the difference between an LP worth $1 and one worth $100. Now he owns one of the most well-stocked record stores in the United States. Barriger, who opened Funhouse Records & Audio in the Highlands earlier this year, traveled to Texas two weeks ago to buy a collection of approximately 280,000 LPs and 45s. That’s a lot of records. Check that: It’s a crazy amount and the final count may be higher. Even more remarkable, a number of them are new old stock dating back to the 1980s, including unopened shipping boxes from distributors. In the world of record collectors — and retailers — this is the stuff of dreams, the kind of grail-rich score that could make Barriger’s reputation soar among collectors internationally.

SugarCube SC-1 vinyl noise remover hits the UK: For some vinyl enthusiasts, the surface noise of vinyl records is as endearing as the actions of pulling a disc from its sleeve or lowering a turntable’s tonearm lever. But of course one can have too much of a good thing, and the sound of a worn record can fall into that category. And if a good ol’ clean can’t help, maybe the SugarCube SC-1 can. Designed for people with older or second-hand record collections, the all-in-one noise removal device uses proprietary ‘click & pop’ removal technology by Silicon Valley-based start-up SweetVinyl to eliminate vinyl noise in real-time. The technology supposedly uses an algorithm to detect, isolate and remove unwanted noise while keeping the music signal unharmed. All owners have to do is hook the SC-1 up to a phono stage, press a button to initiate the clean-up process, and turn a dial to adjust the strength of the process.

UAE | Vinyl memories: Of cricket, mutton curry and a gruffy Dylan: …Growing up in Dum Dum, in the northern fringes of the eastern Indian metropolis of Kolkata, in the early 1970s, the sheer proximity to the His Master’s Voice (HMV) factory was something to brag about. HMV, then the largest music company in India, was quite a household name and very much a brand to reckon with in an age and time when brand-loyalties were more esoteric in terms of their association with life as it was and not quite dictated by a gadget freak’s now-or-never push for a ‘been-there-done-that’ proclamation. The day father brought home the HMV radiogram, it marked my initiation into the world of music — the sheer joy of being able to be in command of what one loved to listen to and not necessarily dependent on what the All India Radio programme presenter thought music ought to be.

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In rotation: 8/9/18

Leamington, UK | Musicians celebrate reopening of Head with intimate gig: Musicians ditched the stage and took to a slightly different venue to celebrate the reopening of a Leamington record store. Customers of independent music store Head, which is based in the Royal Priors, were left devastated when the shop closed last year. But it recently reopened its doors under new management and to celebrate the owners held an acoustic gig with performances by local bands Luna Kiss, The Ellipsis and Freezacrowd. Luna Kiss frontman Wil Russell said: “We have a record store that is supporting local artists and an opportunity for local artists to get involved with their local record store, which is something not a lot of places are doing. “This is a sense of community which has been lost in the industry for quite a while.”

Racine, WA | Harbor PC Music record shop plays to the tune of variety: Kevin Conrad smiles as he looks at the makeup-covered face of KISS front man Gene Simmons, printed on the jacket for his 1978 self-titled album. At age 9, “Gene Simmons” became the first album Conrad ever owned. Thirty-nine years later, Conrad has more than 20,000. About 4,000 of Conrad’s albums are on display in his record store, Harbor PC Music, 3208 Washington Ave., with another 16,000 stacked floor to ceiling in the basement. Conrad opened the record store in West Racine in 2016. He already owned the storefront; it had been a photo studio, but that had stopped being profitable. Half the building’s floor space is still dedicated to his PC repair business, which has been going strong for more than a decade.

Ontario, CA | Flooding forces beloved Kingston record store to hit pause: Future of Brian’s Record Option unclear after rushing water soaks stock. A beloved Kingston, Ont., record store is hitting pause after flooding damaged much of its inventory on Saturday. Brian’s Record Option on Princess Street has been a treasure trove of dusty vinyl stacked from floor to ceiling since the early 1980s. The 1,200-square-foot store holds 80,000 albums, 20,000 CDs and thousands of cassettes, posters and books. Brian Lipson, the store’s owner, told CBC Radio’s All In A Day he was downstairs in the basement when he heard water gurgling. It began to flow pretty fast. The water filled the basement and rose to the main floor, flooding through the store and out the front door, taking CDs and records with it.

Grandview Heights, OH | Pub, studio put new spin on record store: The combination record store, pub and recording suite will open Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1806 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus, just outside Grandview Heights. Stacy has spent the past year renovating the former thrift shop into an open and airy storefront. “It’s not your grandfather’s record store,” he said. Craft & Vinyl offers a small bar that serves craft beer, two floor displays of used vinyl records and new albums displayed on the wall. Two couches with music magazines arrayed on a coffee table are placed near a wall with concert posters designed by Mike Martin of the Columbus-based Engine House 13. Visitors also can play pinball on their choice of Rolling Stones or Kiss machines.

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In rotation: 8/8/18

Columbus, OH | Record store/recording studio/craft beer bar opening soon: Troy Stacy’s new business isn’t as much about what he can do as what you can do. The marketing and music industry veteran is opening Craft & Vinyl on Aug. 15 at 1806 W. 5th Ave. near Grandview Heights. It’s a venture that combines record shop, recording studio and craft beer bar under its 2,000-square-foot roof. While vinyl and beer sales will drive the success, Stacy’s passion is on the studio side. In his music industry days, he worked on several successful albums for both TVT Records and Interscope Records, including the soundtracks to the movies Blade and Bulworth. Those bona fides are on the studio walls, not as a way to brag, but to show that success in the industry can be achieved without leaving Columbus.

Oakland, CA | The 5 best spots to score vinyl records in Oakland: Is vinyl your thing? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top vinyl record sources in Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re in the market…Topping the list is 1-2-3-4 Go Records. Located at 420 40th St., Suite 5 (between Webster Street and Shafter Avenue) in Mosswood, it’s the highest rated vinyl spot in Oakland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 92 reviews on Yelp. The LPs (plus CDs and cassettes) are well organized by genre. The shop specializes in punk but also carries lots of jazz, indie rock and world music. It also hosts occasional in-store performances in Oakland and at its sister outlet in San Francisco.

Charlotte, NC | Fania Records’ Legacy Lives On With New Owners: ‘It’s The Culture’: Fania Records has a singular place in music history, mostly because it practically gave birth to the genre that became known as salsa. The musicians, singers, composers and arrangers who made music for the label will tell you that the song forms already existed — guaracha, son, mambo, cha cha cha, merengue — but what they did was give it a 1970s New York City swagger. The music produced on Fania albums can also be considered the soundtrack of the Afro-Caribbean political awakening in the U.S. northeast. Puerto Ricans and Cuban-Americans flexed their political and musical muscles at the same time, gaining influence in both arenas along the way. The storied legacy became a tangle of probate hearings and misplaced tape masters when co-founder Jerry Masucci died in 1997.

Dublin, IE | ‘If Drake can’t shift a bulk of physical albums, what hope have Irish musicians?’ …A further sign of the new music reality also came into sharp focus last week when it was reported that physical sales for Scorpion, the No 1 album world’s top-selling performer, hip-hop artist, Drake, were just 29,000 copies per week in the US and close to 6,500 copies in the UK. These were the lowest sales figures for the week’s biggest-selling album in the States since they first began running the numbers in 1991. The trend is unlikely to be that different in Ireland where Spotify has now become the ‘go to’ platform for accessing and paying for music. We live in an era of customised playlists delivered in flavours to match the ever-changing mood of today’s music fans. Increasingly, the choice for many new artists and fans favours random tunes released more regularly. So tracks have become uncoupled from albums in the same way that news articles have become separated from newspapers and TV shows from TV stations.

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In rotation: 8/7/18

Hawthorne, NY | Just for the record, new Hawthorne shop joins vinyl trend in Westchester, Rockland: …Big Jim’s Records opened in April, selling those big, round vinyl discs from yesteryear. A record store may seem as relevant in the internet age as a Fotomat, but owner Jim Gibson said business is cranking…Jon Meyers runs the record store website/app the Vinyl District out of Washington, D.C. He said the shops are a hot property. “I’m pleasantly surprised by the rejuvenation,” he said. “Shops are opening left and right these days.” …The Vinyl District co-hosts a record fair twice a year, which each attracts around 1,500 attendees. Meyers estimates that half of them are millennials or younger. “Everything got smaller and smaller and smaller,” he said of music formats, resulting in “invisible MP3s.” Young consumers tired of it. “You like this band,” Meyers adds, “you love to have a keepsake.”

Liverpool, ENG | The evolution of Liverpool’s iconic Jacaranda that ‘launched’ The Beatles: …reopening the Jac wasn’t easy, as Graham explained: “I’ll be honest when we first sat down and decided to reopen the Jac, I was very intimidated by it. “At that point you had 56 years of history and you had people all over Liverpool who had a really personal connection with the Jac, so it felt to me like no matter what you did you were going to get it wrong and someone would hate it, so I was really reluctant to redesign it. “But I thought we’ve got to reopen it we can’t carry on supporting it being closed.” This year Graham and the team behind The Jacaranda announced that a brand new 400 capacity gig venue, record store and bar opened in the city – just a stone’s throw away from the original Jac. Aptly named Jacaranda Records: Phase One, the Seel Street venue has its sights on becoming Liverpool’s newest musical institution…

Chicago, IL | ‘A great Oak Parker’: Oak Park trustee seeking honorary street sign for record store founder Val Camilletti: An Oak Park trustee has announced his intention to seek an honorary road sign as a tribute to longtime business owner Val Camilletti, who died last month after a two-year battle with breast cancer. If the effort is successful, village officials said it might be just the second such designation in Oak Park. Camilletti, who founded Val’s Halla Records in 1972, died July 24 at age 78. The weekend after her death, hundreds of customers flocked to the store’s annual Hallapalooza anniversary celebration, with many sharing stories about their friend. During the July 30 village board meeting, Oak Park Trustee Deno Andrews announced his intention to request an honorary street designation for Camilletti, possibly being placed in front of the original store’s location on South Boulevard.

Baton Rouge, LA | Party for free and catch a sale at the same time in honor of Lagniappe Records’ birthday. Downtown record store celebrates fifth anniversary: The Lagniappe owners say they’ve kept customers happy with a variety of stock that ranges from rock to jazz to hip hop to Cajun. They also stock most new releases of local music on CD. The couple has put their own music careers on hold. But they’re OK with that for record store success. “The first two years, we were still able to maintain playing music,” said Brunet. “But it got to a point where we couldn’t play our own music. “Even through we’re open 11 to 6, we’re here at 9 (at night) a lot of time. That’s just where we’re at.”

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In rotation: 8/6/18

Falmouth, Cornwall, UK | Jam Records Falmouth features in this week’s Hooray for the High Street: This week’s “Hooray for the High Street” focuses on the funky cafe/record shop that is Jam Records. Upstairs, customers will be greeted by Mandy Kemp and her canine shop assistant Bob (who may have invited himself to be part of the video interview), offering teas, coffees, and the like. Following a narrow wooden staircase tucked into a corner will take you into a different world however – a dimly lit basement decked out with vintage upholstery; old TVs, cameras, and typewriters; and of course records as far as the eye can see…”The thing with records is, it’s the whole package. You can tell something about it by it, if you don’t know who it is, by the sleeve (if they’ve got some sleeve notes on the back). “It gives you licence to branch off into different things which you might not otherwise do. “Nobody needs another Ed Sheeran album. Really. In the world.”

Morganton, NC | Local record store moves up the street: After just more than one year doing business at its original location, one downtown Morganton business is moving on up — the street, that is. Green Eggs and Jam, the local record store owned by Stacey Peek, recently opened the doors of a new location at 108 N. Sterling St. The move came after 13 months doing business at 308 S. Sterling St. The new store formerly housed Carbn Supply Company. “It’s just a better location, you know? There’s more foot traffic,” Peek said. “It’s a bigger store, but foot traffic is the main reason.” The move places Green Eggs and Jam more firmly in the middle of the downtown shopping scene, something that Peek said already has been a boost in the new location, which offers about 500 more square feet of space.

Gallatin, TN | Can Randy’s Record Shop be saved? Many obstacles face historic Gallatin building. In the 1950s, teenagers swarmed the red-bricked, two story building at 321 W. Main St. in Gallatin. Mail-in orders couldn’t be contained on a desk alone. Randy’s Record Shop was the place to get any record anyone could ever want. “They were busy all the time there,” said historian Allen Haynes. “Any record that you wanted, they had in the back in the storage area.” Today, the ruined building sits surrounded by yellow tape. Doors that once promoted record sales now post “Warning: Dangerous building.” After years of neglect, the roof collapsed, wiping out the second floor. The creek directly behind the building has been eating away the back wall.

Rugby, Warwickshire, UK | Rugby record store set to move to new premises after proving a hit in town: A record store which has proved a hit with Rugbeians is set to move to new premises on Little Church Street. Just For The Record opened above Hunt’s Bookshop on High Street in 2016, building a loyal base of customers. Vinyl collector Sally Wolanski said now is the time for the shop to move to somewhere that is more accessible to customers who struggle with stairs. Mrs Wolanski, who has around 12,000 records, said: “This is the first time I’ve run a business. “It’s been a really good two years – we’ve had a wonderful response from the public and from our customers. “I’d like to thank everybody for their support.”

Vinyl Release For Historic Ella Fitzgerald Live Album ‘Ella At Zardi’s’. The 1956 performance that announced Ella’s arrival at Verve Records gets a double vinyl LP release. Ella Fitzgerald’s historic 1956 recording Ella At Zardi’s will receive a wide release as a black vinyl double LP on 17 August via Verve/UMe. This follows its limited-edition release for Record Store Day on blue and pink vinyl, which gave the legendary singer her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart and second on the Traditional Jazz Albums survey. The album was first available on CD and digitally in December 2017, at the end of a year of celebrations of Ella’s centennial. “It’s a real find,” enthused NPR at that time, “two sets of blithe vocal brilliance recorded in a club in 1956, before Ella became a trademark…get this to savour Fitzgerald’s assured sense of swing, and unmatched (still!) vocal dexterity.” Allmusic.com described the recording as “enchanting” and “a magical experience.”

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In rotation: 8/3/18

Rock Island, IA | Ragged Records to open Rock Island store: After a decade in downtown Davenport, Ragged Records & Music plans to expand Sept. 24 to the second floor of the former Laborspace building next to Rozz-Tox at 2108 3rd Ave., Rock Island. Owner Bob Herington said the store will offer new and used vinyl and CDs, vintage stereo equipment and music gear, amps, guitars, keyboards and music accessories. Unlike the store at 418 E. 2nd St., Davenport, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the Rock Island store plans evening hours later in the week. Herington is tentatively planning to be open later on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays…Burns also said the new store will be a place people can visit after work. “It will be good to have extended hours,” he said. “People special order records. They come over every Friday when the new records come out.”

San Rafael, CA | A Positive Spin: Vinyl lives on in the Digital Era. …In the North Bay, the local record store lives on in shops like Santa Rosa’s Last Record Store, which has been operating since 1983, and San Rafael’s Red Devil Records, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The record-buying bug bit Barry Lazarus as a teenager driving around to record stores in his native Los Angeles, and he’s been a music fanatic ever since. Moving to the Bay Area at 19, he’s lived in the region for 40 years, and he just marked 20 years of owning and running Red Devil Records. “I lived in San Francisco back when it was a lot rougher than it is now, and I had a stressful job, and I was trying to think of what would be the opposite of that,” Lazarus says. “I decided opening a record store in the North Bay would be the opposite of having a stressful job.”

One of the rarest punk records in the world has appeared on Discogs: One of supposedly only nine original copies of the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ is now being sold on Discogs. Before signing to Virgin Records and officially releasing ‘God Save the Queen’, a song that declared the arrival of punk into the mainstream, the Sex Pistols were originally signed to A&M Records. However, just six days after they were signed on March 10th 1977, A&M’s owner, Herb Alpert, destroyed the contract, due to the Sex Pistols’ volatile nature. Subsequently, the 25,000 copies already pressed were destroyed by A&M. However, nine promo copies are thought to have survived, making them some of the rarest records pressed in the UK. Genuine originals have a serrated anti-slip necklace and ‘7284’ written twice on the B-side runout. The record has ‘God Save the Queen’ on the A-side and ‘No Feelings’ on the B-Side.

Rolling Stones Curate ‘Confessin’ the Blues’ Compilation: …Confessin’ the Blues fittingly opens with Waters’ “Rollin’ Stone” and features other classics like Berry’s “Little Queenie,” Howlin’ Wolf’s “Litle Red Rooster” and Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover.” The collection will also boast tracks from Elmore James, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson, B.B. King and Buddy Guy…Confessin’ the Blues is available to pre-order in several formats, including a two-CD set, a double LP vinyl set and a special vinyl bookpack meant to mimic the original packaging of 78 rpm records. All versions will come with liner notes from music journalist Colin Larkin, while the bookpack will feature removable card prints featuring drawings by blues illustrator Christoph Mueller. Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood contributed the album art with his interpretation of a bluesman.

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In rotation: 8/2/18

Chicago, IL | Remembering Val: The online comments about Val Camilletti were too good not to share. I moved to Oak Park in 1975, and Val’s halla was my home away from home. Going there always meant a stop at the Elvis Shrine, a leisurely browse for treasures in those amazing bins, but more than that it meant being able to talk about any performer, any kind of music, or any obscure album I was trying to lay my hands on and knowing that Val knew it all and knew how to get the album. She was also, without making it a big deal, someone around whom a gay kid living on his own could feel comfortable and sense a kindred spirit. She was a friend, an inspiration, and as she grew older an exemplar of how to age superlatively and contribute till you take your dying breath. As the tributes come rolling in (and they will) all of us who knew her will be amazed again at the breadth of her influence in the music scene and the struggle for LGBT rights. Addio, Val, you made the world a better place.

Winsford, UK | Brain injury charity Headways benefits from Electric Church record shop donations: A record shop in Winsford has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for a brain injury charity by donating thousands of vinyl records. Headway – the brain injury association’s charity shop in Winsford – has raised £360 from the sale of vinyl records this year thanks to generous donations from The Electric Church. When people bring records to the shop in Over Square that owner Jimi Coppack cannot sell, he asks whether they want to take them back home or if he can donate them to Headway, and most people have been happy to support the charity. Jimi said: “I walk past the Headway shop and see people really going for it, rummaging through the records. “I have collected vinyl for the past 18 years and I know what it’s like to go crate digging and find something you love. It is great to be able to do that for other people.

Turntable Review: T+A G2000R: …The chassis feels heavy and strong, formed by an aluminium skin covering MDF and sitting on anti-vibration feet. A belt-driven aluminium platter cradles a grounded rubber mat, and is powered by a quartz-controlled AC synchronous motor. When switched on, an internal motor-controlled DSP circuit slowly increases the speed. When that speed reaches the required revolutions, the designated light illuminates. The entire process looks and feels very dependable. A simple yet stylised turntable lid completes the package. Inside the plinth is a phono amplifier. You use DIP switches to configure your cartridge. I understand that they’re used to keep costs down, but they’re finicky and at this price point, a more elegant solution should have been used.

The 10 best punk albums to own on vinyl: From the Sex Pistols to The Stooges, we select the best punk vinyl every record collector should own. As it came kicking and spitting out of the late 1970s, punk left an indelible mark on music as we know it. Sparking dozens of off-shoots and subgenres in its wake, it’d be a stretch to find a genre of music which has proven as influential or as attention-grabbing as punk. For a genre displaying so much prolific creativity, it follows that it also spawned cratefuls of classic albums. From proto-punk to post-punk and psychobilly, where does one even begin when it comes to furnishing one’s record collection with the best the genre has to offer? That’s where we come in. We’ve assembled the quintessential collection of punk rock jams which should form the foundation of every music fan’s collection.

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In rotation: 8/1/18

Cedar Rapids, IA | Analog Vault tries out new location. Vinyl store adjusts to bigger space: While it may seem as if everyone is downloading music from the internet, vinyl is alive and well in Cedar Rapids. So much so that Analog Vault needed a larger space after just a year-and-a-half in business. “We were bottlenecked,” owner Jeremy Vega said of the store’s original 15-by-18-foot location on the second floor of the Village Bank and Trust Building. “We couldn’t do anything more there. We had ideas, but didn’t have the space.” Since The Gazette last visited with Analog Vault shortly after its October 2016 grand opening, the business has moved to the ground floor. On June 1, the store relocated to the first floor of the CSPS Building, just down the street from its original location in the NewBo neighborhood.

Port Townsend, WA | Port Townsend’s Quimper Sound music store for sale: After 45 years and four locations, Quimper Sound is going strong. There’s a resurgence in vinyl album sales once again. But Mark Hering, who has owned the shop for the past 11 years with his wife, Marie Campanoli, is looking to retire, take a vacation and move on to other opportunities. They’ve put the place up for sale. Along with classic posters and collectible items, there’s an inventory of more than 50,000 albums in all genres up for grabs. It’s all going for $40,000. Quimper Sound is located in the Undertown Shops, only the fourth business location for the store. It’s gone from one side of Water Street to the other, moving the equivalent of about a block during its 45 years. “The record store began in 1974 where the Belmont restaurant is, next to the Imprint Bookshop back then,” Hering said. “It was there a year, then moved to the corner of Taylor and Water streets, where the Northwest Man is now for probably 33 years.

New York, NY | Vinyl Nights dance parties: Music and dancing filled 33rd Street outside Madison Square Garden, an area known as Plaza 33. The outdoor concert “revolves” around the 45 vinyl record, affectionately named Vinyl Nights. It’s a massive dance party where DJ’s spin all music genres from 1972 to 1992 every Thursday night until mid-September. “This is the greatest party in New York City,” said “Karloz” from the Bronx. “I love the idea they use vinyl” said Cheena Gallagher from East Orange. Two hours before the records start spinning, DJ Boogie Blind of the World Famous Heavy Hitters is getting the records set up while crews hook up the speakers, turn table and a sparkly Disco ball at Plaza 33. “Primarily all classic hits that shaped the club culture from 1972 to 1992. It brings you back to that time,” said Operator Emz, a disc jockey.

Minot, ND | Some work for money, others for hobby: Mike Lucareli collects and sells records. Do you or someone you know have an unwanted record collection? Do you or someone you know like to purchase and collect records? If the answer is yes to either of these, look toward Mike Lucareli. Lucareli was given a record collection that held 500 items from his parents. He decided to sell a few and he realized there was a demand for a record store that sold old records. He made the decision to devote his time and resources to his new hobby and job. He now travels the state of North Dakota purchasing record collections from those who no longer want or have a use of. “Records can take up a lot of space,” Lucareli explained. “And whenever people want to sell them, their only option really is to sell them at garage sales. Even then, they’ll only sell a few and then still be stuck with the rest.”

Cassette tape sales have doubled in the UK (but there’s a catch): Is cassette about to do a vinyl? Cassette tapes are having a mini-resurgence. Sales in the UK in 2017 more than doubled, and 2018 sales are currently running at 90% up year on year. Why? Who knows. Certainly a lot of artists are putting almost as much thought into their cassette releases as they are their vinyl releases. 2018’s best-selling tape so far is Kylie Minogue’s latest album, Golden, which came with a collectable, glitter-gold clear tape, while AC/DC’s Record Store Day special release of Back in Black also makes it into the top 20. Second on the 2018 top-sellers list is the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, Awesome Mix 2 (with Awesome Mix 1 still at number 7), while albums from Snow Patrol, 30 Seconds to Mars and Manic Street Preachers also feature in the top 5. But there is something of a catch. While the jump in sales sounds impressive, the numbers being sold remain relatively low.

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In rotation: 7/31/18

Waterloo Region, ON | The Beat Goes On in newly merged Waterloo location: Founder hopes to bring back ‘the experience’ with live bands, nostalgia. Combining two used record stores into one might seem to signal a downsize in the digital era. But for John Rocchetta, owner and founder of The Beat Goes On, more space is needed to move more inventory. “Our best year was last year, and our best year before that was the year prior,” said Rocchetta, sitting in the basement of his newly renovated, 2,500-square-foot location at 341 Weber St. N. in Waterloo, which will combine the recently closed Highland Road store in Kitchener with the soon-to-be shuttered shop on King Street North. The business, which actually started selling new cassettes and CDs out of a closet-sized store in the Stanley Park Mall back in 1991, has grown to nine locations across southern Ontario, including the one on Fairview Road in Kitchener, and one in Cambridge.

Casper, WY | Live shows at Sonic Rainbow come to an end: Sonic Rainbow has truly been a labor of love for owner Jude Carino and manager Brandon Schulte. After over twenty years of hosting hundreds of live performances, the local record shop is unplugging the mic for the last time. Following last week’s well-attended show, the Casper Fire Department brought the question of safety to the forefront. While the store is regularly inspected as a retail space, it was never inspected as a venue. And with Sonic Rainbow’s official capacity of a mere thirteen, it simply isn’t set up to be a safe gathering space for live music, according to Carino. The record store will continue to remain open as a retail space. By hosting events, Sonic Rainbow gave the Casper music scene a space to hold all-ages shows for free—something that’s hard to come by for underage fans and musicians just starting out.

Chicago, IL | Val’s Halla manager aims to continue Oak Park record store’s legacy after founder’s death: For 46 years, Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park was owned by Val Camilletti, a walking, talking encyclopedia of all things and genres of music. Camilletti died early early in the morning on July 24 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Customers and friends packed the store Saturday for the opening of the two-day annual celebration called Hallapalooza. The store will continue; it will be business as usual, said Shayne Blakeley, the store’s manager. In fact, he said very little will change. Customers can still browse the bins of new and used albums carefully separated by genre and artists or the collections of 45s, CDs and videocassettes. “Val’s legacy is too big and too valuable to ever change,” he said. “I’m keeping it going. Anything within my power, I’m doing.”

Chelmsford, Essex, UK | The stories and secrets behind five of Chelmsford’s best-loved independent shops: You won’t believe what goes on behind the scenes. From being called a witch to having a bacon roll with David Bowie, the people behind Chelmsford’s independent stores certainly have some tales to tell. Chelmsford might be expanding and attracting huge name brands from around the world, but the city’s many independent shops have a huge part to play in its success. These are the little stores that been started by local people and have flourished through sheer hard work and passion for what they sell. Through blood, sweat and tears, these shop owners have faced the highs and lows of the retail industry and have had to face their critics along the way. We chatted to the owners of five of Chelmsford’s independent stores about their experiences.

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