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

In rotation: 8/1/19

Dundee, UK | Assai Records to celebrate opening of new Dundee city centre shop with live shows: Popular Dundee record store Assai is to launch its new city centre home with a weekend of live music. The shop, which was based in Broughty Ferry since 2015, will officially open in its new Union Street home on August 9. Staff announced in April that they would be moving on from Broughty Ferry after an “amazing four years” to take advantage of a bigger venue. It was later announced the new location would be in Union Street and work refitting the store has been ongoing over the last few weeks. To celebrate the store’s new home, staff have lined up some musical shows for the opening weekend. Dundee-musician Kyle Falconer will be there on the Friday to promote a limited edition vinyl release of his single Kelly, via Assai’s record label.

Dundee, UK | Tributes paid as Alastair ‘Breeks’ Brodie, owner of iconic Dundee record store Groucho’s, dies: Tributes have been pouring in for the owner of an iconic Dundee record store following his death. Alastair Brodie, known affectionately by the nickname “Breeks”, passed away on Tuesday night. The 65-year-old was the owner of Groucho’s on the Nethergate and sold vinyl records in the city for 43 years. Mr Brodie had been suffering from various health issues for some time but took a turn for the worse a few weeks ago. He had been in Ninewells Hospital for the past week. His health is said to have deteriorated rapidly and his passing has come as a shock to family and friends. A joint statement from Mr Brodie’s family and colleagues has been issued by Groucho’s following his death. It reads: “Alastair (Breeks) Brodie, 1953-2019. It is with a very heavy heart and much sadness that we have to announce the passing of Alastair or Breeks as many will know him…”

San Antonio, TX | East Coast Brothers’ Crazy Rhythms Records Becomes San Antonio’s Newest Vinyl Haven: A record by Nigerian guitarist King Sunny Ade played in the background at San Antonio’s Crazy Rhythms Records as a handful of people browsed its racks WHEN. Though there were already hundreds of records its shelves, the open room had that still-unpacking vibe. Little art or decoration hung on its walls. Crazy Rhythms Records opened a month ago at 3617 Broadway Suite 402 in a cluster of shops along Avenue B near Brackenridge Park. “Even before we moved here we knew that this was a good city to try this thing out,” said Zeke Baker, a New York City transplant who opened the store with his twin brother Zach. “Corpus felt too small. Here, most people in the record community have been pretty friendly to us. It feels like a big enough city that we can carve out a niche and feel like we’re not stepping on anyone’s toes.” The Bakers’ parents retired a decade ago in Corpus Christi, and since San Antonio was a nearly city twins were familiar with — thanks to extended family located here — they chose it for their fledgling business venture.

Boston, MA | Salem resident Breaux Silcio ditches practicing law to open Residency Records on Bridge Street: New Orleans native says store carries diversity of musical genres. After working as a practicing lawyer for many years, musician and record collector Breaux Silcio said he was “getting a little burnt out.” So he decided to make a change and pursue a longtime aspiration. That’s when Silcio took some money he had saved up and opened Residency Records, now located on Bridge Street in Salem. “I sort of had an epiphany (about five years ago) about wanting to open a store where I could buy the records I want to listen to rather than buy them on the Internet,” he explained. “The Internet is super convenient when you need to have the thing you want right now. Access is pretty much infinite now, but buying this way isn’t fun. You’re just buying, there’s no experience to be had. I’m a digger, a collector. I’m looking for that sweet find. I’m never impressed when someone tells me they went and spent such and such amount on a particular vintage record online.”

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In rotation: 7/31/19

Saint Petersburg, FL | Your guide to the 3 top spots in Saint Petersburg’s Ponce De Leon neighborhood: Visiting Ponce De Leon, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Saint Petersburg neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a vinyl record shop to a store for golf enthusiasts. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Ponce De Leon, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. …Topping the list is Banana’s Music, a spot to score music and dvds and vinyl records. Located at 2887 22nd Ave. North, it’s the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 39 reviews on Yelp. With 3.5 million records in stock, you’ll end up finding that Depeche Mode or rare jazz album you’ve always wanted.

Springfield, MO | Business Spotlight: Hitting the Right Notes: Stick It In Your Ear’s new owner looks to build on store’s recent run-up. More than halfway through his first year of ownership at downtown Springfield stalwart Stick It In Your Ear LLC, Erik Milan says he envisions the music store as the last job he’ll ever want. “I love it. I love the downtown area and the customers are great,” he says. “It’s something new every single day. It’s special, man, this place is special.” Prior to purchasing the 26-year-old business late last year for an undisclosed amount from Wes Nichols, Milan had been working at the store since 2015. He was most recently the store manager. Milan says Nichols moved back to California, where he has family. “He started talking about retiring pretty much ever since I started working for him,” Milan says. “I didn’t want the place to go into the wrong hands. … Let’s see how far I can go with it.”

Middletown, NY | 55 Plus: Catch you on the flip side – vinyl’s back: …One of the best places locally to get deals on vinyl is at the Friends of Middletown Thrall Library’s Used Book Store, where some records sell for as little as 25 cents. Most sell for between $2 and $3. You can donate vinyl too. The manager, Peter “Bruce” Swenson, said collectors have come in over the years, looking for a favorite track, even if the records were scratched, and for liner notes, especially jazz collectors. Right now, Thrall has about 600 records in stock. They’ve got a good selection of musicals, classical records and pop artists. “I remember when Frank Sinatra died (in 1998),” Swenson said. “All the Frank Sinatra records disappeared.”

Southgate, MI | Still spinning: Stormy Records celebrates 20 years in business with anniversary party: Stormy Records has weathered the changing music industry landscape for 20 years and celebrated the achievement the only way they know how: with live music, vinyl, and dogs. Hundreds of people attended the celebration at the Dearborn store, 13306 Michigan Ave., throughout the day July 20, according to Stormy Records co-owners and Dearborn residents Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren. The day included live performances by local performers along with free food and refreshments. Customers and friends also were encouraged to bring their dogs to the party because Weber and Hultgren, who have been married for 18 years, are both dog lovers and have two Labrador retrievers at home. “To run our own business and keep it going for 20 years through all kinds of ups and downs — the amount of work and toil and sweat and tears — we deserved to celebrate our accomplishments,” Weber said.

Looking back at a time where major labels were releasing witchcraft rituals: During the 1960s, Capitol Records, A&M, and Warner Bros capitalised on the witchcraft phenomenon with spoken-word albums of occult incantations. From the late 1960s to the mid-70s, occult and witchcraft records became an unlikely phenomenon in the UK and USA. These spoken word LPs included narrations of rituals and spells by witches and covens, usually accompanied by bizarre, early electronic esoteric music. Some were relatively obscure private press releases – just look at The Art of Witchcraft by Babetta, AKA ‘Babetta the Sexy Witch’, and Ian Richardson and Barbara Holdridge’s Malleus Maleficarum, which were both released in 1974 and which today fetch hundreds of pounds online – but what’s odder is that major labels were often the ones putting these records out. It wasn’t unusual to find albums like Alex and Maxine Sanders’ A Witch is Born or Louise Huebner’s Seduction Through Witchcraft arriving through Capitol Records, A&M, or Warner Bros – but why did these occult oddities exist in the first place?

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In rotation: 7/30/19

A glimpse into the elusive world of Europe’s record dealers: Record dealers play a crucial role in the movement of second hand music, and are often responsible for influencing the dance floor sounds of their respective cities. A direct line for DJs and collectors, they are the anonymous tastemakers behind musical trends, reissues scenes and resale price surges. Jack Needham meets three dealers, operating in London, Lisbon and Paris, to put faces to Discogs usernames, and understand a little more about what motivates the dealers, beyond the bottom line… Pry open the doors of most lockups or storage containers in any given city and you’ll most likely be greeted by a stack of innocuous items crammed into a tiny rectangle; dilapidated furniture that never found a buyer or moth eaten clothes that were never thrown away. But Dobshizzle’s lockup is slightly different.

Saint Petersburg, FL | Your guide to the 3 most popular spots in Saint Petersburg’s Methodist Town neighborhood: Visiting Methodist Town, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Saint Petersburg neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a hot dog shop to a record store. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Methodist Town, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses… Planet Retro, a spot to score vinyl records and more, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 226 Martin Luther King Jr St. North, 4.5 stars out of 22 reviews. Score a classic album or a rare gem at this spot, which caters to fans of hardcore, punk rock, doom and sludge. It also hosts live bands on weekends.

New Orleans, LA | Check out the 5 top spots in New Orleans’s Seventh Ward neighborhood: Spending time in Seventh Ward? Get to know this New Orleans neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a brunch spot to a vintage record store. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Seventh Ward, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses… Domino Sound Record Shack, a spot to score vinyl records and more, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with five stars out of 46 Yelp reviews. Head over to 2557 Bayou Road to see for yourself. Take a trip back in time as Domino Sound Record Shack sells new and used vinyl records, cassettes, dominoes and stereo equipment. Up and down the aisles, you’ll find Reggae 45s and LPs, as well as punk, blues, jazz, hip hop and more.

Pop culture: After tragic music industry fire, source says Shelter Records catalog ‘probably’ safe: Here’s a bit of good news to share in regard to a music industry tragedy: The Shelter Records catalog is probably safe. Many music artists are worried they lost historical materials in a 2008 fire at a California facility used by Universal Music Group, the world’s largest record company, to store masters and other recordings. The public was largely unaware of the significance of the fire until New York Times Magazine published a June 11 story about what might have been lost in the blaze. Among the hundreds of artists whose materials could have been destroyed: Count Basie, Chuck Berry, Ernest Tubb, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Diamond and Loretta Lynn. The names of Oklahoma artists like Roy Clark, Leon Russell and Reba McEntire appeared on a list published in a New York Times follow-up story.

Best ‘gel’ type stylus cleaners: It’s a long established fact that regularly cleaning your stylus preserves the sound quality of your turntable set-up and extends the life of your vinyl. The following dip-and-done stylus cleaners are an excellent alternative to dry brushes and liquid cleaners. They work by gently lowering the needle into a gelatinous material and lifting it up again, while the dirt gets stuck in the gel and off the stylus. One thing to be careful about when using these types of cleaners is to make sure the movement of the stylus is vertical only, with no horizontal motion (like platter rotation), or you could snap off the cantilever while in contact with the gel. With automatic turntables, where you can’t prevent your platter from turning by lowering the tonearm, you simply raise the ‘gel’ toward the stylus then slowly lower after contact, while the arm is still in the rest. Here is our selection six stylus cleaners to dip your tip in.

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In rotation: 7/29/19

Mississauga, ON | Trendy Store Moving from Toronto to Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga: Anyone who came of age in the 90s or early aughts probably remembers lining up at Sunrise Records—a long-standing fixture in Erin Mills Town Centre—to grab wristbands for an upcoming concert. The process was nightmarish and anxiety-provoking (especially for those who ended up with lawn seats for a 1998 Backstreet Boys concert despite arriving very early), but precious in its pre-technology innocence. And honestly, bots buying up prime seats online aren’t much better. All that reminiscing aside, it looks like Sunrise—the Canadian record store that made an incredible comeback in 2017 when it announced it was eyeing defunct HMV locations—is coming back to the newly renovated mall it once called home. Sunrise recently took to Twitter to announce that its current Dufferin Mall location in Toronto is moving to EMTC in Mississauga.

Newark, DE | New record store cafe set to open Aug. 6 in Newark: When Long Play Cafe opens the first week of August, it will have been because of a village. Hanging just inside the door is a poster designed by owner Brian Broad and headed by the African proverb “It takes a village,” giving thanks to the many people – including Broad’s wife, Brenda; his family; Allura Kitchens and Baths; his landlords; and his former colleagues in Amsterdam – who helped create the Long Play Cafe community. “This is a sign that I put together, you know how people put up their first dollar, they put up their first newspaper article,” he said, noting that he wanted to reflect on the opening in a different way. “It took so many people to do this, and I tried to put as many people on this as I could.” …Several shelves on wheels display the records that are for sale, representing the Billboard Top 200 from the 1950s to present. He also has music from independent labels and artists for sale.

Soho, UK | ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ to transport iconic Soho record store to 1969: Sony Pictures & Columbia Records have partnered with Soho music store Sounds Of The Universe to celebrate the release of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – in UK cinemas from 14 August. Fans who visit the store at 7 Broadwick Street, (W1F 0DA) on Tuesday 30 July (opening hours 10am – 8pm) will be transported back to 1969 and the golden age of Hollywood, in a fully immersive experience inspired by the release of Quentin Tarantino’s 9th movie. Early bird visitors will be able to purchase an exclusive, limited-edition white label vinyl of the Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack (RRP £45) in advance of the late-September street date for standard vinyl. In addition, the first 60 people through the door will receive a ticket to a special London screening of the movie on 6 August – eight days before it’s released in UK cinemas.

Lancaster, UK | Lancaster man’s vinyl collection – including rarities and John Peel favourites – set to fetch thousands at auction: A Lancaster man’s vinyl collection could make thousands when it goes to auction next month. A selection from more than 5,000 records – spanning the 1960s to the 2000s – will go up for auction at 1818 Auctioneers on Monday August 19. Bob Beckett, who shared a terraced house in Lancaster with his mum, was passionate about music and an avid collector who would despatch his sister out each week with a list of records to track down. Lancaster valuer and record label owner, Simon Norfolk, has the job of cataloguing the collection for 1818 Auctioneers, on behalf of Bob’s family. He estimates the collection is large enough to fill a 75 square feet container and it is being sold through a number of 1818 Auctioneers music sales this year and next. Simon said: “Bob was collecting right up until last year, when he sadly passed away.

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In rotation: 7/26/19

Bridport, UK | Bridport Music to close after 40 years (unless a buyer comes forward): A much-loved record store at the heart of a town has come to the end of a ‘long and winding road’ after more than four decades. Steph and Piers Garner, who run Bridport Music, say they’ve put their ‘heart and soul’ into running the business but are ready to move on to the next phase of their lives. The couple said: “We have come to the end of the long and winding road called Bridport Music. We have been trying to sell the business for a couple of years. We always said ‘don’t worry, we won’t disappear until we find a buyer.’ As it turns out, we were wrong. After two years of trying, we have failed to interest anyone with the desire and the means to take over the reins of Bridport Music. We’ve been close on a couple of occasions but not close enough, and we have decided that now is the time for us to move on to the next phase of our lives. “We’ve put our heart and souls in to the shop but as we’re now in our 40th year here, we have no more to give.”

Hollywood, CA | Critics sue to stop Hollywood project that would displace Amoeba Music: Weeks after Los Angeles officials gave the green light for a new development on the Hollywood site now occupied by Amoeba Music, critics are suing the city to stop it, arguing that it would tear down a “cultural resource” that deserves protection. AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Coalition to Preserve L.A., a group funded by the foundation that is critical of how the city handles planning and development, are also pushing the city to enshrine the distinctive murals and neon art at the Sunset Boulevard site as part of a historic monument. Doing so would make it harder to tear down the building, which boasts a Space Age neon turret, an old-fashioned marquee, and murals inside and outside the structure. L.A. “is giving short shrift to the historic significance of Amoeba by completely ignoring the rich and lengthy cultural history associated with this iconic corner of Hollywood,” AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said in a statement Wednesday.

North Yorkshire, UK | Vinyl archive that speaks volumes about its collector up for auction: Vinyl records spanning the 1960s to the 2000s could make thousands at an auction. They are just part of a Lancaster man’s collection of over 5,000 CDs and records which filled a terrace house he shared with his mum in the city. Bob Beckett was passionate about music and an avid collector who would despatch his sister out each week with a list of records to track down, says valuer Simon Norfolk. Mr Norfolk has the job of cataloguing the collection for 1818 Auctioneers, on behalf of Bob’s family. He estimates the collection is large enough to fill a 75 square feet container and it is being sold through a number of 1818 Auctioneers music sales this year and next. “Bob was collecting right up until last year, when he sadly passed away,” explained Simon Norfolk. …“Bob has left an incredible archive, I haven’t seen anything like it before. There’s a lot of Punk, New Wave and Indie, much of it influenced by John Peel, so expect to see bands like the Fall, Captain Beefheart, P. J Harvey and Half Man Half Biscuit. There are also other genres including Roots and Dub Reggae.

The pieces are in place for a new Rush jigsaw collection: Four classic Rush album covers have been transformed into 500-piece jigsaws – and they’ll be out later this year. Hot on the heels of a series of jigsaws featuring Metallica album covers comes news that Rush are the next band to be put on a puzzle. Zee Productions imprint Rock Saws will launch four 500-piece jigsaws in September featuring the covers of Fly By Night, A Farewell To Kings, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. Each puzzle will be presented in a vinyl box set size, which the company say is “perfect to fit alongside your vinyl collection.” Rock Saws have previously released jigsaws based around Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Judas Priest and Slayer. All four sets are now available to pre-order.

UK | Cassette sales in the UK at the highest level for over a decade: Cassette tapes are enjoying a likely resurgence in the UK, after rising to their highest sales levels in more than a decade. Despite being technologically outdated, a BPI (British Phonographic Industry) report reveals that nearly 35,000 tapes were sold in the UK for the first half of 2019. In contrast, some 18,000 tapes had been sold by the same point in 2018. When it came to artists proving successful on tape, Billie Eilish has secured the top spot – selling 4,000 copies of her debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? It was followed by Catfish and The Bottlemen’s The Balance at 2 on 3,000 cassette sales, with Madonna’s Madame X at no.3, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent at four and Hozier’s Wasteland Baby completing the top five. Last year’s bestseller was The 1975’s A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships which sold 7,523 copies, most of which came in the first week of release. While it appears that an apparent resurgence is on the cards, Wired suggests the possibility of cassettes being treated as “merch that just so happens to store and play music.”

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In rotation: 7/25/19

Barrow, UK | Independent Barrow music shop, TNT Records, is set to host its first-ever film screening event: An independent Barrow music shop is set to host its first film screening event this week. TNT Records on Duke Street, which opened at the turn of the year, will welcome well-known author Graham Jones on Thursday evening to present his new documentary ‘The Vinyl Revival’. This exclusive showcase evening will also include a Q&A as well as a quiz with prizes to be won. ‘The Vinyl Revival’ is a 43-minute documentary that follows on from the acclaimed ‘Last Shop Standing’ and is directed and produced by Pip Piper. Released as part of this year’s Record Store Day celebrations, the film is now heading into a limited cinema and festival run – including this rare chance to watch it at TNT Records. Shop owner Dave Turner said: “Graham is a massive champion of independent record shops and he was straight in touch with us as soon as we were announced as a Record Store Day venue.”

Missoula, MT | Return of vinyl: Missoula record stores see resurgence in sales: Seventeen-year-old Missoula high-school student Noah Woodin likes spinning Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” on his turntable. No, that sentence wasn’t written in the 1970s; it was written today. Vinyl records are once again hip, and Missoula’s Hip Strip is the place to find them at Ear Candy Music and Rockin Rudy’s Record Heaven, both on Higgins Avenue downtown, south of the bridge. “I prefer vinyl for the aesthetics, and the quality of the music,” Woodin says. He’s not alone. “A young guy came in yesterday and bought 200 records,” says Scott Storer, manager of Record Heaven. “There’s been a real resurgence in vinyl. I sell hundreds, if not thousands of records a week, and mostly to younger people in their teens and twenties.” John Fleming, owner of Ear Candy, reports similar numbers. “I now sell about five records for every CD I sell,” he said. “Vinyl has really made a comeback.”

Bronx, NY | Vinyl Record Collectors Preserve the Legacy of Local Music Stores: Vinyl album sales have increased 15% in 2018, with 16.2 million records sold, according to Nielsen Music. Unfortunately, the growth in sales has not prevented independent music stores from closing down within our communities. The recent shutdowns are due to larger retailers, like Barnes and Noble, now stocking vinyl records, the popularity of e-commerce and rising rent. To preserve the music left in our neighborhoods, Tasha Digital – also known as Analog Lady – is visiting local record stores, interviewing store owners and exploring their music collections on camera. Harmony Records used to be located in the heart of the Parkchester section of the Bronx for 60 years until the property was sold and its store was forced to shut down at the end of 2015. Months before Harmony closed its doors, Tasha got a piece of history and video memorabilia, as featured in her latest episode of Conversations in Analog.

Austin, TX | Spoon adds Friday record-store signing before amphitheater show: Never mind Moon Week, here’s Spoon Week! The titanic Austin indie outfit’s first-ever best-of compilation, “Everything Hits at Once,” will be out Friday via Matador Records, just in time for the band’s performance that evening at the Austin360 Amphitheater on a bill with Beck and Cage the Elephant. And now there’s an afternoon signing-party at Waterloo Records as well. Pre-order, or purchase on-site, a copy of either “Everything Hits at Once” (available on CD and vinyl) or the 7-inch single for “No Bullets Spent” — the album’s one new track — to get a guaranteed-admission wristband for the signing event, which runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Note that they’ll sign one item per customer, and will only sign these two new releases.

Johannesburg, ZA | The Spin Music Fair Takes Place On Sunday 28 July: The Spin Music Fair will be holding their Annual Super Vinyl Sale on Sunday 28th July from 10 am to 2 pm On The Deck at the Dunkeld Bowls Club, Hume Road, Dunkeld, Johannesburg. There will be hundreds of selected records at drastically reduced prices (R50 and under) as well as new full-priced 180 gram reissues,2nd hand imports, CDs, cassettes, audio accessories, turntables and more. If you visit the Clover Records stand you can check out their amazing selection of rock memorabilia including collectable action figurines. If your interest runs into the hardware side of music, spend some time talking to Guillaume LeMaire of Croak Audio who pretty knows everything about audio equipment and will guide you through the technical minefield in a no-nonsense and practical way. When the hunger pangs get to you order some scrumptious burgers or toasted sandwiches at the Club bar and while you’re at it have them pour you a `frostie` or glass of wine.

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In rotation: 7/24/19

Forty independent record stores are protesting major labels: Forty independent American record stores have co-signed an open letter to the music industry addressing major labels’ neglect of physical sales and distribution. The letter, first published by Billboard on July 16, was written in response to a decision made by 3 major labels — Universal, Sony, and Warner — to move their services to a new fulfilment partner, Direct Shot Distributing. This move was meant to streamline operations, increase efficiency and cut down on costs but the results so far have apparently been disastrous. Stores claim they have had their supply chain weakened to an almost critical point, citing incidents such as shipments arriving with only a fraction of CDs and vinyl ordered, shipments arriving as empty boxes, artist in-store appearances and other events happening without proper product, and new releases missing the Friday street day by up to months.

Bellingham, WA | Here’s what the iconic downtown businesses are asking for after Wednesday’s fire: While one iconic business damaged in Wednesday evening’s three-alarm fire in downtown Bellingham declined help from an online fundraising effort started in its honor, a second business asked for help over the weekend and has already exceeded its goal. Avalon Records owner Chris Lamb on Friday, July 19, started a GoFundMe account with the goal of reaching $10,000 to help the store’s “small crew of five, freshly unemployed with bills to pay.” In two days the account already had surpassed that goal by more than $1,000. “Any donation to alleviate the suffering of Team Avalon and help in their transitions would be deeply appreciated,” Lamb wrote in the GoFundMe post. In a Facebook post notifying the store’s fans of the GoFundMe account, Avalon said all proceeds would be evenly distributed among the employees. Unfortunately, monetary donations can’t make up for the loss of Avalon’s irreplaceable vinyl collection, which Lamb described on the GoFundMe account as “devastating and leaves a hole in the soul.”

Dhaka, BD | Rainbow: where mixtape lives on. Record store inspiring generations since 1982: From outside, the place does not look much — a small shop, around 7.5 feet by 5 feet, where hardly three-four persons can fit at a time. It may be small, but this record store has a lot of heart to it. In this day and age, a record shop can be a rare sight, but here, in Dhaka, “Rainbow Music Store” has not only stood the test of time, but also continues to inspire generations. Situated on the first floor of BS Bhaban on New Elephant Road, Rainbow has been helping melody lovers satiate their cravings since 1982 with an apt slogan, “Rainbow: where music never stops.” It was and to some extent still is the go-to place for music aficionados to find latest tracks and revisit old favourites. A passion for music is at the heart of the shop, which has earned it such a great reputation over the years. And what a collection it boasts — more than 10,000 compact discs (CD) stacked on the store’s shelves, forming a perfect pattern.

New York, NY | Discogs’ New York City vinyl fair is a must-visit for record collectors: If you’re a vinyl collector or music fan looking for something to do in New York City this Saturday, Discogs is hosting a neat little record fair that’s bound to take you back to the good old days. You don’t need a heap of cash to burn, either — the event itself is free, so there’s not reason not to head over to Times Square and take a look around. Scheduled to run from 10 AM through 6 PM at the PlayStation Theater, Crate Diggers will be a melting pot of a curated selection of the finest vinyl ever to hit the market, which can be admired and purchased on the spot by old-schools listeners of all walks of life. With that in mind, we’d recommend taking a few bucks with you — you know, just in case. If you can’t seem to contain your excitement while sifting through all of the best hip-hop tracks of the 90s, you may want to stick around for the after-party. Fueled by alcohol and live performances by DJ Red Alert, Method Man and Redman, and more, it’s destined to be the place to be this Saturday night — right through Sunday at 1 AM.

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In rotation: 7/23/19

JP | Japan record shopping, Part 2: In search of Jazz bars and vinyl: I was really pleasantly surprised when the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Kyoto to Osaka arrived at Osaka Central Station after no more than a 15-20 minute ride. We put our stuff in the room and headed out for Minami, one of Osaka’s main commercial areas, adjacent to Little America, an Osaka neighborhood with a reputation for being young and cool. Minami was the first place I’d been in Japan that wasn’t spotless, and it was super touristy and overcrowded. My daughter quickly became consumed with shopping, with my wife in a supporting role, but my threshold for clothes shopping, while longer than when marriage first began rubbing off all my sharp edges, is still limited. I put “jazz bar” into Google Maps and lo and behold, there was a hit a mere three minute walk down the main shopping drag and up a side street to Jazz Bar Top Rank. I did my now well- rehearsed up and down the street “where the hell is this place?” before finding the staircase and heading to the second floor.

Dearborn, MI | Stormy Records in Dearborn celebrates 20th anniversary: Entering Stormy Records is a blast from the past. Records are plastered to the storefront windows and posters of Miles Davis and David Bowie hang on the walls. Sift through the massive record collection and you’ll find artists ranging from Etta James, ZZ Top, Parliament Funkadelic and the Sugarhill Gang. Nestled between Mekkah Islamic Superstore and Bridal House Fashion on the east side of Dearborn, owners Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren have been supplying music lovers with a healthy dose of used vinyl, CDs and cassettes for 20 years. Along with retro artists, the store offers new releases as well, but it won’t be anything from Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran. Stormy Records specializes in genres such as experimental and ambient music, underground pop and avant jazz. “It is easier to sell music that you are more familiar with,” said Weber. “We don’t tend to listen to mainstream artists…”

Merge Turns 30: Co-Founder Laura Ballance on Perils of Running an Indie Today: “There keeps being this question lately of, ‘Do we need record labels?’ I think people don’t recognize what we do and the value of our work,” says the Superchunk bassist. “When we started, we had no expectations,” says Laura Ballance, co-founder of the North Carolina-based independent record label Merge Records and bassist for the scrappy indie rock band Superchunk. “It was a punk rock hobby. We didn’t think it was going to be a successful business.” Ballance, who grew up in Goldsboro, N.C. — “a tiny little town with lots of tornadoes,” she says — started Merge with co-founder and Superchunk guitarist-vocalist Mac McCaughan in 1989, originally to release music from local bands whose life cycle would otherwise last a few DIY shows. Thirty years later, their “hobby” is an indie powerhouse that has released critically acclaimed albums from such acts as Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon and She & Him.

Port Macquarie, AU | 2019 Port Macquarie Record Fair draws vinyl lovers from near and far: Vinyl lovers came from up and down the North Coast to find an old treasure at the 2019 Record Fair on July 20. RAWR Music, Dark Alley Collectables and Hold Steady Records presented the event with vendors from across NSW bringing their extensive collections. Craig Singleman was delighted to find ‘Desire’ by Bob Dylan. “It is one of my favourites,” he said. Organiser Travis Fredericks said there had been a “vinyl revival”. “People are really starting to get back into listening to music on vinyls which is great,” Mr Fredericks said. (What would be great is not saying “vinyls.” —Ed.)

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In rotation: 7/22/19

Flossmoor, IL | Vintage vinyl and furniture store comes to downtown Flossmoor: Record and furniture store The Conservatory Vintage and Vinyl is having its grand opening Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Flossmoor. The Conservatory, located at 1042 Sterling Avenue, is the area’s only store that sells vintage furniture and records. In addition to vintage vinyl, the store includes mid-century modern furnishings. Chogie Fields, co-founder and owner of the store with her husband, Anthony, says if she had to be a piece of furniture, she would be a light. “Light guides people, it helps to illuminate things that you can’t see. Light helps you feel comfortable, it gives you peace, gives you joy,” Chogie said. The Conservatory Vintage and Vinyl deals in two trades: vintage furniture, and vinyl records — but maintains the streamlined, curated feel of an art gallery. For this, the owners credit Collete, a shop in Paris, where the couple’s dream to open up their own place was born, 17 years ago.

Devon, UK | For the record – vinyl is back, according to a new documentary: Stars from Radiohead and Pink Floyd feature in The Vinyl Revival, a documentary about the resurgence of the record. Devon filmmaker Pip Piper made The Vinyl Revival as a follow-up to the acclaimed Last Shop Standing, based on the book by Graham Jones. Having been launched in April to tie in with Record Store Day, the film will be screened at the Exeter Picturehouse on July 26, followed by a Q&A with the director. Mr Piper, who moved to Exmouth in September, said Last Shop Standing was about the danger that with the growth in online music streaming, independent record stores could be a thing of the past. “I mean at that point there were 269. There had been 2,200 in the 1980s,” said 55-year-old. “So here was something about which I was just fascinated as a film director, in the sense of losing things from our culture and how important some of these things were.

Storing your vinyl records: You’re a vinyl junkie, always have been. You were there from the beginning, you probably gathered cassettes and CDs too along the way, maybe even some minidisks around 1997, but you were always loyal to the record. Your collection is epic, rare, it spans whole walls. Chances are then, you know it’s important to store your precious library carefully and intelligently, so here are our cardinal rules for getting vinyl storage right… Paper inners become much like a fine grain piece of sandpaper, adding surface noise over the years every time you take your record in and out of the paper inner. Instead, opt for either a delicate plastic liner within a paper inner or as a round-bottomed plastic-only variant. Then, pairing this with an outer sleeve that goes over the cardboard sleeve will go a long way to shielding your record from dust entirely. Choose a light and smooth material – heavy plastic sleeves will weigh onto your vinyl, stick to your artwork, and peel it off over time. With this in mind, you also need a sleeve with plenty of room!

Black Sabbath Prep ‘Vinyl Collection’ With Bonus Rarities: Ozzy-era, vinyl-only collection will include album of mono mixes of their singles, including two that never came out. Black Sabbath wrote the book on heavy, and their first decade’s worth of albums represent the Old Testament in the book of metal. From the clanging opening chords of “Black Sabbath” and lumbering siren’s call of “War Pigs” to the demon’s cry of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” and proto-thrash riffs of “Symptom of the Universe,” the Iron Man laid the blueprint for the genre on their first eight albums. Those LPs will now make up a new vinyl-only box set, The Vinyl Collection 1970 – 1978, which is due out September 6th. And because die-hard Sabbaholics likely already own the band’s canon, the group is including a reproduction of “Evil Woman” seven-inch (backed with “Wicked World”) and a new 12-inch compilation of their mono singles, dubbed Monomania (a pun off their Sabotage deep cut “Megalomania”), which includes two previously unreleased mixes. The set will be available only as a numbered collector’s edition, limited to 3,000 copies.

Freddie Mercury new music CD and vinyl release date: Exciting news for Queen fans: It is still difficult to accept there will be no new recordings from Freddie Mercury. However, there is still the Holy Grail for Queen fans – lost or archived material. Some have never been released to the public. There was huge excitement recently when a stunning new version of a lesser-known track was unveiled, stripped back to just Freddie’s spine-tingling vocal and a piano. The track is not a Queen song but a cut from the 1986 rock musical, Time. Written by Freddie’s friend, Dave Clark, the Queen frontman covered two numbers for an all-star concept album, including Time Waits For No One. Clark has uncovered the original recordings. It has taken two years to painstakingly remaster them without all the subsequent synthesiser and instrumental tracks. Fan excitement was inevitable and the new video of the recording has already racked up almost 12 million views.

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In rotation: 7/19/19

Orlando, FL | Record Store Crawl hauling vinylphiles across Orlando, Saturday, July 20: The Record Store Crawl is back for another day full of viny, shopping, vodka drinks, and more vinyl. Crate diggers will be escorted via coach bus from record store to record store while enjoying music, drinks, and games on Saturday, July 20th from 11:30 a.m. onwards. Tickets are $39.95 and get you a seat on the bus with access to private music performances along the route, which includes popular shops like Park Ave CDs, East West Records, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven. Crawlers will enjoy special discounts at each stop, limited edition swag, as well as lunch and special drinks from sponsor Deep Eddy Vodka.

Dublin, IE | Made In Dublin: The wheels keep turning for Spindizzy Records: “There’s always been a niche market for records.” For some people, vinyl records simply remind them of their parents or grandparents – a relic from a bygone age. But, fortunately for record shop owners, there remains a sizeable cohort of music lovers who prefer 12 inch records to never-ending Spotify playlists. The market for new and used vinyl records and – somewhat surprisingly – CDs has been buoyant in recent years, aided by the convenience and global reach of online selling. However, Enda Gogarty’s involvement goes back much further – he began working in Spindizzy Records in George’s Arcade in the late 1990s, shortly after it opened, and he has been the manager since 2010. “It started off in a place called the Collector’s Centre,” he recalls, “that would have had a militaria place, a poster place, a crafts place, a book place and a very small record shop. It grew from that small stall.”

Columbia, SC | The Strategies That Keep Papa Jazz Record Shoppe Alive: 40 Years Young. Papa Jazz Record Shoppe is 40 years old. And through those years, “Big Money” Mack Spence has dug through the crates. Arriving at the Five Points shop on a recent Wednesday afternoon, Spence warmly greets employees Alex McCollum and Woody Jones, who recount his exploits playing with the R&B group Black Love back in the ’70s, including opening gigs for the likes of Jackie Wilson, Bobby Womack, and Sam & Dave. An old-school picture of Spence — decked in an extravagant red leisure suit, standing on a Columbia riverbank — adorns the desktop of the computer behind the counter. “Man, if you a friend of these guys, then you gotta be alright,” the longtime customer tells Free Times, adding with a chuckle, “Look, I need to put me a cot up in here, man, as much as I’m down here.” This week, Papa Jazz celebrates its unlikely longevity.

Port Fairy, AU | Port Fairy Vinyl Swap Meet will have something for all record-ophiles: Hunting for an original, not re-released, version of your favourite vinyl album? Port Fairy might be your hunting ground with stall-holders are preparing their stock for the 3rd Vinyl Swap Meet. Prehistoric Sounds owner Shane Godfrey said there will be something for everyone, with vendors bringing everything from vintage blues and jazz, hip hop, soul and heavy metal albums. “It’s great to have an event like this down (in the south-west),” Mr Godfrey said. “People love records because they are tangible and tactile, it’s something you can hold. “When you put a record on the turntable you tend to take more notice of the music, it is not just background noise.” While some highly sought-after limited-release titles, such as Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs or The Coloured Balls, are likely to be snapped up in the first hour, there will be plenty of gems still in the crates.

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In rotation: 7/18/19

An Open Letter to the Majors From Independent Record Stores (Guest Op-Ed): In 2007 things were bleak. Record stores were successful but irrelevant in the eyes of many in the music industry. In response, independent record stores owners got organized and created Record Store Day (RSD). By doing so, the world’s largest music event was established and a billion-dollar-per-year vinyl industry was relaunched. Last year’s RSD was the biggest ever, as were our Black Friday and Small Business Saturday events, breaking all previous sales records. Unsung in the ensuing positive press coverage was the amount of CDs sold on our big day. With so many other businesses leaving the CD behind, record stores are still selling substantial numbers. With the help of our industry partners we continue to adapt and thrive. Not everything is rosy; things have been rough over the past 3-4 months. Just last week, Michael Bunnell, the owner of Boise’s Record Exchange and President of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, sent a message out about how bad things have gotten.

Newark, DE | Rainbow Records settles in to new location: Even with the ongoing Main Street construction and a move to a new location, this is shaping up to be the busiest summer Rainbow Records has had, co-owner Todd Brewer said. The record store, which traces its history back to 1979, relocated last month to Pomeroy Station, the mixed-use complex located next to Newark Shopping Center and anchored by Ski Bum. The new location boasts more space, free parking and less expensive rent. “It’s been fantastic,” Brewer said. “We’re seeing regular customers more often because of the free parking.” The record store is mostly moved in now, and with the extra room, everything flows better and it is “night and day” from the smaller space the store had on Main Street, Brewer said.

Forest Park, IL | Old School Records launches GoFundMe: If owner is unable to pay rent through August, he will have to close business. The Old School Records has started a crowd sourced funding campaign, in an effort to keep the “fixture record store in Forest Park” afloat, said owner Peter Gianakopoulos, who started the GoFundMe. On July 13, Gianakopoulos said he was eight days late paying his rent for this month, and that he still owed payments from the month before. He said that if he is unable to “pay through August” he will have to close the business. “I need a minimum of $5K to cover my late taxes and my rents. Extra funding could help me avoid home foreclosure as well,” Gianakopoulos said. …”I think people get the sense that all small business owners are well off or even wealthy,” Gianakopoulos said. “I started this business with my family lending me about $10,000. If I can pay off my debts, by April of 2020 I’ll be back to normal—month to month, teetering like most small businesses.”

Independent Soul: Daptone’s definitive 7″s: A label that has helped define a contemporary funk and soul sensibility, it’s hard to believe Daptone has existed for fewer than twenty years. Founded by Neal Sugarman and Bosco Mann (aka Gabriel Roth) in 2001 out of Mann’s now defunct Bosco Records, Daptone and its Dap-Kings house band (fronted by Mann) formed the backbone for a 21st century classic soul revival spearheaded by the late, great vocalist Sharon Jones. Taking Stax and Motown as inspiration, Daptone has been a family affair from the off, bringing in artists to record alongside The Dap-Kings, The Sugarman 3, and the Menahan Street Band. In spotting talent, young and old, the label helped bring “the screaming eagle of soul” Charles Bradley in from the cold, and provided journeyman singers like Lee Fields a new lease of life…To mark the 100th 45 released on the label since 2001, founders Neal Sugarman and Bosco Mann have picked a selection of 7″s that have defined Daptone’s prolific output.

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In rotation: 7/17/19

Boston, MA | Once again, LPs are rolling off shelves of local record stores: Step off the elevator that brings you to Lowell’s Mill No. 5, a vintage mall and mixed-use space on the fourth floor of an old textile factory. The first shop you see is Vinyl Destination. It’s an old-fashioned record store — all albums, no CDs. Vinyl Destination is open boutique hours — Thursday through Sunday afternoons and evenings, mostly. On a recent Saturday, the guy behind the counter is talking to a customer about their shared addiction to record collecting. “You ever buy so many records that months later you still haven’t listened to some of them?” he says with a rueful chuckle. “That’s the story of my life.” In the digital age, renewed interest in the classic analog format of vinyl records began to surge a decade or so ago, and the revival shows no signs of abating. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl sales for 2018 were up 8 percent from the previous year, reaching a 30-year high. And that doesn’t account for significant sales figures for used vinyl, as Forbes recently reported.

Baltimore, MD | Sound Garden owners plan Maryland’s first medical cannabis lounge in Fells Point: The couple behind the retro record store Sound Garden is planning to open Maryland’s first medical cannabis lounge in Fells Point later this year. The lounge will inhabit 701 S. Bond St., previously home to Sir Duke, a bar that closed earlier this year. It is currently going through the approval process and awaiting final approval. “We don’t know,” said Derek Baumgardner, City Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals Executive Director, when asked when his agency expected to grant final approval. The lounge—inspired by similar businesses on the West Coast and Arizona— will be a members only club where card holders can pay a monthly fee to partake in medical cannabis educational sessions, yoga and cooking classes, according to its website. Members will also be able to consume medical cannabis on site. This business venture comes in two parts, the medical cannabis lounge on the second floor and a new restaurant on the first.

Auckland, NZ | A record pressing plant has opened in New Zealand: The first in over 30 years. A new vinyl factory called Holiday Records has opened in Auckland, New Zealand – reports Newshub. Launched by Ben Wallace and Joel Woods, the factory has one Viryl Technologies WarmTone™ Record Press, with the ability to make 800 records per day. “I got my father’s collection in a box – I don’t want to hand my son a Spotify playlist,” Wallace shared. Wallace and Woods have also opened a record shop in central Aukland with the same name, stocking new albums, turntables and tech, merch and books. You can find them at 111 Wellesley Street West, Auckland

Orlando, FL | DJ Smilin Dan’s Getting Away With It turns Remix Record Shop into an after-hours happening every week: Gather round, kids. Here’s some music lore for you. Once upon a time, people had to purchase music! Even more fantastical, they had to travel – yes, over mountain and wood – to record shops to procure it on physical media, arcane materials like wax, disc, tape and probably flint or something. Some of these record shops even developed into outposts of society unto themselves. Seriously! Watch High Fidelity, Pretty in Pink, shit, even Empire Records if you must. Anyway, though nothing like in ye golden olden times, that great record store culture still exists in our city. Park Ave CDs, Orlando’s flagship independent record store, is both testament to and bastion for that with their excellent and well-known in-store performances. Public events and other such gatherings at other record stores, however, are slim pickings. But a good and notable one that’s been happening on the reg this year is Getting Away With It at Remix Record Shop.

Companies still earning well by their older devices: The Walkman buried in your basement is likely to be someone’s hot new accessory. The retro-tech market is alive and kicking. In May, Apple refreshed the iPod contact for the first time in four years. Vinyl record sales clocked in at 400 million on common over the past four years, based on information from data tracker Statista. DVD player sales are trending downward, however, they nonetheless consistently hit four million units sold each holiday quarter, even as recently as 2018. Different devices that have stayed the course: camcorders, radios, clock radios, desk phones, and DVRs. Millions of those are still being used in US households in 2017, in keeping with Statista. What drives individuals to proceed purchasing vinyl records, instant film cameras, and iPods, long after new merchandise have made those objects irrelevant. Older devices have a lot of staying power as a result of they allow individuals to unplug from the fixed ping of smartphones and tablets.

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In rotation: 7/16/19

Glasgow, UK | Missing Records moving to new Glasgow city centre shop. The Missing Records team are expanding and heading back home to Oswald Street, where the magic all started in 1984. An iconic Glasgow record store is on the move. The team at Missing Records are busy preparing to expand to bigger and better things, and just so happen to be heading home to the spot where the magic all began. The second-hand vinyl specialists have announced they are relocating to Oswald Street. And as all loyal customers of the famous independent stockists will know, that was the site of the original Missing Records when they launched in 1984, before they opened their current Argyle Street shop. Staff say they will have plenty more space for even more “music, films and wall art” when the “adventure continues” at the new unit from next month. But at the moment they’re still trading business as usual!

Newcastle, AU | Hiss & Crackle Records making plenty of noise on the west side: Mitchel Eaton can remember a time in June 2003 when music fans formed a long snaking line outside Kotara’s JB Hi-Fi store to purchase a CD. The queue was a peculiar mix of hard rock and metal heads and arty student types, eager to grab a copy of Metallica’s often-maligned St Anger album or Radiohead’s Hail To The Thief. In his 18 years of working at JB Hi-Fi, it was the biggest day Eaton ever witnessed. “We sold hundreds in a week,” Eaton recalls. “It was just a different time.” Today streaming services like Spotify and Apple dominate music consumption and listening to your favourite act’s latest release is as easy as clicking a button on your smartphone. However, there remains a passionate and sizable consumer base who remain dedicated to the humble record store. And a continually growing audience who adorn the old-school pleasure and tangibility of vinyl.

Rotterdam, NL | Rotterdam’s Clone Records launches classical music sub-label, Edit.Futurum. Its first non-electronic foray. Rotterdam institution Clone Records is starting a classical music sub-label called Edit.Futurum. Since Serge Verschuur founded Clone 25 years ago, it has grown to encompass over a dozen different sub-labels, a distribution company, and a physical store. Verschuur announced the news via social media, putting the style shift down to his “never ending curiosity for great music.” Although details on the first releases are still unknown, he says the first white labels have been approved and will be revealed in the next few weeks. Edit.Futurum is the latest Clone imprint, alongside the likes of Royal Oak, Clone Basement Series and Clone Aqualung Series.

Brighton, UK | This is very sad – Brighton record shop is no longer: Two years ago Vinyl Revolution record shop co-owners Simon Parker and Rachel Lowe were simply buzzing, as they swung open the doors to their brightly painted pink store located at 33 Duke St, Brighton. BN1 1AG. Clearly they were on a mission to assist in bringing vinyl records back to Brighton, along with a few other decent record stores in town. They pulled out all the stops during their first Record Store Day on Saturday 21st April 2018, when they secured live broadcasting from the premises by BBC Sussex, when DJ Danny Pike joined them to present his morning show which was broadcast over BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey. It was a milestone event, as it was the first time in over 20 years that Danny had played all the music on his show from vinyl records from the decks in Vinyl Revolution’s window. The shop was packed with customers, the future was bright, the future was pink!

Legend Ebo Taylor’s missing album found in Nigeria, set to be released September 13: A missing album of Ghanaian guitarist, highlife and afrobeats legend Ebo Taylor has been discovered in Nigeria. The album recorded in 1980 by the “Love and Death” singer is said to have been found in a warehouse in the West African country. BBE Africa, a music publishing and store, reportedly found the masterpiece of the legend. Popular Instagram account ‘Goldcoastghana’ broke the news on its platform. Titled “Palaver”, the album will be released on September 13, 2019, on CDs, Vinyl and digital stores. It shared the old copies of the album found in Nigeria with the caption: “This is great news for Ghana, our own uncle Ebo Taylor recorded an album in Nigeria in 1980 and this record never came out but all thanks to @bbeafrica who discovered this hidden record of the legend Ebo Taylor laying around in some warehouse in Nigeria and will be releasing this September 13, 2019. Let us celebrate this music legend while he’s alive.

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In rotation: 7/15/19

Manchester, UK | The Manchester institutions everyone should visit at least once: …Established in 1978, Piccadilly Records has outlived every music format that’s come and gone in the last forty-odd years. The Oldham Street shop is a specialist in new and niche release records and usually has the most extensive list of Record Store Day titles – and the biggest queues. Across the road, Vinyl Exchange is another long-standing resident that’s been here since 1988. It prices its records according to their condition (from mint to poor) and marks them down the longer they’re in stock – resulting in plenty of bargains. Around the corner in Stevenson Square, after a couple of moves, Eastern Bloc was at the centre of the Madchester scene in the late 1980s and remains just as relevant today with its impressive house, techno, dub, funk and reggae selection and late night DJ sets and events in-store. Slightly newer but no less part of the fabric of the city is Vinyl Revival on Hilton Street, which opened in 1997 at the height of the Britpop scene and dedicates a good percentage of its shelves to Manchester music from the 60s to the present day.

Southgate, MI | Stormy Records to celebrate 20th anniversary with big bash: Stormy Records opened in the summer of 1999 when the musically included Windy Weber and Carl Hultgren decided Dearborn needed a record store. According to Weber, the business has changed a lot, both in physical locations, and in the way the record business has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. “The one constant, through all 20 years, is the support of long-standing customers and the friendships forged with them,” a release from the store said. “Stormy Records prides itself in knowing their customers by name, and their dog’s names too!! As dog lovers, their current location is adorned with a collection of record covers that all feature dogs. The store, at 13306 Michigan Ave., is hosting a celebration of its first two decades July 20.

Streaming Now Accounts for 66% of Germany’s Total Recorded Music Revenue: Last year, despite the growth of music streaming in the country, German’s music industry remained stagnant – at best. German music association Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) revealed that the country had recorded 79.5 billion streams. Music streaming had grown by 40%. Meanwhile, and thanks to its reliance on physical media, Germany’s recorded music revenue actually fell 1% year-over-year. CDs declined with 48.2 million units sold, down 23% over 2017. In a shocking drop, vinyl sales also fell 7%, with BVMI tracking only 3 million records sold. In short, the German music industry brought in €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) in recorded music revenue, down 0.4% year-over-year. Music sales came from all available formats – streaming, CDs, digital downloads, and vinyl… CDs continue to crash, falling 11.7% year-over-year. As with most countries around the world, vinyl experienced a strong boom, growing 7.4% over H1 2018. Physical formats now make up 34% of Germany’s recorded music revenue, down 11% year-over-year.

Brighton, UK | Vinyl Revolution in Brighton is ‘forced to shut down’: A POPULAR record shop is to close because the owners can no longer afford to run it. Vinyl Revolution, in Duke Street, Brighton, will shut its doors for good this weekend. Owners Simon Parker and Rachel Lowe blamed the closure on the chaos caused by Brexit, £22,000 in business rates and high rent. The couple have posted an impassioned video on YouTube saying they have no choice but to shut. Mrs Lowe said: “We’ve been forced to close because the Government has created an environment in which it’s virtually impossible for a small independent shop to survive on the high street.” Mr Parker said: “Hundreds of shops are closing every week and the Government is doing nothing. “When the banking crisis happened the Government invested billions to save the industry and we want to know why they’re doing nothing to save independent retail.”

The String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams Announce Vinyl Release of ‘Breathe’ at Red Rocks: To mark their upcoming Red Rocks collaboration, The String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams will release their 1999 joint LP Breathe on vinyl for the first time ever. “As many of you know, Saturday night [July 20] at Red Rocks, SCI will be joined by our longtime compadre, Keller Williams,” the band wrote via Facebook. “As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Breathe record, which will be played in full… and we are pleased to announce that a limited run of Breathe vinyl will be available for the first time!” The limited edition Breathe vinyl will be printed as a 180g double LP, available only at Red Rocks merch stands next weekend. Tickets for the band’s special Saturday night Red Rocks show with Keller Williams are still available, although SCI notes that they are “nearly sold out.”

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In rotation: 7/12/19

Bay City, MI | Charity pinball event taking place at Bay City record shop during Tall Ship Celebration 2019. Any pinball aficionados who happen to be checking out Bay City for the upcoming Tall Ship Celebration have an opportunity to showcase their supple wrists within a downtown record store. Coinciding with the celebration from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21, a four-day pinball event is taking placed within Electric Kitsch, 917 Washington Ave. Three music themed-pinball machines — think Aerosmith, Metallica, and Rob Zombie — will be on the shop’s in-store stage. The machines are provided by Crazy Quarters Arcade, located at 1304 Kosciuszko Ave. in Bay City. The games are 75 cents per play, with all proceeds going to Major Chords for Minors. The Saginaw-based nonprofit provides free private instruction on piano, guitar, and drums to pupils who range from third to 12th grade. Crazy Quarters Arcade wanted the funds to go to a charity for children and Electric Kitsch owners suggested Major Chords, they said.

Brighton, UK | Independent record shop tragically closing: A much-loved independent record shop in the heart of the Lanes is tragically on the verge of closing. Despite their best efforts, co-owners of Vinyl Revolution Simon Parker and Rachel Lowe have conceded defeat in the uphill struggle against the big names on the high street. It’s an all too familiar story; independent retail outlets battling against business rates and the rise of online shopping, amongst other things. Simon had this to say, “Independent retail is in crisis, the government is doing nothing. When the banking crisis happened the government invested billions to save the industry.” The well-known shop is situated on Duke Street, and sits side by side with huge brand names as well as fellow independents. Whilst acknowledging that they do sell online, the owners pride themselves on great customer service, the interaction between staff and customer and also the experience of rummaging through their shelves before buying.

Saskatchewan, CA | Saskatchewan record collector reminisces about his life’s soundtrack: As the needle touches the spinning vinyl, a soft crackle spills from the speakers. A jazz song, recorded almost 70 years ago, floats through the air and brings a smile to the 83-year-old listener. Dave Doolittle has been collecting records for almost his entire life. And by his count, he has 35,000. “It goes way back to when I was about 17,” he said. “[I] always liked music, any kind I could get back then. I especially liked jazz. And I just started collecting; I’m sort of the collecting type.” For the past 20 years, he’s been storing all of his records in an old bank in the village of Maymont, Sask. After a recent disagreement over the rent schedule and payment, though, he was given six weeks to move.

Te Puke, NZ | Te Puke record fair at Anann this weekend: Vinyl, 45s, LPs, records — whatever you call them, they are part of many people’s past. They are also, once again, part of the present. Records have made something of a comeback in recent years, and that has sparked a rebirth of the record fair. Brian Wafer has organised several and, on Sunday, is holding one with around half a dozen vendors at Te Puke’s Anann – Pineapple Bar on Palmer Place. “I’ve done a few of them — just for a bit of fun really. This is my social life,” he laughs. “You get like-minded souls and you meet like-minded people.” He has organised fairs at Mount Maunganui’s Totara St venue and The Jam Factory in Tauranga, but this is his first in Te Puke. “I spend a lot of time in the Te Puke area at Little Waihī, so I thought let’s do one. I was having a beer [in Anann] and talking about it and I said ‘we should do one here’, and they said ‘OK, let’s do it‘.”

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