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

In rotation: 1/25/19

Stroud, UK | Sound Records confirm move to iconic Stroud shop: The successful vinyl haven Sound Records are set to move to an iconic shop in the centre of Stroud. Sound Records is a partnership between acclaimed DJs and record dealers Sean Roe and Tom Berry – they hope to turn the old Inprint shop into a vibrant music hub. As well as this, the pair say that the move will allow them to “stock at least three times as many records”. They hope to move into Inprint by early March, hopefully in time for the businesses first birthday on April 6. The two DJs say they will host a very special event to mark the occasion, so fans have been reminded to keep their diaries clear. “We have had a brilliant time in Gloucester Street since we opened 10 months ago, but our current home is simply too small to stock all the records we want to provide,” said Tom.

Washington, DC | 12 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend: 10th annual D.C. Record Fair at Penn Social: A decade ago, music industry “experts” were predicting the death of vinyl records. Thankfully, the organizers of the D.C. Record Fair ignored them. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the fair, which fills the cavernous Penn Social bar with dozens of dealers selling mint-condition Beatles records, dusty old soul albums and bargain-basement crates of $1 slabs of wax, which beg you to drop a few bucks on a 1960s calypso compilation or a blue-eyed soul record with an intriguing cover. A group of gurus provides the soundtrack, including Geologist of Animal Collective, “Banned in D.C.” author Cynthia Connolly and D.C. Soul Recordings founder DJ Nitekrawler. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 before noon, $2 after.

UK | B&W partners with Record Store Day UK for new ‘Behind the Counter’ video series. Each episode tells the story of one of the UK’s ‘most intriguing’ record stores. Now until Record Store Day (which is the 13th April this year), Bowers & Wilkins is presenting a new weekly video series about the UK’s most intriguing record stores, in partnership with Record Store Day UK and Classic Album Sundays. The ‘Behind the Counter’ series, which started on Tuesday, will run for 12 weeks, with a new video going live every Tuesday. The series will culminate in a Classic Album Sundays event on Sunday 7th April, hosted by each of the featured record shops, where they will preview exclusive Record Store Day UK releases on hi-fi systems featuring B&W speakers. The first of the twelve episodes – live now and available to watch below – offers a bitesize behind-the-scenes look at Transmission Records in Margate. Will your weird and wonderful local have made the cut?

Blue Note Records Presents the Tone Ooet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series: In honor of Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary, the legendary Jazz label is launching the Tone Poet Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Series. Blue Note President Don Was brought in “Tone Poet” Joe Harley—co-founder and co-producer of the acclaimed Music Matters audiophile vinyl series—to produce this new series of all-analog, mastered-from-the-original-master-tape 180g audiophile vinyl reissues in deluxe gatefold packaging. Mastering is by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio) and vinyl is being manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). The titles were handpicked by Harley and cover lesser-known Blue Note classics, modern era standouts, and albums from other labels under the Blue Note catalog. The first two albums in the series—Wayne Shorter Etcetera and Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs—will be released on February 8, with Sam Rivers Contours and Cassandra Wilson Glamoured to follow on March 15. All four titles are available for pre-order now.

Oakland, CA | Diablo Dish: Vinyl Record Café, Bar Shiru, Opens Soon in Oakland: Japanese Jazz Café Coming to Oakland. The Latham Square building at 16th Street and Telegraph Avenue is a Class-A historic building. So it makes sense that Bar Shiru, a Japanese jazz café that plays vinyl records, will be moving in, complementing the older structure next month. (The records will be played on an equally anachronistic analog sound system.) The bar menu—which lists “highballs” rather than “cocktails” to preserve that historic feel—will be extensive, but since there’s no kitchen, only light bar snacks will be available.

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In rotation: 1/24/19

Winowa, MN | Jason LaCourse has opened the Cavalier Record Store as a pop-up shop in the lobby of his Cavalier Theater at 118 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown La Crosse. LaCourse said he’s selling a well-curated selection of new and used vinyl records, and also buys used vinyl records. In July, he began the pop-up shop and was open one Sunday a month. The pop-up shop now is open from 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday, and from noon to 2 p.m. one Sunday a month (including next Sunday, Jan. 27.) Starting Feb. 10, hours will be noon to 2 p.m. every Sunday and 5 to 7 p.m. every Monday. LaCourse said he also will continue to sell vinyl records online, as he has done for about five years. “There’s been a huge resurgence in the vinyl record market” in recent years, he said. “Primarily with collectors.” LaCourse said he has about 2,000 new vinyl records and about 3,000 used vinyl records, and displays a changing mix of about 1,000 records when the pop-up shop is open.

Minneapolis, MN | ‘Vinyl listening room’ now up and running at Minneapolis Central Library. The opening coincides with a new series of “Vinyl Revival” events at the library. If you’ve been yearning to get in on the vinyl craze but don’t want to spend the money on your own turntable, audio gear and record collection, the downtown Minneapolis public library will let you satisfy the urge. On Saturday, the Minneapolis Central Library on Nicollet Mall kicked off what it’s calling “Vinyl Revival,” a series of curated events such as “artist residencies, programs and listening opportunities” all celebrating old-school records. Toki Wright, a rapper and educator, hosted the inaugural event on Saturday by spinning records from the library’s collection, sharing “tips and techniques for crate digging,” and introducing the new vinyl listening room, the library said.

Hail to the “Chief”: Eric Church doubles down on vinyl, turns in marathon sets on tour: This weekend, Eric Church takes his Double Down Tour to St. Louis, Missouri for two nights at Enterprise Center. And if fans are wondering what to expect from his two shows, his opening weekend concerts in Omaha, Nebraska may be a pretty good indication. In total, the Chief played more than seven hours over the two nights, singing close to seventy songs, and only duplicating thirteen tunes between Friday and Saturday. The North Carolina native even took a few requests. Eric also has good news for Church fans who actually own record players: He’ll be re-releasing three of his classic albums on colored vinyl in the coming weeks and months. The second vinyl pressing of his debut, Sinners Like Me, will arrive January 25. It’ll be red, just like the second pressing of Chief, which comes out February 15. This will be the fourth vinyl run of Carolina, which will be available April 5. It’ll be yellow.

Garth Brooks announces ‘Fun’ new album title; vinyl box set: “The vinyl is the word for 2019. So just think of anything… forward slash vinyl. Just follow it with that — everything we’re gonna do. It’s gonna be fun. Vinyl is coming. So now let’s talk about how vinyl is coming. Surely not on the new record, too? Yes. Vinyl is coming on the Fun record. We gotta figure this out. Don’t know how we’re gonna do this yet, but we will figure it out. That’s still not the final news. The vinyl news is coming, but let’s talk about that special number, shall we?” Brooks says with enthusiasm…”We’ll declare this package hopefully soon and have some artwork for you to see. I’m just telling you right now, take what you think of vinyl, throw it out the window because what’s coming, it’s never been done before. Even the manufacturer’s going, ‘You gotta be crazy.’ But yeah, you’re right, we’re crazy, but it’s gonna be fun.”

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In rotation: 1/23/19

Coventry, UK | Coventry’s HMV could be saved, administrators say: After HMV’s announcement at Christmas that the company was calling in administrators, Smithford Way’s HMV remains under threat. The Coventry store is trading as normal during the administration period and is staying open for now. HMV’s administrator KPMG has said the entertainment chain could be saved, with concrete offers made this week for its rescue. The music retailer, almost a century old, has fallen victim to a malaise across the British high street – figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today showed a 0.9 per cent decline in sales month-on-month for December, usually traders’ busiest month. The ONS’s head of retail sales, Rhian Murphy, commented: “Following the increased growth in November, where shoppers snapped up more Black Friday offers as they continue to bring forward their Christmas shopping, retail sales weakened in December.”

Cincinnati, OH | Bogart’s joins vinyl records craze with new record fair: Bogart’s has never been one to shy away from taking chances. Over the years, the historic concert venue gambled on plenty of “unknowns” who later became household names. Prince played Bogart’s in 1979. U2 was there in 1981 while touring for “Boy.” R.E.M. rolled through in 1983, Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1989, Nine Inch Nails opened for Meat Beat Manifesto at the venue in 1990, Pearl Jam played there in 1993 just as “Ten” was exploding and, oh yeah, The Afghan Whigs were pretty much the house band for a few years. Now the concert hall is taking another chance – but this one seems a sure bet – as it transforms into an intimate record expo showcasing thousands of albums, singles, cassettes, ephemera, clothing and more. More than 30 tables chock full of jazz, punk, psych, garage, industrial, blues, hip hop, electronic, prog, soul, world, classic rock and classical will be for sale at the record fair.

Hamilton, CA | The beat goes on for vinyl without the country’s leading distributor. Stores, manufacturers and customers scramble and wonder how long the vinyl fad can continue in the wake of the closure of the country’s leading vinyl wholesaler. The announcement came out of nowhere, like a sudden skip on a shiny LP. One moment, the song was chugging along. The next, there’s a big scratch across a major bright spot in the music industry. Earlier this month, RPM Distribution, the country’s leading independent distributor of vinyl records, abruptly announced it was “closing all operations effective immediately.” It meant orders from record stores across the country would not be processed and the businesses would have to scramble to restock their Christmas-depleted shelves. For the foreseeable future, customers won’t be able to find titles as readily, and the scarcity of supply could bid prices upward by as much as 10 per cent, one retailer predicted. But the big question was whether RPM’s failure might be a sign that the vinyl resurgence of recent years was being tapped out.

Port Coquitlam, BC | Pinball Alley owners hope shop won’t go tilt after sale: The purveyors of Port Moody’s popular repository of the past are hoping their shop won’t fade into history. Pinball Alley Vintage on St. Johns Street is for sale. But Heather Wallace and her husband, Johnny Barnes want to find a buyer who will keep the store open as a going concern. That’s why they’re giving themselves more than a year before they embark on their next adventure — moving their family to Spain. Since opening Pinball Alley five years ago, the little shop crammed with clothes, curios and all manner of knick-knacks, doo-dads and geegaws from the not-so-distant past, along with more than 5,000 vinyl record albums, has become a bit of a destination for people looking to drop into a bygone era, and maybe bring a piece of it home…They debated opening a taco truck but Wallace’s family history with antiques and Barnes’ love for vintage vinyl sent them in a different direction.

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In rotation: 1/22/19

Oakland, CA | Bandcamp is opening some sort of brick-and-mortar “record shop,” whatever that’s supposed to be: Those digital wunderkinds at online music retailer Bandcamp have done it yet again: Combining bricks, mortar, and, presumably, the raw stuff of pure, inspired genius, the site has announced it’ll soon be opening a physical store for music—a sort of recorded music shop, if you will—in California next month. Located in Oakland, the Bandcamp IRL venture will serve as both a music store and an event space, showcasing some of the hundreds of thousands of groups affiliated with the site, and reveling in the organic novelty of experiencing music in the disgusting, fallible, analog-imperfect flesh. The new Bandcamp location will begin playing host to people’s gurgling organ sacks on February 1, allowing fans of the company’s free-for-all publishing vibe to buy music pressed—as if by some dark and mysterious wizardry—onto vinyl, much like our distant ancestors are speculated to have done.

Newark, MD | Record store cafe planned for old Fusion Fitness location: Though Brian Broad only recently signed a lease to open a record store cafe in Market East Plaza, he has spent the last 14 years thinking about what Long Play Cafe could look like. Broad, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., got the inspiration for his vinyl-infused cafe during his more than 10 years living in the Netherlands. “During the time living there, that’s when Long Play kind of came about because I had friends who owned record stores, friends who owned cafes, and we were trying to figure out a way to bring those things together,” he said, adding that a friend had a cafe that was in need of a helping hand. “I said, ‘Look, man, I would be happy to come in on a weekend, clean the place up, make it look good, get it up to Dutch code’ – which is probably more stringent than an American code – ‘and see what happens,’” he said. “When we did this, I said, ‘This is cool, man, I want to do this. I really want to bring this all together.’ So that’s what we what we did.”

John Carpenter’s They Live Soundtrack Reissue Announced: Death Waltz unveils a newly designed vinyl repress of the cult classic 1988 film. John Carpenter and Alan Howarth’s original score for Carpenter’s cult classic 1988 sci-fi film They Live is getting a new vinyl reissue via Death Waltz, as Forbes notes. A new package designed by Alan Hynes mirrors the film’s truth-revealing sunglasses and subliminal messages. See what it looks like below. The reissue is available on different colors of vinyl on January 30. They Live, starring Roddy Piper and Keith David, is a sci-fi movie where a working class dude fights to reveal the aliens and subliminal messages that hide in plain sight. The film proved influential in popular culture and the world of graphic design. The new reissue follows the just-released book They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening, which features contributions from John Carpenter, Shepard Fairey, and others.

Cleveland, OH | Shuffle: Cleveland’s Wax Mage Records Cooks Up Custom Vinyl Creations: Heath Gmucs has worked as a press operator at Cleveland’s Gotta Groove Records for about nine years. Now, he’s turning the mostly automated process of making vinyl into customized, hand-crafted works of art. ‘We’ve put coffee, shredded money and glitter in records’ Vinyl’s resurgence has led to bands and artists venturing away from the traditional black finish to requesting vibrantly-colored records they can sell as collector’s items. Gmucs has mastered the art of making splatter patterns — sprinkling in vinyl scraps during the pressing process to create stripes and swirls. Now, he’s taking his creations to a new level by experimenting with different materials to create intricate designs. Gmucs has his own work station set up at the back of the noisy pressing plant. “If you see my set up, I sort of feel like a chef over here, cooking up vinyl,” he said.

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In rotation: 1/18/19

UK | Bankrupt HMV Has Received ‘A Number of Offers’ — But Is This Chain a Goner? HMV Group fell into bankruptcy again last December. Now, there are ‘a number of offers’ to purchase the down-and-out chain. But then what? The past few years have witnessed a resurgence in music retail, particularly among mom-and-pops selling vinyl in trendy neighborhoods. Record Store Day (RSD), once judged to be a prayer, has lifted hundreds of smaller record stores. Even diversified retailers like Urban Outfitters and Barnes & Noble have expanded their vinyl record sections to profit from the bump. HMV Group, once a proud record chain based in the UK, hasn’t been so uplifted. In December, the chain plunged once again into bankruptcy — or in British speak, ‘administration’. That pre-Christmas lump of coal put thousands of jobs in jeopardy, while raising serious questions about the chain’s future. Over in Hong Kong, the future was definitively bleak. Instead of riding it out, HMV shuttered its entire Hong Kong business. But for now, stores in the UK are holding on.

Athens, OH | Coffeehouse exhibit explores glorious fringes of album art. Tescher to play music from displayed albums at reception Jan. 24. In a world of downloadable MP3 music files and streaming audio, what accounts for the lasting allure of the vinyl record? Part of it really is the sound – do not get your hardcore vinyl man started on the ineffable, broad-spectrum warmth of the analog recording. But any list of selling points for the old-school LP should also include its cover art. For decades the album cover was, like the comic book, a vital popular art form; for every American able to correctly identify Caravaggio’s “Basket of Fruit,” probably 10,000 can name that banana from “The Velvet Underground and Nico.” And if an album you love can bookmark a chapter of your life, its branding image can conjure the moment you first heard the music. To your humble reviewer, circa 1976 will always look like Mapplethorpe’s black-and-white portrait of Patti Smith on “Horses,” the poet staring evenly into the camera with her jacket slung over her shoulder. Someone could put together a trendy gallery show of “Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Album Art,” and no doubt someone has.

Dundalk, IE | Record fair comes to The Spirit Store, Dundalk on March 3: If you are a lover of vinyl records you might want to mark Sunday, March 3, down in your diary. The Pop Up Record And CD Fair will be rolling into Dundalk venue The Spirit Store from 10.30am to 5pm. At the record fair there will be thousands of LP’s, singles, 7 inch, 12-inch records and CD’s all in one place with several stalls from all over Ireland. At the fair, you can chose to come along as a customer and buy records, or sell some of your own or even trade some records with another attendee. Come along and browse the collections on show on March 3 and you might come away with some gems for your collection. Entry to this event is free of charge.

Bristol, UK | Discover Yamaha MusicCast Vinyl 500 at Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2019: Expect the unexpected as Yamaha showcases the MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable as part of a wireless Music system at The Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2019. If you’re looking to dust off an old record collection, or excited to discover a new one, the MusicCast VINYL 500 has it covered, whether it’s through streaming content from popular streaming services, or by playing your favourite vinyl records. Listen to your records around the house, wirelessly – experience True Sound without being tied down by cables. Naturally, there’s an app for this. The MusicCast app enables you to take control of all your listening needs with intuitive access to all your playlists in different rooms through the sophisticated yet user-friendly design. Furthermore, you can even hook up an Alexa device to give your system voice-command skills. The Bristol Hi-Fi shows runs from Friday 22nd February through Sunday 24th February 2019 at the Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol

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In rotation: 1/17/19

Howell, NJ | Music, comic lovers bid farewell to iconic Howell record store: The Record Store, a beloved comic book and music shop, will close on Jan. 31. The Record Store, Route 9 north, Howell, stood out with its giant cassette, a sign that read “Music! Comics and other neat stuff,” a Superman light and painted messages in the window advertising an impressive used CD collection. Recently, owner Jeff Lega announced he would be closing the modest looking mom and pop shop and that meant many locals would be losing their favorite store; a place they have visited for 30 years for music and comics. A message posted on social media states that Lega “has decided to close down The Record Store at this time. He has been involved with the music business now for over 45 years. The Record Store did start out as a record store in Howell over 30 years ago. He has seen many ups as well as many downs, but he has stuck with it all this time. However, in the last few years he has found his enthusiasm waning and more importantly, his heart has just not been in the business anymore.”

Mark, My Words: the real reason I hate the cassette revival: …Psychiatrists are only now beginning to recognise a syndrome that I call my Radio Red Mist. I last had it just yesterday, when I was invited to discuss the sudden increase in sales of cassettes on Radio 4’s consumer and business programme You And Yours, the only forum for visceral, firebrand rock’n’roll polemic that’ll have me since I’m clearly too hot for Steve Lamacq’s Round Table to handle. One minute I was talking, quite coherently, about the revival in a physical connection to musical artefacts and the pros and cons of cassettes. The fiddly fast-forwarding. The clunky mechanics. The cold terror of hearing Black Francis start sounding like Nick Cave drowning that tells you, moments too late, that your tape deck is eating your precious spools like it’s ravenous for more of your tasty, tasty money oh god oh god I can’t take it any more

Vinyl made a surprise but welcome resurgence at CES: For a show all about the technology of tomorrow, CES sure had a lot of turntables – decidedly the technology of yesterday. If you ask the audiophiles, vinyl never really went away. But it’s certainly seen a resurgence the past few years – growth ironically aided by streaming services. It’s easier than ever to discover new music, and when people find something they really like, they’ll often shell out to own it in physical form (just look at ebooks vs regular books). Higher vinyl sales naturally lead to a greater demand for turntables, and a surprising number of legit manufacturers showed up this year. Although some of the turntables at CES have been demonstrated at audio shows previously, their presence at the conference was particularly notable given the show’s mainstream bent.

2018’s Top-Selling Vinyl Albums & Singles: Amy Winehouse, Prince, A Porg & More: Vinyl music sales in the U.S. continue to make a comeback, as Nielsen Music reports that vinyl album sales rose for the 13th consecutive year in 2018. Vinyl album sales grew 14.6 percent in 2018, as compared to 2017, rising to 16.8 million copies sold — a new one-year Nielsen Era record. (Nielsen began tracking music sales in 1991.) The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack finished the year as the top-selling LP, with 84,000 copies sold (see top 10 list, below). The year’s top 10 sellers are dominated by older releases and classic titles. The youngest title in the top 10 is Panic! at the Disco’s June 2018 release Pray for the Wicked, which closed out the year as the No. 10 seller, with 59,000 copies sold. The next two youngest releases in the top 10 are the Guardians album (issued in August 2014) and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black (March 2007).

Auckland, NZ | Auckland Anniversary Day Vinyl Record Sale Red Beach: Huge 2nd hand Pop and Rock vinyl record sale at the Methodist Church Hall with heaps of stock that has arrived since my sales in December 2018!!!! Don’t miss this one!! Bargains galore!! Some LP’s have been discounted to only $2 each! Heaps of free parking! Don’t miss this opportunity to come and browse through thousands of records in order to find that specific album on vinyl that you have always wanted to add to your collection! Come and view the best music on vinyl at unbeatable prices! Anything from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix and from Neil Young to Dire Straits plus everything in between, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Simon and Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Dolly Parton… the list goes on! Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, Country, Metal, Pop, Classical, Comedy, etc.

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In rotation: 1/16/19

UK | Young Brits aiming for a stylish death – by putting their ashes into vinyl records. The under 25s are moving towards trendy memorial ideas, while one in three of the older generation are happy to leave without a memorial of any kind. One in four young people want their ashes compressed into a trendy vinyl record, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study also found the ‘selfie generation’ – those under the age of 25 – are twice as likely to want a gravestone as the over-55s. However one in three of the more modest older generation are happy to have no lasting memorial when they shuffle off this mortal coil. Nearly half of young people who said they’d prefer to be cremated would like their ashes made into a diamond. The study was carried out by Simplicity Cremations. Spokesman Mark Hull said: “The way we want to be remembered is changing radically.”

Oakland, CA | Japanese-Inspired Hi-Fi Vinyl Bar Coming to Oakland. It’ll be the first of its kind in the Bay Area. …Hi-fi bars like Bar Shiru are just starting to make waves stateside. In Los Angeles, In Sheep’s Clothing recently opened as a listening bar hidden within Lupetti Pizzeria, and Stones Throw Records debuted Gold Line with one of the city’s best sound systems. Taking a cue from Tokyo, Bar Shiru will emphasize jazz — both traditional jazz as well as genres that tie back to jazz in some way, like hip-hop, soul, funk, and electronic music. The goal is to expose multigenerational audiences to new sounds, and once Bar Shiru’s musical identity gets solidified, Gahr and Raza plan to experiment with artist collaborations, guest lecture nights, and other sonically-minded one-off events. “I think one of the things we love about jazz is it’s such a common thread through so many genres and so much of the music we appreciate,” Raza says. “We definitely see music as a really connective force in our community.”

Learn How to Run a Vinyl-Only Record Label With I Love Acid. Josh Doherty discuses the ins and outs of running his I Love Acid and Balkan Records imprints. Point Blank’s latest video features I Love Acid and Balkan Records’ Josh Doherty, who discusses the inner workings of running vinyl labels. In the video, Doherty outlines his various projects, including Posthuman, his duo with Rich Bevan, the vinyl/digital label Balkan Records, and the vinyl-only I Love Acid, which releases 303 copies at a time, hand stamped and hand numbered, with no digital. He details his processes for running everything smoothly, from pressing records to social media marketing, networking at club nights, staying true to your vision, and even his opinion on CDs.

Long Beach, CA | Live After 5 in Long Beach is on the record with vinyl night this month: Live After 5 is starting the year with an ode to vinyl. The free music event, which takes place on the third Thursday of every month and includes performances in downtown Long Beach, returns Jan. 17 with Vinyl Record Night. The 5-9 p.m. event begins at The Loop at 100 E. Ocean Blvd. where there will be a vinyl jam with contemporary dancers performing. You’ll also have the chance to win records and gift cards to Fingerprint Records and Toxic Toast Records. Live After 5 includes an open-air trolley that circulates between the The Loop and other performance areas. The monthly event was launched in 2013 by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance, which still organizes the event.

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In rotation: 1/15/19

St. Albans, UK | ‘Once HMV closed, we thought St Albans still needed a record shop’ – how vinyl is making a comeback in the city: Empire Records, tucked away in Heritage Close, is a breath of fresh air and feels like the idyllic traditional record shop. Despite its small scale, it houses an extensive selection of musical genres and reminds me of those long-lost record emporiums where I discovered the music of my younger years. Having lived through the transition from vinyl to CDs and now digital streaming, I never could have predicted that one day I would have a teenage daughter who would take me back to an old fashioned record shop to flick through racks filled with vinyl once again…I’m transported back to 1979 when I used to tag along to our local record shop with my brother or sister; we’d spend entire afternoons flicking though hundreds of albums in Harry Hayes record shop on the Fulham Road. The owner was often helpful in widening our interests and moulding our tastes.

Wigan, UK | Wigan independent record store moves into town centre culture hub: Static Records, which sells vinyl, is now trading in The Old Courts on Crawford Street after leaving its previous premises on Mesnes Street. Owner Paul Dolman says the new space next to successful plant-based restaurant The Coven (above) in the former Victorian court building now home to bars, concert venues, a theatre and cinema and art galleries is an ideal location. Having previously worked from units on Hallgate and The Wiend as well, Paul says he is concerned about the future of the high street but suggests specialist hubs like The Old Courts better cater for 21st century customers. He said: “I didn’t want to move away from the general area I was in and also wanted to move towards the railway stations. “I had a five-year lease on Mesnes Street but wanted something a lot longer term. “I spoke to landlords and just couldn’t cut a deal…”

The environmental impact of music: Digital, records & CDs analysed: Although streaming remains the most popular way people listen to music, old formats like cassettes and vinyl have both seen an increase in sales. In fact, vinyl has seen a remarkable sales increase of 1,427 per cent since 2007, selling around around four million LPs in 2018 in the UK alone. Since the popularity of vinyl shows no signs of stopping soon, this means that more non-recyclable discs will be manufactured — which could have a negative impact on the environment. Although album covers are generally made of recyclable cardboard, records were originally made of shellac, before non-recyclable vinyl was used as a replacement. Shellac is a natural resin secreted by the female Kerria lacca bug, which was scraped from trees to produce gramophone records. Since shellac isn’t from fossil fuel-derived feedstock (chemicals, such as ethylene, used to make substances like plastic), its carbon footprint was lower than that of modern records.

New turntables 2019: the best record players at CES 2019: Whether you’re a diehard vinyl enthusiast, a pro DJ or dusting off your parents’ records for the first time, CES 2019 had a turntable for you. Record players were out in force in Las Vegas, with models that both revived old-school favorites, and added bang-up-to-date analog to digital converters to allow for hi-res wireless playback without undermining that vinyl charm. Streaming and digital sales may now be the staple of music consumption, but there’s a growing amount of people that long for the days of ownership over their record collections, and the joy of a physical disc and beautiful artwork sleeve that goes with it…So, with that record collection growing, here’s what you should be playing your vinyl on in the next year.

The Raconteurs are releasing a special 3-inch single for Record Store Day: Not a bad collectible from the now-active four-piece The Raconteurs have announced that they will be releasing a special 3-inch single for Record Store Day 2019. The four-piece recently returned to action by releasing two new songs, ‘Sunday Driver’ and ‘Now That You’re Gone’. Those two tracks are set to feature on the group’s long-awaited third album, which is due sometime this year. The latest development from The Raconteurs is that they are now planning to release a special vinyl single for this year’s Record Store Day. The band’s ‘Store Bought Bones’ will be pressed onto an exclusive 3-inch single for the occasion, which is set to fall this year on April 13. The official Record Store Day Facebook page made the announcement on Wednesday (January 9), with fans spotting that the tiny vinyl in question had the words ‘The Raconteurs – Store Bought Bones’ pressed in the middle.

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In rotation: 1/14/19

UK | ‘There’s nothing like a well-stocked music store’: Telegraph readers on HMV and the future of music: HMV became the latest victim of the ailing UK high street as, after poor sales in the run up to Christmas, the 97-year-old retailer collapsed into administration for the second time in six years. Paul McGowan, the chairman of HMV and its owner Hilco, said the further fall in DVD and CD sales as well as the “tsunami of challenges” facing the high street had made it impossible to continue. Many music fans shared their sadness at the news, as well as their fond memories browsing the store’s aisles. Editor of music magazine XLR8R, William Ralston, was among them. Writing in the Telegraph, Mr. Ralston said that for him, and many others, HMV was a gateway to musical exploration and serendipity. He suggested that the closing of physical record stores, and with it the eclecticism and staff expertise that they offer, would strengthen the hold that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have on our musical tastes.

Mesa, AZ | Uncle Aldo’s Attic Banking On Vinyl Records’ Comeback: Desi Scarpone is the ultimate record collector. With more than 50,000 records in his home, Scarpone understands the joy of vinyl. “There’s a tactile sense to having something tangible in your hand,” Scarpone said. “If it’s on the computer, you can’t hold it or see it as well. On a CD, it’s all tiny.” Scarpone is banking on the vinyl revival with the opening of his Northeast Mesa store Uncle Aldo’s Attic at McKellips and Recker roads. There, he focuses on vintage vinyl from the 1950s to the 1980s. He also has a hearty collection of eight-track cartridges, cassette tapes, Star Wars action figures, vintage videogames and vinyl accessories. Inside his showcase, he has a VHS of Let It Be, and bumper stickers from the Detroit radio station WRIF. Scarpone buys music as well. “Everyone loves it here,” he said. “I just need more people to find out about it.”

Phoenix, AZ | Revolver Records Bites the Bullet in Downtown Phoenix: Another Roosevelt Row small business has fallen: Revolver Records will be closing next month. The record shop, which is located at 918 North Second Street, announced its departure in this week’s issue of Phoenix New Times and on Facebook. The store’s final day of operation will be the next First Friday on February 1. In a Facebook post, owner TJ Jordan wrote “We have enjoyed being a part of all our customers’ musical lives for the past decade, hopefully fulfilling our original goal of spreading our love of music through what we believe is the best medium available …VINYL!” It’s not all bad news, however. Currently, the shop is holding a clearance sale: Everything is 25 percent off, and discounts will rise until the last day of operation, culminating in a party on First Friday.

Phoenix, AZ | Revolver Records closes downtown Phoenix store after 11 years: Revolver Records has announced that it’s closing its doors after 11 years of serving downtown Phoenix, preparing to “ride off into the proverbial record store sunset,” as owner TJ Jordan put it in a Facebook post that broke the news to customers. Jordan went on to write, “We have enjoyed being a part of all of our customers’ musical lives for the past decade, hopefully fulfilling our original goal of spreading our love of music thru what we believe is the best medium available…VINYL!” …”There’s only 24 hours in the day,” he says. “And you only get so many years of life. And a few years ago, I started looking at how I was spending my time and what we were doing for the community and such, and I wanted to have a more holistic arts experience, with coffee, books and film, but also records. Because those are the things I love.”

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In rotation: 1/11/19

Toronto, CA | Closure of Canadian vinyl supplier RPM could raise prices, affect titles, say retailers: One of Canada’s largest distributors of vinyl records has shut down with little notice — leaving some retailers scrambling to find alternate suppliers and raising questions about higher prices. RPM Distribution, based in Concord, Ont., notified clients by email on Monday that it would be “closing all operations effective immediately.” The move instantly put a halt to vinyl shipments for many smaller music shops, including Revolution Records in Hamilton. Owner Scott Bell says he’s relied on RPM to supply about 70 per cent of his new inventory, most which came from major label Universal, home of Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons and an extensive hip hop catalogue. He’s now looking for a different company to work as his middleman. Other retailers leaned on RPM for an even larger chunk of their album supply, Bell says, and some are worried about the fallout, which could include higher prices or a shortage of new titles.

Oxford, UK | Future of Fopp in Oxford uncertain as HMV goes into administration: More than 2,000 employees in 130 shops across the UK – including at nine Fopp stores run by HMV’s owners – face losing their jobs after HMV Retail confirmed it would appoint KPMG as administrator. Fopp returned to Gloucester Green in the summer of 2016 after an eight-year hiatus and its vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and video games have attracted a loyal following. In 2013 HMV was bought out of administration by Hilco Capital and the chain made a comeback. Paul McGowan, executive chairman of HMV and chief executive of Hilco, said the market for DVDs has deteriorated rapidly in the past year, as consumers switched to streaming services such as Netflix. ..“Whilst we understand that it has continued to outperform the overall market decline in physical music and visual sales, as well as growing a profitable ecommerce business, the company has suffered from the ongoing wave of digital disruption sweeping across the entertainment industry.

London, UK | New cinema and live music venue moves closer to reality in Hayes: The Gramphone will form a key part of The Old Vinyl Factory development at the former EMI site. A new complex including a three-screen cinema and a live music venue has moved a step closer to reality in Hayes. The Gramophone has received a £1.2 million funding boost from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. It will be part of The Old Vinyl Factory development, on the eight-acre site of the former EMI record plant, where records by The Beatles and Pink Floyd were pressed in the past. While The Old Vinyl Factory will include new homes, restaurants and shops, the history of the area means many will be most excited by the idea of a new live music venue on the site. And The Gramophone will also include what’s being called an “affordable” cinema, adding to entertainment options in the area.

Spokane, WA | Records for Dummies: Vinyl is back baby! For people of my generation — millenial/Gen Z — records are something of a bygone era where you couldn’t just skip to the songs you liked and actually had to listen to the whole album. Sigh! As the proud owner of a record player and someone who listens to a lot of “oldies,” I am all for the resurgence of this vintage medium. Some ask, “What’s the difference from listening to the same songs on Spotify?” There’s a lot of differences, actually. There are different speeds that different records run on that affect how the music sounds. With old records there’s the slight crackle of the needle running along the vinyl that adds a realness to the sound. In the year that I have had a record player, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks for finding the best records at the best prices.

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In rotation: 1/10/19

Spalding, UK | Stars come out at Spalding record shop: Spalding’s Uptown Vinyl Records hosted a star-studded BBC Radio Lincolnshire broadcast of Melvyn in the Morning. BBC presenter Melyyn Prior interviewed special guests, including former Radio Caroline broadcaster Tom Edwards, Ray Fenwick, who played with The Spencer Davis Group, and South Holland poet Benjamin Zephaniah. Singing live were Pavanotti (Jeff Woods) and ex Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant. It was the third time that Uptown boss Alan Barnsdale had welcomed Radio Lincolnshire to Spalding Lifestyle Centre. All of the music played for the festive special came from Alan’s extensive stock of vinyl … and he came up trumps with every request from listeners and guests alike, including a 1950s recording of Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby. Alan said: “We tried to play Christmas records that you don’t normally hear.”

Liverpool, UK | Dig this! Liverpool’s Dig Vinyl record shop to expand in Bold Street move – exclusive: Dig Vinyl is to relocate to a new premises on Bold Street, Getintothis’ Peter Guy reflects on a positive move for the Liverpool independent record shop. Liverpool record shop Dig Vinyl is expanding and moving to new Bold Street premises. Dig, the independent second hand record specialist, will move to a new home above Resurrection clothing shop in the heart of Bold Street. Having been established in March 2014, Dig Vinyl is currently hidden away beneath the hustle and bustle of Bold Street, and through the staff’s passion for music it has become a firm favourite for tourists and Scousers alike. Dig is the inevitable product of decades worth of record dealing, DJing, band managing, record label running, and music making by founders, Anthony Nyland and Carl Emery.

Sony announces new wireless LX310BT turntable: A new affordable, entry-level deck. Sony has unveiled a new wireless turntable called the LX310BT at CES 2019, an update on the company’s PS LX310 model. The LX310BT features an aluminium tonearm that can automatically find the beginning of a record and raise once the record ends, a built-in phono stage, aluminium platter, bluetooth connectivity and USB output. Available in an all-black variant and weighing 3.5 kg with dimensions of 430 mm x 108 mm x 367 mm, the LX310 BT is expected to go on-sale this Spring, with a retail price of £200. Check out our coverage of CES 2019, including Technics’ announcement that a new SL-1200 MK7 is on the way here.

Rare Sex Pistols Record Fetches Over $15,000. The price tag is a fraction of what Jack White paid for an Elvis Presley recording from 1948. A rare Sex Pistols 7-inch vinyl record became the most expensive single ever sold on Discogs, the most prominent online marketplace for music rarities. A “God Save The Queen” single on the A&M label, from a batch that was supposed to have been destroyed after the group left the label, sold for $15,882 in November 2018. Previously, the highest-valued single sold on Discogs was the Beatles’ “Love Me Do,” which was bought for $14,757 in March 2018. While the “God Save the Queen” sale set a new bar for 7-inch singles on Discogs, the high mark for any record sold on the site remains the $27,500 paid for an original copy of Prince’s “The Black Album” in June 2018. That album, like the Sex Pistols’ single, was rescued from a printing that was ordered to be completely destroyed before reaching stores.

Vinyl Record Sales Show No Signs of Slowing in 2019: The vinyl revival has been breathing new life into phonographic records for more than a decade. And it shows no signs of slowing. Albums sold on vinyl records saw double-digit sales growth in the US last year, according to a new report by BuzzAngle Music. (The same goes for the compact audio cassette—which has been dead to me since I received my first Ace of Base CD at age nine.) Counting a 16.2 percent increase in total album consumption, 2018 was a banner year for on-demand streaming services. But individual song and album sales suffered, falling 28.8 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively. With the advent of pay-to-play services like Spotify Premium and Apple Music, it’s no wonder digital and physical album sales are dropping like flies. I mean, when was the last time you actually bought a CD?

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In rotation: 1/9/19

Arnold, MD | Vintage Vinyl record store coming to Broadneck Peninsula: Brian Hoffman and Sharon Fulton plan to open a vintage record store Feb. 9 in the Severn Commerce Center. They are moving the store, which will still be called Vintage Vinyl by Yesterday’s Fish, from Lewes, Delaware, where it was in The Sands of Time Antique store for five years. In September, the owner closed on very short notice, forcing Hoffman to store 17 double bins of records during the search for a new location. He won’t miss the 88-mile commute from their home in Arnold and is looking forward to establishing the only record store in the Broadneck area. The store is named after a photo of Sharon at age four, fishing rod in hand, attempting to make a catch, and the photo is also their logo. The two met many years ago when both were working for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, he as a substitute teacher and she as a guidance counselor. In their five years of business in Lewes, they stocked up to 12,000 records, and Hoffman praises Fulton’s support.

Hilo, HI | Used book, vinyl store in Hilo reopens after flood: Seeing his inventory of books and vinyl records floating in flood waters from Hurricane Lane last year was a surreal moment for Royce Wilson. But rather than being devastated, the owner of Still Life Books views it more now as the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another. More than four months after the storm dumped record rainfall on East Hawaii, and flooded his basement store in downtown Hilo, Wilson is back in business, this time at a smaller storefront on higher ground. That’s giving his loyal customer base reason to celebrate. “This place fills a great void,” said Charles Furoy, a vinyl record collector who lives in Volcano, while visiting the store at 235 Waianuenue Ave. next to Blane’s Drive Inn on Saturday. “When it was closed, there was no place else to go.”

Marquette, MI | NMU Vinyl Record Club looks forward to first sale and show of 2019: The Northern Michigan University Vinyl Record Club is looking forward to hosting its first vinyl show of 2019. Jon Teichman, from the vinyl club, says he’s seeing the popularity of vinyls grow. He says he’s also seeing more people become interested in other former forms of music media, like cassettes, 8-tracks, and more. The Vinyl Record Show takes place Saturday, January 19 at the Whitman Hall Commons on NMU’s campus (on the corner of Norway and Fair Aves.) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can find over 10,000 vinyls [“Vinyls” is not a word. —Ed.] spanning five decades, as well as cassettes, 8-tracks, CDs, posters, shirts, and more. Plus, Teichman says you can bring your own items to swap and trade with others. There will also be live DJs and music as well as video games to play. Admission is free.

Toledo, OH | Vinyl lives on: Streaming music has become the main way people listen to music nowadays, growing to nearly 65 percent of the market in 2017. But as other means of listening to music become passé — digital downloads, CDs, etc. — one familiar format has seen a remarkable comeback and even growth: vinyl records. Though initially dismissed as a fad powered by nostalgia, the revived interest in records has led to a decade of continued growth. After buying fewer than one million LPs in 2007, American consumers purchased more than 14 million records in 2017. With the rise of CDs in the early 1990s, record sales cratered and the medium seemed to be in its death throes. But today, the vinyl record business is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Record stores are cropping up again. Vinyl pressing plants are so slammed with demand for new records that new production facilities are being opened throughout the country. Fans will spend extravagant amounts of money for limited edition pressings.

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In rotation: 1/8/19

Forbes: Vinyl and Cassette Sales Continued to Grow Last Year: Albums sold on vinyl and cassette both saw a growth in sales according to BuzzAngle Music’s End-Year Report profiling U.S. music industry consumption for 2018. Vinyl sales grew by just shy of 12% from 8.6 to 9.7 million sales, while cassette sales grew by almost 19% from 99,400 to 118,200 copies sold in the US, The Verge reported. Sixty-six percent of those vinyl sales were of albums that are more than three years old and feature classic bands like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Pink Floyd, reported BuzzAngle. Cassettes saw popularity in newer releases. CDs on the other hand have declined by 18.5% in popularity leading to a total decline in physical album sales of over 15%, reported The Verge. Meanwhile, audio streaming saw an increase of 41.8%, the largest of all music consumption.

UK | Crisis-hit HMV ‘lucky to last’ for this long, says Stirling trader: A Stirling record store boss said music giant HMV had only itself to blame for again facing financial collapse. Europa Music owner Ewen Duncan was speaking after it was announced HMV had called in the administrators for the second time in five years. The retailer has 10 shops in Scotland, including one in the Thistles Shopping Centre in Stirling. HMV confirmed its 125 UK stores will stay open as talks continue with suppliers and potential buyers. A notice of intention to appoint administrators has been filed by the group amid a cash crisis at the firm. Dutch auditing firm KPMG are waiting in the wings as an administrator is set to be announced. Hilco Capital acquired the company in 2013 in the midst of administration troubles. Retailers have been battling high business rates, low consumer confidence and the rise of online shopping, as well as the uncertainty to business as the result of Brexit.

Manila, PH | Pinoy vinyl-record sellers believe 2019 will be bigger, better: Just a few days into 2019, the new year already promises to be an exciting one for music lovers, besides the always huge Record Store Day scheduled on April 13, with the local version to be held in a venue that has yet to be named. There are heavyweight stars with new albums. The Cure’s first album since 2008 will drop. Shoegazers My Bloody Valentine will release a new album. Avril Lavigne is said to have a new effort with songs written about a personal crisis. There is going to be new product from Lana Del Rey, the Raconteurs, and Weezer to name but a few international artists. And all these will be available on vinyl. On local shores, the re-mastered “Ultraelectromagneticpop” album by the Eraserheads will go on sale and on vinyl for the first time too. Up Dharma Down’s fourth album is also due for release (also on vinyl).

Green Bay, WI | Streetwise: Bay Vinyl buys Appleton’s Top Spins, plans expansion in Sturgeon Bay: Steve Allen and Alan Kassien find themselves in an odd spot right now. Their record store, Bay Vinyl, 920 Egg Harbor Road, in Sturgeon Bay, is open, but hard to find. Bay Vinyl’s new location, 325 Kentucky St., isn’t open yet, but pedestrians have taken note of the work happening in the space, located just behind Poh’s Corner Pub. “Ironically, everything’s set up in the old place, but no one knows it’s there,” Allen said. “The new place, people are knocking and asking when we’re open. We’re just off downtown and there’s a lot of foot traffic here. We’re near the bell tower and the theater and the bank and a public parking lot. It should be a good spot for us.” The answer to “when,” fellow record fans, is February. The shop’s timing couldn’t be better as vinyl enjoys a new resurgence in popularity. “Vinyl never really went away, but it got clobbered by CDs and then MP3s, but the last three years have seen growing sales of records in the U.S. and UK,” Allen said.

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In rotation: 1/7/19

Brighton, UK | Customers race to rescue Brighton independent shop Vinyl Revolution: Loyal customers have come to the rescue of an independent record shop that was running out of cash. Vinyl Revolution announced last month that it was urgently seeking an investor to buy ten per cent of equity in the business. The shop, in Duke Street, Brighton, endured a slow Christmas. The owners, Rachel Lowe and Simon Parker, said shoppers were reluctant to spend due to the uncertainty of Brexit. But it has been a good start to the year as they have received positive responses from investors who were keen to help the shop get back on its feet. Ms Lowe said: “We had 45 customers from four different countries choose to become shareholders and several of them also offered their professional expertise. “Last week was an emotional rollercoaster for Simon and I. We went from being in a pretty bleak place to being inundated with goodwill and support.”

Wallingford, UK | Lack of footfall closes Wallingford’s Music Box record store: Tough trading conditions have closed Richard Strange’s Wallingford record shop for the second time – but he is considering giving it one more spin. In 2015 Mr Strange opened a pop-up shop in Castle Street after leaving his previous record store in the Market Place in 2008. Then, in 2016, the trader returned to the Market Place on the back of a vinyl revival and opened Music Box. The shop built a loyal local following, selling second-hand and new vinyl records and reasonably priced record players. But during the past few months footfall has reduced significantly so the record shop boss, also a DJ, has decided to pull the plug, opening for the last time on Saturday. He said: “Footfall has really dropped off in the past few months – my lease is coming to an end and I’m not renewing it. “I’ve been looking at one or two places in Didcot to open a new shop but I’m not sure about the timing yet.

Rocky Mount, NC | Record shop to expand operations: People wondering where to purchase vinyl recordings of tunes from the 1960s and 70s can go to a place in downtown Rocky Mount. Station Square Records has been in business for approximately a year and a half now, with the store being the venture of Kellianne Davis, 26, and her fiance, Richard Draper, 33. The two, with part-time help coming aboard, are going to be open longer hours starting on Saturday. They also are expanding to offer a variety of used books and newer vinyl records. Still, the sight of record covers from way back when is the immediate eye catcher. A walk inside shows someone brought in a stack of the recordings of the early songs of a then-mop-topped Fab Four. That is evident by one of the covers from 1964, saying, “Introducing The Beatles: England’s No. 1 vocal group.” One album in stock is the sound track to the 1962 movie “Dr. No,” which was the first of the big-screen fictional British super spy James Bond series starring Sean Connery.

Brighton, UK | ‘Why we are hoping HMV will survive’: Vinyl shops in Brighton have their say: An independent record shop owner says he hopes HMV will survive to prevent further competition being drawn to the city. The music retailer went under administration just after Christmas, leaving thousands of jobs at risk. The announcement left independent vinyl record shop owners in Brighton pondering what would it mean to their business. Frank Taylor, owner of Cult Hero in Brighton Place, said: “As an independent shop, we need a big anchor to step on. However, if anyone else tries to take it away all they end up doing is messing up the retail landscape. “I want them to survive because if it doesn’t it will upset the status quo we have now. “Mainstream customers do visit HMV, but they also come to our shops to look for more specialised vinyl. “HMV covers a big range of DVDs but with the ever-growing selection of taste it can be a challenge in the long run. “I do feel for the employees because they don’t know what will happen.”

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In rotation: 1/4/19

Montreal, CA | Montrealers are not done with record buying in the age of streaming: In the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Montreal was far from lacking for places to buy the latest music or classic oldies. Downtown, there was A & A, the iconic Sam the Record Man; the Eaton’s, Morgan’s and later The Bay record sections; the Mars used record store on Ste. Catherine West which became a fire trap with all of its scratchy, dusty records piled up in a disorganized way, and overpriced to boot; the two locations of Cheap Thrills, which first opened in 1971; Rock en Stock, where I met the 1983 version of the band Kiss; Phantasmagoria, where all the cool classic rock fans hung out; the huge Marché de Livre on Berri, and its next door neighbour, the messy Fou de Disque; and many others. Starting in the 1990s, the music industry was still healthy enough that we had two versions of HMV on Ste, Catherine Street West, the main store with all new product and an “annex” that had CDs and cassettes at lower prices — most of it was junk, but there was the occasional hot find.

Wrexham, UK | Wrexham needs more niche shops says record store boss. There is a need for smaller, niche shops according to a long-standing Wrexham shop owner, following the nationwide news of HMV’s return to administration. The Wrexham branch of HMV located on Island Green, opened in 2004 but closed in 2013, when the firm went into administration for the first time. But since the closure, independent record shops have continued to thrive, including Alun Hughes Film, Music and Nostalgia on Bank Street in the town centre. Mr Hughes said: “Christmas trade for the indie sector disappeared years ago. I probably did about 10 per-cent of what my King Street Business did in 2001/02. Bad sign? Not really. “The industry has changed beyond recognition and whereas people used to come out of their music hibernation at Christmas to buy a swathe of TV advertised crap, that doesn’t happen on the same scale anymore.

Montreal, CA | Montreal crowdfunding campaign hopes to save long-running Plateau record store: Sound Central, a long-running record store in the Plateau, may be coming to a close after nearly two decades in Montreal. Owner Shawn Ellingham says he cannot financially continue to operate the store. Mounting unpaid debt from trying to stay relevant in the digital age is the reason, Ellingham said. “For the longest time I was trying to keep up with the demand and new releases,” Ellingham said. After telling clients of the financial hardships over social media, long-time shopper and music lover Adam Reider decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign, Save Sound Central. “We share the same values and love of music and he needs help,” Reider said. The crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $4,000 after being active online for 17 days. The goal is to raise $10,000, which Ellingham says will take a lot of the weight off his shoulders.

Baton Rouge, LA | Pop Shop owner Charlotte Smith discusses her vision for the mid city record store: Charlotte Smith was ecstatic when she heard Atomic Pop Shop owner Kerry Beary wanted to sell her business. Beary, the longtime owner of the popular Mid City record store, was relocating and hoped she could find a buyer so the store wouldn’t be forced to shut down. Owning a record store had been a lifelong dream for Smith, a 47-year-old and avid vinyl collector. Beary’s departure allowed Smith to finally make that dream a reality. In March, she became the proud owner of the Government Street store. The store has a new name—Pop Shop Records—but former patrons of Atomic Pop Shop won’t notice any drastic changes in the space. Smith believes the atmosphere has become even more inviting than it already was since she took over, though, with an upgraded listening station and an added emphasis on creating a hang-out spot for local music lovers.

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