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

In rotation: 4/6/18

Recycled Records up for sale after 40 years in business: SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Recycled Records may soon be a different kind of store. The Springfield staple is known for its antiques, records and of course its one of a kind charm. But now, it is up for sale after about 40 years of both records and memories. “As a music store, it’s been between I think 1978 I think. My brother told me that. So, close to 40 years,” Secretary and Treasurer of Recycled Records Mark Kessler said. But Kessler’s connection to the building goes far beyond the 40 years of Recycled Records. “I love this store. It’ll be very hard to sell it. It’ll be very hard to walk out of here. My family’s had a business here since 1910,” Kessler said.

Record Store Day in NYC: Parties, performances and releases, From free DJ sets to special releases, there’s much to do on April 21. Open up your wallet — Record Store Day is just around the corner and there are some great releases coming your way. On Saturday, April 21, shops around the city are throwing parties, hosting DJs and bands and putting out new inventory only available in-store on the day. We’ve rounded up events and some Record Store Day releases for your perusal. Check back for more.

The Record Connection plans biggest day ever: Record Store Day is turning it up to 11 this year. Now in its 11th year, the annual celebration of the independent record store will feature more exclusive RSD music releases than ever, and from many huge stars. Well over 200 albums will appear in record stores – including the Record Connection in Niles – on April 21. Jeff Burke, owner and operator of the shop in Pine Tree Plaza on U.S. Route 422, said The Record Connection will again put up a large tent in the parking lot. Doors will open at 10 a.m., and merchandise (and coffee and donuts if you get there early enough) will be displayed in both the tent and the store…The Record Connection will have for sale almost all of the 200-plus exclusive titles. Here’s a small sampling of what you will find in the racks

Kiki and Henry’s Record Fair is back at Stourbridge’s historic Talbot Hotel: Vintage vinyl is once again up for grabs to Black Country music fans as Kiki and Henry bring their popular record fair back to Stourbridge this weekend. From 11am until 4pm on Saturday (April 7), the organisers and their fellow traders will be taking over their regular spot at the historic Talbot Hotel in High Street. Traders will be offering a vast array of vinyl records and collectables to suit all tastes and budgets, while music books, CDs and memorabilia will also be for sale. This month’s event will also see local artist and music fan Aimee Millward debut her rock artwork at the fair.

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In rotation: 4/5/18

The world’s best record shops #104: Crevette Records, Brussels: Nestled in the bustling, vibrant neighbourhood of Marollen in Brussels lies Crevette Records, a shop and label home to dance music’s many incarnations. “We sell good music that we ‘feel’ ourselves,” says its owner Pim Thomas, aka Alfred Anders. Opened in September 2016, Crevette has thrived as a hub for everything from house and techno cuts to disco and Afro, fuelling the city’s alternative underground sound. “Thanks to the wide variety of musical genres in the shop, people who would never cross paths are becoming really close friends.” And if you can’t find what you’re after, don’t fret, it’s probably in the back. “We have around 20,000 second hand records in our warehouse that we still need to go through and add to the crates,” admits Thomas.

Regular-Ass Physical Sales Got Jack White to the Top of the Billboard 200. Jack “The Vinyl Lover”™ White sold 121,000 CD and vinyl copies of ‘Boarding House Reach,’ breaking streaming’s hold on the chart. In news that won’t be particularly surprising, White achieved his number one position on the Billboard 200 mostly via physical sales. He sold 121,000 copies of Boarding House Reach (27,000 of which were, of course, vinyl sales), and some of which came from a concert ticket bundle. His streaming numbers were comparatively low, as the New York Times points out: just 4.2 million song streams. It sounds like a lot, but in context it’s peanuts—last week’s number one album, XXXTentation’s ?, received 159 million streams, though sold just 20,000 physical copies.

Rare New Zealand Punk Rock vinyl sells for nearly US$800, a record price for the country. Searches and sales for vinyl in New Zealand are up nearly 70 per cent in the last five years: A rare, New Zealand-pressed vinyl record released in 1978 has sold on Trade Me for more than NZ$1000 (US$725)- smashing an all-time record. The Suburban Reptiles’ Saturday Night Stay at Home 45rpm received nine bids on the New Zealand auction site on Sunday and sold for NZ$1180 (US$855). The Trade Me listing described the product as a “very rare original NZ pressing 6036 924, released in 1978” and that a student radio survey had rated the record as “the best NZ single of all time” in 2000. New Zealand punk band the Suburban Reptiles never released an album, making the record “one of only a couple of recordings they released”, they were one of the first two punk bands to form in New Zealand.

Digital vs. analog: why vinyl is starting to make a comeback: Reports last week from the USA confirming that physical media is now outselling downloads once again. …The psychology of ownership is something that has long fascinated academics. A 1981 book, The Meaning Of Things, makes a case for how the objects we own “reflect and help create the ultimate goals of one’s existence”, and how they effectively become an extension of ourselves. As the digitisation of culture has taken a number of those objects out of our hands, it would follow that our relationship with them would also change. Author and psychologist Christian Jarrett suggests that this may be a reason why digital piracy of music once ran so rampant. “Because people generally place a lower value on digital products,” he wrote last year, “it follows that many of us consider the theft of digital products as less serious than physical theft.”

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In rotation: 4/4/18

How The #VinylRevival Is Paradoxically Threatening Record Shop Survival: …Some special editions your local stores can’t get hold of no matter how hard they try. Over the past five years, there’s been a rise of vinyl clubs that are pressing up exclusive editions that only their subscribers can buy. Top of the list is Chicago’s Vinyl Me Please. It has an annoying slogan – “The best damn record club” – and an even more annoying habit of sending out cocktail suggestions with its monthly records, but there’s no denying its business model’s a good one. It negotiates exclusives with labels pointing out it’ll put that album into the hands of every one of its 30,000 subscribers (1,800 of whom are in the UK)…The side effect is its existence means UK record shops are expecting to sell bugger all copies of Devotion themselves this year. (VMP profiles bricks and mortar record shops on its website, which comes across somewhat awkwardly given its business model).

Music Tree adapts to changes in industry: IRON MOUNTAIN — A few decades ago, it didn’t get much cooler than having a record store. When Scott Ohlsen opened the Music Tree in Midtown Mall in October 1985, his store primarily stocked vinyl records and cassette tapes, though CDs had just started to surface. He’d expand twice in 15 years at the mall, going from 1,000 square feet to 3,400. Now, most of what he started with in the industry has been replaced or become outdated — including malls. He had to weather the rise of big box stores, then iTunes and other streaming music outlets on the Internet. Lately, as with other retailers, he’s felt the bite of Amazon into his sales. But the Music Tree has survived, as Ohlsen adapted to the changes, including having to relocate the store to 101 W. Hughitt St. in downtown Iron Mountain in 2000.

Music lovers attended Gainesville’s Record Fair: GAINESVILLE, Fla. “They’re record hunting instead of easter egg hunting,” said Co-owner of Arrow’s Aim Records Roland Parker. Gainesville made sound waves at the Gainesville record fair on Sunday. The streets of Downtown Gainesville were filled with vendors selling records, CDs and memorabilia. Parker says Gainesville is a great place for an event like this. “It’s a musical town. there’s more bands here doing things and touring and putting out music. there’s more of that here than all of northeast Florida,” Parker said. A DJ Michael Bada tells us nothing can replace his love for vinyl records. “There’s not much use for CDs anymore because if you want a digital file you can just download it. For physical format vinyl is definitely better it’s a warmer feel,” Bada said.

Rock Paper Scissors Goods brings vinyl, vegan bags to 48th & Chicago: Tes de Luna and Jason Hughes ran side-by-side stores in Seattle. She ran a boutique and gallery; he ran a record shop. They opened second locations — again, next to each other — at the Melrose Market in Seattle. Now their businesses are closer than ever. They share a storefront at 4806 Chicago Ave., selling everything from classic records to children’s books and vegan handbags. The proximity started as a lucky coincidence for the couple in 2004. De Luna was launching a clothing line, working at craft fairs and wishing for a storefront. A for-lease sign went up next to Hughes’ Sonic Boom Records store, and he immediately called her. “It all worked out, and it was really cute, because I got to be next door,” de Luna said. Now that the owners have sold their Seattle shops and relocated to Minneapolis, their combined business is a mix of children’s books, Nirvana records, rotating fine artwork, funky handcrafted jewelry, paper goods and ceramics.

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In rotation: 4/3/18

Shop Nevada: The Vinyl Countdown: For Record Store Day (April 21), we’re going old-school. The old-fashioned, non-streaming, grooved-vinyl record has experienced a renaissance lately, with many artists putting out vinyl LPs for a new generation of audiophiles, as well as older listeners seeking analog nostalgia. Whether you’ve just bought your first turntable or have been spinning for decades, here are some local record stores that stuck it out in the age of Spotify.

Pie & Vinyl Present… Record Store Day 2018: Pie & Vinyl are hosting the annual Record Store Day celebrations on Castle Road on Saturday 21st April for the fourth year running. As always, it’s a free event featuring live music, a friendly atmosphere, and a variety of local street traders selling delicious and high-quality food and drink. For those dedicated enough to queue all night, Pie & Vinyl will be opening the doors at 8 am for you to purchase some specially released one-off pressing records. For the rest of us, the music and festivities will start at midday. With a line-up that includes Cabbage, Haley, Melt Dunes and a surprise mystery guest, it’s a musical celebration not too be missed. There will also be live artwork on the day from the talented artists at Play Dead Street Art Collective with My Dog Sighs.

Love of music and friendships goes Bach and Beyond for long-time Regina music store, Frank Theofan is closing up shop and retiring after 40 years in music retail business: As he closed the doors for the last time at Bach and Beyond on Thursday evening, Frank Theofan couldn’t help but feel conflicting emotions. “It was very bittersweet,” said Theofan, who has owned the Regina music store for more than 25 years. While he looked forward to having some time to himself in retirement — and wouldn’t miss the stress of running a business — he also felt sadness as he left. “I thought I was letting a lot of people down, a lot of organizations down. And I’m going to miss a lot of friends that I made,” he said…”It’s nice you can make a living off something you love,” he noted.

Giant record sale brings Edmonton music lovers together, Popular garage sale attracts crowds of collectors searching for hidden gems: For two days, a community hall is transformed into a busy collector hotspot, a testament to Edmonton’s vibrant vinyl record scene. More than 1,000 music lovers are expected at the Dead Vinyl Society’s fifth Super Mega Records Garage Sale…Organizer Yuri Wuensch, who co-founded the Dead Vinyl Society, said Edmonton is a great place for music collectors. “We have done this sale on an annual basis, there’s monthly record swap meets that we host,” said Wuensch. “Edmonton has a very, very strong vinyl collecting community.”

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In rotation: 4/2/18

30 Years of Shangri-La, Record Store Celebrates Milestone: The sign propped up on the porch beside the door announces a “huge sale” and “free show” this Saturday, March 31, at Shangri-La Records – the music shop at 1916 Madison Ave. you might mistake for a house if you were driving by too fast and not paying attention. Inside, the shop is packed with boxes of vinyl and arranged so that you actually have to slow down and thumb through all those sleeves and all that plastic if you want to get any kind of sense of the musical treasure herein. What that sign announcing the sale and show this weekend omits, though, is a strange and improbable milestone for a business such as this: Shangri-La has managed to hang on and stick around for 30 years now, with this weekend’s events, plus more to come later this year, paying homage to that anniversary.

‘We still have a lot of customers who want to buy their records from us,’ SRC Vinyl reopens retail shop in Niagara-on-the-Lake: Jenna Miles and Danny Keyes have gotten the itch to sell records directly to customers again. When the couple closed up shop on their SRC Vinyl retail outlet on Main Street in Niagara Falls last June, the plan was simply to continue their online business selling new and reissued albums and singles — something they had been doing for a number of years. They had sold the building the store was housed in for two years and moved their business to the former Walls Countrywide warehouse at 14 Henegan Rd. in Niagara-on-the-Lake. But after hosting some open houses to allow customers to get their vinyl fix in person, Miles and Keyes decided it was time to reopen a retail shop once again. And they’ll be doing just that on April 4 at 10 a.m.

After 40 years in music retail, Theofan shutting the doors at Bach and Beyond, Frank Theofan’s first music store was Sam the Record Man. He opened May 1, 1978. There was no mistaking Harry Belafonte when the legendary American singer walked into Frank Theofan’s record store. He had a hat on and his collar flipped up in an attempt to disguise himself when he asked Theofan, in a faked low voice, “Do you have any Harry Belafonte music?” “I said, ‘Yes Harry, there’s new albums right here,’ because I couldn’t resist,” said Theofan, laughing. This was back when bands used to do inventory checks at stores while on tour. Theofan’s first music store was Sam the Record Man, located in the F.W. Hill Mall on Scarth Street. He opened on May 1, 1978, a Regina franchise for the Toronto-based music store chain. A month and two days shy of 40 years later, Theofan is getting out of the business.

‘Pat-Cave’ will play host to live music: Patrick Bailey’s search for a live-music venue didn’t take him too far away from his downtown Delaware record shop. Bailey, who owns Endangered Species — the Last Record Store on Earth, 11 W. Winter St., plans to begin hosting concerts in the spring at the adjacent Knights of Pythias lodge, 9 W. Winter St. Bailey said the fraternal organization has been working with him over the winter to fix up a portion of the lodge for use as a music venue. He said his store sharing a wall with the potential concert hall was a “happy accident.” “I had seen it before, but it was in disarray,” he said of the space. “It really hasn’t been used for anything for years, so I didn’t know what the status was or anything.” Conversations with his neighbors led the group to update its dusty “grand ballroom” with his help to get ready for future performances.

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In rotation: 3/30/18

Record Store Day 2018: Vinyl Lovers Unite: Since 2007, an ever-growing community of record lovers old and new have been eagerly anticipating their one-off, yearly fix of all things rare, exclusive and just plain awesome in the world of round, revolving platters. And this year’s wait is nearly over, with Record Store Day 2018 happening simultaneously all around the world on Saturday, 21 April. Every year sees a mouth-watering list of new, rare and often highly limited edition records make their way into record stores for the first time on one exclusive day. This year’s list of titles is no exception, with some of the big ticket items including limited and rare releases from David Bowie, Prince, Courtney Barnett, Nas, The Cure, Tumbleweed, Daddy Cool, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. And this is barely scratching the surface!

Lucky Seven in Stoke Newington Church Street really is closing down – thanks to 50% rent hike: Lucky Seven is a quirky music store in Church Street where you can lose yourself among stacks of vinyl and good vibes. It’s been open for eight years and proven a big hit among the muso community, with collectors – including famous musicians like Tjinder Singh, Thurston Moore, John Power, Bob Geldof and Carl Barât – flocking in to stock up on records. The Gazette first ran a piece about the shop closing down in 2016. In the event, it was able to stay open as a temporary measure due to a site reprieve – but now it looks as though the music really is over. Owner Jason Gore told the Gazette: “There is definitely still a place for record shops in east London. Vinyl is still a good commodity to sell but I just haven’t been able to make it work here. Church Street is notoriously expensive.

Popular Marion record shop set for grand re-opening: The record store formerly known as Joe’s Records will have a grand reopening event and sale Saturday, April 21. The store, now known as Hard Copies, relocated from the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion to Marion Centre on Illinois 13 near Rural King in February. “We’ve spent the last couple of months getting reorganized and settled, and we’re finally ready to show off our awesome new space,” co-owner Josh Stockinger said. The reopening coincides with Record Store Day, a bi-annual event that celebrates the unique culture of vinyl records and independent music stores across the world…”It’s basically Christmas for record collectors,” he said.

Four Landmark Paul McCartney Albums For Multi-Format Reissue: Four albums from the rich and storied catalogue of Paul McCartney will be issued in a variety of formats by MPL/Capitol on 18 May. The titles are 2013’s NEW, 2005’s Chaos And Creation In The Backyard, the 1978 Wings compilation Wings Greatest and the Thrillington album, recorded in 1971 but not released until 1977. All four releases will be available in single CD digipak and 180 gram black vinyl single LP editions, and will also be made available for the first time in limited edition, 180 gram colour vinyl pressings. Each of the vinyl LPs will include a download card…Wings Greatest was the first retrospective of Paul’s post-Beatles work, and went platinum in the US and UK among many other chart achievements…It will now be available as a limited edition blue vinyl 180gram vinyl LP with download card and 20” x3 0” poster.

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In rotation: 3/29/18

Snow Patrol, Shane McGowan, Chrissie Hynde and Cillian Murphy to attend VINYL festival in Dublin: A new event, to take place on the weekend of May 5-7 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, will celebrate popular music as “the cultural generator of the 20th century.” This three-day event, to be held on the May Bank Holiday weekend (5-7 May 2018) at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, will feature specially programmed talks, panel discussions, curated collections, music performances, album playbacks, art exhibits, pop-up stores, signings, and equipment showcases. The various events will each make special use of the RHK’s expansive grounds and infrastructure, from the magnificent Great Hall and Baroque Chapel to its cloistered, cobblestone courtyard.

Join vinyl enthusiasts at Birmingham’s Record Store Crawl on Saturday, May 19: Are you a record fan? Then join fellow vinyl enthusiasts and crate diggers at Birmingham’s Record Store Crawl on Saturday, May 19. The Record Store Crawl, presented by Deep Eddy Vodka combines the best of record stores, bar crawls and live music into the ultimate crate digging experience in town. During the event you’ll have the chance to hop from record store to record store enjoying music, food and drinks, plus loads of fun! Cool people, tons of vinyl, music performance and more? Who’s in?!

Waxface Records provides music, networking at 70s themed party: MTSU students grooved to live music at Waxface Records’ 70s-themed party on Saturday. The record shop hosted a live show with two bands, Daylight Sinners and Garden of Eden. Both groups played original music that gave off a 70s vibe. The loud bass, suggestive lyrics and long hair helped complete the vibe. Both of the bands are under the company that Danita Reddick, an MTSU music business major, created and runs. It’s a networking company called Nita in Nashville. The company offers anyone in the music business the opportunity to mingle, network and hopefully work together in the future. Since both of the groups were going to perform at Waxface, Reddick decided to turn the live show into a party. Not only a show with great music, but also an opportunity to network and add to their portfolio.

Cassettes make a comeback in local music scene: Popular trends tend to reappear every so often — and in the music world, this is especially true. Genres give way to post-genres, subgenres and genre fusion, and popular tropes of the past seem to pop up 20 years later with little explanation. This trend has taken shape recently in the form of cassette releases from local acts in Pittsburgh, specifically from those who originated alongside the recent rise of the DIY music scene. Aside from the appeal of nostalgia, the affordability of cassettes is a major appeal to both distributors and music consumers alike…With CDs quickly disappearing from stores and shelves, streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud and Bandcamp took over as the dominant listening platforms. In the cyclical nature of the world, vinyl records made a comeback in a big way.

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In rotation: 3/28/18

Downtown record shops are musical treasure trove for avid listeners: Bob Berberich got into rock ’n’ roll early. Berberich, 70, had a sister who was five years older than he was, and she introduced him to the sounds of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis. And while rock ’n’ roll was famous for annoying parents, Berberich’s mother would hold sock hops in the living room of their Washington, D.C., rowhouse. It worked out well enough. Berberich became a professional drummer, playing in a band with future Bruce Springsteen guitarist Nils Lofgren and touring with a number of acts. Now he owns the East Patrick Street record store Vinyl Acres and serves as something of a mentor to the Frederick music community.

Record shop ties fate to downtown: It’s hip. It’s colorful. It has a logo that would hold its own in the most up-and-coming neighborhood of Brooklyn. It serves stacks of what hipsters dream of and would pair well with a craft beer, new restaurants, breweries, corn hole and some foot traffic. It’s Station Square Records, the only vinyl record store in Rocky Mount or the immediate beyond. And it’s open from Wednesday through Saturday at 301 South Church St., a colorful beacon in the middle of an otherwise sagging downtown setting. While reinforcements are on the way — a coffee shop is set for an April opening and Muttley Crew, a pet boutique to open next door, is also eyeing an April opening — along with a few other options, the shop has helped prop up the surrounding area.

Record Store Day 2018 in Nottingham – all you need to know: A never before told secret about Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will be revealed at this year’s Nottingham Record Store Day, say event organisers. An as yet unnamed special guest will be sharing the revelation at Cobden Chambers, one of three city venues taking part in the annual nationwide event taking place this year on Saturday, April 21. Also taking part will be Stealth nightclub and music shop Rough Trade, which will be open from 6am for vinyl junkies hungry to get their limited edition fix. Last year several hundred collectors waited outside the record store’s doors to pick up LPs on sale for the event organised to promote the work of independent music retailers up and down the country. And this year there’s plenty to keep everyone happy too.

Def Leppard Announce ‘Volume One’, The First Of Four Planned Career-Spanning Box Sets: Legendary hard rockers Def Leppard release the appropriately-dubbed Volume One, the first salvo in their projected, four-volume career-spanning box set series, through Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe on 1 June. This first volume of the band’s complete recorded output comes in both limited edition 180g heavyweight vinyl and CD box sets, each featuring Def Leppard’s first four studio albums — along with some choice bonus live and studio material — all spread across 8LPs and 7CDs, respectively. The Volume One collection includes bonus material including Live At The LA Forum 1983, originally released as a bonus disc in the deluxe CD version of Pyromania, making this the first-ever vinyl offering of the complete show. This 2LP version comes with a new sleeve and inner bags.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Russ Solomon Interview: In a Web exclusive, we are reprinting an interview with late Tower Records and Video founder Russ Solomon, who died earlier this month. The interview appeared in the November 1990 issue of Video Store Magazine, under the headline, “A Towering Presence: Last month, Russ Solomon celebrated Tower’s 30th anniversary and made the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. What’s he do for an encore?” “As near as I can figure, I’ve been in this business longer, continuously, than anyone I know of,” Solomon says. “Almost 50 years – jeez, it hardly seems possible.”

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In rotation: 3/27/18

CDs and vinyl are now MORE popular than digital downloads thanks to the rise in popularity of subscription services like Spotify and Apple Music: CDs and vinyls [“Vinyls” is an incorrect usage of the plural for vinyl—which is vinyl. —Ed.] are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011 thanks to streaming services, industry figures reveal. Apps like Spotify and Apple Music have seen an astronomical rise in popularity in recent years and this has all but destroyed the digital download market. As more people choose to stream music rather than own it, sales of physical media are now falling at a slower rate than their digital counterparts. This has been driven, in part, by a resurgence in vinyl sales among audiophiles, who prize the format’s unique sound.

The Yorkshire record shop enjoying a vinyl revival: The singer-songwriter Richard Hawley once said of Sheffield’s Record Collector: “It turns my brain to mush and I end up walking out with things I didn’t even know existed.” Opening its doors in 1978, the Broomhill shop is now celebrating 40 years of stocking genre-spanning music and in Yorkshire it is at the forefront of the vinyl revival. “It’s been a labour of love,” says Barry Everard, who has been behind the enterprise ever since it opened its doors one Saturday morning. “It’s filled with incidents of pop stars, stories, accolades and interesting things.” Previously working as a manager at Virgin Records in the city, Everard decided to open up his own shop in the student-heavy area of the city.

Wrigleyville memorabilia shop brings history to life: Tom Boyle can’t help but poke through his shelves. He’s in search of a movie poster that only he can visualize. It’s somewhere among the newspaper clippings, the vinyl records, the buttons and the books. “Let me see,” he says, furrowing his brows and shuffling through his inventory. After searching for a few minutes himself, he sends his colleague over to the other corner of the store, hoping he can help find it. Poking and prodding through the posters, the pair finally pull it out of the pile: “A Stratton Story.” Their eyes glance over the picture depicting the 1949 film about an injured baseball player. They notice the faded red-and-white hues and the way James Stewart embraces June Allyson. “This is it,” Boyle says with a smile.

Crate-digging millennials are seeking out classic East African music at Nairobi’s vinyl master: Tucked between butchers and hair braiders in Nairobi’s Kenyatta Market is the Real Vinyl Guru, a shabby stall that has become a mecca for vinyl lovers. James ‘Jimmy’ Rugami has sold second-hand records from stall 570 since 1989. In the cramped space, hundreds of seven and 12-inch vinyls are tightly packed. Among hit Motown albums is a veritable trove of East African music. Among them is the Kenyan-based Tanzanian duo Simba Wanyika and the recently re-discovered “Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa.” They’re all mementos of a bygone era, when Nairobi’s record presses created a hub for the regions musicians in the 70s and 80s. Many flocked to Nairobi to lay down their tracks and stayed to become part of a vibrant local scene.

Doc’s Records returns in a funky space at The Foundry that’s a perfect fit: After a long run in west Fort Worth, Doc’s Records & Vintage — the city’s largest record store — closed its doors, with plans to reopen in a new location in the fall of 2017. Music fans waited as fall came and went. Now Doc’s has finally reemerged — bigger and weirder than ever — in an enormous, colorful warehouse at 2632 Weisenberger St. in the Foundry District. The new space is jam-packed with records, CDs, and cassettes — along with an interesting collection of turntables, speakers, and other used stereo equipment for sale. There are mannequins populating the aisles, along with a bizarre collection of T-shirts and posters that all seem to be at least 20 or 30 years old. And of course, there are shirts, stickers, and bags with that disturbing logo of a man in a wheelchair, getting his fix from an IV that is somehow hooked up to a vinyl record — a not-so-subtle representation of people who are addicted to buying records.

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In rotation: 3/26/18

CDs and vinyl are outselling digital music downloads: Digital music downloads began to outsell physical media since 2012. It took four more years for digital music revenue to surpass those from physical media as well. Then streaming happened, and last year generated more money in the US than all the other formats. Now, digital downloads are coming in dead last, with fewer sales than CDs, vinyl or other physical media, according to the latest annual report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Even though shipments of physical media dropped 4 percent to $1.5 billion, digital download revenues fell 25 percent to $1.3 billion in 2017, putting CDs and vinyl back on top of non-streaming music formats.

The Future of Downloads, Accelerating Growth & Vinyl Vinyl Vinyl: 5 Takeaways From the RIAA Year-End Report: The “vinyl revival” has been one of the industry’s favorite underdog storylines of the past decade, after the format averaged 38 percent growth from 2012 to 2015. But after growing just 3.7 percent in 2016, there were signs that the revival was stuttering into a more even lane, and may be nearing its peak. Yet in 2017, the numbers perked back up again, as revenues from LPs got a 10 percent boost over the year prior, to $395 million. It’s not the type of roaring growth that it was, but it’s heading back in the right direction, with many fans still seemingly bent on having that physical piece of art to call their own.

Local radio personality making vinyl great again: PHOENIX – A classic radio station in Phoenix is bringing back vinyls. (“Vinyls” is not a word. —Ed.) Yes, those discs with the circular grooves that play music. Russ Egan, who is KSLX-FM’s weeknight radio personality, wanted to add a different element to his evening show. So, he decided to spin things up, and bring back vinyl records. “I thought let’s play a vinyl album side, ’cause I’ve done that at stations in the past, and enjoyed stations in the past that have done that themselves,” said Egan. The team was immediately on board with his idea. Soon after, Egan dug up a turntable and his old vinyl records. He says it was like a trip down memory lane. “It’s like opening up a book,” said Egan. “You can smell it. You can feel it. You remember so many things from the last time you listen to the record.”

Vinyl Revolution: New Brighton Shop Set To Celebrate Its First Record Store Day: Brighton based independent record store Vinyl Revolution will be hosting its first
Record Store Day, next month, and will be providing its customers with access to exclusive vinyl releases, as well as numerous live performances outside the store in Duke Street. The store is the brainchild of musician Simon Parker – whose musical career has its roots and cultural inspiration in Brighton – and his business partner, Rachel Lowe. “Buying records in a supermarket is soulless, but too many record stores are unwelcoming and quite blokey – even my musician friends, who really know their music, say they have felt unwelcome or intimidated,” explained Simon Parker.

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