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In rotation: 3/16/20

Record Store Day 2020 Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns: “There is no perfect solution. There is no easy answer. So, we’ve decided that, this year, our best possible move is to change the date,” organizers say. “In our discussions over the past few weeks, information came and changed daily, and then hourly, along with the news cycle. We’ve taken all of that information to heart as we’ve gone over the various options that involved staying the course, moving the date, even changing the structure of the event,” organizers said in a statement. “At the risk of stating the obvious, no one knows what things will look like in any given place over the next five weeks, but it is imperative that hard decisions for that time period need to be made right now, using current facts. There is no perfect solution. There is no easy answer. So, we’ve decided that, this year, our best possible move is to change the date of Record Store Day to Saturday, June 20.”

Why Record Stores Are Being Hit Especially Hard By Coronavirus: When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the music industry, most of the focus so far has understandably been on live concerts, where independent artists are losing a crucial source of income, festivals are being upended, and even corporate leviathans like Live Nation are suspending all touring. But record stores are hurting too…Although visiting an enclosed space to flip through crates that other people might have touched or sneezed on may not sound so appealing right now, shop owners stress that they’re taking every sanitary precaution. The best way record aficionados can support them, many owners say, is by covering their mouths, washing their hands, and buying music from their local stores. Phone and online sales are always an option, and some shops, such as Seattle’s Easy Street Records and Mobius Records in Fairfax, Virginia, tell me they’re also offering a special local delivery service during the pandemic. “We’ve definitely had a couple of people partake in it just because they’re fans of the store…”

Sydney’s HIFI2020 show postponed until September due to coronovirus: Audio and AV show rescheduled from April to September. The HIFI2020 Show planned to take place from April 3-5 in Sydney has been rescheduled, adding to the list of tech events affected by the spread of the COVID-19 coronovirus, including the cancellation or postponement of High End Munich, MWC, E3 and Record Store Day. The organisers tell us that with ‘social distancing’ now considered the most effective path to minimising spread of the virus, the decision was “clearly the right thing to do for all involved – visitors, exhibitors and the hotel”. “After our last bulletin, so many of you have contacted us to suggest a postponement of HIFI2020 from duty of care and the health of their staff, that it was not realistic to continue forward through another three weeks of uncertainty,” said the official announcement to exhibitors on Friday. …HIFI2020 has been rescheduled to September 18-20, and all issued tickets remain valid for the new dates. The organisers say that all paid ticketholders have been contacted directly to inform them of the new dates and offer refunds if they are unable to attend.

Bristol, UK | Idle Hands issues stark warning over impact Coronavirus independent-record-stores: As the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to force a number of event cancellations or postponements and club closures, Bristol record shop Idle Hands has issued a stark warning on how the pandemic might affect small, independent businesses. “This is a worrying time for everyone and a situation none of us are used too,” reads a social media post penned by the shop’s owner, Chris Farrell. “Events are moving fast and we have to accept that major disruption is on its way. If Italy is anything to go by shops like Idle Hands will be forced to close indefinitely.” The post continues: “I’m proud to have survived almost a decade through some of the worst economic challenges we’ve seen in our lifetime. It might look like an easy job because the shop is still here and consistently opening its doors, but there have been times where idle hands has survived by the skin of its teeth – especially with the recent uncertainty of Brexit. “If at any time over the last nine years you’ve enjoyed coming to the shop, I’d ask that you please support us in whatever way you can over the coming weeks or however long we’re still able to be open. Come in and buy records…”

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In rotation: 3/13/20

Record Store Day 2020: 11 Must-have Country and Americana Releases: Record Store Day returns on April 18, 2020, bringing with it a gigantic selection of classic reissues, rare compilations and live must-haves. The day serves as an annual celebration of the magic of small, locally owned record stores, and the crucial role those establishments play in their communities. On Record Store Day, local record shops throughout the country will offer up a slew of deals and special offers sure to make every music fan salivate. For a list of participating stores, and to find the one nearest you, visit RecordStoreDay.com. Of course, country and Americana fans have plenty to be excited about with the big day coming up, and a newly announced list of artists planning special releases only provides more reason for fans to clear their schedules and head to their local record shops. Read on for a list of some of the upcoming country releases that we’ve got our eyes on.

New Paltz, NY | Beyond New Paltz: The Vinyl Room. The Vinyl Room is a unique and cozy spot in Wappingers Falls, just about a 35 minute drive outside of New Paltz. This taproom currently has 12 rotating taps, wine and cider options along with a pizza window that is partnered with the local pizza shop next door. What makes The Vinyl Room special is that it’s the first taproom in the Hudson Valley to double as a record store where you can buy and sell records. Why Go: Unfortunately, it’s only open from 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and 3 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays. However, if you’re tired of the same local bars in New Paltz, then The Vinyl Room would definitely be a nice change! Even if you’re not interested in the drinking aspect, you can browse their extensive vinyl collection or play some retro arcade games for free.

London, UK | Silent Conference supports pioneering event by Record Store Day ambassadors The Big Moon: Enabling attendees to experience live-to-vinyl recording at legendary Metropolis Studios. Silent Conference, a wireless audio solutions company for conferencing and live events, was pleased to support the live-to-vinyl recording event by Record Store Day 2020 ambassadors The Big Moon at Metropolis Studios, London. Ahead of Record Store Day – which takes place this year on 18th April – The Big Moon recorded their Record Store Day release live in front of an audience at Metropolis Studios on 5th March. As revealed previously by Record Store Day and its supporter BBC Sounds, this was one of the first times, globally, that an artist has recorded 3 tracks in 1 take with a live audience in the recording studio with them. Metropolis Studios recreated the experience of recording live to vinyl, a process that was once used regularly by musicians.

Austin, TX | SXSW Cancellation “Devastating” for Grassroots Austin Music Businesses: Coronavirus shutdown impacts all levels of Austin music. …Meanwhile, even the most senior of conference veterans find themselves in new territory, since SXSW has never been called off in its 34-year existence. Austin’s longstanding vinyl emporium Waterloo Records announced cancellation of its free in-stores during SXSW. Owner John Kunz said he felt it was “the right thing to do” given the concerns for public health. He plans to reschedule soon with any local artists impacted, including a performance by Terry Allen & the Panhandle Mystery Band. Alongside next month’s Record Store Day, the annual conference marks a bump in sales for the homegrown vinyl retailer. “The loss is going to be significant, but we won’t know [how big] until it happens,” said Kunz. “We’ve been having South By events for the past 30-something years. Still, no one knows how many college spring breakers are going to be coming here, or how many people already have a plane ticket.”

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In rotation: 3/12/20

San Antonio, TX | San Antonio Record Stores: Vinyl has been back for a while now, and there’s no shortage of retailers in San Antonio offering to put the latest hot releases in your hands — or to let you scour their crates looking for obscurities, rarities and highly collectable nuggets. Here’s a listing of places where you can bulk up your vinyl collection or even start a new one: first, the shops with broad appeal, then smaller stores that cater to specific genres.

BMG Launches Indie Americana Label Renew Records: BMG has launched Renew Records to focus on American-roots and Americana music. The LA-based label will be led by BMG EVP David Hirshland. The launch of Renew comes three months after the announcement of Modern Recordings, a BMG label dedicated to new classical, jazz, and electronic music, and the first new label to be launched by BMG since it commenced operations in 2008. Renew Records joins the BMG roster of US-based labels which includes Broken Bow, Stoney Creek and Wheelhouse, S-Curve Records, Rise Records, and RBC Records, operating alongside the core BMG label. Renew Records’ release schedule kicks off on Record Store Day (April 18) with the all-star tribute album Wilcovered. Originally available as a promo CD bundled with UK’s Uncut Magazine, the album will be re-released for the first time on LP, with select tracks released digitally.

Pittsburgh, PA | Pittsburgh’s Electronic Music Record Fair takes the difficulty out of finding vinyl: With the ever-rising profitability of vinyl and the increasingly mainstream popularity of electronic music, one could assume that it’s a good time for the worlds where those two overlap. But thanks to the ease of streaming, that’s far from the case. “Despite the story about vinyl being more popular than ever, vinyl in electronic music has taken a different path,” explained Geoff Maddock, who DJs under the moniker Cutups. “The genre used to be dominated by vinyl releases, but once digital music distribution became commonplace, the bottom fell out of electronic music records, and distributors and niche shops closed.” On Sat., March 14, Maddock is helping host an Electronic Music Record Fair at the Ace Hotel that will feature 22 vendors, ranging from current and former record shops to online dealers and people with large personal collections selling off some things.

Meet the ‘Strictly Women’ Who Guided the Rise of Iconic Dance Label Strictly Rhythm: The image of a red brick wall with the phrase “Strictly Rhythm” scribbled on it in black marker symbolizes not only the iconic Strictly Rhythm label, but the ’90s New York underground club scene in which the label was deeply influential. Founded in 1989, the independent dance imprint celebrated its three-decade run with Strictly Rhythm: The Definitive 30 compilation, which was released in late 2019. The project featured all of the artists that defined the label, from Armand Van Helden to Osunlade, Logic to Photon Inc. and Aly-Us to George Morel. Additionally, Strictly Rhythm — which now operates under BMG’s suite of dance labels — is releasing 10 catalog tracks which have never before been available digitally, along with a three-part vinyl series. In the ‘90s, Strictly Rhythm was a breeding ground for house superstars including Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo, Van Helden, Todd Terry, Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez, as well as the experimental sounds of Josh Wink, DJ Pierre and Planet Soul.

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In rotation: 3/11/20

Missoula, MT | Total Record Swap brings the vinyl community together while raising money for the Roxy: Sunday was the day vinyl collectors in Western Montana wait for all year. The Total Record Swap at the Missoula Senior Center happened all day and brought in multiple vinyl collections to be dig through. It cost $2 to get in, but the price of admission was well worth it for collectors looking for that special vinyl record. “Came down here to get this soundtrack of Lady Hawke and I’m very proud to scoop this up,” vinyl record enthusiast Ian Varley said. “A friend of mine came by earlier he was in line early to get it and he said they have that soundtrack your looking for and said you should come on down and I said aw I got to do it.” It’s not all about finding something you knew you wanted, vinyl collecting is also about that surprise find which is easy to do at an event like the swap.

San Lorenzo, CA | Goodbye To San Lorenzo’s Rasputin Record Store: NO! No! NOOOOOOO!! The Rasputin on Lewelling and Hesperian is reportedly closed. Much like other East Bay folks, I am DEVASTATED! Do you know how many 3 for $10 have contributed to my movie collection? Far too many to mention. Not to mention, half of my record collection is from this gem! I sure am going to miss the knowledgeable staff, dope merch, and quality products. There’s rumors that Grocery Outlet will be opening in place of Rasputin. Who can I talk to about this? Where does out support group meet?! You will be greatly missed, Rasputin.

UK | Record Store Day: How The Big Moon pulled off ‘world first’ recording live to vinyl: As ambassadors for Record Store Day, The Big Moon have pulled off something organisers have hailed as a world first – recording three tracks live and direct to vinyl in front of an audience. Performing at the Metropolis Studios in west London, the Mercury Prize-nominated band – Celia Archer, Juliette Jackson, Fern Ford and Soph Nathan – played Your Light, Waves and a cover of Fat Boy Slim’s Praise You to record their exclusive release. Recording directly to vinyl is the original process used by artists to make music for public consumption, but of course it has been long forgotten in the digital age. …”Obviously records are a huge part of our lives and livelihood,” says bassist Celia. “They have been since before we became musicians professionally, and the record store is such an important space. “It’s good to protect it and support it and champion it, so we’re really happy to be kind of the spearheaders of that this year.”

Nashville, TN | You Can Grab Cheap Vintage Vinyl At These Nashville Record Stores This April: The trend of record players and vinyl have been making a come back. Actually, there is an entire day dedicated to record stores and Nashville is the place to be on this day. This event in Nashville this April will be all things vintage and vinyl. Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 18 this year, so you can do some brewery hopping and then go find some new vinyl to add to your collection. Nashville is called Music City for a reason and you can expect to see many record stores participating and this year – there are about 12. Each store will have different deals throughout the day, so if you’ve been eyeing a certain record, now is your time to buy. While deals won’t be announced until closer to date, you can keep up with announcements on the stores’ social media. It’s known that most of these stores host free, live entertainment on this day so you can go on your own record store crawl to experience all the different shops and bands. Last year, The Groove welcomed The Dip, Grizfolk, Tennessee Muscle Candy and so many more…

A look at the secret messages Morrissey etched into The Smiths’ vinyl releases: Morrissey is undoubtedly a creative soul. Despite his polarising opinions of recent years it is still hard to deny the singer’s impact on music with his band The Smiths, the band who championed intellect and integrity above all else. Morrissey’s lyrics are famed for their literary weight and he introduced swathes of a generation to the works of Oscar Wilde through his flagrant adoration of the literary figure. In fact, sometimes the band’s songs were so dense with lyrics that Morrissey had to use the vinyl itself to get over the last message. If you’re a diehard Smiths fan, this won’t be news to you. You’ll have been cooing over the bonus treat Moz gave his fans for decades now. But for those of us without such fandom, we can take a look back at some of Morrissey’s genius etchings. The idea was a simple one. Morrissey would scratch in a simple message, a joke, a double entendre or indeed anything that popped into his brain, into the dead space on the record and gift his and The Smiths fans another reason to smile.

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In rotation: 3/10/20

Kent, UK | Music retailer HMV to close store at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs: Music store HMV is shutting its Westwood Cross branch after failed negotiations over the lease of its unit at the shopping centre. A spokesman for the retail chain says the closure comes “despite their best efforts” to keep it open and it will shut on March 18. Signs are up in the windows advertising a clearance sale. The music retail business had been in administration last year, but Canadian company Sunrise Records owned by entrepreneur Doug Putman bought 100 of the chain’s 127 stores – saving 1,487 jobs, The remaining 27 stores would close, resulting in 455 redundancies, but Westwood Cross was saved. Before then in 2013 HMV was saved from administration by capital company Hilco. Commenting on the Thanet closure, a spokesman said: “Regretfully we can confirm that will be closing HMV Westwood Cross before the end of March, despite our best efforts to keep this store open. “This is no reflection on the commitment of our excellent staff, but due to a failure to reach an agreement with the landlord on the terms of our lease…”

Ipswich, UK | New record shop pops up in St Peter’s Street: Following its success in Woodbridge, a pop-up record shop has moved to Ipswich offering new and secondhand vinyl. Tucked away above the Loveone store, the Hex Record Shop opened on Friday and is hoping to attract music lovers in the town. Owner Marcus Neal is excited about Hex’s new location saying: “St Peter’s Street is one of the best streets in the town, if not the best.” Mr Neal is well known on the Ipswich music scene for his work at the Smokehouse and organising Sound City Ipswich. He said: “Music is my thing, I have always wanted to program music and have a record shop and now I do. “I have regular customers from Woodbridge that will come to Ipswich and I am hoping for a good footfall. “We have new releases every week, I buy things in that I really like because I have a passion for those albums.” Mr Neal also buys in private collections but will only sell secondhand vinyl which is in excellent condition.

Portsmouth, UK | Portsmouth foodies tackle Pie and Vinyl’s mammoth pie eating competition: Brave foodies with an immense appetite went head-to-head in a hotly contested pie eating competition last night. Pie and Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, held the competition yesterday evening in aid of rough sleepers in the city. Heroic entrants were tasked with eating five pies as quickly as possible The winner, John Beckett, 60 from Fareham, was rewarded with a free pie at the restaurant every week for the next year. Entry cost £10, which included a donated pie to someone who is homeless in Portsmouth. John said: ‘It feels great to have won – I haven’t really won much in my life so this is a brilliant achievement for me. ‘It shows I’m good at something at least.’ Pie and Vinyl itself first opened its doors in 2012, with separate sections for vinyl record enthusiasts and diners.

Pretoria, SA | Centurion vinyl fair attracts music collectors: Collector of 15,000 vinyl records opens his cupboards for others to enjoy. Music collector and vinyl records fan, Era Muller, hosted a chilled vinyl fair at the Capital Craft Centurion restaurant in Centurion on Saturday. Muller, who owns more than 15 000 vinyl records, brought out his crates out for others to enjoy. Muller also invited other vinyl collectors to showcase at the fair, bringing out a vast number of records across many music genres. “We have rock, jazz, pop, soul, funk and disco,’’ said Muller. “Everybody has their niche of what they like and we wanted to cater for various music lovers.” Muller said the quality of music on vinyl made him to buy even more records. “There is always something new to discover in vinyl, I grew with the recording medium and other music media such as CDs got introduced over time. “However, I found myself back to vinyl because of the good sound quality it offers; it is different from any other medium,’’ he said.

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In rotation: 3/9/20

Here Are 11 Must-Have Record Store Day Exclusive Releases: The annual Record Store Day is coming up on April 18, and the full list of releases was announced on Thursday (March 5). There are more than 400 RSD special releases, which include exclusives, limited runs and first-availabilities. We at Billboard made sorting through extensive collection a bit easier, and compiled 11 must-haves for fans to look out for on Record Store Day. Check out our list below, and see the full slate of releases here.

Beltsville, MD | Woman-Owned Record Shop Sonidos! Wants To Build An Inclusive Corner In The Region’s Vinyl Scene: Claudia Mendiola-Durán remembers being one of five vendors who participated in a D.C. vinyl market last December. The energy in the room was palpable as frenzied holiday shoppers combed through piles of new and used record bins with a wide assortment of titles. But throughout the event, Mendiola-Durán noticed something was off. “They wouldn’t even walk up to me,” she says of the shoppers. “They wouldn’t even give me a chance. I don’t see any difference [between the other vendors and me] except that I was a woman.” Mendiola-Durán owns Sonidos! Music & More, a record store she opened in October in Beltsville, Md. She says the episode at the December vinyl market was hurtful—but not shocking: With over a decade of music-retail experience, the 35-year-old D.C.-area native was familiar with sexism in the record industry. Sonidos! appears to be the only 100 percent woman-owned record store in the area, which would make it an emblem of change.

Does the Vinyl Crisis Spell Disaster or Opportunity for the Music Industry? The recent massive explosion of Apollo Masters, a processing plant that manufactured “lacquer” masters—essential blanks discs used for physical mastering to enable mass production of vinyl records—sent a shockwave through the music industry. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the disaster, but the residual damage from its aftermath is raising fears that it might hurt many businesses and artists in the months and years ahead. You see, this accident revealed a huge Achilles’ Heel that the industry has long suffered from, but which only a select group of people knew about and understood. It is a kind of jaw-dropping reality to learn that there was only one facility in all of America that couldmake this much-needed music production raw material. There is only one other facility in the world that can manufacture lacquers (which are actually made of polished aluminum coated in acetate) right now: MDC in Japan. They are apparently already overwhelmed and having trouble keeping up with the pace and demand.

Sydney, AU | Elton John reveals the independent Sydney record store where he ‘spent hours’ buying albums from local artists while in Australia – and it’s right in the middle of the CBD: Sir Elton John is a man who loves to discover local artists, and he made sure to get his fill of homegrown talent during his three month stay in Australia. The 72-year-old, who has been Down Under on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, has revealed his favourite record store in Sydney, where he ‘spent hours’ trawling through the racks looking for vinyl copies of albums from Aussie performers. Red Eye Records – which lies in the heart of Sydney’s central business district on York Street, a stone’s throw from Pitt Street Mall – is where the iconic singer did his music shopping, as reported by Sunday’s The Daily Telegraph. However, the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road hitmaker didn’t always find what he was looking for. Elton revealed on his Rocket Hour show on Apple Music this week, that he sought out a vinyl copy of the album Apple Crumble, from Manly-based funk act, Winston Surfshirt. He also wanted Better in Blak, from acclaimed Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter Thelma Plum. However, he’d been out of luck during his frequent visits to the iconic record store.

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In rotation: 3/6/20

Record Store Day Launches “The List” For 2020: Everywhere, Baby!: One of the most exciting days leading up to the annual celebration of the record store is LIST LAUNCH DAY, and for RSD 2020, that day is TODAY (3/5)! Record Store Day has released the list of limited edition titles that will be part of the party on Saturday, April 18. It spans formats, genres and decades, and includes literally something for everyone. The full list can be found at recordstoreday.com.

Brookline, MA | Village Vinyl Thrives in Coolidge Corner: The shop opened in Brookline Village in 2017 and has been growing ever since. Longtime Brookline resident Jonathan Sandler has had a special connection to record shops his whole life. In the early ’90s, he worked in a record store, and later met his wife in Flipside Records on Beacon Street. Now, he runs Village Vinyl & Hi-Fi on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner. The shop opened in Brookline Village in 2017 and has been growing ever since. “We’re definitely on most record shoppers’ routes,” says Sandler. “We appeal to lots of different types of record buyers. We have shoppers that other people don’t have. We try to be strong in all genres; we try to make the experience as pleasant and as pleasurable as possible.” Sandler speculates that records have been resurging in popularity for a few different reasons. First off, the sound quality is higher than electronic streaming. Second, sitting and listening to a record is an experience that requires physical and mental presence and engagement on the part of the listener.

New Brunswick, CA | New Shop Bringing Some ‘Riff Raff’ Into Uptown Saint John: A new store opening in uptown Saint John next month plans to fill a gap for the city’s skateboarding and record-collecting community. Riff Raff Skate Shop, opening on Charlotte Street, will sell skateboards and skateboard hardware, clothing and accessories, along with a selection of new vinyl for those with a heavier taste in tunes. “Calling it a ‘skate shop’ was a hard decision to make because it’s not just a skate shop. It’s also going to end up being a music shop, a record store,” says owner Trent Wheaton. The record selection at the shop will focus on heavier acts that are harder to find at other record stores in the city. “It’s only going to be heavy music,” says Wheaton. “It’s only going to be metal, punk and hard rock.”

Bakersfield, CA | Back-to-back concerts this weekend at World Records: …For the first time in 24 years of putting on concerts, World Records has two shows on successive nights — two shows to help your spirit refuel. Friday night it’s Tinsley Ellis, the 2020 Blues Music Awards nominee for blues-rock artist of the year, and on Saturday night we welcome Grammy award-winning bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. I’ll never forget the afternoon at the record store in 2002 when I opened the mail pouch containing the upcoming release by an artist I didn’t know. The CD cover showed a guy with eyes downcast, holding his guitar, the wooded swamp in the background. It looked so good I said to my co-workers Chris and Bruce, “This needs to go in the player right now. Look at this — ‘Hell or High Water’ by Tinsley Ellis.” It just took a few seconds to know we were new Tinsley Ellis fans.

Hackney, UK | ‘It’s hopeful and generous’: Thurston Moore’s experimental record shop: hurston Moore is sitting in his shop window, pricing up a pile of records and telling me how Sun Ra used to operate. “Before he was going on tour, to say Egypt, he used to ask them to send him some fabrics from there. He wanted to feel them in his hand, pick up the vibrations.” We are talking about the physicality of objects, of holding a record or leafing through a pamphlet or a book of poetry. These things can be talismanic in a world where everything is digitised and streamed, where all music is available without us leaving the house. Here in this new shop, an old record cover, some Robert Smith merch, a book of strange poems, a Barney Bubbles print, a Japanese pressing of a Bowie album may seem out of time but they are deeply precious. The shop has opened in my local high street in Hackney and it is the brainchild of Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth, in collaboration with comic artist Savage Pencil (Edwin Pouncey) and Soho Music and Zippo Records head Pete Flanagan. His son Jim is working there. “I love collaborations. I always wanted to be on compilation albums!”

U2 to release “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” single for Record Store Day: On April 18, U2 will once again participate in Record Store Day with a new vinyl re-release. Their 1980 single “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” will be released as a 40th Anniversary Remastered edition. The single, pressed onto transparent blue 12″ vinyl, will feature two unreleased live tracks: “Touch” and “Twilight” from the band’s September 22, 1980 show in London. Tracks from this show have previously been released as part of the 2008 Deluxe Edition of Boy… This release will mark the 11th Record Store Day that U2 has participated in since 2010. This remastered single follows in the footsteps of their refreshed U2 Three release for 2019’s Black Friday Record Store Day. Much like that EP, “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” will have refreshed graphics reminscient of the band’s original visual aesthetics. Additionally, this year’s RSD releases are in partnership with War Child UK, a charity dedicated to supporting children of the world harmed by conflict.

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In rotation: 3/5/20

An Open Letter to Record Store Day: We need to talk about your RSD3 mini-turntable and 3” records. …We live in an age where science tells us in simple terms that a rise in greenhouse gas emissions is directly leading to devastation of the climate and a destruction of life on Earth for all species. Science also tells us in equally simple terms that the prime cause of this destruction is not the natural processes which influence climate, but human activities like industrial production and burning of fossil fuels which increase greenhouse gas levels and trap heat in our atmosphere. With this in mind, it seems completely reckless and in disregard for the severity of the impact of increasing greenhouse gas levels for Record Store Day to be pushing and promoting 3” novelty records at this time. …It is impossible to look at the RSD3 3” records as a contribution to art and culture that respects the impact of their production on greenhouse gas levels. Rather, they represent the most heinous type of over-consumption-inducing production that values short term profit over the long term survival of life.

Effingham, IL | America’s Groove Record Store: Another store departs Village Square Mall: With the future of Village Square Mall uncertain, another business owner has closed up shop there. Aaron Wilson is reopening America’s Groove Record Store at 210 N. Banker St. on Saturday, March 7. “I couldn’t have done this without the community,” said Wilson. “I’m looking forward to new customers.” Meanwhile, the mall’s new owners, Durga Property Holdings of Cincinnati appeared in Effingham County Circuit Court on Monday. Effingham City Attorney Tracy Willenborg told the court that when the city inspected the shuttered JCPenney location, officials found extensive damage. Asbestos and structural inspections were done recently, according to Willenborg. Willenborg said that initial plans submitted by the new property owners were not sufficient to address the current issues with the property.

Bangor, ME | New record store opens in downtown, Bangor: In a day and age when it seems like fewer and fewer people are physically buying music, one might ask if opening a record store is worth it. But the Vinyl Canteen, which just opened over the weekend in Bangor, is throwing caution to the wind. And with good reason. In this digital age, CDs aren’t really selling so much. But vinyl albums have seen a huge resurgence in the last decade or so, to the point where record sales are setting up to outpace CD sales. And, they’re not just selling music. As the name implies, they’re getting ready to also serve light fare and coffee as well. And, according to the BDN, they’ll also have new and vintage audio equipment there too. So if you want to start collecting some sweet vinyl, but don’t have anything to play it on, they can help you out with that, too. I know I miss my old Marantz Model 19 more than life itself. The Vinyl Canteen is open seven days a week from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

David Bowie, U2 and Manic Street Preachers confirmed for one-off Record Store Day charity releases: Record Store Day UK has today (March 4) revealed three exclusive, limited-edition releases from David Bowie, U2 and Manic Street Preachers as part of the announcement that War Child has been selected as their official charity partner of 2020. The three special releases will only be available in Record Store Day participating shops on Saturday April 18 with £1 from every unit sold going towards War Child. Proceeds are expected to exceed £10,000. Speaking about War Child in an official press release, Manic Street Preachers said: “We first worked with War Child on the release of the ‘Help’ album in 1995 and are very proud to be associated with them. This 2020 Record Store Day event is sure to be the biggest yet and we are always happy to work with War Child on it.”

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In rotation: 3/4/20

Austin, TX | Discogs Presents: SXSW Record Fest at SXSW 2020! Discogs to Host Free Record Fair at South By Southwest Music Conference. Discogs, the leading online physical music Marketplace and Database, announced today its first-ever event in association with the South by Southwest festival in Austin, as part of the official SXSW Block Party. Discogs Presents SXSW Record Fest will take place over three days from Thursday, March 19th to Saturday, March 21 from 12 pm – 6 pm at Native Hostel and entry is free to all. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen people come together, a great match with Discogs’ community of record lovers from around the world. A record fair is a perfect way to round off a week of celebrations around music. Numerous tables will be filled with records, tapes, and CDs covering all genres of music. Be a part of the community, meet specialists, other collectors and find the gems you never knew you needed! More information can be found on the Discogs Presents SXSW Record Fest event page.

Chicago, IL | New Documentary Drops the Needle On Stories Attached to Record Collections: “This film was a collection of stories, akin to a record of songs. Each story is like its own song (on an album).” – Filmmaker Danielle Beverly talking about the format of her new documentary Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition. A new Chicago-centric documentary offers a candid look at the personal stories often attached to peoples’ record collections. The film, titled Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition, follows record store owner Rick Wojcik as he travels to meet with people looking to sell their vinyl collections. The focus is on the intimate stories that come from the potential record sellers, who are each parting with their collections for different reasons. “I think it’s a really nice love letter to Chicago as much as it is to vinyl and to the people that buy vinyl.” – Dusty Groove owner Rick Wojcik on his reaction to seeing the finished version of Danielle Beverly’s documentary. Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition will had its Chicago premiere Friday February 28 at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Bangor, ME | New record store adds another element to downtown Bangor’s hip factor: Downtown Bangor has plenty of coffee shops, tattoo studios and craft beer, and now, it’s got another new business to add to its growing hip factor: the Vinyl Canteen, a record store and cafe that opened last weekend on Central Street. Owner Christopher Tierney has spent the past two years renovating the building at 22 Central St., and though the sign for the Vinyl Canteen went up last June, the finishing touches weren’t ready until just this past month. Tierney, a New York native who splits his time between Long Island and Bangor, wanted to officially open by March 1 in order to celebrate his 60th birthday, which is this week. “It’s a special birthday and a special thing for me, so this is really the best birthday present I could have,” said Tierney, who made his career teaching electronics in public and vocational schools on Long Island before retiring last year. The Vinyl Canteen is equal parts record store, audio equipment shop and cafe, though it’s the vinyl that will likely get people through the door. As Rolling Stone reported last fall, vinyl records were in 2019 poised to exceed CDs in sales for the first time since 1986 — and Tierney, a self-admitted audiophile, knew a record store in downtown Bangor made sense for him for a fun retirement business venture.

Phoenix, AZ | Zia Records Turns 40: How The Phoenix Record Store Has Survived Revolutionary Music Industry Changes: On this week in 1980, the top album was “The Wall” by Pink Floyd, followed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Don Fogelberg, Rush and Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall.” Everyone listened to music on terrestrial radio or on good old cassette tapes — and Brad Singer opened Zia Records opened its first store in Phoenix. Now, 40 years later, we’ve gone from cassettes to CDs to vinyl making a comeback, all the way to Spotify and Apple Music and YouTube. In short, the music industry has been revolutionized, but, through all of it, Zia Records is still around. In fact, it’s expanded in that time, and its current general manager has plans to expand more. The Show sat down with Zia’s Jarrett Hankinson to talk more about how a record store today survives and the impact it’s had on our city in the last few decades.

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In rotation: 3/3/20

Four Key Takeaways From the RIAA’s 2019 Year-End Report: …The U.S. recorded music business generated $11.1 billion in revenue in 2019, according to the RIAA’s annual year-end report, a 13% year-over-year increase from the $9.8 billion it reached in 2018. But within those numbers are a few hidden gems that can be highlighted as trends to keep an eye on. Here are four key takeaways: #VinylWatch: It’s our favorite thing to point out every single time these reports are released. For the first time since 2004 (when the RIAA started tracking download singles and albums), vinyl revenue has surpassed that of album downloads and digital track downloads, with its $504 million representing its largest revenue total since 1988 and its 14th straight year of growth. Not only that, its rate of growth is accelerating even as its baseline revenue increases, too — its 19% growth in 2019 is more than double the 8% it grew in 2018, an impressive feat.

Shawnee, KS | Review: Love Garden Sounds: O.K., I know that in my last review I pretty much roasted Josey Records for being too far away from where we live and now you’re probably seeing me write a review on a store that is in Lawrence thinking what is this dude doing? Yes, Love Garden is quite far away from the Mill Valley area, but this store does offer something that the others have talked about before do not and that is location. Location is everything when it comes to having a successful business and something that I think has definitely helped Love Garden become so successful is the fact that they are located on Massachusets Street. Mass St. offers countless stores and restaurants, with most being unique to the Lawrence area. If you are wanting to make a day out of going to the record store, Love Garden would definitely be one of my top suggestions. Parking may be a struggle at times, but once you step into Love Garden all of your frustrations will be forgotten.

Brooklyn, NY | Show Us Your Space: Leesta Vall’s Direct-to-Vinyl Recording Studio: …Welcome to Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. We’re a niche record label based in Brooklyn, New York, with an exclusive focus on vinyl releases. Though we have several unique and ongoing vinyl-related initiatives, the label was founded on the back of our Direct-to-Vinyl Live Sessions project, which are live performances at our studio cut directly to 7″ lathe cut vinyl records. No tracking or overdubs of any kind. Just a song played live, mixed, and mastered on the fly, and cut right to limited-edition lathe-cut vinyl records. Our mission is to provide an authentic, one-to-one experience between artist and listener. Our records are like audio polaroids; they capture music in its truest form, live, in real-time, one at a time, resulting in a unique musical artifact.

Hamburg, DE | A local’s guide to Hamburg: 10 top tips. With buzzy cafes, plenty of green space, music venues, fashion and football, there’s more to the Beatles’ favourite German city than the Reeperbahn. Michelle, ma belle: The vinyl record scene is booming in Hamburg, hardly surprising given the vibrant DJ clubbing scene. Each neighbourhood has its specialist stores but nothing beats the venerable Michelle, a big and beautiful record shop in a quiet side street just off the department stores lining Mönckebergstrasse, the city’s main shopping street. Musicians love Michelle because the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. It stocks about 30,000 records, from hip-hop and indie to jazz, funk, electro and techno, but you have to come in and browse as it doesn’t sell on the internet. Check Michelle’s Facebook page for its monthly gig, with a band of the moment performing live in the shop window.

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In rotation: 3/2/20

Distribution Crisis Threatens Record Store Day 2020: Can physical media continue to prosper at a time when streaming has all but consumed today’s music industry while the likes of Spotify and Amazon sign up subscribers at unprecedented rates and the distribution chain responsible for shipping most catalog classics and new releases on LP and CD implodes? It’s a topic weighing heavily on the minds of independent record store owners around the country, not to mention indie labels and artists as Record Store Day 2020 approaches. Indie shops are struggling to update their inventory in the face of a distribution crisis that boiled over in recent months, causing many to ask: Will the distribution arm of the music biz be able to get its act together in time for the national event set for Saturday April 18.

Baltimore, MD | Physical Good Still Rule: For a number of years, I worked at a record store, and for a number of years before that I had been a customer at said record store. Every time I went into the store, I noticed one of the managers there had a button on his name-tag that read “Physical Goods Still Rule”…Now that I had more time to listen to music at home, I remembered what made me love physical media so much in the first place. You can hold it; it’s tangible. The sound quality of a record or CD compared to that downloaded MP3 played on your phone is dramatically better. While I sit in my living room with a record on, I can read about the record from the packaging it came in. I can learn who played on the record, who produced it, where and when it was recorded among many other things. Through this you feel a deeper connection to the music. You learn that the people making this record aren’t just a name and an album cover, they’re real folks like the rest of us. But the tangibility of these pieces of music is only half the reason why physical goods are superior.

Ottawa, CA | Hobo Cannabis taking over Compact Music Centretown location as record store downsizes: Compact Music Co-owner Ian Boyd says he’s just glad it’s not another record shop taking their place after 17 years in downtown and Centretown. Marijuana is following music at one centretown business location, as Compact Music closes one of its long-time stores. Ian Boyd and his brother James have been selling records in Ottawa for more than 40 years — 23 of those with Compact Music in The Glebe and 17 in their downtown and Centretown locations. The 206 Bank Street retail space has belonged to Compact for the last seven years, and Ian Boyd, 62, says he’s been getting ready to downsize to just one store simply because he’s getting older. He had recently given his landlord notice that the business would be leaving on June 30, but then received a notice from the landlord on February 5 that he needed to be out of the building in 90 days.

Madison, WI | Looking at the history, function of B-Side Records: Since inception in 1982, B-Side Records has survived ownership change, CD, digital music revolutions to become State Street’s last surviving music shop. Walking down Madison’s most trafficked street, there is a store that might be missed by the average passerby. Its exterior is simple with a blue neon sign reading “B-Side Records,” but most people know little about the decades of music history seen by State Street’s last surviving music shop. B-Side Records was opened on State Street in the fall of 1982 by two graduates from the University of Michigan. The partners, Ralph Cross and Dan Jenkins, worked together at the Ann Arbor record store Schoolkids Records and dreamed about opening their own store upon graduation. In 1983, Madison Area Technical College student Steve Manley was one of B-Side’s most loyal customers, later becoming one of the first people to be placed on B-Side’s payroll. Within a year, he worked his way up to manager. Just under 15 years ago, Cross and Jenkins fulfilled their long term promise and sold their share of the store to Manley.

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In rotation: 2/28/20

Paris, FR | Vinyl digs its new groove: …”The enthusiasm of the French for vinyl is undeniable, they are always more likely to buy”, said Tuesday Alexandre Lasch, director general of Snep during the presentation of the results of the French music market for 2019. Either 4.1 million groove cakes sold in 2019 compared to 3.9 million in 2018. In 2015, only 900,000 vinyl records had sold. Alban Lecourt, manager of the specialized store Ground Zero, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, does not hide however that it is a “niche market, with few practitioners”. What Snep does not hide either: vinyl represents 20% of physical sales, still dominated by the CD. But the independent record store stresses that “almost all of the music offer is released on vinyl” now, which was no longer the case. “We did rock, indie rock, but there are also artists of variety who had abandoned this medium and are coming back to it.” Large brands also take care of the format. “The space dedicated to vinyl has also greatly expanded over time that the product has taken off year after year, “comments a spokesperson for Fnac interviewed by AFP.

Petaluma, CA | Vital Vinyl: Where to get your groove back. It’s early afternoon on a Tuesday and Kirk Heydt, proprietor of 2-year-old, Petaluma-based Spin Records (1020 Petaluma Blvd. N.), is gently placing a record needle to vinyl while he explains to a customer that, “in the beginning of this ballad by the Ohio Players, the drummer just breaks into a drum solo. In a ballad! You never hear that and it actually got airplay!” It’s the kind of infectious, in-person enthusiasm that all but disappeared with the advent of illegal music downloading, which rebranded to corporate “streaming services” which, for the most part, killed record (and video) stores while also managing to devalue the very thing corporations were trying to exploit for money: music. Yet record stores aren’t down for the count quite yet. “I make enough to stay here and where I am; there’s no foot traffic, so it’s a destination,” Heydt says. “I have really loyal customers who are into all the way-obscure stuff—some very ‘not cheap’ records—and they really keep me going. It seems like a lot of people are getting more into records, too, which is cool.”

The Rega System One is an easy all-in-one vinyl solution: The Rega System One will cost £999 for a turntable, amplifier, speakers and even cables. Rega quietly announced a smattering of interesting new products at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show over the weekend. Front and centre is a brand new record player system, comprising a turntable, amplifier and speakers: the Rega System One, yours for £999, and due “late spring”. The System One uses one product with which we’re very familiar, the Planar One turntable, and two new products, the io amplifier and a pair of Kyte speakers. The Rega io (£379, when bought separately, due March/April) is a new integrated amplifier complete with an MM phono stage, 30 watts per channel, two line inputs and a high-quality headphone socket. This is a new line for the company, though we do remember a high-end Rega io DAC. The Rega Kyte speakers (£429, when bought separately) are an update, in name at least, on a classic pair of Rega speakers, which date back longer than we care to remember. They’ve clearly had a thorough design overhaul and look very smart…

UK | The Big Moon announced as Record Store Day UK ambassadors for 2020: “Support your local record store!” The Big Moon have been announced as the UK’s Record Store Day ambassadors for 2020. The ‘Walking Like We Do’ band follow in the esteemed steps of Sir Elton John, Kate Tempest, Rag n Bone Man and The Mighty Boosh – who have all been ambassadors in the past. To celebrate their new role, the London group will record their own Record Store Day release live in front of an audience at London’s Metropolis Studios on March 5. It’s thought to be the first time that an artist will have recorded three tracks in one take with a live audience in the studio with them. Discussing the honour, The Big Moon’s Celia Archer said: “We’re so excited to be ambassadors for Record Store Day! “When I was a kid music was still a really tribal thing and if you were into alternative music the record store was a really important space to hang out and spend weekends browsing through things with mates, discovering whole new sounds and genres just because you liked the art work, picking up music magazines and finding out about gigs.

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In rotation: 2/27/20

Streaming and vinyl bring color back to the record market: The upturn in the sector is confirmed with a 5.4% increase in the recorded music market in 2019. More and more French people are subscribing to on-demand listening offers. It’s probably a first. During the presentation on Tuesday morning of the music market results for the past year, not once was the word piracy spoken! Growing for the fourth consecutive year, the sector which has regained color has visibly moved on to something else. With progression “Sustained” of the recorded music turnover to 5.4% and 772 million of receipts, this long moribund market was again pulled by the streaming (59% of the sales), while the physical supports fall again by 10% . And if the CD remains the second most profitable format after streaming, thanks to a network which still has 4,000 points of sale, vinyl confirms as everywhere its good health. Sales are up 12% and now represent 20% of the physical market, with 42% of buyers under the age of 30.

Ottawa, CA | Downtown music store to close, make way for pot shop: Compact Music is the city’s longest-running independent music retailer, with a primary location in the Glebe that’s been a fixture since the mid-1990s. Compact Music co-owner Ian Boyd quips that one of his stores is going to pot after 17 years. His downtown Bank Street location is set to close in May to make way for a Hobo cannabis store, and Boyd has mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, he and his brother James, who’s also a partner in the business, are in their 60s and were already starting to make plans to downsize the two-store business to one location. In December, they gave six months’ notice to their landlord that they would not be renewing the lease at 206 Bank St. That would have given them until the end of June to clear out the bins of vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and everything else… “We would have much preferred to stay to June to have a longer window to sell all our inventory,” Ian Boyd said. “We were even thinking that we might want to renew. Business is up at both stores, and it’s all because of vinyl.”

London, UK | A new record shop has opened in London: Selling Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis’ record collection as well as secondhand offerings. A new record shop – called Atlantis Records – has opened in Hackney, London. Located in the former premise of Pacific Social Club cafe, Atlantis Records will sell Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis’ record collection, which spans from early jungle and UK indie records. In addition to vinyl, it also includes acetates and cassettes. Atlantis Records will also stock secondhand records spanning a range of genres – with everything from from ’50s Yemeni Yiddish dance music, classical and reggae, to free jazz, soul and spoken word represented in the shop. Atlantis also plans to sell beer on tap, as well as hosting DJ sets and small gigs in the space. Visit Atlantis Records in person at 8 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8HB, open daily 10am – 7pm

Santa Fe, NM | The Guy in the Groove record shop moves to Constellation Home Electronics: Dick Rosemont is continuing his 43-year run as a vinyl record shop owner in a new location. His The Guy in the Groove store earlier this month moved to Constellation Home Electronics, 215 N. Guadalupe St. Since 2012, The Guy in the Groove had been inside A Sound Look, 502 Cerrillos Road. Rosemont became a record store co-owner in East Lansing, Mich., where he had Flag, Black & Circular from 1977 to 2011. He followed his wife, photographer and filmmaker Jane Rosemont, to New Mexico after she got an offer from a Santa Fe gallery. These days, he has more of a vinyl record nook, with about 1,500 to 2,000 discs on hand at any time. He is the only person on staff. Rosemont has stuck with vinyl since the Carter administration. “They didn’t go away,” he said of record outlets. “They just went to smaller stores. The end of the ’90s and early 2000s were the low point in vinyl sales. Last year albums surpassed CDs for the first time since the 1980s. It’s a hip alternative.”

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In rotation: 2/26/20

Boise, ID | New record store now open on Boise Bench: Music fans can now enjoy a new record store on the Boise Bench. Modern Sounds Vinyl & Music opened late last year in the Vista Plaza at 556 S. Vista Ave, near Jumpin’ Janet’s. The Boise Weekly first spotted the new store in a profile just before Christmas. It offers a selection of vinyl in a small former clothing store location. Co-owners Matt Eggers and Derek Anderson started the store, following a passion for music, according to BW. The shop operates just four days per week – Thursday through Sunday, for now. Modern Sounds sells, buys and trades music – and says they are also stocking a “growing selection” of newer music on vinyl, too. “I kept looking at the space and daydreaming about it,” Anderson told BW. “I finally thought, ‘Why not take a shot or you’ll never know?’ If you’re going to do something in life it should be something you like.”

Wooster, OH | Lucky Records will close this week but vinyl will live on in downtown Wooster with opening of Blackbird Records: When Dave Rodgers opened Lucky Records in downtown Wooster seven years ago, he was a little worried. Not only was it a risk to open an independent record store during a time when he wondered if Wooster’s love for vinyl was strong enough for the place to thrive, but Rodgers and his wife, Lorie, welcomed music lovers for the first time on Sept. 13, 2013. “Coincidentally, it was a Friday the 13th, which I find very humorous,” Rodgers said last week with a laugh, and usually nothing about that is “lucky.” The store, located at 126 S. Market St., will be open for its last day Saturday. Another store, Blackbird Records, will open in its place in March. Though bittersweet, “This is a happy ending to a time in my life that I have truly loved and enjoyed,” Rodgers wrote in a Facebook announcement earlier this month. He added that he’s thankful to the loyal customers and bands he’s met along the way. Lucky Records’ run has been a dream come true for this “lifelong music fan.”

Record Store Day Heads Into Its Biggest Year Yet — Names Brandi Carlisle ‘Ambassador’: Record Store Day 2020 appears set to thrill vinyl fans and spur considerable sales. And in a testament to just how strong the record (and the record store) is, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Brandi Carlile is jumping aboard as a brand ambassador. The announcement was made via Record Store Day’s official website. A six-minute-long video showcases Carlile’s extensive record collection (and her well-decorated, comfortable-looking “attic recording studio”). The 38-year-old’s most prized records include Elton John’s Madman Across the Water (which played during the clip), a signed Carter Family work, and a signed copy of Joni Mitchell’s Blue, among several others. It was also noted that Carlile’s love for the format has prompted her to make each of her efforts available on vinyl, dating back to her self-titled debut album in 2005. The Washington native closed the video by reminding fans that independent record stores care for and protect artists’ dreams, and that it’s important to help these businesses stay afloat.

Patchogue, NY | Record Store Day to be celebrated in Patchogue April 18 outside Record Stop: The international Record Store Day happens Saturday, April 18. And as usual, Record Stop in Patchogue is planning a block party of sorts to mark the occasion. For the uninitiated, Record Store Day involves special release records available for the first time only that-day, as well as discounts and other promotions from independent record stores. And plenty of music and partying. Lines are known to form around blocks for music fans clamoring for that long-awaited album finally pressed or re-released in vinyl form. “One of my favorite days of the year is Record Store Day, which happens the third Saturday of every April. And we are blessed to have one of the greatest record stores on Long Island right here in our hometown,” said David Kennedy, a vinyl enthusiast and the executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.

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In rotation: 2/25/20

Apollo Masters Fire: Where Now for the Record Industry? …For readers in the UK and Europe, I can offer some degree of relief, as many mastering facilities across the region use lacquers from the Japanese-based manufacturer, MDC. One such mastering house is Alchemy Mastering in West London. Alchemy founder, Barry Grint spoke to us shortly after the fire to explain how the situation might affect his business. “In the short term, there is little change,” Barry explains. “The current position is that MDC will continue to supply their clients with the same volume of blank lacquers as they have historically used on average. They are not going to take on new clients, nor increase their prices.” We were able to confirm the security of production further when speaking with French-based producers, MPO International. Their CEO, Alban Pingeot, echoed Barry’s reassurance. “Europe is mainly served by MDC (somewhere around 80%), so the fire will not affect our business short term. We might notice some delay over the coming months with new releases, and the market price for lacquers and cutting could be under pressure. For now, at least, it’s business as usual.”

Medicine Hat, AB | Medicine Hat’s record man bringing back memories one groove at a time: After the closure of the long-standing Arcade Records in 2013, Medicine Hat was left without a dedicated vinyl music store. That is until 2016 when Big Al’s Records moved in downtown – first to a location on Third Street and then to its current location on North Railway. And despite the advent of CDs and digital streaming services, the turntable is still spinning at Big Al’s. As for the name of the shop, owner Dale Brigham said, “my middle name is Alan and Big Dale’s didn’t sound right.” But as for the reason for opening up the hot wax business, Brigham said that had as much to do with the heart as the sound of the music format. “My wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 50,” said Brigham. “And it’s funny because music is the only thing she remembers. She doesn’t remember her family but play an Aerosmith song—and she is non-verbal—she will spit out the words to an Aerosmith song and tap to the music. That’s why I got in, to bring people back their memories.”

Paducah, KY | Unique spin: Local craftsman makes liquid-filled vinyl records. Vinyl records’ resurgence over the last decade has seen whole communities of collectors and craftspeople spring up around the country. Records aren’t just black pieces of vinyl anymore though — now, they can be tie-dye, all shades of the rainbow, shaped like a ninja star, or even liquid-filled in the case of one Paducah artist. Matt Ortt, a Princeton native and local resident for the past two decades or so, has created liquid-filled records and music accessories for four years, but he’s been a fan of vinyl for much longer. “Honestly, I’ve always been a music fan, and I think any hardcore music fan gravitates towards the format,” Ortt, 40, said in his workshop Thursday. “The sound, having the physical copy, the art, all of that stuff attracted me to records when I was younger.” Something of a tinkerer, Ortt started his journey by making 45 adapters out of resin because, he reasoned, there was “really just about every kind of accessory that you could think of, but for the most part those adapters have remained basic little pieces of plastic.”

Even If You Don’t Watch High Fidelity, Please, Please Listen to the Soundtrack: The reboot of High Fidelity is all about a record store owner (played by Zoë Kravitz), so it makes sense that the show’s soundtrack would be top-notch. Over the course of the 10 episodes in the first season, viewers get to hear an eclectic selection of amazing music, bridging many genres and embracing little-known songs as much as massive hits from music icons. Where else could you possibly find a soundtrack that seamlessly incorporates Celine Dion, David Bowie, Frank Ocean, Aretha Franklin, and a slew of bands in different genres who you might not have heard before? Ahead, we’ve rounded up the amazing soundtrack from High Fidelity — keep reading for your latest playlist.

Nick Hornby approves of gender twist in Hulu version of ‘Excessive Constancy’: Nick Hornby’s hit novel “Excessive Constancy” has been reimagined as a Hulu sequence with Zoë Kravitz because the lead — and the writer endorses the gender twist. “I assumed it was actually cool, particularly after I came upon who the lady was going to be,” Hornby advised The Submit’s Nicki Gostin at a New York screening. “I by no means thought it was about guys notably. I assumed it was about music and relationships.” The 2000 characteristic movie version starred John Cusack as a record-store proprietor combating love and in pursuit of making the proper mixtape for all of it. Today its music obsessed writer says, “I do make Spotify playlists — however they can’t be pretty much as good, since you haven’t spent the entire three minutes listening to the music. So many instances you get the thought for the following music whereas listening to the earlier music . . . so that they’re inferior.”

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