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

In rotation: 10/24/17

DJ Shadow to sell more of his personal record collection in Los Angeles: DJ Shadow will sell his own records, CDs and other collectible music ephemera at Rappcats in Los Angeles on November 4th and 5th. The two-day pop-up event is the second Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale, where he opens up his personal music stash to fans and collectors. That includes not just records but CDs, cassettes, posters and “other oddities,” plus limited DJ Shadow items and rarities. “This is a chance for producers, dealers and DJs to access seldom-seen and eclectic vinyl at affordable prices…”

Bernie Grundman wants to change the way you hear music — for the better: One of the music industry’s most respected mastering engineers, Grundman specializes in an arcane yet crucial part of the recording process — the last step, essentially, before a piece of music is readied for mass consumption on CD or vinyl or, as is most often the case these days, as a stream of digital information beamed down from the cloud via Spotify or Apple Music. Mastering involves striking the final balance of the various elements in a mix, getting the dynamics just right, controlling the amount of silence between tracks — each of which can significantly affect an intricate production like some of those Grundman has mastered, including Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Steely Dan’s “Aja.”

A new record pressing plant is opening in California: California’s Bay Area is getting a new vinyl manufacturing hub this year, reports KQED Arts. Second Line Vinyl will open this winter in Oakland operating on one machine initially before expanding to a further five by 2018. The plant will be city’s first since first since iconic early 20th century label Victor Records shut its doors in 1935. Founder Zane Howard wants to turn the 40,000 square foot factory into “a one-stop-shop for independent labels wanting to press records,” says KQED.

New Harry Potter soundtrack picture-disc boxset unveiled: The Harry Potter film series is one of the most successful cinematic franchises of all time and it continues to inspire a passionate and growing following around the world. One key that helped bring author J.K. Rowling’s books to life on the big screen was the evocative music created for the films by great composers like John Williams, Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper. This autumn, Rhino will transport you to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with a limited edition boxed set that features the soundtracks to the series’ first five films pressed on vinyl picture discs (10 LPs). Harry Potter: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks I-V will be available on 17 November.

Tame Impala Announce Currents Collectors Edition Box Set: Tame Impala have announced an extended edition of their 2015 record Currents. The box set—called Currents Collectors Edition— is out November 17 via Interscope. Along with the original album on red marbled vinyl, the Collectors Edition includes two new remixes on a 12″ vinyl, as well as a 7″ and flexidisc with three B-sides. There’s also new artwork, a poster, and a zine with “images and scribbles” from the recording process, according to a press release.

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In rotation: 10/23/17

Chase And Status Are Opening A Record Shop In Brixton: Chase And Status are set to open a pop up record shop in Brixton. The production duo have always been open about their influences, absorbing everything from classic roots through to dubstep and breaks. A uniquely London sound, Chase And Status are set to play a sold out Brixton Academy show on November 1st. To keep the celebrations flowing, though, the duo want to set up a pop up record shop in the South London borough. Sharing premises with historic reggae dugout Lion Vibes, Chase And Status will be selling exclusive merch, limited pressings, and a whole lot more.

Vinyl lives: A guide to all 27 of Brooklyn’s record stores: Fall is officially upon us, which means less time spent outdoors and more time at home. And just like the squirrel who saved up nuts for the winter, you might as well stock up on some new records now for those long, dark nights come December. Before moving to Brooklyn a few months ago, I worked at a record shop in DC for three years, so I was excited to see what my new home has in store. I spent the summer rifling through the stacks in all the record stores in Brooklyn to make you this handy guide.

‘Villain of Vinyl’ to open old school LP store in Lexington: DJ Kingpin Kingsley A. Waring–otherwise known as the Villain of Vinyl–will give vinyl fans another spot to get their hands on some vinyl (otherwise known as records or LPs for old schoolers) starting Oct. 28. That’s when Waring will open Turntable City at 202 W. Main St. in Lexington right next to Libby’s and M. Gallery. The shop will include rock, hip-hop, jazz and more album genres. “We aim to add to the great legacies of local record stores like Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, Sounds Familiar, Manifest and will work to the be the best,” said Waring, also known for his work with the Non Stop Hip Hop Live & The Love, Peace, & Hip Hop Music Festival.

Guildford Record Fairs Continue To Grow In Popularity: Guildford Record Fairs are a regular event in Guildford High Street’s historic Guildhall. The fairs, hosted by Ben Darnton of Ben’s Collectors Records in Tunsgate, have been running for seven years and continue to grow in popularity. The next fair will be on Saturday, October 28 from 9am to 6pm. Entry is free. Two further fairs follow this year, on Sunday, November 26 and Sunday, December 17…The Guildford Record Fairs encourage record sellers from around the county to bring along their vinyl records, browse the stalls and meet up with like-minded collectors. The events can attract more than 500 visitors, so stall holders are always busy.

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In rotation: 10/20/17

Mt. Lebanon residents open Get Hip Record Store: Mt. Lebanon residents Gregg Kostelich and Barbara Garcia-Bernardo announced the grand opening of their new Get Hip Record Store on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. A grand opening event is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21, featuring live music from 7 to 9. New Orleans garage-psych band Bipolaroid will be preceded by Pittsburgh rockers Gas Tiger, and DJ Flipside Scotty will spin vintage records throughout the evening. The store is located one floor below the Get Hip Recordings label headquarters, 1800 Columbus Ave.

INTERVIEW: Paul Raper, Co-Owner, SingleShot Vinyl Records & Coffeehouse: Youngsters and students seem to have gone past the digital age – they still listen to things digitally when they’re on the move, but they want to hold a physical copy of something again. The older generations have always had that, they’ve always been able to appreciate it, but this is something that younger fans have re-discovered, or even discovered for the first time. It doesn’t tend to be CDs any more, there’s a kind of love and a nostalgia about records, that sense that something has been loved by someone else before you. We get stuff in from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s and you’ll often see little messages written on the liner notes, perhaps birthday messages. We don’t get rid of that, it’s part of this history!

Mainline Records takes over Disc-O-Rama space in the Village, open now: Manhattan has a new record store, Mainline Records, which opened a couple weeks ago in the Village in the old Disc-O-Rama space at 44 W. 8th St (between Macdougal and 6th Ave). The store is owned by Bob Perry, who bought Boston’s Cheapo Records last year, and they’re planning on a mix of secondhand records and new stuff too — they have CDs too. Regular record shoppers may recognize a few faces behind the counter, including Chris Vanderloo from Other Music who is helping get the store up and running just in its opening weeks.

Why Vinyl Matters: musicians, producers and record label gurus make the case: Last year, vinyl sales hit a 25-year high in the UK. Both young and old people ditched digital and snapped up the physical format of their favourite albums. But why? A new book, by cratedigger extraordinaire Jennifer Otter Bickerdike hopes to answer that very question. She’s spent the past 12 months or so chatting to a load of famous vinyl heads – including Lars Ulrich, Fatboy Slim and Tim Burgess – to get their opinion on the matter. Here’s what they said.

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In rotation: 10/19/17

Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection? Greg Cooper was going through a marriage break-up the day he decided to sell his CDs…Mr. Cooper, for his part, doesn’t think he’s going to miss his collection — and doubts that, like vinyl, the CD will come roaring back into the popular consciousness. “The dual cases are ugly as hell, they break, they get all scratched up,” he said. “The CD is not a beautiful looking thing. “The artwork on some of them is great but it’s like 10cm by 10cm. It’s not something you want to put on your wall and admire.” If he’s ever feeling nostalgic, he said, he just searches YouTube or Spotify.

Into the groove: Rediscovering the timeless magic of black vinyl: When it comes to collecting records, most people would have some way to go before they can match Zero Freitas, a Brazilian in his early sixties. He has spent decades, and colossal sums of money, on vinyl. His collection is in excess of eight million. Two years ago he was reported to be knocking down three properties in Sao Paulo in order to build a five-storey home for his records. Whether you’re Zero Freitas or an enthusiast of more limited means, there are unalloyed pleasures to be had from records: the tactile joy of easing the vinyl from its sleeve: the crackle as the needle is lowered onto the grooves: the warm sound that fills the room.

The Urbanears ADE hideout is back for 2017! Iconic headphones brand Urbanears return to ADE for the third successive year of the Urbanears Hideout. The creative and relaxing sanctuary is a hub for events, meetings and showcases. Perched on top of Rokin – with 360° views of the city – it’s a pretty special place to spend some time during ADE. From 19th – 21st October they’ll be running an open house between 12pm-4pm, where you can drop by to enjoy Swedish refreshments, dig through crates at the pop-up Clone Records store, and relax in a venue unlike any other. In addition to the record store and refreshments, there will be discussions and performances from artists including Tom Trago and Le Fleur plus brand showcases from PLAYdifferently. And best of all, it’s absolutely free.

No Doubt’s Self-Titled Debut Set For 25th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue: UMe are set to release a special vinyl edition of No Doubt’s self-titled debut album on 10 November 2017 to celebrate the record’s 25th anniversary. The band’s eponymous 1992 debut album introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind band that would soon dominate the music world with their dynamic sound. With such early hits as ‘Trapped In A Box’ exemplifying the group’s original ska-pop sound, No Doubt kicked off the band’s career with a bang, laying the groundwork for the multi-platinum success that they’d achieve over the next twenty-plus years. In addition to marking the debut disc’s first ever vinyl release the new edition of No Doubt will be pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl.

Darkest Dungeon’s chilling soundtrack to get limited edition vinyl release: In January last year, Andy chatted to Ghost Ramp about how the Californian record label is embracing games. Since then, the likes of Crypt of the Necrodancer, Nuclear Throne, and a handful of other neat indie games have seen their soundtracks translated to vinyl alongside some bespoke and eye-catching sleeve art…With an impressive 18 tracks, Ghost Ramp’s Patrick McDermott describes this project as the label’s “biggest to date”. And anyone that’s played Red Hook Studios’ wonderfully brutal role-player will appreciate just how much atmosphere composer Stuart Chatwood’s score brings to the game’s dingy and dangerous dungeons.

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In rotation: 10/18/17

Record Store Day Announces Black Friday 2017 Titles: As we head into the holiday season, Record Store Day once again brings record stores into the spotlight, and shoppers back into thriving local businesses. Record stores are the perfect place to discover new musical loves, to re-discover old musical favorites, and to introduce new enthusiasts to the pure joy of music and of record collecting…Record stores are the place to be on Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season, because you want to give your family and friends great gifts, and record stores sell nothing but.

Every crate digger’s nightmare: Record store has “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” and nothing else: Anyone who would name his store Weirdsville and would transform it into a shrine to Herb Alpert is OK by me. I reached out to Taylor and got him to discuss the stunt. His amusing opening salvo went like this: “Every day we get records in. There will be AT LEAST 2 of these in every stack! 9 out of 10 households had this record! It’s a great record and who can’t love this cover?” One of the most interesting aspects of the display is that Taylor went out of his way to make sure customers understood that the copies are not for sale. Taylor says that he has about 75 copies of the album, and sheepishly admitted that he is “stockpiling the Herb.”

A fresh spin on library’s vinyl stash, Swap event to draw attention to updated record collection, now boasting current hits to go with intriguing obscurities. The Toronto Reference Library realized it was sitting on a veritable mountain of black gold — metaphorical gold in black-vinyl form, anyway — earlier this year when it got hip to the ongoing resurgence of popular interest in old-school LPs and decided to refresh the 15,000-strong record collection that had lain dormant and gathering dust on its shelves since the advent of CDs during the mid-1980s with an infusion of 100 new titles.

Vintage vinyl to go on sale at local charity store: Barnardo’s Scotland is urging collectors and new vinyl fans to rummage through their donations – where “real gems” have been spotted. Although streamed and digitally downloaded music remains the most popular form of listening to music, fans and collectors are buying vinyl in increasing numbers for its rich sound and nostalgic look. New albums are often released on vinyl by some artists. Last year, sales of vinyl records hit the highest level they have been at for a quarter of a century – with sales of the items increasing by 53 per cent. Last year, more than 3.2 million vinyl LPs were sold.

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In rotation: 10/17/17

Shaping the ’70s: Simon Draper and the Story of Virgin Records: Back at the beginning, though, Virgin was identified not with space tourism but with space rock. And the record company was really the brain child of someone whose un-Branson-like reserve and lack of flash has ensured he’s always kept a low profile. Simon Draper – the 20-year-old virtual stranger to whom Branson handed the aesthetic helm of Virgin Records at their first meeting in 1971 – is a name known to industry insiders and serious scholars of rock biz history. But few of the music fiends who cherish landmark albums like Robert Wyatt’s Rock Bottom, Faust’s The Faust Tapes and Public Image Ltd’s Metal Box, or who had their young minds blown by avant-pop Brit hits like Flying Lizards’ “Money” and Japan’s “Ghosts,” know about Draper’s role in nurturing these artists.

London record store presses vinyl to keep local bands grooving, “We wanted to step up so bands could have a physical release and continue their career.” A local record store is offering up-and-coming bands in London a chance to record in studio and press vinyl to sell exclusively in the store. Grooves Records hope it’s a way to give a leg up to musicians and to keep the local music scene alive. “The scene is incredible right now! There are so many bands that pop up and disappear and a lot of it has to do with lack of finances,” said store manager Andy Grimster, who has been working on the project for over a year. Grooves Records released the first offering, a locally produced seven-inch EP for punk rock band Strange Ways on Friday.

Hipster status might make Columbus uncool: Deep in ZIP code 43202 on Friday afternoon, I rounded the corner from East Hudson to southbound Summit Street and grudgingly gave Yelpers their due. A line of patrons stretched out the door of Evolved Body Art, which to celebrate Friday the 13th was offering $13 tattoos and $13 piercings to the first 113 people in line. Leery of needles not attached to a turntable, I instead went inside Used Kids Records. Standing behind the counter, employee Jimmy Buttons saw the humor of the Yelp rating, and also an opportunity. “That makes us the hippest record store in the country,” he declared. Used Kids, a fixture of the city’s music scene since 1986, moved to Summit Street in 2016 after 30 years on North High Street near Ohio State University. The new neighborhood is a great fit, Buttons said. The eclectic mix of mom-and-pop businesses feels like North High did years ago.

Inside The World’s Biggest Record Fair: Speed metal. Prog. Nederbeat. South African jazz. Cape Verde folk. A specialist in Golden Earring… If there’s a record you’re looking for – any record – chances are, it’s here, on one of the Mega Record & CD Fair’s 550 stalls. And when the doors are flung open at 9am on the first day, a snaking queue of eager punters from a similarly long list of nations pour into the hall. Some 25,000 people leave behind the springtime sunshine for this vast utilitarian air hangar-like hall over two days that would test the willpower of even the most financially challenged magazine journalist. The undisputed world’s biggest record fair happens twice a year, with a total of 60,000 people paying €12 to €14 each to spend a day digging through thousands of crates in search of the Holy Grail.

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In rotation: 10/16/17

Zed Records and the Birth of SoCal Punk, The first store in Southern California to solely stock punk and hardcore, Zed Records became a beloved epicenter of the emerging scene: For brothers Mike and Danny Zampelli, being musically adventurous in the seaside town of Long Beach, California during the early 1970s was no easy task…“We either had to drive an hour to Hollywood to a store that was catty-corner from the Whisky A Go Go called Sound Spectrum, or down to a place in Laguna Beach to get the import records we wanted back then,” says Mike, reminiscing on his vinyl-buying woes. In time, the brothers’ feverish pursuit of the arcane and unusual would lead to the opening of Zed Records, the first record store in Southern California to solely stock punk rock.

Dining: 5 hot new restaurants to try this fall: The Vinyl Room—At the crossroads of music and craft beer is The Vinyl Room, a hybrid record store and bar in Wappingers Falls. The business may cover two bases but it does not skimp as a bar or as a music shop. Records such as King Crimson’s “The Court of the Crimson King,” James Brown’s soundtrack to “Black Caesar,” and Elvis Presley’s eponymous album line the walls of the store, and that’s before searching through the shelves and bins filled with vinyl throughout the store. And the craft beer selection is impressive with rotating options such as Chatham Brewing’s Raspberry Wheat Ale and Industrial Arts’s Week 52 India Pale Ale. What it lacks in a kitchen, it makes up with fresh pizza delivered from the Wagon Wheel.

Toronto Reference Library Record Swap! Have you camped out overnight before Record Store Day? Are the words “diggin’ in the crates” and “dusty fingers” part of your personal manifesto? When you close your eyes do you see spinning black circles? If any of these are the case, then you’re probably a record fanatic. Well, I am too, and on Monday, Oct. 16, the Arts department of the Toronto Reference Library is hosting a record swap; whether you’ve been collecting wax since the dawn of the LP or are new to the record game, we hope you’ll join us up on the fifth floor to trade an album or two with other fans (sorry, I won’t be swapping records from the library’s collection!), or just chat about the latest happenings in the vinyl revival.

Despite technology, vinyl continues to thrive: As streaming services and online music stores have become the new standard for listening to music, some people, old and young, are embracing vinyl records. “We’ve been pretty amazed that the bubble has not popped, year after year we are saying, ‘Wow, it’s still going,’” Jon Howard, manager of Flat, Black & Circular, said. Flat, Black & Circular celebrates its 40th anniversary in East Lansing this year. The 1970s and 80s were the golden age for records. 1978 was the highest-grossing year, with over $2.3 billion in sales. However, as time went on and new media took over, sales started to drop. Record sales averaged around $20 million per year across the 90s and early 2000s.

WaxWork Records Announces Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Soundtrack On Vinyl! Waxwork Records has done an glorious job of releasing the first three Friday The 13th films scores on vinyl over the last couple of years and we know that the fans should expect at least three more soundtracks from surging record company. Back in January, the record label teased an new release for the franchise and today they have officially announced Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter! The vinyl soundtrack will be available this Friday. No other details are available as of yet, but keep an eye for more info as it is released. In the mean time, check out the cover art for the label below, posted on the company’s Twitter account. It looks awesome!

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In rotation: 10/13/17

Which Sounds Better, Analog or Digital Music? The answer is subjective, but the underlying math is not: So what do pure tones have to do with the groove on a record being able to tell David Bowie and Nina Simone apart? It turns out that any curve can be written in exactly one way as a combination of curves with uniform amplitude and frequency. In other words, the single squiggle captured in the groove of a record player can be written as a combination of pure tones. And there is only one combination that will produce any particular squiggle. The tool that makes this possible comes from mathematics and is called the Fourier transform. Combined with the fact that the sound we experience is determined by the exact combination of pure tones, this bit of mathematics explains how the vinyl record groove can completely determine the music you hear.

Old Soul’s move proves good for business: The plan for Old Soul Vintage Attire and Records was always to be located on Main Street. But when the store opened, there were no vacant storefronts. Earlier this year, the business owners located at 106 N. Main St. retired and closed down their store, creating an open spot for Old Soul. The new location, which has been open for just a week, has already paid dividends, said owner Katy McClenathan. “Foot traffic and what we’ve found out over the last two days we’ve been open, is there are people who don’t come to Mansfield often, but when they do they go to Relax, (it’s just Coffee). Well, we’re right across the street,” she said. “They’ll see our store. So they’ll come in. That’s been good.”

Vinyl record collectors on the rise: The sale of vinyl records has hit a 25-year high, since its hey day in the 1980s. Both new and used record sales have increased over 100-percent in the past year. I visited a vinyl record swap and sell meet in Lake Charles to see what’s behind this increase in record interest.These collectors from all over Southwest Louisiana are looking for jewels. They represent a growing number of music lovers who are dropping digital downloads and CD and going back to record albums. “I think people started missing the warmth of vinyl and also just the whole tactile and cool liner notes you get with an album,” said Rod Begnaud, who has been in the radio industry for 34 years and is a collector. “Vinyl has definitely come back. Right now vinyl is outselling CDs.”

Round and round, After drop in popularity, vinyl records make comeback: The popularity of vinyl has a presence that can be felt in Marquette. From Gitche Gumee Cafe & Records shop, which regularly hosts record sales at Blackrocks Brewery, to the Northern Michigan University Vinyl Record Club, which organizes three record sales a year that attract collectors and dealers from all around the state. On Saturday, the NMU record club held its most recent event, garnering an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 vinyl records and pop culture items for the public to view and browse, said Jon Teichman, faculty adviser to the club. Around eight vendors were present and between 200 to 300 visitors stopped by the Peter White Lounge of the University Center, where the event was held.

Record-breaking turntables category for What Hi-Fi? Awards 2017: As much as we try to steer clear of tired, reductive clichés like ‘vinyl revival’, the addition of two new turntable Awards categories this year would suggest efforts are being redoubled by manufacturers as well as at those wildly overworked pressing plants. In 2016, Rega took the prize as our most affordable Award winner with its impeccable Planar 1 but, while that deck retains its champion status for under £500, Audio Technica’s introduction of the splendid AT-LP3 (above) has compelled us to dish out a separate prize in an under-£200 category. With built-in phono stage and fully automatic tonearm, it is a most welcome alternative to those all-in-one clamshell decks that seek to destroy your vinyl collection (both sonically and physically), and delivers tremendous performance in return for minimal effort or financial outlay.

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In rotation: 10/12/17

SunPress Vinyl Looks to Expand Its Operation With Equity Crowdfunding Campaign: The door of SunPress Vinyl’s Opa-locka record-pressing plant still bears the painted logo of its former days as Final Vinyal, but the progress it has made since opening less than a year ago is clear once you enter the office that leads to the six pressing machines. Framed records pressed at the plant decorate its walls — one is by Venezuelan band Viniloversus and another is a special-edition B.B. King reprint. Posters of the Marley family, with whom SunPress has an ongoing business relationship, crown the wall space behind Yashiv’s desk. The front office spills over with boxes, and recently pressed multicolored records are neatly stacked on chairs and tables.

The world’s best record shops #084: Record Mania, Stockholm: A record shop that proves bigger isn’t necessarily better, Record Mania is tucked away on a side-street in central Stockholm. Like Red Light in Amsterdam, Record Mania caters to a very specific type of collector and DJ, skirting the outer-reaches of the dancefloor in search of the most weird and wonderful records available. Expect rarities from across the jazz, funk, soul, disco and new wave spectrum, as well as any number of goodies from around the world, beautifully packaged and presented with informative, often mouth-watering tid-bit explanations that will leave you subsisting on nothing but crackers for the rest of your visit.

At Cleveland’s Gotta Groove, making vinyl records has become a rockin’ big business: Gotta Groove Records has been churning out vinyl recordings from its factory building tucked away in Tyler Village since 2009. Business is booming, too, spurred on by the music-buying public’s increasing appetite for vinyl LPs, and Gotta Groove’s own deep connections with the local music scene. Owner Vince Slusarz says the company just added fourth quality-control room to test records, and is considering adding a third shift of production to meet demand. In 2016, Gotta Groove manufactured nearly a million vinyl records at its Cleveland pressing plant. This year, Slusarz expects to produce more than a million.

Music fans pick up a bargain! Vinyl record collecters had a field day at the Winter Gardens at the weekend as music fans from all over the country gathered to buy and sell classic albums. Around 500 people poured into the Winter Gardens on Sunday to take part in the record collecter’s fair. Local record dealer Adrian Melling, who has 45 years of record-selling experience, said: “The fair is really popular. All the young people are getting interested in vinyl again. “There are all kinds of records. Rock, pop, jazz, folk, blues, soul, reggae, you name it. Everybody is interested in different things. “I’m very passionate about it, for sure. It’s always pleasant to meet people and the customers get to know each other as well.

Pink Floyd Records to release more remastered vinyl: Pink Floyd Records will reissue ‘A Collection Of Great Dance Songs’ and ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’ on vinyl on November 17, 2017. This marks the first time both albums have been available in this format for over 20 years. These recordings are the band’s first ‘best of’ and live albums to be remastered on vinyl. Over the past two years, Pink Floyd Records has released the entire studio collection as stereo remastered versions on heavyweight 180g vinyl. All are mastered from the original analogue studio tapes with album artwork faithfully reproduced. The same attention to detail applies to both of these albums.

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In rotation: 10/11/17

Dog statue graces The Record Store in Hayes: A large statue of a dog was unveiled at the opening of The Record Store in Hayes, located at The Old Vinyl Factory. The dog statue at the retail outlet is 5.5 metres in height. It corresponds with the famous logo which HMV uses. Other record companies have also employed the dog image, which is called Nipper, for marketing purposes. Printing services in Hayes may help to promote shops in the area. U+I played a significant role in overseeing the regeneration around the store. Richard Upton, the deputy chief executive at the firm, told Get West London: “What fascinated us was the potential of history at The Old Vinyl Factory and that had been missed by other developers…”

Vintage Trax rewinding the clock in Redditch for Cassette Store Day: Vintage Trax in Redditch are rewinding the clock this weekend for a celebration of all things retro. On Saturday (October 14) the independent record shop are hosting an event for Cassette Store Day, one of the only stores in the Midlands to be supporting the occasion. Cassette Store Day was founded in London by a group of UK labels in 2013, and has grown into a highly anticipated event, now in its fifth year. The day of global celebrations is in honour of the humble cassette tape, and opening up the doors at 10.30am, Vintage Trax will be stocking some of the new cassette releases along with 100s of preloved retro tapes across all genres.

A record was sold on eBay every 30 seconds in the UK last year: eBay has detailed eighteen major sales trends, to mark 18 years since the online marketplace launched in the UK. Using data from the UK site in 2016, eBay found that sale of retro items and vinyl records was the number one trend over the 12 months, with the popularity of Stranger Things sending searches for related ’80s ephemera surging 400%. Unsurprisingly, Trainspotting’s return to the cinema also fuelled interest in the original film. While data about sales of new records is reported on a regular basis, (with Q3’s report dropping last week) it’s always illuminating when marketplaces like Discogs and eBay provide insights into the second hand market.

Vinyl has made a comeback. Here’s where to feed your record obsession, With vinyl back in vogue, LP-themed bars and fairs are mushrooming globally. Despite its small size – there’s barely room for 10 – Little Soul Cafe, in the Shimokitazawa area known for its youthful population and trendy cafes, boasts 15,000 tightly packed records. This is the incredible collection of owner Miachan, who alternates between mixing whisky highballs and spinning rare soul and disco treasures that will thrill your ears. None of the records are for sale, although you can ask Miachan if there’s anything he’s looking to shift.

Cincinnati online auction platform selling one of America’s largest record collections: A Cincinnati-based online estate sale auction house is selling what it’s billing as one of America’s largest private vinyl collections. Everything but the House is auctioning off 250 albums in the collection of Howard Weinberg of Washington, D.C. from what they say “might be the largest vinyl record collection in America.” Weinberg’s collection contains about 2,500 Beatles albums alone. EBTH plans to auction off the collection through multiple sales. According to his brother, Marc, Howard bought every pressing that Capitol Records ever released of the Beatles, not including bootlegs or pressings from overseas.

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