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

In rotation: 7/3/18

Irvington, IN | Irvington Vinyl & Books will add new chapter to story of indie shops: Irvington Vinyl & Books will extend the music and literature legacy at the former site of Bookmamas and Irvington Vinyl. An opening-day party is scheduled 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 30 for the new shop that’s reviving the mission of two businesses that closed in March…Author Elysia Smith owns the independent shop that succeeds Bookmamas, a fixture in the neighborhood since 2005, and Irvington Vinyl — which opened inside the bookstore in 2014. Bookmamas owner Kathleen Angelone cited health issues when closing her store, and Irvington Vinyl owner Rick Wilkerson said he planned to move to a new city. In a blog post, Smith wrote that she purchased Wilkerson’s records, a collection with pedigree dating to his ownership of Missing Link Records from 1993 to 2008.

Fullerton, CA | Black Hole Records to Move From Downtown Fullerton Location After 27 Years: Fullerton punk rock history has taken back-to-back blows in a mosh pit of bummer news this week. News that the city’s longest-running record store, Black Hole Records, is moving from the brick and mortar shop they’ve called home for the last 27 years hit like a gut punch from a rogue leather jacket-clad elbow. Then passing of one of the genre and the city’s icons, Mr. Steve Soto, founding member of formative Fullerton punk band the Adolescents on Wednesday hit the scene like a steel-toed Doc Martin to the dome…The new location will be smaller than the current shop but it’s a move that’s actually bringing them back to their early punk roots.

San Luis Obispo, CA | 3 years after SLO fire, owners of The Sub will rebuild, starting with record store: The owners of The Sub and Square Deal Recordings & Supplies, two businesses in San Luis Obispo that were destroyed in a 2015 fire, will rebuild on their Higuera Street property, with plans for the Square Deal structure already approved…Square Deal moved roughly a block away from its old location to 2146 Parker St. within weeks of the fire. The business sells vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes as well as patches, stickers, buttons and pins, among other items. The Sub was known to carry a large and eclectic collection of items, including rare posters and records, as well as clothes, tapestries, smoking pipes, antiques and tobacco supplies. “We miss our customers, our fun products and the interactions with our community…”

Weezer’s ‘Africa’ cover is getting a vinyl release: …The band covered the song after a dedicated Twitter account named @WeezerAfrica started an epic campaign to request that Weezer take on the Toto classic. They trolled fans by initially releasing a cover of Toto’s ‘Roseanna’, which won the 1983 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Thankfully, shortly after, they treated campaign backers to their version of ‘Africa’. The cover will now be released on a limited edition 7″ record, via Urban Outfitters. Both Toto tracks will feature on the vinyl, with the A-side hosting ‘Africa’ and the B-side featuring ‘Rosanna.’ It’ll be released on August 31. The vinyl itself is lime green and the cover art consists of some palm trees and the tweet that started it all: “@RiversCuomo it’s about time you bless the rains down in africa.”

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In rotation: 7/2/18

Tel Aviv, IL | Marching to a Different Beat: How Beatnik Records amassed an amazing collection of Israeli music records and why people are buying more record players than ever before. ‘Did you know records are made as a by-product of oil production?” asks Beatnik Records owner Guy Grinberg. “In the 1970s there was an oil crisis and the prices of oil went up. This had a bad effect on the quality of records being produced because the companies wanted to save money, so records became thinner and they began using recycled materials in the pressing of new records. In Israel, for example, they stopped laminating album covers after 1973 in an attempt to reduce costs.” Clad in a black T-shirt, long-haired and sporting gold earrings and a heart-shaped arm tattoo, Guy looks the part of a musician-turned-record shop owner. “I was in a rock band actually,” he confesses. “We were called ‘Binder and Duntat.’”

Pekin, IL | A Day in the Life Of A … Record Store Manager: While video may have killed the radio star, online music options are killing the brick and mortar music stores. In order to stay relevant and competitive, one Pekin business combines music sales with other merchandise. Co-op Records is located at 3253 Court St. in Pekin. They are open every day of the week. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brandon Timian, 45, is the store’s manager and said despite the store name they offer more than records. They buy, sell and trade CDs, cassette tapes and movies. Co-op also sells incense, apparel, body jewelry, golf discs, video games and vinyl records. Timian said, “If we only sold music we’d be out of business. We’ve got to be creative. I wish more people brought in used CDs and vinyl rather than throw them away.”

Seattle, WA | Easy Street Records celebrates 30 years; Clever video promotes 30% off CD Sale: Easy Street opened its store in West Seattle in 1988, and later added a cafe/bar, which serves coffee, breakfast, lunch and beer & wine. Easy Street Records often hosts live in-store performances by national and local musicians. The store carries new and used CDs, vinyl records, DVDs/BluRays, new books, magazines and company-branded merchandise. Owner/President Matt Vaughan worked at two different record stores during his teen years. In 1987, with both stores ready to go out of business simultaneously, Vaughan approached both owners and offered to consolidate the two stores into one. Vaughan opened Easy Street Records in the Junction in 1988 and the following year moved the store down the street to its current location on the primary corner of the Junction in the historic Hamm Building.

Sanborn, NY | Niagara Records is quintessential stop for music lovers: “Do what you love.” It’s not just a quote heard time and time again. For Niagara Records store owner David Ishman, it’s what prompted him to open his own record store in October 2017. Located at 5833 Buffalo St., Niagara Records offers everything a music lover could want. It currently sells vinyl and CDs spanning genres such as pop, rock, soul, bluegrass, country, blues and jazz, all neatly organized by genre. Right away, customers who walk in will gravitate toward some aisle of music looking for their next favorite album. Ishman has posters of all kinds of music legends hanging on his walls, including Fleetwood Mac and Hank Williams. Ishman is always playing music on his stereo, too, and if you tell him what your favorite kind of music is, he just might play something you’ll like. Customers can also find stereo equipment and turntables to buy, and they can sell parts of their old music collection they don’t want anymore.

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In rotation: 6/29/18

Portland, OR | 10 Million Releases on Discogs! Discogs, the world’s foremost Database, Marketplace, and Community for physical music, surpasses a significant data milestone with the addition of the 10 millionth release to the Discogs Database. The user-built, open-source database, with more than 400,000 Contributors, continues the nearly 18-year mission to build the most extensive and comprehensive music Database and Marketplace in the world. In 2000, Founder and President, Kevin Lewandowski launched the Discogs Database by submitting The Persuader’s 2xLP release Stockholm followed by the launch of the Discogs Marketplace in 2003, establishing an essential resource for record collectors worldwide, and unknowingly setting a cornerstone for the vinyl revival and international cultural experiences like Record Store Day.

Cambridge, UK | Millionaire lottery winner returns to his roots with new record shop: A Haverhill man who won a £148 million jackpot is returning to his roots by re-opening a record shop in the town. Multi-millionaire Adrian Bayford landed the second biggest lottery win in British history in 2012. Bayford, 45, was selling second hand albums from a music shop when he struck lucky on the Euromillions. Eight years on from his life changing win he is opening a new branch of Black Barn Records in Haverhill. The bric-a-brac store sells everything from life-size cutouts of Hollywood legends to signed Beatles memorabilia. Bayford already owns a record store by Cambridge’s Grafton Centre with the same name, which he opened in April 2016, but his newest venture is on the same site as where he used to work.

John Coltrane’s New ‘Lost Album’ Captures a Day in the Life of His Greatest Band: Any newly discovered music from a legend on the order of John Coltrane is an event. But the reason advance buzz has been particularly feverish for Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, a previously unissued session from March of 1963, is that it comes from the era of his so-called Classic Quartet. Simply put, the group – featuring pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – was Coltrane’s greatest band, a unit perfectly poised between hard-edged swing and gravity-defying exploration. And here, suddenly, we have 90 minutes of excellent-sounding material from them that most never knew existed.

Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen soundtrack released on limited white vinyl: 666 copies, naturally. The original soundtrack for 1976 horror film The Omen is being released on limited white LP, via Varase Sarabande this June. The Omen stars Gregory Peck as an American diplomat who replaces his deceased baby with an orphan whose mother died at birth. Little do they know that this seemingly innocent newborn is actually the Antichrist. Legendary American composer Jerry Goldsmith who also crafted sounds for films including Planet of the Apes, Chinatown, and LA Confidential created its Oscar winning score, which also received a best original song nomination for ‘Ave Satani’ (Hail Satan).

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In rotation: 6/28/18

Gloucestershire, ENG | Stroud band to launch debut single with Sound Records: An exciting new band from Stroud will mark the release of their debut single with a gig at Sound Records this Saturday. The gig will take place at the Sound Records store in Gloucester Street at 2pm in an event that is sure to showcase their new single Come Alive. Stroud residents Tom Percival and Mathew Lacey founded Grasscourt after meeting at a fundraiser for their community playgroup. Tom outlined how the upcoming band caught the attention of their record label, Lost Map Records. “We didn’t really expect the band to develop beyond the fundraiser, but we’re thrilled to have caught the attention of a small record label,” said Tom. “Now we’ve released the single, we are hoping to gig as much as we can around Stroud starting at Sounds Records.”

Atlantic City, NJ | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City: Music, Music, Music: If you’re not busy seeing or listening, hotel habitués can take in Hard Rock’s “Sound of Your Stay” program where guests check out Fender guitars or vinyl record turntables and a selection of albums. “From the 50 music zones throughout the property where we curate every single song and monitor their tone and volume, to our “365 Live” aspect of musicians playing somewhere — everywhere — when you walk into Hard Rock, it’s an immersive experience,” said Adam Zenegl, the hotel’s locally-born “Vibe Manager.”

Our 10 favourite reissues of 2018 so far: We begin our mid-year round-up with a look at the most compelling reissues and compilations of the last six months. Perhaps more so even than new releases, the best reissues are gateways to new worlds, one-way tickets to far flung destinations and lost eras of music. Year on year, the scope of these retrospectives gets wider. Whether they’re compilations like Soundway’s superb South African bubblegum pop release Gumba Fire that bring a scene to life once more, or Finders Keepers’ lost Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack, that expose something both classic and altogether new in one go, the best reissues are those which add the sum knowledge of this musical world, and increase our access to it in the process.

A Kaleidoscope Of Sounds: Psych & Freakbeat Masterpieces Vinyl Box Set: Seems to be the season of the box set. Next on the upcoming list is A Kaleidoscope Of Sounds: Psych & Freakbeat Masterpieces, which is actually a vinyl box set. This is a 7 x 7-inch box set compiled by Phil Smee and containing what is described as ‘some of the rarest and most valuable Psychedelic & Freakbeat singles from the 1960s’. Quite a boast. It is also a first time reissue for nearly all of these singles since their original pressings, with each housed in replica label bags with original artwork alongside an extensive booklet and rare photos. Each box is also individually numbered (just 1,000 are being made) and includes download card if you want to take the tunes with you.

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In rotation: 6/27/18

Why British DJs From the ’60s and ’70s Kept Their Best Records Secret: There’s a great Marvin Gaye single from 1967 called “This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It’s Killing Me).” It’s classic Motown. All energy and style and the kind of driving backbeat that made the Motown Sound so iconic. Marvin is giving it his all on this record, his voice a breaking growl, soaring over the music. It’s soul at its finest and we, the lucky listeners, just get to sit back and enjoy it. Or at least, now we do. Unless they were top brass over at Motown HQ, soul music lovers in the U.S. at the time probably never heard this song. It went unreleased for years, and only reappeared as a bootleg in the late 1970s, with a noticeable difference: Marvin Gaye’s name was nowhere on it. When the record resurfaced years later, it was under the name J.J. Barnes, a purposeful deception by obsessive record collectors and DJs known as a “cover-up.”

Manahawkin, NJ | The “Red Rocker” Bruce Ciangetti Honored on Sunday: The Manahawkin area honored Bruce Ciangetti, the “Red Rocker” on Sunday at the Manafirkin Brewing Company site. The Brewery is located in the rear of the former Red Rocker Record store. Music lovers who grew up in the Manahawkin and LBI area in the eighties and nineties regularly shopped at the Red Rocker Record store on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin. This was back in the day of vinyl records and cassettes. Bruce’s friends came out on Sunday, June 24. The people seemed to have a good time reminiscing and chatting with the “Rocker.” “Bruce Ciangetti, turned all of us onto awesome music from thrash metal and punk to classic rock and early 90’s grunge,” wrote Chris Fritz who worked for the Rocker as a teenager in his store. “Bruce, quite frankly is a music legend in this area.”

There’s a hidden 5th LP in the packaging of Kamasi Washington’s new album: Over the weekend, jazz lord Kamasi Washington dropped his epic new album Heaven and Earth, and oh boy, it’s an experience. With a sprawling two and a half hour run time, the double album is available physically as a four LP vinyl set. But apparently four LP’s just aren’t enough… The hidden fifth LP is concealed in the album’s centre gatefold, and you’ll need to use a pair of box-cutters (or something sharp) on the perforated cardboard line to access it. Be careful though, you don’t want to cut too deep and damage the record below. The LP is a 40 minute long EP called The Choice, which hauls the album’s run time up to three hours and ten minutes long.

Luke Cage Season Two Original Soundtrack released on “smokey yellow” vinyl: Created by A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge aka The Midnight Hour. The original score for season two of Netflix show Marvel’s Luke Cage is being released on limited 2xLP, via Mondo this June. Luke Cage stars Mike Colter in its titular role, a former convict who develops superhuman strength and skin, and returns to Harlem to fight crime. As with the critically acclaimed score for season one, Luke Cage’s music was composed by Ali Shaheed Muhammahd and Adrian Younge. Younge and Muhammad recorded Luke Cage’s soundtrack in the winter of 2018 at two studios in Los Angeles, Blakeslee and Linear Labs. Accoridng to Mondo, its sounds “explore the vast sonic cultural landscape of Harlem” with the new addition of “a dub reggae motif for the character of Bushmaster.”

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In rotation: 6/26/18

Bath, ENG | New burger bar and records store coming to Moorland Road in Bath: Two new shops are coming to a popular Bath high street – including a burger bar which is opening imminently. Moorland Road, in Oldfield Park, is poised to welcome the new additions of Revival Records Exchange and Magu. Magu has been tantalising people online since April by posting pictures of sourdough cheese burgers, bottles of its own brand of sauce and crispy bacon…It promises to offer “secret off-the-menu burgers from time to time” and asks people to follow its Instagram account for updates. The record shop will be taking the place of a former jeweller…”Having two new independent businesses on Moorland Road will be a nice boost for the street and I wish them well.”

Spokane, WA | Spokane Staple: Bob Gallagher’s shaping Spokane’s music scene, one record at a time: Walking into 4000 Holes Record Store for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Rows and rows of carefully organized new and used CDs greet you from the middle of the store, and, along the wall, new and used vinyl, equally as organized, sit in record racks, crates on the floor and on-the-wall displays that reach all the way to the ceiling. That’s not to mention the wall covered in Beatles memorabilia, plus items from bands like the Doors and a note to 4000 Holes from the late Layne Staley, behind the register. It’s a lot to take in, and it’s been that way since the record store opened in 1989.

Frederick, MD | Local record store reopens after devastating floods destroy inventory: After devastating rains and flooding destroyed a local record shop, the community came to its rescue. Vinyl Acres in downtown Frederick reopened its doors this weekend after repairing the basement-level shop for the last five weeks. Owners said the costly work done to clean-out the mess, restore flooring and records, could not have been possible without the help of the community who donated thousands to the shop’s GoFundMe page. “We were not really ready to give up. I can barely describe the level of gratitude that we feel. It’s just the goodness of people,” explained co-owner of Vinyl Acres, Martha Hull.

Scranton, PA | Before plant closure, WEA employees gather to reminisce: Embracing each other and wiping tears, employees who once made vinyl records and compact discs gathered together for one “last song.” At a dedication ceremony for an old record press Saturday morning and at a reunion picnic in the afternoon, hundreds of former employees of WEA Manufacturing reminisced about happier days. As WEA eventually became Cinram International and then Technicolor, the number of employees dwindled. The plant, which at its peak employed 3,500 people, will close its doors in a few weeks. The employees wanted to honor the Marquardt family, especially the late Richard C. Marquardt, who grew his own father’s company, Specialty Records, into WEA.

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In rotation: 6/25/18

Eivissa, ES | For The Record: The Vinyl Bubble Has Burst: Vinyl was already a labour of love at the beginning of the decade but the great irony of today is that now sales are up, the labour has never been harder. The question of whether to release on vinyl only or not has become all the more complicated. If you’re a touring artist, a vinyl only release runs the risk of alienating your fans in South America who may not be able to afford the cost of imported wax. So many artists and labels have turned to Bandcamp as an alternative way of releasing digitally, in part tempted on there by the companies more attractive royalty split than other digital stores like Beatport and by the falling numbers of orders.

Kochi, IN | Not antique but original! Gramophones are still the favourite for many: Open veranda, long-armed easy chair, a glass of piping hot coffee, the day’s newspaper and soft music coming from a gramophone…they evoke an image that is no longer a part of life today. Everything, even music, used to be untouched and original in the good old days. Today due to technological advancements, music is available on the tip of our fingers. “But it has lost its ethereal magic,” says Sajan C Mathew, music critic. “However, it is heartening to see that many, especially those who had heared songs on the gramophone, are turning back to them.” A Gen-Z person might not be able to comprehend the hullabaloo about the cumbersome vinyl records and the unwieldy music machines. “It is the lilting music in its original state that holds the listener spellbound…”

Peterborough, CA | From vinyl to fashion, new Peterborough businesses are embracing the past: They say everything old is new again, and one market trend is proving just that in Peterborough. At The Twisted Wheel, a newly-opened bar and music venue, sounds of the past are spilling from its Water Street location. For co-owner and operator Jonathan Hall, there’s nothing quite like the sound of vinyl and the experience that goes along with it. “I like being in a record store and finding something I’ve been looking for for ages and that natural feeling you get when finding something,” said Hall. “I love the art and touching it and reading the lyrics; there is a lot I love about vinyl.”

A platinum record: the vinyl LP celebrates its 70th birthday: At a press conference in New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel in June 1948 (there is some dispute about the actual date – the 18th, 20th and 21st are all suggested), Columbia Records introduced its long-playing vinyl discs. The company had embarked on the task of developing a storage format that could hold 20 minutes of music per side in 1941, had paused almost immediately due to American involvement in World War II, and resumed in 1945. By 1948 it was ready. Two types of discs, 10in and 12in, both turning at a mere 33⅓ revolutions per minute, were unveiled – and by 1956 the previous standard for recorded music, 10in shellac discs that turned at 78rpm and would break if you dropped them, had been abandoned by every major recording company in the United States.

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In rotation: 6/22/18

Wilkes-Barre, PA | The Last Song Event for “Specialty Records”: Lackawanna County’s Mid-Valley ‘revolutionized’ the entertainment industry. A lot of that attributed to the Marquardt Family. “In 1916 Frank Marquardt had the idea to take a Scranton button, Frank had developed an idea, a concept of making a molding press and it turned into a record,” said Douglas Long, a 36 year employee. That one record would pave the way for Specialty Records. With a third generation, Marquardt in control, Specially Records on North Valley Avenue in Olpyhant took off. “I was the first one to listen to the Eagles albums because we used to get vinyl lacquer,” Said Mary Ann Novak.

Hong Kong | Hong Kong Records to close shops at Pacific Place and Harbour City, marking end of era in city’s music scene. An institution of Hong Kong’s music scene that counts former governor Chris Patten, ex-No 2 official Rafael Hui Si-yan and fashion magnate Dickson Poon as customers will close its doors for good next week because of heavy losses and a bleak outlook, its owner said on Wednesday. After 29 years in business, Hong Kong Records in Admiralty will close on June 27 while the firm’s other store at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui is expected to follow soon after, Siu King-chin said. “Everything has an end,” Siu, 70, said. “We have lost money in the past three to four years, and the operating environment was particularly difficult in the past 10 months. There is no future in the industry.”

Toronto, ON | Long-time record store owner and music volunteer Taras Ostashewsky dies: Those of a certain vintage will remember Ostashewsky as manager of S.U. Records in HUB Mall for over a decade, ending in the early 1990s. For several decades he put much of his energy into volunteering for the Edmonton Jazz Society, and then as public relations officer for the Jazz City International Music Festival for some 25 years. He was also a long-running radio host on Wait Until Dark on CJSR-FM, a film reviewer on CBC Radio, a member and recent president of the Edmonton Film Society, and employed to stock jazz for The Gramophone. Through all these venues and in his many friendships Ostashewsky’s passion for jazz and other music, film and the arts generally was always at the forefront. It often seemed that he found his duty in promoting what he felt to be new, important or obscure names. Many lives were enriched from his efforts. He will be missed.

Detroit, MI | Third Man Records offers goodies for donations to immigrant services: …On Wednesday, the company announced that any fan who visits their Third Man stores in either Detroit or Nashville with proof of a $50 donation to any organization raising money to help children that have been separated from their families will receive a free limited exclusive record from the Third Man stash, while supplies last. Among the charities the company suggested are RAICES, the largest immigration legal services non-profit in Texas; the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, which provides legal aid to refugee families and the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the U.S. government. A list of other charities was tweeted out by Third Man on Wednesday.

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In rotation: 6/21/18

Warwickshire, ENG | Back in business: Leamington record store Head re-opens under new management: Independent record store Head has re-opened in Leamington’s Royal Priors shopping centre after many believed it had closed for good. Customers were left shocked in January when staff announced via the shop’s Facebook page that it was to close for good after its parent companies Vivid Fusion Limited and Indulge Retail Limited, which traded in the UK and Ireland as Head, went into administration. But Leamington branch manager Simon Dullenty has re-opened the store as its new owner saying that there is still a huge demand for vinyl and that it would offer DVDs and CDs at prices in line with online shopping.

Las Vegas, NV | L.A. Nightlife Kings Jonnie and Mark Houston to Open First Las Vegas Club: Debuting New Year’s Eve, On the Record, located inside Park MGM, will be fronted by a fully functioning record store. On the record, twin-brother L.A. nightlife impresarios Mark and Jonnie Houston are coming to Las Vegas with their new nightlife concept, On the Record. Known for creating multilayered entertainment spaces — such as Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, Black Rabbit Rose and the carnival-themed, politics-tinged Madame Siam Sideshow Emporium — that blend drinking, dancing, design, socializing and cool hidden “speakeasy” entrances, the fraternal twins have been considering Las Vegas for years. But a space in Park MGM (formerly the Monte Carlo), a resort developed in partnership between MGM Resorts and Sydell Group, helped seal the deal.

Los Angeles, CA | Amoeba Music Plans Move, Marijuana: Amoeba Music will move from its current space at 6400 Sunset Blvd. to a new space nearby and owners hope to add marijuana to the retailer’s offerings of recorded music, movies and other pop-culture paraphernalia, according to Variety. Marc Weinstein, who co-owns the record store with Dave Prinz, told the entertainment magazine that the store will move to a new space near its current location, where the retailer has been since opening in 2001. The current space is slated to be redeveloped into a mixed-use high rise. Weinstein also told Variety the company hopes to get a marijuana dispensary permit for the new Hollywood location. Last month, the company opened a dispensary called Hi-Fidelity adjacent to its Amoeba location in Berkeley.

Kansas City, MO | Hallmark Launches New Vinyl Record Birthday Cards Featuring Legendary Warner Music Group Artists: This summer, Hallmark is expanding its collection of Vinyl Record Cards with new birthday cards featuring songs from legendary Warner Music Group (WMG) artists such as Tina Turner and The Cars. Each card includes an exclusive 7-inch vinyl record with two songs from each artist built into a sleeve on the card’s cover. “Both music and cards are unique in that they can uplift and bring people together, and our hope is that these new vinyl record cards will help do both,” said Tom Brantman, creative director – Hallmark Greetings Innovation. “At Hallmark, we believe that a card has the power to change someone’s day, and music can have the same effect.”

Bromsgrove, ENG | Next Vinyl Record and CD Fair coming to Bromsgrove this Sunday: The next Vinyl Record and CD Fair is coming to the Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa, Birmingham Road, from 10am to 4pm this Sunday, June 24. The event is a sell-out with the traders so there will be more than 40 tables, from classics to obscurities and everything else in between. Proces start from 50p a record and for residents who do not want to miss the World Cup group game England v Panama at 1pm, the hotel has installed a large projection screen to show the match next to the bar. Visit www.midlandsrecordfairs.co.uk for more information on the event.

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In rotation: 6/20/18

Brooklyn, NY | Brooklynphono, vinyl record pressing factory in Brooklyn, brings the groove back to music: Groove is in the heart for husband-and-wife duo Thomas Bernich and Fern Vernon-Bernich. Tucked away in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood, the two can be found hard at work pressing vinyl records at Brooklynphono. Catering to the indie music scene, Brooklynphono is a record-pressing factory that opened when the MP3 was king. For more, check out our video.

North Jersey, NJ | Happy 70th Birthday to the LP — and to think they declared vinyl dead: Progress, by definition, is forward movement. That’s why we speak of “The March of Progress.” That’s why the Walt Disney World attraction that spins viewers forward in time, from the carpet sweeper to the robot vacuum, is called “The Carousel of Progress.” Progress doesn’t go in reverse. Except in one case. The LP, or long-playing record, which turns 70 on Monday, is the outlier — the river that runs backward. “It’s made a big comeback,” says John Schlapak, the owner of Music Merchant, a Westwood New Jersey music store. He estimates that his business is two-thirds new and used LPs, and one-third CDs. Who’d have thought it? Certainly not the music industry, which embraced the CD format in 1982, and — somewhat less willingly — the MP3 player in 1997. Each one, in turn, was supposed to be the wave of the future. Each format was supposed to render the previous one obsolete.

Manahawkin, NJ | The “Red Rocker” to be Honored at the Red Rocker Record Fair on Sunday in Manahawkin: This man is a legend in Stafford Township! Bruce Ciangetti is primarily known as a music legend, but this writer also recalls him being a great softball and basketball player back in the day. Bruce was always enthusiastic, boisterous and spirited on the court and on the field. That is one part of the man’s life. Another is that he was a long time beloved Dial-A-Ride driver for Stafford Township. That is all good but Bruce Ciangetti is best known as the “Red Rocker.” Music lovers who grew up in the Manahawkin and LBI area in the eighties and nineties regularly shopped at the Red Rocker Records store on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin. This was back in the day of vinyl records and cassettes.

This Bluetooth-enabled record player will play vinyl and online playlists seamlessly: Audiophiles can argue all day long which sounds better, an analog record player or a high-tech speaker system. But why not have the best of both worlds? At least, that’s the stance Jorlai takes. The audio company has created a Bluetooth-enabled record player that taps into the nostalgia of an old school record player, but also has more modern functionality so that you can stream your favorite playlists, sans discs…Other notable features include vinyl-to-MP3 recording, so you can transform your records into digital files, and a lithium battery that can work for up to two hours, in case you want to take your tunes outdoors. As an added bonus, the player is also incredibly stylish. Its retro design makes it more than just another ordinary speaker; it could become the centerpiece of your living room and bedroom setups.

Depeche Mode reissuing all their singles on 12″ in themed album box sets: Depeche Mode have announced a new 12″ box set singles reissue series. Each box set will be themed around a Depeche Mode album, and contain all of the singles from that record. All of the music has been remastered from original tapes and cut at Abbey Road, with box set artwork inspired by the original cover, and vinyl sleeves featuring replica single artwork. The series kicks off with Speak & Spell | The 12″ Singles and A Broken Frame | The 12″ Singles, out this August. All proceeds will got to non-profit organisation Water, which is dedicated to bringing clean water to people around the world.

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In rotation: 6/19/18

London, ENG | Here’s why the Independent Label Market’s all-female Soho takeover is so vital: Vinyl-lovers institution the Independent Label Market is set to curate an all-female line-up tomorrow on London’s Berwick Street, as part of Soho Music Month. The first ever edition of the event will see female founders of independent record labels taking over the market from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, June 16. The market will be based on a strip of London that’s steeped in musical history; Berwick Street was once known as The Golden Mile of Vinyl in the 80s, and the area is still home to loads of great record shops today. With DJ sets from three female DJs: Xanthe Fuller, Sophie Callis and Cherrie Flava (the former Soul Jazz Records A&R Nicole McKenzie) the day will be held partly to celebrate physical music, with all kinds of limited edition records up for grabs.

Queensland, AU | Record heads get their fix troving for musical treasure: FOR Paul Kelly, this weekend’s Butter Beats record fair was the definition of a treasure hunt. Trawling through the records of years gone by there more than a few classics to be had. Especially considering Mr Kelly planned to meticulously comb through all the crates on display for hours on end. He had set aside the better part of his weekend to troving for musical gold, dedicating the hours of 9am to 2pm on Saturday to finding the next gem to add to his already growing collection. One of his most impressive finds was a medley recording from The Beatles, a rarity according to vinyl veteran Mr Kelly. Butter Beats owner Jason Woodward said Mr Kelly was one of hundreds of record heads getting stuck in to the thousand-large collection on offer. Most of whom’s passion for vinly had consumed the majority of storage space in their house.

Edison, NJ | Get Ready for 2018’s Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash: This year at the annual New Jersey Jazz Record Collectors’ Bash, coming on June 22nd and 23rd, there will be a special guest visitor from the West Coast: the premier jazz film collector Mark Cantor. He will be presenting a program of rare jazz films, and along with Dave Weiner and Ron Hutchinson’s films, there will be a special presentation of the Savory Collection by Loren Schoenberg. It looks like a momentous bash with plenty to see, hear and collect. Directions and other info here; I’ll be there to provide you with not only the Mosaic goods but other rare 78s, CDs and ephemera.

Gold Coast, AU | Grandad leaves behind treasure trove of 80,000 records, believed to be Australia’s biggest collection: What is thought to be Australia’s biggest record collection is up for grabs. The collection belonged to Gold Coast grandfather, Ken Perkins, who left behind a treasure trove of more than 80,000 records after his death. Mr Perkins spent more than 50 years building the archive, which would take more than six-and-a-half years to listen to in its entirety. “If anyone knew my dad, they would know he had this little black book,” his daughter Natalie Perkins said. “He would pull it out of his little jacket pocket and he had just the catalogue numbers of the missing pieces, the gems he was looking for.” Ms Perkins has been left with the mammoth task of clearing out his crowded house.

Atlanta, GA | Tiny Dust-to-Digital record label gathers big attention: When college student and roots music fan Lance Ledbetter grew frustrated at the near impossibility of buying 78 rpm gospel records from the 1920s and ’30s, he began to ponder a question: What would it take to reissue those old tunes and put them in stores? Answering that question has become a career for Ledbetter and his wife, April, at their record label, Dust-to-Digital. Since its first release in 2003, the tiny company run from their modest brick house in a quiet Atlanta neighbourhood has become a powerhouse in the niche market of music that’s been gathering dust, waiting to find or regain an audience: antique 78 recordings of blues, gospel, jazz and other styles, along with musicologists’ field recordings of rural musicians and indigenous people all over the world. Nine of the label’s releases have been nominated for Grammy Awards, and one actually won.

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In rotation: 6/18/18

Los Angeles, CA | Amoeba Music Set to Relocate Its Los Angeles Store, Plans to Seek Dispensary Permit: Amoeba Records’ Los Angeles store will move to a new location “within blocks” of its current spot on 6400 Sunset, where it’s been since first opening its doors back in 2001, according to Marc Weinstein, who co-owns the indie record retailer with Dave Prinz. The company also plans to seek a marijuana dispensary permit for the new location. Three nearby properties are being considered within the 20,000 sq. ft. range, two of them along Hollywood Blvd. According to Weinstein, that represents just a 15% smaller retail space than the current building. The official announcement will come within the next few weeks.

South Shields, ENG | Friends unite to open business ventures in South Shields: A group of friends have seen their business dreams turned into a reality after joining forces to revamp a former South Tyneside housing office. Goldie, Jill palmer and Paul Kidney worked flat out for nine weeks to give the old rent place in Charlotte Terrace a new lease of life. One half of the building is now home to Goldie’s music hub and coffee shop while the other half has been turned into The Cask Lounge – a micro bar run by Jill and Paul. The businesses opened to the public simultaneously on May 12. The music hub provides a place for fans of vinyl records to go, with a dedicated media room where they can listen to records or cassette tapes.

‘Hearts Beat Loud’: Nick Offerman & the Filmmakers on Making An Authentic Film About Vinyl & Streaming In 2018: “…There was one night when we were all wrapping up and it was me, Sasha, who plays Rose, and Brett,” reveals Clemons. “And we were in the shop, showing each other songs and albums that we liked. We’d pick up random records and were dancing, and it was cute. Brett was playing us songs from a playlist he made for his wife when they first started dating. I felt like we were still in the movie. It was a sweet bonding experience.” “You have to embrace what’s coming,” explains Haley. “But I think it’s great that we’ve gone back with music, as vinyl has come back in a big way and people are digging analog sound again.”

Clinton Township, MI | The graphic impact of punk on display at Cranbrook: Nothin’ to do and nowhere to go? Don’t let the summer heat make you feel sedated. Running through Oct. 7, Cranbrook Art Museum debuts the exhibition “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986,” the largest exhibition of its kind, exploring the unique visual language of the punk movement as it evolved in the United States and the United Kingdom through hundreds of its most memorable graphics — flyers, posters, albums, promotions, and ’zines. Drawn predominantly from the extensive collection of collector Andrew Krivine, “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die” also includes a nod to the Detroit roots of punk.

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In rotation: 6/15/18

The 8 best vintage turntables and what to look out for when buying second hand: …Buying a vintage turntable is a great option. For many, a budget for any sort of hi-fi is a low priority. Once the bills are paid, it can be virtually impossible to purchase a new, top quality hi-fi system. Going vintage can offer quality at a low cost. Others may have spent a bundle on a new deck but have little in reserve for that second system that would be ideal for a study, bedroom or spare room. Some might even want to revisit younger days when the then ‘new’ turntables were objects of desire and now they can afford to purchase one, or even two of these classic designs. Below, we have listed our Top 8 vintage purchases, but before you run off to your local second-hand store or eBay account, pause for thought.

Characters and music star in The Music Shop: Rachel Joyce’s The Music Shop (Random House, 2017, 307 pages) takes place in England and tells the story of Frank, an eccentric owner of a dingy record store, and Ilse Brauchmann, a young German woman who wanders into the shop and soon asks Frank to teach her what he knows about music. Surrounding these two figures are a collection of Frank’s eccentric friends and fellow store owners: Kit, Frank’s young assistant who has a penchant for breaking everything he touches; Father Anthony, a fallen priest who operates a nearby religious articles store; Maud, the scowling, bitter tattoo artist who secretly loves Frank; a pair of undertakers; Pete the barman; and Peg, Frank’s dead mother. And then there is the music.

The End of Owning Music: How CDs and Downloads Died. Physical formats are cratering, but vinyl’s niche is growing. Jack White and other experts explain the future of listening. As streaming gives the music industry its biggest profits in a decade, the CD business continues to plunge. CD sales have fallen 80 percent in the past decade, from roughly 450 million to 89 million. Since Tesla began manufacturing cars without CD players, other companies like Ford and Toyota have recently followed. Downloads – once seen as the CD’s replacement – have plummeted 58 percent since peaking in 2012, their profits now even smaller than physical sales. Artists have taken note; Bruce Springsteen released his latest box set, The Album Collection Vol. 2, 1987-1996, exclusively on vinyl, with no CD option, unlike 2014’s Vol. 1. “It’s a streaming world and a vinyl world with a quickly diminishing CD,” says Daniel Glass, president of Glassnote Records, indie-label home of Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.

Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack Releasing On Peach-Scented Vinyl: One of the more memorable scenes in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is the one where Timothee Chalamet has sex with a peach. It’s kind of sweet in the context of the film. Later this summer, the movie soundtrack will be pressed on peach-scented and -colored vinyl, which, in the context of the film, is kind of gross. 7,777 copies of the “peach season” edition will be released. The soundtrack features songs by Sufjan Stevens, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Mororder, and the Psychedelic Furs, among others. Call Me By Your Name “peach season” edition is out 8/3 through peach harvest season via Music On Vinyl.

Even Walls Fall Down: The Last Days of Cincinnati’s Ultrasuede Recording Studio: Plastic Ants entered Ultrasuede Studio to pay tribute to Tom Petty’s brilliance and soon found themselves mourning the loss of the recording space itself. Ants singer/songwriter Robert Cherry shares a behind-the-scenes look at an Ultrasuede session and documents the last days of one of Cincinnati’s longest-running music institutions — and its subsequent rebirth. Plus, check out the world premiere of the music video for Plastic Ants’ cover of Tom Petty’s ‘Walls,’ which (fittingly, as you’ll read) was one of the last songs recorded at Ultrasuede’s longtime space in Camp Washington.

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In rotation: 6/14/18

Colorado Springs, CO | Independent Records closes downtown location: The Independent Records & Video network of shops has long been a musical fixture in Colorado Springs, as anyone who still enjoys buying physical media surely knows. But as far as local musicians go, the record stores have been more than just a place to cop new releases or rare LPs; they have functioned as a sort of hub for musicians and music junkies alike…Given Independent Records’ inextricable connection to the local music community, as well as its fairly iconic status, news traveled quickly of the downtown location closing its doors after a 38-year run overlooking Acacia Park. And just as quickly the local music community was aflood with memories.

Berkeley, CA | Amoeba Music Is Now Selling Weed: California has legalized weed, which means that lots of businesses are making the drug a little bit more accessible to the public. But this ‘seed’ of this idea was planted years earlier. It turns out that Amoeba’s co-founders, Marc Weinstein and Dave Prinz, came up with the idea to combine the famed Northern California record shop with a pot shop in 2012. That’s roughly when they started noticing a decline in sales. “Music, in some ways, is such an uplifting product for humans,” Weinstein recently told Billboard. “And we thought, weed is just another inspirational product that we can get behind with our hearts and souls.”

Moby is selling off his personal record collection for charity: The sale on online marketplace Reverb LP will include Moby’s personal copies of nearly every one of his own records, along with hundreds of 12-inches he used as a DJ early on his career. His collection is said to be heavy on techno, house and hip-hop from the ’80s and ’90s, with many of the records featuring handwritten markers Moby added to help him during his DJ sets. “These are all the records that I bought and loved and played and carried all around the world,” the artist explains in a video promoting the sale. “I would rather you have them than me, because if you have them, you’ll play them, you’ll love them, and the money will go to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. So everybody wins. Well, except me, because now I don’t have any records.”

Cleveland, OH | Cleveland’s Music Saves record shop finds new life with online store and pop-up events: It’s nearly impossible to think of the Waterloo Arts District without the image of the iconic Music Saves sign glowing next to its Beachland Ballroom neighbor. But at the end of 2017, owner Melanie Hershberger knew it was time to close the door on the record shop’s day-to-day operations. Luckily for music fans in Cleveland (and beyond), the song isn’t over. This June, Music Saves launched an online store. For fans of Hershberger’s sharp curation of records that were always stocked at the shop, you’ll find a wide selection of indie, rock, folk, electronic and more online. Music can be shipped to your doorstep or picked up at the shop at 15801 Waterloo Road.

How the Rolling Stones’ Massive New Vinyl Box Came Together: “…I didn’t have any original master tapes for this. The management of the band archived everything digitally a few years back, and I was loaned a hard drive – they said, “You can have this for 24 hours; take anything you need off of it, and then it has to come back.” They had several high-resolution transfers of each album, or at least high-resolution where the source was analog tape, which was most of it. They just said, “Take your pick, and work with whichever transfer you feel is better with you.” I’d have liked to have got hold of the tape, but old analog tape is starting to get quite fragile, especially the stuff from the late Seventies and early Eighties, because the tape was not great…”

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In rotation: 6/13/18

Minneapolis, MN | Watch: Electric Fetus gets a 50th birthday message from Ringo Starr. The historic Minneapolis record store celebrated turning 50 with a First Ave concert at the weekend. “Peace and love, Minnesota.” With an attempt at American twang – which he swiftly drops – Ringo Starr starts his birthday message to his favorite Minneapolis record store, Electric Fetus. The venerable south Minneapolis store, which also has an outlet in Duluth, celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend with a celebration party at First Avenue headlined by Real Estate on Saturday. “Ringo here, just want to wish Electric Fetus record stores a happy happy 50th anniversary,” he says. “I want to congratulate you for still being open and selling records.”

When Did a Famous Guitar-Smashing Occur? One Fan of The Clash Insists Everyone Has It Wrong Decades after a photo appeared on the ‘London Calling’ album cover, Dave Marin is on a quest to prove the picture’s date is off—by a day. When the British punk band the Clash’s acclaimed double-album “London Calling” came out in the U.S. in January 1980, Dave Marin rushed to buy it. The cover featured the famous image of rocker Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar on stage. Mr. Marin, then a college student, had been in that New York audience to witness rock-star history. But as he read the album’s liner notes, his heart sank. The photo was dated Sept. 21, 1979. He knew that was off-key: He witnessed the bashing and his ticket stub—which he still has—is dated Sept. 20.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is exclusively releasing a single for baseball fans: Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder has announced that he’ll be releasing a new single – but there’s a slight catch if you’re hoping to get your ears around it. The new 7″ inch single will be released by Jack White’s Third Man Records this Friday, exclusively with tickets to the Chicago Cubs game on Friday, July 6. The A-side of the limited edition blue-and-red colored vinyl features a recording of ‘All the Way’, Vedder’s 2007 song which expresses his love of the Cubs. The B-side, meanwhile, includes a 1984 performance of ‘Go, Cubs, Go’. It isn’t clear if the vinyl will later receive a wider release. But despite the release, it seems that a new Pearl Jam album is still some way off.

Spiritualized to release new album And Nothing Hurt as orange vinyl box set: Spiritualized have announced the release of new album And Nothing Hurt, via Fat Possum/Bella Union on 7th September. The band’s first release in six years since 2012’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light, And Nothing Hurt had previously been teased in Morse Code. Full details of the release have now been made public, with a deluxe orange vinyl box set on the way, alongside a standard vinyl release. Both feature a sleeve design by Mark Farrow…According to the press release, Jason Pierce made the album on his own at home in London. Speaking about the process, he says: “The biggest thing for me was to try to make it sound like a studio session. There are bits that I went to a studio to record — mainly drums and percussion. I mean, there’s no way I’m going to get timpani up my stairs…”

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