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

In rotation: 9/5/18

Orlando, FL | 5 places to find vinyl records in Orlando area: You can visit all these hot spots in about an hour. With all things digital taking over the world, it’s a bit more difficult to find some things we used to love, including vinyl records. Although vinyl has made a big comeback in recent years, a lot of stores only offer a limited selection. For many people, the hunt for that special memory is a big part of the fun. If you are willing to invest the time, you might even find that gem for as little as $1. News 6 has five hot spots where you can find almost anything you’re looking for — and a whole lot more. Here’s the best part: You can visit all the stores in just a few hours.

Kincardine, CA | COMICS: Lorenz Peter’s On Vinyl may be 2018’s best graphic novel: Lorenz Peter’s On Vinyl is my early pick for graphic novel of the year. This tale of a technologically challenged record-store owner who tries to ride the so-called “vinyl resurgence” into the future is as funny as it is thought-provoking. On Vinyl can be enjoyed as a narrative of retail tribulations, with our blundering hero Lenny dealing not only with psychopath customers, but also his own interior monologue. There’s also something else going on, a simultaneous commentary about how we’re not all thrilled to be living in the computer age. In that sense, it’s a book for those who are yearning for a deeper meaning, who desperately need to grab onto something permanent because their values are out of place in a world soon to be filled with self-driving cars. And then there are the album covers.

Buffalo, NY | Spotify all day, vinyl all night: How does Buffalo listen to music? In my teen years, I never left home without my music. At the time – the mid-’80s – that meant hauling a boom-box and a case of cassette tapes around to parties, bonfires and the like. More often, it meant carrying around an armful of vinyl records to be played at the home of whomever I happened to be hanging out with. Music was such a major part of my identity that I never wanted to travel anywhere without it. So much has changed since then, to the point where I look back at that kid carting his record collection around with him and I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry. Yet, despite the abundant changes in technology over the past 30 years, that desire to carry our music with us remains. It’s now taken for granted you can fit your entire music collection in your pocket and, via Bluetooth or an aux cord, you can play it pretty much anywhere.

Taipei, CN | Yilan man promotes vinyl by sharing vast collection: Former Yilan County Government Department of Education commissioner Lu Chien-chi is making his private collection of vinyl records available to the public in an effort to promote the format. Lu said that he began his collection in junior-high school, and has accumulated more than 10,000 records and posters in the past four decades. When vinyl was at its most popular in Taiwan, a record sold for about NT$30, Lu said, adding that collecting and listening to records was his main form of entertainment when he was in junior-high school. “There was nothing else to do aside from listening to music, reading and studying,” Lu said. Comparing the audio quality of vinyl records with digital formats, Lu said that digital music has a harsher, flatter sound.

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In rotation: 9/4/18

Fort Worth, TX | Beloved Fort Worth Record Store Reopens: Record Town reopened its doors Saturday. The beloved store moved to a new location at 120 St. Louis Avenue in Fort Worth. “The old people want to come back. They’ve been calling for a couple months now wondering when we will open,” said Bill Mecke, one of the store’s co-owners. The original store on University Drive was open for 61 years, but the owners decided to move locations with the rent going up. At the store’s grand opening, there was a mix of new and old customers. “There’s so much old stuff and new stuff and a deep knowledge here…you can just tell there’s a lot of history in this store,” said Molly Davis, a new customer. Mecke said they hoped the new store would bring in more customers, and they planned to extend their hours.

Dundee, UK | Huge outpouring of love for Groucho’s as owner announces Dundee store may close: Hundreds of people have been reacting to the news that one of Scotland’s most cherished record stores may close next year. Groucho’s on the Nethergate could close its doors for good after owner Alastair “Breeks” Brodie announced he will be retiring in August 2019. He has decided to move on after the building in which the shop sits was placed on the market. His 20-year lease expires next year. Mr Brodie is also stepping aside from the store on health grounds but hopes to sell the business to someone who can “carry the mantle on.” Any potential new owner would have to negotiate a new lease or find an alternative home for the store. Mr Brodie said: “I have loved my time running the store. I just feel it’s the right time. I still enjoy it but I just have to be aware of my health…”

Lawrenceville, GA | Couple’s Lawrenceville vinyl shop a family affair: Back when they lived in New York, Stacey and Tony Seminara used to spend afternoons in college stocking vinyl and working behind the counter of a chain record store inside a mall. “We never thought we’d still be doing the same thing 30 years later,” said Tony, laughing. He and his wife now live in Gwinnett County and, together, they run Depot Records in Lawrenceville. It’s a bit different now for the Northern transplants, whose local record store has been open for three years (though not located in a mall) and recently expanded its sales floor. They’ve got two grown sons and a daughter. They’ve got careers: Stacey is an accountant, and Tony repairs printers. That’s why their store on North Clayton Street is only open weekends; it’s the only time the two aren’t working their day jobs or staying busy with family.

Las Cruces, NM | Eyeconik Records passes first year downtown, eyes bowling alley: One year after cutting the ribbon at his store downtown, Eyeconik Records and Apparel owner Justin Tyskewicz is feeling bullish about downtown development and locally-owned businesses. From his record store on the corner of Campo Street and Las Cruces Avenue, Tyskewicz has watched as other small businesses take root in and around downtown, new construction go up, and street work begin to redesign the flow of traffic downtown. “The construction’s hurting businesses downtown,” he said, “But it’s all necessary and when all is said and done, it’s going to be worth it.” Tyskewicz began selling vinyl record albums in Franklin, New Jersey 10 years ago, three years before he and his wife relocated to Las Cruces. He sold records at Big Daddy’s Flea Market for five years with plans to establish a brick-and-mortar store downtown. In 2017, he moved into his current space at 224 N. Campo.

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In rotation: 8/24/18

Wanganui, NZ | Vinyl is back in the groove: The attraction back to vinyl has occurred for many reasons and generally depends on the buyers’ preferences. Some people have rediscovered that the sonic qualities are a little different than the digital, compressed stuff. The visual element can play a big role with creative art work, inserts and posters. The use of vintage amplifiers and big speakers is an attraction for the sound folks. Some just like to “hold” their music, and the hunt for vinyl is and of itself an attraction as folks hit flea markets, independent retailers, second-hand stores and junk stores to find vinyl. And what’s essential to the collector?

London, ENG | London’s Kristina Records To Relocate: East London record shop Kristina Records is set to close. The shop opened in 2011, largely pre-empting the wave of vinyl outlets that have opened across the capital in the past few years. Paving the way, Kristina helped underline the commercial potential for Kingsland Road, and through its links to local labels helped build a real community round the shop. All good things come to an end, though, with Kristina Records set to close their East London hub with a view to relocating elsewhere in London. The final day is August 31st.

Lipstick Crush Records brings synthwave classics to vinyl: Lipstick Crush Records, a forthcoming synthwave vinyl label, is kicking off its launch this month by issuing some important earlier releases of the genre on wax for the first time. There’s Betamaxx’s crucial 2012 album Lost Formats, Vincenzo Salvia’s 2013 album Auto Radio, and synthwave pioneer and Girlfriend Records founder Sferro’s 2015 favorite Ornaments. Accompanying those releases is the 2017 album Static Shock from prolific Sellorekt/LA Dreams. (Keep reading for brief interviews with all of those artists.) Label founders Minneapolis-based Adam Black and New Orleans-based Matthew Weeks met in the Synthwave Vinyl Collectors Facebook group and in January 2018 started formulating the concept and mission for Lipstick Crush Records

Five Classic-Era Yes Albums Get the Remix Treatment: The Steven Wilson Remixes Provide an Interesting Counterpoint to the Originals. …Wilson’s remixes of five Yes albums have made their way into a new vinyl box set, with each disc bearing reworked artwork from Roger Dean. These mixes were originally released on deluxe Blu-ray editions, for which Wilson rejiggered—in both stereo and 5.1 surround—the English band’s best-loved work, including 1971’s The Yes Album, 1971’s Fragile, 1972’s Close to the Edge, 1973’s Tales from Topographic Oceans, and 1974’s Relayer. This run of albums found Yes becoming one of the most successful prog bands of the era, as their song lengths swelled to 20-plus minutes and their lyrics embraced abstract and cosmic conceits. Close to the Edge is frequently lauded as the high-water mark for prog rock; the double album Tales from Topographic Oceans is often laughed at as its indulgent nadir.

Maxwell Announces Embrya 20th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue: The 1998 record has been remastered by Maxwell and Sade’s Stuart Matthewman. Maxwell has announced a 20th anniversary re-release of his 1998 album Embrya. The new edition is out September 28 (via Sony Music’s Certified Classics). The reissue, available as a 2xLP white vinyl, will include a 12-page booklet featuring previously unreleased photos from the Embrya photoshoot, taken by Mario Sorrenti. In addition, the record has been remastered by Maxwell and Sade’s Stuart Matthewman. It’s also been re-sequenced, with the original opening track (“Gestation: Mythos”) moved to the end. Maxwell heads out on a massive North American tour next month. He most recently released blackSUMMERS’night in 2016.

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In rotation: 8/23/18

Sioux Falls, SD | Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan stops into Sioux Falls record shop: Billy Corgan was just a few hours away from rocking Sioux Falls on Tuesday with his band The Smashing Pumpkins. But first, he had to make a stop at Crosstown Vinyl. Owner Steve Zastrow was busy cleaning records and at first didn’t notice the afternoon visitor was Corgan. “I didn’t recognize him at first because I was doing something else, which I hate to admit — the guy is 6-and-a-half feet tall,” he said. “And all of a sudden I’m like, ‘I know who that is.'” Corgan picked up up a wide range of records including classic country and some 99-cent vinyl. “He was really cool,” Zastrow said. “He said he liked smaller record stores instead of big city ones or whatever.”

Belmar, NJ | Beat Goes On in Belmar for Popular Jersey Shore Record Store: Lofidelic Records, one of the Jersey Shore’s “vinyl only” record stores, has moved onto Belmar’s Main Street. Store owner David Hernandez packed up his shop in nearby Manasquan and relocated earlier this month to 904 Main Street, where die-hard collectors, newfound enthusiasts and the curious are stopping by to see the thousands of new and used albums that fill bins, shelves and walls of the former cupcake shop. To welcome Lofidelic to the downtown district, borough officials and Belmar Business Partnership board members held a ribbon-cutting on August 18. Those attending were Mayor Brian Magovern, and council members Mark Walisfer and Jennifer Nicolay, and BBP trustees Thomas Burke, Patricia Tecza and Christine Cardellino. The grand opening also was highlighted by a performance by local band Flourish and DJ Danny Stax who spun tunes the old-fashion way — on turntables.

Davenport, IA | Saturday vinyl record sale to benefit HAVlife: …The Big Spin, a sale of classic vinyl records sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 230 E. 2nd St. Attendees are invited to browse through thousands of LPs and enjoy classic sounds spun by local DJs. Pizza by the slice will be available for purchase, courtesy of Mama Bosso Pizza. A VIP preview event will take place earlier in the day, from 9-11 a.m. At that time, shoppers can get a first look through thousands of LPs. Tickets for the preview will be available at the door for $20. All donations and proceeds during the sale will benefit the HAVlife Foundation, which works to prevent lost potential in youths by providing grants for participation in music, arts and athletics.

Brighton, UK | Couple overcomes hardship to open Viva Vinyl record shop in Brighton: …Brian has been collecting vinyl records since he was a boy and there are 10,000 records in the shop. The couple have been married for 39 years. They met when they were work colleagues at British Steel in London. They have two sons, Daniel and Brett. Brian and Julie built up the Voucher Shop from zero to a £28 million turnover between 1991 and 2006. After they sold the business to Sodexo they went on to manage and work at another two companies, SVM Global and Flexitconsultancy, which advised customers on voucher schemes. Julie said: “Originally we were going to open Viva Vinyl in a garage but luckily this property became available.”

Label Of Love: Fuzz Club Records Is Building A Global Community: Fuzz Club – in our opinion – is simply one of the greatest record labels in the world. Founded by Casper Dee in rural Norway during the 24-hour darkness of the Arctic winter, quite a lot has happened since then. In 2018 Fuzz Club is hosting a two-day festival in The Netherlands. Taking place at the Effenaar in August, Fuzz Club Eindhoven might just be the labels ambitious project to date, with two full days of live music, DJs, visuals and a record fair. Those playing include: The Black Angels, APTBS, Spectrum, The Limiñanas, Holy Wave, The Underground Youth, Josefin Ohrn, Ron Galo and a bunch more. Looking ahead, meanwhile, this year will also see the label launch the Fuzz Club Magazine and open a physical record store in East London.

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In rotation: 8/22/18

Cleveland, OH | Blue Arrow Record Store owner Pete Gulyas chooses four albums you should check out: Looking for some new music to spin? Cleveland’s record store owners have their own thoughts about what they think you should be listening to–and it’s all available in their shops. Pete Gulyas has owned and operated Blue Arrow Records for nearly a decade in Cleveland’s hip Waterloo neighborhood. The store is well-known for its shop cats, its vintage selection and its flooring–made of a collage of old record covers. Gulyas chose four albums, all by Northeast Ohio bands, that he thinks you should be listening to. They are all available in his shop, located at 16001 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland.

Washington, DC | Booze & Vinyl Listening Party: Join us for a vinyl listening session! Come meet André Darlington, co-author of Booze & Vinyl, and sip cocktails while listening (and dancing!) to classic records. Named as one of the most anticipated books of the year by Esquire, Imbibe, Tasting Table and more, Booze & Vinyl shows you how shake, stir, and just plain pour your way through music from the 1950s through the 2000s — with a Side A and Side B cocktail made by Chantal Tseng. There will be drinks pouring and vinyl spinning — plus crate digging with $5 and $15 vinyl bins courtesy of Upshur Street Books. B&V book will be available for purchase — get your copy signed!

Aretha’s Greatest Albums: ‘Lady Soul’ (1968): Remembering a 1970s used-record-store encounter with one of Franklin’s finest full-lengths. I bought my copy of Lady Soul in the mid-’70s at my neighborhood record store in Queens for $2 – used but in perfect condition, a heavy black disc with the iconic red, white and green Atlantic label I knew from Led Zeppelin records. The front cover image was a concert close-up, soft-focus and regal: Aretha, bejeweled, with a mic in her manicured hand and a mighty up-do crown, so tall that the photo crops off the top. On the back cover were notes by Jon Landau, identified as a writer for Crawdaddy! and Rolling Stone, a magazine roughly two months old when the album dropped in January 1968. She was, he announced, “bringing the soul message to new mass audiences.”

Deadpool 2 soundtrack gets first vinyl release: On red and black striped LP. The original soundtrack for Marvel superhero film Deadpool 2 is being released on vinyl for the first time, this August via Mondo. Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds in its titular role as anti-hero Wade Wilson aka Deadpool. Its original score was created by composer Tyler Bates, best known for his work on John Wick, and Atomic Blonde, both of which were also directed by David Leitch. Deadpool 2 follows Mondo’s release of the Luke Cage Season 2 soundtrack, as well as the Speed Racer original score.

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In rotation: 8/21/18

London, GB | The world’s best record shops #120: Rat Records, London: Rat Records is a no frills record shop. You won’t find polished counters, ostentatious box set compilations, or shop assistants sniffing at your selections. Instead, it offers rare reggae, funk, soul, Afro, prog and fuzz-drenched punk records that are meant to be played and enjoyed, not gather dust in racks or be sold on Discogs. A favourite haunt for crate diggers, especially on the weekends, you’ll have to visit Rat Records early to get your hands on the real prizes. “We have a queue every Saturday at 10.30AM without fail,” boasts Tom Fisher, a record dealer since 1989 and owner of the Camberwell store since 1999. “The reason is because we always have a fresh selection and our prices are very reasonable. We not only undercut the competition, we are better than them, and I like selling records, not looking at them.”

Wellington, NZ | A Vinyl Affair – Record Fair: Saturday, October 6, 2018: Following the success of June’s pop-up record fair at the Rogue and Vagabond – the good news is that A Vinyl Affair – Wellington’s Record Fair will be back there, doing the day shift this time. It’ll be Saturday October 6, from 10am-4pm. As always there’ll be a huge range of vinyl treasures – new and second-hand – and there’ll even be some spot prizes. Follow the Facebook page for further details, for some hints at the giveaways on the night and to join the community…A Vinyl Affair – Wellington’s Record Fair is always a well-run event filled with great people selling and buying, lots of music fans all in the one place. And it’s FREE to attend.

CLASSIC VINYL: Cool contenders who challenged for Britpop title: …The band Blur fronted by Damon Alban were at the forefront of music that became known as Britpop. In the nineties the UK press attempted to concoct a Blur versus Oasis campaign when both acts released singles on the same day; in the event Blur won the chart battle with Country House but remained diplomatically silent. But in the long run it was Oasis who took over the headlines on a daily basis. Blur disappeared to Iceland to work on material for this, their fifth album. On its release it disappointed both critics and fans alike but has become acknowledged as containing their greatest work. Inspired by bands of the sixties, the best track is Beetlebum a homage to The Beatles.

This straight-up audiophile turntable costs less than you’d think: Looking to step up your vinyl game? The $999 MoFi StudioDeck looks, sounds and feels terrific — and it’s made in the US. While I rarely have a need to physically touch my speakers or digital converter, turntables are all about how they feel when you play a record. Vinyl is the most tactile of all music formats, so if the turntable feels awkward or cheap, playing music won’t be much fun. Even before I listened to an LP, the MoFi StudioDeck turntable scored high on feel and design, it’s a joy to use. Turns out it sounds good, too. The MoFi StudioDeck is a belt-drive turntable with a medium-density fiberboard base which is embedded with a smidgen of aluminum inserts. On top sits a nicely machined Delrin platter that spins on an inverted bearing, and it’s accompanied by a 10-inch aluminum tonearm that looks snazzy and feels solid.

RIAA Awards the Eagles with #1 and #3 Top-Certified Albums of All Time: The Eagles can now add another accolade to their unparalleled resume – Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which recently certified the album 38x Platinum, accounting for sales and streams of more than 38 million copies since its release in February of 1976. Later that same year, in December, the band followed up with Hotel California, which is now the third best-selling album of all time, certified 26x Platinum by the RIAA for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies. “Congratulations to the Eagles, who now claim the jaw-dropping feat of writing and recording two of the top three albums in music history,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA.

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In rotation: 8/20/18

Detroit, MI | Paramita Sound to revamp record shop, add booze at Siren Hotel: West Village-neighborhood record store and party house Paramita Sound is reopening as a combined bar and retail shop at the boutique Siren Hotel in downtown Detroit. The record shop closed its 3-year-old location on Van Dyke Street in January, popping up afterward in retailer Detroit is the New Black’s 1426 Woodward Ave. store from February to April ahead of its planned permanent relocation to downtown. Founder and owner Andrey Douthard, 32, wants to grow revenue of the business that was “basically … breaking even, keeping the lights on” in West Village. “Having the ability to sell spirits is going to completely change the dynamics of the financial picture for the record shop,” he said. “It’s a bittersweet moment leaving the Villages. Not excited about it, but we have to do what’s best for our business.”

Cincinnati, OH | C&D Record Bar: Oldest record shop in town has closed: Greater Cincinnati’s oldest record shop is no more. C&D Record Bar, a fixture along Newport’s Monmouth Street shopping district since 1957, has ceased operation. Dave Heil recently sold his inventory and the building at 908 Monmouth, which housed the store on the ground floor and his private residence above. “It just ran its course, I guess,” said Heil, who owned C&D since 1996. He also previously owned Circle CDs & Records, a former shop on Glenway Avenue in Western Hills. Heil had been attempting to sell C&D to a party interested in keeping the shop alive but couldn’t find a buyer. “I wanted somebody to take over the building and the business so I didn’t have to move it all, but I couldn’t wait forever,” the 64-year-old Heil said. “The next best thing was to move the inventory down the street. Keep it in Newport, at least.”

Barrington, IL | Rainbow Records in Barrington closes, but another music man steps in to fulfill ‘the attraction of vinyl’: cherished, independent storefront where music lovers gathered for 12 years to thumb through isles of vinyl recordings to buy, Rainbow Records in Barrington, recently closed its doors. However, the shop’s well-known reputation for vintage record selection and music industry knowledge from its owner, John Thominet, will continue when a separate store soon opens under a new owner and name. Rainbow Records is set to remain doing business Aug. 23 through Sept. 30 at its old location, 421 N. Northwest Highway, while the new Scratched Vinyl store has an Oct. 5 grand opening at 119 Barrington Commons Court in downtown Barrington under owner Jon Decatorsmith. “I wanted to get 20 years in, and it was time to go, which was what I did,” said Thominet, who operated his first Rainbow Records in 1998 in Palatine before opening a storefront in Barrington in 2006.

Lynchburg, VA | Aretha Franklin music lives on at local downtown record store: The Queen of Soul passed away but her music is being played throughout the country. A Vinyl shop in Lynchburg, Speakertree Records has Aretha Franklin’s records on display to honor her. Blake Gederberg owns Speakertree. He said he loves the community of people his Records store brings in because it’s about collecting music rather than consumption of music. “It reminds people of their passion and their love for that artist, to the point where they might be like I don’t have enough Aretha on Vinyl,” said Gederberg. Since her passing, Speakertree has this Natural Woman on display as you walk in. “I’ve listened to her all growing up, there’s nobody who doesn’t know who she is, she’s an icon,” said Michaela Williams, a frequenter of the store.

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In rotation: 8/17/18

Berkeley, CA | Classical movements: Fans of Berkeley’s The Musical Offering may have noticed some changes have been afoot at the daytime café/classical music record store. Last Wednesday, the shop, located just across the street from UC Berkeley, closed early for a remodeling project. On Monday, just before Cal move-in day, it reopened with an updated front counter and new flooring. The old red counter, made from a harpsichord, had character, but the new countertop offers more space. This is just the first phase of changes to come at the 44-year-old institution, which is affiliated with the University Press Bookstore located just next door. According to Musical Offering’s transition manager Deirdre Greene, the updates will not be too jarring for longtime customers, but the shop is hoping to invite a more diverse crowd

Grandview, OH | Grandview-area Craft & Vinyl aims to quench thirst for music: It’s a record store with a fondness for craft beer. Craft & Vinyl opens Wednesday at 1806 W. 5th Avenue, in the Grandview Heights area. “I love music, I love creating music, I love craft beer, I love collecting vinyl,” said Troy Stacy, the longtime digital marketing consultant who owns Craft & Vinyl. “So the idea was to combine all the things I love into something that I don’t think has ever been done before. Come in, have a beer and enjoy browsing through the vinyl albums.”…In the middle of the shop are the record bins, which have traveled over the years from record store to record store — originally in a Peaches, then Record Convention, then Ace in the Hole in Upper Arlington. “I added cupholders,” Stacy said, in a nod to beer-drinking shoppers who’ll eventually need two hands to paw through the records.

Urban Outfitters’ Corduroy Record Players From Crosley Are An Instagrammable, Retro Dream: Urban Outfitters is undoubtedly one of the most popular clothing and lifestyle chains right now. Its claim to fame is an array of unique wears. During one trip you could leave with a flow-y, floral sundress and an ugly-chic pair of pants. But Urban Outfitters is also an exceptional stop for all your music needs as well. You’ve likely seen the LPs displayed in stores before, but if you haven’t, now is the time to take a closer look — especially now that UO is currently carrying an exclusive corduroy-covered record player online that is both functional and fashionable. Plus, it comes in THREE colors! (Hurl. —Ed.)

Danny Bonaduce Is Sneaking Around Record Stores Signing Partridge Family Albums: Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce is on a mission to add value to old Partridge Family albums. He is on a crusade sneaking around Record Stores and adding his moniker to old Partridge Family albums. Bonaduce, who played Danny Partridge in the hit TV show, pops up at stores with his sharpie, finds the P section, flips to the Partridge Family albums and whacks on his signature, then quietly leaves the store. Even toy stores with old Partridge Family merch could get a visit. Bonaduce has been secretly signing Partridge Family paraphernalia for the past few months. He has videoed his escapades in Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Honolulu and Vancouver. “Some people might call this vandalism. I call it ‘adding value.’ You’re welcome.”

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In rotation: 8/16/18

Sleep’s “Leagues Beneath” Is Coming to Vinyl via Third Man Records: For Sleep fans, the big news about the legendary stoner metal band this year was obviously the surprise 4/20 release of their long-awaited fourth album The Sciences. But that wasn’t their only recent new music: in May, they also digitally released a single called “Leagues Beneath,” a behemoth jam that has since become a staple of their live sets. This being Sleep, “Leagues Beneath” is long enough to be an EP unto itself, and now that’s exactly what’s happening: the nearly 17-minute track will be released as a 12″ vinyl single via Jack White’s Third Man Records, the same label that issued The Sciences. The record will be available in both aquamarine and standard black vinyl, both of which will feature “a tentacled aquanaut nightmare etching” on the B-Side.

The National are releasing a rare vinyl of early live tracks for fan club members. The limited edition release is called ‘Cherry Tree Vol. 1’ The National will release a rare vinyl of early live tracks but only their fan club members will be able to get their hands on it. Titled, ‘Cherry Tree Vol. 1’ the release consists of early-era live performances, including ‘All the Wine,’ ‘Lucky You,’ and ‘Murder Me Rachel.’ Sharing the news on their Twitter account, the band added that it would be “shipping later this year to all Cherry Tree members.” See that tweet below, which also shows off the artwork for the release.According to the Cherry Tree website, members of the fan club get Exclusive content, exclusive and limited edition merchandise, priority ticketing and an annual collectible vinyl, which is included in the membership.

Stereolab Announce Switched On Vinyl Reissue Series. Their 1990s compilations have been remastered: Stereolab have announced they are reissuing their Switched On compilation albums. All three collections—1992’s Switched On, 1995’s Refried Ectoplasm [Switched On Volume 2], and 1998’s * Aluminum Tunes [Switched On Volume 3]*—have been remastered and will be released on vinyl and CD, with the LP editions to be pressed on clear vinyl. The CD boxset will feature all three compilations “in individual card wallets plus an insert.” Refried Ectoplasm and Aluminum Tunes will also be released on streaming services for the first time. The reissues arrive September 28 via the band’s Duophonic UHF Disks label.

A comprehensive guide to turntable weights, clamps and stabilisers: As any audiophile will tell you, several factors affect our perception of sound quality during record playback. One of these is the stability of the record. There are a variety of accessories designed to help stabilise records, the most common of which are weights, clamps and, occasionally, periphery rings. While many feel these accessories ‘lift’ the sound, tightening frequencies across the spectrum and subduing any resonance that may occur as the needle tracks the groove of an unsecured record, others feel that they can place unnecessary strain on belts and bearings, producing results too fine to appreciate.

Hero Breaks Car Window to Save Vinyl Records on Hot Day: Local hero and vinyl enthusiast Nate Adams broke a car window in last week’s triple-digit temperatures in order to save some records overheating in the backseat, according to multiple witnesses. Adams allegedly noticed the neglected crate of vinyl in the 2005 Suzuki Aerio after leaving an ice cream shop Saturday afternoon. Knowing the dangers, he quickly took action. “It was, like, 100 degrees,” said Adams. “Vinyl can get warped at, like, 80 degrees, and it will never sound the same again. I knew I had to do something. So, I picked up a rock and threw it through the window. I just did what any other vinyl lover would do.” …Bystanders report Adams stayed with the records until authorities arrived on the scene.

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In rotation: 8/15/18

Edwardsville, IL | Edwardsville going on the record: New shop will feature music on vinyl, cassettes. When the Trusty Chords Record Store opens this fall it will be the first Edwardsville store since the ‘90s that buys and sells vinyl records, CDs and cassettes. The owners’ intent is to have the new store open by the second weekend in November. It will be located in the breezeway of the Montclaire Shopping Center on Troy Road. In recent days, though, the interior has been gutted and Anderson says that when the new store opens, customers will see new and used vinyl, CDs, turntables and turntable accessories, and even a few cassettes. Cassettes, he says, have caught on with a new generation of listeners, despite obvious flaws in the format that sometimes drove earlier users to distraction.

Brighton, UK | Record enthusiasts hunt for bargains at vinyl fair: Music lovers flocked to a record fair to add more vinyl to their personal collections. The event was held at Komedia, in Gardner Street, Brighton, yesterday. Vinyl enthusiasts were busily hunting for bargains and a chance to discover new albums. Brighton Record Fair attracted buyers from all age groups, proving again that the vinyl revolution is gaining momentum. Maria Godden, 43, from Telscombe Cliffs, said: “My son and I came specially for this record fair. “I was just browsing around, hoping to find something really good. I’ve just started collecting vinyl because of the good quality. I really love music. So far I have 20 records and I want to collect as much as I can.”

Keighley, UK | Central place for your soul music: Central Soul will hold its first regular session of the autumn season at Central Hall, Alice Street, on Saturday, August 18 from 8pm to 1pm. DJs from Cross Hills and Lancashire will play the best in 60s and 70s soul including Motown and Northern soul, using original vinyl records. There is a large main dance hall and a bar and chill room. Organiser David Shackleton said the club held a successful night at the Octagon, in Sandbeds, last month, featuring two live artists. Next month Central Soul will host a reunion for former regulars at the Buffs RAOB Club, which ran during the 1970s at the bottom of Spring Gardens Lane in Keighley.

Tokyo, JP | The world’s best record shops #119: Universounds, Tokyo: Tokyo has no shortage of amazing record shops but in amongst the towering skylines, arcades and walkways of Japan’s capital, it’s easy to be distracted from your record diggings. But if you only have time for a handful of stores on your holidays, then make sure Universounds is near the top of your list. Owned by Yusuke Ogawa and found a five minute walk from Koenji Station, Universounds is a beacon for particularly evasive funk, soul, disco and jazz records – or rare grooves, to use the native tongue. It’s a sampler’s delight, so much so that names like DJ Marky have been found rifling through the racks for alien breaks to chop and screw.

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In rotation: 8/14/18

Kingston, ON | Kingston store owner feeling the love: Brian Lipsin says he is stunned and touched by the love he’s received from the Kingston community this past week. Ever since a flood at his store, Brian’s Record Option, last Saturday, Kingston‘s favourite record store owner has been inundated with messages of support and donations of money and items to keep his store going. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $10,000 in one week for Lipsin, and local venues are hosting benefit concerts on his behalf. Private citizens are donating records to help him re-stock and hundreds of comments posted online outline the personal stories of why Brian’s Record Option is so important to the people who have visited there in the past nearly four decades. “It’s been utterly amazing. I feel like I’m a rock star who doesn’t know how to play the guitar,” Lipsin said on Saturday, exactly one week to the hour after he locked his flooded shop, feeling overwhelmed at the potential damage and unsure whether he would be able to reopen.

Wieden+Kennedy Give Life To Vinyl Records In AR: Media that appeals to more than three senses can increase brand impact and engagement by more than 70% (Martin Lindstrom, 2017). We’re seeing an increase in multisensory campaigns that stimulate multiple senses – including this new initiative from Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam that brings the vinyl experience to life via augmented reality (AR). Listeners can pull up the ad agency’s AR app Lava, and view virtual moving ‘sculptures’ emerging from the record as it spins on the turntable. The first album to utilise the app is the debut from Dutch band Necessary Explosion. The sculptures react and adapt as you move around them, and the app also works with Spotify and Apple Music. In a statement, Anita Fontaine and Geoffrey Lillemon, creative directors of W&K Amsterdam’s Department of New Realities, described the app as “the future digital vinyl sleeve“. They added: “We see this approach as a new emerging genre for lots of artists, one which can open up new possibilities for all kinds of AR music experiences.”

Post Malone Is Dropping A Vinyl Version Of Beerbongs & Bentleys: The vinyl crackle sound is an essential part of a collectors’ pleasurable experience, like a serpentine belt tucked beneath a muscle car. Post Malone of people, grew up listening to vinyl records passed on by his father Rich Post, a locally respected disc jockey in the Grapevine, Texas area. Records like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Duran Duran and Billy Idol were the basis for Post Malone’s earliest childhood memories. Even the record Post Malone surpassed on the All-Time R&B charts, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was in partly to blame for the CD boom, but only when it re-entered the market as a reissue, unlike 8-track recording technology which is virtually non-adaptable, and with good reason. The distinguishable vinyl crackle is the elusive demarcation of an unclear technology, but those who know it consummately, sing its praises

League Of Gentlemen release vinyl collection. BBC-owned record label Demon has announced a deluxe League Of Gentlemen vinyl box set. The 12-disc collection promises both the soundtrack to the entire original 3 series of TV sitcom The League Of Gentlemen, plus their earlier radio show, On The Town With The League Of Gentlemen. Issued on brightly coloured, heavyweight vinyl discs, the limited edition set will be released on 2nd November and costs £139.99. Orders are now being taken on an exclusive, dedicated website: alocalshop.co.uk The set, titled Special Stuff – The League Of Gentlemen’s Vinyl Cuts, is named and styled in homage to Royston Vasey’s master butcher Hilary Briss. The Gents – Mark Gatiss, Jeremy Dyson, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton – have collaborated with the company and artist Graham Humphreys to create the collection, which also includes an exclusive photo print signed by the four men, and brand new sleeve notes also written by them.

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In rotation: 8/13/18

Canada | National record store chain marks 1st anniversary: Sunrise Records in Kelowna’s Orchard Park mall is joining a cross-country celebration of record stores still existing. Saturday, the 82 stores in the chain have food and giveaways, sales and discounts, and coupons for future use. Sunrise Records started in 1977 near Hamilton, Ont., but it became a national chain when it took over spaces previously occupied by HMV. That takeover was a year ago, so Saturday’s festivities are also a first birthday party. While record sales are miniscule compared to what they used to be, Sunrise has found a niche with those who still want to buy vinyl. Its stores also sell movies, games and pop culture items.

Wheeling, WV | Nail City Records Will Get You Into the Groove: Owner Sees Store As A Way to Preserve Culture and History. A new record store in downtown Wheeling isn’t just about the music, but also about local culture, history and making Wheeling a destination location for serious album collectors. Nail City Record opened last fall in Elm Grove, and has moved to the third floor of the McLain Building at 40-12th St., Wheeling. There are more than 100,000 pieces of recorded sound available at the shop, according to owner Jonathan Napier. He said the store is not just “about selling records, but archiving history.” …Napier said a major goal of the store is to get old records out of warehouses, basements and garages and back into circulation.

Des Moines, IA | Vinyl Cup, Des Moines’ newest record store, opens in Beaverdale this weekend: Luke Dickens started a Facebook group last summer to share his love for music with a few dozen friends. He posted the group’s first photo last August — a coffee mug placed on top of a turntable. “Vinyl Cup,” he called it. A nod to a collector’s familiar morning ritual of music and a morning cup. No price tag, no first-come, first-serve sales. Just a conversation starter with like-minded music collectors. That was until he posted a photo last September of a half-dozen or so albums and someone asked a question that would rocket-launch a business he hadn’t yet known he started: “How much?” So, he started buying and selling records. Fast.

Ann Arbor, MI | Unreleased Underground Resistance 12″ surfaces at Michigan record store: Two rare ’90s cuts from Jeff Mills and Mike Banks. Technical Equipment Supply – the Michigan-based record store operated by Ghostly International artist Todd Osborn – has announced that they are putting out an previously unreleased Underground Resistance record. The two-track 12-inch, titled ‘Electronic Emotions / Like That’, contains music that was produced between 1993 and 1994 by the seminal Detroit techno icons Jeff Mills and Mike Banks – the two founding members of Underground Resistance. This rare record is only available for purchase in the store, which is located close to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the town of Ypsilanti.

Treat Your Ears To This Stunning Okami Soundtrack Vinyl Boxset: To celebrate the release of Okami HD on Switch, Data Discs has partnered with Capcom to release a remastered version of the original soundtrack on vinyl, and it’s available to pre-order as we speak. Originally released in 2006 and composed by Masami Ueda, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Rei Kondoh and Akari Groves, the Okami soundtrack is known for suiting the game perfectly; the pieces act as a natural fit to the recurring themes of restoration and resolve. Using traditional Japanese instruments, and inspired by distant folklore, the score moves between peacefulness and danger effortlessly…This new release is presented as a quadruple LP box set, featuring over two hours of newly remastered music and a 40-page artbook. There is also a double-sided lithographic print featuring original illustrations from the Capcom archives in Japan. A lossless download code for the album is also included…

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In rotation: 8/10/18

Chicago, IL | Rogers Park gets a new record store: You could be forgiven for mistaking Electric Jungle for a gardening shop at first glance. Potted plants fill the windows of the new Rogers Park record store at 1768 W. Greenleaf, which opened without fanfare during the last weekend of July. The storefront is largely unadorned, though there’s a small green sign on the front door with the shop’s name and business hours. It’s open just a fraction of the week: 2-7 PM on Tuesday and Thursday, and noon-7 PM on Friday and Saturday. Owner John Ciba, who ran Logan Square record store Logan Hardware till it closed in May, says he started working toward opening Electric Jungle this past winter. He stayed mum about the shop’s existence till this summer, when he changed the handle on Logan Hardware’s Instagram account to “electricjunglechicago.”

Louisville, KY | Louisville’s Funhouse Records might be the biggest little record store in America: Five years ago, Bill Barriger had little interest in used vinyl records and couldn’t tell the difference between an LP worth $1 and one worth $100. Now he owns one of the most well-stocked record stores in the United States. Barriger, who opened Funhouse Records & Audio in the Highlands earlier this year, traveled to Texas two weeks ago to buy a collection of approximately 280,000 LPs and 45s. That’s a lot of records. Check that: It’s a crazy amount and the final count may be higher. Even more remarkable, a number of them are new old stock dating back to the 1980s, including unopened shipping boxes from distributors. In the world of record collectors — and retailers — this is the stuff of dreams, the kind of grail-rich score that could make Barriger’s reputation soar among collectors internationally.

SugarCube SC-1 vinyl noise remover hits the UK: For some vinyl enthusiasts, the surface noise of vinyl records is as endearing as the actions of pulling a disc from its sleeve or lowering a turntable’s tonearm lever. But of course one can have too much of a good thing, and the sound of a worn record can fall into that category. And if a good ol’ clean can’t help, maybe the SugarCube SC-1 can. Designed for people with older or second-hand record collections, the all-in-one noise removal device uses proprietary ‘click & pop’ removal technology by Silicon Valley-based start-up SweetVinyl to eliminate vinyl noise in real-time. The technology supposedly uses an algorithm to detect, isolate and remove unwanted noise while keeping the music signal unharmed. All owners have to do is hook the SC-1 up to a phono stage, press a button to initiate the clean-up process, and turn a dial to adjust the strength of the process.

UAE | Vinyl memories: Of cricket, mutton curry and a gruffy Dylan: …Growing up in Dum Dum, in the northern fringes of the eastern Indian metropolis of Kolkata, in the early 1970s, the sheer proximity to the His Master’s Voice (HMV) factory was something to brag about. HMV, then the largest music company in India, was quite a household name and very much a brand to reckon with in an age and time when brand-loyalties were more esoteric in terms of their association with life as it was and not quite dictated by a gadget freak’s now-or-never push for a ‘been-there-done-that’ proclamation. The day father brought home the HMV radiogram, it marked my initiation into the world of music — the sheer joy of being able to be in command of what one loved to listen to and not necessarily dependent on what the All India Radio programme presenter thought music ought to be.

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In rotation: 8/9/18

Leamington, UK | Musicians celebrate reopening of Head with intimate gig: Musicians ditched the stage and took to a slightly different venue to celebrate the reopening of a Leamington record store. Customers of independent music store Head, which is based in the Royal Priors, were left devastated when the shop closed last year. But it recently reopened its doors under new management and to celebrate the owners held an acoustic gig with performances by local bands Luna Kiss, The Ellipsis and Freezacrowd. Luna Kiss frontman Wil Russell said: “We have a record store that is supporting local artists and an opportunity for local artists to get involved with their local record store, which is something not a lot of places are doing. “This is a sense of community which has been lost in the industry for quite a while.”

Racine, WA | Harbor PC Music record shop plays to the tune of variety: Kevin Conrad smiles as he looks at the makeup-covered face of KISS front man Gene Simmons, printed on the jacket for his 1978 self-titled album. At age 9, “Gene Simmons” became the first album Conrad ever owned. Thirty-nine years later, Conrad has more than 20,000. About 4,000 of Conrad’s albums are on display in his record store, Harbor PC Music, 3208 Washington Ave., with another 16,000 stacked floor to ceiling in the basement. Conrad opened the record store in West Racine in 2016. He already owned the storefront; it had been a photo studio, but that had stopped being profitable. Half the building’s floor space is still dedicated to his PC repair business, which has been going strong for more than a decade.

Ontario, CA | Flooding forces beloved Kingston record store to hit pause: Future of Brian’s Record Option unclear after rushing water soaks stock. A beloved Kingston, Ont., record store is hitting pause after flooding damaged much of its inventory on Saturday. Brian’s Record Option on Princess Street has been a treasure trove of dusty vinyl stacked from floor to ceiling since the early 1980s. The 1,200-square-foot store holds 80,000 albums, 20,000 CDs and thousands of cassettes, posters and books. Brian Lipson, the store’s owner, told CBC Radio’s All In A Day he was downstairs in the basement when he heard water gurgling. It began to flow pretty fast. The water filled the basement and rose to the main floor, flooding through the store and out the front door, taking CDs and records with it.

Grandview Heights, OH | Pub, studio put new spin on record store: The combination record store, pub and recording suite will open Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1806 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus, just outside Grandview Heights. Stacy has spent the past year renovating the former thrift shop into an open and airy storefront. “It’s not your grandfather’s record store,” he said. Craft & Vinyl offers a small bar that serves craft beer, two floor displays of used vinyl records and new albums displayed on the wall. Two couches with music magazines arrayed on a coffee table are placed near a wall with concert posters designed by Mike Martin of the Columbus-based Engine House 13. Visitors also can play pinball on their choice of Rolling Stones or Kiss machines.

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In rotation: 8/8/18

Columbus, OH | Record store/recording studio/craft beer bar opening soon: Troy Stacy’s new business isn’t as much about what he can do as what you can do. The marketing and music industry veteran is opening Craft & Vinyl on Aug. 15 at 1806 W. 5th Ave. near Grandview Heights. It’s a venture that combines record shop, recording studio and craft beer bar under its 2,000-square-foot roof. While vinyl and beer sales will drive the success, Stacy’s passion is on the studio side. In his music industry days, he worked on several successful albums for both TVT Records and Interscope Records, including the soundtracks to the movies Blade and Bulworth. Those bona fides are on the studio walls, not as a way to brag, but to show that success in the industry can be achieved without leaving Columbus.

Oakland, CA | The 5 best spots to score vinyl records in Oakland: Is vinyl your thing? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top vinyl record sources in Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re in the market…Topping the list is 1-2-3-4 Go Records. Located at 420 40th St., Suite 5 (between Webster Street and Shafter Avenue) in Mosswood, it’s the highest rated vinyl spot in Oakland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 92 reviews on Yelp. The LPs (plus CDs and cassettes) are well organized by genre. The shop specializes in punk but also carries lots of jazz, indie rock and world music. It also hosts occasional in-store performances in Oakland and at its sister outlet in San Francisco.

Charlotte, NC | Fania Records’ Legacy Lives On With New Owners: ‘It’s The Culture’: Fania Records has a singular place in music history, mostly because it practically gave birth to the genre that became known as salsa. The musicians, singers, composers and arrangers who made music for the label will tell you that the song forms already existed — guaracha, son, mambo, cha cha cha, merengue — but what they did was give it a 1970s New York City swagger. The music produced on Fania albums can also be considered the soundtrack of the Afro-Caribbean political awakening in the U.S. northeast. Puerto Ricans and Cuban-Americans flexed their political and musical muscles at the same time, gaining influence in both arenas along the way. The storied legacy became a tangle of probate hearings and misplaced tape masters when co-founder Jerry Masucci died in 1997.

Dublin, IE | ‘If Drake can’t shift a bulk of physical albums, what hope have Irish musicians?’ …A further sign of the new music reality also came into sharp focus last week when it was reported that physical sales for Scorpion, the No 1 album world’s top-selling performer, hip-hop artist, Drake, were just 29,000 copies per week in the US and close to 6,500 copies in the UK. These were the lowest sales figures for the week’s biggest-selling album in the States since they first began running the numbers in 1991. The trend is unlikely to be that different in Ireland where Spotify has now become the ‘go to’ platform for accessing and paying for music. We live in an era of customised playlists delivered in flavours to match the ever-changing mood of today’s music fans. Increasingly, the choice for many new artists and fans favours random tunes released more regularly. So tracks have become uncoupled from albums in the same way that news articles have become separated from newspapers and TV shows from TV stations.

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