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In rotation: 4/18/18

Here are the best events in Miami for Record Store Day 2018: Whether you own a record player or not, Record Store Day is an occasion to look forward to. The international music holiday—happening this Saturday, April 21—is a chance for independent record stores around the world to showcase limited edition releases, host live music and in-store signings and throw some pretty awesome shindigs. In Miami, Record Store Day has become a pretty big deal with no shortage of options to keep you bouncing around town. Below we’ve compiled some of what you can look forward to this Saturday.

Record Store Day Seattle: The ultimate guide to RSD 2018 deals and events: They’ll come in droves, a stack of limited-run color vinyl tucked under each arm, eyes bleary from an early morning spent flipping through racks of rarefied records. Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day has become the music nerd’s Black Friday — an enticingly fun consumer-oriented pseudo holiday that lures collectors to stores across the country (even in a post-streaming world) with a cache of new one-off and limited releases. When Record Store Day commences on Saturday, April 21, this year should be no different, with many of Seattle’s best record stores opening early, planning deals and in-store performances from local luminaries (and even an ex-Fugee) in addition to stocking those new RSD-sanctioned records. To make your crate-digging easier, we rounded up all the local RSD happenings we could find.

Your San Antonio Record Store Day field guide: Record Store Day is around the corner, and in its 11th year, it’s popularity is ever-increasing. Vinyl album sales in the United States increased by more than 1,000 percent over the past ten years. And junkies line up at stores’ openings to get their hands on rare and special releases from artists spanning all genres. It’s not unusual to be greeted by fellow eager fans, shop owners, music performances, free food and drinks and more. “This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities…”

Record Store Day in Tampa Bay is April 21st! This Saturday, April 21st is International Record Store Day! And no, it isn’t just one of those every day made up hashtag holidays. Record Store Day was founded in 2007 by independent musicians and record store owners as a way to get people in the doors so that maybe while you’re there, you’ll even buy a record of… The Doors?? Record Store Day “is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.” For some of us (like me), Record Store Day is like Second Christmas.

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In rotation: 4/17/18

Record Store Day 2018: Your guide to deals, free giveaways and parties in Tampa Bay: Yep, it’s time once again for Record Store Day. And trust us, you’re going to want a guide. You can head to Record Store Day’s website for all the details on this year’s hundreds of limited special releases, including vinyl LPs by Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd, plus collectible items by Run the Jewels, the National, Arcade Fire and many more. But the RSD site only gets you so far. As usual, it doesn’t tell you much about what’s happening in Tampa Bay on Record Store Day; it lists two stores (Vinyl Countdown and Gulfport Records) that are out of business. Here’s a better look at where to go and spend your allowance this Record Store Day.

Redditch indie shop Vintage Trax marks Record Store Day this Saturday: To mark the UK’s 11th annual Record Store Day this Saturday, Redditch’s only independent record shop Vintage Trax is promising something for everyone. The established shop on Birchfield Road, Headless Cross has compiled an extensive offering of collectable retro picture discs, shaped discs, coloured vinyl and limited edition issues of 7” and 12” singles, LPs and box sets for music fans. Plus, there will be hundreds of CDs from just £1 each. “Our customers are looking for good quality original albums and 7”/12” singles, and so rather than committing a big chunk of our stock budget to the RSD releases, we’re focusing on offering our biggest ever range of retro vinyl,” said owner Ros Sidaway.

Record Store Day 2018: Carnival Records in Malvern going back to its roots for vinyl’s big day: One of the biggest days of the year for vinyl lovers will be celebrated with a twist at a Malvern record store. Record Store Day, which is observed across the country on Saturday (April 21), offers music fans the chance to snap up limited edition vinyl across a range of genres. Whilst Rachel and Chris Heard, who own Carnival Records in Malvern, do celebrate the day, they do not sell any of the exclusive vinyl and instead reduce their entire stock by half price. Mr Heard said: “We are a real independent shop and celebrating and promoting shops like ours is what Record Store day was originally set up for.

Record Store Day 2018: The places to buy vinyl in and around Coventry: Record Store Day 2018 is just around the corner and music lovers in Coventry and Warwickshire will be able to get their hands on a number of exclusives on the day. The event is now in its 11th year of celebrating the independent music industry and promoting vinyl. In Coventry and Warwickshire, there are two stores taking part in the event, which takes place on Saturday, April 21. These stores will stock new releases which will be available exclusively from independent record stores. Records from big name artists make up the Record Store Day release list, including ABBA, David Bowie, Niall Horan, Wu-Tang Clan and many more. However, it is worth noting that not all stores will stock every release, and anyone interested is advised to contact stores in advance.

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In rotation: 4/16/18

Celebrate Record Store Day in Charleston at Monster Music and Vinyl Countdown: Y’all ready for Record Store Day (RSD) on Sat. April 21? Though Monster Music & Movies is the only local place where you’ll find official RSD releases, The Vinyl Countdown is hosting a special local release…High Water Festival performers and NOLA five-piece Tank & the Bangas won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest last year and have traveled the world — including a stop in Charleston on the #TinyDeskConcert tour — wowing fans with their neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop, and spoken word realness ever since. They’ll make a pitstop at Monster Music during High Water weekend as part of the store’s free RSD extravaganza, which also includes a puppy fest from the Charleston Animal Society, Jason’s Jump Castles, the below local acts, and food trucks Dave n Dubs, Towin’ the Dough, and Area 51.

Back in the Day: Suisun’s Retroactive Records and Games a portal to past: There’s a time portal located in downtown Suisun City that can transport people back to the past. Sorta. Locally owned record store Retroactive Records and Games, at 801 Main St., is the portal of which I speak. The open sign on the shop that reads ”Come In, We’re Awesome” represents truth in advertising. The shop is in the same spot where Collins Music and Collectibles was for years. When I visited Wednesday, sweet classic R&B, B-side rock tunes as well as Top 40 hits were blaring on the stereo system while I spoke to manager Steve Maag. “I want people to come here and feel like it’s not some stale corporate atmosphere. People have told me it feels like a place that could be in Berkeley and that’s what I’m trying to cultivate,” Maag said.

Rega’s Record Store Day turntables to be signed by Fatboy Slim, Jethro Tull and others: 2017 saw the likes of Elbow, Noel Gallagher and Placebo lend their signatures to the cause and for 2018 Rega has lined up Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame, Jake Bugg, Fatboy Slim, and Rag’n’Bone Man – the official UK ambassador for Record Store Day. As part of this year’s celebrations, Rega has already revealed it will be producing 500 limited edition RSD turntables – the deck is a “unique hybrid” of the company’s Award-winning Planar 1 and Planar 2 models. And now we know that 17 of the 500 will be adorned with an autograph. The only way you can get hold of one is to head to your nearest participating record shop or hi-fi retailer and hope the deck you’ve bought carries a special scribble.

Record Store Day 2018 in Phoenix: Where you can shop for cool records, attend concerts: Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day, an awareness-raising celebration of the brick-and-mortar independent record store as a cultural hub for hardcore vinyl geeks and casual music fans alike…This year’s event is coming to a record store near you on Saturday, April 21, with hundreds of acts releasing exclusive RSD product to honor the occasion. Total annual sales for vinyl at indie retailers has grown considerably and consistently since Record Store Day started, jumping from 737,000 units in 2007 to 5.4 million in 2016, or an increase of 637 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Every year since 2009, there’s been a Record Store Day Ambassador. The first was Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal. Since then, the title has been held by Josh Homme, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Metallica and St. Vincent.

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In rotation: 4/13/18

Beverly Records ready with exclusive vinyl releases for Record Store Day: CHICAGO – The first-ever vinyl version of comedian Adam Sandler’s debut album and the “Stars Wars: The Last Jedi” soundtrack pressed onto 10-inch vinyl shaped like the inquisitive stocky bird known as a Porg are among the quirkier releases local vinyl collectors will be seeking when doors open early April 21 at Beverly Records for Record Store Day. “There are always ones we can predict people want, like Dave Matthews Band, Lincoln Park and Phish, but smaller releases like ‘Star Wars’ that maybe we wouldn’t get before we now know there’s interest,” said John Dreznes, whose father Jack Dreznes opened the Chicago store at 11612 S. Western Ave. in the late 1960s.

Retailers prepare for Record Store Day on April 21: CHICAGO – For vinyl purists and music lovers, April 21 is your jam. Literally. April 21 marks the 11th annual Record Store Day, originated to celebrate and promote the local, independently owned record store worldwide. It’s a day when rarities and B-sides, re-issues and live shows are issued. Only a certain number of records are pressed and distributed to participating shops. This year, hip-hop group Run the Jewels is the Record Store Day ambassador. Several local stores participate in Record Store Day, including Naperville’s Purple Dog Records. Owner Erin Gavin said they will be opening for business at 8 a.m. that day. “We have a whole bunch of Record Store Day releases this year,” she said. “Surprisingly, the titles that are a little bit more obscure seem to be the ones that people are asking about…”

Everything you need to know about Record Store Day in NYC: Record Store Day arrives Saturday, April 21. You can swing by one of the best record stores in NYC (any day is good for a visit, really) or participate in a record store crawl (though it’s sold out). If you’re overwhelmed by the options though, here’s a concise guide to navigating the faux holiday: Three Record store day releases to buy, Three record shops to visit, Three events to attend.

Why are so many vinyl record stores opening in Palm Beach County? Analogopolis Records, Films, Games & Things is a mouthful of a title for a record store. Let owner Tom Procyk explain. “There are all these record stores with crazy names,” he said. “I was looking for something hard to say and hard to pronounce, but once you hear it you won’t forget it.” The 36-year-old music enthusiast opened Analogopolis (rough translation: city of sound) in a Juno Beach shopping plaza last November. His red-walled store is tastefully curated, with over 1,000 vinyl platters presented alongside everything from throwback laser discs to vintage Florida post cards. Of course, Procyk is ready for The Question. Yes, vinyl is hip. Yes, vinyl is making its zillionth comeback. But is it possible for a physical record store to survive and even thrive in an age of online streaming?

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In rotation: 4/12/18

Music Business Hall of Fame to Launch at Music Biz 2018 Conference with Tower Records’ Russ Solomon as First Inductee: As part of its 60th Anniversary conference, the Music Business Association (Music Biz) has announced that the Music Business Hall of Fame — which was previewed at last year’s conference and will celebrate the achievements of industry executives, companies, media, venues, institutions, and others who have significantly contributed to the growth and continued success of the music business — will have as its first inductee the late Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon, who passed away on March 4. The Hall of Fame will have its official launch as part of the Music Biz 2018 Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Acclaimed actor and director Colin Hanks, who directed the 2015 Tower Records documentary All Things Must Pass, will pay tribute to Solomon.

BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne is coming to Wales for Record Store Day, The DJ and music-lover will be in Spillers for the day that celebrates independent record shops: Top BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne will be in Cardiff next week for a celebration of Record Store Day, 2018. The former Kenickie singer, who has presented the mid-morning slot on the station since 2009, will be in the city on Friday, April 20 and will broadcast live from Spillers Records from 10am…In Spillers, which is the world’s oldest record store, Lauren will be joined by Welsh music icons Gwenno and Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys who go back to back in a vinyl-only Desert Island Disco – a popular feature on her show. Spillers owner Ashli Todd is gearing up for the big two days, the first of which, Laverne’s visit, she found out about eight weeks ago. She said: “For the past couple of years Lauren Laverne has been doing a special Record Store Day show from an independent record shop. “We are thrilled she’s coming to Spillers, the BBC came and did a recce to have a look at how they could set up and they’re going to be doing it from the counter. It’s very excitiing…”

Australia: Lots of activity planned for Record Store Day 21 April 2018: This annual event reiterates the importance of the traditional music outlet as one of the major avenues for the public to discover the many genres of music releases each year. Record Store Day is a once-a-year unmissable day for all music lovers. This year it’s celebrating 11 years with a record number of participating indie record stores. Set for Saturday 21 April more than 190 indie music stores around Australia will throw open their doors to live music, DJs spinning the vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting and, of course, the legendary vinyl crate digging. The indie record store is a community hub for music lovers: a place to find new music, reconnect with old and new music from old friends, get great advice and recommendations, hear musicians live, find out what’s happening in the local music scene, and generally hang out with people who love music as much as you do.

Local musicians, supporters gather for vinyl collaboration to be released on Record Store Day: To get Columbus’ music in your ears, one entrepreneur first needs to get it into your hands. Music promotion company In The Record Store and Traxler Printing have teamed up to create 2500 Summit Street, a four-song vinyl record highlighting four Central Ohio bands and is meant to raise awareness of the local music community. “I wanted to create something where someone could physically hold the Columbus music scene,” said Vince Tornero, cofounder of In The Record Store, a podcast, blog and magazine dedicated to Columbus music. The name and the album’s cover are a nod to Used Kids, the venerable Columbus record store. The record features a pair of original tracks from MojoFlo and Mistar Anderson and a pair of cover songs from Zoo Trippin and Damn the Witch Siren. “We hope this goes well,” Tornero said. “We’d like to do a whole record store series.”

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In rotation: 4/11/18

Record Store Day will celebrate record stores and the vinyl revival: For generations, music lovers have cherished the experience of sifting through vinyls [“Vinyls” is not a word. The plural of vinyl is in fact “vinyl.” —Ed.] in record bins. It is a ceremonial experience worth celebrating and it’s making a comeback, according to Boo Boo Records Manager Mike White. This unique way of discovering music inspired Record Store Day, an annual international celebration of independent record stores and small labels. San Luis Obispo record stores Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills Records will host Record Store Day celebrations at their stores April 21 with live music, sales and limited edition LPs. “We think it’s essential to be able to shine a light back on retail brick-and-mortar record stores,” White said.

Everything you need to know about biggest Record Store Day ever in Gloucestershire: Forget Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter – if you’re a vinyl fan, there is only one day on the calendar that matters – Saturday, April 21, Record Store Day 2018. That’s because Record Store Day 2018 is set to be the biggest and loudest celebration of vinyl yet, with over 450 exclusive records set for release and a host of live events lined up across the county. More than 200 independent record shops across the UK will come together to celebrate their love of vinyl, making the 11th annual Record Store Day the biggest and best yet. And vinyl fans in Gloucestershire will be spoilt for choice, with five record stores in the county taking part, stocking hundreds of rare releases. There will be DJs spinning the black circle at record shops throughout the day, as well as live acts, food stalls and even talk of a secret street partty.

Furnace Record Pressing Plant Is Ready To Roll: “…Since we are a contract manufacturer, it’ll be whatever projects our customers entrust us to press for them. We do plan on reserving a big chunk of our capacity to press for small bands and indie labels. They are always being relegated to end of the line so I hope we can help the folks out there who are struggling to get good lead times for their projects. That said, we press for all of the majors and hope to continue to earn their business. For as much slack as the majors get, they really helped fuel the vinyl resurgence and they pay their bills on time so their support has been vital to us and many other plants in the industry.”

John Cusack On ‘High Fidelity’ TV Reboot: ‘They’ll Fuck It Up’: News that 2000 rom-com High Fidelity is to get a TV reboot was met with excitement by fans, but film star John Cusack looks to have some serious concerns. The series is believed to deviate slightly from the Stephen Frears-directed film and the 1995 Nick Hornby novel and will centre on a female record store owner, presumably in the Rob Gordon role. However in series of tweets, Cusack believes if Hornby is not involved in the reboot, “they’ll fuck it up”. “The woman part seems good / the rest not so much,” the 51-year-old actor tweeted. “But it’s Nick’s book hope at least he’s involved- if he’s not – it’ll suck.”

‘Empire Records’ Star Ethan Embry Reacts to the Film Being Adapted for Broadway: Is Rexy still sexy? It would appear so since a Broadway musical adaptation of Empire Records is in the works, Rolling Stone reports. The 1995 film focused on a group of young employees at Empire Records who made it their mission to save the independent record store from being bought out by a large chain. Starring Renée Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane and Johnny Whitworth, the movie became a cult classic. Embry reacted to news of the Broadway production on Twitter. “A musical huh? The original was borderline a musical with all that damn dancing in it,” the 39-year-old actor tweeted. “The only question should be, how much weight will [GWAR] be pulling?” Embry’s character, Mark, had a hallucination that he played with the heavy metal band GWAR after eating a pot brownie.

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In rotation: 4/10/18

The day the music died: CD sales fade out; music stores adapt: …Small local CD and record stores have been struggling for a while with the rise of digital music, Duckworth said. She said she would like to believe there has been some stability recently because vinyl record sales increased about 10 percent from 2016 to 2017. Stability can also come from diversifying by selling other merchandise besides CDs and records, she said. There is still a market for CDs and records, Duckworth said. In 2017, physical copies made $1.5 billion, which was more than digital downloads at $1.3 billion. Digital downloads declined about 25 percent from 2016 to 2017, while paid subscriptions continue to grow…“Nothing can replace a physical copy of music,” he said.

New owners plan to restart Ignition Music Garage concert series: GOSHEN — The Ignition Music Garage in downtown has been purchased by two locals who intend to enhance the record store as a venue for live music. Tim Hochstetler, owner of T.G. Music, and Julie Hershberger, front-of-the-house manager at A Constant Spring, pooled their resources and their passions for music on vinyl and purchased the store Thursday from founder Steve Martin. “I have always loved music. I grew up playing clarinet,” Hershberger said of her reason for wanting to jump into the record store business. “I begged my parents for a guitar and they refused until I was 18. So I played guitar for a couple of years.”

Musical Adaptation of EMPIRE RECORDS Is In the Works! “The movie was really about a family that formed among these minimum-wage record clerks,” said Carol Heikkinen. “There’s a lot of nostalgia now for those old record stores where you could go and talk to people who loved the same music you loved, and discover new bands. We hope the musical will capture the memory of what it was like to be young in a time before iTunes and Spotify – music is such an important part of the youth experience, and it’s what brings these characters together. Zoe’s the perfect partner for this; the movie was part of her adolescence and she not only gets the music, but the themes of friendship and family. ”

Celebrate dance music and vinyl records at this pop-up experience: Back2Mono wants to get you out of your circles and onto the dance floor. You can expect the authentic analog experience though, at Back2Mono, a vinyl pop-up experience created by Japanese DJ Shigeki Fukuda, who has been living in the country for a bit over a year. Fukuda, who was surprised by the observation that people in the Philippines “just stay in their own circles,” founded the event in the interest of bringing people together through a shared love of music. The first Back2Mono event celebrated the beauty of Japan-pressed records. This second instalment of Back2Mono, though, taking place at The Alley at Karrivin on April 14-15, will be kicking out the jams with a fascinating theme: the history of dance music.

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In rotation: 4/9/18

The Official Top 40 biggest vinyl albums and singles of 2018 so far: Vinyl collectors have been snapping up a mix of classic records and brand new releases this year. …The UK’s best-seller on black plastic this year is currently Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Released in 1977, the collection is still finding fans some 41 years year and has become a staple for vinyl collectors, regularly featuring at the top end of the Official Vinyl Albums Chart. Close behind at Number 2 is Nirvana’s 1991 record Nevermind, followed by Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black at 3. Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of Moon, first released in 1973, is at 4, and Oasis’ 1995 release (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? completes the Top 5…When it comes to vinyl singles, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds claim the top spot with It’s A Beautiful World, taken from their latest album Who Built The Moon?.

Petaluma Around the Clock: An hour at Spin Records: “Hello! Welcome to Spin Records!” It’s 1:44 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, and Kirk Charles Heydt is deftly reorganizing a box of vinyl albums, enthusiastically discussing the life and career of Frank Zappa with a customer, amiably greeting a pair of wide-eyed newcomers who look like they just landed in Oz, and somehow also answering the phone — an actual landline phone, that rings really loud, like phones used to. As Heydt has just gleefully proclaimed, this is Spin Records, an improbably popular new music shop tucked away inside the MotoItalia motorcycle parts store, in the shabbily underwhelming, unavoidably aging, Petaluma Blvd. shopping center that also contains Lucky’s Market, the Aquarium Restaurant and Bar, the Alano Club, and The Laundry Depot laundromat.

Missoula record stores see business increase as physical music sales pass downloads: MISSOULA, Mont. — A report from the Record Industry Association of America reflects a shift in how people are getting their music. It says for the first time since 2011 vinyl records and CDs are outselling digital downloads. It’s something Missoula record stores are seeing too. Bruce Micklus manages Rockin’ Rudy’s and says they had 15 years of declining sales in the music section, causing them to downsize the department. “I don’t know how we’ve managed to hang on with everything as long as we have, but it’s gratifying to see people at least stop the downfall of music sales,” said Micklus. Both Rockin’ Rudy’s and Rockin’ Rudy’s Record Heaven are now seeing an uptick in business. Scott Storer, the manager of Rockin’ Rudy’s Record Heaven, described it as a snowball effect with more interest every year.

The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights Turns Sweet 16 on Saturday, April 14th at Plumbers Hall: The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights is Saturday, April 14, back at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, for its Sweet 16th year. The fair is CHIRP’s first since the station hit the terrestrial airwaves successfully, providing the north side of Chicago a stellar musical alternative that prioritizes local musicians in an era when local stalwarts like The Loop are disappearing and giant conglomerates file for bankruptcy. The fair features over 100 tables of vinyl, the largest yet, and there will be a listening station/Vinyl Spa upstairs, along with an activity area for kids of all ages.

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In rotation: 4/6/18

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 4/5/18

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

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

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

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

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