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

In rotation: 1/25/18

Vinyl Is Spinning Huge Sales For Sunrise Records: Sunrise Records’ president Doug Putman doesn’t buy the popular mantra that music sales are cooked. Proof of this is the fact that his chain of nationwide stores sold close to a half-million vinyl albums last year. That’s right. Sunrise sold just shy of 500,000 vinyl recordings and most with an average sticker price of $29.99. And that’s just the half of it. Last year, Putman expanded his Ontario-based 12-store chain by negotiating leases from mall owners left holding the bag when HMV declared bankruptcy, and in the space of a year grew to 82 stores nationwide. Today he employs about 800 staff working full or part-time in Sunrise locations, and he has plans for more expansion in 2018.

Going For A Song Chronicles The Tale Of Britain’s Record Shops: New book Going For A Song chronicles the history of Britain’s Record Shops. Round about 10 years ago or so only one type of article was commissioned about British record shops: obituaries. Vinyl, we were told, was a dead format, downloading was here to stay, and that record shops would move online, into the digital realm. Fast forward a decade or more and vinyl sales are at their highest level since 1991 and more shops seem to spring up on a weekly basis. New book Going For A Song details the history, the fall, and subsequent resurgence of Britain’s record shops, and the communities around them. Moving from early shellac outlets to dub shacks, Soho shebeens to Brian Epstein’s NEMS network in Liverpool, it looks fascinating, packed with detail and new interviews.

Recycled Records’ longtime owners considering selling: Changes could be in store for a one-of-a-kind downtown Springfield business that’s been a second home to generations of music lovers. Mark and Gary Kessler, co-owners of Springfield Furniture and Recycled Records, 625 E. Adams St., said they haven’t made any definitive plans, but they are considering selling the business. Mark, 70, and Gary, 64, have not set a date to close the store and stressed that there is no need for them to hurry and make a decision. They plan to continue buying and selling records as always, but they are open to reasonable offers. “It’s not a fire sale,” Mark said. “Neither Gary nor I need to sell this business. I’m 70 years old. I just want to do some other stuff.”

Why Vinyl Matters: Nick Hornby on Records, High Fidelity, and His Personal Top 5: “Well, of course it hasn’t really returned. Sales are still tiny. But it isn’t, as we thought, going to vanish completely, at least for a while. There’s snob appeal, for sure—vinyl looks great, the covers are cool, the format is fashionably retro, and so on. But I suspect that many young people are taking the position that old-school music nerds adopted: what you own says something about you. You can’t own the music on Spotify. Everyone has the same—namely, everything—despite attempts to personalise the new platforms. Vinyl offers a way of distinguishing yourself from those who care less than you do.”

Vinyl revival – What goes around comes around: When digital downloads became the dominant music delivery format in 2011, outstripping sales of all physical media for the first time, the music industry in general was in turmoil. The boom stemming from compact disc sales (a period stretching from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s) became a bust; industry revenue (sales of all recorded media) dropped from $14.6 billion in 1999 to about $9 billion in 2008. While those numbers continued to drop in subsequent years, the direction has now reversed course. During the first half of 2017, the RIAA reported a 17 percent increase in revenue over the same period the previous year. Vinyl sales are at their most vigorous in nearly three decades…

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In rotation: 1/24/18

Record Theatre and other Silver estate properties up for bid: The former flagship Record Theatre store is one of several properties up for sale to settle the estate of Leonard Silver, the store’s late owner who died in March. In all, five properties at the corner of Main Street and Lafayette Avenue will be sold at private auction. Included are the iconic, 28,560-square-foot store at 1768 Main St., a 5,470-square-foot former garage and apartment located behind the store at 1040 Lafayette Ave., and the .19-acre former Record Theatre parking lot at 1774 Main St…Record Theatre is credited as one of the longest-running, independently owned record stores in the country. Its final location, the flagship on Main Street, closed in August. Transcontinent Record Sales, which includes Amherst Records, has moved its offices to Williamsville.

10 new reissues to add to your collection in early 2018: While January tends to be filled with promises to embrace the future, look towards new horizons – and generally make yourself feel bad for falling short of those promises – we also very much believe it’s a good moment to look back with fresh eyes. With such a wealth of incredible reissues last year, we’re moving into 2018 with another ten you need to add to your collection in the next few months. Look out for experimental electronics from ’70s Germany, sun-soaked Californian folk funk, Japanese new wave and essential jazz-infused hip-hop from some of our favourite reissue labels.

First Bromsgrove vinyl record fair of 2018 to be held this weekend: The first Bromsgrove vinyl record fair of 2018 will be held this Sunday. The event, organised by the Midlands Records Fair, will take place from 10am to 4pm at Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa, formerly the Hilton Hotel, Birmingham Road. There will be free parking for buyers and sellers. Admission for buyers is £1 from 10am to 1pm and then free entry afterwards. There are also ‘early bird’ passes for £5 which admit people from 9am. Prices will suit bargain hunters and keen collectors alike. Visit for more information.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum wants to restore old recording: Housed deep within the museum’s bowels is a cracked, deteriorating lacquer disc of an early performance by the Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys, donated by Glen Harlow. Now flaked into a dozen pieces, it is too damaged to ever play. But technology exists to scan images of the grooves and recreate the recording, according to Emily Robinson, the BCMM’s collections manager. “It’s not like a vinyl disc. It has an aluminum core and this lacquer coating where the grooves were recorded on. Over time, the lacquer becomes really brittle and, with temperature and hu-midity fluctuations, the lacquer expands and contracts while the aluminum doesn’t and pieces are breaking away. It looks like a puzzle,” Robinson said Monday.

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In rotation: 1/23/18

Is Vinyl’s Comeback Here to Stay? In 2018, the once-forgotten format feels closer to the mainstream than it has in decades. …For all the ease of online shopping, the human interaction that’s involved with actually stepping into a brick-and-mortar record store is still a big part of vinyl’s appeal. Any metropolitan vinyl aficionado can rattle off a list of beloved institutions that have closed their doors in recent years. But nearly 400 record stores opened nationwide from 2012 to 2017, according to industry officials. “Almost every week I get an email from someone, saying, ‘Hey, I’m opening a store in a couple of months,’” says Carrie Colliton, a co-founder of Record Store Day.

Why the vinyl resurgence is great for bands: Despite music consumption largely shifting to digital, figures show that vinyl sales are on the up with an increase in the UK of more than 26% in last year. Belle and Sebastian’s Richard Colburn tells Sky News why it’s important for indie bands that vinyl makes a comeback. “It’s always been there bubbling away, but of late it’s really, really taken off, which is good, and I think part of the reason is often when you buy vinyl now it also has a digital download,” he says. “So people seem to be collecting vinyl, maybe without playing it so much, but it’s just a nice thing to have. “It’s great for us because bands like us also get to make artwork that works for vinyl, which is what you want.”

Red Deer’s Soundhouse closing its doors on Record Store Day: The owners of The Soundhouse want to shut down their store on a good note. Mike Williamson and Davin Kemshed have operated the music and record store in downtown Red Deer for eight years. In a Thursday Facebook post, they announced they plan to shut down the store on Record Store Day, April 21. The commercial realtors wanted to resurrect Records to the Rafters, which was operated for years by Bill Creighton where the Soundhouse is now located. Though they may no longer be able to put in the effort to keep the Soundhouse going, they are open to passing the torch as Creighton once did with them. They are interested in having discussions about continuing the store with new owners or selling off some of their inventory so someone else can get a head start on something similar.

Vinyl Vault is the latest record store to open inside a Toronto bar: The shop, which specializes in used and vintage pressings, has set up shop on the second floor of Sonic Bar & Cafe. …For the last seven years, Vinyl Vault has existed at the Dixie Outlet Mall’s Saturday and Sunday Fantastic Flea Market in Mississauga. Maurice, who’s worked at the store for the last three years, took over the shop after the former owner passed away in May. She’s been branching out with pop-up stores since then at farmers’ markets and live shows, and took over a pink shipping container for four days at Ontario Place for the Ontario 150 Art & Music Festival last summer. But this is Vinyl Vault’s first seven-day-a-week location. It will also continue at its original location on weekends.

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In rotation: 1/22/18

HarperAudio Goes Retro with New Vinyl Audiobook Series: Following successful vinyl record releases by Amy Poehler and others, HarperAudio plans to produce a series of spoken word vinyl audiobook titles (with accompanying digital editions) in 2018. The vinyl audiobook series will launch in April with Wild Horses Vinyl Edition (including an MP3 version) by Joe Hill. The title is, as HC put it, a “vinyl-first” release. The short story, read by Nate Corddry, is about four teenagers who take a ride on an antique carousel. The seemingly innocent lark results in disastrous consequences. Other vinyl-first editions coming this year include Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning and poet Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems. HarperAudio vinyl titles will be distributed by Wax, an indie record label that specializes in the format.

The Manufacturer Keeping Cassette Tapes Alive: In manufacturing, it’s hard to know which industries or products will be left for dead, only to see a resurgence down the line. One interesting example of this is vinyl: once a relic for music collectors, this industry has been booming in the last few years, even reaching a record high – no pun intended – in 2017. The Associated Press (AP) recently reported on a less-publicized format that we all thought was dead and gone: the audio cassette. While vinyl has been flying high based on renewed interest in the medium, a plant in Missouri is investing in cassettes – not really because the industry is growing, but because everyone else has vacated it. The last man standing is a manufacturer called National Audio Company, and they’re the soon-to-be final U.S. company to produce the tape that goes inside of a cassette.

Watch: Belle & Sebastian Go Record Shopping At Oxfam: Belle & Sebastian have shot a new video, featuring the group record shopping in their local Oxfam. The charity run a regular video series, inviting the likes of Loyle Carner and Anton Newcome to rifle through their racks. Belle & Sebastian are notorious vinyl fiends, and leaped at the chance to visit their local Oxfam book and record shop in Glasgow’s West End. A great time they had of it, too, picking up rare gems, guilty pleasures, and some off the beaten track titles. An absorbing watch in its own right, you can tune in (above).

Five classic David Bowie albums reissued on vinyl: David Bowie’s Low, “Heroes”, Stage, Lodger and Scary Monsters LPs are being reissued this February, via RCA. The releases follow recent news that Bowie continues to top vinyl album and singles chart sales since his death two years ago, with nearly 300,000 of his records sold in the UK since. Though the albums were remastered and reissued as part of Bowie’s A New Career In Town (1977 – 1982) box set, this is the first time the LPs have been released individually since 1991.

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In rotation: 1/19/18

Discogs reveals the most collected techno releases of 2017: Discogs have released a comprehensive list showcasing the most collected records of 2017 by genre…Quite naturally, some of the most exciting and unique electronic LPs of the year made it close to the top spot on the most collected Techno list with Actress’ AZD, Blanck Mass’ World Eater, Four Tet’s ‘New Energy’ (a track from which was DJ Mag’s 15th top track of the year), Kraftwerk’s ‘3-D: The Catalogue’ and Depeche Mode’s ‘Going Backwards [Remixes]’ all ranking high. It was also great to see records like Tzusing’s incredible ‘東方不敗’ and PLO Man’s ‘Powerline’ do so well along with Dopplereffekt’s ‘Cellular Automata’, the title track from which featured in Sophia Saze’s Fresh Kicks mix which we ran in December 2017.

Vinyl record-minded bars, cafes in NYC: BierWax owner Chris Maestro, 41, vividly remembers purchasing his first vinyl record from a Binghamton, New York, radio station in the mid-1990s — before he even owned a turntable. He’ll be the first to admit he had no idea what journey that purchase would set him on. “It began there,” Maestro, 41, said. “I’ve been a DJ and vinyl collector for over two decades, but then 12 or 13 years ago I became very interested in craft beer. So BierWax really was a way of marrying my passions.” That marriage has resulted in a groovy, sudsy spot in Prospect Heights where patrons can kick back and tip back a glass of locally brewed beer to the rich, analog sounds of vinyl records. But Bierwax isn’t the only one.

My visit to the record store: Over the weekend, an old friend and I got together for lunch and a fun afternoon exploring our local record store. I’ll admit, it’s been several years, but it sure felt like home. Perusing through the bins, picking up the record sleeves, looking over the album art…pure heaven. It was also fun to see the old concert posters on the wall along with the turntables for sale. There’s definitely a resurgence in the sale of vinyl. According a recent Nielsen music report, sales reached nearly 10 million units sold by the end of 2017. The vinyl bug has caught on with younger listeners as well, with turntable sales on the uptick. If you haven’t been into a record store lately, there are a few still remaining in the bay area. We went to Amoeba Records in Berkeley, but Rasputin’s, Streetlight Records, On the Corner Music, and The Analogue Room are still alive and kickin’.

Vinyl Buffs, Smorgasburg LA Is Your Next Jam: The once-a-month event will offer “over 10,000 highly curated vintage vinyl” selections, in addition to other music-related goodies. Before you pull the record out of its sleeve, and before you pull the sleeve off the shelve, and before you make sure your player’s needle is in working order, and the speaker is on, and you’re wearing your dance socks, do you decide what you’re making for dinner? Or does it go in the other direction? Do you place all of the supper ingredients on the kitchen counter, and then line up the bowls, and then decide what you’ll listen to, as you cook, on the ol’ hi-fi? Whatever direction you head in, the fact that making a meal, and/or eating a meal, while music plays, is a treasured tradition observed in many homes. So when a music-related happening, one that involves the chance to buy records, pops up at an outdoor food market, you immediately understand how much sense the perfect pair-up makes.

Two Cocteau Twins Albums Set For Vinyl Reissue: Two of the Cocteau Twins’ albums are to be reissued on vinyl in March via 4AD. As part of the label’s ongoing series of reissues, which has already seen the group’s albums Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine, Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque given a re-release, next up is Treasure and Head Over Heels. The original release of Head Over Heels in 1983 came shortly after original bassist Will Heggie left the band, leaving behind remaining members Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie who would go on to forge the band’s characteristic sound of textured guitars alongside Fraser’s vocals. Treasure, from 1984, was the point at which the band once again became a trio with guitarist Simon Raymonde entering into the fold. The record is widely considered as one of the group’s best.

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In rotation: 1/18/18

How Adele Opened Way For A $32 Million Business – And Why Vinyl Is Surging: “Physical media absolutely isn’t dead. It always amazes me that we start off with quite an apologetic standpoint. Physical album sales are only down by small amount, which is a fairly shallow decrease to what people thought the album business would drop by. If anything, it is some downloads that have seen sharp declines. Figures suggest physical has 54% of all sales but this includes streaming. If someone streams 100 tracks or downloads 10 tracks, this counts as an album sale, but of course you might just have listened to the same Ed Sheeran track, which is misleading. Take these out of the data then physical is closer to two thirds of album sales.”

Darien bookstore owners seek to create a hub for book and music lovers: Paul and Robyn Garrison hope the Frugal Muse, a Darien store where gently used books, music recordings, movies and games are resold, can also be a gathering place for avid readers and new performers. The couple, who bought the business in June 2014, plan to host trivia games, movie nights and open mic performances. The store already attracts people who like a bargain and those who would rather recycle books and compacts discs than throw them away. The Frugal Muse, which has been in the shopping center on the corner of 75th and Lemont Road since 2000, carries more than 200,000 movies on DVD and VHS, music on compact discs and cassettes, audiobooks, music memorabilia, greeting cards and collectibles, Paul Garrison said…”I’m a big fan (of vinyl),” Mazur said. “It has a better atmosphere.”

New record pressing plants opened on five continents last year: It’s no secret that the vinyl resurgence has been under way for some time now. Although much of this is attributable to classic album re-issues, vinyl as a medium is as popular within the electronic music sphere as it has been since the turn of the millennium. Needless to say, the results of the major records labels cashing in on the public’s rediscovered penchant for all things vinyl has often had an adverse effect on pressing times where smaller, independent labels are concerned (we’re looking at you, MPO). However, with more plants opening up we’re hoping that such delays will now be a thing of the past.

A soundless ‘Art and Vinyl’ at Fraenkel Gallery: Art exhibitions about non-art subjects tend to fall flat. Knowing that, I approached “Art and Vinyl,” an exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery through March 3, with some skepticism…Which brings me to “Art and Vinyl.” On the one hand, there are few galleries as dependably smart about the art they present as Fraenkel, which signaled its commitment to the subject by investing in a lavish, 464-page book to go along with the show. On the other, music album covers — which make up most of the exhibition — are basically packaging. Google images of “package design” and you’ll see hundreds of examples, each more colorful and innovative than the next, of everything from acne medicine to truffle oil. Great graphic design serves a function different from art. It intrigues. Explains. Motivates. But its value is synergistic rather than intrinsic.

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In rotation: 1/17/18

Popular city record store Rise closes: A record shop closed for the final time yesterday after six years in Worcester city centre. The groove ended for the much-loved Rise store in the Crowngate Shopping Centre as loyal customers and vinyl addicts snapped up the remaining records. Manager Tom George was sad to be closing but was happy the store had met a natural end rather than shutting immediately overnight. “A lot of customers were sad but understanding,” he said. “It’s been a lot more positive than we thought it would be.” He singled out a Frank Turner launch party, which was attended by more than 200 people in 2015, as a memorable highlight during the life of the music store. The recent vinyl comeback mirrored a rise in sales for the store – but not enough to keep the business open, sadly.

Gallery of Sound in Hazle Twp. closes: The Gallery of Sound in Hazle Twp. closed its doors at the end of the business day Friday. Signs taped to the doors of the darkened store thanked customers for their 28 years of patronage and asked them to visit the Gallery of Sound location in Wilkes-Barre Twp. The store was part of the strip shopping center on Laurel Mall property. It sold compact discs, vinyl records, DVDs and other music-related merchandise. The departure leaves the greater Hazleton area without access to brick and mortar retailers dedicated solely to music. Gallery of Sound officials were mum on the closing late last week. “We’re not in a position to comment on that right now,” a person who answered the telephone at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. said.

Ames Man Keeps Record Players Running, Vinyl Spinning: Back before Pandora, Spotify, or YouTube Red, many people used record players to listen to music. The device was originally a phonograph and was first invented by Thomas Edison back in 1877. Later, it evolved during the 60s, 70s, and 80s before bowing out with the incoming digital CD players. For one Ames man, the record players never really went away. George Noble opened a record shop called Vintage Vinyl in the town of Jewell for about eight years to sell off remaining LPs as everyone was getting CDs. “I had a company come to me and rented a 2 x 2 space in my store to sell off records,” said Noble. “We were selling a lot of records for a while.” George moved on from records and record players for a few years while working for the post office full time. After retirement, though, his passion returned.

Trip down Musical Lane: Records store open in Hervey Bay: FTER collecting vinyl records and music memorabilia for decades, musician Ken Jarratt has moved his collection from his home to a shop. Cool Rock’n Records is now open at Queens Rd, Scarness, where feeling a sense of nostalgia is almost guaranteed when you walk in. Lining the walls are titles from the likes of ACDC, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath, next to Disney classics on VHS and Elvis figurines on the shelves. “I used to work in a second-hand shop in the 1980s which is where a lot of the items come from,” Mr Jarratt said. “When CDs came out, vinyl records became really cheap and I bought a lot.” The majority of sale items are from last century but Mr Jarratt said kids have been browsing the store too.

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In rotation: 1/16/18

Plans for new vinyl record shop and cafe in Buxton approved: High Peak Borough Council this week granted a change of use application for the ground floor of 2-4 South Avenue to a mixed retail and cafe use. Documents submitted on behalf of applicant Neil McDonald reveal the vacant retail premises is intended to be used for the sale of new and used vinyl records, as well as offering customers coffee and light snacks. A report prepared by council planning officer stated: “Permission is sought for a change of use from shop to a mixed use of a shop selling vinyl records and related merchandise and a cafe. “The applicant has clarified that no cooking will take place on the premises, they will be serving coffee, tea, cakes, sandwiches and merely warming up food (paninis) using a panini press (similar to a sandwich toaster).”

“It’s about taking responsibility for our future”: How Brazil is reclaiming its record culture: Brazil has long been something of a promised land for the world’s adventurous collectors, reissue labels and DJs. So vast and varied is its musical heritage that decades after Madlib first went to Brazil, it’s clear they’ve hardly scratched the surface. But with foreign buyers and increased demand pushing prices beyond the reach of most Brazilians, the country has reached something of a crisis point in relation to its records. With new pressing plant Vinil Brasil now open in São Paulo and local labels rescuing music from beyond the European experience, Russ Slater investigates how Brazilians are staking a claim to their own music once again.

Albert Einstein’s Record Collection To Go On Display: A new exhibition, called ‘Albert Einstein: Life in Four Dimensions’, is set to feature Albert Einstein’s record collection. The exhibition will travel around Asia through this year, as The Times of Israel reports, and will include artefacts from the Albert Einstein archive at Hebrew University including “the physicist’s own vinyl record collection, his 1921 Nobel Prize, handwritten pages from the theory of relativity, and letters exchanged with Sigmund Freud, family and friends,” according to a spokesperson at the university. The exhibition runs from today (January 12) until April 8 at the National Chiang Kei-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and then will be presented in Japan and China later in the year.

Audiophilia forever: And expensive new year’s shopping guide: …A growing corpus of young music lovers have, in recent years, become attached to vinyl—demanding vinyl from their favorite groups as they issue new albums, flocking to new vinyl stores. For some, it may be about the sound. Or maybe it’s about backing away from corporate culture and salesmanship. Vinyl offers the joys of possessorship: if you go to a store, talk to other music lovers, and buy a record, you are committing to your taste, to your favorite group, to your friends. In New York, the independent-music scene, and the kinds of loyalties it creates, are central to vinyl. In any case, the young people buying vinyl have joined up with two sets of people who never really gave up on it: the scratchmaster d.j.s deploying vinyl on twin turntables, making music with their hands, and the audiophiles hoarding their LPs…

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In rotation: 1/12/18

Vinyl in Augusta, Independently owned record stores in Augusta offer everything from vintage vinyl to newly released albums featuring all genres of music: Music lovers don’t have to buy vinyl records anymore. Ever since iPods and MP3 players first came onto the scene almost 20 years ago, music has become easily accessible, portable and seemingly endless. But there is something sacred about scouring through bins of vintage vinyl and fondly remembering when listening to music was a social experience. Sitting down and sharing an album with your friends that actually needed to be flipped over and appreciating the occasional crackle sound of a record being played gently by a needle is something that many people still cherish. Vinyl isn’t dead. In fact, it’s back with vengeance.

The World Famous VIP Sign That Anchored the Birthplace of G-Funk, Snoop Dogg, Warren G & Nate Dogg Becomes the First Hip Hop Landmark of its Kind! Long Beach, CA — At the corner of PCH and Martin L. King Ave., in one of Long Beach’s most culturally rich black neighborhoods, sits the icon: and now historic VIP Records sign, that once anchored the former VIP Records Store. VIP Records opened its doors in 1978 breaking R&B, gospel, jazz, reggae and blues acts. By the early 90’s, VIP became the World Famous VIP Records and the birthplace of G-Funk by providing the launching pad for Warren G, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg, who later recorded his first video “What’s my name?” on the roof of VIP Records, with the now historic sign. “The VIP was the place to go if you were a rapper to showcase your skills. VIP is special to me and I take the VIP with me everywhere I go,” comments Snoop Dogg in an upcoming documentary titled The VIP Legacy.

Sam the Record Man sign shines over Yonge-Dundas for 1st time in over a decade, Landmark sign showcases ‘magic’ of Toronto’s music history, Mayor John Tory says: Toronto’s landmark Sam the Record Man sign is shining again in the Yonge and Dundas area more than a decade after the iconic music store shut its doors. The enormous sign, featuring red neon writing on two spinning vinyl discs, was re-lit Wednesday evening atop 277 Victoria St. overlooking Yonge-Dundas Square — just steps from its former location…Sam the Record Man opened in 1959 and it quickly became a hangout for music lovers in Toronto, becoming a mecca for millions of Toronto music aficionados that lasted almost half a century. The flashing sign that towered over it was regarded as a symbol of Yonge Street and a cultural touchstone of the city’s music history.

Music To Your Ears: BJ’s Records and Nostalgia is tucked away near the Five Points at 13 Clapperton Street and is a throwback to the days of heading to your local record shop and browsing at the massive selection they had on hand. Owner Bill Loiselle says that he is constantly amazed at the youth that are coming in despite living in the age of online music. “I do hear all the downside from people assuming that the music industry and particularly the record shop industry is dying because of the surge of downloading music and the popularity of music sites,” said Loiselle. “But we have a steady stream of people in here all the time and what amazes me the most is to see kids and teens, even the twenty-something crowd, come in and buy a classic rock album or something else that generations gone by have listened to. Owning a record store allows me to see first-hand that good music never goes out of style.”

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In rotation: 1/11/18

The Record Parlour’s Free Vinyl Record Days—35,000 LPs FREE, January 13-14, 2018: 200,000+ Records purchased in the last several months have created a massive mountain of #Vinyl Records to accumulate since our last #FREE DAY in Sept. Over 35,000 records across all genres are out for FREE Jan 13-14, 2018. Arrive EARLY for the best selection and shorter wait time. Spend $20 and take up to 100 RECORDS FOR FREE. Please bring your own box or bag. We only do this 2-3x a year – don’t miss the 1st one for 2018 – January is our biggest. (Next date is June 2018) In addition to LPs, we will have about 3,000 45s, 78s, #Cassettes, Music Magazines and #Posters.

Beyond The Bay: Brandon’s guide to European record collecting: For some, a vacation may mean snapping famous sights, sampling local foods, or simply taking things slow. As a vinyl junkie, anytime I go somewhere new, my focus is on unearthing stacks of a town’s local record shop. The premise of record shops is largely the same everywhere you go, but the personality and selection can vary dramatically. My European getaway revealed shoebox shops with loads of personality, near-obsessive organization, and kind shopkeepers willing to accommodate tardy shoppers. During my two-week stint overseas, I visited Amsterdam, Munich, and Berlin, and was lucky enough to stop by at least one shop in each city. Here’s an overview of what I saw, and what I picked up.

The Glasgow charity shop where browsing for records lives on: In this world of music downloads and streaming, it seems the allure of the hard copy still endures. And one charity shop in the west end of Glasgow has proved there is life yet in the charitable giving of vinyl and CDs. Oxfam’s music store on Byres Road last year raked in a cool £100,000 net profit from the sale of records, CDs, cassettes and instruments. That was more than any other shop in the charity’s chain of 550-plus outlets across the UK. For Andrew McWhinnie, the shop manager at Byres Road, successful trading is all down to a sense of community.

Technics unveils new “premium” SP-10R and SL-1000R turntables: Technics is continuing its drive to bring back its most important turntables, with the classic SP-10 and SL-1000 decks set to be given a high-end reboot. Previewed in August 2017, the Technics SP-10R turntable was described as Technics’ “most premium turntable ever”, and with further details emerging at Panasonic’s CES 2018 press conference, we now know why. Living up to the reputation of the original SP-10 – the world’s first direct drive turntable – this new model is powered by a coreless direct drive motor, with the rubber-dampened aluminium platter stabilised by a 10mmm brass weight, giving it a mass of 7.9kg. Reducing wow and flutter rate to 0.015 percent, it promises to limit background noise while increasing and clarifying the audio signal in the process.

Sound System Outernational Vinyl Weekender: Strictly Vinyl conference: A free conference for reggae sound system scene and vinyl culture supporters, professionals & researchers: panel discussions, demonstrations, films, workshops etc. Strictly Vinyl is a one day and night meeting of minds and bodies, practitioners and researchers, learning and dancing from reggae sound system scene. Come to enjoy, learn and share your knowledge and experience, research, techniques and appreciation of vinyl culture. The Strictly Vinyl conference is part of the SSO Sound System Outernational #4 Vinyl Weekender from Thurs 11th to Sun 14th Jan, including Let’s Play Vinyl exhibition opening, Stuart Hall book launch, Legacy In The Dust: The Four Aces Story film showing and hands-on workshops (see Events Calendar for these days).

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