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

In rotation: 11/15/17

Vinyl revival sparks Record Store Day: Corporate holiday, Black Friday, has showed to be no foe to the independent record store scene. Instead, indie scene supporters such as Record Store Day are hopping on the Black Friday band wagon due to the recent vinyl revival. The vinyl revival refers to the renewed interest and increased sales of vinyl records, or gramophone records, that has been taking place in the Western world since about 2007. Since, vinyl sales are growing at a fast pace. A main vehicle for pop music since the 1950s, vinyl lost popularity to CDs in the ’80s and ’90s. Since the 2000s, digital downloads and streaming have been all the rage. Ten years into the vinyl revival today, it’s clear that the millennial generation are streamers as well as collectors.

Vinyl resurgence helps Amoeba mark 20th anniversary: Amoeba Music is the only record store Charlotte Parsons has known. The emporium in an old bowling alley on Haight Street opened when she was 6, and right up through high school she was among the masses flipping through the bins of CDs, their plastic cases clacking like the sound of corn in a popper. Then the clacking stopped. “CDs aren’t part of my life at all. When I went to college, I stopped listening to them,” says Parsons, 26, as she flips through the comparatively silent bins of LPs in cardboard jackets. “Now it is vinyl or Spotify.” Regulars like her are the reason Amoeba will live to see its 20th anniversary on Wednesday.

Scooter’s Records plans Wednesday opening: A new independent record store will officially open up shop this week on the fringes of the Cotton District. Scooter’s Records owner Scott Thomas moved into his new location – a former tanning salon – on University Drive in early October and began the task of renovating the space to become Starkville’s only record store. “I wanted to be where there’s walking traffic,” Thomas said. “If I had to be in a strip mall or on Highway 12, I didn’t think that was going to work out for me or I would be happy. I wanted to be in the middle of the students.” The new store is roughly 1,400 square feet and will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week to begin with, but Thomas said eventually he would flesh out a day to have the store closed.

Pick out a record and sip a cocktail at Jeffersonville’s newest bar: It’s easy to pass the Vinyl Lounge on Spring Street in downtown Jeffersonville. But once you climb up the bar’s rainbow-lit steps and walk into its ’60s-inspired parlor, typically blasting jazz or alternative hits, it’s hard to forget. The owners of O’Shea’s opened the Vinyl Lounge, situated above their pub, H.M. Franks, around two months ago, but the lounge’s beverage director and manager, Chris Palmer, is quick to differentiate the bar from its Irish-inspired counterpart. “We’re trying to do a little bit more of a cocktail-esque bar here,” Palmer said. “Which, you know, they have some signature cocktails down there, but we’re doing old fashioneds, sazeracs, a rotating seasonal cocktail list. And I think that kind of distinguishes us a little bit from what their typical branding is.”

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In rotation: 11/14/17

Why Grand Rapids record store is expanding near downtown: Revolve Records is moving closer to the Grand Rapids music scene. The record shop, which sells vinyl records and other music-related merchandise, will open near the Heartside business district on New Year’s Day. “This is a prime location that will allow us to empower, educate and bring the entire community together through music and we can’t wait to open our doors this fall,” owner Daniel Phelps said. Revolve will open at 453 Division Ave., near Logan Street, in the former home of Comprenew, an electronics recycling and data security firm. The new 2,706-square-foot storefront is nearly double the size of Revolve’s current location at 1606 Fuller Ave. SE, and comes parking lot with 12 spaces for customers.

NYC transplant opens Vinyl Remains in Dormont: Rummaging through a thrift store’s record bin many years ago, Greg Anderson came across a “best-of” LP by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, which he bought for the princely sum of a quarter. “The first song I ever heard from his was ‘Alabama,’” he recalled. “I’ll never, ever forget listening to that. It was on my grandma’s white hi-fi set. You had to wait five seconds for the static.” And then came the strains of Coltrane’s heart-rending elegy for the young victims of a Civil Rights-era church bombing, at once providing Anderson with an enduring appreciation for a different style of music. He hopes to help others experience similar listening epiphanies after they visit Vinyl Remains, his new store in Dormont.

Couple opens a one-of-a-kind store in Woodlawn: Rick Rhodes has had a life long love of vinyl. Records that is. He recently spun his hobby into a business called “Rick’s Record Shack & Wifey’s Closet”. Janis is Rick’s wife. She says “Rick calls me wifey all the time.” She has a store too. Actually her store is in the same place. Records in one half the the place and clothing, jewelry, shoes, purses and much more on the other side. Janice thought she should provide something for the women who come in with their husbands, adding “Men can spend hours and hours on records.” Instead of the wives getting bored, they can now check out Janis’ merchandise. The clever couple has created a cool shop that appeals to men and women.

Ames man opens vinyl records store at mall: A local man is using a small shop in the North Grand Mall to spread his self-described “addiction” to vinyl records and magic to others. George Noble, owner of Vintage Vinyl and More, has been practicing magic and repairing and collecting vinyl players as far back as the seventies as he began repairing them as a hobby. After several trips to garage sales and flea markets, Noble had built a large collection of gear in his home. “After I got so many, my wife said, ‘What are you going to do with them?,’” he said with a laugh. Noble then opened and ran a vinyl store in Jewell for eight years, but closed the store in the nineties to work for the Postal Service. As he was working, Noble started going back to record shows after noticing vinyl’s popularity soar among younger music aficionados.

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In rotation: 11/13/17

The United States holds the title for the most record shops in the world: According to a survey conducted by Discogs and VinylHub, the United States currently hosts the most record shops compared to other countries around the world. With reports about vinyl sales continuing to increase specifically in the United States even in the age of digital streaming, it’s unsurprising that vinyl-selling businesses are booming. An impressive 1,482 record shops are in operation in the United States, leading by a landslide ahead of subsequent countries. The UK follows with 537 and Germany with 453. Unsurprisingly, a closer look reveals that the top record shop owning cities in the US are New York (47), Chicago (30) and Los Angeles (29).

Teen label founder Jarrett Koral celebrates 5 years of success at JettBlast: “My father and uncle run a record store called Melodies & Memories in Eastpointe, and my father would bring me with him into the shop. This is when I was around 5 years old. While I was there, I’d spend a lot of time in the Dollar Record Room in the back. I got my first turntable kit when I was 6 years old and played those dollar records and just quickly developed a real love for music. It wasn’t until I was 11 that I realized how important all of this music that came out of Detroit was: the Stooges, the MC5. I quickly became more appreciative of (Detroit’s contemporary) garage rock scene…”

Beastie Boys’ Final Albums Get Vinyl Reissues, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, To The 5 Boroughs, and The In Sound From Way Out! are getting repressed: The Beastie Boys have announced vinyl reissues for three of their albums. Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2011), To the 5 Boroughs (2004), and their compilation record The In Sound From Way Out! (1996) are all receiving represses. Their second-to-last LP, the 2007 instrumental album The Mix-Up, is not among the new reissues. The records are due out December 8 and available for pre-order now. View the cover art below. Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock (aka Adam Horowitz) recently scored the comedy film The Truth About Lies. Back in September, the remaining members of the group sanctioned the use of “Sabotage” for a “Destiny 2” video game ad, despite their reputation of rarely allowing their songs to be used in ads.

Waxwork Records Releases The Exorcist Soundtrack On Vinyl: There are only a handful of truly iconic horror scores. Halloween (John Carpenter), Psycho (Bernard Hermann), and Suspiria (Goblin), are always on lists featuring the all time greats. Waxwork Records, a company that specializes in the release of genre film soundtracks, announced this January that they will be reintroducing you to one of the greatest of all time. Right now, to the delight of Horror Fiends everywhere, their deluxe vinyl of The Exorcist soundtrack is finally available to order. Directed by William Friedkin, 1973’s The Exorcist took the world by storm. People from all walks of life flocked to the theaters to check out the film, partly due to the controversy surrounding the content.

The Top 10 Most Expensive Turntables money can buy: Haynes are a legend in UK book publishing. If you’ve got a car or a motorbike, there’s every chance that you’ve also got a copy of the Haynes Manual that allows you to keep the damn thing running. Need to change the carburettor on an ancient Mazda? There’s every chance your Haynes manual will lead you safely through the process. The success of the manual — and the iconic cutaway technical drawings that adorn their covers — has led to some unusual publications. There’s a Haynes Manual for the Space Shuttle. There’s a manual that features the schematic diagrams from the Imperial Death Star. And now there’s a manual for vinyl owners…Here’s Haynes’ guide to the 10 most expensive turntables in the world.

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In rotation: 11/10/17

Why Detroit hosted the first-ever vinyl industry conference this week: In a world where you can get virtually any song at your fingertips within seconds, vinyl records have somehow managed to survive, and even thrive. In the past 10 years or so, the format made a big comeback. To celebrate, the industry converged in Motown earlier this week. Colonial Purchasing Co-Op put on its first ever vinyl conference, Making Vinyl, on Monday and Tuesday at the Westin Book Cadillac hotel in Detroit. Organizers said the goal was to bring together key players in the industry to discuss the resurgence of vinyl and “the circumstances leading up to this astounding comeback that took everyone by surprise.”

Gordie’s Music preparing to play its final tune in Victoria, Vintage guitar and vinyl shop closing the doors after 20 years in business: Gordie’s Music, the city’s source for vintage guitars and vinyl records, will close later this month after almost two decades in business. Originally from Saskatoon, Gordie Budd landed on the island in the late ’90s and opened his guitar shop in 1998, offering lessons, repairs and rentals. He says he always dreamed of owning a record store, starting from scratch with a small crate of vinyl in the corner. As the popularity of analog saw a resurgence with a younger audience, Budd says the collection grew until one day he looked out to rows and rows of records and thought, “I own a record store.” “True audiophiles never left vinyl,” he says, and true customers never left Budd. When the News stopped in to visit, an old regular walked through the door and called out, “I’ve got two questions! Is it true? And, who do we shoot first?”

Dudley’s Records: Spinning vintage vinyl in Torrance: Bill Dudley has been spinning vinyl since he was 15. He’s been working either as a D.J. or in his own record stores for years. Now, he brings that passion for music to the South Bay with Dudley’s Records. The store opened on Friday the 13th in October in Torrance, but is already drawing crowds…Dudley’s previous store locations were in the Portland area, where he moved after needing a break from his radio work. “It was 1980, and I took $8,000, and opened a store when I got tired of the radio business. No one sold 12-inch singles or ’45s at that time, so that’s what I started with. At first I was mostly selling to club D.J.s and then kids started coming in, high school and college-age patrons, so I started carrying heavy metal, new wave and dance music in two different stores. At one point, I had three stores in the Portland area,” said Dudley.

Vinyl Lives: Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles Keeps Chicago Colorful and Groovy: On the corner of W Diversey Ave and N Kedzie Ave in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood sits a colorful little record shop by the name of Bric-a-Brac. The store’s logo is a bright yellow triangle wearing sunglasses and a big smile, a welcoming character resembling a tortilla chip that appropriately reflects the eclectic and playful decor of the shop. Calling themselves “your one-stop shop for all the necessities that no one really needs”, Bric-a-Brac specializes in new and used vinyl and cassettes, vintage movie posters, toys from the 80’s and 90’s, and all kinds of pop culture knick knacks. On a more serious note, the store also carries a large selection of music from local acts and maintains a bustling schedule of in-store performances.

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In rotation: 11/9/17

Tokyo tops Discogs and VinylHub’s list of cities with the most record shops: Discogs and its sister site VinylHub have collected a wealth of information about the world’s record shops. Like Discogs’ own well-known music database, the findings are based on community input, which shows the United States as having the most record shops by far, with 1482, followed by the United Kingdom with 537 and Germany with 453. The three cities with the most stores are Tokyo with 93 (more than half of the 158 in Japan), Berlin with 87 and London with 79. In the US, the top three cities are New York (47), Chicago (30) and Los Angeles (29).

Casbah Owner Teams up on New Record Shop—San Diego, there’s a new record shop in town: South Park welcomes the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack: We’re goin’ down to South Park and we’re gonna have ourselves a time: The San Diego borough — currently home to spots like Hamilton’s Tavern, Kindred, the Whistle Stop, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro, and Buona Forchetta (among many others) — is all set to welcome its newest addition, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack. The newly announced, used-vinyl-focused shop arrives as a joint venture between Casbah owner Tim Mays and M-Theory Music founder Eric Howarth — and hosts its grand opening on Nov. 24-25, at 2235 Fern St., directly across the street from the Whistle Stop.

For 25 years, CD Warehouse was a hub for Springfield music fans. Then, online streaming claimed it. The store began liquidating its stock of more than 80,000 items Monday, Michael Vincent said. About 400 people attended; one guy drove down from Kansas City. It’s a long-anticipated ending: Historically, Vincent said, as music lovers entered their 30s, 40s and 50s, their tastes solidified and they didn’t come by the shop as frequently. But those customers were always replaced by new high school and college-aged kids. But no longer. The kids quit coming four to five years ago. Meanwhile, sales have declined 5 to 8 percent over the past decade, Vincent said.

The world’s biggest record fair returns this weekend: Mega Record and CD Fair will be holding its 48th edition for two days in Utrecht, this Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November. Over 500 stands will be selling old and new vinyl wares across 12,500 square feet inside the Jaarbeurs Expo. This year’s Mega Record and CD Fair will also feature auctions, performances and exhibitions, including vinyl cover installation ‘The Female Heroes of Elvis’ curated by DJ Miss Twist, and a live auction of over 100 rare records by UK-based Omega Auctions.

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In rotation: 11/8/17

The Guardian view on vinyl: getting its groove back: Every so often, when hope is almost lost, an endangered species claws its way back from the brink. With loving care, a population flourishes and even re-establishes itself in the wild. Vinyl records, it appears, may be this kind of creature. A couple of decades ago they appeared on the verge of extinction, found only in dedicated collections. Then the numbers climbed again: a global revival had begun. Vinyl charts were reintroduced two years ago on the back of rising sales. Sony has announced that it will return to making vinyl, 30 years after it gave up. Sainsbury’s launch of own-label records this week highlights the surge of interest in a format once thought as enduring as phonograph cylinders or the eight-track cartridge.

Jack White reflects on career, rhapsodizes vinyl records at Detroit conference: Speaking Monday to a group of folks very much invested in the cause, Jack White reflected on his long, romantic relationship with vinyl records. “If you really want to show reverence and respect to the music, experience it this way,” White said during a 40-minute talk at the inaugural Making Vinyl conference in Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Few figures in modern music have been bigger ambassadors for vinyl than the White Stripes founder and Third Man Records operator, and his homecoming appearance was the conference’s opening-day highlight. The event has drawn personnel from across the resurgent record-making industry for two days of panels, supplier pitches and networking.

Hipsters will hate supermarket vinyl but this is why we should cheer: Supermarkets make hypocrites of us. We lament the closure of all the shops which couldn’t compete while cheerfully continuing to be suckled by these retail monsters, whole milk or semi-skimmed. Ah, but surely shopping for music, and particularly vinyl, should be an altogether different experience – a challenge, a quest or an adventure. If you’re really lucky, all three. In my early teens, not knowing much, record-buying was inconvenience shopping. The stores were cramped, smelly, noisy, randomly arranged, intimidating and elitist – in essence, everything that supermarkets aren’t.

Memphis’ Spin Street Music Store to Close in January: Spin Street, the record store at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Highland Street, is preparing to close its doors. The store – which in recent years has expanded its product assortment extensively to include everything from toys and T-shirts to even drones – is holding a closing sale now. Signs advertise 30 percent to 50 percent off the original prices, and the closing is set for the end of January. The space already is being marketed for lease. Cushman & Wakefield/ Commercial Advisors signs are posted on the store’s exterior. The store posted a short message to its Facebook page that reads: “We are sorry to announce that Spin Street Memphis is closing. We have started our liquidation sale. Please come in and see us while we are still here.”

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In rotation: 11/7/17

10 Highlights From Jack White’s Interview at Making Vinyl Conference: The lifelong vinyl devotee delivered a lively and passionate keynote Q&A for the Making Vinyl conference on Monday evening in White’s home town of Detroit, where he opened Third Man Pressing — the first plant in 35 years to open in the U.S. with brand new presses — over seven months ago. Accompanied by his mother and several Third Man staffers and questioned by his nephew and Third Man principle Ben Blackwell (a White Stripes roadie during his teen years and drummer in the Dirtbombs), White spoke to the gathering of nearly 300 manufacturers, suppliers and retailers, rallying the troops about his love of vinyl and his hopes for the industry’s continued growth. White’s talk did not dismiss more contemporary modes of listening to music — or experiencing any art, for that matter — but the 35-minute session made a convincing case for the value of vinyl, speaking to but also gallivanting the converted.

New Lexington store capitalizing on renewed interest in vinyl records: It was a love for music and awareness of this return to records among consumers that prompted Lexington local Kingsley, “D.J. Kingpin” Waring to open Turntable City at 202 West Main Street in the heart of Lexington. Kingpin says his store has a ton of full albums, 12-inch singles, and all musical genres in stock. The store will have more titles for purchase during the holiday season. Pricing averages out at around $7 per record, with discs available from $1 to $15. Turntable City is another exciting new business in Lexington, and especially in the downtown area.

Vinyl records making a comeback in Marquette County: Blackrocks Brewery hosted a “pop-up” vinyl sale Sunday afternoon. The event invited members of the community to see what Marquette area’s Gitche Gumme Records has to offer along with the chance to buy some new music. Gitche Gumme Records has a shop in the basement of the Masonic Building on Washington Street in downtown Marquette. They’re getting ready for their grand re-opening next month. The disc jockey spinning records on Sunday says, these “pop-up” style events are a great way to reintroduce the public to vinyl music.

Record show to spin for the 13th year: Record lovers, rejoice: the Tucson Record Show is back. Nov. 11, there’s the chance to peruse 45s, LPs and music memorabilia from as many as 20 different vendors. The event — this is the 13th annual one — offers visitors an opportunity to get a closer look at Tucson’s record scene, which Bruce Smith, one of the record show’s organizers, said he sees resurging. Smith has been collecting records for more than 50 years and buying and selling them through his business, Cassidy Collectibles, for 25 years. “There’s never been as many record stores in Tucson at one time since maybe the late ‘70s,” Smith said, counting at least four records stores that he knows of. “People are getting into the business because there’s a demand for it.”

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In rotation: 11/6/17

New record store in Shamrock looks to defy national trend: When Jenny Logan was 6 or 7 years old in Shamrock in the 1970s, she got an album of KC and The Sunshine Band. She played it on her Donny and Marie Osmond record player. And played it and played it and played it…Now, nearly 40 years later, Logan has taken music, and the way it used to be played, to new heights. In doing so, she’s saying hello when others have said goodbye. Vinyl records — the iconic albums and 45s of generations past — have been yet another casualty of the digital world, joining the cemetery of the way it used to be along with photography film, landlines, VCRs, maps and encyclopedias. But not in Shamrock, and not with Jenny Logan.

Female Treble: A unique spin on a record store, Lisa Pereira owns the city’s only fully female-owned record store: “I have a tendency to sell stuff I like,” says Lisa Pereira, owner of Female Treble, one of the city’s only fully female-owned record store. This is why she’s touting vinyl from heavy rock bands from Detroit, queercore and female artists. She plays, but does not currently sell a record by early ’70s Detroit band The Punks (it’s rare but she’ll sell the soon-to-be-released reissue). She’s also proud of a new vinyl release by soul icon Jackie Shane ($39.99). She’s selling her new and used records in her own way too. Female Treble currently exists as a store-within-a-store at Eyesore Cinema on Bloor St. W. near Dufferin St. Soon, she’ll have a second semi-location too.

The Beatles’ Christmas Records Receive Limited Coloured Vinyl Box Set Release: As ably proved by the phenomenon that was Beatlemania, no band inspired such devoted fandom as The Beatles. And, in turn, no band looked after their fans quite like rock’s finest foursome. As special thank yous to all the “Beatle people” around the world – as the group referred to their dedicated fanbase – The Beatles recorded Christmas flexi discs for their fan club members each year from 1963 to 1969. Previously only ever available through The Beatles’ fan club, this year, as a bumper stocking filler, the seven Beatles Christmas records are being reissued on coloured vinyl in one 7” box set.

‘Vinyl kept Fives open’ says record shop boss: A record shop owner in Leigh said that without the resurgence of vinyl, his store would not be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Fives record shop in Broadway celebrated 40 years since it opened its doors, with its most loyal customers and a new young generation of music fans who have helped to bring vinyl back to the market. The shop also hosted legendary David Bowie collaborator and pianist of the band, Yes, Rick Wakeman, ahead of his performance at the Palace Theatre in London Road, Southend…“Vinyl has saved independent record shops around the country, and now there are more then ever before.”

Vinyl listening is getting simpler with The Plus Record Player from Plus Audio: Collecting vinyl is easy — all you really need is some extra cash and a trip to your local record store to really get into the hobby. Listening to vinyl, on the other hand, is a different beast entirely. From finding the right turntable, to wiring up your amps and speakers, going from your first vinyl record to your first spin can be a process. There’s always been an easy mode to this game, however, and that’s all-in-one turntables — but if you’re serious about sound quality, these can be a dodgy choice, at best. However, following a successful over-funded Kickstarter campaign, audio company Plus Audio (stylized as +Audio) is gearing up to launch its own all-in-one hi-fi turntable, The Plus Record Player (stylized as The+Record Player), which aims to bridge the gap between all-in-one simplicity and full-setup fidelity.

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In rotation: 11/3/17

Making the rounds of Tokyo’s record stores: Tokyo is a city of thirteen million people, and what sometimes seems like twice as many music scenes. With fans, concerts and clubs spread throughout a vast metropolitan area, the record store acts as a home base — they are anchors for entire musical subcultures. For the uninitiated, it can be an entry point, too. As well as providing listeners with recordings, record stores are a source of information about gigs and clubs (also known as live houses in Japan), and a space to meet likeminded fans and collaborators…Though by no mean extensive, the listings should help you on your way towards new sounds and new experiences.

Record growth: Pressing plants make sound investment in vinyl: Vinyl has made a record comeback, and Furnace Record Pressing can’t open its new vinyl pressing plant in suburban Washington, D.C., soon enough. “After seeing years of consistent vinyl growth and new markets emerging around the globe, we knew it was time to make the significant investment into expanding our operations,” Furnace Record Pressing founder and CEO Eric Astor said. In the digital age, vinyl sales still pale in comparison to revenue from streaming. While revenue from the sale of vinyl reached $182 million in the first half of 2017, according to data released in September by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), revenue from streaming services reached $2.5 billion.

Sainbury’s heralds vinyl sales with release of Own Label albums: The retailer has surprisingly announced it is one of the major high-street sellers of vinyl, having shifted some 120,000 units since it started selling them in March 2016. It is doing its part to solidify the medium’s 5% share of the UK music scene. Furthermore, it claims that one in every 20 vinyl records sold in the UK is now purchased in a Sainsbury’s store. Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne fame has put his name to the albums, two 20-track compilations. The stunt could position the retailer as a reliable vendor of vinyl, across the 168 stores that will stock it. Pete Selby, head of music and books at Sainsbury’s, said: “Our customers’ love of vinyl shows no sign of abating, so alongside the classics albums, we want to offer our shoppers something they won’t find anywhere else.

Review: ‘The B-Side’ Is an Extraordinary Masterclass in Listening: You may have even been told, with unconditional sincerity, “This song will change your life.” And if it didn’t quite do that, the focus of an aficionado’s enthusiasm and expertise made you hear layers and meanings that you would never have inferred had you come across the same work by chance on the radio or as background music at a party. That’s the experience, heightened to the point of transcendence, that’s on offer in the Wooster Group’s extraordinary “The B-Side: ‘Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons,’” which runs through Nov. 19 at the Performing Garage in SoHo. Like this troupe’s marvelous “Early Shaker Spirituals,” staged in New York in 2014 and scheduled for revival in December, “The B-Side” is quaintly subtitled “A Record Album Interpretation.” Yes, the focal point here is a vinyl disc that is removed from an attractively illustrated jacket and placed on a turntable.

Vinyl Record Swap Planned At Red Palm In Evergreen Park, Vinyl record owners will trade goods during a “Swap & Haggle” event organized by Beverly Records: A community-based vinyl record fair should be a hit among record lovers near and far at the Red Palm Bar & Grill, 3020 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park on Sunday. Beverly Records is co-hosting the “Swap & Haggle” event from noon to 4 p.m. “We have people come in the store all the time selling records and we can’t buy them all because we have so much stock and not much room,” said John Dreznes, owner of Beverly Records, a 50-year- old family business at 11612 S. Western Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood. “Unfortunately, we are letting a lot of collections go and this is a great way to get these collections back in circulation.” Organizers expect dozens of tables stacked with vinyl from residents’ personal collections, according to a news release.

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In rotation: 11/2/17

Sainsbury’s gets into the groove with new record label: Sainsbury’s is to launch its own record label as the supermarket giant looks to capitalise on the resurgent popularity of vinyl. The company will join forces with Universal and Warner Music to publish exclusive records under its new Own Label imprint, which will be available in more than 160 Sainsbury’s superstores. Two vinyl compilation albums will kick off the launch: Hi Fidelity – A Taste Of Stereo Sound, and Coming Into Los Angeles – A Taste Of West Coast, featuring Cat Stevens and Sir Elton John…Sainsbury’s began stocking vinyl in March 2016 for the first time since the 1980s and claims to account for almost 70% of the total grocery vinyl market.

Business Snapshot: Into the Abyss: Brad and Jenni Germain’s just-opened vinyl and clothing store is a reflection of their personal tastes. “We’re here because we wanted to create a different type of record store and wanted a shop in the Locke Street neighbourhood. It was important for us to have a shop that had new and used records, clothing and a bit of a counter-culture experience on Locke Street which may have not existed before. We wanted to carry different types of records compared to some of the other shops in town wanting to focus on some lesser known artists and hidden treasures. We also wanted to have an event space where we could have live music.”

Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap Kickstarter: Smithsonian Folkways has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a major boxset, ‘Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap’. Created in collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the 9-CD, 130-track, 300-page book is a landmark collection of music spanning from Sugarhill Gang and Roxanne Shante to Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, powerful stories and stunning visuals from Def Jam’s founding creative director Cey Adams and extensive photos, including below of artists like Tupac, Eazy-E and many more. You can learn more about the Kickstarter right here.

Put it on replay, Local record store Replay Records stays true to its roots after 28 years, even in the era of digital music: In an ever-more-digital world, it’s easy to forget the comfort that comes with once common activities. Whether it’s sealing a letter to mom or dusting off some old records, there’s something about these tactile experiences that’s missing from their digital counterparts. Replay Records in Hamden makes the latter simple to relive. Replay, located at 2586 Whitney Ave., is a quintessential record store. Walking through the front door, customers are greeted with stacks of dusty records, the sound of 80s rock played over a crackling Pioneer stereo and an intangible quality that screams “authentic record store.”

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