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

In rotation: 10/6/17

Truth Vinyl puts a new spin on the old record store: When you walk into Truth Vinyl for the first time, you’ll likely have one of two reactions. If you’re under thirty, you’ll probably nod approvingly and say, “Cool.” If you’re over forty, you’ll probably nod approvingly and say, “Wow. This isn’t anything like the old record store in my hometown.” Have you heard? Vinyl is back. In 2016, record sales in the United States rose for an eleventh consecutive year, according to data reported by The Vinyl Factory. Demand worldwide also continues to skyrocket, so much so that Sony recently announced plans to open a record-pressing plant in Japan to cope with the huge demand in that country alone.

Talking Shop: Pie & Vinyl, Southsea: At first glance, most people might think a savoury pastry dish and a circular black slab of synthetic resin with a hole in the middle make for unusual bedfellows. But for Steve Courtnell, the owner of Pie & Vinyl record café, the coupling is a perfectly natural one. Steve’s shop is located on Castle Road in a semi-leafy area of the Southsea district of Portsmouth, just a pebble’s throw away from the beach. At the top of the road, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his first two Sherlock Holmes stories, while at the bottom is a blue plaque commemorating the birthplace of Peter Sellers. Now it’s Courtnell’s shop, opened in 2012, that’s adding to the cultural heritage of the location. As soon as you cross the threshold and enter Pie & Vinyl, you know you’re in for a sensory feast.

Paisley music shop sees sales soar thanks to pop star Paolo Nutini: Record shop bosses say sales have more than doubled — thanks to Paolo Nutini. Feel The Groove is offering a chance to see the pop star at a tiny in-store gig in front of just 60 fans. Punters are given a raffle ticket to win a spot at the intimate hometown show for every £5 they spend. Mia Farrell works at the shop and revealed more than 1,100 raffle tickets have been handed out in just a few days. She said: “It’s been crazy, we’ve been non-stop and had people calling in from all over the country. “We’ve had fans coming up from England because it’s a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Independent label market returns to Paris for its second year: Independent label market will take place in Paris this weekend, Saturday 7th October 2017. Originally launched in London in 2011, the free record fair has since grown to encompass events across the world, including Europe, the US and Canada, which have hosted over 250 independent record labels. Over fifty labels will be hawking their vinyl wares at the Paris event, including homegrown French imprint Ed Banger, UK labels Mr Bongo, Ninja Tune and Soundway, US label Drag City and more. Independent Label Market: Paris 2017 takes place Saturday 7th October 2017 at Halle des Blancs Manteaux-Pierre-Charles Krieg, from 11am to midnight, 48 rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris.

Ásgeir To Host Vinyl Treasure Hunt In London: Icelandic artist Ásgeir is set to host a vinyl treasure hunt in London this Friday (October 6th). The songwriter recently held a 24 hour recording and mixing marathon, culminating in two tracks being pressed to vinyl live on television. The two track release is extraordinary limited, with Ásgeir set to play the one-of-a-kind vinyl copy in a revered London record shop this week. Taking place on Friday (October 6th) fans will be given clues online, with the name and location of the shop being kept a closely guarded secret.

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In rotation: 10/5/17

Soundbites: Autumn in Winooski: Attention, vinyl lovers: A new record store called Autumn Records just set up shop in Winooski. The boutique vinyl emporium, located on East Allen Street at the top of the Winooski traffic circle, opened its doors for the first time on Saturday, September 30. Seven Days caught wind of the then-forthcoming music hub this summer when a mysterious Instagram account announced the store’s impending arrival. The name Autumn Records was vaguely familiar. We wondered, Didn’t local experimental music guru Greg Davis once operate a record label with that same name? He did indeed. Davis founded the CD-R label in his DePaul University dorm room 20 years ago. It turns out that he’s the new shop’s proprietor.

Vinyl Supernova Record Fair – October 21, 2017: The needle will be dropped once again on Saturday, October 21 when the Fernwood Community Centre (1240 ­Gladstone ­Avenue) is transformed into Vinyl ­Supernova, Vancouver Island’s biggest vinyl LP fair! Collections from all over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland will be on display and for sale at this bi-annual event, first launched by organizer Ryan ­Wugalter in 2013. Local shops The Turntable, Supreme Echo Records, and Screen Test Studios will be represented alongside many first-time sellers whose private collections have never before been available to the public! With over 60 tables of LPs, CDs and assorted music memorabilia, there will be something for everyone, from the causal hobbyist to the most serious collectors!

Nuraphone review: Headphones that scan your ears for a tailored listening experience: What if your headphones could be tailored for your hearing in the same way glasses are tailored for your eyesight? That’s what a Melbourne startup called Nura believes it can do with Nuraphone, a pair of self-learning headphones that it claims can tailor audio playback for every person’s individual way of hearing. Chances are, you’ve not even considered that the way you hear sound might be different from everyone else, but according to Nura, even the most expensive headphones are offering us a less than optimal listening experience. The idea behind Nura’s technology is that the we all hear sonic frequencies differently, and if we can measure how sensitive we are to low, mid and high tones and adjust the output accordingly, we should all be able to hear music more clearly.

National Film and Sound Archive’s Vinyl Lounge turns four with prizes, new lounge: National Film and Sound Archive sound curator Thorsten Kaeding says the imminent fourth birthday of the Vinyl Lounge is “a bit of a surprise, really.” The curator and host of the monthly event – which now regularly attracts up to 80 people, who bring their vinyl records in for others to listen to on the NFSA’s high-quality sound system – says, “We didn’t expect it to get this big.” A wide range of music gets played, Kaeding says, everything from progressive rock like Genesis to comedy songs by Tom Lehrer to Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries to Bulgarian folk music.

Vinyl sales rise once more with nearly 10 million albums sold already this year: Nielsen Music has released its Q3 report, collecting data from album sales in the United States over the first nine months of 2017, Billboard reports. While both physical and digital album sales were down 13.3% and 19.5% respectively, vinyl sales continued to grow, adding 3.1% to 2016’s total of 9.07 million units. Closing in on the 10 million mark with the three months still remaining in 2017, the total of 9.35 million units sold gives vinyl 16% of the physical album sales market – its highest share in the post-CD era. However, it speaks volumes that The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album celebrating its 50th birthday this year, has been this year’s biggest seller, shipping 40,000 units so far.

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In rotation: 10/4/17

Resale Records owner, Eric Teisberg, dies: Eric Teisberg wasn’t your typical retailer. His Quonset hut-like store at 2401 Commercial Ave. could easily be missed or mistaken for something other than a record store. Vines grew on the building’s exterior, the hours of the store were not always clear and the interior resembled more of a vinyl-centric garage sale than a nearly 40-year-old business. Teisberg’s Resale Records was unique for Madison and added to the working-class character of the Eken Park and Emerson East neighborhoods. That character, however, is likely to be lost.

New ‘Oldies and Goodies’ record store opens in Cheatham: Years of hunting and selling records, rummaging through estate sales and flea markets, scouring for vintage gems and more paid off for a couple who recently opened their own shop full of unique finds. Phillip and Melanie Ruiz launched Viv & Dickey’s Oldies and Goodies last month at 1262 Jackson Felts Road in Joelton. The venture, they said, is one-of-a-kind for Cheatham County, saving many a trip to Nashville or Clarksville for similar shops. They’re showcasing racks of 1940s, 50s and 60s clothing, assorted obsolete knick-knacks, CDs and bins and shelves full of records of genres including – but not limited to – country, pop, rock, electronica and jazz spanning several decades.

Collectors hunt for rare vinyl at Austin Record Convention: The appeal of analog in a digital world seems to never end. For more than 30 years, the Austin Record Convention has attracted hundreds of dealers from all over the country and Europe. It is the largest sale of its kind in the United States. Paul Solarski is from Tennessee and has been a vendor at the convention for many years. He was selling a record player made in 1915. “Mostly [[people are]] shocked that something like that actual still works after 102 years, because most of us after a 102 years aren’t going to be working and the fact that the beauty of the cabinet and the craftsmanship, I mean this is really what, you know, was great about early recording technology,” Solarski said.

Vinyl rise will boost numbers at fair: The huge rise in the popularity of vinyl is set to make this week’s record collectors’ fair at Blackpool Winter Gardens one of the biggest ever. Scores of record dealers from all over the UK will be attending the event on Sunday. And experts and specialists from Glasgow, Manchester, and London, will be on hand to help with valuations. Organiser Adrian Melling said: “The recent energised interest in the once thought finished vinyl record, has got oldies and youngsters talking over release dates and values once again.

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In rotation: 10/3/17

The block that Lenny built: It’s not particularly distinguished-looking, if we’re telling the truth…Ah, but this very block is alive with memories for so many of us, for Record Theatre made it a mandatory destination. We hung out there, we sought out our favored releases there, we discovered new music that would stay with us throughout our lives there, we sold our own bands’ records, tapes and CDs on consignment there, and – if we worked there — we took our smoke breaks, ate our sandwiches from Dagwood’s and Fera’s subs, and walked north on payday to cash our paychecks on this very block that will now, by official Buffalo decree, be most fittingly known as “Leonard ‘Lenny’ Silver Way.”

The vinyl man of Kitab Mahal: As I walk down the cobbled pavement under the famous blue-and-white arches of Kitab Mahal, I almost walk past Royal Music Collection without noticing it. But Lata Mangeshkar crooning ‘Chhod De Saari Duniya Kisi Ke Liye’ lures me to the shop tucked away between others selling helmets and mobile phone covers. I am immediately struck by the hundreds and hundreds of [records] and cassettes that are immaculately organised in the tiny space. The shop’s owner is Abdul Razzak, a man of few words. It is difficult to tease answers out of him; he prefers to reply in lists: genres, artists, languages, types, sizes, speeds of vinyl. He has facts about his collection of LPs and EPs and LDs at his fingertips.

Vinyl Record Sales Are Up 1,500%: Vinyl’s revival as a music format is continuing, according to new figures from the British Phonographic Industry. Over the last decade, sales of vinyl records have increased by an impressive 1,500% and the vinyl industry is soon likely to be worth over $1 billion. If certain predictions are met, vinyl will account for 7% of the total value of all music sales worldwide, helping to slightly offset the decline of CD purchases. This news comes at a time when record store culture is also enjoying somewhat of a comeback, particularly amongst dance fans who are attracted to the older style of turntablism. This resurgence in record-buying is predicted to see 40 million albums sold by the end of this year alone.

NASA’s Golden Record, our planet’s hottest mixtape, is also an interstellar love story: As a computer recorded her brain waves and heart beats in June 1977, Ann Druyan thought about the history of Earth, its inhabitants and humankind’s progress as a civilization. Try as she might to focus, the 27-year-old woman’s thoughts drifted from humanity to one human in particular, Carl Sagan, the astronomer-turned-scientist/celebrity and her partner on the Voyager mission’s Golden Record, a kind of time capsule intended to tell extraterrestrials about earthlings. The phonographic records aboard the twin Voyager spacecrafts have carried images, music, words and Druyan’s thoughts deep into interstellar space as a greeting for space-faring extraterrestrials. Druyan’s loss of focus added another element to this snap shot of humanity, a recording of a young woman experiencing love.

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In rotation: 10/2/17

Hitchin’s Gatefold Record Lounge spinning up to celebrate first anniversary: Jak and Nicola Utley opened the vinyl emporium in the town’s hip Hermitage Road last October, and they’ll be marking their first birthday this Saturday with live DJs, special offers and more. The DJs will spin in-store from 12 noon to 4pm, and there will be special one-day offers and more – including the launch of a new Gatefold Gold Membership. Nicola told the Comet: “We’ve enjoyed every second of our first 12 months since opening the doors – from the hectic opening weekend, to collaborations with so many talented DJs and street food vendors, an amazing Record Store Day event, and all of the wonderfully supportive people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

Debbie and Pete Gulyas of Blue Arrow Records like vinyl and Waterloo: My Cleveland: “With vinyl, you get the crackles and pops of life. Digital is all clean and synthetic. It’s harsher, too. People also like holding something tangible, with art covers. I was never a fan of tapes. Remember how right in the middle of the song it would just switch to the next track?When CDs came out, we were given a bill of goods that they’d last a lifetime. Not true. It’s all breaking down quicker than vinyl. We help people find the records they want. We sell internationally every day, sometimes at collectors’ prices, $50 for a record.

CIMA Sounds Hopeful Note at AGM: Also announced at the CIMA meeting: Neilsen Music Canada’s partnership with Record Store Day Canada to serve as the exclusive data sponsor for RSD in Canada. “Nielsen continues to support and grow independent retailers and our work with Record Store Day Canada will serve to benefit the entire independent music community across Canada,” said Paul Shaver, head of Nielsen Canada, in a statement. “The partnership will see a combined focus on increasing the independent store reporting base which will have a direct impact on weekly chart data.” Adds RSD Canada’s Ryan Kerr: “It’s a natural partnership with Nielsen’s deep roots in the Canadian music industry, and vinyl’s ever-popular resurgence. We will help each other to continue to grow and build our community of independent record stores and connect with independent labels and vinyl enthusiasts across the nation.”

Record Breakers, Former Reggies Vinyl Shop, Lands In Avondale: Good news, vinyl lovers: Record Breakers, a longtime record store most recently attached to Reggies rock club in the South Loop, is now slinging records in Avondale. Last year, the owner of Reggies gifted the store, which operated above the rock club for nearly a decade, to longtime employees Colin Brennan and Eric Kratz, who then moved the store to a vintage building on an up-and-coming stretch of Milwaukee Avenue at 2935 N. Milwaukee Ave. “Reggies has an aesthetic. I love it. It was my home there for 10 years, but it’s not exactly what we are,” Brennan said of the decision to move to Avondale. “The opportunity to do something on our own was really exciting. And we were struggling being on the second floor there.”

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In rotation: 9/29/17

Rolling Record Store comes to town: DES MOINES – It’s like a food truck for music lovers! The Rolling Record Store was set up on Ingersoll Avenue on Wednesday. The record mobile travels all over the country selling exclusive music and merchandise that you can’t find anywhere else. Staffers say driving a mobile record store around is a unique experience. “It’s pretty fun. It doesn’t go quite as fast as a normal car, so it takes some time to get places, but it’s really cool. I get to see places I never thought I would go. I mean I’ve driven through Des Moines before but never stopped, so it’s kind of cool to see some new spots,” said Jessica Artt, Rolling Record Store employee. The Rolling Record Store sells music from all types of genres. It has been in business since 2001.

Cassette tapes return as demand rises among music nerds, disconnected seniors: SEOUL, For fans of rock and heavy metal music, a visit to Dope Records, an independent record store run by Kim Yun-jung in Mapo, western Seoul, evokes a strange feeling. The dim-lit basement shop feels as if time has rewound back to the mid-90s — almost three quarters of the 82-square-meter store is covered wall-to-wall by a huge collection of rock music cassette tapes. With a backlog of around 15,000 tapes (50,000 when including ones in storage), predominantly Western rock, pop music and also classic Korean albums, the store is undoubtedly a treasure trove for those with fond memories of using a Walkman during the 1980s to the late 1990s, when the medium started to phase out. But in the digital age, Dope Records, at first glance, seemed almost suicidal from a business perspective.

Vinyl lounge records anniversary: The National Film and Sound Archives’ (NSFA) Vinyl Lounge, is marking its fourth anniversary on 6 October. To celebrate the occasion music lovers are invited to share in a night of refreshing drinks, good company, and great music. Since its first meeting 2013, Vinyl Lounge has become a popular gathering place amongst a community of dedicated record aficionados. Around 80 music lovers gather on the first Friday of every month to play songs from their favourite records on the NFSA’s pure analogue sound system. Sound Curator at NFSA, Thorsten Kaeding said the event would not have become what it is without its regular attendees.

Enter Shikari fans invade St Albans’ Empire Records for album signing: Rock band Enter Shikari signed copies of their new album at Empire Records in St Albans this week. The band – made up of Rou Reynolds, Chris Batten, Rob Rolfe, and Rory Clewlow – released The Spark last Friday. To coincide with its release, they arranged a series of album signings around the country, including in their home city. Empire Records’ manager Dave Burgess said: “A St Albans band were putting out a new album, so it made sense for us to do something. “They did signings with the larger stores like HMV, so we were the smallest.”

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In rotation: 9/28/17

Vinyl record shop to open in Chichester: Analogue October Records will open in the former Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe in South Street next month, selling vinyl, cassettes and turntables. The man behind the exciting venture is Craig Crane, who runs a successful visual effects studio working on films with Disney, Marvel and Warner Brothers. “This is an itch I’ve wanted to scratch since I last worked in a record shop in my teens. “We’re looking to open in October and I can’t wait,” Craig, 47, said. He says the shop’s name comes from him having a ‘digital detox’ every October which, three years ago, became a 12-month detox as he now totally shuns the likes of iTunes and streaming music sites.

Record Collector owner Kirk Walther passes, Iowa City mourns: Kirk Walther was beloved by many a music fan in Iowa City for running the only record shop in town and always being open to talk about music, new and old. That made news of Walther’s passing on Sunday all the more difficult to bear for those who make up the Iowa City music scene. He died after a battle with cancer, brother-in-law Andrew Steele said Tuesday. Walther was 61. “In a way, Iowa City lost their musical guru, kind of the backbone of the music community,” Bobby Larson, a longtime employee at Record Collector, said Tuesday morning at the store. “There’s no one working in music in this town for long that didn’t seek Kirk’s company,” Chris Wiersema, a programming director for the Mission Creek Music Festival and manager of the Feed Me Weird Things concert series, wrote Tuesday. “Without him and the Record Collector, I wouldn’t have felt the need or thought I had the ability to be involved in bringing live music to Iowa City.”

Nipper the HMV Dog will be main feature of new building: The Record Store, the latest completed building at The Old Vinyl Factory site in Blyth Road, Hayes, is being launched this Friday (29), with the doors thrown open to the public from 3.30-7pm. Visitors can enjoy carnival rides, stalls, food and drink, live music, a vinyl market and more. As a tribute to the heritage of the site, visitors will get a first look at a newly-commissioned Nipper the dog statue, the icon of HMV. The Record Store is an Art Deco building designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, also known for such the Hoover Building and Victoria coach station.

Vinil Brasil, the newest vinyl pressing plant opens in São Paulo: Vinil Brasil, a new vinyl pressing plant in São Paulo, opens today in Barra Funda for orders. Unique in the segment in the capital, Vinil Brasil has a full service manufacturing 7 and 12 inch discs. Bands, musicians, labels and record companies can already access the company’s website, make budgets and know all the details and curiosities about the plant, as well as information on the culture of vinyl production. The São Paulo’s pressing plant comes to the world market, which according to a survey by the consultancy Delloitte, will move US$ 1 billion by the end of this year, with an industrial production and at the same time unique. The plant project, designed by the poet, musician, composer and DJ, Michel Nath, started at the end of 2014. After Michel commissioned his SolarSoul album, at GZ Media, a pressing plant in the Czech Republic. In the same period, Michel knew of the existence of seven abandoned presses in a junkyard.

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In rotation: 9/27/17

Historic Leeds building becomes bar and record shop: The building at 93 Kirkgate is now open as The Doghouse cafe and bar, with Paula’s Vinyl record shop above it. It comes after developers were given a £110,000 grant to support repair work at the city centre building, through the Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative. The project has brought all three floors of the previously vacant building and its basement back into use. Jacob Kelly, who owns the building with business partner Stuart Dixon, said they had tried to keep its historical identity in tact where possible. He said: “We know that the street [Kirkgate] is known for being a really cool and independent street for industry. We have kept as much of the original building on show as possible.”

Record Shop Flashback Plans 20th Birthday Celebration: 20 years ago, Mark Burgess founded record shop Flashback Records at its original location of Essex Road in Islington, and the store still stands there today, alongside two further Flashback branches in Crouch End and Shoreditch. To celebrate the passing of two decades since Flashback first opened at Essex Road, the shop will host a birthday party at The Lexington on October 7. A number of Flashback staff members will be supplying music, while psychedelic band Dead Coasts will play live with support from Deathcount in Silicon Valley’s Andi Nixon and Lindsay Corstorphine of Cold Pumas and Sauna Youth, who will pair up for some live analogue synth experimentations.

Vinyl records help Flat, Black & Circular party on: EAST LANSING – The entrance is an archway made of 45s, but finding it isn’t always simple. Flat, Black & Circular is upstairs in the Campus Town Mall on Grand River Avenue in East Lansing, across from the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. “A lot of people don’t know where we are, we’re hidden,” said owner Dave Bernath. “Every day I get a call asking ‘where are you, I’ve been up and down Grand River.'” But enough folks have found them to keep the independently-owned vinyl and CD store in business for 40 years. Flat, Black & Circular will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an all-day, pre-party celebration from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the store. Customers are invited to come help celebrate.

Record shop Vintage Trax joins in with BBC Radio 1 celebrations to mark the station being on air for 50 years: Redditch’s only dedicated record shop will be joining in with BBC Radio 1 celebrating 50 years of being on air. It will broadcast on DAB and iPlayer for three days from Saturday, September 30. Tony Blackburn, who was the first voice ever heard on the station, will team up with current breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw, to launch the project. Independent vinyl record shop Vintage Trax will be marking the special birthday with its own 60s themed event at its Birchfield Road, Headless Cross, shop between 10.30am and 5pm on Saturday.

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In rotation: 9/26/17

See inside Prophets of Rage’s performance at a Long Beach record store: On the heels of the release of the self-titled debut from Prophets of Rage, the supergroup played a sold-out in-store performance at Long Beach’s Fingerprints Records Friday, Sept. 22. The 250-person capacity record store was packed with eager fans who scored tickets by buying the new album. The group is made up of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill. The performance was yet another get for the well-known record store which often hosts big name acts on its tiny stage, including Cold War Kids, the Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams. Fingerprints owner Rand Foster said members of the Prophets of Rage reached out to set up the performance.

Paisley’s Paolo Nutini set to wow fans with unique gig in town’s record store, The singer wants to give a boost to local shop Feel The Groove by staging a one-off show for people who buy music there: Paolo Nutini is giving 60 fans the chance to see him play a tiny one-off show in a Paisley record store. The singer wants to boost his local shop Feel The Groove, on Causeyside Street, by staging the unique show for people who buy music there.Paolo told the Sunday Mail: “We want to encourage that thing of making the trip to your local record store. It’s easy enough to go on iTunes or Spotify and get a song. “It’s not like I have a record out I’m trying to sell. The idea is you buy any music in the shop, you spend a fiver, you get a token. A tenner you get two, £20 you get four. “Each token is a chance to win – they go in the hat and 30 people are picked. Each gets to bring somebody along to the in-store show.

LCD Soundsystem Hid a Secret Message on the Vinyl of American Dream: If you’re in possession of a vinyl copy of American Dream, a look at the LP’s D-side will reveal an etching that reads “SEE U IN 5 YEARS.” Of course, it’s some self-deprecating humour in reference to their own five-year hiatus that they ended up returning from. You can find some proof of the American Dream etching below. Messages in the runout grooves of vinyl records are hardly uncommon. The D-side of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories vinyl release reads “IF LOVE IS THE ANSWER YOU’RE HOME” in reference to their song “Touch,” while some pressings of the Clash’s London Calling feature the words “Tear,” “Down,” “The” and “Walls” on sides A, B, C and D, respectively. And those are just two of countless examples.

The Rolling Stones hope fans will warm to a deluxe version of ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request,’ their most disparaged albums: “The average concert ticket for the band’s 2012 50th Anniversary tour cost $624,” he said. “The fans filling all of those arenas probably won’t balk at spending a little bit more than average for this reissue.” With teenagers and millennials helping to drive resurgent sales in vinyl and other physical media, there may be an audience beyond just Baby Boomers, Furbee said. “There’s a good chance that anyone in their teens or early to mid-20s may have only experienced music as a digital file,” he said. “I’m not surprised at all that young adults are building record collections now, as they strive to find a deeper connection with the artists and music they love.”

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In rotation: 9/25/17

As the tables turn: Flat, Black & Circular celebrates 40 years in East Lansing: Flat, Black & Circular, an East Lansing record store located on Grand River Ave, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week. Opened in 1977 on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the self-proclaimed longest running record shop in mid-Michigan is holding a celebration to commemorate four decades of excellence in the record sales business. Co-founders Dave Bernath and Dick Rosemont (Bernath still runs the business) will be in attendance. Flat, Black & Circular is East Lansing’s only record store, however, there used to be many more. Most recently, The Record Lounge in downtown East Lansing shut its doors, but now it’s just Flat, Black & Circular.

Meet Curator Who Travels U.S. Collecting Vinyl for Coachella’s On-Site Record Store: Alex Rodriguez walks into the quant Black and Gold Records in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The dimly lit store, which also serves coffee and pastries, is filled with not only vinyl but also antiques. The small-framed, long-haired Rodriguez — wearing flared Levi jeans, brown leather boots and a worn Bee Gees ’97 shirt — immediately begins flipping through crates. For the past three weeks, Rodriguez has been driving through the country stopping at various record stores in different cities to collect as much vinyl as he can to fill the on-site record store at Coachella. Aside from curating the seasonal pop-up, he also manages (and shops for) the permanent Glass House Record Store in Pomona, Calif.

Superfly’s Lone Star Music Emporium, San Marcos’ only record store, closing Oct. 31: A post on the business’s Facebook page said it would put some inventory in storage while it figured out the “next step”. “We sincerely hope that San Marvelous has another record store step up in our absence so that our regulars and new collectors alike will have a place to come hang, listen to tunes, talk music and browse through the bins,” owners wrote in the post. The business is located at 202 University Drive, Ste. C, San Marcos, next to Texas State University, and has been open since 2012.

Leonard Silver – Record Theatre

Portion of Main Street to be renamed for Record Theatre founder: Record Theatre may be gone, but the legacy of its founder will go on. The section of Main Street running from Delavan Avenue to Lafayette Avenue and back to Harvard Place that was home to the iconic record store for more than 40 years will be named Leonard “Lenny” Silver Way. A ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 29 in front of the now-closed retail music store, at 1800 Main Street. Silver opened Record Theatre in November 1976 and it grew to become “The World’s Largest Record Store” with 25,000 square feet of retail space. He provided a gathering place for musicians and music lovers alike to explore and expand their musical experiences.

Back in the groove: How vinyl rose from its sickbed to capture the eyes and ears of millennials: Progress is what the format continues to make. The BPI says that the first half of 2017 saw a 30 per cent rise in vinyl sales compared to the first half of 2016. Usain Bolt on steroids would struggle to keep up with the pace it’s setting. But, as Kim Bayley, chief executive of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), points out, it took a lot of hard work by her members, particularly her independent members, to get us to this point. “The record business jumped into the CD business and abandoned vinyl when there was still clearly demand – it was only after a sustained campaign from retailers, via Record Store Day, that they started making vinyl LPs available in the numbers we’re now seeing and this has seen the market grow,” she says.

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