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

In rotation: 9/18/18

Rochester, IN | BIZ BUZZ: Record Farm adding second location in Rochester. Second store will be next to The Times Theater: A record store housed next to a historic theater in Logansport will have a similar neighbor in Rochester when it opens its second location. The Record Farm, next to the State Theatre in downtown Logansport, is opening a new store at 618 Main St. in downtown Rochester next to The Times Theater. “It’s a mirror image of what we’re doing in Logansport,” said Matt Swisher, who co-owns The Record Farm with Adam Wilson. Just like with The State, The Record Farm’s Rochester location will serve as The Times’ box office. Tickets for the The State Theatre’s events will be for sale at the Rochester record store as well.

Norman, OK | Guestroom Records to celebrate 15 years: “…We are small and flexible. We don’t have a corporate ethos, so there aren’t a lot of hurdles to making a change in our stores,” Muir said. “It’s, ‘Do you wanna do this?’ ‘Yes, let’s do it.’” There’s also the vinyl resurgence, which Guestroom caught onto ahead of the curve. Billboard reported that 2017 marked vinyl sales’ 12th straight year of growth, comprising 14 percent of all physical album sales that year. While Guestroom does carry CDs, its inventory has shifted heavily in favor of vinyl records since opening, and not just the punk and indie variety that spurred the store’s creation…“When major labels figured out what independent labels were doing, more pop albums came out on vinyl all of a sudden, and there was nowhere else for people to buy them. We were the place to go if you wanted to buy a punk record; we’re now the place to go if you want to buy any record.”

Melbourne, AU | Win big at the Australian Record Fair: Part of the 2018 Melbourne International Hi-Fi Show that takes place across three great days in October, the Australian Record Fair is the only 3-day event of its type in the country. This year promises to be the fair to top all other records fairs with seller’s tables sold out in a staggering six days. If the rare and exotic vinyl, not to mention the tasty bargains are not enough, the show’s organisers and sponsors are giving you even more reasons to come along and win big. Just spend more than $50 with any vendor, and you’ll get a ticket into the daily raffle drawn in the Record Fair at the end of each day. Each day a fantastic Music Hall MMF 1.5 turntable (valued at $599 RRP each) will be up for grabs thanks to Convoy.

Philippines | The state of OPM in vinyl: We all know that vinyl records are back with a vengeance. Now, how is the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) market coping? We were able to speak to some re-sellers of OPM albums and unanimously, the most sought records from local artists are the Juan dela Cruz Band, the Dawn, and Identity Crisis in that order. Then there are a host of others: Maria Cafra, Judas, APO Hiking Society, and the Gapo compilation are also in demand. They sell for a lot of money depending on their condition. In fact, some command outrageous prices that are more than enough to make a down payment on a car. The cheapest price you will find for old records pressed in the 1970s or 1980s is P1,000. They mostly sell for a lot of money. When compact discs became all the rage in the 1990s, local record companies slowly stopped pressing music on vinyl. That is until the new millennium when indie and underground bands began producing their own material.

Sufjan Stevens to reissue ‘Songs For Christmas’ on vinyl for first time: All of the collection’s 42 tracks will be pressed in time for the holidays Sufjan Stevens has announced plans to reissue his 2006 ‘Songs for Christmas’ collection on Vinyl for the first time. The artist’s longtime record label Asthmatic Kitty revealed the plans to put out the box set on November 9th and the collection will feature all 42 songs of the original release. The tracks will be spread out over five EPs. The label have also detailed that the original package design will be included with the collection, which includes drawings created by Stevens, a painted family portrait, chord charts and lyric sheets for the tracks. Each year between 2001 and 2010, Stevens recorded Christmas tracks to give as gifts to his friends and family. ‘Songs For Christmas’ is comprised of the first five year’s worth of those tracks and was originally released in 2006.

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In rotation: 9/17/18

We could be looking at a new standard called “HD-Vinyl”: …The standards for the manufacture of vinyl records have served us well, but because of the rise of the CD in the 80s and 90s, none of those standards have been revised since 1978. That’s about to change. With vinyl sales into their 11th year of double-digit growth, the recording industry has decided that it’s time to bring the old manufacturing standards into the 21st century. Some new upgraded specifications are sorely needed. But like what? One term that’s being thrown around is HD-Vinyl, records created by a new laser-guided process that allegedly results in a longer-playing record with better fidelity than anything we see today. And yes, it has to be backward-compatible for turntables and styluses used today.

Washington, DC | Ira Sabin, D.C. record-store owner, founder of JazzTimes magazine, dies at 90: …In 1962, he bought out a brother-in-law who had a record store, renaming it Sabin’s Discount Records. The store, at Ninth and U streets NW, was in the heart of Washington’s thriving jazz district, within walking distance of two theaters and six jazz clubs. The shop carried one of the country’s largest collections of jazz recordings, and musicians often stopped by to shop and chat. “He seemed to attract folks and had this bon-vivant manner,” Lee Mergner, a former editor and publisher of JazzTimes, said in an interview. “In Ira’s world, people were all ‘cats’ and ‘chicks.’ He called everybody ‘baby’ and ‘man.’

Urban Legends Reissues Kurtis Blow’s Landmark Self-Titled Debut, ‘Kurtis Blow,’ On Standard & Limited Edition Gold Vinyl: Urban Legends/UMe has reissued the out-of-print debut LP by Kurtis Blow on standard black vinyl. In addition, a gold vinyl edition—inspired by “The Breaks,” which is the first Gold certified rap song—will also be released. In 1980, hip-hop found a charismatic orator who could comfortably represent the genre underneath its ever-expanding spotlight. Kurtis Blow, a young Harlem kid who studied communication in college was the perfect fit—handsome, squeaky-clean, and ready to represent the new-yet-growing landscape of rap. “The Breaks” was an early smash single that helped not only launch Blow’s career, but also positioned rap as something that could be popularized beyond the fleeting trend it was originally perceived as.

Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’ Gets 50th-Anniversary Deluxe Release Including Live SBD Of 1968 Hollywood Bowl Show: On October 16, 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their final album, Electric Ladyland. The sprawling double-LP opus proved to be the last studio album Hendrix would release before his death in 1970. The album has been lauded as one of the greatest of all time, largely because of the famously inspired, experimental state of mind that Hendrix maintained while working on the record. Now, fans can revisit Electric Ladyland and that creatively fruitful period in Jimi’s brief life from every angle with an upcoming 50th-anniversary deluxe edition package. The Electric Ladyland deluxe addition will feature outtakes, live concert recordings, a documentary on the making of the album, photo inserts, a book, and more, and is set to be released on November 9th.

Despite Streaming Revolution, Vinyl Resurgence Continues To Grow: The vinyl resurgence is showing continued growth, with vinyl album sales growing from 3.23 million to 4.1 million units from 2016 to 2017 according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Five years ago Radio Facts predicted the resurgence of Vinyl and Record Player Nostalgia. The ‘experience’ that baby boomers grew up with when it came to buying records was completely lost in the CD and the digital era. In the face of the industry-revolutionizing rise of streaming, the rebirth of vinyl was an initial surprise. Speaking to Music Week, Karen Emanuel (CEO of Key Production, manufacturer of CD, DVD, and vinyl) noted “I thought we would see a plateau in vinyl before now and we haven’t. For us, the format is still growing.”

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In rotation: 9/14/18

Stourbridge, UK | Kiki & Henry’s Record Fair returns to Stourbridge’s Talbot Hotel: Kiki & Henry’s Record Fair is back this Saturday (September 15) – providing Stourbridge music lovers with another chance to add to their vinyl collection. The event will take place at The Talbot Hotel, Stourbridge High Street, from 11am to 4pm. Traders old and new will have a vast selection of vinyl records on offer to suit all tastes and pockets. Both pre-loved and brand new music will be available, with rarities, classic titles and bargains to be found. Music books, memorabilia and CDs will also be for sale. Entry is 50p.

Stuart Semple, Jeremy Deller and more leading artists create turntables to raise money for mental health charity: World famous artists have designed a series of record turntables for this year’s Secret 7″ project, to raise money for mental health charity MIND. The auction ends tonight. See details and our interview with artist Stuart Semple below. Earlier this year, the likes of Primal Scream, London Grammar, Manic Street Preachers and Jeff Buckley all had songs contributed to the project that saw over 700 designers choose a track by one of seven selected artists, before designing a one-of- a kind sleeve design for a limited 7” vinyl release. Just 100 copies of each track were pressed, with the identity of each record’s designer remains a mystery until it was purchased.

Sydney, AU | One of the most beloved venues in all of Glebe, The Record Crate, is set to close its doors this weekend. Since opening its doors six years ago, The Record Crate has become a noted hangout for fans of the New South Wales music scene. Between selling vinyl, hosting gigs, and serving up drinks and food, it has managed to serve as a rather unique venue, with acts such as Georgia Maq, Fierce Mild, and Cheap Fakes performing there in recent times. Now, it’s all set to come to an end on Sunday, September 16th. In a since-deleted Facebook post last night, organisers at The Record Crate broke the news to their dedicated followers. “To all the brilliant bands, soloists, poets, story tellers, DJ’s, punks, rockers, metal heads, international artists, regulars, visitors, dog lovers, chefs, wait/bar staff, friends, and family, we have had the most amazing adventure and we hope you have too,” they wrote.

San Diego, CA | Free hip-hop and BBQ: Hip-hop promotor celebrates 2-year anniversary of Skoolyard Records in Oceanside. In 1988, when he was 9, Rizaldy Cruz moved with his family from the Philippines to Oceanside’s Deep Valley neighborhood, which was at that time was teeming with gang activity. Cruz, who has long been known as DJ Kid Riz, eschewed gang activity and instead became one of the most prolific local promoters of all things hip-hop. “We started the Higher Dimension or H-D B-Boy dance crew. We would dance anywhere we could, at house parties, in garages.” The crew got noticed with their impromptu shows in front of the Oceanside Pier-adjacent amphitheater locals call the bandshell. Crowds assembled as each H-D crew member hit the deck while a boom box belted tunes…Skoolyard Records celebrates its two-year anniversary with an in-house show featuring MCs and B-Boy dance crews Saturday, September 15, from 2 to 8 pm. The free admission show includes complimentary BBQ.

Massive Attack releasing 20th anniversary edition of Mezzanine on 3xLP: In a heat sensitive box, with a previously unheard Mad Professor remix from the 1998 sessions. Massive Attack are releasing a remastered limited edition version of their 1998 album Mezzanine on triple coloured vinyl, this December via Virgin EMI. The triple coloured vinyl package comes housed in a heat sensitive box, with a book containing images by photographer Nick Knight and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja. Mezzanine features remastered versions of the original album, along with 8 additional tracks, including a previously unheard Mad Professor remix from the 1998 sessions. Earlier this year, the band also encoded Mezzanine into DNA to mark the album’s 20th anniversary.

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In rotation: 9/13/18

Bronx, NY | Latin music store owner shows off memorabilia: News 12 took a stroll down memory lane with Miguel Angel Amadeo, who owns Casa Amadeo in the South Bronx. Amadeo, also known as Mike, showed off some of the things he’s collected over the years at the oldest Latin music store in the area. Some of the items include a record brush from the early 1950s, a record that contains two of the songs his father wrote and an album of Caribbean songs from 1916-1920. “The only thing that comes to my mind every time I look at these things is that I’m 84 years old and there’s not much more I can ask for from God,” he says.

Sanford, ME | How a record store is beating the odds: New England chain Bull Moose is growing — despite offering goods widely available through digital streaming — by focusing on experience. “Here you have a regional entertainment retailer that sells books, games, CDs and movies, most of which is available by streaming — and that Amazon sells,” Michael Stefanakos, VP of lean retail partnerships at retail software company FieldStack, told Retail Dive in an interview. “The question is: ‘What do they know that nobody else knows?'” …Stefanakos has a clue to the answer, mainly because his company is an off-shoot of Bull Moose itself, born of the algorithms that geeky Bull Moose founder Brett Wickard devised to help him stock his first stores. He went on to found FieldStack, too, to meet demand from other retailers interested in having him help them compile and apply their sales data.

Sacramento, CA | 2 suspects at-large following armed robbery at Dimple Records in Arden: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies were called out to the Dimple Records store near Arden Way and Fulton Avenue for a report of shots fired. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies were called out to the Dimple Records store near Arden Way and Fulton Avenue for a report of shots fired. One victim was assaulted during the robbery. According to the sheriff’s department, the incident started as a robbery in the parking lot of the store. The victim fled inside and at least one of the suspects followed, according to investigators. Authorities say the suspect fired “several rounds” at the victim inside the store, with several customers present at the time. Investigators searched for the suspects for more than two hours but were unable to locate the men. However, they say physical evidence retrieved at the scene could help in the investigation.

Joan Baez’s Debut Album Set For Vinyl Re-release: On October 12, Craft Recordings will re-release iconic folk singer Joan Baez‘s self-titled debut album on vinyl and digitally. Recorded in the summer of 1960, Joan Baez’s first record introduced the world to the pure and soaring soprano of a then-19-year-old folk singer, who had recently come to prominence after the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Armed with just her voice, two guitars (the second guitar being played by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers) and two microphones, Baez injected new life into a series of traditional songs that she had chosen and arranged herself. In doing so, she placed herself at the forefront of the folk music revival that would take over America. The album landed at #15 on the Billboard 200 and spent 140 weeks on the chart.

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In rotation: 9/12/18

Fort Collins, CO | Old Bisetti’s location gets flipped to record store in Fort Collins: In a twist of events, a former restaurant becomes a brick-and-mortar record store, as the old Bisetti’s location becomes All Sales Vinyl. Bisetti’s was a part of Old Town Fort Collins for decades, on the main drag of College Ave. While many were sad to watch the Italian joint go, it’s refreshing to see it become something else we’ve seen vanishing in recent years — an actual record store. All Sales Vinyl sells new and used records (and they will be a part of Record Store Day, according to their Facebook), CDs, novelties, ukuleles and more. All Sales Vinyl had its grand opening on September 1.

Charleston, SC | New record store opens on John Street: Charleston Music Hall concertgoers may have recently noticed a new record store a few doors down on John Street, called Record Stop (43 John St.). Opening up the week before the Charleston Music Confab hit town, the small, boutique-like shop is the second Record Stop for owner Bruce Berg, who opened up his first record store on Long Island, NY in 1974. After retiring and relocating to Charleston in 2015, Berg decided to bring the concept to his new home. Record Stop is also a family business in that Berg’s son Jeff and son-in-law Mike Gomez together run the show in NY as well as own and operate Monostereo Distribution & Record Label services, working with local names like Jump, Little Children, Stop Light Observations, Atlas Road Crew, Mark Bryan, Young Mister, and Drivin’ N Cryin’.

Sudbury, CA | Do you collect vinyl records? They may be a thing of the past for the music streaming generation, but on Sunday in Sudbury, there was a strong vinyl vibe at a music collectibles show where vendors and those looking to buy were sharing their love of LP’s. Records spinning on a turntable at the collector’s show in Sudbury helped to set a nostalgic mood. Jay Leblanc has been buying LP’s for 30 years and found some vinyl treasures he’s been looking for. “I find the whole vinyl experience the sound is better. If you have a nice vinyl with not too many scratches, it comes off through the speakers just as clean as a CD and the overall experience of having an album in your hand and the big cover with artwork.” said Leblanc.

Minneapolis, MN | Semisonic dusts off ‘Closing Time’ demo to tout 20th anniversary album reissue: It’s not the new album that the band’s members have been offering tantalizing hints of for what feels like most of the 2010s now, but Semisonic has announced plans to reissue its best-loved ‘90s record to mark its 20th anniversary. A deluxe edition of “Feeling Strangely Fine” will be released Oct. 19 with four bonus tracks and new artwork and liner notes. The repackaging will include a first-ever vinyl edition of the record, originally released at the height of the CD era in 1998. All four of the additional tracks were unreleased songs only available on overseas CD singles. Among them is the wistful hidden-gem “Long Way from Home,” which the Minneapolis trio revisited during three sold-out live performances of “Feeling Strangely Fine” at First Avenue and the Turf Club last December.

Belfast, IE | For the record . . . let’s consider some radical remedial action for city centre: In March it was reported that sales of vinyl records and CDs had, for the first time since 2011, overtaken those of digital music and streaming. It remains to be seen how sustainable that trend is but when even supermarkets are stocking classic albums in their vinyl format it is clear that the old medium has made a comeback and it looks like it is here to stay…While the digital revolution did change music shopping forever, the return of vinyl shows that trends can be reversed, and people will adapt their retail habits when the product and the marketing is right. Its a lesson the retail world would do well to apply across the board in the battle against online shopping.

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In rotation: 9/11/18

Berlin, DE | The world’s best record shops #122: Bikini Waxx, Berlin: Bikini Waxx Records is a dance music destination for all tastes, opened by Gerd Tammist in 2013 alongside longtime diggers Yannik Zander and Alexander Skancke. Initially founded as an appointment-only spot in the living room and corridors of Tammist’s Berlin home, the store is curated with finesse, and while it’s been running for a number of years, it’s still one of Berlin’s best kept secrets. New and second hand funk cuts from across the African continent and Mediterranean disco from the shores of Naples line up alongside Italo and balearic gems in its racks. And if ‘ambient and mind expanding soundscapes’ aren’t you poison then fret not, because everything from Brazilian Tropicália, to psych and wonky house makes Bikini Waxx Records an adventurous staple for all tastes.

Making Vinyl Conference: RIAA To Set Updated Standards For Vinyl. We are very pleased to announce a collaboration between The RIAA (The Recording Industry Association of America), ‘MAKING VINYL’ and the Media-Tech Association with the goal of updating the standards for vinyl records. Manufacturing specifications for vinyl were last updated in 1978. The advent of new manufacturing technologies and resurgent popularity of vinyl prompted music industry leaders to review existing specifications and evaluate whether updated standards could help further advance the vinyl market. How might new standards help?

Tech me back to the 80’s: Rise in sales of nostalgic gadgets: Brits are going back to the future as retro gadgets sales soar. Vinyl sales of records show no sign of slowing down, in fact according to the most recent figures, the value of the vinyl market in the UK is now £25million. From April 1 to July 1 this year, 420,000 bought a vinyl record, up 6.6%. Vinyl’s rise has also been helped by the annual Record Store Day, more albums available and the view that vinyl is a more authentic way to listen to music. Cassette tapes had their heyday in the mid-80s onwards, before being taken over by CDs and then digital. But cassette sales grew by 90% in the first half of the UK and there’s now a Cassette Store Day on October 13. The surge has been helped by Kylie Minogue, who released 4,000 copies of her country album Golden via cassette ahead of its release. But don’t get too excited – thanks to so few albums released on tape, last year sales were only 20,000.

Lost Charles Mingus live performance set for 5xLP vinyl release: Recorded during the jazz bassist and composer’s week-long residency at Detroit’s Strata Concert Gallery in 1973. A lost recording of jazz iconoclast Charles Mingus performing with a quintet at Detroit’s Strata Concert Gallery in 1973 is set to be released by BBE and 180 Proof this November. Recorded at a short-lived performance space run by independent label Strata Records on Seldon Avenue during the early ’70s, the sessions were transmitted live by producer and broadcaster Robert “Bud” Spangler for WDET-FM radio, and feature Mingus alongside drummer Roy Brooks and trumpeter Joe Gardner (both Detroit natives), pianist Don Pullen, and the saxophonist John Stubblefield. The “lost tapes” were uncovered by DJ Amir Abdullah, who has reissued much of the succinct yet iconic Strata archive in recent years.

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In rotation: 9/10/18

Wimborne, UK | Wimborne’s independent Square Records moves premises: A popular independent record store has moved to new premises. Square Records has relocated from 14 High Street in Wimborne to number 73. It officially opened its doors for business at its new home on Friday (AUGUST 31). The store was saved from closure earlier this year after it was taken over by staff at Gullivers Bookshop. Owner, Malcolm Angel, approached Square Records after hearing about the closure through customers at his bookshop. Square Records was opened by the Holman family in 1974 and has been in Wimborne for more than 40 years. It has kept its name and will continue to be run by current manager Rob Hoare.

Chicago, IL | ‘It’ll be a celebration’: Event at FitzGerald’s to honor Oak Park record store owner Val Camilletti: On Sept. 16, friends and colleagues who touched many parts of Val Camilletti’s life will meet up at FitzGerald’s Nightclub in Berwyn to pay tribute to the owner of Val’s Halla Records, who died July 24 after a two-year battle with breast cancer. “It will be a celebration of her life with lots of singing, lots of laughter, good food and good music,” said Andy Mead, a longtime friend who is organizing the event. “It’ll be a celebration she would have loved.” FitzGerald’s is at 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. “It will be an opportunity for friends and associates to gather and chat and share memories. It should be quite an event,” said Bill FitzGerald, owner of the nightclub and a longtime friend.

Bromsgrove, UK | New vinyl record stall starts up on Bromsgrove Market after positive response: The organiser of the popular vinyl record fares has now opened a stall on Bromsgrove market. Ben Frizzell from the Midlands Record Fair has become the first person to sell records in Bromsgrove High Street since Our Price closed in the early to mid 1990s. Ben said: “The day went exceptionally well and completely surpassed my expectations – countless people were asking if I was going to be there regularly so I have booked all remaining Saturdays for September with a bigger 30ft by 10ft pitch.”

Kuala Lumpur, MY | Last of a dying breed: Video may have killed the radio star, but the Internet is killing the record store industry. There used to be a dozen record shops in Ipoh and now, there are only a handful of them left. At Melody Music Centre in Yik Foong Shopping Complex in Ipoh, Edwin Suen, 59, is still selling CDs and cassettes. “It really is a sunset industry. “Business has dwindled since the availability of illegally digitised music on the Internet in 2000,” he said. “Ipoh is a relatively small market compared to Kuala Lumpur and the number of customers have shrunk by about 25% to 30%,” he said. “The 1990s was the best time for us as there were plenty of good bands and artistes,” he said, adding that he also sells band T-shirts, patches and posters. Suen said his shop has been open for more than 30 years and he would try to maintain it for as long as he could.

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In rotation: 9/7/18

London, ENG | Gilles Peterson to curate pop-up record and bookstore in London: Mental health charity Safaplace has enlisted Gilles Peterson is to curate a pop-up record and bookstore, Look Up, in Stoke Newington this September. Taking place at Stoke Newington’s Edwards Lane Gallery, the week-long event will open space to explore the positive connection between mental health and the arts, raising money for the charity in the process. Safaplace is an emerging charity that aims to support the positive mental health and wellbeing of students in Stoke Newington School and the wider community. Look Up will feature a line-up of talks including iconic UK artist Goldie, Mo’Wax founder James Lavelle, Classic Album Sundays’ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and former Hacienda resident Dave Haslam.

Miami, FL | New Sweat Records Vinyl Label Features Local Bands That ‘Rise Through The Fray’: A new independent record label in town will feature talented undiscovered South Florida musicians. Sweat Records has been a space for music collectors in South Florida to find vinyl from their favorite independent artists and mainstream musicians for the past 13 years. On Sunday Aug. 26, the store embarks on a new adventure with the launch of its own record label: Sweat Records Records. Sundial spoke with Lolo Reskin, owner and founder of Sweat Records, about the musicians that will be featured during the launch party and why the record store decided to start a record label.

John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ Album to Receive Six-Disc Boxed Set Treatment: On October 5, Geffen/UMe will release a six-disc box set of John Lennon’s 1971 album “Imagine,” which many feel is the best of his solo works. Titled “The Ultimate Collection,” this remixed and remastered 140-track collection is fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon, who oversaw the production and creative direction…“Imagine” will also be released in concurrent multiple physical and digital configurations including as a 2CD Deluxe Edition, 1CD remaster, and 2LP 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl edition as well as 2LP limited edition 180-gram clear vinyl. The digital “Ultimate Collection” will include all audio from the four CDs and the Deluxe and Standard will also have digital equivalents.

Yamaha’s latest turntable streams multi-room audio via WiFi: Old-school music meets the newest tech. You can pair a turntable with a multi-room audio setup (Sonos even offers a bundle), but that usually means wiring your record player into that setup at some point. Yamaha thinks it can do better. Its newly launched MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable uses WiFi to stream records wirelessly to MusicCast speakers in your home. If you don’t insist on that distinctive vinyl sound, the machine will natively stream digital services like Spotify, Pandora and Tidal. The player also doubles as an audio target for AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth devices, and you can steer both online services and multi-room playback through Alexa voice commands.

You Didn’t Ask But …: Vinyl record collection brings back memories: …Franklin’s death inspired me to take a look at my collection of vinyl 45s that dates back to my high school days. I bought most of the records and the small metal case I’ve been storing them in at Collier’s music store in downtown Freeport. Collier’s had everything from organs, pianos and band instruments to albums and 45s of the latest popular music. I thought that I might have Franklin’s mega-hit “Chain of Fools,” but I didn’t. Instead I found the hit “Love Child” by Diana Ross and the Supremes. My late sister-in-law gave it to me for Christmas the year before she married my brother. It is a nice keepsake from someone who was just getting acquainted with the rest of our family. It was a good gift because I only collected 45s, not albums.

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In rotation: 9/6/18

Dundee, UK | ‘One of my favourite places’: Smiths legend Johnny Marr would be ‘saddened’ if Groucho’s closed: Rock star Johnny Marr has said he would be “saddened” if Dundee’s Groucho’s record store is forced to close. The legendary Smiths guitarist joined the Tayside music community and hundreds of locals in sharing their love of the iconic store as owner Alastair “Breeks” Brodie confirmed he will retire in August 2019. After the 64-year-old made the announcement in The Courier on Saturday, hundreds of people took to social media to express their sadness – with many determined to help find a buyer to keep the Nethergate shop going. Others also shared their favourite memories of the store, which has been a Dundee institution for more than 40 years.

Los Angeles, CA | Amoeba Music Shop Fires Shots At “Lil” Rappers By Placing Them All Together: Amoeba Music has no time for rapper’s unoriginality with their names. Imagine making a section in your store for every single “Lil” rapper in the world. While not many people purchase physical copies of their music anymore, Amoeba Music still operates on a daily basis in Los Angeles, welcoming visitors from around the world to cop vintage records from the landmark. You may remember that one of the first golden Travis Scott heads that popped up in anticipation of Astroworld was actually atop the famous record store. The staff at Amoeba decided to have some fun today, echoing many people’s sentiments by calling for more originality with rap names as they classified ever “Lil” rapper in one section at the shop.

Austin, TX | Waterloo vs. Waterloo: Downtown Austin record store sues upstart music festival over name: Downtown store Waterloo Records has sued Waterloo Music Festival over its name, according to multiple reports. Waterloo Records, located at 600 N. Lamar Blvd. and in business since 1982, said in a statement it took legal action against Jam Fest LLC, the promoter of the festival, after the two sides failed to reach a solution, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The suit was filed Aug. 31 and is intended to protect the store’s trademark rights, Waterloo Records President John Kunz told KXAN-TV. In a statement sent to the Statesman, a spokesperson for Waterloo Music Festival said the lawsuit is without merit.

Cleveland, OH | Brittany’s Record Shop owner Brittany Benton chooses three albums you should check out: Looking for some new music to spin? Cleveland’s record store owners have their own thoughts about what they think you should be listening to–and it’s all available in their shops. Brittany Benton (aka DJ Red-I and one-half of hip-hop duo FreshProduce.) owns the newly-opened Brittany’s Record Shop, located at 6410 Fleet Ave., Cleveland. Previously, she ran the Young Kings record store along with Samantha Flowers. Here are her three picks of music you should check out

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In rotation: 9/5/18

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 9/4/18

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 8/24/18

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

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 8/23/18

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

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 8/22/18

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 8/21/18

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

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

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

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

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

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