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

In rotation: 2/5/18

Best Buy will cease selling CDs later this year. Meanwhile, Target is asking record labels to buy back any unsold inventory. A technologically obsolete medium that self-destructs over time? No wonder only 89 million CDs were purchased in all of 2017. Back in 2001, that number peaked at 800 million and many of those copies were sold by retail giants like Best Buy and Target. But as interest in physical discs has waned, so too has the amount of space these stores dedicate to such inventory. Soon enough, Best Buy will cease selling CDs altogether, while Target will ask record labels to front the costs, according to a new report from Billboard. Come June 1st, Best Buy will no longer offer CDs in its retail stores. Physical music is only generating around $40 million in annual revenue for the company and executives would rather dedicate the floor space to more lucrative items, Billboard notes. Best Buy will continue to sell vinyl for at least the next two years, but titles will now be merchandised with turntables.

On the Road Again: Heart of Vinyl Brings Your Favorite Records to Local Breweries: Murfreesboro record collectors haven’t had to travel far when looking to add to their collection. Antique and thrift shops, chain retailers and local record stores like Waxface Records, Media Rerun and the now-defunct Little Shop of Records have supplied the local community with music on vinyl. However, brick-and-mortar businesses are not the only places capitalizing on the continuing surge of vinyl sales. Last summer, Justin and Megan Frazier became part of a growing retail trend of “pop-up shops” when they hauled hundreds of records to various breweries and taprooms in the region.

A new record shop has opened in Sydney: Sydney promoters Something Else have opened up a new record shop, reports Resident Advisor. Located in New South Wales, Something Else Records will stock “the latest house, techno and varied electronica vinyl, as well as selected 2nd hand collections,” shares SE. The shop will also sell gear, including new and refurbished turntables, mixers, and headphones, as well as artwork. Something Else Records is open Thursday through Sunday – 488 King Street, 2042 Newtown, New South Wales. Head here for more info.

Cubao X vinyl sale draws younger crowd, more women: MANILA—Kagatan 26, the first of the quarterly vinyl record sales/swaps at Cubao X in the Araneta Commercial Center was held over the weekend with over a dozen sellers and re-sellers of records, compact discs, and cassettes converging in this bohemian and artistic enclave. According to event organizer DJ Arbie Won, the resurgence of vinyl domestically has shown no signs of stopping. “There are sellers and sales not only in the national capital region but also outside,” Wong noted. “And we’re also seeing a lot of younger people discover the magic of vinyl.” Like 25-year old writer Nic Angeles, who only began buying vinyl recently. “Previously, I was into compact discs and streaming. My first encounter was my parents’ collection – New Wave titles. My dad got a Smiths record and he played it and I fell in love not only with the music but the medium. It was a different experience,” she said.

Rare John Coltrane LP for Sale on eBay for $19,000: FACT reports today that a rare test pressing of the landmark 1965 John Coltrane LP A Love Supreme is now up for sale on eBay. The starting price? $19,000. A Love Supreme is widely lauded as a high water mark of the genre. The test pressing is in VG condition, exists in a generic sleeve, and has a Van Gelder Stamp on both sides of the vinyl. According a statement given to FACT from the eBay seller thesoundofblue, the record was originally purchased at Academy Records in New York for an undisclosed sum. “Someone also pointed out that where it says Coltrane it looks like his signature. I am not real sure about that. He usually signed his full name. No idea who Ken Coltrane is,” he added.

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In rotation: 2/2/18

Lost Weekend Records turns 15: Kyle Siegrist opened Lost Weekend in 2003, offering weekend-only hours and stocking largely used vinyl. Gradually, the shop’s open hours increased, and its stock of new LPs grew, first with two, three, four crates against the front counter, and eventually to the handful of racks that now line the walls of the low-ceilinged store. Despite the concerns of friends, business at Lost Weekend has increased every year it’s been open, allowing Siegrist to expand his staff. (He now employs two workers, in addition to the odd helper during busy times, such as Record Store Day, a single day in April where sales can equal an entire month’s business.)…Not bad for someone who didn’t have much of a fallback in place once he shifted to the store full-time in August 2003 after leaving his job at the print shop. “My backup plan was bankruptcy,” he said, and laughed.

Moondance closing its doors after 46 years as a downtown Peterborough fixture, Owner Mike Taveroff is retiring after running Canada’s oldest independent record store since 1972: …To walk into Moondance — the store took its name from Van Morrison’s 1970 song of the same name — is to take a trip back in time to when independent record stores were king. Row upon row of vinyl albums, CDs and DVDs greet customers, lined up neatly in hand-made wooden bins. Then there are the numerous posters, band T-shirts and music industry magazines, all serenaded by a non-stop soundtrack of hit music, new and old. As such, a visit to Moondance was, and still is to some degree, an escape from life’s daily demands as much as it is a music shopping opportunity…“Right at the start, I made it very clear to people — ‘Come in, hang out. If you don’t buy anything, it doesn’t matter.’ A lot of the fun of this place was a result of the people that came in and the amazing conversations that took place.”

Homeless Sexual record-shop owner keeps the faith. “Cassettes have come back really big but I didn’t see it coming.” When Jeff Clark was hit by a train in Little Italy last June, the 20 employees at his Thrift Trader stores in PB and North Park immediately lost their jobs. The used records and retro clothing from his PB and North Park stores were put in storage. “He worked his whole life, then all of a sudden it was just gone,” says Davit Buck, who knew Clark back when he owned some 16 Music Trader used-CD stores (which predated Thrift Trader). “I heard he recently went to see his stuff in storage and he was happy it was still there. I heard the security guard was selling some of his stuff and giving the money to Jeff.” (A former employee says Clark continues to undergo physical therapy. “He’s learned to walk again. He has his sense of humor back.”)

It’s the vinyl countdown: Record fair coming to Toowoomba: Toowoomba’s growing community of vinyl lovers have a rare opportunity to get their hands on a huge number of LPs at this year’s annual record fair. With a wide selection of more than 200 crates of LP records, preloved and new, as well as magazines, cassettes and CDs, there will be something for everyone at this year’s fair. The fair has been held annually for the past six years, however organiser Jason Woodward plans for there to be two to three this year because of community interest. “There is a surprising number of people in Toowoomba who appreciate vinyl. We are expecting 300 to 400 people there,” he said…The fair will return to its original home at St Thomas More Hall, 71a Ramsay St, South Toowoomba on Saturday, February 17.

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In rotation: 2/1/18

Old-school record shop puts a different spin on buying music: One would expect vinyl records to be a thing of the past, especially with streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora gaining popularity. On the contrary, these treasures are making a comeback, especially over the last 10 years, after nearly disappearing in the early 2000s. Along with the vinyl resurgence comes the revived interest in the record shop. Whether one is an avid vinyl collector, or is just starting a collection, Cool Beat Music and Books is worth a visit.

“A little weirdo community centre”: Inside Hi-Tackle, Manchester’s secret record shop: Should you visit Manchester’s Hi-Tackle you’ll be forgiven for being taken aback by it. It’s a record store first and foremost, found in a snug office above the Hidden nightclub in Manchester’s industrial outskirts. For those outside the M1 postcode you’re almost certain to get lost when trying to find it, but when you do, you’ll spend half your time digging through the crates of boogie, street soul, jungle and hardcore, and the other half playing 8-bit video games. It’s like visiting that friend whose Mum let you swear and watch horror movies after school, that is, if those friends were Ruf Dug and Randy Brunson.

Remembering two Buffalo icons: Drive down East Ferry St. in Buffalo and you will pass Doris Records. The owner Mack Luchey passed away. In a 2004 interview with 2 On Your Side, he talked about expanding his record store, long before there was a Record Theatre. His store is where people could buy concert tickets that may not be available elsewhere. The flagship store remains open. Outside of music, Luchey was a founding member of Men Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer and the Juneteenth Festival. He was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

My name is Dave, I collect vinyl records, and I have a problem. I recently had to move to a smaller apartment because of our great city’s rising rents. Maybe you can relate. This has forced me to face the unpleasant physical reality of my music collection, which consists of six or seven thousand records, CDs, and cassettes (conservative estimate). Oh yeah, and dozens of music-oriented DVDs. Cramming all of these artifacts — plus books, magazines, and non-music DVDs (because I’m a well-rounded individual) — into my new Beacon Hill apartment has required many ruthless decisions about what to keep and what to jettison. I’m not done making these decisions. As I write this, I’m surrounded by dozens of boxes.

For EPs, Brevity is a Subtle Bliss: I am in love with the EP. Not the specs of vinyl record they pressed in the 1950s by modern-day VCA Records to compete with Columbia’s LP records, even though its technical limitations contributed to our modern definition. The EP of today is essentially any release “longer than a single, shorter than a full album, usually about three to four songs long. But don’t let that dispassionate definition fool you. EPs are, as a form, a gift to music. The EP is, in some ways, the short story of the musical world. If they’re not good, we throw them away faster than we picked them up. Sure, a couple mistakes or uninteresting minutes might be forgivable on the LP, but when you’ve only got nine minutes of content on your record? Come on.

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In rotation: 1/31/18

Walnut Hills and UC grad wins Grammy for Voyager record project: CINCINNATI — Cincinnati native David Pescovitz was still stunned on Sunday afternoon, just a few hours after winning a Grammy Award for best boxed or special limited-edition package. “It’s astounding,” said Pescovitz, 47. He shared the award with his colleagues, graphic designer Lawrence Azzerad and Tim Daly, manager of the legendary Amoeba Music record store in San Francisco, for their work on “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition.” The Walnut Hills High School and University of Cincinnati graduate (and a longtime friend of this writer) called the award a capstone to a lifetime spent gazing at the stars, obsessively collecting books about the cosmos and listening to albums made by artists from every corner of the globe.

Vinyl swap Saturday brings back music: David Turner remembers pedaling his bicycle into downtown Gastonia as a young boy to spend time sorting through the bins of albums at Ja-Jo’s Records. “I would take the money I earned from cutting my grandparents’ grass and buy Elvis records,” said Turner. “This had to be in the early 70s. We no longer have any record stores in Gastonia and I wish we still did.” As a way to increase interest in vinyl collecting throughout Gaston County, Turner is hosting a vinyl swap and buy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Atrium at Olio’s, 245 W. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. During the event, vendors will sell records and people will also have the opportunity to trade with other vinyl enthusiasts. “Vinyl is becoming popular again and more and more people are becoming interested in collecting them,” said Turner.

Record swap to be held Saturday in Elm Grove: Nail City Record in Elm Grove will hold its inaugural record swap on Saturday. All you have to do is bring in a crate of records. They could be old vinyls you’re ready to trade or classics any doubles you might have. Once there, you can trade with other people in the store who have brought in their own collection. Jonathan Napier, the store’s owner, wanted to start this monthly event to bring together vinyl lovers in the Wheeling area. Record Swap Saturday will take place the last Saturday of every month at Nail City Record.

Obit: Mack S. Luchey, owned and operated Doris Records, area’s oldest record store: BUFFALO—When Mack S. Luchey opened the first Doris Records store on Broadway in 1962, he always had a speaker outside. “He and Doris would drive to New York City and bring back something that hadn’t been heard here yet,” said his son, Derrick, who helps manage the Buffalo record store. “It was when ‘Green Onions’ was popular. When people passed by and heard the new stuff, it would attract them in.” Mr. Luchey remained active in Doris Records, now the oldest record store in Western New York, until he was injured in a fall in December 2016. He died in his Buffalo home last Friday. He was 82.

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In rotation: 1/30/18

A mapped guide to Philly’s 13 best record stores: Philadelphia record stores have a seemingly endless selection of physical music, from old school cassette tapes to classic vinyl records and everything in between. Whether you’re looking for an iconic album or you’re digging through the crates for a cult favorite, Philly has what you need…From mom-and-pop record shops to mega-stores, Philadelphia has a remarkable range of locations offering throwback staples to the most recent releases. There’s no reason for you to be bored with your music since fresh artists are a trip away.

Oxford’s End of All Music relocates records, revamps vinyl: It was the needle drop heard ‘round Lafayette County. When David Swider took to social media on Dec. 23 to announce that The End of All Music – Oxford’s premiere vinyl music shop – was moving, he knew something special was about to happen. However, announcing was the easy part. Making the move in less than four weeks was a bit harder, especially at the busiest shopping time of the year. But with a team of dedicated friends and family, a little ingenuity and some good tunes, Swider made it happen. The End of All Music now resides on Oxford’s historic Square’ a place it has always belonged.

The Future of Vinyl: After another year of all-time highs (as Nielsen reports sales up 9% in the US, and BPI posts a 26.8% increase in the UK) the vinyl format is stronger than the My Bloody Valentine Loveless-era. The format has become a cultural identifier — a badge of honor amongst the millennials, an “I told you so” moment for collectors, and a commercial star for specific rheumatoid arthritis medication. Some have predicted the vinyl bubble will burst. That said, turntable sales are on the rise and big-box shelf space is now devoted to Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift wax. These indicators seem to tell a different story. To get a read on the situation from those in the know, we’ve asked industry experts, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world to chime in on the future of the vinyl format.

After the vinyl revolution comes the return of the record-playing jukebox: Vinyl sales are booming. At this point, it’s less of a revival and more of a full-on second coming of the long-playing record. While turntables are becoming common in homes once again, the classic vinyl jukebox is also on the comeback trail. NPR reports business is booming for one of the only full-time vinyl jukebox repairmen in the United States. Perry Rosen from New York travels the US doing up old machines from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s…Rosen says his clients include older generations looking to revisit the tunes of their youth, while younger people are also stocking the jukeboxes with their own collections.

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In rotation: 1/29/18

County Records: Local musical destination closes: One of Floyd’s musical landmarks ended last week. County Records closed on Wednesday, January 17. Long before the Friday Night Jamboree or FloydFest, County Records drew widespread interest to Floyd. The business was located down Talley Alley. For over half a century, Dave Freeman has collected, preserved and promoted old time and bluegrass music. His interest made Floyd a hub for musical enthusiasts. Freeman, who now lives in Durham, NC, will soon be 79 years old. “It’s time to retire,” he told the Press.

New music cafe on the cards for Dumbarton town centre: A Dumbarton music lover is seeking to transform the town centre with the launch of a new record store and coffee shop. Robert McKain has been running record stores for almost a decade and is now planning to bring his love for vinyl to his own home town with a new store on 137a Glasgow Road. The venue, named Big Sparra Music Cafe, is set to open its doors on February 1 and hopes to bring a new twist to the town. “If you do not drink alcohol in this town there is no where to go and just enjoy music,” Robert told the Lennox Herald. “We want to give specialist music knowledge combined with the best coffee in Dumbarton.

Crate Diggers: Stuart Leath: The hardest working man in music, Stuart Leath unpacks the 15,000-strong record collection behind the trailblazing Emotional Rescue, and his five (!) other labels. Stuart Leath – Chuggy to his friends – is rightly known as one of the most-prolific one-man operations in underground music. Celebrating just five years in the business in 2017, he’s on the verge of another bumper year, with twenty records already lined-up and ready to hit the shelves in 2018…With a beautiful room stacked floor to ceiling (and cupboards deep) dedicated to records, he invited us into his London home for an insight into one of the most eclectic collections in the capital.

‘Chess Northern Soul Vol III’ Offers More Floorfillers & Rarities: The next instalment in the highly-praised Chess Northern Soul 7” series will be released on 16 March. Chess Northern Soul Vol III is compiled, like its predecessors, by one of the great experts in the field, Ady Croasdell. It will feature seven more double-sided, seven-inch singles featuring great flooorfillers from the storied Chess, Checker, Cadet and Argo catalogue, in a deluxe presentation box. The singles will feature the authentic UK livery of the Chess label of the era, with black and silver and black and gold labels in a black and yellow label sleeve. The box includes an eight-page leaflet with detailed notes written by Croasdell…Chess Northern Soul Vol III continues to reflect the huge respect for the famous label, particularly in the UK, where the featured tracks had hallowed status in the clubs that created the Northern Soul genre.

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In rotation: 1/26/18

Chico business owners talk about competing with major retailers: Toys”R”Us, the largest toy chain in the United States, is saying goodbye to 182 of its stores across the country. The store closures of the country’s largest toy chain now have small, local brick and mortar stores talking…”We’re a specialty record store, we have vintage rock and roll records so we have something that you can’t get at Target,” said Alex D’Angelo, the owner of Spin Again Records in Downtown Chico. D’Angelo set up his shop 2 years ago. “We sell a little bit of everything in the store as opposed to taking the best stuff, putting it on the internet and getting paid,” said D’Angelo. “Online there is no shopper experience, you just click a button and see what you get,” said D’Angelo.

Knoxville record stores play sounds of resurgence: Knoxville record stores have at least one more trick up their sleeves. It’s no secret that vinyl music is back on a large scale, and even though this seems to be common knowledge now, the idea was mostly dismissed for some time. In 2007, the vinyl revival started gaining traction with niche music communities, and when retro became a popular style, vinyl exponentially grew to the mainstream phenomenon it is now. Vinyl love is not only shown in media and fashion but also, and more noticeably, in monetary value. In 2017, 14 percent of physical album sales and 8.5 percent of all album sales were in vinyl format, according to Nielsen’s 2017 music report. This percentage capstoned a 12 year increase in vinyl sales. Although many thought it died decades ago, the fact is that vinyl is still spinning.

Record collectors show returns to the Packard Plaza on Sunday: PEORIA —The semi-annual local record collectors show is having a homecoming of sorts this weekend. The Central Illinois Record & Music Collector Weekend will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Peoria, and the venue that will play host to the event is a familiar one. The Packard Plaza, 211 E. Adams St., spent several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the host site of the record showcase. Dealers from all over the Midwest will congregate in the building to sell their rarities and favorites. In recent years, the event was held in the Travelodge Hotel, which closed at the end of last year. Admission to the show is $3, free for children younger than 12 years old.

Trolley Stop Record Shop brings vinyl records and live music to the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood: Modern record collecting often involves flipping through racks in nook corner shops, searching for hidden gems. These stores range in age and size, but it can be rare to find a local shop as large and open as Trolley Stop Record Shop. The locally owned record store recently moved from its small former location near NW 16th Street and Classen Boulevard to the old Penn Theater in the burgeoning Classen Ten Penn neighborhood. Trolley Stop, 1212 N. Pennsylvania Ave., uses its spacious interior to host concerts and other events. But the space is otherwise completely dedicated to selling and housing owner John Dunning’s massive record inventory. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Dunning said…

The tale of the tape doesn’t appear to be over: Good news for music nerds and bad news for the people we trick into spending time with us: Vinyl sales saw a 10-percent increase last year, according to data released by Billboard. That’s the 11th consecutive year of growing sales, and the figure now sits at its highest point in nearly 30 years. For those of us who prize tactile media it’s a triumph. However, not all is well in the Kingdom of Antiquated Media. There’s a deeply disconcerting trend that goes hand-in-hand with the Vinyl Revival — The Cassette Comeback. Last year, cassette sales rose by 35 percent, according to Nielsen music…Buying brand-new cassettes is a waste of precious polymers when so many good ones can still be rescued. Cassettes are also empirically worse than other options.

Aston Manor’s Friels craft cider brand partners with Record Store Day: Aston Manor has secured ‘Official Cider Partner’ status for its Friels First Press Vintage Cider brand with the UK’s next annual Record Store Day. The privately-owned group said earlier this week that Friels will sponsor this year’s event, which takes place on 21 April. The move marks the first time Record Store Day has teamed up with a cider brand. Designed to promote independent record stores across the country, Record Store Day sees many artist release limited edition vinyl versions of some of their most well-known – and sometimes obscure – tracks. Friels will run competitions on social media on the day as well as on-pack promotions in the run-up. Financial details behind the tie-up were not disclosed.

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In rotation: 1/25/18

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

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 1/24/18

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

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

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

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

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In rotation: 1/23/18

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

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

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

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

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