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In rotation: 11/27/18

San Antonio, TX | Local business owners say Small Business Saturday more important than ever before: Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday lies the sometimes forgotten Small Business Saturday. Local business owners said it’s more important then ever, as local businesses compete with big online retailers in order to remain open. Adrian Heart has worked at Hog Wild Records for eight years. The record store off North Main Street has been open since 1982. Heart said he believes customers keep coming back, even while the shop competes with the giant online world, because of the experience. “The experience of finding a record they have never heard before,” Heart said. “Looking for different music and they know they have a rapport with us.” It’s not just local brick-and-mortars that are fighting to stay open, but businesses that sell their homegrown products the old fashioned way— from stands at the Pearl Farmers Market.

Andover, UK | New vintage vinyl store The Record Box opens its doors in Andover: The Record Box, in George Yard, holds a host of vinyls [“Vinyls,” not a word. —Ed.] and collectables and opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday. Phil, who was inspired to open the store, said: “I’ve been doing it for years, about 35 years, collecting everything and anything. Captain Scarlet stuff mainly, that’s my main thing. I do collect records as well, my main genre is punk. This is my own personal collection and obviously stuff I’ve bought over the years and duplicates and stuff like that.” To start with the store will be opening on Saturdays only, from 10am to 5pm. Phil believes there is a big market for vinyl, as sales have increased in recent years. He added: “Andover needs something like this. “I think there’s a market for it, a big market for it…”

Baltimore, MD | Farewell to Record and Tape Traders, a suburban refuge for musical discovery: If nothing else, record stores are beautiful. They have a certain unplanned allure, stacks tilting under their own weight, row after row of colors and words loosely organized by genre and alphanumeric value. Recently, Record and Tape Traders in Towson, the flagship of a once-robust local chain, announced it will be gone after a 40-year run—from 1978-2018. The singularity of the Towson Record and Tape Traders was in part its location, which was kind of a weird spot–behind an up-market grocery store in a somewhat pointless strip mall off of Dulaney Valley Road. Those things—strip and mall and Dulaney Valley Road—don’t exactly scream “formative.” Compared to essential music shops like Amoeba Music in Los Angeles or even Sound Garden in Fells Point, a record store in suburban Baltimore County seems insignificant. But that seclusion and obscurity gave it a unique value: It was a refuge for the weird

Midland, MI | Radio Wasteland moves its groove: Jim Gleason has spent the last three days moving vinyl records — some 4,000 to 5,000 of them — box by box, crate by crate. Luckily for Gleason, who owns Radio Wasteland Records in Midland, he has only a few steps to go for the transfer. He’s moving his business next door to 716 George St….”We’ll be able to put more records out,” Gleason said of the larger space. “But more importantly, we’ll be able to better display some of our stock. For example, our limited space means that we’ve had to leave the country music LPs in boxes on the floor. We’re also hoping to expand our classical and jazz music selections with the added space.” Moving into 718 George St., the space where Radio Wasteland occupied for about two years, is Stolloween, owned by Scott Stoll, an award-winning papier mâché artist who specializes in Halloween-related subject matter. Gleason, who owns the business with his daughter Katie, said he has about 8,000 more records in storage that he’ll bring over to the new location, which is double the size of the old.

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In rotation: 11/26/18

Austin, TX | Hundreds skip Black Friday shopping at malls for exclusive vinyl records at stores like Waterloo. “The lines are a lot shorter here then other stores,” He said, “it’s less stressful than shopping at a franchise.” When you think about Austin, art and music likely come to mind and what better way to avoid those long lines on Black Friday than to shop at one of Austin’s oldest record stores. Waterloo Records has been open for more than 30 years. On Black Friday, 175 unreleased vinyl records were put on sale exclusively for independent stores like Waterloo. “I feel like music is one of the coolest gifts you can give to somebody,” said Sebastian Garcia. “It’s been a good part of my life.” It’s quite a different Black Friday shopping experience for Garcia, who is a frequent customer at the record store.

Murfreesboro, TN | ‘Almost magical’: Waxface Records helps music lovers rediscover sound of vinyl: Waxface Records is causing the heads of vinyl record lovers to spin in stereo. The first clue of the high-fidelity funkiness found inside the store of sound — tucked into a tiny strip mall on the north side of Murfreesboro — are the strands of lights and 33⅓ RPM records decorating the windows. Walk through the doors and you might be greeted by the wailing of rocker Janis Joplin or the smooth crooning of Frank Sinatra coming from the shop’s record player. For some, the treasure hunt of flipping through the albums displayed in colorfully labeled wooden crates evokes musical memories and for others the thrill of discovery. With an average of 4,000 ever-changing vintage and new selections in LP and EP formats regularly in stock, the store offers many discoveries for visitors during the Record Store Day Black Friday event.

Seattle, WA | West Seattle record store promotes shopping local on Black Friday. Easy Street Records in West Seattle celebrated Record Store Day on Friday, joining an international movement where stores release rare musical finds on Black Friday. While lines accumulated outside big box stores, a West Seattle purveyor of vinyl put its own twist on Black Friday. For the 10th year, Easy Street Records on California Avenue turned Black Friday into Record Store Day. “It’s really a celebration of music,” said owner Matt Vaughan. Record Store Day on Black Friday is an international movement where record stores work with record labels and managers directly to release rare LP’s, 45’s, and CD’s. Once they run out in the store, they run out.

Boise, ID | Record Exchange sees boost in Black Friday demand: It is not every day that a crowd of Idahoans line up at 7 a.m. outside a store– in nearly freezing temperatures. “We had 75 people in line outside before we opened the doors today. Uh, past couple of years, we had 50. So that’s a big jump for us,” said Chad Dryden, Marketing and Promotions Director at The Record Exchange. But today isn’t like most days– it’s Black Friday. So for vinyl enthusiasts, that meant setting their alarms, because the record exchange offered about 150 Black Friday exclusives– released only to independent record shops like theirs. “Grateful Dead, Taylor Swift, U2, Hozier, Weezer– they put, uh, the Rosanna and Africa Toto covers that they did– they put those on a special vinyl release.” More big-name contemporary artists like these are pressing vinyls [“Vinyls,” not a word. —Ed.] recently, said Dryden. This is one reason for the boost in demand, he said.

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In rotation: 11/20/18

Vancouver, CA | Another Vancouver record store closes its doors after 40 years: Despite a resurgence in the popularity of records in recent years, technology and the internet have killed yet another brick and mortar store: this time a Vancouver record shop. After 40 years in business, Sikora’s Classical Records on Hastings Street is closing it’s doors for good. The original owners Dick and Dorothy Sikora had a vision in mind when they opened their doors, says now co-owner Edward Savenye. “They wanted this city to have something like that, where people who love classical music could come here and enjoy… yes consume, but at the same time, it was kind of like a gathering place,” he says. But now the owners have decided to close their doors because of what he calls the “five dirty Ds:” distribution, downsizing, demise, digitization, and desertion.

Vancouver, CA | Vancouver’s only classical record store calls it quits after 40 years. In a business dominated by Spotify and Amazon, Sikora’s Classical Records just can’t compete anymore. This is the story of a love affair that ends in heartbreak. Only for Ed Savenye, the sorrow comes from the decision to close Sikora’s Classical Records, the business he poured his heart and soul into for over 20 years. “As you can imagine, it’s pretty much the range of human emotions. There’s obviously sadness … and I’ll be honest, anger in that a lot of people, for the sake of a couple of bucks, they just deserted us.” Record and books stores are the serial victims of new technology and online commerce. Sikora’s managed to keep going beyond what seems reasonable in a Spotify and Amazon world by offering human service in a niche market. But reality finally caught up with the store at 432 West Hastings, and on Feb 28, 2019, exactly 40 years after Sikora’s first opened, it will shut its doors for good.

London, UK | Take a look around London’s three new record shops. More new record shops than Cabinet resignations. London has welcomed three new record shops since the start of November: the Arthur Russell-inspired World Of Echo on Columbia Road, a second outlet for Notting Hill institution Honest Jon’s in Kings Cross, and an (albeit semi-permanent) brick & mortar spot for online retailer in Dalston. To give you a sense of what to expect, VF took a camera to all three, which you can explore in the galleries below…Notting Hill record shop and label Honest Jon’s has opened a new venue in King’s Cross. Housed within new development Coal Drops Yard, the shop will operate as a sister location to its current Portobello Road spot. Co-founder Alan Scholefield explains: “we’ve been in that (Portobello) shop since ’79 — 40 years there and several years around the corner — so one thing you do accumulate is a lot of stuff. We’ve got a lot of records.”

Rochester, IN | BIZ BUZZ: Record Farm opens new location in Rochester: The Record Farm, located inside the State Theatre building on the 300 block of Market Street, is expanding to a second location in Rochester. Similar to its pairing with the State Theatre, the new store will be located inside the Times Theater at 616 Main St. in downtown Rochester. The Times is currently closed while raising funds for a restoration project. Like in its Logansport location, the Record Farm’s new store will sell new and used vinyl records, tapes, CDs, turntables and musical accessories like guitar picks, strings and straps. The Rochester store will also sell Fender guitars, basses and ukuleles and offer consignment on used musical instruments. Matt Swisher, who is co-owner of the Record Farm along with Adam Wilson, says the Rochester location is slightly larger than the Logansport location, allowing it to stock a little more inventory and musical instruments.

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In rotation: 11/19/18

Omaha, NE | One of Omaha’s few remaining record shops is closing: Almost Music will close in January. The independent record store in the Blackstone District announced the news in a Facebook post. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the January closure of our beloved little store. That’s right, folks, we’re calling it quits,” the post said. “We gave it hell and had some kicks.” Coupled with used bookstore Solid Jackson Books, Almost Music opened in Benson in 2013. It moved to Blackstone in 2016. When it opened, Brad Smith acknowledged to The World-Herald that opening a new record store would be tough, but he wanted to provide a good experience for customers. The store mostly focused on high-quality used vinyl. The shop will remain open until January, and it will continue to buy and sell records.

Shanghai, CN | The last of the musical dinosaurs shuffles toward extinction: It’s been quite the hustle in the narrow dead-end at 64 Fenyang Road over the past few days. People, young and old, have come to bid farewell to an old friend. “Classic Music Store,” a record shop that has been there for 14 years, closes for good on Sunday. Fenyang Road, a tranquil street in Xuhui District, is sometimes called “the street of music,” for this is where Shanghai Conservatory of Music is to be found and was once home to many music shops. But Classic is the last record shop standing in the street, perhaps one of the last of privately owned record stores in the whole country, a dinosaur, struggling to survive with an out-of-date shopping style in the face of the rise of the smart little mammals of e-commerce. First DZMZ (Dazimingzhong) market, a sacred place for album lovers, was demolished in 2008. Then, more and more record stores hidden in backstreets and lanes disappeared. Copyright regulations tightened, digital music rose and the tiny bright lights of “real” music, were slowly snuffed out, one by one

Chicago, IL | Records are being pressed in Chicago for the first time in over 20 years: A long overdue vinyl manufacturing hub in the Windy City. A new record pressing plant called Smashed Plastic has opened in Chicago, reports the Chicago Reader. Housed in Workshop 4200 (fka the Hammond Factory), Smashed Plastic currently operates one Viryl Technologies’ WarmTone press, with the scope to add two more should the plant expand. Smashed Plastic began its soft launch in October, with an official opening scheduled for January. The company plans to focus on shortening wait times for independent labels and bands.

Dun Laoghaire, IE | ‘We don’t listen to albums the way we used to’ – The Vinyl Festival celebrates record revival: Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson and actor Adrian Dunbar are among the high-profile guests sharing their love of vinyl at The Vinyl Festival this weekend…Born out of a conversation between local record shop owner Brian O’Flaherty and graphic designer and fellow vinyl enthusiast Neil Goodman last year the three-day event also boasts guests including Bronagh Gallagher, Don Letts, Joe Jackson, Gavin Friday, Julie Feeney, Steve Averill and more, with 2FM’s Dave Fanning and Today FM’s Tom Dunne moderating. It’s clear the vinyl revival is thriving in Ireland. For co-founder Neil, the festival is about remembering a time when albums were tangible entities, savoured over and played as they were intended, and the artwork was as much a part of the ritual as the music.

Vinyl took off now cassette players are making a return: First it was vinyl sales that took off now there is a move to bring back the cassette player with Crosley set to release two brand new cassette playing devices that also have a radio built in. This week the Company announced that they’ve launched two new cassette players—the CT100 and CT200—the first-ever cassette players that the company has ever manufactured. “Just as our portable record players helped bring vinyl mainstream years ago, we know our new cassette players will lead the charge on the revival of the cassette tape,” Director of Marketing Jason Menard said in a statement. “These new cassette players bring together the retro design and nostalgia of the 80s with modern technology, making them a must-have for all generations of music lovers.” Both the CT100 and CT200 feature a tape deck with cassette auto stop, AM/FM radio, and a headphone jack.

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In rotation: 11/16/18

Manchester, UK | International DJ sets up vinyl shop in Stockport. SK1 Records will specialise in new and second hand vinyl records along with CDs, cassettes and accessories: An international DJ and music producer is launching a new record store and cafe in Stockport. Joe McBride has started up SK1 Records with an £8,000 loan from Stockport Business Finance Scheme through funding partner GC Business Finance. Based on Little Underbank in Stockport SK1 Records will specialise in new and second hand vinyl records along with CDs, cassettes and accessories such as art prints and label merchandise. The business already trades successfully online, and the new premises will include a café selling locally sourced coffee, soft drinks and cakes. Performing as Synkro, Joe has been making music and DJing at festivals and clubs across the world for the past ten years, amassing a collection of more than 7,000 records which will form the initial stock for the shop.

Starkville, MS | Scooter’s Records celebrates one-year anniversary: Scott Thomas, owner of Scooter’s Records in Starkville, will celebrate his one-year anniversary of the “old-school” record store Thursday, Nov. 15. “I always wanted to open up a record store, ever since I was a kid and whenever I got done with school out here in like ‘90, that’s what I was wanting to do but that’s when records had kind of gone away,” Thomas said. About three years ago he saw that he was reaching his 28th year working for the city of Starkville and decided to make a move toward opening his own record store. He felt this was a niche that the city was missing. “I always had the record store thing in the back of my mind,” he said. He questioned whether or not his record store would thrive in Starkville, but his involvement with the Greater Good Collective and Sunday Funday gave him the boost of confidence that he needed when selling records at the event became a big success. He rolled the dice and hasn’t regret it.

London, UK | Vinyl Sales Are Breaking Records This Year. And new shops are popping up in London. Vinyl has been doing well in 2018. Very well. This year, Record Store Day had its best year ever, with retailers selling 733,000 LPs during the week (April 20-26), an all-time high for Record Store Day week, according to Nielsen Music sales data. In total, 799,000 albums in all formats sold at independent record stores, the highest non-holiday week sales total in the U.S. since July 2005. Vinyl sales increased by 19.2% by July of 2018 alone, according to a mid-year report released by Nielsen Music, and it’s anticipated that over 10 million vinyl albums will be sold by the end of 2018 according to a Digital Music News report. And it doesn’t seem like the trend is a fluke, as two new record stores opened up in London last weekend. Online independent music store Bleep, operating since 2004, opened a pop-up store that is the physical embodiment of what they have been creating online for the last 14 years.

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands | The world’s best record shops #131: TUTL Plátufelagið, Faroe Islands: Based in the harsh northern climate of the Faroe Islands, TUTL Plátufelagið has long been a source of local musical pride. Founded in 1977 by composer Kristian Blak, TUTL – which translates as ‘whisper’ in Faroese – is a label and record shop that places the sound of Faroese pop on a pedestal. Neo-Pagan, Faroese folk, gospel and the uniquely Scandinavian sound of heavy metal all take pride of place on TUTL’s racks, which push a range of sometimes overlooked local music. Throughout the summer months, TUTL hosts gigs almost daily across the island in some of the most unique locations you’re likely to find: caves accessible only by boat, Nordic houses in the Faroese capital Tórshavn, or traditional churches on distant islands.

Hollywood, CA | Capitol Music Group to host creativity and innovation marathon “Capitol Royale,” December 1-2. Event At Legendary Capitol Studios Brings Together Creators, Coders, Designers, And Startups To Re-Imagine The Future State Of Music Consumption, Including A Hackathon Live Streamed On Twitch. Signaling its commitment to being a pioneer in the music and tech crossover space, Capitol Music Group is hosting Capitol Royale — a creativity and innovation marathon that will take place at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood on December 1st and 2nd. The two-day conference will bring together the music and tech industries’ leading creatives, coders, designers, and startups to highlight innovations that disrupt the music industry, including a hackathon that will challenge software developers to create products and services that reimagine music consumption and discovery.

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In rotation: 11/15/18

Lombard, IL | New vinyl record store opens in Edwardsville: When it comes to figuring out the process and perfect location to open the first record store in Edwardsville in decades, look no further than Trusty Chords Record Shop, at 1514 Troy Road. Behind this musical venture are owners Colin Anderson and Scott Brunkhorst, who share common interests in music and entrepreneurship, along with the help from Greg Wilhelm. Anderson is a 2003 SIUE alumnus who earned a bachelor’s in business administration with a minor in music. He is ecstatic to be able to utilize his degree and share his love for music with the community. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, provided Anderson and Brunkhorst with the support and information needed to smoothly start their new venture.

Beijing, CN | Fruityshop’s New Venue is the Wax Mecca for Beijing’s Vinyl Devotees: Vinyl diggers are an obsessive bunch. Like archaeologists sifting through the rubble of a forgotten civilization, we gladly spend unhealthy chunks of time digging the cultural detritus of bygone decades (Culture Club, anyone?) in search of that impossible-to-find first pressing or that rare Italo disco 12-inch none of our normal friends has ever heard of. When somebody learns that I’m part of this afflicted set, the question invariably arises: “But is there even anywhere buy records in Beijing?” To which I reply: “Well, actually…” Seven years old and now in its third location, Fruityshop is Beijing’s gold standard for eclectic vinyl rarities. You won’t find the latest Coldplay record here (try Li-Pi in 798, if that’s your thing) or that bad-ass minimal techno track you heard at Dada (Floso’s got you covered there). What makes Fruity special is its impressive collection of classics and reissues from a range of off-beat genres – jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, funk/soul, experimental, post-rock, garage rock, punk, post-punk, krautrock, psychedelic, and more. In short, it’s a sample hound’s paradise.

Mandan, ND | Mandan music man makes vinyl vogue again: America is experiencing a vinyl revival. All those records and albums that became obsolete in the 1990s, when digital media and compact discs replaced LPs, are in vogue again. A Mandan man has made it his mission to restore the discarded music mode. This is an ebay anchor store. Thousands of customers visit it every day. Mike Lucareli uses his home to store and sell music to the masses. “I have access to over a million records,” said Lucareli. He is one of the largest record sellers on ebay, but he’s not getting rich. “You don’t make a lot of money because most of them sell for a few dollars,” said Lucareli. Vintage Records is more like a hobby than a business. Mike’s massive inventory is stored in file cabinets and 40 gallon plastic tubs. “These are about 40 different Johnny Cash 45s,” said Lucareli. His whole collection isn’t close to being up on the web, yet. I can only list so many a day, so it’s a job for life…”

Marquette, MI | Blast from the past: Vinyl record show to be held this week. From ABBA to Zappa and everything in-between, the favored vinyl record show at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. is back with something for everybody.Whether you have an ear for jazz or classical music — or rock or funk — thousands of records from various genres will be available Wednesday through Saturday at the brewery’s community space. An eclectic mix of popular culture artifacts, including T-shirts, CDs, cassette tapes, 45s, comic books, art books, posters, stereo equipment and the more will also be available. Vinyl shows at the Ore Dock are held about four to five times per year, with this particular event being the 19th multi-day show. The events are co-hosted by lifelong friends, Geoff Walker and Jon Teichman — both of whom have shared a passion for music

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In rotation: 11/14/18

Edwardsville, IL | Trusty Chords Record Shop brings vinyl back with Edwardsville grand opening: Once again, after several years, vinyl is back in Edwardsville following the grand opening of Trusty Chords Record Shop this past weekend. Colin Anderson and Scott Brunkhorst are the owners of the shop, located in the Montclaire Shopping Center, at 1514 Troy Road, Suite C, in the breezeway of the center. Trusty Chords is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The store primarily offers vinyl records, as well as CDs, T-shirts, posters, toys, books, and turntables. The store will also buy, sell and trade goods now that they are open. “I think the store fits in with the culture of Edwardsville,” Anderson said. “Edwardsville is just growing so much…It’s going to need a record store.”

Clarksville, TN | Record shop ‘AndVinyl’ brings music back to downtown Clarksville: …Tony Shrum and his younger brother, Matt, moved back to Clarksville from California in January 2017. They had lived here for two years and attended Kenwood schools while their mother was stationed at Fort Campbell. It would be a huge understatement to say these two guys love music. But they especially enjoy vinyl played on a turntable via a diamond-tipped needle. After moving back to Clarksville, Tony Shrum noticed an absence of music shops, including those that carried vinyl. Music shops are everywhere in California. He searched all over town for a record store — not a CD store, mind you, but a vinyl record store. All he found were records at various flea markets…The shop is open for business, but they’re still a few weeks from the official grand opening planned for Nov. 24, which is also Small Business Saturday.

London, ENG | Three new record shops opened in London last week: Three new record shops have opened in London in the past week. Following the launch of a new Honest Jon spot in King’s Cross and World of Echo on Columbia Road, online independent record shop Bleep opened its first physical pop-up store, Bleep x, in Dalston on Saturday (10th November). Operating from now until February in its new east London HQ, Bleep x is open 10am-7pm, Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm Friday-Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sundays. Last December, online magazine nd label The Ransom Note opened a record shop in East London. Back in June, Moby sold his entire record collection for a charitable cause. Last year, VinylHub created a crowd-souced map that pinpoints all the best record stores in the world.

Reykjavík, IS | What Have We Won?: World’s Greatest Record Store: If you trust viral listicles and industry insider books—and who wouldn’t—then trust and believe local record shop 12 Tónar is the world’s greatest record store. Sit down Amoeba Records! The accolade was given by self-described ‘journalist and crate-digger’ Marcus Barnes, who recently compiled the 80 best record shops on the planet into one book. Marcus then published his 10 favourites online on NME, which is where we were made aware of this incredible honour. The Reykjavík institution is known for its incredible selection of local musicians and older Icelandic efforts. Not only is it run by Icelandic artists, but those working there are so knowledgeable about music, they’ll hand select records for you based on your taste. In the basement, they have couches with CD players and headphones, so it’s basically a late 90s Sam Goody, which was the place-to-be at the time. Bring your friends, it’ll be sick!

David Bowie, Kate Bush, Nick Cave, and more to re-release classic albums on blue vinyl in aid of Unicef. Ultra-limited editions are up for auction and prize draw. A host of classic albums by the likes of Kate Bush, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Coldplay and Jimi Hendrix are getting a super-limited reissue on blue vinyl in aid of Unicef. Only 50 copies of each record will be available. One of them is available to bid on in an auction, as will a huge set of every record. The remaining 48 copies will be available in a prize draw. Tickets are £5 and multiple entries can be purchased. You can find out more, and try and get your hands on copies of the record here. The full list of releases is as follows

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In rotation: 11/13/18

San Clemente, CA | Vinyl spins its way back into the heart of San Clemente, California: Meet the man behind the turntable at Moldy Toes Records. Tom Rule drills T-shirt racks into a 4-foot divider in the middle of his new shop as “Seven Year Ache” by Rosanne Cash spins in the background, blaring out the intermittent noise of the electric tool. Off of the main drag in downtown San Clemente, California, one post unsympathetically sticks out just before the row of establishments comes to an end. Moldy Toes Records displays a logo of a disheveled man with a look of anguish and an electrocuted hair-do. The figure strikingly resembles Rule, the owner of the establishment. “Black Sabbath or Tom Waits?” asks colleague Greg McCaughey. Tom Waits (of course). Changing the mood, he turns on “The Heart of Saturday Night.”

Valdosta, GA | Old-School Vibes: Young entrepreneur opens vinyl store. The sounds of jazz musician Yusef Lateef permeated the atmosphere at Vibes and Stuff Record Shop, a quaint storefront in Remerton with an appreciation for vinyl. An old-school record player sits to the left of the cash register, just off the entrance, while the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Black Sabbath and Nirvana in rare form grace the walls to the right of the front door. Le’Shawn Taylor, who has always had a fondness for hip-hop, opened his store Sept. 1. A Tribe Called Quest song, “Vibes and Stuff,” inspired the name. A 2017 Valdosta State University graduate, the store opening comes one year post-college for Taylor. Examining the roots of hip-hop was intriguing to a young Taylor, who absorbed the genre’s history and its originality. “Once I get caught on to something, I obsess over it, and I have to learn everything about it like what are the roots of it,” he said.

London, UK | Bleep to open brick-and-mortar record shop in East London. The Dalston pop-up, which opens today, is scheduled to run until February. will open a pop-up record shop called Bleep × today on Kingsland Road. The online record retailer’s physical pop-up will open at 10 AM on November 10th and is scheduled to stay open until February of next year. They’ve got three or four in-store DJ events scheduled per month so far, including one this Sunday with Floating Points’ label, Melodies International. To celebrate they’ve also got an upfront exclusive 12-inch available at the shop: Le Stim’s A Tribute To Muhammad Ali, a 1980 disco gem that Melodies International has remastered and reissued. They will be holding regular in-store events, album launches, DJ sets, talks and demonstrations, plus partnerships with prominent labels and brands in the electronic music world.

Eagles of Death Metal have a vinyl only covers album coming out: Bug-eyed desert speed freaks Eagles Of Death Metal have a new record coming out – a mad vinyl-only release that’s all cover versions. And it’s called – get this – Pigeons of Shit Metal. That’s because once, back in the day, the mad rock vehicle of Josh Homme and frontman Jesse Hughes were supporting Guns ’n Roses at a gig, and Axl Rose was mean to them. Word is, they were upsetting his crowd. Not to get into who is or isn’t at fault, when Axl took the stage following his public’s lukewarm reception to Eagles of Death Metal, he screamed out “HOW DID YOU LIKE THE PIGEONS OF SHIT METAL”. Which has to sting. Like, you’re a hairy guitar band that’s been invited to open for the Sweet Child ‘O Mine Guys, this is your big chance, your big moment to shine. Wanna cringe hard? Here’s the Eagles official response to that

Reverb Launches a New App to Help you Buy and Sell Records: If you think the current vinyl record comeback is just a temporary fad, think again. With vinyl sales on the rise, Chicago startup Reverb is doubling down on its effort to make buying and selling records even easier. Reverb announced Friday that it has launched a new mobile app for vinyl owners. The new iOS and Android app lets you browse from Reverb’s collection of new, used and rare records, and sell items from your collection right from your phone. Reverb launched its record marketplace, Reverb LP, back in December. Since then, the startup says it has surpassed $1 million in total record sales on the platform. “More than just a website, we’re creating an online community where buyers and sellers from all over are connecting over records, CDs, and other pieces of physical music that were previously out of their reach,” Reverb LP President Dan Melnick said in a statement.

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In rotation: 11/12/18

London, ENG | New record shop World of Echo is opens in east London: London denizens are getting a new record shop called World of Echo this weekend, reports RA. Named after Arthur Russell’s LP World of Echo, the shop will buy and sell new, used and rare vinyl – “including early electronic music, krautrock, noise, EBM, punk, post-punk, industrial, jazz, art rock and DIY” as well as London imprints. Stephen Pietrzykowski, who co-owns the store alongside Natalie Judge, shares: “”It’s vital to us that local labels and artists are supported within the shop, and we’ll be trying our best to make sure we fit within the local surroundings and that the local residents feel connected to the shop.” Located at 128 Columbia Road, in the heart of the city’s famous flower market, World of Echo will officially open for business at 12pm on Saturday 10th November. It follows a wave of openings in the capital over the past few weeks.

San Antonio, TX | Community rallying around Flip Side Record Parlor, owner to keep the San Antonio staple afloat: Along with battling declining sales in the face of streaming music, the owner of Flip Side Record Parlor is fighting cancer — again. On Saturday, a burger sale benefit will be hosted at the store to help save the nearly 50-year-old business and assist owner Clarisa Pena in her fight against stage 4 colon cancer, she told “Business has been really slow, CD sales are down and although vinyl is back, it’s not going to keep me afloat,” she said of the Military Drive store. “It’s really been a struggle.” Pena, a McCollum High School graduate, said her time at the beloved record parlor started when she was 20, when she was hired on Black Friday 1993. After the former owner Doug Leasein died, Pena took over ownership in 2011. “This is everything, this pays my bills, my home, this is my life,” Pena said, adding that she noticed a decline in sales starting in 2008. Pena was diagnosed with cancer for the first time five years after she took over the store. She went into remission but the disease returned this spring.

Austin, TX | Authentically Austin: Antone’s Record Shop: So many people and places make Austin one of the more unique cities in the U.S. One of those local spots is Antone’s Record Shop. One of the store’s current co-owners, Eve Monsees, says, “There is something about having something tangible in your hand and just – the feel of it, the smell of it. Takes you somewhere else” Antone’s Record Shop opened in 1987 which makes it one of the oldest record shops in Austin. The late Clifford Antone, known for Antone’s Night Club which has been a huge part of Austin as well since 1975, opened the store. Co-owner Mike Buck says, “If it weren’t for Clifford Antone there wouldn’t be the blues scene. When that music wasn’t that popular he was booking it and often paying out of his own pocket and helping some younger musicians here.” “At the time when the store opened the night club was across the street and in the back office here was the Antone’s record label – so at one point everything was within walking distance. And of course the night club relocated to a great location downtown (and the) label has moved on but we are still here in our original location,” Monsees says.

School of tubeism: the irresistible hook of vintage amp tubes: Today’s gadgets and devices are growing smaller each year thanks to the transistor, a simple device that has become the fundamental building block of modern electronic devices. Introduced in the early 1950s, the transistor revolutionized the field of electronics, allowing the development of smaller and cheaper radios, calculators, and computers. However, some argue that the transistor changed the way music sounds, possibly for the worse. Those who yearn for the purer sound of the early days have turned to the transistor’s predecessor, the vacuum tube. Used for processing or creating electrical signals, the vacuum tube was critical to the development of early electronic technology. It paved the way for the expansion and commercialization of radio communication and broadcasting, television, radar, and sound reproduction. Derived from the resisting property of incandescent light bulbs, vacuum tubes were created to regulate the flow of electricity, amplifying the frequency of an electric signal. This was necessary to amplify the minute vibrations picked up by the needle of a turntable running through the groove of a vinyl record.

The Album Is in Deep Trouble – and the Music Business Probably Can’t Save it, Sales are plummeting, and the music industry is returning to the era of track-led consumption. Is the LP doomed? Make no mistake, the album is fighting for its life. Sales of music’s most beloved format are in free fall in the United States this year. According to figures published by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), the value of total stateside album sales in the first half of 2018 (across download, CD and vinyl) plummeted by 25.8 percent when compared with the first half of 2017. If that percentage decline holds for the full year, and there’s every indication it will, annual U.S. album sales in 2018 will end up at half the size of what they were as recently as 2015. To put it more plainly, U.S. consumers will spend around half a billion dollars less on albums this year than they did in 2017.

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In rotation: 11/9/18

DEKO MUSIC launches new label with specialty vinyl releases: Alan Douches states, “Well, it’s a complicated machine this thing called the music business. I guess we’re going to try to help a few artists that we can appreciate along the way, it is about believing in the quality of the art whether it is Hard Rock, Metal or Jazz and not limiting the type of artists we will work with.” Deko Music’s inaugural releases include specialty vinyl titles from projects with Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley, and the legendary Angel with Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino (see release listings below). Charlie Calv states, “We are starting out with some veteran artists that we feel best represent their genre, and setting our sights on developing some newer acts in the very near future.”

Los Angeles, CA | Three immersive new cocktail bars you need to try: Audiophiles, this one’s for you. Highland Park’s Gold Line is what happens when a record store launches its own bar, complete with a 7,500-vinyl record playlist from the private collection of a world-famous DJ. Sitting beneath Stones Throw Records—whose artist catalogue includes the likes of J Dilla, Mayer Hawthorne and A-Trak, among others—Gold Line is low-lit and kind of a party, pushing music that primarily spans the ’60s to the ’90s through a vintage hi-fi sound system. There are thousands of records on display from DJ Peanut Butter Wolf’s own library, and you’ll find the Stones Throw founder spinning them often—and when he’s not, there’s other talent taking over DJ duties. Want to play DJ, yourself? Step up to the old-school Rock-Ola 442 jukebox, which is packed with 7″ records.

It sank a record label, destroyed the Bee Gees, RSO’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’: One would be hard pressed to find as colossal a mistake as Robert Stigwood Organization’s movie and soundtrack production of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Go ahead. I’ll wait. Robert Stigwood Organization, or RSO, caught lightning in a bottle shortly after forming in March 1973, and, just as fleeting, the record label went defunct 10 years later. Bookended in between was a timeline of unparalleled success. Consider that before the 1970s came to a close, RSO released the soundtracks for “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever.” Each sold more than 30 million copies. The latter had long topped the list of best-selling albums of all time with more than 45 million records sold worldwide. Sales of the record were powered by the disco themes from the Bee Gees. Music historians have said the movie and soundtrack breathed new life into a waning disco nightlife. After its release in November 1977, it topped Billboard’s top album charts for 24 consecutive weeks and eventually earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It remained on the charts until March 1980, 120 weeks after its debut.

Electric Blues Icon Howlin’ Wolf’s Legendary 1959 Debut LP ‘Moanin’ In The Moonlight’ Reissued On Vinyl Ahead Of 60th Anniversary: Chester Arthur Burnett, better known to blues fans as Howlin’ Wolf, remains one of the essential exponents of the electric blues. With a raw, booming voice and explosive guitar and harmonica styles to match, the Mississippi-bred Wolf made music that was unmatched in its primal ferocity. In the process, he helped to put Chess Records on the map as America’s preeminent blues label. Now, just in time for the 60th anniversary of Moanin’ In The Moonlight’s original release, Geffen/UMe has released a special vinyl edition of the original mono album. Remastered from the original flat master tape, this new edition features a high quality 150-gram black vinyl pressing housed in a printed sleeve with scans of the analog tape box and comes in a distinctive tip-on jacket reproducing the album’s distinctive original cover art. A perfect tribute to Howlin’ Wolf’s originality and influence, this anniversary edition of Moanin’ In The Moonlight is available now.

Depeche Mode announce new singles box-set, featuring some classic ’80s tracks. New vinyl box-set rounds up some 80s classics. Depeche Mode have announced the release of a new vinyl 12″ singles box-set, which compiles the singles released from two of their classic 1980s albums. ‘Construction Time Again: The 12″ Singles’ and ‘Some Great Reward: The 12″ Singles’ is based on those albums of the same name. ‘Construction Time Again’ was released in 1983, with ‘Some Great Reward’ following the year after. Each box features six 12″ singles, including bonus live tracks. Singles from the era such as ‘Everything Counts’ and ‘People Are People’ remain staples in the band’s live set. The live tracks for ‘Construction Time Again’ were recorded at Hammersmith Odeon (now the Apollo), with those on ‘Some Great Reward’ live from Liverpool Empire. The box also includes three remixes by acclaimed dub producer Adrian Sherwood. Each box features six 12″ singles, including bonus live tracks.

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In rotation: 11/8/18

Champaign, IL | ACE Business Award winner has ensured local musicians always have a stage: A dozen music acts in seven days. That’s not the lineup at a big-city venue. It’s the local record store — Exile on Main Street. The circular stage at the store — a 10-foot replica of Side One of the 1972 Rolling Stones LP “Exile on Main Street” — is busy in a seven-day stretch that began Saturday with five local performers and a touring act, Lowkeylife, a hip-hop group from Chapel Hill, N.C. It continues Wednesday, with a single release party featuring a national touring singer and two more local musicians. On Friday, four more acts, including a touring group from Detroit, will play there. Raised on the local-music scene in Champaign-Urbana, store owner Jeff Brandt said it was always part of his original business plan to have as much local music as possible — both on the store’s shelves and its stage.

Longton, UK | Let the music play! This record shop is celebrating five years in business thanks to vinyl revival. Strand Records has gone from strength to strength. A popular record shop is bucking trend after celebrating five years in business in a struggling town centre. Kendall Trigg was told he was ‘mad’ when he opened Strand Records inside Longton Market, on The Strand, in 2013. But thanks to the increasing popularity of vinyl, the business has gone on to mark its fifth birthday this month. John Whitehurst, who joined the business earlier this year, said: “When Ken started the business the industry was very different. Everything was digital and everything was driven by the second hand market, but he did it for the love of music.

Nairobi, KE | The world’s best record shops #130: Melodica Music Stores, Nairobi: What’s the story? You’ll be hard pressed to find a person as enthusiastic for what they do as Abdul Karim of Nairobi’s Melodica Record store. Inheriting the shop from his father, Daudia Pravinlal, who opened his first music shop in 1952 in what Karim calls “a small, one horse town in Kenya”, Melodica was later established in 1971. Now it’s a cornerstone for east and central African music, encompassing a publisher, a record shop and multiple record labels. “Imagine a perfect sunshine day in Nairobi,” says Karim, painting a picture of life at Melodica. “Day in and day out, it’s a beautiful day. The first customer comes early in the morning. He has a tune, a song in his memory, he’s come so far and he hums a tune and any tune from our region we find it and provide. It is always a pleasure to serve our folks.”

Huntsville, ON | Viva las Vinyl! – The Record Shoppe opens in Huntsville: There’s a very cool new store on the Main Street. The Record Shoppe has opened in the heart of Huntsville’s downtown billing themselves as vinyl specialists. Offering to buy and sell records, the business also conducts repairs on equipment and sells record players. Cara Henry, the co-owner operator, said they aim to be a part of the local music scene and have ambitious plans to support artists. “We’ve done a massive life change, and we want to be part of the community. It’s part of why we want to be here,” said Henry. Moving to town from the city, Henry and her life partner Trevor Marshall have a variety of experiences with the music industry. The store provides a curated musical experience with a collection that mostly fits between the 1960s and 1990s. That doesn’t mean they won’t have new music available or that they can’t get you that new Taylor Swift record.

Madison, WI | Ear Wax Records, a longtime punk and metal haven, has closed: Ear Wax Records, at 254 W. Gilman St., has decided to call it quits after 23 years of serving metalheads, punks, and lovers of local record shops alike. “The landlord has other plans for the space,” owner Rob Cleveland said in October, while weighing the future of the store. Ear Wax has been upstairs at its Gilman Street building, just off of State Street, for almost 20 years, and has occupied its current space for almost 10. In the last year, the building has come under new management and as of August 31, 2018, Ear Wax’s lease expired and was not renewed. Another shop in the building, A New Hope Comics, has already relocated to 444 State Street, while another tenant, Koi Sushi, has been struggling to hold onto its liquor license. The building’s property management company, NAI MLG Commercial, declined to comment on the future of the space or why Ear Wax’s lease was not renewed.

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In rotation: 11/7/18

Utrecht, NL | 50th Edition Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair Utrecht: In the weekend of 17 and 18 November, the biggest record fair in the world will be celebrating its 50th edition! Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair takes place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. And if you have time to spare with 500 stalls to dig through, please drop by our booth, because we’d love to meet you in person, hear your feedback, and answer any questions about Discogs you might have! … The entrance ticket also provides access to the International Collectors Fair with 2,000 dealers of vintage, retro and antique collectibles and memorabilia. So if you bring along people who are not into record collecting, they’ll be able to entertain themselves while you go crate digging. Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair Saturday, November 17 from 9AM to 5PM, Sunday, November 18 from 10AM to 5PM Find your tickets for the fair and more information on

Channel-Port aux Basques, NL | Viva la vinyl in St. John’s: Record enthusiasts lined up outside the Record Fair NL fall fair before the doors opened Saturday morning – all in search of new albums to add to their collections. An event room at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s was crowded. Within 30 minutes of opening, 200 people walked through the doors. “It’s a huge community, as you can see – and it’s growing,” said co-organizer Melissa Jones. Twenty-seven vendors – ranging from serious collectors looking to offload their duplicate records, to brick-and-mortar stores like Sunrise Records – displayed their wares in milk crates for the more than 750 shoppers who attended between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. People flipped through the albums in earnest. “I found some Jethro Tull that I was looking for,” said Jessica McLachlan, who attended the fair with her father. “He’s had me into vinyl since I was a baby,” she said.

Tokyo, JP | Haruki Murakami to donate vinyl collection and manuscripts to Tokyo’s Waseda University: Acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami will donate his record collection, original manuscripts and personal letters to his alma mater, Waseda University in Tokyo. According to The Japan Times, the 69-year-old writer said in a press conference—his first in 37 years—that this donation “is a very important thing for me, so I thought I should explain clearly… I don’t have any children, and it would cause trouble for me if those materials became scattered or lost.” Among other things, the university hopes to recreate Murakami’s home study on campus, complete with records and bookshelves. “I couldn’t be happier if (the center) will help those who want to study my works,” added Murakami. “I hope it will be something that promotes cultural exchange.”

Slick Rick Rereleasing ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’ For the Album’s 30th Anniversary: Slick Rick carved his name into the hip-hop history books with his 1988 classic The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. 30 years later, the Bronx transplant is celebrating the project by re-releasing the newly remastered album featuring some content that’s never been heard before in the deluxe package on his official website. The fashion icon originally released the standout effort on Nov. 1, 1988 via Def Jam Recordings, where he signed as only their third artist. Different combinations of the repackaged album featuring a vinyl record and merchandise are available for pre-order through Slick Rick’s online store. Physical copies of the CD will be shipped Feb. 22, 2019, while vinyl records are slated to go out March 15, 2019.

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In rotation: 11/6/18

Los Angeles, CA | Fat Beats Is Back In Business. The Record Store Re-Opens In Los Angeles: In the midst of 2010, famed record store Fat Beats closed its New York City and Los Angeles, California locations. The vinyl, CD, tape, and Hip-Hop merchandise destination had become an international mainstay in the cultural landscape. Eminem, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Common, and countless others performed there. Members of Non-Phixion, The Juggaknots, The Arsonists, La Coka Nostra, and Brown Bag AllStars worked there. However, like many brick-and-mortar record stores catering to Hip-Hop, technology trends ultimately took their toll on the retailer started by Joe Abajian. In a breath of good news, Fat Beats has made its return in a new L.A. location in the heart of City Of Angels’ Downtown section. On September 22, a store at 916 San Pedro Street re-opened.

Lincoln, NE | Lefty’s Records brings coziness, quality back to vinyl for music lovers of all ages: In today’s age, music often exists as a compressed file on a computer to be sent around the ether as a novelty. The value of holding a physical copy of music has been replaced with the convenience of streaming channels. However, a growing minority of music listeners has congregated around vinyl records and the tender vision of the past that come with them. Lefty’s Records, a cozy shop nestled in between other small businesses on Lincoln’s South Street, specializes in selling used vinyl records. The store opened in the fall of 2011, and sells nearly any physical medium of music imaginable. Lefty’s owner and founder, Les “Lefty” Greer, leads the pack of vinyl-hungry music lovers that wander through his doors looking for the newest in old.

Santa Clarita, CA | Voodoo Vinyl Brings Hi-Fi Sounds To Old Town Newhall: Voodoo Vinyl has been spinning records for music aficionados out in Antelope Valley for decades, but now the family-owned business has officially opened a second location in Old Town Newhall. Santa Clarita disk jockeys can now peruse an eclectic library of sound at Voodoo Vinyl’s new store located at 24269 Main Street. Owned and operated by the last three generations of the Pinker family, Voodoo Vinyl has evolved into not only an expanding business, but a shop that preserves the experience of listening to an analog album in a digital age. “I personally wanted to move down to Santa Clarita because I’ve went to school here,” said Pinker. “Also, Santa Clarita doesn’t have a lot of counterculture, so it’s kind of cool to be one of the few sources here.”

Bloomington, IN | Landlocked Music Moving To New Location In 2019: …Co-owner Jason Nickey says their current building recently came under new ownership. Planned structural renovations would require businesses to temporarily vacate the building sometime next year. “Yeah, we were looking at probably moving next year anyway and the space seemed right. It’s next door to friends and neighbors, good partners of ours, and it seemed like it was the best option available,” Nickey says. Nickey says the move isn’t going to be a huge change. The store will still be located on South Walnut, but in the 100 block near The Bishop and The Comedy Attic. Nickey says, after renovations, the new location will be roughly twice the size of the current store. He says they have more inventory than there is room to display, so the new space allows for growth.

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In rotation: 11/5/18

Seattle, WA | Lynnwood man runs major record store out of his garage: Kevin Grigsby runs an impressive record store out of his home, aptly named the “Vinyl Garage.” His collection has grown to more than 100,000 over four decades. A Lynnwood man is gaining attention for a unique collection that has now been growing for more than four decades. Kevin Grigsby owns the “Vinyl Garage,” a record store out of the garage in his Lynnwood home. Grigsby bought his first record in 1964. Since then his collection has grown to more than 100,000. “It’s the best record store in the freaking state. I can tell you that and everyone will tell you that,” Grigsby said. Because his collection has become so big he hasn’t parked a vehicle in his garage in years. “I haven’t parked in here since I told my wife that these boxes weigh 75 pounds each,” Grigsby said while looking at dozens of boxes. So what is it about vinyl that he loves so much?

Sheffield, UK | How Sheffield musical archivist’s label is cutting it with handmade vinyl records. As the saying goes, if you want something doing, do it yourself – or, as the name of Jon Downing’s cottage-industry record company puts it in classic Yorkshire dialect, Do It Thissen. Jon, an enthusiast of Sheffield’s music scene for decades, keeps a studio in the middle of the city where he puts out releases by local bands. But Jon, who took early retirement from his job in IT, has gone further than most by taking delivery of a specially-made lathe cutting machine, allowing him to create small quantities of vinyl records for South Yorkshire acts. While there are others offering such a service nationally, he believes he is the only person in Yorkshire able to produce discs in such a way. “I think the nearest is a guy in Manchester,” he says. “They’re definitely all over the place, but I don’t think there’s anyone else in the vicinity. Not that I know of anyway. There could be but I’ve not found them.”

Hamilton, OH | Hamilton record store has a new location: Main Street Vinyl has moved to a new location not far from where it got its start last year. The business, which opened at 227 Main Street in April 2017, moved last month to 222 Main Street just across the street and a little closer to the High Main Street Bridge, signing a 3-year lease, according to co-owner Bill Herren, who operates the business with his sons. The new location is a better option for the business because it offers a better layout and lighting, Herren said. Main Street Vinyl offers “a little bit of everything,” including albums from rock, soul, blues, country, jazz and reggae artists and groups. Each album generally sells for $5, $10, $15 or $20. Newly pressed vinyl arrives at the store three or four days a week and consists of actual new albums and reissues of classic albums in an artist’s catalog. New arrivals are highlighted via a Facebook post flipping through a bin holding each album.

Wired: The best record players for any budget in 2018. We may be in the streaming age, but this hasn’t stopped vinyl sales booming. Audiophiles and analogue devotees, as well as digital converts, are rediscovering the joys of records. Here we pick our top record players for any budget. Some revivals are a triumph of hype over reality – the current Suede comeback, for starters. But the 21st century’s enduring passion for vinyl records has a little more substance beyond fetishising an ancient technology. Vinyl satisfies on a number of fundamental levels – tactility, for instance, and (most fundamental of all) quality of sound. Here are the best turntables 2018’s money can buy, no matter if that money is less than £150 or more than £8k.

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In rotation: 11/2/18

Buffalo, NY | Revolver Records opens second location in Elmwood Village: Some may think it’s a dying industry, but the record business in Buffalo is booming enough for a local store to open a second location on a busy retail strip. Revolver Records is opening on Elmwood Avenue, in the old Spoiled Rotten boutique location. The Hertel location will remain open. Owner Phil Machemer says opening a second shop on Elmwood is a good fit, “This is a neighborhood where people really support local business and the arts.” It also fills a need, as the last record shop in the Elmwood Village closed about three years ago. While some may think of records as a thing of the past, they’re really not. Many new records, from Drake to Taylor Swift, are pressed on vinyl. This means it’s not unusual to have a long time record collector and a 14 year old in the same store to purchase vinyl.

King’s Cross, UK | New Honest Jon’s Store Opens In King’s Cross: The team behind Portobello Road’s Honest Jon’s have opened a new record shop in King’s Cross. Opening in the Granary Square area of King’s Cross, which has recently undergone renovation, the new second location will offer a “smaller microcosmic reflection” of the shop’s main base, co-founder Alan Scholefield has told Resident Advisor. A friend who had been given the job of inviting independent shops to the area presented the idea of opening the new store to Honest Jon’s. Scholefield says that the new location will offer them a chance to present more of the large amount of stock that they’ve built up since opening a number of decades ago. “We’ve got a lot of records,” he told Resident Advisor, adding that “having stock was not a problem.”

“12on12” Music Series Lines Up YG, Steve Aoki, Vince Staples for Interviews at ComplexCon. The Elvis Duran-hosted interview format explores the musical DNA of an artist. …The concept of the Cutting Edge Group’s “12on 12” centers around the musical DNA of an act, with Duran exploring the genesis of a musician’s evolution through the examination of twelve songs that mean the most to them. The show will create a musical road map with each song — from the first time an artist heard a song, their first concert, a song that inspired them or something that they sang with their parents — as Duran weaves a tale throughout the interview. Each show will also feature surprise guests, performances and interactions with each act – Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, Logic, Niall Horan and Fallout Boy are already in the mix — presented with a customized vinyl record of “twelve seminal songs,” complete with customized artwork.

10 thoughts record store shoppers all have while browsing: We have these thoughts at least once a week. Let’s be honest. Record shops have always been cool. It just took time for us all to realize that the ‘60s and ‘70s had it right. Vinyl is the best way to listen, and our favorite modern artists and comedians are releasing their work in this awesome and retro way. Everyone feels like a kid in a candy store when visiting a good record store full of color, decades’ worth of music and maybe even a coffee shop, too. Here are 10 thoughts that cross our mind when we’re browsing through a record shop.

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