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In rotation: 4/17/19

Northampton, UK | Queues stretch along Gold Street as Northampton shops join annual Record Store Day: Vinyl enthusiasts queued overnight outside Northampton record shops at the weekend to be among the first to buy some of the limited releases which were part of this year’s Record Store Day. By the time Spun Out in Gold Street opened its doors at 8am on Saturday morning, more than 100 collectors were queuing outside – with the first having arrived at 8.30pm the day before. Among those in the queue were Record Store Day regulars Mark Sarll and Chris Gedge who had both spent all night outside of the shop. Mr Gedge, was queueing outside Spun Out from 11.30pm on the Friday night. He said: “I was third in the queue. I dropped my dog off at friends in Northampton for the weekend and went direct to Spun Out.”

Dublin, IE | Bob Dylan surprises staff at Dublin record shop: Bob Dylan has sent the signed copy of his 1997 album Time Out Of Mind to a Dublin branch of Tower Records. The store, based on Dawson St in the city, received the unexpected gift just ahead of Record Store Day, reports RTE, the Irish broadcaster. The album arrived on Friday, April 12 and was signed, “To Tower Records Dublin, thanks for still selling records! – Bob Dylan.” Dylan is currently on tour in Europe. He is scheduled to play two shows at Vienna‘s Konzerthaus on April 16 and 17, then on through Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark before he co-headlines with Neil Young at London’s Hyde Park on July 12 and Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park on July 14.

Belfast, IE | Rebirth of vinyl sees new record store give it a spin in heart of Belfast: A new independent record shop has opened close to the Primark site in Belfast, offering a boost to city centre retail. Experienced music promoter Darren Smyth is one of the figures behind Strange Victory Records, with Jeff Doherty, owner of used vinyl speciality store Dragon Records on Wellington Place, also involved. Today’s official opening of the 22 Berry Street store coincides with Record Store Day, the now annual celebration of independent record shop culture. The new store is the latest boost for retail trade around the Primark cordon following the reopening of Zara’s only local outlet last week. Darren, who has helped bring over 400 bands and musicians to Belfast over the last 18 years, said he felt there was a gaping hole in the market for an independently owned outlet to buy new vinyl. “Outside of HMV there is nowhere to buy new vinyl in what is supposedly a capital city. We’re the only city I can think of in Europe I think that doesn’t have at least one,” he said.

New York, NY | Roy Ayers, Method Man & Redman & More To Play Crate Diggers NYC Music and Record Festival: Presented by Discogs, the “largest vinyl collector’s festival series on earth” is coming to the Bronx on July 27. Crate Diggers NYC, presented by renowned music database Discogs, and in association with Japanese audio company Audio-Technica, has announced the official music lineup for its New York City festival on July 27 at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. Funk icon Roy Ayers will headline the fest, with support from by Method Man & Redman, Rudimental, Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon, Mad Skillz, Jurrasic 5’s Soup Presents: The Fullee Love Collective, and more. Entrance to the record fair is free to attend all day, and tickets for the fest cost $30 and go on sale Friday, April 12 at 10:00 am EST. Crate Diggers NYC welcomes record sellers from around the region, as well as rare-finds and freshly pressed vinyl collectors looking to add to their stock.

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In rotation: 4/16/19

Newnan, GA | Vinylyte participates in Record Store Day: If the Mastodon doesn’t get you, the Gorillaz might. Saturday is Record Store Day, and Vinylyte Records will join thousands of other independent, brick-and-mortar stores around the world to celebrate. Vinylyte is opening its doors at 8 a.m. to give music lovers a chance to grab exclusive releases specifically designed to commemorate the event. Created in 2008 to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store, Record Store Day is supported by a wide range of artists who contribute unique recordings each year. Those pressings are only distributed to shops participating in the event. It’s a day that brings together fans of all genres, because it’s all about the music. Places like Vinylyte are “a musical Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” says store owner Jesse Yates. “Record Store Day celebrates the relationship between people, their community record store and music,” he said.

Niagara, ON | Record Store Day draws customers looking for special releases and rare gems: A day that rocks for vinyl lovers. Music lovers and vinyl fans had their day on Saturday. Record Store Day, created to help local independent record stores, was first held on April 19, 2008. The day is now celebrated on every continent except Antarctica. “Busiest day of the year for sure,” said Chris Charowy, owner of Mind Bomb Records on James Street in St. Catharines. For the occasion, many artists unveil previously unreleased material, new remixes and box sets to entice people into their local record store. This year the big sellers included soundtracks for “The Crow” and “Lost In Translation,” Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Highway” and select Woodstock performances, which were released in honour of the festival’s 50th anniversary. “There’s literally hundreds of releases that come out for record store day, so it’s on the owner of the shop to bring in what they think is going to sell. Everything is in limited quantities so I can order 10 copies of something and get one…”

Ithaca, NY | Ithaca’s Angry Mom Records Celebrates Record Store Day: Conceived in 2007 at a gathering of more than a thousand independent record store owners across the globe, Record Store Day is held on one Saturday every April and every Black Friday in November to commemorate the unique culture of independently owned record stores and their importance within a community. Record Store Day has had a far-reaching impact on the reinvention of independent music in the streaming age. The event puts great emphasis on the role of the independent record store as a gathering space for music enthusiasts to interact. And the intimate connections fostered by such interactions are crucial in the formation of a local music scene…For Ithaca, Angry Mom Records serves as the backbone of the local underground music scene. Located in the basement of Autumn Leaves Used Books on the Commons, it is a safe haven for opinions and artistry to interflow.

Cumbria, UK | Music fans visit Barrow’s TnT records in their droves for Record Store Day 2019. More than a thousand people were said to have descended on a music shop for Record Store Day 2019. Music lovers queued up in their droves outside Barrow’s TnT Records hoping to snag limited edition vinyl. The only record store in south Cumbria, it was among hundreds in the UK to take part in the worldwide celebration of independent music shops. More than 500 special vinyl were released for the day, exclusively available in record shops. To celebrate the occasion, the Duke Street shop laid on a host of local bands to entertain the crowds, while budding musicians experienced drum lessons on the shop’s upper floor. Owner Dave Turner said: “The way people have supported us today is absolutely overwhelming.

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In rotation: 4/15/19

Brighton, UK | Keen vinyl record buyers queue from very early hours in Brighton: For those vinyl enthusiasts the wait was finally over today as it is Record Store Day through Brighton, Sussex and the UK. Vinyl junkies have had the date Saturday 13th April etched on their brains for several months now, as it’s the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the event and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. Fans in Brighton were queuing for many hours before the stores opened in order to endeavour to secure their chosen limited edition treasures, which will in most cases be instantly highly collectable.

Grimsby, UK | Dozens queue outside Grimsby record shop to pick up new vinyl releases on Record Store Day: A popular independent record store in Grimsby has been boosted by the annual Record Store Day. This year’s celebration saw over 60 music lovers lining up outside the doors of Replay Records when it opened at 8am, eager to see what special edition vinyls had been released. “Releases by Queen, the Courteeners and Charlatans have been big sellers this year. The Mighty Boosh was also a surprise hit – we were saying we should have ordered more copies of it,” Scott Wardle, owner of the Grimsby shop, said. “There are 525 new releases for Record Store Day, and we’ve got at least 130 of those here. The list this year seems to have been designed for people who don’t regularly come to record stores, and I think it has definitely worked. It’s gone very well today.” Four people arrived early-afternoon on Friday in anticipation of the doors opening – over 18 hours early – and they weren’t alone by the time the Freeman Street shop started business at 8am.

Cornwall, UK | Record Store Day sees queues through the night at Drift Records in Totnes: Imagine arriving at your favourite record shop at 3am for Record Store Day and finding someone else in front of you in the queue. That’s exactly what happened to brothers Carlton and Bradley Farnham, from Plymouth, who turned up at Drift Records in Totnes in the middle of the night to find they’d been pipped to the front of the queue by Mark Rosser. By 8am there were around 50 people queuing through Totnes outside the store, which many believe is Devon’s finest record shop. They were all looking to get their hands on some limited edition vinyl, including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher, Prince, Duran Duran and even Baby Shark. Mr Rosser, 52, from Plymouth, said: “This is the best independent record store in Devon. I got here at 1.55am. I’m after three albums – XRay Spex, Prince and The Charlatans. I’ve been interested in music since I was 13 or 14.”

Chicago, IL | Fans of vinyl music camp out at Batavia shop before Record Store Day: For fans of turntables and vinyl, Saturday was — by all accounts — a record day. Nathan Rogers, 50, of Batavia said he was already at his local record shop, Kiss the Sky, by 2:30 p.m. Friday and was followed eventually by dozens of other vinyl fans, making the scene outside the store look more like Black Friday. “I slept outside in a chair with blankets,” Rogers said Saturday morning, after store owners allowed those camping out to come in for doughnuts and coffee. “This is the third time I’ve camped out although I didn’t even know about Record Day until a few years ago.” Record Store Day was first conceived back in 2007, during a gathering of independent record store owners, and officially rolled out April 19, 2008. For years, the day has been marked with special limited vinyl releases from independent record labels and distributors. But with vinyl gaining more of a foothold in the market, major labels have added their own releases for fans eager to scoop up something truly collectible.

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In rotation: 4/12/19

Alton, IL | Record Store Day in Alton stays loud: Jacoby’s Grassle saves live music on annual day of tuneage: …One of the highlights for the local music scene on Record Store Day has been the live performances at Slackers. However, due to the recent move to Alton Square Mall and the timing of Easter Sunday, live music on Record Store Day almost didn’t happen in the city. So Joshua Grassle, Jacoby Arts Center’s proactive plan-man, partnered with Score Records and Slackers to bring the first Record Store Day after-party, ensuring a home for live music in Alton on the annual day of tuneage. “Normally I help Slackers with live music for Record Store Day,” Grassle said. “However, they just moved in Alton Square Mall and won’t be able to have live music this year, and Score Records wanted to have live music but their space is small to have a band. So we decided at Jacoby Arts Center to work with both stores to put together an after party.”

NZ | Record Store Day 2019 Highlights: If you looked at every Record Store Day event on this Saturday 13th April all at once it would leave your head spinning, so we’ve done you a solid and compiled a few highlights of what’s happening across Aotearoa. For those of you planning a full day of it, don’t forget to give your finger tips a break every half an hour to avoid vinyl blisters – safety first. We’ll be out and about in Auckland on Saturday, and we’d love for you to @undertheradarnz in your RSD Instastories so we can share your vids, live vicariously, and pretend we jetted around to every event in the country. Get amongst it and support your local record store!

Youngstown, OH | Annual Record Store Day to take place Saturday: Record Store Day 2019 will take place Saturday at independently owned record stores around the Valley and around the world. The annual event was started in 2008 in the U.S. and has spread to the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Australia, Spain and Poland. The purpose of Record Store Day is to bring together fans, artists and thousands of independent record stores. Each year, a number of records are pressed specifically for the day. This year, Pearl Jam has been selected as the official ambassadors of the event. This year’s releases include 500 releases. Some of the releases include a special picture disc release of “Bohemian Rhapsody: The Original Soundtrack;” and KT Tunstall will release the re-edition of her 2018 album “WAX” called “Extra Wax.”

Mold, UK | Mold’s Vod Music gets in the groove for its tenth Record Store Day: Record Store Day is the one day of the year that unites more than 250 record shops in the UK and thousands globally. It’s a celebration of their independence, unique culture and the art of vinyl. Set up in 2007 to champion independent record shops, 12 years later it’s still going strong as it celebrates not only the businesses that have stood the test of time but also the new generation of shops who have just opened their doors. Hundreds of recording artists support the event by releasing exclusive vinyl records. This year includes releases from the likes of IDLES, Grandmaster Flash, The Rolling Stones and Courtney Barnett, with free live performances and parties also taking place up and down the country. “It’s brought me happiness running a record shop. I mean, I think it’s a dream job!

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In rotation: 4/11/19

Charleston, SC | What to look out for this Record Store Day: It’s that magical time of year again when local record stores are flooded with special vinyl and cassette issues from hundreds of artists. Lucky for Charleston, Monster Music & Movies is in on the official international event, with a delicious mix of new music flooding its doors every day in anticipation. The West Ashley store will open its doors bright and early, at 8 a.m. for us super nerds, and day-long festivities shall ensue. Look forward to live music from noon until 7 p.m., a food truck rodeo, jump castle, and Monster’s famous sidewalk sale (cheap vinyl lovers, here’s lookin’ at you). Food trucks include Greek’n Out, Dough Boyz, Krystyna’s Polish Food, Annie O Love Granola, and Bottleneck Coffee (free coffee for the first 100 people in line 7-8 a.m.). A few CP music writers recently sifted through the official Record Store Day release list (you can too at and narrowed down the titles they’ll be on the hunt for come Saturday.

UK | Record Store Day: 20 exclusive releases to look out for: Classic vinyl reissues, limited collectors’ editions and unreleased recordings from Fela Kuti, Prince and David Bowie join rare pressings by the Prodigy and the Notorious BIG this Saturday. Cissy Houston – Cissy Houston, The Grammy winner’s second album, which features a heartfelt cover of Be My Baby, is being reissued on vinyl for the first time in four decades. Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch – Twin Peaks: Season 2 music and more. David Lynch is overseeing this vinyl reissue of the soundtrack to Twin Peaks’ second season, which will include a 24-page collectors picture book featuring stills from the cult classic show. Robyn – Body Talk, The Swedish star’s euphoric dance floor fillers, including the original and the undeniably supreme version of Dancing on My Own, will be available on limited edition white vinyl…

Mt. Pleasant, MI | Music store to celebrate growing sales of vinyl records: Brian Hanson can’t quite put his finger on why he’s selling so many vinyl records, but he said he thinks it has something to do with records offering a different musical experience to people who’ve never had it. “We treat music like potato chips,” said Hanson, owner of B’s Music, 613 N. Mission St. “It’s everywhere.” That ubiquity comes courtesy the ease of streaming digital copies of music, and allows people to experience music easily, sometimes to the point of no personal investment. He said that applies to himself, like when he catches himself yelling at his Alexa to stream music for him. “I think vinyl is removing music from the background,” he said. It gives people a chance to sit down and really experience the music in a format that even after all the years offers the best experience.”

AU | ARIA celebrates Record Store Day with new vinyl album chart reflecting boom in LP sales: The resurgence of records has the music industry spinning around, with ARIA reintroducing a top 100 vinyl album chart this week to coincide with the annual Record Store Day celebrations. As tens of thousands of music fans prepare to trawl through the racks of their local record store on Saturday, ARIA reveals vinylphiles are embracing new releases on the shiny black plastic as much as they replenishing their collections with classic albums. While Queen’s hit collections were among the most sought-after records in 2018, new releases by Australian artists including Gang Of Youths, Tash Sultana, Skegss and four albums by psychedelic rock heroes King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard factored in the top 50 albums.

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In rotation: 4/10/19

UK | Record Store Day 2019 – when is it, what are the best releases and how can I find a list of the shops taking part? Records by Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Lou Reed are just some of the special releases being issued for this year’s Record Store Day. This year RSD 2019 falls on Saturday, April 13. It was first conceived as a way of gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first day was April 19, 2008. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. It’s not just about trying to flog records but the day often includes various activities such as gigs, meet and greets, as well as DJs. But there have also been cook-outs, body-painting and a whole host of activities.

Sussex, UK | Record Store Day 2019: All you need to know about vinyl in Sussex: With Record Store Day seeing queues from 3am outside some stores last year, here’s your guide to getting ahead of the game in Sussex. What is it? With more than 500 limited edition releases on offer, Record Store Day is your chance to grab exclusive vinyl not available anywhere else. When is it? Record Store Day 2019 is this Saturday, April 13. Last year saw queues from 3am in Chichester as music devotees clamoured to get the new releases. Our advice is to get to stores early to avoid disappointment. Where can I buy these exclusive records?

Yorkshire, UK | Five top Record Store Day events in Yorkshire this year: Record Store Day will soon be upon us, and shops across the county have special things lined up for Saturday (April 13). Be it live in-store concerts or rare releases, Record Store Day has always meant that shops have taken the opportunity to go the extra mile in satisfying their vinyl-hungry customers. Music fans from all over the country descend upon their local stores to get their vinyl fix. Here are some of the best places to do just that in Yorkshire this weekend.

Chicago, IL | ‘It’s the busiest day of the year, by far’: Oak Park shops preparing for Record Store Day, first without founder Val Camilletti: Though it will be the first celebration without its founder and owner, the party will still go on at Val’s Halla Records as the shop celebrates Record Store Day on April 13. Val’s Halla, 239 Harrison St., in Oak Park, will open its doors at 9 a.m., and the day will include limited edition goodies, a store-wide sale, coffee and doughnuts while they last and live music throughout the day. At Oak Park Records, 179 S. Oak Park Ave., owner Alan Heffelfinger said he will be offering 20 percent off used vinyl, sales on new vinyl and will have specials on some CDs and cassettes…Val’s Halla store manager Shayne Blakeley said record stores typically experience a drop in sales after the holidays, but he hopes Record Store Day can reignite the community’s connection with the iconic shop.

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In rotation: 4/9/19

Dickson City, PA | Record Store Day set for April 13 at Gallery of Sound in Dickson City: When Joe Nardone Jr. and Jay Notartomaso talk about Record Store Day, they sing the praises of the vinyl records that gave record stores their name. “It just gives you a better sound,” said Nardone, who has planned special events for April 13 at Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound stores in Wilkes-Barre Township and Dickson City. “Digital music is 0’s and 1’s translated into what sounds like music, but non-digital is not compressed, not changed. It sounds warmer.” “I’m of a generation were records were the format, what everyone had,” said Nortartomaso, who will expand Record Store Day into a two-day Record Store weekend April 13-14 at Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “I like records because I’ve always had them.

Northampton, UK | Records shops in Northampton get ready for annual vinyl releases dash: Record Store Day is back this weekend with shops across the county gearing up for the annual dash for copies of this year’s limited releases. Spun Out and Vinyl Underground will both be stocking official RSD19 releases, with Spiral Archive and The Lamplighter also getting involved with record sales during the day. For the first time this year, Spun Out, in Gold Street, will be opening on both the Saturday and Sunday to meet demand from record buyers. Owner Chris Kent, pictured with some of this year’s limited releases, said: “We’re really looking forward to Record Store Day again. It’s such a great day and lovely to see customers old and new who turn out to support the shop. “Every year we get people discovering us through record store day and they come back on a regular basis.

Richmond, VA | Richmond’s independent record stores stick to their groove: Pelham Blunt of Richmond has an impressive collection of albums — he estimates the number in the thousands — and he plans to add more Saturday. April 13 is national Record Store Day, an annual event that began in 2008 to help struggling independent record stores. They get exclusive or first rights to sell records pressed especially for the day. “Record Store Day is like Christmas in April for record collectors,” said Blunt, whose dining room has become a music room with floor-to-ceiling shelves of records. “Not only do the stores have all the exclusive Record Store Day records, but often they also put out nice used collections that day as well,” he said. Some stores create a festival atmosphere with refreshments and live music. In some cases, customers line up hours before opening times to be the first in the store. “It’s a very celebratory, communal experience,” Blunt said.

Dorset, UK | Shops taking part in Record Store Day in Dorset: It is bigger than Christmas for the small businesses selling music on vinyl. Record Store Day – taking place this Saturday, April 13 – regularly sees some fans camp out overnight to get their hands on a slew of collectable releases. Hundreds of special singles and LPs are ready for release, including titles from Queen, David Bowie, U2 and Madonna, as well as a host of independent artists. The Vault in Bournemouth and Christchurch and Square Records in Wimborne are among the 200 independent shops taking part in an event that accounts for a big chunk of their turnover. They are not allowed to sell before 8am and there is a seven-day embargo before anyone is allowed to sell the releases online. The local stores taking part limit customers to one copy of anything. Alan Rowett of the Vault said: “It’s better than Christmas.”

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In rotation: 4/8/19

Stroud, UK | Top performers and international DJs to descend on towns for Record Store Day: Record shops across the Five Valleys will be rewarding music fans with an array of new releases, live music and rare vinyl as they take part in this year’s Record Store Day. This year’s annual event falls on Saturday, April 13, and is a chance for the 200 independent record shops to celebrate their trade, and the millions of musicians and artists that they support. With so many music lovers living across the district three shops are flourishing, two in Stroud, and one in Nailsworth. Each of the shops, Trading Post Records in Kendrick Street and Sound Records in the High Street, both in Stroud, and Sanctuary Music at Nailsworth Mills (by the Morrisons car park) will be throwing open their doors at 8am so record collectors and music lovers can pick up special releases on the day.

Redditch, UK | ELO gold disc and more for sale as Vintage Trax marks Record Shop Day: The UK’s 12th annual Record Store Day is fast approaching on Saturday, April 13, but Redditch’s only independent record retailer, Vintage Trax, is ready to mark the occasion with a new look to their Headless Cross shop and will be celebrating the event in its own way. “As is the norm for us, we will not be stocking any of the new Record Shop Day releases,” said owner, Ros Sidaway. “Instead, we have focused on what we do best – curating and selling excellent quality preloved vinyl records from the Jazz age to the 1990s. “Rock music is our most popular selling genre so we’ve pulled it altogether in one room with the back room now covering everything else.” The shop also sells band tour merchandise and memorabilia, and was recently approached by Bev Bevan, former drummer with The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, ELO Part 2, Black Sabbath and now percussionist with Quill, to help him sell some of the many items he has collected over the past 50 years in music.

AU | Record Store Day In Saturday April 13 2019: This 13 April, Record Stores across the country will celebrate the 12th Record Store Day with lots of special in-store activity, special releases, in-store appearances, parties, DJs spinning vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting and some stores partying into the night. This annual event reiterates the importance of the traditional music outlet as one of the major avenues for the public to discover the many genres of music releases each year, with around 50,000 music lovers visiting their favourite store to take part in the day. It is about celebrating your local Indie Record Store and its place in the world of music. There are so many artists making music that never gets radio play. The local indie store helps spread the word, they play that music instore, the bands play live in-store, they stock the CDs and vinyl and Limited Edition pressings of records are available from major labels through to the bands organising it themselves.

Sydney, AU | Sydney’s oldest standing record store is set to close this month: Sydney’s oldest standing record store Lawsons Records is closing down, sigh. The secondhand shop opened in Pitt Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD in 1968 and since then, has seen the rise and fall of record sales over the years. The shop is closing due to unattainable rent prices, with long term owner Jerry Pasqual telling the ABC his rent went from $1,450 to $5,000 a week around seven years ago when the landlord changed. According to the Australian Recording Industry Association ( ARIA), vinyl has made a comeback will high sales for the eighth year in a row, with 2018 reaching $21 million. Despite this vinyl revival, the market still wasn’t strong enough to keep them going. Mr Pasqual, now 77 reflected on the success of his small business and the changes he has encountered telling the ABC: “The 1980s were the best for vinyl” “By 1992 people really wanted CDs so that’s when we called St Vinnies — they brought three trucks and took all the records away.”

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In rotation: 4/5/19

AU | Australia’s recorded music biz enjoys ‘very healthy’ gains, posts fourth year of growth: It’s official: Australia’s recorded music market is flying. And it’s tracking well ahead of global trends. Earlier today, ARIA published its 2018 wholesale results with revenue blowing past $526 million during the period, up 12.26%, for the fourth successive year of growth. In a week which saw Josh Frydenberg unveil the federal budget and the IFPI issue its Global Music Report, ARIA provides arguably the cheeriest news. The ace in the market is, of course, music streaming platforms which generated total, combined gains of 41.2% in revenue over the previous year. Without the likes of subscription services Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play and Spotify, and on-demand platforms such as YouTube, there is no growth. Zip.

Calgary, CA | 12th annual Record Store Day taking place in Calgary this April: On Saturday, April 13, vinyl record enthusiasts are invited to celebrate independent record stores all over the world as part of Record Store Day. Here in Calgary, vinyl collectors can look forward to parties, in-store performances, and special releases from bands old and new. Now in its 12th year, Record Store Day gives music fans the chance to celebrate their local record shops that continue to pay homage to the magic of pressed albums and hopefully walk out with the record they came in for, and maybe with something totally new as well.

Incredibly rare purple vinyl copy of Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) up for auction! One of only a handful of copies ever pressed (some sources say as little as 5 copies were produced), here’s an unbelievable chance to own one of the rarest Bowie records in existence; the UK 1980 RCA purple vinyl copy of the superb album Scary Monsters (BOW LP 2). Presented in outstanding condition, the record is Ex+. Witnessed under high intensity LED lights, there are a couple of extremely faint, minor and exceedingly wispy markings that are noted. With extremely clean and sharp labels showing no spindle markings indicating this copy has been played sparingly. Matrix/stampers: BOW LP2 A3 TOWNHOUSE I CANT THINK…. B3C & BOW LP2 B3 TOWNHOUSE …..OF ANYTHING A1AX. Complete with the original UK picture sleeve (as this copy would have been housed with) presented in VG+ condition with a couple of light creases.

Stroud, UK | Sean and Tom welcome customers to Sound Records’ new home – in pictures: Vinyl connoisseurs in Stroud now have even more space to find their favourite music gems after a record shop has expanded into new premises following a successful first year of trading. DJs and record dealers Sean Roe and Tom Berry have moved out of their old shop in Gloucester Street and set up in the iconic building which used to house Inprint right in the centre of Stroud. The positive move came just before the anniversary of first year of business for the pair, who set up Sound Records last April. “We’ve had a brilliant time in Gloucester Street since we opened, but the shop simply became too small to stock all the records we want to provide,” said Tom.

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In rotation: 4/4/19

New York, NY | Wayne Coyne to celebrate Record Store Day on April 13th at Rough Trade NYC, signing copies of new album! Rough Trade NYC, New York’s premier Independent Record Store and concert venue, announce an exclusive Record Store Day event featuring Wayne Coyne of THE FLAMING LIPS, signing copies of their new Warner Bros. Records album KING’S MOUTH: MUSIC AND SONGS. Their 15th studio album will be released on colored vinyl on April 13th in a limited edition pressing of 4,000 copies. The special solid gold vinyl edition serves as the only version of the title in the marketplace until July and marks the first new music from the band since 2017’s Oczy Mlody. King’s Mouth sees the iconoclastic outfit once again tread uncharted territory. These twelve new originals are threaded together by cinematic narration courtesy of The Clash’s Mick Jones. This music and it’s concept parallels front man Wayne Coyne’s immersive art installation of the same name.

Orlando, FL | Record Store Day offers exclusive releases, tiny turntable: Local shops prepare for long lines April 13. Collectors are eager to sift through store shelves for rare releases and limited pressings this Record Store Day. The annual event has celebrated all things vinyl, the culture of record stores and the role they’ve play within the music community for the last 12 years. A diverse and extensive list of about 400 new albums pressed for Record Store Day 2019 have fans and collectors hyped. People are also talking about an adorable, albeit highly criticized, miniature turntable after RSD posted a photo of the exclusive item on its Facebook page. The Crosley model runs on batteries and plays 3-inch records pressed in Japan, where other pocket-sized players have been popular. Despite its Instagram-worthiness, the turntable has not received the most positive reception from audiophiles, who question its quality.

Bowling Green, KY | Cage the Elephant set for in-store appearance at Mellow Matt’s: A few days after the release of its fifth album, Bowling Green-based rock band Cage the Elephant will make an appearance at Mellow Matt’s Music & More. Matt Pfefferkorn, owner of Mellow Matt’s, said the Grammy Award-winning band will be at his store from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25, six days after the release of its fifth album, “Social Cues,” to meet fans and sign autographs. Mellow Matt’s is at 1200 Smallhouse Road. Pfefferkorn said anyone who pre-orders a copy of the album at Mellow Matt’s will receive a wristband that guarantees a meeting with the band. “That way, whether you come at 6 or 7 o’ clock, you’ll be able to see the band,” he said. Cage the Elephant made an in-store appearance at Mellow Matt’s in 2015 to promote its previous album, “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” which went on to win the Grammy for best rock album. Pfefferkorn said he is thrilled to have the chance to host the band again.

Norfolk, UK | Norfolk’s Record Store Day crew shrinks from three to one within a year: The number of record shops in Norfolk taking part in Record Store Day will shrink from three to just one in 2019 as a Holt retailer has been forced to bow out. Holt Vinyl Vault owner Andrew Worsdale said he was “very disappointed” his shop was not able to take part in the Saturday, April 13 event. The Cromer Road shop has taken part in Record Store Day for the past two years, along with around 250 others across the country, with many hosting live DJs and bands and running special promotions. Mr Worsdale, 58, said: “We assumed we would be taking part again – we meet all the criteria and we sell plenty of newly-pressed vinyl.” He said they were barred from taking part by Record Store Day organisers, the Soho-based Entertainment Retail Association (ERA), because they did not sell enough newly-produced music.

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In rotation: 4/3/19

Jakarta, IN | The world’s best record shops #145: Lian Records, Jakarta: There’s no shortage of vinyl in Indonesia, you just have to know where to look. While the capital’s Warung Musik shop boasts thousands of records spanning from Indonesian pop to 1950s freak-out (Sprechen label boss Chris Massey describes it like “a local hardware shop, but cranked up to 11 on steroids, packing loads of stock and plenty to get dirty fingertips from,”) – arguably Indonesia’s most cherished record shop is Lian. Lian, owner of Lian’s Recordstore, has seen Jakarta change over the years, witnessing vinyl come, go and come back once more. Learning from his father, who first opened a record shop in 1963, Lian now spends his days sitting out the front of his roadside establishment, surrounded by vinyl, cassettes and CDs.

Dundalk, IE | Dundalk’s Classified records gear up for Record Store Day: It’s ‘Vinyl Cup Final’ time of the year again as Classified Records hosts Record Store Day 2019. Classified Records has been continued its participation as an official partner, partnered with BBC6 Music, a four-year relationship ever-developing and allowing this global event to return to Dundalk on Saturday 13th April 2019. Classified Records will open early at 9am on April 13th to facilitate those keen collectors who will be on the hunt earlier than usual. This will be the 4th time RSD will happen in Dundalk and the shops’ owner Neil Waters is keen to continue with this tradition in local retail. He said: “We’re delighted to be hosting another Record Store Day here in Dundalk. It’s a great bit of notoriety for the local area the somewhat off-kilter world of collecting records.

Baltimore, MD | Baby’s on Fire to open Fells Point location inside Sound Garden: Three-year-old Mount Vernon café-record store Baby’s on Fire and legacy Fells Point music retailer Sound Garden are combining forces, with the former planning to take over the latter’s vinyl room to open a café with food, coffee drinks, beer and wine. Baby’s on Fire owner David Koslowski and Shirlé Hale-Koslowski have applied for a seven-day Class D liquor license to serve beer and wine, with live entertainment and outside seating, at 1616 Thames St., home to Sound Garden for 24 of its 26 years in Fells Point. The flagship Morton Street café and record store will stay put while the second Baby’s on Fire outpost opens in a room at Sound Garden that currently houses stacks of vinyl records. It was Sound Garden owner Bryan Burkert who approached the Koslowskis about adding a café into his spot, which he told Baltimore Fishbowl can “give the store a better vibe” while also boosting foot traffic.

Petaling Jaya, MY | Hours of crate-digging and performances await vinyl lovers at Disqovr x Musika: Malaysian music fans, it’s time to mark your calendars! Disqovr x Musika will be back on April 6 to coincide with the upcoming Record Store Day, bringing all forms of music memorabilia and performances to The Gasket Alley in Petaling Jaya. Vinyl addicts can look forward to hours of crate-digging with items such as CDs, cassettes, posters, and turntable equipment on sale courtesy of independent record shops like Teenage Head Records, Sputnik Records, indie vendors and private collectors. The event space will also be transformed with art displays and lounge areas perfect for socialising with fellow music enthusiasts. Nurul Jannah, one of the founders of Musika which was established in 2016, said that Disqovr x Musika has become more than just a music-hunting event.

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In rotation: 4/2/19

Springfield, IL | Local Business Notes: Mark your calendars for April 13, vinyl lovers. That’s the day independent record stores across the country and around the world will mark “Record Store Day,” an annual event that celebrates the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores with exclusive vinyl and CD releases. Two of Springfield’s three independent record stores, DUMB RECORDS and RECYCLED RECORDS, will be participating this year. The two will both open that day at 8 a.m., with Recycled Records offering cookies, doughnuts, fruit and coffee for attendees. A full listing of Dumb Records’ Record Store Day offerings can be found on the store’s website. Recycled Records owner MARK KESSLER said he has ordered more than 1,000 pieces of vinyl for the day. Some the artists with special edition vinyl will include Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Queen, Van Morrison, Elton John, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and more.

Springfield, IL | SHOP > Recycled Records. Every trip needs a soundtrack, and Recycled Records has your back. On a recent excursion, my husband and I picked up a wide-ranging stack of CDs, including Jimmy Buffett and Dr. Dre, which made for a much more interesting sing-along on the drive home to Chicago. The shop has been around since hair metal was in, and it’s easy to lose an hour or so digging through the stacks of inexpensive vinyl and CDs. Like any good record store, the wares aren’t just limited to music. Some of the knickknacks for purchase: neon beer signs and vintage Playboys. 625 E. Adams St.; or 217-522-5122

Middletown, Ohio | Music store expanding its ’80s bedroom feel to much larger location in Middletown: For the past three years, business has been good for Chris Lester of Lester’s Rock N Roll Shop in downtown Middletown. So good that his music store business has outgrown his previous downtown Middletown location at 1123 Central Ave.Lester is planning to open in larger building that once housed the Music Central shop during the 1980s at 1959 Central Ave., just outside of the downtown Central Avenue corridor. Most recently, it was the location of All Cash for Gold which closed after 17 years there. A soft opening will be followed by a grand opening in mid-April. Lester is also planning a promotion for National Record Store Day on April 13.Lester, who has worked in the music business playing or in retail most of his life, said the new location gives him six times the size at half the price. He said things fell into place with his former boss owning the building, and his lease was up at the old location.

Loveland, CO | Loveland’s Keptone Music Workshop merges with Downtown Sound: When Rogan Magyar, owner of Loveland’s Keptone Music Workshop, merged his company with Downtown Sound, both the music-lessons business and the vinyl-records shop reaped some benefits. At the beginning of March, Magyar closed the Keptone location at 273-B E. 29th St. in Orchards Shopping Center and combined operations with Downtown Sound, 330 E. Fourth St. In doing so, he combined the two businesses’ hours. Keptone Music Workshop had limited hours in the afternoons and evenings, when students would come for their private lessons on all sorts of musical instruments. And Downtown Sound had more typical retail hours…”It was exciting news for our old Keptone customers, because we had really limited hours,” Magyar said. “And it’s really paid off for us on the retail side. We had no idea that we’d have that many late shoppers.”

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In rotation: 4/1/19

Detroit, MI | Paramita Sound launches Kickstarter for permanent record store and bar downtown: Anna Atanassova and Andrey Douthard, founders and co-owners of the West Village record store Paramita Sound, moved out of the original storefront at 1417 Van Dyke St. about a year ago following reports of noise complaints…They recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to keep them on track for a projected Mother’s Day reopening date. “We weren’t expecting to be this short, but we are,” says Atanassova. Paramita Sound is a familiar name to members of the local music community and beyond. It started as that one little neighborhood record store that earned a reputation for its free, all-ages Beat Profile parties featuring well-known acts like Nick Speed, Illingsworth as well local lesser-knowns, but soon found that throwing parties out-of-pocket and trying to sell vinyl records wasn’t the best way to add to their bottomline.

Nelson, NZ | Record Store Day: A vinyl love affair: In an ideal world, it would be a national holiday. There would be brass bands, jet flyovers, marching teams in flashy outfits. There would be streamers and confetti and speeches from podiums erected in the main street. But instead, we will have to make do with a slice of cake, a few ales, maybe a band or DJ making a racket in the corner. Saturday, April 13th is International Record Store Day. All over the globe, music nutters gather on this hallowed day to celebrate the fact that their local record stores have survived another year against the odds. They congregate in noisy rooms crammed with record crates and fellow music obsessives, and together they rejoice that these stores have somehow made it through another 12 months despite rising rents and intense competition from digital streaming, downloading, cut-price chain stores and Trade Me. This is a big deal, believe me.

São Paulo, BR | The world’s best record shops #144: Disco 7 Vinil, São Paulo: It’s no secret that São Paulo is a haven for record collectors. From Locomotiva Discos and Cel-Som Discos to the former World’s Best Record Shop inductee Casarão do Vinil, São Paulo is the beat that keeps Brazil dancing, but before Brazilian lacquer demanded big bucks on Discogs there was Disco 7 Vinil. Opened in November 2001, Disco 7’s physical store was a natural progression for its owner Carlinhos, who had been collecting records with his uncle since the age of 14. Since then, Discos 7 has evolved into a beloved shop operated by one of the most welcoming (and knowledgeable) dealers in all of South America. “I’m not a specialist really but I always try to find a way to satisfy people’s music tastes,” says Carlinhos – all too humbly as his knowledge of samba, jazz and Brazilian soul and funk is second to none. “Disco 7 is one of my favourite record stores in São to buy Brazilian 7”, ‘compactos’ as we call them,” shares London-based Brazilian DJ Fabricio D.Vyzor. “There’s always good stuff – not just 7”s, but so many rare Brazilian albums too.”

Minneapolis, MN | South Minneapolis record store Solid State Vinyl becomes SolSta Records, launches label: On April 13, South Minneapolis record store Solid State Vinyl will retire its name in favor of a new identity: SolSta Records. SolSta Records will function as an “independent record label and retail store” in its current location at 4022 East 46th Street. Husband and wife Phil and Hannah Borreson opened Solid State Vinyl in 2016. The couple combined Hannah’s artwork and handmade accessories with Phil’s vinyl collection to create the retail store located in the vintage shopping hub of the Minnehaha Mile. When they make the change to SolSta Records, they will continue to sell their collection of used vinyl records out of their physical store and online. The label’s first release arrives on Record Store Day, April 13. SolSta is pressing a limited run of 300 opaque pink vinyl records of Ocurrens, an album from Minneapolis post-rock band Falcon Arrow. SolSta is also hosting the band’s album release show on the evening of the 13th.

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In rotation: 3/29/19

Brooklyn, NY | Two new record stores are opening in Brooklyn: Two new record stores are opening in Brooklyn thanks to the Mexican Summer label, which is also based in the New York borough. The owners of Co-op 87 are partnering on the outlets. Brooklyn Record Exchange will first welcome customers at 599 Johnson Avenue, Bushwick, on Saturday 30th March. It will share the address with revered club and live venue Elsewhere. A second location at 87 Guernsey Street, Greenpoint, will open later in spring— where Co-op 87 was doing business until its recent temporary closure. According to reports, there will be dedicated areas for Mexican Summer releases, alongside its reissue imprint Anthology Recordings. Albums, singles and EPs from other labels will also be sold, of course, as will books and films.

Petaling Jaya, MY | Go out and buy some music at these Record Store Day events in April: makes it stand out as one of the busiest times for record buying, visiting music shops and going out for independent music events in the Klang Valley. The international Record Store Day (RSD) buzz is an obvious – nearly festive – highlight next month (observed on April 13). RSD, arguably, seems to bring out the best qualities in music lovers. It gets people excited about music buying again. From Kuala Lumpur to Subang Jaya, we’re talking about Instagram feeds filled by scenes of eager music fans waking up early on a weekend and lining up in front of record stores to grab exclusive RSD releases – official or not. Local indie bands seeing their out-of-print albums reissued by a small circle of dedicated music ‘archivalists’ and the sight of young and old vinyl collectors mingling together at pop-up music events are surely rare moments to rejoice.

Loveland, CO | Loveland Today: Downtown Sound’s new owner: As of March 1, Downtown Sound, a shop selling vinyl records and musical instruments and equipment in downtown Loveland, has a new owner. Rogan Magyar, who has owned Keptone Music Workshop in Orchards Shopping Center since 2011, purchased Downtown Sound from the Roth family, closed the Keptone location and moved his music-lesson business downtown. The record store at 330 E. Fourth St. will continue to sell old and new vinyl, guitars and vintage amps, and all the merchandise it always provided, Magyar said, plus it will offer music lessons. A bonus: Because the business is staying open in the evenings for private music lessons, shoppers now have more hours to browse the record racks.

Virgin Voyages Is Committing to Music Theme With Vinyl Record Store and Karaoke Lounge: It looks like Virgin Voyages is going all-in with the music theming on its first ship. The start-up line backed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced on Wednesday that its 2,770-passenger debut vessel, Scarlet Lady, will have its very own vinyl record store — an homage to Virgin Group’s early days as a record-selling business. To be called Voyage Vinyl, the record shop on Scarlet Lady will feature listening stations where “sailors” (what the line calls its passengers) can sample music before buying. It’ll sell a mix of current and classic albums, plus limited-edition collections created by the line’s resident DJs. Music magazines and headphones will also be for sale alongside record players (for those of you who go on cruises to buy record players).

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In rotation: 3/28/19

Los Angeles, CA | Amoeba Music in Hollywood sets to relocate as city plans move forward: After years of being in limbo, Amoeba Music, an iconic Hollywood record store, is leaving its current space for a slightly smaller one nearby. In 2015, Amoeba Hollywood sold their property for a reported $34 million to a holding company associated with GPI Companies. The store was able to lease the location back for a couple of years, but ultimately the company plans to replace the record store with a residential apartment building over 20 stories high. Buzz of this news filtered all throughout the internet, and long-time fans of Amoeba feared this could be the end. But in 2017, Amoeba put rumors to rest with a Facebook post ensuring that the store will not leave L.A., but is “now in a position where [Amoeba] may have to change locations in the coming years.” On March 14, 2019, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission voted to reject an appeal to halt the project, moving forward plans for the store’s relocation. Luckily for music fans, Amoeba won’t leave Hollywood. In fact, the branch hopes to only have to move a block or so away.

Austin, TX | Austin Will Be Hosting The Biggest Vinyl Record Sale In The USA This Spring. The vinyl loving city will be holding the biggest record sale in May. The coolest event for music lovers of all kinds is coming to Austin this May. For three days the largest record convention in the entire country will be held at the massive Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin. Fans of every type of music imaginable will be able to find something they like at this giant sale. The Austin Record Convention will be on May 18th to 19th so mark your calendars right now! The massive Austin sale is known as the largest sale of recorded music in the entire USA. There will be over one million vinyls, CDs, cassettes, LPs, rare finds and memorabilia available for purchase. The giant record sale will host over 300 different vendors from across the U.S. and Europe to bring rarities and styles of music from all over the globe. The event will be so enormous that visiting for just one day wouldn’t be enough! You’ll definitely want to stop by the giant sale when it’s set up in May. You could look for rare and unique vinyl to add to your collection, find the perfect gift for someone you care for, meet local music lovers similar to yourself or just have a blast visiting the past with a collection of thousands of records that go back to the early 1900s.

White Bear Lake, MN | Special day celebrates venerable vinyl: Contrary to what the digital music generation may think, the independent record store is doing a brisk business. You could say the popularity of vinyl is making a comeback, but some say it never really left. Owners of White Bear Lake Records, a downtown store the size of a one-car garage, attest to its staying power. Chris Valenty, a one-third owner who grew up in Forest Lake, admitted that, yes, records went out of style a couple decades ago. “In the ‘90s, people were throwing them out,” he recalled. “There was a time when no one was making records and pressing machines were scrapped. But they’ve started making records again.” And it’s not just the baby boomers walking through the door into the small, cluttered store. Gen Zers are getting hip to vinyl and the whole “music experience” records bring. Valenty sees it as a physical thing. “Records are cool. You put on a record and concentrate on the music in an almost ritualistic way. You have an experience with music rather than something playing in the background. Kids see it as almost magical. It’s alien technology to them.”

Tokyo, JP | Tower Records Tokyo goes all in on vinyl: The Tower Records Tokyo store in Shinjuku is cashing in on the Japanese market’s resurgence of interest in vinyl records. While Tower has sold records for a long time, the Tower Vinyl brand is seizing on the global vinyl revival that has seen consumers worldwide take a preference to the physical discs, with all the nostalgia they represent, over the more ephemeral and invisible distribution of digital music. The store now holds 70,000 records in stock – the majority of which are second hand. The vinyl revival is blossoming just as streaming technology hits a new peak in the territory…Vinyl records have been making a major comeback in Japan for some time, with HMV also launching a vinyl-album store in Shibuya in 2014 – having been absent for the district for several years, and now having expanded its operations since that time. Japanese artists have recently been releasing their music on vinyl, and – rather anachronistically – some 90s-era CDs have been reissued on vinyl record.

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