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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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In rotation: 3/27/19

San Antonio, TX | Beloved DIY Venue Imagine Books & Records Is Moving: “Bittersweet” is the word Ezra Hurd is using to describe the new journey on which he and his family are embarking. Since 2011, 8373 Culebra Rd #201B has been the home of the DIY bookshop, record store and venue Imagine Books & Records. Mid-April will mark its relocation to a new space. “Me and my dad have had so many [good] times at the store,” said Hurd who books shows at the shop. “We’ve had a lot of great friends we’ve met, and it’s really changed our lives, and changing the store is a little bit scary, but we’re pretty positive about the move. I’m just worried about is it gonna be how it looks like in my head? Is it gonna represent Imagine? Is it gonna have a different feel? And we can’t know until we do it. It’s a little scary, but mainly exciting…”

New York, NY | Mexican Summer Launches New NYC Storefront Brooklyn Record Exchange. The indie label is entering the retail business with a new shop housed in the same compound as the venue Elsewhere in Bushwick. While vinyl sales continue to rise, reaching their highest level since 1988 last year, recapturing the classic spirit of the record store has proved a more challenging task. But it’s one that Mexican Summer label founders Andrés Santo Domingo and Keith Abrahamsson and Co-Op 87’s Mike Hunchback and Ben Steidel are taking on with Brooklyn Record Exchange, a new venture they’re bringing to a sunny strip of industrial Bushwick. Their shop — soft launching Thursday before opening in full on Saturday — is housed in the same compound as the venue Elsewhere, which brings a diverse array of artists to the area through its two performance spaces.

Peterborough, CA | ‘He wanted people to live their best life’: Friend remembers Peterborough business owner Jonathan Hall: Peterborough’s music community is grieving this weekend after the sudden passing of Jonathan Hall, a local DJ and business owner. At the time, Koski didn’t know Hall would become his best friend, his confidant, his business partner and, as Koski calls him, his biggest supporter. It was a role Hall really took on, not only with his friends but throughout Peterborough. “Jonny was a pretty amazing guy. I think what endeared a lot of people to him was he gave so much to the community and to everyone, and he never really asked for anything back. He gave a lot of people their start. He believed in a lot of people, including myself,” said Koski. Hall founded the alternative bar Trasheteria in 1994. It had an 18-year run before Hall, together with Koski, opened Spanky’s in 2009. There, people would come from far and wide to watch Hall spin as a DJ. Then, in May 2018, Hall opened The Twisted Wheel with his friend Mike Judson, celebrating music and the vinyl craze.

Seattle, WA | Seattle: Experience the Seattle cool in Sub Pop city: Seattle is full of excellent record stores selling a selection of new and used vinyl. It was while chewing the fat about the local music scene with the owner of Singles Going Steady in Belltown (a great store renowned for punk and grime), that I picked up a print-out of a hand-drawn map of where to find the best vinyl. Easy Street Records & Cafe in West Seattle is a cool place to hang, sift through a selection of vinyl, CDs and memorabilia — I left with a beanie, T-shirt and fridge magnet, as well as some brilliant albums. Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the US’s top record stores; apparently Eddie Vedder worked a shift in 1995 and played on repeat the store’s copy of Sonic Youth’s new record Washing Machine. Everyone’s got a story.

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In rotation: 3/26/19

AU | Australia has it’s own vinyl marketplace filled with electronic goodness: Nothing better than scrolling through Discogs checking out your fave platters within financial reach (and those that aren’t) before dropping them into your basket and dreaming of giving them their debut spin in your room… before you’re rudely shocked when you check those often eye-watering shipping costs. Well, the good news is Australia now has it’s own vinyl marketplace via a Sydney-startup and their Sound Shelter platform that boasts over 100,000+ listed bits of vinyl goodness and has already knocked over a couple wins in the form of chart collaborations with Levon Vincent, Insolate, Patrice Scott, Kai Alce, Norm Talley and more! The catalog of wares is constantly growing as it’s inbuilt AI tracks stock from a number of independent record stores locally and around the world meaning you’re often getting first dibs and at reasonable costs without the exxy mark ups – pretty much a computer doing the crate digging for ya. [Pass. —Ed.]

Stockton, CA | It’s ‘The End’ for Rasputin Music & Movies in Stockton: With very short notice, Rasputin Music & Movies closed its Stockton store at 6211 Pacific Ave. for the final time Sunday, much to the dismay of its loyal fans. It is believed by many to be the last retail store in Stockton selling vinyl records as well as used CDs and DVDs. “I’ve been coming here for years to get my movies. It’s very disappointing. Now I’m told they are moving all the way to Modesto,” said Cristina Cruz, 50, upset that a store she visits about every other week no longer will be in town. “This is the best place for movies — three for $10. You just can’t get that anywhere else — not on Netflix. Online, it’s $16 on up to purchase a single movie,” said the film collector with an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 titles in her library…“I just don’t know why so many businesses are leaving Stockton,” Cruz said. The staff at Rasputin couldn’t shed any light on the move, either.

Greenville, NC | Record show helps music fanatics discover unique finds: An Eastern North Carolina business brought together music fanatics this weekend hoping to help them uncover some unique finds. Boulevard Records hosted a Vinyl Record Show that included records of all genres. The owner of the store said the show is a great way to get rid of old merchandise and help people discover records they might not find anywhere else. Vendors from across the East attended the show to sell vinyl records, CDs and collectibles. “Some of these people actually have stores but some of these is just somebody cleaning out a collection like hey my aunt passed away recently so this is extra stuff from her collection. In situations like that you never know what you’re going to find,” Boulevard Records Owner David Brown said.

Charlottesville, VA | Spinning records: 82 DJs celebrate new WTJU studio: Matt Villiott has held a lot of roles at the radio station WTJU during his four years as a student at the University of Virginia: sound engineer, sound technician and late-night DJ. On Saturday, however, he and 81 other audiophiles added new titles to their radio resumes: Guinness World Record challengers. To celebrate the station’s move to a new, spacious studio at 2244 Ivy Road, general manager Nathan Moore gathered dozens of current and former volunteers and staffers to break the record for the highest number of DJs simultaneously presenting a radio show…At noon Saturday, dozens of people filled the first floor of the studio and began the broadcast, each person briefly introducing and then playing an excerpt from a wide variety of songs. Moore said he was worried the songs wouldn’t jive together — but then decided an eclectic range would be fitting representation of the station and its staff, which can be “a fraternity of misfits.”

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In rotation: 3/25/19

Tokyo, JP | Tower Records goes all in on the vinyl trend with its new store, Tower Vinyl: Last year proved to be a pivotal one for streaming music in Japan. According to a report by the Recording Industry Association of Japan, 2018 saw plays via platforms such as YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify overtake digital downloads. This would be a great piece of evidence for futurists trying to argue that the Japanese music market is actually catching up to where most other nations are today. But mucking that up is the total lack of info regarding physical sales, a still-major slice of the proverbial pie. And recent changes only underline how important they are, even as different developments point toward other directions. Tower Records opened Tower Vinyl on the 10th floor of its Shinjuku store on March 21. The space, once reserved for pop-up events, now houses 70,000 records, according to the company, with more than half being secondhand.

Orlando, FL | Vinyl Record Stores in Orlando: The evolution of music has spun around like a record now that listening to tracks on vinyl is back on trend. Buying your albums in record form is a hipster movement we can totally support. Everyone remembers their first album. Whether it was a record, eight-track, cassette tape, or CD, before iTunes and Google Play Music, purchasing your first album was a right of passage. Flip through some vinyl and get lost inside a few of these Vinyl Record Stores in Orlando. Foundation College Park: One of the newer stores on the Orlando record store scene, this little shop located in College Park is owned by two brothers who really love their music and love sharing it with their customers. They also have vintage clothing for sale. Park Ave CDs: We were founded on music and will forever be music lovers. We’re an independent record shop and we’re independent minded. We love our home in Orlando and we want to share it with everyone, especially you.

UK | A stark warning warning for record labels: UK industry revenues fell after inflation in 2018: Uh oh. After a run of positive news for the recorded music industry of late comes a reminder today (March 21) that this business can still deliver some troubling figures now and again. In this case, it’s the trade revenues (ie. wholesale cash going to labels and artists) of the UK recorded music industry for 2018, which have just been announced by local trade body the BPI. The headline stat: total revenues delivered to record labels and artists across all formats in the market grew by just 3.1% in the year, up from £839.5m to £865.5m. That represented a significant slowdown from the 10.6% rise seen in the prior 12 months. And to make matters worse: according to the Bank Of England, annual inflation stood at 3.3% in 2018. This means that, with inflation factored in, that £839.5m in 2017 trade revenue was actually worth the equivalent of £867.5m in 2018 – ie. more than the £865.5m generated by the business last year.

Rewind: audio cassette tapes launch a comeback tour: Music tapes unofficially ‘died’ in the 2000s, but fast forward nearly 20 years and sales are on the rise. The humble cassette – that tiny little plastic rectangle containing the home-made mixtapes of yesteryear – is back, joining vinyl as a darling of audiophiles who miss side A and side B. But as top musicians including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber release their music on tape and demand continues to climb, the niche revival has faced a global shortage of music-quality magnetic tape needed for production. Now, two facilities – one in the American Midwest and the other in western France – have stepped in to meet the need. “It’s a good place to be – there’s plenty of business for both of us,” said Steve Stepp, who founded the National Audio Company in Springfield, Missouri with his father 50 years ago. He said that around 2000 the “imperial hegemony of the CD” cut his business, which stayed alive as a major manufacturer of books on tape that remained popular.

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