In rotation: 7/12/16

Japanese vinyl-on-demand firm looks to make a play in US: Musicians who want to press their music into plastic might want to check out Qrates.com (pronounced Crates), a new Japanese company looking to expand into the US. Qrates launched a little over a year ago in its home market, and this week its executives are here seeking funding for the venture as well as to find new distribution partners. “The music industry is focused on digital on demand, we’d like to introduce analog on-demand vinyl,” Chief Marketing Officer Taishi Fukuyama told On the Money.

Record store’s ‘No Ryan Adams’ sign raises a spirited Basilica performance: Jon Clifford, owner of the store and adjoining Hi-Fi Hair, said, “It was all in good humor.” Clifford knew Adams is an avid record collector, and he actually would’ve loved to have him in the store. He believes the alt-country vet showed up after the store closed at 5 p.m., though. Upon learning the singer laughed it off on stage, Clifford proposed, “I guess that leaves an in-store on the table for the next time he’s in town.”

New Ontario vinyl plant aims to be 2nd largest in North America: Southern Ontario is reaping the benefits of a worldwide vinyl resurgence, with a massive new record production plant set to open next month in Burlington, Ont. The operation’s new dulcet analog tones come courtesy of a partnership between Canadian music distributor Isotope Music Inc. and Czech vinyl manufacturer GZ. But getting the new 20,000 sq. ft. Precision Record Pressing plant operational wasn’t without obstacles, vice-president Gerry McGhee told CBC News.

The 10 Best Record Stores Near College Campuses: Record collecting is becoming an increasingly popular hobby for people of all ages. Whether you consider it a hipster trend or a tell-tale sign of a diehard music listener, there’s no doubt that this activity is popular with tons of college students. Personally, I’ve been collecting records since I was about twelve, and college isn’t going to stop me from finding a little extra space in my dorm room for a stereo setup and as many records as possible. (I’ll even admit that “awesome local record store(s)” may or may not have been one of my criteria when applying to colleges!)

These are the 20 best-selling vinyl records of 2016 so far: Obviously we can’t learn everything about a person from the music they listen to, but it’s as good a place to start as any. Similarly, we can’t learn everything about the collective consciousness based on what records people are buying, but it is an interesting look into the current psyche of audiophiles. Below we’ve collected the top 20 vinyl records being sold on Amazon right now. As you scroll through, you’ll see a lot of records that I think reflect the consciousness of the moment well: mourning the loss of some musical heroes, celebrating the return of some others, and staying with the ceaseless wokeness of Kendrick Lamar.

The world’s best record shops #027: Betino’s, Paris: Betino’s in Paris is a proper neighbourhood store – the kind of place where everyone knows your name – and an established specialist in all thinks funk, soul, disco, house and Latin. Come on, what’s not to love about a place that even has a dedicated Patrick Adams section? A stickler for original pressings, it’s a selection which reflects the area’s diverse communities, close to the boisterous Oberkampf district. As Betino likes to say: “Here, it’s like our home – where we eat, where we drink, where we meet people”.

You need to check out this beautiful album cover design: London-based illustrator and art director Marylou Faure is known for her bright and playful illustrations that capture the feeling of bright summer days filled with sweet tea and ice cold lemonade. This was the exact feeling American music label Vinyl Moon wanted when they commissioned her to design a cover for the album titled Seedshine. Faure designed the album with summer in mind, covering the album jacket pops of color and bright figures.

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