In rotation: 7/14/16

Buy A Cronut And Also A New Album, As Record Store Opens In Newtown: If you’re familiar with the wondrous croissant-donut creation that is a cronut, you’re already familiar with Sydney’s Brewtown Newtown and their delicious baked goods. To make heading there for a coffee and a cronut on a Sunday morning even better, there is a brand new record store called Network Connection which has recently opened in the curated retail space upstairs. Network Connection Records specialises in new and used independent electronic and dance music and is curated by DJ Josh Leenaar.

The New Zia Records Store in Mesa Will Open on Friday: The wait is over for music lovers in the East Valley. Zia Records will open its brand-new Mesa superstore on Friday, July 15, at 9 a.m. The company first announced the store opening back in April. The 11,000-square-foot Mesa location will be Zia’s fifth location in the Valley, and the second in the East Valley. The store already has two locations in Phoenix, one in Tempe, and one in Chandler. In the world of instant online shopping, retail stores must survive on personality, selection, and service alone, and it’s these factors that Zia co-owner and vice president Brian Faber attributes to the chain’s success.

Where records go to die: Inside New York’s infamous The Thing record store: Originally opening its doors in 1996, The Thing has long been a digging favourite for New York’s vinyl junkies, revered as the spot to find the $1 gems and secret digs. Thing-folklore is alive with tales of private press records mysteriously cropping up here and then being turned over for high dollar. According to some though, the store has been meticulously combed by those in the know. Apparently the goldmine is a thing of the past.

Satellite of Love: Dario Robleto’s Art Sounds Like Humanity at Its Best: The box set sitting under glass at Holly Johnson Gallery isn’t your standard rock compilation. And while its contents resemble CDs in their size and shape, they are actually custom 5-inch vinyl records — little palm-sized things, complete with sleeves, album art and liner notes. Housed inside their grooves is a poetically detailed history of human heartbeats, told through sound.

This record sleeve is made out of concrete: The brand new album from Belgian musician Thomas Vaquié comes in an interesting vinyl format. ‘Ecume’ is out via visual label AntiVJ, which worked with artist Yannick Jacquet to help create the record sleeve. Each of the album’s tracks were transformed into physical waveforms, before being 3D-printed and cast in concrete from a silicone mould…”In a digital age, AntiVJ Recordings wants to release physical objects, carefully crafted, that may take the form of vinyl, a plate built in concrete, a 3D-printed object, an audio book or an application.”

First Aid Kit record new song in Jack White’s Third Man retro vinyl recording booth, Folk duo say song ‘sounds really old’: First Aid Kit have revealed that they have recorded a brand new song…Now sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have posted a photo to Instagram of themselves at Jack White’s Third Man Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The caption states that they recorded a new track using White’s retro vinyl recording booth. They say the song “sounds really old”.

Does music sound better on vinyl records than on CDs?: Vinyl is back, no doubt about it. Sales of vinyl records have been soaring, although they still represent only a tiny fraction of the music industry’s revenues: about 2 percent in 2014. Is this growth because, as some respected sources breathlessly state—I’m looking at you, Wired magazine—vinyl sounds better than digital media? Or is there some sort of retro-hype going on?

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