In rotation: 6/21/21

Melbourne, AU | A special in-store gig is going down at Wax Museum Records next week: Featuring two of Melbourne’s finest selectors. The hallowed Wax Museum Records in the city is playing host to a pop-up event on Monday, with its residents GSM and Doc Felix performing a special vinyl-only set at the record store. It comes as part of City of Melbourne’s new LOLI POP UP live event series – an extension of their ongoing Looking Out, Looking In Spotify playlist series that’s seen the likes of thando, High Tension’s Karina Utomo, Barney McAll, Soju Gang, Rings Around Saturn, and more, curate a special collection of tracks for listeners to enjoy. Produced by The Operatives, the playlist has been a huge success, offering music lovers consummate selections in everything from metal, soul, ambient, hip hop, jazz, First Nations, contemporary and electronic explorations – standing as a fascinating adventure into the minds of some of Melbourne’s most revered artists. So it’s no surprise to see Looking Out, Looking In develop into a live series.

Long Island, NY | The definitive guide to record stores across Long Island: Last year, vinyl LPs and EPs outsold CDs for the first time since 1986. This trend was unthinkable 25 years ago. By the turn of the century, vinyl appeared in the twilight of its years and seemingly marked for death. Cassettes and CDs dealt devastating blows to the format and it shied away to irrelevancy in the digital age. But it never reached extinction. The 12 inch 33 1/3 rpm vinyl LP has lived to see its 90th birthday this year. Some may be quick to dismiss vinyl’s newfound popularity as a hipster trend. However, it’s not simply the number of vinyl records sold that indicates its permeation into the mainstream; it’s where it is being sold. Department stores like Kohl’s, Target and Walmart have sold vinyl records for a number of years, the latter of which launched its own “Vinyl Mania Week” last month, during which it sold exclusive releases, primarily color variants of popular titles.

Trojan Records, Legendary Reggae Label, Resurrects A Long Out-Of-Print Trove: Growing up in Southern England, Bob Bell fell in love with Jamaican music as soon as he bought his first recording, in 1963. As far as he was concerned, the explosion of musical creativity in that country, fueled by thousands of Jamaican immigrants in the late 1950s and early 60s, was being ignored. Clearly, the U.K.’s musical gatekeepers didn’t share his enthusiasm. … Bell came up with the idea of putting out a triple-LP anthology, titled The Trojan Story, in 1971 and was in charge of selecting its 50 tracks, which range from mento – the Jamaican cousin of calypso – to ska, rock steady and reggae. But Bell made a conscious decision not to include any hits on the compilation. Instead, he emphasized the music’s breadth. The 1969 song “Pressure Drop” by Toots and the Maytals didn’t make it onto the U.K. charts, but it’s one of two songs from The Trojan Story that made it into The Harder They Come, the film credited with greatly expanding reggae’s popularity.

Chino, CA | Oingo Boingo gave Chino record store an opening-day bounce in 1981: Danny Elfman, The composer who won 16 films for director Tim Burton and created the theme song for “The Simpsons”, and other highlights have been released His first album In over 30 years. But did you know he once played in Chino? His new wave band Oingo Boingo It was said that it appeared at the grand opening of Chino’s Music Plus Store on August 1, 1981. Chino Memories Yesterday and Today’s Facebook Page.. (Coincidentally, it’s also the date MTV debuted.) “It was a pretty coup,” recalls Rick Miller among the employees on the first day on a phone call Thursday. “They weren’t huge, they were just broken because it was their first album.” 8 members of the band I sat at the back table and signed a copy of the album for the customer. The store was filled with hours of queues and a steady stream of customers buying albums at the cash register. Miller estimates that 300 or 400 people were found.

UK | Rod Stewart gives daughter Ruby his treasured record collection in rare family insight: Sir Rod Stewart’s daughter Ruby Stewart has told the star’s fans that she is the lucky recipient of his prized record collection. Ruby revealed that after she showed a passion for collecting vinyl records when she was 15-years-old, her dad gifted her his treasured collection. The family revelation comes after Ruby took over the Maggie May hitmaker’s Instagram page in view of his 474,000 followers this evening She revealed in a video: “I am obsessed with vinyl. I think I have over 200. “I’ve been collecting since I was fifteen. “My dad introduced me to it. He also gave me his record collection.” The family revelation comes after Ruby took over the Maggie May hitmaker’s Instagram page in view of his 474,000 followers this evening She revealed in a video: “I am obsessed with vinyl. I think I have over 200. “I’ve been collecting since I was fifteen…”

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