In rotation: 8/25/21

Boise, ID | The Record Exchange: Some Boise businesses requiring masks as coronavirus surges, again. …The latest guidance spurred The Record Exchange, a downtown Boise record store, to reinstate its mask policy for employees and customers. Marketing and Promotions Director Chad Dryden said the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant and rising case numbers in Ada County — currently identified as a high transmission area by Central District Health — made re-masking a necessary step. “Our policy since the start of the pandemic has been keeping our customers and staff safe,” Dryden said. KIN, a downtown restaurant, went a step further. “(I)n order to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our guests all attendees must provide proof of vaccination,” a recent Facebook post said. Such protocols are not easy to enforce.

Sheffield, UK | Record fair set to be held at Sheffield’s Crystal Peaks shopping centre: Music lovers will be getting in a spin as Crystal Peaks hosts its first record fair. Presented by Real Deal Record and CD Fairs, the free event will be held at the award-winning Sheffield shopping centre from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, September 4. “We are very pleased to be bringing this exciting new event to Crystal Peaks,” said centre manager Lee Greenwood. “This is the latest in series of special events for the autumn period and one which should appeal to vinyl collectors and people who love their classic albums.” For more information about Crystal Peaks and all forthcoming events simply visit crystalpeakscentre.com

Wall-Mounted Record Players: The TT-90 System Vinyl Record Player Concept is Connected. This TT-90 System vinyl record player concept has been designed by Oscar Olsson as an ultra-stylish audio solution that speaks to the increased popularity of the old-fashioned medium that is continuing to see a revival amongst audiophiles alike. The record player is imagined as a wall-mounted audio system that would suit the aesthetic preferences of modern consumers and catch the eye of visitors. The system would also speak to a need for a space-saving alternative to horizontal alternatives to make it more applicable for modern consumers. The TT-90 System vinyl record player concept is designed with three colors including black, white and orange, and is incorporated with a smartphone-connected functionality to help accommodate the needs of today’s user.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Soundtrack Getting Vinyl Release From Mondo: Bram Stokers Dracula was first published in 1897 and, over the past century, the character has been brought to life dozens of times. While some might argue the most defining interpretations of the character came in 1922’s Nosferatu or 1931’s Dracula, acclaimed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola put his mark on the character with Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992, starring Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins. Nearly 30 years later, Mondo is celebrating that seminal horror story by releasing the original motion picture soundtrack on vinyl, with the album slated to go on sale this Wednesday, August 25th at 12 p.m. CT. You can try to snag the record at MondoRecordShop.com. Mondo describes the release, “Deep in the Carpathian Mountains, in the country of Transylvania, lies the castle of one who would have domain over all evil on Earth … and with that blood and the fury comes the captivating and hypnotic music of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

UK | Noel Gallagher: ‘I’ll do Mind Games for Record Store Day’ …Noel says his version of Mind Games – recorded for John Lennon’s 80th birthday – will be released, potentially as part of a collection of covers. “I’d done something for Sean [Lennon] on the day of John’s 80th birthday, and [the gift] was like ‘thank you very much for that’ kind of thing. They wanted me to get involved with this album, and I couldn’t get involved because I was doing something at the time. And on the eve of his birthday, Sean said ‘oh you know how it’s dad’s birthday tomorrow, and can you do something on your socials?’ I happened to be in the studio and I said ‘well, let’s record.’ We just did a version of ‘Mind Games’ and did a little film. …I’ll finish it off and do it for… I’ll do it for Record Store Day maybe or something. I’ve done a lot of covers recently. I’ll probably collate them all and do it for something or other. It came out pretty good actually.”

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