In rotation: 8/26/21

Toronto, CA | Toronto’s beloved music store is closing soon and here’s how much rent will cost: When one of Toronto’s beloved record stores announced it was closing, it rocked the local music community, and the space is now up for rent. People were absolutely heartbroken when Soundscapes announced they’d be closing their doors. As inventory is being sold at deep discounts, the storefront will soon be rented out. The store is known not only for an extremely thoughtful stock of CDs, vinyl and books, but also as a hub for concert tickets and a mini venue where artists used to pop in to perform. The store will be closing in September but the listing is already up and the landlord is asking for $6,000 per month. The space is 1,184 square feet, and is fully air conditioned. Annual property taxes are listed online as $2,187.

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz’ Cendre album gets first vinyl edition: Shimmering guitar meets electronics and piano. Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz’ collaborative Cendre album is being released on vinyl for the first time, via Touch, this October. Cendre was recorded across 2004 and 2006 with the pair responding to and building upon each other’s compositions, Sakamoto working in NYC and Fennesz in Vienna. The resulting album fuses the “unstructured and imaginative qualities of improvisation with the satisfying sculpture of composition,” explains the label. It follows the release of Sakamoto’s Minamata score, in July.

Lenco Launches Two New Vinyl Turntables To Mark Its 75th Birthday: The incredible comeback of vinyl shows no signs of slowing and hardly a week goes by without a new turntable being launched for a whole new generation of music lovers. This week hi-fi and consumer electronics Lenco is revealing two new turntables. Lenco is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Lenco L-92WA turntable is a premium-quality belt-driven turntable with a stylish design and a built-in dust cover to prevent unwanted dust and debris. It’s an ideal turntable for any vinyl music enthusiasts thanks to its pre-installed AT3600 Audio Technica cartridge so records can be listened to straight out of the box. The belt drive Lenco L-92WA has a robust aluminum platter for improved stability and an anti-skating feature to ensure the tonearm tracks in the center of the record’s groove. The L-92WA has a strobe light feature that not only references the turntable speed but which is useful for lowering the needle onto the record without having to ruin the ambiance of the room by turning a light on.

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