In rotation: 8/31/21

Raleigh, NC | Raleigh music hall has followed strict COVID protocols. An outbreak occurred anyway: The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop will close for two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak — a blow to the longtime downtown Raleigh venue that had followed strict pandemic rules. The music hall announced the news on its Facebook page Wednesday, noting that half its team had the virus. It will reopen Sept. 8 and offer refunds for shows until then. Work continues on rescheduling the canceled shows. Starting on Aug. 13, the Pour House began requiring vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for those attending concerts. Masks were required at all times except when patrons were drinking or shopping in the record store. “We understand this … sucks,” said a note on the Pour House site. “Like BIG TIME … SUCKS! Especially after getting a glimpse of life returning back to normalcy.”

Bloomingdale , NY | Vinyl and plastic: Bloomingdale record and toy store sells nostalgia, connection: A new store opened up in Bloomingdale earlier this month, and it’s become a haven for music lovers, people looking to get in touch with their inner child and collectors around the area. The proprietor, Tim Branfalt — he goes by “Timmy B” — is an energetic music lover, conversationalist and “curator” of the vinyl and toy museum, Black Dog Records, that he established on state Route 3. On any given day, Branfalt can be found pacing around his store, flipping through the 4,000-or-so records, eyeing the Masters of the Universe toy collection in a glass case and reveling in the nostalgic space he’s created. The eponymous black dog of Black Dog Records is a boxador named Griffey Richard, after Seattle Mariners player Ken Griffey Jr., though he’s sometimes introduced as Griffey Richard, Esquire. “He’s my legal counsel,” Branfalt said.

Joni Mitchell’s 1969 Carnegie Hall performance gets first 3LP release: With live renditions of ‘Chelsea Morning’, ‘Cactus Tree’, ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Urge For Going’, and more. Joni Mitchell’s 1969 Carnegie Hall performance is being released for the first time, via Reprise this October. The performance came almost a year after the release of Mitchell’s debut album — Song to a Seagull — and was the then 25-year old’s her first major concert. It features renditions of some of her most beloved pieces, including ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Chelsea Morning’, ‘Cactus Tree’, ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Urge For Going’, ‘Morning Morgantown’, and ‘The Circle Game’. Alongside Live at Carnegie Hall 1969, Mitchell also recently reissued her first four albums in a 4xLP collection titled The Reprise Albums (1968-1971).

Pearl Jam Release Ten And No Code Anniversary Editions: Pearl Jam have released a pair of newly-remixed anniversary editions of their 1991 debut, “Ten”, and 1996’s “No Code” albums. Both records were issued on August 27 – five years apart – with “Ten” marking its 30th anniversary and “No Code” its 25th milestone. The anniversary editions were fully mixed by Pearl Jam producer and sound engineer Josh Evans in Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio to provide listeners with an immersive, sonic experience. …”Ten” went on to sell more than 13 million copies in the US, while “No Code” earned the Seattle outfit their third straight US No. 1 album. Pearl Jam have also recently released a 25th anniversary 150-gram vinyl edition of “No Code”, marking the first time the album has been available on the format since its original release and the first time the album is being mastered specifically for vinyl.

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