In rotation: 9/23/21

Berwick, PA | New record store coming to Berwick this weekend: The unique shop will have something for everyone, with an emphasis on vintage horror. A new record store is coming to Berwick this weekend. It’s called WaxPax Records, and it opens this Saturday at 10 a.m. “This is something that I have been planning my whole life, and I didn’t even really know it, I guess,” said Mark Collier, Berwick. Collier spent Tuesday afternoon adding some finishing touches to his new shop, including last-minute alphabetizing and organizing. He says he cannot help but be proud of what he created. He got the idea after hosting a successful pop-up vinyl record sale over the summer; he decided then that this is what he wanted to do forever. “It got the wheels turning, and I talked to my wife. And I said, ‘let’s just do it, let’s open.’ Really quickly, it came together. If you have a dream and you push hard enough, it can happen,” Collier said.

Los Angeles, LA | L.A.’s The Comedy Store Launching New Record Label: The venture will issue hourlong albums, EPs and specialty projects to be distributed via physical and digital media. The Comedy Store is looking to tap into its past and future with the launch of Comedy Store Records. The new venture, which kicks off Oct. 13 with Launch Label Night at the iconic Los Angeles club, will be a full-service record label that will mine the Comedy Store’s rich vault to issue hourlong albums, EPs and specialty projects to be distributed via physical and digital media. Alternative Distribution Alliance will distribute content from the label, which will also be a home for original video content, a podcast network and a merchandising. The label will be headed by former Warner Music Group exec Jon Sosis, who serves as president of Comedy Store Records. Comedy Store CEO Peter Shore will also co-run the label alongside Sosis, who also hopes to publish material from new comics who come in through the club. “We’re envisioning this a step toward honoring the rich tradition of comedy albums from back in the Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce era — when listening to a vinyl was a time of wonderment and joy,” said Shore.

Sega and iam8bit team up for Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania vinyl: Super Monkey Ball has an undeniably catchy and mood-lifting soundtrack, and it seems like the upcoming Banana Mania isn’t moving away from those vibes. If you’re a fan of physical releases and those tunes then you’ll want to keep an eye on iam8bit’s latest collab… That’s right, Sega is teaming with iam8bit for a vinyl record release of the new game’s soundtrack. Two variants will be released – the first will make the two records look like the Monkey Balls themselves, while the more common variant will be banana yellow (with some being painted to resemble a bruised banana at random.) The gatefold on every edition also features a peelable static cling sticker of a banana, hiding a hidden AiAi beneath.

UK | Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus launches campaign to fix £500m music royalty problem: Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus has launched a campaign to ensure musicians don’t miss out on millions of pounds in royalties. Called Credits Due, the scheme aims to ensure all songwriters and musicians are correctly identified when a song is recorded. At present, missing and incomplete data means that about £500m is unallocated or misallocated globally every year. “It happens frequently,” Ulvaeus told the BBC. “Which means that streaming services don’t know who to pay.” The scheme will also ensure fans see the correct credits for songs – from the writers and producers to the session musicians and engineers. “We want to get back to that experience we had when we opened a double-sleeved LP and listened to the songs while reading the liner notes,” Ulvaeus explained. “I think that’s a very valuable experience that young listeners today are missing.”

Split Enz To Release Forenzics Project In 2022: Tim Finn has confirmed a new Split Enz project Forenzics is being worked on for 2022. Forenzics will feature Finn, Noel Crombie, Eddie Rayner with Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera playing guitar on 10 tracks. Phil produced Split Enz second album ‘Second Thoughts’ in 1976. …Forenzics was planned for 2021 but will now be released in 2022. “It is an album that Warners will release next year now,” Tim says. “It was going to be this year but because of Covid there is a huge worldwide queue on vinyl and we want to put it out on vinyl as well as digital so we are waiting. There will be CD version with 16 tracks and a vinyl version with 11 songs”.

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