In rotation: 10/12/21

Tiffin, OH | Columbian grad opens underground record store: With a love of music, a Tiffin native has now become the owner of a small, underground record store. The store, Under the Surface, is located at 16 E. Market St. Owner, Jacob Wheeler, has been selling records in the back of Line Drive since July, and now has his own space. Under the Surface will specialize in independent label releases and demos. Wheeler said it was in high school that he got into music. He and his friends would bring bands to Tiffin, and still do in their spare time. After discovering college wasn’t for him, he decided to focus his efforts toward his business venture. According to Wheeler, Under the Surface is a record store that specializes in the underground and obscure side of music. Wheeler said he carries things most record stores don’t such as genres like hardcore, black metal, harsh noise, death metal, grindcore and more. “Ever since I was (young) I always liked selling things and owning a business was a thing I always thought about,” he said.

Sydney, AU | 12 Best Record Stores in Sydney For Vinyl Lovers: The last decade has seen a significant and surprising rise in popularity for vinyl. Although vinyl never really went out of style many artists are choosing to also release their albums on vinyl more and more. Some even re-releasing their older albums too. Luckily Sydney is known for its music scene because of this there’s no shortage of places to get your hands on some quality new and second-hand vinyl. And with Sydney being Sydney you’ll be able to get your hands on pretty much any genre of music you’d like, but that just makes it harder to decide which store to visit. So to help guide you on your vinyl hunting journey, we’ve found the 12 best record stores in Sydney for vinyl lovers.

The first Beatles record that Paul Weller bought: …“Sgt. Peppers was the first album I ever bought,” Weller told The Guardian. “I much preferred the Beatles when they dropped all their moptop nonsense and just became themselves. It was real. Musicians are just normal people, with good and bad points like everyone else. I don’t know why they always have to be perceived as either one extreme or the other. He added, “The Beatles were never totally sweet, it was all a false image they tried to put across when they started. I could never do that. I don’t think I’ve ever tried to put across any image really. That’s why the press didn’t like the Jam when we first came out. They found us boring. We were too normal for them. At the same time, that’s why we had such a strong following – our fans liked us purely for the music.”

The White Stripes releasing 20th anniversary peppermint vinyl reissue of ‘White Blood Cells’: The White Stripes are releasing a vinyl reissue of their 2001 album White Blood Cells in honor of its 20th anniversary. The limited-edition disc will be available on special peppermint pinwheel-colored vinyl exclusively at independent record stores on October 22. Over the summer, The Stripes released a 20th anniversary digital deluxe version of White Blood Cells, featuring remastered HD audio and a live recording from a 2001 hometown Detroit show. Jack White‘s Third Man Records Vault subscription service also released a compilation titled White Blood Cells XX featuring various demos, alternate takes and live tracks. If all that doesn’t satiate your White Stripes nostalgia, you can check out their 26-track Greatest Hits compilation, which was released last December.

Lil Wayne to release vinyl box set featuring ‘Tha Carter’ singles: ‘Tha Carter Singles Collection’ is now available for preorder. Nearly a week after releasing his joint album with Rich the Kid, Lil Wayne is exciting his longtime fans with a blast from the past. On Friday (Oct. 8), “The Dedication” emcee announced that he will be releasing a few singles from his popular Tha Carter series on vinyl. The seven-inch vinyl box set titled Tha Carter Singles Collection will features 19 of the rapper’s hit records, including “A Milli,” “Hustler Musik,” “How to Love” and “Ya Dig,” which was re-released on Friday. Two liner lithographs and a booklet filled with never-before-seen photos will also be included in the box, which is decorated with Wayne’s tattoos. According to Weezy’s site, the box set is currently available for preorder. It is being sold for $200 and is expected to arrive by Nov. 12. While Tunechi’s entire career is worth mentioning, the performance of the era of Tha Carter albums is unrivaled.

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