In rotation: 12/2/21

Philadelphia, PA | 6 Best Record Shops for Crate Diggers in Philadelphia: Collecting and listening to vinyl records is a classic tradition turned modern trend that really made a comeback the past few years. Record stores are more than just commercial spaces; they’re cultural destination to mingle with fellow music obsessives, treasure chests of rare and vintage goodies, and venues to discover new music. Philadelphia is a city full of lively culture known for its music, so finding a great record store around town could not be easier. That said, we have collected a list of record stores in Philadelphia to visit we’re sure will carry your must-haves, collectibles and favorites. Happy create digging!

Paris, FR | Paris 18th: the Dizonord record store organizes a large vinyl clearance sale in a loft: Notice to all diggers and vinyl hunters, a rather exceptional event will take place on the weekends of December 4 and 12. Dizonord, record store emeritus of the 18th arrondissement, organizes with the distributor Topplers a large clearance sale of 50,000 vinyl records of electronic music at declining prices. …The place was still kept secret until now. Finally, a loft close to the store was chosen to host this great event. Specialist in experimental music, the northern Parisian record store Dizonord celebrates all musical genres, even those you have probably never heard of before. Suffice to say that we can find nuggets among the tens of thousands of records put on sale for the occasion. And for once, we can combine quality with quantity, since the prices, never exceeding 5 € per item, will decrease over the course of this musical festival.

Charleston, NC | Deep Crates is calling all vinyl record fans to Tin Roof this Friday: Deep Crates Charleston is a monthly meetup organized by local DJs Thematik and Mosaic to bring together vinyl record collectors and music fans to nerd out over their favorite tunes. The event is held the first Friday of every month at Tin Roof West Ashley and features local and regional DJs, vinyl collectors, record vendors, producers and local dance crews Dancing On Air, Hipnotik BodyRock and The Bronx Boys. “I never know what to expect of the night,” DJ Thematik said. “We don’t tell people what to bring or what to play. This next one is going to be called the Old School Edition because everybody playing has been involved in the scene for over two decades. You can expect a mix of funk, soul and old-school hip-hop. And it’s always all vinyl.”

New York, NY | NYC’s First-Ever Vinyl Record Craft Beer Bar Survives Pandemic and Readies for Expansion: Who would have thought a business that combined craft beers and vinyl records would be a winning concept? It’s been working for NYC-based Chris Maestro, who opened BierWax in late 2017 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. And now, having survived the pandemic, he is opening a second location in the borough of Queens. BierWax was on a business boom just before the pandemic. The business was turning a profit right before the pandemic, making about half a million dollars a year, The Gothamist reported. The 45-year-old former city public school teacher combined two of his passions: craft beer and vinyl records. And BierWax puts both in play. There are 5,000 records stacked on shelves behind the bar, and the taps are filled with a finely curated selection of local craft beer.

Tacoma, WA | The 6th Avenue Record Walk: A guide to buying LP’s and 45’s in Tacoma. One of the great things about Tacoma is that it has four, long-standing record stores within walking distance of each other. These businesses each fill a niche within the record business, from cheap records to obscure finds, they all have must-see collections. Hi-Voltage Records: Currently working on an expansion to begin selling books and apparel, Hi-Voltage has been a new and used record hotspot in Tacoma for 15 years. The store features rows of neatly organized records, a wall of band tees, hot album displays, in this case, Adele’s “30,” along with displays of rare pressings and limited edition bright colored vinyl. With an average price of around $25 and a diverse range of genres, Hi-Voltage is the best spot for new records. Excited about the expansion, opening in late November, store manager Adam Davis-Stockman says “we’re a local store and we’re happy to provide more culture to Tacoma…”

Newark, NJ | Organizers hope Newark Organization for the Creative Arts will serve as hub for artists: Organizers hope a nonprofit organization aimed at art education will serve as a home for artists in central Ohio and Licking County. On Wednesday, the Newark Organization for the Creative Arts officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 33 W. Church St. in downtown Newark. A project that has been in the works for two years, the location offers a retail location for items including vinyl records and art supplies, a space for private music lessons, a box office for live events, and their in the future, an IDEALab (Interactive Digital Education and Arts Laboratory). NOCA board president and managing partner of neighboring Thirty One West Tom Atha said the core of the nonprofit’s inspiration came from his own path. About 15 years ago, Atha said he opened a recording studio and found in the journey to opening and its first 10 years, that he didn’t have the contacts he needed nor resources that could’ve been helpful.

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