In rotation: 6/2/22

Leeds, UK | Retiring Premier League referee Jon Moss’ shop trashed after play-off final controversy: The fallout from some controversial decisions made in the Championship play-off final between Nottingham Forest versus Huddersfield Town has impacted upon referee Jon Moss. Police have launched an investigation after referee John Moss had his record shop vandalised. The Daily Star exclusively reported that the former Premier League official contacted West Yorkshire Police after his ‘Vinyl Whistle’ store in Headingley, Leeds had been attacked. The incident took place around 48 hours after Moss came in for huge criticism for his performance in the Championship play-off final between Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town last weekend. Moss, who was taking charge of his last game before retiring, denied Huddersfield two penalties as Forest won 1-0 to secure a return to the Premier League and a £170m cash windfall. …It is understood Moss believes the attack on his record shop is related to the abuse he has received from Huddersfield fans since his final match.

UK | Vinyl Fantasy: Step Back into the Record Retailers of Long Ago: Bag designs and logos become a record-buying time warp in the pages of a loving new trawl through Britain’s music shops. Vinyl culture is sustained as much by mythology as it is music, a mass exercise in collective memory, social history and a fierce belief in a shared experience. But these intangible threads are underpinned by a commitment to artefact and object: battered turntables likened to trusted steeds, sound systems fine-tuned like precision engines, and most importantly, stacks of vinyl listed and traded across continents like precious gems. Much of this culture centres on record stores, places of infinite possibility where musical fascination originates and flourishes. A transaction lies at the heart of each relationship with a record, the decision to spend money on a physical object, but while the resulting purchases themselves are treasured, the contexts and histories of the record stores are often lost.

Marquette, MI | Northern Arts & Culture: A Pop-Up Record Show in June 2022: Information about the next 4-day vinyl record show at Ore Dock Brewing Company: The next vinyl record show at Ore Dock Brewing Company is coming up. Jon Teichman and Geoff Walker will take over the second-floor community room of the Marquette brewery from Thursday, June 9th through Sunday, June 12th, with new and used vinyl records, CDs, posters and more. We spoke with Jon (one of the event organizers) about the preparations needed to host the event: The June 2022 4-day Vinyl Record Show at Ore Dock Brewing Company starts at 12 pm on Thursday, June 9th, and runs through 11 pm on Sunday, June 12th, at 114 W. Spring Street in downtown Marquette, Michigan. The event is presented by the NMU Vinyl Record Club.

Corpus Christi, TX | Music culture is the heart of author’s latest book release: Brooklyn-based author Lance Scott Walker was featured at Hybrid Records in downtown Corpus Christi for a book tour. Walker’s latest book, ‘DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution,’ is a narrative biography of the late Robert Earl Davis, Jr. Davis, also known as DJ Screw, is known for the screwed and chopped art form of mixing music. With the help of various hip-hop artists, mainly from Houston, Walker penned the tales of DJ Screw’s life and legacy through oral history. The University of Houston’s library archives helped Walker paint a vivid picture of DJ Screw’s life, but Walker says he built a rich oral history through interviews he has done since 2005. University of Texas Press published Walker’s latest book and said his next book will be centered on his hometown of Galveston, Texas. Lance Scott Walker had several book signings at mom-and-pop record shops across Texas.

UK | Cost of living: Music fans being priced out of seeing acts due to high ticket prices: The cost of living crisis has now spread to live music and people are being priced out of seeing their favourite bands due to increases in ticket prices. Contributing factors include inflation, rising costs and supply chain issues. …Next Door Records in west London is a record store by day, and a live music venue by night. The staff are on a mission to make music accessible for everyone as ticket prices for gigs and concerts rise. Throughout the week, they host live music events open to everyone – week-on-week, they are seeing their audiences grow. Co-founder Louis Raworth told Sky News: “Being inclusive is very important to us as a shop and as a venue space, especially with the cost of living going up and up. “It’s so important to be able to put on free events as it allows people to still go and see musicians. “People are still able to go out, enjoy themselves, and support artists without worrying they are breaking the bank a little bit.”

UK | Special vinyl pressings of albums by Sex Pistols to Spice Girls added to White Label Auction: Net profits from the auction will go towards music industry charity The BRIT Trust. Hit albums by the likes of Adele, Spice Girls, Sex Pistols, Robbie Williams and more will have special vinyl pressings auctioned off for charity in the upcoming White Label Auction. Net profits from the auction will go towards the music industry charity the BRIT Trust and will take place next week on June 7. The BRIT Trust has donated around £28 million to charities and causes that promote education and wellbeing through the power of music and the creative arts since 1989. One of the most exclusive sales will be two rare 7″ test pressings of The Sex Pistols’ controversial debut single God Save The Queen, which was originally released in 1977 and is getting a special re-release in 2022 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. One test pressing is the version originally released by A&M that was later withdrawn, and the other one being released later by Virgin Records.

What do the different vinyl condition grades mean? You’ve probably heard the term “mint condition” when talking about comic books or baseball cards, but it can also apply to vinyl records. There are other condition grades you might stumble upon while buying used vinyl, and it’s worth learning what each grade means. For die-hard music fans, few things are better than buying a great album on vinyl and adding it to your personal library. If you prefer shopping for used vinyl over buying new, you’ll want to have a solid understanding of vinyl condition grades and what they mean as far as quality and your hard-earned dollars—we want you to get the most bang for your buck.

How to Clean Your Vinyl Records (Because They’re Filthy!) Those clicks and pops aren’t supposed to be there! Give your music a bath with this handy guide. Unless you’re buying them brand-new—and often even then—your vinyl records are probably filthy. New records are staticky and attract dust; old records have been sitting in boxes in other peoples’ basements. Take it from someone who has bought, sold, found, cleaned, and restored some dusty, oily gems: Your records probably need a good bath. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about getting (and keeping) your wax fresh. Interested in other audio tips? Be sure to check out our list of the best turntables and our guide on how to upgrade your home audio for free or cheap.

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