In rotation: 6/3/22

Nottingham, UK | New shop opens in Arnold high street and is already getting ‘good vibes.’ “The sound makes the difference with vinyl – it’s that little bit of crackle.” A new record shop has opened on the high street in Arnold offering a selection of classic records and albums. Vinyl Destination, which is located in Front Street, has already built up a following thanks to a viral Facebook video made by Conservative MP for Gedling, Tom Randall. Vinyl collectors will be happy to see the shop sells a collection of new and old records spanning decades from classic rock to Oasis to ska. Vinyl has been experiencing a surge in popularity as record sales are set to overtake CDs in 2022. Manager Mark Levy has been in Arnold for around 35 years and worked in retail before switching to a vinyl store. The records he sells come from his personal collection along with hidden gems he has bought from vinyl fans looking to downsize their collection. His store is next to the discount cards stores, which is run by his wife.

Los Angeles, CA | Inside the tiny Hollywood record store that supplies rare vinyl LPs to the entertainment industry: Kevin Hiroshi Donan and his shop As the Record Turns has supplied vinyl for movies, TV shows and record labels. One winter when Kevin Hiroshi Donan was growing up in Flint, Mich., he went out to play with some of his father’s Frisbees—or at least he thought were round, black, oval disc Frisbees. Donnan throws the discs, noticing that they have disappeared into the deep snow. “When the snow melts,” Donnan says inside As the Record Turns, where thousands of records move from floor to ceiling. “I found out what a record was.” Today, Donan records in a different way: He’s a rare vinyl specialist, supplying high-quality copies of vintage sounds to collectors, DJs, musicians, archivists, and others. In the more than 30 years since Donan and his wife Monet opened As the Record Turns, the offerings inside this compact Hollywood shop have attracted celebrity clients ranging from Paul Schaefer to Anderson. culinary, as well as cultural institutions such as The Grammy Museum and. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Karachi, PK | Karachi’s vinyl speakeasy puts a new spin on old records: To reach Muhammad Hussain’s vinyl library in Karachi, visitors must make their way through a congested neighborhood teeming with motorbikes and rickshaws until they reach a nondescript off-white building on the edge of Violet Street. Once there, they climb a staircase to the fourth floor and walk down a dusty hallway to a door that bears no sign that beyond it lie 25,000 vinyl discs — likely the largest private record collection in Pakistan. The three-bedroom apartment-turned-library is full of wooden shelves lined with albums, some still in plastic wrapping, others labeled with post-it notes marking them as rare. Wooden crates and cardboard cartons overflow with soundtracks and “best of” collections, and antique radios and gramophones in different shapes and sizes sit atop tall piles of records. …“I came to know how rare and precious these things (records) are, how important their existence and maintenance is,” Hussain told Arab News at the music library as he thumbed through some sleeves to find a record.

Widespread Panic ‘gobsmacked’ over new release, relish joy of vinyl records: Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools says the band is ‘gobsmacked’ over the youthful enthusiasm and energy captured from a newly released 30-year-old session called ‘Miss Kitty’s Lounge’ and relishes the unique joy of vinyl records. Vinyl records have always made musical discovery magical. When I grew up, hanging out with my closest friends spinning vinyl records, reading liner notes and trading fun facts about players, producers, engineers and band tag-along’s was what we did, daily. Records had a vibe, a smell, and a “handle” that often felt like “home.” Surrounding yourself with them on the floor when you were deep into a spin was a golden moment. Speaking with Widespread Panic founding member and bassist Dave Schools brought that all back. It became clear why he participates in podcasts like Weir Here and writes openers for fun ride flips like the recently released, Plus 1 Athens, a look at show flyers from a rock market that birthed this great band. Like Robbie Robertson and Stevie Van Zandt, Schools is a rock historian with a unique voice and understanding of how music can move many. He also has a love for the joy found in thumbing through vinyl, new and old.

Marquette, MI | NMU Vinyl Record Club preparing for first pop-up record show of the summer: A 4-day vinyl record show at the Ore Dock Brewery will feature thousands of new and used records, CDs, posters and t-shirts. Jon Teichman, one of the organizers of the event, says this will be the first pop-up show of the summer. It is from Thursday to Sunday from noon to 11:00 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewery in Marquette. Live Music will also fill the air.

10 Great Album Covers, Chosen by Music Journalist Adam Bernard: Montrose, Jefferson Starship, Wu-Tang Clan and more. From the time I was old enough to go through my parents’ record collection, there’s always been something special about holding an album in my hands and studying the cover. Back then it was all about the wonder of “Who is this?” and the anticipation of “What does this sound like?” With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite hobbies as an adult is digging through crates of used CDs and vinyl in hopes of finding something amazing. Of course, much like a book, we shouldn’t judge an album by its cover. But truly effective album art can make us pause and say “What is this???”—in either the best, or worst, possible way. For the purposes of this column, I’m putting the most legendary album covers to the side. I think plenty of people have waxed poetically about Abbey Road and Nevermind, and quite frankly we really don’t need to give the kid on the cover the latter another reason to try to sue the surviving members of Nirvana.

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