In rotation: 6/8/22

UK | The Cure and Sex Pistols test pressings raise record funds for The BRIT Trust: The White Label Auction in Aid of The BRIT Trust has set a new record for a sale of LP test pressings – with a total hammer price of £43,540. Net proceeds will now go to support the work of The BRIT Trust – the music industry charity that supports causes that promote education and wellbeing through the power of music and the creative arts, such as The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins music therapy among many others. It means that the White Label Auction hosted by the music memorabilia and vinyl records specialists Omega Auctions has now raised a total approaching £100,000 for The BRIT Trust over its three editions to date. Each of the 175 lots of ‘white label’ LP test pressings, some of them signed or personalised by the artists, sold, with many typically going for hundreds of pounds and eight lots commanding four-figure sums.

Gainesville, FL | Paid downtown parking in Gainesville still on the table. Business owners wish it wasn’t: On the front counter of Hear Again Records on Southeast First Street sits petition sheets signed by hundreds of customers opposed to the city reinstating paid parking along many downtown streets. Record shop owner Andrew Schaer said it wasn’t a tough sell getting people to sign them. Even though the commission in February temporarily backed off its paid program that turned two-hour free spots into paid ones, the city is still considering the proposal. Officials believe that too much of the street-side parking is unavailable because free spaces are less likely to turn over. …Schaer said people simply don’t want to have to pay to park when making a quick stop. “I already know how it’s going to affect the business,” Schaer said. “They did a trial run for about three and a half weeks months back, and it just cut my revenue in half…” He added that people just weren’t paying for the parking because they “thought it was a money grab.”

TikTokers dumbfounded by video showing how vinyl records work: ‘Literally who came up with this.’ How does vinyl actually work? For music fans born after the 1980s — and even some born before — the process may seem fairly mysterious. But a 25-year-old record collector is going viral on TikTok for breaking it down. The TikToker, named Hamza (@squish.records), posted the video in late March. It’s since drawn almost 2 million views and thousands of dumbfounded commenters. …TikTok has long been a place for vinyl lovers to share their knowledge and passion. In recent years, collectors have used the app to tout their favorite records and rarest finds. While many TikTokers were grateful for the explanation, some remained in the dark. “I’m still so confused,” one user wrote. “Literally who came up with this,” another added. “No matter how many times I have this explained I’ll still never understand lol,” another wrote. “I refuse to believe they came up with this before they came up with just Spotify,” said another.

Lou Reed Album With Early Demos of Velvet Underground Classics, Unreleased Songs Coming in August: As part of the celebration around the late Lou Reed’s 80 th birthday, an album of his earliest demos — comprising a number of Velvet Underground classics recorded in 1965, along with several songs dating back to his college and teen years — will be released August 26 on Light in the Attic Records in partnership with Reed’s longtime partner Laurie Anderson. The album, titled “Words & Music, May 1965,” is the inaugural release from the Lou Reed Archive Series, and dovetails with the opening Thursday of an extensive Reed exhibit at the New York Public Library, titled “Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars.” The album includes the earliest known recordings of such classics as “Heroin,” “Pale Blue Eyes,” “Iʼm Waiting for the Man” and several unreleased tracks. The bulk of the album is comprised of the 1965 tracks, which were recorded with the assistance of Reed’s future bandmate John Cale. Reed mailed the tape to himself as a “poor manʼs copyright,” and remained sealed in its original envelope and unopened for nearly 50 years.

Vinyl Edition of “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” Soundtrack Available for Pre-order: The soundtrack to the recent animated film from 20th Century Studios, The Bob’s Burgers Movie, is set to arrive on a special vinyl record later this year, and can be preordered now from the Disney Music Emporium. The vinyl soundtrack to The Bob’s Burgers Movie is now available for pre-order through the Disney Music Emporium and is set to feature all the catchy musical numbers and tunes from the film that debuted late last month. Again, the vinyl soundtrack is only available for pre-order at this time, and is expected to ship later this year in December. The vinyl soundtrack will be available on colored vinyl. Making their big screen debut, the ever-relatable Belcher Family faces all new catastrophe in this bold, brassy and bone-dry murder-mystery comedy adventure. With plenty of hilarity, heart and show-stopping musical numbers, The Bob’s Burgers Movie will deeply satisfy fans, while serving up a tasty treat for new adventures.

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