In rotation: 7/22/22

New-gen vinyl buyers are ‘serious, dedicated and valuable.’ Research firm MusicWatch has been diving into its data on the new generation of vinyl buyers in the US: those born in 1989 or later. It found that nearly 80% of them have started buying vinyl in the last five years, and that while 37% of them say they buy it to display, 78% intend to listen to their LPs. Yes, that means a crossover: “some records jockey between the wall and the stylus,” as MusicWatch’s Russ Crupnick put it. Another finding: one third of these new-gen buyers say that they buy vinyl to support their favourite artists: “They overwhelmingly believe it is important to support artists beyond just listening to their music.” Interestingly, packaging – artwork and the design of the record itself – appear to be bigger motivators for buying than audio quality.

Ocean County, NJ | One stop shop: A guide for all things vinyl around Ocean County, NJ: It’s been about two months since moving to New Jersey, but if you took a look around my apartment you’d think my fiancee and I just moved in last weekend. It’s definitely a work in progress. …Usually, when I shop for records, I’ll just go to an antique store, which New Jersey has a plethora of, and browse their selection. That’s always fun because antique shops I think have the most eclectic stock of records. But if you’re looking for a store that specializes in vinyl, there are a few right here in Ocean County that are worth visiting.

Portland, OR | Shopping For Vinyl Records With A Portland IPA In Hand? Yes Please! Wouldn’t it be cool if you could stroll through aisles of vinyl records and cassettes with a Portland IPA in your hand? Really wish I’d thought of this idea! Black and White rock posters on the walls, aisle of record bins, and the beer. The bar will stay simple, sticking to six taps including Rainier and a rotating cider. The rest of the taps will generally focus on Pacific Northwestern beers, in particular things made in Portland; a nearby beer cooler will have a wider collection of beers, ciders, and non-alcoholic options. The Record Pub will open its doors officially on Friday, July 22 at 11 a.m.

Marquette, MI | Find Some Classics At The Latest Vinyl Record Show And Sale This Weekend In Marquette! Your latest chance to check out and buy some classic and new vinyl records is happening in Marquette this weekend. Jon Teichman, organizer of the latest Ore Dock Record Show & Sale, spoke about the event today with Mark & Walt in the Morning. Teichman said from Noon to 11:00 p.m. each day, from this Thursday, July 21st until Sunday, July 24th, the pop-up vinyl record show will be held in the Community Room at the Ore Dock Brewing Company at 114 W. Spring Street in downtown Marquette. He also shared some stories about previous record sale finds, including a special Jackie Gleason collection from 1962! Teichman added that thousands upon thousands of new & used vinyl records, CDs, posters, cassettes, books, and t-shirts will be available and trades welcome!

Toronto, CA | Music festival, vinyl record show: What to do in Durham the weekend of July 23 and 24: Port Perry Vinyl Record and Collectibles Show July 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Latcham Centre, 123 Queen St., Port Perry. Vendors will be selling thousands of vinyl LPs, 45s and CDs as well as posters, books and music memorabilia. You can also find record-cleaning products. The event is hosted by The Record Vault, visit facebook.com/therecordvault for more information. Admission is $4.

DE | New vinyl pressing plant for independent labels opens in Germany: Matter of Fact employs carbon-neutral shipping and FSC-certified sleeves. A new vinyl pressing plant aimed at grassroots music and indie labels has opened in northeast Germany. The founders of Matter of Fact, which has been two years in-the-making, decided to launch after “nearly going bankrupt” when running their label due to major label dominance on the vinyl market. Vinyl manufacturing has been plagued with delays, increased shipping costs and backlogs in recent years, with smaller labels having to wait six to 12 months — or more — for their records. “If a small label has a banger or hit and wants to release it they have to schedule it in 8-12 months. This is an extreme situation. Only majors can plan years ahead”, said Matter of Fact’s Andrew Kroenert. He explained that the new plant won’t press records for major labels and are committed to supporting “the underground, the small and the indies who have held up the flag all these years.”

13 Vinyl Record Storage Ideas That Are Pretty and Functional: Upgrade your home DJ booth today! It’s no secret that vinyl records are making a major comeback. Even Harry Styles set a record (pun intended) for record sales of Harry’s House. So as you’re starting to amass your own collection, you’re probably asking yourself…how should I store these albums? Whether you’re starting out with a small stack or you have hundreds of records on deck, keeping everything organized is key and these clever vinyl storage ideas are the pretty and practical solutions you need. From wall-mounted frames to storage systems, this list will certainly speak to music lovers. You can even combine a few to create a next-level music setup! In addition to organization, functionality is the other important piece of the puzzle. When shopping for options, make sure your choice can hold your current roster while still giving you space to grow. And don’t just look at style, ensure that your pieces stay protected because it’s been proven that records can last a lifetime if you take care of them properly.

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