In rotation: 8/18/22

Chicago, IL | Shuga Records Opening In Logan Square As Wicker Park Record Store Expands: A second outpost of Shuga Records is taking over a commercial building on a changing stretch of Logan Square’s Armitage Avenue. Wicker Park’s Shuga Records is expanding west to Logan Square. Shuga Records, a record store specializing in hard-to-find vinyl and known for its vast online collection, is coming to 3306 W. Armitage Ave., owner Adam Rosen announced on social media. It will be the second outpost of Shuga Records, serving as a retail shop and the company’s warehouse, Rosen said. The original Shuga Records store at 1272 N. Milwaukee Ave. will remain open. Rosen said he signed a 20-year lease on the Armitage Avenue building last week after two years of searching for the right spot and securing city permitting. If everything goes according to plan, the store will open in mid-November, Rosen said. The Logan Square shop will be similar to the Wicker Park spot, which has become one of the city’s go-to record stores since opening in 2015.

Hamilton, ON | Hamilton record shop teases moving sale before ‘bittersweet’ relocation: A record shop in Hamilton whose pride is selling vinyl from artists who are “off the beaten path” is moving to the main drag — and hoping it does not have to carry too much. Into The Abyss announced last month it would be leaving its location on Locke St. due to “unsustainable rent” at the location where it has been for five years, surviving health protections at the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic before the advent of vaccines. It has two shopping weekends left there before it moves into a space on King St. E. in the International Village, at a location between Wellington and Spring streets. A social media post says Into The Abyss will have a final weekend sale on the Aug. 26-28 weekend before saying sayonara to the 119 Locke St. S. location. It will take about two weeks for Into The Abyss to open on King St. E., next door to the Café Oranje coffee and tea shop. In the meantime, vinyl enthusiasts can lighten the load, or take some sorrow out of the parting, by swinging by Into The Abyss.

FL | Visit these Best Vinyl Record Stores in St Pete and Clearwater: Independent record stores in St Pete and Clearwater have been blossoming for quite some time. It’s where music addicts and second-hand specialists spend their free time while exploring their passion and discovering some awesome recorded music. Now, are you wondering which vinyl record store in St Pete and Clearwater is worth your visit? Worry not – our list below shows unique stores within this area where you can buy both fresh and used records.

MN | Eight Record Stores to Explore in the Twin Cities: In the Twin Cities, there’s a record store for any musical mood. you might be looking for, from classic punk rock to trendy newcomers. Spend an afternoon (or several) browsing the selections at any of these prized stores. With any luck, you’ll find great tunes and great company among avid music lovers, curious shoppers, and fans of vintage vinyl. Here are eight stores to visit in the area. The electric fetus: While no one seems to remember where the name came from, this popular record store is now a staple of the Minneapolis music scene. Established in 1968 by four friends with a passion for vinyl, Electric Fetus is now a hub for the local music community. With a large collection of new and used CDs, LPs, and DVDs, this record store offers a selection for everyone…

Technics Announces Availability of the SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable: Technics is pleased to announce the availability of the new SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable. Featuring the iconic characteristics of Technics turntables, such as the coreless direct drive motor and a high-precision S-shaped aluminum tonearm, it comes in at an even more affordable price point than its award-winning sibling, the SL-1500C. Available exclusively at Technics.com and Amazon, the SL-100C is $999.99. “With the ongoing success of the multi-award-winning SL-1500C, the new, more affordable SL-100C is poised to take the lead as the most desirable $1,000 coreless direct drive turntable on the market. The SL-100C keeps the key performance attributes of the SL-1500C to reach a wider audience and is a welcome addition to the Technics Premium Class.

New York, NY | ‘Meat’ the Husband-and-Wife Team Behind Vinyl Steakhouse: Kevin and Sofia Flannery on their music-inspired labor of love, which opened in May. In the winter of 2018, Kevin and Sofia Flannery first met at a Manhattan steakhouse and could have never imagined then that less than five years later, they would open one of their own. Kevin, an Ohio native, and Sofia, who hails from Calgary, Canada, worked on the concept, which puts a modern spin on the classical steakhouse experience, and opened Vinyl Steakhouse on May 13 on West 19th Street. The Flatiron eatery got its name from the unique fact that it has over 2,000 vinyl records which provide its soundtrack. And on August 12, the couple celebrated National Vinyl Day by allowing guests to pick the music. “We put it in a wine list format, so a bottle of Caymus 2017 vintage, it’s like an album of Led Zeppelin, 1976 vintage,” Kevin explained. As for bestselling items, their porterhouse for two, which is dry-aged by a fourth-generation meat purveyor in a cedar-lined room with Himalayan sea salt, takes first place.

Boom or bust: CDs first manufactured 40 years ago: Sliding under car seats or stuffed into a binder of plastic sleeves, music lovers may find a forgotten form of their favorite hits. The CDs once containing must-listen to songs on a road trip now seem like a distant memory, but come Wednesday, the spotlight will be back on the shiny discs. Aug. 17, 2022, marks 40 years since the first compact disc (CD) was manufactured. Four decades ago, at a factory near Hanover in Germany, Royal Philips Electronics made a copy of “The Visitors” by ABBA. The co-produced format by Sony and Philips represented the start of a shift from analogue to digital music. CDs offered improved sound quality and better scratch resistance. Plus, the standard disc would hold more than one hour of music.

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