In rotation: 9/15/22

Chamblee, GA | A Record Collectors Guide to Valuable Vinyl: …If you are looking to start a vinyl collection, you need to be committed. Although “vintage” music mediums like vinyl are very cool, they are, to be honest, fairly inconvenient. If you listen to music every day, having a streaming service subscription will be good because you will not be able to listen to your records 24/7. Another thing about collecting vinyl is that it is expensive and time consuming, but with this guide you will be able to find records that will increase in value and contribute to a long term investment. And while value is important, you should make sure that the records are valuable to you. When collecting records make sure you have the records you enjoy and enjoy listening to.

Fountain Hills, AZ | Atticus Books & Music opens on Sept. 17: Walled with handsome oak bookshelves and arranged with comfortable reading chairs, Atticus Books & Music has nestled itself into a quiet corner suite of the Plaza Fountainside shops. Family-run and accepting local poets and authors, Atticus will provide this bookshop-hungry community with new, reissued and lightly used books and vinyl. Sept. 17 marks the opening of the independent bookstore in Fountain Hills. With any book or record purchase comes a complimentary membership in the Atticus Reading Club, along with a free book and bag. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a live jazz trio dropping the downbeat at 5 p.m. With only 700 sq. feet of space, Dan and Marjean Cafaro have found a way to fill their shop with a wealth of books and music while still delivering that alluring charm of an independent bookstore. “I remember a bookstore in Hackensack, New Jersey, it was like a paradise to me,” Dan Cafaro said. “A bookstore just made me come alive. It made me feel like something that I wanted to do eventually.”

The Doors Unearthing Last-Known Studio Recording, “Paris Blues,” for Special Record Store Day Vinyl Release: Among fans of The Doors, “Paris Blues” has a near-mythical status due to its existence as the last-known unissued studio recording from the famed Los Angeles psychedelic/rock band. Assumed lost for decades, the track — which has a recording origin of either The Soft Parade or L.A. Woman album sessions — has somehow resurfaced all these years later, and will be the focus of a special new vinyl release from the Doors for Record Store Day Black Friday on Nov. 25. On a related note, it’s worth pointing out that the Doors released a special edition of L.A. Woman in December 2021, revisiting the classic album for a big anniversary.

Madonna Finally Releasing ‘Erotica’ Toe-Sucking Picture Disc to Mark 30th Anniversary: The disc was considered too hot for retail when it was first pressed in 1992. Madonna is finally releasing one of the most sought-after jewels in her musical crown. Thirty years after the 12″ Erotica picture disc featuring a toe-sucking photo from the singer’s explicit Sex book was scotched at the last minute, Rhino Records will celebrate the star’s fifth album on Oct. 21 with a limited-edition 12″ vinyl picture disc. The commemorative release will feature the title track on Side A backed by an instrumental and radio edit. In her inimitable fashion, Madonna slid into character to announce the release, tweeting, “Dear Johnny, I hope the world’s now ready for it… Love Dita,” along with a video that opened with the tease, “there’s a certain satisfaction in a little bit of a wait.”

UK | Suede postpone two in-store gigs due to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: The planned shows in Liverpool and Manchester will now take place later this month. Suede have postponed their scheduled in-store performances on Monday (September 19) due to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. The band, who are set to release their ninth album ‘Autofiction’ this Friday (September 16), will hit the road for a string of record shop performances this week ahead of an intimate UK and European tour. Brett Anderson and co. will take to the stage at Banquet Records in Kingston this Thursday (September 15) before visiting Rough Trade East in Shoreditch (16), Brudenell Social Club in Leeds (17) and The Fleece in Bristol (18). Suede were due to continue their record store tour on Monday with shows and signings at HMV in Liverpool and Manchester. Both of those gigs have now been pushed back to Friday, September 23 as the original date clashed with the Queen’s state funeral. Per an official announcement, original tickets for the delayed performances remain valid. Refunds are available to those who are unable to attend the new date at the point of purchase.

Manchester, UK | ‘I traded in my record player for this affordable Lenco turntable and it’s the best way to listen to music.’ Christmas will soon be here and Bethan Shufflebotham believes this record player is perfect for the music lover in your life. My first ever vinyl record was a copy of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory. It had been my dad’s in the 70s, and the sleeve is still in pristine condition. It’s impossible to deny that listening to a physical record beats mobile streaming hands down. The listening experience is second to none, and there’s something really rather therapeutic about it. Over the last eight years, my vinyl collection has grown and grown, so I recently upgraded my beginners Crosley Cruiser – originally bought for about £60 in Urban Outfitters – for a much more sophisticated turntable . It made sense, seeing as vinyl is only growing in popularity and collecting is not a hobby I ditched after approximately two weeks, like I do with most things. It was my dad that got me into music from a young age, always listening to Brit pop, indie and rock. He also introduced me to records, showing me how best to look after them – and how a quality record player is a must to not wear out your LPs.

Vinyl Records Could Go Green, But Audiophiles Might Hate It: But they’ll still sound great. The dirty secret of the vinyl resurgence is just that—it’s dirty, but a new green alternative could open up its future. There are two problems with record production right now. One is that the capacity for making it cannot keep up with demand. The other is that pressing vinyl, or PVC, records requires a lot of energy and uses some pretty nasty chemicals. Now, a Dutch company is pressing records out of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), not PVC. PET is a greener, more durable plastic that is easily recyclable, but will the audiophiles accept it? “As someone who wants to do a physical release but who also can’t stomach the environmental impact of traditional vinyl, this is a step in the right direction,” musician mOld aka Juniper Wave told Lifewire in a music forum thread.

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