In rotation: 1/13/23

Cleveland Heights, OH | Record Revolution closes up shop after 55 years: It’s the end of an era for one of the longest-running independent record stores in the country. Record Revolution in Cleveland Heights closed its doors for good Jan. 6. Shoppers filled the store from open until close after owner Rob Love made the announcement. “If I could have done a quarter of this business, then I would be open still,” he said. “I wouldn’t be closing.” Spectrum News 1 first visited the store in fall 2021 and spoke with Love about its enduring legacy. “Thousands of record stores over the years, especially in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, shut their doors, and we were lucky enough to be able to weather that storm,” Love said then. Now, a little over a year later, those winds have changed. “I’ve been saying for years, if you don’t support local business, it won’t be here,” Love said. “I promise, I will shut it down. And that’s what’s going on. That’s what happened.”

Niagara Falls, NY | Record store to open in Niagara Falls on Friday: A new record store is coming to the Falls and will be hosting its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at 5 p.m. Daredevil Record Store and Listening Lounge will sell new and used records, CDs, cassettes, and vintage shirts. What will set it apart from many other record stores is the listening lounge, which will allow patrons to listen to any of Daredevil’s used inventory on Walkmans, Discmans, and other audio equipment throughout the lounge. Located at 324 Niagara St., the store will have extended hours on Friday and Saturday to celebrate its opening — staying open until 12:30 a.m. The store has a two-day beer, wine, and cider permit with alcohol sales running until close. The store also said DJ Dr. Wisz will be spinning a retro playlist from 5-11 p.m. Daredevil Records will also sell Green Day’s Oakland Coffee, Johnny Ryan, and Gene Simmons’ Moneybag Soda. Beer, wine, cider, and seltzers will be available later in the year.

Edinburgh, UK | 9 lost Edinburgh record stores that are gone but not forgotten: Back in the days before music streaming was even a thing, Edinburgh was home to a number of thriving record stores. Here we take a nostalgia-tinged look at some iconic record stores that are no longer in business – but are still fondly remembered. Bruce’s, Rose Street: When you mentioned the word record and Edinburgh, Bruce’s is one of the very first things that comes to mind. Originally a shop in Falkirk, the second store from brother’s Bruce and Brian Finlay arrived in the Capital in 1969. Bruce’s specialised in US imports and underground rock and carrier bags branded with the ‘I Found It At Bruce’s’ slogan with the owner of Glasgow’s Love Music store even working in the store. For thousands of 1970s and 80s teenagers, the music shops were essential meeting points to pick up the latest vinyl and carry it home in an ‘I found it at Bruce’s’ bag. Speaking in a previous interview to the Edinburgh Evening News about his store, Bruce Findlay said: “In those days the record shop in the high street enjoyed the same profile in the community as the butcher and the baker…

Atlanta, GA | Historic Edgewood Avenue building (finally) lands daytime tenant: Record store, retailer aims to open at Brown Hayes Department Store building this month. Edgewood Avenue has recently seen action in the form of modernistic mixed-use development, the rise of a popular Slutty Vegan outpost, and a (faux) White Castle built for filming a TV series. But according to longtime business proprietors in that section of Old Fourth Ward and Sweet Auburn, the street known for lively nightlife has been lacking a daytime retail option to help drive foot traffic. Until now. Disorder Vinyl, an Atlanta record store and retailer currently operating in Summerhill, plans to uproot this month to a historic building with high visibility at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Boulevard: The circa-1899 Brown Hayes Department Store building. …Disorder Vinyl plans to close its Summerhill location on Ormond Street on Monday in hopes of relocating to Edgewood Avenue and reopening January 27. It’s self-described as “the coolest record store in Atlanta” with a selection of vinyl, CDs, and cassette tapes in many genres, plus books, clothing, hats, and more.

Los Angeles, CA | This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Wayne Johnson, president, Rockaway Records. While vinyl recordings, once on the verge of being relegated to history’s technological junk bin, have become one of the music industry’s biggest comeback stories, it’s also evident that music memorabilia and collectibles sales are also now skyrocketing. As a result, after a complete two-month shut-down, Rockaway Records in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, last year shifted from being a brick-and-mortar music Mecca to an appointment-only shop. Co-founders and brothers Wayne (president/ memorabilia buyer) and Gary (VP/ vinyl buyer) expanded their high-end music memorabilia business, stocked up even more on highly sought-after vintage vinyl, and collectibles, and reopened their famed record shop of 40 years, but no longer accepted walk-in traffic. While nearly every other independent record store and many chain outlets in Los Angeles have forever shut down, Rockaway has managed to stay open bolstered by the Johnson brothers traveling the world, acquiring and selling music collectibles.

Taylor Swift is responsible for one in 25 vinyl records sold in the US over 2022: Most of Swift’s record sales are owed to her recent album, ‘Midnights’ Taylor Swift is directly responsible for the record-breaking year that US vinyl sales saw in 2022: out of just under 43.5million LPs, one in 25 bought were albums minted by the pop megastar. According to Luminate‘s year-end sales report, Swift sold a total of 1.695million vinyl records in 2022 – more than the second- and third-highest sellers, Harry Styles and The Beatles, combined. For reference, those artists respectively sold 719,000 and 553,000 records. Most of Swift’s record sales are owed to her recent 10th studio album ‘Midnights’, which sold 945,000 copies across five colour-coded variants. Last month, it was reported that sales figures for ‘Midnights’ made Swift the first mainstream artist to sell more copies of an album on vinyl than CD since the 1980s. Not only is ‘Midnights’ the highest-selling vinyl release in more than three decades, but is the highest selling vinyl album of the 21st century overall. By proxy, 2022 was the first year since 1987 that vinyl records sold better than CDs.

Plainfield, IL | Live Music At The Black Dog Vinyl Cafe: 3 Concerts Coming To The First Hundred Miles of Route 66. If you’re looking for a record store, coffee house and live music all in one convenient place, then you’ve reached nirvana here at Black Dog Vinyl Café. Light breakfast, pastries and grilled panini are on the eats menu here at the Black Dog but offerings don’t stop there, this fan favorite cafe is also one of the best pop-up live music venues along The First Hundred Miles of Route 66!

Norwood, UK | Norwood’s Book and Record Bar announce a four band bill for Friday 27th Jan 2023: Norwood’s Book and Record Bar is hosting an “intimate evening of top-class live music at one of London’s best record shops” on Friday, 27th Jan 2023. The doors open at 7pm, with the first act at 8pm, with old school vinyl on the decks and a bar open til 1am. Here’s the line up: Joroto, House Above the Sun, Bennett Valuks, Zurito. The small print: Advance booking is recommended as space is limited. Full refunds accepted up until 48 hours before the gig door time.

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