In rotation: 1/23/23

Ithaca, NY | Two businesses open new locations in Ithaca: Downtown Ithaca welcomed two new businesses this afternoon with an honorary ribbon cutting ceremony. Choice Words is looking to help organizations get grant funding. While Angry Mom Records will cater to music lovers of all kinds. …Choice Words wasn’t the only business cutting a ribbon today; Angry Mom Records is celebrating a new era in Ithaca. Following over a decade underground, the record store can now see the light of day from their new space in Autumn Leaves Used Books. “Well, we just moved up from the basement. We’ve been in the basement for 13 years. And we expanded into the second floor. Doubled our space,” said George Johnn Owner George Johnn shared music has always been a part of his life. As a teen he loved Punk Rock, but now that he is a business owner, Johnn has to comb through different sources to find the vinyl’s people crave.

Nottingham, UK | New record shop opens in Nottingham’s Sneinton Avenues: Running Circle Records offers a range of vinyl. A new record shop has opened in Nottingham’s Sneinton Avenues offering a range of vinyl. Running Circle Records has launched in Unit 46 on Freckingham Street near Bustler Market. The shop is not just a record shop but also a label, which is owned by Guohan Zeng and Tom Towle. The two are musicians and DJs based in Nottingham and this is their first retail shop. Running Circle is open from Thursday to Sunday and often features appearances from other local DJs who play in the unit. The shop also has online stores where vinyl fans can pick up new releases. Guohan said: “We started as an independent label which was co-founded by myself, Tom Towle and a couple of other friends in 2017. We started the label so we could release music for artists we were really into who were mostly from Nottingham. “Last year, we decided to take a different approach and saw the opportunity in Sneinton Market and thought it would be great to have a physical store so people could get to know us a bit.”

Plano, TX | Josey Records bringing old-school goods to Plano: Dallas-based Josey Records is opening its fifth location in Plano on Jan. 20, according to an Instagram post from the company. The store will be located at 6940 Coit Road and will offer various products from different decades, including vinyl records, posters, CDs, books, apparel and more. Josey Records has other locations in Dallas; Kansas City, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Lubbock.

Kerala, IN | After ‘Chitram’, vinyl records to make a comeback in Mollywood through ‘Marakkar.’ Chitram, released in 1988, was the last movie to release their tracks on a long-playing record. Only when the record was safely back on the shelf did she turn to me and give a little smile. And every time, this thought hit me: It wasn’t a record she was handling. It was a fragile soul inside a glass bottle: Haruki Murakami in South of the Border, West of the Sun.With a sprawling collection of over 10,000 records, the Japanese novelist is perhaps the biggest brand ambassador of the vinyl record player. After a long hiatus, vinyl sales are seeing a resurgence globally and have now overtaken CDs. The warmer sound and the nostalgic feel that the vinyl helps imbibe is perhaps two of the likely reasons why music aficionados attest that one should hear from a vinyl to feel the soul of a song. Now, after over three decades, vinyl records are slated to make a comeback in the Malayalam film industry.

Streaming killed the music experience. It’s time to bring it back to life: Spotify and other all-you-can-eat streaming buffets have cheapened the most universal of human experiences. …Scientists believe that music has always been a fundamental part of the human experience. It’s the only truly universal language on Earth, and probably beyond. It’s one of the cornerstones of civilization, transcending nationalities, ethnicities, and cultural differences while connecting to something in our brains that we can’t touch even while it touches us. It can take our spirit to places that can’t be reached by the written word or the visual arts, as Fran Lebowitz said recently in Martin Scorsese’s documentary series Pretend It’s a City. At its core, the flute song has remained the same even while it has evolved through millennia, getting more sophisticated as musicians learned to master it, from folk songs to classical compositions to an explosion of genres and styles. The symphonies and rural sounds evolved to become records, long plays created as a whole body of work. A vision. An experience.

Best Of The Best Record Players For 2023: Top 5 Systems Most Recommended For Vinyl Bliss: Music can transport us back to different times in our lives. A song can attach itself to a memory. In fact, a recent study from researchers at the University of Toronto found individual attachment styles often correspond with the lyrics of one’s favorite songs. In simpler terms, people tend to turn to music that describes how they’re feeling about their relationships – for better or worse. Of course, the way we listen to music has evolved over time. Many of us grew up using a record player. The experience of getting an album on vinyl, putting it on the turntable and giving it a spin, has transcended generations. But how to choose the best record players on the market? Keep reading to find out.

Ivy Looks Back On Apartment Life With Vinyl Reissue, Rare Tracks: Non-album song ‘Sleeping Late’ is making its digital debut. In its first release since the 2020 COVID-19-related death of co-founder Adam Schlesinger, New York indie trio Ivy is looking back on 25 years of its sophomore album Apartment Life. The group is offering the 1997 project on vinyl for the first time March 3 through Bar/None in a white edition via that label and a blue version through Newbury Comics. In another debut, the first of two bonus tracks from the Japanese CD edition of Apartment Life has been released digitally, the breezy “Sleeping Late.” On it, vocalist Dominque Durand emulates Mo Tucker’s singing style on the Velvet Underground’s “After Hours” as she attempts to wish the day away. “We didn’t put it on the Apartment Life album since it was meant to be silly and sort of tongue and cheek, but we ultimately used it as a bonus track for the Japanese release, figuring over there most people wouldn’t understand the lyrics and never know what lazy idiots we were,” Ivy’s Andy Chase says.

Bananarama’s ‘WOW!’ set for coloured vinyl reissue: Bananarama’s Stock Aitken Waterman-produced ‘WOW!’ album will be reissued on white vinyl next month. The fourth album from the trio was originally released in 1987 and features the hit singles I Heard a Rumour, Love in the First Degree, I Can’t Help It and I Want You Back. It’s the final LP to feature the original line-up of Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward and, in an HMV Exclusive, will be pressed on white vinyl for the first time. Bananarama’s ‘WOW’ is out on white vinyl via London Records on February 24, exclusively at HMV. Last year, Bananarama celebrated their 40th anniversary with the release of their 12th album ‘Masquerade‘, with plans to mark the occasion set to continue into 2023. Reflecting on four decades of success, Sara Dallin told RETROPOP in an August 2022 cover feature: “I don’t think we thought about how long it would last. It’s like, if you love your job, you don’t suddenly think, ‘Well, I’m 30 now, I won’t do that job anymore,’ or, ‘I’m 40, I won’t do it anymore.’

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