In rotation: 2/2/24

Boise, ID | Historical music shop records Idaho’s music history: A shop with quite a lot of music history in the Treasure Valley is turning the tables and helping to document the region’s musical history. The Record Exchange, which opened 43 years ago in Boise, is partnering with Boise State University to create an archive of not only the shop’s history but the Idaho music scene. Musicians who have or had ties to the state are being sought in the effort to archive local history. According to a release from BSU, the project was initiated by Special Collections and Archives at Albertson Library and Cora Lee Oxley, a former employee of The Record Exchange and BSU humanities and cultural studies student. The partnership “aims to highlight and preserve a local music history through the lens of The Record Exchange, which was founded in 1977 and has worked to champion and support Boise and Idaho musicians.”

Los Angeles, CA | In West Adams, High-Fidelity Record Store Serves The Historic Jazz Community: High-Fidelity Records is nestled next to shops and business in a changing area of West Adams, an unexpected sight as you walk or drive by. But when you step in, take in the music in the record shop and meet the owners, you understand why it belongs in this neighborhood. “A lot of the artists and musicians found homes in these areas, West Adams, a little further south, Baldwin Hills. And they’ve become historic neighborhoods for music and musicians,” Ray Limon, co-owner of High-Fidelity, says. Just down the street there’s the headquarters of indie label Delicious Vinyl (and Delicious Pizza) that’s been around for over three decades. West Adams had a popping club scene, attracting musicians from all over the country as the jazz movement swelled from 1920s to the 1950s. Hollywood stars like Hattie McDaniel lived in this area, as racist housing covenants denied people of color from buying and renting in certain neighborhoods.

Amherst, NS | ‘He would have been really proud’: N.S. record store closing soon: Every Saturday morning for the past three years, Brendan Cooney has opened up his downtown Amherst, N.S., record store, but those Saturdays are numbered. The owner of East Coast Records is closing his store in March. A career opportunity has come up that Cooney just can’t pass up and juggling two careers is too much to handle. “The store was always supposed to be a hobby. It was supposed to be just a cool place to hang out and build a community. It’s hard to do that when you’re working full time as well,” said Cooney. …Owning a record store was always a dream for him, so in the fall of 2021 he opened the brick and mortar shop on Havelock Street. “Since I was a kid, my dad got me into vinyl. He was a huge audiophile,” said Cooney. “The first thing I ever listened to was Rush, “2112.” It kind of spiraled from there.”

Shepherds Bush, UK | Shepherds Bush DJ moves soundsystem night to Goldhawk Road pub: A Shepherds Bush DJ is moving his popular soundsystem night to Goldhawk Road. Dan Green – who DJs under the name Daddy Long Legs – is moving his vinyl-only ‘Top Banana’ soundsystem night to O’Donoghues Pub at 174 Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, on Friday (2 February). It follows five years of spinning tunes at the nearby Pocketwatch Pub in Uxbridge Road before the pub recently shut. Dan said: “After five years at the Pocketwatch watching the nights really take off, it’s exciting to move to a bigger venue.” As always, Friday’s party is free and is the start of a twice-monthly night specialising in vintage reggae, soul and funk records played on his custom-made soundsystem. The next night will be Friday 9 February. Doors open at 8pm. When not playing out, Dan also hosts a weekly Saturday radio show on Shepherds Bush-based station HOT 96 from noon to 2pm.

Tampa, FL | Beloved expat Florida songwriter Tracy Shedd plays free record shop show in Tampa: She’s bringing ‘The Carolinas’ to Microgroove. Wilmington is a great American city, and that’s thanks in part to Tracy Shedd, a Jacksonville expat who brought her own Fort Lowell Records imprint to the Tar Heel State. The songwriter’s latest, 2019’s The Carolinas, is complete with the indie-pop ear worms she’s known for, plus the influence her new home has had on her music. Shedd plays a no-cover, family friendly matinee inside Seminole Heights’ favorite record shop. There’s no cover to see Tracy Shedd play Microgroove in Tampa on Sunday, Feb. 4.

East Providence, RI | Record Collector Spins Vinyl at East Providence’s Myrtle on Wednesday Nights: The golf exec and music scene fixture behind Greenwood HiFi. By day, Joe Sprague is a mild-mannered man with a conspicuous interest in golf. He plays the game well, and he’s also served as director of strategic initiatives for the United States Golf Association. Before that, he was executive director of the Massachusetts Golf Association, and before that, director of the Rhode Island Golf Association for 15 years. In short, the man knows how to run a golf tournament. But on certain nights, the silver-haired administrator transforms into Greenwood Hi-fi, a turntable DJ with an astonishing range of musical tastes. Sprague has spun tunes at Myrtle, the new bar-slash-music venue in East Providence, since this past fall. “I’m just having fun with it,” says Sprague, who will turn 62 this month. He owns the necessary equipment and a vast collection of vinyl records, and he has long played the DJ role at friends’ events. Yet, the regular gigs at Myrtle have considerably upped his game. “To have a residency at a place, this is new to me. And I’m fortunate that people like it.”

Schertz, TX | Vinyl Record Show of San Antonio, TX/Schertz, TX: Saturday, March 02, 2024 , 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Vinyl LP Records by the tens of thousands. That’s what you will find at the Vinyl Record Show of San Antonio and Schertz. We’ll have over 50 vendors from across Texas and surrounding states selling their Vinyl and merchandise on over 100 tables. There will also be plenty of 45’s, CDs, T-shirts, posters, some cassettes and a few 78’s as well. You will find LP’s priced as low as $1.00 for the budget-minded buyer as well as collectible records for hundreds of dollars for the more serious collectors. Something for everyone! The show will be held at the Schertz Civic Center 1400 Schertz Parkway Schertz, Texas 78154. Plenty of FREE parking. Early Bird showtime begins at 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM priced at $15.00 and is good for the entire day. General admission begins at 10:00 and is only $8.00 and is good for the entire show. Kids under 13 have free admission.

Pink Floyd releasing The Dark Side Of The Moon Crystal Clear 2LP Collector’s Edition: On April 19th, Pink Floyd will be releasing a Collector’s Edition of The Dark Side Of The Moon on crystal clear vinyl. This will be a 2 x 180g single sided LP set, featuring UV artwork print on the non-groove side (so side 1 on the first record, and side 2 on the second). From the initial pictures of it, and from seeing other UV releases, it promises to be a wonderful looking addition to the collection! The technology is fairly new, and from the limited examples from other artists already released, it gives great looking results. This new edition of The Dark Side Of The Moon features the prism spectrum seen through the playable side of the vinyl whilst maintaining the best quality sound. Packaged in a slipcased gatefold sleeve, it also comes with an exclusive poster.It’s great to see them use this pioneering UV printing process. The images are printed with a high end UV printer, using UV-LED light to dry the permanent ink on the side without audio on which the image is printed.

Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah Discuss How Mutant, SpectreVision’s Poster and Vinyl Venture, Will Reinvent the Collectibles Market: Established in 2004, Mondo forever changed the landscape of pop culture collectibles—from t-shirts to screen printed movie posters, vinyl soundtracks, toys, board games and even home goods, the company elevated fandom from a hobby to a lifestyle. It has not only inspired dozens of similar businesses worldwide and propelled the consumption of physical media, but minted a team that quickly and widely became known for its passion, creativity and shrewd decisionmaking. On Monday, four of their former leaders — led by Eric Garza, Mitch Putnam, Spencer Hickman and Mo Shafeek— debuted a new endeavor leveraging their experience, relationships and reputation: Mutant. Led by CEO Jenny Jacobi, a Vidiots Foundation advisory board member and seven-year Alamo Drafthouse veteran, the quartet will produce posters, music, apparel and more.

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