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In rotation: 12/9/22

Manchester, UK | New record shop, Haunted Dancehall, opens in Manchester: It’s named after a 1994 album by Sabres Of Paradise. Manchester has a new record store. Haunted Dancehall has recently opened in the city on Pollard Street East. It takes its name from a 1994 album by Sabres Of Paradise, the project of Andrew Weatherall, Jagz Kooner and Gary Burns. It sells both new and used vinyl, and will be open from 11am-8pm between Tuesday and Friday, and 2pm-8pm on Saturdays. You can scan through some of the new records that the store has for sale, and order online, via Haunted Dancehall’s website. Earlier this year, a new mobile record shop opened on a canal boat in East Yorkshire.

Minneapolis, MN | Now Open: Disco Death Records: Records, coffee, and film collide in Uptown. A new coffee-record-film shop sprouted up in Uptown last August, on 26th just off Lyndale, around the corners from CC Club’s wooden patio and French Meadow. Let us set the scene: Walking through the glass door at Disco Death Records pulls you to a different space and time, somewhere a little older and a little wiser. Plants sit on sunny shelves, a refurbished church pew welcomes visitors to hangout behind wooden tables, round mid-century lights guide a path to an all-manual Victoria Arduino espresso machine gleaming on the counter. The words Photo Lab shine bright in the back hall, 1960s French music plays from a record player behind the counter, and there are records for sale everywhere. …“We’re not gatekeeping at all. We’re literally trying to make everything as accessible and fun and different as we possibly can,” Eckerson said as he eyed the store’s jazz collection of records sitting nearby. “We want everyone to feel welcome to come in and talk about anything—coffee, records, or film.”

Mansfield, OH | Fat Dog Vinyl brings record collecting back to Mount Vernon: The first record Phil Hicks collected was KISS’s “Alive!” in 1975. It was wrapped and waiting under his Christmas tree. Now Hicks and wife Jennifer are living a dream he wasn’t sure would ever happen. He remembers seeing his first live show during a Journey concert at Blossom Music Center for $10 a ticket. It became a lifelong interest. “I didn’t think I’d open my own record store one day,” he said. “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Fat Dog Vinyl, located at 7 North Main, where the former Mount Vernon Brewing Company previously resided, has hundreds of records to choose from. The genres include rock classics, smooth jazz hits, soundtracks, new wave rock, pop and metal. “People have been blown away by the diversity,” he said.

Bend, OR | Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree At Smith Rock Records: Santa loves a physical media comeback. Trust us, your teen will want a CD in their stocking. Cassette tapes, vinyl, CDs — oh my! Sure, we could just text a Spotify link to share our favorite song or album in this day-n’-age, but I’m sure I’m not the only one in this town who remembers that one record that one person gave you that one time as a gift — that moment sticks with us over time! …So, where my fellow music fanatics at?! It’s now December (holy sh*t) and Christmas is in three weeks! So I’m here to preach to you — whatever year you were born or however old the one you need to get a gift for is — that you should give the gift of music and hop on this physical media comeback. What better way than to shop local at what might just be the coolest spot in town

Jackson, WY | Annual Jackson Hole record sale returns this Saturday: Jackson’s vinyl enthusiast Matt Donovan is back with his collection of hundreds of records for sale, that range in price from two dollars to standard new record prices. In conjunction with the Jackson Hole Book Trader, the annual Jackson Hole Record Sale will start Saturday, Dec. 10 during regular business hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and continue through the holiday season. According to Donavan, vinyl records accounted for one-third of all physical media sales in recent years and continue to gain popularity. Without a true record store in Jackson Hole, this is inarguably the most concentrated access to vinyl records in the area, with a selection of artists and titles curated through the year specifically for this event, he says. “It’s a chance to stock up on classics, with a diverse selection of new and current titles as well,” Donovan said. Jackson Hole Book Trader also has a smaller selection of vinyl year-round.

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In rotation: 12/8/22

Madison, WI | Agrace selling vinyl from collection of more than 45K records: Record collectors and music lovers alike will have the chance to add to their collections this week while also picking up items with ties to Wisconsin’s recording history. Jim Kirchstein, the founder of Wisconsin-based Cuca Records recently donated his entire collection of more than 45,000 records to Agrace to help the organization raise money. Kirchstein created his independent record label in 1959 and is said to have “captured the sound of Wisconsin in the 1960s.” Thousands of songs and LPs by Wisconsin and Wisconsin-adjacent musicians were recorded at Kirchstein’s studio in Sauk City, Wisconsin until the early 1970s. Officials with the organization said it took days to gather all of Kirchstein’s records. “It took three days and many hands to collect the full donation of records and transport them to our store,” Agrace pack up and pick up manager Robert Washburn said.

Hermosa Beach, CA | A spin down Music Lane—Studio Antiques keeps the vinyl tradition alive: The resurgence of vinyl records in the past decade can be attributed to everything from kids going through their parents or older siblings record collection, to scenes in movies such as Jack Black’s hilariously condescending record store clerk in the “High Fidelity,” and last year’s “Licorice Pizza,” which was the name of a Southern California records store chain known for a super friendly, and knowledgeable staff that knew their music, and would talk endlessly about what bands the customers should be listening to. Interest in vinyl recordings is so high now that there’s a bi-annual celebration, Record Store Day, every April and November to celebrate independent record store. …Their collection of used LPs is almost certainly the largest in the South Bay.

Burlington, MA | Bookworm’s Dream: Burlington Used Book Superstore Always Changes Inventory: If you’re looking to snag some good reads on the cheap this holiday season, if you’re in Burlington or Middleton, you may be in the right place. The Used Book Superstore is offering large percentage sales on all things books, movies, merchandise, and more. WBZ’s Matt Shearer had to go and check it out for himself, and spoke to the owner, Bob Ticehurst, who quite literally built the store from the ground up to what it is today. “This has definitely grown a lot since I started it in my parents’ basement. It was taking over the whole basement, then it was taking the stairs up to the basement, then it was taking up my bedroom— so it was time for me to get out of there,” Ticehurst said. …The UBS’ vinyl record collection gets refreshed every Saturday morning, something people will line up for weekly to try and score a hidden treasure at just $4 apiece. “Somebody found the White Album of the Beatles, they said it was over a thousand-dollar copy of it, based on the condition,” Ticehurst said.

The White Lotus’ Emmy Award winning soundtrack is now on vinyl: Get the White Lotus experience from the safety of your home. WRWTFWW Records has announced a vinyl release of the soundtrack for HBO tv series The White Lotus. Created by Chilean-born composer, arranger, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist Cristobal “Cristo” Tapia de Veer, the soundtrack has found popularity online with its distinct sound. De Veer’s work for The White Lotus has won two Emmy Awards. The White Lotus, now in its second season, follows the lives of a varied cast of wealthy guests at the fictional White Lotus hotel chain as they face conflict, mystery and interpersonal drama. The limited edition double LP comes on white 180g vinyl, housed in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve with OBI and double-sided art print, and is available in a choice of three artwork variants—taken from the series’ opening sequence.

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TVD Radar: Pleasure, Joyous first vinyl reissue in stores 1/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Jazz Dispensary proudly announces the latest release in its acclaimed Top Shelf series, Pleasure’s long out-of-print classic Joyous. Produced by Wayne Henderson (The Jazz Crusaders), the 1977 album delivers instant party vibes, thanks to a lively blend of soul, funk, disco, and jazz.

As with every title in the album-centric Top Shelf series—which reissues the highest-quality, hand-picked rarities (all culled from Craft Recordings’ vaults)—Joyous has been cut from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and pressed on audiophile-quality 180-gram vinyl at RTI. The LP is housed in a tip-on jacket, featuring faithfully reproduced original designs. Returning to vinyl for the first time since its original release, Joyous is out January 6th and available to pre-order beginning exclusively at JazzDispensary.com.

Ahead of the holidays, Jazz Dispensary is also adding a groovy new colorway to its popular “Catnip” T-shirt. Perfect for all jazz cats, the design (now available in Granite or Ivory) features an original illustration by Favorite Vegetable. The Jazz Dispensary store also includes a variety of exclusive gifts, including a logo T-shirt and crewneck, a corduroy logo hat, a zeotropic slipmat from record animator Drew Tetz, and a variety of bumper stickers, in addition to a curated selection of vinyl LPs.

Hailing from Portland, OR, Pleasure formed in 1972, blending the talents of two local acts: The Franchise (featuring drummer Bruce Carter, guitarist Marlon “The Magician” McClain, and bassist Nathaniel Phillips) and The Soul Masters (featuring keyboardists and brothers Donald and Michael Hepburn, saxophonist Dennis Springer, trombonist/guitarist Dan Brewster, vocalist Sherman Davis, and percussionist Bruce Smith).

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TVD Radar: Pacific Breeze 3: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975–1987 2LP in stores 2/24

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Celebrated archival reissue label Light in the Attic (LITA) announces the latest chapter in its acclaimed Japanese City Pop series, Pacific Breeze, which delivers a mesmerizing blend of AOR, R&B, jazz fusion, funk, boogie, and disco from the country’s flourishing bubble era of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The highly anticipated Pacific Breeze 3: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1975–1987, continues the exploration with songs that push the boundaries of the genre and offer glimmers of the next waves of music, including Shibuya-kei, hip-hop, and electro.

Expertly curated by Yosuke Kitazawa and Mark “Frosty” McNeill (dublab), and once again featuring the iconic artwork of legendary artist Hiroshi Nagai on its cover, this volume of Pacific Breeze is a female-forward offering, spotlighting the voices of women who would become household names in Japan as actresses and pop idols. Brimming with an innovative spirit, the album includes essential hits and under-the-radar rarities, including techno-pop classics from Susan, Miharu Koshi, and Chiemi Manabe; funk from Miho Fujiwara and Naomi Akimoto; and a sultry reggae jam by Teresa Noda.

Pacific Breeze 3 also delivers hypnotic jazz fusion by Parachute and Hiroyuki Namba, a synthesizer fantasy from Osamu Shoji, and magnetic pop by Makoto Matsushita and Chu Kosaka. As with the last two records, the visionary members of Yellow Magic Orchestra continue to have a presence on Pacific Breeze 3, with Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi taking up producer and musician roles on many of these tracks.

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In rotation: 12/7/22

Manchester, UK | New record shop Haunted Dancehall opens in Manchester: The store launched last week in Wellington House across from the Ashton Canal. A new record shop has opened in Manchester. On Monday, November 28th, Haunted Dancehall launched on the second floor of Wellington House, an industrial space across from the Ashton Canal. The shop stocks a range of electronic music, mostly focussed on the dance floor. There’s a mix of new and second-hand records, as well as reissues. Haunted Dancehall takes its name from the 1994 album of the same name by London trio The Sabres Of Paradise, AKA Jagz Kooner, Gary Burns and Andrew Weatherall. The shop bears no relation to the new Dublin festival. Haunted Dancehall will open from Tuesday through Saturday. Browse the shop via the website.

San Francisco, CA | Open, divine portal: Dark Entries label launches record store in Tenderloin: Josh Cheon’s acclaimed outfit specializes in dark and synth-y sounds; now it’s got an IRL outpost in the TL. SF’s Dark Entries label specializes in releasing and re-releasing dark and/or synth-y sounds from decades past as well as today, but the musical excavations of label honcho Josh Cheon go beyond lost goth and other shadowy dance floor classics, though there are plenty of those. (It is named after a Bauhaus song, after all.) The label has championed such obscurities, at least to the US, as cult ’80s Argentinian darkwave act Euroshima, underground Mexican synth-pop acts, experimental poetic Greek electronic music from Dark Entries muse Lena Platonos, gender-swapping dream pop, and, perhaps most famously, the unreleased work of San Francisco electronic dance music wizard Patrick Cowley, who passed from AIDS 40 years ago. There’s even fizzy Italo disco and vintage gay porn soundtracks in the Dark Entries portfolio.

South Bend, IN | South Bend Record Show holds last event of 2022: If you’re looking for treble, you found it as The South Bend Record Show holds its final event of 2022. Vendors from five Midwestern states filled 88 tables with thousands of vinyl records, CDs, memorabilia, and more at the Gillespie Conference Center in South Bend. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., hundreds of people came to talk about music, add to their collection, or find a music lover’s perfect holiday gift. Event organizers tell 16 News Now they love helping people start and add to their growing collections. “We have people who come here who have thousands and thousands of records, getting to the point where it’s really hard for them to find something they still need, and we get people who walk in the door for the very first time,” South Bend Record Show Owner & Organizer Jeremy Bonfiglio said. “They just got a turntable. They’re just learning about what it is to have vinyl and how to play it, who are buying their very first records, and everything in between. So, it’s a really wide mix, which makes it a lot of fun.”

Atlanta, GA | New vinyl listening bar aims to be a source for creativity in Atlanta: At Ponce City Market on a Saturday evening, it’s hard to miss the tiny store that’s designed as a living room. Warm hues of brown abound. Art, magazines, and Ghia — a brand of non-alcoholic drinks — fill the back of the store. Speakers, incense, clothes and other items compose the front. Stacks of vinyl records and a sofa encompass the middle. Erykah Badu’s “Time’s a Wastin’” blares in the background. There’s a lot going on in the small yet inviting space. And, upon a first glance, it’s tough to decipher what exactly is going on. But the store’s appeal is rooted in its mystique and its soothing atmosphere. “We wanted it to be kind of homey in a sense … but everything is for sale,” said Kim Alex Hall, co-founder of Console by 2ndbdrm. Located within Ponce City Market’s Citizen Supply, Console by 2ndbdrm is a new vinyl listening bar that also sells furniture, incense, non-alcoholic spirits and other items. The space had a soft launch on Nov. 25 and 26, but it officially opened on Sat, Dec. 3.

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TVD Radar: The Strokes, The Singles–Volume 01 box set in stores 2/24

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Strokes confirm the release of The Singles—Volume 01, a box set collecting the group’s electrifying early singles set for release on RCA Records/Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. The Singles—Volume 01, available in stores and online on February 24, 2023, is available to pre-order HERE now.

The set features ten unforgettable singles from the band’s first three albums—Is This It (2001), Room on Fire (2003), and First Impressions of Earth (2006)—as well as rare B-sides from the original single releases. All ten singles will be pressed on black 7” vinyl, with the artwork from each original release replicated in the package.

Videos for all ten A-sides, including “Hard to Explain,” “Last Nite,” “Reptilia,” “Juicebox,” and “Heart in a Cage,” are now available in high definition. The Singles—Volume 01, a first of its kind collection from the band, is a perfect holiday gift for the modern rock enthusiast in your life.

Formed in Manhattan in 1999, The Strokes—singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti—were at the center of a fertile scene of guitar-driven rock bands in New York City at the turn of the 21st century. Their debut EP “The Modern Age,” released by the venerable indie label Rough Trade, sparked a worldwide frenzy; major label debut Is This It, released later that year, was hailed as the best album of the year by Billboard, NME, Entertainment Weekly, Time and CMJ. It also made the year-end best-of lists in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, USA Today, MOJO and the No. 2 spot on the Village Voice’s prestigious Pazz & Jop poll.

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In rotation: 12/6/22

Birmingham, AL | Where To Find Classical Vinyl Records In Birmingham AL: There are several places in Birmingham, AL where you can buy classical vinyl records. One option is to check out the local record stores such as Alabama Music Awards, Seasick Records, and The Vault. Another option is to look for online retailers that sell classical vinyl records. A few good options include Discogs, Amazon, and eBay. Finally, you can also check out some thrift stores or garage sales in the area as you might be able to find some classical vinyl records for sale. 10,000 Hz Records is a funky new record store in Opelika. At Seasick Records, an intimate show can be held on a stage. They have a wide range of vintage albums that will satisfy your curiosity. There’s something for everyone, from Taylor Swift’s The Head to The Heart to MIA’s The Light. Mobile Records offers low prices and an excellent selection of records.

Melbourne, AU | Vinyl in revival as young listeners splurge on old mediums: In Victor Milazzi’s aptly named Vinyl Revival store in Fitzroy, Melbourne, a record renaissance is underway. While baby boomers long ago sold their extensive record collections for CDs, the twenty-something audience is rediscovering the joys of vinyl records, spurred by a quest for sound quality and a desire to support artists. Milazzi was one of few who kept his record collection, initially selling records from an upstairs studio in North Carlton in 2010. While this retail operation still exists, it’s the hipsters browsing along Brunswick Street that are his main clientele. The retailer not only sells records, but turntables, amplifiers and speakers. The store’s vinyl stash, all new and repressed, come in original cover designs including David Bowie’s Brilliant Adventure, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and The Cure’s Wild Mood Swings. And what would a cred record store have if it didn’t include INXS’ live recording from Wembley Studio or Duran Duran’s Future Past, complete with a couple of intertwined fluorescent figures on the front cover?

Jackson, MS | Vinyl is king during Central MS Record Convention: Millenials and Generation Z weren’t around when vinyl records ruled but today industry insiders say they are the force behind album sales. Saturday, the crowds attending the Central Mississippi Record Convention will be packed with teens to seasoned collectors in search of new and old vinyl. “Vinyl’s back? Vinyl never left,” said Arden Barnet. Friday the concert promoter was preparing for the Central Mississippi Record Convention where vinyl is again king. Sales are bolstered by the young generation’s peaked interest in LPs and 45s. According to Variety Magazine, over 19 million records were sold this year. “The kids are buying vinyl. There’s this resurgence, this obsession with owning a product rather than streaming,” said Barnett. The 61-year-old, a record collector with more than 10,000 albums, was just hours away from the start of the fifth annual record convention.

Madison, WI | Agrace to sell collection of over 45,000 records: Vinyl collectors can browse a large collection of vintage records at a retail pop-up shop in Madison next week. Agrace is hosting a sale of more than 45,000 records. The collection was donated by Jim Kirchstein, an electric engineer and founder of Cuca Records. Kirchstein founded Cuca Records in 1959 in Sauk City and recorded thousands of songs and LP records until the early 1970s. The independent record label is said to have “captured the sound of Wisconsin in the 1960s.” Kirchstein’s record collection includes rock, country, jazz, blues and American genre albums. Robert Washburn, Agrace pack up and pick up manager, said it took three days to collect and bring the records to the store. “We are honored that the Kirchstein family chose to give their treasured collection to Agrace and grateful we can help get their records into the hands of many other music lovers,” Washburn said.

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TVD Radar: Solomon Burke, Don’t Give Up On Me 20th anniversary 2LP in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | ANTI- Records is releasing the 20th anniversary re-issue of Solomon Burke’s critically acclaimed 2002 album Don’t Give Up On Me, which features an all-star roster of song contributors including Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Tom Waits and Joe Henry. The reissued vinyl is a double LP available in black and a limited edition opaque red and a clear version in Europe. The reissue also features the bonus track “I Need a Holiday,” written by legendary R&B songwriter Dan Penn, who also wrote the title track of the album.

In addition to the contributors listed above, legendary veteran writers like Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil all contributed commercially unreleased original compositions, either specifically custom tailored to, or innately suited for the interpretive genius of this unrivaled singer. Never before has such a cross-section of revered pop talent enthusiastically converged on one album, but there are precious few vocalists on the aerie artistic level of Solomon Burke.

“The entire album was very exciting, and it was heartrending to think all these writers, the Bob Dylans, Elvis Costello’s, would even think of me,” Burke said. “I would characterize these as art, pieces of art, songs that were designed in some way with me in mind, in each one of these writers’ minds—all of them are beautiful. I wanted each piece of that art to hang in my own palace. To me, they all belong in a special place. It was remarkable.”

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In rotation: 12/5/22

Paso Robles, CA | Traffic Records opens second location in Paso Robles: This past weekend, local business Traffic Records opened a second record store in Paso Robles. Traffic Records opened its first location almost five years ago in Atascadero. Store owner, Manuel Barba, tells KSBY it was time for them to expand, in hopes of offering the classic vinyl experience to even more people throughout Northern San Luis Obispo County. Their record selection ranges from rock n’ roll to classical and everything in between. “You can hold them, you can smell them, they are lovely,” said Barba. “They sound incredible. We have been fed this convenience for a very long time with streaming and having the world at our fingertips, in our pockets, on our cell phones. I think people want to get back to a simple aspect of listening to music and enjoying their media.”

Baton Rouge, LA | Longing for an LP? Baton Rouge’s record stores have plenty of options: Music aficionados know it — vinyl isn’t dead. Over the past few years the venerable long player has staged a comeback, surpassing CDs to once again become king of physical music formats. While vinyl can be found scattered throughout Baton Rouge, including at thrift shops and, especially, antique stores, there are main four record stores in the Baton Rouge area that boast impressive collections for sale. Though prices vary wildly — rare vinyl can be worth hundreds, while banged about records can be found for as little as $2 — be prepared to pay in the $20 range for a standard, easy to find album.

Lincoln, NE | First Day Vinyl: Lincoln’s newest record shop: For months, Travis and Emily Mannschreck have been planning and preparing First Day Vinyl. The store opened on Dec. 1, offering a wide range of vinyl for all interests. Travis Mannschreck said he wanted to open a store that brings together his favorite things: the Lincoln community and music. “The reason I have a bigger space is to re-create that experience I had as a kid of discovery and walking in and having so much to see,” Travis said. The goal was to design the store for the Lincoln community. The Mannschrecks asked others what they would like to see in the store to cater to Lincoln’s music tastes. They also plan to make First Day Vinyl a space that accepts local musicians and gives them the ability to share their music with the rest of the community by bringing in local vinyl for sale.

Aberdeen, UK | Aberdeen record shop Cavern announces closure after 25 years of spinning vinyls. The Belmont Street shop, sandwiched between Siberia Bar and Hotel, has closed for good. The news was announced by Spin Aberdeen who left a cryptic comment about the closure. A record shop in Aberdeen which touched the hearts – and ears – of many in the city has closed its doors for good. The Cavern in Belmont Street announced a 25 per cent firesale after announcing that the shop, which sold old and new vinyls, was closing its doors permanently. The news was revealed by bar and record shop Spin Aberdeen on Thursday. A post on Facebook stated: “Sadly after 25 years the Cavern is closing, not that we wanted to, but thats another story. Lots of great bargains to be had on all genres of vinyl.” The shop is believed to have been the longest-established record shop in Aberdeen. The news comes amid a planned development with the shop’s neighbours, Siberia Bar and Hotel. The famous vodka bar firm is set to move into the vacant premises next to The Cavern, the former Melt Sandwich Shop.

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TVD Radar: Third Man Records’ Southeast of Saturn, Vol. 2 shoegaze comp in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Today, Third Man Records has released Southeast Of Saturn Vol. 2, a follow-up compilation to 2020’s Southeast of Saturn, a collection of music from Detroit’s space-rock/ shoegaze/ dream pop scene of the ‘90s.

The second volume expands upon the Michigan-centric aural delights purveyed on Vol. 1, by including groups from throughout the Midwest. Highlighting groups spanning Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, Vol. 2 works to cement the Midwest’s status as a breeding ground for the space-rock and shoegaze subgenres, which more famously burgeoned in the UK.

Exclusive limited-edition copies of Southeast Of Saturn Vol. 2 on Full Moon and Great Lake colored vinyl will be available in select independent record stores across the US and in UK/EU, as well as at Third Man Records’ Nashville and Detroit storefronts.

To celebrate the release, Minneapolis’ Electric Fetus and Third Man Records will celebrate the release of Southeast of Saturn, Vol. 2, with a tribute to the 27 Various featuring the original members Bart Bakker and Mike Reiter, who will be joined by Casey Virock, Kris Johnson, and Janey Winterbauer. The free event is at 5pm, and is open to all ages.

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In rotation: 12/2/22

Cleveland Heights, OH | The music stops — oldest record store in Ohio is closing at the end of the year: The oldest record store in Northeast Ohio is closing its doors after more than 50 years of business. Records Revolution has been selling records for 55 years along with posters, shirts and so much more. It’s a classic in Cleveland Heights and one of the country’s longest-running independent record stores. All in the heart of the Coventry neighborhood. “Coventry, historically, it was kind of the ground zero for the counterculture,” said John Neely, manager of the Grog Shop. “This is a place where people can be themselves,” said Rob Love, the general manager at Record Revolution. Of those 50-plus years, Rob Love has been at the record store for 35 of them. “Music to me is everything right? It’s my art form. It’s my religion. It’s the soundtrack to my life,” said Love.

Montreal, CA | Montreal’s BANQ Has A New Music Pavilion With Free Instruments & 10,000+​ Vinyl Records: It’s also a unique and relaxing study space. Montreal’s largest library has a pavilion dedicated entirely to music lovers. Musicians who visit the top floor of the BANQ can play instruments provided by the space, while audiophiles can peruse the library’s 10,000+ vinyl record collection and listen to their picks at a private station. The BANQ is a notoriously delightful study space, and its music pavilion is no exception. You can set up at a desk surrounded by musical inspiration, including old music player installations and colourful displays of special records, including a release by Montreal-based Polaris winner Pierre Kwenders. The revamped space, once occupied by the National Music Collection, now also lets visitors digitize audio cassettes and other analog audio formats.

Chicago, IL | Katalyst for Change: Talking vinyl, coffee and connection with Katalyst’s Kevin Beauchamp. Kevin Beauchamp, the owner of Katalyst Coffee Lounge and Music Gallery, is an avid music fan and record collector. “It might be the old-school nature I come from,” he says. “I’m used to pressing up some CDs and hustling to sell ‘em … something about that, physically holding the music, it connects with the experience.” He’s a veteran of Chicago’s house music scene, having spent countless hours DJing around the city during high school. This experience inspired Beauchamp to pursue his love of music, and led to a career working for record companies on the West Coast. Eventually, Beauchamp left PolyGram to start his own label, Katalyst Entertainment, which has published releases by Chicago icons like Kahil El’Zabar, Phil Cohran, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Today, Beauchamp runs his café and record store in Hegewisch on the Southeast Side. Now in his early fifties, Mr. Beauchamp wants to share his records and stories with the world through his store.​

Bob Marley’s ‘Rastaman Vibration’ Enters Billboard Reggae Chart For First Time Thanks To Vinyl Reissue: Bob Marley and The Wailers’ 1976 classic album Rastaman Vibration has made its way onto the Billboard Reggae Albums chart for the first time ever, thanks to a special vinyl reissue of the record as a collector’s item. On November 18, 2022, Tuff Gong International teamed up with Analogue Productions/Acoustic Sounds to release a remastered and repackaged version of the 1976 album in Ultra High Quality Record (UHQR) vinyl format. The release was priced at $125 USD but was limited to a run of 3,500 units. It sold out almost instantly, according to the Acoustic Sounds website. US-based consumers and audiophiles snatched up the majority of the limited run, with Billboard’s sales tracker Luminate reporting to DancehallMag that Rastaman Vibration sold 2,000 units in the United States last week, placing it at No. 4 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, dated December 3.

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TVD Radar: Second Layer, Courts Or Wars red vinyl in stores 1/20

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey might be better known as members of legendary post-punk group The Sound, but the two were childhood friends and had been playing together even earlier in The Outsiders, and continued their deep musical rapport as a duo, creating these intense and engaging songs as Second Layer at the same time as their higher profile band output.

Restoring the original tapes and combining their early recordings, including the tracks from the 1979 “Flesh As Property” EP and 1980 “State Of Emergency” EP, Courts Or Wars takes its title from the first song that served as the pair’s introduction to listeners. Right from the beginning you are enveloped in what The Quietus described as, “a monochrome worldview morbidly obsessed with the dehumanizing effect of war, nuclear weapon annihilation, and the fracturing and negation of the self within an increasingly distorted and technologically mediated society.” Where The Sound fit snugly next to Echo And The Bunnymen, Second Layer had far more in common with the pulsing menace of Suicide.

Borland’s familiar vocals and sense of melody hold a connection to his other songwriting, but within these songs he takes far more risks in his guitar work to suit the subject matter. What really drives everything is Bailey’s propulsive bedrock, formed by his homemade pre-drum machine rhythm generators, creating an innovative mechanical approach that somehow inserts a jittery neurotic touch that merges perfectly with his electronic layers driven by the wasp synth, various unique effects boxes or tape loops. Adding Bailey’s own distinctive bass playing, the results feel personal and experimental, pointed and harsh, while also bracingly accessible and covered in dark manic energy.

Over forty years later, these recordings feel shockingly appropriate. In painting a bleak reality and frightening future, there is real desperate beauty here.

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TVD Radar: The Rolling Stones, GRRR Live! 3LP variants in stores 2/10

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Rolling Stones have today announced the release of GRRR Live!, THE definitive live hits album from the band’s career. Released on February 10 via Mercury Studios, the album will be available in various formats; 3LP black, 3LP coloured white (Indies exclusive), 3LP red (d2c exclusive), 2CD, DVD + 2CD, BluRay+ 2CD. The Blu-ray and digital versions will include Dolby Atmos.

The best live band in the world deserve the ultimate live greatest hits album and GRRR Live! is it, The Stones at their best! The album is available to pre-order here and features some of the greatest songs of all time including “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It),” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Start Me Up,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

The Rolling Stones celebrated their golden anniversary in 2012 and 2013 by embarking on the 50 & Counting Tour, a 30-show itinerary for North America and Europe. On December 15, 2012, the band took the stage at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center for the final of four shows in the New York area.

Featuring guest appearances by The Black Keys (“Who Do You Love?”), Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer (“Going Down”), Lady Gaga (“Gimme Shelter”), Mick Taylor (“Midnight Rambler”), and hometown hero Bruce Springsteen (“Tumbling Dice”), the concert proved to be one of the most memorable shows in the band’s history.

Since its original airing on pay-per-view in 2012, this show has not been available to fans until now. The concert has been re-edited and the audio has been remixed. Three songs from the December 13 show (also in Newark) will be available as bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray: “Respectable” (with John Mayer), “Around And Around,” and “Gimme Shelter.”

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Kansas City, MO | Kansas City’s Revolution Records Serves Up Community Interaction & All Things Music: Revolution Records finds itself at the crossroads of community and passion. The Kansas City record shop is proudly curated for curious nerds and avid music fans who crave that classic record shop experience. The shop is curated for discovery, their shelves are lined with new/used LPs just waiting to be picked up, played, and loved, they also carry a treasure trove of other memorabilia like books and stereo equipment that are all curated with the music nerd in mind. Revolution Records have built a strong community around its shop by interacting with other locally-owned businesses to put together fundraising events to support a wide array of causes. Their unbridled passion for music and community makes Revolution Records a one-of-a-kind record shop that puts an emphasis on curiosity with a welcoming smile.

Los Angeles, CA | 3 Best Vinyl Stores in Los Angeles, California: Between the 1960s and 70s, vinyl record sales were at their peak. As technology progressed, our society saw a decline in vinyl sales and an incline in cassette tapes, 8-tracks, CDs, and MP3s. With the uptake of streaming platforms these days, most of those technologies used in the past have become obsolete for the masses. However, vinyl records have been making a swift comeback in younger generations. Audiophiles have been collecting and playing vinyls for years now, but as mentioned before record culture has infiltrated the younger generations, making it one of the most popular ways to listen to music besides streaming. With vinyls, you get to experience music in a whole new way. The act of sliding a record out from its sleeve, placing it on the turntable, setting the needle, and hearing your favorite artists play can be euphoric for some people.

10 Gift Ideas For The Discerning Vinyl Enthusiast: Every holiday season, I always think about a time in middle school one of the local metal girls told me she used a switchblade to discreetly unwrap what looked like records underneath the Christmas tree. (It was 1987 in upstate New York so Santa’s sleigh was heavy with copies of Girls Girls Girls and Look What The Cat Dragged In.) As we approach this year’s festivities, SPIN has whittled down 10 outstanding new vinyl records for the music junkie in your life (and if the said fan is a metalhead, be wary of the switchblade trick.) The following is an eclectic collection of modern classics from a wide swathe of genres and styles, from the cooler-than-cool to the sentimental old fool.

Vinyl Pursuit: A Journey Towards Providing the Best Music Experience: Tammy Brown, the principal owner of Vinyl Pursuit wanted to turn one of her hobbies of collecting Vinyl records into a profession. That’s when she conceptualized Vinyl Pursuit – a one-stop website for vinyl record lovers that sold records and accessories associated with it. Tim from Vinyl Pursuit said, “Tammy was looking to do something next. One of her hobbies is Vinyl records. She owns a sophisticated audio record-playing amplifier speaker system personally. Plus she’s got many contacts and people she knows in the music business. So the suggestion was raised that maybe she should or could start up a website that sold vinyl records.” While this generation of millennials seems to embrace digital streaming, Vinyl Pursuit chose to bring back vinyl records for music purists. Most of its customers trust Vinyl Pursuit’s ways to acquire the records before making them available to its customers.

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Gaz Coombes, “Long Live The Strange”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Ahead of the release of his forthcoming solo album Turn The Car Around, due January 13th 2023 via Hot Fruit Recordings / Virgin Music, Gaz Coombes has released his latest new single “Long Live The Strange” and accompanying music video.

Recently Gaz announced a UK/EU headline tour for 2023 and also debuted music from the new album to a packed audience at London’s intimate Lafayette, a first taste of the masterfully written and recorded songs contained within, and a timely reminder of why Coombes remains one of the UK’s most enduring and gifted songwriters.

Gaz explains “This song was written as a celebration of the weird and wonderful and as a reminder to embrace that at all times.” The single stands as an ode to how music has the power to bring people together. He wrote it after taking his daughter Tiger to see Cavetown in Oxford in 2020. “The show had a big impact on me,” he recalls.

“It was what live performance is all about, connecting with an audience that consists of anybody and everybody who wants to be part of it, it’s fully inclusive and I found that quite powerful.” It was heartening to Coombes to discover, 30 years after he listened to Inspiral Carpets and Pixies and The Wedding Present and felt like he was part of a gang, there was still a place where the strange ones go. “It’s obviously strange in the nicest sense of the word,” he adds.

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