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In rotation: 9/26/22

Dallas, TX | Best Vinyl Store: Forever Young. The giant jukebox-shaped arch over the door at Forever Young makes a great photo backdrop, but if you’re scouting for a setting with vinyl records as props for your latest TikTok video, go embarrass yourself elsewhere. Forever Young is a destination for true-blue lovers of music, in all mediums and all ages. Filled with troves of CDS, vinyl and cassettes, the massive store has a room dedicated to rare records. There’s an unmatched assortment of memorabilia, such as vintage Beatles masks and velvet Elvis paintings, and new posters that are perfectly priced for broke teenagers. If you’re looking for a Sir Mix-a-Lot T-shirt (because why wouldn’t you be?) and to grow your album collection, this must be the place.

Silver Spring, MD | ‘Love Your Stuff’: Silver Spring Shop Sells Curated Books, Records: Mojomala Books, Records & Cool Stuff has been attracting locals as well as customers from D.C. and Virginia to its Silver Spring store. Located off the beaten track in Silver Spring’s central business district, Mojomala Books, Records & Cool Stuff has been attracting local residents as well as customers from D.C. and Virginia to its store since early July. An avid collector since he was a young boy, Mojomala’s owner, Michael Abate, has amassed an impressive collection of record albums, clothing and books. Many of the items he had previously made available online can now be purchased in-person at reasonable prices at Mojomala, his curated store in downtown Silver Spring. Abate believes it’s his curation of the merchandise that makes his store stand out from the crowd. “What I’ve heard from customers is, ‘This is amazing. Every place I look, there’s something that’s interesting. It may not always be for me, but it’s cool. None of it is trash. It’s all quality stuff.”

Honolulu, HI | Inside the 15,000-strong record collection at Hawaii’s State Archives: A donation of two extensive collections is revealing new links to cultures at risk of being lost. Two of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Hawaiian music are now in the hands of the Hawaii State Archives in the heart of downtown Honolulu. In December 2021, a total of nearly 15,000 records almost entirely composed of Hawaiian music, with discs dating back to at least 1903, were donated to the organisation by the respective estates of Hawaii-born radio broadcaster Harry B. Soria Jr. and British-born, Toronto-based musician Michael Scott. From a collector’s standpoint, you could say this is the come-up of a lifetime — but that falls short of the true value at hand. Combined, these collections represent a direct connection to a long out-of-reach era of Hawaiian music and history, with the potential to form a greater understanding of the Islands’ heritage.

Iowa City, IA | Big Grove Vinyl Market returns to Iowa City, launches next month in Des Moines:It’s a fun atmosphere to sell records in,” Brian Brandsgard told Little Village of the aesthetics and energy Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City. “It’s just a perfect place to have it.” Brandsgard is the organizer of the Big Grove Vinyl Market, which he has held periodically at the brewery since it opened five years ago. Now, in the wake of the brewery’s recent expansion to Des Moines, Brandsgard is testing the waters there, too. Big Grove Vinyl Market, coming up on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Big Grove Brewery Iowa City and Sunday, Oct. 2 at Big Grove Brewery Des Moines, will feature vendors from across Iowa and Minnesota. Included on the list of those selling is Brandsgard himself, whose introduction to selling vinyl arose out of a period of tragedy in Iowa’s history.

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TVD Radar: The Dave Clark Five, All The Hits–The 7” Collection in stores 10/28

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Legendary group The Dave Clark Five announce All The Hits – The 7” Collection, a brand new 7” vinyl box set collecting some of the band’s biggest selling records, available 28th October via BMG. Pre order here.

All The Hits’ – The 7” Collection is the definitive selection of their biggest selling singles including “Glad All Over,” “Bits & Pieces,” and “Do You Love Me,” This new release of ten double-sided vinyl singles in picture bag sleeves was remastered by Dave Clark at Abbey Road Studios in London, and stands as a testament to the enduring popularity of the group.

Dave Clark says of the reissue, “Everyone knows that the 1960s music explosion really happened on the seven-inch vinyl disc spinning at 45rpm. So, for me it felt right to go back into Abbey Road Studios and remaster the DC5’s biggest hits from music’s most thrilling decade onto the original vinyl discs—20 individual hits on 10 double A-side singles in original picture sleeves. It all brings back the fun and excitement we had back then recording these tracks, and I hope you enjoy them too.”

Formed in the early 1960s, five working class lads from Tottenham, North London came together to become The Dave Clark Five (The DC5). Founded by one of the UK’s most prolific and celebrated musicians, songwriters and producers Dave Clark, the 5-piece consisted of Clark (drums), Mike Smith (vocals, keyboard), Lenny Davidson (guitar), Denis Payton (saxophone), and Rick Huxley (bass).

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The DC Record Fair returns to the Eaton DC with a special Capital Audiofest on-site preview, 10/16

Back in its 13th year is DC’s twice yearly record dig, The DC Record Fair which comes to Washington’s vinyl and community-centric Eaton Hotel on Sunday, October 16, 2022. As with each event, we’ll have 35+ vinyl vendors from up and down the East Coast, the special DJ line up—and hey, keep your wallet in your pocket for this one as the event is free of charge for the entire day.

In addition, we’re pleased to welcome an advance on-site preview of November’s Capital Audio Fest, Washington DC’s premier high-end audio festival. As such, expect thousands of records and hi-fi options for your enjoyment of them.

Our friends at the Fillmore Silver Spring put together the above feature a little while back that provides a handy overview of the event for the uninitiated.

Mark your calendars! 
THE DC RECORD FAIR

Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the Eaton DC, 1201 K Street, NW DC
11:00AM–5:00PM—and free all day!

RSVP and follow via the Facebook invite!

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In rotation: 9/23/22

Vinyl Sales Soared 22% in First Half of 2022, Per RIAA Mid-Year Report: U.S. recorded-music revenue climbed 9%, streaming revenues are up 10% and vinyl sales soared a whopping 22% in the first half of 2022, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America’s mid-year report released on Wednesday. Total revenue climbed 9% to $7.7 billion at estimated retail value; total streaming revenues rose 10% to $6.5 billion, and paid streaming-service subscriptions are up to 90 million, with their revenues rising 10% to $5 billion and comprising almost two-thirds of the first half total. However, the report notes, at wholesale value, revenues grew 8% to $4.9 billion. …But the most exciting statistic for many is the continuing rise in vinyl sales, which have been climbing consistently since 2006. The number of units shipped rose 15.7% over the same period last year — from 18.8 million to 21.8 million — and dollar value is up from $460.5 million to $570.2 million. CD sales continued their slow downward slide, going from 18.4 million to 17.7 million and $204.3 million to $199.7 million.

UK | HMV launches its own label 1921 Records, announces first signing: The imprint will focus on releasing debut albums by smaller grassroots artists. HMV has launched its own record label called 1921 Records. The entertainment retailer’s first signing through the new imprint is 22-year-old Newcastle singer-songwriter India Arkin. She was discovered after playing in the HMV Live & Local programme. Arkin’s debut studio album ‘Home Truths’ will be released to coincide with National Album Day 2022 on October 15. It’ll be available exclusively on vinyl in HMV stores across the UK and online. Doug Putman, owner of HMV, said: “India’s music is absolutely incredible and we’re thrilled to make her our first 1921 Records signing. She has such passion for her craft, and she’s a true musician who writes, plays instruments and performs.”

Bioplastic records could help decarbonise music business, says developer: A sugar-based alternative to vinyl could help to decarbonise the music industry, according to its developer. UK-based Evolution Music say its bioplastic can be used to create records and is aimed at making it easy for labels and artists to stop using plastic without altering record pressing plants’ existing machinery or production processes. Acting CEO of Evolution Music Marc Carey said sonically and in terms of equalisation the music recorded on the bioplastic records is “absolutely spot on.” “[In] the little bit of lead-in and in between the tracks there’s some surface noise. If you like that, if you’re a 70s fan, you like that little crackling, great,” he said, adding they are continuing to develop the product. “We’ve got a unique recipe, but we are a (research and development) company – we’ll carry on with iterations of R&D to improve it,” he said.

Audio-Technica produces limited-edition slipmats for Ukraine fundraiser: In light of the devastating events in Ukraine, the audio equipment manufacturer has released a limited-edition turntable slipmat. In light of the devastating events in Ukraine, Audio-Technica has released a limited-edition turntable slipmat, featuring artwork by Eugene Berd, a Ukraine-based calligraphy and lettering artist. One-hundred percent of the profits will be split evenly between the largest children’s hospital in Ukraine and the animal charity UAnimals. The design was inspired by Ukrainian culture with the hope of connecting people around the world. The design focuses on Ukraine’s iconic symbols, like the blue and yellow palette of colors and flowers, which are meant to represent peace and life. Each symbol, including the mandala-like art pieces, were chosen through a long period of researching European and Arabic calligraphy. Berd’s goal was to bring these classical ideas into modern mediums, from old vinyl records to skateboards, mirrors, and now turntable slipmats.

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TVD Radar: 1990s Columbus, Ohio music scene doc That Looks Fun! streaming now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Don Giovanni has just released That Looks Fun, a documentary by filmmaker Jake Housh that gives movement to the sounds of deceased singers Jenny Mae and Jerry Wick (Gaunt) who both died tragically while combating their own demons. Both of their stories are chronicled in Bela Koe-Krompecher’s memoir Love, Death & Photosynthesis published by Don Giovanni Records and has just celebrated its second printing in a smaller paperback edition.

With That Looks Fun director Housh uses archival footage from the 1990’s Columbus, Ohio music scene with interview snippets with Bela that weaves the self-destructive story of Jenny Mae whose life went from being on the cusp of signing with EMI records to being homeless in just a few short years (Jenny Mae died in 2017 are a long struggle with alcohol and mental illness), as well as that of Jerry Wick who died tragically while riding his bicycle in 2001.

Housh, whose Oregonia Pictures has worked with both music artists as well as other documentaries, uses his own personal connection with Bela, Jenny, and Jerry to tell the brief but impactful lives Jenny and Jerry had on Bela who works as a social worker in Columbus after getting sober shortly after Jerry’s death. Housh’s familiarity (he is a songwriter in the long-running Columbus band, Moviola) helps the short film tell their stories with respect and bravery along with splashes of humor that all three friends enjoyed.

This documentary is being released to coincide with the Jenny Mae record What’s Wrong With Me: Singles and Unreleased Tracks out on September 30th via Anyway Records and Don Giovanni Records. It is a compilation of Jenny’s earliest recordings, singles and her final song “Not Another Bad Year.”

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TVD Radar: José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar opens San Francisco Latino Film Festival 10/7

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Cine+Mas SF kicks off its 14th annual Latino Film Festival with documentary feature José Feliciano: Behind This Guitar on October 7th at Landmark’s Opera Plaza just blocks away from SF’s historic Civic Center.

Emmy nominated, Addy and Telly award winning Frank Licari teams up with thirty year music industry veteran Helen Murphy, to bring you this compelling story of blind Puerto Rican singer, Jose Feliciano.

The film is co-directed by Khoa Le and the film was executive produced by Murphy, Licari and Le, edited by Paul Jaigua and assistant edited by Frank Bull with cinematography by Egor Morozov. Star commentary is provided by José Feliciano, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, Emilio Estefan Jr., Frank Licari, Rudy Pérez, Rick Jarrard, and Jack Sommer.

Jose Feliciano is a name that is synonymous with decades of American and Latin music. It is synonymous with a presence that has bridged musical styles in a way that has never been equaled. José Feliciano is recognized as the first Latin artist to effectively cross over into the English music market, opening the doors for other artists who now play an important role in the American music industry.

SFLFF has scheduled a slate of over 80 films in a hybrid in-person and online format. Filmmakers from across the Americas submitted feature length, short, narrative, and documentary films made through a Latin American lens.

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TVD Radar: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live At The Fillmore (1997) 3LP & 6LP in stores 11/25

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The long-awaited Live at the Fillmore (1997)—Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ first live album in 13 years—is due November 25 on Warner Records. The album will be available in various formats and is available here for preorder.

Before starting the 20-show run at the Fillmore, Tom Petty outlined his plans in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle: “We’re musicians and we want to play. We’ve made so many records in the past five years, I think the best thing for us to do is just go out and play and it will lead us to our next place, wherever that may be.”

The shows at the Fillmore ended up being some of the most joyful, honest, inspirational and prolific experiences of the band’s career, creating a unique bond between the group and their fans. This album features more covers than originals, paying tribute to the artists and songs that shaped Petty’s love of music as he was growing up—before he became a legendary songwriter and performer in his own right.

Highlights include Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” J.J. Cale’s “Crazy Mama,” The Rolling Stones’ “Time is On My Side,” and more from The Kinks, Everly Brothers, Bill Withers, The Byrds, Chuck Berry, and Booker T. & the M.G.’s. The collection also features special performances with The Byrds’ front man Roger McGuinn and blues legend John Lee Hooker. Other standouts include extended versions of original tracks “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “It’s Good To Be King.”

“Playing the Fillmore in 1997 for a month was one of my favorite experiences as a musician in my whole life. The band was on fire and we changed the set list every night. The room and the crowd was spiritual… AND… we got to play with some amazing guests. I will always remember those nights with joy and inspiration.”
Mike Campbell

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In rotation: 9/22/22

Loves Park, IL | Loves Park record store burst in flames, cause unknown: CD Source record store catches fire and firefighters work to get ahead of the flames. One of the Stateline’s oldest buildings goes up in flames early Tuesday morning. “Something so similar going up in flames like that, it’s just like a very tragic feeling,” said Skyler Davis, the owner of Culture Shock, another record store on the Stateline. Firefighters responded to the smokey scene a little after midnight as a fire turned CD Source into rubble, along with the irreplaceable antique CD’s and records once found inside the store. “It’s really sad to see a store like that having vintage and used items. With the rarity and the collectable features of them,” said Davis. He says he was rattled when he heard about the fire. Davis grew up shopping in the store and says it’s where he discovered his love for music. Davis calls it a staple of his teens and seeing it burnt down is like losing a piece of his adolescent years.

Brookfield, IL | Records with a side of succulents in Brookfield: Since the turn of the millennium, there’s been no shortage of digital music platforms and streaming apps to make our favorite songs easier and more convenient to enjoy. At the same time, there’s been a resurgence in the retro technology of vinyl records and artistic album covers, that the once dwindling medium is here to stay. There’s one man who’s banking on the vinyl revival and sees the potential for creating a small mecca for music aficionados in Brookfield — Dylan Kloska. The Chicago native, who has a background as both a musician and a record shop employee, says that after a year of successful pop-up shops selling both albums and small houseplants — another apparent mainstay of millennial culture — he was ready to take the plunge and turn his business, Vines & Vinyl, into a brick-and-mortar enterprise at 3730 Prairie Ave.

UK | National Album Day 2022 – Exclusive Debut Albums and Additional Ambassadors Announced: National Album Day today announces a list of exclusive debut albums that are being released or re-issued on vinyl and CD to coincide with this annual event celebrating the art of the album. The titles, which will be available to purchase in participating UK indie stores, HMV and Fopp, Amazon and other outlets on the day, can be pre-ordered now. Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and Pip Millett, one of Manchester’s most exciting homegrown talents have also been revealed as the latest artists to be confirmed as National Album Day ambassadors. With Jake’s debut reaching a pinnacle 10 year anniversary on National Album Day and Pip is set to release her much anticipated debut, When Everything Is Better, I’ll Let You Know this October, they will join Franz Ferdinand, KSI, The Mysterines, and Sam Ryder in championing their love of the album.

Memphis, TN | Memphis Record Pressing Predicted to Become North America’s Largest Producer of Vinyl Records: Memphis Record Pressing, located in Bartlett, Tennessee, and founded by Brandon Seavers and Mark Yoshida, is predicted to become North America’s largest producer of vinyl records by 2023. Pressing around 130,000 records a day, Memphis Record Pressing is poised to produce over 10 million records this year. Brandon Seavers, co-founder and CEO of Memphis Record Pressing, said, “It’s a humbling experience for me, and for Mark as well, to see where we are today. Literally every day when I drive up, I say, ‘This is not real. There is no way that we are manufacturing a legacy, analog format/medium in the 21st century, and we’re actually breaking ground and constructing a new facility to do this.’” Memphis Record Pressing was founded in 2014 by Brandon Seavers and Mark Yoshida. The pair of entrepreneurs first joined forces in the late 1980s to operate Rockingchair Recording Studios, owned by Yoshida. In 1997, they co-founded AudioGraphic Masterworks, a CD and DVD manufacturing facility.

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TVD Radar: Paved Paradise announces October run of traveling record label expos

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Paved Paradise announces the third edition of its traveling label expo, further reimagining the record store experience through a series of outdoor events and communal celebrations.

From October 12th-23rd—featuring music, merch and more from Ghostly International, Numero Group, Secretly Group record labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian, and the brand new addition of Colemine Records and Sacred Bones—this forthcoming tour will bring the series’ widest selection of LPs, 45s, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and other physical ephemera to independent venues, breweries and parking lots across the East Coast and Midwest.

Equal parts pop-up shop, block party, and roadside fruit stand, Paved Paradise will debut its tented wonderland in Atlanta, Cincinnati and Washington, DC and for the very first time this fall, in between return appearances to Nashville, Asheville, Durham, Richmond, Pittsburgh, and Detroit’s Third Man Records. Find the full list of dates below, and more information at pavedparadise.secretlygroup.com.

Following the previous success of Paved Paradise tours in fall 2021 and spring 2022, which spanned thousands of miles and thousands more attendees, the expo has expanded to include more music, friends, and Secretly family members than ever before.

In addition to the acclaimed catalogs and trusted tastes of Paved Paradise’s five flagship labels—Dead Oceans, Ghostly International, Jagjaguwar, Numero Group and Secretly Canadian—the Secretly Distribution affiliated Colemine Records will showcase its impeccable collection of independent soul music. Along with titles from stalwarts like Kendra Morris and Monophonics, attendees will find new Colemine releases such as GA-20’s Crackdown, Say She She’s Prism, and The Harlem Gospel Travelers’ Look Up!.

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TVD Radar: Guns N’ Roses, Use Your Illusion
I & II
box sets in stores 11/11

VIA PRESS RELEASE | UME/Geffen celebrates Guns N’ Roses’ incredible musical legacy with Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I & II, the ultimate box set for the band’s 1991 multi-platinum releases Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.

Set for release on November 11, 2022, Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I & II Super Deluxes feature a total of 97 tracks, 63 are previously unreleased. Available in multiple configurations including a Super Deluxe Seven-CD + Blu-ray, a Super Deluxe Twelve-LP + Blu-ray, Two-CD Deluxe Editions of Use Your Illusion I & II separately, standard 1CD and 2LP versions of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II separately. In all formats, the original studio albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II have been fully remastered for the first-time ever, from high-resolution 96kHz 24-bit transfers from the original stereo 1/2-inch analog masters. All versions will be available to stream and as digital downloads, with all configurations available to pre-order and pre-save, HERE.

Guns N’ Roses’ highly anticipated third and fourth studio albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II were originally released simultaneously on September 17, 1991. With the massive success of GN’R Lies and Appetite For Destruction, the band had the daunting task of a follow up album. Not only did the band deliver, Guns N’ Roses surprised the world by releasing not one but two new, full length studio albums. Upon release, Use Your Illusion I reached No. 2 and Use Your Illusion II took the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart concurrently, selling over 500k in the first two hours of release, with an estimated sales of over 685k and 770k respectively within the first week of release.

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TVD Radar: Siouxsie
and the Banshees, All Souls orange vinyl in stores 10/21

VIA PRESS RELEASE | All Souls (UMe) is a new collection of Siouxsie and the Banshees tracks personally curated by Siouxsie Sioux, which collates classic tracks and rarities into an Autumnal celebration.

Siouxsie and the Banshees were undoubtedly one of the most influential, fearless, and uncompromising bands to come from the punk era and this selection clearly illustrates their varied and unique musical approach. All Souls opens with 1982’s “Fireworks” which is one of three iconic singles featured here alongside “Spellbound” (recently used to end Stranger Things Season 4) and closes with “Peek-A-Boo.”

Also included is “Halloween” from the band’s classic Juju album mixed with more idiosyncratic tracks such as “El Dia De Los Muertos,” a B-side from the “Last Beat Of My Heart” single, “Something Wicked (This Way Comes) ” from the single of “The Killing Jar” and “Supernatural Thing” from 1981’s “Arabian Knights” single all of which are making their first appearance on vinyl in decades.

All the tracks have been re-mastered at Abbey Road studios with Siouxsie overseeing the process and cut at half-speed by Miles Showell. The record will be released on both 180g black and an exclusive limited edition orange vinyl as well as digitally. The collection features new and unique artwork directed by Siouxsie featuring a marigold; the symbolic flower of the Mexican Day of the Dead/All Souls Day festivities.

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In rotation: 9/20/22

Hot Springs, AR | Vinyl-collecting bug bites two local record collectors: Few collectibles can speak directly to their owner like a vinyl record, issuing forth the fundamental human art form of music. It is that elemental nature of music as well as the warm, full tones and tangibility of vinyl that keeps record collectors like Mark Maybrey and Tom Coleman hooked. “My first record experience was Elvis’ ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel,'” Maybrey said. “My mom was an Elvis fan. We played it until it was worn out in the middle. My first 45 was Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy to the World.’ And from that point on — I grew up in the late ’60s and ’70s, vinyl was king — just kept buying vinyl, listening to it. “It kind of faded for a little bit. When I moved to Muscle Shoals, about 2012 … I found this … old-time, father-son record store and found (a) monthly meeting. I had probably two tubs of my personal (records) and then I went crazy. Back in 2012, you could find vinyl everywhere — before the big boom — in thrift stores, antique stores. And I went from those two tubs and now my collection is approaching 7,000 records.”

Worcester, UK | Spin The Black Circle to open on Pump Street tomorrow: A long-awaited record shop and cafe in Worcester city centre is set to open tomorrow. Spin The Black Circle, on Pump Street, is opening its doors at 10am tomorrow, following a busy renovation period. Spin The Black Circle is claims it is “Worcester’s only Vinyl Store and Coffee House”, with a variety of new and used vinyl on sale. The venue, at 19 to 21 Pump Street – the former EE phone shop, had a lot of work carried out to make it ready for its grand opening. Sam Barriscale, owner of Spin The Black Circle, said: “It has been really good so far. We originally wanted to get things ready to open in the first six weeks but there was an awful lot to do. “We carried out a full electrical re-wire and lots of plastering work and we are now finally ready to show Worcester what we have to offer.”

Edinburgh, UK | Watch incredible moment West Lothian band performs impromptu gig at record store: West Lothian band Dictator were on hand to open up a newly-refurbished record store in Falkirk, as the band from Livingston set up to play their new EP, Rubik’s Cube. A band from West Lothian broke out into an impromptu gig on Saturday, to celebrate the re-opening of a record store run by a fellow musician. Livingston-based band Dictator, performed live in Falkirk to celebrate the grand opening of The AV Company, ran by fellow musician and West Lothian guitarist, Connor Ward. The AV Company, ran by Mark Sharp and the Bicycle Thieves guitarist Connor Ward, and his dad Craig, recently opened their doors again yesterday. Dictator were on hand to help celebrate the grand opening, and performed a stripped-back set of their newest EP, Rubik’s Cube. Fans of the band came from across Scotland, and as far as Greenock, to support the band, and the new store.

Liverpool, UK | Seven Liverpool shops that have been around so long it defies all logic: There are shops in our city that have stood the test of time – surviving wars, recessions, the internet and a pandemic. Liverpool is home to many famous shops that have proudly stood along our streets for decades. Sadly, Liverpool has seen many shop closures over the years, so it makes the survival of these historic stores even more astounding. Despite the challenges thrown their way, they continue to thrive, serving our communities no matter what. It really is hard to imagine our city without them. …While vinyls are back in fashion, there was a time when CDs, iPods and MP3 players threatened the record business. One record store that survived this period is The Musical Box – Liverpool’s oldest vinyl shop. A trip here is a music lover’s dream, with the shop on West Derby Road having rows upon rows of vinyls covering a variety of genres. Founded in 1947, The Musical Box truly is a Liverpool gem that the city would be lost without.

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TVD Radar: Louis Armstrong, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule first-ever Christmas album in stores 10/28

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Much like Santa Claus himself, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong devoted his life to “the cause of happiness,” as he once put it, bringing joy to audiences around the globe every time he put his trumpet to his lips or crooned with his instantly-recognizable, gravelly voice. Yet, while Satchmo’s holiday recordings have become standard yuletide fare, he never released a Christmas album during his lifetime. Now, for the very first time, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule—out October 28 via Verve Records/UMe, presents Armstrong’s holiday recordings as a cohesive body of work, marking his first-ever official Christmas album.

Since his passing in 1971, Armstrong has become one of the most oft-played artists during the holiday season, his golden trumpet tone still able to cut through the din of even the most bustling shopping mall. Available for pre-order today, Louis Wishes You A Cool Yule features nearly the entirety of Armstrong’s holiday output: six Decca singles from the ‘50s, including “Cool Yule,” “Christmas Night in Harlem,” and the swinging “‘Zat You Santa Claus?.” The 11-track album also features duets with two of Pops’ favorite vocal partners, Velma Middleton (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) and Ella Fitzgerald (“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”). An official video for the Louis and Ella classic debuts today, hand-drawn by director and animator JonJon in his distinctive “line and shape” style.

Rounding out the collection is the artist’s signature hit, “What a Wonderful World,” which has become something of a yearlong hymn of hope and celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, plus a very special gift to fans: a previously unreleased reading of Samuel Clement Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” popularly known as “The Night Before Christmas.” Paired with a groovy, newly-recorded musical underbed by New Orleans pianist Sullivan Fortner, the poignant recording marks the first new Louis Armstrong track in more than 20 years and is notable for being the last recording he ever made.

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In rotation: 9/19/22

Miami, FL | Calling All Vinyl Enthusiasts: The Top Five Record Stores in Miami: For any vinyl record collector or audio enthusiast, the feeling of finally hearing a favorite album on vinyl is one like no other. The search for a vinyl, whether aimlessly scanning the isles of a local record store, scrolling high and low online or coming across it unintentionally, is an extremely rewarding process that will only keep a collector wanting more. In recent years, vinyl culture has made a comeback among Generation Z and the Millennial generation — with a majority of young people owning turntables and other sound systems, vinyls and CDs. Despite the development of streaming services and the digital age of music, purchasing vinyls and vinyl culture has been able to maintain its timelessness and potential to remain relevant. Throughout Miami, vinyl enthusiasts have taken it upon themselves to foster their love for the culture through establishing their record stores, keeping the vinyl culture thriving within the community.

Shropshire, UK | Newport record shop owner says thank you for the music and memories: A record shop owner, whose business has been at the heart of a Shropshire town for more than 20 years, has thanked customers and the community after retiring. Jude Paton has now completed her final day at Hey Jude’s but the shop continues to trade under the new ownership of Frankie O’Connor. But, after finishing her last day, Jude, who started Hey Jude’s in Newport Indoor Market in 1999 before setting up in Stafford Street, spoke of her gratitude to all those who have supported her over the years. She said: “I want to say a massive thanks to family, friends and my fantastic customers, all of whom have helped build the business and supported me through coming here. “I have made so many friendships through the music and sharing it with other people.” “I had an emotional final day and it hasn’t hit home yet. I well up in tears even now thinking about it because it was a passion as well as a business.”

Boise, ID | The Record Exchange Spins Local Magic with Vinyl: Seattle has Pike Place Market. Portland has Powell’s Books. And Boise has The Record Exchange. In 2021, The Exchange, which had endured for decades under the leadership of founders Michael Bunnell and Jill Sevy, made some changes. Bunnell and Sevy retired and welcomed some new faces at the top. Employees Catherine Merrick, Glenn Newkirk, and Chad Dryden, along with Erica Sparlin, bought the place, ensuring the business would remain an iconic retail marker for the city. Yet just like The Pretenders’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde’s famous lyric, Boise’s Record Exchange co-owners, Dryden and Sparlin, who are also married to one another, “went back to (their) pretty countryside” of Ohio. There, Dryden handles marketing for the most identifiable retail landmark in Boise. Of course, he misses a few things, but where he finds himself in time, moving to be closer to his family, takes precedence, Dryden said. “We miss our friends, and we miss the mountains. But we don’t regret the move to Ohio whatsoever. We love being here…”

Los Angeles, CA | Rare punk collection acquired by L.A. record store: L.A. landmark Rockaway Records recently acquired a six-figure punk collection of rare vinyl, memorabilia and vintage items. L.A. landmark Rockaway Records recently acquired a six-figure punk collection of rare vinyl, memorabilia and vintage t-shirts, featuring items from The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, The Misfits and more. Highly sought-after test pressings, picture sleeves and posters are among the items now available. The collection acquired by Rockaway Records also includes items from several groundbreaking Los Angeles based punk bands like The Germs, Social Distortion and Fear. Rare items including vinyl, concert posters, t-shirts and clothing, unique industry promotional items and more are currently available in their appointment only showroom and online. “In our 40+ years of selling vinyl, I have never seen a collection of any kind sell as fast,” says Rockaway co-founder Wayne Johnson. “The prices for punk era vinyl and memorabilia specifically have skyrocketed over the last few years! It reminds me of how Beatles collectibles were selling in the 80’s and 90’s.”

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TVD Radar: Steely Dan, Can’t Buy A Thrill remastered 180 gram reissue in stores 11/4

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Led by the songwriting and virtuoso musical duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan released an extraordinary run of seven albums on ABC Records and MCA Records from 1972 through 1980. Filled with topline musicianship, clever and subversive wordplay, ironic humor, genius arrangements, and pop hits that outshone the Top 40 of its day, their records, which were as sophisticated and cerebral as they were inscrutable, were stylistically diverse, melding their love of jazz with rock, blues, and impeccable pop songcraft.

Now at long last, Steely Dan’s classic ABC and MCA Records catalog will return to vinyl with an extensive yearlong reissue program of the band’s first seven records, which is being personally overseen by founding member Donald Fagen. The LPs, most of which haven’t been widely available since their original release, will be available on 33 1/3 RPM 180-gram black vinyl via Geffen/UMe, and as a limited-edition premium 45 RPM version on Ultra High-Quality Vinyl (UHQR) from Analogue Productions, the audiophile in-house reissue label of Acoustic Sounds. Analogue Productions will also release this series of titles on Super Audio CD.The series will kick off on November 4th with the album that started it all, Steely Dan’s legendary 1972 debut LP, Can’t Buy A Thrill, now in its 50th anniversary year, featuring the band’s breakthrough hits, “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” and the recently viral “Dirty Work,” with original lead vocalist David Palmer.

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