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TVD Radar: Tito Puente, Mambo Diablo reissue in stores 5/26

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Latino proudly announces the first-ever vinyl reissue of Mambo Diablo, the acclaimed 1985 album from legendary bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente.

Offering a lively blend of standards and originals (including fan favorite “Mambo Diablo”) this long-out-of-print classic finds the King of Latin Jazz putting his own twist on classics like “Take Five,” “Lush Life,” and “Lullaby of Birdland” (featuring its composer, George Shearing, on piano).

Set for release on May 26 and available for pre-order, Mambo Diablo was cut from the original master tapes (AAA) by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a tip-on jacket, the album also features its original liner notes by the Emmy®-winning journalist and longtime New York City TV reporter Pablo Guzman. Additionally, Mambo Diablo will make its debut on hi-res audio (192/24).

This special reissue arrives as Craft Latino celebrates the centennial of Tito Puente. Throughout the year, Puente’s vital contributions to Latin music will be honored through special reissues (including an April release of the bandleader’s 1972 classic, Para los Rumberos), exclusive digital content and much more.

Tito Puente (1923–2000) lived countless musical lives during his five-decade-long career. When he signed with Concord Picante in 1983, the celebrated songwriter, bandleader, producer, and percussionist was enjoying living legend status, with absolutely no signs of slowing down.

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In rotation: 3/31/23

Niagara Falls, NY | Local record store pairs with Underground Railroad Center to educate all during Women’s History Month: There are so many iconic women in Western New York. Women that broke barriers beyond the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area. People like Minnie Gillette, Mary Talbot, Louise Bethune, and so many more. But some historic women of this area could be unfamiliar to some people. That’s why Daredevil Records is teaming up with the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center to host its first ever Women’s History Month Scavenger Hunt. The tasks are fun and something to do with your friends, while also an incredibly educational experience. There are 11 clues for the scavenger hunt. It starts out at the record store, but leads you around Niagara Falls, showing off different landmarks, and teaching everyone about the rich history women have in Western New York. “It’s a very deep history here, and it’s important to learn about all the brave women here that have done incredible things,” Daredevil Records employee, Edyta Chorostkowska said.

Cincinnati, OH | Best selection of experimental music at a record store: Torn Light Records is quickly rivaling Shake It and Everybody’s as one of the best record stores in Cincinnati. Located on Ludlow Avenue, Torn Light has a terrific selection of new and used records, plus a constantly replenished stock of new acquisitions in front of the counter that’s always worth flipping through. Not many record stores give you a sense of the staff and owner’s personal tastes like Torn Light does. They have a thoughtfully curated section of experimental and noise music, modernist composers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as a nice little nook of books tucked in the back, with an eye towards, again, the experimental. Think Georges Bataille, Leonora Carrington, Nicholson Baker and more. And if you aren’t sure what to look for, the staff is always playing an interesting record you’ve likely never heard before, and that just might steer you in the right direction.

Lubbock, TX | Records outsell CDs for first time since 1987, Lubbock store contributes to growth: For almost two decades now music fanatics have been traveling back in time through vinyl records. This form of music has seen a record-breaking growth. According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s, Vinyl records outsell CDs for the first time since 1987. “Records have been on their way back for about 15 to 17 years now. It’s been a slow climb and actually very rapid climb in the last 10 years, so for it to totally take over CD’s, it’s not surprising at all,” said Doug Stapp, owner of Ralph’s Records. Just last year, vinyl’s have sold 41 million albums compared to 33 million CDs. “It’s bigger, you can actually listen to it. You don’t have to lease it on your phone. You actually own something, you can stare at all of the artwork, you get to read all the liner notes, all the fun stuff that goes along with music which is very important to music,” said Stapp. The growth is something that Ralph’s Record is no stranger to, operating for over 43 years with the largest sales coming from young adults.

Boston, MA | New store brings vinyl records to Beacon Hill: There’s a new music store on Beacon Hill selling some very old, and very cool, records. What’s happening: After six years in Providence, Music Research Library reopened at 24 Joy St. on Beacon Hill March 1. Co-owner Vasyl Kochura tells Axios a lot of the Rhode Island shop’s clientele were coming down from the Boston area so he and business partner Zachary Warf decided to find space downtown. He says the foot traffic on Beacon Hill is already better than expected. What they’re saying: “We love obscure records from around the world and we try to curate music for deep listeners who are interested in exploring different sounds,” Kochura said. The shop has listening stations where customers can preview a record before buying it, a feature that’s not always available in modern record shops. Beyond albums, soundtracks and singles, the shop specializes in “library music” — recordings of generic stock music used in the production of movies, TV shows or ads. Kochura said MRL pays top dollar for records, especially collections.

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TVD Radar: The Gospel of The Hold Steady: How a Resurrection Really Feels oral history book in stores 7/25

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Hold Steady are marking their landmark 20th anniversary with the upcoming publication of The Gospel of The Hold Steady: How a Resurrection Really Feels, a new oral history by Michael Hann and The Hold Steady, arriving July 25 via Akashic Books. Preorders are available now. Pre-order options will include, a Limited-Edition Preorder Package for The Gospel of the Hold Steady includes a copy of the book signed by the band as well as the signed chapbook, TJK on THS—a behind-the-scenes photo journal by guitarist Tad J. Kubler spanning the band’s two-decade history (along with an exclusive introduction by THS frontman Craig Finn) only available as part of this package.

On January 22, 2003, four men stepped onto a stage in Brooklyn and did something no one else was doing at that time, in that place—they played old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll with skyscraping riffs and unhinged solos, topped with extraordinary lyrics about an out-of-focus America, blurred by pills and powders, filled with stories of crime and fear and desperation and redemption. Twenty years later, The Hold Steady are one of America’s most beloved rock bands, famed for live shows that turn the uninitiated into converts, and for a catalog filled with some of the most exciting yet poetic music of the twenty-first century.

The Gospel of The Hold Steady: How a Resurrection Really Feels addresses all the triumphs and setbacks of The Hold Steady’s two-decade career—from high times to near deaths, from the brink of splitting to their current renaissance—told through interviews with everyone who has played in the band, and those who have worked with them over the course of their career. The volume includes over 200 photographs and images along with essays by writers Michael Hann, Rob Sheffield, Laura Barton, and Isaac Fitzgerald, as well as the thoughts and memories of “The Unified Scene”—the devoted fans who have helped fuel and define The Hold Steady’s identity over the past 20 years.

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Demand it on Vinyl: Peggy Lee, I’m a Woman in stores 3/31

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), in conjunction with Peggy Lee Associates, announces the release of a digital expanded edition of Peggy Lee’s I’m A Woman.

Available at all digital service providers, the newly remastered expanded edition features the 12 original album tracks, including the Leiber and Stoller-penned title track, plus “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Culled from the Capitol vaults, five of the eight bonus tracks are previously unreleased alternate recordings and session outtakes. Liner notes for the 60th-anniversary release, written by archivist Iván Santiago, will be available at on release date.

The bonus tracks include the first take of “I’m A Woman” with a never-before-heard verse; “Jealous,” a previously unreleased collaboration with Bobby Darin with Lee singing back up and a playful exchange between the vocalists; “Please Don’t Rush Me, “Little Boat (O Barquinho),” and “Try A Little Tenderness” not included in the album’s original release; a session outtake of “Close Your Eyes”; and alternate takes of “I’m Walkin’,” and “A Taste of Honey.”

Originally released in March 1963, I’m A Woman spent 26 weeks on the album chart. Now perennially associated with her, the title track and album’s first single, “I’m A Woman,” spent nine weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 and garnered Lee a sixth consecutive GRAMMY nomination for Best Vocal Performance, Female.

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In rotation: 3/30/23

Chicago, IL | Theaster Gates’ Rebuild Foundation To Open Miyagi Records Store In Chicago’s South Side: Incubated under Rebuild Foundation’s Creative Entrepreneurship Program, Miyagi Records will join the constellation of artistic amenities transforming the ‘Arts Block’ Rebuild Foundation–the platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation founded by artist and social innovator Theaster Gates–announced that Chicago-based record shop Miyagi Records will open in April on the Arts Block, a vibrant collection of cultural and commercial spaces in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood. Miyagi Records, a local record resale concept store, will provide the South Side with a space to purchase vinyl from a selection of curated records through Rebuild Foundation’s Creative Entrepreneurship Program. In partnership with Retreat at Currency Exchange Café, Rebuild’s creative coffeehouse and incubator for emerging culinary artists, Miyagi Records will co-host in-store performances, and community listening activities across the neighboring spaces. Miyagi Records will open its doors on the South Side on April 14, 2023, at 307 E. Garfield Blvd.

Hinckley, UK | Hinckley’s Nervous Records to re-open for a day to sell stock for animal welfare charity: The town said goodbye to owner Gordon Hayes following his death earlier this year. A record shop which has been closed since its owner died is to re-open to stage a sale which will benefit a charity which was dear to him. Nervous Records, in Hinckley, shut up shop in January following the death of Gordon Hayes – who had been a friendly face to generations of music fans from the town and further afield since the late-1970s. Many of his friends and former customers gathered outside the shop, in The Lawns, earlier this month, on the day of his funeral. They swapped stories of a man who dedicated his life to music and whose packed little shop outlived the town’s other record stores. Now, it has been confirmed the shop will re-open for one day only on Saturday, April 22, between 10.30am and 4pm. All sale proceeds will go to Hillside Animal Sanctuary – a charity of which Gordon, who was 70 when he died, was a keen supporter.

Chicago, IL | Roselle Record Store Selling Rare Gems for Sound Lovers at AXPONA in Schaumburg: Record Wonderland, an independent record store in Roselle, hits the road to attend an international audiophile event next month, but the company won’t need to travel too far. The Roselle record store will be selling at AXPONA, a convention for serious sound lovers who want to see the latest high-end audio gear tested live in person. AXPONA takes place at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center from April 14-16. The event attracts visitors from around the country and the world. Pat Deasey, co-owner of Record Wonderland, said he has thought about taking the short drive to sell records at AXPONA, but the event typically coincides with Record Store Day (RSD), an event that features the sales of limited edition records exclusively at independent records stores. RSD will take place at the store on April 22 this year, a week after AXPONA. RSD, which also features a sale on used records in the store, is always an extremely busy day for Record Wonderland. Many of the exclusive RSD titles are pressed in very small batches. Collectors do not want to miss out.

DeKalb, IL | Perspective: Aisles of vinyl: Walking into my local record store, I’m swept back to the late 60’s and early 70’s by the smell of incense—and the albums, actual vinyl records with artwork on the covers. In the back near the stage that features local musicians hang clothes and accessories similar to those I wore in those distant decades. It’s a trip and I’m happily having a flashback. For over 25 years my friend, Steve, has owned Kiss The Sky record store, now located in Batavia. On my recent visit a range of ages wandered in—anywhere from early teens to folks who may have been even older than me. Steve spent time with one gentleman helping him download a streaming app. No wonder he’s received the award for Batavia’s most welcoming business. I knew that vinyl had made a big comeback but asked Steve to fill me in on the backstory, which he says started around 2006. Then in 2008 the first Record Store Day was held, and vinyl sales have steadily increased ever since. Record Store Day is still going strong and it’s around the corner on Saturday, April 22nd.

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TVD Radar: Poe, Hello first ever vinyl reissue
in stores 4/22

VIA PRESS RELEASE | MNRK Music Group has announced the first ever vinyl repress of singer-songwriter Poe’s widely-influential debut album Hello for Record Store Day on April 22, 2023. Originally released in 1995, Hello received universal acclaim.

The New York Times listed Poe as among the defining voices of a female “movement in music,” Esquire named her one of the top 5 “Women Who Rock Our World” in 1997, and Glen Ballard, producer of the iconic Alanis Morissette album Jagged Little Pill, cites Hello as one of his biggest influences at the time: “It was a brilliant record that had jazz influence, hip hop, electronic, rock. It was a hybrid of the first degree. It blew my mind.”

Dubbed the “daughter of the electronic revolution” by Elle magazine, Poe was one of the first artists to embrace the internet, cultivating a two-way relationship with her fanbase, garnering a devoted online following and connecting herself with fans in a way reflective of modern social media that had never truly been seen before. Poe’s “unheard of and pretty phenomenal” presence earned her the title of “web diva” from USA Today.

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In rotation: 3/29/23

Vancouver, CA | Visiting the record stores of Vancouver: Five spots for your landmark list the next time you’re in Canada. With a huge selection of record stores, spanning an extraordinary range of genres and tastes, Vancouver has plenty to offer both casual vinyl fans and the most dedicated crate-digger alike. VF’s Kelly Doherty recently hit the streets of Vancouver for a taste of nature, and culture and, importantly, to check out the local record stores. Check out five of the best spots that Vancouver has to offer.

St. Petersburg, FL | Vinyl records are back, but some things have changed: “…To succeed here, you have to keep changing with the times,” said Erin Stoy, general manager of Sound Exchange, which has locations in Tampa and Pinellas Park. “Any business, you have to keep adapting.” Sound Exchange was founded in 1987, when the CD was all the rage. “It used to be that everybody bought physical music,” Stoy said, “and so Christmas seasons were crazy at the stores, because everybody had CDs, records and tapes on their list. “But that went away. Music stores are a niche thing. Instead of where there’s at least one in every mall in America.” Used vinyl sales – including, of course, those “digger” boxes of $1 records ubiquitous at every media outlet, thrift store and flea market – are not counted by the RIAA. The report only includes new vinyl. Record companies, always quick to react when there’s a buck to be made, are back in the vinyl business

Hackney, UK | Hackney record store Vinyl Pimp is offering customers the chance to stay overnight: Ever been deep into the dig and not wanted to go home? Well now’s your chance. Hackney Wick record store Vinyl Pimp is offering guests the chance to rent out the shop’s guest suite overnight with access to its full catalogue. Dubbed a “first-of-its-kind experience”, Vinyl Pimp are offering the room free of charge provided guests spend more than £200 in-store on weekdays or £250 on weekends, while a second guest will have to spend an extra £100. Vinyl Pimp announced the overnight experience on Instagram yesterday, explaining that guests will also have access to a large collection of rare vinyl and bargain records. “Immerse yourself in the world of vinyl with a stay at our guestroom, located right in the heart of Hackney Wick,” they said. “The room is decked out with everything you need for a comfortable and unique stay.” According to the store, the room features a listening booth “to ensure that you can fully enjoy your vinyl listening experience,” and a cosy mezzanine bed.

Champaign, IL | Vinyl records spin back into popularity: Despite the current age of streaming, many still choose to listen to physical albums on record players, even though vinyl albums cost more and are more difficult to find. Joseph McLain, junior in LAS, said he began to collect records because of the art on their covers. Eventually, he began listening to the records as well. “I ended up investing in a decent record player, and I kind of realized that the sound quality is nicer than you can get on a CD or streaming services,” McLain said. McLain said he used the same speakers for digital and physical music, which made the differences apparent. “There are just small details that you can notice on the vinyls that I don’t think you can always pick up in a digital recording,” McLain said. McLain said that in streamed music, recordings have lost softer sounds because of how the songs get compressed into digital forms.

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TVD Radar: Stephen Stills, Live At Berkeley 1971 2LP in stores 4/28

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Fourteen tracks from Stephen Still’s First US tour, previously unissued and recorded Live at The Berkeley Community Theater in 1971.

In 1971 Stephen Stills embarked on a US tour, opening each show with an intimate acoustic first set, and closing each night with a riveting electric set featuring the Memphis Horns. These historic, previously unreleased recordings took place over two nights at the Berkeley Community Theater, with David Crosby joining him on vocals and guitar for “You Don’t Have To Cry” and “The Lee Shore.” These recordings find Stills at peak performance in both vocal delivery and musicianship, effortlessly incorporating alternate instrumentation on his instantly recognizable tracks, including a seamless medley of “49 Bye Byes” and “For What It’s Worth” unexpectedly played on piano.

Hand-picked by Stills from his personal archives, this album captures timeless and era defining performances. Fans who were lucky enough to catch his historic debut trek, dubbed “The Memphis Horns Tour,” were treated to the balladeer, the raving troubadour, the acoustic bluesman, the soul driver, and by far the most passionate music maker.

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In rotation: 3/28/23

St. Johnsbury, VT | A Creative Economy: Record Shop Means More Positive Spin Downtown: St. Johnsbury is bustling, with another record-breaking year of new businesses opening and exciting events and activities in every season. Much of this bustle seems to be driven by a decidedly creative group of community members. The creative economy–which encompasses economic development activities that include the arts, culture, design, makers, and artisanal products of all kinds–makes up a large proportion of our local economy. …”We offer new and used records of every genre, from punk, hip-hop to jazz, country, rock & roll, and more. We also sell record players, record cleaners, T-shirts, stickers and other fun gifts….Well the beautiful new storefronts on Railroad Street and Eastern Avenue really got me thinking about it, and when I saw the location next to Haven available for lease I just decided to go for it…”

Muncie, IN | Electric Crayon Records opens as a safe space for students and those suffering with addiction in Muncie: Music has been said to bring people of all ages together, and at Electric Crayon Records, it’s no different. The store opened March 11, and within their first week, co-owner Grant Butler said a 14-year-old and a 60-year-old had already come in looking for similar records. Butler, an addictions specialist at IU Health, has been into music since sharing a room with his punk-loving brother as a kid. His brother was a photographer and would take Butler with him to shows. “When you’re a kid, the first medium you’re given is a crayon, pencil and all that stuff, so it’s kind of like that idea to create, there is electricity to it,” Butler said. “It’s kind of like the idea that you’re drawn to create art, whether it’s music or actual, tangible art or literature, any of that kind of stuff. You’re drawn to it.” “…One thing about a record store though…it’s a lot like a DIY pub club where it just kind of breeds community,” he said.

Dover, NJ | Factory Records in Dover offers intimate ‘Up Close and Personal’ series: The Dover vinyl-records store Factory Records is hosting an series of shows titled “Up Close and Personal,” combining performances and conversation by veteran rock and pop performers. Tiffany and bassist Kasim Sulton (who has worked with Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf and others) have already performed, and upcoming shows will feature: April 7: Singer-songwriter-guitarist Randy Jackson (of Zebra), April 15: Bassist and singer, Joe Bouchard (formerly of Blue Öyster Cult), May 6: Singer and keyboardist Dave Bickler (formerly of Survivor), May 20: Guitarist Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge) All shows will be hosted by comedian Frankie Hudak, and have a capacity of 45 people.

London, UK | Independent record store chain announces partnership with award-winning brewery: Independent record store chain Rough Trade is joining forces with London based brewery Signature Brew. The two-time Brewery of the Year Award winner is now serving beverages exclusively on draught to Rough Trade customers at the record store’s East London, Bristol, and Nottingham locations. A core range of beers will be available in stores, including Signature’s award-winning flagship collection: Studio Lager, Roadie All-Night IPA and Backstage IPA. Rough Trade stores will also stock a selection of canned specials spanning a range of sours and porters and gluten and alcohol-free craft beers. Founded in 2011, Signature Brew often hosts music events at its brewery/ music venue in Blackhorse Road, London. It has also collaborated with music artists and record labels such as IDLES, Big Joanie and Hot Chip. Sam McGregor, founder of Signature Brew, commented: “Rough Trade has always been an inspiration for Signature Brew, from their DIY roots and community-led approach to music, through to putting on incredible gigs in unusual spaces, and providing unforgettable experiences for fans and bands alike.

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TVD Radar: Empire Roller Disco from
Patrick D. Pagnano in stores 4/4

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Brooklyn’s Empire Rollerdrome opened its doors in 1941 and soon became the borough’s premier destination for recreational and competitive roller skating.

But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that the celebrated rink reached iconic status by replacing its organist with a live DJ, installing a state of the art sound and light system, and renaming itself after the nationwide dance craze it had helped to originate: the Empire Roller Disco was born. In 1980, the acclaimed street photographer Patrick D. Pagnano went on assignment to document the Empire and its legendary cast of partygoers. The resulting photographs, gathered in Empire Roller Disco for the first time, capture the vibrant spirits, extraordinary styles, and sheer joys of Brooklyn roller disco at its dizzying peak.

Called “one of the most versatile and adaptive street photographers in the genre’s history,” Patrick D. Pagnano moved to New York City from Chicago in 1974 and immersed himself in an art practice that would grow to include street work, portraiture, and documentary photography. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and numerous other institutions. He passed away in 2018.

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In rotation: 3/27/23

Spokane, WA | New record store Entropy draws on inspiration from modern architecture and the ever-changing nature of music: When he drove drove past the Parkade last December, JJ Wandler wasn’t planning on opening another record store. But the “For Lease” sign had a mind of its own. “I almost caused an accident pulling over to call the number,” he says. The space itself was a mystery to Wandler. He could see the midcentury-style arched windows and could make out faint bits and pieces of a spiral staircase leading up to a second floor inside, but the windows had been covered up for as long as he could remember. Even then, he knew enough to take a leap of faith. The Parkade, the iconic parking garage in downtown Spokane, was designed by one of Wandler’s favorite architects, Warren Heylman. From the Riverfalls Tower Apartments to the public health building on the Spokane County campus, some of his creations rank among the most well-known pieces of architecture in Spokane. Wandler knew that this particular space adjacent to the parking garage used to be Heylman’s office. “If it was good enough for him, it was definitely good enough for me…”

CT | At CT music stores, vinyl records are back in a big way: What is this, 1978? Vinyl is the hottest thing in music, and the young and old alike scouring record store bins across Connecticut can’t get enough of it. There aren’t many places people go to lazily stroll the aisles anymore, to take in the ambiance, strike up conversations with the like-minded, chat with the owner, happily kill the better part of an afternoon shopping for what they’ll realize they wanted when they happen to find it. Most of us want things quickly and we want them dropped at our door. But at Connecticut’s record stores, it’s the experience that brings vinyl enthusiasts as much as the music. Young people are discovering the sound quality and the pleasure of listening to music on vinyl with an enthusiasm that rivals the love their parents and grandparents had for the medium decades ago. And older aficionados are digging their vintage stereo equipment out of the attic, and going in search of the albums they wore out in their high school and college days.

Hattiesburg, MS | T-Bones: Music lovers in Hattiesburg prefer vinyl records over CDs: Music lovers across the country are reminding us what’s old is new again. For the first time since 1987, vinyl records are outselling compact discs, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The staff at T-Bones Records & Cafe in Hattiesburg aren’t surprised. The music store said record sales have been increasing every year since 2016, while CD sales are down 95% from their peak in 2000. They say music lovers are choosing sound quality over convenience. “Now, the listener wants (to) sort of a captive experience to it, so when they’re listening to it off of the record, they’re enjoying the environment it creates, as opposed to the convenience of what everyone hears through streaming or even through CDs for that matter,” said Mik Davis, record store manager at T-bone’s Records & Cafe. Davis said nearly 44 million records were sold last year. T-Bones will also welcome record buyers for the annual Record Store Day, which will be held on April 22

Glasgow, UK | Assai Records has opened a store in Glasgow: Glasgow is the store’s third Scottish branch. Assai Records has opened a store in Glasgow this week. The Scottish record store, owned by Keith Ingram, opened its first store in Dundee back in 2015 with an Edinburgh location quickly following in 2017. Assai has developed a reputation for its wide range of genres and in-store events such as live performances, signings and artist Q&As. The Glasgow location, based on Sauchiehall Street, is open Monday to Thursday from 10.30am to 5.30pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. The store will host a listening party for Melanie Martinez’ new album Portals on March 23.

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TVD Radar: Charlie Parker, Bird In LA 4LP box set in stores 5/19

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Throughout his brief but influential life, Charlie “Bird” Parker made an enormous impact on popular music as one of the architects of modern jazz. The jazz titan, inarguably one of the greatest saxophonists of all time, grew up in Kansas City, MO, and spent much of his adult life in New York. Nonetheless, Los Angeles looms large in his musical life as he spent more time in L.A. than anywhere outside of KC and NY.

From 1945–1954, Parker made half a dozen trips to the City of Angels and recorded many of his greatest musical triumphs there. In December 1945, Parker and Dizzy Gillespie changed music forever by bringing the sound of bebop from the East Coast to the West Coast for a fabled two-month residency at Billy Berg’s Supper Club in Hollywood billed as “Bebop Invades the West.” Entranced by the city, Parker would end up staying for an extended amount of time in which he gigged all around town, recorded at a Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) concert, and made some pivotal recordings for the nascent Dial label.

Following a drug-fueled physical and mental collapse at the infamous July 29, 1946 “Lover Man” session, he was committed to Camarillo State Mental Hospital for a six-month stint for his heroin addiction. Shortly after being released in January 1947, Bird would stick around for a few more months, which included a well-documented two-week engagement at the Hi-De-Ho Club, before heading back to NYC. He would return to LA four more times, briefly in November 1948 with JATP, for a three-month stay during the summer of 1952, and for shorter visits in 1953 and 1954.

Parker’s prolific and historic first three trips to Los Angeles have been collected together as Bird In LA, a 28-track collection of mostly unreleased and incredibly rare recordings, releasing digitally for streaming and download for the very first time, and in a 4-LP black vinyl box set on May 19 via Verve/UMe. This wide release, due to popular demand, follows a limited-edition vinyl release exclusive for Record Store Day Black Friday in 2021, which sold out instantly, and a 2-CD version, currently still available.

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In rotation: 3/24/23

Biloxi, MS | Report: Vinyl records outselling CDs for first time in 35 years: “…It’s really astounding to me, the rate of growth we have had in a comparatively short amount of time,” said Marley Roberts, owner of Marley’s Music in downtown Biloxi. “The growth of vinyl record sales is something that has taken several years to get to this point.” The last time vinyl records were this popular was 1987. “If you think back to the late 1980s to the 2000s, vinyl production was at an all time low,” said Roberts. “One of the main reasons I think that things have really exploded in the past few years is that newer artists would have a vinyl version of their current releases. People like Lady Gaga, Post Malone, Taylor Swift – these people that have very successful records would actually release records. So, the whole vinyl market was opened to all these people that weren’t in on it in the first place or maybe had been turned off it by CDs or streaming or anything.”

Pueblo, CO | Could it be the ‘end of an era’? Future of Pueblo’s Independent Records up in the air: Independent Records is up for sale and faces an uncertain future in Pueblo with the store set to either close its doors or be sold to a new owner. If the store is forced to close, it’d mark the end of an iconic record store that has served Pueblo for more than four decades and created countless memories for Pueblo music lovers. The image of hundreds of rock ‘n’ roll fans lining the street outside Independent Records is forever etched in many Puebloans’ minds. As far back as 1980, the record stores were the only places concertgoers could get tickets to many of their favorite artists’ shows, so Pueblo’s Independent Records was often hopping when new concerts were announced. Puebloan Lisa Brown is among those who recall the bustling scene at the record store. She shared that memory with the Chieftain after learning Independent Records might soon close its doors if a buyer cannot be found.

Seattle, WA | Hey Gen X, your Pike/Pine record store is now a Joybird furniture showroom for millennials: Pike/Pine has grown and put away its childish things. The old Everyday Music is now a furniture store. Joybird, a Toledo Pewter, Essence Ash, and Bentley Daisey-colored, online-focused furniture wing of La-Z-Boy, opened up last month in the 10th Ave space the music and record store exited in 2021. CHS reported a year ago on Joybird’s selection of Capitol Hill for its Seattle showroom and its plans for the 6,200-square-foot auto row-era commercial space on a 10th Ave that has continued to grow its retail offerings centered around its Elliott Bay Book Company core. The street has also been powered by new energy. In the summer of 2021, cosmetics and beauty retailer Glossier reignited its revival of global brick and mortar retail ambitions after a pandemic-forced hibernation with a new Capitol Hill store joining new stores in Los Angeles, London, and New York City.

AXS TV’s Vinyl Obsession Follows Members Of Styx, ZZ Top, N Sync And More Browsing Through Record Stores: There’s nothing quite like walking through a record store with money in your pocket and nowhere else to be. I could spend hours just wandering through the aisles, looking at album covers and deciding, re-evaluating, deciding, re-evaluating and deciding again what to buy. It’s a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, and I’m clearly not the only one who feels that way, as that’s the premise behind AXS TV’s new series Vinyl Obsession. Each episode of the debuting series will follow two famous faces from the music world who hit up a record store and pick out their own personal top five vinyl. But as most of us who love this sorta thing know, picking out records to buy is never as simple as walking over to a specific section, finding your album and then leaving. So, the show follows the celebrities as they hunt through the store and records them telling stories and reminiscing about various albums they love and/ or grew up listening to.

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TVD Radar: Henry Franklin, Tribal Dance first ever vinyl reissue
in stores 5/5

VIA PRESS RELEASE | 1977 album from the esteemed jazz bassist and bandleader, the LP is a bit more spiritually-inclined than the two releases The Skipper recorded for the Black Jazz label, but every bit as driving thanks to his indefatigable bass playing.

We at Real Gone Music were so knocked out by The Skipper and The Skipper at Home, the two Black Jazz-label releases we put out from Henry Franklin, that we hunted down the rights to his next record, Tribal Dance, recorded in 1977 for the little-known Catalyst label.

You will find many of the same players that made Franklin’s two Black Jazz albums so intense and enjoyable, including saxophonist Charles Owens, trombonist Al Hall, Jr., and guitarist Kenneth Climax, along with West Coast jazz stalwarts like percussionist Sonship and pianist Dwight Dickerson.

As the title indicates, Tribal Dance leans a little more spiritual, but without losing the pulsing drive of its predecessors (and how could it, with The Skipper at the helm on bass!). Never before reissued on vinyl, with original gatefold artwork intact and pressed at Gotta Groove Records where we made the Black Jazz records!

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TVD Radar: Ray Barretto, Que Viva La Música ruby red vinyl reissue in stores 5/26

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Latino announces a post-50th anniversary reissue of Ray Barretto’s classic salsa album, Que Viva La Música. A landmark title in the influential bandleader and conguero’s prolific catalog, Que Viva La Música features such favorites as “Cocinando,” “La Pelota,” and the title track—all performed by Barretto’s legendary original band (including Adalberto Santiago and Orestes Vilató).

Available for pre-order today, the long-out-of-print album was cut from the original master tapes (AAA) by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and returns to vinyl for the first time in decades on May 26. The LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a classic tip-on jacket, replicating Izzy Sanabria’s stunning cover art. A ruby red vinyl variant color will be available exclusively at On digital platforms, meanwhile, Que Viva La Música will make its debut in hi-res audio (192/24).

Conguero and bandleader Ray Barretto (1929–2006) was one of the foremost names in Latin jazz, boogaloo, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. A pioneering salsa artist, who also kept one foot planted firmly in jazz, the versatile musician remained in the spotlight for more than five decades. Born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican parents and raised in the Bronx, Barretto grew up admiring both the swing of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, as well as the rhythms of Arsenio Rodríguez and Machito Grillo.

By the end of the ’50s, he was a member of Tito Puente’s legendary band and had become the go-to conguero in the New York City jazz scene. Over the next decade, he would appear as a sideman on albums by greats like Wes Montgomery, Cal Tjader, Kenny Burrell, and Dizzy Gillespie, while enjoying success as a bandleader (his 1963 hit, “El Watusi,” made him an international sensation).

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