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TVD Radar: Eastern Rebellion, (s/t) 45th anniversary reissue in stores 5/28

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In 1975, four legends teamed up and gave birth to one of THE best rhythm groups of the 1970s—four musicians that had played music at the highest level all their lives and gained their status as both stand-alone artists and important sidemen. Each of them had participated in many of jazz’s great moments and all four shared the ability, documented on many albums, to inspire their fellow musicians to even greater heights. In 1975, the Eastern Rebellion collective was born.

​On saxophone, we have George Coleman (born in 1935) the self-taught saxophone maestro from Memphis who (after working with Ray Charles) played in B.B. King’s band in the 1950s and in Miles Davis’ quintet in the 1960s. Coleman played on four historical Miles albums (including My Funny Valentine) within one year. George Coleman went on to perform and record with legends such as Charles Mingus, Ahmad Jamal, Idris Muhammad, Melvin Sparks, Nina Simone and was an essential member of many more noteworthy groups throughout his freelance career. He was named a NEA Jazz Master, inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015 and received a brass note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame​.

On the piano, we have Cedar Walton (1934-2013) who was also the bandleader and producer of the Eastern Rebellion collective. He was a Dallas-born hard bop jazz pianist virtuoso who came to prominence as a member of Art Blakey’s The Jazz Messengers before establishing a long career as a bandleader, arranger and composer (several of his compositions have by now become much-played jazz standards). Walton was known for his fantastic recordings and performances and of course for being part of the in-house rhythm section at Prestige Records. Cedar Walton arranged and recorded for Etta James, helping her win a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 1994.​

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In rotation: 5/5/21

Record Store Day buying guide: June 12 and July 17 releases: Record Store Day looks a little different this year. Considering the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, Record Store Day will take the form of “RSD Drops,” taking place on two separate days, June 12 and July 17. Independent stores will remain in charge of their own sales and releases, depending on their particular location’s setup. “The spread of titles over two dates in two months allows some flexibility for the struggling vinyl pressing plants and distribution companies,” reads a statement on the Record Store Day website, “as well as provide stores time to prepare budgets and place the orders that safely get music into the hands of customers on a larger than normal release day.” This year’s class of releases features an impressive array of music. Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s She’s the One soundtrack album has been reimagined and retitled as Angel Dream, Pearl Jam will release a new version of “Alive,” the single from their debut album which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and, for the first time, the estate of Prince will put forth The Truth, the acoustic accompaniment to 1998’s Crystal Ball.

Little Rock, AR | UA Little Rock alum opens vinyl store in Benton: Audra McAnally has been out of school for less than three years, but the 25-year old entrepreneur has already opened her second business – a stylish throwback to the popular era of vinyl stores called Retro Rose. After graduating from Bryant High School in 2014, McAnally joined the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Business. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a certificate in sales, all while working around 60 hours a week managing a property preservation company. “I went to UA Little Rock because I wanted to stay local for college,” McAnally said. “It was intense. I was probably getting four hours of sleep a night, and now I can’t stay up past 10 p.m. …I opened Retro Rose Oct. 30, 2020, mid pandemic,” McAnally said. “I didn’t want to lose my space in downtown Benton since it’s becoming a prominent area. My boyfriend Brandon and I both collect records and we are super antiquers. I thought it would be so cool to open a music store where everyone feels welcome. One thing led to another, and I kept finding bulks of used records that fueled the fire.”

UK | Noel Gallagher announced as Record Store Day 2021 ambassador: “Record shops were really important when I was growing up. It’s something that’s in my DNA.” Noel Gallagher has been announced as the official ambassador for Record Store Day 2021. The former Oasis musician will take on the role as well as releasing a limited edition coloured vinyl of his upcoming High Flying Birds Best Of album, ‘Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)’. Arriving as part of RSD 2021’s first drop on June 12, the numbered hand-pressed LP will come with an art print created exclusively for indie record stores. “Record shops were really important when I was growing up. It’s something that’s in my DNA,” Gallagher explains in an official announcement video, which you can watch now below. “I think if we can keep record shops open for as long as possible, we owe it to the young people of this country. For this year’s Record Store Day I’ll be getting involved. I’ve got something unique coming out.”

Chicago, IL | Bric-A-Brac Records Moving To Avondale, Opening Horror-Themed Coffee Shop Next Door: The coffee shop, which the owners are opening with a friend, will be called The Brewed, a play on David Cronenberg’s horror flick “The Brood.” Since opening Bric-A-Brac Records at Diversey and Kedzie avenues eight years ago, husband-and-wife owners Nick Mayor and Jen Lemasters have had to work other jobs to keep the record and collectibles shop afloat — Mayor at a restaurant and Lemasters selling merch at big venues. But with both industries hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic, the couple has decided to focus solely on Bric-A-Brac in hopes of growing the small business into even more of a community hub. The couple is moving the shop to a bigger space in Avondale, and they’re teaming up with a friend to open an adjoining coffee shop. …The couple has signed a lease on a storefront at 2843 N. Milwaukee Ave. The space is about 20 percent larger than their vibrant current home at 3156 W. Diversey Ave., Mayor said, which is overflowing with records, cassettes, books, collectibles and more.

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TVD Radar: The Empire Strikes Back (Symphonic Suite) by John Williams, reissue in stores 7/23

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In Celebration of Star Wars Day 2021, Varèse Sarabande Records is re-issuing the long out-of-print LP The Empire Strikes Back – Symphonic Suite from the Original Motion Picture Score by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

Out of print since 1980, the record is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket featuring the original Star Wars paintings and notes. Available now for pre-order along with two limited exclusive versions: “Ice Planet Hoth Blue” (Vinyl Me Please) and “Imperial Grey Marble” (Newbury Comics). A Canadian exclusive on “Cloud City Orange” will be available only at Sunrise retail shops as of July 23rd.

Originally released to supplement and not compete with the 2-LP Motion Picture Soundtrack, this 1-LP release skillfully combines a “Symphonic Suite” that John Williams created for concert performance with new arrangements of other cues from the film score.

The Empire Strikes Back has become not only one of Williams’ most iconic scores, but one of the most iconic film scores of all time. The LP comes in a gatefold jacket with the original iconic Star Wars paintings by William Stout, images of John Williams, and notes from author Ray Bradbury, composer and critic Christopher Palmer, and from the maestro himself.

“The Suite, which I had specially written and adapted for concert performance […] had been skillfully augmented with other music from the film to form a unified whole. A great orchestra and Gerhardt’s opulent sound and dramatic phrasing combine to make a fine addition to a rapidly growing list of great recordings of film music.” —John Williams

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TVD Radar: The Rubinoos, The CBS Tapes red and black splatter vinyl in stores 6/25

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On November 2, 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States. The events of November 3 were less earth-shaking, although it was the day the power pop pioneers The Rubinoos recorded this album. The group walked into CBS Studios on Folsom Street in San Francisco to, as band co-founder and singer Jon Rubin recollects, “have a ‘set up and get comfortable in the studio’ kind of affair.” Guitarist Tommy Dunbar, who started the group more than 50 years ago with his childhood pal Rubin, recalls they were told “something like, ‘okay, the tape is going to run, just go ahead and play anything you want’.”

The CBS Tapes (due out on June 25, 2021 on Yep Roc Records) chronicles that occasion, and its previously unreleased 11 tracks certainly reveal a wildly diverse set list that includes, yet reaches beyond, the power pop that the band is well known for. Selections range from the Modern Lovers (“Government Center”) to the Meters (“Cissy Strut”); King Curtis (“Memphis Soul Stew”) to the DeFranco Family (“Heartbeat, It’s a Love Beat”). The Rubinoos also tackle the bubblegum classic “Sugar, Sugar,” the iconic surf instrumental “Walk Don’t Run,” and a couple Beatles tunes (“She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”), along with a trio of now-rare originals (“All Excited,” “I Want Her So Bad,” and “Nooshna Kavolta”).

The CBS Tapes captures something unusual—a look into the recording process before it begins in earnest. This isn’t a lo-fi sloppy rehearsal tape, a stripped-down demo, or a polished finished product. Done without second takes and overdubs, the band’s loose, unencumbered live performances exude a joyful energy that embodies the band’s spirit. These recordings do benefit from Glenn Kolotkin’s engineering and mixing on the fly. By 1976, Kolotkin had already worked with acts like Janis Joplin, Journey, and Jimi Hendrix, and would go on to produce Santana, Joan Jett, and the Ramones.

The Rubinoos’ performances also are rather rude and juvenile; not really surprising since Rubin, Dunbar, and drummer Donn Spindt were still in their teens, only bassist Royse Ader had finished high school. Listening to these tapes after so many years made Dunbar think, “What a bunch of foul-mouthed little punks we were,” while Rubin felt their obnoxious behavior and crude language reflect the irreverent, bratty attitude that has always been part of the Rubinoos’ makeup.

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In rotation: 5/4/21

North Fork, LI | Hidden North Fork: The record store that’s only open on Sundays: Although Sunday Records has been going strong since 2017, we suspect this might be your first time hearing about it. It’s doubtful that you’ve ever stumbled upon it, unless you were walking around downtown Riverhead on a Sunday between noon and 6 p.m. — the one time of the week this spot is open. I was told about the neat little record store by my husband, who had heard about it from his barber, who learned of it from his son. Needless to say, Sunday Records is a word-of-mouth kind of place, and I find myself thankful for my husband’s barber’s son nearly every Sunday as my family and I browse the well-curated, highly organized shop. The store, at 125 Roanoke Ave., stocks new and used albums sorted by genre: classic rock and metal, mainstream rock and new releases, new wave and alternative, jazz and more — just ask. The chalkboard on the wall helpfully lists the local radio station names and channels where you’d hear these tunes, making the whole experience pretty foolproof and very enjoyable.

Brooklyn, NY | New record store is a blast from the past: Industry City is getting in tune. Its latest hit is HiFi Provisions Record Shop, which opened April 15 and offers a variety of vintage vinyl records and HiFi equipment. The store, at 237 36th St., will also buy new and used vinyl records. “I want the store to have a wide variety of genres,” said owner and Brooklynite Matthew Coluccio. “HiFi Provisions isn’t just for avid collectors and enthusiasts like me but is an open and welcoming place for anyone who loves music.” Coluccio, who used to sell records on stoops and at flea markets in Carroll Gardens, hopes the store will be a place where vinyl-lovers can meet to talk about their favorite bands. “[I want the store to feel] like my living room, except that everything’s for sale,” he said. “I want people to feel comfortable enough to hang out, play music and chat.

Asheville, NC | Harvest Records: an intersection of art, culture and community: Nestled at the apex of Haywood Road’s winding streets lies Harvest Records, a pillar in Asheville’s music collecting community. “Going to or playing shows in Asheville, we always set aside two hours just to scour that place for every record it has. It’s just always got so much good stuff,” said John Harn, a vinyl collector from Augusta, Georgia, who regularly drives five hours to visit Harvest Records. In a predominantly digital age of music, owning a vinyl record captures a tangible nostalgia that has refueled the industry. Adding a physical element to the music allows the listener to form a deeper connection with the record. The magic of record collecting enchanted the hearts of many, as vinyl sales went up 30 percent in 2020, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. “Vinyl for me is sacred. You have to sit and listen. It makes me pay attention more. You got iTunes, everything is in your hand in a second. But with records, you form a deeper ingrained bond with the music,” Harn said.

AU | Some vinyl records can be worth a fortune — others are just worthless old records: Have you heard this tune? A collector is fossicking through some old, dusty records in an op shop and stumbles across a rare album that’s worth a small fortune. This type of “Eureka!” moment does happen but it’s extremely rare. Old records are big business for collectors and dealers — fans are willing to spend what they can to get that one LP (or even a CD) that completes a set. Music enthusiast and record dealer Mark Lumley, who convenes record and music fairs in Essendon, Ballarat and Geelong, said the number of potential buyers had swelled as collectors aged in their 20s follow in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents. “There’s genuine interest in ‘what’s old is new’,” Mr Lumley explains. “I’ve noticed young people, especially during lockdown, were listening to a lot of old music, maybe their parents’ collections. “They had heard the Rolling Stones or the Beatles, but hadn’t really listened to them before. “So, we’re seeing 22-year-olds, 23-year-olds, 24-year-olds making their own collections.”

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TVD Radar: Made
To Measure Vol.1,
underground 80s comp from Crammed Discs in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the Crammed Discs label will be releasing new albums as well as remastered vinyl reissues of the series early classics, starting with the inaugural volume Made to Measure Vol.1 featuring music by Minimal Compact, Benjamin Lew, Aksak Maboul, and Tuxedomoon.

Originally released in 1984, the inaugural volume of the series included works commissioned as soundtracks for dance and theatre performances, films and a fashion show. The album offers both a glimpse into unusual aspects of these four artists’ work, and a testimony of the buzzing activity in what was becoming a close-knit community of musicians revolving around Crammed Discs’ Brussels headquarters, which spawned many collaborations (some of which are mentioned below).

Inaugurated in 1984, Crammed’s Made to Measure composers’ series set out to chart a map of some of the most interesting instrumental music of the era. Thirty-five albums came out during the series’ first decade, harbouring a great variety of inventive musical adventures which often weaved aspects of neoclassical/chamber music, ambient, electronica, minimalism, experimental avant-rock, soundscape creation and more.

The series christened “Made To Measure” as it was meant to host music which had or could have been made to measure as a soundtrack for other art forms (film, theatre, dance, video). Although only a moderate portion of the series’ releases was actually created for soundtracks (most notably, John Lurie’s original music for Jim Jarmusch’s two breakthrough movies), the intersections with other artistic domains turned out to be numerous: Made To Measure’s contributing musicians collaborated with renowned filmmakers (Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tom Tykwer, Jarmusch) choreographers (Maurice Béjart, Karole Armitage, Régine Chopinot, Philippe Découflé), fashion designers (Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons) and more.

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In rotation: 5/3/21

US | Best Record Stores to Visit in the US: Once upon a time there used to be lines of record stores everywhere you looked but that was once upon a time. Now record stores are not as common as they used to be, their numbers have dwindled. This decrease was caused by the rise of the digital era. Many people Have switched to downloading and streaming their music leaving the once crowded record store to be not so crowded. Although most people may prefer listening to music through streaming sites or downloading them there are still music fans who love and treasure the sound of records. If you are one of those music fans or you just love the nostalgia records give, here are the 5 best record stores to visit in the US.

Clarksville, TN | That’s So Clarksville: At Tony Schrum’s vinyl record and music shop, there’s only one rule: “The plural of vinyl is vinyl.” Tony Shrum’s biggest pet peeve is that most people don’t know that. The co-owner of AndVinyl Records at 139 Franklin St. has worked around music in almost every imaginable fashion without actually producing it. He helped publish New Noise magazine out of Berkeley, California, for several years, putting emphasis on punk, metal and hard core music. In 2013, he worked to publicize bands performing in the Los Angeles “Warped Tour,” one of his biggest clients. He’s worked sound at Armando’s, a blues and jazz venue in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area and even helped out in his uncle’s store, Good Stuff Guitar Shop. From publicity to instruments to the soundboard, Tony has filled in roles that were almost always genre specific. And then in 2018, him and his brother, Matt, opened the vinyl store on Franklin Street in Clarksville, deviating from his previous roles in that now, he was dealing with a musical menu that had a little bit of everything — and with people who sometimes knew nothing about it.

Bridport, UK | Vinyl Saturday returns to Bridport next month: Bridport’s resident record fair will be going ahead once again next month. Vinyl Saturday, run by West Country Record Fairs will go ahead on Saturday, May 15 from behind Bridport United Church on East Street. It has been 18 months since the group was last able to host a record fair in Bridport. The event will run from 10am until 3pm and admission is £1 per person. Covid restrictions will be in place. Face masks must be worn at all times customers are asked to keep their distance from other people and disposable gloves will be issued on arrival. Trade entry is also available for £3. For further information call or email John on 07548 278276 or [email protected]

Marshalltown, IA | Local record store rocks on after closure: Closed for a painful year and four months, Wax Xtatic Record Audio Stereo Shop has returned to Marshalltown’s Main Street. “There was a lot of work to get this thing ready, and it’s not quite ready yet,” Wax Xtatic owner John Blabaum said. Wax Xtatic is known for having one of the widest collections of used and new vinyl in Iowa. Since moving to the new location, the store has been able to triple their selection of new vinyl. But Blabaum’s vision for Wax Xtatic is more than just a place to buy vinyl and audio equipment, with plans to cultivate a hub for anyone passionate about music. A live stage and recording studio are the next phases of construction. “After the tornado with downtown being decimated, I’m hoping that this is ground zero,” Blabaum said. “A place where we can grow entertainment and have a destination for not only talented people, but for anyone…”

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TVD Radar: Punk the Capital–The Story Of Punk in Washington DC 1976-1983 premiering 5/14, DVD/Blu-ray in stores 6/8

VIA PRESS RELEASE | When punk rock erupted in Washington, DC it was a mighty convergence of powerful music, friendships, and clear minds. This film is the first to explore the incredible challenges that this subculture faced when it took root in the Nation’s Capital in the late 1970s.

Punk the Capital situates DC punk within the larger narratives of rock ‘n’ roll, working as a powerful multi-layered story for both fans and non-fans of punk rock. Featuring musicians such as Bad Brains, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, and Jello Biafra, this film dives deep into the ideas and sounds from this transformative music scene which continues to be influential culturally and politically around the world.

Created by James June Schneider (Co-Director, Editor), Paul Bishow (Co-Director), and Sam Lavine (Associate Producer, Co-Editor), Punk the Capital has been on the road since its world premiere weekend in Washington, DC held simultaneously at the American Film Institute and the Hirshhorn Museum (Sound Scene festival). The filmmakers took the film around the USA and Europe to festivals, cinematheques, cinemas, galleries and community spaces. It has been selected for festivals including In-Edit (Barcelona and Brazil) BAFICI, Leeds International Film Festival, and Sound Unseen.

Each screening has been an event, with at least one of the filmmakers present and for the majority of dates, there has been a special guest (Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Cynthia Connolly, HR of Bad Brains and many others.) The goal of the team was to reach 100 consecutive in-person events. They made it to 50 before the pandemic began.

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In rotation: 4/30/21

Dallas, TX | [Q&A] Inside one record store’s successful online pivot. When The Pandemic Hit, Denton’s Mad World Records Was Forced To Close Its Brick-And-Mortar Location — Only To Then Find Salvation As An Online Retailer. Mark Burke has worked in the record store business since 1991. From clerk to owner, he’s worked in every facet of the game — and served as a firsthand witness to the CD boom and the vinyl resurgence alike. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s immune to changes within the industry. As the pandemic claimed hundreds of small businesses in the region last year, his Denton Square storefront for Mad World Records shop was sadly among of them. Just because he had to close his storefront did not mean Mad World had to cease as an operation, though. In fact, Burke says he’s much, much happier running his business as an online, mail order and delivery retail service. Working with his wife Maria and their son, they now run operations out of their Denton home — and, better yet, they’re finding some success in their new model. Curious to learn more about this pivot, we recently caught up with Burke after a busy afternoon of hand-delivering items — and got a whirlwind of answers from him about the state of Mad World.

Swansea, UK | Swansea is getting another new record shop following a boom in vinyl sales: The Tangled Parrot at Alleyway Coffee on the city’s High Street follows the opening of another new record business two years ago—Swansea Bay Records in Swansea Market. The digital revolution was supposed to herald the death of vinyl. Yet sales of the once seemingly-dated musical format in the UK are the highest since the early 90s, with sales soaring and reaching a 13-year high, according to British Phonographic Industry figures for 2020. It’s one of the reasons Swansea is about to see the opening of a new store selling exclusively vinyl records. The venture on High Street has a celebrated pedigree, being the latest venture by Carmarthen ‘s Tangled Parrot. The business on the town’s King Street has been serving music buffs since 2011, having began life as a market stall in 2000, and until three years ago ran a hugely popular live music venue. And next week will throw open its doors at the former home of Gallerie Simpson in Swansea, in a joint venture with cafe Alleyway Coffee. Despite the pandemic and its restrictions, owner Matt Davies said he is convinced the time is right for a new vinyl store in the city.

Alberta, CA | Leduc family prepares to part with rare vintage music collection: The Kiss family has been busy restoring and cataloguing their grandfather’s prized gramophone and audio collection for auction in Texas. Some of the items date back to the 1890s. Jeff Kiss and daughter Kennedy say they’ve decided it’s time for others to appreciate this slice of musical history. “It goes back a long time. My grandfather was one of the first gramophone record collectors and restorers in Alberta,” said Jeff Kiss. The incredible collection includes dozens of century-old gramophones, hundreds of vinyl records and audio cylinders that have been in the Kiss family for more than 60 years. Jeff’s grandfather Coleman would spend his spare time scouring garage sales and flea markets all over North America looking for old gramophones to salvage, and also rare audio recordings. The recordings from the latter part of the 19th century include fragile Edison cylinder recordings as well as political speeches, opera, nursery rhymes and comedy sketches. “These are very historic because they had low production and did not survive well, so with new technology they became outdated and disposed of…”

Amityville, NY | Cassettes are making a comeback. Really. When Charlie Kaplan started Tapehead City, an online store devoted to selling used audio cassettes, friends called him crazy. The year was 2014 and cassettes had all but vanished, with yearly sales officially totaling $0 according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Sure, vinyl was a hot seller again – but tape? “People were like: What? Why would you do that?” said Kaplan, who lives in Long Beach and goes by the nickname Charlie Tapes. “And I would tell them: They’re selling.” It turns out Kaplan was onto something. Flash forward seven years, and his business has more than quadrupled. Cassette sales last year jumped by one-third at the online music marketplace Discogs, according to Billboard, and nearly doubled in the U.K., according to the British Phonographic Industry. Granted, the numbers are small: Cassettes tend to sell in the tens of thousands, not millions. But popular artists such as Lady Gaga, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sturgill Simpson, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez are riding the trend, making their new releases available on a format that once seemed extinct. You can even find cassettes on sale at the youth-oriented retail chain Urban Outfitters.

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TVD Radar: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011–2021) 2LP in stores 6/11

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds today announce details of Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021). Released on 11th June via Sour Mash Records, Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021) is a definitive 18 track greatest hits package, and a timely reminder of the breadth and depth of classic songs from the first decade of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

The album is also available on limited edition deluxe formats with a bonus disc including previously unreleased acoustic versions, remixes, instrumentals, and an unheard demo. There will also be a limited edition numbered, hand pressed, coloured double LP with exclusive art print released for Record Store Day on the 12th June.

Curated and compiled entirely by Noel, the tracklisting of Back The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011-2021) encompasses songs from High Flying Birds’ three UK Number One albums (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday, and Who Built The Moon?) and the three acclaimed EPs (‘Black Star Dancing’, ‘This Is The Place,’ and ‘Blue Moon Rising’). Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021) also features two brand new songs produced by Noel Gallagher & Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey, ‘We’re On Our Way Now’ and ‘Flying On The Ground.’ A songwriting masterclass that sits effortlessly in one of the great songbooks, ‘We’re On Our Way Now’ is unveiled today, a taste of the future-fan-favourites to come.

Since establishing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds post the legendary success of Oasis, Gallagher has never sat still creatively. He’s mastered the art of embracing an instinctive sonic evolution and creative freedom whilst never neglecting the songcraft. From the New Orleans brass powered blast of debut single ‘The Death Of You And Me’ to the self produced psych-pop and space bound experimentation of ‘Chasing Yesterday’ and the disco saturated, sonic veer of ‘Who Built The Moon?’ at the hands of renowned producer David Holmes and the subsequent EP releases, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have proven time and time again to be unshackled by genre and expectation.

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TVD Radar: Chet Baker, Cool Cat first ever vinyl issue in stores 6/12

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Chet Baker (1929–1988) was an American jazz trumpeter, actor and vocalist who needs little introduction. Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s but his well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety (he was in and out of jail frequently before enjoying a career resurgence in the late ‘70s and ’80s). Chet’s career included collaborations with greats such as Elvis Costello, Charlie Parker, and Van Morrison. Mr. Baker was the subject of many books and documentaries throughout the decades and he was even portrayed by Ethan Hawke in the 2015 film Born to Be Blue.

Chet began his musical career singing in a church choir and his mother said that he had begun to memorize tunes on the radio before he was even given his first instrument. Peers called Baker a natural musician to whom playing came effortlessly. In the early 1950s he was chosen by Charlie Parker for a series of West Coast engagements. Shortly after this, his song “My Funny Valentine” became a hit and would be associated with Baker for the rest of his career. Mr. Baker (with his quartet) was a regular performer at famous Los Angeles jazz clubs such as The Haig.

Chet Baker’s quartet released popular albums between 1953 and 1956 and he won reader’s polls at Metronome and Down Beat magazine, beating trumpeters Miles Davis and Clifford Brown. In 1956, Pacific Jazz Records released Chet Baker Sings, an album that seriously increased his visibility. During most of the 1960s (before heading to Europe more frequently) Chet recorded music that could be classified as “West Coast jazz.” From 1978 until his death in 1988, Chet Baker lived and played almost exclusively in Europe, returning to the U.S. once a year for a few performances. This was Baker’s most prolific era as a recording artist.

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TVD Radar: Laura Nyro, American Dreamer 8LP career spanning box set in stores 7/30

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Madfish and Snapper Music release a new 8LP deluxe vinyl box set featuring singer-songwriter Laura Nyro’s 7 breathtaking original albums—More Than A New Discovery, Eli And The Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat, Gonna Take A Miracle, Smile & Nested plus an original LP of rarities and live recordings. The box set arrives 7/30.

During the singer/songwriter movement in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Laura Nyro was one of the most celebrated tunesmiths of her day. She penned soulful, literate songs that took the folky introspection of her peers and infused it with elements of soul, R&B, jazz, and gospel, giving them an emotional heat that set her apart. Nyro was a hugely respected recording artist, whose confident piano work and rich, expressive vocals made other sonic trailblazers such as Miles Davis and Alice Coltrane navigate towards her. She has influenced the greatest of songwriters—Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Neil Young, Carole King, Kate Bush, and Elvis Costello among them. That influence continues today being heard in the works of Alicia Keys, Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, Jenny Lewis and more.

Nyro’s wonderfully expressive and poetic songs—of which many became major hits by other artists, most notably The 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night, and Barbra Streisand—remain hallmarks of outstanding quality. “Eli’s Comin,” “Gibson Street,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “And When I Die,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Map To The Treasure,” “Sweet Blindness,” and “Stoney End” are magnificent examples.

Nyro was 18 years old when she signed her first recording contract and wrote the songs for which she is likely to be best remembered. By the time she was 22, she had become one of the most successful composers in American popular music. But at the age of just 24, she drew back from her creativity and fame, battered and drained by the sheer energy and nerve required to sustain her career.

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In rotation: 4/29/21

UK | Stylus counsel: Music industry execs on the 2021 vinyl boom: It’s official: the vinyl revival is here to stay. As Music Week revealed in our Q1 analysis, sales of vinyl LPs were up 16.1% year-on-year in the first three months of 2021 to pass a million units (1,080,653), according to Official Charts Company data. Remember, those results were achieved during a national lockdown. Last year, vinyl sales were also up – by 11.5% to 4.8 million units – despite the effects of the pandemic on retail and release plans. Following the return of non-essential retail on April 12, sales have spiked. According to ERA research, the reopening of record shops has seen an aggregate year-on-year increase of 91% so far. The results have been remarkably consistent over the two chart weeks since record shops returned: vinyl was up 92.3% year-on-year for chart week 15 and 91% for chart week 16. Even CD sales have increased markedly – up 64.6% year-on-year on aggregate for the fortnight. However, the long-term trends for CD are downwards, with Q1 registering a decline of 29.9% year-on-year.

Cloverdale, BC | Music producer opens record store in Cloverdale as pandemic project: Town centre is now home to both Elevated Music and Redrum Records. With Elevated Music, Bill Haggerty has taken his music production work to another level. The Surrey-based record producer, audio engineer and musician has opened a record store under that name as well. In Cloverdale, the shop buys and sells vinyl, CDs, cassettes, some clothing and “culture,” as Haggerty calls it. Elevated Music opened last August on 57th Avenue, a few blocks from where the Urban Safari store has become Redrum Records, on 176th Street. “When I was a kid,” Haggerty recalled, “I always thought it’d be cool to have a record store like this, and as my career started to grow with the production side of things, I was collecting (records). I’d always been a collector from way back, and it got to the point where I didn’t need five copies of Dark Side of the Moon anymore.” The store became Haggerty’s pandemic project, at a time when more people are spending days and nights at home. “People come in here and tell me they’re playing music more and digging through their collections…”

Princeton, NJ | A Birthday Tour of the City of Lost Record Stores: You could say that growing up with the Princeton Record Exchange sealed my son’s fate. I can still see him sitting on the floor, plowing through the $1.99 bargain bins at the back of the legendary store’s first location on Nassau between Chambers and Bank streets. When Prex was two years old in 1982, Ben had just turned six, and there he was, hunkered down picking out albums that would be recycled over the years as his taste began to shift from mainstream pop to power pop to metal to psych to prog, and on and on into the most exotic, obscure, and far flung reaches of the rock and roll universe.

UK | Over 1 million vinyl LPs sold in first three months of 2021 in UK: Vinyl sales in the first quarter of 2021 are up 16.1% from last year. With UK vinyl sales having gone up last year by 11.5%, new data suggests that upward trend is to continue through this year. Sales of vinyl LPs in the UK were up 16.1% year-on-year in the first three months of 2021 to pass a million units (1,080,653), according to Official Charts Company data. This continued increase is seen as particularly remarkable having come at a time when the UK was in a national lockdown due to COVID-19, with music buyers simply purchasing records online instead of in shops. Following the return of non-essential retail on April 12, sales have also spiked, according to Music Week. ERA research says the reopening of record shops has seen an aggregate year-on-year increase of 91% so far. Speaking to Music Week, ERA CEO Kim Bayley said: “This is better than we could have hoped for. Like all physical retail, record shops have been through the wringer these past 12 months. Apart from dealing with furloughing staff, worrying about paying the bills and sickness among nearest and dearest, many shops have had to adapt to a whole new business model, and start trading online.

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TVD Radar: UB40 Featuring Ali & Astro streaming performance of debut LP Signing Off
in full, 6/16

VIA PRESS RELEASE | UB40 Featuring Ali & Astro have announced a very special online concert available to view from June 16, 2021. The band’s very first online concert will see them performing UB40’s seminal 1980 album Signing Off in its entirety. Filmed at Stabal Studios on the outskirts of London, Ali & Astro will be accompanied by their incredible eight-piece touring band.

“These are the first songs we wrote together as a band,” comments Ali Campbell. “It will be a joy to revisit them 40 years on. Sadly, ‘King’ and ‘Food For Thought’ are still relevant today. We give thanks that Gary Tyler has now been released,” adds Ali, referring to the inspiration behind the album’s opening track ‘Tyler,’ who was finally released from prison in Louisiana in 2016. “After 40 plus years, we can’t wait to play our debut album Signing Off in its entirety to the fans, it’s gonna be a happy trip down memory lane!” comments Astro.

Tickets available now from The first 100 tickets will cost £4.99, which is the original album price, and the deluxe 30-day ticket will have three extra songs and an interview with Ali and Astro. With any 30-day tickets purchased before May 7 the customer will get their name on the show’s closing credits.

An instant critical success, Signing Off debuted at #2 on the UK album charts and was later certified Platinum by the BPI, with singles “Food For Thought” and “I Think it’s Going To Rain Today” reaching the top ten of the UK singles charts. The album was recently reissued on limited edition double vinyl by UMC. The 2LP (180g) red vinyl reissue features all 10 original tracks, as well as three bonus tracks (“Madam Medusa,” “Strange Fruit,” and “Reefer Madness”).

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TVD Radar: Art Blakey and His Jazz Messengers, Chippin’ In first time on vinyl, 180 gram 2LP, in stores 6/12

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Art Blakey (1919–1990) actually needs little introduction, the American Jazz drummer and bandleader made a name for himself in the 1940s and 1950s playing with contemporaries such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. He is often considered to have been Thelonious Monk’s most empathetic drummer (he played on both Monk’s first recording session in 1947 and his final one in 1971). In the decades that followed Blakey recorded for all THE labels that mattered in the field of jazz (Columbia, Blue Note, Atlantic, RCA, Impulse!, Riverside, Prestige, Verve, etc.). His collaborations were numerous and include working with equally legendary artists such as Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Chet Baker, John Coltrane and countless others.

Art Blakey was a major figure and a pioneer for modern jazz, he assumed an aggressive swing drumming style early on in his career and is known as one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming. His signature polyrhythmic style was amazing, exuding power and originality, creating a dark cymbal sound punctuated by frequent loud snare and bass drum accents in triplets or cross-rhythms. A loud and domineering drummer, but Blakey also listened and responded to the others in the band. He was an original, an important drummer you’d hear and would recognize immediately.

Art Blakey was inducted into the Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame (1981), the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame (1991), the Grammy Hall of Fame (1998 and 2001) and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 2005. He was sampled and remixed by renowned acts such as Raekwon, Black Eyed Peas, A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, Buscemi, KRS-One and Madlib.

In the mid-1950s he and Horace Silver formed The Jazz Messengers, a group that Blakey would perform and record with for the next 35 years. Originally formed as a collective of contemporaries but over the years the band became known as an incubator for young talent that included artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Chuck Mangione, John Hicks…and MANY others. Art Blakey went on to record dozens of albums with a constantly changing group of Jazz Messengers. Blakey’s final performances were in July 1990. He died on October 16 of lung cancer. The legacy of Art Blakey and his band is not only the music they produced, but also the opportunities they provided for several generations of jazz musicians.

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