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TVD Radar: Bruce Springstreen, Western Stars – Songs From The Film 2-LP in stores 12/19

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Columbia Records will release Western Stars – Songs From The Film on 25th October featuring each of the live performances captured in Bruce Springsteen’s directorial debut Western Stars. The soundtrack includes every song from Springsteen’s most recent studio album of the same name, as well as a cover of Glen Campbell’s ‘Rhinestone Cowboy.’

Western Stars – Songs From The Film pulls the audio from the film co-directed by Bruce Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny. Springsteen and Ron Aniello produced the soundtrack and its audio was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig, the same duo behind Springsteen on Broadway. The Western Stars film is a cinematic retelling of Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, as he plays the album backed by a band and full orchestra at Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck, NJ. The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and is written and performed by Bruce Springsteen, with special guest Patti Scialfa. Zimny, Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis produced the film, with Springsteen serving as executive producer. The original score is by Springsteen.

The Western Stars album has become a global success reaching No. 1 on charts in every continent and hailed by critics as some of the finest music of his career. The album also placed Springsteen alongside David Bowie and the Rolling Stones one of the Top 5 acts with the most No. 1 UK albums.

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TVD Radar: Third
Man Records’ ‘Striped: The Story Of The White Stripes’ podcast now streaming

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Third Man Records is excited to share Season One of its new podcast Striped: The Story Of The White Stripes, hosted by Sean Cannon. Listen to the trailer below, and check out the first two episodes of the show on Apple Podcasts or wherever you consume podcasts.

“Lately I’ve been afraid of getting in a car crash and having my last dying words be ‘shit, I really should’ve gotten the White Stripes story down for posterity,’” Third Man co-founder and White Stripes archivist Ben Blackwell said. “This is my attempt to avail myself to somewhat less lame last words.” In season one of Striped, music journalist Sean Cannon takes you through the early years of The White Stripes by talking to the people who witnessed it all firsthand — from a young Jack White practicing loudly in his attic to The White Stripes wowing their tourmates Pavement in late 1999. You’ll hear from members of The MC5, Pavement, The Raconteurs, The Detroit Cobras, The Dirtbombs, The Soledad Brothers, filmmaker Lance Bangs, and more.

About Striped: The Story Of The White Stripes | Two decades ago, The White Stripes hit the scene in a real way. Jack and Meg White dropped their debut album, blew minds, toured with Pavement, and sowed the seeds for worldwide rock and roll domination — with some bumps along the way. You’ll hear that story from the people who witnessed it firsthand. If you can’t get enough of the band’s early years, get your hands on Third Man’s White Stripes XX vault package.

About The Host | Sean Cannon is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, acclaimed public radio host, and cat rap pioneer. You read that right: cat rap pioneer. His work has been covered by The New York Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Washington Post, Vulture, Rolling Stone, and many others. People magazine even called him “[a] host.” Now, that’s a ringing endorsement!

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TVD Radar: John Hiatt, Only The Song Survives limited edition 11-LP box set in stores 12/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | New West Records is proud to announce the release of John Hiatt’s Only The Song Survives box set on December 6th, 2019.

Only The Song Survives is the definitive collection of John Hiatt’s musical output spanning two decades of releases from New West Records beginning with Crossing Muddy Waters (2000) through his critically acclaimed The Eclipse Sessions (2018). Epic in scope, the vast box set includes eleven albums spread across fifteen long playing records, all pressed on high quality 180 gram vinyl. Four studio albums, Crossing Muddy Waters (2000), The Tiki Bar (2001), Beneath This Gruff Exterior (2003), and Master of Disaster (2005) have been remastered and are available on vinyl for the first time.

The box set will also include a 48-page book autographed by John Hiatt. The book features testimonials, essays, and insights from many of Hiatt’s co-conspirators throughout his career, including Ry Cooder, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Sonny Landreth, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, James McMurtry, Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars, and more. The book also includes rare photos by Jim McGuire, Jack Spencer, David McClister, Michael Wilson, and C. Taylor Crothers. The eleven albums (across 15 LPs) and accompanying book will be housed in a custom leatherette vinyl carrying case complete with gold stamping and buckle & handle.

Today, The Boot has published an interview with John Hiatt looking back at the albums included on Only The Song Survives, which as a set, writes Chuck Armstrong, “highlights Hiatt’s tenacious work ethic” and is “much more than a greatest hits collection: Only the Song Survives is the definitive collection of Hiatt’s career over the last 20 years.” Read the entire feature Here.

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In rotation: 10/10/19

Dublin, IE | Vinyl festival returns to Dun Laoghaire: Dun Laoghaire will be the home of The Vinyl Festival for the second year in a row. The event host a collection of talks, panels, DJ sets and live performances which celebrate the importance of music and the vinyl record. The line-up of special guests include Horslips, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty/This is England), Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), Noel Hogan (Cranberries), Mary Coughlan, radio presenters Dave Fanning and Tom Dunne, and many more. 43 years on from recording their Horslips Live album in Dún Laoghaire’s old Pavilion, Johnny Fean, Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart from the band are coming back to the town for two concerts as part of the festival. They will play two nights on November 1 and 2 in the Pavilion Theatre. Liam O’Maonlaí will discuss the writing and recording of Hothouse Flowers’ 1988 debut album, People and will play a few live tracks on piano as well as a couple on vinyl.

Sacramento, CA | Record Spinners: The History and Closure of Dimple Records: John Radakovitz stands in front of a makeshift assembly line in the back warehouse of Dimple Records in Roseville in July. One by one, he picks up a record, places it gently in a sleeve, affixes an orange price sticker to the front and sets it aside. Music has been at the core of John’s entire adult life. He’s made a career of trading tonal poetry captured on vinyl, then magnetic tape, then polycarbonate plastic disks — and somehow, in this era where millions of people lease music encoded as zeroes and ones, the company he cofounded more than four decades ago is still going strong. People still walk into his seven stores scattered throughout the Sacramento area, and they’re buying music, movies, video games and books, both new and used. But John knows many people are walking into his stores for what could be their last time

Guided by Voices throwing ‘Sweating the Plague’ listening parties: Guided by Voices‘ are gearing up to release Sweating the Plague in a few weeks — it’s the band’s 29th album and third this year. Robert Pollard’s well of anthemic, ultra-catchy rock songs has not run dry, as evidenced by “Unfun Glitz” which premieres in this post. Listen below. Sweating The Plague will be released on streaming services on November 1, but will be available in stores a week early, with listening parties happening in 17 independent record stores across four countries on Thursday, October 24 at 6 PM local time. Purchasers on that day will get a commemorative poster, and each store will be giving away a Sweating The Plague test pressing autographed by Robert Pollard. In North America, there are listening parties in Minneapolis, Nashville, Portland, Boston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Dayton, Brooklyn (Rough Trade), Toronto, Seattle and Austin. All listening party locations are listed below.

Hartlepool, UK | Rare signed The Jam album up for grabs at Hartlepool charity music event: Music fans can win a rare album signed by all three members of The Jam and help raise money for two worthwhile causes at an upcoming event. Hartlepool DJ David Halcrow, his wife Tracey and Hartlepool March of the Mods organiser Kev McGuire are staging a day of music and fundraising at the Corporation Sports and Social Club in Whitby Street. It takes place on Saturday, November 2, from 2pm until late and will feature a mix of top local live bands, DJ sets, food and raffles. The main raffle prize is a rare three record vinyl album by The Jam autographed by Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton. The day is raising money for the Chemotherapy Unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and 12-year-old Grace Measor from Seaton Carew who has been undergoing treatment for leukaemia.

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TVD Radar: Yann Tiersen career-spanning Portrait 3-LP in stores 12/20

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Yann Tiersen has announced a new album, Portrait, a collection of 25 newly recorded tracks from throughout his career that includes three new songs, out on double CD, cassette, and digital platforms via Mute December 6. Heavyweight triple vinyl editions of the album will be released December 20. Both the clear and black vinyl editions of Portrait include an exclusive 7-inch with brand new alternative harpsichord versions of “Comptine d’Un Autre Été (L’Après-Midi)” and “The Waltz of the Monsters,” unavailable elsewhere.

Recorded with musicians together live in The Eskal studio to 24-track 2-inch tape, mixed to stereo ¼ inch tape then mastered from tape to vinyl, the album is a fully analog approach for Tiersen. “Limiting our ability to digitally manipulate, overdub or make changes after deciding a creative path gave an energy and beautiful tension to the recording process which I’d found was being lost with the limitless possibilities of digital recording. Not translating sounds into 1 and 0 keeps music in the real world.” The result is a vital album that fizzes with the excitement and energy found at a live concert, but packed into a studio album.

Featuring collaborations with John Grant, Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals, Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))), and Blonde Redhead, the album was recorded with touring collaborators Emilie Tiersen, Ólavur Jákupsson, and Jens L Thomsen at The Eskal, the new analog studio complex Tiersen recently built on his home island of Ushant in Brittany.

All pre-orders from Yann Tiersen’s store and Mute Bank will be packaged with an exclusive set of analog printed photographs taken during the recording session at The Eskal. Pre-order the album here.

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In rotation: 10/9/19

Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 is Friday, November 29th: Exciting New Titles Set For Release At Independent Record Stores, Nationwide. Record Store Day has taken care of your holiday shopping today with the release of the list of albums, singles, CDs, cassettes and books that you’ll be wrapping up to give and get this year, all available in limited editions only at independent record stores starting on November 29, AKA Black Friday. Since 2010, the organizers of April’s worldwide celebration of the record store, Record Store Day, have worked to shift the perception of Black Friday as a mass-produced, low-as-you-can-go event, concentrating instead on a list of special releases that highlight how great gifts from a record store can be, and celebrating the kick-off of the holiday rush at independently owned neighborhood businesses. This year’s diverse list continues that tradition and it can be found now at

Los Angeles, CA | The Get Together Indie Label Fair Will Make Its L.A. Debut At The MOCA: On Nov. 15 and 16, the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles will turn into an indie music lover’s mecca with its first edition of The Get Together: Record Label Market & Music Fair. After throwing three successful seasons of the Come Together in their home in New York City, Other Music has paired up with L.A. concert/event power team Spaceland and the MOCA to bring their indie artist vinyl/merch fair and music showcase extravaganza to Southern California. Following a kick-off party the first night, on Sat. Nov. 16, the marketplace will officially launch at 11 a.m., until 5 p.m., with a chance to shop merch and vinyl from a large selection of indie labels from around the world, including Future Classic, Fat Possum, Brainfeeder, Cosmica, Domino, Matador, Mexican Summer, Ninja Tune, Rough Trade, Stones Throw, Big Crown, Sub Pop and Young Turks. The event website reveals that more labels and programming additions will be added and also notes that “you can meet and mingle with the teams behind the records you love,” which is pretty awesome.

Seattle, WA | ‘Our window to the world’: Love of music, art inspires window-dresser at Seattle’s Easy Street Records: Every day, some 20,000 pairs of eyes pass the Easy Street Records store at California Avenue and Southwest Alaska Street in West Seattle. They look over while they’re waiting for the light to change, glance over as they walk past or stop cold in front of the store to take in the work of longtime visual artist Kevin Larson. On and off for 25 years, Larson has been dressing the store’s two front windows in a style that reflects not only the tastes of the people who work there, but the store’s customers as well, while celebrating new and established artists in a way that few stores do anymore. “The window is Easy Street putting forward our stamp of approval, our recommendation of a particular album,” Larson said. “It’s a challenge to catch the essence of a record. “Sometimes it helps to listen, sometimes it doesn’t help at all. I used to install after the store closed and play the record on repeat.” Larson does it on a small budget, but with big ideas and boundless creativity, fueled by a life spent in the record business. In the process, he has made Easy Street’s windows — and the store itself — one of the city’s musical taste makers.

Requiem for a Record Store: All Things Must Pass, a documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records, is worth a look. It’s one of those interesting stories that are relevant to me because it’s ephemeral and generational. It’s like watching a doc about free weekly newspapers thick with ads, repertory movie theaters that showed old films, or even as recent as video rental stores; all things that were big in “our” time — baby boomer’s time — and have since faded. But whatever age you are, you may find it of interest. I’d wondered how they managed to get interviews with people like Bruce Springsteen and David Geffen until I found out the director was Tom Hanks’ son Colin. As Colin’s dad nostalgically depicted in That Thing You Do, back when I was a kid, records were sold in places like TV and radio stores, department stores, and five-and-dimes (a pretty anachronistic phrase now). A few record stores existed mostly for the classical and jazz fans (I can’t really call them “crowds”) and were smallish hobby and collector stores. We boomers have lived through the whole era of the giant record superstore, rock-driven places like Sam Goody in New York and Tower Records, which started in 1960 in Sacramento and made its first giant leap to San Francisco in 1967. Its early claim to fame was completeness; every record, every genre.

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TVD Radar: Sparks, Past Tense: The Best of Sparks 3-LP in stores 11/8

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “In any sane universe, academic studies would be devoted to Ron and Russell Mael, as they are to Dylan, Bowie or The Beatles. Municipal buildings and parks would be named after them. Statues would be erected in their honor. In the mind of the convert, Sparks are that significant.” Simon Price

BMG announces the release of a career-spanning collection by the provocateurs of pop—Sparks. Masters of reinvention, with an unappeasable ambition and a ravenous hunger for the now, Sparks—brothers Ron and Russell Mael—have been creating eye-poppingly brilliant pop music for more than 50 years. From 1967’s “Computer Girl” (recorded under the name Urban Renewal Project) to 2017’s “Check Out Time 11AM” (from the Hippopotamus sessions) Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks is an immaculate lesson in how to stay consistently interesting for fifty years.

With sleeve-notes by Simon Price, each track is hand-picked by Ron and Russell to best epitomise the era of Sparks from which they are drawn—forerunners of art rock, inventors of the synth duo, masters of new wave pop, Europop experimentalists and self-revisionists, in the 21st century they pioneered the electronic opera before delivering 2017’s pop masterpiece Hippopotamus.

Ron and Russell are currently putting the finishing touches to their new studio album, due for release in 2020. The ineluctable allure of Sparks will also be presented to the world in the as-yet-untitled documentary by the British film director Edgar Wright; meanwhile filming commences this month on Annette—the movie musical written by Sparks, directed by Leos Carax, and starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard.

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TVD Radar: Rip It Up: The Specialty Records Story from Billy Vera in stores 11/5

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On November 5, 2019, BMG Books will publish Rip It Up: The Specialty Records Story by Billy Vera, with a foreword by 102-year-old label founder Art Rupe. The book is the fourth installment of BMG’s RPM Series, which focuses on pioneering record labels.

Launched in the mid-1940s, the Los Angeles-based Specialty Records emerged as one of the most important independent labels for African-American music in the 20th century. Recognizing that competing with major record companies was a losing battle, founder Art Rupe headed to Central Avenue, cultural center of L.A.’s black community, where he spent $200 on what were then known as “race records.” He carefully analyzed each, developing his own formula for a successful venture.

Soon, Specialty was scoring R&B hits with artists such as Roy Milton, Camille Howard, Jimmy and Joe Liggins, and Percy Mayfield. Drawn to the music of New Orleans, Rupe went on to sign Lloyd Price, who topped the charts with “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” It was through Price that Specialty acquired its best-known artist, Little Richard. After “Tutti Frutti” exploded in 1955, Richard and the label scored a string of successes: “Long Tall Sally,” “Lucille,” “Keep A Knockin’,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” and more.

In addition to R&B and the emerging sounds of rock ’n’ roll, Rupe was particularly drawn to the sounds of the church. Black gospel music was an essential element of his company, with a roster that included stars of the genre such as Sam Cooke’s Soul Stirrers, Sister Wynona Carr, Brother Joe May, and Alex Bradford and the Bradford Specials, among others.

From behind-the-scenes producers Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, J.W. Alexander, Harold Battiste, and Sonny Bono, to R&B recording stars Floyd Dixon, Guitar Slim, Jesse Belvin, Larry Williams, and Don and Dewey, Rip It Up: The Specialty Records Story offers a definitive history of the legendary label.

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In rotation: 10/8/19

Ontario, CA | Owners of SRCVinyl, Prominent Independent Vinyl Record Retailer, to Open World’s First “Craft Distillery Record Shop.” SRCVinyl founders Jenna Miles and Danny Keyes have launched a small batch distillery – Limited Distilling, which will share its tasting room with SRCVinyl creating a unique indie record shop and craft spirits experience in the heart of Niagara, Canada’s wine region. Grand opening celebrations will commence October 18th – 20th with free tours & tastings, meet and greet with the distillery owners, a limited whisky release and a complimentary grand opening gift. Free tours can be booked HERE: …Located at 14 Henegan Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Limited Distillery is centrally located within Niagara’s famous brewery, winery and distillery trail. The 9,000 square foot industrial space will provide spirit and vinyl record enthusiasts the ability to tour and experience a true craft distillery, sample and purchase seasonal, small-batch spirits while shopping for vinyl records.

Winnipeg, CA | Get the record straight: Vinyl lovers have new Osborne location to search through bins for long-lost favourites. On Sunday, Brent Jackson, the 39-year-old owner of Old Gold Vintage Vinyl, an eclectic, pop-up record shop that recently landed a permanent address in Osborne Village, will be one of 90 vendors taking part in Rockin’ Richard’s Record and CD Sale. This will be Jackson’s 20th appearance at the twice-a-year sale in Winnipeg, the second largest of its kind in the country. And while the hip-hop, funk and soul DJ again devoted a chunk of time in the days leading up to the event debating which albums to bring along and which to leave behind, he admits he could have simplified things somewhat, by heading there with boxes and boxes filled with the exact same album. “Seriously, if I went there with nothing but Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, I’d probably be just as far ahead at the end of the day,” he says with a chuckle…

Taipei, TW | Man gifts 10,000 albums to Tainan music library: Yeh Sze-ya (葉思雅), an academic in obstetrics and gynecology living in Arcadia, California, has donated his collection of more than 10,000 classical music records and CDs to the Hsu-shih Music Library in Tainan. Yeh and his wife, Grace Chang (張信惠), resolved to give away 4,350 vinyl records and 6,350 CDs, which became a huge three-month project, as they had to spend eight hours each day organizing and packing the items into more than 100 boxes so that the shipments would comply with customs regulations and international copyright rules. “I knew it was a huge job, but doable,” the 82-year-old retired doctor said. “If we can help younger people, then it is like extending our lives. The Western Paradise in Buddhism or Heaven in Christianity do not necessarily have to exist, as long as these experiences that once touched us can be passed down to the next generation,” he said.

Boston, MA | Streamed music and digital images have driven the comeback of vinyl and printed photos: The resurgence of vinyl records in a time of digital music and streaming is a story of how innovation can make technological comebacks possible. In the summer of 2019, the sales of vinyl albums are on the verge of becoming the largest source of revenue from physical sales in the music industry. This follows 15 years of upward trend – today, while remaining a niche product, the vinyl record may well eventually survive to be the only analogue medium for music, as the sales of CD continue their downward spiral. Researchers in sociology and consumer culture have shown how this trend goes well beyond nostalgia – buyers of vinyl are attracted by its status as an object, its physical presence. This attraction matters even more today, as most of the time listening to a song does not involve buying a physical support anymore.

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TVD Radar: David Gray, White Ladder 4-LP, 20th anniversary reissue in stores 2/14

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Multi-platinum, multi-Brit and Grammy-nominated, British singer-songwriter David Gray is today announcing a 12-date UK and European arena tour; White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour, to celebrate the trailblazing album’s 20-year anniversary.

The 7 million record selling and one of the greatest and most heart-warming word-of-mouth successes in music, White Ladder will be performed by Gray with all the original band members and with all the original equipment to recreate the record in its entirety, plus a set of the greatest hits. Commencing at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on March 20th 2020, the tour will include London’s The 02 on March 26th and Dublin’s 3 Arena on April 2nd. Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 9am on Friday October 11th. Fans can have access to presale tickets on Wednesday October 9th by pre-ordering products from the remastered collection here.

An expanded 20th anniversary edition of White Ladder will be released on 2xCD, 4xLP, and digital formats. This will include a special remastered edition of the iconic album plus White Ladder era previously unreleased rarities, B-sides and demos. Physical versions will be accompanied by an extensive booklet with writings by Gray about the whole White Ladder experience—from the people involved, to the stories behind the songs and memorable shows.

The newly-remastered original album will also be released on 2LP white-coloured vinyl, CD and digital, available here. This is the first time White Ladder has ever been pressed on vinyl. will feature music and White Ladder merchandise.

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TVD Radar: Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho coming to Blu-ray and DVD, 12/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Before his bizarre death at the hands of a chiropractor, Robbie Basho was sure that his compositions would not outlast him.

Orphaned during infancy, diagnosed with synaesthesia (a union of the senses that caused him to interpret sound as colour) and claiming to be the reincarnation of a 17th century poet—the Baltimore-born guitarist and singer’s musical output was as equally as outlandish as his persona. In his brief and troubled life he laid the foundations for radical changes to the musical landscape of America during the 1960s and ’70s but reaped little more than a sparse (if fervent) following during his lifetime.

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a journey into the heart of an artist’s lifelong struggle—designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated.

Featuring interviews with Pete Townshend and Country Joe McDonald as well as Basho’s former students, contemporaries, religious associates, and few close friends, the documentary integrates new information and anecdotes on Basho with previously uncovered archival material and photography of the natural phenomena and landscapes that informed his work.

Director / Producer, Liam Barker says, “As a keen explorer of obscure musicians it was perhaps inevitable that I was to discover Robbie Basho at some point but nothing had quite prepared me for the experience. As well as being astonished by Basho’s inimitable musical vision, I was equally fascinated by the mystique and intrigue surrounding his person.

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In rotation: 10/7/19

Sarnia, ON | Business as usual at Sarnia’s Cheeky Monkey, until it’s not: …While it’s true that Cheeky Monkey Record Store co-owners Roland and Mary Anne Peloza recently put their three-unit Christina Street building up for sale (at press time, Cushman & Wakefield’s Ken Poore has it listed at $699,000), the couple wants to assure loyal customers and local music fanatics that their iconic music store will most assuredly still be open for business during the upcoming holiday season and possibly beyond that for some time, too. The answer to the question of when exactly Cheeky Monkey will close its doors for good is, to steal a phrase from Bob Dylan, blowing in the wind. “Basically it’s business as usual … until it’s not,” Roland said, smiling. But after 37 years of providing music lovers and movie buffs across southwestern Ontario with every kind of genre of entertainment in virtually every kind of format – from VHS tapes and 8-Tracks to vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays – the Pelozas have finally decided to start the process of winding down their successful small business career…

London, UK | Is it time for CDs to be resigned to the dustbin of history? But one expert says CDs are ‘a long way from dead.’ CDs are seemingly on the way out as sales drop by millions and millions year-on-year. Vinyl, meanwhile, continues to enjoy its revival. Vinyl sales are set to overtake CDs for the first time in 33 years, according a report by an American music body. However, this is not the case in Europe, with one expert saying that CDs are “a long way from dead.” While the vinyl revival has caused the sales of records to grow in recent years, CD sales have went the opposite way. In 2018, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released their mid-term report that showed CD sales were “dropping three times as fast as vinyl sales were growing.” The RIAA have published their mid-term report for this year. It found that vinyl is on target to outsell CDs for the first time since 1986. There were 8.6 million vinyl records sold in the US in the first half of 2019, earning $224.1million. CDs, meanwhile, made $247.9m in the same period. Rolling Stone reports: “Vinyl revenue grew by 12.8 per cent in the second half of 2018, and 12.9 per cent in the first six months of 2019, while the revenue from CDs barely budged.

Can our vinyl obsession ever be environmentally friendly? Vinyl is back, but the format comes with a serious environmental cost. As the dance music world attempts to go greener, some companies are working out ways to make our wax obsession as eco-friendly as possible — we spoke to the head of one such manufacturer, Deep Grooves Pressing Plant, to find out more. …When it comes to vinyl production specifically, each stage of the meticulous process is harmful. The fossil fuel, crude oil, is extracted from limited sources in the ground, refined and processed into PVC granulate — the material that your standard vinyl is made from. The typical black colour of vinyl is derived from carbon black, a by-product from the burning of petroleum substances like tar. Studies from professors and other qualified professionals estimate that we have around 50 years until all fossil fuel sources are depleted, and although we can use alternatives, fossil fuels are ultimately irreplaceable.

Bury, UK | HMV Bury to host series of live gigs supporting unsigned artists: A record store is opening its doors and its shelves to unsigned bands and artists in a bid to help them boost their exposure and land their big brake. HMV’s Bury store is preparing to launch a series of live music events featuring some of the hottest talents from across the borough and Greater Manchester as part of its Live and Local campaign. Kicking off the seven show run are Bury and Bolton psychedelic indie rockers Fragile Audio who will be performing from 4.30pm on October 5. Also lined up to play over the following six weeks are Bolton singer songwriter James Holt, Wilmslow-based artist Jay Dunn, Bury and Bolton surf rock punks Adventures of Salvador & Uke Punk, Oldham indie band The Recreation, Manchester teenage multi-instrumentalist Cobain Jones and Bury jangle pop five-piece Hurray For Tuesday. Steve Toolan, HMV Bury store manager, said: “Saturday will be our very first live gig. We are only a small shop so it’s going to be interesting.

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TVD Radar: Johnny Marr 7-inch box set “Single Life” in stores 12/6

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Johnny Marr has announced details of “Single Life;” a limited edition 7” Box Set featuring Johnny’s first ten solo single releases, due for release on December 6th.

From 2012’s “Upstarts” to 2018’s “Spiral Cities,” and new live favourite “Armatopia,” the release also contains vinyl debuts for promo-only track “The Messenger,” backed with an exclusive unreleased demo version of “New Town Velocity.” All ten 7” singles are pressed onto coloured vinyl and the set is completed by two limited edition photographic prints, exclusive to “Single Life.” “Single Life” marks the close of the Call The Comet tour, an 18-month run that’s seen Johnny complete a full tour across North America, major summer festival appearances, and sold-out headline shows across the UK and Europe in 2019 alone.

Acclaimed performances at All Points East, Glastonbury, Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown, Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Mad Cool, Pukkelpop and many more saw early 2019 single “Armatopia” fast confirmed a new live favourite. Described by Noisey as “combining Marr’s utopian fixation with crisp synths, a buzzy guitar line and visuals that recall a party at the end of the world. When life feels particularly dark, and it’s easy to wallow, a song like this says ‘fuck it – let’s dance instead.’”

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In rotation: 10/4/19

Paris, FR | Paris Loves Vinyl 2019 at the Reuilly Space: The Reuilly Space opens its doors on Sunday, November 10, 2019 to the new and seventh edition of Paris Loves Vinyl. In the program? A destocking of 100,000 vinyls, 70 exhibitors present and 8 dj sets for all lovers of the record! As the digital continues its invasion, the vinyl makes resistance. The proof, every year with the Record Store Day which seduces many amateurs and fans of music. It’s about Paris Loves Vinyl which celebrates this autumn its 7th edition. Purpose of this event? “Place Paris on the map of the most beautiful international conventions and make it an unmissable event for all collectors, amateurs, curious, music lovers, diggers and, especially, for all the young generation who discovers this format via the web, House Music, hip hop”.

Portland, OR | Beacon Sound Is Opening Its Own Store, While Planned Partner Nationale Continues with East Burnside Location: Earlier this year, it was reported that North Mississippi record store Beacon Sound was joining forces with the Nationale art gallery for a joint storefront at the intersection of East Burnside and 22nd. Beacon Sound’s Andrew Neerman and Nationale’s May Burruel announced this week that their joint venture won’t be going forward as planned. Instead, Beacon Sound will be remaining a separate entity and reopening at a new location on October 10. The new location is 207 SE Grand, between Ash and Pine. This is next door to the Elvis Room bar (which was once upon a time the East End rock venue), in a space that has been home to the Sea Tramp tattoo parlor and a State Farm insurance office. In a statement, Neerman and Burruel write, “This new space will be ground zero for the record label… and critically-acclaimed record shop.

Telluride, CO | Colemine Records is the new soul institution: Stax, Daptone, Big Crown are all record labels famous for delivering top-notch, goosebump-producing soul music. Legends like Sharon Jones, Booker T, Charles Bradley, The Staples Singers and so many more released world-changing albums under these cult classic labels, creating movements and generations of soul, gospel and funk. More recently, a new wave of young artists have taken hold, catching the ears of music enthusiasts globally. Telluride has caught a glimpse of this new wave and, maybe, you have, too. If you had the luck of attending local performances from the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Durand Jones & The Indications or Monophonics in town you 100 percent got a healthy glimpse of the wave. These stunning young artists, along with other incredible talent, all have one emerging record label in common, Colemine Records.

Bakersfield, CA | Bakersfield Sound 10-CD set is both entertainment and encyclopedia: Several things impress about Scott B. Bomar’s exhaustive history in word and song of Bakersfield’s (mostly) post-war music legacy, but two stand out. One is the staggering level of commitment it must have taken for Bomar to dig up, clean up, pare down and obtain rights to the 299 tracks on his new 10-CD boxed set, “The Bakersfield Sound: Country Music Capital of the West, 1940-1974.” The other is the sheer weight of the final product. Including the 10 separately sleeved music discs and the 224-page, photograph-rich hardcover coffee table book within, this full-term baby comes in at an authoritative seven pounds-plus. Bomar, a Los Angeles writer and musicologist, has researched the Bakersfield Sound extensively enough over the past 15 years to have become familiar with most of this city’s better dining experiences as he immersed himself in the music history.

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TVD Radar: Pet Sematary, OST 2-LP
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VIA PRESS RELEASE | Waxwork Records is proud to present Pet Sematary Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Christopher Young.

Directed by Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kölsch (Starry Eyes), Pet Sematary is a 2019 supernatural horror film adaptation of the popular 1983 novel of the same name by author Stephen King. The story follows a husband and wife that move with their young son and daughter to a new home in Maine. After the accidental death of their daughter, the grieving father exhumes her and buries her in a burial ground known to bring loved ones back from the dead. This act ultimately dooms the family. Ghosts and grief make this particular film adaptation of King’s works the darkest to date.

Composed by Christopher Young (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Hellraiser, Drag Me To Hell), the music of Pet Sematary is dark, dissonant, and synth driven to create an atmosphere of dread and grief that spirals violently out of control. Young sonically captures the ominous supernatural element of the film and its story with his decades long experience of expertly scoring some of the most notable and beloved horror movies, ever.

Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the original soundtrack to Pet Sematary as a deluxe double LP featuring 180 Gram “Church” colored vinyl, new artwork by Christopher Shy, composer liner notes, old-style gatefold jackets, and printed inserts.

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