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TVD Radar: Fountains of Wayne, Out-of-State Plates first time on vinyl, in stores 1/13

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Led by the scintillating songwriting team of Chris Collingwood and the late, great Adam Schlesinger, power pop maestros Fountains of Wayne put out a number of absolutely brilliant albums, of which we at Real Gone Music have been fortunate so far to reissue two, Welcome Interstate Managers and Traffic and Weather.

But of all the great records released by this New York-area band, this one, the 2005 odds ‘n’ ends 2-CD set Out-of-State Plates, remained reportedly among the closest to the heart of Schlesinger, who died tragically of COVID in 2020. A mixture of demos, B-sides, live performances, and unreleased tracks (the great “Maureen” and “The Girl I Can’t Forget”), it’s an always entertaining, often hilarious, and (of course!) never less than tuneful romp through about a decade’s worth of recordings, all wittily annotated by Collingwood and Schlesinger.

Covers both heartfelt and tongue-in- cheek (Jackson Browne’s “These Days” and Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time”) and holiday fare (“I Want an Alien for Christmas,” “Chanukah Under the Stars”) lie alongside such B-side gems as “Baby I’ve Changed” and “I’ll Do the Driving” and a live “She’s Got a Problem.”

For its vinyl debut, we’ve created a fetching gatefold jacket featuring the duo’s commentary inside, and pressed this 2-LP set in “Junkyard Swirl” vinyl to match the cover photo. Rummage around the collective psyche of one of the greatest indie rock acts of the last 30 years!

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In rotation: 11/18/22

Chicago, IL | Dave’s Records Closing After More Than 20 Years In Lincoln Park: The vinyl-only record store opened on Clark Street in 2002. The building that houses is the store is slated to be demolished, the owner told the Reader. Vinyl-only record store Dave’s Records is closing. The store’s last day will be in December, but an exact date is still being worked out, according to the Reader’s J.R. Nelson and Leor Galil. Owner David Crain did not immediately return a request for comment but the store launched a massive closing sale Nov. 8, according to a Facebook post. “No more sad faces … you’re gonna make Dave cry,” the owner wrote on Facebook in response to the closing sale. “Only happy thoughts as we wind things down.” Crain opened the store, 2604 N. Clark St., in a former 2nd Hand Tunes location in 2002, according to the Reader. The building was sold about a year and a half ago, and its owners have said they plan to knock down and replace the building.

New York, NY | Getting the band back together: Tower Records opens new creative hub, Tower Labs, in Williamsburg: Sixteen years after Tower Records was forced to close all of their physical stores, the once-giant music retailer is making a comeback in Williamsburg — and taking a new approach. Tower Labs, a cozy, warmly-lit “creative hub” where artists and fans can mix and mingle at a variety of events, opened on Kent Avenue on Nov. 4. Rather than just selling music, Tower Labs will work with independent music venues across Brooklyn to connect with artists and allow them to host intimate events and gatherings before and after their shows. To stay true to the company’s roots, Tower Labs will also host pop-up sales of merchandise, physical music and collectibles from time to time. “The music business has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Vinyl and merch will always be sold at Tower Records, but at our core, we believe we’re a space where artists can feel at home and connect with fans searching for new music.”

Cincinnati, OH | The Gift Guide: Cincinnati’s Favorite Boutiques Where You Can Shop Local This Holiday Season: Shop local this holiday season with CityBeat’s Gift Guide. Everybody’s Records: With an expansive collection of new and used records, the independent Everybody’s Records has impressed music fans in the Cincinnati area for more than 40 years. Peruse the wide selection of vinyl covering genres from rock, pop and reggae to jazz, rap and country, plus find albums by local acts. Leave time to browse the CDs and cassettes to reveal long-lost favorite tunes you grew up listening to. Not only is this shop jam-packed with music, but you’ll also find band T-shirts and custom Everybody’s pieces. 6106 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge

Lytham, UK | There’s A Record Resurgence & A Vinyl Revival As A Dedicated Store Hits Lytham: …Despite the incredible growth of online streaming platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and Tidal over the past 15 years, vinyl has also seen a resurgence in interest and sales in the music industry. Statistics show that one in five of all albums purchased in the UK is now vinyl. According to the BPI, people bought almost 5 million vinyl records in 2021. And, as a consequence of this trend, Lytham is crying out for a record store, so if you have any old records in the attic then simply bring them in to Hollywood Exports and they will buy them! Resident expert Matt has been dealing vinyl records for 25 years and has a vast knowledge. He’s even one of the dealers on Dickinson’s Real Deal, specialising in vintage toys and vinyl records. Fair prices will be paid or customers can exchange old records for credit in Hollywood Exports.

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TVD Radar: Marvin Gaye, Greatest Hits Live in ‘76 on vinyl for the first time, in stores 1/27

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The music of Marvin Gaye transcends time in ways that can’t be described. From relatable songs about romance and heartbreak like “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to socially conscious meditations “What’s Going On” and “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler),” his music continues to resonate across generations.

One of the most soulful, celebrated voices and songwriters in music history, Marvin Gaye cemented a legacy as a trailblazer in R&B and beyond. His lush arrangements, irresistible grooves, and silky smooth yet emotive vocal delivery earned him 12 Grammy nominations, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. However, the true magic of Gaye’s music was his ability to weave emotion or deep socio-political commentary into melodies and harmonics that, sonically, left the listener feeling good, no matter what the sentiment behind the lyrics—a rare feat that is truly difficult to achieve.

Captured on Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits Live In ‘76, these songs, which were originally released on DVD in 2007, are now available as a standalone audio release for the first time. The set will be released on vinyl and CD on January 27, 2023 by Mercury Studios.

Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits Live In ‘76 was recorded in the midst of his 1976 European tour, during a live performance at the Edenhalle Concert Hall in Amsterdam. The 20+ song set features an abundance of Marvin Gaye’s beloved hit songs, spanning his entire career up until that point. These powerful songs are a wonder to experience live and are beautifully presented on Marvin Gaye: Greatest Hits Live In ‘76.

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TVD Radar: Dengue Fever, Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
2LP in stores 11/25

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Los Angeles based Cambodian and American rock band Dengue Fever today confirmed the first-ever, limited edition of 1,000, 2xLP transparent colored vinyl release for their 2009 documentary soundtrack Sleepwalking Through the Mekong on Black Friday, November 25 on Minky Records/M80 Music.

Additionally, Dengue Fever is set to play two live shows in January 2023 in celebration of both the Sleepwalking Through The Mekong release as well as their recently released reissues of their first three albums on vinyl: S/T, Escape from Dragon House, Venus on Earth. All tour information including set times, ticket prices, venue information and more can be found at http://denguefevermusic.com/tour/. Dates are 1/15/23 at Lincoln Center (as part of GlobalFest), New York, NY and 1/21/23 at The Lodge, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Low Hum, Presented by KCRW).

The seventeen tracks on Sleepwalking Through The Mekong soundtrack, feature Dengue Fever rarities, live tracks recorded in Cambodia, reworkings of earlier songs, instrumental rarities unavailable elsewhere, and collaborations, with Cambodian master musicians Tep Mary and Kong Nai. A DVD/CD Soundtrack is also available.

ABOUT DENGUE FEVER | Dengue Fever is Cambodian songstress Chhom Nimol, Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (keyboards), Senon Williams (bass), Paul Smith (drums), and David Ralicke (horns). They have released five albums, Dengue Fever, Escape From Dragon House, Venus On Earth, Cannibal Courtship, In The Ley Lines, the DVD/CD soundtrack to the band’s documentary, Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, a collection of lost Cambodian classics and Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia and The Deepest Lake. They are based in Los Angeles. Currently, Dengue Fever is finishing up a new album, their first since The Deepest Lake (2015). More details will be announced in 2023.

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TVD Radar: John Lee Hooker, Burnin’ 60th anniversary reissues in stores 2/24

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings celebrates the 60th anniversary of John Lee Hooker’s electrifying blues album, Burnin’, with several special reissues. Set for release on February 24th and available for pre-order today, the album includes the original recording of Hooker’s highly-influential signature hit, “Boom Boom,” and features members of the legendary Funk Brothers (Motown Records’ celebrated house band).

Newly remastered from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, Burnin’ will be available in several formats. A 180-gram vinyl LP features a stereo mix of the album, as it was first released in 1962, while a tip-on jacket, which replicates Vee-Jay Records’ original designs, rounds out the package. In addition to a wide release on classic black vinyl, fans can also find the album in a variety of limited edition color pressings, including Flame Orange vinyl (via Barnes and Noble), Translucent Red vinyl (via Independent Record Stores), and Fuego Blend vinyl (available exclusively via JohnLeeHooker.com, along with a brand new official T-shirt featuring the iconic album artwork).

Expanded CD and digital editions offer both mono and stereo mixes of the album, plus a previously-unreleased alternate take of the song “Thelma,” captured during Hooker’s November 1961 session. The CD also includes new liner notes by the GRAMMY®-nominated journalist and music historian, Bill Dahl. Digital configurations include standard and hi-res, 192/24 and 96/24. Fans can preview the new Mono mixes with the advance two-track single “Boom Boom (Mono and Stereo)” which is available to stream or download today.

Known fondly as “King of the Boogie,” John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) was one of the most important blues artists of all time, whose work had a significant impact on modern music. Born in Mississippi to a family of sharecroppers, Hooker learned how to play the guitar at a young age, picking up his distinctive technique from his stepfather. In his 20s, he relocated to Detroit, where he spent his days as a janitor in an auto factory and his nights pursuing a career as a musician. He scored his first No.1 R&B hit with one of his earliest recordings, 1948’s “Boogie Chillen,” followed by singles like “Hobo Blues,” “Crawlin’ King Snake,” and “I’m in the Mood,” all of which landed in the R&B Top Ten.

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In rotation: 11/17/22

The Smile, Mitski, Jack White, Rina Sawayama, and More Releasing Rough Trade Exclusive Vinyl Records: Angel Olsen, Black Midi, Weyes Blood, Yeule, and others are also issuing special-edition records. …“We want to thank Rough Trade (NYC) for considering us for Vinyl Album of the Year, it means a lot,” the Smile said in a statement. “Independent record stores and labels remain islands under threat, but are absolutely essential to finding new music, music that exists away from homogenous clean universe of infinite repeat that we are subjected to without being asked. We rely on independent music stores as much as others to find inspiration, to be challenged and to remain excited and surprised by music. Music will be nothing without such independence – rendered meaningless fodder, cheap disposable furniture in a store that nobody notices and nobody cares about.”

Chicago, IL | Dave’s Records goes out in a blaze of glory: Last week, beloved Lincoln Park vinyl shop Dave’s Records announced some sad news: after 20 years, it’s closing for good. Store owner Dave Crain tells Gossip Wolf the last day will be in December, but he hasn’t confirmed an exact date. Crain opened Dave’s Records in 2002 in a former 2nd Hand Tunes location, and about a year and a half ago the whole building was sold. The new owners have told Crain they intend to knock down and replace the building, so even though he renewed the shop’s lease last year, he knows that the writing is on the wall. “Selling it didn’t seem like an option to me,” Crain says. “Starting at a new location, I thought about—but I’ve seen people move, and it takes a while till people figure out that you didn’t just close up. And then there was option three, which is the option I’m taking—which is to go out in a blaze of glory and get the records in the hands of all our fans.”

Portland, OR | Shopping mall fills empty stores with indie shops and pop-ups: On a recent Saturday afternoon, a mall in Portland, Oregon, hosted a bustling pop-up art market from inside a vacant storeroom with dozens of participating vendors. Lloyd Center mall was near foreclosure last year and is now renting to small businesses and shops. “I’ve heard from a lot of customers coming in and just saying, ‘Thanks, I haven’t been here in years, and this is a great excuse to check it out again,’” said Tony Remple, who runs record store Musique Plastique inside a former Spencer’s. As the pandemic turned the economy on its head, retail took a hit. Consumers went online and dozens of retail companies filed for bankruptcy. Shopping malls that were already hurting before the pandemic started emptying out. But Lloyd Center is pivoting. The mall has new leases with a gallery, a hand-printed clothing company and a tattoo parlor. Jason Leivian, who owns comic book store Floating World Comics, is hoping more will come.

Montreal, CA | 8 Of Montreal’s Most-Loved Record Stores & Where To Find Them: If we left out your favourite, let us know! Spotify and Tidal plays simply don’t hit the same as a crisp vinyl according to many, especially Montreal hipsters (and legitimately cool people). Montreal’s thriving music scene includes a network of local record stores responsible for hosting, amplifying and spreading indie music throughout the city. Many of these stores have also served as community hubs for musically interested Montrealers, and eight of them can be found right here for your viewing — and then, listening — pleasure. If your favourite spot isn’t on this list, then a) feel cool, go ahead, and b) let us know!

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TVD Radar: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis with Shirley Scott, Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen 4LP in stores 2/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings celebrates the centennial of Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis with a brand-new, four-album collection, featuring the tenor saxophonist’s incendiary 1958 Cookbook albums with organist Shirley Scott. Set for release on February 3rd in 180-gram vinyl 4-LP, 4-CD, and digital configurations, Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen: The Legendary Prestige Cookbook Albums compiles four classic soul-jazz albums: Cookbook, Vol. 1, Cookbook, Vol. 2, Cookbook, Vol. 3, and Smokin’, all of which were recorded in stereo by the celebrated engineer, Rudy Van Gelder.

Available for pre-order, Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen has been newly remastered from the original analog tapes by the GRAMMY®-winning engineer, Bernie Grundman. Produced by Nick Phillips, the all-analog 4-LP edition (limited to 5,000 copies worldwide) is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, while each LP is individually housed in a tip-on jacket, featuring the original Prestige Records album artwork.

The 4-CD and digital editions feature three bonus tracks that were recorded in the 1958 sessions but didn’t appear on the original LP releases: “Avalon,” “Willow Weep For Me,” and an alternate take of “But Beautiful.” Rounding out the vinyl and CD packages is a deluxe booklet featuring recording session photos and offering new, in-depth liner notes by jazz journalist Willard Jenkins, who serves as the artistic director for the DC Jazzfest.

When tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Hammond B-3 organist Shirley Scott entered Rudy Van Gelder’s hallowed Hackensack, NJ studio in 1958, it was clear that something special was about to take place. For roughly three years, Scott and Davis had been at the forefront of the soul-jazz sound, setting the gold standard for the tenor sax/organ combo. At 36, “Lockjaw” (also known as “Jaws”), was already a veteran of the New York City jazz scene, having spent much of the 1940s playing in the bands of Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, and Cootie Williams. But the horn player was also a stylistic chameleon, who straddled the line between the classic big band era and the emerging sounds of hard bop.

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TVD Radar: Neil Young: Harvest Time in theaters 12/1 and 12/4

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Tickets are on sale and the official trailer debuted today for Neil Young: Harvest Time, the never-before-seen docufilm celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Young’s bestselling album Harvest.

Presented by Shakey Pictures, Trafalgar Releasing, and Warner Records in movie theaters worldwide on Thursday, December 1 with select encores on Sunday, December 4, the feature includes footage from Northern California, London, and Nashville, during the signature album’s creation. The exclusive cinema event begins with a personal introduction from Young about the film and album.

Created between January and September 1971, this docufilm takes viewers on an intimate journey to Young’s Broken Arrow Ranch in Northern California for the “Harvest Barn” sessions, to London for an iconic performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, and to Nashville where the then 20-something Neil Young worked on various tracks of this signature album. Performance and rehearsal content is intertwined into creative storytelling and includes most of the tracks from album Harvest (released in 1972) including “Heart of Gold,” “A Man Needs A Maid,” “Alabama,” and “Old Man.”

The premiere in cinemas of the Harvest Time film is in celebration of the release on December 2nd of the 50th Anniversary Edition Box Sets on vinyl and CD of the beloved Harvest album; boasting the original album, three studio outtakes on CD/7” vinyl, an unreleased live 1971 BBC solo performance on CD/LP and DVD. Also included in the box sets is a hardbound book and fold-out poster. The vinyl box sets include a lithograph print. Click HERE to pre-order/pre-save via The Greedy Hand Store at Neil Young Archives (NYA) and it’s also available at all retail.

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In rotation: 11/16/22

Muncie, IN | Locked Groove Records hosts live performance: The record store hosted its first live show Thursday. Locked Groove Records (LGR), at 519 N. Martin Street in Muncie, opened their first live show Thursday night from 6:30-10 p.m. Owner, Celeste Outen, opened the business in July of 2022. This was after the previous owner of the building, Travis Harvey, moved his record company, Village Green Records, to Alabama. …Outen has been organizing the event with the help of LGR planner David Maginity. Maginity was brought on due to his work with planning venues across various Muncie venues. He met Outen in the LGR parking lot after stopping by to help organize a show. “It was funny because they weren’t even here. When I came up to the door, and as I was leaving, they [Outen and her partner] pulled up, and said ‘It’s like somebody sent you, because we’ve been wanting to put up shows and have music here for a while now,” Maginity said. “Ever since then we’ve been trying to figure out how to show music here.”

Best album covers of the year unveiled for 2022: A new exhibition is putting the 50 best record cover designs of 2022 on show, along with a retrospective celebrating album art that goes back to 1949. Even though most of us don’t buy vinyl anymore, record cover art remains a vital part of music marketing and, indeed, the music fan’s experience. Whether it’s having Graham Norton hold up a physical album cover on TV or seeing a digital version as you listen on Spotify, these evocative designs remain central to our enjoyment of music. But if there’s a certain genre you’re not into or particular artists pass you by, it’s easy to miss out on some of the best works of album art. To right that wrong, Art Vinyl has launched its 18th Best Art Vinyl Award—an annual search for the year’s most creative and well-designed record cover—with the unveiling of a striking record wall display at the Collection and Usher Gallery in Lincoln, which runs until 12 December.

UK | Independent labels’ market share set to increase for fifth consecutive year: Independent record labels’ share of the UK recorded music market is on course to grow for a fifth consecutive year in 2022, according to new analysis from the BPI. In the first 10 months of the year, independently released music made up 28.6% of the UK music market, up from 26.9% for the whole of 2021 and 30% up on 2017, when independents claimed a 22.1% share. A wide range of independents are contributing to this success, including BPI members Dirty Hit, Partisan and PIAS, as well as companies such as Domino and XL Beggars. Indie label market share has grown year-on-year in 2022 across sales and streams, but has been particularly strong in the albums market, where independents accounted for 40.5% of sales during the month of October, including on vinyl LP and CD formats.

Zagreb, HR | Croatia Records and Croatia Airlines sign cooperation agreement: The heads of two large national companies, Croatia Records director Želimir Babogredac and Croatia Airlines CEO Jasmin Bajić, signed a cooperation agreement today at the premises of Croatia Records. The companies with headquarters in Zagreb and with a regional and international reputation will, with this agreement, provide numerous benefits to all their users in the future, related to discounts when buying airline tickets, albums, vinyl records, books about music and other musical content, and they will publish joint actions through social networks. Croatia Records is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, it is the leading record label in the region and a leader in all segments of its business, which with a wide musical repertoire and a large number of performers continues a long-standing tradition and fills its rich archive with valuable recordings.

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TVD Radar: The Sea Urchins, Stardust reissue in stores 1/20

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Cutting their teeth as teens in a West Bromwich bedroom, The Sea Urchins were nothing like the heavy metal that seemed to fill every bar in the UK Black Country.

Fringe haircuts, perfect trousers, suede jackets, and infectious tambourines gave plenty of hints as to their youthful ambition, but nothing could fully prepare you for just how utterly spellbinding these songs would be. Compiling their fanzine-only flexi material with the full complement of singles for Sarah Records, Stardust runs chronologically from late 1986 to the middle of 1989, beginning with the singles split for Clare Wadd’s Kvatch and Matt Haynes’ Sha La La, before hitting the first of what would be an even hundred releases from the new label Wadd and Haynes would form—Sarah.

The song that launched a legendary label and defined a sound, a scene, a place and time; “Pristine Christine” still rings out as immediate and magical today as it did on first listen. What a glorious jangly rush racing around the corners of pop’s history! The band would reach such heights time and again over the course of this three year burst. The melancholy swinging folk of “Everglade” and it’s wonderfully yearning vocal; the organ-fueled British invasion garage rock sing-a-long of “Solace,” the playful psych pop of “A Morning Odyssey,” the acoustic sweep of “Wild Grass Pictures,” the perfectly named “Summershine” leaving you with a ramshackle smile out on the dancefloor. All of it is just so filled with delicate humanity, yet somehow absolutely perfect.

As Bob Stanley said about the shimmering ballad “Please Rain Fall” while bestowing it with NME Single Of The Week (an honor also bestowed upon “Pristine Christine”), “think of some variations on the word marvelous and you’re most of the way there.” In their time, they might have seemed wildly out of step, but it’s not crazy to say that things could have been very different for the likes of Radiohead, The La’s, and Oasis without The Sea Urchins.

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In rotation: 11/15/22

London, UK | Three friends who quit their jobs to run a Walthamstow record shop out of a shipping container: Three friends who set up a vinyl shop are still going strong despite moving to a new location just before Covid hit in 2020. East London is full of hidden gems and independent shops, but if you’re a music fan, you’re sure to have checked out some of the record shops it has to offer. One of the most popular in the area is Vinyl Vanguard Records. Based in St James Street in Walthamstow, and set up by three friends, it can be found in a tiny shipping container in CRATE, just a stone’s throw from the station. The passion project was set up by ex-journalist Mike Gerber in 2016, before he got his partner Ruth Lukom and friend Simon Lynn on board later on. It all began when Mike – a lifelong vinyl collector, decided to flog some records on a kitchen table in a local summer market. This turned into more pop ups, before moving to Wood Street market and their eventual St James’ Street location in 2020.

Miami, FL | Pizza and Vinyl Bar SimplyGood Preserves New York City Hip-Hop and Funk: Silver lamps dangle above the cozy, dimly lit space. The industrial cement walls are lined with record sleeves from the Grateful Dead to A Tribe Called Quest. The aroma of New York-style pizza blends naturally with the warm, homey furniture and patrons gathered at SimplyGood Miami. The man behind the space is Max Pierre, who cultivated his New York City roots and love for hip-hop into an incubator for local creatives. “I started a pizza shop because I would make pizza for kids on the block. They’d call me pizza man,” Pierre says. “Then I was like hip-hop is my culture. Let me just create a space where I can do all the things that I like and see how people interact with it.” The 48 year old owns more than 30,000 records, too many to sell in the shop. Instead, it evolved into a one-stop shop for vinyl, merch, drinks, pizza, and entertainment.

Tijuana, MX | Tijuana goes back to the past! Vinyl Record Fair returns in November: The 10th edition of “Feria del Vinilo Tijuana” will take place on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27. As usual, great offers in the world of vinyl records will multiply on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 from 10 AM to 8 PM, as the 10ma Feria del Vinilo Tijuana (Tijuana’s Vinyl Record Fair) takes place at Pasaje Rodríguez (Rodríguez Alley). Besides selling records and other music-related products, the 10th Vinyl Record Fair of Tijuana will offer several different activities during the weekend, such as musical live performances. Access will be through Constitución Avenue, Revolución Avenue, and 3rd Street. Entry to the premises is free. The event is open to all ages and pet friendly, so bring your furry friend with you.

Tokyo, JP | Vinyl production finds groove in Japan, thanks to social media: Sales soar, spurring artists to release new music on records. As “city pop,” a type of Japanese pop music produced in the 1970s and ’80s, wins a new generation of fans around the world, production of phonograph records, the principal medium for recorded music at the time, has more than quadrupled over the past decade in Japan. As city pop gains more exposure through TikTok and other video hosting apps, it has drawn young people to vinyl records, which offer a listening experience that differs from digital music. More artists these days are also releasing new music on records. City pop was fueled by Japanese artists including Mariya Takeuchi, Tatsuro Yamashita, Miki Matsubara, and Kiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe 40 to 50 years ago. Those artists, in turn, were strongly influenced by Western music. The urban-themed, lighthearted melody lines of the era, and devotion to high production value, are drawing a fresh cohort of younger listeners.

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TVD Radar: Filter,
The Amalgamut first-ever vinyl pressing in stores 3/31

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Craft Recordings marks the 20th anniversary of Filter’s critically acclaimed third studio album The Amalgamut with two special reissues, including the album’s very first vinyl pressing. In stores on March 31st and available now to pre-order, the 2-LP edition is presented in a deluxe gatefold jacket and features the hits “Where Do We Go From Here” and “American Cliché,” as well as “The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way),” which was featured in several films and commercials. An autographed opaque white pressing (limited to 500 copies worldwide) is also available exclusively at OfficialFilter.com.

Beginning today, fans can also stream or download a new expanded edition of the 2002 album, featuring nine remixes and alternate takes of “Where Do We Go From Here”—all of which were previously unavailable on digital platforms. Among the highlights are two mixes by the popular British producer DJ Hyper, plus two re-imaginings of the song from the legendary New York City DJ crew the X-Ecutioners.

When The Amalgamut was released in July 2002, Filter—and specifically its primary member, Richard Patrick—was at a crossroads. Formed in 1993 by Patrick (the first guitarist for Nine Inch Nails), Filter shot to dizzying heights with their unique blend of industrial pop and post-grunge alternative metal, while their 1995 debut, Short Bus, was a platinum-certified best-seller, thanks to the hit single “Hey Man Nice Shot.”

Two years later, Patrick enlisted a new line-up of musicians to record Filter’s 1999 follow-up, Title of Record, including members of his touring band (guitarist Geno Lenardo and bassist Frank Cavanagh) and drummer Steven Gillis. While the platinum-selling Title of Record yielded Filter’s biggest hit, “Take a Picture,” Patrick’s ongoing struggle with alcohol and substance abuse was reaching its peak.

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In rotation: 11/14/22

CT | 21 Connecticut record stores to visit on Record Store Day: Twice a year, the record collecting community celebrates the holiday of Record Store Day (RSD), a retail event that features limited edition vinyl records that are only available to purchase on that day. The event typically is held in April as well as on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This year’s first RSD was moved from April to June while the second edition on Black Friday is still set to occur. In Connecticut, there are record stores in almost every corner of the state, specializing in all different genres of music. Many of these shops also participate in RSD, with people lining up for hours trying to get copies of hard-to-find records. However, some shops do not partake in RSD, meaning that you’ll have to call ahead to see if they have the releases that you’re looking for.

Silver Spring, MD | “We’re Bump ‘n Grind, a Specialty Coffee Shop, Record Store and Roaster.” “Hi! We’re Bump ‘n Grind, a Specialty Coffee Shop, Record Store and Roaster dedicated to and inspired by Coffee, Music, and Community. We create significant third spaces inspired by their neighborhoods; micro-roast, top-grade environmentally and ethically sourced coffee from around the world; and support musicians, & artists of all kinds. With our coffee, we aim to create the “perfect cup” and would love for you to join in our journey. “Our specialty beans are top grade (85+) from around the world, Micro-Roasted in Kensington, Md. We’ve been perfecting our craft since 2016, loving every step of the journey. We medium and light roast the beans to pull out the distinct flavors associated with each region. Our roasting objective is to highlight the nuances of each bean so that we can all learn and understand the differences between coffees from around the world.

Edinburgh, UK | Loved Edinburgh record store that was at forefront of city’s punk scene in late 1970s: If you were a young Edinburgh punk fan at a loose end on a Saturday in the late 1970s, there was really only one place to be: Hot Licks on Cockburn Street. We take a look back the legendary lost record store. It was the indie record store that became a magnet for the capital’s disaffected youth at the height of the punk movement in the late ’70s. For a generation of young music fans, Hot Licks records store on Cockburn Street was one of the best places to be and be seen on a Saturday. Renowned for being ahead of the curve the owners of the independent store always seemed to have a knack of spotting what was going to be the next big thing – and they were seldom wrong. Those at Hot Licks had their fingers on the pulse of what was happening, even managing to attract up and coming groups such as The Jam and The Damned to the store for album signings and personal appearances.

Halifax, CA | “Everybody’s loving it” – Record shop on a canal barge opens in Halifax: A record shop with a difference has opened in Halifax. Rubber Ducky Records is based on a canal barge currently located near The Moorings pub in Sowerby Bridge. It is owned by Myles Greenwood, 27, who lives in Halifax and says the inspiration to open a record shop came from running one while living in Switzerland. “‘I came back here for lockdown, I’d bought 5,000 records for a store I was running in Switzerland and I got stuck with them in the UK,” he said. “So I started selling them in the UK and realised that moving back home was a good thing to do because it’s quite a nice place to live and a bit easier running a business here.” Myles opened the business last month and has around 2,000 records, split between the boat and his storage facility. The shop opens for private appointments only at the moment and Myles says he will probably move on to Hebden Bridge and then back towards Brighouse or Salterhebble soon. “Music is my main passion, especially electronic music,” he said.

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TVD Radar: Concert
for George,
one night only global theatrical screening, 11/29

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Abramorama, in association with Craft Recordings, announces a very special one-night-only screening of Concert for George, taking place on 29 November in selected cinemas across the world—click here for tickets and listings.

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the momentous 2002 concert, the theatrical event will celebrate the life and music of George Harrison. First released in 2003, the GRAMMY®-winning concert film features performances by Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Ravi Shankar, and Ringo Starr among many others. Fans will now have the opportunity to re-experience the concert in immersive Dolby Atmos® Audio, newly remastered by GRAMMY-winning engineer Paul Hicks. The anniversary screenings will also feature a brand-new introduction by Olivia and Dhani Harrison.

Hicks also brought his artistry to the film’s accompanying Concert for George album, which is available in Dolby Atmos®, starting today, on digital platforms. Certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA, the acclaimed 27-track album can also be found in a variety of existing physical formats, including a 180-gram 4-LP box set, 2-CD/2-DVD, and 2-CD/2-Blu-Ray packs, and a 2-CD package.

On 29th November 2001, the world lost one of its greatest musical talents, George Harrison. Rising to meteoric fame with The Beatles, the British artist wrote some of the 20th century’s most enduring hits, including “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Something.” A deeply introspective being, Harrison wove his love of Indian culture into his work and was instrumental in introducing the country’s rich musical traditions to the West.

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Ypsilanti, MI | Vintage store Wyrd Byrd opens in Ypsilanti: The new business sells vintage role playing games and vinyl records. A new store featuring vintage roleplaying games and records is now open in Ypsilanti at 9 S. Washington St. Wyrd Byrd opened on Nov. 2 after receiving a final inspection from the city. “’Wyrd’ has always been a word I wanted to use in a business name. It means something similar to fate, but in modern English, it became ‘weird,’ meaning odd or strange,” Shawn Gates, owner of Wyrd Byrd, said. “We have pet birds, which are a large part of our lives, so we also decided to add that in but keep the spelling with a ‘y’ because we liked it. I’ve heard folks say it a few different ways, and all are correct.” Gates is an EMU alumni from the class of 2001 and has worked as a software engineer since graduating. He owns Wyrd Byrd along with his wife Brooke Gates. Wyrd Byrd will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and open Wednesdays through Sundays with varying hours.

New Westminster, CA | Celebrate vinyl music and frothy beer this month in New West: Spend an evening browsing records, and clinking beer mugs, at Steel & Oak’s annual Analog Vinyl Fair in New Westminster. Getting too used to having YouTube and Spotify suggest what you need to listen to next? It’s time to give those apps a break and play music on something more tangible. Go old school for a difference and head to Steel & Oak Brewery’s seventh edition of Analog Vinyl Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19. To be held at the food court of the River Market building, you can browse through stacks of vinyl records while nursing a chilled beer from Steel & Oak. The fair was introduced by the brewery first in 2016, and the fact that it has continued for seven years now is proof that people in New West, and beyond, still like digging into deep crates of hard-to-find rock, psych, funk, soul and jazz LPs from around the world. …“We’re excited to bring this event back for the New West and broader music and vinyl communities. Music played a big role in helping folks get through the pandemic, so it’ll be all the more special to gather around that shared love of that unexpected find deep in a crate…”

Carrboro, NC | Longtime record-seller Gerry Williams hosts biannual record show in Carrboro: Gerry Williams has been selling records for 45 years. He’s hosted record shows in Carrboro for the last 18. Williams held his most recent record show on Sunday at the Carrboro Century Center. Since 2004, the November event has been one of Williams’ two annual shows sponsored by the Town of Carrboro. “Back in 2004, there wasn’t a show like this in the Triangle and I thought, ‘Let’s do one here,’ or if I could get the Town to sponsor it for me,” Williams said. Williams said he began his career selling records in 1977 when he opened a store in Washington, D.C., which he said featured 200,000 records, mostly used. These days, Williams said he does not own any brick-and-mortar record stores. He said all of his business is either online or through record shows, some of which he hosts.

London, UK | Independent Label Market shares full label and DJ line-up for London Christmas market: Christmas is coming early. Independent Label Market has announced the full line-up for their London Christmas market in Coal Drops Yards on November 12. Record labels involved on the day include !K7, Bella Union, Dead Oceans, Erased Tapes, Ninja Tune, Secretly Canadian and more. The labels will bring an assortment of vinyl-related treats like rarities, test pressings, extended back catalogues, signed merchandise and advance copies to the market, making it a one-stop-shop for Christmas presents this year. The event will also feature a lineup of DJs on an Audio Gold Soundsystem, an acoustic live stage and live radio from Voices Radio. Check out the full schedule and line-up

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