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In rotation: 9/3/21

Huntington, WV | Lost Huntington: Davidson’s Record Shop: In the 1950s, rock and roll burst on the nation and revolutionized the music scene. America had never heard anything like it before. Characterized by a heavy beat and simple melodies, it was an amalgam of black rhythm and blues and white country music. While their parents may have hated it, youngsters loved it and flocked to buy rock and roll records. Rock music became the soundtrack of a youthful generation. And young rock fans in Huntington knew the best place to get their hot hands on the latest rock 45s by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and, of course, Elvis was Davidson’s Record Shop at 907 4th Ave. The little shop was always busy after school let out each day and on weekends was strictly standing room only.

Warsaw, PL | Elektra – reading room at the Mazowieckie Institute of Culture. Vinyl records, comics, albums: Hundreds of vinyl records, comic books and art albums on the shelves. Next to it there are comfortable armchairs, turntables with headphones, desks on the mezzanine, and stylish posters on the walls. In the renovated building of the Mazowiecki Institute of Culture at Elektoralna Street, a reading room for Elektra words and sounds was created. As the originators themselves say, Elektra is a “temple of analogue culture”, a place that “combines the functions of a literary salon with the atmosphere of an independent record store”. And they were inspired by the collection of records from the library that used to function here. – It turned out that the library also rented vinyl records. We inherited a diverse set of speeches by Lenin or songs in honor of the party, but also Polish jazz, entertainment music such as Skaldowie or Grechuta or Polish poets reciting their poems – said Aleksandar Ćirlić, one of the hosts of the new space, during the meeting with journalists.

Amsterdam, NL | Rush Hour hosting five-day used record sale: With thousands of records for less than a fiver. Amsterdam’s Rush Hour is hosting a five-day record sale, this September. While Rush Hour originally planned to host the sale over just one day, the five day event will see 1000s of records on sale, with new additions being added each day. Record prices are also a steal, with all records being sold for €3 each — equivalent to £2.50. “Too much stuff that needs to go out. We are cleaning the basement!” The sale will be held from the 8th September to the 12th, from 11am-6pm.

12 Soundtracks You Need to Hear on Vinyl: Despite the convenience of digital technology, an increasing number of music fans are turning to – or returning to, as the case may be – vinyl as their preferred method of listening to and purchasing albums. As Variety recently reported, vinyl sales soared nearly 30% in the U.S. last year, outpacing CDs for the first time since the mid-80s, and the movie soundtrack genre has benefitted greatly from that unlikely resurgence. Adding fuel to this comeback story are a number of specialty labels, like Waxwork Records and Mondo’s Death Waltz Recording Company, that cater specifically to film buffs and soundtrack collectors. And that’s understandable when you consider the many practical and aesthetic similarities between vinyl and traditional 35mm film. After all, both are analog formats, beloved for the warmth and richness of their sound and image, and both inspire nostalgic feelings based on our formative listening and viewing histories. So if you’re looking to build or expand your own soundtrack collection, here are 12 titles that deserve a spin on your turntable.

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TVD Radar: John Lennon, Imagine–The Ultimate Mixes & Out-takes 2LP white vinyl in stores 9/10

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On September 10th, Capitol/UMe will release a limited collector’s edition pressing of Imagine as a double LP on white vinyl, featuring the acclaimed 2018 Ultimate Mix mixed by engineer Paul Hicks and overseen by Yoko Ono Lennon on LP1 and a host of outtakes on LP2.

The unique, expanded edition, Imagine – The Ultimate Mixes & Out-takes, includes the original demo for “Imagine” alongside a host of outtakes that demonstrate the writing and recording process and showcase the evolution of the songs. Included are outtakes for nearly every song on the record including “Jealous Guy” (Take 9), “It’s So Hard” (Take 6), “Crippled Inside” (Take 3, Take 6), “Gimme Some Truth” (Take 4), “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die” (Take 25), “Oh My Love” (Take 6), “How Do You Sleep?” (Takes 1 & 2), and an early version of “Oh Yoko” taken from the Bed Peace rehearsal filmed in the Bahamas. The limited edition release is available to pre-order now here.

The stunning Ultimate Mixes and Out-takes included on the vinyl were originally released in 2018 on the six-disc box set, Imagine – The Ultimate Collection. The historical, remixed and remastered 140-track collection, which was fully authorized by Yoko Ono Lennon (who oversaw the production and creative direction) offers a variety of listening experiences that are at once immersive and intimate, ranging from the Ultimate Mixes of the original album, which reveal whole new levels of sonic depth, definition and clarity to these timeless songs, to the Raw Studio Mixes that allow listeners to hear Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s original, unadorned performances, to enveloping 5.1 surround sound mixes, and a Quadrasonic Album Mix, presenting the original four speaker mix remastered in Quadrasonic sound for the first time in nearly fifty years.

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In rotation: 9/2/21

Farmington, MI | Dearborn Music to open new record store in downtown Farmington this week: It was earlier this summer when we first broke the news that Dearborn Music would be opening a new location in downtown Farmington. It’s a banner year for the Dearborn-based record store, a cultural touchstone for music fans throughout the region and beyond. Sales and specials have helped celebrate the store’s 65th year in business all summer long. Now owners Rick and Kevin LeAnnais have something else to celebrate. The brothers, who bought the business from their father in 2001, will open the doors to the new Farmington location this Thursday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. The store will operate under its normal business hours through a “soft opening,” with the official grand opening celebration being planned for later in September.

Chicago, IL | Love of arts leads couple to open store: Chantala Kommanivanh and Mallory McClaire both have a love for the arts. Kommanivanh is an artist whose work has been featured locally, and McClaire has a background in cultural affairs and event programming. Together, the local couple has now opened a new record store in East Beverly. Beverly Phono Mart, 1808 W. 103rd St., hosted its grand opening on Aug. 28-29. Besides selling records, the shop will also feature art exhibits and host live music. “We both love music,” McClaire said. “It’s a shared passion of ours. And to be able to build a business in our community is really important. It’s about the records themselves, but also the community aspect of it and getting to meet new neighbors who also love music.” McClaire, a Beverly native, and Kommanivanh, an Albany Park native, said they grew tired of having to drive north to visit record stores, though they have shopped at Beverly Records. But even worse on those long trips north, sometimes, shops were closed.

Fond du Lac, WI | Mad Hatteur on the move 48 years after opening little record shop that still vibes like the 70s: One of the state’s oldest record stores is still going strong in Northeast Wisconsin, after half a century of selling vinyl and an eclectic assortment of potpourri reminiscent of the 1960s and ’70s. Mad Hatteur Music in Fond du Lac recently moved down the street to a corner lot at 459 S. Main St., the former location of F1 Computer Systems. Owner Mike Bigsby has been with the throw-back vinyl shop for 48 years, after former owner Chuck Rhodes hired him for what was his first part-time job. Bigsby purchased the business six years ago from Rhodes, who died July 13. Mad Hatteur began back in the heyday of rock ‘n roll. After a short stay at a Forest Avenue location near Main Street, Rhodes opened at 231 N. Main St. in 1973, with $2,500 worth of stock and business partner John Stitt.

BMG Reports Record Half-Year Earnings As Vinyl Overtakes CDs for the First Time: During 2021’s opening half, BMG generated a record €296 million (approximately $349.34 million at the present exchange rate), with a streaming-driven recorded-earnings uptick having offset a plateau in publishing income, according to a newly released financial analysis from the label and publisher’s Bertelsmann parent company. Berlin-headquartered BMG’s operations across Q1 and Q2 2021 accounted for roughly $350 million of Bertelsmann’s $10.27 billion (€8.7 billion) in total revenue – up from about $332.84 million (€282 million) during the same stretch in 2020. Moreover, BMG’s H1 2021 earnings, as was also the case for those reported in H1 2020, represent the 13-year-old music company’s “best first-half performance yet.” Predictably, streaming – which has helped each of the Big Three labels enjoy double-digit year-over-year revenue growth in 2021 – played a key role in BMG’s performance in all of 2020 as well as H1 2021.

Europe Vinyl Records Market Report 2021-2025 with Focus on UK, Germany, Netherlands: The vinyl records market in Europe is poised to grow by $96.68 mn during 2021-2025, progressing at a CAGR of about 6%. The market is driven by the increasing demand for vinyl records of old music and songs and increasing number of promotional events. The report on vinyl records market in Europe provides a holistic analysis, market size and forecast, trends, growth drivers, and challenges, as well as vendor analysis covering around 25 vendors. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current Europe market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The vinyl records market in Europe analysis include product segment, distribution channel segment, and geographic landscape. This study identifies the aesthetic appeal of vinyl records as one of the prime reasons driving the vinyl records market in Europe growth during the next few years.

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TVD Radar: Tricky Woo, vinyl reissue trilogy in stores 10/8

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Blow The Fuse release the first three albums from Montreal ’90s rock band Tricky Woo, available digitally and on vinyl due in October. From 1997 to 1999 Tricky Woo released three albums featuring Rock and Roll Part One, The Enemy is Real and Sometimes I Cry, which earned them a JUNO nomination. Described by NME as “a new hope for rock and roll,” the latter would become their defining masterpiece. A documentary about the band is set to be released later this year.

Formed in the mid-90s, Tricky Woo was conceived as part tribute to the pantheon of rock, part conceptual art. Influenced by early rock and roll, British punk, and seminal independent record labels such as Crypt and Estrus Records (on which they ended up releasing a 7” single in 2000), the band were relative lone wolves within Montreal’s tiny garage-rock scene. During that time, Tricky Woo earned a reputation for playing particularly wild shows in unusual locations such as a pizza parlour or Montreal’s legendary porno theatre Cinéma L’amour.

In 1999 with their album Sometimes I Cry, they became college radio darlings hitting the number one position on the Canadian campus and community radio charts that year. Their music was also featured on classic television shows of that decade, such as Dawson’s Creek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thanks to their distinctive sound and unique approach to rock and roll, the four piece band led by vocalist-guitarist Andrew Dickson, changed the face of the Canadian rock scene forever and left their mark on a generation of significant bands. DFA1979, Elephant Stone, and Priestess cite them as an influence among others.

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TVD Radar: Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, American Babylon 25th Anniversary Edition in stores this fall

VIA PRESS RELEASE | This fall will see Cleveland International Records start to issue a slate of archive album releases that underscore the iconoclastic label’s rich and eclectic heritage. A very special expanded 25th Anniversary edition of Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers’ American Babylon is set for digital and streaming release on October 29 with a vinyl LP set to follow early in 2022. Long a fixture on the Pittsburgh music scene, originally fronting the Iron City Houserockers, Grushecky is the son of a coal miner whose “day job” is in special education. He has become a legend among heartland rockers. His loyal following is testimony to his down-to-earth approach and honesty as a songwriter, bandleader and performer since the 1970s.

American Babylon, first issued in 1995, was produced by Bruce Springsteen whose friendship with Grushecky predates the album’s sessions and has endured in the intervening decades. The new American Babylon 2 CD set offers 27 tracks including the album’s original 12 selections among which are “Chain Smokin’,” “Only Lovers Left Alive,” “What Did You Do In The War,” as well as “Homestead” and “Dark and Bloody Ground,” the latter two co-written with Springsteen. Original demo recordings of “Chain Smokin’,” “Never Be Enough Time,” and “Only Lovers Left Alive, never previously released, round out the first disc.

A 13-track companion disc documents live performances recorded at Nick’s Fat City in Pittsburgh during the Houserockers’ legendary “October Assault” tour that launched the album that month in 1995. Joe and the band performed not only in Grushecky’s hometown but also in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Asbury Park as well. Springsteen is heard on eight of the album’s tracks and his voice is heard on “Light of Day,” his own song, as well as on the Chuck Berry version of “Down The Road Apiece,” the album’s closer. One track featured on the live disc that is not part of the American Babylon tune stack is “Pumping Iron,” a fan favorite from The Iron City Houserockers’ 1980 Have A Good Time But Get Out Alive album.

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In rotation: 9/1/21

New Orleans, LA | New Orleans’ First Record Store/Former Workplace of Louis Armstrong Destroyed by Hurricane Ida: As Hurricane Ida evaporates, Louisiana officials are taking stock of the damage done to New Orleans and its surrounding area.One such loss from the storm is the Karnofsky Shop, a pawn-shop-turned-New Orleans’ first record store that was the site of endless inspiration for a very young Louis Armstrong in the 1910s.“Every time we would come in late on the little wagon from buying old rags and bones, when they would be having ‘supper’ they would fix a plate of food for me, saying you’ve worked, might as well eat here with us,” Armstrong famously recalled of the store owners, who took him under their wing.The owners – the Karnofskys – also funded the purchase of Armstrong’s first cornet and – as the legend goes – the famous jazz musician wore a star of David for the rest of his life as a sign of gratitude to the Karnofsky family.The building was located at 427 S. Rampart St.

Longview, WA | Talking Business: Growing indie music scene centers around Stash Records in Longview: Acity sandwiched between two popular indie music scenes has few live music venues, or places to buy records, CDs or cassettes outside of big-box retailers. Tyler Wilson is hoping to change that. Portland and Seattle are known as breeding grounds for new musicians and genres, but Wilson is planting the seeds for local indie music in the middle. “Longview seemed like it needed a record store,” he said. The Vancouver transplant opened Stash Records on Commerce Avenue in August 2020 to sell used and new records, CDs and cassettes, as well as vintage high-end speakers. Like all good record stores, a community followed. “There is a purposeful sense of community you feel in Longview that you don’t get in Vancouver or Portland,” Wilson said. Wilson has held two live shows featuring Longview indie artists, and plans to hold more free, all-age shows inside the 1,300 sq. ft. store.

The LP turns 70 – good news for record fans: “Vinyl has been writing a success story for over a decade,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) Florian Drücke of the German News Agency. “What started in the niche has now grown into a real market segment.” On August 31, 1951, Germany’s first LP with 33 1/3 rpm was presented at the German Music Fair in Düsseldorf. After decades of boom, the LP media fell into crisis in the 1990s with the advent of the digital compact disc. According to the association, only 700,000 records were sold in 2011, but in 2020 it was more than four million. “For many, this is certainly based on the desire to slow down in a largely digital environment, but also on the haptic experience,” explains Drücke. “It now goes beyond hunting and collecting and extends to all genres. It’s a beautiful and truly remarkable success story.” The expert does not see any danger for the LP in the streaming trend: “For us, it is less a question of knowing if the disc will go out or not, what matters is that it exists as long as it has added value for the fans. That does not exclude that you are a mixed user and have digital music. “

Victoria, BC | Lyle’s Place, destination music shop for nearly 40 years, is closing: For nearly 40 years, Lyle’s Place in the 700-block of Yates Street has been an institution for music lovers of all stripes. While it’s been a destination new-and-used record shop on that block since it opened in 1982, Lyle’s has also been a second home for many, a school for those looking to broaden their musical horizons, a marketplace and meeting place for musicians and for years it was the place to get tickets for shows of all sizes in the city. It has also been the centre of Janice and Rod Lyle’s world since they opened the door in 1982, four years after starting a book shop in James Bay. Rod Lyle, who suffered a major stroke four years ago, said a confluence of factors ranging from his own health, family priorities, increased rent due to rising taxes and the effects of COVID have forced his hand. “It’s just time,” he said Monday, while preparing the inventory for a clearance sale that will start this week. “We’ve had a great run. It’s becoming too much for the two of us.”

DJ Shadow Announces 25th Anniversary Remaster Of Endtroducing. First released in 1996, the record is a genre-defying masterpiece that has helped redefine sample-based music. DJ Shadow’s groundbreaking debut album, Endtroducing, is a genre-defying masterpiece that has helped redefine sample-based music. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Island Records are releasing a special remastered vinyl edition of this groundbreaking record, plus a 7″ single featuring isolated elements from the album. The forthcoming Endtroducing 25 Abbey Road Half Speed Mastered edition will be released on September 24 on gatefold, double 12″ vinyl and features totally remastered audio taken from the original master tape and cut at half speed – a technical, specialized process that results in significantly more detailed, high quality sound. “I was so happy to have recently discovered the original DAT tape that served as the final mix source of the album, and was able to provide it for the remaster just in time for this release. When comparing the new version with the old, I was shocked at how many audible details were revealed that I had completely forgotten about”, says DJ Shadow.

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TVD Radar: The Groundhogs, Road Hogs: Live From Richmond to Pocono 3LP in stores 11/5

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Like some lost treasure that Indiana Jones’ cooler roommate just happened upon, this triple vinyl release tracks the mighty Groundhogs on a 3941-mile journey from Richmond Athletic Ground to the Pocono Raceway track in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

It takes them from blues revivalists to head-friendly prog icons and power rock innovators; bridging the gap between their first two bluesy albums and the nirvana and nadir of the band’s most lauded line up of Tony McPhee (guitar and vocals), Pete Cruikshank (bass), and Ken Pustelnik (drums) at their final show on that big American tour that broke up the original trio. Along the way they were heralded by Mick Jagger and Robert Plant, became embroiled in student riots in Germany and were acclaimed in the weeklies as the hardest working band around, while guitarist Tony McPhee guffawed at comparisons to Hendrix, Clapton, and Peter Green.

Sitting in the Warner Brothers’ vault for 50 years, four reels of tape lay wedged between the masters of the groundbreaking albums Thank Christ For The Bomb, Split and Who Will Save The World… The Mighty Groundhogs. The first two boxes had a handwritten scrawl acclaiming them as ‘Groundhogs live at Richmond Athletic Ground, November 7, 1969.’ Originally it had been thought that they were recorded at the Ninth National Jazz And Blues Festival – a nomadic event that had previously rocked up in Richmond.

In fact, they turned out to be a one-off support slot to Free, a break from their Marquee residency; the mood is intimate, jokey between songs rhetoric punctuates a monumental set that debuts ‘Cherry Red’ at the time an unnamed “new song.”

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TVD Radar: Fuzzy Haskins, A Whole Nother Thang vinyl reissues in stores 12/3

VIA PRESS RELEASE | A co-founder of the P-Funk movement, Clarence Eugene “Fuzzy” Haskins was born in West Virginia in 1941 and started as a singer in the doo-wop vocal group The Parliaments, led by George Clinton in the late 1950s. He was a founding member of the groundbreaking and influential 1970s funk bands Parliament-Funkadelic. Fuzzy Haskins toured and appeared on P-Funk albums as a singer, and occasionally as a guitarist, throughout the 1970s. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997.

Despite the success of Mothership Connection, Fuzzy Haskins was growing frustrated that his songs were no longer being featured on albums by Funkadelic and Parliament. He also watched as Bootsy Collins, a relative newcomer to the family, embarked upon a solo career.

This added to Haskins’ frustration and at the height of P-Funk’s popularity, Fuzzy left the ensemble to pursue a solo career. Fuzzy Haskins released his first solo album, A Whole Nother Thang, in 1976. The album features funk “all-stars” from the likes of Bernie Worrell, Donald Austin, and Bootsy Collins. Haskins wrote eight of the nine songs and served as producer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and even drummer. The result was an album that oozed quality.

With his brand of earthy and heavyweight funk, Fuzzy Haskins’ solo work fits right in with many of the other great P-Funk side projects. Also featured on the album is the track “Cookie Jar,” which was later recorded by Prince. Despite the quality of music, the album didn’t sell in vast quantities and didn’t find the audience it deserved. A Whole Nother Thang is a true gem to funk fans, mint vinyl copies are hard to find and pricey these days. If you are a Funkateer, this one’s for you.

Originally released on Westbound Records in 1976, now back available as a limited deluxe 180g tangerine color vinyl edition (400 copies) packaged in a gatefold jacket featuring the original artwork and liner notes.

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In rotation: 8/31/21

Raleigh, NC | Raleigh music hall has followed strict COVID protocols. An outbreak occurred anyway: The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop will close for two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak — a blow to the longtime downtown Raleigh venue that had followed strict pandemic rules. The music hall announced the news on its Facebook page Wednesday, noting that half its team had the virus. It will reopen Sept. 8 and offer refunds for shows until then. Work continues on rescheduling the canceled shows. Starting on Aug. 13, the Pour House began requiring vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for those attending concerts. Masks were required at all times except when patrons were drinking or shopping in the record store. “We understand this … sucks,” said a note on the Pour House site. “Like BIG TIME … SUCKS! Especially after getting a glimpse of life returning back to normalcy.”

Bloomingdale , NY | Vinyl and plastic: Bloomingdale record and toy store sells nostalgia, connection: A new store opened up in Bloomingdale earlier this month, and it’s become a haven for music lovers, people looking to get in touch with their inner child and collectors around the area. The proprietor, Tim Branfalt — he goes by “Timmy B” — is an energetic music lover, conversationalist and “curator” of the vinyl and toy museum, Black Dog Records, that he established on state Route 3. On any given day, Branfalt can be found pacing around his store, flipping through the 4,000-or-so records, eyeing the Masters of the Universe toy collection in a glass case and reveling in the nostalgic space he’s created. The eponymous black dog of Black Dog Records is a boxador named Griffey Richard, after Seattle Mariners player Ken Griffey Jr., though he’s sometimes introduced as Griffey Richard, Esquire. “He’s my legal counsel,” Branfalt said.

Joni Mitchell’s 1969 Carnegie Hall performance gets first 3LP release: With live renditions of ‘Chelsea Morning’, ‘Cactus Tree’, ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Urge For Going’, and more. Joni Mitchell’s 1969 Carnegie Hall performance is being released for the first time, via Reprise this October. The performance came almost a year after the release of Mitchell’s debut album — Song to a Seagull — and was the then 25-year old’s her first major concert. It features renditions of some of her most beloved pieces, including ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Chelsea Morning’, ‘Cactus Tree’, ‘Both Sides Now’, ‘Urge For Going’, ‘Morning Morgantown’, and ‘The Circle Game’. Alongside Live at Carnegie Hall 1969, Mitchell also recently reissued her first four albums in a 4xLP collection titled The Reprise Albums (1968-1971).

Pearl Jam Release Ten And No Code Anniversary Editions: Pearl Jam have released a pair of newly-remixed anniversary editions of their 1991 debut, “Ten”, and 1996’s “No Code” albums. Both records were issued on August 27 – five years apart – with “Ten” marking its 30th anniversary and “No Code” its 25th milestone. The anniversary editions were fully mixed by Pearl Jam producer and sound engineer Josh Evans in Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio to provide listeners with an immersive, sonic experience. …”Ten” went on to sell more than 13 million copies in the US, while “No Code” earned the Seattle outfit their third straight US No. 1 album. Pearl Jam have also recently released a 25th anniversary 150-gram vinyl edition of “No Code”, marking the first time the album has been available on the format since its original release and the first time the album is being mastered specifically for vinyl.

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TVD Radar: Gord Downie, Coke Machine Glow Songwriters’ Cabal 3LP 20th anniversary edition in stores 11/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Gord Downie’s Coke Machine Glow was released in 2001, in between Music @ Work (2000) and In Violet Light (2002), the ninth and tenth albums by his mighty band of brothers in The Tragically Hip. The first solo project by one of the world’s great wordsmiths, Coke Machine Glow’s sixteen painterly songs were released with an accompanying book of poetry, collectively emanating Downie’s heartrending stories, from the road as from home, in his signature quirk and complex, approachable wit. Twenty years since its release, Coke Machine Glow remains a teetering, charming body of work, never static, shot across its canvas in brilliant glowing embers of “mustard and honey tones.”

Now, to mark its 20th anniversary, Arts & Crafts releases a special expanded edition that revisits the music and poetry of this prolific and pivotal time of Downie’s career. Entitled Coke Machine Glow: Songwriters’ Cabal, the triple-album features the original two-disc set plus a bonus record of twelve unreleased demos, alternate versions, and never-before-heard outtakes, carefully curated by Gord’s “oldest Toronto friend” Josh Finlayson and brother Patrick Downie with Arts & Crafts’ Jonathan Shedletzky. The in-all 28-song collection presents a portrait of Downie with rarely before heard intimacy, unrefined and dripping in the wildness of the moment.

The previously unreleased title track, an ominous and askew improvisation called “I Stand Before The Songwriters’ Cabal,” posits Gord, alone – save for notebook in hand – facing the pantheon of his craft, stepping to the mic, voice tinkling like a chandelier, with everything and nothing to prove. The spidery acoustic guitar and piano form a web around Downie’s bold yet tentative prose, securing it in the heft of the moment.

Elsewhere, two opposing versions of the mysterious outtake “Contact” reflect the distance and different shapes these words travelled with Downie in various envelopes over the years. Elegant alternate studio takes of “Vancouver Divorce” and “Lofty Pines” capture the fluidity of the “Goddamned Band” that comprised the Gas Station recording sessions in Toronto that May of 2000; while home recordings dated November 1999, Carlaw Avenue, of “SF Song,” “Trick Rider,” and “Chancellor,” and more, spotlight Gord in close communion with his tape recorder and coffee machine. The hotel room stationary and napkin blueprints practically fill the recordings with tape hiss ambience.

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Demand it on Vinyl:
The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes OST in stores 10/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, a 2CD and digital soundtrack that features both well-known and rare Velvet Underground tracks, will be released on October 15, 2021 via Republic Records/UMe.

Curated by the documentary’s director, Todd Haynes, and music supervisor Randall Poster, the album is the official soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Apple Original documentary, The Velvet Underground, which will be released in theaters and premiere globally Friday, October 15 on Apple TV+.

Featuring some of The Velvet Underground’s most well-known tracks, rarities and songs that influenced them, The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack serves as the perfect introduction to the band and companion piece to the film.

The soundtrack features such Velvet Underground favorites as “Sunday Morning,” “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” “Pale Blue Eyes,” “I’m Waiting for The Man,” and “Sweet Jane,” as well as the mono version of “Heroin” and the rare cut “Foggy Notion.” Also featured are live versions of “After Hours” and “Sister Ray,” Nico’s “Chelsea Girls,” and the tongue-in-cheek novelty song “The Ostrich” by The Primitives, an early band formed by Lou Reed and John Cale.

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In rotation: 8/30/21

Wheeling, WV | Nail City Record: The heartbeat of downtown Wheeling: Jon Napier began collecting vinyl records early in college. After what grew into a profound love for music, the arts and live entertainment, he and his partner opened Nail City Record in the heart of downtown Wheeling, West Virginia. Napier, a Wheeling native, graduated from West Liberty University with a B.A. in Business Administration. Afterward, he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he lived for two years. While in the Denver-Metro area, Napier found inspiration in the vibrant small business community throughout the region. With a desire to pursue entrepreneurship on his own, he moved home to start Nail City Record. Then, on Halloween of 2017, his dream turned into reality. Napier and his partner moved into one of the central office buildings downtown and reimagined the space. Coupling their love for the past, they’ve used the historic site to propel their industry into the future.

Wilmington, NC | With return of School Kids Records, is Wilmington in a golden age for vinyl? The last time anyone bought anything at School Kids Records on Kerr Avenue in Wilmington, George W. Bush was in his first term in the White House and Eminem, Missy Elliott and Puddle of Mudd were radio staples. Until Aug. 19 of this year, that is, when School Kids reopened at 1001-A Kerr Ave., just a few doors down from where the shop closed in early 2003 after 25-year run in Wilmington. On Friday, Wilmington musician and former School Kids employee Jennifer Lea Long was browsing the aisles as Eddie Todd, a former School Kids employee and now business partner, welcomed a visitor. Todd summoned fellow business partner and record collector Steve Levine, from the back. Along with Duane Ingram, who opened the original Wilmington location of School Kids Records on Dawson Street, Todd and Levine comprise the ownership triumvirate for what Todd calls “the newest, oldest record store in town,” or what Ingram calls “the biggest little record store in Wilmington.”

Floyd County, VA | Floyd County record store home to world’s largest collection of bluegrass, old time recordings: Did you know that a local record store is home to the world’s largest selection of bluegrass and old-time recordings? The County Sales record store holds the coveted title, and the shop has thousands of CDs and records to choose from — you can even find a selection of local artists. The business is run by musicians who are happy to offer guidance. “You know they can come in and say, ‘I want something with a banjo in it,’ so we’ll often point them to the local music because there is so much great music in southwest Virginia,” said Ashlee Watkins, a sales associate at the County Sales record store. It’s also been in the community for over 50 years and counting.

Peterborough, ON | Record year for record sales for Bluestreak in Peterborough, Ont. For more than 30 years, Bluestreak Records has been a musical staple in Peterborough, Ont. The vinyl shop houses tens of thousands of records, CDs and even cassette tapes. “I just love music so much,” said owner Tim Haines. “Second to live music, listening to records or CDs is fantastic. There is music for every moment or from every time in your life.” Haines said that includes navigating a pandemic and even with retail shutdowns, he has seen an increase in sales. “I’ve had my busiest year ever, even with all of those times shut down I still had an excellent year,” he said. “I think it is because everyone was staying at home and cooking and wanted to listen to records while they were cooking.” He said he has also seen an increase in vinyl popularity in the past five years. “They do sound great,” said Haines. “Maybe there is just something about a little less of everything all of the time, you can just choose a side of a record and listen to that.”

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TVD Radar: The Kooks, Inside In / Inside Out 15th anniversary reissue in stores now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In celebration of its 15th anniversary, The Kooks today unveil the long-awaited reissue of their seminal debut album Inside in / Inside Out. Repackaged for new and old fans alike, the deluxe edition features the original album remastered and thirteen previously unreleased tracks. Out today via Virgin Records/UMe, stream here.

Out today, the release is coupled with a nostalgic visual for “She Moves In Her Own Way” featuring unseen footage from the iconic music video in 2008, directed by Diane Martel (The Killers, The 1975, The White Stripes). The new video shows a fresh band from Brighton celebrating their successful debut album on the road; a wholesome time capsule that is reminiscent of an unforgettable era in pop culture for British Indie bands.

Speaking about the reissue, The Kooks say: “We’re delighted that Inside In/Inside Out has been reissued to celebrate its 15th anniversary” said Luke. “It brings back so many fond memories of our early days as a band and we can’t wait to celebrate it again on tour next year.”

Originally released in 2006, the quadruple-platinum-selling album spawns timeless hits including BRIT nominated “She Moves In Her Own Way,” “Seaside,” and the band’s top five single “Naive.” With over 1.3 billion streams on Spotify today, the unstoppable Inside In / Inside Out is a record that fizzes with the exuberance of youth and a certified staple of British indie which continues to win over new fans as its remarkable streaming figures prove. Inside In / Inside Out became an essential classic and remains so today.

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Tokyo, JP | Symphonic Distribution Partners with Qrates to Expand Vinyl Services to Full Roster of Independent Artists and Labels: Qrates, the world’s premier destination for fast, hassle-free creation, financing, distribution, discovery, and sales of vinyl records, has partnered with Symphonic Distribution, the latest leading music distributor to provide its independent artist and label clients with discounted access to Qrates’ end-to-end services, from crowdfunding through to fan fulfillment. This deal gives all of Symphonic’s clients access to vinyl creation and sales, giving them the ability to capitalize on one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing formats in the music industry today. …Because Qrates has direct relationships with pressing plants, it is able to turn around orders more quickly than other companies, with priority given to independent artists and labels. And with free warehousing in North America and the U.K., artists and labels can choose whether to have Qrates handle order processing, storage, customer support, and distribution for them.

Adelaide, AU | Clarity Records is expanding into the shop next door: Cult Hindmarsh Square record store Clarity Records is expanding into an empty bricks-and-mortar space next door, and plans on also throwing (sometimes boozy) gigs on weekends. Clarity Records is much more than just a record store. After opening on Pulteney Street in 2010 as a specialist music shop – slinging vinyl, CDs and other music merch to die-hard punk and hardcore fans – it morphed in 2015 when the business launched annual music festival A Day of Clarity. Clarity co-owners Matt (also known as Footy) and Laura Hovarth are deeply embedded within Adelaide’s underground music scene. They both run the festival, record shop and all its affiliated appendages, such as the self-titled record label that manages bands such as Hydromedusa. Unsurprisingly, in 2021, the business needed space to grow. That’s why last year Matt and Laura decided to lease the vacant 100sqm retail space next door to sell more records – now from artists spanning other musical genres such as jazz, soul and funk – and offer a space for permanent live music.

Has the pandemic created a brief blip or permanent shift in traditional media consumption? There are plenty of articles, whitepapers and reports out there that have been tracking the changes in media consumption over the past year and, perhaps inevitably, an acceleration further into certain digital channels is quite apparent. But for a while now, having read and heard various things, I’ve been musing over whether this tells the whole story. A frequently recurring theme that has been present over the past year has been one of nostalgia, and it got me wondering whether this has begun a trend toward an occasional hankering for some traditional media, or is it merely a fad; a symptom of these extraordinary times. …The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) reported in December that sales of vinyl records in the UK had reached their highest since the early 1990s. Now, this was following a trend in growth for the 13th consecutive year, but given the frequency and depth of lockdowns during this period and people’s focus on their finances in other areas, this is some achievement.

Warner Music Is Worth a Spin: Record label’s stock has lagged behind even as consumers are paying up for music. The nice thing about being Warner Music these days is that the company still does well even when listeners go old school. Streaming is now the main driver of the music business, accounting for about 83% of the industry’s $12.2 billion in U.S. revenue last year, according to data from the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA. But the industry is also seeing a strong uptick in sales of vinyl albums, which generated nearly $620 million in U.S. sales last year—up 29% from the previous year. That is the highest sales figure for the vinyl format in inflation-adjusted dollars since 1988. …But as Tim Nollen of Macquarie put it, Warner is “having it both ways” of late. Vinyl demand powered a 155% surge in physical music sales to $130 million in the company’s fiscal third quarter ended June.

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TVD Radar: The Beatles, Let It Be Special Edition Releases in stores 10/15

VIA PRESS RELEASE | This fall, The Beatles invite everyone everywhere to get back to the chart-topping 1970 album, Let It Be, with a range of beautifully presented Special Edition packages to be released worldwide on October 15 by Apple Corps Ltd./ Capitol/ UMe.

Three tracks from the newly remixed and expanded edition make their digital release debuts with today’s preorder launch: “Let It Be” (2021 Stereo Mix), “Don’t Let Me Down” (first rooftop performance), and “For You Blue” (Get Back LP Mix).

The Let It Be album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS, and Dolby Atmos. The album’s sweeping new Special Edition follows the universally acclaimed remixed and expanded anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017), The Beatles (‘White Album’) (2018), and Abbey Road (2019).

All the new Let It Be releases feature the new stereo mix of the album as guided by the original “reproduced for disc” version by Phil Spector and sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance eight-track tapes. The physical and digital Super Deluxe collections also feature 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four-track “Let It Be” EP, and the never before released 14-track Get Back stereo LP mix compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969.

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