Category Archives: A morning mix of news for the vinyl inclined

In rotation: 6/2/23

Lockhart, TX | Plum Creek Records & Tapes new for musical finds in Lockhart: Everything from $1 used albums to rare finds priced much higher, Plum Creek Records & Tapes hopes to hit touch the musical hearts of Lockhart. The store, owned by Max Yancy and Grace Reyer, had a soft opening for much of May but is bustling now with a full slate of material in its cozy business. Customers were seen on a recent day thumbing through the variety of albums PCR&T has obtained, some through co-op agreements with Antone’s Record Shop in Austin as well as consignment through local collectors. Plum Creek Records & Tapes will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and Friday from 1-6 p.m. The store will offer new and used albums, with its focus to stock local artists such as RF Shannon, Chazz and Emile Bessette, Rattlesnake Milk, Jane Leo, and others.

Loves Park, IL | After Losing Everything In A Fire, CD Source Is Set To Open In A New Space In Loves Park: Before he decided to rebuild both his business and his extensive collection of CDs and records, Brian Bowman took time to grieve the loss of a shop he had grown over more than a quarter century. CD Source, located inside the former Park Theatre at 5723 N. Second St., was destroyed in an electrical fire last September. Then it was demolished and cleared away because of safety and nuisance concerns. “It’s not a person, obviously, but I went through the same sort of stages,” Bowman said. Now Bowman is on the cusp of a new stage. He’s preparing to reopen CD Source in a new location at 5704 N. Second St., just across the street from the shop he ran for years after moving from downtown Rockford. The new site will open at 11 a.m. Monday. …He said rebuilding the original store would have been too expensive, but they found a fitting location across the street that could be remodeled.

Chicago, IL | Wild Prairie Vinyl & Vintage is closing in June: Gossip Wolf has been fond of Wild Prairie Vinyl & Vintage since it opened in KStarke’s old spot at 1109 N. Western in late 2017, so it’s no fun to report that co-owners Natasha Rac and Alex Gonzales will permanently close Wild Prairie on Sunday, June 11. Gonzales says the couple have been feeling burned out and talking about closing up for a while. “We just had to tear the Band-Aid off,” he says. “It’s our decision. It’s not about money—it’s time to move on.” Rac and Gonzales have been selling off their vintage stock to local shops, and they’re in talks with several record stores about buying their inventory of 25,000 records. Depending on how those deals shake out, Wild Prairie may hold closing sales, and Gonzales says they’ll host a farewell party. “We’re trying to figure out everything right now,” he says. “It’s literally a day-to-day operation.”

Port Orchard, WA | Record store takes a spin in downtown PO: Of all the collections accumulated by one of Port Orchard’s newest business owners, none brought more of a smile to the face of Julian Maltby than his extensive assortment of vinyl records. It’s a passion that he grew up with in the walls of a record store operated by his father. As his passion grew for the dated music format, the music industry rediscovered vinyl as a viable product. Today, vinyl continues to thrive in an entertainment economy that left it for dead just a few decades earlier. “There’s lots of interest for vinyl coming back up for years and years,” he said. “As of 2022, according to NPR, it took over all of the media sales, physical sales in the industry.” The rise in popularity, along with a continued love for music, motivated Maltby to start a new venture as a business owner. By the end of June, C-Side Records is expected to open in downtown Port Orchard.

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In rotation: 6/1/23

Memphis, TN | Memphis Record Pressing becomes largest vinyl record manufacturer: Last month Memphis Record Pressing, already one of the biggest players in the fast-growing vinyl record pressing industry, held a pair of ribbon cuttings to commemorate the completion of a $30 million expansion that positions the eight-year-old company as the largest vinyl record manufacturer by volume in North America. On April 13, the mayor of Bartlett, Tennessee, the Memphis suburb that Memphis Record Pressing has called home since its 2014 founding, joined company co-founders, CEO Brandon Seavers and COO Mark Yoshida, and other dignitaries to cut the ribbon on MRP’s $21.3 million expansion of its pressing plant. A week later on April 20th, Bar-Kays bassist James Alexander and Moneybagg Yo producer Ari Morris were among the guests who helped christen MRP’s new $7.5 million packaging and shipping hub at 7625 Appling Center Dr. The ribbon cuttings cap a growth phase that saw MRP triple its physical footprint and staff.

Wales, UK | Blackwood record shop owner charts Welsh music history: The owner of a record store in Blackwood has amassed a musical history of Wales with a Gallery of Welsh Greats forming part of his 17,000+ vinyl selection. Heart of the Valleys record shop owner Alun Kent is much more than a vinyl collector and enthusiast. The self-styled ”trusted custodian of rare recordings by Welsh bands and singers” says he is providing a unique international service for vinyl collectors to fill gaps in their personal collections. Mr Kent’s Heart of the Valleys record shop in Blackwood is a treasure trove of rare and iconic records going back to the early 1960s. In total, Alun’s collection exceeds 17,000 vinyl records from R&B, soul, Motown, rock, heavy metal to Northern soul and jazz. In total, Alun’s collection exceeds 17,000 vinyl records from R&B, soul, Motown, rock, heavy metal to Northern soul and jazz.

Moncton, CA | Moncton store offers a trip back in time: From gum ball machines, to arcade classics, to rows of vinyl’s and videos, Spin-It Records & Video helps turn an everyday shopping experience into a trip back in time. “I just took my childhood bedroom and I threw it into a store and hoped for the best,” said owner Patrick Parisè. The main differences between his childhood room and his store is the number of arcade games and the size. …“I’m a stubborn kind of fella and I have young children and I want them to grow up in a world where video stores exist because it was such a huge part of my childhood – going to the video store on a Friday night, smells like popcorn when you walk in, talk to the clerk, talk to the other patrons about movies that they’ve watched lately and they’ll recommend stuff to you,” he said. “Just the whole experience of it that with streaming services doesn’t exist.”

Regina, CA | Friends, customers reflect on legacy of beloved Regina X-Ray Records owner Dave Kuzenko: CJTR community radio co-founder and vinyl expert died on May 25. It’s been a hard week for Regina’s music scene as it mourns the loss of longtime local record store owner Dave Kuzenko. Kuzenko was well-known in the Queen City as owner of X-Ray Records downtown. He was also a long-running columnist at CBC Saskatchewan and co-founded the community radio station 91.3 FM CJTR. His daughters Ivy and Anastasia Kuzenko confirmed his death in an Instagram post Friday. “We are so heartbroken to share the news of Dave’s sudden and unexpected passing in hospital,” the post reads. “His family was by his side, and he went gently and with humour as was his nature. This community and the friendships you shared meant the world to him, and we know how much he meant to the music community in Regina. Our dad will be deeply missed and loved forever.”

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In rotation: 5/31/23

Montreal, CA | The 5 Best Record Stores In Montreal To Get Your Vinyl Fix: Relax To Some Sweet Tunes At The Best Montreal Record Stores. Immerse yourself in Montreal’s vibrant music scene at some of the best record stores in Montreal. Discover where you can relax to sweet tunes and explore a world of musical treasures. From vintage vinyl to contemporary releases, these record stores offer a diverse selection of genres and a haven for music enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking rare finds, local artists, or international hits, these stores provide a unique and immersive experience that celebrates the beauty of physical music. So, let’s take a leisurely stroll through Montreal’s record stores and let the music transport you to new sonic landscapes.

Lanarkshire, UK | Music fan turns hobby into business by opening new record store: Callum Taylor, from Newmains, has launched Manse Road Music with his dad Robert and the new store has quickly become a firm favourite with locals enjoying the large selection of records old and new on offer. A Lanarkshire music fan has put his love of music and art into practice by opening a record store. Callum Taylor, from Newmains, has launched Manse Road Music with his dad Robert and the new store has quickly become a firm favourite, with locals enjoying the large selection of records old and new. And Callum’s girlfriend Jasmin Reid has been delighted with the success of the store in such a short time. “The store is filled with records, CDs, a jukebox and amazing artwork done by Callum. It’s become a hub for creativity and also for the older generation to reminisce. “He has had a visit from the local MSP and the feedback from local people has been amazing.”

Brighton, UK | Vinyl shops and independent venues: Plan a musical weekend in Brighton: …The Record Album, situated on Terminus Road just a few steps from Brighton Train Station, is, for me and many others, the best record shop in the city and, quite possibly, the country. The historic musical Mecca first opened in 1940, not long after the advent of recorded music. The shop’s founder, George Ginn, ran the business for nearly 80 years until his retirement in 2018, so the place is rich in familial fibre. The place is compact but holds cases upon cases of highly collectable records, ranging from rare first pressings to film soundtrack classics. One record shop won’t cut the mustard if you’re a serious music lover. Worry not, as you leave The Record Album and head back towards the station, if you take Trafalgar Street east, you find yourself on the fringes of the North Laine. On Trafalgar Street, you’ll find The Wax Factor and Rarekind Records, while further south on Sydney Street lies Across the Tracks on the corner. So fill your boots!

Perth, AU | Perth’s best record stores: Wax on, wax off with the best record stores in Perth. Dada Records: One of Perth’s – if not Australia’s – longest running independent record stores, entering Dada’s is like walking into a slice of history. Operating since 1971, and in its current CBD location since the 80’s, Dada’s has remained unchanged for decades – including Rob sitting behind the counter. Except, of course, for the constant influx of new stock. Boasting one of the southern hemisphere’s largest record collections, with both new releases and second hand vinyl, you’ll leave with your arms full of old favourites as well as new discoveries. The Record Finder: Speaking of crate digging… the crate digger’s mecca might just be The Record Finder. Another long-established vinyl dealer that’s been operating since 1966, this is where to get that hard-to-find vintage title or browse their collection of second hand cassettes. You might pay a premium, but for a one-of-a-kind find, it’ll be worth it.

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In rotation: 5/30/23

Cork, IE | Popular Cork vintage clothing and vinyl store to close. Records & Relics near UCC has been in business on Lancaster Quay for the last ten years. The vintage clothing and vinyl record store has been popular among sustainable fashion and music collector fans. In a statement online, owners Colin and Eilis said they have enjoyed every moment of the past decade: “We’ve met the most beautiful of people, formed great friendships and leaving Cork will leave an empty hole that will be hard to fill, but we are moving on with a new business in County Roscommon and this is a time of celebration. The last day of trading is next Saturday, 3rd June. We will of course have a Sale to say goodbye. Thanks for all the wonderful memories you beautiful people”

Hagerstown, MD | Maryland’s largest record store gearing up for live performances on site: If you’re into music, you are in luck. Hub City Vinyl, which boasts being Maryland’s largest record store, has been a popular destination for purchases. Now, a live music venue is in the works. “It will be something like Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.,” said Sheree Thoburn, “where the point of it is to listen to the music artists, but not quite as formal as a venue like Maryland Theatre.” Sheree owns Hub City Vinyl with her husband, Lloyd Thoburn. The business, which started as an antique shop three years ago, shifted its focus exclusively to music, evolving into a place for all music lovers. “Our younger audience is into pop music, alternative rock,” said Sheree Thoburn, who owns Hub City Vinyl with her husband, Lloyd. “We have metal fans, fans of the blues and country.” “We have CD’s, cassettes, 8-tracks,” said Lloyd Thoburn. “You can get posters here, band shirts, all kinds of music memorabilia.”

Philadelphia, PA | Courtesy Of CD Bob, Philadelphia’s Cratediggaz Keeps The Wax Flowing: …Cratediggaz Records has been around for a short time but has already embedded itself into Philly’s hip-hop culture. From hosting some of the coolest events in the city to carefully curating the selection with rare and exclusive vinyl releases across the history of hip-hop and beyond, Cratediggaz made a name for itself quickly. Glide had the pleasure of sitting down with Robert Fisk, or CD Bob if you know him well enough. He discussed some of the recent events that went down at Cratediggaz along with giving us a look into his personal record collection and his plans for 2023.

Newtown, PA | Owner of Newtown Book & Record Exchange Gets Vinyl Treatment for Her Musical Project: Dirty Dollhouse, the retro-pop project of Bucks County’s Chelsea Mitchell, will see two of its albums reissued as a combined release on vinyl, writes John Vettese for WXPN. Mitchell is a singer, songwriter, and record store proprietor. While her band took a break from recording once she acquired Newtown Book and Record Exchange, they have remained active on stage. …This week brought the news that the band’s two most recent releases are being picked up by the North American reissue label Renaissance Records. The albums in question are “Queen Coyote”, which was released in 2018, and “Vinyl Child”, released in 2017. Renaissance Records resurfaces vinyl and CD editions of classics over the years. Artists whose albums the label has published include Pentangle, Claire Hamill, Split Enz, and many more.

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In rotation: 5/26/23

Cincinnati, OH | Cincinnati’s longest running record store to close next month: Cincinnati’s longest running record store is closing after decades of business. After 49 years, owners of Mole’s Record Exchange announced they will be closing the brick and mortar store with a party on June 3. Dean Newman, who has been the owner since 1990, shared more details of the news in a post online looking back on the history of the city’s longest running record store. The store first opened in 1974. In the post, owners shared that the university’s ongoing expansion is forcing the store to close at this time. “It’s bittersweet, the way we are ending. The building was bought with new exciting developments on the street. It’s been the toughest decision of my life. Bigger than when I purchased Mole’s,” Newman said in the post.

Bloomington, IN | Rewind Records Grand Opening This Saturday: On May 27th, Rewind Records will be hosting a Grand Opening event at their new space (Suite 105, next to The Briar and the Burley) in the Fountain Square Mall, Downtown Bloomington to celebrate their new location and the release of Jyra’s new record, “Castle in the Air.” …Rewind Records is a Bloomington-based record store that specializes in local music. The new storefront inside the Fountain Square Mall will be open 10:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and will offer a highly-curated collection of the best albums from all genres and decades in used physical format; including CDs, vinyl records, and cassettes. “We aim to provide a platform for local artists by showcasing their music in the store, releasing local albums in our game-changing, available on-demand, patented Premium CD sleeves which will allow us to revive decades of Bloomington’s music that has never been released in physical format or is out of print.”

Arlington, MA | ‘Final vinyl’ sale a record success; patrons get vintage LPs, library reaps revenue: The Community Room at Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave., was the place to be Saturday, May 20, for the “Final Vinyl” event. It lasted six hours, during which all of the library’s estimated 2,000 to 3,000 LPs were offered up for sale starting at $3 each, or, for the real bargain hunter, two for $5. Thanks to Director of Libraries Anna Litten and the library’s booster club, the nonprofit Friends of the Robbins Library, the cozy basement space resembled a mom-and-pop-type record shop that a music customer might have visited in the 1980s or even earlier. The atmosphere was festive. A hit song from six decades ago, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” by ’60s pop chanteuse Eydie Gormé, played from a small turntable on one side of the room, even prompting some Friends volunteers to dance.

Janet Jackson To Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of ‘janet.’ With CD & Vinyl Deluxe Editions: Days after celebrating her 57th birthday recently, Janet Jackson had another reason to pop champagne and throw confetti thanks to her fifth album janet. hitting a milestone. Originally released on May 18th, 1993, the bonafide classic that brought us the hits “If,” “Again” and “Any Time, Any Place,” to name a few, turned the big 3-0. Miss Jackson may be busy wowing audiences across North America on her Together Again Tour, but she made sure to show some 30th-anniversary love to her treasured self-titled album with the news that deluxe editions of janet. are finally on the way. For such a big anniversary for a damn-near-perfect album, Janet’s announcement was pretty low-key. She simply posted a carousel of images from the janet. era on her socials with a straightforward caption. “It’s the 30th Anniversary of the janet. album! To celebrate, special 3LP & 2CD Deluxe Editions of the album are available on #janet30,” was all that she wrote.

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In rotation: 5/25/23

Brooklyn, NY | A Guide to the Best Brooklyn Record Stores: Brooklyn record stores are keeping analog sound accessible, affordable, and occasionally paired with a solid cut or pour of espresso. Unlike neighboring boroughs, Brooklyn is not short on vinyl suppliers. One could even say, Brooklyn record stores are doing the heavy lifting of keeping the exchange alive in a former Mecca for vinyl collectors and general hobbyists. But as NYC rents continue a perpetual decades-long ascent, their ranks have thinned. And we’ve suffered some pretty crushing casualties along the way (R.I.P. Israel’s, Charlie’s, and a dozen more.) Make no mistake, though. What remains of Brooklyn’s vinyl traders is an embarrassment of breadth compared to what’s left of Manhattan’s once-prized roster, which has been whittled down to just a handful of shops over the last 15 years. Those that endured have either deepened their niches, locked in a market-defying lease, or, against the odds, managed to come up with some combination of both.

Sonoma, CA | Behind the Business: From yard sales to Jack’s Record Store: Behind the Business: Jack Allan goes to garage, yard and estate sales to hunt for vintage vinyl treasure, which he sells on his online shop. You may have seen Jack Allan at a local estate, yard or garage sale. When he arrives, hopefully early, he heads straight for the records. Sometimes they’re valuable, other times they are nearly worthless, but that’s the nature of treasure hunts. …Allan grew up in Norwich, England, a town that — despite having a population of just under 150,000 — had seven quality record stores when he was a teenager. He bought his first vinyl album at 14. After abandoning all but 40 records in the move, Allan built back his collection, with around 1,500 albums stacked in boxes and tucked in cabinets in his Boyes Hot Springs home — the unofficial warehouse of Jack’s Record Store, his online business for secondhand vinyl.

CD Baby Announces It Will No Longer Distribute CDs and Vinyl: Portland, Oregon-based independent music distributor CD Baby has announced that it will no longer warehouse, ship, or distribute CDs, vinyl, cassette tapes, or DVDs to Amazon or music wholesaler Alliance in an email newsletter to customers. Its warehouse will close and customers will have 60 days to pay for their inventory to be returned before it will be recycled. The company says “digital distribution to places like Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music” will continue. At the time of publication, the CD Baby website still advertised distribution services for physical products. When CD Baby, Inc. was founded by Derek Sivers in 1998 in Woodstock, NY, it was one of the first internet-based retailers that focused on selling CDs for independent artists. In addition to their web store, CD Baby distributed CDs, vinyl, and cassette tapes, to more than 15,000 brick-and-mortar stores.

Odessa, TX | Odessa icon Endless Horizons moving after 48 years: Odessa icon will continue offering the same unique vibe it always has. Tom Logan loved the Beatles and the Grateful Dead and grew up dreaming of opening his own record store, his son, Sam, said. “He was living in Arlington selling pots and pans door-to-door and he had the idea to open up a record store. He had narrowed it down between Austin or Odessa and he chose Odessa and moved down here in February of ‘75 and then opened the shop in July,” Logan said. He has no idea why his dad settled on Odessa, but he remembers the building on Grant Avenue near University Boulevard used to be a hamburger joint in the ’50s and ’60s. He also remembers being told his dad thought up the name of the store while on the long drive from Arlington to Odessa.

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In rotation: 5/24/23

Cincinnati, OH | Cincinnati’s Oldest Record Store, Mole’s Record Exchange, is Closing: The record store will close permanently on June 3, just shy of its 49th anniversary. A Clifton store that’s been selling music and providing happy memories for many since 1974 is shutting its doors for good next month. On Facebook, Mole’s Record Exchange, Cincinnati’s oldest record store, said it will be closing permanently on June 3, just shy of its 49th anniversary. “We are confirming the rumors…. Mole’s Records (& CD Exchange) will be closing after nearly 49 years,” the business wrote on May 19. “RIP Mole’s as we’ll be giving up our title of Cincinnati’s Longest Playing Record Store. The Time’s they have a-changed.” In a blog post, Mole’s Record Exchange employee Ric Hickey explained the closing is due to the University of Cincinnati’s expansion onto Calhoun Street where the record store currently sits. Owner Dean Newman reportedly found out the building next to his had already been sold and a large construction project was set to take place there over the next few years.

Grand Rapids, MI | Former pharmacist follows dream, opens record shop in Eastown: ‘Surreal.’ There’s a record shop opening on Wealthy Street this Friday, and the story behind it makes it that much more unique. A new shop is opening Friday, filling a hole in the Eastown community and fulfilling a lifelong dream for one Grand Rapids man. “It’s surreal, I would say that,” said Kevin Romanyk. Romanyk was a pharmacist for 30 years. “For me, it was a very rewarding career,” he said. “I helped a lot of people of which I’m very, very grateful for.” He recently decided to call it a career, and shift to somewhat of a passion project. He says he’s always been a music person. “It’s the one kind of hobby and passion that just always followed me through life,” Romanyk explained. “I just really gravitated to music had a love for music.” He believes music is a powerful thing. “Music creates the soundtrack of our lives,” he said. “It’s true that a melody can bring back a memory.”

Wivenhoe, UK | Wivenhoe musician and producer open brand new record shop: A record shop managed by a musician and a producer has opened its door to music lovers in Wivenhoe. Red Rocket Music is an independent record shop on Jolliffe’s Yard in Wivenhoe. The record shop is owned and managed by musician and artist Fiona Harmon and music producer R0 Bradley. Residents can buy a range of vinyl, music prints, gifts, vintage goods, books, music gear, merch and more, both in-store and online. They also offer bespoke services from music production, podcast recording, graphic design, branding and more. We support and are proud to be part of the vibrant Colchester music scene. The owner of the record shop and music producer, Bradley, said: “My business partner Fiona, a musician from Wivenhoe, has been doing music for over 40 years. “She’s a lover and collector of records and when the unit became available, we took a chance to create a music hub for aspiring artists in the area.”

Forest, VA | Twice Records to celebrate new Forest store with a ribbon cutting, giveaways: Twice Records is bringing the beat to the Forest music community. They will celebrate their new store with a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, June 2 at 5 p.m. The newly renovated store is located in Suite 106 at 14805 Forest Road in Forest. The store is filled with colorful posters of musicians, records, and even CDs of all genres and styles for all ages. The celebration will have both t-shirt and gift certificate giveaways and a DJ. “We are bringing fun and records back to Forest Virginia! Come in and BUY!!! See you on the flip side,” Owner, Spyros Theodorides said. The Central Virginia Business Coalition is hosting the ribbon-cutting.

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In rotation: 5/23/23

London, ON | Dream of owning a record shop? This owner is looking for his successor: Robert Charles-Dunne has been dealing in vinyl for more than 2 decades. Robert Charles-Dunne has sourced and sold the coolest, the newest and the most prized vinyl to countless Ontario music lovers for the last 23 years. Now, the owner of the Village Idiot in London, Ont., says it’s time to hang up the 45s and retire. The trouble is, Charles-Dunne wants to find a successor who loves the business and the music as much as he does. “When somebody comes up with a record in their hands and they’re kind of trembling a bit and saying, ‘Do you know how long I’ve been looking for this?’ There’s nothing sweeter,” Charles-Dunne said. His store isn’t big. In fact, it’s squeezed into a corner building behind a restaurant and a massage therapy clinic in the south-end of the city. But it’s a fixture and because of another, fictional record store, it earned a reputation with Canadians…

Huntsville, AL | This new Huntsville record store is small but awesome: Black Rose Records’ first day open was April 22, but owner Sean Hale has been working towards having his own store for at least 10 years. Whenever Hale, a longtime vinyl collector and a Florida native, would find a good deal on a cool record he’d buy it even if he already had a copy. For a while, he sold vinyl online via eBay and Discogs. Along the way, Hale got experience working at Gainesville’s Arrow’s Aim Records. In 2020, Hale and his wife, Sarah Carey, relocated to Huntsville after Carey, a genomicist, got a job at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. At first, Hale worked at Gold Sprint Coffee. Looking to open a record store, Hale considered retail space in Five Points, but it was way overbudget there. Then a space opened up at Village Center, a U-shaped strip mall at 7914 Memorial Parkway S.W. in South Huntsville. Village Center was already home to a nifty array of local businesses

Arlington, MA | Robbins Library in Arlington to begin selling vinyl records: Who doesn’t love a good record? The Robbins Library in Arlington has 3-thousand vinyl records for sale. It’s an eclectic mix, to say the least. Lovingly borrowed and returned to the Robbins Library in Arlington for decades, more than 3,000 vinyl albums are going on sale this weekend. “Over the years, as the rise of CDs came about, our vinyl collection got moved into storage. We needed. We only have so much room in the library for everything,” says Assistant library director Amanda Troha says it’s part of the natural evolution of the library. Jazz, classical, pop, and everything in between, volunteers with the Friends of the Library unboxed, cleaned, and priced each of the albums. “I think I think it took six evenings for three people and we gradually went through all of them,” says Andrew Fischer, one of the friends of the Library. There were some surprising finds, including the box sets of Keith Jarrett. Ten records in one box.

Bury, UK | The new Elvis-obsessed record shop on Bury Market selling old-school rock and indie favourites: A new record shop has opened on Bury Market selling old-school indie favourites – but according to its owners, nothing they have sells better than Elvis. The brilliantly-named Off The Record has been a fixture at the market for several years, first popping up as a stall in the market’s open area before moving into its very own permanent shop front earlier this year. Owners Bobby Horrocks and Angie Bessaad have a passion for music themselves and spend their free time scouring car boots and charity shops to build up their collection of 7, 10 and 12″ records. They also buy collections of records from others and tell us they often have people come into the store to do just that. In boxes at the front of the shop, you can pick up 7″ singles for as little as £1 each, whilst inside there are rows on rows of boxes housing albums for £6 a pop. Elsewhere, a vintage-looking old radiogram and radio set are tucked into a corner, surrounded by stacks of records on all sides, a landline, and a CD and tape casette player.

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In rotation: 5/22/23

White Bear Lake, MN | Records for peace benefits war-torn Ukraine: When Chris Valenty spotted colorful notecards made by a Ukrainian artist at the White Bear Center for the Arts, it touched something deep. The White Bear Record Store co-owner is sympathetic to the plight of Ukrainians in their war with Russia and knew he wanted and needed to do something to help. So Valenty contacted the artist, Diana Smyk, who was living in the Lviv region of Ukraine at the time, and asked if she’d provide the artwork for a flyer promoting the store’s upcoming fundraiser. Smyk agreed and suggested he contact her sponsor, Caroline Cardozo, who happens to live in White Bear Lake. Cardozo, a well-traveled humanitarian and artist herself, was the one who made the cards featuring Smyk’s art. She learned of the young artist last September while on a personal mission to bring clothing, food and medicine to Ukrainian refugees living with very little just across the border with Poland.

Dublin, IE | HMV takes another spin on Dublin’s high street seven years after closing: Music retailer to return with a new flagship store on Henry Street, as record store looks to take advantage of vinyl revival. HMV’s rollercoaster ride in Irish retail will restart this summer with new owners hoping it is a case of third time lucky. The music retailer is opening a flagship store in Dublin city centre where two previous incarnations faltered in the face of rapidly changing consumer habits. HMV are optimistic there is life in the old dog listening to his master’s gramophone yet as it returns to the Henry Street it disappeared from for what most people might have thought was the last time in 2016. But just as vinyl records, for generations HMV’s bread and butter, have proved resilient – outselling CDs globally for the first time in 35 years in 2022 – some record stores have avoided being swamped by the digital wave in recent years. HMV is hoping to join them.

Alexandria, VA | Crooked Beat Records to reopen in new Del Ray location in June: Crooked Beat Records will reopen in Del Ray in the first week in June, owner Bill Daly tells ALXnow. The record shop closed at 802 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town on April 29, a week after Record Store Day. Daly signed a five-year lease for the 1,200-square-foot basement in 2417 Mount Vernon Avenue — in the same building that houses Cheesetique, the Del Ray School Of Music and Piece Out Del Ray. “We’re looking forward to reopening,” Daly said. “We’re getting there, but it’s a huge move. There’s a lot of stuff. We were hoping to open on Memorial Day weekend, but it’s likely to be the first week in June.” Daly said he got more than enough volunteers to help with the move, which he says is 90% complete. The new store is about 200 square feet bigger than the Old Town location, and Daly said the new space will be used to sell more used records. Incidentally, the store isn’t buying used records at the moment—Daly just bought 6,000-to-8,000 old records from estate sales.

Derbyshire, UK | What’s in my shop: We take a look inside popular Chesterfield music shop Tallbird Records: Tallbird Records, on Chesterfield’s Soresby Street, is a haven for music lovers and vinyl junkies. Run by Maria Harris, the shop opened in 2013 and will celebrate it’s tenth birthday in October, with the very first item sold being a second-hand vinyl copy of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.” Maria said: “I took this as a good omen – the people of Chesterfield obviously have great taste in music!” Today, the most popular items sold at the store are recordings by the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift. Maria added: “We take great pride in offering a friendly, approachable and knowledgeable service, together with a carefully chosen range of the best new releases and most sought-after second-hand titles and collectables at reasonable prices. And, if it’s not already in stock we will always do our best to find you a copy of the title you’re looking for.”

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In rotation: 5/19/23

Brighton, UK | Bella Union moves to new store location in Brighton: A long-standing record store has moved to a new location in the city. Bella Union opened in Brighton’s Ship Street Gardens seven years ago but can now be found in Church Street. Record Store Day celebrations were held at the new store on April 22 before a short period of closure ahead of the official launch on May 3. Since then, music fans have flocked to Bella Union to have a rummage through the latest releases. “There was a lot of trouble and antisocial behaviour in the areas around our old store, and it got to the point where our staff didn’t feel safe,” said store owner Simon Raymonde. “We’re in such a good position now and the atmosphere is totally different. It’s so nice and airy in the new place and we’ve got a lot more passing trade being so close to the train station. We weren’t sure if it was the right move. You can never tell until you do it. But we can say now that we definitely made the right move.”

Harrogate, UK | A-ha’s sound man opens record shop and bar in Harrogate: A sound engineer who has worked for some of the biggest names in pop has opened a vinyl coffee house and bar in Harrogate. Dave Swallow’s CV includes stints with Amy Winehouse, Erasure and James, and he still routinely joins Norwegian mega-band A-ha on tour. But he’s launched a new venture that brings his love of music to the town he now calls home. AAA (pronounced triple-A) on Cold Bath Road is currently operating as a coffee house, open from 9 to 5pm, but a temporary license over the spring bank holiday weekend will see it function as the bar it is meant to be, open till 11pm. From early July, when it receives its full alcohol license, AAA will be a coffee house and bar that also sells vinyl records and clothes from another of Dave’s ventures, clothing brand Audio Architect Apparel.

Columbus, OH | Columbus Shopping Guide: Five Local Record Stores to Meet Music Lovers’ Vinyl Needs: A lifelong crate-digger shares his favorite haunts in the city. Record stores are different from other ports of commerce. Just like your vinyl collection, each joint is uniquely curated, and just like a museum, what you see depends on who’s in charge and what they can access. Though personal vinyl needs vary, you can probably find what you’re looking for at these five local stores. All should be in your rotation. Spoonful Records (144 E. State St., Downtown) You can buy records here, but if you need a turntable, this spot is the place. Owner Brett Ruland walks you through everything you need to know and will even balance it for you. You may need to get speakers somewhere else, depending on stock…

Princeton, NJ | Popular Independent Princeton Record Exchange Offers 1,000s of CDs, LPs, DVDs in Every Category: When you come to the Princeton Record Exchange, don’t be in a hurry. Plan to spend some time. It is totally intriguing! Filled with thousands of CDs, LPs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and more, it offers every category of music, from rock and jazz to classical and country to blues and soul, rap and hip-hop, movie soundtracks, shows, and more. More than 100,000 titles in stock! This is a special place. …The New York Times is quoted as saying, “Customers come from as far away as Scotland and Japan or as close as around the corner.” In this age of online shopping and digital messaging in every way, Princeton Record Exchange (known informally as PREX) is a bricks and mortar, walk-in store. Customers can browse, find something special for their collection, and share information with each other.

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In rotation: 5/18/23

New York, NY | The Music Lover’s Guide to NYC: The best record stores, venues and musical landmarks you’ll find in the five boroughs. New York City — ever heard of it? There is no genre of popular music that hasn’t been touched by the Big Apple, so designing a “Music Lover’s Guide” to the place might feel like a fool’s errand. But here in New York, we’re not afraid of a challenge. Below, you’ll find a collection of record stores, landmarks, venues and miscellanea for the rap fan, the tortured punk, the classic rock aficionado, the techno raver, the future reggaetonero and more. And you’ll only be scratching the surface of what New York City’s rich sonic culture has to offer. Some people spend a lifetime in this town trying to take in all of its music magic — but you’ve got to start somewhere. And frankly, this list is a lot more involved than some of the AI-generated takes you might’ve come across. So, without further ado, this is NYC: for music fans.

Bowling Green, OH | Last waltz for Finders Records in BG: The record store business is fun and the dedicated employees at Finders Records are reluctant to move on, but owner Greg Halamay is rolling things back another step in an effort to sell the downtown business. The store isn’t closing, but on May 22 the schedule is getting reduced to opening only on Saturdays, from noon-6 p.m. “That’s the wonderful thing about my staff, they aren’t working for paycheck. They are working because they enjoy the business,” Halamay said. “They were working for the thrill of working here at Finders. Everybody was having fun. As was my entire 52 years career. Obviously we all work for a paycheck, but they work for the fun of being in the music business, around music.” With brick and mortar sales back open now for two years, since the pandemic shutdown, Finders Records is humming along nicely again, but it’s time for selling the business and Halamay’s retirement.

Cleveland, OH | Getting to know Shepard Records, an evolving Cudell neighborhood destination: The cheerful sign for Shepard Records is painted in crisp, red-and-green retro script across the window of a former storefront church. Bookended by Good Earth Farm to the right and the cute Imprint Arts Collective to the left, the historic and well-preserved building at 9712 Madison Ave. in the Cudell neighborhood caught my eye when I was perusing the area with a buddy last fall. “Wow, check it out! It looks like an independent record store! …We pulled the car over and peered in with curiosity at the store window, cupping our hands from the glare. It was bright out, and inside you could barely make out some very tempting-looking bins of vinyl records begging to be spun, a stage in the back that must have had a pulpit at one time, and several of the band posters that my old college radio station had sported in their digs in the 90s. Taking note of the hours, we made plans to return.

San Antonio, TX | Needle Noise Record Store opens brick-and-mortar shop in San Antonio’s Deco District: The shop, previously located at Traders Village, will hold its grand opening this Saturday. Listen up, record collectors — there’s a new vinyl shop on the scene in San Antonio. Needle Noise Record Store will make its debut in the heart of the Deco District this weekend. After selling records on the weekends at Traders Village for the past two-and-half years, Raul and Patricia Perez have decided to open a brick-and-mortar shop at 1627 Fredericksburg Road. …Raul Perez, who also owns and operates Next Day Custom Tees on South Presa Street, said his experience in the local music scene and love of vinyl inspired him to pursue the venture. “Being in local bands and growing up going to shows at the DMZ, Showcase and White Rabbit, collecting records was something that stayed with me well after those days and I now do with my kids…”

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In rotation: 5/17/23

Coventry, UK | Date confirmed when new independent record shop opens in Nuneaton town centre: It will be the first in town for many years. A date has been confirmed when a new independent record shop will open in Nuneaton town centre. Music is the Answer will be based in a unit within Barley House on Queens Road, opposite McDonalds. It is the brainchild of John Fitzgerald and is the third in his independent chain. He announced on social media that Music is the Answer, which will be in one of the units based down the side alleyway, an area that also plays home to Board Game Bunker, will open its doors on Saturday, May 20. …He has documented his move to Nuneaton on his YouTube channel, Brum Reseller, and on it the former cabbie explained that the new shop will have almost 60 records on the wall alone. That is on top of the units filled with records, which will be everything from dance to rock. “There will be hundreds if not thousands of records…”

Oshawa, CA | Kops Records – Oshawa’s home for vinyl records – moves to new digs downtown: Oshawa IS the Music City in Durham Region and King Street East is the epicentre, with two major venues in the Biltmore and Regent theatres across the street from each other, another major space likely opening this summer immediately to the north on Bond Street in the Music Hall, and plenty of bars and restaurants around to complete the picture. The Atria, a home for emerging talent for decades, is on the block and the 6,000-seat Tribute Communities Centre for the major acts is just a block away as well. Now you can add Kops Records to that mix after the record store, a fixture at Simcoe and John streets south of downtown since 2015, moved into new digs at 34 King St. E on May 6. The reason Kops Records moved is simple enough (and relatable to a million other businesses): the lease was up and so too would be the rent.

Hexham, UK | Vinyl Attic owner brings out his own vinyl release: The owner of a Hexham vinyl record shop has released his own LP on vinyl – something which he said has always been a “dream” of his. Jamie Harwood runs the Vinyl Attic, which is housed on the top floor of the Vintage Emporium in Market Place, alongside his wife Moira. The singer-songwriter has now just brought out a self-released LP named ‘FAST TRAIN, SLOW THOUGHTS’ under the musical alias Early Maze. …”As a vinyl collector myself, it’s always been a dream of mine to have my own music out on vinyl, and I’ve finally been able to achieve it.” The LP, which is limited to just 100 copies, can be purchased in the Vinyl Attic. Jamie told the Courant he is also keen to promote independent, self-released music from other bands and musicians by stocking physical copies of either CDs or LPs in a section of the shop. He said all sales from these releases would go directly to the artists.

Kokomo, IN | Driven by vinyl, Indiana record stores make comeback: Record Store Day is like Christmas for music collectors. It’s a day when artists release special editions of their best albums, concert recordings or rare recordings. Most of the releases are on vinyl, some in different colors — greens and blues, swirled oranges and reds. Music fans begin lining up outside their record store of choice sometime in the early hours of the morning. When Goshen’s Ignition Music Garage, 120 E. Washington St., opened at 8 a.m. on April 22, over 100 people were in line. At one point, owner Julie Hershberger pushed out a television cart so those in line could watch old music videos she had recorded on video tapes. She said it was fun for the 40 people near the television. It was a smaller affair in Logansport, where 18 people waited outside The Record Farm…

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In rotation: 5/16/23

As vinyl record sales eclipse CDs, LP pressing plants are thriving: Last year, consumers bought more new vinyl records than CDs. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1987, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The LP industry is booming, but for the businesses that manufacture those records, the last few years have been a bumpy ride. The Burlington Record Plant sits in a narrow industrial building behind a bagel shop in Burlington, Vermont. Inside, a machine that dates back to the 1960s presses vinyl discs, etched with the music of a local soul-folk trio. The press makes one record every minute or so. “Truthfully, I’m… a boutique pressing plant,” said owner Justin Crowther, who’s operated this small shop since 2014. Since the vinyl boom started, Crowther said he’s turned down investment offers and orders from major record labels. That makes him something of an outlier as sales of LPs, and the number of plants making them, have exploded. “It’s great for the business,” Crowther said. “I just hope that it’s not too much too fast.”

London, UK | Phonica Records: London’s spiritual home for electronic and dance: Nestled away in the heart of the ever-bustling Soho, London is a spiritual home for fans of electronic and dance music. Phonica Records, founded by Simon Rigg, Heidi Van Den Amstel and Tom Relleen in 2003, has spent the last 20 years weathering the winds of the vinyl market, providing a space for vinyl nerds, DJs and intrepid genre explorers. Whilst the vinyl market is famously experiencing an uptake right now, 2003 posed a much more barren landscape. “It was the worst time to start a record shop. They were all closing, just as we were opening,” explains Nick Williams, assistant manager at Phonica Records. Despite the harrowing climate, Phonica set out with a dream. “The goal of Phonica is to be the number one dance specialist in the UK,” Nick states plainly. To affirm Phonica’s place in London’s musical landscape, the team immediately set about diversifying its output.

Chepstow, UK | Chepstow tortoise shop and record shop to close owner confirms: The owner of two town centre businesses says negative social media feedback is part of the reason he is closing the shops down. Ian Crosby opened Chepstow Records and the adjacent Tortoise Shop around 16 months ago. “Most people wouldn’t have dreamt of taking on the shops in that climate,” he said. Mr Crosby has “been in the pet trade for years”. While he was setting up the tortoise shop he noticed the vacant store next door. “Why not stick some records in there?” he said. He explained that he had opened his first record shop in Penarth when he was 17. Neither shop, he said, was liable for commercial rates. However, despite this, business had been hard. “Recently it’s been a struggle,” he said. “It’s a tremendous responsibility, particularly regarding live animals such as tortoises. “I don’t live in Chepstow myself and when you’re making very little turnover you question whether it’s sensible to continue. “I’m working seven days a week. Why? That’s what I’m asking myself.

Devizes, UK | Antiques and record stores open in Devizes after leaving The Shambles: A husband and wife duo have opened two new stores in a shared town centre space after relocating from The Shambles. Taylor’s Clearances, an antiques and collectibles shop run by Markus Taylor, and All About The Music, a record store owned by his wife Debz, recently opened in a single premises at Old Swan Yard, Devizes. The pair split the building down the middle and will run their respective businesses from the shared space. Both Mr and Mrs Taylor operated stalls in The Shambles market but decided to relocate into their own premises. The couple said they were excited at the prospect of welcoming both new and old customers into the shops. Mrs Taylor said: “I was quite chuffed to have the unit in The Shambles anyway and I made it my own quirky little space, but the shop just feels a little bit more professional and business-like. “It was a swiftly executed decision, we thought ‘we need to do this’ and the shop came up, so it all moved really quickly.”

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In rotation: 5/15/23

UK | Rubber Ducky Records launches fundraiser after canal boat sinks: A fundraiser has been launched after the destruction of the boat and the loss of nearly 1000 records and equipment. Rubber Ducky Records, the independent record store that was situated in a canal boat, has sunk. According to founder Myles Greenwood, the unique shop’s propeller got caught on a rug or mattress which broke the stern gland ultimately sinking the boat. Greenwood was on a mission to relocate to Manchester ahead of Record Store Day 2023. “Managed to save 3/4 boxes of records but the rest of stock & equipment was submerged. I decided not to go down with the ship but the damage is pretty bad so I don’t know when I’ll be up and running again. But don’t worry I haven’t given up,” shared Greenwood in an Instagram post. A fundraiser was created as a way to help the record shop get back on the water. Rubber Ducky Records suffered a lot of damage and lost around 1000 records and equipment including turntables and amplifiers in the process. Their current goal is £15,000 to get the shop running again.

Pueblo, CO | High Vibes Music & Zen Boutique seeks to ‘keep record stores alive in Pueblo.’ New store offers an eclectic mix of music, yoga and gifts. The former Independent Records store at 420 W. Fourth St. is being given new life thanks to a woman who developed an affinity for vinyl while working there for 13 years. Pueblo native Monica Arrieta and her wife, Kami, are saving the store for vinyl lovers and adding some new twists as they prepare to launch High Vibes Music & Zen Boutique in the coming days. Arrieta worked at Independent Records from 1990 to 2003 and said it was “a good time.” “It was before music streaming and it was bumping,” she said. “There would be lines outside of people waiting to get new releases.” …”When I heard Independent was going out of business, I hauled my cookies up to Colorado Springs to meet with the owner and see what we could do to try to keep record stores alive in Pueblo,” Arrieta explained, pointing out that Pueblo Records and Tapes also recently closed.

Oldham, UK | Oldham’s only record shop relocates into shiny new venue: A vinyl store in Saddleworth which is believed to be the borough’s only record shop has moved. Inner Space Records, which sits in the heart of Uppermill village on High Street, only opened in August 2020 – not long after the first lockdown. But ever since, it has stood as the only vinyl shop in Oldham and Tameside with pride as it offers more than new and secondhand records to browse but musical advice and suggestions from its expert shopkeepers. Owner, Brett Savage, said he felt compelled to open the vinyl store as he felt he got “a kind of musical education” from hanging around the many record shops in Ashton-under-Lyne in his youth – and didn’t want others to be starved of the experience. Brett added: “It was sad that record shops had all but disappeared, as there are none locally in Oldham nor Tameside. “One huge problem with buying online is that you don’t get to browse and you don’t get expert advice from shopkeepers. “Plus, I’ve always thought that was a distinctive ‘vibe’ in record shops.”

London, UK | HMV’s flagship Oxford Street store to reopen: The original central London HMV store is to reopen later this year after a four-year absence. The century-old music shop chain shut its flagship store in 2019 after going into administration. It was then taken over by Sunrise Records. It said the return to 363 Oxford Street was due to a “dramatic turnaround”, with HMV returning to profit in 2022. The store will have different branding and a new layout. The store, which first opened in 1921, became a world-famous presence on London’s busiest shopping street, hosting some of the biggest acts in the music business, such as the Spice Girls. In recent years, the retailer has broadened its focus to include merchandise, music technology, more live music and in-store signings, amid falling demand for DVDs and CDs. HMV said it would bring the new format, called HMV Shop, to 24 new sites and 14 existing stores by the end of 2023.

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In rotation: 4/28/23

Alliance Entertainment Announces Highest Physical Vinyl Album Sales for Record Store Day Event: Alliance Entertainment Holding Corporation, a distributor and wholesaler of the world’s largest in stock selection of music, movies, video games, electronics, arcades, and collectibles, today confirmed independent retail feedback around this past Saturday’s Record Store Day events as its biggest ever. Record Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2007 and held on one Saturday every April to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store.” The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores around the world. Each year a number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day and are exclusively distributed to record stores participating in the event. Now in its 16th year, Record Store Day has played a major role in the continued expansion and success of vinyl records across the music industry, with physical vinyl album sales in 2022 surpassing 43 million units.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Long Pond Studio Sessions’ Looks to Become First Record Store Day Exclusive to Debut in Top 10: Taylor Swift is looking at becoming the first artist to have an exclusive Record Store Day release enter the top 10 of the Billboard 200 album chart when the next results are reported this coming weekend. That’s because nearly all 75,000 domestic copies of her RSD-exclusive double-LP, “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” are believed to have sold through within a day of having gone on sale Saturday. Even though the 75,000 copies of “Long Pond Studio Sessions” issued in the U.S. was almost four times as many copies as any RSD release has been issued with before, it was no surprise that it was a hot enough commodity to sell out in a day. The 115,000 copies that went out globally are said to be the only pressing the album will ever receive. While that might be a high quantity for anybody else, it’s worth remembering that Swift’s previous album, “Midnights,” sold about 400,000 copies in its first day out—and that was without the promise that it would never be available again.

Chicago, IL | Farewell to Record Wonderland architect Pat Deasey: Record Wonderland co-owner Pat Deasey died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 22, at age 55. “He was a workhorse—you didn’t always know he was here, but he kept the place together,” says his friend Steve Young, co-owner of the store. “He was the order agent, and I’m the chaos agent.” Young met Deasey in the 1980s when they were students at Northwestern University, where they were both Evans Scholars. Young was a year ahead of Deasey, who graduated in 1990, but they roomed together and grew close. “We’ve been going to concerts together for 25 years—we went to see the Residents together a few weeks ago,” Young says. “We both came to this without retail experience.” Deasey and Young started selling records online around 2005, and in 2016 they opened a brick-and-mortar shop in suburban Roselle. “It’s a cheap space,” Young says. “We’re in a strip mall here that’s only half full. We’re a destination. People can Google ‘records’ near us and find us.”

Madison, WI | Boneset Records will close its Madison store on June 10: The record store will be relocating to Milwaukee and pivoting to an online focus. On August 21, 2022 Boneset Records—a direct successor of Atwood Avenue’s Sugar Shack Records—opened its doors at 222 North St. After June 10, 2023, those doors will be closed. …Losing Boneset’s footprint—and, by extension, Sugar Shack’s—locally will be a blow, as strong independent record stores aren’t as prevalent as they once used to be. Every time a shop closes or relocates, Madison loses a touch of its identity. But loss is critical to evolution and absence can carve out space for creation. And, in this specific instance, that impact isn’t being diminished, just moved about 80 miles east. What Denman has accomplished during her time at both Sugar Shack and with Boneset can be extended to Milwaukee and its citizens. Boneset Records will continue to be open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. On Saturday, May 27, Boneset Records and its pop-culture-memorabilia-focused neighbor store Sig’s Treasure Chest will be hosting a pop-up market.

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