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

In rotation: 9/17/21

UK | Vinyl is still winning: sales are up 94% in 2021 with $467m revenue Stateside: The humble record’s remarkable resurgence continues apace. After a largely locked-down 2020, it seems vinyl is back on course and continuing its extraordinary winning streak in 2021. The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) has just posted its mid-year music revenue report, with a key finding being that in the first half of 2021, revenues from vinyl albums grew 94 per cent to $467 million in the US. Although this comparison (ie. versus the prior year) includes the period in which retail stores were significantly impacted by Covid-19 – and Record Store Day 2020 was delayed, eventually taking the the form of three virtual RSD drops – it is certainly more evidence of the humble record’s continued resurgence. The RIAA report also found, for example, that revenues from CDs increased by just 44 per cent in the first half of 2021, to $205 million. Yes, it’s an increase on 2020, but what it really means is that revenues from our once beloved compact disc still remain 19 per cent lower than they were in the first half of 2019.

NY | Find your groove at these 12 upstate used record stores: Vinyl is back. In a very big way. Although most new releases now come out on vinyl, all of us have had those great, memorable old records in a box in our house somewhere. Those wonderful long lost musical memories from back in the day. Now used vinyl record stores are the hottest thing going. Here is a list of 12 of the best Upstate used vinyl stores where you can find those old memories once again. They won’t cost you $1.99-cents anymore, but what price can you put on your favorite old record album that you haven’t heard in years? Go and check these out! Poughkeepsie: Darkside Records: A vinyl; lovers dream. Thousands of records, CDs, and even cassettes. Remember cassettes? Give yourself plenty of time when visiting here. They even have old turntables. Lots of related items too, like rock T-shirts, posters, DVD movies, music magazines and more. A multi-winner as “Best Record Store in the Hudson Valley

Houston, TX | Memo Record Shop has one of the most eclectic Latino music collections in the country: Guillermo “Memo” Villarreal grew up with a love for music and has spent more than 50 years sharing his incredible collection with the city of Houston. Memo opened his record shop in 1968, selling music you couldn’t find anywhere else in the city. He’s seen the music industry move from records to 8-tracks to cassette tapes to CDs. The types of music have also grown. Customers can now find mariachi, conjunto, Caribbean, salsa, merengue, Tejano and much more in the aisles of the store. Memo Record Shop #1 also has a vast collection of Latin movies. “If we don’t have it, it doesn’t exist anymore,” Memo said. Memo’s business has grown into a museum of sorts over the years as well, with hundreds of photos, autographs and guitars hanging on the walls. His most prized possession is a signed guitar from Carlos Santana. “Music for me, it’s my life,” Memo said.

Alexandria, MN | In the groove: Local collectors wax rhapsodic about vinyl records: While most people are satisfied downloading a song or album onto their phone or iPod, the record collector wants a physical copy of that music. Almost everybody likes music, but some people take it a little more seriously than most. These would be the record collectors. While most people are satisfied downloading a song or album onto their phone or iPod, the record collector wants a physical copy of that music. And they want to do this for every album or song that they like, their collections swelling into the hundreds, sometimes even the thousands. “I would say I probably have a smaller collection than most,” said Rexford Sweetwater. “I have about 300 or so. I know people that have up to 2,000. Those are the kind of people that collect everything. And who listens to 2,000 albums? There’s no time in your life to do that. “I don’t buy anything, and I never have, that I would just buy for the sake of having it. It doesn’t make sense. It’s very important to get exactly what you want and take care of it. All of the albums that I had from when I was a teenager I still have in great condition. … No scratches, perfectly taken care of, because I love albums,” he said.

Barrow, UK | TNT record shop, Barrow get a surprise visit from Indie Dutch band, Pip Blom: Pip Blom paid a surprise visit to TNT records, Barrow. The popular Dutch group called in on the owner of TNT records, Dave Turner after it was recommended they pay a visit. Unfortunately the band had to postpone some dates of their tour due to a band member falling sick, but the band still came to Barrow to check out the Duke Street vinyl specialists. TNT records, owner, Dave Turner said it was an absolutely brilliant experience. He said: “When I saw them come into the store I was like ‘I recognise them, that’s Pip Blom.’ “I knew they were planning on doing a gig in the town but didn’t know they’d turn up at the store so it was a nice surprise. “They were blown away by the off chance that we were blasting out one of their tracks just as they walked into the shop!

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In rotation: 9/16/21

Billie Eilish And Charlie Parker Headline Slate Of Record Store Day Releases: Record Store Day’s 2021 Black Friday event takes place on November 26. Record Store Day has announced the official lineup of 150 exclusive titles set to be released on November 26 for Black Friday. The roster of mostly vinyl releases includes limited-edition albums, EPs, or singles by artists such as Billie Eilish, Jason Isbell, Aerosmith, Trippie Redd, U2, John Legend, Jimi Hendrix, Lana Del Rey, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Mobb Deep, Leonard Cohen, Tank and the Bangas, Motorhead, Bill Evans and Blackberry Smoke. Record Store Day organizers are cautioning this year that it’s possible a few of the titles being announced today could fall out, due to severe backlogs at vinyl manufacturing plants. A few releases planned for Black Friday are also being held back from this lineup so the artists can announce them themselves. Releases from Craft Recordings include a brand-new Sam Cooke compilation, The First Mile of the Way, which highlights the singer’s formative years—including his gospel recordings with the Soul Stirrers and his early forays into pop music.

Boise, ID | The Record Exchange: New Owners, Same Style: The Record Exchange has been around for almost 45 years and it’s become an institution of downtown Boise. Employees tend to work there for decades and it’s a kind of home away from home for music lovers in the community. Founders Michael Bunnell and Jil Sevy worked hard over the years to create an inclusive space. They cobbled together a store that does it all — employs a knowledgeable and diverse staff; sells all types of music products, coffee and gifts; and hosts in-store shows with huge stars — all the while keeping the store welcoming and open to people. Fortunately for Idaho the two have left behind a place that many people see as more than just a store. “For years our hope was that when we were ready to sell employees would step up,” said Bunnell. “We’ve built something special here and I can’t imagine Boise without it. We couldn’t be happier.”

Durham, NC | Paved Paradise brings ‘vinyl wonderland’ to downtown Durham: Paved Paradise, the “part pop-up shop, part block party, and part roadside fruit stand,” made its way to Durham on Tuesday as part of a 15-city tour. Although the sun was beating down on this hot September afternoon, wooden bins were filled to the brim with colorful vinyls, and niche t-shirts lined two tents. Ken Shipley, co-founder of the Numero Group, was seen buzzing around the stacks of vinyls and taking a minute to chat with customers. All in all, five record labels were represented at Paved Paradise: Dead Oceans, Ghostly International, Jagjaguwar, Numero Group and Secretly Canadian. “We started thinking about how we can bring a record store to a bunch of different places and do it outside and do it COVID-safe and have a good vibe,” Shipley said. The result is a series of pop-up shops largely in the southeastern United States. Paved Paradise began in Bloomington, Indiana on Sept. 9 and will end in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sept. 26. Although Raleigh is sadly missing from the lineup this year, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect spot as you browse through records than outside of Motorco Music Hall in Durham.

Middlesbrough, UK | Press-On Vinyl plant in Middlesbrough to start production this autumn: Press-On Vinyl, a vinyl record pressing plant located at Middlesbrough’s Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP), was first announced back in April, and today (14 September) it’s been announced that the pressing plant will begin production this autumn after they secured investment from Futuresound Group. News of their launch comes amid vinyl delays experienced across the independent music industry, which is due to Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic as most of the vinyl pressing plants are based in Europe. Where possible, Press-On Vinyl will source raw materials as locally as possible to reduce carbon footprint, and when production begins in autumn it’ll be open to a selection of record labels, independent artists and partners. Futuresound Group MD Colin Oliver said, “Though the recent restrictions put a lot of our activities on hold we have been working hard in a number of areas, and when Press-On vinyl came onto my radar having two record labels as part of the group I could see the issues with the UK vinyl supply and had to get involved.”

Indianapolis, IN | The Butler Collegian: Vinyl revival: The introduction of other technologies by 1990 had seemed to make the once popular vinyl record obsolete. However, a recent revival in vinyl album sales calls this assumption into question. Statista reported that vinyl album sales in the United States have grown for the fifteenth year in a row, while other physical album sales, such as CDs, are declining. Last year, vinyl records also accounted for 62% of all physical music product sales. With so many different and more convenient ways to listen to music, one question remains: why have vinyl sales increased in the past years. The comeback of vinyls has coincided with the popularity of “vintage” inspired trends in fashion and design. The rise of vinyls could be seen as a product of these vintage trends; however, vinyl collectors and listeners point to other reasons for the popularity of vinyl records. Bennett Lang, sophomore music performance major, expressed why he chooses to collect vinyl records.

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In rotation: 9/15/21

Recorded-Music Revenues Climbed 27% — And Vinyl Sales Skyrocketed 94% — in First Half of 2021, Per RIAA:Vinyl sales skyrocketed 94% to $467 million, although that number was also dramatically skewed by store closures during the pandemic and severely impacted last year’s Record Store Day, which is traditionally the biggest sales day of the year. Revenues from CDs increased 44% to $205 million, but still remain 19% lower than they were in in the same period in 2019. CDs only accounted for 30% of physical revenues, while vinyl accounted for more than 2/3 of physical format revenues. Digital download sales revenue continued to drop, down 6% to $319 million, as did digital track sales revenue (down 12%) and digital album sales revenue (down 4%). Looking at the overall pie chart, streaming comprised 84% of revenues, physical sales 10%, digital download sales 5% and synch 2%.

Record Store Day reveals full list of exclusive Black Friday vinyl releases: More exclusive vinyl albums coming in November. Black Friday isn’t all about the best TV deals. OK, so it is mostly about that, but it’s also a chance to grab some limited-edition, rare and exclusive vinyl releases thanks to Record Store Day’s participation in the global shopping event. The organisation behind the biggest annual celebration of the beloved vinyl format has just announced its full list of releases for this Black Friday. The list includes anniversary editions, rarities and reissues from Ghostpoet, Hall & Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, U2, Tricky and John Carpenter, to name a few. These (and others, listed below) will only be available in independent record stores on Black Friday, which this year takes place on Friday 26th November. You can see a full list of those participating record stores in the UK here. So, while you’re trying to bag a deal on speakers, TVs and headphones, or anything else for that matter, don’t forget to take some time out to pick up some new vinyl. Here’s the full list of releases for this year’s Black Friday…

Derbyshire, UK | Derbyshire music fans with a vintage vinyl collection could pick up a small fortune: Music memorabilia is big business and it reaches out to everyone. We’re not all lucky enough to own a rare antique, Chinese vase or diamond ring but countless people have a musical item tucked away, possibly valuable, that may be forgotten. For example, if you reached your formative years before CDs and digital downloads became the norm you may own a vintage vinyl collection. Roxy Music, The Police, David Bowie, The Jam, Oasis, Blur, Madonna … the list of rock and pop stars who inspired us to head to the nearest record shop is endless. And if you missed out on buying a record back in the day, auctions offer a route to source rarities and classics. Right now, vinyl from the 1980s and 90s is often desirable because people in their 40s and 50s with disposable incomes are collecting the music they loved in their youth. Keen to find out what your vinyl collection might be worth? On September 22, Hansons’ music memorabilia consultant Claire Howell will be offering free valuation appointments at Hansons’ Etwall Auction Centre in Derbyshire.

Bangkok, TH | Where to find Bangkok’s best record stores and vinyl bars: Get in the groove with this primer to vinyl culture in Bangkok. The debate between analog and digital music will never end. Even if today’s technology enables you to listen to music effortlessly, many believe it will never replicate the concert-like experience you get from listening to vinyl. It’s no wonder we’re seeing a resurgence in analog music appreciation in Bangkok. From old-school record shops to swanky vinyl bars, these places will help you build your collection, upgrade your gear, and join the vinyl revolution. Tonchabab Record Shop: Teeming with old and new records covering genres from Thailand and all over the world, Tonchabab is the kind of classic family-run vinyl shop that your father might’ve frequent- ed when he was young. It has two branches. Both are goldmines for seasoned and beginner crate-diggers alike. Think rare world music finds, from luk thung to ’60s and ’70s stalwarts like Diana Ross and The Carpenters.

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In rotation: 9/14/21

US | US recorded music revenues grew 27% year-on-year in first half of 2021: …Streaming may be 84% of the recorded music market in the US, but there’s also a good-news story in physical sales, with both vinyl AND CD sales up considerably year-on-year – 43.9% and 94% respectively. How much is this merely a bounceback from Covid-related issues around retail and distribution in the first half of 2020? The RIAA pointed out that CD sales were still 19% down on their revenues two years ago, in the first half of 2019, so there is an ongoing decline for that sector. However, vinyl sales were $467.4m in the first half of this year, well over double the $205.3m for CDs. Crucially, in the non-Covid-afflicted first half of 2019, vinyl sales in the US were $232.1m, so for this format there absolutely is sharp organic growth. Americans listened to more than 840bn on-demand streams in the first half of 2021.

Kent, UK | Eil.com: Behind the scenes of the world’s biggest online rare records store, based in Meopham, near Gravesend: Hidden away on an unassuming industrial estate, to the south of Gravesend, lies the home of the world’s biggest online record store; a haven for rare and collectible items spanning the generations. While it may not look up to much from the outside – trains trundle along the railway tracks to nearby Meopham station just yards away – inside it is, to many, a palace of dreams – with row upon row of bulging shelves containing more than a quarter of a million sought-after items from the world’s biggest names. It is to an avid record collector what Willy Wonka’s factory was to a chocolate aficionado. This is the home of Eil.com; a company which has long boasted a global customer base and one which it has carefully cultivated over the years. If you’re after a rare Beatles first edition album in tip-top condition, or perhaps a Madonna picture disc, then the chances are this is where you’ll look. After a tour programme, platinum disk, signed album? Then step right up.

Cleveland, OH | Clevelander Franklin Fantini Is Archiving and Sharing Country Music’s Odd and Forgotten Past With ‘Dollar Country WTFC’ Radio Show: From a makeshift studio in his suburban Cleveland basement filled with a collection of 1,500 .45 RPM vinyl records, Franklin Fantini — a self-made, DIY purveyor of ten-cent wax — has for the last five years been broadcasting Dollar Country WTFC every week. The hour-long online radio show hosted by Frank — Frank the Drifter, as he introduces himself — features a curated tracklist of 18 songs handpicked from his shelves. Most of Fantini’s selections are obscure country recordings by unknown artists released by now-defunct labels, and his listeners range from fellow collectors to reformed metalheads and punks who now embrace the country genre in adulthood. The name Dollar Country comes from Fantini’s time working at Love Garden Sounds, a record store in his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, where he spent hours watching customers pick over the bargain offerings. “I just saw people going through the dollar bin of .45s, and I always thought that seemed really stupid,” Fantini says. “But then, after a while, I would find these weird country things.

Every Picture Tells A Story, Or, How I Recreated My Record Collection, and Then Some: Today’s renaissance of vinyl as a chosen physical music format represents an opportunity for baby boomers to recapture their collective youth. In the 1970s, record stores were the place to hang out and learn about music and life. I foolishly sold most of my 4,000-LP collection in 2010, and within two years realized what a colossal mistake I had made. I’ve spent the past eight years rebuilding much of what I previously owned, and then some. About three quarters of the records came from the used bins of about a dozen stores in and around Long Island, although most were culled from Record Reserve in Northport, NY, where Jack Kerouac once spent time drinking at the still-operating local watering hole Gunther’s Tap Room. From 2015 to 2019, I’d spell Record Reserve’s proprietor Tim Clair occasionally. When I was a teenager I always wanted to work in a record store, and instead was delegated to the dairy department of the Big Apple supermarket in Commack. Never too late, indeed.

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In rotation: 9/13/21

Manchester, UK | UK’s last cassette shop reels in nostalgic music lovers: Tucked away in a corner of the top floor of an indoor market in Manchester, northwest England, is the last shop in Britain dedicated to selling cassettes. Mars Tapes crams around 1,000 cassettes, a Coca-Cola radio, boom boxes, vintage editions of the Walkman cassette player and other tape-related accessories in a compact retail unit smaller than one of the city’s tram carriages. Hits by stars including Elvis Presley, Florence and the Machine, and Lewis Capaldi line its shelves, as classic tracks provide a musical backdrop, taking customers back in time. The shop was set up in 2019 by an eclectic group of people united by a love of music, explained co-founder Giorgio Carbone. Spanish sound engineer Borja Regueira, 28, and his girlfriend Moira Lorenzo, 27, initially proposed starting a cassette-only shop.

Nashville, TN | Nashville record stores: Where to find used vinyl in Music City. Nashville is Music City, so it’s no surprise the city has some of the best record shops around. From massive used music warehouses to a former church building to hole-in-the-wall shops decorated only by 12-inch record sleeves, here’s where to go record hunting in Nashville. Alison’s Record Shop: What you’ll find: vintage rock, jazz and country albums. Alison’s Record Shop, located near the Nashville West shopping center, stocks mostly used records curated by shop owner Alison Warford. There’s an emphasis on vintage rock records, which are organized into subgenres such as new wave, hard rock, punk and so on. Ernest Tubb Record Shop: What you’ll find: classic country records. Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Ernest Tubb founded his record shop on Lower Broadway in 1947. Music City has grown up around the shop since then, which still sells old-school country albums within walking distance of the Ryman Auditorium.

VinyGo Stereo Vinyl Recorder Will Put You In The Groove: A long time ago, there were these vinyl recording booths. You could go in there and cut a 45PM record as easily as getting a strip of four pictures of yourself in the next booth along the boardwalk. With their 2021 Hackaday Prize entry called VinyGo, [mras2an] seeks to reinvigorate this concept for private use by musicians, artists, or anyone else who has always wanted to cut their own vinyl. VinyGo is for people looking to make a few dozen copies or fewer. Apparently there’s a polymer shortage right now on top of everything else, and smaller clients are getting the shaft from record-pressing companies. This way, people can cut their own records for about $4 a unit on top of the cost of building VinyGo, which is meant to be both affordable and accessible.

War Child re-release four classic albums 1 Love, Hope, Help! A Day In The Life and War Child Presents Heroes: The four classic albums, which were released for War Child between 2002 and 2009 feature the likes of Muse, Stereophonics, Oasis, Lily Allen, Radiohead and more. War Child have re-released four of their classic albums today (Friday 10 September). The charity – which strives to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war – has released 1 Love, Hope, Help! A Day In The Life and War Child Presents Heroes via their recently launched independent record label, War Child Records- their recently launched independent record label. The four classic albums were released by the charity between 2002 and 2009 and feature the likes of Muse, Stereophonics, Oasis, George Michael, Avril Lavigne, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Coldplay, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Manic Street Preachers, Beck, Keane, Lily Allen, Elbow and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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In rotation: 9/10/21

Boise, ID | The Record Exchange changing hands: A staple of downtown Boise is changing hands. The founders and owners of The Record Exchange are stepping down after more than 40 years. Michael Bunnell and his then-business partner Al Benton opened The Record Exchange on the Boise Bench in 1977, moving to the Hitchcock Building at the corner of 11th and Idaho the next year. The downtown location has expanded many times over the year and Bunnell and his wife and partner, Jil Sevy, bought the building in 1996. “My vision for the store from the beginning was to create a place where people of all ages and musical tastes could discover and share their passion for music,” Bunnell said. “I wanted the store to be an ‘experience,’ and I hope on some level we’ve succeeded in that goal. It was always my hope that when Jil and I were ready to retire, the store would continue in the hands of employees who care about the culture we’ve created. I couldn’t be happier about the employees who have stepped up to take the helm and guide the store into the future.”

Benton, AR | Go, go, Retro Rose: Record store in Benton sprung up during a pandemic surge: For anyone growing up in Benton, Hastings was the place to go to for vintage vinyl. When the ’90s mainstay finally closed in 2016, it drove fellow music buffs and me to look elsewhere in Saline County for record players, stacks of vinyl, stickers and band tees. Enter Retro Rose owner and UA-Little Rock alum Audra McAnally. McAnally graduated from Bryant High School in 2014 and from UA Little Rock’s School of Business in May 2018. She put her experience and skills to work in real estate with her own property preservation business. But when the pandemic closed down the world for a while, McAnally decided to try something new. “I’m a young lady with a big dream,” she said. That dream? To use her passion for collecting and selling vinyl records to “create an environment where everyone can feel welcome” in downtown Benton. Having already rented a space for the property business, McAnally and her boyfriend Brandon converted her office to a vinyl record store.

Marquette, MI | Record show goes on at Ore Dock: A record show will be held in the second floor community room of Ore Dock Brewing Company, at 114 W. Spring Street in downtown Marquette from noon today through Sunday. Thousands of new and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, cassettes, books, and T-shirts will be available. Talk with organizers about trading old records and tapes for new favorites, or finding an unused media collection a new home. For more information, to post requests and RSVP for this event, visit the Facebook event page. All are welcome at this free, all-ages event, co-presented by the NMU Vinyl Record Club.

Tucson, AZ | U-Turn Audio + Luz de Vida benefit / auction today (9/10): Join Homicide Survivors Inc., JFCS of Southern Arizona, and producers of the All Souls Procession on September 10, 2021 for Luz de Vida, a Pop-Up Gallery Event. There will be a live performance by Gabriel Naïm Amor, MSA Annex vendors, and an online auction. The auction will feature handmade turntables with sound systems, each designed by a local artist, as well as fine art donated from DeGrazia Gallery and Daniel Martin Diaz. All proceeds benefit families impacted by homicide in our community. This is a free event open to the public.

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In rotation: 9/9/21

Physical music sales actually went up in 2021: In what is perhaps an unexpected twist for many in the music biz, sales of physical music were actually up, in what was otherwise a fairly challenging year for the industry. It may be hard for skeptics to believe, but physical albums were up a robust 37.5 percent compared to this time last year, from almost 28 million units to over 38 million units. Twice a year, the good folks at MRC Data, which owns Billboard Magazine, publish a report on how the record industry is doing. And it’s well-known by now that the music industry at large has been growing at double-digit rates for at least the past five years due to the rapid growth of streaming adoption. Today, I want to talk about what they are saying specifically about how physical media is doing and how albums are doing for the first six months of 2021. Why do I want to talk about physical and albums? Well, for one, I run a physical media manufacturing company, so it is a topic near and dear to my heart. But, more importantly, we know that for monetizing our music, physical media remains one of the best ways to go, in addition to concert tickets and merch sales. And for physical media to sell, you need to put out albums.

Boise, ID | Boise’s Record Exchange to transition to new owners after 44 years: The Record Exchange used to end its ads on the radio with a simple promise: The Record Exchange… As long as there’s music. For the last 43 years, the store stood at the corner of 11th St. and Idaho St. in Boise, owned by Michael Bunnell and later partner Jill Sevy. From the namesake records to tapes to compact discs – even an expansion for a time to West Boise and more… the Record Exchange has served the music needs of Boiseans. Maybe not for as long as music has been around… but long enough that anyone who purchased their favorite tune on physical media in Boise can remember at this point. Music is still going strong — and so is the Record Exchange. Now, with new owners. Starting Wednesday, Exchange employees Catherine Merrick, Glenn Newkirk, and Chad Dryden will take over the store – along with Dryden’s wife, Erica.

Mondo Celebrates 10 Years of Music With Ultra-Rare ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Vinyl Release: Mondo is known for producing the rare and the extraordinary. From T-shirts to limited-edition movie prints to remastered vinyl movie soundtracks, there is no facet of nostalgia or fandom this brand hasn’t investigated in the hopes of creating something truly unique. In fact, the ravenous demand for even more elaborate and secretive artistic collaborations inspired the several-day celebration MondoCon back in 2015. And Tuesday marks another Mondo milestone, Mondo Music and Death Waltz Recording Company are celebrating 10 years of creating music with a 10-week celebration that will include new music, book releases, retrospectives and other yet-to-be-announced surprises. The first surprise is this vinyl release from Stanley Kubrick’s war drama “Full Metal Jacket.” The packages design was created by artist Alan Hynes. Tracks includes iconic songs from Nancy Sinatra, The Trashmen and The Dixie Cups, along with the brooding score from Abigail Mead (Kubrick’s daughter Vivian), which was controversially barred from Academy Award nominations back in 1988.

Radiohead Reissuing ‘Kid A,’ ‘Amnesiac’ With Previously Unreleased Music: Radiohead have finally detailed their upcoming reissue focusing on the sessions that birthed the band’s dual masterpieces, 2000’s Kid A and 2001’s Amnesiac. Kid A Mnesia — which celebrates the 20th/21st anniversary of the two albums — arrives November 5th via XL Recording. Like the stocked OK Computer 20th anniversary reissue OKNOTOK, Kid A Mnesia includes the original two LPs — Kid A, Rolling Stone’s Number One album of the 2000s, and Amnesiac — as well as a third disc, dubbed Kid Amnesiae, that features outtakes, alternate versions and unreleased music from the albums’ fruitful studio sessions. Radiohead shared one of Kid Amnesiae’s more tantalizing selection Tuesday, the never-before-heard outtake “If You Say the Word,” previously known amongst fans as the fabled “C Minor Song” that guitarist Ed O’Brien wrote about in his Kid A-era online production journals…

10 Best Movies Like High Fidelity: From romantic comedies with flawed protagonists to movies jam-packed with music, these are 10 great movies to watch if you like High Fidelity. Adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name but translated from London to Chicago, High Fidelity features Jack Black’s breakout role and several other hilarious performances. The movie has a great soundtrack, tons of obscure music references, fourth-wall breaks, romantic moments, and scenes about friendship. Yet this 2000 Stephen Frears film isn’t the only movie to combine romance with great music. From the lovestruck teens in Empire Records to the cynical adults in This is 40, these films share High Fidelity’s expert blend of comedy and drama.

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In rotation: 9/8/21

The best record players for every listening style: Most music fans can agree on one thing: Some music just sounds better on vinyl. In fact, this is a large part of why record players have not disappeared, even as music has gone more digital. If anything, sales of turntables have gone up since 2010, with over 75 thousand sold in the US in 2020. Of course, record players aren’t just popular with audiophiles willing to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a luxury record player. They’re popular with college students, homeowners looking for a classy accessory for their living room, and mixmasters. As a result, there are a variety of different record players available on the market — and a whole range of prices, with some costing thousands of dollars. But, unless you’re a pro DJ or true audiophile, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to find one that delivers quality sound.

Technics announces new turntable, SL-1210G: Audiophile capabilities with DJ-inspired aesthetics – in a new sleek black finish. Technics is releasing a new version of its SL-1210G turntable, this October. A twin sister to its SL-1210GAE limited edition turntable, the SL-1210G incorporates audiophile level technology in a range that sits below its Reference class. …“We learned from the huge success of the limited edition SL-1210GAE, which was launched in June 2020 and almost immediately sold out,” says European Technics Product Manager Frank Balzuweit. “We realised there was high demand for a ‘regular’ black version of this flagship 1200 Series model. In its striking black finish, the new SL-1210G possesses genuine elegance.” Retailing for £3499, the SL-1210-G will be available in Europe from October 2021.

Looking to modernize your vinyl collection? Here are some digital options for your records: “…The revival of vinyl records has been growing in popularity for over a decade, which has prompted many companies to create new turntables that can connect to a computer. Making sure it has a USB interface isn’t the only thing to consider because the cost of new vinyl records can be two to three times that of the comparable CD or digital download. Vinyl records suffer from an affliction that doesn’t apply to its digital counterparts – they slowly deteriorate with each play and buying a cheap turntable can accelerate the degradation. The “needle” of a turntable rides in the grooves of the record and the mechanics that control this physical contact will have a huge impact on the health of your vinyl over the years.

Are vinyl records and custom t-shirts a good bundle idea for indie bands? …Aside from the fact that it has tons of fans from both old and new generations of music lovers, there are other more technical reasons why you should release your very own custom vinyl records. The format is known for the great sound quality it offers to its listeners. It also helps musicians deliver their songs in the nearest possible sound they want. However, these vinyl records should really be well taken care of. It’s a very impressionable physical format which means that external factors like dust and heat can damage the record and the sound it produces. Between digital and physical albums, physical albums are much more superior in terms of visual creativity since it does not only give a cover album space. But among the different physical album formats, the winner for this category would be the vinyl record.

Best Outer Record Sleeves for Maximum Protection: A crisp, brand new record straight off the production line is a beauty to behold. Untouched by the outside world, your new record arrives spotless and ready to provide years, decades, possibly generations of joy. Vinyl really is the best format for experiencing the album as an art form. But there’s a problem… As soon as we begin enjoying our new record, the signs of wear start to appear. Constant use, pulling the record in and out of storage, perusing the liner notes, and eventually sliding the record back afterward can quickly take its toll. Scuffed edges, ring wear, and scratches are all signs of outer record jacket wear we want to avoid if our investment is to stand the test of time. Nobody likes a dog-eared record. Inner sleeves protect the vinyl record, but if we want to preserve the artwork, we also want to invest in the best outer record sleeves. For recommendations on the best inner sleeves, check out our previous article. Today, we’ll list our personal recommendations of the best outer record sleeves to help preserve your album for many years to come.

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In rotation: 9/7/21

Victoria, BC | Lyle’s Place record store, a pillar of the Victoria music scene, to close after 40 years: Store that fostered friendships and community announced on Facebook it would be closing this fall. It’s the end of an era for the music scene in Victoria. Lyle’s Place, a beloved record store in the city’s downtown core, is closing its doors this fall after nearly 40 years in business. The shop on Yates Street announced the closure on social media, prompting dozens of customers from all over Canada to share their stories and express their sadness over the news. “So sad, spent a lot of my teen years going to that place,” wrote one follower. “I worked at Lyle’s Place around 97-98. Great memories working the buying table and going next door to buy chips for everyone,” wrote another. Janice Lyle, who runs the store with her husband Rod, told CHEK News, simply, “it’s time.”

Collingwood, ON | Keeping it vinyl: Mad Dog’s in Collingwood known for diverse selection of records: Shop sells everything from ABBA to Frank Zappa. More than three decades in the music business and Bob Madigan can still be shocked by the world of rock. The day after Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died at the age of 80, Madigan was amazed by the longevity of two of the group’s other members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both of whom have a history of drug abuse. “How he’s dead and those other two survived, friggin’ kills me,” he said while sitting in Mad Dog’s Coffee and Vinyl Café on Hurontario Street. Madigan opened Mad Dog’s in 1991 during the CD revolution, but slid into vinyl after a trip to the U.K. in 1996. He said he sells everything ABBA to Frank Zappa. The big record companies are still producing vinyl albums, and now he’s known for his diverse selection and ability to track down albums for his customers, who are mostly women in their mid-30s.

Northamptonshire, UK | Visual Vinyl excites record fans with Daventry high street debut: Good news for music lovers in the town! A new record store has opened in Daventry high street. Visual Vinyl, a chain of record shops which hopes to nurture and celebrate the love of physical music in the streaming era has now come to the Northants town. Store owner Andy Johnson spoke to us after the grand opening. “Well obviously, we were really happy with the opening and we’re excited for more people in Daventry to see what we’re about,” Andy said. “We have several locations already across the East Midlands, but we really saw an opportunity in the town to provide a little bit of something that was missing on the high street.” Visual Vinyl has set up shop inside a bigger new shop called Emporio Amanda, and together hope to breathe more life into a high street which is visited by shoppers from all over the county.

Durango, CO | Vinyl revival: After three-year void, Durango now has a new record shop. It seems to me, that as of late, I’ve been complaining an inordinate amount. If you’ve been on the receiving end, I’m truly, mostly, sorry. It isn’t on purpose, and it certainly is not confined to a single topic. That said, it does tend to circle back toward the drastically shifting dynamics in the (no longer) sleepy southwestern town I’ve somewhat surprisingly called home for nearly 20 years. One of the many tendrils of frustration (along with the complete and utter absurdity surrounding the real estate market, local wage inequity and the incommensurate cost of living, the current maddening state of the pandemic, traveler vs. tourist, and on and on and on) was the absence of a real, proper brick-and-mortar record store. On July 14, 2018, Robert Stapleton and co. shuttered the doors on our beloved Southwest Sound, which had been more than a record store in Durango since 1977.

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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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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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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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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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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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In rotation: 8/27/21

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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