Liverpool, Merseyside, England God bless you, vinyl, you’re back in the news – though I know for many people you’ve never really been away.
And God bless veteran record dealer Anthony Nyland and his soon-to-be-opened Dig Vinyl store (Saturday, March 15, 10am – in the basement of Soho’s alternative clothing store on Bold Street – put it in your diaries).
As the man, himself, says: “Dig is a local response to the tireless talking down of physical record shops and the corporate commodification of music.
“We believe that people still want a space where they can share, physically explore and dig out old classics, unearth unknown gems and get involved.”
Via Liverpool Echo
Huntsville, Alabama The concept dates back to something Daphne Lee Martin’s old New York boyfriend once said to her. “He described me as being the kind of person who had both frost and moxie,” Martin, an experimental singer/songwriter, says. “Frost meaning the ability to keep cool under pressure, and moxie being determination, verve that kind of thing.”
Martin will issue a new album, “Frost,” March 25, on the heels of a January release of her “Moxie” LP. The two discs are meant as companion pieces.
Yreka, California Yreka is following the vinyl resurgence with the opening of Suzie Lindgard’s new Vinyl Revival Records store.
In recent years, many labels have been releasing vinyl versions of their music in addition to selling reissues of many popular classic albums.
Lindgard has been selling records for 30 years and has owned a few stores between California and Arizona.
Via Siskiyou Daily
Greensboro, North Carolina The year is 2014 and we are living in a time when we can access music with just the click of a button or a tap on your phone. For music lovers, I-Tunes has been the replacement for getting your hands on a newly released album.
Others will search for a free download if they don’t have the money to make a purchase. It’s that kind of easy access that makes CDs, cassette tapes and records seemingly obsolete.
While some still go to Borders, FYE, or Best Buy, there are others who go to the humble corner record store to appreciate the atmosphere and the music.
Via Yes! Weekly
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The question of whether digital music outperforms vinyl records or CDs has had little bearing on the independent record store industry. Local stores are thriving despite the ease of online availability or Big Box offerings at competitive prices, including Joe’s Records in Marion, which opened in December.
“We offer a deeper catalog and probably have more of an idea about music in general,” said Matt Antonik, manager of Joe’s Records. Antonik has been the with Joe’s Records for close to two years, beginning at another location in Mount Vernon. A third store is in Ohio.
Via The Southern Illinoisan
Fredericksburg, Virginia Renewed interest in vinyl records has helped turn around business at a Spotsylvania County store that once focused on books.
Steve Howell and his wife, Eileen, run a business out of a 3,000-square-foot space at 4513 Jefferson Davis Highway called Fat Kat Records & Books. That’s the third name the business has had in the past two years, but the first that emphasizes its new focus.
Curating a vinyl collection may be seen as more of a pastime than a necessity for current music enthusiasts, but the appeal of vinyl album art is undeniable. Eye-catching graphics and text manipulation become priorities when the physical album is larger than one’s head.
In this spirit of vinyl art, Designer Rodrigo Maia reimagines recent albums in the style of old jazz covers for his Tumblr, New Records, Old Covers.
Cincinnati, Ohio In March of 1999, after running the Cincinnati-based Shake It Records label for several years, brothers Jim and Darren Blase opened a new record store in the Northside neighborhood. The store, also called Shake It Records, was an instant hit with local record-buyers, offering a huge chunk of vinyl alongside their CD stock, as well as books, magazines and various musical merchandise (among many other items).
Canberra, ACT, Australia Sales of old-fashioned vinyl records almost doubled in the past year as music lovers cracked out their turntables and enjoyed their favourite artists in a whole new way.
The one bright spot in the music market was vinyl sales, which rose by 77 per cent in Australia.
The owner of Canberra’s Landspeed Records, Blake Budak, said he wasn’t surprised.
Via The Canberra Times