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Has Record Store Day become too big? That’s been the criticism in the run-up to 2014′s event, which takes place this Saturday, and immediately that sounds like a contradiction in terms. It is now a huge global event – for the labels that release exclusive material, for the bands that record that material and play in-store shows, and for the press, as well as the shops – and in the excitement and chaos of what actually happens on the day, it’s easy to forget its original purpose.

There were 734 independent record shops across the UK in 2005; by the end of 2008 that number had dwindled to 305. Bringing Record Store Day to Britain in 2008 after it was conceived in the US a year before was designed to give those shops that remained a significant jump start and, in that respect, it’s been a towering success. According to Spencer Hickman, UK co-ordinator of Record Store Day and former manager of Rough Trade East, it’s now the biggest day of the year for independent record shops – more profitable, in fact, than the entire week before Christmas. You can’t exactly measure whether Record Store Day has a tangible effect on the other 364 days of the year, but you could guess that it probably doesn’t do any harm. View full article »

e8790-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzThere once was a time when every day was record-store day.

 When you couldn’t fling a 45 in a shopping mall without hitting a record shop. Before iTunes and amazon.com turned music into a download and mail-order business. Before the record business changed and the stores up and went went online.

Well, hold off on the obituary: Records stores are alive and fighting back and waving their vinyl flag high with Record Store Day.

On Saturday, the national event will pack record shops around the country with music fans shopping for vinyl, CDs and limited-edition releases. Many labels release discs by artists specifically for the day – resulting in a tenfold jump in business for shops.

It’s like Black Friday for record stores – except that shoppers won’t be stampeding for crazy cheap deals. They’ll be fighting to get limited-edition 45s and albums that can go for three times the regular price. Or more, if hoarders snag rare copies and put them up on ebay.com. View full article »

CampbellMusic icon Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s Care Facility according to People magazine.

Campbell, 78, announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 and, since that time, has recorded a final album (Ghost in the Canvas) and mounted a farewell tour. A second album, See You There, was also assembled from the sessions for Canvas.
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Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

Crosley has announced that they will be releasing a Peanuts-themed turntable that will be available for sale at participating record stores on Record Store Day 2014.

Here are the details:

- Only 2,200 made worldwide
- Briefcase-styled record player is constructed of wood and bound in a leatherette material
- NP6 Needle
- Belt-Driven Turntable Mechanism
- Manual Return Tone Arm
- Plays 3 Speeds – 33 1/3, 45 And 78 RPM Records
- Dynamic Full Range Stereo Speakers
- Output – RCA, Headphone Jack
- AC Power Adapter
- Dimensions (L x W x H) = 4.63 x 14 x 10.5
- Weight 5.5
- Price = $119

For more information about participating record stores please click HERE.

 

Source: Firewire

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Music fans will be racing to more than 240 vinyl shops in celebration of the seventh annual Record Store Day this Saturday.

Participating UK stores will be selling a diverse range of over 600 exclusive releases and limited editions to offer listeners a chance to expand their tastes and check out an artist they might not have stumbled across before.

For truly original bargains, check out Camden’s “only exclusively punk record shop”, All Ages Record, which has askedsmall independent UK punk labels to create some new music for the event.

Or, if that sounds far too cool for you, One Direction are releasing a “Midnight Memories” 7″ picture disc, just so everybody’s catered for.

The fun doesn’t end there as many stores are putting on live music – head to Soho’s Berwick Street to catch Augustines, Edwyn Collins and Adam Ant then hot-foot it over to Rough Trade East or West for performances from East India Youth, The Rails and Slow Club.

“The whole idea behind Record Store Day is to try and attract new and different customers into the world of independent record shops,” said Spencer Hickman, Record Store Day UK coordinator.

“This year’s stellar line-up of titles should hopefully do that and with some big pop releases, we’ll hopefully introduce the next generation of record buyers to vinyl.

Sales of the 66-year-old format have been steadily rising for nine years. Last year saw vinyl sales double from 2012 with a massive 780,000 LPS shifted - the most since 1997.

“The LP is back in the groove,” stated BPI’s chief executive Geoff Taylor. “We’re witnessing a renaissance for records – they’re no longer retro-mania.”

One-off Record Store Day releases are available on a first come, first served basis, so don’t be surprised if you come up against a mammoth queue. Some music lovers will have been there since 5am – you have been warned.

Online sales for any leftover stock are set to begin the following weekend on Saturday 26 April but again, you’ll need to be quick. Last year’s event generated £2 million worth of vinyl sales.

 

Source: Jess Denham, The Independent

The Jersey Boys phenomenon is still going strong on Broadway and its about to come to movie theaters around the world.

The screen version of the film that tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is scheduled to hit screens in June. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Vincent Piazza (Tommy Devito), Eric Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Mike Doyle (Bob Crewe) and Christopher Walken (Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo).

Source: VVN

Weller More Modern ClassicsPaul Weller has today announced details of new album More Modern Classics - a collection of tracks taken from Paul’s albums of the last 15 years of his solo career. 

It will be released on June 2nd.

The album also contains new track, Brand New Toy which will be released in time for Record Store Day. It premiered on BBC Radio 2 this morning. 

Paul has today also announced that he’ll be playing two very intimate live shows in May – the locations and dates are yet to be unveiled, but fans can gain access to an exclusive pre-sale when they pre-order More Modern Classics on the official Paul Weller Store here. 

More Modern Classics is the long awaited follow up to 1998′s Modern Classics which showcased the first part of Paul Weller’s highly successful solo career. This album confirms Weller’s status as the most resilient survivor from punk’s class of ’76 and outclassing and outperforming many of his earlier and later years’ contemporaries. It showcases his continuing progression as an artist, never afraid to take chances, move forward and buck trends, always staying fresh and transcending the zeitgeist. More Modern Classics continues to serve as a reminder of his wide range and gift for melody and song writing.

Paul Weller’s two very unique & intimate live shows in mid May will see him perform with his full band at two venues in London. Tickets will go very fast but fans will be able to gain access to an exclusive pre-sale when they pre-order More Modern Classics at the official Paul Weller Store.

Source: VVN

ACDCAC/DC have issued a short statement to address the rampant rumours that they were planning on retiring.

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.

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