We had a great 2016 thanks to you, our customers!
Here’s a look back at some of last year’s events. We had a great time at our live shows, indie film screenings, book signings, Record Store Day events, and more. We look forward to offering a wider variety of new and vintage vinyl and programming more unique events that you can enjoy in Lansdowne!
The Smart Studios Story,” a documentary about Midwest indie rock that is the official film of Record Store Day, is coming to Vinyl Revival, 35-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. Director Wendy Schneider will attend the screening. Tickets are $10 and are available online at vinylrevivalrecords.com or at the door. This is a limited seating event so advance ticket purchase is recommended.
Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, L7, Death Cab For Cutie (among many others), have created music at Smart Studios, the legendary recording facility founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker. Drawing on in-depth-interviews with musicians and producers, never-before-seen archival footage and a powerful soundtrack, “The Smart Studios Story” tells the story of the pivotal Midwest link to the global rise of Alternative Rock in the 1990’s and the unassuming Madison, Wisconsin recording studio at its center. The post-70’s explosion of independent music in America has many traceable roots, each with a compelling story. This is one of the most significant stories that has never been told until now. Visit www.thesmartstudiosstory.com for more information.
Vinyl Revival is celebrating their third anniversary Wednesday, August 17th through Saturday, August 20th with special events including a Sexy Scrabble Party, Anime and Pocky Party, a record sale, and complimentary refreshments. Not your ordinary record store, Vinyl Revival looks forward to providing the community with a great selection of new and used records, funky music accessories, independent and alternative movie screenings and live music from up-and-coming performers, for many years to come.
Vinyl Revival’s anniversary celebration kicks off with a fun mixer event, Sexy Scrabble, on Wednesday, August 17th from 6 – 9 p.m. For all adult ages, singles and couples, attendees will play a wild and crazy word game, mix and mingle, win prizes and flirt for points. Tickets are $12 and advance registration at https://sites.google.com/site/sexyscrabbleparty/ is suggested as space is limited.
On Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th, Vinyl Revival will take 50% off all new and vintage albums and 45’s and serve complimentary light refreshments, drinks and birthday cake in honor of their third year anniversary.
Also on Saturday, August 20th, Vinyl Revival presents an Anime Day and Pocky Party. From 2 – 6 p.m., attendees can snack on delicious pocky (a popular treat in Japan, pocky are biscuit sticks covered in chocolate and other yummy flavors) and drink tea during a marathon of old and nu skool anime. Tickets are $12 in advance online at vinylrevivalrecords.com and $15 in-person at Vinyl Revival up until show time. Guests can come anytime during the event and watch as little or as much as they like.
Vinyl Revival will continue to screen independent and classic films in association with FirstGlance Films and Ciao Bella Living Italian Style and as Vinyl Revival enters into its third year of operations, they are proud to present a new Japanese cinema screening series, After Dark Japan Night, in association with Tidepoint Pictures, beginning Friday, August 26th at 7:30 p.m. in their Vault Theater. The first film is TETSUDON: THE ABCs of FOOL JAPAN?, the craziest Japanese SCI-FI/Comedy/Anime anthology of short films. Film-goers can vote on their favorite short and discuss Japanese pop culture with event host, Alex Strang, and Tetsuki Ijichi from Tidepoint Pictures. The After Dark Japan Night will take place every other month on fourth Fridays and will feature J-Horror, bloody action, anime, martial arts, and more TBA. Tickets are $10 and are available online at vinylrevivalrecords.com or at the door up until show time.
We’re super excited to present a new Japanese cinema screening series, After Dark Japan Night, in association with Tidepoint Pictures, beginning Friday, August 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the Vault Theater. The first film is TETSUDON: THE ABCs of FOOL JAPAN?, the craziest Japanese SCI-FI/Comedy/Anime anthology of short films. Film-goers can vote on their favorite short and discuss Japanese pop culture with event host, Alex Strang and Tetsuki Ijichi from Tidepoint Pictures. The After Dark Japan Night will take place every other month on fourth Fridays and will feature J-Horror, bloody action, anime, martial arts, and more TBA. Tickets are $10 and are available online or at the door up until show time. Screenings are BYOB & snacks. Hope to see you on the 26th!
In association with FirstGlance Films, we’re calling for entries for a special “art-centric” screening series in our 35 seat black-box theater, The Vault.
Feature Film (over 60 minutes)
Feature Documentary (over 60 minutes)
Short Film (under 60 minutes)
Short documentary (under 60 minutes)
Films should be about visual art, a visual artist, an art form, or have an art theme.
Selected films will have the opportunity to screen for one month (either April 15 – May 15, May 15 – June 15 or June 15 – July 15) as a matinee 1 x day Wednesday through Saturday and on a first Friday evening. Revenues generated from ticket sales ($5 – $8 per ticket) each month will be split with that month’s filmmaker(s).
To submit a film for consideration, please mail a DVD to Vinyl Revival, 35-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050 by February 29th. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 has been a great year and we have our customers to thank!
The popularity of records continues to grow and in addition to our regulars, we also have new customers stop in all the time.
Many of you attended events here or came in to buy the latest releases and special Record Store Day titles. Let’s take a look back at some of the fun we had this year!
We had great new, exclusive, limited edition releases for Record Store Day and Record Store Day Black Friday, new releases from Kurt Vile and Jeff Lynne’s ELO plus hard to find vintage MFSL versions of Dark Side of the Moon and Magical Mystery Tour.
As we look to 2016, we hope to offer a wider variety of new and vintage vinyl and program more unique events that you can enjoy in Lansdowne!
The Vault at Vinyl Revival is proud to announce a partnership with Film Festival Flix, a distribution platform that brings award-winning films from festivals around the world to North American audiences through its monthly theatrical premiere series and Internet VOD platform. Monthly attendees are treated to a film festival experience, including red carpet photos, film premieres, intimate discussions, and socializing with like-minded individuals. Film Festival Flix’s monthly series of curated independent, art-house and foreign films currently screening in California and Colorado will now also screen at Vinyl Revival beginning March 20, 2015 and will continue every third Friday of the month.
2015 Schedule of Films
March – SARAH PREFERS TO RUN
April – THE REUNION
May – MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
June – BEAST PARADISE
July – JO’S NEIGHBORHOOD
August – Evening of Exceptional Short Films
September – THE DINNER
October – THE VERDICT
November – Short Film Competition Finals
December – 2015 Wrap Party
About a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Philadelphia premiere of the documentary film, “Wages of Spin II,” by Shawn Swords, at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The film continues the payola story from “The Wages of Spin” but also chronicles the corruption in the music industry in the 80’s and uncovers some of the players involved. You won’t believe some of the people who are implicated!
In addition to the great buzz the film is receiving, the soundtrack has been getting positive feedback from the music industry too. There are lots of great Philly talent and friends of Vinyl Revival on the soundtrack so check out some of the songs in the links below.
“Never Be Forgiven” Performed by Effusion 35 Written by Randy S. Robbins and Pat Manley © 2014 Great Blasket Music, ASCAP/What is This Crap Music, ASCAP https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/borrowed-time-reluctant-rhymes/id867812991
“No Sad Song” is the new single from Skip Denenberg. Composed and performed by Skip. Produced, engineered and mixed by George Manney at Geo Sound Studio in Philadelphia. Download here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/skipdenenberg2
Several songs by Dan Brown: http://www.reverbnation.com/danieljohnbrown
Several songs by Frank Caravella: https://soundcloud.com/frank-caravella
The instrumental version of “It’s a Gas That Makes You Laugh Before it Kills You” is available all over (iTunes Amazon etc.) or at www.johnbyrneband.com “It’s a Gas That Makes You Laugh Before it Kills You” – The John Byrne Band Written by John Byrne Various Verses BMI Character Driven Productions
I hope to screen this documentary at The Vault at Vinyl Revival in the fall but if you’d like to purchase the DVD now, it is available at www.characterdrivenfilms.com. Here’s a trailer for a sneak peek.
March’s First Friday Flicks indie film screening series kicks off on Friday, March 7th at 7 p.m. with a musical double feature. “Meet Me on South Street: The Story of JC Dobbs” and Rufus Harley – Pipes of Peace, an intimate profile of the world’s first jazz bagpipe player, Philadelphia musician, Rufus Harley, both by George Manney, will screen.
Special guests at the March 7th screening include Stephen Caldwell from The Orlons and DJ Steve Kurtz! Director George Manney is also scheduled to appear.
First Friday Flicks will also screen on Saturdays each month at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8, $5 for students and seniors. Screening events are BYOB and snacks.
To purchase the $8 tickets for the Friday, March 7th show, click here.