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Record Store Day 2017 – April 22nd

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Vinyl Revival Celebrates Record Store Day with 

Live Music, Exclusive Releases, Swag and Snacks 

Vinyl Revival, 35-37 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA, is proud to be participating in Record Store Day, an international day to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store, on April 22, 2017.  Vinyl Revival will stock a selection of titles that are Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition and first releases.  As part of the Record Store Day celebration, there will be free in-store performances by Big Terrible, the Funky Rebels, MLC (Mid-Life Crisis), and The Wiretappers, free Record Store Day promotional materials with purchases, plus complimentary light refreshments and drinks during store hours from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

            In celebration of Record Store Day’s 10th anniversary, Vinyl Revival has programmed a slate of live entertainment during store hours for customers’ shopping enjoyment. A wide variety of genres including singer-songwriter, hard rock, alternative and classic rock covers will be performed by several groups throughout the day.  Musicians include The Wiretappers, a mandolin and guitar trio playing both originals and covers, the acoustic duo MLC playing cover songs from the Lumineers to Rod Stewart,  the Funky Rebels, a newly formed band comprised of musicians  who met at World Cafe Live’s weekly Philly Rising open mic night who will blend the rap, pop punk and singer-songwriter genres, and closing out the day’s events will be  blues-soaked heavy rock by Philadelphia power trio, Big Terrible.  Since their formation in 2006, Big Terrible has been a stand out in the local hard rock/indie scene due to their expert technical skills and good ole-fashioned songwriting.  Their most recent album, Monument was released in March 2015 and is an addition to their impressive collection of releases such as Rotten City in 2013 and Face the Stone in 2009.

Music and merchandise by the performing bands will be available for sale at Vinyl Revival. For more information and the performance schedule, visit http://vinylrevivalrecords.com/.

For a complete list of titles being released for Record Store Day 2017, visit http://recordstoreday.com/.

 

 

 

 

2016 in Review

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!

 

How to Properly Maintain Your Vinyl

recordIn a world where digital has become the norm, nothing beats the rich sound quality of vinyl. Whether you have been hanging onto your 45s since the 1950s, or you are new to record collecting, there are practices that you can implement to keep those melodious sounds spinning for years to come. Amoeba Music created a helpful video on how to care for records. Read on for the most important things you can do to keep your vinyl in top condition.

Store them upright

If you’ve ever helped a record collector move, then you know that vinyl is heavy. All of that weight can negatively impact the grooves in your records. Rather than stack them on top of one other, store them vertically. This prevents warping and damage from the weight of other records, and it protects the packaging from wear.

Optimal Temperature

Heat can damage your records. Keep them in a cool and moisture-free environment to prevent warping.

Proper Packaging

Records often have an internal and external sleeve. The original sleeves will protect your vinyl to an extent, but dust and dirt are drawn to the grooves. Sound Matters recommends using polyethylene sleeves to provide an additional barrier against dirt.

Keep them clean

Cleanliness is essential for keeping your records in good shape. Even if you store them properly in their sleeves, the very act of taking them out of the package can be a chance for dust to get into the grooves. All that spinning creates a static charge that attracts dirt. You should clean your LPs before each use, regardless of how clean they seem to be.

Clean your records with a soft brush to remove dust. There are carbon fiber brushes made especially for this. Apply little to no pressure with the dry brush, and move the brush in the same direction as the grooves.

If dry-brushing fails to remove dirt, then you will need to use a different approach. There are a number of methods for cleaning your records. One of the safest involves using vinyl cleaning fluid with a microfiber cloth. Dab a small amount of cleaning fluid onto the microfiber cloth, and gently wipe the record in the same direction as the grooves. Using too much pressure can scratch the record or press dirt more deeply into the grooves.

Don’t forget to clean your needle with a soft brush. Give your turntable a thorough dusting too.

Handle with care

Picking up a record is like picking up a photograph. You don’t want your fingers to touch anything holding content. Gently slide LPs from their packaging, and hold them by their edges. Touching the center label will not impair sound quality either. Just keep in mind that the oil from your skin can damage whatever it touches.

Vinyl records have unprecedented staying power and a sound quality that is all their own. Show them some love, and they be around for generations to come.

Jessica Kane is a music connoisseur and an avid record collector. She currently writes for SoundStage Direct, her go-to place for all turntables and vinyl equipment, including VPI Turntables.

 

Record Store Day 2016 Re-Cap

RSD2016flyerWow, we had a GREAT Record Store Day this year!  More and more people are coming to our store and we had a lot of what people were looking to get.  We’re thankful to everyone who came by to support and party with us!   We got lots of good feedback from customers who said they were happy to have a local record store to shop at again.  We’re glad that we can share our love of music and vinyl with other old school record fans as well as the younger collectors who are newly discovering the beauty of the format.

We still have a number of Record Store Day releases in stock and might have the title you’re looking to get so stop by and browse our inventory.  We also have some titles left from last year’s Record Store Day and Black Friday that we have reduced.

Here are some pictures from the day.  Special thanks to Charlie Gracie, Patricia King and Orlando Hadad from Minas for their special appearance on Record Store Day and Mayor Campuzano and Neumann University’s 98.5!

Record Store Day Events

rsd+date_wide_2011We’re only 22 short days away from Record Store Day 2016!  Vinyl Revival will stock a selection of titles that are Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition and first releases and we’ll have a couple fun events during the day on April 16th.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Meet Orlando Haddad and Patricia King from the Brazilian jazz group Minas and get advance and signed copies of their first album, Num Dia Azul, which will be re-released at their World Café Live concert on April 16th at 8 p.m.

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. –  Meet Philly’s first rock and roll star, Charlie Gracie, as he signs copies of his new book, Rock & Roll’s Hidden Giant: The Story of Rock Pioneer Charlie Gracie. 

Gracie’s book and Minas’ album will be available for sale at their individual events.

As part of the Record Store Day celebration, light refreshments and drinks will be provided during store hours from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m  and an assortment of Record Store Day promotional items will also be given out for free with each purchase while supplies last.

Hope you can celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store with us!

Countdown to Record Store Day 2016

Woo hoo!  We are just one month away from Record Store Day.  We are super excited about it and hope you are too!

Last week, the folks at Record Store Day announced “the list” of titles that will be available on April 16th.  You can take a look at the entire list here.  There are about 350 titles.  We want to please as many customers as possible, so, as Dawes would say, we ordered “a little bit of everything.” Many releases are limited editions and there are a lot of record stores participating in this special day so we may not get everything we ordered.

We hope that you’ll stop in our store on April 16th beginning at 10 a.m. to helps us celebrate independent record stores.  We are planning a few events including a Vinyl and CD signing with Brazilian jazz group, Minas, a book signing with rock and roll pioneer Charlie Gracie, with more events to be announced.  We’ll have complimentary light refreshments and beer and wine all day.  Check our Facebook page for event details as we’ll be adding more to it as we confirm things.  #RSD16

 

 

 

2015 in Review

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 screened great indie films with FirstGlance Film Festival and Film Festival Flix and Italian Cinema with Ciao Bella!  Living Italian Style.

We hosted concerts in The Vault featuring original music as well as covers with local musicians Tommy Davis, Third Man In and Electric Fallback. 

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.

We also had books signings with authors Charlie Gracie, Jim RosinWyatt Doyle, Andrew Biscontini and Richard Adelman.

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!

 

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony aired this weekend and although I am not a huge fan of any of the inductees (with the exception of Ringo Starr), I thought this year’s group of inductees represented a nice cross section of music.  Not knowing a whole lot about a couple of the inductees, The 5 Royales or The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, I enjoyed learning more about their music and the influence each had on the music scene.  What I particularly enjoyed about the show was hearing each inductee’s speech.  Many of the speeches gave sincere thanks to the Rock Hall and to the fans and conveyed their sheer love of music.  I loved seeing the admiration of the artists who were presenting the awards as well.  In some cases, it was a new generation of rocker presenting to a veteran, and in others, it was a peer.  In either case, there’s no denying that no matter age you are or what type of music you prefer to listen to, music really touches the lives and souls of people and that’s why so many of us love it.

Wages of Spin II Soundtrack Songs Available

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

Several songs by Mitch Schecter of The Rip Chords: www.homeroomrecords.com www.ripchords.com

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

Record Store Day Schedule of Events

Vinyl Revival is proud to be participating in Record Store Day, an international day to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store, on April 19, 2014.  Vinyl Revival will stock a selection of titles that are Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition and first releases.  As part of the Record Store Day celebration, there will be free entertainment by indie/alternative musicians, a book signing, light refreshments and drinks during store hours from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Record Store Day Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – Store opens

11 a.m. – Book signing with James Rosin, author of “Philly Pop, Rock, Rhythm & Blues”

11 a.m. –  Performance by Aaron Hug

12 p.m. – Performance by Nina Marie

12:45 p.m. – Performance by Traffic Nightmare

1:30 p.m. – performance by Ghost Gum

2:15 p.m. – Performance by Family Vacation

3:00 p.m. – Performance by Tom Curtis Jr.

3:45 p.m. – Performance by The One2s

4:30 p.m. – Performance by Big Tusk

5:15 p.m. –  Performance by Wild Rompit

6:00 p.m. Performance by DRGN King.

For a complete list of titles being released for 2014 Record Store Day, visit http://recordstoreday.com/.

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