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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!

 

Gift Guide for Music Lovers

We’re just 10 days away from Christmas and if you’re still shopping, here are a few ideas for the music lovers on your list.

Record Player – Know someone that doesn’t have a record player but wants to start listening to vinyl?  A portable record player makes a great first turntable.  With built in speakers, 3 speeds and RCA output, you can just plug it in and play.

crosleyRecord Store Day Black Friday Exclusives – Buying for a record collector? Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive, limited edition, picture discs, and colored vinyl records make great gifts.

New Stones Album – Have a Rolling Stones fan on your list?  The Stones’ new album, Blue and Lonesome, is their first studio album in over 10 years and the band’s first album of all covers.  Loaded with old blues songs, this is the type of blue Christmas you want to have!

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Art by a Local Artist – Buying for someone who has everything?  A piece of art always makes a great gift!  Vinyl Revival has a nice selection of artwork made locally including pottery by Bob Deane, drawings by Drew Arata, and creepy doll art by Kimmymetal’s Creepy Creations and Art.

Album Cover Art Handbag – Made by hand, an album cover handbag is rock wear for the fashionista on your list.handbags

Books by Local Authors – Vinyl Revival has several books by local authors including autographed copies of Rock & Roll’s Hidden Giant:  The Story of Rock Pioneer Charlie Gracie, Pop’s Cookie Duster  by Don Doyle, Lee Doyle, and Annette Debevec, Another Day on Planet Earth by Frank Rosci, and Love You Live, Rolling Stones Fanzine from the Common Fan by Marilou Regan.

Rock and Roll Home Decor – Rock & roll home accessories like clocks, bowls, coasters, and magnets made from recycled records add rocker chic to any room.

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Vinyl Revival Gift CertificateGive the gift of music with a Vinyl Revival gift certificate.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

What We Hope to Have for Record Store Day

RSD2015recordRecord Store Day is right around the corner and we’ve been busy shopping for you!  We ordered way more records for this year’s event so we hope we’ll have the titles you’re looking to get. A complete list of what we ordered is below. Since quantities are limited, we may not get everything, but stop by on April 18th to see what’s in-store. We’ll have extended hours  – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  

311 Grifter b/w “Who’s Got The Herb?”
101ers Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Revisited)
1975, The Facedown EP
A$AP Rocky LPFJ2 (White vinyl 7″)
Adam &the Ants Kings of the Wild Frontier / Ant Music
Adams, Ryan Come Pick Me Up
a-ha Take On Me
Allman, Gregg TBD
Animals, The The Animals No. 2 EP
Antorchas Antorchas
Armstrong, Billie Joe,  Travis Barker, Jane Wiedlin Live Freaky! Die Freaky!
Atkins, Chet My Brother Sings – 180 gram LP
Atreyu So Others May Live
Avicii The Days/Nights REMIX EP
Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah Sour Soul (Instrumentals)
Banks The Remixes Part 2
Barnett, Courtney Brand New Song (song title to be revealed later)
Barrett, Syd  / R.E.M. Dark Globe
Beck, Jeff Hi Ho Silver Lining/Beck’s Bolero – 7” vinyl
Beck, Jeff Love Is Blue / I’ve Been Drinking – 7”vinyl
Beck, Jeff Tallyman/Rock My Plimsoul – 7” vinyl
Bee Gees Extended EP
Black Keys, The / Junior Kimbrough Meet Me In The City
Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) Fix Up b/w You Already Knew
Blue Mountain Eagle Blue Mountain Eagle
Blue Oyster Cult Bad Channels (Soundtrack)
Bowie, David Changes
Bowie, David / Tom Verlaine Kingdom Come
Braid Kids Get Grids
Brown, Junior Better Call Saul: Theme 7″
Buzzcocks The Way
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Rough Raw and Amazing
Case, Neko Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Cash, Johnny Koncert v Praze (In Prague- Live)
Citizen Dick Touch Me I’m Dick
Clutch From Beale Street To Oblivion Special Edition
Cobra Skulls Live At The BBC
Cold War Kids Five Quick Cuts
Comeback Kid Rain City Sessions +1
Cotton, James Cut You Loose
Country Joe and The Fish Together
Cypress Hill The Phuncky Feel One/How Could I Just Kill A Man
D Generation Queens Of A
D’Angelo The Charade
Davis, Miles The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 [5-LP Box Set]
Dead Milkmen, The Beelzebubba
Death Cab for Cutie / Freedy Johnston Bad Reputation
Decembrists, The Picaresque
Deep Purple Black Night b/w Speed King
Dixie Cupes, The Chpel of Love
Doors, The Strange Days
Dylan, Bob The Basement Tapes (Mono)
Dylan, Bob The Night We Called It A Day (Blue Vinyl 7″)
Earle, Justin Townes Live at Grimey’s
Earle, Steve Terraplane
Electric Century Electric Century EP
Eno, Brian My Squelchy Life
Erasure The Violet Flame Remixes
Father John Misty “I Love, Honeybear” (Acoustic Version) b/w “Never Been a Woman”
Flaming Lips Bad Days
Flaming Lips Brainville
Flemons, Dom What Got Over
Florence And The Machine What Kind on Man
Foo Fighters Songs From The Laundry Room
Garbage TBD
Garcia, Jerry Garcia (Compliments)
Getz, Stan & Joao Gilberto Getz/Gilberto ’76
Gov’t Mule Stoned Side of the Mule Volume 2
Grandmaster Flash / Stiff Little Fingers The Message
Grateful Dead Wake Up To Find Out: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY 3/29/90
Greene, Jackie Light Up Your Window – 7″
GWAR America Must Be Destroyed
Hedwig And The Angry Inch Hedwig And The Angry Inch Original Broadway Cast Recording
Hendrix, Jimi “Purple Haze” b/w “Freedom”
Herrmann, Bernard Psycho (Soundtrack)
Hold Steady, The Boys and Girls in America
Interpol Everything Is Wrong
John Butler Trio Ocean
Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings Little Boys With Shiny Toys – 7″
Kenny Wayne Sheperd Band A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1 [Live EP]
Kid Cudi KiD CuDi presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The Journey to Mother Moon
Kinks, The Kinksize Hits 7″
Kinks, The Kinksize Session 7″
Kinks, The You Really Got Me (Live)/Milk Cow Blues (Live)
Leave the Planet Sarah, Where Are You Going
Lee, Alvin Still On The Road To Freedom
Lemonheads, The Bored on the 4th July
Lord Sitar Lord Sitar
Loveless, Lydia & Cory Branan Prince Covers Split Single
Marley, Bob Bob Marley Interviews – So Much Things To Say
Marvin Gaye How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You)/Once Upon A Time
Mastodon Atlanta
McCartney, Paul The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording
Metallica No Life Til Leather
Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Question The Answers
Monk, Thelonious London Collection, Volume 2
Mothersbaugh, Mark The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Mumford & Sons Believe / The Wolf
Musselwhite, Charlie Stand Back!
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds In The Heat Of The Moment
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Oates, John Close/Let’s Drive
OFF! Live from the BBC
Parker, Charlie The Charlie Parker Story
Parsons,  Gram / Lemonheads Brass Buttons
Pastorius, Jaco The Warner Bros. Years VBO
Phish New Year’s Eve 1995, Live at Madison Square Garden (Record Store Day Exclusive)
Phoenix Foundation, The / Eyelids A Can of Moles
Pierson, Kate Don’t Sting The Bee
Pizza Underground, The (feat. Macaulay Culkin) PU Demo’s
Plant, Robert More Roar maxi single
Prine, John September 78
Procul Harem Homburg  EP
Public Enemy Harder Than You Think picture disc
Replacements, The Alex Chilton
Reverend Horton Heat It’s A Rave-Up b/w Beer, Write This Song
Rise Against Eco-Terrorist In Me
Rivers, Joan The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album
Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Grateful Dead
Rocky Horror Picture Show The Time Warp (EP)
Ross, Rick The Maybach Edition
Rundgren, Todd  / Emil Nikolaisen / Hans-Peter Lindstrom Put Your Arms Around Me – 12″
Run the Jewels Record Store Day Release
Sic Kidz Rhythm Girl
Simon & Garfunkel Homeward Bound b/w “Leaves That Are Green”
Sinatra, Frank Songs For Young Lovers (10-inch)
Snider, Todd Impending Doom
Social Distortion Social Distortion
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Live From The Alabama Theatre
Slayer When The Stillness Comes
Sly & The Family Stone Live at the Fillmore
Small Faces Afterglow Of Your Love
Stooges Have Some Fun: Live at Ungano’s
Sugarhill Gang The Best Of Sugarhill Gang (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl/Limited Edition/Gatefold Cover)
Sun Ra Calling Planet Earth
Tegan & Sara Live at Zia Records
Temples Mesmerise Live EP
Tomorrow Tomorrow
Torogood, George George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers
Trey Anastasio Band Bounce / Never
Twenty One Pilots The LC LP
U2 Songs Of Innocence
Vampire Weekend Step
Various Artists I’m Here (A Soundtrack To The Short Film By Spike Jonze)
Various Artists The Darjeeling Limited (Original Soundtrack)
Various Artists AMC’s The Walking Dead: Original Soundtrack Vol.2
Various Artists An On-U Journey Through Time & Space
Various Artists DogFish Head Sampler
Various Artists Furious Hoops Vol.01
Various Artists Sun Records Curated by RSD – Vol 2
Violent Femmes Happy New Year
Warzone Fight For Justice
White Stripes, The Get Behind Me Satan
Wilson, Brian The Right Time / Sail Away – RSD XCL
Wilson, Cassandra / Billie Holiday You Go To My Head & “The Mood That I’m In”
Winter, Johnny It’s My Life, Baby
Wu-Tang Clan Protect Ya Neck
Young the Giant Mirrorball   /  Mind Over Matter (Evolution Tour Version)
Zappa, Frank 200 Motels
Zombies, The R.I.P Album