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Record Store Week 2014

Record Store Week: Pearson Sound, Matias Aguayo, Leon Vynehall, and Gerd Share Their Favorite Shops

All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here. Following several days of our own selections, we figured that it was only right to close out this year's Record Store Week by letting a few other people weigh in with their favorite haunts. In that spirit, we've enlisted some artists that have appeared regularly on XLR8R in recent years—Pearson Sound, Matias Aguayo, Leon Vynehall, and Gerd—to tell us about their top spots to do some digging and fatten up their record collections. … Read more »

Record Store Week: Co-Op 87

All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here. On Co-Op 87's stereo, co-owner Mike Catalano is enjoying an LP by Latin composer and lounge cult-figure Juan García Esquivel. Catalano's business partner, Ben Steidel, voices his approval of the seemingly bargain-bin fare and says, "Yeah, people are really quick to dismiss records like this." Catalano agrees. "Yeah, there's pretty remarkable stuff out there that's not cared about anymore, for sure." This shared infatuation with the obscure and underappreciated sides of music history is something that drives Co-Op 87; though the shop features the usual sort of rock, soul, jazz, hip-hop, house, disco, and country offerings, sections of the store have also been dedicated to private press LPs, Bollywood, calypso, Irish folk, and even cheesecake album covers. … Read more »

Record Store Week: Rubadub

All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here. In April last year, around 300 people gathered in Glasgow city center for an unusual party. People brought bottles of champagne and wore party hats to George Square, chanting "ding dong, the witch is dead," and "Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead." In other parts of Britain, on the same day, people played instruments, let off party streamers and drank milk (it's a long story) while rejoicing in similar fashion. They were celebrating the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister and a pariah figure for the country's working classes. Thatcher is hated more in Scotland's west coast than perhaps any other region, but she wasn't all bad: she was also the inspiration for setting up Rubadub, a dance music institution in Scotland that celebrates its 22nd birthday this year. … Read more »

Record Store Week: People's Records

All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here. For those who have never set foot in the "Techno City," or at least haven't strayed outside the confines of the annual Movement Festival, it's easy to imagine Detroit as the crumbling metropolis it's often portrayed as in the media, a place filled with beautiful but empty skyscrapers, expansive abandoned factories, and blocks of burnt-out homes. At the same time, it's just as easy to imagine Detroit as a dance music hotbed, the birthplace of techno that's still home to many of the genre's originators and a number of the United States' top DJs and producers. There is truth in both sentiments; despite all of its struggles, Detroit is a city whose musical spirit is very much alive. Most people will point to the city's numerous artists and the labels when asserting this notion, but on more of a street level, music retail is incredibly healthy in Detroit. When the renowned Record Time closed years ago, many feared that the rest of the city's record stores would eventually follow suit, and some of them did. However, things have since stabilized, and even switched directions. Survivors like Desirable Discs, Detroit Threads, and Buy-Rite (now operating as Detroit Music Center) are thriving, Underground Resistance's elusive Submerge continues to operate and host the Detroit Techno Museum, and new stores like Hello and People's Records have opened for business. … Read more »

Record Store Week: Hard Wax

All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here. Back in 1996, when Biba Kopf traveled to Berlin to profile Basic Channel for The Wire, Mark and Moritz—who back then refused to give their last names—took their interviewer to a record store. "[They] invite me the Hard Wax record shop in Kreuzberg. For three hours, I am blitzed with a brief history of Chicago house and Detroit techno: the early Chicago acid tracks of Phuture, Armando and Armani, then moving onto Detroit for Cybotron, Model 500, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, and Juan Atkins." Nearly two decades on, making a cursory reference to Hard Wax without pausing to reflect on its importance would be unthinkable. … Read more »

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