When Record Store Day celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, it was a testament to the continued revival of the vinyl format. Today, popular online audio recording database Discogs is taking it a step further by announcing the first-ever Independent Record Store Month, which will run throughout June.
Taking its status as the largest online house of independent record stores seriously, the powers that be behind Discogs.com feel responsible for strengthening the record store community through outreach, education, advocacy and advocacy. That’s why the first Independent Record Store Month has been launched, along with a series of virtual events connecting music fans with independent record stores around the world and honoring independent stores’ contributions to vinyl culture. .
Throughout the month-long celebration, there will be a number of goals the company will aim to achieve, including making it easier to find and support record stores for music lovers. The Discogs Marketplace is home to thousands of independent sellers around the world and a new digital badge verifies which of those sellers are physical record stores
Discogs has created a global directory of independent record stores designed to inspire music lovers to visit local stores in person or search the badge to find stores selling online. The directory offers extraordinary insight into what makes each record store unique while illustrating trends across borders.
At press time, there were over 1,000 record stores registered in the repertoire with nearly 40 countries represented. More than half of registered stores are located outside the United States.
The party doesn’t stop at collectors either. Independent Record Store Month will end with a virtual conference for participating record stores. All stores that have signed up for the new directory will receive an invitation to the online event along with exclusive data on record sales activity that only Discogs can provide.
Through their knowledge sharing and an open marketplace, Discogs has built a global community of fans, sellers, collectors, archivists and others who seek an elevated relationship with music. These new initiatives launched in conjunction with Independent Record Store Month will continue to highlight unique stores, explore vinyl industry trends and encourage music fans to support independent record stores throughout June and -of the.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week is the very first reissue of an important duo album from the late 60s.
NANCY SINATRA AND LEE HAZELWOOD: ‘NANCY & LEE’
When Nancy Sinatra – the eldest daughter of Frank Sinatra – first met Lee Hazlewood in 1965, she was a 25-year-old divorced sage, struggling to find her place as an artist in a changing musical landscape. . Yet while the couple came from very different worlds, they were about to embark on a partnership that would change the course of their lives.
Just months after meeting, Sinatra scored his first No. 1 hit with “These Boots Are Made For Walking.”
Written and produced by Hazlewood, the song became her signature song, turning her into a confident and authoritative feminist icon. Before long, it seemed natural for the two to release an entire album together.
Now, archival label Light in the Attic has released the first official reissue of “Nancy & Lee,” Sinatra and Hazlewood’s highly influential 1968 duet album. This is the definitive edition of the disc, featuring newly remastered audio, a selection of exclusive content, including a new interview with Sinatra and previously unseen photos. There are also two bonus tracks from the album’s sessions; an ethereal cover of The Kinks’ “Tired of Waiting for You” and an up-tempo version of “Love Is Strange”, first made famous by Mickey & Sylvia in 1956.
Upon its release in the spring of 1968, “Nancy & Lee” became a critical and commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and number 17 in the UK. Two years later, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Over the decades, the LP’s appeal has only grown, while the album has achieved an enduring cult status that few tracks achieve. Several generations of artists, including Sonic Youth, Lana Del Rey and Jesus & Mary Chain, have cited him as an influence.
The reissue of ‘Nancy & Lee’ is available in a variety of formats including vinyl, cassette, CD, 8-track and digital. The vinyl comes in an enlarged gatefold sleeve and features Ron Joy’s iconic and original cover photo. Inside, a 20-page booklet features an array of photos from Sinatra’s personal collection, along with an in-depth Q&A.
In addition to the classic black vinyl pressing, a selection of colored variations – including “Psychedelic Sand Wax” and “Sundown, Sundown” gold and light metal – can be found exclusively at places like NancySinatra.com, LightintheAttic.net, independent record stores. and select online retailers.
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