Bandcamp Opening Physical Record Store in Oakland, CA

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Here’s some good news for fellow music junkies: Taking a page from e-tailers such as Amazon and Warby Parker, online music retailer Bandcamp will launch a brick-and-mortar record store at 1901 Broadway (steps away from the 19th Street BART station) on February 1 in Oakland, CA. Nice!

According to a post on Bandcamp Daily, the shop will “feature a selection of records that showcase the diversity and design of the more than five million albums available on Bandcamp, and we’ll soon host free, all-ages shows as part of an upcoming video series.”

Additionally, the store is planning to partner “with amazing local organizations like Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, and Transgender Law Center (check out last year’s fundraiser) to throw music-focused community events.”

Bandcamp will celebrate the store’s opening with an all-age event featuring Bells Atlas, Sol Development, Queens D. Light, Jazz on the Sidewalk, and MJ’s Brass Boppers taking place at 7pm on opening day.

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Images by Richard Morgenstein via Bandcamp Daily

Highline Ballroom Closing in February, Owners Eyeing New Locale

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The rent is too damn high — especially for New York City nightclubs. After Output and Cielo announced their respective closures at the end of 2018, Manhattan venue Highline Ballroom, a small live venue which has hosted shows by Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Adele, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and The Roots, announced today that they are shuttering after a 12-year run.

According to club owner Steven Bensusan, “Our landlord has decided not to renew Highline Ballroom’s lease. For over a year we were led to believe that a renewal was imminent, however it is now clear that the landlord has other plans for the building. This is obviously a growing trend within the New York real estate market impacting various entertainment venues and businesses.”

However, owner Bensusan said that he is looking for a new locale. “We plan on reopening Highline Ballroom at a new location in the Chelsea/Meatpacking District and are currently looking at options. We hope to be able to announce our plans soon.”

The final show date and programming will be announced shortly.

Image via Highline Ballroom

New Order’s ‘Movement’ Debut to Be Released as Boxed Set

New Order Movement Definitive Edition

Manchester electronic legends New Order will revisit their monumental debut album, Movement, produced by Martin Hannett and originally released by Factory Records in November 1981, with a robust boxed set due out on April 5. The groundbreaking album was recorded between April 24 and May 4, 1981 at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England.

As music fans will know, New Order rose out of the ashes of pioneering post-punk band Joy Division, which dissolved after singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in May 1980. Curtis’s life was the subject of the 2007 biopic Control directed by famed photographer Anton Corbijn.

The multi-format Movement (Definitive Edition) will include the vinyl LP with its original iconic sleeve designed by Peter Saville, original album CD in replica mini album sleeve, a bonus CD of previously unreleased tracks, DVD of live shows and TV appearances, plus a hard backed book, all housed in a lift-off lid box. Four 12-inch singles “Ceremony (version 1),” “Ceremony (version 2),” “Everything’s Gone Green” and “Temptation” will be released in their original sleeves starting March 8.

The multi-format release will sell for $139.98. Continue Reading

Carl Cox Launches Clothing Line For Babies, Children & Adults

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Last we heard from Carl Cox he had announce a partnership with Pacha founder Pepe Rosello, general manager Juan Arenas and Ibiza promoter Dave Browning to “push the brand forward,” suggesting that an announcement of a new club is forthcoming. As the world awaits the next announcement, Cox has launched a T-shirt and merchandise collection. He joins a coterie of fellow DJs including Ellen Allien, Daft Punk and Dixon who’ve also entered the world of fashion.

Cox’s brand has two lines: Club Classics features his logo and assorted phrases like “Techno should scare the sh*t out of you” (pictured below) while Carl Cox Motorsport focuses on all things two- and four wheels.

We should point out that Cox’s duds are available for a broad demographic, ranging from babies (pictured below) to adults. To accommodate the larger set, shirts are available in sizes as large as 3XL.

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Said Carl in a recent interview about his new endeavor: “It was the right time for me to do this. I always want to connect more with my fans and I think by doing this line, I can do that in a way that is memorable and lasting. I still have tour shirts from shows I’ve seen and that makes for some fond memories. I hope this line give my fans a similar feeling.”

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