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Area shops Gallery of Sound, Musical Energi ready for Record Store Day

As the needle prepares to drop on another Record Store Day, two of the area’s record stores are poised to celebrate in grander fashion than ever before.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. today for the annual celebration of physical-format music, and more than 400 first-time and limited-edition releases will be available at record stores across the country.

Not all items will be available at every store, and patrons should check with their local establishments to verify the availability of specific products.

The Gallery of Sound will feature a full schedule of live music at both its Wilkes-Barre Township and Dickson City Locations.

“This is our first time doing the live music in Dickson City,” said Gallery of Sound co-owner Joe Nardone Jr. “We have a solo, acoustic set-up up there.”

Jay Notartomaso, owner of Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre, is making Record Store Day a two-day affair.

“Basically Saturday (today) is still Record Store Day, and you’ll want to show up for all the releases,” Notartomaso said. “And Sunday (tomorrow) will have all the entertainment.”

The expanded RSD plans come less than a month after the Recording Industry Association of America released its 2017 year-end revenue report showing that CD and vinyl record sales surpassed digital download sales for the first time since 2011. While subscription-driven streaming services still accounted for the majority of the music industry’s growth last year, both Nardone and Notartomaso have seen a continued positive trend in record store culture.

“Every day, we get new customers,” Nardone said, noting that he sees fresh faces in the form of a younger generation of record-buyers and older patrons who have re-embraced the medium. “Ten years ago, the new customer flow was zero. … It’s trendy again. Finding vintage records is big again.”

Notartomaso said the movement is encouraging because music fans are buying entire records again instead of downloading singles.

“When people identify with an artist, they want to open an album cover, read the lyrics, and make that album a part of their home and a part of their life,” he said.

This year’s RSD releases include an LP of The Sunday’s 1990 debut “Reading, Writing and Arithmetic,” a 7-inch picture disc for “Roxanne” by The Police, a Frank Zappa LP titled “Lumpy Gravy b/w Primordial” in burgundy vinyl, and “Run for the Roses” by Jerry Garcia in black and orange marbled vinyl.

“A big one this year is a Led Zeppelin 7-inch with an unreleased version of ‘Rock And Roll’ on it,” Nardone said.

Other featured releases include four distinct titles by David Bowie, a 7-inch by The Flaming Lips titled “The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon,” and Pink Floyd’s “Piper At The Gates of Dawn” on LP and in mono.

“One that I’m particularly excited about is called ‘Hillbillies in Hell,’” Notartomaso said of an LP subtitled “Volume 666 (Country Music’s Tormented Testament: 1952-1974).” “It’s a compilation of country music songs, twangers, but really inappropriate songs with off color-lyrics. I’ve gotten into old country of the ’50s and ’60s.”

As the day approaches, the store owners are looking forward to the annual campaign but also to another potentially successful year in an ever-changing industry.

“I spend most of my time right now looking for great used records,” Nardone said. “I have a collection of about 9,000 records with outstanding titles I’m going to be unleashing.”

Notartomaso, who has traditionally had a focus on buying and selling vintage titles, said he sells as much from his used shelves as he does limited titles on Record Store Day. Also a refurbisher of used turntables, he sees the re-engagement of physical format music as an opportunity for people to get excited again about sharing music in an organic way.

“It’s cool to sit around a record player and listen,” Notartomaso said. “You’re touching the data; it’s exposed to the air, and you can see it. It’s an event. … It doesn’t seem to me like it’s just a fad.”

For the full list of Record Store Day releases visit the official RSD website at recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases.

Musical Energi offers of vast library of new and used CDs and vinyl records. Store owner Jay Notartomaso said renewed passion for physical format music is not a trend in his opinion and that the concept is validated by people who are once again gathering around record players to share music.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Musical-Energi1-1.jpgMusical Energi offers of vast library of new and used CDs and vinyl records. Store owner Jay Notartomaso said renewed passion for physical format music is not a trend in his opinion and that the concept is validated by people who are once again gathering around record players to share music. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
A compilation of Record Store Day free giveaways is displayed at Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The merchandise includes bags, posters and flexi discs.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Musical-Energi2-1.jpgA compilation of Record Store Day free giveaways is displayed at Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The merchandise includes bags, posters and flexi discs. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Jay Notartomaso, owner of Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre, poses near records for sale in his store. Notartomaso is making Record Store Day a two-day affair this year, conducting RSD today as scheduled and featuring live music from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_Musical-Energi3-1.jpgJay Notartomaso, owner of Musical Energi in downtown Wilkes-Barre, poses near records for sale in his store. Notartomaso is making Record Store Day a two-day affair this year, conducting RSD today as scheduled and featuring live music from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Joe Nardone Jr. holds up a few records in his Wilkes-Barre Township store, Gallery of Sound, that will be available today for Record Store Day. In addition to offering a variety of limited-edition and first-time releases on Record Store Day, Gallery of Sound will offer a full schedule of live music at both its Wilkes-Barre Township and Dickson City locations.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_wbw041818RecordStoreDay1-1.jpgJoe Nardone Jr. holds up a few records in his Wilkes-Barre Township store, Gallery of Sound, that will be available today for Record Store Day. In addition to offering a variety of limited-edition and first-time releases on Record Store Day, Gallery of Sound will offer a full schedule of live music at both its Wilkes-Barre Township and Dickson City locations. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
The window display at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre Township reflects a Record Store Day theme ahead of today’s event. Gallery of Sound co-owner Joe Nardone Jr. said reinvigorated interest in vinyl record sales brings new customers into his stores on a daily basis, which, he pointed out, could not be said a decade ago.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_wbw041818RecordStoreDay2-1.jpgThe window display at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre Township reflects a Record Store Day theme ahead of today’s event. Gallery of Sound co-owner Joe Nardone Jr. said reinvigorated interest in vinyl record sales brings new customers into his stores on a daily basis, which, he pointed out, could not be said a decade ago. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
A group of Record Store Day titles is displayed at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre Township. Featured releases include the ‘Stay Gold Collectors Edition’ vinyl box set by Run The Jewels, the two-LP ‘A Sides’ by Soundgarden, and the self-titled album by Sublime on 10-inch vinyl.
https://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_wbw041818RecordStoreDay3-1.jpgA group of Record Store Day titles is displayed at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre Township. Featured releases include the ‘Stay Gold Collectors Edition’ vinyl box set by Run The Jewels, the two-LP ‘A Sides’ by Soundgarden, and the self-titled album by Sublime on 10-inch vinyl. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Gallery of Sound, Musical Energi to offer limited, debuted titles

By Matt Mattei

mmattei@timesleader.com

Record Store Day live music schedules

Both Gallery of Sound and Musical Energi open at 8 a.m. today to offer limited and first-time Record Store Day releases and free giveaways.

Gallery of Sound, 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre Township

Noon: Bret Alexander

1 p.m.: Indigo Moon Brass Band

2 p.m.: Rockology Music Academy student bands

3 p.m. Jackknife Stiletto

4 p.m. Aaron Fink & The Fury

5 p.m. Trippy Switch

6 p.m. Rockology Music Academy staff jam

Gallery of Sound, 237 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City

1 p.m. Daniel Rosler of Esta Coda and A Fire With Friends

1:35 p.m. Jordan Ramirez of Half Dollar

2:10 p.m. George Yurchak of Eibes

2:45 p.m. Sean Flynn of American Buffalo Ghost

3:30 p.m. Doug Griffiths of Purcell

4:15 p.m. Charles Davis of Doghouse Charlie

5 p.m. David Hage of Coal Minor Canary

Musical Energi, 24 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre,will offer live music from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow to cap off a full weekend of celebration in honor of Record Store Day. Featured acts are Brendan Brisk with Stephen Stec, Tori V, and Matt Ratt spinning vinyl. Any RSD releases still in stock and leftover giveaways will be also be offered tomorrow.

For more information on the Gallery of Sound, visit galleryofsound.com, facebook.com/galleryofsound, or call 570-829-3603. For more information on Musical Energi, visit musicalenergi.com, facebook.com/MusicalEnergi, or call 570-829-2929.

Reach Matt Mattei at 570-991-6651 or on Twitter @TimesLeaderMatt.