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Haruki Murakami is hosting a new radio show this week, Stay Home Special

Drawing from his 10,000+ record collection.

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is hosting a special radio show this Friday, called Stay Home Special, for everyone living in lockdown due to the ongoing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: Take an interactive tour of Haruki Murakami’s record collection

Taking its name from Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike’s message for residents to avoid going out, Stay Home Special will see Murakami dipping into his 10,000+ record collection.

“I’m hoping that the power of music can do a little to blow away some of the corona-related blues that have been piling up,” he explains.

During the show, Murakami will also accept questions from listeners.

No stranger to radio, since 2018, Murakami has hosted a quarterly show called Murakami Radios on Tokyo FM.

Stay Home Special will air on Tokyo FM 80.0 and 38 stations in Japan on Friday, the 22nd May, from 1:00 – 2:55 PM (GMT)

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Amoeba Music permanently closes its Hollywood location due to Coronavirus pandemic

“We miss you all and cannot wait until we can be together again.”

Amoeba has permanently shut its Sunset Boulevard location, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: Amoeba Music launches crowdfunding campaign to survive Coronavirus pandemic

Amoeba’s time at its iconic Hollywood location was coming to an end, with a move planned later this year.

While all three of Amoeba’s physical outposts remain closed, the shop is still operating online, and plans to update its website with more second-hand and collectible offerings.

“The only thing we do know for certain is that we intend to survive. … The only way we can keep Amoeba Hollywood alive in the future is to make this difficult decision now,” shares Amoeba.

In the wake of its sudden closure, Amoeba is now focusing its efforts on the launch of the new 6200 Hollywood Blvd location, which it plans to open in the fall.

The news follows Amoeba’s launch of a crowdfunding campaign to support its three shops through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Head here for more info.

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Block9’s Gideön streaming live vinyl-only charity set

Supporting LGBTQ refugees in Kenya and food banks across the UK.

Block9 co-founder and DJ Gideön is hosting a vinyl-only live stream in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, this Saturday 25th April – to support of Alight and #LIVEFORLOVE.

Read more: How record shops are getting vinyl to you during the Coronavirus pandemic

For the six hour, vinyl-only set, Gideön promises to dig into his collection of salsa, Northern Soul, roots, gospel and house records.

Funds raised will be donate to Alight – which has partnered with the Refugee Coalition of East Africa to support LGBTQ refugees in Kenya – and #LIVEFORLOVE, which is raising money to help food banks across the UK.

“Remember, social isolation doesn’t have to be physical isolation, so listen, enjoy, and remain connected.”

Head here for more info in advance of Gideön’s live stream on Saturday 25th April, 8pm-2am.

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Lobster Theremin releases 45-track charity compilation in response to Coronavirus pandemic

“Glistening garage, warm rave waves of classic house music, dreamy ambient, and euphoric breakbeat & jungle.”

Lobster Theremin has released a new compilation, called PLUR, to benefit charities during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Compiled by LT founder Jimmy Asquith alongside labelhead Rosy Morris in just one day, the 3-part compilation collect tracks from 45 artists, including Jun Kamoda, ELLES, Throwing Snow, IMOGEN and more.

“We are reviving the spirit of PLUR (Peace. Love. Respect. Unity.) to encourage positive values and action in a time of great challenges and struggles.”

All profits will be donated to mental health charity Mind, homeless charity Shelter, and to an “independent fund for a number of contributing artists to help give back to the music and wider community,” explains the label.

Head here for more info on Volume 1, here for Volume 2, and here for Volume 3; check out the artwork and tracklists below.


Lobster Plur Volume 1

1. TRP – Pony Up
2. Steven Simpson – In Delta
3. Kempston Hardwick – Astra Convenience
4. Grammar Of Movement – The Party Line
5. Dwarde & Tim Reaper – So Strange
6. Heidi Sabertooth – From One Comes Another
7. Gilmer Galibard – Future Pt.1
8. DJ Mantis – Hiena
9. Merph & Mantissa – Whip
10. Norwell – In Transit
11. New Members – 3000
12. Rove Ranger – Stutenlove
13. Pacific Coliseum – Crystals
14. East Of Eden – Revolutionary Words (Unreleased Paradise Mix)
15. Manuel Fischer – Kintsugi Healed The Doomer

Lobster Plur Volume 2

1. Imre Kiss – Axyn
2. Jun Kamoda – 9_MD1002
3. Warwick – Holla
4. IMOGEN _ Overworx – Octurnal
5. Tred – Do The Dance Little One
6. MEGAFORCE – Space Open
7. Ray Kandinski – Take 2
8. Rhythm Phazer – Glow
9. Plastic & Zoey Shopmaker – Rain On Down
10. Route 8 – Modify Your Music
11. Sofie Birch – Time Swim
12. Shcuro – Suspension
13. Meg Ward – Playground Gossip
14. Raw M.T – WWM
15. RIP Swirl – Rugged

Lobster Plur Volume 3

1. Desert Sound Colony – Mystery Wrap
2. Ben Sims – Free Jack
3. Eliphino – Lo Life
4. Almaty – Airborne
5. Slim Steve – 3pm Rave
6. Matrefakt – People That Matter
7. Serena Butler – Ima (Xhe Iz A Tvue Drexciyan Mix)
8. Tech Support – Low Tide Calling
9. Will Hofbauer – Pyrex
10. Bleaching Agent – The Cockfighter
11. ELLES – 2nite
12. Moving Still – Bad Kafeel
13. Katie Drover – Lost Angel
14. Mean-E – Gimme Dat
15. Throwing Snow – [email protected]

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