In rotation: 5/19/17

Thorens unveils new retro 900-series turntables: Thorens has unveiled a new range of retro-inspired turntables, the 900-series, marrying vintage design with all-new materials and build. Based loosely on the Swiss manufacturer’s classic TD 170 and TD 160 from the ’60s and ’70s, the three new turntables are made of Tricom, with is an aluminium/POM composite that is both firm and good at dampening sound. The 130-year old audio company has taken several steps with the new 900s to dampen vibrations at every point, with the motor mounted directly onto the sub-chassis, which powers the belt-drive sub-platter. Further more, that sub-chassis is suspended on adjustable conical springs.

Romanus Records: the little label that’s reinventing vinyl, Sand? Feathers? Razor blades? Meet Romanus Records, the tiny Indianapolis label taking vinyl into new, exciting, and occasionally dangerous territory: Take the Indianapolis label’s approach to In Ya Neck v2, by feisty Texan rock’n’roll duo Ghost Wolves, which came out earlier this year. Splatter vinyl was never going to be enough. Instead, the label issued a ‘Dangerous vinyl’ edition and inserted razor blades into the plastic, scattering them round the plastic like deadly sharks encircling a shipwreck. And — as if that wasn’t enough — they added a layer of free-flowing “gun powder” to the record, which tumbles around inside the vinyl as it moves. It might just be the first EP you’re not allowed to take on board an aircraft.

Radiohead fan recreates OK Computer cover at Connecticut location it was shot: Radiohead fans got their minds blown last week upon the discovery that the seemingly anonymous highway connector on the cover of OK Computer is located in Hartford, Connecticut. Now another fan has travelled to the Hilton hotel where the original photo appeared to be taken to get a look for themselves. Theories suggested that the Hilton hotel was where the cover photo was taken due to the angle and the fact that the band performed in Hartford on August 20, 1996 shortly before going back to England to record OK Computer. On Reddit, the fan explains he travelled to the hotel and asked to visit one of the rooms overlooking the highway to see.

The Raiders Of The Lost Ark soundtrack is getting a vinyl reissue: According to Consequence Of Sound, Concord has announced that it’s releasing a special vinyl reissue of John Williams’ soundtrack for Raiders Of The Lost Ark. The double-LP is pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and it comes in a “gatefold jacket with original sills and artwork from the movie.” Along with that fancy presentation, it will include “over 30 minutes of extended cues” that you could only get on an extended CD version from 2008 before now. The reissue was also arranged by Bernie Grundman, the engineer who mastered the original soundtrack in 1981. You can see the full tracklist at Consequence Of Sound, and you can pre-order the album on Amazon.

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