It’s not all about digital music: An old vinyl record factory gets new life: Bob Marley pressed some of his records there. So did 2 Live Crew, Mary J. Blige, Lee “Scratch” Perry and 50 Cent. Now the former Final Vinyl record factory, founded in Opa-locka in the 1970s by Jamaican reggae producer Joe Gibbs as his base of U.S. operations, is reopening for business under a new name. SunPress Vinyl, a vinyl record pressing plant at 14097 NW 19th Ave., boasts six pressing machines, including one capable of producing multi-colored and picture discs. The facility will also offer complete packaging services such as labels, single or gatefold jackets and inner sleeves.
Vinyl Records Make A Comeback In Kilwinning: A music-loving Kilwinning couple are bringing vintage vinyl back to the Main Street. Husband and wife team Colin and Andrea Boyd rolled back the years this week with the opening of the Rare Trade record shop in their home town. And they reckon the nationwide resurgence of old school 45s and 78s means they shouldn’t have a problem carving a niche in a digital world. Colin, who lives in the town’s Dalry Road, said: “Vinyl records are back with a bang – people are starting to realise that now.”
Massive vinyl record and CD fair is heading to Bromsgrove: The first Bromsgrove vinyl record and CD fair of 2017 will take place between 10am and 4pm next Sunday (January 29). The event, organised by Midlands Records Fairs, is being held at the Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa – formerly the Holiday Inn – Birmingham Road where there is free parking available for buyers and sellers. Admission for buyers is £1 from 10am to 1pm and then free entry afterwards. There are also ‘early bird’ passes for £5 which admit people from 9am. Prices will suit bargain hunters and keen collectors alike.
Label ventures into vinyl with first press of its kind: Dustin Blocker started Hand Drawn Records in 2006. He saw untapped potential among indie bands across North Texas — including Denton acts. He wanted a label that would serve musicians, not shoulder past them in hot pursuit of a big, blinking bottom line. Eleven years later, the University of North Texas alumnus means to plump up that bottom line for musicians by putting a vinyl album in their hands. If things go as planned, Hand Drawn Pressing will make 2 million records a year.
This Is How (And Why) Slightly Stoopid’s Smokable, $7,000 Hash Record Got Made: These are glory days for aging hipsters: The availability of both limited-edition vinyl releases and bespoke strains of weed may be greater than ever. Vinyl sales are at a 28-year high in the United States, and cannabis is legally available for medical and/or recreational use in 28 states. Which, perhaps, made inevitable the arrival of the first known record pressed from hash. “It’s all about putting two old-school vintage mediums together,” says Jon Phillips of Silverback Music, the team that made the LP and manages the stalwart jam band Slightly Stoopid. “Vinyl is an old-school medium, and that’s how we feel about hashish, too.”