“I started paying attention to vinyl when a good friend running sound for us gifted me some of his own personal vinyl he bought the day they came out (Led Zeppelin II, III, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, U.K.’s Danger Money).
I didn’t really start collecting myself until I had been on a series of tours in 2005 playing drums for a band called Vedera. Touring up the west coast, I stopped in at every Amoeba Records and book store to see what I could find.
And in the van, the stack grew. I filled a couple crates from what I bought on that tour.”
Digital Gold was mixed by Jeremy Wilson and mastered by Duane Trower at Weights and Measures Soundlab. The album is out today (3/11) on Celebrity Narrators Records and is available for purchase here.
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Riding high as “Band to Watch in 2014″ as designated by the San Diego Reader, the trio from the aforementioned locale, Brothers Weiss deliver a kick in the ass with their new track “Conversations” which we’re delighted to debut today. Some say My Morning Jacket, while we say Led Zeppelin are solid touchstones. And indeed they happen to be big fans of our fetish item of choice…
“The first vinyl record I ever listened to was my dad’s 1967 copy of John Mayall’s The Blues Alone.“
“He gave it to me as a gift when I was nearing graduation from high school. It was one of the last albums to survive from his record collection from his young days, and I still love listening to it. The fact that Mayall played and recorded every instrument and vocal part besides the drums is amazing.
I love the high register, haunting nature of his voice along with the reverb-drenched blues backing it. There was just something special with the way this album resonated through these tiny speakers hooked up to my dad’s turntable. Before I knew it, I had bought my own and was digging through every $1 bin at the local swap meet every Saturday afternoon to find the next album I needed for my collection.”
We’re delighted to debut Adventure Galley’s ”Cult Classic,” taken from the Portland band’s 2013 full length release, Anywhere That’s Wild. And while we’re at it, we’ve got a peek into the band’s record collections for a dose of vinyl-infused inspiration.
Modest Mouse, Moon and Antarctica | “My neighbor showed me this album when I was in middle school. It must have been almost 2 years after it was released, but hearing it for the first time really blew the lid off my world in a way. Before hearing it I never knew modern music could be “cool.”
I think as a young teenager most of my experience with modern music was pop so I tended to lean toward classic rock, but discovering this album that was so ornately textured and almost orchestral that moved throughout like a cohesive piece was what really made me decide to pursue music. I had already started learning to play the drums, but hearing The Moon and Antarctica is why I started taking it seriously.”
Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand | “This was another album that really hit me. Discovering a guitar rock album that played like a dance record was big for me. It’s so steeped in attitude and the song writing is so on point. After hearing “Take Me Out” and “Dark of the Matinee,” I remember sitting around playing the “disco beat” for hours on drums to perfect the groove. It’s probably why I do it so much now.”
Those of you with sharp memories will recall Starina from last September’s First Date feature. At the time, a Kickstarter campaign was underway to fund the filming and production of the video for the track “This I Know,” taken from Starina’s debut full length, The Snow Years.
We watched as the Kickstarter goal was met and later as filming began, and we’re delighted to deliver the world premiere of probably the most cinematic and emotionally engaging video you’ll see all year. Directed by Bradley W. Ragland, we’re pleased to debut “This I Know.”
“When I was a young kid, I got run over by my brother’s bike and a wheel spoke punctured a vein in my left arm. The color of the blood that rose from my skin was beautiful and fascinating to me at first, then painful as hell.
Both the boy riding my brother’s bike, and my brother, wanted me to remain silent and not tell anyone. (It was a house rule—my brother was not allowed to let his friend ride his bike.)
I hated them both for running me over and then trying to keep me silent, and with that rage I always wondered what it would be like to stab the bike back. So they (my bother and his friend) could feel what it was like to feel that kind of pain…”
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