Alice Cooper On Vinyl Resurgence: “…the kids, I think they’re tired of buying air. They don’t get anything with it. I think this generation is rebelling against the technology thing. I sign more records than I do CDs anymore.”
50 Iconic Indie Album Covers, The Fascinating Stories Behind The Sleeves: They’re images you’ve seen a thousand times, but what do they mean, and how did they end up on the cover of your favourite ever albums?
“It was one for the books! The Sonics blew it up at Easy Street Records on Record Store Day 2015 with the help of some very special friends…”
South London Record Fair announced: “Taking place 23rd May at The Paperworks, Elephant & Castle, there’ll be label showcases – with the likes of Ninja Tune and Erased Tapes already confirmed – special guest DJ sets…”
“…For an industry that many suggested was a relic of the past, it would seem that the interest in listening to music has never been higher, and that far from being moribund, the world of recorded music is currently changing very quickly and for the first time in forty years audio quality is on the agenda once again…”
Captured Tracks, Greenpoint’s Hidden Gem: “…Starting as a record label before branching out into a record shop in 2013, Captured Tracks is slightly hidden on Calyer Street. Just a small white sign outside the shop points to its basement location. But, if you haven’t heard of the label or been the store, it’s certainly worth seeking out…”
‘Don’t knock Record Store Day,’ say indie retailers: A number of independent record shops have leapt to the defence of Record Store Day following criticism that it is hurting small labels…
Record Store Day Sets Twelve-Year Sales High for Indies: “Record Store Day 2015 was once again a triumph, according to merchants who participated in the event and data supplied by Nielsen Music…”
Metallica Cassette Was Second Best Seller For Record Store Day: Metallica’s special cassette release for Record Store Day was the second biggest selling item on the day last weekend.
Beyond Record Store Day: Digging Up Some Choice Used Americana Vinyl
Pitch Shift: 10 records that sound incredible at the wrong speed: DJs have long experimented with the speeds of their records to add a little bit of personality to their sets…
Vinyl gold: What are the world’s ten most valuable records? Avid record collectors will happily pay through the nose for the right piece of rare vinyl. But how much is their upper limit and what would they be buying?
Vinyl Presses Struggle to Keep up with the Resurgent Demand for Records: Only a handful of pressing plants can make records in the U.S. and their machinery is finicky
Vinyl revival: Q&A – Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company: Following the recent launch of a top 40 vinyl singles and albums chart, Alex Bell caught up with the boss of the Official Charts Company
Head to pop-up for the record: “The third BedPop Record Shop is taking place in The Lane bar, in Castle Quay, and promises a festival vibe with musical entertainment and an official beer…”
“I’m really big into records—I have a lot of records—I like to listen to an album as a whole piece. That may be an old fashioned idea, but there’s definitely a cult of people that really still listen to music that way,” Sean Rowe told us in 2012.
“When I listen to music, I’m always hit by the sound of it first and then I think it’s great because if there’s real substance there, on the fifth listen, you start to dig a little bit deeper. A lot of my favorite music is like that—there’s so much depth to it, however you want to drag yourself into it a million different ways. I love music like that.”
Fast forward to 2015 and Rowe’s returned with Her Songs—his wholly unique and evocative take on 6 tracks from some of his favorite musicians who just happen to be female—including Neko Case, Lucinda Williams, Sade, Cat Power, and Regina Spektor. We’re delighted to unveil the official video for Rowe’s cover of Feist’s “Let It Die,” a thoughtful rumination on turning the proverbial page. And digging a bit deeper.
Her Songs arrives in stores on April 28 via ANTI- Records.
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A Badge of Friendship, Episode 2 features an array of sonic delights from Gaz Coombes to DIY London-based punk band Dead Arms and all the usual fun chat in between.
In this episode, the trio are joined by NYC based comedian Dave Hill and all the usual features are back!
Paul’s Label Love is Sub Pop, Ed has chosen David Hasselhof’s “True Survivor” as his Pass The Cheese track, and Claire unveils Edie Sedgwick’s “Sigourney Weaver” for ABoF’s weekly World of Weird.
The three also ponder whether there should be more political themes in music and which bands they’d like to see reform. Oh, and there’s that whole “smoking pineapple” thing…
Music fans return to vinyl as sales hit new record: “Australian music fans are falling in love all over again with vinyl records, with sales on the rise in recent years….”
A Record Store Day Experiment: One Man’s Quest to Visit Every Massachusetts Record Store in One Day: “So, of course, I installed a functioning turntable in my Saturn Vue and plotted a day trip to visit every single participating shop in the state while listening to vinyl on the drives between…”
Elbow singer Guy Garvey launches new record label Snug Platters: “All Snug Platters releases will be pressed on 10” vinyl and are limited to 1,000 copies, exclusively available at Fiction Records’ store…”
Indie Film Highlighting Bed-Stuy Record Store Debuts at NYC Film Festival: “’Lazarus,’ an independent film inspired by Israel’s Record Shop in the basement of 1118 Fulton St., will debut at the New York City International Film Festival next week…”
Johnny Marr criticises Record Store Day ‘eBay tossers’: Copies of his recent limited edition cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘I Feel You’ were being sold online at an inflated cost
The Best Record Stores In Europe: “…a guide to help you find good record stores next time you travel to one of the 33 European cities listed…”
Record Store Day sales up 628%: “While overall sales, including CDs and casette tapes, saw a huge leap, it was vinyl that delivered the biggest boost in week-on-week sales figures…”
“It looks like the vinyl resurgence isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, for 2015, it may be getting stronger. Vinyl album sales between January and March of this year were 53 percent higher than the first three months of 2014, according to a recent Nielsen report…”
Most of the 50 best-selling vinyl on Record Store Day were reissues: “Sales of vinyl on this year’s Record Store Day were up by 3.3% on 2014’s effort…”
Eight of John Lennon’s solo albums will comprise a new, nine-LP vinyl box set called Lennon. Each record has been remastered from its original analog master and has been cut to 180-gram vinyl from an ultra-high-res digital file and packaged in artwork that faithfully replicates its original U.K. release. The box set will come out on June 9th, while individual copies of the albums will come out on August 21st.
Record Store Day ‘doesn’t bother’ closure-threatened Langley Records owner: Currently under threat of closure due to a planning application from landlord Royal Mail, Langley Records marked Record Store Day at the weekend with a degree of understatement
“Independent record store data compiled by Buzz Angle Music for Record Store Day 2015 has revealed the top 50 best-selling RSD releases. The White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan and Metallica’s cassette demo No Life Til Leather top the list, with the vast majority of spots in the top 50 taken up by reissues of classic albums. Run The Jewels’ ‘Bust No Moves’ 12″ was the highest selling new entry, coming in at number three…”
Stuart McLean brings ‘The Vinyl Cafe’ to life at Saginaw’s Temple Theatre: “In the mythical world conjured up by Canada’s answer to Garrison Keillor, second-hand record store owner Dave shows more interest in Dylan than dollars while his wife Morley struggles to keep the family afloat…”
Record Store Day Around the World: The Scene from London, New York, LA, Tokyo and Austin: “Blazing sunshine didn’t stop the punters flooding into Rough Trade East, London’s biggest independent record store…”
The 11 Vinyl Collectors We Met On Record Store Day at Amoeba Records: We head to Hollywood, Calif. to chat with some vinyl collectors on the eighth annual Record Store Day.
Owner of Village Green Records names his top 5 records: “For Record Store Day 2015, the Daily News asked Travis Harvey, Village Green Records owner, what his five favorite records are…”
“For this year’s Record Store Day, 405 photographer Charlotte Swindell made her way to Reflex in Newcastle, while Matt Richardson went on a bit of an adventure, taking in Rough Trade East, Ample Play, Sister Ray and Rough Trade West. He even snapped an enthusiastic-looking Jarvis Cocker…”
10 Best Selling Vinyl Records of the Last 20 Years: “Joking aside, with the recent increase in Vinyl sales across the UK, Record Store Day is actually quite an important statement from the music industry as it celebrates the independent, physical and the organic sides of the industry in the very tangible format of going out and actually buying a record…”
The beat goes on; Groovacious doing well in new digs: “Longtime Cedar City record store Groovacious recently completed a move to a new location at 195 W. 600 South directly behind Top Spot Hamburgers. The store has settled into the new location and owner Tim Cretsinger said the new spot has seen an uptick in foot traffic…”
PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNS | Unlike say with St. Patrick’s Day, the well-worn adage “Every day should be Record Store Day” is a concept we can truly get behind. And while we’re thrilled many of you will be hitting up your local indie record stores for Record Store Day, your local mom and pops deserve a warm hug throughout the rest of the year as well.
And it’s with this in mind that the lovely ladies of Ex Hex—Mary Timony, Laura Harris, and Betsy Wright—joined us recently on a random Tuesday, during a random week, of a random month, for an entirely unrandom record rummage at Washington, DC’s Som Records to drive the point home that you needn’t set aside just one day a year for a trip to your local vinyl vendors.
Ex Hex themselves held down the #2 spot on our Best of 2014 list last year with Rips, their debut release on Merge Records. Our own Joseph Neff wrote in December, “a dozen songs, all highlights; Ex Hex has produced an outstanding debut that sounds like an instant classic.”
The band takes these 12 classics and more to Chaz’s Bull City Records this Saturday for a Record Store Day in-store, but for now we’re in Washington, DC—and we’re record shopping with Ex Hex.