Monday, April 30, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Nicolas Jaar

I LOVE Nicolas Jaar. I pick up every single piece of vinyl he makes, THIS is awesome . Musician and owner of record label Clown & Sunset, Nicolas Jaar, has just released a new collection of tracks entitled Don't Break My Love, not on CD or vinyl, but on a small aluminium cube called The Prism… Don't Break My Love is a 12-track label showcase and the 4x4x4cm cube it is released on (above) sports two holes (headphone sockets) and four unlabelled buttons. Jaar tells us that it as well as vinyl, the small metal cube will be the primary format for future releases on Clown & Sunset.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Restaurant Mental Health Code Violations

Some of these are great, especially if you've worked in the industry. FTA: "Customer over the age of thirty-five is told by server that chocolate dessert is “tight,” “off the hook,” and also “the bomb.” "Party of seven all wearing flip-flops in plain sight."

Monday, April 23, 2012

Record Store Day

Interesting article on Record Store Day I .did not go this year for the first time. I did have some family stuff going on but I could have made some time if I wanted to. I saw the 2012 RSD as quite different than past years. This year seemed much more about labels and distribution not about bands or special releases. Just lots of stuff repressed as a release - but not much in the weird B side kinda thing department. Jack White did some interesting things as he always does but more stuff like repressing the Misfits Walk Among Us on colored vinyl..... bah. Hopefully next year they will get back into the spirit of releasing things that are B sides and other oddball things.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to Enjoy a Turntable Without Obsessing

Buying records is easy. You can find them by the milk crate at yard sales, for a few dollars apiece in used record stores. But buying the instrument needed to listen to them, a turntable, is a different matter.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


really great article on records by Joe Petro. FTA:
"Think about the last time you decided to listen to music. Now think about the last time “listening to music” was the sole activity you were engaged in. By this, I mean the music was not just accompaniment to some other activity, like commuting to work, surfing the Internet, or cooking. Obviously music can compliment all these things well, but it can also be great on its own.

Anyway, my guess is that it’s been awhile since you put on an album, laid down on your bed, and listened to it for 45 minutes. If I’m correct, I suggest that you try it out. And if you don’t think you have the self-control to do it on your own, maybe buy some fresh vinyl and give it a spin."

Friday, April 6, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Jack White Releases New Flexi by Balloon!

Three weeks prior to the April 24 release of his debut album Blunderbuss (Third Man Records/Columbia), Third Man Records has premiered the as yet unreleased Jack White album track "Freedom at 21" exclusively via 1000 flexi-disc records attached to helium balloons launched from the label headquarters in Nashville on April 1st, 2012.

Nice Interview with Derek Riggs

How do you feel about The Number Of The Beast sleeve 30 years on? Many people would say it’s the definitive Iron Maiden artwork – would you agree?

I turned out a lot of pictures back then. I did them and they shot out the door, then I never saw them again. Really that picture is just one more in a very long line of pictures that I did in the 1980s. I am a professional illustrator and I don’t get emotionally attached to my pictures. They are just the means for me to earn a living. For me to become attached to a picture would be rather like a carpenter getting attached to a chair. It’s a bit ridiculous really.

I don’t know if it’s the definitive Maiden cover. That’s not my call really, that’s up to the fans. I did a load of pictures for Maiden, they covered a vast area of subject matter. I am not sure what would make one definitive and another one not. What defines Maiden’s covers? I don’t know, the first one I guess, the one set the place for Eddie. All the others followed that first one.

I wish I had more time to paint it, I could have done a much better job. Maybe I should do a new version, now that I have more time to do it. I could do it the way I really wanted to. Or maybe I can’t be bothered… What do you think I should do?

read the rest in here