COLLECTING NOVELTY, CELEBRITY AND OUTSIDER MUSIC by Adam Papagan~ ow would you classify an album of dogs barking Beatles songs? Do Leonard Nimoy’s Star Trek inspired albums belong in Pop Vocal, or is it more complicated than that? And what about all that early stuff on Rhino, don’t they hold up surprisingly well? These are [...]
THE TEMPO RECORDINGS by Armand Lewis~ ost people think of jazz as a particularly American art form. While it certainly had its beginnings and primary development in the U.S., there were many prominent players elsewhere in the world starting in the 1940s and ‘50s. Many of the best foreign players came from Europe, where a [...]
To those in the vinyl game, Bob is better known as a constant presence at record shows, which have become as much a competition for that month’s holy grail record and bragging rights thereof, carefully culling out those 45s good enough for his collection, about which little is known, but must be impressive based on what he buys.
THE HYPE, THE CROWDS, THE NEW AUDIO GEAR by Vinyl Pete~ he ads for the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show started coming in late summer last year. One that particularly intrigued me was Cisco’s “ The Internet of Everything.” If that were the case, then surely holograms (and holodecks) for Food, Sport and Sex would be [...]
ROCK AND ROLL MEETS DOO-WOP AT INLAND EMPIRE RECORD STORE, GROOVERS by Dave Gnerre~ he history of record stores releasing vinyl on their own labels is a long and storied one. Devora Brown at Fortune in Detroit, Slim Rose at Times Square in New York City, Ray Dobard at Music City in Berkeley, Charlie Reynolds [...]
JIM KAPLAN TALKS TO MUSIC HISTORIAN, HARVEY KUBERNIK ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK: IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO TODAY THE BEATLES INVADE AMERICA AND HOLLYWOOD by Jim Kaplan~ os Angeles native and pop and rock music historian Harvey Kubernik has been an active journalist for over 40 years, published six books, penned over a thousand articles [...]
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE EXCLUSIVES ON OFFER AT THE ANNUAL NATIONWIDE VINYL STORE FEST by Lance Baresi~ On April 19, 2014 record lovers and eBay speculators will converge on brick and mortar record stores across the world to celebrate the seventh annual Record Store Day! By now, anyone reading this publication should [...]
UPGRADE YOUR VINYL by Jim Kaplan~ Everything is changing in the world today. Sides have been chosen. Lines have been drawn (and redrawn) Voices are raised. Change like this brings as much fear, uncertainty and anger as hope. We’re all aware of the Blue vs. Red controversy. Gold vs. Black. Moving coil vs. Moving Magnet. [...]