Back in the grooves with a vinyl revival

 http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25538171-23272,00.html

FORGET about home theatre surround sound, iPod docking stations and the latest new-wave all-in-one music systems.

It's time to get ready for the next revolution.

Record players and the paraphernalia that goes with them – stylii, cleaning tools, vinyl records and old-fashioned amplifiers – are making a comeback.

The downloading generation has discovered the tangible benefits of vinyl, and records sales are soaring across the country.

High-end hi-fi specialist Mervyn Marshall, of Northside Hi-Fi, has already doubled his sales of record players this year over last year.

Egg Records owner Ric Trevaskes says players and old-fashioned amplifiers are becoming harder to get and more expensive as more people want them.

And the range of retailers stocking record players has mushroomed, from the small retailer dedicated to acoustic excellence to mass market stockists such as Aldi and Dick Smith Electronics, as record companies now produce records that come with codes to access a free download so you can protect your precious vinyl.

Brisbane's Rocking Horse Records owner Warwick Vere says record sales are up 45 per cent on last year. "It is one of the good things that has come out of the downloading generation," he said.

"They and their cousins are discovering the wonders of vinyl. "There are some funny stories of course. A lot of them go, you mean, you turn them over and play the other side?"

Mr Vere says there's no doubt records sound better than CDs, as the highs and lows of recordings are compressed on CDs.

While many may not realise the value of their dusty old record collections, a lot of others over-estimate the worth of their collections.

'We have plenty of people ringing us up telling us that they've got Hot August Night by Neil Diamond," Mr Vere said.

"I tell them, so has half the universe, love."

Those new to vinyl are discovering you just can't buy an old record player on its own –

you also need the old-fashioned amplifiers, usually sourced from parents or grandparents, to reproduce the sound.

 

Zero.1 is a record player that hides CDs in its belly

 http://dvice.com/archives/2009/05/zero1-is-a-reco.php

Zero.1 is a record player that hides CDs in its belly

Zero.1 is a record player that hides CDs in its belly

Vinyl records, despite being a relatively ancient media format, still has its fans, which is why albums are still released on the format. And CDs, while on the way out, are still the main way music is sold. The Zero.1 is a way to play both formats on the same device.

The clever player has a space for a CD right below where a record would sit, allowing you to choose which format to listen to. And in order to keep it a bit more relevant to these times, it also plays MP3s. Of course.

 

Local bands ditch CDs, go vinyl as musical nostalgia grows

 http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/front/article/671313

Even though they formed during the digital music revolution of MP3s, file sharing and MySpace, the Strawmen knew from day one they wanted to put out their first release on vinyl.

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Eric Daigle of Spin It shows off some vinyl records by local bands.

"We knew from the get-go that we wanted to make a proper single," said Jordan Dugas, rhythm guitarist for the Riverview-based folk-rock trio. "We're all big vinyl fans, and we wanted to make a single we took our time with, that would be something tangible, worth having, because there's thousands of MySpace bands that only exist online, on MySpace."

The Strawmen are set to release their single "Jack Rabbit" on June 12 at the Paramount.

Frontman Tom Martin said there's something permanent about holding a record, reading its linear notes, and gazing at sizable cover art that isn't there when he looks at a diminutive CD — and he prefers the sound, too.

"I can remember the first record I bought, but I couldn't tell you the first CD I bought," he said. "Personally, I find it a more comfortable sound. I even enjoy the cracks and the pops."

A number of other local acts have ditched recording onto CD, even though it's a lot cheaper to produce and more accessible for mainstream audiences (because you can't take your record player with you on a run or in the car).

The Varsity Weirdos, Elevator, Fear of Lipstick, East Coast Music Award-winning rapper Hotbox, the now-defunct Damnsels and Bad Luck #13 are a few Moncton-area recording artists who have opted to release albums on vinyl.

Spin-It Records owner Partick Parisé said some music fans say vinyl records carry a "warmer," higher-quality sound than a CD or an MP3.

Aside from quality, he said bands are making a statement when they release an album on vinyl.

"For some reason, vinyl has always been kind of cool," said Parisé, who has noticed an increase in vinyl record sales at his store over the past few years, "and it's making a resurgence now. But overall if you're a punk band, it's cooler to have a record on vinyl than it is to have it on CD; you're kind of going against the grain."

According to Nielsen SoundScan, a data information system that tracks music sales, U.S. vinyl record sales nearly doubled in 2008, up to 1.88 million from 990,000 sold in 2007.

The news is music to record collector Ray Auffrey's ears.

"I'm happy to announce there's a bit of resurgence," said Auffrey, 40. "I love seeing it, when a youngster grabs a record for the first time. You'll often see kids come by and see a forty-five (7-inch record) for the first time and say, 'look dad, a big CD.' I can't say it's surprising but it is heart-warming when I see it."

A rock n' roll fan at heart, Auffrey estimates he's collected over 4,000 vinyl records since he started in Grade 3.

In that time, he's seen the demise of the 8-track and the rise and fall of the cassette tape.

He's also watched vinyl records be pushed to the brink of extinction by the emergence of the CD in the late 1980s.

But CDs, he predicts, are now going the way of the cassette tape.

"It's almost disposable," he said of CDs, despite production costs being a fraction of that of a vinyl record,

For example, pressing an LP (12-inch record) with the Vinyl Record Guru, a British Columbia-based brokerage company, would cost a band approximately $5.40 per record.

Conversely, Auffrey said the cost of releasing a CD is much cheaper, at a buck or two per disc.

Live Wire Music Emporium owner Marty LeBlanc said his store carries close to 10,000 vinyl records.

While he hasn't noticed a significant hike in vinyl sales, he has noticed a decline in CD sales.

"I find that kids are inheriting their parents' collections and they're coming in and buying more vinyl as opposed to CDs," said LeBlanc, organizer of the Record Expo held in Moncton every six months. "I find CD sales did drop for us. They're still there, as long as they're affordable. But records, we've never dropped our price and they're sill going."

Mainstream acts like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan have shared in an effort to keep records alive by offering incentives to customers who buy their albums on vinyl.

"They'll throw in a CD or an MP3 code where you can go online and download the album," said Auffrey. "They're making less profit and even rewarding you for buying the format of their preference."

Parisé said the hoopla about a vinyl comeback is cyclical. The format hasn't really ever gone away, he said, and he doesn't think it will anytime soon.

"Vinyl has outlasted every other format out there, you know, 8-tracks, cassette tapes are long gone, CDs aren't selling as well as they used to be, and vinyl still sells quite well," he said. "I think vinyl will stick around for a long time, without a doubt. And myself, I think there's a certain warmth to listening to a song on vinyl."

Vinyl Saturday

http://idolator.com/5238702/will-vinyl-saturday-drag-people-back-to-the-record-stores

Will “Vinyl Saturday” Drag People Back To The Record Stores?

portable-fisher-priceThe people behind the one-day indie-music-retail blowout Record Store Day are hoping so; they’ve declared the third Saturday of every month Vinyl Saturday, on which limited-edition vinyl releases will be available at participating indie shops. The first installment is Saturday, June 20, and there will be four special releases on shelves that day:

• A Wilco seven-inch (”You Never Know” b/w “Unlikely Japan,” recorded in 2003);
• A Green Day seven-inch (”Know Your Enemy” b/w “Hearts Collide”);
• A Modest Mouse seven-inch (”Autumn Beds” b/w “Whale Song”–this will actually be at all record stores on the 23rd, but Vinyl Saturday participants will allegedly get it in time to sell it Saturday); and
• A Pete Yorn/ScarJo seven-inch (a duet b/w a Yorn demo).

By some measures, this list is certainly impressive. But like the list of Record Store Day exclusives before it, I can’t help but feel that the organizers aren’t doing themselves any favors by being so genre-narrow, particularly when one looks at the types of records that sell lots of copies on days when indie retailers aren’t banding together to fight for survival. And that restrictiveness is certainly not a question of whether or not major labels will participate; all four of the bands above are signed to subsidiaries of The Big Four.

I’d think that people invested in the survival of record stores would want to broaden their consumer base, rather than superserving a slice of the pie that in recent years has proven hostile to paying for music on an aggregate basis. (Divide the number of words written about your recent-vintage bloggo darlings’ albums by said records’ sales; chances are that number will be much greater than one.) Plus there’s even more chance for cross-pollination between genres then: A 7-inch of Chrisette Michele’s “Epiphany” backed with her cover of “Don’t Speak” could draw in fans of No Doubt / Gwen Stefani, for example. Or, heck, William Beckett’s cover of “Heartbeats” could be a nice b-side for a single by The Academy Is…; his band has a rabid fanbase, and I’d think bringing them into new retail realms would be a greater boon in the long run for those businesses’ survival than clinging to some outdated notion of “cool.”

 

You Spin Me Right Round: Vinyl’s In Style Again

http://www.straightupsearch.com/archives/2009/05/a_you_spin_me_r_1.html

You Spin Me Right Round: Vinyl’s In Style Again

Posted by lawrence on May 20, 2009 at 02:45 PM

I have been searching high and low on the internet for some new music lately. It's not iTunes or any other mp3 download sites where I'm focusing my search, it is for places where I can find the best deals on used and new vinyl LPs.

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Image: Record needle 2 by Drew Spencer

Despite an infinite supply of free digital music downloads at a click of the mouse, vinyl album sales are on the rise once again. Vinyl sales started climbing again back in 2006 — increasing in sales by 36%. Meanwhile, CD sales started decreasing 17% that same year, due in part to their competition with digital downloads — and these trends have continued to grow.

Many people and audiophiles claim that these vinyl recordings simply sound better, even with the crackles, pops, hisses, and the occasional skipping. Reading and understanding how the analog to digital conversion process works might open one's eyes and ears as to how digital media such as CDs and MP3s really butcher what that music was actually supposed to sound like.

According to the most recent report from Nielsen SoundScan, new vinyl sales nearly doubled from 990,000 in 2007 to 1.88 million last year. This was vinyl's highest sales total since Nielsen started to track their sales in 1991. However, those sales figures are drastically underestimated because nearly 2/3 of vinyl records sold are by independent record stores, Craigslist and eBay — and other sources do not usually report these figures to be tracked.

While the internet has invented new ways to get music, it's still a goldmine for finding these vinyl treasures. BuyVinyls.com has a great search function and displays the infinite variety of albums for sale, with comparable prices and links to the various seller auctions (such as those available on Ebay).

Interested in what other vinyl aficionados are currently talking about? A simple Google search for "vinyl record blogs" returned more results than I could ever look at. A blog site called "Collecting Vinyl Records" claims to be "your source for the latest vinyl record information", and I must admit that there was some really great information on the subject that was updated daily, as well as numerous links to some other great sources.

I am fortunate to remember a few of my parents' records spinning on the same turntable that I am currently using today. The beautiful harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, Harry Chapin, and the Burl Ives Christmas Album actually form some of my earliest memories of life. It wasn't too long after that I discovered the Beastie Boys and tried my hand at making some of those cool scratchin' sounds myself. However, soon after my first DJ performance, the turntable and records were stored far out of my view and reach (which is probably why they still live today).

Years later, I continued my love for vinyl when I unearthed and reclaimed my parent's old turntable and records. I had to find a new needle for the turntable, which turned into a pricey special order from Radio Shack, and hooked it up in my first apartment. I loved the listening experience so much, that I started searching through the piles of records at my local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores for a diamond in the rough. I was also fortunate to have a great record store in my college town, and my collection started growing with the many selections from the $.99 bin. I even picked up a small piece of history with the Who Quadrophenia album from 1973, but I'm still on the lookout for a cheap Quadraphonic turntable to bring this beauty to life.

On the top of my wish list is an advanced order of the new Eminem "Relapse" record, anything on vinyl by the White Stripes, a live album of Old and In the Way, and I'm also looking for a 180 gram vinyl copy of Saucerful of Secrets to complete my Pink Floyd collection.

Even Best Buy, the 3rd largest music seller in the US behind Apple and Walmart, recently announced that they plan to set aside space in all 1,020 of their US stores for vinyl albums. Amazon.com has also introduced a vinyl-only store and search feature of their selection of 150,000 titles across 20 genres. Amazon claims their biggest vinyl sellers are alternative rock, followed by classic rock albums.

There are also many musicians out there today, believing in and striving to resurrect the vinyl format. Jack White from the White Stripes, Raconteurs, and his new project "Dead Weather", believes in the tried and true analog format — right from the studio recording process, down through the mixing, and the final offering of the album releases available on vinyl record.

Inventing the phonograph in 1877 utilizing a rotating tinfoil cylinder, Thomas Edison intended to use the machine as a voice recorder for office dictation. In the early 1950s, the 33 1/3 and the 45 rpms became the industry standard for these vinyl albums to be played on the modern phonographs. The musical revolution of the 1960's helped to dictate the concept of an album, providing artists a way to maximize and convey their musical messages via their 20 minutes per side, and provide a visually aesthetic medium to display their artwork and album notes on the cover and inner sleeves.

There are some new technologies for this old school format out there nowadays, with many of the advances on the turntable player end of the spectrum. Some of the newer record players are offering built in phono pre—amps and USB outs, to help with the process of transferring to one's PC and making digital back ups, and easier connections with today's home theater systems. I even read about a turntable with a price tag over $3,000 that uses lasers to read the vinyl records, providing superior analog audio quality with no friction, needle or record wear. Also, many of the new release LPs now come with codes allowing the buyer to log on and also download their contents as MP3s, and some are also coming with special DVDs, thus providing more value for the consumer. All items you can find quickly by using a modern search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo, etc.).

What is old is new again, and what comes ‘round goes ‘round. Don't be in denial about the style of the vinyl, and be good to your ears. Don't just play the music, but give listening a try.

The unlikely rebirth of analog in a digital world

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Vinyl Nation
The unlikely rebirth of analog in a digital world
Story and photos by Ryan Heinsius
Published on 05/14/2009

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Brett Schenning sits cross-legged on the wood floor in his living room, a healthy grin splayed across his face. In a slightly different setting, his longish goatee, slim figure and at-peace disposition could get him confused with an enlightenment-seeking yogi as we talk about one of his most intense passions.
     The 30-year-old Flagstaff local carefully removes a record from its sleeve, methodically places it on his turntable, hits play and makes a couple runs over its grooves with a static brush. He then takes the album cover (Calexico and Iron and Wine’s In the Reins) and places it in a display stand next to the stereo. Hundreds of new and old records, each sheathed in plastic covering and stored in milk-crate shelving, line the floor of his Flagstaff apartment. Box sets, rarities, limited pressings—nearly every genre from modern to classic rock, to blues, to classical, to jazz is represented in Schenning’s impressive collection (Tom Waits’ Mule Variations, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” have all had recent spins).
     “Nothing sounds quite like it—the whole act of actually physically being involved with the music, as opposed to a CD where you kind of put it on and punch a couple buttons—you’re dropping (the needle) onto a record and it’s actual sound waves. It feels more involved to me and I really like that about vinyl,” he says.
     Schenning, a local photographer and employee in the bulk department at New Frontiers Natural Marketplace, represents a relatively small but steadily growing number of local music fans who, despite the overwhelming dominance of the Internet and digital formats, are flocking back to the same method of music listening their parents’ generation made standard.
     “I didn’t really get vinyl until a little more recently when I really started listening to music,” Schenning says. “And then once you do that and you start listening to vinyl you realize that there are all these subtleties that you’re not catching in CDs. I’ve always liked listening to music in headphones, but vinyl on headphones is a whole different world.”
     Unlike often-ridiculed cassettes and eight-track tapes, vinyl has never totally gone away. Even in the face of the industry game-changer of CDs in the early ’80s, analog music listening has always existed, after having been, in a sense, forced underground as the sexy newness of shiny discs and the techno-miracle status of mp3s made records seem out of touch, antiquated and even dull.
     But, vinyl has endured. The signature warmth and depth of records has kept vinyl pressers and turntable and needle manufacturers in business through the dark days of the ’80s, ’90s and early ’00s. For the better part of two decades, a hard core of audiophiles has remained the primary keepers of the flame, a secret knowledge-keeping Knights Templar-esque society, quietly awaiting vinyl’s second coming.
     “You’re a little more committed to sitting down and listening to the whole record spin around, and flipping it over, whereas with a CD or an mp3 you can get bored with it and skip ahead—not as much commitment,” says Schenning, who is far from merely some luddite, as he utilizes both analog and digital means of music consumption, describing iPods as “amazing.” But, there just isn’t any digital replication of the vinyl experience.
     “Maybe, it’s become such a fast culture,” says Schenning. “Everything’s fast; the Internet’s fast, fast food. Communications are fast. Maybe this is a chance for people to slow down, take a breath. You can’t take a record and go jogging, or talk on your cell phone and run around, and do this, and this, and this with your headphones on or whatever.

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This is something you have to sit down to appreciate. And people who really love music, it’s a chance for them to appreciate music instead of multitasking all the time.”
     The modern 12-inch polyvinyl chloride record represents only the tip of the iceberg after more than a century of innovation in recording and reproducing sound. Thomas Edison famously invented the phonograph in 1877 utilizing a rotating tinfoil cylinder, intending the machine’s use to be as a voice recorder for office dictation. But music quickly became an obvious and natural fit for the new technology, and by the 1890s 7-inch discs that spun at approximately 70 rpm were booming business. Wax and hard rubber were also early materials used for recordings along with shellac, which survived as a popular material until the 1950s in the form of now-heavily collected 78’s. In the early ’50s, the vinyl record—either 33 1/3 rpm (the long play format) or 45 rpm (the extended play format, or single)—became the industry standard due to its durability and relatively low surface noise level.
     And then came the musical revolution of the ’60s where the LP’s anatomy came to dictate the length, structure and often some of the artistic relevance of specific collections of songs. With just over 20 minutes available per side, producers and artists constructed their albums accordingly, shifting the recording paradigm to fit with the prevailing technology. Song order and the general dynamics of a record were now a more critical part of the art itself. The era of the album had begun.
     Abbey Road, The Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin II, Tommy—every recording that has become a classic at some level had a structure in which it had to fit, even in the case of double or triple LPs. The late’60s and early ’70s are venerated as the golden age of the album, and one that defined, until the rise of a more single-song-oriented Web culture, how music fans conceptualize recorded music. But, after years of declining sales, a reemergence of vinyl has occurred in the industry—a seeming reaction to this brave new digital world, igniting a slight return to the cherished concept of the album. So, why now?
     Since 2000, CD sales have annually decreased by percentages well into the teens. Digital downloads have largely replaced CDs, but vinyl sales account for one of the only bright spots in music industry sales, even if it’s still a small one.
     Ben Gersten, owner of Flagstaff’s sole independent record store, Rock-It-Man, has seen the music industry’s changing trends during his three decades in the business. Gersten says he took vinyl out of his stores when CDs arrived in the ’80s, and now has put it back on his racks as a new generation of music fanatics has revived the popularity of the format.
     “I think the reason (vinyl is) doing so well is a fanbase is looking for that vinyl now,” says Gersten. “Over the last few years they’ve been introduced to it. The Decemberists come out, I sell two CDs and I sell 12 records. I sit there and I laugh because five years ago it would have been the opposite.”
     Gersten has seen a marked demand increase in recent years for newer artists on vinyl. My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Pearl Jam, Ryan Adams, M. Ward, Wilco and the Flaming Lips, among many others, put out nearly every new release on vinyl, albeit often in limited numbers (the format still remains prohibitively expensive for many smaller bands). And older artists are jumping back on the LP train—Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Depeche Mode have begun reissuing their classic albums on vinyl creating a small put powerful surge. Gersten estimates that the format represents 6 to 10 percent of the music industry’s current sales. For Rock-It-Man, vinyl accounts for 10 to 15 percent of sales, which he says is common for the 400 or so still-remaining independent retailers in the U.S.
     “It’s bringing people that lost the record store feel,” says Gersten. “I wasn’t quite sure a year ago that I was going to go in as heavy as I did. Some days I sell more records than I do CDs.”
     Another Flagstaff audiophile and vinyl junkie, Fred Wojtkielewicz, also sees listening to records as a mark of a small consciousness shift among music fans.
     “I think people want something real and tangible,” he says. “Society is so caught up in the digital age that we forgot what is important. We need to take a step back in time and realize that vinyl is a true music lover’s medium. Yes, it isn’t always convenient, but that isn’t necessarily the point. When was the last time you sat down and just listened to a record—maybe not on vinyl, definitely not a greatest hits record, or the top five tunes recommended to you on iTunes, but the whole damn album as the artist intended? We sometimes forget that this is a piece of art.”
     Wojtkielewicz, 42, co-owner and proprietor of the Wine Loft downtown, estimates that he owns about 1,200 albums, mostly in pristine condition ranging from first pressings to ultra-rare mono versions of Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding and Highway 61 Revisited to Thelonious Monk’s Monk’s Dream and Billy Holiday’s final studio album Lady in Satin.
     “It isn’t about how many gigabytes of music you have, or how many records you have for that matter. The process of listening to vinyl is centering, and it takes us sonically and spiritually to the core of what is important: the music,” he says.
     Wojtkielewicz also hunts down and collects modern artists like Wilco (their 2007 release Sky Blue Sky is one of his favorites) on vinyl. “Sometimes we get a sense that certain artists are record collectors themselves, like Jack White of the White Stripes. His vinyl releases are beautifully packaged and highly sought after. I only buy vinyl now. CDs I consider obsolete. Everybody is releasing their stuff on vinyl now. And if not, in the end, there is always the lowly download.”
     Dwayne Conn, 44, a local who works for W.L. Gore & Associates as the company’s information specialist, spends much of his off-time obsessively researching the rich history of lost and lesser-known music.
     “It seems like the Internet has given us the ability to peer into the far corners of the world more easily than ever before,” he says, “and that has increased people’s hunger for the unusual and obscure. And of course the sample culture of hip-hop and electronic music feeds into that as well—people are always looking for a great sample that no one else has used yet. I’m sure there’s also a bit of nostalgia that draws people to vinyl as well.”
     Last summer, Conn, an amateur musicologist, produced an hour-long podcast examining the largely unknown tradition of African American string band music in honor of Southern trio the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ performance at the Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival. But, the dusty corners of music’s vast history is only a small part of Conn’s infinitely diverse interests. He has all the classics one might expect as well as the collectibles from recorded music’s past.
     A significant portion of Conn’s Flagstaff home is stacked literally from floor to ceiling with records. “In addition to the LPs that most people know about, I also have quite few older 78-rpm records that I treasure,” he says. “I especially love the Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli with the Quintette of the Hot Club of France 78’s that I have. Lately, I’ve been collecting any Hawaiian/exotica records I can find, and have about 200 along those lines. All told, I probably have over 5,000 records at this point, and add more every week.”
     Like many modern music fanatics who keep large reserves of vinyl, Conn supplements his music listening with both analog and digital forms, but enjoys the meditative process and all-encompassing state of mind that records require of the listener.
     “I do enjoy the physicality of records—especially the oversized artwork,” he says. “I also like the feeling that I’m ‘rescuing’ music that might otherwise be lost to history. I spend a lot of time converting old records to CDs and mp3s so I can more easily enjoy listening to them. And even though most of my records are used and not in pristine condition, I find that a small amount of scratchiness kind of adds to the appeal of vinyl.”
     The increasing hunger for vinyl these days seems to be, at least on some level, a reaction to both the ease at which the Internet can serve us anything at anytime, as well as its non-tangible nature. It is rare to actually find a vinyl purest nowadays who disavows any sort of digital mingling, but the analog junkies who live in Flagstaff have found a comfortable balance between the two: digital for ease and portability, and vinyl for the type of real music listening that means more than background music in a car or a soundtrack at the gym.
     Vinyl brings the soulfulness back into music to a point where it transcends a mere product for sale, and has begun to retake its rightful place as functional art again. After all, as Gersten says, “You can’t roll a joint on a download.”
     “The digital format is great,” says Wojtkielewicz, “but I don’t get a real sense of the music’s true origins. Vinyl is the real thing. It is analog, just the way music is meant to be heard. There is something missing with the digital format—that is a fact. When I fire up my amp—which is a tube amp and the only way to really appreciate a vinyl record in all its glory—I’m still floored, every time, with how real that sound is.”
    
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     Some modern artists leading the vinyl charge
     By Ryan Heinsius

    
     Jack White
     Many music freaks see Jack White as the messiah in the drive to resurrect the vinyl format. From the White Stripes to the Raconteurs, to his new project (he plays drums) called the Dead Weather, White has stayed true to analog, just saying no to digital during the whole recording process: from laying down tracks on reel-to-reels to releasing high quality vinyl versions of his work. This guy is the true believer. Do what he does.
    
     Brandi Carlile
     Rock-It-Man’s Ben Gersten met singer-songwriter Carlile when she played in town last year at the Orpheum. He asked where he could get her vinyl albums and she said they were only available through her Web site. With the advent of the Internet, much more control can potentially stay in the artist’s hands, and as the popularity of vinyl increases, the costs will go down making it accessible to musicians both big and small. (Did I just say that the Internet was making vinyl more available?)
    
     Wilco
     2002’s epic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot put Wilco on the map of broad cultural consciousness, but it also became one of modern rock’s great, experimental records. The album’s lush complexity lends itself extremely well to the warm vinyl format and the band’s two albums since, 2004’s A Ghost is Born and 2007’s Sky Blue Sky, also provide a multilayered and exhilarating listening experience on the turntable. Their newest, Wilco (the album), is expected in June. Its vinyl release will surely sound awesome.
    
     Ryan Adams
     Yes, everything you’ve heard is true. Ryan Adams announced his retirement from music last winter and broke up his rockin’ band the Cardinals. Around the same time, he got hitched to former child star and all-around wholesome girl Mandy Moore—neither situations are expected to last. But, the unstable yet brilliant country rocker has helped helm vinyl’s resurgence, mixing and mastering his albums specifically for vinyl release, totally separate from their digital counterparts.

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Oasis to re-issue their studio catalogue on a limited one-off vinyl re-press

Oasis to re-issue their studio catalogue on a limited one-off vinyl re-press

9 June 2009

Following the release of Dig Out Your Soul on their own Big Brother Recordings label worldwide, Oasis will be re-issuing their studio album catalogue on vinyl later this year on a limited one-off re-press. All seven studio albums – ‘Definitely Maybe’, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’, ‘Be Here Now’, ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’, ‘Heathen Chemistry’, ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ and current album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ as well as B sides album ‘The Masterplan’, will now be available through Big Brother Recordings on super heavyweight vinyl and will feature brand new sleeve notes from July 13th. In addition a limited edition box set will also be available. Individually numbered, this exclusive must have collectors’ item will feature all eight vinyl albums and exclusive new artwork.

Definitely Maybe’ (RKIDLP006X) – released 30th August 1994, highest chart position # 1

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ (RKIDLP007X) – released 2nd October 1995, highest chart position # 1

Be Here Now’ (RKIDLP008X) – released 21st August 1997, highest chart position # 1

The Masterplan’ (RKIDLP009X) – released 2nd November 1998, highest chart position # 2

Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ (RKIDLP002X) – released 28th February 2000, highest chart position # 1

Heathen Chemistry’ (RKIDLP25X) – released 1st July 2002, highest chart position # 1

Don’t Believe The Truth’ (RKIDLP30XX) – released 30th May 2005, highest chart position # 1

Dig Out Your Soul’ (RKIDLP51X) – released 6th October 2008, highest chart position # 1

Limited Edition Collectors’ Box Set (RKIDBOX58) – Individually numbered box set, featuring exclusive artwork and each of the eight vinyl albums as above.

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Following a phenomenal year in support of their latest album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ which saw the band embark on their biggest global tour to date and achieve yet another No.1 in the UK charts and No. 5 in America, Oasis return to the UK this month to embark on their hugely anticipated, sold out stadium tour, which will see the band play to over 700,000 people in the UK. With a line-up of support acts including Kasabian, The Enemy, The Reverend & The Makers, Twisted Wheel and The Peth, these shows are sure to be the highlight of 2009.

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