Capitol Records Embraces Its Past

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Capitol Records Embraces Its Past

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Capitol Records has finally reissued some of the finest albums in their extensive vault on 180 gram vinyl dubbed "Capitol Vaults." Capitol has been reissuing classics in high-grade audiophile vinyl since last year, however the second batch of reissues has long been anticipated by many wax enthusiasts. 

To begin, Roxy Music's third and fourth albums have finally seen a vinyl rebirth nearly a year after their first two albums were reissued simultaneously. Nonetheless, both "Stranded" and "Country Life" were well worth the wait. Both albums are incredible, simply magnificent, curiously, no one in the U.S. had ever really heard of them (despite that they had two hits here with "Love Is The Drug" and "More Than This"). Pick these up if you can.

To quote Rolling Stone's Paul Gambacci in May 1974: "Roxy has constructed the modern English equivalent to the wall-of-sound. One instrument, either the guitar or the keyboard, will sustain or repeat a note, and the other instruments will build on top of it. Added to the thick mix is the unique voice of Bryan Ferry, who sounds alternately tormented ("Psalm"), frantic ("Street Life"), or about to sink is teeth into your neck ("Mother of Pearl"). He delivers his consistently clever lyrics in the most disquieting baritone in pop. Everywhere there is a menace."

A couple of forgotten '70s Beach Boys albums have also been reissued, "Sunflower" and "Surf's Up." Both albums are vastly underrated, and "Surf's Up" features the song "Feel Flows" – one of the best Beach Boys songs ever.

Among other notable Capitol Vault reissues are three '80s albums "Freaky Styley", "Uplift Mofo Part Plan", and "Mother's Milk" all by the Red Hot Chill Peppers. "Freaky Styley" is the Peppers second album, their funkiest, and widely regarded as their most underrated; it was produced by the Godfather of Funk: George Clinton.

Another great reissue is Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried", a truely seminal outlaw country album, full of country classics from top to bottom, and is said to have defined and perfected the "Bakersfield Sound."

If you don't have a turntable anymore, do yourself a favor and buy one; they're affordable and the sound quality is far superior to any other medium. You can purchase any of the records I've mentioned at amazon.com, or check your local record store.

 

What’s so great about high-end audio?

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What's so great about high-end audio?

by Steve Guttenberg

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Side and top of an Ayre MX-R oh-so very high-end power amplifier.

(Credit: Steve Guttenberg)

It's the hi-fi's job to produce the sound of music encoded in a recording.

Does how well or how accurately it produces the sound affect musical enjoyment? I'm not so sure about measurements; they just define distortion levels, power rating, and frequency response, but they don't have all that much to do with good sound. Good sound is much harder to nail down; we like what we like. You know good sound when you hear it.

Studio recordings rarely sound "live," or even realistic. How could they? Chances are the band never played the entire tune together "live" in the studio. Their music was patched together from bits and pieces, overdubbed, pitch corrected, rhythm corrected, EQ-ed, dynamically compressed, and processed in a gazillion ways. Of course, a lot of that also goes into modern "concert" recordings. So what constitutes a good sounding recording is pretty impossible to define. Play it back over a great system and what do you hear? Does it get your blood pumping?

So the question really is, does the music fully engage the listener? Sometimes, the better the hi-fi, the more music the listener hears, the more they like the music. Why that is? I don't know.

Vinyl playback is in most ways technically inferior to CD, but a lot of folks, including me, enjoy the sound of LPs more than CDs, or even SACDs or DVD-As. That's our subjective call, but I fully understand why some music lovers don't like vinyl; they can live happily ever after listening to digital. So it's not a matter of who's right and who's "wrong." It's like arguing about what's better, chocolate or vanilla?

It's about music, and I'm in favor of listening to music in the best possible way. If a better speaker gets you closer to the sound of your favorite music, it's worth it. High-end turntables minimize LP noise, and get more music out of the groove. That's why they're better. If I can occasionally feel like I'm in the room with the band, that's a thrill I'd rather not do without. That's what's so great about high-end audio.

What do you think?

Have you ever heard a high-end audio system?

Steve Guttenberg is a frequent contributor to magazines and Web sites including Home Entertainment, Playback, and Ultimate AV. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network, and is not an employee of CNET. Disclosure.

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by cvaldes1831 June 25, 2009 9:06 AM PDT
It's really about diminishing returns. I'm all for high-quality speakers (I bought a used pair of Thiel Audios for $600) and much of it has to do with placement.

That said, I like live performances by great performers in top-notch venues. Even in a staid classical concert, there *is* an interaction between the performer(s) and the audience. There's a tension and anticipation that simply is lost once you've listened to a record once. When you listen again, you already know what's coming.

Are my $600 speakers better than $20,000 ones? Maybe not. Are the $20,000 ones 33.33x better than mine? If you are happy spending your money on all that gear, more the power to you.

I must say that at least audiophile enthusiasts listen to music. A lot of wine collectors just look at dusty bottles with moldy labels, and a lot of Leica owners just polish camera lenses.

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by HiFiCollectorDOTcom June 25, 2009 9:27 AM PDT
"I'm not so sure about measurements; they just define distortion levels, power rating, and frequency response, but they don't have all that much to do with good sound."

Yes, but these are all the things that human ears can actually hear. I'm a firm believer that when it comes to amplifiers, preamps, and CD players, mid priced units with high input impedance, low output impedance, flat frequency response, low distortion, and low noise will sound every bit as good as gear costing ten times as much. Double-blind tests have proved this to be true. I suggest we purchase high-end gear for other benefits : better build quality, greater reliability, better retention of value, greater pride of ownership. Because when it comes down to it, measurements do count, and ABX testing has proved this.

Thanks, and keep up the great work. – HiFiCollector.com

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by 54321ron June 25, 2009 11:35 AM PDT
I demoed a $25k system at a dealer & the "being there live" felling was uncanny. This became my reference when I started putting a system together. I've spent about $4k for a 2 channel system with $3k going to the speakers and it gives me that same feeling with some of my music. For example, I enjoy listening to Amos Lee and I feel like he is singing in the room every time. I saw him live last month and while the show was great, the sound quality was not. So now, I combine the memory and ambiance of that live show with the quality of the music coming out of my system and the experience is that much better. It's the most I've ever spent on a system but it is definitely worth it.
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by TXinD76121 June 25, 2009 12:37 PM PDT
The sadness of "high end audio systems" (I've heard a number of them) is that they so often start with a flawed source. As the recording industry has gone downhill, record companies spend less and less on recording sessions–some of which are now done for as little as a few thousand dollars, a small fraction of what would have been spent on a recording production years ago. It's mostly done according to what's easiest and cheapest, with no care whatsoever for sound quality. Rudy Van Gelder and Wilma Cozart Fine were doing better work with much more primitive microphones fifty years ago–Van Gelder literally in apartment living rooms. Even when recordings get some money spent on them today, the money isn't spent on the right things–rather, the sound is massaged and compressed and computerized and manipulated nineteen different ways until it has little to do with any acoustic event.

Why bother with an extreme audio system when 97% of the music being made is recorded barely even competently? Listen to a really beautifully-crafted record like, say, Erik Friedlander's "Broken Arm Trio" vs. a really horribly recorded album like Neil Young's "Living With War." THAT'S where sound quality really resides, not in the difference between a $2,000 and a $20,000 amplifier. "Living With War" STARTS OUT sounding like an AM radio in a '77 Pontiac. Yes, you can get the gist of it even so, but you just plain can't put enough lipstick on that pig–it makes a high end system totally pointless. And, unfortunately, that's overwhelmingly the norm these days. Purely in terms of sound quality, "Broken Arm Trio" will sound better on ANY system, not just super-expensive ones.

Audiophiles are left in a really weird position: we listen to poor recordings on inferior media (CD and vinyl) on super-expensive audio setups. Maybe if more care and effort were more routinely expended at the beginning of the chain, less would need to be done at the end of it.

–Blue Mikey

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by pubmat June 26, 2009 8:06 AM PDT
So true. From the 400 pound gorilla of dynamic range compression, the loudness wars, et al, modern recorded music has been ruined, At a time when we could be taking huge leaps forward in playback fidelity with dvd-a, sacd, or blu-ray music discs, we've backslid into oblivion.

by TheTurntableFactory June 25, 2009 1:13 PM PDT
My first exposure to "hi-end" audio was at an older friend?s home about 1985 with Magnepan speakers (they were nearly 6 feet tall), Macintosh separates, and a Shure V15 III pickup. My MFSL recording came alive that night; I was floored, and hooked. I'd grown up with a 1972 Panasonic CD-4 setup that was at best, tolerable. I spent the next twenty years looking for that sound again, knowing that my weakness was always the end component, speakers and a small annoyance, my turntable. A recent friendship brought me to my current end component, Grado GS1000 headphones. Not the best fitting pair I've handled, but the sound floors me no matter what the source (iPod, laptop, or MFSL vinyl through some of the best and affordable equipment made.)

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to impress a 20 year old vinyl fan. With a capable turntable in hand, he brought me an AT 440MLa he received as a birthday present. After mounting the cartridge and showing him how to adjust the tonearm properly, we hooked it up to my system, and played some Supertramp "Breakfast In America". By the look on his face, he was floored with the sound that came out of my speakers, and showing him how capable his source for music was.

I think a lot of audiophiles spend too much time debating intangible characteristics, and spending too much money on a solitary hobby. The best sound that I've ever heard from any component was that which was enthusiastically shared with friends and family. It's something that can't be measured or bought, but is enjoyed and cherished forever.

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by HalSF June 25, 2009 2:33 PM PDT
Chocolate is better, by the way.
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by buzzvader June 25, 2009 3:06 PM PDT
I've listened to great bands live like Chicago, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Leo Kottke, and even the Buffalo Philharmonic in a hall designed by Eli Saarinen and his son (Kleinhans Music Hall) in Buffalo, N.Y. You know what? A studio recording sounds better than all of these after it's done. Even music played on an older tube radio sounds better than many live shows. 60s radio.com sounds better than some music.
Just my opinion, but give me an Ampzilla or Audio Research tube amp and a set of Magnepans with a Dual turntable to play vinyl records and you have sound heaven!
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by one_flat_monkey June 25, 2009 6:03 PM PDT
I hope some time you have the opportunity to hear the Linn LP12 turntable with a good cartridge. I've owned both a Dual and the Linn, and there's a lot of difference.

by coprock June 26, 2009 10:09 AM PDT
Studio recording better than live? I find listening to recorded classical music unsatisfying after seeing a live symphony or chamber music presentation, especially at a place like Disney Hall. In my heart I know that it would take much $$$ to purchase a system that could even make a recording come close.

I agree with you regarding rock concerts, because I usually find the acoustics and sound pretty crappy, unless it is an intimate club and I am 10 feet in front of the stage.

by sspadafo July 2, 2009 1:16 AM PDT
Steve, great article.

There are two things I know are certain, and NOT subjective
1. CDs sound better than Vinyl
and even more important…
2. Chocolate is WAY better than Vanilla 😉

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by mikeinhouston July 2, 2009 3:18 PM PDT
OK, CD's will never sound as good as vinyl, not even using a $200 turntable against a $50,000 CD transport/DAC set up. The term 'sample rate' means just that, part of the original. Vinyl, in most instances is the orginal.

I had not listened to vinyl in years, but out of curiosity took my 1981 Reference (from Pacific Stereo)Direct Drive semiautomatic turntable out, with it's circa 1987 Shure 104e cartridge and fired up a new pressing of Hotel California and I was SHOCKED by how much fuller and deeper the sound was. The wife even noticed without prompting. I compared that to a heavily modded Denon 5910ci playing the same recording on DVD-Audio, and it was no contest. Let's not even discuss CD's or lossless files even running those through the Bel Canto Dac III I had at the time. The sound from that is good, but it's not anywhere near as good as vinyl.

The subsequent Clearaudio and VPI tables I have bought have been absolutely magical.

My first hi end audio experience also was with Magnepan speakers, and no matter how many others I try, I always come back to them. Currently my 3.6R's are driven by amazing Cary Audio CAD 500 monoblocks and a Cary SLP98P F1 tube preamp.

Long live vinyl.

Chocolate is better than vanilla though.

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by DaveOCP July 5, 2009 8:51 AM PDT
Almost all recordings range from atrocious to tolerable. This is why I think that the best sound system is one that can make poor recordings sound as good as possible. That means a nice, warm midrange and somewhat forgiving (but not dark) highs. A speaker that shines a thousand watt spotlight on every last flaw, and sounds good with one recording out of a thousand is pointless.
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by Donkeyshins July 15, 2009 3:10 PM PDT
Define 'high-end'.

My system at home (Denon DL-103R -> Origin Live RB250 -> Nottingham Analogue Interspace -> Kenwood C2 Basic -> custom Dynaco ST-35 -> Kipsch Heresy II + HSU VTF-1) may not qualify as a high-end system by the likes of TAS or Stereophile, but it sure sounds great to me. And yes, I also have a digital source (and a tuner and cassette deck) but I do the majority of listening to vinyl – both new and original releases.

The best part, I spent way, way less than high-end prices on most of this stuff.

 

Leonard Cohen & Sundazed

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Backtracking: 'Songs of Leonard Cohen': A vinyl reckoning

01:31 PM PT, Jul 3 2009

L_cohen_3) Sundazed Records' new version of the singer-songwriter's classic debut is a great way to get reacquainted with vinyl records.

Tastemakers such as Bob Dylan, Jack White and T Bone Burnett might be at the forefront of championing the resurgent interest in vinyl albums and singles, but they're not the only enthusiasts celebrating the return of the format in today's digital era: Nielsen SoundScan reports that vinyl sales will top 2.8 million units this year, up about 900,000 from 2008, and new record stores are springing up across Los Angeles. 

Of course, New York label Sundazed Records, which has specialized in vinyl reissues for 20 years, has been unquestionably ahead of the trend. And what better way to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with vinyl than with Sundazed's new version of the classic debut from Leonard Cohen, a superb singer-songwriter who is enjoying a new wave of popularity thanks to his highly acclaimed tour?

"Songs of Leonard Cohen" was originally released by Columbia Records in 1967 and contains such signature tunes as "Suzanne," "Sisters of Mercy" and "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye."

Sundazed also is releasing four other early Cohen collections: "Songs From a Room" (which includes "Bird on the Wire"), "Songs of Love and Hate" ("Famous Blue Raincoat"), "Live Songs" and "New Skin for the Old Ceremony" ("Chelsea Hotel No. 2)."

The latest catalog from the New York indie features more than 250 vinyl recordings, including such classic works as Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited," the Byrds' "The Notorious Byrd Brothers," the Stooges' "Fun House," Simon & Garfunkel's "Bookends" and Otis Redding's "Otis Blue." Each album has been remastered from the original Columbia Records stereo masters and pressed on "high-definition vinyl." They feature the original artwork and liner note pages where applicable.

The company is so vinyl-friendly that its website, www.sundazed.com, even sells turntables.

To vinyl supporters, being able to hold an album as opposed to simply downloading enables you to establish a closer relationship with the artist and the music — not to mention that the album artwork is typically more elaborate than that of a CD and vinyl offers a richer, warmer sound than an MP3 file.

Leonard Cohen
"Songs of Leonard Cohen"
Sundazed

The back story: Cohen, born in Montreal in 1934, was a late starter in the music world. After studying poetry and prose at McGill University, he gained early acclaim in Canada for his poems and two novels.

But Cohen, who had been in a country band (the Buckskin Boys) briefly as a teenager, eventually returned to his love of songwriting. His breakthrough was when Judy Collins recorded "Suzanne" in a hit 1966 album and the tune became a fixture in her live show.

Although Cohen had planned only to be a songwriter, John Hammond, the Columbia Records executive who also signed Bob Dylan, was so impressed by Cohen's own versions of his songs that he signed Cohen to a record contract. The debut reached only No. 83 on the U.S. charts, but the critical acclaim was enormous. His literary bent and insightful reflections placed him alongside Dylan and Joni Mitchell as the inspirations for much of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement in America.

The music: Cohen's graceful, confessional songs have been described by Rolling Stone as "elegant, bittersweet mood music for the dark nights of the soul," and there is a relentlessly stark and revealing quality to such tunes as "Sisters of Mercy." Sample lines: "You who must leave everything / That you cannot control / It begins with your family / But soon it comes round to your soul."

"It was all I could write about," Cohen told me in 1995 when I asked him about the dark isolation in his music. "You have to dig down for that true voice, which you've heard in others — a Billie Holiday or a Hank Williams — and you try to find it in your music. It's a way of proving you deserve to be here. . . . You deserve to get a girl or deserve to walk out on the street.

"I know this is a very poverty-stricken view of things, but that's the way I was. I never had the luxury of standing in front of a buffet table saying, 'I'll write this kind of song today and that kind tomorrow.' It was like: 'Can I scrape some words together and write anything? Can I dig deep enough inside to say something that matters?' "

For further study: It was hard for years to imagine Cohen ever matching the intimacy and depth of his early rush of songs, but he has come up with so many other gems in his long career. To hear the original versions, the best CD package is "The Essential Leonard Cohen," a two-disc set from Columbia that contains 31 songs, including "Hallelujah" and "Everybody Knows."

If you already have several Cohen albums, the recent "Live in London," a two-disc set, updates his tunes marvelously.

Backtracking is a monthly look at CDs and other pop music releases of historical importance.

–Robert Hilburn

Photo credit: Sundazed Records

 

Jack White’s label launches subscription service

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Jack White's label launches subscription service

The White Stripes' frontman's Third Man Records is offering fans access to a treasure trove of tickets, T-shirts and rare vinyl

Jack White

Jack White offers vinyl junkies the chance to forage in his label's vaults. Photograph: Rex Features

Jack White's Third Man Records has launched an online subscription service, giving fans access to rare videos, pre-sale tickets and exclusive vinyl records and T-shirts. All Third Man acts – which are mostly White's bands like the Raconteurs and White Stripes – are to be involved.

As with most fan clubs, Third Man's service – dubbed the Vault – is a mixture of compelling original content and boring super-fan minutiae. The promise of exclusive photos and an "official chatroom" doesn't exactly set our world alight – but White is also promising subscribers four 7" records, four 12" records and four new T-shirts a year.

Of course, if you want to enjoy the benefits, you will have to take out your chequebooks. A "two-tiered" service, the Vault makes certain things available for $7 (£4.25) per month – the photos and chatroom, for instance – but requires $20 (£12.25) per month for exclusive records. That $240 (£159) a year may bring in a rare White Stripes single – but you may also end up paying for a few Dex Romweber T-shirts.

Still, there's much to be said for unfettered access to what Third Man calls "hijinx". White is one of the busiest men in music, contributing to everything from Dead Weather to James Bond soundtracks, prone to one-off gigs in school buses and on ferries. And so for better or worse, it may not be an exaggeration when Third Man writes that "if you knew what we had lying around here, you'd crap your pants".

The label has even pre-emptively responded to their most cynical subscribers. "We hope you want to subscribe to our service because you're a die-hard fan of Third Man," they say. But "even if you are not, it would at least be an investment plan far more reliable than Wall Street".

 

Acoustic Sounds expands

http://www.salina.com/news/story/Acoustic-Sounds-expands-071009

 

Acoustic Sounds expands

By the Salina Journal

Acoustic Sounds, 1500 S. Ninth, already one of the largest distributors of audiophile recordings and equipment worldwide, is continuing to grow.

To handle the business' growing vinyl album inventory, owner Chad Kassem has purchased two warehouses at 543 N. 10th and 518 N. 10th. Within two years, it's likely that the company's offices will move to the, site as well, said Marc Sheforgen, manager of Acoustic Sounds' recording studio and writer for Acoustic Sounds.

"Our inventory had gotten too large, and we can't keep it all in the warehouse space we have here," Sheforgen said, of the business' current location.

The company's current headquarters formerly housed a Tractor Supply store and a Dillons supermarket.

Acoustic Sounds employs a staff of more than 30.

Between the two warehouses, there is about 50,000 square feet of space, Sheforgen said.

"For the immediate future, the plan is to work slowly, developing the office space," he said.

Kassem has also purchased some vinyl-album-pressing equipment, but there are no plans presently to start an album pressing operation here. The business already has a financial interest in a California pressing plant for its album reissue label, Analogue Productions, and its own original recording label, APO Records.

 

Vinyl’s uptick

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/jul/13/groovy-again/

 

Vinyl's uptick is evident in sales of old and new records

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Maria Mendoza inspects a record by the band Camera Obscura before putting it in its sleeve at Record Technology Inc., a Camarillo company that’s been making vinyl records since 1972.

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Maria Mendoza inspects a record by the band Camera Obscura before putting it in its sleeve at Record Technology Inc., a Camarillo company that’s been making vinyl records since 1972.

By the numbers

57 million: Value of vinyl LP and EP shipments in 2008, the highest dollar level since 1990 and more than double the almost $23 million in 2007.

2.9 million: Vinyl LP/EPs shipped last year with an average album value of $19.55. The total was about the same number shipped in both 1996 and 1999, but the dollar values those years were $36.8 million and $31.8 million, respectively.

1 percent: Vinyl’s share of prerecorded music market. It’s doubled from 1999 to 2008.

2.9 million: Value of shipments of vinyl singles (commonly known as 45s) last year, down from $4 million in 2007, continuing a slide that began in 2002.

Source: The Recording Industry Association of America

James Glover II / Star staff 6/30/9 THOUSAND OAKS - Alice Cooper peeks out from the record bins at the 'Record Outlet' in Thousand Oaks on June 30, 2009. The store is owned by K.C. Staples who says he's seen an uptick in the popularity of records.

James Glover II / Star staff 6/30/9 THOUSAND OAKS – Alice Cooper peeks out from the record bins at the 'Record Outlet' in Thousand Oaks on June 30, 2009. The store is owned by K.C. Staples who says he's seen an uptick in the popularity of records.

Jose Martinez, above, pours vinyl into a machine that flattens it into records at Record Technology Inc. At right, Jorge Rocha makes a nickel positive, a step in the record-making process.

Jose Martinez, above, pours vinyl into a machine that flattens it into records at Record Technology Inc. At right, Jorge Rocha makes a nickel positive, a step in the record-making process.

James Glover II / Star staff 7/1/9 CAMARILLO - Kevin Gray transfers the master tape of Gill Evans 'Out Of The Cool' onto a master disc at Record Technology Inc. in Camarillo where they've been making records since 1972.

James Glover II / Star staff 7/1/9 CAMARILLO – Kevin Gray transfers the master tape of Gill Evans 'Out Of The Cool' onto a master disc at Record Technology Inc. in Camarillo where they've been making records since 1972.

James Glover II / Star staff 7/1/9 CAMARILLO - Jorge Rocha works on making a ‘Nickel Positive’ which is part of the record making process at Record Technology Inc. in Camarillo where they’ve been cutting records since 1972.

James Glover II / Star staff 7/1/9 CAMARILLO – Jorge Rocha works on making a ‘Nickel Positive’ which is part of the record making process at Record Technology Inc. in Camarillo where they’ve been cutting records since 1972.

Owner K.C. Staples looks for a particular disc at his Thousand Oaks store, Record Outlet. Staples says about 70 percent of his store’s sales volume is in vinyl records.

Photo by James Glover II

Owner K.C. Staples looks for a particular disc at his Thousand Oaks store, Record Outlet. Staples says about 70 percent of his store’s sales volume is in vinyl records.

James Glover II / Star staff 7/1/9 CAMARILLO - Jimi Hendrix decals for a new live Woodstock 40th Anniversary three record set that is being cut at Record Technology Inc. in Camarillo where they've been making records since 1972.

James Glover II / Star staff 7/1/9 CAMARILLO – Jimi Hendrix decals for a new live Woodstock 40th Anniversary three record set that is being cut at Record Technology Inc. in Camarillo where they've been making records since 1972.

Veronica Staples files records into the bins at Record Outlet, her dad’s Thousand Oaks store, where she occasionally helps. The recent high school grad says young people are “definitely” into vinyl. At right, Alice Cooper peeks out from a shelf.

Veronica Staples files records into the bins at Record Outlet, her dad’s Thousand Oaks store, where she occasionally helps. The recent high school grad says young people are “definitely” into vinyl. At right, Alice Cooper peeks out from a shelf.

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Almost a decade into the 21st century, Scott Freeman plunked down his money at the Record Outlet register in Thousand Oaks and walked out clutching two pieces of prized, ancient booty.

It was as if the Simi Valley teen had stepped into a time warp. There in his hands were Harry Chapin’s 1974 album “Verities & Balderdash” and a Pink Floyd “Echoes” compilation album, both on vinyl. There wasn’t a cell phone, MP3 player or computer anywhere in sight.

“It’s better than digital stuff,” said the 18-year-old Freeman, who is studying film at Moorpark College. “It’s not as compressed. It’s better quality. Sure, you are sacrificing portability and convenience, but on vinyl, there’s also more of a connection to the artist. … It’s something we never grew up with; it’s something new for us.”

Vinyl, that retro darling from a few years ago, is still riding the surge, remaining popular with everyone from young people to high-end audiophiles willing to pay $300 to $800 for a pristine-sounding record. Vinyl shipments more than doubled from about $23 million in 2007 to almost $57 million last year, its highest level since 1990, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Market players have noticed. Internet retail giant Amazon.com has had a vinyl-only music section since fall 2007. Now, when huge acts such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen or the Dave Matthews Band release new material, it also comes out on vinyl.

Vinyl, observers note, will not become king again, though its market share has doubled since 1999. But even with that doubling, RIAA figures show it is only 1 percent of the prerecorded music market.

Still, it’s quite the little phenomenon and one of the few music formats in which sales are increasing (the other being downloads).

Vinyl’s current and curious vibe lies somewhere in those albums Freeman held, the scads of Jimi Hendrix’s “Live at Woodstock” that rolled hot off the presses and onto spindles at Don MacInnis’ Record Technology Inc. pressing plant in Camarillo this month, and the customer who recently wandered into Buffalo Records in downtown Ventura.

Old technology, young fans

“I had a girl in here, maybe 12 years old, who bought a couple Beatles albums on vinyl,” owner Eric Kayser said.

It’s a tune being sung widely if not deeply. Back at Record Outlet in Thousand Oaks, owner K.C. Staples said that vinyl versions of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” are selling “like crazy.”

“It seems like every week, there’s a mom who comes in and says, ‘My son is interested in vinyl and wants to buy a turntable,’ ” he said.

Much of Staples’ core vinyl crowd are kids from junior high, high school and college — the very people supposedly in lock step with the Information Age’s dazzling digital devices.

His 18-year-old daughter Veronica, helping out in the store one day, said her peers are “definitely” into vinyl. One reason, she said, is that the so-called classic rock from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is popular with her age group — as is, on a lesser basis, those eras’ fashions.

“I think the styles are coming back, too,” said Veronica, who just graduated from Fillmore High School and hopes to get into art psychology.

Vinyl’s attraction runs “kind of strange,” said Jim Salzer, owner of Salzer’s Records in Ventura. New vinyl, he said, appeals to young people up to those in their 40s, while used vinyl draws young people and baby boomers.

“It’s got a cool cachet to it,” said Salzer.

It “doesn’t much make sense to me,” offered Kayser. “It also seems less corporate to some, and the indie thing to do, like somehow it’s The Man who wants them to go digital.”

MacInnis also took a stab at it, saying, “It’s hip and it’s cool. It’s different. It’s that attitude, ‘My dad played CDs, I’m going to play vinyl’ — that rebellion thing.”

Demand ramps up production

MacInnis is in the business without really being a fan. He doesn’t even own a turntable. “I hear plenty of vinyl here every day,” he said with a laugh. “I like to escape from it.”

But he knows vinyl inside and out — all his Camarillo plant does is press 12-inch phonographic records for labels. Vinyl orders grew about 20 percent from 2006 to 2008, he said. It’s leveled off some so far this year, barely a few points above last year, though MacInnis said that might be due to the overall economic slump.

“There’s a much more positive vibe about vinyl than there was 20 years ago,” he noted.

In the early ’90s, Record Technology was pressing vinyl only two or three days a week “and barely surviving,” MacInnis said.

Today, his plant presses vinyl six days a week — 14 hours a day Mondays through Fridays, and eight hours on Saturdays. He has eight presses and 38 employees, all but six devoted to production.

MacInnis has about 200 labels as clients, from big boys such as Warner Bros. and Capitol Records/EMI to indies such as Sub Pop and Matador Records.

In a given year, the Camarillo plant presses about 2 million records.

During a visit to the plant on July 1, Hendrix’s “Live at Woodstock” album was rolling off Press 2. They made 27,000 copies. “That’s a big order,” MacInnis said above the loud hum of machinery.

On Press 8, “Steamin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet,” an album first released in 1956, was issuing forth again. Over in the acoustic mastering room, engineer Kevin Gray was cutting an old Gil Evans jazz record called “Out of the Cool,” transferring it from master tape to master disc — the last artistic step before it’s manufactured into an album. At the end of the line, workers were packaging up — sleeves, jackets, wrapping plastic and boxes — Bad Company’s self-titled debut album from 1974.

Soon, MacInnis and crew will press the Woodstock soundtrack album, also being reissued for its 40th anniversary. Next spring, he said, they’ll be busy when the entire Beatles catalog comes out on vinyl.

Still, he said, “It’s not going to become the prime format for prerecorded music ever again.” Fewer than 10 U.S. plants press vinyl, and no new equipment is being made.

Sound quality debate

Vinyl devotees speak of its warmer, richer, fuller sound — the idea that you can hear a guitar pick, or someone take a breath off a horn. Salzer has spoken of being able to “feel the band in the room.”

It can be true, others said. Staples said his vinyl copy of Nirvana’s “In Utero” is “head and shoulders above my CD copy.” A well-kept record on good stereo equipment, MacInnis said, “is far superior to digital.” But they also said some things sound better on CD. It all depends on the pressing, Staples noted.

Tom Port contends that vinyl sounds better than CDs because “it’s not hard to be better than a CD.” Port runs Better-Records.com, a Thousand Oaks-based enterprise that finds, cleans and plays vinyl albums, then sells the best of the lot to clients — well-heeled ones. His core customer is willing to pay $300 to $500 for a record; sometimes demand will push it to $800.

Sales, he added, have doubled over the past three years.

“We’re selling you vintage records, way better than anything you’ve ever heard,” Port said. “This is for high-end audiophiles, the people who care about their sound. The masses like their Ford Tauruses, but some people want to drive a Ferrari.”

Port is not a fan of today’s new vinyl pressings. But, he added, it’s a crapshoot with virtually any pressing. One side of an album can sound different than the other, he added.

“There’s a lot of random variability in anything,” he said, “and with mass productions, there’s lots of variations. We can’t explain why so many records don’t sound good.”

Savoring piece of history

Vinyl has other colorful offshoots. Former financial world guru Gary Freiberg of Los Osos founded Vinyl Record Day and is now trying to get vinyl honored with a U.S. postage stamp, which is under consideration. He set up Vinyl Record Day for Aug. 12, in honor of the day in 1877 that Thomas Edison reportedly invented the phonograph, but efforts to get the day recognized nationally have fizzled.

Freiberg contends that vinyl is part of our history. Just as people wouldn’t throw out books, neither should they throw out vinyl.

“It’s part of our Americana,” he said. “At one point, everyone thought vinyl was dead and would be gone.”

Freiberg has everything from P.T. Barnum to Jimmy Swaggart on vinyl. He counts some 3,500 records, 2,000 45s and 8,000 album covers in his collection.

CDs, he said, are “so impersonal.” Yes, they are easier to use and you don’t have to get up every 15 minutes to change sides. Records skip, crackle and pop, but CDs can acquire similar sound ailments, he contends.

Care could limit appeal

MacInnis, for one, thinks the care required for vinyl — cleaning records, replacing needles, etc. — may eventually kill the vibe.

“It’s why this surge will be short-lived,” he said. “People who are getting into vinyl for the cool factor will now realize what a pain … it is. It takes dedication.”

For now though, vinyl is hot on the spindle with its needle sitting in a devoted if not popular groove. Staples estimates that 70 percent of his sales volume at Record Outlet is vinyl. Over at Buffalo Records, Kayser thinks vinyl is about 60 percent of his business.

Both also buy used vinyl, but Kayser has a bit of advice for those hoping to cash in on their dusty, neglected collections.

“A lot of people think they have a gold mine of vinyl sitting in their garage,” he said, “which is almost always not true.”

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Road Records 16 July 2009

Welcome to this weeks Road Records newsletter.

 

Firstly, you may notice a small attachment with this weeks email. This is your brand new weekly discount voucher which can be used for purchases in store. Simply open the pdf file, print it out and bring it in to us, you will get 10% off your purchase. There will be a different voucher every week, sometimes for 10% off and then sometimes we will pick a specific album for you to use it against.

 

This weeks highlights.

Yet again we had some problems deciding on our album of the week, the rows have been raging all day here, so we have decided to pick two for you this week

The first album of the week award goes to the new collection from Magnolia Electric Co [aka Jason Molina / Songs Ohia] and his superb new collection "Josephine". The album is on special offer for one week at €12.99 on cd and €13.99 on vinyl [with bonus mp3 download]. The second award goes to the psychedelic opus that is "Rated O" by Oneida, we know you won't all love this but if you like heavy psychedelic stoner / space rock and extended avant rock jams then this could quite possibly be your new album of the year. Single of the week goes to Brian Cullens Love Bullets and their superb new ep "Otherwise It Will Be This Way Forever", yet again beautifully presented in a lovely card sleeve with foldout poster. Basically any band that names themselves after a Dublin footballer will always win us over. The Dead Weather album featuring Jack White [White Stripes / Raconteurs] and Alison Mosshart [Kills] is now in stock, should have some vinyl copies for you by next week. Two beautiful new releases out this week on the Rusted Rail label, a really cool label based here in Ireland specialising in lovely handmade miniature cd releases. They have two new mini albums out this week from CWK Joynes and Dovetail Consort, all copies are limited. These are the kind of things that make working in a record store so exciting, the love and effort that goes into packaging these items just makes you want to own them. The Marc Carroll album is now in stock on vinyl, the cd came in last week. The new Florence And The Machine album is now in stock on cd and limited edition vinyl. We have some nice printed media for you this week, not something we normally do but these two titles really caught our attention. Drag City have issued a rather lovely 88 page fanzine "Galactic Zoo Dossier" which also comes with a bunch of limited edtion trading cards and a superb 22 track bonus cd. Domino Records and book publishers Faber have teamed up for a quality new collection of music writing, this rather gorgeous 225 page book features a host of lenghty essays from musicians and journalists, this is the first issue of many and its called "Loops". Jonsi from Sigur Ros has a brand new side project out this week called "Riceboy Sleeps" featuring a very lovely collection of dreamy ambient sounds. One of my all time favourite soul albums "Hot Buttered Soul" by Isaac Hayes has just been reissued / remastered with bonus tracks and its now in stock and on special for only €10.99.  The new album from We Fell To Earth is well worth your attention, its a new project featuring Unkle member Richard File and vocalist Wendy Rae Fowler [Queens Of The Stoneage / Mark Lanegan Band]. Lovers of modern classical sounds will simply adore the new collection from Peter Broderick out this week. Lots of quality new vinyl reissues out this week with our personal highlights featuring The Beastie Boys "Ill Communication", Moondog's "More Moondog", Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" and The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds".

 

This weeks guest dj on Sunday night in Hogans Bar will be our very own member of staff Dylan, expect to hear all manner of guitar based rock and he has promised lots of surprises by way of reggae and soul.

 

 

 

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Road Records weekly club night

We are now running a weekly sponsored club night in Hogans Bar.

Every Sunday night we will have special guests [friends, musicians, staff and customers] djing across the road in Hogans from 9pm to 12.30pm

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This weeks special guest dj will be Dylan.

A brief history – Works here in Road Records, used to be in Pet Lamb and now fronts Dinah Brand.

 

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The Weekly Specials – Every week we will have a selected number of album on special offer, stricly first come first serve as numbers will be limited.

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Fight like apesFight like apes and the mystery of the golden medallion [deluxe edition with bonus disc]Finally the debut album from this irish outfit arrives. The album was recorded in seattle with producer john goodmanson. Features brand new versions of something global, jake summers, lend me your face, battlestations, do you karate and snore bore whore from their first three limited edition singles along with brand new tracks tie me up with jackets, digifucker, megameanie, im beginning to think you prefer beverley hills 90210 to me, lumpy dough and recyclable ass. The album is a really superb collection of twelve scuzzy keyboard led indie rock gems. Imagine the energy of the yeah yeah yeahs with a beat up old synthesizer and a big injection of old school snotty post punk. The album is simply overflowing with pure energy and some of the most infectiously catchy sleazy pop you will hear all year. This new version now comes with a bonus 7 track cd featuring tracks previously only available on vinyl and download. The bonus disc features the much sought after jape remix of battlestations amongst others. July 20092cdModel citizen€12.99

 

Lord cut glassLord cut glassThe debut solo album from the former delgados frontman alun woodward. Its a big expansive collection of sounds with tons of strings and brass sounds accompanying woodward along the way on this dramtic collection of sometimes folk tinged songs. Its an album that sometimes hints at the old brass sounds of old time mining bands whilst also incorporating some lovely mellow acoustic indie folk and just the odd moment reminscent of his own band the delgados. The backing band even features the vocals of former delgados singer emma pollock. Its a challenging and highly rewarding listen, five years in the making and you can see why too. Comes in a lovely card digipack sleeve. July 2009CdChemikal underground€12.99

 

Lord cut glassLord cut glass [limited to only 500 copies]The debut solo album from the former delgados frontman alun woodward. Its a big expansive collection of sounds with tons of strings and brass sounds accompanying woodward along the way on this dramtic collection of sometimes folk tinged songs. Its an album that sometimes hints at the old brass sounds of old time mining bands whilst also incorporating some lovely mellow acoustic indie folk and just the odd moment reminscent of his own band the delgados. The backing band even features the vocals of former delgados singer emma pollock. Its a challenging and highly rewarding listen, five years in the making and you can see why too. Limited to only 500 copies on vinyl. July 2009LpChemikal underground€15.99

 

Magnolia electric coJosephineMagnolia electric company are fronted by american born singer songwriter jason molina who also recorded under the name of songs ohia. The album was recorded late last year in chicago with steve albini behind the control desk. This is amazingly his 16th album for the secretly canadian label and his fifth in total as magnolia electric co. This man has long been one of our favourite modern american songwriters and this collection of rootsy country and americana rates right up there with his best material. Its very much a full band effort throughout with molina supported by a fine cast of musicians. The album features some really beautiful laid back country ballads complete with pedal steel guitar and led by molinas perfect nashville tinged vocal delivery. This is definitely an album that will appeal to both lovers of older traditional country and modern americana at the same time. You will find it hard to track down a better country roots album this year. July 2009CdSecretly canadian€12.99

 

Magnolia electric coJosephine [with bonus mp3 download]Magnolia electric company are fronted by american born singer songwriter jason molina who also recorded under the name of songs ohia. The album was recorded late last year in chicago with steve albini behind the control desk. This is amazingly his 16th album for the secretly canadian label and his fifth in total as magnolia electric co. This man has long been one of our favourite modern american songwriters and this collection of rootsy country and americana rates right up there with his best material. Its very much a full band effort throughout with molina supported by a fine cast of musicians. The album features some really beautiful laid back country ballads complete with pedal steel guitar and led by molinas perfect nashville tinged vocal delivery. This is definitely an album that will appeal to both lovers of older traditional country and modern americana at the same time. You will find it hard to track down a better country roots album this year. The album comes with a bonus mp3 download of all tracks. July 2009LpSecretly canadian€13.99

 

OneidaRated oNew york based psyche rock outfit return with the second part of their truly awesome thank you parents triptych of releases. The first part the experimental preteen weaponry came out last year on the jag jaguwar label also. This album is a veritable trip through the many different forms of psyche and space rock with so many twists and turns along the way its hard to keep up. The album rather strangely opens up with a slice of pounding scuzzed up techno coming across like the bug with fuzzed up guitars. The following few tracks are simply some of the most sublime kind of stoner psyche rock you are likely to hear all year, dare i say sounding like early hawkwind on even stronger drugs. Its full of pounding almost tribal like drum sounds, scuzzy analog synths and totally fuzzed to the max guitars. Thats just the first of 3 cds now. The second cd is much more straight ahead pounding krautrock like influenced psychedelic rock with more emphasis on the guitar led side of things with lots of heavy stoner rock tangents. The last of the three cds features some truly epic psychedelic rock sounds packed with hypnotic wailing guitars doing battle with squelchy analog synths. This truly is one hell of a mind blowing aural experience, maybe not to everybodys taste but if you want to head off on a totally psychedelic noise experience for an hour or two then you wont find better than oneida for meeting your needs. Comes in a lovely three part foldout sleeve. July 20093cdJag jaguwar€12.99

 

OneidaRated o [triple vinyl with bonus mp3 download]New york based psyche rock outfit return with the second part of their truly awesome thank you parents triptych of releases. The first part the experimental preteen weaponry came out last year on the jag jaguwar label also. This album is a veritable trip through the many different forms of psyche and space rock with so many twists and turns along the way its hard to keep up. The album rather strangely opens up with a slice of pounding scuzzed up techno coming across like the bug with fuzzed up guitars. The following few tracks are simply some of the most sublime kind of stoner psyche rock you are likely to hear all year, dare i say sounding like early hawkwind on even stronger drugs. Its full of pounding almost tribal like drum sounds, scuzzy analog synths and totally fuzzed to the max guitars. Thats just the first of 3 lps now. The second lp is much more straight ahead pounding krautrock like influenced psychedelic rock with more emphasis on the guitar led side of things with lots of heavy stoner rock tangents. The last of the three lps features some truly epic psychedelic rock sounds packed with hypnotic wailing guitars doing battle with squelchy analog synths. This truly is one hell of a mind blowing aural experience, maybe not to everybodys taste but if you want to head off on a totally psychedelic noise experience for an hour or two then you wont find better than oneida for meeting your needs. The album comes pressed on three slabs of vinyl, packaged in a lovely three part foldout sleeve and features mp3 downloads of all tracks. July 20093lpJag jaguwar€25.99

 

Penate, jackEverything is newJack penate returns with his second album on the xl label. Recorded over the space of a year with producer paul epworth in his home studios in london. This is very much a different beast compared to his first collection with this album incorporating lots more electronc beats and even a nod towards pure pop sounds. The album features hints of everything from sunshine reggae pop to balearic rhythms to pure breezy electro pop. June 2009CdXl€15.99

 

Scattergood, pollyPolly scattergoodThe debut album from this young singer songwriter on the mute label. The album features ten perfect slices of quirky alt pop and indie rock sounds falling somewhere between kate bush, pj harvey and tori amos. Scattergood veers away from the generic singer songwriter sound with the addition of lots of pulsating electronic beats, lush synths and anger fuelled indie rock. Its an album that truly runs the gamut of emotions featuring brittle ballads and totally rocking post punk sounds. July 2009CdMute€11.99

 

Science fiction dance partyScience fiction dance partyFinders keepers unearth another weird exotica gem from the past and follow up their recent vampires of dartmoor with another gem from the same german crew. Made by german electronic composers horst ackerman and heribert thusek this album was the follow up to their fictitious soundtrack the vampires of dartmoor. The album was originally released way back in 1971 and rapidly disappeared into obscurity until the fine folk at finders keepers got hold of it. The original has now been reissued with an additional four extra bonus tracks. Its pure keyboard led seventies exotica with lots of bonkers film dialog thrown in. Imagine the bbc radiophonic workshop making fairground music with hints of seventies krautrock and cheesy exotica added into the mix. If you are a fan of the finders keepers label then this will sound perfectly normal to you, if not then be prepared for a truly crazy psychedelic trip. July 2009CdFinders keepers€13.99

 

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Album Of The Week

Our favourite album this week

http://www.roadrecs.com/stock/shopping.php3?action=10&start=1&category=2.%20ALBUM%20OF%20THE%20WEEK

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Magnolia electric coJosephineMagnolia electric company are fronted by american born singer songwriter jason molina who also recorded under the name of songs ohia. The album was recorded late last year in chicago with steve albini behind the control desk. This is amazingly his 16th album for the secretly canadian label and his fifth in total as magnolia electric co. This man has long been one of our favourite modern american songwriters and this collection of rootsy country and americana rates right up there with his best material. Its very much a full band effort throughout with molina supported by a fine cast of musicians. The album features some really beautiful laid back country ballads complete with pedal steel guitar and led by molinas perfect nashville tinged vocal delivery. This is definitely an album that will appeal to both lovers of older traditional country and modern americana at the same time. You will find it hard to track down a better country roots album this year. July 2009CdSecretly canadian€12.99

 

Magnolia electric coJosephine [with bonus mp3 download]Magnolia electric company are fronted by american born singer songwriter jason molina who also recorded under the name of songs ohia. The album was recorded late last year in chicago with steve albini behind the control desk. This is amazingly his 16th album for the secretly canadian label and his fifth in total as magnolia electric co. This man has long been one of our favourite modern american songwriters and this collection of rootsy country and americana rates right up there with his best material. Its very much a full band effort throughout with molina supported by a fine cast of musicians. The album features some really beautiful laid back country ballads complete with pedal steel guitar and led by molinas perfect nashville tinged vocal delivery. This is definitely an album that will appeal to both lovers of older traditional country and modern americana at the same time. You will find it hard to track down a better country roots album this year. The album comes with a bonus mp3 download of all tracks. July 2009LpSecretly canadian€13.99

 

OneidaRated oNew york based psyche rock outfit return with the second part of their truly awesome thank you parents triptych of releases. The first part the experimental preteen weaponry came out last year on the jag jaguwar label also. This album is a veritable trip through the many different forms of psyche and space rock with so many twists and turns along the way its hard to keep up. The album rather strangely opens up with a slice of pounding scuzzed up techno coming across like the bug with fuzzed up guitars. The following few tracks are simply some of the most sublime kind of stoner psyche rock you are likely to hear all year, dare i say sounding like early hawkwind on even stronger drugs. Its full of pounding almost tribal like drum sounds, scuzzy analog synths and totally fuzzed to the max guitars. Thats just the first of 3 cds now. The second cd is much more straight ahead pounding krautrock like influenced psychedelic rock with more emphasis on the guitar led side of things with lots of heavy stoner rock tangents. The last of the three cds features some truly epic psychedelic rock sounds packed with hypnotic wailing guitars doing battle with squelchy analog synths. This truly is one hell of a mind blowing aural experience, maybe not to everybodys taste but if you want to head off on a totally psychedelic noise experience for an hour or two then you wont find better than oneida for meeting your needs. Comes in a lovely three part foldout sleeve. July 20093cdJag jaguwar€12.99

 

OneidaRated o [triple vinyl with bonus mp3 download]New york based psyche rock outfit return with the second part of their truly awesome thank you parents triptych of releases. The first part the experimental preteen weaponry came out last year on the jag jaguwar label also. This album is a veritable trip through the many different forms of psyche and space rock with so many twists and turns along the way its hard to keep up. The album rather strangely opens up with a slice of pounding scuzzed up techno coming across like the bug with fuzzed up guitars. The following few tracks are simply some of the most sublime kind of stoner psyche rock you are likely to hear all year, dare i say sounding like early hawkwind on even stronger drugs. Its full of pounding almost tribal like drum sounds, scuzzy analog synths and totally fuzzed to the max guitars. Thats just the first of 3 lps now. The second lp is much more straight ahead pounding krautrock like influenced psychedelic rock with more emphasis on the guitar led side of things with lots of heavy stoner rock tangents. The last of the three lps features some truly epic psychedelic rock sounds packed with hypnotic wailing guitars doing battle with squelchy analog synths. This truly is one hell of a mind blowing aural experience, maybe not to everybodys taste but if you want to head off on a totally psychedelic noise experience for an hour or two then you wont find better than oneida for meeting your needs. The album comes pressed on three slabs of vinyl, packaged in a lovely three part foldout sleeve and features mp3 downloads of all tracks. July 20093lpJag jaguwar€25.99

 

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Album Of The Month

Every month we are going to pick an album that we think everyone should have in their collection, then go to our suppliers and get a big discount for you all, hope you like our choice –

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Duckworth lewis methodThe duckworth lewis method [featuring neil hannon from divine comedy and thomas walsh from pugwash]A brand new collaborative project from two of our finest irish songwriters around at the moment. The tracks were all written by neil hannon from divine comedy and thomas walsh from pugwash. The album features a collection of tracks dedicated to the world of cricket. Hannon and walsh are joined on the recording by cathy cavey, phil jupitus, alesander armstrong and matt berry. So what could divine comedy and pugwash sound like jamming together. The answer to that is exactly as you would imagine. The album has tons of that beatles like sunshine pop that pugwash do so so well blended with the kind of dramatic chamber pop of mr neil hannon. An album of beatiful acoustic pop songs and laid back piano led ballads even incorporating hints of summer time reggae just for that added bit of sunshine. There are plenty of that hannon speciality with piano led almost vaudeville like tunes especially on the utterly addictive track jiggery pokery. Its pretty much a match made in heaven for lovers of top quality intelligent pop music. And the answer is no, you dont need to know anything about cricket to appreciate it. July 2009Cd1969 records€14.99

 

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Akron familySet em wild set em free [with bonus mp3 code]Akron family return with a brand new album on the dead oceans label. Now stripped down to a core three piece with the departure of regular member ryan vanderhoof. On first listen this is by far their most accessable album to date with the album taking on a somewhat country tinged americana vibe for the first few tracks. There is still plenty of their trademark rambling psyche folk in here along with a couple of truly explosive psyche rock moments building up into some superbly crazed avant garde southern rock meets pure white noise. What i love about these guys is that you simply cannot predict what is coming next as tracks can go from gentle acoustic guitar picking to full on wall of sound noise at the drop of a hat. As eccentric and brilliant as ever. Limited edition double vinyl pressing in a gatefold sleeve. Comes with a bonus mp3 download code. June 20092lpDead oceans€21.99

 

Beach boysSunflowerOriginally released in 1970 for the reprise label. The album is now reissued on heavyweight vinyl in the original gatefold sleeve. Features slip on through, this whole world, add some music to your day, got to know the woman, deirdre, its about time, tears in the morning, all i wanna do, forever, our sweet love, at my window and cool cool water.LpEmi€21.99

 

Beach boysSurfs up180 gram vinyl reissue on the emi label. Comes in the original sleeve with foldout inner sleeve featuring lyrics. The album was originally released in 1971 and features dont go near the water, long promised road, take a load off your feet, disney girls, student demonstration time, feel flows, lookin at tomorrow, a day in the life of a tree, til i die and surfs up.LpEmi€21.99

 

Beastie boysIll communication [180 gram remastered edition]A classic beastie boys album from back in 1994 now fully remastered and reissued on two slabs of heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. Comes in the original gatefold sleeve too. Features twenty slices of pure genre hopping brilliance and still sounds as fresh as ever. Features the likes of sure shot, sabotage, root down, get it together featuring q tip from a tribe called quest, flute loop, b boys making with the freak freak and many many more. July 20092lpCapitol€24.99

 

Bike for threeMore heart than brainsBrand new project featuring the multiple talents of richard terfry aka buck 65 and also belgian electronic artist joelle phuong minh le. One interesting point about the making of this album has to be the fact that the artist have never met in person so its interesting to hear how something like this comes together. Its an album of classic underground hip hop sounds that anticon excel in at this stage and will surely appeal to fans of the def jux label too. Its a perfect split between alt hip hop sounds and mellow offbeat electronica. Limited edition double vinyl pressing. July 20092lpAnticon€19.99

 

Bike for threeMore heart than brainsBrand new project featuring the multiple talents of richard terfry aka buck 65 and also belgian electronic artist joelle phuong minh le. One interesting point about the making of this album has to be the fact that the artist have never met in person so its interesting to hear how something like this comes together. Its an album of classic underground hip hop sounds that anticon excel in at this stage and will surely appeal to fans of the def jux label too. Its a perfect split between alt hip hop sounds and mellow offbeat electronica. July 2009CdAnticon€17.99

 

Black sabbathBlack sabbath [180 gram vinyl reissue]Reissued on limited edition double vinyl. Comes pressed on two slabs of 180 gram vinyl. Features the original gatefold sleeve and printed inners. The album that started it all off. The debut sabbath album from way back in 1970. Its still one of sabbaths finest recordings. Features black sabbath, the wizard, behind the wall of sleep, nib, evil woman, sleeping village and the warning. Some say this was the birth of heavy metal and who am i to argue. A powerful and evil classic. The album now also with nine bonus tracks not featured on the original version. The bonus material features studio outtakes, alternate versions and instrumentals. July 20092lpUniversal€15.99

 

Boduf songsThe strait gait [latitudes series]Released as part of the ongoing latitudes series run by the southern label. The two long tracks included here were recorded in the space of just one day in the southern studios back in november 2007. The first track is a big evil piece of bass heavy drone with lots of swirling cymbal effects calling to mind sunn 0 making music for some cult seventies horror movie. The second piece is a much more familiar boduf songs track which sees mainman matt sweet head back to a more acoustic based psyche folk sound. Limited edition vinyl pressing, only 1000 copies available worldwide. July 2009LpSouthern€15.99

 

Brian cullens love bulletsOtherwise it will be this way foreverThe third ep from a band fast becomming one of our favourites on the local scene at the moment. As ever the ep is superbly packaged, these guys always put such love and effort into their releases. The ep comes in a lovely card sleeve with a foldout poster inner sleeve. Along with the title track the ep also features six fifteen one eight oh eight, killing for company and its pretty much over already which also appeared on our road records sampler cd for record store day. This dublin based three piece have an overall sound with really reminds us of some of those classic early factory records with a production quality that a certain mr martin hannett would be proud to call his own. There is a certain new wave feel about it with moments harking back to both joy division and very early new order. Dark hearted indie rock at its very very finest. July 2009CdsCleft palate records€4.99

 

Broderick, peterMusic for falling from trees [with bonus digital compilation erased tapes collection 1]A collection of truly beautiful modern classical sounds from peter broderick on the erased tapes label. The album features 30 minutes of music specially commissioned by the london based choreographer adrienne hart from neon productions. This is a collection of string and piano based sounds that is sure to excite fans of everything from the rachels to johan johannsson. Features seven pieces of beautifully calming classical minimalism. July 2009CdErased tapes€16.99

 

Carroll, marcThe dust of rumour [limited to 1000]Irish born singer songwriter marc carroll returns with a brand new solo album on the high noon recordings label. Marc was previously a member of irish alt rock outfit puppy love bomb. The album features a rather catchy blend of rootsy rock sounds, sixties guitar pop and jangly indie rock. There are hints of the likes of teenage fanclub or the byrds from time to time along with some lovely intimate electric folk pop coming on like a more underground bob dylan. Limited to only 1000 copies on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. July 2009LpHigh noon recordings€20.99

 

Cohen, leonardLive songsRecorded in various venues between 1970 and 1972. The album was originally released on the columbia label in 1973. The album now comes reissued on 180 gram vinyl with all the original artwork. The album features live versions of minute prologue, passing through, you know who i am, bird on a wire, nancy, improvisation, story of isaac, please dont pass me by, tonight will be fine and queen victoria.LpSundazed€18.99

 

Dead weatherHorehoundBrand new project featuring jack with from the white stripes, alison mossheart from the kills, dean fertita from queens of the stoneage and jack lawrence from the raconteurs. The album features a totally sleazy collection of fuzzed up blues like jams and garage rock vibes. Mosshart handles pretty much all the vocals, coming on like some bluesy take on pj harvey. White is back behind the drumkit again on most of this so the guitars are handled mainly by fertita giving the album a somewhat stoner rock bluesy vibe with plenty of added sixties dirge like sleaze. July 2009CdColumbia€21.99

 

DorisThe working titleThe debut full length album from this irish based alt rock four piece. The album features their two singles stop and will i ever learn. Features lots of melodic alt rock sounds with plenty of big catchy choruses. July 2009CdOwn label€9.99

 

Dovetail consortEast and west epBristol based solo artist tim newman releases this very beautiful collection of guitar instrumentals on the superb irish based rusted rail label. The six track mini album is pressed on a very cute little 3 inch sized cd and comes housed in a beautiful handmade miniature card sleeve. I dont need to warn you how limited these are so its first come first served with these. The album features 20 minutes of haunting guitar instrumental sounds calling to mind the likes of james blackshaw with some added strings. Fans of the slightly eastern tinged avant folk sounds of the likes of john fahey will instantly fall in love with this one. Features some beautifully meditative folk guitar picking with a lovely spacial kind of ambient feel about it. July 2009CdsRusted rail€7.50

 

Dylan, bobBringing it all back homeReleased in 1965 this was dylans fifth album and the follow up to another side of bob dylan, features subteranean homesick blues, maggies farm, mr tambourine man, outlaw blues and more gems, the album is also famous for the fact that is was dylans first real move into electric folk and we all know what the general public thought of it at the time, a real landmark record in the history of folk music. The album now comes reissued by the sundazed label on 180 gram vinyl with the original sleeve artwork.LpSundazed€18.99

 

Dylan, bobNashville skylineThis album was originally released way back in 1969 and was probably dylans first real stab at making a proper coutry record. The album even features a duet with the great johnny cash on girl from the northern country. The album also features kenny buttrey, peter drake, norman blake, charlie daniels and bob wilson. Features the tracks lay lady lay, nashville skyline rag, to be alone with you, i threw it all away, peggy day, one more night, tell me that it isnt true, country pie, tonight ill be staying and here with you, the album is now reissued by the sundazed label on 180 gram vinyl and features the original sleeve artwork.LpSundazed€18.99

 

Fiery furnacesThe end is nearThe first single to be lifted from their brand new album on the thrill jockey label, im going away. The ep features the end is near, lost at sea radio version, charmaine champagne single version, which is different to the album version and teddys on kent, a brand new track not featured on the album. Limited to only 1000 copies. The single is a beautiful mellow piece of piano led quirky pop as only fiery furnaces know how. July 200912"Thrill jockey€9.99

 

Fight like apesFight like apes and the mystery of the golden medallion [deluxe edition with bonus disc]Finally the debut album from this irish outfit arrives. The album was recorded in seattle with producer john goodmanson. Features brand new versions of something global, jake summers, lend me your face, battlestations, do you karate and snore bore whore from their first three limited edition singles along with brand new tracks tie me up with jackets, digifucker, megameanie, im beginning to think you prefer beverley hills 90210 to me, lumpy dough and recyclable ass. The album is a really superb collection of twelve scuzzy keyboard led indie rock gems. Imagine the energy of the yeah yeah yeahs with a beat up old synthesizer and a big injection of old school snotty post punk. The album is simply overflowing with pure energy and some of the most infectiously catchy sleazy pop you will hear all year. This new version now comes with a bonus 7 track cd featuring tracks previously only available on vinyl and download. The bonus disc features the much sought after jape remix of battlestations amongst others. July 20092cdModel citizen€12.99

 

Florence and the machineLungsThe debut album from florence welch on the island label. The album features a trio of producers with paul epworth, steve mackay and james ford from simian mobile disco all chipping in along the way. Its an album of truly kooky pop soujnds with plenty of fuzzed up indie rock influences. Imagine kate bush with a bit of the raw edge of early pj harvey, the kookiness of bjork and the piano led angry balladry of kate nash. Its got a bit of a sleazy kind of bluesy edge to it from time to time calling to mind some of the earlier white stripes albums. July 2009CdIsland€19.99

 

Florence and the machineLungsThe debut album from florence welch on the island label. The album features a trio of producers with paul epworth, steve mackay and james ford from simian mobile disco all chipping in along the way. Its an album of truly kooky pop soujnds with plenty of fuzzed up indie rock influences. Imagine kate bush with a bit of the raw edge of early pj harvey, the kookiness of bjork and the piano led angry balladry of kate nash. Its got a bit of a sleazy kind of bluesy edge to it from time to time calling to mind some of the earlier white stripes albums. Comes in a card gatefold sleeve. July 2009LpMoshi moshi€25.99

 

Florence and the machineLungs [limited edition double disc version]The debut album from florence welch on the island label. The album features a trio of producers with paul epworth, steve mackay and james ford from simian mobile disco all chipping in along the way. Its an album of truly kooky pop soujnds with plenty of fuzzed up indie rock influences. Imagine kate bush with a bit of the raw edge of early pj harvey, the kookiness of bjork and the piano led angry balladry of kate nash. Its got a bit of a sleazy kind of bluesy edge to it from time to time calling to mind some of the earlier white stripes albums. Limited edition version which also comes with a bonus seven track disc featuring demos, non album tracks and alternate versions. July 20092cdIsland€23.99

 

Florence and the machineRabbit heartTaken from her recent debut album lungs. A super explosive piece of quirky indie pop. Features an exclusive new track on the flip side are you hurting the one you love. July 20097"Moshi moshi€3.99

 

Galactic zoo dossierNumber eightA really beautiful book sized fanzine released through the drag city label. The package includes an 88 page book along with six pages of guitar god and astral folk trading cards printed on heavy card. You also get a bonus 22 track cd featuring a host of psychedelic goodies from 1968 to the present day. The cd features the likes of vashti bunyan, monster magnet, simply saucer, peter walker, ya ho what, ruthann friedman and much much more. The book features interviews with vashti bunyan, mv and ee, peter walker, bill ham and plenty more too. A superbly presented package of goodies. July 2009 – please note this item is not available for mail order, please email us for postage quotes before ordering.MagDrag city€15.99

 

Grubb, rorySketches from the big sleepThe second album from this irish based singer songwriter, now on the brightnight label. Twelve track album in card digipack sleeve. Joining grubb on this album are el prehome indefinit on uprigth bass, emmanuelle lehimas on harp, niall fallon on bass and kiko barrenengoa on fiddle. The album features some mellow folky based singer songwriter sounds with a delicate kind of indie pop twist. July 2009CdBrightnight€9.99

 

Hayes, isaacHot buttered soul [expanded edition]One of the classic soul albums of all time. Originally released back in 1969 on the fantasy label. Features isaac taking on the classic tunes walk on by, by the time i get to phoenix and one woman. Every track is just pure classic laid back soul with the bar kays providing all the music. 19 minutes of by the time i get to phoenix is simply pure bliss. The album has now been fully remastered and actually sounds even better. The album also now comes with two extra bonus tracks featuring single edits of walk on by and by the time i get to phoenix. Also comes with expanded liner notes by jim james from my morning jacket and features new photographs. July 2009CdStax€10.99

 

Huts on stiltsLo fi love songsThe debut album from this new irish based four piece. The album features nine gentle indie rock tunes sounding at times like a more laid back sebadoh with a hint of fuzzed up post rock or even a slightly indie folk take on the likes of the red house painters. July 2009CdCavallerro€10.99

 

Jonsi and alexRiceboy sleepsBrand new side project fronted by sigur ros mainman jonsi along with graphic designer alex somers, he is the man who designed the artwork for the sigur ros album takk. The album features nine pieces of truly sublime mostly instrumental sounds which at times are almost borering on modern classical. Its full of swirling synth drone effects and shimmering guitar sounds with tons of lush strings courtesy of sigur ros collaborators amiina. It really is a rather beautiful collection of calming sounds with the kind of minimal ambience that sigur ros fans will adore from the first note. Its also an album that will definitely appeal to fans of the ambient sounds of the likes of brian eno and even to lovers of the touch label. Comes in a lovely card gatefold sleeve which of course was designed by alex somers. July 2009CdEmi€15.99

 

Joynes, cwkLhr twinsIrish based label rusted rail come up trumps yet again with another superbly presented miniature 3 inch cd release from cambridge based guitarist cwk joynes. The mini album comes housed in a handmade card sleeve and is limited to only 94 hand numbered copies in total. The album features three lengthy avant folk instrumentals from joynes, who has previously released material on the bo weavil label. The tracks feature all manner of plucked instruments including zither, prepared piano, cello and guitar. Beautiful folk tinged instrumentals with little hints of traditional middle eastern folk and the avant garde sounds of early john fahey. July 2009CdRusted rail€7.50

 

Kilfenora ceili bandCenturyWe are not really known for our knowledge of trad music here in road but we just had to add this to our new classic irish folk section. These legends of irish music are celebrating 100 years of making music so its high time we paid them some respect. The album features a total of 13 classic recordings featuring a host of old tunes made specially for this collection. A damn fine insight into the rather explosive sounds of a big band ceila band. The liner notes come with a consise history of the band and also features track by track details. July 2009CdKilfenora ceili band€18.99

 

Lambert, alanAnam [signed and numbered]Very very limited edition release from this irish based electronic artist on the farpoint recordings label. All copies are signed by the artist and are also hand numbered in an edition of only 100 copies in total. Comes in a foldout paper sleeve. The album features just one perfect 25 minute piece recorded in 1994. Joining lambert are breda mayock on violin, emer mayock on flute, rory stephens on glockenspiel and mark o sullivan on clarinet. Its a rather beautiful piece of music which sees the seamless blending of classical sounds and modern electronica. Recorded onto 8 track tape for a beautiful warm organic kind of sound. Kind of reminds me of the modern classical sounds of the likes of johan johannsson or philip glass. July 2009CdFarpoint recordings€9.99

 

Land loversImmovable feetSix track mini album featuring cloudy girl, everything i ever did wrong, immovable feet, paul treacy probably knows, paddy works the maglev and trouble for tvs favourite couple. The follow up to their debut album romance romance from 2008. Features some rather nice jangly indie rock sounds coming on like a more poppy pavement with just the slightest hint of the likes of the go betweens. July 2009CdCharm school records€4.99

 

Laundry shopGrandstandingThe debut album from this irish based three piece. Fronted by ex angels of mons vocalist steve robinson. The album features their debut single highs and lows which you may know from the discover ireland tv ads. The album features some truly catchy grunge pop sounds with hints of the foo fighters, the pixies and weezer. Its all very melodic with lots of fuzzed up guitar sounds and infectiously catchy singalong choruses. July 2009CdMedicine ball€17.99

 

LoopsWriting music [issue one]Domino records and book publishers faber team up for this first issue of new music writing. A beautifully presented 225 book featuring all manner of new music writing from journalists, bloggers and musicians. The book also features lots of exclusive new art from david shrigley. The book features pieces from nick cave, hari kunzru, nick kent, richard milward, jon savage, sam davies, amanda petrusich, richard king, kevin cummins, james yorkston, matthew ingram, chris killen, geeta dyal, simon armitage, tom fleming and hayden thorpe from wild beasts, maggoty lamb, rob young, anywn crawford adn simon reynolds. July 2009 – this item is not yet available for mail order. Please email us before ordering for a postage quote.BkDomino records€14.99

 

Lord cut glassLord cut glassThe debut solo album from the former delgados frontman alun woodward. Its a big expansive collection of sounds with tons of strings and brass sounds accompanying woodward along the way on this dramtic collection of sometimes folk tinged songs. Its an album that sometimes hints at the old brass sounds of old time mining bands whilst also incorporating some lovely mellow acoustic indie folk and just the odd moment reminscent of his own band the delgados. The backing band even features the vocals of former delgados singer emma pollock. Its a challenging and highly rewarding listen, five years in the making and you can see why too. Comes in a lovely card digipack sleeve. July 2009CdChemikal underground€12.99

 

Lord cut glassLord cut glass [limited to only 500 copies]The debut solo album from the former delgados frontman alun woodward. Its a big expansive collection of sounds with tons of strings and brass sounds accompanying woodward along the way on this dramtic collection of sometimes folk tinged songs. Its an album that sometimes hints at the old brass sounds of old time mining bands whilst also incorporating some lovely mellow acoustic indie folk and just the odd moment reminscent of his own band the delgados. The backing band even features the vocals of former delgados singer emma pollock. Its a challenging and highly rewarding listen, five years in the making and you can see why too. Limited to only 500 copies on vinyl. July 2009LpChemikal underground€15.99

 

Magnolia electric coJosephineMagnolia electric company are fronted by american born singer songwriter jason molina who also recorded under the name of songs ohia. The album was recorded late last year in chicago with steve albini behind the control desk. This is amazingly his 16th album for the secretly canadian label and his fifth in total as magnolia electric co. This man has long been one of our favourite modern american songwriters and this collection of rootsy country and americana rates right up there with his best material. Its very much a full band effort throughout with molina supported by a fine cast of musicians. The album features some really beautiful laid back country ballads complete with pedal steel guitar and led by molinas perfect nashville tinged vocal delivery. This is definitely an album that will appeal to both lovers of older traditional country and modern americana at the same time. You will find it hard to track down a better country roots album this year. July 2009CdSecretly canadian€12.99

 

Magnolia electric coJosephine [with bonus mp3 download]Magnolia electric company are fronted by american born singer songwriter jason molina who also recorded under the name of songs ohia. The album was recorded late last year in chicago with steve albini behind the control desk. This is amazingly his 16th album for the secretly canadian label and his fifth in total as magnolia electric co. This man has long been one of our favourite modern american songwriters and this collection of rootsy country and americana rates right up there with his best material. Its very much a full band effort throughout with molina supported by a fine cast of musicians. The album features some really beautiful laid back country ballads complete with pedal steel guitar and led by molinas perfect nashville tinged vocal delivery. This is definitely an album that will appeal to both lovers of older traditional country and modern americana at the same time. You will find it hard to track down a better country roots album this year. The album comes with a bonus mp3 download of all tracks. July 2009LpSecretly canadian€13.99

 

MonolakeAtlasBrand new ep from monolake, now on imbalance computer music. The main track atlas is a truly sublime piece of echo heavy dubstep meets ambient electro with lots of retro reggae like reverb laden beats and the rather strange sounds of woodwind instruments. The flip side track titan is a much more beat heavy piece of dubby techno with a beautifully dark hearted ambience to it. July 2009LpImbalance computer music€8.99

 

MoondogMore moondogThis collection of material from moondog was originally released by the prestige label back in 1956. The material has now been beautifully restored and remastered at the legendary abbey road studios by andy walter for this reissue on the honest jons label. This stuff is about as strange and avant garde as it gets but there is also a certain brittle beauty about the sounds made by manhattans most famous street musician. Its a kind of minimalist jazz mainly based around percussion which sees moondog using all manner of strange instruments. A real gem for collectors of strange outsider music. July 2009LpHonest jons€15.99

 

Moritz von oswald trioVertical ascentMoritz von oswald has been making some genre defying electronic music since the early nineties under several guises including rhythm and sound, maurizio and basic channel. This collection features a host of live improv shows and sessions, edited and remixed by von oswold afterwards. The live trio features von oswold on live mixing and organ, sasu ripatti on drums and max loderbauer on synths. Ripatti also records under the name vladislav delay while loderbauer is a member of sun electric. The album features four lengthy pieces of dubby electronica drifting into some beautiful ambient dubstep at times and then at other moments getting all glitchy minimal techno. Its quite a hypnotic collection of layered sounds intricately assembled from the orignal sources. There are even moments that dip into some kind of ambient krautrock minimalism and also hints of african percussive influences. Fans of the dubby minimalism of the likes of pole will love this one. Double vinyl pressing which comes in a gatefold sleeve. July 20092lpHonest jons€19.99

 

Moritz von oswald trioVertical ascentMoritz von oswald has been making some genre defying electronic music since the early nineties under several guises including rhythm and sound, maurizio and basic channel. This collection features a host of live improv shows and sessions, edited and remixed by von oswold afterwards. The live trio features von oswold on live mixing and organ, sasu ripatti on drums and max loderbauer on synths. Ripatti also records under the name vladislav delay while loderbauer is a member of sun electric. The album features four lengthy pieces of dubby electronica drifting into some beautiful ambient dubstep at times and then at other moments getting all glitchy minimal techno. Its quite a hypnotic collection of layered sounds intricately assembled from the orignal sources. There are even moments that dip into some kind of ambient krautrock minimalism and also hints of african percussive influences. Fans of the dubby minimalism of the likes of pole will love this one. July 2009CdHonest jons€18.99

 

NirvanaIn utero [with bonus mp3 download]Nirvanas third and final studio album. Released in 1993, just one year before cobains death. The album was famously produced and not produced by steve albini as the band were rumoured to have remixed the entire album after finishing up with him in chicago. The album is now reissued on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl and comes with a bonus mp3 download of all tracks inside. Features serve the servants, scentless apprentice, heart shaped box, rape me, frances farmer will have revenge on seattle, dumb, very ape, milk it, pennyroyal tea, radio friendly unit shifter, tourettes and all apologies. July 2009LpGeffen€22.99

 

OneidaRated oNew york based psyche rock outfit return with the second part of their truly awesome thank you parents triptych of releases. The first part the experimental preteen weaponry came out last year on the jag jaguwar label also. This album is a veritable trip through the many different forms of psyche and space rock with so many twists and turns along the way its hard to keep up. The album rather strangely opens up with a slice of pounding scuzzed up techno coming across like the bug with fuzzed up guitars. The following few tracks are simply some of the most sublime kind of stoner psyche rock you are likely to hear all year, dare i say sounding like early hawkwind on even stronger drugs. Its full of pounding almost tribal like drum sounds, scuzzy analog synths and totally fuzzed to the max guitars. Thats just the first of 3 cds now. The second cd is much more straight ahead pounding krautrock like influenced psychedelic rock with more emphasis on the guitar led side of things with lots of heavy stoner rock tangents. The last of the three cds features some truly epic psychedelic rock sounds packed with hypnotic wailing guitars doing battle with squelchy analog synths. This truly is one hell of a mind blowing aural experience, maybe not to everybodys taste but if you want to head off on a totally psychedelic noise experience for an hour or two then you wont find better than oneida for meeting your needs. Comes in a lovely three part foldout sleeve. July 20093cdJag jaguwar€12.99

 

OneidaRated o [triple vinyl with bonus mp3 download]New york based psyche rock outfit return with the second part of their truly awesome thank you parents triptych of releases. The first part the experimental preteen weaponry came out last year on the jag jaguwar label also. This album is a veritable trip through the many different forms of psyche and space rock with so many twists and turns along the way its hard to keep up. The album rather strangely opens up with a slice of pounding scuzzed up techno coming across like the bug with fuzzed up guitars. The following few tracks are simply some of the most sublime kind of stoner psyche rock you are likely to hear all year, dare i say sounding like early hawkwind on even stronger drugs. Its full of pounding almost tribal like drum sounds, scuzzy analog synths and totally fuzzed to the max guitars. Thats just the first of 3 lps now. The second lp is much more straight ahead pounding krautrock like influenced psychedelic rock with more emphasis on the guitar led side of things with lots of heavy stoner rock tangents. The last of the three lps features some truly epic psychedelic rock sounds packed with hypnotic wailing guitars doing battle with squelchy analog synths. This truly is one hell of a mind blowing aural experience, maybe not to everybodys taste but if you want to head off on a totally psychedelic noise experience for an hour or two then you wont find better than oneida for meeting your needs. The album comes pressed on three slabs of vinyl, packaged in a lovely three part foldout sleeve and features mp3 downloads of all tracks. July 20093lpJag jaguwar€25.99

 

Parsons, gramGpThe debut solo album from ex byrds and flying burrito brothers man gram parsons. Originally released back in 1973 on the reprise label. The ablum features a couple is classic duets with emmylou harris along with several other early country rock gems. Features still feeling blue, well sweep out the ashes in the morning, a song for you, steets of baltimore, she, thats all it took, the new soft shoe, kiss the children, cry one more time, how much ive lied and big mouth blues. Limited edition reissue pressed on 180 gram vinyl vinyl.LpReprise€13.99

 

Parsons, gramGrievous angelThis album was released in 1973 originally. One of the most influential and talented figures on the country rock and alt country scene. Some even say that he invented the country rock sound and is still a major influence on the no depression sound. Finally getting a well deserved vinyl repressing. Features emmylou harris on guest vocals on gems like love hurts, also features return of the grievious angel, hearts on fire, i cant dance, brass buttons, thousand dollar wedding, live medley from northern quebec, las vegas and in my hour of darkness. Pressed on 180 gram virgin vinyl.LpReprise€13.99

 

Penate, jackEverything is newJack penate returns with his second album on the xl label. Recorded over the space of a year with producer paul epworth in his home studios in london. This is very much a different beast compared to his first collection with this album incorporating lots more electronc beats and even a nod towards pure pop sounds. The album features hints of everything from sunshine reggae pop to balearic rhythms to pure breezy electro pop. June 2009CdXl€15.99

 

PhoenixWolfgang amadeus phoenix [limited edition with bonus dvd]The return of this ultra cool and highly sophisticated french pop outfit with their new album on the v2 label. Its another fine collection of seventies tinged guitar pop sounds. Its damn near impossible not to get sucked in by these guys with their hook laden guitar pop coming across at times like some space rock take on the likes of elo mixed with the slightly glam pop sounds of some roxy music tunes. Its totally hip shaking and very clever at the same time without ever getting too cheesy. This version comes in a limited edition card sleeve and features a bonus dvd. July 20092cdV2€20.99

 

Pink floydDark side of the moon [30th anniversary edition]Now back in print again, this version was originally reissued in 2003 to celebrate the 30 anniversary of its original release. The album comes pressed on a heavy slab of virgin vinyl and comes in the truly iconic gatefold sleeve. Its pretty much an exact replica of the original release complete with two colour stickers and three huge full colour foldout posters inside the sleeve. Even after all these years this is still one of those albums that regularly shows up on people top tens of all time. Features speak to me, breathe, on the run, time, the great gig in the sky, money, us and them, any colour you like, brain damage and eclipse.LpEmi€21.99

 

PocahauntedPassageLimited edition four track from this la based psyche folk meets improv rock outfit on the troubleman unlimited label. The album features four slices of free flowing psyche folk improv sounds complete with native american like chanting from main members bethany and amanda. Its full of hypnotic guitar passages, droning sound effects, shimmering bell sounds and some truly haunting vocal effects. July 2009LpTroubleman unlimited€17.99

 

Scattergood, pollyPolly scattergoodThe debut album from this young singer songwriter on the mute label. The album features ten perfect slices of quirky alt pop and indie rock sounds falling somewhere between kate bush, pj harvey and tori amos. Scattergood veers away from the generic singer songwriter sound with the addition of lots of pulsating electronic beats, lush synths and anger fuelled indie rock. Its an album that truly runs the gamut of emotions featuring brittle ballads and totally rocking post punk sounds. July 2009CdMute€11.99

 

Science fiction dance partyScience fiction dance partyFinders keepers unearth another weird exotica gem from the past and follow up their recent vampires of dartmoor with another gem from the same german crew. Made by german electronic composers horst ackerman and heribert thusek this album was the follow up to their fictitious soundtrack the vampires of dartmoor. The album was originally released way back in 1971 and rapidly disappeared into obscurity until the fine folk at finders keepers got hold of it. The original has now been reissued with an additional four extra bonus tracks. Its pure keyboard led seventies exotica with lots of bonkers film dialog thrown in. Imagine the bbc radiophonic workshop making fairground music with hints of seventies krautrock and cheesy exotica added into the mix. If you are a fan of the finders keepers label then this will sound perfectly normal to you, if not then be prepared for a truly crazy psychedelic trip. July 2009CdFinders keepers€13.99

 

Science fiction dance partyScience fiction dance partyFinders keepers unearth another weird exotica gem from the past and follow up their recent vampires of dartmoor with another gem from the same german crew. Made by german electronic composers horst ackerman and heribert thusek this album was the follow up to their fictitious soundtrack the vampires of dartmoor. The album was originally released way back in 1971 and rapidly disappeared into obscurity until the fine folk at finders keepers got hold of it. The original has now been reissued with an additional four extra bonus tracks. Its pure keyboard led seventies exotica with lots of bonkers film dialog thrown in. Imagine the bbc radiophonic workshop making fairground music with hints of seventies krautrock and cheesy exotica added into the mix. If you are a fan of the finders keepers label then this will sound perfectly normal to you, if not then be prepared for a truly crazy psychedelic trip. Comes in a lovley heavy card gatefold sleeve. July 2009LpFinders keepers€18.99

 

Silversun pickupsCarnavas [double vinyl with bonus 7 inch]La based four piece reissue their debut full length album from 2006. The album is pressed on double vinyl and comes with a bonus 7 inch single and a download code for two unreleased bonus tracks. Its an album blending the shimmering guitar sounds of my bloody valentine with the more melodic grunge sounds of early smashing pumpkins. Full of dreampop like euphoria with lots of blistering grunge rock moments. July 20092lpDangerbird€22.99

 

Silversun pickupsPikulReissue of their six track mini album from way back in 2005. The album now comes pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. Features kissing families, comeback kid, booksmart devil, the fuzz, creation lake and all the go inbetweens. Think smashing pumpkins melodic grunge rock meets the shimmering guitar sounds of my bloody valentine. July 2009LpDangerbird€17.99

 

Sixteen layersI am no oneThe debut album from this irish based four piece on no one records. Features eleven cuts of uptempo alt rock with hints of everything from the metal edged rock of thin lizzy to the more aggressive grung rock sounds of sound garden or pearl jam. July 2009CdNo one records€9.99

 

Stile 13Where were youA collection of thirteen tracks written by gerry and martin o malley. The album features a host of guest musicians from both dublin and clare. Features guitarist mick birch, drummer danny byrt and a host of vocalists including barry kirwan, rita byrne, aine o malley, sinead o malley, grainne o malley, sean o malley, del browne, paul byrne and siobhan o brien. Recorded in malbay studios in county clare. Features a nice blend of laid back folky sounds acoustic pop. July 2009CdMalbay studios€9.99

 

This is how it endsWe dont dial 911The debut ep from this dublin based four piece outfit. Features we dont diall 911, white feathers and odysseus 31. The ep features lots of guitar led explosive post rock sounds calling to mind the heavier moments of mogwai meets explosions in the sky. Slow building hypnotic post rock sounds build into perfectly formed walls of fuzzed up guitar noise. July 2009CdsOwn label€4.99

 

Tidwell, cortneyBoysNashville based songwriter cortney tidwell returns with her second full length album and her first for the city slang label. The album features a really lovely blend of slightly country tinged folky sounds and mellow electronic beats. There are moments of mazzy star like ambience along with the slighly kooky singer songwriter style of early cat power but tidwell stands out a bit more with her use of keyboards and electronic effects. Deep in the mix you can hear the influence of some early country vibes complete with slide guitar. Its a great big melting pot of sounds fronted by one of the most beautiful voices around at the moment. The album also features a guest spot by jim james from my morning jacket. June 2009CdCity slang€15.99

 

We fell to earthWe fell to earthWe fell to earth are richard file from unkle and wendy rae fowler, who guests with queens of the stoneage and mark lenegan. The album features a beautifully haunting collection of almost gothic tinged electronic post rock sounds with everything from pulsating krautrock to mellow seventies psyche rock. Its an album that kind of reminds me at times of portishead with added guitars. Its full of post rock like guitar moments blended with some beautifully ambient beats and electronic touches. Its also got a lovely kind of darkly ambient krautrock feel about with lots of hypnotic looped beats and throbbing bass sounds. Richard file possesses a voice that reminds me of mark hollis from talk talk, and no bad thing that is, whilst wendy raw folwer sounds like a more soulful beth gibbons. Its an album that manages to be both intimate and hugely expansive at the same time. This is a real joy from start to finish. July 2009CdIn stereo€16.99

 

Wild beastsHooting and howling [limited edition pink vinyl]Taken from their brand new album on domino records two dancers. Another dramatic piece of mellow indie pop with a somewhat soulful kind of vocal feel about it. The ep is limited to only 500 copies on pink vinyl and comes with a numbered art print. Also features through the iron gates and a debukas remix of hooting and howling. July 200910"Domino records€6.99

 

Williamson, astridHere come the vikingsThe fourth solo album from this brighton based singer songwriter and former member of goya dress. The album features a very catchy blend of rootsy rock, fuzzed up indie rock and pure country tinged pop sounds. Its a lovely blend of laid back electronic tinged ballads and some uptempo rocking tunes. Its full of atmospheric electronic touches, brittle beats and the odd bit of dreamlike pop. July 2009CdOne little indian€12.99

 

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Brian cullens love bulletsOtherwise it will be this way foreverThe third ep from a band fast becomming one of our favourites on the local scene at the moment. As ever the ep is superbly packaged, these guys always put such love and effort into their releases. The ep comes in a lovely card sleeve with a foldout poster inner sleeve. Along with the title track the ep also features six fifteen one eight oh eight, killing for company and its pretty much over already which also appeared on our road records sampler cd for record store day. This dublin based three piece have an overall sound with really reminds us of some of those classic early factory records with a production quality that a certain mr martin hannett would be proud to call his own. There is a certain new wave feel about it with moments harking back to both joy division and very early new order. Dark hearted indie rock at its very very finest. July 2009CdsCleft palate records€4.99

 

Carroll, marcThe dust of rumour [limited to 1000]Irish born singer songwriter marc carroll returns with a brand new solo album on the high noon recordings label. Marc was previously a member of irish alt rock outfit puppy love bomb. The album features a rather catchy blend of rootsy rock sounds, sixties guitar pop and jangly indie rock. There are hints of the likes of teenage fanclub or the byrds from time to time along with some lovely intimate electric folk pop coming on like a more underground bob dylan. Limited to only 1000 copies on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. July 2009LpHigh noon recordings€20.99

 

DorisThe working titleThe debut full length album from this irish based alt rock four piece. The album features their two singles stop and will i ever learn. Features lots of melodic alt rock sounds with plenty of big catchy choruses. July 2009CdOwn label€9.99

 

Fight like apesFight like apes and the mystery of the golden medallion [deluxe edition with bonus disc]Finally the debut album from this irish outfit arrives. The album was recorded in seattle with producer john goodmanson. Features brand new versions of something global, jake summers, lend me your face, battlestations, do you karate and snore bore whore from their first three limited edition singles along with brand new tracks tie me up with jackets, digifucker, megameanie, im beginning to think you prefer beverley hills 90210 to me, lumpy dough and recyclable ass. The album is a really superb collection of twelve scuzzy keyboard led indie rock gems. Imagine the energy of the yeah yeah yeahs with a beat up old synthesizer and a big injection of old school snotty post punk. The album is simply overflowing with pure energy and some of the most infectiously catchy sleazy pop you will hear all year. This new version now comes with a bonus 7 track cd featuring tracks previously only available on vinyl and download. The bonus disc features the much sought after jape remix of battlestations amongst others. July 20092cdModel citizen€12.99

 

Grubb, rorySketches from the big sleepThe second album from this irish based singer songwriter, now on the brightnight label. Twelve track album in card digipack sleeve. Joining grubb on this album are el prehome indefinit on uprigth bass, emmanuelle lehimas on harp, niall fallon on bass and kiko barrenengoa on fiddle. The album features some mellow folky based singer songwriter sounds with a delicate kind of indie pop twist. July 2009CdBrightnight€9.99

 

Huts on stiltsLo fi love songsThe debut album from this new irish based four piece. The album features nine gentle indie rock tunes sounding at times like a more laid back sebadoh with a hint of fuzzed up post rock or even a slightly indie folk take on the likes of the red house painters. July 2009CdCavallerro€10.99

 

Kilfenora ceili bandCenturyWe are not really known for our knowledge of trad music here in road but we just had to add this to our new classic irish folk section. These legends of irish music are celebrating 100 years of making music so its high time we paid them some respect. The album features a total of 13 classic recordings featuring a host of old tunes made specially for this collection. A damn fine insight into the rather explosive sounds of a big band ceila band. The liner notes come with a consise history of the band and also features track by track details. July 2009CdKilfenora ceili band€18.99

 

Lambert, alanAnam [signed and numbered]Very very limited edition release from this irish based electronic artist on the farpoint recordings label. All copies are signed by the artist and are also hand numbered in an edition of only 100 copies in total. Comes in a foldout paper sleeve. The album features just one perfect 25 minute piece recorded in 1994. Joining lambert are breda mayock on violin, emer mayock on flute, rory stephens on glockenspiel and mark o sullivan on clarinet. Its a rather beautiful piece of music which sees the seamless blending of classical sounds and modern electronica. Recorded onto 8 track tape for a beautiful warm organic kind of sound. Kind of reminds me of the modern classical sounds of the likes of johan johannsson or philip glass. July 2009CdFarpoint recordings€9.99

 

Land loversImmovable feetSix track mini album featuring cloudy girl, everything i ever did wrong, immovable feet, paul treacy probably knows, paddy works the maglev and trouble for tvs favourite couple. The follow up to their debut album romance romance from 2008. Features some rather nice jangly indie rock sounds coming on like a more poppy pavement with just the slightest hint of the likes of the go betweens. July 2009CdCharm school records€4.99

 

Laundry shopGrandstandingThe debut album from this irish based three piece. Fronted by ex angels of mons vocalist steve robinson. The album features their debut single highs and lows which you may know from the discover ireland tv ads. The album features some truly catchy grunge pop sounds with hints of the foo fighters, the pixies and weezer. Its all very melodic with lots of fuzzed up guitar sounds and infectiously catchy singalong choruses. July 2009CdMedicine ball€17.99

 

Sixteen layersI am no oneThe debut album from this irish based four piece on no one records. Features eleven cuts of uptempo alt rock with hints of everything from the metal edged rock of thin lizzy to the more aggressive grung rock sounds of sound garden or pearl jam. July 2009CdNo one records€9.99

 

Stile 13Where were youA collection of thirteen tracks written by gerry and martin o malley. The album features a host of guest musicians from both dublin and clare. Features guitarist mick birch, drummer danny byrt and a host of vocalists including barry kirwan, rita byrne, aine o malley, sinead o malley, grainne o malley, sean o malley, del browne, paul byrne and siobhan o brien. Recorded in malbay studios in county clare. Features a nice blend of laid back folky sounds acoustic pop. July 2009CdMalbay studios€9.99

 

This is how it endsWe dont dial 911The debut ep from this dublin based four piece outfit. Features we dont diall 911, white feathers and odysseus 31. The ep features lots of guitar led explosive post rock sounds calling to mind the heavier moments of mogwai meets explosions in the sky. Slow building hypnotic post rock sounds build into perfectly formed walls of fuzzed up guitar noise. July 2009CdsOwn label€4.99

 

 

 

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Ariwa 81 sessionsVarious artistsA collection of rare and obscure mad professor productions, features aquizim, asha, sgt pepper, ranking ann and many more, may 2005LpAriwa€13.99

 

Beach boysPet soundsNow reissued on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl on the orignal capitol label. Comes with all the original artwork too. Originally released in 1966 its still one of those albums that ranks in plenty of peoples top tens of all time. Features wouldnt it be nice, you still believe in me, thats not me, dont talk, im waiting for the day, lets go away for a while, sloop john b, god only knows, i know theres an answer, here today, i just wasnt made for these times, pet sounds and caroline no.LpEmi€21.99

 

BeatlesRevolverReissue of the classic 1966 album from the beatles. Comes in a perfect replica sleeve featuring all the original artwork. Features taxman, eleanor rigby, im only sleeping, love you to, here there and everywhere, yellow submarine, she said she said, good day sunshine, and your bird can sing, for no one, dr robert, i want to tell you, got to get you into my life and tomorrow never knows. This is a direct metal master from a digitally remastered original tape.LpEmi€21.99

 

BeatlesRubber soulReissue of their 1965 release on the apple label. Features drive my car, norwegian wood, you wont see me, nowhere man, think for yourself, the word, michelle, what goes on, girl, looking through you, in my life, wait, if i needed someone and run for your life. Produced as ever by george martin. This reissue comes in an exact replica of the original sleeve.LpEmi€21.99

 

Blakey, art and the jazz messengersMoaninOriginally released in 1958 on the blue note label. Features art blakey on drums, lee morgan on trumpet, benny golson on tenor sax, bobby timmons on piano and jymie merritt on bass. The album features moanin, are you real, along came betty, the drum thunder miniature suite, blues march and come rain or shine. Reissue on the original blue note label featuring all the original artwork and essay from leonard feather on the back.LpBlue note€13.99

 

Byrd, donaldMustangOriginally released in 1966 on the legendary blue note label. This new reissue comes perfectly presented in all the original artwork. The album features byrd on trumpet along with sonny red on sax, hank mobley on sax, mccoy tyner on piano, walter booker on bass and freddie waits on drums. Features mustang, fly little bird fly, i got it bad and that aint good, dixie lee, on the trail and i so excited by you.LpBlue note€13.99

Coleman, ornetteOrnetteA classic avant garde jazz release from way back in 1961 on the atlantic label, features wru, t and t, c and d along with rpdd, features coleman on alto sax, donald cherry on trumpet, scott lafaro on bass and ed blackwell on drums, american reissue pressing on atlantic recordsLpAtlantic€13.99

 

Coltrane, johnBalladsThis coltrane album was originally released in 1962 on the impulse label, features coltrane on sax, mccoy tyner on piano, jimmy garrison on bass and elvin jones on drums, this reissue comes in the original gatefold sleeve and features say it over and over again, you dont know what love is, too young to go steady, all or nothing at all, i wish i knew, whats new, its easy to remember and nancy with the laughing faceLpImpulse€17.99

 

Count basieBasie jam 3Recorded in los angeles in 1976. Features bye bye blues, moten swing, i surrender dear and song of the islands. Along with basie on piano the band also featured benny carter on sax, louis bellson on drums, john heard on bass, eddie lockjaw davis on sax, joe pass on guitar, clark terry on trumpet and al grey on trombone. Now reissued on the pablo label.LpPablo€11.99

Davis, milesIsle of wight concertRecorded live at the isle of wight festival on the 29th of august 1970. Features call it anything parts one and two. Along with davis on trumpet the band also featured gary bartz on sax, chick corea on keyboards, keith jarrett on keyboards, dave holland on bass, jack dejohnette on drums and airto moreira on percussion. The album also comes with a bonus live track from the munich philharmonic concert hall recorded in july 1988 featuring davis taking on cyndi laupers time after time. 2007LpVinyl passion€12.99

 

Diane, alelaTo be stillRustic folk singer alela diane returns with a truly haunting follow up to her stunning debut the pirates gospel from 2007. This is another truly superb collection of modern folk sounds with moments harking back to the very early days of american folk music and touches of seventies english psyche folk. Diane ploughs a similar field to the likes of joanna newsom, cat power, marissa nadler and even the bluegrass tinged sounds of gillian welch. This is one of those rare gems that requires just one listen to be utterly hooked on it forever. A real joy from start to finish featuring one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices you are every likely to hear. Limited edition double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. April 20092lpFargo€22.99

 

Dylan, bobAnother side of bob dylanOriginally from 1964 this is a classic early dylan folk album. Features all i really want to do, black crow blues, spanish harlem incident, chimes of freedom, i shall be free, to ramona, motorpsycho nitemare, my black pages, i dont believe you, ballad in plain d and it aint me babe. Reissued with a new booklet featuring all the lyrics. 2003CdColumbia€8.99

 

Ex, theThirty years of the ex [double cd]A superb compilation featuring the best of the ex culled from releases over the last thirty years of the bands existence. This dutch outfit are probably one of the most important political punk rock bands of all time and with a career spanning thirty years the variation in sounds is truly awesome. The band spent much of their early years being referred to as the dutch crass but as years progressed they began to slowly incorporate industrial percussive sounds, african beats and lots of disjointed intricate post punk sounds. A band who constantly evolved their sound, if you listen to the very first track then skip right to the last its hard to believe its the same outfit. They were a band always intent on stretching the boundaries of what punk rock meant and their willingness to experiment has always placed them one step ahead of the crowd. A real treat for fans of a more percussive led punk rock sound and a truly timeless collection. Features a total of 33 gems. July 20092cdEx€15.99

 

Ex, theThirty years of the ex [double vinyl]A superb compilation featuring the best of the ex culled from releases over the last thirty years of the bands existence. This dutch outfit are probably one of the most important political punk rock bands of all time and with a career spanning thirty years the variation in sounds is truly awesome. The band spent much of their early years being referred to as the dutch crass but as years progressed they began to slowly incorporate industrial percussive sounds, african beats and lots of disjointed intricate post punk sounds. A band who constantly evolved their sound, if you listen to the very first track then skip right to the last its hard to believe its the same outfit. They were a band always intent on stretching the boundaries of what punk rock meant and their willingness to experiment has always placed them one step ahead of the crowd. A real treat for fans of a more percussive led punk rock sound and a truly timeless collection. Features a total of 26 gems on double vinyl. Comes in a gatefold sleeve. July 20092lpEx€18.99

 

Harvey, pjWhite chalkPj harvey returns with possibly her most stripped down album in many many years. The album pretty much features just harvey behind the piano with just a little help here and there from long time collaborator john parish. Along with the barest of brush drums and some very faint string sounds there is nothing else to accompany harvey as she makes her way through eleven of her most intimate songs to date. Its probably the very first time that the comparisons to kate bush have actually been accurate as harvey finds her way around the vocal scale with such ease. A very beautifully raw album. Originally released in 2007 the album has now been reissued on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl. 2009LpIsland€16.99

 

Iron and wineThe sea and the rhythm [now with bonus mp3 download]5 track mini album from sam beam and co. Originally released in 2003 on sub pop. Indie lo fi sounds like sebadoh meets nick drake at times. The album features beneath the balcony, the sea and the rhythm, the night descending, jesus the mexican boy and someday the waves, the album also features a coupon for a free mp3 download of the entire album, this is the first time this album has been available on vinyl, july 2007LpSub pop€8.99

 

Isley brothers3 plus 3Released in 1973 on the columbia label, the title comes from the addition of 3 new members in jasper on keyboards, marvin on bass and ernie on guitars, features the classic summer breeze along with listen to the music, dont be lonely tonight and sunshine go away today, american reissue in the original sleeveLpColumbia€13.99

 

Jam, theThis is the modern world [reissue with bonus tracks]Reissue of this truly classic jam album from 1977. This reissue on the vinyl lovers label now comes with some of the extra bonus material that featured on the double cd reissue from last year which are taken from bbc sessions. Along with the orignal 12 track album this new version now features eight extra bonus cuts. Comes in a heavy card gatefold sleeve with lyrics printed on the inner. August 2008LpVinyl lovers€17.99

 

KraftwerkTrans europe express7 track album from 1977. Features trans europe express, metal on metal, the hall of mirrors, trans europe express, franz shubert, endless endless and showroom dummies. The album is now available at mid price.CdCapitol€8.99

 

LeadbellyDiggin my potatoesA nice priced collection of tracks recorded between the period covering 1935 to 1949, features many classic gems including packin trunk blues, cc rider, alberta, red river blues, pig meat papa, eagle rock rag, take this hammer, matchbox blues and many more, features a total of 20 tracks spread over 61 minutes, the album comes in a lovely card sleeve with notes on the tracks by neil slaven, a great place to start if you want to hear one of the finest folk and blues singers of all time and still one of the most influential voices in folk music along with the likes of robert johnson and charley patton, august 2007CdBlue label€11.99

 

Living is hardWest african music in britain 1927 to 1929The honest jons label are back with a wonderful new themed series of releases similar in scope to their london is the place for me series. This new series concentrates on recordings made in london by west african musicians. The majority of recordings featured here were made for the london based zonophone label and have now been beautifully remastered for cd. The album comes with a superb full colour booklet with lots of interesting liner notes and some really amazing old photos. The sounds on the album are very much rhythm based pieces varying from pure vocal call and response field songs to full band pieces with drums and percussion aplenty. May 2008CdHonest jons€15.99

 

Lytle, jasonYours truly the commuter [with bonus mp3 download coupon]Brand new solo album from the former grandaddy frontman jason lytle. Its pretty much an entirely solo project from lytle with all instruments played by him along with all production and recording. To be honest from the outset this is not a million miles away from the grandaddy sound particularly as lytle still handles all the vocals on this one. Its probably a wee bit more laid back than his former band but its still an album of purely melodic pop sounds with lots of smooth psychedelic edges. Comes with a free mp3 download of all tracks. June 2009LpAnti€19.99

 

Music for dead birdsAnd then it rained for seven daysThe debut release on the irish based label rusted rail from this west of ireland based two piece. The album opens up with some perfectly ramshackle lo fi indie rock ala pavement or sebadoh before settling into a much more laid back indie folk mood. Sounding at times like some bedroom folky take on gradaddy meets early elliott smith the album will tick all the right boxes for all you lovers of lo fi indie sounds. Its got that lovely laid back loose kind of sound that will most definitely appeal to early yo la tengo fans with just a hint at the weirder side of psyche folk. The eight track mini album comes beautifull packaged yet again courtesy of rusted rail in a miniature 3 inch card sleeve. Pressed on a tiny little 3 inch cd this is another gem for collectors of limited hand made editions. May 2009CdRusted rail€7.50

 

NirvanaNevermind [180 gram vinyl reissue with bonus mp3 coupon]Limited edition reissue on 180 gram vinyl and comes in all the original artwork. The album has been specially remastered for this vinyl only reissue and also comes with a bonus mp3 coupon for a free download of the entire album. Originally released in 1991 this album really needs no introduction from me. Features smells like teen spirit, in bloom, come as you are, breed, lithium, polly, territorial pissings, drain you, lounge act, stay away, on a plain and something in the way. November 2008LpGeffen€15.99

 

Our brother the nativeSacred psalmsChaz knapp and josh bertram return with their third collection for the fat cat label. The album features plenty more ramshackle free folk sounds that this young pair have become so good at over the course of their three albums. Its a really freeflowing collection of mostly acoustic based weird psyche folk sounds with lots of rustic percussive moments complete with shimmering chimes and bells. May 2009CdFat cat€13.99

 

Parker, charlieBird at st nicksFifteen track reissue on the fantasy label, the album was originally released on the ojc label, recorded live at the st nicholas arena in new york city more known for its boxing events than jazz dances back in the 1950s, although the performance was recorded on a home tape recorder the sound was nicely cleaned up and hence provides a pleasant journey back in time to the performance, parkers solo on confirmation and his performance on embraceable you where he accompanies himself are highlights here, features parker on sax, al haig on piano, roy haynes on drums, red rodney on trumpet and tommy potter on bassLpFantasy inc€13.99

 

ParliamentMothership connectionConsidered to be the greatest funk band of the seventies parliament featured legends george clinton and bootsy collins, this parliaments 4th album and originally released in 1976 on the casablanca label, features p funk, mothership connection, give up the funk and many more gems, still hailed today as one of the classic funk albums of all timeLpCasablanca€13.99

 

PhosphorescentTo willieMatthew houck aka phosphorescent returns with a rather stunning tribute to the legendary country singer willie nelson. The album features eleven perfectly covered willie nelson gems from the past and its pretty obvious from just one listen that houck has a real love of country music of old. He doesnt try to dress up these classic songs or change them in any way. He tends to concentrate more on the mellow side of nelsons songwriting and the album has a lovely kind of woozy late night feel about most of it. Houck has the perfect kind of croaky voice for this kind of traditional country sound too. May 2009CdDead oceans€11.99

 

PlanxtyPlanxtyThe self titled debut album from 1973. Classic irish folk band featuring christy moore, donal lunny, liam og o flynn and andy irvine. A rather revolutionary sound at the time and still sounds as fresh as ever. Features raggle taggle gypsy, arthur mcbride, planxty irwin, sweet thames flow softly, junior crehans favourite, the west of clare, the jolly beggar, only our rivers, si bheag si mhor, follow me up to carlow, merrily kissed the quaker and the blacksmith.CdShanachie€19.99

 

RamonesLeave homeReissue of their second album from way back in 1977. Its still one of the finest punk rock albums ever made in our opinion too. Features glad to see you go, gimme gimme shock treatment, i remember you, oh oh i love her so, carbona not glue, suzy is a headbanger, pinhead, now i wanna be a good boy, swallow my pride, whats your game, california sun, commando, youre gonna kill that girl and you should never have opened that door.LpSire€13.99

 

RamonesThe ramonesThe original debut album from all the way back in 1976. Features the classic original lineup of joe, johnny, dee dee and tommy. The album comes reissued in the classic black and white sleeve. Features blitzkrieg bop, beat on the brat, judy is a punk, i wanna be your boyfriend, chain say, now i wanna sniff some glue, i dont wanna go down to the basement, loudmouth, havana affair, listen to my heart, 53rd and 3rd, lets dance, i dont wanna walk around with you and today our love tomorrow the world.LpSire€14.99

 

Sigur rosTakkAnother fine collection of intimate and lush layered guitars, haunting vocals, clever electronic sounds and dramatic orchestration, this is the fourth full length album from icelandic outfit sigur ros, sounding much more like the earlier work of the likes of agaetis byrjun, svefn g englar, comes in a hardback book sleeve, september 2005CdEmi€9.99

 

Sly and the family stoneGreatest hitsOriginall released in 1970 between the release of stand and theres a riot goin on. Features tracks taken from the first 4 album which are whole new thing, stand, dance to the music and life, features i want to take you higher, everybody is a star, stand, life, fun, you can make it if you try, dance to the music, everyday people, hot fun in the summertime, m lady, sing a simple song and thank you. Remastered and reissued in 2007CdEpic€9.99

 

Swan lakeEnemy mineSwan lake features dan bejar from destroyer and the new porngraphers, spencer krug from wolf parade and casey mercer from frog eyes. This is their second album on the jag jaguwar label. Its an album of fuzzy alt rock sounds with bits of everything from early roots rock sounds to rustic folk and hints of tom waits like dirges. To be honest you can actually hear the influence of all their regular bands in here with a bit of everything going on from piano leds ballads to pure fuzzed up indie rock. May 2009CdJag jaguwar€11.99

 

TortoiseBeacons of ancestorshipTortoise return with their sixth full length studio album and their first release of new material in five years. The album kind of fits snuggly between the early post rock sounds of the first two albums and the more electronic based funked up sounds of tnt. Its an album bristling with funky krautrock vibes and even sees tortoise dipping their toes into the wobbly bass world of dubstep on a couple of tracks. Its one of the more uptempo beat driven tortoise albums in quite a while with john mecntire providing the backbone of funky jazz like live drums. A couple of tracks even strike as some modern take on the early seventies funk sound with lots of chunky organ sounds making an appearence. Theres even a morricone like slide guitar led tune. I have to say its been well worth the wait. June 2009CdThrill jockey€12.99

 

TortoiseBeacons of ancestorship [with bonus mp3 download]Tortoise return with their sixth full length studio album and their first release of new material in five years. The album kind of fits snuggly between the early post rock sounds of the first two albums and the more electronic based funked up sounds of tnt. Its an album bristling with funky krautrock vibes and even sees tortoise dipping their toes into the wobbly bass world of dubstep on a couple of tracks. Its one of the more uptempo beat driven tortoise albums in quite a while with john mecntire providing the backbone of funky jazz like live drums. A couple of tracks even strike as some modern take on the early seventies funk sound with lots of chunky organ sounds making an appearence. Theres even a morricone like slide guitar led tune. I have to say its been well worth the wait. The album is pressed on heavyweight 180g virgin vinyl and also comes with a free mp3 download coupon. Comes in a lovely old school heavy card gatefold sleeve too. June 2009LpThrill jockey€15.99

 

Wilson, dennisPacific ocean blueA long overdue reissue of this debut solo release from the beach boys drummer dennis wilson. This new and fully remastered version features the original album along with a full cd of bonus material. The album features four previously unreleased tracks from the same sesssions. The second disc features the bambu album which remained unfinished after wilsons death. The bambu album has now been fully mixed and remastered and is now officially released for the very first time. The album comes beautifully packaged in a deluxe card foldout sleeve with a 44 page detailed booklet and extended liner notes. July 20082cdSony€21.99

 

Wonder, stevieTalking bookClassic stevie wonder album from 1972 on the tamla motown label, features you are the sunshine of my life, superstition, maybe your baby, big brother, youve got it bad girl, tuesday heartbreak and many more gems, us import reissue in the original gatefold sleeveLpTamla motown€13.99

 

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November 27th – Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett – Whelans – €25.00

November 24th – Gary Numan – Tripod – €22.50

November 20th – Joe Lally – Crawdaddy – €12.00

November 7th – Dublin Gosple Choir – Tripod – €20.00

November 5th – Yo La Tengo – Tripod – €20.00

October 16/17/18th – Hard Working Class Heroes (Weekend Pass) – €43.50

October 18th – Hard Working Class Heroes (Day Pass) – €21.00

October 17th – Hard Working Class Heroes (Day Pass) – €21.00

October 16th – Hard Working Class Heroes (Day Pass) – €21.00

October 6th – Joan As A Policewoman – Crawdaddy – €20.00

October 4th – Nouvelle Vague – Tripod – €20.00

October 3rd – Peter, Bjorn & John – Tripod – €17.00 –

September 29th – ZU – Crawdaddy – €12.00

September 28th – T Model Ford – Whelans – €18.50

September 26th – Jim Jones Review – Whelans – €16.00

September 23rd – Joe Gideon & The Shark – Crawdaddy – €13.00

September 22nd – The Jesus Lizard – Button Factory – €24.00

September 12th – Silver Apples – Whelans – €20.00

September 12th – Sunset Rubdown – Crawdaddy – €15.00

September 9th – Laura Izibor – Tripod – €17.00

September 8th – The Blow Monkeys – Crawdaddy – €15.00

September 4/5/6th – Electric Picnic – Stradbally, Co. Laois – €242.00

August 29th – Bats – Andrews Lane – €10.00

August 22nd – Summer – POD – €15.00

August 21st – Hercules & Love Affair – POD – €15.00

August 20th – Psychonavigation Records 9TH Birthday – Sugar Club – €15.00

August 15th – Yo! Majesty – Crawdaddy – €12.50

August 13th – Declan Sinnott & Small Town Talk – Whelans – €20.00

August 10th – Devotchka – Crawdaddy – €16.00

August 8th – Conway Savage – Crawdaddy – €13.00

August 2nd – N.A.S.A/ Ashley Beedle/Toddla T – Crawdaddy/Lobby/POD- €15.00

July 31st – George Clinton – Tripod – €31.00

July 29th – The Flatlanders – Vicar St. – €38.00

July 26th – Mary Gauthier – Whelans – €23.00

July 24th-26th – Knockenstock '09 – Blessington Lakes – €65.00

July 24th – Monotonix – Crawdaddy – €12.00

July 21st – Alela Diane – Crawdaddy – €15.00

July 17th – Kylesa – Crawdaddy – €16.00

 

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Merchants see vinyl revival

Merchants see vinyl revival
Saturday, June 20, 2009

 

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Bruce Northrup tests out a vinyl record in his store, The Old Book Surfer, in Schenectady Friday afternoon.
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— Vinyl is making a comeback.

The foot-wide records, which had to be carefully handled and could only be played with precisely placed needles, were long ago replaced by cassettes and later smooth-sounding, hand-sized compact discs.

But now vinyl is back, embraced by teenagers who beg for a record player as a birthday present. Local vinyl store owners say their sales are so strong that they’ve kept pace even in the recession.

The resurgence led Niskayuna resident Bruce Northrup to open what may be Schenectady’s only vinyl record store. He sells used books and records at The Old Book Surfer at 2334 Guilderland Ave.

He’s aiming mostly for the adult crowd — “the collector population that are looking for memories of the past” — but other store owners say the real market is children.

“The big thing right now for kids on their 16th birthday is to get a turntable,” said Biff Bach, owner of Blue Note Record Shop in Albany.

Current artists, including Kanye West, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, have released their latest albums on vinyl, recognizing the interest in the format.

Most artists now release on both vinyl and CD, except Miley Cyrus, who sticks to electronic formats, Bach said.

“I think it’s because they want the videos. With her, it’s the whole package,” he said.

He sells her CDs as well, but he’s loyal to vinyl.

“If you play a CD, it’s either too bright or too bass. You play the vinyl, it feels like they’re right next to you,” he said. “It has a warmer and richer sound. You hear a fuller song.”

Northrup, who is banking his retirement plans on the power of vinyl, thinks the unique sound will allow it to continue when CDs are long gone.

“The download frenzy will eat CDs, probably, before it eats records,” he said.

He decided to start selling records when his personal collection threatened to take over his entire home.

“The volume increased to the point where I had better sell them or I’d be surrounded and inundated by them,” he said.

He retired from the state last year and began plans for a used books and records store, which he opened inauspiciously the day after a blizzard, when National Grid crews were too busy to turn on his heat and lights.

Then the city learned that he had opened without first bringing his project to the planning commission. He finally got permission last month.

While he’s hoping to make a “post-career career” out of vinyl, the resurgence may also save the livelihoods of owners who started selling music before the first cassettes were made.

Bach has owned Blue Note Record Shop for 61 years, transitioning from records to casettes to CDs — and then weathering the storm when customers began buying and downloading songs from iTunes and other online stores.

But now he’s doing well.

“I’d say we’re in the upswing, especially with vinyl,” he said. “The biggest sellers are coming out on vinyl. And a lot of old things are being reissued. We’re seeing all age groups buying it.”

Many of his customers buy a record and then return with a dusty turntable that they can’t remember how to use. He’s teaching the old tricks and selling needles at a fast clip. The younger customers usually just need a turntable — no instructions required.

“Kids generally can figure it out. That’s the beauty of it — it is low tech,” he said. “You don’t have to have an instruction book in five languages to learn how to turn it on and off.”

When customers waiver between the same artist on vinyl and CD and are unconvinced of the sound quality, he argues that the defining difference is the artwork.

“All the artwork is large [on vinyl] so you can really see it,” he said. “And the liner notes are actually readable, so you don’t need an electron microscope.”

 

Merchants see vinyl revival
Saturday, June 20, 2009

 

Photo of

Photographer: Barry Sloan

Bruce Northrup tests out a vinyl record in his store, The Old Book Surfer, in Schenectady Friday afternoon.
Text Size: A | A | A

— Vinyl is making a comeback.

The foot-wide records, which had to be carefully handled and could only be played with precisely placed needles, were long ago replaced by cassettes and later smooth-sounding, hand-sized compact discs.

But now vinyl is back, embraced by teenagers who beg for a record player as a birthday present. Local vinyl store owners say their sales are so strong that they’ve kept pace even in the recession.

The resurgence led Niskayuna resident Bruce Northrup to open what may be Schenectady’s only vinyl record store. He sells used books and records at The Old Book Surfer at 2334 Guilderland Ave.

He’s aiming mostly for the adult crowd — “the collector population that are looking for memories of the past” — but other store owners say the real market is children.

“The big thing right now for kids on their 16th birthday is to get a turntable,” said Biff Bach, owner of Blue Note Record Shop in Albany.

Current artists, including Kanye West, Ne-Yo and 50 Cent, have released their latest albums on vinyl, recognizing the interest in the format.

Most artists now release on both vinyl and CD, except Miley Cyrus, who sticks to electronic formats, Bach said.

“I think it’s because they want the videos. With her, it’s the whole package,” he said.

He sells her CDs as well, but he’s loyal to vinyl.

“If you play a CD, it’s either too bright or too bass. You play the vinyl, it feels like they’re right next to you,” he said. “It has a warmer and richer sound. You hear a fuller song.”

Northrup, who is banking his retirement plans on the power of vinyl, thinks the unique sound will allow it to continue when CDs are long gone.

“The download frenzy will eat CDs, probably, before it eats records,” he said.

He decided to start selling records when his personal collection threatened to take over his entire home.

“The volume increased to the point where I had better sell them or I’d be surrounded and inundated by them,” he said.

He retired from the state last year and began plans for a used books and records store, which he opened inauspiciously the day after a blizzard, when National Grid crews were too busy to turn on his heat and lights.

Then the city learned that he had opened without first bringing his project to the planning commission. He finally got permission last month.

While he’s hoping to make a “post-career career” out of vinyl, the resurgence may also save the livelihoods of owners who started selling music before the first cassettes were made.

Bach has owned Blue Note Record Shop for 61 years, transitioning from records to casettes to CDs — and then weathering the storm when customers began buying and downloading songs from iTunes and other online stores.

But now he’s doing well.

“I’d say we’re in the upswing, especially with vinyl,” he said. “The biggest sellers are coming out on vinyl. And a lot of old things are being reissued. We’re seeing all age groups buying it.”

Many of his customers buy a record and then return with a dusty turntable that they can’t remember how to use. He’s teaching the old tricks and selling needles at a fast clip. The younger customers usually just need a turntable — no instructions required.

“Kids generally can figure it out. That’s the beauty of it — it is low tech,” he said. “You don’t have to have an instruction book in five languages to learn how to turn it on and off.”

When customers waiver between the same artist on vinyl and CD and are unconvinced of the sound quality, he argues that the defining difference is the artwork.

“All the artwork is large [on vinyl] so you can really see it,” he said. “And the liner notes are actually readable, so you don’t need an electron microscope.”

The Record Exchange: Still revolving after all these years

http://www.wickedlocal.com/salem/fun/entertainment/arts/x488812851/The-Record-Exchange-Still-revolving-after-all-these-years

 

The Record Exchange: Still revolving after all these years

By William Routhier/salem@cnc.com

Thu Jun 25, 2009, 02:25 PM EDT

Salem –  

It’s an unassuming storefront along Washington Street, just up from Starbucks and around the corner from the Lafayette Hotel.

A cardboard stand-up of Tom Waits skulks in the corner of the front window, as if waiting for someone walking by to kindly light his cigarette. Above the store there’s a carved plaque of Dizzy Gillespie cradled in a crescent moon, blowing his crazy horn up to the stars.

Step inside and you’ll find bins full of record albums, CDs, tapes, DVDs, posters and paintings of musicians, original 45s by Elvis and The Beatles and others displayed on the walls. You’ve stumbled onto a vast collection of musical history, rare vinyl treasures, and the most knowledgeable and friendly salespeople you could ever hope to meet. So it’s been for over 35 years, but any day you walk in is just another day at The Record Exchange.

 In the early 1970s, owner Ross Kolhonen had recently finished graduate school, traveled through India for while and was planning to get another degree in business school. Instead, he decided to try his hand at starting a business himself. With a small loan, some stock collateral and money he made that summer painting houses, Kolhonen opened up the first Record Exchange, in a storefront at Salem’s Lafayette Hotel.

“And now, here we are,” he says with a smile, “before you can blink an eye, coming up on 40 years later. It just sort of took on a life of its own.”

 At that time, used record stores were a relatively new idea. There was one or two in Boston, but none on the North Shore. Kolhonen, who grew up in Peabody and always felt at home in the area, decided to locate the store in Salem. His love of music and collecting records began in his childhood. He has memories of going to LeFavour’s Music store in Salem, around 1955, spinning Elvis 78s in the listening booths, where you could hear a record before buying it.

The Record Exchange took some time to establish itself, but soon found a steady clientele and continued to grow. It moved locations in 1989, from the Lafayette storefront to the current space. Paul Bazylinski, who’s been working at the store since 1984, remembers the day: “It was a Saturday, and we were opened until around four in the afternoon. We had seven or eight people who walked the entire store around the corner to this location.”

Kolhonen adds, “We had my little truck too, my 1949 Chevy. Some regular customers helped us. It was a battle. We moved all the bins, all the records, everything, in one day. Those customers who helped, they did it out the goodness of their hearts, just to contribute, but afterward I told them they had 10 percent off in the store for life. And it’s worked out good for them, they still come in, to this day, and get their 10 percent.”

The store’s collection has grown over the years to a staggering 250,000 vinyl records, including both LPs and 45s. Many are in storage, but all that vinyl, along with approximately 10,000 CDs, the cassette tapes and DVDs, comprises an inventory capable of satisfying the most discriminating customer.

The store has record dealers from around the world, including Switzerland, Germany, Japan and France, journeying to Salem to make purchases at the store, which they then resell in record shops in their own countries. The Record Exchange is also like a good Chinese restaurant that doesn’t always have everything listed on the menu. If there’s something that you don’t see in the bins, it’s definitely worth asking if they’ve got it out back.

The staff is a tight, practiced group who can address any request. Kolhonen and Bazylinski are the generalists who pretty much know the whole catalogue. Jim Beaudry, who’s worked at the store 12 years, is the 1960s and British invasion expert, with a strong memory for dates, such as when a particular record was issued or a concert took place.

Barrence Whitfield, well known in his own right as an R&B,roots and soul singer, specializes in R&B and blues.

Mike Boudreau covers “post Clash” punk and indie music, but everyone in the store has comprehensive, overlapping knowledge that can pinpoint answers to the most obscure musical questions imaginable.

Used record stores often have a reputation of being a place where only the hippest of the hip dare enter or ask a question, a description perpetuated by the movie “High Fidelity.” The Record Exchange staff, while being as encyclopedic as those kinds of stores, maintains a different, friendlier idea.

As Paul Bazylinski says, “Part of the philosophy here is to treat people like human beings. I like to say, this is where people and music matters. We’re into music, but the people are what it’s all about.”

FYI

The Record Exchange, 256 Washington St., can be reached at 978-745-0777. Hours are as follows:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The day the music (store) died; Local shops hanging on

http://www.thevillager.com/villager_323/thedaythemusic.html

 

Villager photo by Amanda Peterka

Manager Karen Soskin recently setting up staff recommendations in Other Music. Her newest picks were obscure bands with names like Screaming Females, Magik Markers, Dera Doorian, Ponytail, Dirty Projectors and City Center.

The day the music (store) died; Local shops hanging on

By Amanda Peterka

About once or twice every two months, Talia Wray could be found at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square, browsing new CD’s. The 16-year-old from Brooklyn liked the big selection of music and the sheer size of the 57,000-square-foot store.

Now, she can be found at Kim’s Video and Music, on First Ave. between Seventh and Eighth Sts., scanning racks of old vinyl records. Like the rest of the customers of the defunct Virgin Megastore, Wray has had to make do without any large music chain being left in New York City.

“You don’t find as big a selection as they had. People don’t have a lot of stuff in stock,” Wray said. Virgin was “so big and on the corner,” she added, “and you always think about it being there, but it’s not there anymore.”

Local stores have been closing almost as rapidly as global CD sales have been falling. But for the stores that remain, managers say they’ve noticed an influx of a younger crowd — the last vestiges of Virgin, come to find their Hannah Montanas, Dave Matthews Bands and, in Wray’s case, new rock and jazz.

“I have noticed a change. People come in here asking for Virgin items, for more mainstream music and top-30 music,” said Karen Soskin, a manager at Other Music at 15 E. Fourth St.

Other Music has been in business 13 years and seen the fall of both Virgin and Tower Records, which hit its last note in 2006. Though the stretch of Fourth St. between Broadway and Lafayette St. is relatively dead, Soskin said hopeful customers still wander its length, looking for the Tower on Broadway that is still listed in New York City guidebooks.
“Once Tower closed, the block isn’t super-hopping anymore,” said Soskin, who has been a manager for two years. “But tourists still come in here and say, ‘Where is the Tower Records?’”

The close of Virgin is adding to those unlikely customers.

“A lot of people are coming in, people who have been Virgin shoppers for years, looking for new music,” Soskin said.

It’s hard, though, to gauge the amount of ex-Virgin customers who now shop at independent stores; most evidence is merely anecdotal.

But it’s something that is being repeated at independent stores, especially those found nearest to Union Square.

Kenny Mativey, manager at Kim’s, said some former Virgin customers wander in because “this is basically the only major music and video store now.”

While stores like Kim’s and Other Music still rely on a loyal base of regulars, they have become more open to catering to a younger generation to buoy sales. Other Music stocks copies of Green Day’s latest album, “21st Century Breakdown.” In the past few months, Academy Records at 12 W. 18th St. has started selling “pop vinyls,” or old-fashioned records of new, trendy music. Kim’s, known for selling hard-to-find items, added a new-release section last month.

Even Generation Records, a staple on Thompson St. known for metal and punk hardcore vinyls, is selling a few copies of the softer stuff that a mainstream crowd tends to go for, like new Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Yet, local record stores are basically still sticking to the niches that made them a spot on New York City’s map in the first place. Academy continues to sell classical and jazz records, and places like Bleecker Bob’s and Bleecker Street Records haven’t budged from Led Zeppelin and John Coltrane.

An assistant manager at Bleecker Bob’s who goes by the name “Ski” said that the store has hardly changed in the 40 years it’s been in operation.

“If more people were to ask, we’d probably bring more in,” Ski said, regarding mainstream music. “If I had someone coming in every day for the new Britney Spears album, we’d probably carry it. But people don’t come in here looking for a pop section.”

For local places, their used, hard-to-find records and the small, often dingy but charming interiors are why they are still in business and larger retailers are not.

“The only reason they could continue and do continue to exist is the social experience of going out there,” said Steve Gordon, author of “The Future of the Music Business.”

Europeans and tourists make up a big part of the customers at Bleecker Bob’s, another staffer there said recently.

But some managers say finances are often handled off the books in smaller music shops, as CD’s and records are bought and sold from off the street.

Most Virgin customers will instead probably find their music online now, which, short of shopping at Best Buy and J&R, is the only alternative left with Virgin gone.

“It’s much cheaper online. If you just want to get the good stuff, why would you pay $19 when you can get it for free?” Gordon said of illegal downloading.

High rents are officially what killed Virgin, but the Internet obviously played a role. Virgin’s owners, The Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust, realized they could charge more rent to a store that makes a greater profit than a music store competing with online downloading and sales.  

The Union Square store was the last of two Virgin Megastores in North America; the other, in Hollywood, closed its doors the same day, June 15. Calls to Virgin about the closing met a discontinued customer-service line and a message that looped over and over again even after a recorded option was chosen.

High rent has been the blight of small stores, too. Local record havens Etherea, Rocks in Your Head and Vinylmania Records all foundered trying to keep up with rent in some of the city’s most prized and expensive real estate. Kim’s had to downscale in January from a large store on St. Mark’s Place for the new, smaller First Ave. location.

“The Village shows that the mom-and-pops are drying up, and so are the chains,” said Gordon, who fondly remembers Vinylmania on Carmine St.

Small stores, though, have the advantage of dealing with a more manageable amount of products. Dino, a manager from Bleecker Street Records who did not give a last name, said the reason Virgin went under was because it tried to please too many people with its huge selection. He said Bleecker Street Records will stick with a smaller, more rarefied selection.

“You don’t try to cater to new fads, because they are only out for a couple of years. No one remembers them 10 to 20 years from now. But everybody remembers Miles Davis,” Dino said.

Smaller stores that primarily sell records might have the upper hand in the changing music market. While CD sales continue to decrease, sales of vinyl records are at the highest level since 1990, bringing in $57 million in 2008, according to a year-end report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

“It’s kind of nice to walk by Virgin and see it empty. We’re incredibly thankful we’re still here,” Soskin said.

But the drying up of the industry is all too evident.

“It’ll come to where the customer comes up to us and asks where else they can go for a CD, and we have to say there isn’t actually anything more,” Soskin said