Sunday, January 30, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Notes, Did You Know?

What gimmick will they think of next?  This from Ion


Hear your music from another angle.

Catch the eye, and ear, of everyone with ION VERTICAL VINYL wall-mountable turntable. VERTICAL VINYL gives you a great way to save surface space in your living room, office or dorm room with its wall-mount design. A fun, new way to experience your records, VERTICAL VINYL will also impress your friends and guests by defying gravity when playing records sideways!

Instantly listen to your music using the built-in speaker with volume control. Play any record you own by choosing between 33 or 45 RPM platter speeds and using the 45 adaptor included with VERTICAL VINYL. VERTICAL VINYL is also battery powered so there are no wires climbing up the wall for a clean, modern appearance. Also acts as a tabletop horizontal record player. For a turntable that's sure to turn heads, look no further than ION VERTICAL VINYL

Check it out


an interesting feature from our friends up north....

Calgary's preserver of pop art past

You can't blame Jerry Keogh for being nostalgic. The poster shop owner is surrounded by rare remnants of the past, which just happen to be wise investments in pop art culture.

By Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

The modern-day Jerry Keogh would probably not approve of how a young Jerry Keogh began his collection of rare and colourful concert posters as a youth in Edmonton.

Now the owner of Calgary's Heritage Posters, which deals in rare and colourful concert posters, Keogh had a less formal mode of acquiring these items in his youth.

"You would see a poster stapled to a wooden telephone pole," he says. "So you stop and look at the poster and say 'That's great.' And you'd rip it off. That's how I started collecting all these posters. Just ripping them off telephone poles."

Read more at the


Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz celebrating 50 years of preserving American roots music.

By Jim Harrington
Oakland Tribune

Chris Strachwitz can't seem to go 10 minutes without playing music.

As he tells the fabled history of Arhoolie Records, the El Cerrito-based label he founded in 1960, he finds it necessary to mix music with his words. He sits in his small, crowded upstairs office in the back of his record shop Down Home Music on San Pablo Avenue, and splits his attention between a vinyl turntable, a digital database of a near-infinite number of songs and some of his favorite music videos on YouTube.

Read the rest of this story HERE


an interesting read from the UK:

Reggae: the sound that revolutionised Britain

Punk may have got all the headlines, but reggae proved vital in ending the rift between black and white teenagers and introducing cross-pollination to the charts

Neil Spencer The Observer

It was punk's "summer of hate", 1977, and the required pose was a sneer, a leather jacket and something hacked about – a spiky haircut, a ripped T-shirt, a sawn-off school tie. And, of course, no flares, the despised flag of hippiedom. But at the cold, concrete roots of Britain a very different aesthetic was also in the ascendant, one calling for an oversized tam, dreadlocks and a display of "the red, gold and green", the colours of Rastafari. Flares? Fine!

The two looks represented the different worlds inhabited by young white and black Britain, worlds which a year previously had been remote from each other but which by the summer of 1977 were unexpectedly and often uncomfortably rubbing shoulders.



CHILDREN OF BODOM: Limited-Edition 'Was It Worth It?' Picture-Disc Single Due Next Month

"Was It Worth It?", the new limited-edition 12-inch picture-disc single from Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM, will be made available on February 28 exclusively through U.K.'s What Records. Limited to only 500 copies, it features the following tracks:

Side A: "Was It Worth It?"
Side B: "Angels Don’t Kill" (live at Bloodstock)

"Was It Worth It?" comes off CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album, "Relentless Reckless Forever", which will be released on March 8 via Universal Music.


Independent retailers get ‘significant boom’ after banner year for vinyl sales

By Dave Larsen, Staff Writer

DAYTON — Vinyl record sales boomed in 2010, and several area independent music retailers are benefitting from the trend.

Vinyl was the fastest-growing music format in an otherwise distressed year, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. The throwback format increased 14 percent, selling more copies in 2010 than any other year since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

Read more HERE


Did You Know?

yet, more useless stuff we should all know....

The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross. (I thought KISS had some made, anyone know?)

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!

Humans blink over 10,000,000 times a year!

The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia....

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. I do.....but I'm not telling

And in the great state of New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile. Ya think? And, do they really need a law for this?

and in music

In 1956 - Elvis Presley recorded his immortal version of "Blue Suede Shoes."

On this day in 1961, good ole Buck Owens' debut album was released by Capitol Records.

The Beatles performed live for the last time on the roof of the Apple Building in London in 1969. The performance of "Get Back" was filmed for the movie "Let It Be."

In 1973 - KISS played their first show under their new name at the Popcorn Club in New York. Their old name was Wicked Lester. The band performed 2 sets at the club that night for a crowd of under 10 people.

And if you see Joe Terranova of Danny and the Juniors, wish him a happy birthday! (1941)

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