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Vinyl Road Rage V Begins…

The annual Turntabling cross-country road trip known as Vinyl Road Rage begins Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013 towards Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

There’s a lengthy itinerary that I’ve decided to reveal as I go, rather than publish in advance, only because the length of the trip depends greatly on how much insanity happens along the way. How rare does the vinyl get? How much can I bring back? Will any of my finds wind up for sale at some point in the Turntabling shop??

All EXCELLENT QUESTIONS.

There will be plenty of updates between this space, my Facebook page and my Instagram account. Join me on all three as I document the cross-country road trip and all the unique, weird, and interesting finds along the way.

It’s going to get crazy from here!

Vinyl Blogs to Watch: Vinyl Obscurity

I’ve recently been spending time at Vinyl Obscurity which blogs about a great deal of amazing vinyl finds. Any fan of hard-to-find new wave, indie rock and related genres will be THRILLED to read through this blog, which features downloads and nice, large cover art. Like the one seen here.

The complete list of genres covered by this blog (as described on the site) are:

“private and independent releases that are out of print from the 1980s alternative music scenes – new wave – minimal synth – post punk – power pop – darkwave – electro – experimental – avant garde – coldwave – gothic – indie rock – industrial wave”.

The private press part of the equation is pretty exciting, as there are a lot of local/regional new wave and synthpop bands that never quite got the attention of an actual record label that were doing really fun and quirky material at the time.

It’s great that there are labors of love like this for 80s era wave/synthpop bands and beyond…psych has been getting this treatment for YEARS thanks to labels like Cherry Red, but there hasn’t really been the same sort of attention paid to the undiscovered/underappreciated gems of the keyboard-centered genres.

That makes blogs like Vinyl Obscurity more important, because they well and truly are carrying the torch for music that deserved better than it got. I also like the disclaimer on this page, which basically states the obvious, but in a way that would make the bands represented here quite happy.

The blog promotes the music and is all too happy to take down the links if grumpy killjoy types really, really want it gone. Any band with out-of-print music should consider themselves lucky to be represented online in this manner, methinks.

RECOMMENDED READING!

–Joe Wallace

Another Crazy Vinyl Blog


…in this case that is quite literally the name of the blog, and I am an absolute sucker for stuff like this. Another Crazy Vinyl Blog is recently updated, has a nice back catalog of posts to browse through, and not crammed full of the same old album covers that have made the rounds again and again.

This is a new discovery of mine and I’m looking forward to diving in to see what mad treasures await. I DID find one cover on this site that appears to feature a nude Judy Collins…no, strike that, it DOES feature a nude Judy “Send In The Clowns” Collins. The image below is courtesy of Another Crazy Vinyl Blog. Judy Collins fans, avert your eyes!

Yes, Another Crazy Vinyl Blog is among my latest vinyl-bloggin’ obsessions. THANK YOU FOR EXISTING!

–Joe Wallace

 

 

Vinyl Records Flyin’ Through The Air

This showed up on the Huffington Post under an insanely misleading headline–I was totally prepared to HATE this YouTube video based on what Huffpo called Vinyl Records Broken, Tossed, Kicked, Smashed In Incredible Ways. But I didn’t see any vinyl violence in this clip–just some really fun acrobatic ways to mount a record on a turntable.

Basically, these guys are totally awesome. What you see here is the result of a whopping EIGHTEEN HOURS of tossing, banking, flipping and rolling LPs. According to HuffPo, this is a bid for viral video fame/infamy. Fun fact revealed in the article: the guys discuss how LPs bury themselves in the dirt when tossed to or from a great height. Yep, those old crappy gospel records are DURABLE! Check out the clip below to see what the fuss is about. Fun stuff.



The Vinyl Record Guitar

I suppose someone was going to do it eventually…and here it is, a detailed look at the creation of a vinyl record electric guitar, as assembled by Tom Bingham. According to his YouTube post this project wound up taking several attempts before he go it right! Looking at the video you’ll see that it’s not a decorative thing–those are working pickups installed there…and it does get stringed up eventually, too. It looks pretty impressive when it’s all assembled, shined up and pretty. Nice work!

–Joe Wallace

Vinyl Blogs To Love: Vinyl Record Architect

I tend to share about fellow vinyl bloggers based on my discovery of them–the first time I find ’em and get excited about reading them, I wind up passing them along here. Paul Rosenblatt’s excellent Vinyl Record Architect is no exception. I found this blog recently and got hooked right away thanks to his post detailing a visit to Pittsburgh’s Sound Cat Records.

It reads a lot like our own Vinyl Road Rage posts, so I was naturally happy to see someone else detailing their record shop experiences, turning the rest of us on to new-to-use places to dig through the crates.

Rosenblatt’s bio on the site reads (unintentionally) a bit like a superhero About Us page–by day, he works as an architect as the head of Springboard Design. By night he’s a vinyl blogger and definitely in love with LPs and has plenty of good intel on Philly record shops and more.

Without gushing too terribly much, I highly recommend this vinyl blog–my only gripe is that I wish there was 2000% more of it. But it’s a damn fine read, whatever the length. He seems to post a bit more frequently than Dust and Grooves, but the posts are every bit as enjoyable. One to be bookmarked, for sure.

–Joe Wallace

Not Just Another Record Store Day 2012 Report: TheRockFather.Com

I ran across this amazing blog post from a new-to-me blog called The Rock Father. This post covers Records Store Day 2012, but also gets into the highs and lows of being a music-loving maverick working in the corporate hells of Wal-Mart, Super K-Mart, and Sam Goody. And when I say “maverick”, I mean it. Here’s a quote found on the blog post–a caption from one of the photographs:

“Nearly 100 feet of releases from Victory Records, Fearless, Hopeless, Epitaph, and local bands? How many Sam Goody mall stores had that? Mine did.”

The idea that a local Sam Goody had a local scene evangelist working to promote the bands is pretty amazing, and just goes to show you that one person CAN make a difference. It’s a pretty inspirational piece that does eventually get round to discussing Record Store Day 2012 (the image to the left is part of that story) and unfortunately has to end on a bit of a downbeat note–apparently there aren’t any true indie record shops near TheRockFather.com central.

RockFather.com founder James Zahn works in a variety of creative disciplines, and is available to bands for hire for music video projects, album trailers and much more. I haven’t had a chance to get acquainted with the rest of his site, but the Record Store Day post was great fun to read and I hope there’s more musing about vinyl, record stores, and indie culture there…

–Joe Wallace

Vinyl Blogs To Love: Bad Record Covers

This totally bewildering album cover (ok, it’s the cover for a SINGLE, not a full-length album, but STILL…) come by way of the absolutely fabulous Bad Record Covers site, which has plenty of visual atrocities on display for your amusement. Behold:

This HAS to be some kind of ironic statement about the futility of war, right? Because otherwise it’s likely some kind of sick nationalistic drum beating exercise designed to whip people into a frenzy of…well, ok, settle down. It’s probably nothing aside from a really awful idea for a record jacket.

I hope.

The real point of all of this is to send you over to Bad Album Covers to get your fill of awfulness for the day. Some vinyl blogs might consider a site like this “the competition” but as far as Turntabling goes, there can NEVER be too many bad album cover detectives working out there. It’s a big, scary world filled with millions of intimidating discount record bins. Who could get through them all? Not me.

–Joe Wallace

Jack White: Vinyl Junkie

One of the stops on Vinyl Road Rage 4 in Nashville was the most excellent Third Man Records, the boutique record store and home of the record label of the same name.

Jack White started Third Man after his recording contract expired with V2. The White Stripes signed with Warner to record Icky Thump, but Jack White pulled off a shrewd deal to keep the rights to vinyl pressings…and Third Man wasn’t far behind with reissues of the back catalog, plus new releases by bands like The Dead Weather.

If you’re into learning about the entire saga of Third Man, have a look at this excellent interview with one of Third Man’s major players, as published by Collector’s Weekly. It’s a pretty interesting look behind the scenes at Nashville’s prime iconoclast labels/record stores.

On Mr. Bungle

There are many reasons to obsess over the work of Mike Patton, not the least of which is his love of insane songwriting, Italian cinema, and maximum chaos. But for every fan of Patton, there’s an army of people out there who just have no…idea…what kind of madness awaits.

This article on Patton’s early work in Mr. Bungle is just what a newcomer needs to learn the ropes. It will become instantly clear as you read this whether you should run-not walk-to the nearest record shop to find your new obsession OR run away screaming for the safety of a Josh Groban record.

Some will cry blasphemy, but round here the California record is a huge favorite–probably because that was the gateway drug to the rest of Bungle-land. But no matter. Mr. Bungle, Disco Volante, and California are all records worth checking out. And that’s one of the things that makes a seasoned, jaded collector truly jealous–you can ONLY experience Mr. Bungle for the first time ONCE. So if that’s you, TREASURE IT.

There should be a brain-wipe machine so you can repeat those first-time ever experiences again and again, truly.

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