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.
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.
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!
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.