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Mayfair Stereo Demonstration Record…Demonstration

Ever wonder what the hell is on those old “stereo demonstration” records but didn’t want to shell out the extra few bucks to actually take a battered old copy home with you? Wonder no longer.

YouTuber James Will took the trouble to produce the video above-surprising that the company bothered to press this on specialty vinyl. The LP is called “Stereo Spectacular”. Transparent vinyl! Annoying “test clicks”! The guy with the “announcer voice”!

Vinyl Collections Wanted: Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Ministry, Sisters of Mercy

Records Wanted Skinny Puppy Front 242
Turntabling is now purchasing record collections featuring industrial bands such as Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Ministry, RevCo and more.

An upcoming art show curated by Chicago’s StudioLab and Turntabling.net will feature the images and sounds of dark music by some of the most legendary bands of the genre.

As part of this art show, Turntabling is in search of record collections to purchase that feature gothic, industrial, dark electronica bands and related performers.

If you have records by Skinny Puppy, Front 242, Ministry, RevCo, Fad Gadget, Frontline Assembly, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission UK, Armageddon Dildos, Coil, Legendary Pink Dots, Muslimgauze, Noise Unit, Shinjuku Thief, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Download, Puppy Gristle, The Jackofficers, Switchblade Symphony, Big Electric Cat, Christian Death, Nurse With Wound, Current 93,  Dead Artist Syndrome, Electric Hellfire Club, My Life With Thrill Kill Kult, and many others, we definitely want to hear from you.

Contact by email: jwallace@turntabling.net. All serious offers considered.

As mentioned above, there is a great reason for this massive hunt for gothic, industrial, and otherwise dark records-Turntabling, in association with the Chicago artist-run StudioLab located in the historic Flatiron Arts Building in Chicago, is preparing an art show featuring album covers and related materials from the classic era of industrial music. Turntabling seeks to buy record collections that prominently feature gothic/industrial albums to increase the amount of items on display at the exhibit.

Unfortunately due to insurance concerns, we cannot accept loans of this material–we can only purchase outright. But if you have vinyl records to sell, or collections of vinyl that also include posters, fan badges, books, etc on the subject, please get in touch. We are considering all serious offers.

Joe Wallace is curating the show and can be contacted via the address above. Again, record collections that include a lot of gothic/industrial albums, posters, buttons, books, fanzines, etc. will be considered for purchase. We are definitely interested in buying in bulk rather than small lots, but will consider any serious offer regardless of size.

The date for the exhibit has yet to be established since we are in the research and collection phase for the materials, but time is of the essence since we’d like to have the material collected and prepared for display soon. Get in touch as quickly as possible to schedule an appointment to view your collection and discuss purchase options.

Records Wanted Ministry Skinny Puppy industrial

Who Is Turntabling?

Joe Wallace Vinyl RecordsTurntabling has been expanding lately and going through some changes and now seems to be a great time to reintroduce myself and Turntabling.

My name is Joe Wallace, and for all intents and purposes, I am Turntabling. I run Turntabling from the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center, where I also do vinyl-related art shows and special events. There is a large inventory of vinyl records there, and it’s getting larger all the time. I will have to hire people to help me run it all one of these days soon…but I’m dreading that as I like to personally take care of everything related to Turntabling.

I started collecting records at a very young age, but didn’t get serious about buying until 1997, when I started amassing a pile of bizarre regional and obscure New Wave records from Texas and elsewhere.

I got obsessed with collecting Goblin titles after purchasing two CD compilations of Goblin soundtrack music from an Austin record shop called 33 Degrees, which is now sadly long gone…Goblin led to collecting Ennio Morricone work from the 1960s through 1980s, and that led to buying Riz Ortolani soundtracks, which led to an interest in Bossa Nova and related sounds that could be heard in giallo movies, Italian horror films, sexy Euro cinema and other films from that era between 1960 and say, 1986.

Eurohorror figures largely into these things, too but some of those influential soundtracks are REALLY hard to find these days–IF they are even available at all. Try finding a vinyl copy of the OST for The Blood Spattered Bride or Jess Franco’s Venus In Furs and you’ll see what I mean.

Turntabling has an almost Japanese vinyl otaku focus to it in that I am very interested in soundtrack records in general, but especially Italian horror, giallo, and exploitation. I’m also into anything electronic, bizarre, naughty or experimental on vinyl. I try to sell things I want in my own collection, and I am always up for purchasing record collections or lots of albums that include New Wave, Goth, Industrial, Experimental, No Wave, etc.

So basically I am on the lookout for electronic, experimental, soundtracks, and unclassifiable/weird records. Since I buy AND sell, I am always happy to consider offers from people who want to sell their collection of records.

I scour the earth for vinyl records to list for sale in the Turntabling Discogs shop and to add to my own collection. When I am not selling vinyl records, I’m planning vinyl-related art shows as mentioned above, and other creative endeavors.

When you buy from Turntabling, you buy from me and support the vinyl projects I run from the 5th floor of the Bridgeport Art Center. You also support the annual cross-country record store blogging trip I do called Vinyl Road Rage. It takes of a LOT of gas and hotel money to blog about America’s most wonderful places–the record stores–and every album you buy from Turntabling supports that effort, too.

If you have questions, want to buy vinyl, or want to sell a record collection, please get in touch with me: orders@turntabling.net. If you’re interested in connecting with me on social media, please drop me a friend request at Facebook or connect with me on Instagram. I’m also on Twitter.

Thanks for your interest and keep on spinning those records!

–Joe Wallace

Ars Technica On The Growth Of Vinyl

United Pressing vinyl records nashville That coupon you see here is from United Pressing, the record plant in Nashville Tennessee. When Ars Technica reported earlier this month that United Record Pressing was expanding its operation to move from 30 pressing machines to 46, it included a tantalizing factoid about the growth of vinyl and how record sales are recorded and reported:

Nielsen’s SoundScan reported that 6.1 million vinyl records were sold in 2013, up from 4.6 in 2012 and under 1 million in 2007. But as The New York Times reported last year, “manufacturers, specialist retailers, and critics argue that SoundScan’s figures represent only a fraction of actual sales” and perhaps only account for as little as 10 to 15 percent of total vinyl sales, because Nielsen tracks records sold, rather than records pressed, and many vinyl manufacturers don’t print bar codes on their record sleeves, so sales from independent shops that don’t report to Nielsen don’t get counted.

If you have ever wondered about the hows and whys of vinyl records as a viable business–and I don’t just mean selling them–that quote says a hell of a lot.  For most businesses, tracking sales and recording related, relevant data is a big part of critical decision making that helps the business survive. But what can you do when the most basic business intel is incomplete?

Well, if you’re a record vendor, the answer is “make a profit”. Vinyl ain’t your typical MBA-run industry.  (It’s actually pretty lazy writing to classify an entire marketplace as “vinyl”. But you know what I mean–the business of recording, pressing, selling and promoting music on a physical record.)

That’s actually one of the most appealing things ABOUT vinyl–the fact that a nice little chunk of the business isn’t subject to the usual corporate nonsense. Of course, there are people who will try to shove the square peg into the round hole and force our beloved vinyl business into some kind of rinse, lather, repeat model. But thanks to indie retailers and what seems to be a general allergy to that sort of thing among musicians and record sellers alike, we keep getting news stories like the Ars Technica piece.

Though I will say, bar coding DOES make tracking your inventory a hell of a lot easier…

An Amusing Story About Two Great Soundtracks

Danny Baker shares an anecdote on the television show Q.I. (Quite Interesting) from the superstar Anthony Newley about the soundtrack for the James Bond film, Goldfinger. Stephen Fry provides a brief description of Anthony Newley. Jeremy Clarkson mistakes him for the film’s writer.  Bill Bailey and Alan Davies listen in.

Further investigation has revealed, though the two songs are alike, most of this story is not correct on many levels.  The Goldfinger soundtrack did not win the statue for either soundtrack or song at the 1965 awards show.

Perhaps these events happened when  Newley was holding the Oscar for a friend.  He was nominated for a song in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1972, but not the winner that year.

Apparently, the connection between two songs is an open secret. How long did Henry Mancini know about this and his choice of action is lost to time.

Anthony Newley was quite a character, known for his energy as an all around (stage/screen/music) entertainer.  Look at the delight Newley’s  mention brings  the two (Stephen Fry and Danny Baker). One of my favorite performances from him is in the film The Cockleshell Heroes, an underrated war film from the mid ’50s.

The soundtrack for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) was almost three years old by the time the song Goldfinger came on the scene. Mancini looks like a class act in this situation.

Both soundtracks are classics among collectors.

Turntabling loves to hear great music and soundtrack yarns. Unfortunately, they aren’t always true!

Jen Kilzer

Vinyl Road Rage: Austin, Texas Record Shops

More views from the Vinyl Road Rage Austin Texas stop. There were seven fabulous record shops hit in a single day: Waterloo Records, Breakaway Records, Trailer Space Records, Backspin Records (which is sadly closing down soon) the super awesome End Of An Ear, the equally great Friends of Sound, and Antone’s.

I’m sure there are other equally cool shops here in Austin, just haven’t found them yet!

Breakaway Records is firmly into soul, R&B, classic rock, and they have a gigantic selection of 45s, which makes the shop pretty impressive. Add to that their collection of turntables for sale and you have a recipe for greatness. I’m personally no fan of classic rock, but collectors–take note.

One of my new favorite record stores is Friends of Sound. Were they named after a Mission Giant CD? Unknown. But the shop is indeed awesome.

Note the prominently displayed album by The Feederz, “Ever Felt Like Killing Your Boss?” There will be a test later…

There’s nothing like a good scream contest. Just ask Harry Nilsson and John Lennon. Vocal chords are SOOO last century.

Hands down, my all time favorite category for recorded music. EVERY record store should have a group of records in a “Drug Sections” file.

Check those sensitive, singer-songwriter titles…it makes your heart weep with compassion.

Vinyl Road Rage Day One

by Joe Wallace

Vinyl Road Rage Four is well underway–the cross country indie record store vinyl blogging trip started in Chicago and I’m now camped in a Super 8 Motel just about 40 minutes from Nashville Tennessee.

The first stop was Bloomington, Indiana for another look at TD’s CDs and LPs, plus the always wonderful Landlocked Music. Both shops are definitely worth your time if you’re anywhere near Bloomington Indiana. I’ll post more details on the first day tomorrow–it’s been a very long day, but for now, feast your eyes on my grubby little v-blog on the day’s vinyl finds. (See the Youtube clip below).

As always, I’ll be blogging about the highlights of the day and saving the in-depth record store reviews for a bit later on when I’ve had time to catch my breath. Suffice it to say that today was a long, wonderful and wonderfully weird journey. Stay tuned for the details on that…here’s the vid clip.

On these videos, bear with me, it’s a work in progress and the flaws are PAINFULLY obvious.


WTF Album Covers: Swinging Singles In the Enchanted Forest?

Double entendres are one thing (or would that be TWO things?). Unintentional kink is quite another–it’s much more amusing when you know this guy did NOT want us to think about a bunch of naked guys playing spin the bottle in an enchanted forest.

Yet, for some STRANGE reason that cannot be understood without the aid of special scientific apparatus, that is EXACTLY the picture I get in my head when looking at this album cover by Dennis Faron. Drop trou, oil it down, and GET FREAKY!

–Joe Wallace

YouTube Vinyl Junkies

by Joe Wallace
I was contacted earlier this week by a fellow vinyl junkie and YouTube poster about a growing community of vinyl collectors who post video clips about vinyl collecting, their latest finds and other topics. I had no idea this sort of thing was happening on YouTube–I usually go there for exploitation movie trailers and related ephemera.

So it was with great delight that I found a massive trove of posts about vinyl, collecting, finds, etc. These aren’t produced or slickly done with titles and effects, etc. Just people who LOVE the format, the discoveries, and the excitement of being involved in a community like this.

Here’s a sampling of some of those videos, but there are MANY more online waiting to be discovered. One of the very best vids I’ve seen so far (by poster MrHoffame) who shares some really important information about insurance specifically for your vinyl record collection. Amazing, and VERY good to know. Did you know some vinyl insurance policies are SUPER cheap and have NO DEDUCTIBLES? See MrHoffame’s clip “Vinyl Collectors Should Know” below–it’s the third and final one on the page. Viva Vinyl!

Vinyl Records For Sale at Turntabling

I’ve been off the online vinyl record sales for a while–owing mostly to conventions wiping out my supply of LPs for sale, but Turntabling has restocked and I’m selling titles here once again.

I’ve got plenty of cool rarities on vinyl and CD coming up for sale here–watch the posts and you’ll see a steady stream of lust-worthy titles. I’ll be adding items for sale in the sidebars once again, too. Everything goes on back up for sale Friday April 8, 2011.

Everything is NOW AVAILABLE for sale as listed here. Supplies are limited in many cases–if we are sold out of something, we’ll let you know.

I’m taking a new approach with Turntabling which should make the whole experience much easier to manage–every album for sale here is listed individually–one album, one listing. While I do have multiple copies of some titles, some of those are slated to be sold at conventions like Flashback Weekend or Horrorhound.

If you want to buy a title that you discover is out of stock, please drop me an e-mail to see if I have any additional copies. I’d be happy to hook you up with one when the are available. I also have record collector friends who may have copies to sell and I can pass you on to them if I’m currently out of stock on anything.

All vinyl and CD sales directly support Turntabling, so when you buy here you are helping to keep the site running. Many thanks to everyone who has been purchasing and supporting the site in the last couple of years–your love for this music is greatly appreciated.

And as usual, Turntabling continues to blog about all things related to enjoying records, collecting, playing and performing with them. I’ve never wanted this site to be a purely commerce-driven thing, which is why the record sales posts are interspersed with WTF album covers, gear reviews and writeups and other relevant posts.

Thanks, as always, for reading and supporting Turntabling.