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What Is It About Vinyl Records?

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From time to time I ask myself just what it is about vinyl records that is so appealing. A lot of the time the answer for me has to do just as much with the artwork and the presentation as the music itself.

I am not anti-digital. I think downloads have really helped push vinyl–the physical artifact–to a new place of importance in music culture. There’s something about the larger artwork, the inclusion of liner notes, the gatefold sleeves and the physicality of the record that gives it a lasting appeal.

You could literally do most, of not all of this digitally–providing a large digital poster image buyers could download and print would be fab. Ditto liner notes. But for some reason, the seeking and finding is an important part of the vinyl buying experience. You can hunt and peck online for digital downloads all day, but nothing beats the thrill of flipping through the stacks and seeing that album cover that just gets you interested for no good reason. Or for VERY good reasons.

Shopping online is pretty utilitarian. Going to a local record store, listening to the music playing on the overhead, browsing the magazines, overhearing conversations about new music…this is almost becoming (if it hasn’t already) date night activity. It’s definitely a great way to kill an hour or so when you’re waiting around for something else to happen…but for me going to the record shops is always a main event type activity.

Digital is great and convenient. It’s not the same listening experience with vinyl–the involvement of cleaning the record, putting it on the turntabling, turning it over to play the B-side, looking at the artwork…doing this for an hour or two a night requires more attention. It’s like cooking at home instead of ordering delivery. You get your food in the end, but that hands-on experience makes it more…real somehow. Not that downloads are plastic or fake. They’re easy and fun. But not special, not on their own.

Those digital services that encourage mixtape and sharing amongst friends/subscribers have the right idea–making music an EXPERIENCE is probably the key to selling more digital downloads. Vinyl has all that built-in.

–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…

What’s Happening At Turntabling

Toledo Ohio Record StoresThere have been some interesting developments and changes at Turntabling, which have resulted in the record and CD sales portion of this site becoming a fundraiser for my art space, StudioLab.

That means that any time you purchase a record or CD from Turntabling via our Discogs.com store, you are directly supporting the arts.

Our pricing won’t change, but do know that the entire inventory is being sold as a fundraiser for the art space so I and my art partners can continue to make dark, unusual, and yes, vinyl-related art there are share it with you here and at the StudioLab official site.

Thanks as always for your continued support and look for many more updates to the Turntabling inventory over the coming days.

–Joe Wallace

Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair – Words of Wisdom and Hope Vinyl LP


Can intense jangle pop brighten and revive the world? Testing this question with Words of Wisdom and Hope on the turntable is great place to start the research. Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair introduced a collection in 2002 of mighty  love songs. This album pours out the phrase turns that bring the goods when it comes to making the listener feel gushy all over.

You may not be in love, but you are loved. Here’s the proof.

I don’t know much about either the band Teenage Fanclub or Jad Fair as separate artists.  Crush on You is the first cut I heard and I really enjoy where it goes.

Jad Fair’s ‘singing’ is more  of  a talking to the loved one (you). Listening to someone so confident in the adoration department is initially unnerving. Millions of song say, “You’re interesting and I want to know you”. This song states, “I know you better than you know yourself. You’re the most and everything is over the top because of you.” Any counter arguments will not be addressed in this song or the rest of the album.  Bask in this, only the facts over some sweet music about your greatness.

Turntabling has a copy of Words of Wisdom and Hope on vinyl LP for sale — first come, first served.

Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair Words of Wisdom and Hope Vinyl LP for sale Turntabling.net

 

Jen Kilzer 

 

 

I Buy Record Collections: Chicago Industrial Music, 90s Electronica, Italian Soundtracks, Lounge, Bizarre LPs and Oddities

Turntabling has many purposes. One of them is to scour the earth to find and offer you the most interesting and hard-to-find titles in selected genres including soundtracks, goth, industrial, post-punk, and many other genres. Another is to archive the strangest and most unusual vinyl on the planet–I have a special love for weird, unusual, and WTF vinyl records.

To do both of these at once, I find myself in the position of having to buy record collections–a lot of people don’t want to part with SOME of their records, just ALL of them for whatever reason. And I am VERY happy to help. I gladly accept donations of record collections but am also willing to make an offer of a group of titles.

If you have a vinyl record collection to sell, do get in touch with me at jwallace242 at gmail and let me know the size of the collection, a list of titles or sample list of titles, their approximate condition and any other information I can use to get started.

I am actively looking for record collections that contain titles in the goth, industrial, post-punk, soundtrack, and spoken word genres. I am also interested in a limited number of unusual jazz albums by artists like Sun Ra. Also, Stockhausen, John Cage, and other innovators and pioneers are most welcome.

For every want list, there’s also a DO NOT WANT list. My own personal do not want list includes classic rock, classical, country, show tunes/Broadway musicals or the majority of Jazz records with exceptions made for Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and other innovators. Typical jazz LPs fall outside my curation and collection interests.

But if you have a collection of Skinny Puppy, Sisters Of Mercy, Thrill Kill Kult and other industrial vinyl you want to get rid of, Drop me a line. The same goes for Alien Sex Fiend, Gang of Four, or most other post-punk luminaries and unknowns. I am particularly interested in unknown and underrated bands in the New Wave, goth and industrial genres, etc. Some of the most amazing records are not necessarily by the big names in these genres, but rather the unknowns and under-rateds.

I buy vinyl collections!

Joe Wallace buys record collections goth industrial new wave post punk soundtracks

Sell us your goth industrial soundtrack and new wave record collections! jwallace242 @ gmail

New Vinyl Arrivals at Turntabling: Morricone, Joy Division, Goblin

There is a TON of great new vinyl for sale on the Turntabling Discogs page. Italian soundtrack fans will love the addition of My Delicious Spaghetti Western on the legendary Dagored label, and it’s been a great long while since I had a copy of Ennio Morricone’s La Donna Invisible to offer–it’s one of my favorite soundtracks from the era. I am always on the lookout for more excellent titles from Italy from the giallo, horror, sci-fi and thriller genres. You can never have too many Goblin albums, and Morricone’s work from the 60s and 70s never gets dull.

Turntabling sells vinyl from a variety of genres including soundtracks, goth/industrial, 80s new wave and punk, and just plain rare/obscure titles. I scour the earth to find these, and several times a year embark on cross-country trips to buy entire collections, find weird and outrageous vinyl, and meet my fellow vinyl junkies.

If you have a collection to sell, I’d be very happy to discuss it–but please know that I buy in the genres that I sell here. Country, show tunes, classic rock, and other genres unrelated to what I sell on Turntabling are of little interest. The ONLY exception to that rule is when weird or unsual albums are involved.

Here is a VERY SMALL selection of what I currently have for sale on Discogs. You can always send me an e-mail for a list of my latest arrivals–it’s an auto-responder that has my very latest items listed. Just send an email to: turntabling23@gmail.com. This list is updated whenever I get new arrivals–want the latest? Just send another email to that address and you’ll have the latest updated version.

Thanks very much for checking out Turntabling! Your interest is what keeps the site going year after year.

–Joe Wallace

Various – My Delicious Spaghetti Western (LP, Comp)
Label: Dagored
Cat#:Red 102-1
Media Condition:Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition:Near Mint (NM or M-)
Mint –
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Ennio Morricone – Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Vinyl, Album)
Label: Dagored
Cat#:Red 106-1
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
In Shrink Wrap
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Ennio Morricone – Il Gatto A Nove Code (LP)
Label: Dagored
Cat#:Red 111-1
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Very Good Plus (VG+)
Sealed Copy with a bit of bowing on the sleeve.
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Ennio Morricone – La Donna Invisibile (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (LP)
Label: Dagored
Cat#:Red 109-1
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
Sealed Copy/ Italian Import
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Bruno Nicolai – Agente Speciale LK – Operazione Re Mida (LP)
Label: Dagored
Cat#:Red 107-1
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
Sealed Copy/ Italian Import
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Piero Umiliani – La Ragazza Dalla Pelle Di Luna (Original Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2xLP, Gat)
Label: Easy Tempo
Cat#:ET 909 DLP
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
Sealed Copy/ Italian Import
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Ennio Morricone – Revolver (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (LP)
Label: Dagored
Cat#:Red 112-1
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
Sealed Copy/ Italian Import
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Various – (Italian Girls Like) Ear-Catching Melodies (LP, Comp)
Label: Dagored
Cat#:Red 104-1
Media Condition:Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition:Near Mint (NM or M-)
Near Mint – In shrink wrap
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Goblin – Il Fantastico Viaggio Del “Bagarozzo” Mark (LP, Album, RE, Ltd)
Label: AMS (3), Cinevox
Cat#:AMS LP 12, SC 33.37
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
New copy/Still Sealed
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Joy Division – Peel Sessions (LP, Comp, Unofficial, Mar)
Label: Strange Fruit (3)
Cat#:SFRLP 111
Media Condition:Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition:Near Mint (NM or M-)
Split purple/grey vinyl version
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Nico Fidenco – Blue Jeans (Original Soundtrack) (CD, Album, Ltd)
Label: Digitmovies
Cat#:CDDM104
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
New copy/Factory Sealed
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Roberto Pregadio & Romano Mussolini – Satanik (Original Soundtrack Music) (LP, Pic, Album, RE, Ltd)
Label: Cinedelic Records
Cat#:CNPD-002
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Generic
New Copy
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Andrzej Korzynski* – Andrzej Korzynski’s Music Score For Andrzej Zu?awski’s Motion Picture Possession. (LP, Album)
Label: Finders Keepers Records
Cat#:FKR062LP
Media Condition:Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition:Mint (M)
New copy/Still Sealed
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Italian soundtrack vinyl records for sale Morricone Bruno Nicolai Spaghetti Westerns

New Vinyl Arrivals at Turntabling

Italian soundtrack vinyl records for sale Morricone Bruno Nicolai Spaghetti Westerns

Turntabling has LOTS of new vinyl for sale. I’m experimenting with a new way to offer the vinyl for sale–you can send me an email to turntabling23@gmail.com and get a list of new arrivals, prices and grades for the vinyl AND send orders to the same address. Just be sure to send your Paypal address and a good physical address to mail LPs to!

These rare, cool, and hard-to-find LPs are offered on a first-come, first served basis. When they’re gone, they’re gone! Get them while you can, these are rare and harder to find by the day. I highly recommend ALL of these titles. Quite excellent, one and all.

JUST ARRIVED:

Italian Girls Like Ear Catching Melodies (Various artists) Dagored NM- in shrink $38

Revolver soundtrack Ennio Morricone (Dagored) Sealed $45

La Ragazza Dalla Pelle di Luna (The Girl With The Skin of the Moon) soundtrack Piero Umiliani (Easy Tempo) $45

Agente Speciale LK (Lucky The Inscrutible) Jess Franco soundtrack (Dagored) Bruno Nicolai Sealed $45

La Donna Invisible soundtrack Ennio Morricone (Dagored) Sealed Italian import $40

Cat O’ Nine Tails soundtrack (Il Gatto a Nove Code) Ennio Morricone (Dagored) Sealed $38–cover is VG++. A bit of bowing from what looks like pressure from the shrink wrap?

Le Foto Prohibite Di Una Signora Per Bene (Forbidden Photos of a Woman Above Suspicion) soundtrack Ennio Morricone (Dagored) in Shrink Mint $40

My Delicious Spaghetti Western soundtrack Various Artists (Dagored) Mint minus $40

Other rare and wonderful things:

Mondo Candido Sountrack Riz Ortolani (Dagored) Sealed Vinyl LP $40

Il Dio Sotto La Pelle Soundtrack Piero Piccioni (Dagored) Sealed unplayed 2LP $40

Shogun Assassin (Wonderland Philharmonic Edition) New vinyl unplayed $30

Throbbing Gristle Second Annual Report Reissue NEW LP $39.00 Brand new, unplayed.

Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth Reissue Brand new and unplayed $39.00

North By Northwest Original Soundtrack Bernard Herrmann ( Volume One Soundtrack Series Starlog/Varese Sarabande) Very Good Plus $26.00

From Beyond Soundtrack Richard Band (Enigma Records) Sealed $35.00

Deep Throat Part II Soundtrack (Light In The Attic) Sealed $40

These are just a small sampling of the rare, hard-to-get and just plain awesome vinyl records for sale via Turntabling.net. I add new titles quite frequently. You can also keep up with my latest vinyl finds on Instagram. Send your Paypal address, mailing addy and any special instructions to turntabling23@gmail.com. Sorry, I only accept Paypal for orders from Turntabling. Thanks for your interest and VIVA VINYL!

I also have HUNDREDS more titles for sale on Discogs at:

http://www.discogs.com/seller/Turntabling

and on Etsy at:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/turntabling
–Joe Wallace

Italian soundtracks Dagored Records Morricone Bruno Nicolai Italian horror Giallo Spaghetti westerns

Turntabling Vinyl For Sale on Etsy

Yes, it’s true–the Turntabling shop on Etsy is open once again, crammed full of rare, hard-to-find, unusual and just plain amazing vinyl records. Recent finds include Sisters of Mercy, the Skinny Puppy side project HILT, Robyn Hitchcock (on white vinyl!), and soundtrack LPs including George Romero’s Day Of The Dead, The Devil In Miss Jones, and the Willow soundtrack by James Horner.

All those are waiting for you–see a good selection of vinyl for sale below, but as always these are first-come, first served!