Today’s highlight: watching Grandmaster Flash explain how he invented turntablism, the slipmat and the break—the foundations of hip-hop.
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I added to my Doctor Who 12” remix from the Eighties today as I got Christopher Eccleston to sign it (upper right corner) at NYCC. So now have Doctors 4-12 on here. Hope I can find room for Jodie Whittaker someday.
Any potential coolness of a working record player Christmas ornament is rendered null and void by the fact that IT’S OCTOBER!!!
Hi,The red TFF lp looks cool.Would you consider selling it ?Regards
Thanks. No, it’s not for sale. I get asked a lot but want to keep it. Thanks for asking though.
My beloved walked by this place, Turntable Retro Bar, on 33rd in NYC today when its windows were open because of the heat. Once she saw the inside, she ran in and took all these photos to send to me because it was jammed with records and all kinds of cool, ancient tech. She’s awesome. Next time I’m in town, I’m grabbing a pint at this place!
Twelve years ago, when Paul McCartney quietly released Amoeba’s Secret (top photos), a six-song live EP of a promo show he did at Amoeba Records in LA, it looked crappy, like a bootleg—cover photo with lots of.digital artifacts, and laser-printed stickers for labels. It was barebones and chintzy, even for 2007, the last year before vinyl began its amazing comeback. I’m guessing it was some kind of contractual obligation, because whoever put it together barely gave a damn and it showed.
Now Sir Paul has re-released it as a two-LP set of the entire show, rechristened Amoeba Gig (bottom photos). The design has been updated, with the photo now slightly less digitized, actual text in the back, real labels that visually reference the cruddy stickers used last time, and if you can find it, clear and yellow vinyl copies. As for the show, it still sounds great, only now there’s more of it!
The last few weeks have been so hectic that I forgot about this non-vinyl post. This is a MiniDisc—a format from the early 90s that died a short death in the US. Elsewhere on the world, it took off as a more portable alternative to CDs thanks to MiniDisc Walkman players, but here, it came and went in something like six months.
SO, last year, I found a stack of them at a garage sale—but no player—and having no means to actually play them, I stupidly bought them anyway for $2 in total. Since then, I’ve occasionally sold one on Discogs, but they’ve collected dust mostly.
HOWEVER, I sold this pristine Mariah Carey one a few weeks ago to an unlikely buyer: Sony.
They were trying to be subtle about it and didn’t say they were Sony, but I knew that Madison Ave. mailing address, and since Sony owns Mariah Carey’s label, Columbia, wouldn’t they have one in a closet somewhere? So I had to ask—it turned out the MiniDisc was going to be used for a display in a Sony Electronics showroom, illustrating 40 years of the Walkman, and it was easier to buy one on Discogs than go searching for one internally.
The dead technology I picked up for 17¢ is now a museum piece, LOL.
40 years ago today (September 26, 1979), U2 released its first single—“Out of Control” b/w “Boy/Girl” and “Stories for Boys”—on 12” in Ireland. Despite being re-released six times, it’s still considered something of a rarity.
TOTALLY TUBULAR: So yeah—I like Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells.” It was the first record released by a fledgling Virgin Records in 1971 and had no hope of becoming a hit—after all, it was an album-length instrumental. 16 million copies later, it’s considered a classic, plus it’s enshrined in movie history as the spooky theme to The Exorcist. I love Side One and Side Two stinks, but there you go. Clockwise from Top: An OG UK copy; a bizarre avant-garde cover of the album by Glands of External Secretion using tape loops and no instruments (it’s awful but it has the amusing conceit of a paper clip glued to the cover parodying the bent-up bell); an early 2000s picture disc with a different mix that doesn’t quite sound “right;” and an orchestral version of the album from the mid-70s.