Category: record

Wandering through New York City the other day,I passed this spot—the corner. 3rd and Sullivan in Greenwich Village. The unique iron fence gives it away that this is where the cover to Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush album was shot.

Peter Murphy needs to get his eyes checked; that’s not indigo. 

So this happened the other night after I went to see American Utopia on Broadway: David Byrne signed my prized Japanese pressing of Talking Heada’ Stop Making Sense, a top-five all-time favorite if there ever was one. 

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!!!

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 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!

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.