Category: vinyls

Dave Grohl is the Fonzie of rock n’ roll. I me…

Dave Grohl is the Fonzie of rock n’ roll. I mean, he has to work hard to do wrong, and unlike the Fonz, he’s never jumped the shark. Instead, he’s always coming up with something new and different—case in point is his new 23-minute instrumental, Play. Released as part of a multimedia thingy he’s doing that theoretically has to do with music education (whatever), it’s a cool side project. He recorded all 7 instruments on the 23-minute track in single takes. If he screwed up, he went back and did it again from the top. To get people to buy a single song, even one that’s an entire album side, is a bit of trick though, so they pulled out all the stops on the vinyl package. Expect this to win a Grammy for packaging in a few months. The cover opens in front with two winged sides; inside, there’s diagrams of the recording set up inside the studio. Dig further into the cover and there’s a mic input list, and the record itself. Since it’s one-sided, the other side features an etching of the diagram. Nice! And gee, the rock n’ roll is pretty awesome, too.
#davegrohl #fonz #fonzie #happydays #nirvana #foofighters
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Another record I got signed at NY Comic Con la…

Another record I got signed at NY Comic Con last week by artist Greg Hildebrandt. The story behind this was cool, too. He painted it in the early 1970s after he woke from a dream of it—the creatures were sacrificing people and then wearing their flesh like robes, and their next victim was going to be him. 10 years later, Black Sabbath saw it and wanted it for the cover of its second post-Ozzy Osbourne album, so they asked permission to use it and he said no (but his manager said yes, so they did!). In the years since, an urban myth has sprung up that the words “Kill Ozzy” are written in blood at the bottom—and while he pointed out where fans say it is, of course it’s utter nonsense.
#blacksabbath #ozzyosbourne #greghildebrandt #artist #heavymetal #metal #painter #killozzy #nycc #newyorkcomiccon #dio #rock #classicrock #vinyl #vinyls #record #records #recordcollector #recordcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollection
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Today’s the debut of the 13th Doctor on Doctor…

Today’s the debut of the 13th Doctor on Doctor Who and we got to see her at NY Comic Con, but I got to meet some other Doctors this weekend—David Tennant (the 10th) and Matt Smith (11th), who both signed my hysterical mid-1980s UK disco remix of the theme. Tennant had fun playing with it, waving it around so he could see the hologram of baddies in the center, while Smith advised me that I should frame it (you don’t say). So at this point, I have Doctors 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 on there. There’s only three living Doctors left, but 9 doesn’t really associate himself with the role, 13 only started today and 4—the illustrious Tom Baker—doesn’t do public appearances anymore, so I think this is about as full as it’s gonna get for a while, possibly ever. That’s fine, because I’m almost out of room on the cover!

So today I met Greg Hildebrandt at NYCC—he and…

So today I met Greg Hildebrandt at NYCC—he and his brother Tim painted the original poster for Star Wars in 1977 with a deadline of 36 hours! This was the result; they brought it in to the agency that had hired them and were told to add the droids, so they did it in 90 minutes, right there in the office. I brought my Record Store Day 10” of the main theme with the painting on its cover and he kindly signed it—despite the fact that Disney Records took his signature off the painting! Also I learned the secret of the painting—Leia only has 3 fingers and nobody noticed until this year!
#starwars #recordstoreday #rsd #painting #hildebrandtbrothers #greghildebrandt #nycc #pop #rock #classicpop #classicrock #vinyl #vinyls #record #records #recordcollector #recordcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollection
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Fresh ink from Jim Kerr of Simple Minds—he tag…

Fresh ink from Jim Kerr of Simple Minds—he tagged my circa-1982 splatter vinyl LP and their rare-as-heck debut UK 7-inch from when they were still a punk band called Johnny and the Self-Abusers. Nice guy—signed for everybody waiting and did the selfie thing, too. For the record—my job and hobby stay very separate, so there was no breaking of industry etiquette; I was just one of the dweebs by the stage door.

Picked up some great cheap garage sale vinyl …

Picked up some great cheap garage sale vinyl yesterday but it was grubby! So here’s a before-and-after of Rush’s “Hemispheres.” I ran it through my VPI record cleaner. Now it sounds and looks nice and sparkling clean.
#vpi #recordcleaning #recordcleaner #rush #hemispheres #prog #pop #rock #classicpop #classicrock #vinyl #vinyls #record #records #recordcollector #recordcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollection
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Another early 80s/late 70s power-pop indie sin…

Another early 80s/late 70s power-pop indie single from The Tweeds—the long-forgotten Boston band whose main claim to fame was the vinyl collecting anthem, “I Need That Record.”
#powerpop #tweeds #boston #newwave #indie #pop #rock #classicpop #classicrock #vinyl #vinyls #record #records #recordcollector #recordcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollection #eighties
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The first US single by Wang Chung, before they…

The first US single by Wang Chung, before they changed their name to a better spelling.
#wangchung #newwave #remix #eighties #pop #rock #classicpop #classicrock #vinyl #vinyls #record #records #recordcollector #recordcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollection
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“Disappointed” is a very appropriate word for …

“Disappointed” is a very appropriate word for this. I picked up an import 12” remix of PIL’s “Disappointed” yesterday and when I pulled it out to play today, I discovered it was a mispress with two labels—one of which is buried into the grooves. Huge bummer.

Likely the second-closest Split Enz ever got t…

Likely the second-closest Split Enz ever got to a US hit. Ambitious and aggravating at the same time, it mixes New Wave, old-fashion music hall and prog together for a song that works as individual sections but not as a whole.
#splitenz #neilfinn #timfinn #newwave #prog #sixmonthsinaleakyboat #promo #pop #rock #classicpop #classicrock #vinyl #vinyls #record #records #recordcollector #recordcollection #vinylcollector #vinylcollection
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