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Vinyl Lovers Rejoice!

It’s that time again, to recommend some of my favorite new vinyl releases, and this week will be The Botticellis-centric. The Botticellis new album, Old Home Movies, is on my short-list for my top 5 albums of the year; with their beach-side melodies and their relaxing reminiscent style, it is an instant classic. Details below…

“Two Vinyl Releases this Month! OHM 12″ in beautiful blue colored vinyl available now from rocinante records (check our top friends for their info) and…

New S/T 7″ Featuring an alternate/extended version of “Table by the Window” and our cover of George Harrison’s “Awaiting on You All” available now from Bellevue Records (check the top friends!)
We’ll also have both records with us on tour…”

– Ant


Vinyl Lovers Rejoice!

2008 has been a great year for vinyl enthusiasts; CD sales and worth have been sinking like a stone, giant music retailer Best Buy started carrying vinyl as an experiment in select stores nationwide, and musicians are releasing collectors editions of their new albums on vinyl. I want to start highlighting some albums on vinyl that I personally buy, or those of which I think are worth buying. Vinyl is definitely still a niche medium, but more and more people are turning to the 12″ grooved disks to preserve the passion that having a respectable music collection was once all about. In the days where people’s music libraries consist of digital albums in iTunes, it’s great to hold on to a tangible item that is maintaining or increasing in value. The digital age has given us musical ADD; listening to music has almost become pedestrian, with our entire catalog at our fingertips, we have shuffle and repeat. That is the beauty of vinyl, music becomes an event again, an ode to music appreciation. So with all that said, let’s get right into it!

Ben Folds new album, Way To Normal, is set to release September 30, 2008, and wow has he put together a stunning package for a vinyl virtuoso. Not only does the limited edition package come with 180-gram double vinyl, but includes the CD, an exclusive bonus CD, 60 minute DVD, 36 page booklet, and the whole shibang is put into a collectible 12″ x 12″ foil stamped box. Wow. Kudos to you Ben, kudos to you. To most, that would be enough, right? He goes on to say the first 1,000 orders of this delux dream will include an autographed poster by the man himself. That was a marathon description. Count me in.

Portishead released their first album of new material in 10 years, Third, on April 29, 2008. They released the no longer available limited edition (of 10,000) box set which included (seen above):

  • double vinyl copy of Third
  • etched “Machine Gun” 12″
  • limited edition art print by Nick Uff
  • “P”-shaped USB stick featuring Third and four films (Ade’s House, Machine Gun; The Rip Live @ Mr. Wolfe’s; We Carry On; and The Truly Spectacular Universal Conference Film)

While it is sold out and no longer available through official means, you can most definitely find it on eBay and the like.

When Radiohead shocked the world by releasing In Rainbows in a choose-what-you-pay digital download, the future of an actual physical release was unknown. Then before they even signed to a record label for physical release, they had a limited edition vinyl release in the works for self distribution via their website. As you can see, it came in unique packaging and included the double vinyl LP, the album on CD, a CD of extra material, a digital download of the album, and a short but beautiful picture booklet. As with the Portishead album, this edition has sold out but you can manage to find it on eBay.

What vinyl albums have you been buying? Do you like vinyl? Hit the replies.

– Ant

No One Wants the Worlds Largest Record Collection for Even 6% of Its Value

A bit of depressing news for a vinyl/record collector, a man is trying to sell his personal record collection, which was appraised for $50 million, for a mere $3 million. He could not even find any luck on eBay, where people can successfully sell a freaking burnt piece of toast with the Virgin Mary for thousands of dollars. In the midst of the digital age, it seems that the lore of record collecting has lost it’s luster (though it seems there has been a recent re-birth). It IS an expensive hobby, but for those who have collections of their own, it’s a sense of pride, and it used to be a sense of investment in the future. I am sure if he hired a broker of sorts, he could unload most of his gems for a hefty sum, but who do you know that has an extra 3 mil lying around to buy 3 million records. Hell, if you do, give me $3 million, and I will give you a swift and abrupt kick to the crotchal region. Although, you have to feel for the poor guy.

“Paul’s been building his collection for most of his life. He used to run a record store, and while running it he never sold the last copy of any album or single, instead keeping it for his archives. Over the years, those really added up. Now, at an advancing age, stricken with diabetes and legally blind, Paul wants to sell the collection.”

Which begs the question, do people have time for records anymore when you can have your entire catalog in your pocket via iPod?

– Ant