I must admit I’m a major vinyl addict with a large record collection. Records are my favourite format to listen to music until I have to move my collection which brings out the vinyl hate. I store my records in an enclosed cabinet so I didn’t have them in old school crates so packing up my collection has been problematic.
Here are a few of my concerns about moving my vinyl “babies”:
Large number of records
Crates are open on top so rain / snow can get on your precious vinyl
The exposed top in a crate can lead to damage during the move
I always like to keep my vinyl vertical and never stack them so I need a way to do this
I luckily found a few solutions that I wanted to pass along to you. There are a few options for vinyl friendly shipping boxes.
The Box Spot - they have record album cartons as well as video and CD boxes.
The Faint announce a 12” single via Saddle Creek which features four new songs and will be sold exclusively on the road during their North American tour = see dates below. The 12” consists of The Faint’s first new songs since 2008′s “Fasciinatiion”. You can listen to Evil Voices below and The Faint will be playing this track on the tour along with other new songs featured on the 12”. The new songs were recorded in Enamel, the band’s Omaha based studio and mixed with Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and long-time Faint collaborator.
A1 Evil Voices
A2 This is is IS IS ( Pain)
B1 Unseen Hand
B2 Circuit Jerk
On November 19th, Saddle Creek is also reissuing The Faint’s third album, 2001’s “Danse Macabre”. The remastered release has amazing packaging (I luckily got an early shipped copy), which features six bonus tracks from the era as well as an extensive booklet, will be available on CD in a triple-disc format with a DVD, and on double vinyl that also includes the CDs and DVD. Copies of the physical album will be limited to 5,000 for the 2xCD/DVD package and 3,000 for the 2xLP/2xCD/DVD package.
The reissue is supported by the tour, which kicked off last week. During these shows, the group will performing “Danse Macabre” in its entirety for the first time ever.
Watch a live vid of the band playing Agenda Suicide in 2001 and tearing it up in their home town.
11/16: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *^
11/17: San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom ^
11/18: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater *^
11/20: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues ^
11/21: Permona, CA @ The Glass House *^
11/23: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *^
11/24: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues *^
11/27: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *#
11/28: Austin, TX @ Emo’s East #
11/30: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom *#
12/01: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven Stage *#
12/02: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
12/05: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *#
12/06: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero *#
12/07: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *#
12/08: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *#
12/09: Montreal, QC @ Club Soda *#
12/11: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy *#
12/12: Chicago, IL @ Metro *#
12/13: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *#
12/14: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium *#
* = with Trust
^ = with The Casket Girls
# = with Icky Blossoms
The Part Time Punks Radio Sessions release a limited split EP by Culture Addicts faves HTRK and Tropic of Cancer with six mellow, emotional songs of desire. This radio session is similar to well-known Peel Sessions, but is the sound of the LA underground, run by local icon Michael Stock is available on 12″ or digitally today worldwide via Ghostly International.
The limited split captures both bands live at the radio headquarters during HTRK’s first 2011 tour of the USA, accompanied by comrades in minimalism and melancholia, Tropic of Cancer.
The two bands offer streams from each of their sessions. HTRK’s Synthetik is lifted from 2011′s mind-bending “Work (Work, Work)” album released via Ghostly International. Tropic of Cancer’s A Color is a track originally from their “The Sorrow of Two Blooms EP” available on Blackest Ever Black.
Listen to HTRK – Fascinator via Soundcloud below.
Listen to Tropic of Cancer – A Color via Soundcloud below.
Side A : HTRK
Side B : Tropic of Cancer
01. More Alone
02. A Color
03. Temporary Vessels
Marcus Lambkin aka Shit Robot returns with his first new material since his debut LP, 2010′s “From The Cradle To The Rave”. After spending much of 2010 and 2011 touring the globe with his live show, Shit Robot is back with “The Green Machine”.
The first result of his latest studio work are Teenage Bass b/w Space Race, which will be released on vinyl and digitally via DFA on May 21. It’s the first in a series of releases called “The Green Machine”, which will plateau with an album in Spring 2013.
Lead track Teenage Bass has an EBM bassline and rave alert sirens, before expanding further with key changing chords and arpeggiator. The hypnotic Space Race is a distant relative of 2007’s Chasm – a meandering, melodic, star-gazing Robo-techno track. Speaking about the new single, Shit Robot said: “After the album, I just wanted to go back to my roots and make some dance 12″s, music for people to get drunk and jump around to.”
Listen to a sample of the single below.
A limited number of each of The Green Machine 12” releases will feature customized, hand-made sleeves available via the DFA webstore.
To mark the new release, Shit Robot has announced a series of live/DJ dates, with more soon to be announced.
The Hundred In The Hands has announced the upcoming release their single Keep It Low lifted from their upcoming album, “Red Night”. The 12” single is due out May 28 via Warp Records and will include an original B-side, “Mountains” and remixes from Andy Stott, Pattern, and JD Twitch of Optimo. ‘Keep it Low’ has a driving rhythm that underpins Eleanore Everdell’s vocals and Jason Friedman’s atmospheric guitars which keep building through the track from its mellow beginning to its more intense finish. If you like Ladytron and/or Fever Ray, this will be right up your alley.
Listen to Keep It Low below.
For the 12″, The Hundred in the Hands chose remixers who have been inspiring them, the band says: “We were listening to Andy Stott’s “Passed Me By” and “We Stay Together” EP’s a lot as we started the record. So many good ideas and textures, with low end in the extreme that kind of rattled our minds a bit. When it came to looking for people to remix, he was first on the list. The legendary Optimo duo have been such an influence on so many artists in recent years, and in maybe too many cases we end up liking their versions a bit more than the originals. We just had to ask. JD Twitch turned in two versions, each unique and equally epic. We couldn’t make up our minds so, we stuck them both on. We’d been hearing bits from Patten and got excited. It’s hallucinatory, uneasy and fractured. Pretty much everything we like. Mountains was a track that was written totally in the flow of the album but still just couldn’t fit in, it just wouldn’t play nice with the other tracks and just became its own beast of a thing. This seemed like the best place to let it out.”
Keep It Low 12” Tracklisting:
A1. Keep It Low (Edit)
A2. Keep It Low (Andy Stott Remix)
A3. Keep It Low (A JD Twitch Optimo Remix)
B2. Keep It Low (Pattern Remix)
B3. Keep It Low (A JD Twitch Optimo Dub)
After appearing at two recent VICE events which included the San Francisco installment of the Creator’s Project, the band will debut their new material live for the first time next month in NYC at Brooklyn’s Glasslands on May 15th.
Merge Records will have some vinyl available for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. To get the following releases, you must pop into your local independent record store to show your support on April 21st.
Arcade Fire – ‘Sprawl II’ b/w ‘Ready to Start’ (Remixed by Damian Taylor & Arcade Fire) 12″ Single This special 12-inch pressing marks the first physical release of the remixes of ‘Sprawl II’ and ‘Ready to Start’ by Damian Taylor and Arcade Fire. The remix of ‘Sprawl II’ can be heard in the dance motion-activated music video by Vincent Morisset at Sprawl2.com, while the ‘Ready to Start’ remix has previously only been available as a bonus download with the deluxe film-bundled version of The Suburbs.
Watch the videos for the original versions of ‘Sprawl II’ and ‘Ready To Start’ below.
Richard Buckner – ‘Willow’ b/w ‘Lost’ 7″ vinyl ‘Willow’ b/w ‘Lost’ is Richard Buckner’s first 7″ containing two new songs and a free download with purchase, the 7-inch will also include a digital-only cover of The Cars’ ‘Candy-O.’
Listen to ‘Willow’ below via Soundcloud.
M. Ward – ‘Primitive Girl’ b/w ‘The Twist’ & ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ 7″ vinyl M. Ward’s limited-edition RSD exclusive 7″ features ‘Primitive Girl’, the first single from his new record, as well as two non-album b-sides including ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ and an original song entitled ‘The Twist.’ M. Ward will be performing at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA, on Record Store Day.
Listen to ‘Primitive Girl’ below via Soundcloud.
Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies Double-LP reissue vinyl Destroyer’s Rubies will be released on vinyl for the first time in the US. The double-LP reissue will be pressed in limited quantities on ruby red coloured vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day and will include a free download of the entire album. Side 3 features ‘Loscil’s Rubies,’ a 20-minute bonus track remixed by Scott Morgan.
Listen to ’3000 Flowers’ from Destroyer’s Rubies below via SoundCloud.
SBTRKT will release a new 12″ on May 8th through XL for his track ‘Hold On’ featuring a remix by mystery remixer SiSi BakBak which is rumoured to in fact be Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. The digital version will be out this coming Monday. A Beggars Group publicist could not confirm that Sisi BakBak is in fact the Radiohead frontman.
So is the rumour in fact true? Here’s the evidence for you to ponder…
KEXP 90.3 FM host Cheryl Waters claimed that the remix was by someone who will play Seattle’s Key Arena in April, and Radiohead is playing the venue on April 9.
Rob da Bank from the BBC tweeted, “listening to the thom yorke mix of @SBTRKT for the 18th time…unbeatable!”
SBTRKT remixed Radiohead on TKOL RMX 1234567, and could Thom Yorke be returning the favour?
The track sounds kind of like Kid A-era Radiohead.
Take a listen decide for yourself – rumour or not?