Note: This is a fictional piece based on a satire article, written to ask ourselves one simple question: how much of a vinyl lover are you?
It was particularly hot Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, United States when a local Superman of sorts, a hero no doubt, spotted a crate of vinyl records sitting in an empty 2005 Suzuki Aerio on the way back from a trip to the local ice cream parlor. His alarm bells started ringing. He was suddenly faced with one of his worst fears. Should he take action or should he move on with his life and let the owner of the records deal with his fate?
Most people would have continued with their daily errands but the man in question isn’t “most people”. He is vinyl enthusiast Nate Adams. A man with morals. A man with principles. It had been particularly hot in Phoenix all summer and that day temperatures had reached triple digits. He had to take action, and fast.
“It was, like, 100 degrees,” stated Adams. “Vinyl can get warped at, like, 80 degrees, and it will never sound the same again. I knew I had to do something. So, I picked up a rock and threw it through the window. I just did what any other vinyl lover would do.”
Imagine this: a crate filled with 17 vinyl records and 13 cassette tapes, including albums by the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and Fugazi, all left defenseless under the scorching Arizona summer heat, compounded by the green house effects of the car interior. Hadn’t it been for Adams it’s likely they would have all perished, but instead he was able to save them all except for a No Doubt Tragic Kingdom CD without a jewel case.
“It just makes me sick, you know?” said Adams. “The fact that there are people like that in the world with no regard for what’s safe or what’s right. It’s a goddamn shame. The window can be replaced, but there were some original pressings in that crate that could never be replaced, unless you have a really good day on eBay.”
Witnesses at the scene reported that Adams stayed with the records until police arrived, ensuring they were in safe hands throughout — the hallmark of a true vinyl lover.
“He cradled them in his arms comfortingly, and took each one out of its dust sleeve and inspected it carefully for any warping,” said bystander Theresa Worthington in a statement. “When the owner came back, neither of them were very happy with each other, but, thankfully, the police were there to keep everything calm.”
The owner was reportedly quick to defend his actions and attack Adams, an unjustified response in our eyes considering Adams’ heroics and altruism.
So… would you save a vinyl collection from the scorching sun?
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Vinyl has made a come back and it’s not leaving any time soon! Naturally, the welcome phenomenon has made its way into the DJ industry, with a number of DJs returning to using vinyl in their live set or picking up their collecting of records once more.
Recently we talked with Ellen Allien about her love for vinyl, we looked at whether vinyl is actually more expensive than digital and looked at how and why the vinyl industry is on record to hit $1 billion again for the first time since the ’80s.
Inevitably, this has given rise to a sometimes contentious debate with regards to the merits of vinyl for DJs. There is no right or wrong answer, which is why this debate will continue forever with both sides sharing valid points in advocating their respective beliefs regarding vinyl. As such, we will not be advocating one side over another over this vinyl “issue,” although we have covered in the past why CDJ shaming should stop.
Rather, we will devote space here to objectively examine the pros and cons of vinyl for DJs as a way to help you better gauge whether vinyl is the right fir for you.
The Technics 1200 has long been revered by DJs for its high-torque, direct-drive platter that ensures flawless mixes and incredibly precise scratch performances. Until last year, the latest version of the turntable, the MK6, had been released in Japan back in 2008. Then in January 2016, the brand owned by CES, Panasonic announced it had revived the turntable with the new Grand Class Technics SL-1200G and limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE.
Detroit has long been known as the center of America’s automobile industry. An industry still trying to get back on track after years of decline that also affected the city in major ways. But while the jury is still out whether better days are ahead for the city’s auto industry, Detroit is experiencing a “revival” of a different kind. One brought about by another industry the city has also been in love with: music.
In particular, it’s the vinyl industry that is spearheading this particular Detroit revival. With the opening last February of a new vinyl pressing facility, Detroit is making history as one of the elite few cities in the world with not one, but two vinyl pressing facilities in operation within its boundaries.
A record player without needle? It’s 2017 and it seems like even that is possible, as Wheel introduces a minimalistic record player devoid of an external needle arm.
Truth be told, the Wheel player that is being manufactured by Miniot doesn’t look much like a record player at all. Its simplistic approach means that there are no extremities or components beside the base the record sits on.
How does the record play then? Wheel has explained that the vinyl is able to be played thanks to an “invisible” needle that sits below the record, allowing for the vinyl to be exposed with no obstruction. The Wheel can also be hung vertically on a wall as decoration, and can be played while in this position also.
The Wheel will retail for a not-so-modest price of $850 / £806, although those backing the Kickstarter campaign can benefit from a 30% discount. Nearly $160,000 has been pledged thus far, surpassing the original $53,000 goal by leaps and bounds.
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Christmas is only days away, and if you’re like a lot of people and have procrastinated with your Christmas shopping you may be panicking trying to figure that last minute gift. If you have vinyl lovers in your life still to shop for, you might want to consider these last-minute gift ideas that you can pick up from stores in the United States or, alternatively, through online retailers.
Vinyl, you beautiful, beautiful thing. Below are some of the best record collections from DJs, producers and musicians around the world that we wish we had every-day access to:
The following guest post comes from Budi Voogt, founder of Heroic, a label group and management agency, and author of The SoundCloud Bible, now in its third edition.
Labels come in all shapes and sizes; major labels, larger independents, smaller independents, net labels and online collectives. Whether you’re an electronic music producer or indie band, it is probable that you will be involved in a record deal at some point in your career.
In this article, we’ll talk about the nature of recording agreements, key clauses that you should understand and terms that are reasonable and favorable to negotiate for. If you’re not yet familiar with the basics of music copyright and publishing, I recommend you read my guide before proceeding.
Dedicated solely to underground dance music, The Ghost is officially the first record store of its kind – that is the world’s first on-the-move record shop that caters to house, techno and other musical offshoots of the underground electronic music scene.
Located in a 1970s Mercedes camper van, The Ghost travels around Berlin armed with listening stations and crates of vinyl, allowing record collectors throughout the city to peruse and buy from its collection. Mostly sourced from retired DJs throughout Europe, the roster of music available at The Ghost features heavily on house and techno, mirroring the sounds and styles of play of the stores two founders, Berlin-based Brits Josh Tweek and James Creed, both of whom have been DJing for years and are now also performing together as The Ghost.
As of right now, The Ghost has found a semi-regular spot outside Club der Visionaere, while also making appearances at several one-off parties. Those wishing to visit the store can make private appointments directly through The Ghost’s Facebook page.
Resident Advisor caught up with Tweek and Creed to talk about the vision for their project. You can read the full interview here.