Items tagged with "vinyl"

Closing Time: 10 Covers of Songs from the Tom Waits Classic

June 15, 2020 by

The time’s gone so quickly. Almost 50 years have gone lickety splitly since Tom Waits released his landmark debut album, Closing Time, in 1973. Tom has had an exemplary career and should be commended for all his fine works of fiction, but Closing Time… that was a heckuva start. And believe you me, I am […]

Record Store Spotlight: Marley’s Music

April 25, 2020 by

Last Saturday, April 18, was supposed to be Record Store Day, but instead, I spent the weekend talking records with Joey and Marley Roberts, the father-and-son partners behind my new favorite record store, Marley’s Music in Biloxi, Mississippi. “We try to be a music store for music people,” 19-year-old Marley told me. “Sort of like […]

David Byrne: American Utopia Tour — Oakland, CA

October 4, 2018 by

David Byrne: American Utopia The Fox Oakland 16 August 2018 Oakland, California Music always surrounded me in my home. Growing up in Detroit in the 70s and 80s, I was lucky enough to have parents (especially my Dad) that made an abundance of music part of our daily life.  With hundreds of albums at my disposal, […]

Jack White’s Got a Brand New Bag

March 20, 2017 by

Detroit’s favorite ex-patriate son, Jack White, has added a full-scale vinyl press facility to his Third Man Records operation on Canfield Street in the Cass Corridor district of Detroit. My good friend Leo and I were on hand to check out the grand opening of the presses on 25 February 2017. Just a couple of […]

Sugarcube by SweetVinyl

February 5, 2017 by

It appears that the vinyl “fad” is officially a trend. Everyone from cash-strapped millennials to well-to-do audiophiles is embracing or rediscovering the glories of the long-playing phonograph album (and 45s too). Of course, we know that vinyl never went away in hifi; it has always been a reference standard for audiophiles. As such, the hifi […]

Vinyl Production a Victim of its Own Success?

May 28, 2015 by

Vinyl production worldwide is currently operating way above its capacity. Expensive materials, expert knowledge and antiquated machinery and techniques have led to supply shortages and quality problems worldwide. In contrast to the CD, production of which is completely integrated and automated with machines available on the open market, vinyl’s manufacturing chain is divided into many small […]

RSD: A Celebration of Collecting

April 28, 2015 by

Record Store Day is a great example of the difference between music collectors and music consumers. People who ripped some of their CDs to their iTunes library and dropped the rest of them off at the Salvation Army don’t typically participate in the festivities on the third Saturday in April. Streaming and MP3ing are for […]

Better Records?

March 9, 2015 by

Would it be criminal to charge $250 for a copy of  Get the Knack? Welcome to Tom Port’s store, Better Records. Port and his team in Thousand Oaks, CA scour the world of vintage vinyl to find the very best classic rock pressings, as well as jazz and classical titles. Now, I love The Knack and […]

Starbucks Bails on CD Sales

February 21, 2015 by

Starbucks recently announced that they will stop selling CDs at the registers of their 21,000+ retail coffee shops around the world. Quoth a Starbucks representative: “We will stop selling physical CDs in our stores at the end of March. Music will remain a key component of our coffeehouse and retail experience, however we will continue […]

Hi Rez at CES

January 23, 2015 by

It’s been a few years since I last had the opportunity to visit the annual high-end audio orgy at the Venetian hotel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. So I was very pleased to get out there for the 2015 edition. I was also pleased to discover that the CD transport continues to […]