For almost twenty years, starting in 1984, Bill Chambless on WVUD-FM
at the University of Delaware, explored the pop music of 1900 to 1940 on vintage recordings, "scratches and all." Stream the shows at this website, migrated from the original cassette tapes and maintained by his son.
posted by Miko
on Jan 24, 2014 -
It used to be that a CD or good old fashioned 12" vinyl would simply play, and your only indication of when it was about to end would be the album tracklisting printed on the sleeve. Hearing another song start up just as you thought the album was finished and got up to change the record was always an unexpected thrill - a surprise encore in your bedroom, a sort of reward for listening right through to the end. Yes, the iPod and its many variants have transformed the way people listen to music, but as someone who grew up waiting excitedly when an album finished to see if there was an extra hidden treat at the end of an album, I'll always see the death of the secret song as the sad flipside of its success. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Dec 16, 2013 -
For non-anglophones, the English names of worldwide brands, music bands and other cultural items are both ubiquitous and slightly mysterious.
Here what the English (plus some German, Spanish and Japanese) names of 52 brands/logotypes
and 30 musicians/records
look like when very loosely and somewhat lazily translated in French. Some extras can be found in the comments (note: annoying pop-up at the start)
posted by elgilito
on Jan 22, 2013 -
is a new web site that's attempting to list all record shops world wide. Allows you to rate/review shops you're familiar with and scope out the scene in places you're travelling to.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy
on Mar 18, 2012 -
is a Japanese web site featuring the cover art for every Blue Note album ever released. Other labels are featured as well.
posted by dobbs
on Jun 20, 2010 -
, developer of early color tv
technology, is lesser known for a cooler invention, the Highway Hifi
– the first recorded-music player for an automobile. The under-dash system played records
provided by Columbia Records which played at 16 ⅔ rpm even when the vehicle was in motion. It was first released with Chrysler models in 1956 but lackluster promotion of the option by both Columbia and Chrysler led to the option being discontinued
before the 60s. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Oct 12, 2009 -
The Folkways Collection
is a downloadable, 24-part podcast series that "explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)."
posted by Miko
on Feb 16, 2009 -
The New Creation
was born in 1970 when Chris Towers, an unknown guitarist from Vancouver, decided to form a Christian rock group with his mother Lorna as lead singer and their neighbor Janet Tiessen on drums. Scared by reports of the hippie excesses of the Manson/Altamont era, Lorna Towers wrote doom-laden, apocalyptic lyrics for the New Creation's aptly titled album, Troubled
. The band was unpolished, yet somehow captured a unique lo-fi sound comparable to a hybrid of the Velvet Underground and the Shaggs
. The group might be totally forgotten today, if an aging hippie record dealer named Ty Scammel
hadn't rescued a copy from a $1 bargain bin, leading to the album's rediscovery
by collectors of Christian rock and outsider music
. [more inside]
posted by jonp72
on Jan 16, 2009 -
Legendary record man and music producer Jerry Wexler
died on August 15, at the age of 91. His keen insight, and his deep love and appreciation for the artists he worked with resulted in an extraordinary enriching of American music. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 17, 2008 -
Death were a proto-punk trio of black Jehovah's Witnesses
based out of Detroit back in 1974. They were almost signed to Columbia, but bailed on the label when Columbia wanted them to change their name. Instead, they self-released a 7" which is now quite a collector's item
, influenced as it was by, “Iggy and Stooges, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and The Who”
But the story doesn't end there. Recently, Bobby Hackney, whose father played in Death along with two of his uncles, learned of the band and, lo and behold, his dad found the master tapes for their unreleased full-length in his attic. Is a new chapter in punk rock history
about to be written?
posted by stinkycheese
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Today is Record Store Day!What is it about music? It is Love and Passion channeled through a medium that cuts across and through actual definition straight to your soul whether you love Blues, Reggae, Country, Punk Rock, or Quawwali music, your favorite artists take you places you could otherwise never go - and that place is often a place of love and inspiration.
- Marc Weinstein [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Apr 19, 2008 -
20 Biggest Record Company Screw-Ups of All Time
from Blender Magazine. "They include MCA Records’ decision in 1989 to pass on a Seattle upstart band called Nirvana while also betting big on “Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz,” the debut album of a hair-metal band called Pretty Boy Floyd."
posted by plexi
on Mar 15, 2008 -
WFMU's The Hound
has been delighting record geeks for the past few decades with sets of some of the wildest, wooliest rockabilly, R&B, blues, gospel, garage rock, and punk that can be dug out of crates. His site offers full podcasts
, and individual mp3's under the show links
, and organized by artist
, and title
. Bo Diddley singing to Kruschev! Blues songs about the Kinsey report! The Cashmere's talking about the hop! Brownie McGee singing about baseball's integration!
Roughly 4 million variations on 'The Twist!' And that;s just the tip of this glorious iceberg. [more inside]
posted by jonmc
on Nov 18, 2007 -
...In 1924 New York Recording Laboratory decided to expand its reach into that market by purchasing the Black Swan label. Founded in 1920 or 1921 by black entrepreneur Harry H. Pace, the pioneering company recorded everything from ragtime to grand opera, as long as it was sung by African-Americans... Paramount's biggest star was Ma Rainey, a blues moaner who influenced the legendary singer Bessie Smith... Paramount did not neglect male blues singers, who tended to be folk artists in the sense that their music was made initially for the entertainment of isolated rural communities. These included the singers and guitarists Charlie Patton... Blind Lemon Jefferson...Compliments of the Season
--where, among many other things, one can find an online copy of David Evans's biography Charley Patton
in Parts 1
or look at a picture of Skip James in 1932
, not to mention a view of Paramount's promotion of Patton as the Masked Marvel
. And that is not, as they say, all...
posted by y2karl
on Dec 18, 2006 -
"In the monitor booth the sound technician listens to the rehearsal through a loudspeaker, and in cooperation with maestro Ellington, brings the music to its highest sound perfection before transmitting it through the electrical circuits to the recording machine!" Record Making With Duke Ellington (1937)
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 27, 2006 -
'Pavarotti of the Plains'
In 1957, Don Walser
stopped recording country music and became a National Guardsman, just as rock 'n' roll took over the airwaves. He stayed with the Guard for 39 years, but around 1990, his performances at Henry's in Austin, Texas developed a following. By the end of the decade, he would sign to Sire Records
, open for Ministry and the Butthole Surfers, collaborate with Kronos Quartet
and be honored with a National Heritage Award
. Walser retired from his music career in 2001 because of ill health. He passed away
on Wednesday at age 72.
posted by NemesisVex
on Sep 21, 2006 -
is a virtual gramophone open source program that converts scanned--yes, scanned--vinyl records into audio.
posted by brittney
on Feb 10, 2003 -
The end of Vinyl II?
Stanton ships Final Scratch, which enables a DJ to manipulate (mix, scratch, cut...) any music on their PC with their turntables. Besides not needing to carry all the weight and bulk of crates of records around, DJs can now skip the expensive and complicated step of cutting their own records in order to play original tracks. Is vinyl going to die for real this time?
posted by badstone
on Jan 15, 2003 -
Show and Tell Music - Thrift Store Vinyl.
There are lots of vinyl sites out there, but some of the items in this collection had me floored.
And the quantity is just as impressive as the quality -- several pages of unintentionally funny Christian vinyl you have to see to believe. MP3 samples too! Via BoingBoing
, but got lost under a lengthy EFF post (which was also good).
posted by condour75
on Dec 5, 2002 -