Vinyl is the only worthwhile way to own music, but starting a record collection from zero can be a daunting to say the least. Do you just go buy your favorite album? Something classic? Something that lends itself well to analog sound? That’s for you to tell us, and your fellow readers this week.
Can you believe “Weird Al” Yankovic has been parodying popular music for 33 years now? It’s a testament to his talents as a musician and songwriter that he’s still around all these years later, and if you’re as big a fan of “Weird Al” now as you were in the ‘80s, a new box set of all his albums—including some new…
The new plastic polymer £5 notes are bonkers. They can’t be crumpled, are extremely hard (though not impossible) to burn, and some wonky stuff happens if you shine a laser through the queen’s face. By far the strangest revelation about this Money Of The Future? The £5 can be used as a rudimentary record player needle.
Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage has barely been out a week, but already everyone is talking about it. Among those topics is the show’s incredible soundtrack, featuring spaghetti-western influenced hip-hop beats by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Now, you can get that music in an amazing vinyl release.
Got room in your vinyl crate for yet another re-issue of John Williams’ Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack? Of course you do. Because this time around the Imperial March and other memorable tracks are available on a pair of double-sided picture disc-pressed vinyl records.
The making of a record isn’t exactly a big mystery but there’s still a bit of old magic in seeing music get put to wax in a factory where the metal gets etched and the vinyl gets stamped out. Super Deluxe took its stoned mode camera into one of these vinyl stamping factories and recorded all the good stuff. Sometimes…
Given the resurgence in the popularity of records, Disney didn’t really have to do much to sell copies of The Force Awakens soundtrack now that it’s finally available on vinyl, months after the film’s release. But if you still need a reason to drop $50 on another copy, the records feature 3D holograms etched right…
Vinyl nerds love limited editions, and one of the rarest subsets of gimmick records are the liquid-filled variety. You read that right—liquid-filled vinyl. The concept isn’t all that new, and was first (abortively) attempted by Disney in the ’70s, but it’s only become popular and viable in more recent years.
A record player is always going to be a little magical. How it sounds, the nostalgia of it, the vinyls, the needle, and so forth. This exploded view of a record player plays down the specialness of its sound and breaks down what’s inside and how it works.
So you want to start spinning records in your living room. Here’s a collection of the advice I’ve given n00bs just like you over the last couple of years. Getting started can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Here’s how to get going.
In less than 24 hours, you’ll be able to order the Monument Valley soundtrack on vinyl. That’s right. You can an iPhone app’s music in the form of a vinyl record. The double LP costs $40. Obviously, the hipsters have won.
Are you happy now, hipsters? Instead of walking away from your fashionable fad at its peak hipness, you’ve let it linger long enough to become a consumer commodity. Not only is Urban Outfitters thriving, it’s now spawning unholy consumer electronics like this cassette-playing turntable.
Few would argue with the fact that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is the best film in the Trek franchise. It’s got action, suspense, huge twists, an amazing villain, and perhaps most importantly for the matter at hand, an iconic score by the late, great James Horner.
While Sony attempts to resurrect the Walkman brand as a high def media player, it’s clear that music lovers prefer something more disk-like. No, not CDs. Records!
This year, tons and tons of people will be bringing in the new year, not blasting tunes through a high-end audio system tricked out with all the latest Bluetooth tech and wifi capabilities, but rather with a $50 turntable.
Were it not for the tiny gray studs atop each platter, you’d probably need more than a double-take to confirm that this pair of Technics turntables (plus a mixer) were actually made from nothing but Lego.
Funko’s Pop! Vinyl toys tend to go one of two ways: either incredibly creepy, or incredibly cute. Someohow, they’ve managed to make a toy of a giant flying ant and make it the cutest thing in the world—and then they slapped Scott Lang’s Ant-Man on top of it, and made it even better.
Vinyl is on the rise these days, and so Technics is getting back into the the turntable game. The venerable brand showed off an aluminum prototype of a new model set to be released in 2016. Here’s what I know: I’m really excited.