Sunday, July 19, 2009

Limited Vinyl: Paul's Boutique 20th Anniversary Commemorative Pack

Paul's Boutique 20th Anniversary Commemorative Package

  • Limited edition poster of Paul's Boutique album art - YES, 8 feet wide!
  • Limited edition Paul's Boutique t-shirt with wraparound print of album art
  • Completely remastered, 23-track album (9 track version of B-Boy Bouillabaisse) on:
  • 8-panel Eco-pack
  • 180 gram vinyl with 8-panel fold out
  • Includes an immediate download of the Deluxe Digital media bundle
  • Choose your format: 320kbps MP3, FLAC, or Apple Lossless (highest audio quality download available)
  • 5 music videos: Shake Your Rump, Hey Ladies, Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun, and two versions of Shadrach
  • Interactive, 3D digital album art that lets you enjoy Paul's Boutique as it was meant to be
  • Full-album video commentary by the Beastie Boys
Via: Beastie Boys

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vinyl Record Collecting: The Outer Sleeve

As an avid collector of many things I know condition is important, but this is especially true in the case of Record collecting. The grading of condition is crucial to the value and overall desirability of all LP's and singles.

There are many things to consider when it comes to vinyl record collecting. So rather than trying to tackle it all, I will break it up into sections and post them through the coming months. In this section I will be concentrating on the outer sleeve. There are too numerous outer sleeves involved to cover them all, but most fall under one of these categories.

  • Paper sleeves
  • 1 pc pocket sleeves
  • 2 pc pocket sleeves
  • Gatefold sleeves
Some things to consider when grading record covers and sleeves. Regardless of age, a mint cover from the 50's should appear equally mint as a LP cover from the 90s. Wear and tear will diminish the value of your vinyl records in general, so protect them by using plastic outer sleeves. This will prevent ring wear and the accumulation of dust, that may scratch your vinyl. Store your records vertically in a cool dry place off the ground, this will prevent any water damage and bowing of sleeves. Heat will also deteriorate the glue used on most vinyl record sleeves from the 80's up, this will usually result in partial or full separation. Another issue I have come across is the dreaded cover warp, this is usually the result of shrink wrap and heat. So some collectors remove all shrink wrap as soon as possible, others feel if stored well the shrink wrap helps protect the actual sleeve even more.

The Vinyl Record Cover Game: Mindless Facebook Fun

The latest music related meme on Facebook is the album cover art game. If you feel the itch to join and create some cover art this is the way it should be done:

1. Go to “Wikipedia” and Hit “random” or click The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2. Go to “Random quotations” or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3. Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days” or click Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4. Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5. Post it to Facebook with this text in the “caption” and TAG the friends you want to join in.

To check out some of the album covers that have been made so far head over to the Fake Albums or the Album Cover Aficionados group on Facebook. There’s also a group on Flickr.

via: nylvi

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Vinyl Collectors: The Archive, Record-Rama

The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

Lets go shopping! Paul Mawhinney has amassed the world's largest record collection and due to health issues, he is being forced to sell his collection. He has now sent this invitation to Dealers and Collectors alike. Come for a full tour and buy want you want, your minimum commitment will be $5,000 for a full day. That will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of recordings you need will be:

  • 45 RPM's Boxed Surplus Stock (New) $5 each or 3 for $10
  • Archive 45 RPM's (New) Half Price
  • Albums Your Choice - Half Price

All terms are cash - no credit cards. Orders include shipping cartons. Each booking is for one day only. Who's in with me? anyone??

Friday, July 3, 2009

Limited Showcase: Pet Shop Boys Vinyl Box Set by Farrow

I’m a sucker for a bad ass box set especially when its only on vinyl record form. Creative Review comes through with what is arguably the box set of year to date from the Pet Shop Boys. “A collaboration between Farrow and the Pet Shop Boys, and produced by The Vinyl Factory, this version of the album sees its eleven tracks split over eleven separate super-heavyweight 200-gram vinyl records with exclusive b-side instrumentals, each in a coloured sleeve, all housed in a smoked, handmade Perspex case.” 200gram vinyl is about as good as it gets and is usually reserved for the jazz reissues. We’re sure it plays a role in the 490$US price point. Limited to 300 sets. Oh boy!

via Selectisim

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Waxcast Episode 1 - Punk Singles Only

I have spent some time recently going through alot of my old vinyl records. I came across a nice little group of 45's that I hadn't heard for about 10 years. So while thinking of a way to share my collection is to broadcast of my vinyl collection in Episode I am calling it The Waxcast, the tracks are not flawless and overlap along with some stories and naration. The mixed tracks are in no way meant to disrespect any Musicians or Record labels. I want people to like and buy these LP's for themselves.

I am trying to promote and spread the joy of Vinyl Record collecting, by sharing some rare records.  I'm really sparked on this, so today marks the first episode of The Waxcast. The first episode includes some 80's punk singles that are not really available besides in the second hand market. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Your feedback and genre requests are welcomed.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Vinyl Garage: The New Generation Vinyl Recod Collector

You don't need to be a Baby-Boomer to enjoy buying and collecting vinyl records. Summer 09 marks the beginning of The Vinyl Garage, where we are dedicated to continuing the long love of Vinyl records. A medium that has survived the reel to reel, the 8 track, the cassette, the mini disc, the cd the mp3 and now the download. That's an impressive record....a living legacy that needs to continue.

We will be focusing on music from the mid 70's to the current releases. We stay on top of the incredible bands from the indie labels, who seem to partial to vinyl as a medium. We will offer tips to collectors, where to find specific releases, announcements of new re-issued 180 or 220 gram audiophile LP's. If it has to do with vinyl records for the new gen collector, we will do our best to cover it. Please help keep the Vinyl Garage alive and fresh, please donate via paypal or click an advertisers link if you like the info we provide.