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Vinyl Vlog 108
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 108 A deeper look into the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day-released ‘Everyday People’ split single by Jeff Buckley and Sly and the Family Stone DATE: 11-27-15 WRITER: Bill Adams The catch about really trying to review a split single is that the artists included don’t always fall on the same musical line for easy comparison. Likewise, somtimes the songs don’t really jive well together either – but then there are the really unusual cases which...

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Friday, 27 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 105
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 105 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day pressing of the ‘Batman theme’ 7” single by Neal Hefti DATE: 11-26-15 WRITER: Bill Adams It might sound like earnest overreaching to contend at first, but the “Batman Theme” written by Neal Hefti and featured (in varying lengths) at the beginning of every episode of the original Batmantelevision series broadcast from 1966 to 1968 of ABC is a genuine classic. I don’t mean ‘classic’...

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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 103
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 103 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Criss Cross by Thelonious Monk. DATE: 11-26-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman There’s nothing I like better than trading favorite albums with friends. That friendly filter applied to the music we’re consuming goes a long way, and it’s still my highest recommendation when I’m asked what the best way is to find new music. It was in the Summer of 2005, right before I went to grad school, that a...

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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 113
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day-pressed reissue of Earthling by David Bowie. Leave it to David Bowie to wrap a perfectly tongue-in-cheek idea in populist medium and make a celebration of it. That is, of course, precisely what the singer has done in licensing Earthling for a fresh vinyl pressing now, almost twenty years after the album was originally released. Confused reader? Let me clarify it for you: when Earthling was first released in...

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 102
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 102 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Upright Citizen 7” by Harrington Saints DATE: 11-21-15 WRITER: Bill Adams Earlier this year, Harrington Saints really broke through and made an impression when they bucked their own traditions, crossed pop-punk and Oi and changed their fates forever on the Fish & Chips EP. The change from street-y Oi yo fare which could be instantly accessible to a much larger potential market almost seemed spontaneous; Harrington Saints...

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Saturday, 21 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 100
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 100 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Souljacker by the Eels. DATE: 11-18-15 WRITER: Bill Adams …And then, for their fourth LP, Eels would offer their fans something completely different. Before this point in their catalogue, the band has remained fairly passive and artful in their compositions as well as in the presentations of them (it was all very alt-) but, on Souljacker, the band takes a much more forceful...

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 101
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 101 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Shootenanny! by the Eels. DATE: 11-18-15 WRITER: Bill Adams After Souljacker was released, nothing was ever quite the same again for the Eels. Part of it must have felt fantastic because the band really thrived; it was as though Souljacker blew open a floodgate which spontaneously made new sounds, experiments with different moods, vibes and ideas fair game to explore. Liberated, Mark Everett...

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
VINYL VLOG 099
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 099 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Daisies of The Galaxy by the Eels. DATE: 11-14-15 WRITER: Bill Adams It’s interesting to see what creative decisions and concessions get made after an album has been out for a while and a reissue option comes along. Take the vinyl reissue of the Eels’ album Daisies of The Galaxy, for example; as was explained by Mark Everett himself in his memoir, Things...

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Saturday, 14 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 098
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 098 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Electro-Shock Blues by the Eels. DATE: 11-14-15 WRITER: Bill Adams Now Playing: ‘Cancer For The Cure’ from the vinyl reissue of Electro-Shock Blues by the Eels It may have occurred by accident or it may have happened by design but, regardless, few alt-rock albums made in the late Nineties (a.k.a. The peak of the compact disc’s reign as the recorded music format of...

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Saturday, 14 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 097
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 097 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into B’lieve I’m Goin Down by Kurt Vile. DATE: 11-13-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman I don’t think that this has been a bad year for music by any means, It’s just that none of the releases I’ve been listening to have been catching my attention like they did last year. It’s strange – 2013 had the same apparent stagnation to it but, of course, that doesn’t mean 2015 hasn’t had...

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Friday, 13 November 2015