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Magick Daggers [Aug. 20th, 2010|12:03 am]

[Current Music |Magick Daggers - Lions Of Alchemy]

Magick Daggers debut album Lions Of Alchemy.

With a a touch of an evil torch laced with the alter ego of post-punk, they have created a fierce sound unique to their locale of Portland, Oregon.
Formed in 2006 by Jessy Montaigne, (member of Subtonix) and Maxamillion Avila (member of Get Hustle), they released their first EP on Manimal Vinyl in 2007.
Their haunting resonance embodies a diabolical merge of 1920s Weimar Cabaret influences contrasted by horror film shrieks and ether static, but still echoes a swampy rock and roll undertone at their more raw edged performances.

This double LP also contains Magick Daggers first EP Black Diamonds on vinyl for the first time.

More info about the band at EXO Records
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About Exo {a great records label} [Jul. 19th, 2009|04:04 pm]

[Current Music |The Night Terrors - Saturnalia]

Everything's fucked, everything's post-everything, journalism counts for nothing and is riddled with decimal points. Context is obligatory for people to enjoy bands, music, art for the right or wrong reasons. Logic? There's a logic set, but it's a new set and it seems to change every 7 weeks. Explosive star menageries appear from nowhere and fade to nothing before you can say "Little Boots" - digital isn't even recyclable, it's the logical extreme of disposable abstraction. Quality rated by saleability/unsalability (same thing). Exo appeared to me as a diversion from all this. Instantly, I was struck by an unspoken and profound care for the music made by people and bands that Mel & Kody love. Love. I remember seeing the Gogogo Airheart LP (EXO001!) in Kody's hands on a shitty, raining Melbourne morning in the front of a record store that was going out of business earlier in this weird decade that's about to close. Kody beamed about this record that I thought would potentially sell fuck all in Australia - the pressing was manufactured in one of Australia's two vinyl presses, for a premium, but Kody still beamed. I'd never seen someone so stoked to put out a record like this. This is my first memory about Exo. A lot has come to pass since then - trends, personnel, bands, distro, no distro, hair colour, friends, parties and a fistful of carefully assembled releases on CD and LP that splatter a trademark disregard for pigeonholing or fitting in across a city that seems to require these things in order to approve of them. I can't think of anyone else I've had so many laughs with while still being deathly passionate about music. That's Exo, I guess.

- Simon J Karis, May 2009.

Source: EXO Records
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(no subject) [Apr. 26th, 2009|12:52 am]

hey guys, todays episode of my podcast/radio show is dedicated to the release of kevin devines new album, brother's blood, out on tuesday

it is a set of live tracks, b-sides and rarities. great for fans of kevin devine, but also for new-comers as well.
check it out, let me know what you think

the podcast; http://www.mypodcast.com/mixtapesheartaches
add us on myspace; http://www.myspace.com/mixtapesandheartaches

01. Kevin Devine - It's Only Your Life (Live at Chain Reaction)
02. Kevin Devine - Like Cursing Kids
03. Miracle of 86 - Your Quicksilver Moment
04. Kevin Devine - Buried by the Buzzz
05. Kevin Devine - Tomorrow's Just Too Late (acoustic demo)
06. Kevin Devine - Fewer Moving Parts(Live, David Bazan Cover)
07. Kevin Devine - People are so Fickle
08. Kevin Devine - Love Me, I'm a Liberal
09. Kevin Devine - Guys With Record Collections
10. Kevin Devine - Brothers Blood (live)
11. Kevin Devine - No Time Flat
12. Kevin Devine - On a Plain (Live on Mainstage)
13. Miracle of 86 - Every Famous Last Words
14. Kevin Devine - Cotton Crush (Live at ACL)
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(no subject) [Apr. 23rd, 2009|12:05 am]

so my radio show has a myspace, and i would love for you all to add it, i will be bringing you contests as often as i can and updates on all of the bands that i play. it will be interactive, you know fun

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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2009|11:12 pm]


episode 7 of mixtapes&heartaches is up, with another hour for your listening pleasure. give me thoughts, i would love to hear what you have to say

01. Lymbyc System - Truth Skull
02. Built to Spill - In Your Mind
03. Silversun Pickups - Future Foe Scenarios
04. Nada Surf - The Manoeuvres
05. Safety in Numbers - Judas
06. Damien Jurado - Circus, Circus, Circus
07. Bad Astronaut - Stillwater, California
08. The Tie That Binds - Indecision
09. Samiam - Sunshine
10. Slingshot Dakota - Ohio!
11. Ozma - Game Over (acoustic demo)
12. Last Days of April - Aspirins and Alcohol
13. Moneen - Thoughts Weigh Heavy... Don't Get Drowned in the Weight of it All
14. Bon Iver - Blindsided
15. This Will Destroy You - Threads
16. Amusemnt Parks on Fire - Venus in Cancer

go to mixtapes&heartaches to download or subscribe via itunes
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greedy people [Dec. 18th, 2008|10:50 pm]

[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |Audela - 39 Mysterions]

There are several collectible Dead Kennedys releases floating around., including a couple of bootlegs. "Skateboard Party is a bootleg... I know the guy who put out the original pressing, and then he farmed it out to somebody else who ran wild with it and we had to put a stop to it," says Biafra. And what about that DKs picture disc that's being advertised everywhere? "That's a total, total bootleg. This guy wasted our time for doing an interview for a fanzine in England, and then pressing it as a $25 dollar picture disc. And people wonder why I'm so mean about not letting people tape my shows now... Because I'm really sick and tired of people making shitty recordings and then who gets the complaint letters saying they're a crook? Me! It's another example of where greedy people wreck it for everyone else.
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RARE VINYL 4 SALE. [Aug. 1st, 2008|11:34 am]
RARE Hardore Vinyl For Sale:

Mohinder, Still life, Orchid, Clikatat Ikatowi, and Biohazard! All in Great condition.
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I don't wish such a nightmare whenever spinnin' in the USA [Jul. 31st, 2008|03:27 am]

[Current Music |a Greg Wilson Mix : Music is Better]

djfrankiebones wrote:

I have been forced into a position where I had no choice but to embrace digital. And yesterday in Denver and the previous night in Colorado Springs, I had watched some Analog vinyl loving Dj's get totally reduced to minced meat from improper deck installation.

What we have in America boils down to this. A Pioneer DJM-800 mixer with Two CDJ-1000's on both sides of the mixer and then two Technics SL-1200 MK2's placed battle style next two the CDJ's on a table made for Bingo or Card Games. Every city and town from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.

Now add 16 DJ's on a line-up using Serato, Final Scratch, Torq, Vinyl, Compact Discs, and you have a recipe for disaster. The turntables are sideways with no carts, the DJ playing is using CDJ's with his CDR's laying on the 1200's like they were made to do just that.

The decks are not even plugged in because the dude before the CDJ DJ took his Final Scratch interface with him and the guy who got suckered into letting these fools use his decks is scratching his head wondering where the ground wire went on the left deck.

Me in this equation? Has the guy spinning after me wondering where the left rca cable went on the right CDJ cause there is only one side working. I had stripped the cable to make a new ground wire for the left turntable.

Lucky I realized the other CDJ had analog outputs plus a digital out going into the same channel of the mixer which I disconnected and put on the other CDJ.

But not before being told you can't operate two CDJ's with one going Analog and the other going digital into the mixer. It's not possible. "Oh Really"?

That's when the guy spills a full beer into the left CDJ not paying attention because he is too worried about his set being
ruined by different outputs/inputs. Now suddenly more concerned about the loss of the beer then what we were previously talking about.

Source: Frankie Bones on a Discogs forum thread
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Labels up volume on vinyl releases to meet demand [Jul. 30th, 2008|08:22 pm]

[Current Music |Mateo & Matos - The Digital Sources E.P.]

It may have seemed like a fad at first, but the resurgence of vinyl is now turning into a nice niche business for the major labels. With EMI's announcement that it would reissue eight classic albums in the format, all four majors are now onboard the vinyl bandwagon.


Source: Yahoo! News
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For vinyl fans [Mar. 27th, 2008|02:19 pm]

I've been a member of this community for a while, but I've never posted here, until now. I'm providing this link to one of my other blogs, The Literate Geek, where I've created an entry about vinyl records.

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question [Mar. 16th, 2008|02:54 am]

[Current Music |halo]


So, I just joined, after spending a much longer time than anticipated trying to find a decent vinyl community on here. Half of the communities the search turned up were for goth people, which puzzled me to no end until I remembered that those folk are all into pleather and shiny stuff. Odd.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone knows of a good webstore/ebay store/place in general from which rare metal LPs can be purchased for a reasonable (i.e., college-kid-friendly) price? I NEED the Asunder/Graves at Sea split LP, and haven't seen it available anywhere besides ebay, and even then, it was upwards of fifty smackers.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Newbie [Mar. 14th, 2008|10:24 am]
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Soma]

Hi everyone!  I'm really glad to find this site, sometimes I wonder what happened to people who like real music, and collecting it on vinyl.  Nice to know there are some left!
So of course I'm a vinyl junkie :D.  Luckily, Manifest, my favorite local music store, has really started picking up on their record section again.  In fact, I just found out this morning that a record I bought there (sealed too!) for two bucks is worth much more!  I bought R.E.M.'s 12" Reckoning about a year ago.  I was thinking about picking up some more R.E.M. records from there to sell on ebay and looked up how much Reckoning was worth in case I found another. I kept reading about the original 1984 release, which mine was, but in a purple vinyl.  Mine didn't appear to be so, so I payed no attention.  Then I read something about only being seen when held up to the light - and sure enough!  My $2 record is the original purple edition that I've seen going for 100-150.  :D It's a good day today, isn't it?

R.E.M.'s Reckoning

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On the deterioration of sound, mastering and music itself [Mar. 6th, 2008|08:44 am]

[Current Music |Recoil - Unsound Methods]

We live in a world of technology - exponentially increasing breakthroughs in all things scientific. So fast that we can't even keep up with it. So why is it that the audio quality of music is degenerating? Music 'sounds' worse. We have stopped listening, we don't have time. We only have time to be smacked in the face by the loudest, most attention-grabbing blast of souped-up noise imaginable until ear fatigue sets in and the desire to 'change the record' takes over. Why are the adverts on TV twice the volume of the regular broadcasts?

Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode / Recoil) tells you

No, it’s not you – records do all sound the same these days. Desperate to get their music on the radio at all costs, record labels are employing a new and powerful software to artificially sweeten it, polish it, make it “louder”… and squeeze out the last drops of its individuality. Tom Whitwell reports on what’s wrong with the sound of music

Side-Line article, Alan Wilder - "Music For The Masses - I think not."
The Word article, Why records DO all sound the same By Tom Whitwell

Additional articles:

Loudness War - Wikipedia

Why Music Really Is Getting Louder - Adam Sherwin, Times Online

How CDs Are Remastering The Art Of Noise - Tim Anderson, Guardian Unlimited

Brickwall Limiting - J.J. Blair, EQ Magazine

The Big Squeeze: Mastering Engineers Debate Music's Loudness Wars - Sarah Jones, Mix Magazine

Everything Louder Than Everything Else - Have The Loudness Wars Reached Their Final Battle? - Joe Gross, Austin360.com

Why New Music Doesn't Sound As Good As It Did - Yahoo! Tech

The Loudness War - Mark Donahue, Performer Magazine

The Death Of Dynamic Range - Mike Richter

Imperfect Sound Forever - Nick Southall, Stylus Magazine

Declaring An End To The Loudness Wars - Barry Diament

Tearing Down The Wall Of Noise - Suhas Sreedhar (Multimedia)

Tearing Down The Wall Of Noise - Suhas Sreedhar (Text)

Radio Ready: The Truth - Bob Orban & Frank Foti, with introduction and comments by Bob Katz (from Katz's book "Mastering Audio: The Art And The Science.")

Official, Rock Music Is Too Loud - Thomas Whitaker, The Sun

What Happened To Dynamic Range? - Bob Speer

Pump Up The Volume - Rip Rowan, WIRED Magazine

Over The Limit - Rip Rowan, ProRec.com

Music Gets Louder - Adrian Larkin, BBC Radio

It's Confirmed: Music Is Really Getting Louder - Duncan Robertson, Daily Mail

Experts: Music Is Getting 'Too Loud' - Dave West, Digital Spy

Distorted, Loud Rock Music Is Making Listeners 'Sick' - Adam Sherwin, Independent News

Masters On Mastering - JJ Jenkins, Electronic Musician

Current Trends in Recording: Is Louder Better? - Dan Banquer, Audioholics Magazine

Loudness - Chicago Mastering Service

Whatever Happened To Dynamic Range On Compact Discs? - George Graham

Hot CD Disease - John Vestman

Music Into Noise: The Destructive Use Of Dynamic Range Compression - Wes Lindstrom

Loudness Race Discussed - Bob Katz

How To Make Better Recordings - Integrated Metering, Monitoring, and Leveling Practices - Bob Katz
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Ron Murphy obituary [Jan. 23rd, 2008|05:23 pm]

[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]

Ron Murphy — record cutter, mastering engineer and record producer at Sound Enterprises (formerly National Sound Corporation) in Detroit, MI — has passed away.

From Cliff Thomas on Discogs:

"Ron Murphy is probably one of the most instrumental figures in the history Detroit electronic music. All you have to do is take a good look in your record collection and look for the little NSC logo on the run-out groove on the inside of the record. Ron has shaped the sound of Detroit Techno more than just about anybody. There were allot of records back in the beginning that were brought in by people that knew next to nothing about production or mixing down properly and Ron has saved the sound of those records and many of them have went down in history as some of the finest examples of techno ever made.

Ron has been one of the biggest opponents of over-compression in the industry as people have rushed to bring techno music into the ridiculous loudness war that the rest of the record industry is engaged in currently. His mastering is both dynamic and warm and has been praised for it's definition in the low end. A kick drum on an NSC mastered record is a beautiful thing to behold. He's a real living legend in this industry yet he remains humble and is still one of the most interesting figures in this industry that i have ever talked to. A true classic character.

Ron died of a heart attack on 13th January 2008.

Sound Entreprises, "home" of Ron Murphy

Some other links:

An old but interesting article at MetroTimes

Infinite State Machine web-log

Aaron Carl remembers Ron Murphy

SoulfulDetroit Music remembers Ron Murphy

Suenomartino article about NSC

Ron Murphy Discography

A huge loss for the underground and the (nearly lost) Art of gramophone mastering.

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We must away ere break of day, to seek the pale enchanted gold [Dec. 16th, 2007|04:19 pm]

[Current Mood |geeky]
[Current Music |The Barrel Song >> The Hobbit OST]

Behold my latest acquisition- the entire soundtrack to the animated film The Hobbit on vinyl.

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Isn't it glorious? That movie marked my first exposure to Tolkien, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I love the fact that the music was derived directly from verses within The Hobbit. In fact, I can recall wanting to sing at different points while reading the book. *hee* The set contains three records with all the songs (including instrumental) and some dialog from the film, as well a book full of stills and illustrations.
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Vinyl Deals! [Dec. 4th, 2007|11:18 pm]

°*:·.-:¦:-·°* DECEMBER CELEBRATIONS DEALS *°:·.-:¦:-·°*

Buy 3 Albums/LPs or 3 Maxi/12" (or a combination of Album(s) & 12"(s) totalling = 3 unique releases * )
AND get 2 x 7" Singles of your choice for FREE.
{ Normal shipping rates still apply for total number of vinyls purchased }
*Double LPs = 1 release!
No such deals from any type of CDs allowed.
No such deals if you Make Offer for any items

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Record player needed! [Nov. 22nd, 2007|12:38 am]

 I'm looking to buy a record player for less than $100 that's in good condition and has good sound quality. I have a great one at home, but I'm looking for one for school that is either portable/contains speakers or can be hooked up to speakers and doesn't need to be connected to a stereo system. I've looked on ebay but at the moment I can't really find any that seem to be in very good condition. I'd buy a new/modern one, but the only portable kind I can find is Crosely and I've read enough bad reviews about them. Can anyone help or point me in the direction to find either a nice used one or better quality modern one? 
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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2007|08:38 am]

I have this idea in my head that I need a non-electric record player, and I'm not sure if they even exist the way I am imagining them. Do you know of anything that plays modern records but still employs something like a crank or something so you don't need electricity to use it? And if they do still make these, do you know where I might find one?
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(no subject) [Sep. 14th, 2007|07:45 pm]

I am cleaning out my Grandparent's basement and am auctioning off some items. Please keep checking back, I have over 500 records from the 20's to 70's to go through.

These definately for the collectors:

What's a Vogue Picture Record?
Vogue picture records are phonograph records on the "Vogue" label which have a picture (an artist's illustration) embedded in the transparent vinyl of the record. The illustrations on each side of the record are usually related to the title of the song on that side. Many of the illustrations are mushy romantic themes (see the discography). The most common Vogue picture records are 10-inch, 78 RPM records, although a few 12-inch, 78 RPM Vogue picture records were also produced.

Vogue picture records were produced by Sav-Way Industries of Detroit, Michigan. The first 10-inch Vogue picture record (catalog number R707) was released to the public in May 1946. Production ceased less than a year later in April 1947, with Sav-Way entering into receivership in August 1947. During this time, approximately seventy-four different 10-inch Vogue picture records were released.

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You Can Play the Record, but Don't Touch [Sep. 7th, 2007|12:47 am]

[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Duke Ellington - Double Check Stomp]

At the Library of Congress, in a small, white room with bright red carpet, physicist Carl Haber sits down to play a record from 1930. It's a recording of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe." But here's the strange thing: This record is broken.
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