Why Vinyl is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music

On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record shop after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It's obsolete. Read More >>

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Watch This Vinyl Record Play Music and a Full Colour Animation

Man, there is something inexplicably magical about moving images. GIFs are currently living large as the forever-looping medium of choice, but the ol' timey zoetrope is having a bit of a renaissance. Read More >>

Amazing 1956 Video Explains How Music Went From Concert Hall to Vinyl

Vinyl may have had its day—hell, some readers of this site may never have seen it in action—but for a small group of dedicated fans, it still lives on. This amazing 1956 video explains the process, which has actually changed very little over the last 50 years, of transforming performance into long-player. Read More >>

With HMV Re-Opened, Can You Teach An Old Music-Loving Dog New Tricks?

The first record I ever bought was from HMV. It was Weezer’s Green Album, and while I can’t pretend it was the moment that my obsession with music kicked off (I’ll put that down to the literal wall of CDs that acted as structural support for my older brothers’ bedroom), it is a moment that I remember incredibly vividly. And, for the record, its was a great album too. Read More >>

UK Vinyl Sales Get Lucky Thanks to Daft Punk and Bowie Successes

UK vinyl sales have got Harder Better Faster Stronger in 2013, doubling year-on-year as music fans' Digital Love wanes as they Give Life Back to Music through the waxy discs One More Time, thanks in part to the success of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. Sorry. Read More >>

This Hypnotic Turntable's Glowing Platter Floats on Magnets

If you're a fan of the supposedly warmer, richer sound of vinyl, you owe it to yourself to outfit your sound system with gear that does your record collection justice. And as long as you're not scratching on the side, the turntables that McIntosh has been making for decades will do your analogue music proud. Particularly the company's latest model, the MT5, that magnetically floats its glowing platter for ultra-smooth playback. Read More >>

Daft Punk's Patchy Pop Comeback Fuels Vinyl Revival

Amateur DJs wishing to drop Daft Punk album tracks in their wedding party set lists have boosted sales of vinyl at Amazon, with the online retailer selling the highest number of 12-inch records this year than at any point since its foundation in 1999. Read More >>

Do You Still Buy Vinyl?

In the US and UK, yesterday was Record Store Day, complete with a slew of special releases on everybody's favourite antiquated audio medium. Hobbyists everywhere rushed out this morning to stand in line in front of local shops to pick up a couple of the good old-fashioned discs. How about you? Read More >>

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How Records Are Made

While 8-tracks and cassettes are as relevent to the digital world as wax cylinders, the vinyl LP is still being steadily produced and collected despite, or perhaps thanks to, their imprecise warm analogue acoustics. Here's how LPs get their unique sound. Read More >>

This 1960s Gadget Is More Kid-Friendly Than Today's

The Kenner Close n Play was a modest gadget from the outside: you put in a vinyl record, closed the lid, and it would play. It looked like a lunchbox. It was simple. But above all, it was for kids. Read More >>

Global Streaming Music Revenue Up 40% in 2012

Maybe the music industry isn't doomed after all, as research points to on-demand services like Spotify and We7 generating up to £696m for the global music industry this year alone, which is a complete rise of 40 per cent. Read More >>

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How to Digitise Your Vinyl Collection

Your LP collection may be the coelacanth of storage mediums, but it is often a repository of tracks and titles that you simply can't get anywhere else. Here's how to digitise your wax-platter music, and finally drag the last remnants of your analog life into the 21st Century. Read More >>

This Is the Oldest Vinyl Album In the History of the World

Sometime in 1890, Emile Berliner recorded the first album in the history of the world. Then, that record by the father of the gramophone was destroyed. Today, Patrick Feaster, a sound historian at Indiana University, recreated the album using just a printed photograph of the album. His technique defies belief. Read More >>

Inside the Project to Immortalise John Peel’s Record Collection

Before even cassettes became kitsch, we had the vinyl record. Our legendary Englishman, John Peel, had more vinyl than just about anyone else. And, as one of the most influential disc jockeys ever to grace the airwaves, he often had them before everyone else. Read More >>

Robots Suck At Scratching Vinyl

The DJs of the world can breathe a sigh of relief, because if this video is any indication, it's going to be a long time before they're in jeopardy of losing gigs to robots. Read More >>


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