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06.26.15 Prachi Gupta

There are currently only about 20 vinyl pressing plants in the country, causing a shortage and setting back music releases as demand for vinyl records increases nationwide. William Socolov, co-founder of legendary hip-hop and dance music label Sleeping Bag Records, may have found a way to close the gap: build a high-quality vinyl press restoration […]

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08.15.14 Sophie Weiner

Sure, Google Glasses and Oculus Rifts are cool, but when was the last time you played music off a postage stamp? In 1972, that was possible thanks to these “talking stamps” from Bhutan, which were sticky on one side, with a playable record on the other side. They are still legal for postage use today, but […]

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02.03.14 Andy Cush

Plastic Infinte, by the audiovisual group sculpture, is 7-inch record with some trippy designs printed on it. Play it, and those designs whir by in a multicolored mush. Shine a strobe light, however, or film it playing at the right shutter speed, and you’re treated to a delightful zoetrope animation. Check it out below. Sculpture is […]

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08.26.13 Andy Cush

This week brings the momentous news that Whole Foods will follow the trail blazed by Urban Outfitters and begin selling vinyl records alongside their quinoa, herbal teas, and organic, locally-made hand soaps. The grocery chain’s press release lists the solid if snoozeworthy list of artists they’ll carry– “including Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, Daft Punk […]

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05.08.13 Andy Cush

Amanda Ghassaei, the woman who brought you 3D-printed records, is back with yet another impressive alternative to vinyl: laser-cut maple and plywood. And not only do the wooden records look real pretty, they sound a hell of a lot better than their printed-plastic counterparts. But wood is still nowhere near bona fide vinyl, unfortunately. With […]

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03.21.13 Andy Cush

The late J Dilla is one of the most celebrated hip-hop producers of all time, and his enormous record collection is nearly as impressive as his music. In the above documentary from Fuse’s “Crate Diggers” series, producer and friend of Dilla J Rocc gives a short tour of the stash, and friends and family members […]

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01.30.13 Andy Cush

Legendary west coast music outpost Amoeba Music has taken a decidedly modern step in the archiving of their collection of out-of-print and otherwise rare vinyl: digitizing the records and making them available for download to the general public. They’re relatively inexpensive (not free, though–we haven’t yet reached that level of open-source utopia), and the collection […]

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12.21.12 Lily Streeter

Using a highly advanced 3D printer with a resolution of 600 dpi, Instructables’ assistant tech editor Amanda Ghassaei creates the world’s first 3D-printed records. By layering finely printed plastic no more than 16 microns thick, Ghassaei creates the same characteristic grooves a realy vinyl would have. In her Instructables post she provides all the technical mumbo jumbo […]

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02.25.11 Bucky Turco

They increased dramatically. Somehow, somewhere, 2.8 million vinyl records were sold. The last time that happened was 1991, the year Nielsen first started keeping track of LP sales and hip hop was worth listening to. If this trend continues, someone at Panasonic is getting so fired. […]

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12.07.09 Bucky Turco

In what has to be one of the most surprising and good-to-hear stories of 2009, turntables and vinyl records are making a comeback. |NYT| […]

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