Everyone knows I love Ikea. Pretty much everything in my apartment is Ikea. My studio has a great Broder system for my synths. I adore this promotion video they put out last week. In the video they use EXPEDIT, STOLMEN, KVISSLE, FÖRHÖJA and more. Also spotted in this video is an Atari ST and a black cat. They are getting me from every angle here.
“Look at how we helped Harry organise his passion for more than 4500 records and make room for his family life. If you could do with some help storing your things, maybe some of the solutions we used for Harry might help you too.” – Ikea
Here’s something for the obsessive record collector to do with his free time: catalog your vinyl on Discogs. I would really like to do it too but as time accelerates I don’t want any of the past to steal from the future. Maybe I can get someone to do it for me? I never knew you could export your collection as a .XLS file… good stuff.
“Learn how to quickly catalog, appraise, and sell your records online using a free site called Discogs.” – Cnet
In an exhibit called The Space John Peel’s 25,000 records will be scanned and displayed. How many of you dream of scanning all your record’s covers and audio files and having them virtually online? I have about 5,000 all pre-1990 waiting.
“The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket will recreate the late broadcaster’s home studio for an Arts Council project called The Space. The artwork of the records will be scanned and although listening may be limited due to copyright issues, there will be access to the BBC radio archive of Peel Sessions.” – bbc.co.uk
Amazing effort and interesting outcome. It reminds me a little of Australian band Severed Head’s early experimental music.
“Experimental analog sampling with modified vinyls. Sectors from a vinyl record are cut and replaced by pieces with exact shape from other records. When played in a vinyl player the needle follows the grooves from both sectors creating sampled tunes or loops.” – blog.ishback.com
The UK Riots will have an effect on independent and electronic music. The Sony DADC warehouse has been burned down. It contains large stocks of records from Warp and others. I’m certain some of these labels won’t survive this. To see a full list of those effected: click here.
“Numerous independent record labels fear they have lost a catastrophic amount of stock in a fire at a distribution warehouse in north London during the riots in the capital on Monday night. A three-storey, 20,000 square-metre building in Enfield, owned by Sony DADC and holding stock to be distributed by the Pias Group, was burned to the ground.” – guardian.co.uk
Every musician over the age of 35 has an Ikea Expedit bookcase full of records, wires and operation manuals. Mykea is a site that offers products to help you customize Ikea furniture. I think their Amplifiers collection will do the trick.
“We are a small creative company that one day came up with a Big Idea! To customize Ikea furniture with amazing designs. Hence, our slogan: say NO to NAKED Furniture.” – thisismykea.com
I have this record on pink marbled 12″ vinyl. I remember my friend Joe Forbes bought it first and it took me a while to find my own copy. Eventually I found it at Rebel Rebel on Bleeker Street. Amazingly Rebel Rebel still exists and the owner still stands in behind the front counter exactly as he did 20+ years ago. Recently I went in there with my brother and saw him only now with gray hair. We spent countless weekends, hours and money buying hundreds of records from Rebel Rebel. Secession had a few good songs. I love the melancholy melodies in Touch. Melodies like this were in so much of 80s New Wave and for me the memories are melancholy too. Forget Virgin Galatic I want a proper time machine.
“Rebel Rebel is one of the old school NYC record shops— they’ve seemingly been around since the dawn of time. The walls are lined with posters and records from bands that haven’t seen a recording studio in years. Vinyl is everywhere, promo posters are sold out of a box for $2 a piece. It’s one of those places where a record buyer just feels at home.” – nycgoth.com
I know this won’t be “the” touch screen turntable killer but it does show one will arrive someday. It’s crazy Microsoft doesn’t get the price of Surface to something reasonable and push it to consumers.
“Eric Havir chats with Joe Engalan about their DJ 2.0 alpha application, a fun DJ tool for the novice on Microsoft Surface.” – mssurface
I’ve had a Press & Distribution deal for my label Things to Come Records with Neuton Distribution since June 2002. Neuton has been a major force in vinyl manufacturing for electronic music. They out paced and out lasted many of it’s competitors. More likely than not if you purchased a new dance record in the past decade it had a small white “Distributed by Neuton” sticker on it somewhere.
According to Belgian online magazine Side-Line, Neuton will announce insolvency today. To be clear, I don’t know the exact details and what this really means. The word insolvency generally states they won’t be able to pay their bills. Is it a sign they are about to go out of business? My initial thinking is yes. The world is moving all digital and music is basically free. Vinyl is a niche product for collectors and audiophiles only.
“Neuton, one of the biggest (vinyl) music distributors, is about to announce its insolvency today. After the collapse of the UK distributor Amato and the Japanese distributor Cisco, the whole vinyl label scene and the distributors were under extreme pressure. Neuton worked with many top electronic labels, distributing music for diverse labels including Four Twenty, Tresor, Vakant, or Perlon and has worked in the past with labels like Bpitch control, Playhouse, Klang or M_nus.” – Side-Line.com
If Neuton pulls through I will happily continue to produce records with them. If they follow the path of the DoDo bird I wish the very best to SIggi, Bo and all my friends there. Electronic music and great songs will always be produced.