Interview: Graham Dunning and the Mechanical Techno Machine
Multiple layers of modified records rotate on the turntable. Some of the vinyl has been sliced and bent, while others have little nuts and bolts drilled in or are covered in stickers to blank out certain sections. A ring stand—normally used to clamp...
I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) Vinyl Set
A comedy compilation unlike any other: nine albums worth of Eugene Mirman (known to many mortals as spunky Gene from Bob's Burgers). While the first album, a recording of Mirman's live stand-up, is primed for repeat listening, some of the other albums...
Floating Record Player
Chicago-based Gramovox seemingly defies gravity (and decades of tradition) with the Floating Record: a turntable that spins vinyl vertically for maximum audiovisual impact—truly treating each record like a work of art. With final assembly taking place...
Interview: Danish DJs Den Sorte Skole
John Oswald, Girl Talk, DJ Shadow and even Pogo are recognizable artists who made their name creating new music exclusively from samples. Copenhagen-based collective Den Sorte Skole distinguishes themselves not just because of their numbers—their latest...
As an alternative to standard felt slipmats, Tanner Goods offers a handmade leather version worthy of your thoughtful turntable setup and favorite records. The material collects less dust (and therefore less static build-up) and is uncommonly beautiful...
What We're Reading: Music Books
After you've listened to album after album on Spotify, recovered from a weeknight concert, bombasted by music at the local bar, it's sometimes nice to let the ears rest. There's still another way to get your music fix, however—in the form of bound...
Retro Record Washer
Keep your beloved vinyl collection in tip-top condition with this manual washer from Spin-Clean. Offering a compact, made-in-USA unit that's more affordable than its high-tech counterparts, Spin-Clean celebrates 40 years of taking lint, dust and fingerprints...
Fern & Roby's Cast Iron and Bronze Turntable
Fern & Roby, located in Richmond, Virginia, designs not only eye-catching furniture with vintage-inspired bases (made from cast iron, bronze or aluminum) but also stunning audio equipment that could double as sculptural works of art. With a dedication...
As an alternative to the bulky size and cheap plastic of many entry-level turntables, Austria-based Pro-Ject Audio Systems's Elemental is a simple record player especially fit for vinyl newbies that's as easy on the wallet as it is on the ears. With...
Unique Vinyl Experiences in Paris
There are certainly plenty of disquaires, or record stores, in Paris to keep up with the regrowing interest in vinyl. From the collector's goldmine at Superfly Records (whose in-house label also reissues their favorite rare records at more affordable...
Singles Club Year Two
These days, many see vinyl records as coveted relics of interest for a niche audience, though in fact international sales hit a two-decade high in 2014 with six million LPs sold in the US alone. While some chalk this up to a widespread vintage fetish...
Twin Shadow: Turn Me Up "Turn Me Up" is Twin Shadow's first track in months after a brief hiatus. Continuing in the same synth-tinged vein, the new release feels somehow grander than previous efforts—more stadium anthem than basement bar. Taxie...
Top 100 Vinyl Releases of 2014
London's The Vinyl Factory has published their Top 100 Vinyl Releases of 2014, and as expected from this annual treat, it's a penetrating look at the year's 7”s, 10”s, 12”s, EPs, LPs and box sets. Many of the artists we've covered throughout our year...
Harold Burrage: You Eat Too Much
'Tis the season in the USA, when it's time to gather around, give thanks and load up our plates. Holiday tunes of the Thanksgiving variety are in short order, but thanks to the Chicago blues and soul singer Harold Burrage, we have a track to toast...
Kind of Blue Signed LP
In two studio sessions in the spring of 1959 Miles Davis recorded Kind of Blue, which would quickly solidify itself as the best jazz album of all time. A year later, in 1960, he signed a copy of the record for a fan—something he evidently never did...
Hand & Eye + MER Tote
You can tell just by looking at the Hand & Eye + Mer Tote that it's a bag that'll go with you pretty much everywhere. The rugged gray bag is made from truck tarp and canvas sourced in the US. There are no bells and whistles needed—it's roomy with a...
Afrika Bambaataa's Vinyl Collection, Interpreted by DJ Shadow
Six years after their last tour together, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist team up again—this time, for a very special pursuit. They gained access to over 40,000 vinyl records from Afrika Bambaataa's historic collection (which is in the process of being...