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Custom Record Store and Label Sleeves From Over The World

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 16, 2014 11:45am | Post a Comment

Promoting one's logo and style has always been a concern if not a priority of any creative business, especially the music business. To have your record store or record label's graphic sensibility out in the world is like a tag, a notice that, "we exist righteously", and "take a look at us, we are cool and you want to be part of this!". What better way to do this than to attach your graphics onto the outside of an LP's inner sleeve living in eternity with the record snugly inside. Or, to have the store's bag carried out onto the street by your loyal customers with your logo beaming out at the universe. Now that's promotion, or perhaps simply an affirmation of being in the moment.

Here is a 10-year collection of various record store and record label's logo and graphic style across the eras, mostly committed to an LP's inner sleeve, and some retail shopping bags inclusive, logos singing raucously or whispering of the quality within. With trends and budgets shifting moment to moment, this collection becomes a small guide to the attraction of it for everyman's taste. What do folks think will look good? How will they remember our business?  As I deal with old record collections and their ephemera daily, it's always a wonderful gift to have an exotic sleeve pop up from accross the country, or even the world. Records have always been a universally traded entertainment, and it's becoming more so by the month now. 

So, this Record Store Day, sit back and find your favorites within the trove of typographical time. Just browsing these photos fills me with hope.

Click on any image to start a slideshow.

Photographs of sleeves and bags by RICK FRYSTAK

Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at the Oakland Museum of California, 4/19 - 7/27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 1, 2014 07:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is proud to support a museum exhibit like you've never seen (or heard) before! The Oakland vinyl, the sound and culture of records at oakland museum of californiaMuseum of California presents Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records from April 19th (hey, that's Record Store Day!) through July 27, in which they explore the social and cultural phenomenon of listening to, collecting, and sharing records.

Immerse yourself in this uniquely Californian take on vinyl with experiences ranging from individual and group listening stations to informal talks and live performances. The gallery will be transformed into an experimental listening environment, appealing to all the senses. View notable record collections, photographs of collectors in their homes, and watch and hear interviews as well as rarely-seen historic and archival film and video on the science of recording. Explore the history of album cover art with an exhibit of notable covers and a film on the topic. Peruse and listen to all kinds of records, spanning genres with a focus on the independent record industry that blossomed in California from the mid-1970s to now.

This is a particularly hands-on exhibit; use the listening stations' turntables and headphones to listen to boxes of records collected by Crate Curators—influential members of the record community such as collectors, DJs, independent record store owners, radio personalities, and others. Each crate contains 33 records chosen by the Crate Curators to tell a personal story. You can also dig through a variety of records (provided by Amoeba Berkeley) and curate your own thematic crate!

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The 45's Section at Amoeba Music Hollywood: Tour with Tuna

Posted by Billyjam, March 13, 2014 11:32am | Post a Comment


Below is the recent interview conducted with Tuna who works in the amazing 45's / 7" singles section at Amoeba Music Hollywood where you will find all genres of music on 45's in both new and used. There's a lot of original pressings of 7" singles dating back several decades as well as many brand new releases.

As Tuna noted, a lot of contemporary punk acts like to release their music first on cassette (another popular old format thought to be long gone), followed by a 45 single release, and then followed up with an LP.
 
When you visit Amoeba's 45's section be sure to look up on the wall for the cool displays of 45's, many or which are very rare releases. Now in its eight year, Record Store Day (coming up on April 19th), is when to expect to find a slew of new additions to the 45's section.

 

In addition to the 45's sections at each of the three Amoeba Music stores (Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco), you will also find a wide variety of 45's on the Amoeba online store. New additions for this week alone include Swedish rockers The Hives' 2004 single "Walk Idiot Walk / Genepool Convulsions" new for just $4.98, which (like all the 45's from Amoeba.com) SHIPS FREE in U.S. Nice! 

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Ashes To Vinyl, Dust To Discs, and Other Interesting Ways to Recycle Human Ashes

Posted by Billyjam, July 30, 2013 02:01pm | Post a Comment

I have long been aware of records, especially 12" vinyl, being transformed into other things  including a lot of artists using them as the basis of their work, and have even written about some of vinyl artists on the Amoeblog (here and here). I have also been well aware of many innovative folks who use other materials besides vinyl, such as wood or cardboard, to make a record with grooves on it to spin and play sounds. However taking ashes - as in the ashes of human remains - and flipping them as material for pressing up records was a total surprise to me. But, as reported last month by BloombergBusinessweek in the Lifestyle section and consequently picked up by such other sites as The Strut, there is a company over in the UK called Vinyly that for the past four years have been making records out of the ashes of human remains mixed in with vinyl. This they do sprinkling a deceased person's ashes into raw vinyl at the record pressing plant - the vinyl ratio has to outweigh the ashes for practical purposes. Then they press up a record with music/sounds either from supplied audio tracks or this unique record making company will bring in session musicians to record a customized track as specified by a client. Noteworthy though is the high cost in comparison to regular vinyl pressing. It's kind of costly at a tag of approx $5000 for a run of 30 copies of one record. Then  original artwork by the company is not cheap either amounting to an extra $4000 or more. But Vinyly is no ordinary record company. In fact they even offer product distribution to select “reputable vinyl stores worldwide.” From visiting the Vinyly website, where they sell some related merch, I saw that they will also recycle your pet's ashes into records. Read the full report from Bloomberg here  and find out more or to contact the UK's Vinyly click here.

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Summer Jams: Turnstyle's "Riding A Wave"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, July 26, 2013 11:59pm | Post a Comment
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I don't know about you, but I'm not back on my quest for fresh cuts to flesh out my latest Summer Jams digest, I'm still on it! Though, "fresh" might be a less-than-ideal descriptive word for this latest discovery as it was very much exhumed from Amoeba's oldies bin during a protracted dig. Nevertheless, Turnstyle's "Riding A Wave" has become a favorite of mine over the last week, with many thanks to British music journalist John Reed -- a man I hold in high esteem for the compilations he has produced, namely Hot Smoke and Sassafras: Psychedelic Pstones Vol. I. I highly recommend this collection, but I digress...
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There's not a lot of information out there about the Turnstyle but that probably has everything to do with the fact that this act didn't last long at all. The band formed in 1968 by 17-year-old drummer and songwriter Mark Ashton and went on to record the somewhat edgy, average pop-psych single "Riding A Wave" (b/w "Trot") for Pye Records. Within six months after the release of the 45, Turnstyle supported the Nice for a few live dates before calling it quits without issuing any further recordings. Ashton, his wave riding days behind him as it were, took to the sky with progressive rock unit Rare Bird.
But wait, there's more!

As with my last Summer Jams post, spotlighting Nick Nicely's "On The Beach", some awesome kindred spirit in the universe has created a music video utilising some gnarly vintage film footage of surf, beaches, and bad boy surfers to accompany Turnstyle's "Ridging A Wave" in a such a way that I cannot help but fall in love with this addition to my Summer Jams 2013 mixtape all over again.

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