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Exotic Ten-Inch LPs of Eastern Europe (...and a few others)

Posted by Rick Frystak, May 23, 2016 01:34am | Post a Comment

Through the years of collecting and working with vinyl, I've always been enchanted with attractive, forward-thinking album artwork and design. I can still say that to this day I will still buy a record because of its stunning artwork, without regard for the content. These records are wonderfully tactile, touchable things with graphic design that stands out, screams out to be held and admired, displayed or even framed, in addition to being nurtured in one's carefully curated collection.

In 2012, Amoeba bought a record collection in New York (it's here) that contained some absolute gems of 1950's record cover design on 10-inch Long Play (LP) discs.. I stashed some of the most interesting designs as I went through the collection for us to peruse here. Conceived shortly after the 7-inch Extra Play (EP) era, these covers virtually attack one's visual senses, created in such a way by these labels as to literally command a person to pick the thing up! Imagine a record store back then displaying these gems next to a rather austere Perry Como record!  

Never have I encountered more captivating packaging than these 10-inch "Long Players" from eastern Europe, mostly on the Supraphon (Czech) or Melodiya (Russia) labels. The paper quality feels absolutely sublime on the fingers, and some of these covers are actually stitched together! Just holding these records sends me back in time to my Czech brothers-in-music! These are true mid-century iconic designs.

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Used Record Pull: Kate Bush, The Cars, The National and More

Posted by Billy Gil, April 18, 2016 01:30pm | Post a Comment

Join me on a semi-regular trip down our aisles to see what kinds of stuff we have in our Just Received bins!

the national trouble will find me used vinylcults used vinyl lp the police syncronicity used lpthe cars used vinyl lpkate bush lionheart lp

— Found in a used vinyl bin near the stage at Amoeba Hollywood.

(These records were available as of about 1 p.m. April 18. See something you like? Call the store or come down to pick it up. Don't hate me if it's already sold!)

12 Vinyl Releases to Look For on Black Friday

Posted by Billy Gil, November 9, 2015 09:45am | Post a Comment

12 Vinyl Releases to look for on Black Friday

Black Friday is coming up on Nov. 27, that big shopping day right after Thanksgiving. The folks at Record Store Day will be releasing more than 140 releases that day, not to mention it’s new release day, with new stuff out from Bjork, Parquet Courts and others. If you can't make it in to one of our stores on 11/27, there's still hope you can snag one of these titles. We'll be adding Record Store Day Black Friday releases to Amoeba.com throughout the day.

See a list (.pdf) of everything we’ll have for sale here, and check out our 12 picks for releases to look for on Black Friday below.

ariel pink heaven knows what

Ariel Pink – Heaven Knows What [OST]
[Pink Ninja Star Shaped 7”]

How To Clean Your Records

Posted by Joe Goldmark, June 24, 2015 06:47pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!




I.  Use 90% proof isopropyl alcohol, which can be bought at any drug store.  Don’t get rubbing alcohol as it contains oil.

A.  Fill a spray bottle with the isopropyl alcohol.

B.  Spray alcohol on a soft washcloth or microfiber cloth.

 
II. View your record under a 100 watt desk lamp in an otherwise dark room to see the vinyl.  
 
You don’t want any ambient light because it masks the true condition.  Hold the record with one hand without touching the grooved surface and use your chest as the anchor.
 
 
III. Wipe the record and don’t be afraid to rub fairly hard to clean off fingerprints and smudges.
 
A. This works for vinyl LPs and 45s.
 
B.  Don’t ever use alcohol on 78s, as they’re made from shellac.  To clean 78s, use a damp soapy wash cloth, then rinse.  Try to keep the water off the labels as much as possible.  Stack in a dish rack to dry.
 
 
IV. What about record cleaning products?
 
A. Amoeba sells them and they’re fine, but not as thorough or as inexpensive as this method.
 
B. Record Washing Machines, such as the VPI, are definitely a step up, but are more for audiophiles.  They are generally expensive, time consuming and cumbersome, but they do a better job of sucking dirt out of the grooves.
 
 
V.  After cleaning, store your records in a plastic outer sleeve.
 
A. Regular sleeves are fine.
 
B. Japanese resealable mylar sleeves not only look great but they seal up.  This protects your vinyl against one of its five natural enemies, which are: 
 
1. Fire
 
2. Water – Resealable sleeves can protect against water
 
3. Parties (scratching)
 
4. Theft
 
5. Sunlight (warping)

Digging in the Crates of OMCA's Vinyl: Sound & Culture of Records Pt 4: Sylvie Simmons, David Katznelson, & Rachael Aguirre

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment


If you haven't already made your way to the ever-popular, Amoeba Music sponsored, excellent exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at the Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) which opened three months ago on April 19th (Record Store Day) at the downtown Oakland museum in its Great Hall exhibition area don't fret as you still have some time - well not much, but some - since it is open through tomorrow Sunday July 27th. To mark the end of this wonderful hands on exhibit, that paid homage the joys of analog and vinyl with lots of local Bay Area folks (including many Amoebites) offering their input on the subject, today Saturday July 26th will be the final weekly Talk & Play program of the three month long exhibit in which experts in specific areas of music/records informally chat to a museum audience while dropping the needle on the records that they are referencing in their talk/lecture.

Today - from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Great Hall - the Talk & Play session will be David Katznelson (record producer, and president of Birdman Recording Group) and friends who will be presenting a Talk & Play they call Every Record Has a Story. David's co-hosts will be Steven Baker (former president of Warner Brothers Records), Britt Govea (Folk Yeah Productions founder), and Josh Rosenthal (founder of Tompkins Square Records)  - all of whom will share  their favorite music/records and tell stories and secrets related to collecting said records. David Katznelson is among the many record collecting musicologists who have curated crates (that museum goers can personally play on provided turntables) at the Vinyl exhibit. For this final fourth installment in the Digging in the Crates of OMCA's "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" Amoeblog series I have included David's crate: The influence and genius of the Velvet Underground, along with those of two other contributors: Sylvie Simmons whose crate is Grrl Power - women in rock from pop to punk, 1960-1980, (she also curated Sylvie Simmons the Americana crate), and the museum's own Rachael Aguirre (Administrative Assistant & OMCA Lab - Curatorial and Experience Development) whose crate is titled Sound track for Dungeons and Dragons: Onyx Discs of Epic Sound: A Dungeons and Dragons Soundtrack. Meanwhile the photos in this blog are either provided by OMCA or James Mak of Joysco Photos who kindly shot this photos on behalf of the Amoeblog (thank-you James!).

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