Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition -- Intergalactic Mix Tape

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 9, 2016 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Voyager Golden Record

Have you ever dreamed about communicating with extraterrestrials in a galaxy far, far away? How about making a mixed tape for them? This is essentially what astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan did with his Voyager Golden Record 40 years ago.

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager I and II into outer space with Sagan’s record mounted to each in hopesVoyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition that one day the interstellar message would be received by an alien civilization. These records contain the history of mankind in audio: music of many cultures and eras, sounds of Earth (volcanoes, earthquake, frogs, birds, heartbeat, laughter, train, Saturn 5 Lift-off…), greetings in 55 languages, whale greetings, and much more (even images encoded in analog).

We may never know if the album was received by our extraterrestrial neighbors, but now YOU can experience this amazing document of Earth for the first time ever! In celebration of Voyager’s 40th anniversary in 2017, The Voyager Golden Record is being reissued for human enjoyment thanks to a team up between Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz, graphic designed Lawrence Azerrad, and Amoeba Music San Francisco’s own Timothy Daly. The only way to get one is to participate in the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter campaign, which ends on October 20, 2016.

The cloth-covered box set will house three heavyweight translucent gold vinyl records. The LPs will Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Editioncontain the same music, greetings, and sounds as contained on the original Voyager Golden Record, which is nearly two hours of audio (see the complete track list below). The box set includes a hardbound book of images from the original interstellar message, photos of the planets returned to Earth from the Voyager probes, essays, and ephemera from the project's history.

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Friends of the SF Public Library Fall Big Book Sale, Sept. 21 - 25

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 13, 2016 11:53am | Post a Comment

Friends of the SF Library Big Book Sale

Amoeba sponsors Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s 52nd Annual Fall Big Book Sale, which runs September 21st - September 25th at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion. Don't miss your chance to browse over 500,000 books, records, DVDs, and more, all priced to sell at only $3 or less! Categories in the sale include hundreds of cookbooks, graphic novels, literature, children’s books, science fiction, mystery, LPs, and more. Hardcovers, paperbacks, 1st editions, classics, and best sellers can all be found among the endless sea of stock. On the last day of the sale, Sunday, September 25, all items are only $1.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library members are invited to attend the Member Preview Sale & Reception on Tuesday, September 20th. Members will receive first access to all the goods while enjoying wine and snacks. Join Friends today to attend this exclusive preview event!

A Brief But Groovy Journey Into the History of Colored Vinyl

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 12, 2016 06:20am | Post a Comment

A Brief History of Colored Vinyl

Columbia Royal Blue Records

A lot of folks are saying colored vinyl is back and they're right. From the smoke-colored indie exclusive version of the Stranger Things soundtrack to the latest round of Black Sabbath re-issues in red, blue, green, orange, purple, white, and combinations thereof, colored vinyl is adding collectible and aesthetic value to new releases and re-issues alike these days. But if it's making a comeback, where did it come from in the first place? What was the first slab of colored wax? Was it some far-out blotter-inspired psychedelia from the late '60s, an organ-fueled exotica LP from the '50's, a Disney 78 from the '40s? The actual answer may surprise you.

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Stranger Things Soundtrack Vinyl Coming This Fall

Posted by Amoebite, September 9, 2016 03:15pm | Post a Comment

Stranger Things Soundtrack Vinyl and CD

One of the great pleasures of binging on Netflix's Stranger Things this past summer has been discovering the '80s inspired, synth-heavy soundtrack by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, one half of the Austin-based analog enthusiasts S U R V I V E. If you wrapped the series and are longing for the next season, there's some good news to tide you over: the soundtrack hits stores this fall. The original series soundtracks Stranger Things, Vol 1. and Vol. 2 are out on CD on October 21st and October 28th respectively.

Vinyl fans have a longer wait, but also have more exciting and eerie options. Vol. 1 will be available on 150-gram black vinyl, 150-gram limited edition clear vinyl, and 150-gram indie exclusive smoke colored vinyl, all due on October 28th -- just in time for those nostalgic synths to serve as the atmospheric party music for your Halloween gatherings. Fans should note the online pre-orders for the colored wax are sold out, but we'll have them in stores on the release date.

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New Pearl Jam LP and 7" Vinyl Reissues Available

Posted by Amoebite, September 2, 2016 03:40pm | Post a Comment

Pearl Jam vinyl reissues

A veritable bonanza of Pearl Jam reissues hit our shelves this morning, including two long out-of-print LPs and five (yes, five!) 7" singles. The new releases are in honor of the legendary grunge rockers' 1996 album, No Code, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. They've also reissued Yield, their 1998 follow-up. The newly reissued 7"s are the singles from both albums.

Read on to find why we're excited about each release.

No Code

No Code (LP)

Out of print on vinyl since its original 1996 release date, No Code has long been a sought-after, expensive collectors' item. It has been newly mastered specifically for vinyl by Grammy Award-winning engineer Bob Ludwig and released on 150-gram vinyl, with recreated artwork. If you pick this up, you'll also receive one of four Polaroid lyric cards.

Yield (LP)

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