Amoeba Music has curated the vintage album exhibit “Salute to ’80s Vinyl We Love,” featuring cover art from across the decade. It will be on display at the Ninth Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.
A classic of downtempo electronica, the success of Moon Safari essentially launched the French duo’s musical career. Their debut LP has just been remastered on 180 gram vinyl, following last month's reissue of their four other studio albums and the 40th anniversary of The Virgin Suicides soundtrack. Please note, this item is delayed.
Mute Records just wrapped their recent run of Nick Cave reissues, including the first-ever North American release of eleven classic albums on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, dating back to 1984’s From Her To Eternity. Remastered by founding member of the Bad Seeds Mick Harvey, the rereleases started coming in December 2014 and continued on into spring 2015.
When you’ve spent years working in record stores, it’s almost impossible to answer the perennial question, “So, what’s your favorite band?” For a while I had about five bands I would answer this question with, then slowly (probably after finally realizing most people asking this had no idea who I was talking about) I refined my answer to, “I guess Nick Cave.” I “guess” this is because his songwriting is literate, dark, sometimes slyly humorous, and always fiery and unabashed. I “guess” it’s because his aesthetic concerns include haunted Southern Gothic imagery and brutal Revisionist Western stories—basically it’s like someone started writing music, films and books tailored entirely towards my interests. (According to the internet, he also shares my less intense beliefs in the importance of cat art and telling people to “just Google it.”) So in the mid ‘90s when the song “Red Right Hand” gradually lurked its way into my teenage consciousness through repeated exposure via The X-Files movie soundtrack and the approximately two dozen crappy teen horror flicks it was used in (ok, a quick internet search reveals that it was pretty much only Scream), my curiosity was piqued.
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:
2. Water – Resealable sleeves can protect against water
We’ve just acquired a choice collection of records from the New Jersey area to resell in our Hollywood store. On Saturday, June 13, we’ll be offering the first of these records for sale to the public, on sale at the Amoeba Hollywood stage.
There are some great classic records from all genres in this collection, and some obscure pieces as well. Coming to us from an iconic industry family, the collection includes well-kept original pressings, a substantial number of reggae and hip hop records, astounding test pressings, rare and import soundtracks, and one-of-a-kind items from major acts.
Check out a sneak preview of some of the pieces we’ll have for sale below:
So come down to Amoeba on Saturday, when we’ll be having our next Sidewalk Sale as well. Don’t miss out, as this collection will only be separately sold through Sunday.