In 1983, Downtown NYC post-punk dance band Liquid Liquid released this Michael Sporn Animation Studios video for "Cavern," a killer track whose bassline became the foundation of Grandmaster Melle Mel's pioneering hip hop track "White Lines (Don't Do It)." The excellent Superior Viaduct label has just reissued Liquid Liquid's classic records including Optimo, the EP containing "Cavern."
The Sisters of Mercy's classic 1987 beast of gothic bombast, Floodland, will be reissued next month as a 4-LP vinyl box from Rhino records featuring the original album along with three 12-inches from the time. Floodland was the second full-length released under the Sisters name, and at that point the band consisted of founder Andrew Eldritch, new bassist Patricia Morrison of Gun Club fame, and the thunderous drum machine known as Doctor Avalanche. Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman brought his orchestral magic to a couple Floodland tracks, including "This Corrosion," above, one of the greatest goth dance songs ever produced.
California state park archaeologists excavated the burned and buried record collection of The Chosen Family, a former 1960s commune in Marin County, and were surprised that the musical tastes of the hippies living there weren't what you'd expect. From Western Digs:
Instead of The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, (archaeologist E. Breck Parkman) said, he found Judy Garland, Burl Ives, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme.
Rather than the voices of counterculture, he uncovered scores of albums of classic jazz, folk, show tunes, even comedy.
"The wide range of musical styles represented by this 'hippie discography' suggests that the people who came together to form this 'hippie' commune had a wide range of backgrounds, including their musical tastes," Parkman said.
Here's a taste of Monster Skies, an essential compilation of 1960s-1980s outré synth sounds, punky funk, and far-out prog curated by Australian archival label Dual Planet and Finders Keepers's Andy Votel.
Now you can listen to wax cylinder recordings of Aleister Crowley (The Great Beast!) that were first transferred to 78s and now reissued on an LP from Suitable records. Enjoy such great moments as The Coll Of The Second Aethyr (in Enochian, aka angel language!) and "Hymn To The American People."
Here's an excellent 1956 RCA Victor promotional documentary about how vinyl records are made. More than 50 years later, the basic process remains the same even as the number of pressing plants has dwindled, driving up the price of new platters.
Dust & Grooves is a fascinating project in which Eilon Paz travels around interviewing and photographing vinyl music collectors in their listening rooms. Above, Paz's photo of Brooklyn resident Sheila Burgel who collects 60s girl pop. Check out her special Dust & Groove "Girl-Pop Grooves!" playlist below! (Thanks, Andy "Vetiver" Cabic!)
Electronics fixer and modder Picotek melded a vintage Millennium Falcon toy with a Technics 1200 turntable. I hope the first vinyl he spun was some of Meco's Galactic Fun like the fine track below! "Millennium 1200"
J Dilla (1974-2006) was a highly-influential music producer from Detroit who collaborated with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Janet Jackson, Talib Kweli, and Erykah Badu. In this new half-hour documentary, Fuse looks at Dilla's life and digs into his record collection, currently in a Detroit storage locker.
Death Waltz Recording Company is the phenomenal reissue label that deals in exquisitely-curated horror/cult soundtracks in gorgeous packaging like masterworks by John Carpenter, Alan Howarth, and Giuliano Sorgini. To my ear (and eye), label mastermind Spencer Hickman is doing everything right, from offering a subscription service for these limited objets d'art to packaging up special collectors' editions to picking unique vinyl coloring such as, er, "blood splattered."
In celebration of this year's Record Store Day on April 20, Death Waltz is releasing five limited editions that will only be available through indie record shops. Two of the releases are 12" vinyl: Antoni Maiovvi's "Yellow: Original Music From The Short Film" and "Horror Business - Steve Moore." But I'm really clamoring for the three split-7"s seen above emblazoned with stunning art by We Buy Your Kids. Top left, the themes from Star Trek and Lost In Space; top right, the themes from The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits (listen above), and finally bottom left, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Munsters. Each 7" is an edition of 1,000 on colored vinyl and includes the inner sleeve seen above and a free art print card. Death Waltz Recording Company: Record Store Day