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Vinyl Vlog 113
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Record Store Day-pressed reissue of Earthling by David Bowie. Leave it to David Bowie to wrap a perfectly tongue-in-cheek idea in populist medium and make a celebration of it. That is, of course, precisely what the singer has done in licensing Earthling for a fresh vinyl pressing now, almost twenty years after the album was originally released. Confused reader? Let me clarify it for you: when Earthling was first released in...

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 102
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 102 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Upright Citizen 7” by Harrington Saints DATE: 11-21-15 WRITER: Bill Adams Earlier this year, Harrington Saints really broke through and made an impression when they bucked their own traditions, crossed pop-punk and Oi and changed their fates forever on the Fish & Chips EP. The change from street-y Oi yo fare which could be instantly accessible to a much larger potential market almost seemed spontaneous; Harrington Saints...

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Saturday, 21 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 100
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 100 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Souljacker by the Eels. DATE: 11-18-15 WRITER: Bill Adams …And then, for their fourth LP, Eels would offer their fans something completely different. Before this point in their catalogue, the band has remained fairly passive and artful in their compositions as well as in the presentations of them (it was all very alt-) but, on Souljacker, the band takes a much more forceful...

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 101
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 101 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Shootenanny! by the Eels. DATE: 11-18-15 WRITER: Bill Adams After Souljacker was released, nothing was ever quite the same again for the Eels. Part of it must have felt fantastic because the band really thrived; it was as though Souljacker blew open a floodgate which spontaneously made new sounds, experiments with different moods, vibes and ideas fair game to explore. Liberated, Mark Everett...

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015
VINYL VLOG 099
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 099 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Daisies of The Galaxy by the Eels. DATE: 11-14-15 WRITER: Bill Adams It’s interesting to see what creative decisions and concessions get made after an album has been out for a while and a reissue option comes along. Take the vinyl reissue of the Eels’ album Daisies of The Galaxy, for example; as was explained by Mark Everett himself in his memoir, Things...

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Saturday, 14 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 098
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 098 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Electro-Shock Blues by the Eels. DATE: 11-14-15 WRITER: Bill Adams Now Playing: ‘Cancer For The Cure’ from the vinyl reissue of Electro-Shock Blues by the Eels It may have occurred by accident or it may have happened by design but, regardless, few alt-rock albums made in the late Nineties (a.k.a. The peak of the compact disc’s reign as the recorded music format of...

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Saturday, 14 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 097
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 097 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into B’lieve I’m Goin Down by Kurt Vile. DATE: 11-13-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman I don’t think that this has been a bad year for music by any means, It’s just that none of the releases I’ve been listening to have been catching my attention like they did last year. It’s strange – 2013 had the same apparent stagnation to it but, of course, that doesn’t mean 2015 hasn’t had...

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Friday, 13 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 096
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 096 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Signals by Rush. DATE: 11-09-15 WRITER: Bill Adams Just one year after they began to challenge both themselves and their audience with new songwriting ideas and compositional presentations on Moving Pictures, Rush elected to ride that wave of inspiration with Signals – their ninth LP and second of a new era. Right off, there’s no question that Signals takes its lead from Moving...

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Monday, 09 November 2015
Vinyl Vlog 095
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TITLE: Vinyl Vlog 095 A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the 2015 vinyl reissue of Moving Pictures by Rush. DATE: 11-08-15 WRITER: Bill Adams   It is often regarded as an inconvenient truth, but the fact is that it becomes increasingly difficult for a band to change or take artistic risks as they get further into their career. A lot of that difficulty may come from the band’s perceived responsibility to their fans; the people watching and listening...

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Sunday, 08 November 2015
I Wanna Be Literated! 092
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TITLE: I Wanna Be Literated! 092 A critical evaluation of An Outline of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell DATE: 11-05-15 WRITER: Ollie Ottoman One of the great pleasures in reading Bertrand Russell for me is when he discusses the role of philosophy in a society where science has been the approach to finding out what is real and true in our universe. As science plays a greater role in our lives, there seems to be less space for philosophy. The other...

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Thursday, 05 November 2015