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He has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Stan Rogers, Roger Whittaker and his favourite folk Maritime legend, Wilf Carter. He can’t play an instrument or even sing much of a tune, but his contributions to the Maritime music scene are legendary, along with his collection of priceless vinyl.

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It has been reported that Japanese turntable and DJ gear manufacturer Vestax may have gone out of business. As spotted on DJ gear site DJ Tech Tools, Japanese news organisation and economic research company Teikoku News Online are reporting that ““Vestax”. Co., Ltd. has ceased operations August 31″.

DJ Tech Tools point to a number of potential events in recent months which suggest that there is more than a grain of truth to the speculation, from a lack of social media activity to the fact that the company was not present at the BPM trade show in the UK and had no new products to unveil at NAMM 2014.

While these reports are as yet unconfirmed by Vestax themselves, you can peruse the developments in the manufacturer’s chequered 2014 over at DJ Tech Tools.

The news will come as a blow to the most devoted diggers out there, with Vestax favoured ahead of the competition when it comes to portable turntables.

Source: The Vinyl Factory

This video is pretty cool.  Israeli filmmaker Vania Heymann has animated a collection of the most iconic record sleeves in history to have the protagonists perform the a cappella track.

Heymann said that the video is ‘made out of love and admiration for all the musicians and visual artists who’s art we grew up listening to and staring at.’

Watch it below

36a06-youngNeil Young will present his first ever art exhibition in Santa Monica in November.

Young has created a series of watercolours to be displayed as the art exhibit called Special Deluxe at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California.

Young will attend the opening of the exhibition on November 3 at the gallery and then his work will remain on display until the end of the month.

One of the paintings served as the cover of Young’s new album Storytine, also due in November.

Robert Berman Gallery is at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave. B7 Gallery. Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Source: Noise11

Simon Everly TributeThe COPD Foundation will present “A Tribute to Phil Everly” on Wednesday, October 29 at the home of Syliva Roberts in Nashville, TN. Performing an acoustic set will be 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon.

Simon has been a long-time fan of Phil and his brother Don since his early days in music. Paul has performed Everly Brothers songs in concert and recorded their hit Bye Bye Love on the Simon & Garfunkel album Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Simon said in a statement on Phil Everly “I wish I’d have met him earlier. He was such a good friend.”

Phil Everly died last year from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) which is characterized by chronically poor airflow to the lungs.

His wife, Patti Everly, said “In addition to being a gifted singer, musician and songwriter, Phil was also an amazing husband, dedicated father, grandfather and uncle. COPD took Phil too early. Phil’s music changed our world, and now it’s time to get behind the COPD Foundation and change the world again where no one has to live with COPD. I am grateful for the support of Paul Simon in helping to raise awareness about this devastating disease and to be a part of this special evening with proceeds going towards the COPD Foundation.”

Source: VVN

alvinSinger Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife, Julie, and family around him, his manager said.
Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.
The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years on 3 November.
He recently announced the record, titled Alvin, was finished and would represent “a new and exciting departure” of which he was “immensely proud”.
Stardust grew up in Mansfield and started playing guitar as a schoolboy. He met one of his biggest influences, Buddy Holly, at a gig in Doncaster and played backstage with the singer and his band the Crickets.
He signed his first record deal in 1961 as the frontman of Shane Fenton and the Fentones, though the band struggled to get in the charts.
In 1973 he signed with Magnet Records and took on the name that would make him famous.
“It started off as Elvin Starr, because they wanted a kind of rocky, country name,” he recalled in 2010.
“But [a woman] who was doing promotion for us said it wasn’t ‘glam-rocky’ enough, so it became Stardust and then Alvin.”
The singer previously recorded under the name Shane Fenton
My Coo Ca Choo, the debut song under his new guise, peaked at number two in the UK singles chart.
Known for his rockabilly quiff, sideburns and black gloves, he projected a glowering persona he said he adopted because he was nervous and “didn’t want to be found out”.
His success led to him being part of a Green Cross Code road safety campaign in 1976, which saw him instructing children to look both ways before they crossed the road.
That success continued into the 1980s with Pretend, I Feel Like Buddy Holly and I Won’t Run Away all making the top 10.
Once described as “the Godfather of British Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, he made sporadic acting appearances in Hollyoaks, The Grimleys and Doctors.
He also appeared on stage in such musicals as Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, in which he played the fearsome Child Catcher.
Stardust was married three times. His first wife was Iris Caldwell, with whom he had two sons, Shaun and Adam.
His second wife was the actress Liza Goddard, with whom he had a daughter named Sophie.
“RIP Alvin Stardust,” Goddard tweeted on Thursday. “Thank you for our beautiful daughter and granddaughter.”
Stardust went on to marry Julie Paton, an actress and choreographer, with whom he had a daughter, Millie.
Shaun is now a headmaster of a school in Reigate, while his brother is a producer and DJ who records under the name Adam F.
DJ Tony Blackburn remembered the singer as “a great showman” who would be “sorely missed”. “Performing was his life,” added the veteran broadcaster.
“He had this bad boy image, but he was not like that at all,” Blackburn continued. “On stage he was brilliant, but off stage he was just an ordinary guy.”
Stardust, a committed Christian, was also remembered as “a great bloke” by his former Hollyoaks co-star Jeremy Edwards.
“RIP Alvin Stardust, the original landlord of the Dog in the Pond,” the actor wrote on Twitter, referring to the Channel 4 series’ fictional public house.
“I may not have known him long, but even in that short time he proved to be one of the most genuine and likeable men I’ve ever met,” said the singer’s manager Andy Davies.
“His passing is a huge and sad loss.”

‘Big Lebowski’ soundtrack coming to Black Friday

As part of Black Friday 2014, the soundtrack to The Big Lebowski will be repressed onto 180-gram white vinyl. The pressing will be limited to 2,300.

Black Friday will be held on November 28th.

1. The Man In Me – Bob Dylan
2. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles – Captain Beefheart
3. My Mood Swings – Elvis Costello
4. Ataypura – Yma Sumac
5. Traffic Boom – Piero Piccioni
6. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good – Nina Simone
7. Stamping Ground – Moondog With Orchestra
8. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) – Kenny Rogers And The First Edition
9. Walking Song – Meredith Monk
10. Die Tote Standt – Gluck Das Mir Verblieb
11. Lujon – Henry Mancini
12. Hotel California – Gipsy Kings
13. Technopop – Carter Burwell
14. Dead Flowers – Townes Van Zandt

‘Dracula’ soundtrack comes back to vinyl

Courtesy of Dust Bug Records, you can now pick up the Hammer Presents Dracula, the vinyl reissue of that film’s soundtrack. The reissue is on 180-gram “mist enshrouded blood infused virgin vinyl” and the 500 copies will be packaged in a gatefold jacket.

Side one features the horrifying story of vampirism with spine- chilling sounds, and music composed by James Bernard and narration by Christopher Lee.  Side 2 features The Four Faces Of Evil music suite: Fear In The Night: She: The Vampire Lovers; and Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde.  Music arranged and conducted By Philip Martell.

They’ve also gone back to the original tapes for the reissue. The records will ship out in early November.

Source: Modern Vinyl

‘Halo 2′ soundtrack up for pre-order

The Halo 2 soundtrack, which is coming to vinyl, is now up for pre-order at Amazon. The vinyl has been described as limited edition, but not many additional details have been revealed.

343 Industries Senior Audio Director, Paul Lipson, accompanied by Lennie Moore, Tom Salta, Brian Trifton and Brian Lee White, in partnership with the Skywalker Sound, have beautifully adapted and re-recorded the Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori Halo 2 soundtrack for its 10 year anniversary.

The pressing will be released on November 24th.

Source: Modern Vinyl

‘District 9′ soundtrack pressing announced

The soundtrack to the excellent District 9 is coming to vinyl for the first time via SpaceLab9. The soundtrack will be available through their webstore on October 28th, with two different versions of fans. The most limited will be a pressing of 100 colored copies, packaged in a hand-screened jacket and it will include an insert. The regular double LP edition is no slacker though, with a gatefold jacket, insert and liner notes from the director Neill Blomkamp and composer Clinton Shorter. You also get a reproduction of the “original theatrical lobby card.”

Released for the first time on vinyl, the deluxe expanded album includes the eleven tracks from the original 30-minute album, plus, for the first time in any format, an additional eight bonus tracks comprising 25 minutes of previously unreleased original score.

Again, pre-orders will start on October 28th, but no exact time is listed. Records will then ship out around November 25th. Check out the screen-printed version below.

District 9






















Source; Modern Vinyl


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