Interview: Marc Sallis (Blank City Records)

Interview: Marc Sallis (Blank City Records)

Los Angeles label Blank City Records was formed this year by Marc Sallis, former bassist for the Duke Spirit, and Brandon Burkart, of The Saint James Society. The label specializes in releasing music to flexis made from vintage medical x-rays, à la Russian roentgenizdat bootlegs from the ’50s and ’60s. The Blank City x-ray flexis are playable on standard record players, with the label focusing primarily on developing and releasing music from L.A. artists. The label’s first release was The Saint James Society’s Covered In Blood EP, which sold out in less than 24 hours.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/29/interview-marc-sallis-blank-city-records/

Vinyl Review: The Architects — Border Wars

Vinyl Review: The Architects — Border Wars

Combining two EPs into an LP is a risky proposition. Depending on how far apart in time they were recorded, and the attending differences in lyrical, musical, or thematic content, you could end up with a 12-inch which has two uncomfortably different sides. Even when packaged as one collection of two separate records, you can end up with something like Courtney Barnett’s The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, where the year and a half between the first disc, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, and the second, How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose, show a distinct turn.Â

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/18/vinyl-review-the-architects-border-wars/

Review Roundup: Tidal Waves Music’s Link Wray reissues

Review Roundup: Tidal Waves Music’s Link Wray reissues

With Tidal Waves Music’s reissues of three early Link Wray releases — 1971’s Mordicai Jones, 1972’s Be What You Want To, and 1973’s Beans and Fatback — the label is opening up the iconic guitarist’s music beyond just the swampy instrumentals Wray recorded with the Ray Men in the ‘60s.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/19/review-roundup-tidal-waves-musics-link-wray-reissues/

Vinyl Review: Fourth of July – On the Plains

Vinyl Review: Fourth of July - On the Plains

Breezy and seemingly effortless, the 10th anniversary vinyl edition of Fourth of July’s On the Plains comes just at that point in the summer where the heat’s left everything baked dry, while all you really feel like doing is sitting around and listening to music while you cool off. Maybe you’re dancing to the opening cut, “Be Careful,” while trying not to knock things off your coffee table. Or maybe you’re leading group singalongs to “Surfer Dude,” but you’re definitely drinking a tasty beverage and probably bumming cigarettes off your friends, even though you totally plan on quitting when school starts back up in a couple of weeks.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/28/vinyl-review-fourth-of-july-on-the-plains/

Vinyl Review: Sia – Some People Have All the Problems

Vinyl Review: Sia - Some People Have All the Problems

Just in time for its 10th anniversary this coming January is the vinyl debut of Sia’s fourth album, Some People Have Real Problems. The album, which started to cement the Australian singer in the mind of listeners the world over, is quite interesting, because while it did quite well in Australia, and nearly cracked the Billboard Top 25 albums in the United States, the artist would soon after go on hiatus following the release of her next LP, We Are Born.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/28/vinyl-review-sia-some-people-have-all-the-problems/

Vinyl Review: Various Artists — Closer To The Grave (15 Years Of Tor Johnson)

Vinyl Review: Various Artists — Closer To The Grave (15 Years Of Tor Johnson)

Five years ago, Tor Johnson Records celebrated their 10th anniversary with a 7-inch compilation, featuring songs from Saint Jude, Now Denial, Pretty Faces, and A Fine Boat, That Coffin. It came housed in a handmade, screen-printed jacket made from recycled LP sleeves, and included a download code for more than twice as many digital bonus tracks, featuring the likes of Weak Teeth and Jesuscentric. It was a cool reflection on how the label had evolved over its first decade.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/25/vinyl-review-various-artists-closer-to-the-grave-15-years-of-tor-johnson/

Vinyl Review: Detto Mariano & Dallaglio — La Principessa Nuda OST

Vinyl Review: Detto Mariano & Dallaglio -- La Principessa Nuda OST

Forty years after its debut, Stella Edizioni Musicali — one of the many sub-labels of Berlin’s Private Records — has unearthed another gem of a score by Italian composer Detto Mariano. This one’s for the soft-core international intrigue film, La Principessa Nuda, aka Black Magic.  The score features music by both Mariano and Dallaglio — also known as Gianni Dall’Aglio — who played together in the early half of the ‘70s as part of the Rebels, an Italian beat combo, with Mariano on keys and Dallaglio on drums.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/14/vinyl-review-detto-mariano-dallaglio-la-principessa-nuda-ost/

CASTLEVANIA III: DRACULA’S CURSE & SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV

CASTLEVANIA III: DRACULA’S CURSE & SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV

CASTLEVANIA III: DRACULA’S CURSE AND SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV (1989 & 1991) COMPOSER: KONAMI KUKEIHA CLUB / LABEL: MONDO / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

Source: www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/audio-reviews/18968-audio-review-castlevania-iii-draculas-curse-a-super-castlevania-iv-

Vinyl Review: Recht Herzlich — Hab Mut Zu Deinen Lüsten

Vinyl Review: Recht Herzlich -- Hab Mut Zu Deinen Lüsten

Hab Mut Zu Deinen Lüsten is an album of which I’d never heard before Jay at Private Records announced it, but after five minutes poking around on YouTube, I was chomping at the bit for it to arrive in the mail. This is definitely a product of the early ‘80s — fans of the Human League, et al, will find a lot to like in Recht Herzlich’s synth work.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/08/08/vinyl-review-recht-herzlich-hab-mut-zu-deinen-lusten/