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Vinyl, Once Thought Dead, Makes A Comeback In The Digital Age

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I have always loved old records, articles like this are music to my ears!

I like the fact that there was a book of lyrics or a poster inside with other little surprises the artists themselves would throw in. I liked reading the album covers while listening to the records and trying to learn as much as possible about the musicians, bands and artists who worked on their album covers, who many times would tour with the bands themselves to gain more of an understanding of what kind of art was best suited for their music. Some bands eventually picked these artists up as full fledged members! Records always seemed to bridge the gap between artists and their fans, bringing them closer together, giving them both something they had in common; something that digital music makers still haven’t grasped.

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This Velvet Underground Acetate recently sold for over $25K

~In the ’90s, Rainbo Records owner Steve Sheldon wanted to keep his vinyl presses going. Everyone thought he was crazy; they told him it was a dead format. But Sheldon was adamant. “I actually said, many times, ‘I think it will be around longer than CDs,’ ” Sheldon says.

Today, his Canoga Park, Calif., operation is massive. There are sound testing rooms, large printers for making labels and rows of workers stuffing sleeves. And then there are the actual presses themselves — 14 of them — giving off smoke and smelling of burnt rubber. Sheldon describes the process as being somewhat like using a waffle iron. Instead of batter, they start with melted vinyl, squeezing it into a groove using hydraulic pressure.

The entire plant produces 28 records a minute, but Sheldon wishes he could press more. He’s increased his staff and now presses records 24 hours a day, 6 days a week to keep up with demand. And it’s not just Rainbo Records: Vinyl presses all across the country are feeling the strain as the old format makes a comeback with a new generation.

“Vinyl right now is really the only bright spot in terms of album sales this year,” says Keith Caulfield, who tracks music charts for Billboard Magazine. He says before 2008, vinyl sales were so low they didn’t even publish the numbers.

But in the last six years, vinyl sales have tripled; in the first part of 2014, Billboard counted 6.5 million units sold. Currently vinyl makes up 3.5 percent of overall music sales, according to music tracker Nielsen SoundScan; a decade ago, that figure was 0.2 percent.

Digital downloads and CDs still make up the majority, but sales for those formats are down. “It’s just really hard to convince people to spend money on buying music — period,” Caulfield says. “You know, it’s hard to get people to even buy a subscription to services like Spotify or Beats Music.”

Caulfield says if you can actually find a segment of the marketplace where there is growth, like vinyl, then that’s something to cheer — and that’s a product they ought to make more of.

National retail chains like Best Buy, Urban Outfitters and even Whole Foods are taking notice. They now carry vinyl in some stores across the country. But it’s the indie stores, the old mom-and-pop shops, that still make up the backbone of vinyl sellers. Stores like Amoeba Music in Hollywood, where on a recent day Asaf Mordoch was in the rock section, a genre that makes up the majority of vinyl purchases.

Now 37, Mordoch has been collecting records since he was 12 years old. Flipping through the B section records of Bowie, Bon Jovi and Blur, he says back in the day, records were harder to find.

“You usually had to go through swap meets [or] dig through people’s garages,” Mordoch says. “But because there were less stores and less buying and selling, there was also a lot less competition.” People buying records today range from the nostalgic to the curious. And for many shoppers, like 28-year-old Veronica Martinez, it’s about making music tangible.

“The way I consumed music has been so instant and so immediate, especially with Spotify and online streaming services,” Martinez says. “I kind of just want to go back to the way I used to listen to it as a kid.”

Martinez says that’s what happens when she picks up a record, looks at the artwork, and reads the lyrics. She says she’s becoming immersed in what the artist is intending to do. Customers like Martinez are giving vinyl pressers like Steve Sheldon extra business. He says that if you wanted to place a vinyl order now, you would have to wait as long as five months to receive it.

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AC/DC 110/220 bootleg vinyl LP * VERY RARE *

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Malcom Young to Angus, ~ ‘no I’ll keep going til I can’t’.

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From the bottom of my heart, Thank You Malcom, for all the years and the best music in rock. You will never be forgotten! The fact that you kept going and working while going through all this is nothing short of a miracle to me. You have always been and continue to be larger than life in my eyes, an inspiration to my soul and music to my ears. Here’s hoping you get feeling better soon and back to it in no time! ~TAM

Article from conoe.ca.

AC/DC rocker Angus Young has paid tribute to his brother, who was forced to quit the band following a dementia diagnosis, insisting he worked until his condition became too much of a problem.

The guitarist recently revealed his brother Malcolm’s health issues started becoming prominent while the band was working on 2008’s Black Ice album, but he just kept hoping the bassist would get better.

Angus tells PulseofRadio.com, “He kept going as long as he could. He was still writing until he couldn’t do that anymore. You were hoping, you know, that he would get better. The physical side of him, he got great treatment for that, so he’s good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated … He himself said, ‘You know, I won’t be able to do it anymore. ‘ ”

Malcolm is currently being treated in a full-time care facility in Australia. His nephew Stevie Young has replaced him in the group’s line-up as AC/DC prepare to release new album Rock or Bust.

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This is probably the best article I have been able to find up to this point. It’s more in depth and features some pretty rare videos and photos.

LATEST STORY – NOV 15, 2014: Angus Young Reveals Brother Malcolm Has Been Suffering Symptoms Of Dementia Since 2008, Kept Touring, Co-Wrote Riffs On New Album

SEPT 26, 2014 LATEST NEWS: Malcolm Young Officially Retires From AC/DC, New AC/DC Album ‘Rock Or Bust’ Announced For Late Nov Release, Track Listing Here

AC/DC Latest News, April 19: Brian Johnson Confirms AC/DC Future Still In Doubt – “I Don’t Know What Happens Next” 

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Malcolm’s first band was called Velvet Underground from 1971-1972, who never recorded, before forming ACDC in 1973.
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Brothers Malcolm Young, George Young and Angus Young, 2012
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Angus, Malcolm and George Young working on AC/DC songs in the mid-1970s, on piano

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Discovering your Roots

I started The Audio Museum in 2008. And it’s been almost that long since I’ve used the Invictus guitar as the banner for this blog. Well I’ve decided to finally take a closer look at this metal hammer and find out where it comes from. The Invictus is no secret, it’s made by Monson Guitars, you can check them out here
They make some seriously bad ass axes and the claim on their website says,”Custom, Affordable, Hand-made Quality Guitars – Challenging Convention and a Spirit of Independance.” Yes “Independence” is spelled wrong on their site but at least they make awesome guitars! And yes even after all these years I still love the Invictus!

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