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June 3, 2010
'Jews on Vinyl' Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Price: $10; $8 members, $6 students Info: (310) 440-4500; http://www.skirball.org
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March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martens
What does boy band sensation One Direction have in common with alt-rock-era stars Veruca Salt and R.E.M.? They're all among the acts who revealed that they'll be participating in the 2014 edition of Record Store Day, a promotional event geared toward getting consumers to shop at participating indie retailers. A now annual affair in which artists big and small release limited-run editions of rare or hard-to-find pieces, the full slate of participants will be unveiled on Thursday during a news conference at Hollywood's Amoeba Music . Public Enemy's Chuck D is scheduled to be on hand, as is L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2012
Flaming Lips fans will need to fire up their turntables if they want to hear the group's new album when it surfaces exclusively on vinyl next month in conjunction with Record Store Day. "The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends" is a double-LP set with experimental collaborations between the band and high-profile pals including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Kesha and others. It will be released only in a vinyl edition created for Record Store Day, the annual promotion of brick-and-mortar independent music retailers, an event that takes place April 21 this year.
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March 14, 2014 | By Kari Howard
I'm one of those music fans who never really gave their hearts to CDs. Sure, I bought a million of them, but their chilly perfection always left me cold, and I quietly mourned the warmth of vinyl. So it was particularly satisfying that when MP3s came along, not only did CDs fall by the wayside, but a new generation of listeners got turned on to vinyl. Of course, I had never given up my turntable, but it got a little less lonely in the album fan club. Then I saw something that's been making waves at SXSW this week: a wayback machine that turns MP3s into vinyl.
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February 26, 1989
You can't stop progress, and I do admit that compact discs can sound pretty wonderful . . . but surely there is a place for the vinyl record. I know I am not alone when I ask that the record companies not give up on a format that has been pretty good to them for nearly 45 years. I get an empty feeling when I think that vinyl albums are almost obsolete; I feel like I'm losing a long-time friend. For me, LP albums are like old baseball cards: There is a sense of history behind every one of them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The men of Daft Punk have spent many of their recent interviews explaining how they wanted to bring the warmth of human playing to the music on their new album. So you can bet the French duo was pleased to learn that "Random Access Memories" is the year's biggest-selling vinyl album so far, according to a new report from Nielsen, which tracks music sales and radio airplay and provides charting data to Billboard. In the first six months of 2013, the Daft Punk album sold 32,000 copies on vinyl; that's 12,000 copies more than the No. 2 album on the list, Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City," and twice as many as No. 3, "... Like Clockwork" by Queens of the Stone Age. PHOTOS: Concert photos by The Times Other albums on the vinyl tally include releases by Mumford & Sons, Atoms for Peace and the Postal Service -- records that helped drive overall vinyl sales up 33.5% compared with this point in 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2010
EVENTS Jews on Vinyl This multisensory exhibition guest-curated by authors Roger Bennett and Josh Kun tells the story of the Jewish experience in America. Starting with records in the '40s and ending in the '80s with the holy triumvirate of Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, the exhibit is set in a campy 1950s living room equipped with listening stations. Like Bennett and Kun's book, "And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost," this Skirball show will take you deep into the Jewish musical memory.
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November 9, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Can the Beatles change the face of pop music, again? We'll find out Tuesday with several area appearances of Beatles pop-up shops that hit the road in conjunction with the release on vinyl of the Fab Four's complete studio albums. Customized double-decker buses will travel the streets of Los Angeles and New York carrying not only the 14 individual vinyl LPs - the 12 original U.K. albums plus a double LP pressing of “Past Masters” collecting various B-sides and non-album tracks - but a deluxe box set edition along with the albums on CD plus their films “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Yellow Submarine” issued recently on DVD and Blu-ray.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1993
The Dec. 1 article about vinyl record junkies really was in the groove ("Vinyl Lovers Still Seek Out Stacks o' Wax"). I have complained about the sound quality of compact discs for years. In addition to sounding unnaturally harsh and brilliant, CD music sounds "compressed," like it's coming from a little box in the corner of the room; it has no "space" or ambience. The public was fed a bill of goods when the major record labels introduced CD with hoopla about the "perfect" sound of the new format.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Jay-Z drew both praise and scorn last week by unveiling his latest studio album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," through an exclusive smartphone app. Music industry pundits hailed the Brooklyn rapper's business acumen; listeners complained about the app's crummy performance. (As for the album itself, reviews have been similarly mixed .) But if Jay-Z fancies himself a pioneer in digital music distribution, he's not ready to leave behind old models quite yet. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Early Wednesday, Third Man Records -- the Nashville-based company founded by Jack White of the White Stripes -- announced that it would release the vinyl edition of "Magna Carta Holy Grail" "in the coming weeks," according to a press release.
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February 27, 2014 | By Chris Barton
It's no secret that the music industry loves its anniversaries. From commemorating a certain Liverpool band's first appearance on U.S. television to the release of Eric Dolphy's squirrelly, spacious masterpiece "Out to Lunch," this year has already seen a few big ones. Near the top of that list has to be the 75th anniversary of storied jazz label Blue Note Records. In addition to a recent New York City concert featuring label stars Jason Moran and Robert Glasper , the label will also be celebrated with an exhibition opening March 25 at the Grammy Museum, "Blue Note Records: The Finest in Jazz," which will feature artwork, photographs and more music artifacts.
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October 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
There was no shortage of recording of rock, pop and R&B music going on in New York in the 1960s, but as a recognizable music scene, New York definitely held a lower profile than those of Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Detroit, Memphis and a few others we might mention. That's an aspect of Lou Reed's influence that came to mind for Grammy Museum executive director Robert Santelli on Sunday after news of the death of the influential songwriter, singer and bandleader who first came to fame with the Velvet Underground broke and quickly reverberated through the music community.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
Strange, hybrid creatures populate Bettina Hubby's first solo gallery exhibition at Klowden Mann. Pasted directly on the wall or floating just in front of it, the larger-than-life vinyl cutouts are uncanny amalgams of fashion and advertising imagery. Both familiar and disorienting, they mine the psychosexual undercurrents of everyday visual culture to create uncanny monsters. A slinky dress - most of Hubby's figures are faceless or headless - extends an arm that ends in a boxing glove.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The men of Daft Punk have spent many of their recent interviews explaining how they wanted to bring the warmth of human playing to the music on their new album. So you can bet the French duo was pleased to learn that "Random Access Memories" is the year's biggest-selling vinyl album so far, according to a new report from Nielsen, which tracks music sales and radio airplay and provides charting data to Billboard. In the first six months of 2013, the Daft Punk album sold 32,000 copies on vinyl; that's 12,000 copies more than the No. 2 album on the list, Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City," and twice as many as No. 3, "... Like Clockwork" by Queens of the Stone Age. PHOTOS: Concert photos by The Times Other albums on the vinyl tally include releases by Mumford & Sons, Atoms for Peace and the Postal Service -- records that helped drive overall vinyl sales up 33.5% compared with this point in 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Jay-Z drew both praise and scorn last week by unveiling his latest studio album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," through an exclusive smartphone app. Music industry pundits hailed the Brooklyn rapper's business acumen; listeners complained about the app's crummy performance. (As for the album itself, reviews have been similarly mixed .) But if Jay-Z fancies himself a pioneer in digital music distribution, he's not ready to leave behind old models quite yet. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Early Wednesday, Third Man Records -- the Nashville-based company founded by Jack White of the White Stripes -- announced that it would release the vinyl edition of "Magna Carta Holy Grail" "in the coming weeks," according to a press release.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The Bring Your Own Vinyl night at Mom's Bar in West L.A. is just a few weeks old, but already it's got regulars feeling like superstar DJs. "My favorite reaction was a guy who brought in his favorite record, and he told me how special it felt when he saw a bunch of girls dancing to it," said Justin Nijm, a bartender at Mom's and the night's founder. "That's a surefire way to meet someone. " The Westside has long been a lonely frontier for indie-leaning music fans, who were dealt another blow with the recent closing of Central S.A.P.C.
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November 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
In what's becoming an annual ray of light amid the consumerist darkness of Black Friday, the music retail marketing movement known as Record Store Day has once again put forth a bounty of limited-edition music to be available the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday 2012 will no doubt see L.A. retailers such as Origami, Amoeba, Vacation and Permanent with lines akin to those at big-box merchants, but more hipster-heavy. Instead of wrestling over the last Wii U on the shelf, however, music geeks will be diving for the limited-edition picture disc of Biz Markie's "The Biz Never Sleeps.
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July 30, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The scariest day of Pete Lyman's life was the morning the movers came for his 1978 Scully LS-76 vinyl-cutting lathe. It's one of two rare machines at Lyman's company, Infrasonic Sound, which cut the final mastered versions of vinyl records for acts like Radiohead, Ben Harper, Best Coast and No Age. The machine, which looks like a vintage Bond villain torture device, is susceptible to breakdowns in careless hands. When the team of piano movers began to schlep it up the stairs to Infrasonic's new Echo Park offices in April, Lyman had to look away.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
When we first mentioned that the Thin White Duke and Sir Paul Smith would be doing a series of collaborative projects in support of David Bowie's album "The Next Day," the only fruit of that partnership was an album cover T-shirt .  Now there's a limited-edition album to go with it. And before you start imagining the pair crooning duets in a darkened pub, rest assured that no music was harmed in the making of this merchandising effort....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
If any L.A. music fans have rock 'n' roll funds left after the first weekend of Coachella, Record Store Day is a perfect way to clear them out. The Southland has seen a small wave of specialist vinyl stores open in the last few years, and Saturday's Record Store Day (an annual event meant to highlight independently owned shops) is like senior prom for record nerds. It's a chance to go throw down on special-occasion releases and enjoy intimate in-store performances, and keep local shops thriving in the churning sea of the new music economy.
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