Archive for April, 2012

Jack White

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Just 3 days ago, Jack White released his debut album Blunderbuss. To celebrate Jack White’s first album, here are 10 cool facts I bet you didn’t know about Jack White!

1. Born July 9th, 1975, Jack White was born in Detroit, Michigan as the youngest of 10 children!

2. His birth name is John Anthony Gillis.

3. Jack White is obsessed with the number “3”.

4. Jack White was accepted into a seminary school and was going to become a priest. However, he had just gotten an amplifier and didn’t think he would be allowed to take it with him. So instead, he decided to go to a public school so that he could pursue a career in music.

5. His record company, Third Man Records, is named after the upholstery shop he owned called Third Man Upholstery.

6. Before Jack White was a guitarist, he first learned to play the drums. He picked up the guitar and piano soon after.

7. The White Stripes’ hit song “Seven Nation Army” came from the name that Jack gave The Salvation Army as a child.

8. While playing in The White Stripes, Jack White often called his drummer, Meg White, his older sister. However, in reality, they were a divorced couple.

9. Jack White can play the marimba.

10. In 2003, Jack was in a car accident in which he broke his finger.

What is you favorite Jack White song? Comment below!

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Backmasking- No, it is not putting a mask on backwards. It is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward on to a track that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking has been used many times in music by bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. Many other bands such as The Rolling Stones, Queen, AC/DC, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Judas Priest, Jefferson Starship, Styx, and Pink Floyd have been accused of using backmasking to hide subliminal messages, though most have denied it.

The Beatles were one of the first bands to use backmasking and are well-known for their use of this technique in their 1966 album Revolver (to see Revolver blog post, click here), specifically on the tracks “Tomorrow Never Knows”, “I’m Only Sleeping” and “Rain”. The Beatles have been accused of using back masking as a way to hide clues that indicated Paul McCartney was dead. (To see more about this myth, click here!)

Other bands have been criticized for backmasking because their songs were rumored to hide “satanic messages”. One of the most famous songs in music history, “Stairway To Heaven”, by Led Zeppelin,  supposedly contains the words “Here’s to my Sweet Satan”. Although this may seem strange, the band fully denies all claims of satanic messaging. Many skeptics say that it is easy to find words in songs that are played in reverse if you know what to look for; however, planning phonetic reversal is almost impossible.

What do you think about subliminal messages in songs? Are they really there or are they all a sham? Comment below!

(P.S. Have you figured out the title yet? If not, here’s a clue: read it in reverse.)

Today, I will be sharing a splendor of 7 songs dedicated to the wondrous world of records.

1. Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry

2. Old Records Never Die by Ian Hunter

3. Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

4. Vinyl Records by Todd Snider

5. Spin the Black Circle by Pearl Jam

6. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive

7. 33, 45, 78 (Record Time) by Kathy Mattea

Can you think of any other songs about vinyl records? Comment below!

Prologue

So as you might have heard, last Saturday was Record Store Day! I was pumped to go to my local record stores and see what cool new albums were released. Unfortunately, I had a track meet that day and I was unable to get to any record store before the day was done. Luckily, my Dad was able to make it and he got some pretty cool albums. He told me that he almost got the Grateful Dead album he wanted, but somebody else bought it just before he did.

Later that night, he went to see Phil Cody play at The Lobero Theatre.  He told me that not only was Phil Cody great, but so was the opening act. So good, in fact, that he bought their record! This record, named Prologue, is by a group called The Milk Carton Kids and is the album that I listened to today.

As I listened to the record alongside my Dad, I noticed that there was something familiar about the sounds of the singers’ voices. They sounded almost exactly like Simon & Garfunkel! My Dad said he noticed the very same thing that night. The voices of these two fellows are so similar to Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel that my Mom thought that we were listening to one of Simon & Garfunkel’s records. It was cool to hear a new record with my Dad since most of the records I listen to have already been heard by him.

Released just last year, Prologue is The Milk Carton Kids’ first studio album. Although they released their first album, Retrospect, last year, Prologue is the group’s first album to be released on vinyl. The Milk Carton Kids themselves consist of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. This group is noted for releasing their albums online for free.

To download Prologue and Retrospect for free, click here!

What do you think of The Milk Carton Kids? Tell me what you think and comment below!

Broken Record

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You might be thinking “Didn’t he already do an entire weeks’ worth of blog posts about album artwork?”. Yes, I did indeed dedicate an entire week towards album artwork (see here). However, today I will be showing you art made completely out of records including sculptures and more that will captivate your eye and leave you asking why.

Tidal Wave Record

Fish Record

Butterfly Record

Chair Record

Record Ball

Cassette Record

Balloon Record

Mickey Mouse Record

Gun Record

All images from buzzfeed.com

What do you think about this artwork? Comment Below!

To see more amazing vinyl art, click here!

Grateful Dead

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Record Store Day is almost here! Less than 24 hours until records around the world will be released to the public. Some will make their premiere on this amazing occasion, while others will only be available that day. One of these records is Dark Star: Europe ’72 Olympia Theatre – Paris, France 5/4/72 by The Grateful Dead.

The Grateful Dead have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents are Dead Heads, so songs like “Box of Rain” and “Sugar Magnolia” often echoed around the house. When my Dad found out that his favorite band would be releasing a new record, he was ecstatic to add another Dead record to his collection since he has every other one on vinyl already.

This album consists of the song “Dark Star” from the band’s tour in ’72. This is longest and previously unreleased version of this song in Dead history. With over 40 minutes total, this album features 20 minutes of the song on the first side, followed by a mid-song drum solo and the song’s epic finale on the second side. This album will only have 4,200 copies worldwide (Get it?), so all you Dead Heads better “beat it on down the line”. I know that my Dad and I will be searching for this album. Best of luck to you!

What are some of your favorite records by The Grateful Dead? Any Dead Heads out there? Comment below!

The Grenade Sessions

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Today on my way to school, I was listening to the radio and I heard a song I had never heard before. The song, “Analog Man” by Joe Walsh, told a story about a man who was still into vinyl, was living in a world of CDs and mp3s. Sometimes, I feel the same way about music. Although I am into the new ways of listening to music, I have to say that I much rather prefer vinyl.

Anyways, to continue on the topic of the countdown to Record Store Day, I have found a few modern pop artists who will be releasing their own vinyl records this Saturday.

First off, one of my favorite pop bands, Coldplay, is releasing an EP from their most recent album, Mylo Xyloto. (To see my blog post on Mylo Xyloto, click here). This record consists of the two songs “Up With The Birds” and “UFO”. Records are extremely limited, so you better get there quick!

Another pop artist with a new vinyl release is Bruno Mars. Bruno Mars was the best digital-selling artist in 2011. However, even Bruno Mars realizes the superiority of vinyl and will be participating in Record Store Day with his album The Grenade Sessions. This record includes, not two, not three, but four versions of his hit single “Grenade”.

What do you think about pop artists using vinyl? Comment below!