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Great article. I run a small label out of Sydney with a buddy of mine. We are both in our forties so vinyl is part of our DNA. I come at it being a fan of aesthetic and the ritual. When I listen to vinyl, I tend to be more engaged, I don’t skip from song to song like I do on digital and you know you’ve got to turn it over at some point so if I suddenly notice it’s been silent for a while, maybe I haven’t being paying enough attention. Playing vinyl for me puts the music front and centre rather than it being a background thing – it’s a personal thing I guess and I love all my old (admittedly terrible) records from my childhood and teenage metal years. That said, I spend all day at work with Spotify on – I’m not snobbish about it, I just love music whether it is digital, cd or vinyl.

We started the label to release a few records by bands we were fans of primarily on vinyl (but we release on cd as well – way cheaper). Neither of us realised what a clusterfuck it would be even though my buddy has been pressing things on vinyl for years. Apart from being pretty expensive, we received a batch of records which were entirely scuffed and others that had just been destroyed through shoddy packaging (Australia is a long away from the pressing plants of Europe and the States. There is one pressing plant in Melbourne but it was more expensive than getting the records printed overseas.) Anyhow, what really killed it for us was the lead times. When you’re dealing with artists who are pretty much ready to go, telling them they’ll have to wait six months to launch the vinyl just kills the momentum. We’ve done releases by getting the cd out first followed by the vinyl a few months later but the sales never really flow (although we’re dealing with pretty obscure bands here so any sales are a blessing). We don’t expect to make huge amounts of money (if any – none so far anyhow) but we’re passionate about the bands and want to see their records out in the world so we persevere. There are rewards: one of the proudest moments of my life was holding a vinyl pressing of an album I really love which I brought to fruition (even if I now have a backshed full of them).

I have to admit when I went to Record Store Day and saw a dozen Deep Purple reissues, I was kind of livid knowing that old copies are half the price in the second hand bargain bin in the store and the records I was releasing had probably been delayed to get them pressed. Still, I have a bunch of friends who run record stores and RSD offers them a nice little bump where they end up selling a lot more than the RSD special items (which always arrive late to Australia and even if you’re after something, it rarely is available). Anyhow, I don’t think there’s an easy answer to all of this. I love that people are buying records again but until the production end is sorted out, we’ll continue to have this tension.

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July 27, 2015 on Have We Reached Peak Vinyl?

Every time I read something about streaming I remind myself that Fugazi is on Spotify. Somehow this seems to make everything ok.

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July 14, 2015 on Lars Ulrich Loves Streaming, Hates Modern Music

If you’re looking for a definition Grohl I’d say he’s the drummer on the best Queens of the Stone Age record. That said, I saw the Foo Fighters on that first tour at a festival and they were pretty fun live and Dave spent a lot of time talking about how great Jawbreaker were (they’d played earlier that day). Ahh the 90’s…

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July 3, 2015 on Foo Fighters Turns 20

Well, I guess it’s tomorrow in Australia because they’re already up on Spotify here and I’m listening to Dirty Deeds right now. Fuck the fun police, I love this stuff.

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June 30, 2015 on AC/DC Finally Coming To Streaming Services Tomorrow

This might be the first time I’m glad to see the words ‘This video is not available in your country.’

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September 25, 2014 on The Who – “Be Lucky”

I predict a picture of Seal in 5, 4, 3, 2…

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September 22, 2014 on Tanya Tagaq Wins 2014 Polaris Prize, Says “Fuck PETA”

I still think Shane is one of the best songs she’s written…

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September 20, 2014 on Whip-Smart Turns 20

This is one of the seven signs of the apocalypse isn’t it? It’s a been a while since I read Revelations…

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July 18, 2014 on Fred Durst Directed This eHarmony Commercial

God-fucking-dammit! This is so disappointing…

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June 19, 2014 on Band To Watch: Jawbreaker Reunion

On behalf of Australia, I apologise for the boyband. We have no excuse…

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May 18, 2014 on Billboard Music Awards 2014: Watch Hologram Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus With Wayne Coyne, Iggy Azalea, & More

The grammy’s robbed the world of a Josh Homme winning speech.

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February 14, 2014 on Josh Homme: “Fuck Imagine Dragons!”

“Lanegan’s performance on “A Song For The Death” channels John Garcia and then beats him at his own game.” No offence to the writer but I find this perplexing (apart from the song name being wrong), Lanegan channeling Garcia? The only thing only thing Lanegan channels on Songs for the Deaf is a voice that sounds like the four horsemen of the apocalypse riding into town.

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June 15, 2013 on Josh Homme Albums From Worst To Best

It sounds like the best coke rock sampler ever…

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May 13, 2013 on Daft Punk Random Access Memories Comment Party

A warning to all… Don’t write best of columns while high.

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April 11, 2013 on The 10 Best National Songs

Anyone know where it was filmed? Looks like an amazing landscape…

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April 11, 2013 on James Blake – “Overgrown” Video

Bob is the best but goddamn motherfucking Hulu not letting anyone outside the US watch this.

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March 1, 2013 on Watch Bob Mould Be Awesome On Fallon

I’m in the anti-Woods group and it’s not to be a troll, I love this band with every fiber of my body. I think One Beat is the perfect embodiment of what is great about SK and it’s as if every album was building to that moment. While it has few good tracks, the Woods just seems directionless and shambolic. It didn’t surprise me they broke up after that because it was felt like they’d lost their momentum. I saw them on both the One Beat and Woods tours, the former concert was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen while the Woods show was listless and unfocussed. Maybe they were having a bad night but the Woods never worked for me. Whatever, different strokes etc…

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February 6, 2013 on Sleater-Kinney Albums From Worst To Best

Mind. Blown.

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February 2, 2013 on Download My Bloody Valentine m b v

This is as far as I got for anyone who is just getting the 403 or server is too busy messages (yikes!, it’s real).

This is the official my bloody valentine website and online shop.

The new album is available to buy now.

The album is available in three formats:
180 gram vinyl + CD + digital download of your choice
CD + digital download of your choice
digital download of your choice

The digital download will be available in the following file types:
16bit 44.1 K WAV file (cd quality)
320kbps MP3
24bit 96 K WAV file

The price of the digital download only is the same regardless of the file quality and size.

The vinyl has been recorded, mixed and mastered in analogue. It is manufactured on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with the CD in a card wallet. The vinyl will be limited due to manufacturing restrictions.

The CD comes in a gatefold card sleeve.

The vinyl and CD artwork is currently being finished and each format will have slightly different but similar artwork to the download artwork that will be attached to your download (pictured in main pack-shot on right of screen).

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February 2, 2013 on Download My Bloody Valentine m b v

My thoughts exactly. Good call.

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January 18, 2013 on The 10 Best Beck Songs