70 years since the release of the first LP record

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The 21st June will mark the 70th anniversary, when Columbia records held a press conference at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, to announce the arrival of the ‘Long Playing Microgroove Record’ – the LP to You and me. The LP offered 25 mins play per side of a 12 inch record five or six times as much as one of the then fashionable 78-rpm shellac disks. If you dropped a 78 it usually shattered and it had a lot of audible scratching when played whereas the new LP were made of vinylite, nonbreakable and silent-surfaced.

The first microgroove LP pressing released was Columbia ML4001, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor with soloist Nathan Milstein, and Bruno Walter conducting The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Of New York

Another factor which helped was the introduction magnetic tape for recording and editing following it’s discovery in Germany during the last days of the war and like the rocket technology it was liberated and used to good effect by America. A year after the LP came out the 7 inch came out. After 10 years the LP only accounted for 25% of record sales, with 7 inch record 73%, totally replacing the 78 which only had 2% of record sales in the USA. Jukeboxes were at their peak in the 1950’s and were now mainly filled with 7 inch records. The LP only exploded in the 60’s due to the further expansion recording time on an album and the explosion English-language popular music. Sales started to decline in the late 70’s due to the appearance of compact cassettes.

On the LP’s 40th anniversary it was widely predicted that the compact disc would totally replace vinyl albums. This failed to happen due to audiophiles, DJs, and fans of indie music. Fans of music are still looking to collect old vinyl, vinyl reissues or to collect vinyl versions of new albums when the opportunity presents itself. Record store day in the UK also generates some interest in vinyl, but it’s still the smaller bands and labels that are igniting the demand for vinyl, so it’s unlikely Vinyl will ever disappear as long as there is an active music scenes for new bands to flourish in.

The 70 albums pictured are random selection from my vinyl LP collection – alphabetical ordered as that’s how they are stored ( I didn’t always buy vinyl, sometimes tapes for covenience but on occasions they would snap or unravel ;/, I also borrowed records from friends and taped them) My music collection is a mix of vinyl, tapes, CD’s and MP3’s. I guess if the Japanese had continued to develop the laser to play vinyl records which removed the scratches in the sound, I would still be mainly using vinyl. The one event that made me switch to CD’s was when I went to get Killing Joke’s “Millenium” single on 12″. The copy I bought from Jumbo records in Leeds had a cigarette burn in the vinyl. When I took it back all further 18 copies all had the same burn mark . So I had buy it on CD. It’s easier to transport, store and use CD’s and MP3’s as a DJ.

THE ALARM – Declaration
ALL ABOUT EVE – All About Eve
THE ARMOURY SHOW – Waiting For The Floods
BALAAM AND THE ANGEL – The Greatest Story Ever Told
BIG COUNTRY – Steeltown
THE BOLSHOI – Friends
BAD MANNERS – Ska N B
PRINCE BUSTER – The Fabulous Greatest Hits
BAUHAUS – The Sky’s Gone Out (double album)
BLUE IN HEAVEN – Explicit Material
THE BEAT – I Can’t Stop
THE CULT – Love
THE CASSANDRA COMPLEX – Grenade
CACTUS WORLD NEWS – Urban Beaches
CRAZYHEAD – Some Kind Of Fever
THE CURE – Faith
COP SHOOT COP – Consumer Revolt
THE CHURCH – Starfish
THE CHAMELEONS – The Peel Sessions
DANIELLE DAX – Inky Bloaters
THE DAMNED – Light At The End Of The Tunnel (double album)
THE FATIMA MANSIONS – Lost In The Former West
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM – Dawn Razor
A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – The Story Of A Young Heart
THE FOUNTAINHEAD – Voice Of Reason
THE GODFATHERS – Hit By Hit
GHOSTDANCE – Stop The World
IGGY POP – Instinct
INTO PARADISE – Churchtown
THE JAM – Snap (double album)
KILLING JOKE – Revelations
THE LEATHER NUN – Force Of Habit
LOUD – Psyche 21
LA MUERTE – Kustom Kar Kompetition
LAIBACH – Macbeth
THE MISSION – World Crusade
MADNESS – One Step Beyond
THE MARIONETTES – Book Of Shadows
THE MIGHTY LEMONDROPS – World Without End
THE NEON JUDGEMENT – Horny As Hell
NEW MODEL ARMY – The Ghost Of Cain
NOSFERATU – Rise
THE POGUES – Red Roses For Me
THE PRIMITIVES – Lovely
PROPAGANDA – A Secret Wish
PLAY DEAD – Into The Fire
RED LORRY YELLOW LORRY – Paint Your Wagon
ROSETTA STONE – An Eye For The Main Chance
THE ROSE OF AVALANCHE – String A Beads
SISTERS OF MERCY – First And Last And Always
SIMON F – Gun Control
SPECIALS – Specials
VARIOUS – Dance Craze
THE SELECTER – Too Much Pressure
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Nocturne (double album)
THE SUN AND THE MOON – The Sun And The Moon
SIMPLE MINDS – New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
THE STRANGLERS – The Collection 1977-1982
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Go For It Again (double album)
THE THREE JOHNS – The World By Storm
THERAPY? – Troublegum
THAT PETROL EMOTION – Babble
UB40 – Present Arms (double album)
THE UNDERTONES – All Wrapped Up (double album)
U2 – Boy
THE WONDERSTUFF – The Eight Legged Groove Machine
WIRE TRAIN – Between Two Words
THE WOLFETONES – Let The People Sing
BATCAVE – Young Limbs And Numb Hymns
WIERD RECORDS Compilation (3 albums, 7 single and CD)

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Hollow Veil – DARKHER
Vallhallvagen – JOY SHANNON AND THE BEAUTY MARKS
A World Apart – ROZZ WILLIAMS AND GITANE DEMONE
I Believe – GHOST
Cavity (1st Communion) – UNTO ASHES
Lucifier – SPIRITUAL FRONT
The Ghost Inside – THE BLACK VEILS
Remains – PALAIS IDEAL
You Took My Daylight – FORNICATA
Teenage Lust – SCHONWALD
Who Killed Six – SEXTILE
Beautiful Disaster – DELPHINE COMA
Room With No View – STARCONTROL

Eva Braun – GITANE DEMONE QUARTET
Information(single edit) – WERNER KARLOFF
Private Eye – PRIEST
Bodycount – AUTODAFEH
Without A Sign – SIXTH JUNE
Dead Sky – SILENT EM
We Don’t Have To Dance – ACTORS
Ripped – SEXTILE
Strange Kicks – THEN COMES SILENCE
Melting – SUPERNOVA 1006
Face – THE CROUTONS
Shadows Begone – THE SHALLOW GRAVES
Death Plays His Role – SHADOW PROJECT
DR Death (2012) – LOTUS FEED
Zodiac – MEKROKIEV
Roger Alan – BERYL BELOVED
The Drowning – CHRISTIAN DEATH

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The Beast (invocation) – ROZZ WILLIAMS
Like Hell – IONNALEE
F*cked (I Found Heaven) – HIDE
Stardust – IAMX
Gods & Monsters (We Are Temporary rmx) – LANA DEL REY
Grimoire – V△LH△LL
Nightmare Hotel – PRIEST
Violence – EDITORS
Hologram – THE HORRORS
Into The Wild (Kill Shelter rmx) – AGENT SIDE GRINDER
Heaven Screams – AUTODAFEH
Sulfide – VORE AURORA
Faster Speed Faster – VELVET KILLS
Black Ice – MARKUS MIDNIGHT
Cavemen (Kill Shelter rmx) – SILENT RUNNERS
Tears In The Rain – PRAYERS
Wargasm – MINISTRY
Cult Leader – POWERMAN 5000
Infatuation Overkill – GRAVE PLEASURES
The Moral Crossing – AUTOBAHN
It Kills – THE SOFT MOON
Love Missile – LOVELORN DOLLS

 

 

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Into Empty Depth – THE LAST HOUR
Aufbruch – VLIMMER
Cold Dark Eyes Of Fear – ANDERS MANGA
Dreams – BUZZ KULL
Cruel Game – NOUVELLE PHENOMENE
A Strange Kind Of Love – ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Follow The Body – ZANIAS
Brennede Brucken – DIE SELEKTION
Night Games – THE KVB
October Novel – ANTIPOLE
Habitual – THE DANCING PLAGUE OF 1518
Indifference – SUPERNOVA 1006
First Love Is Dead – STARCONTROL
Cut Out Your Name – VEIL OF LIGHT
Crast – M!R!M
What About Us – NO MORE
Current Affair – SEXTILE feat Sienna
Skin Of Our Teeth – LISTE NOIRE
Espionage – PREOCCUPATIONS
Cut-throat Business – PARADE GROUND
The Pain – THE SOFT MOON
She Dies – A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
Wolf In The Night – RITUAL VEIL
Rainbow – SOVIET SOVIET
Feuer – FORTHCOMING FIRE

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This Silent Game – RAIN CHILDREN
Sleep Of Angels – A THOUSAND HOURS
Sea Of Memory – KIRLIAN CAMERA
Blighter – ROME
The Mysterious Vanishing Of Electra – ANNA VON HAUSWOLFF
Salvation – DEATH IN ROME
Desire – MOON TAPES
The Fall – AUTUMN
Circadian Life – FEHM
Ordinary Days – THE HOUSE OF USHER
Hollow – DESPERATE JOURNALIST
On The Rocks – VELVET KILLS
Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow – THE DAMNED
Похмелье – ПРЕДСМЕРТНАЯ КАДРИЛЬ
Fading – TONGUE
Dealer – JAPAN SUICIDE
Desert Lands – THE DEAD SOULS
A Way With Me – FEARING
Waiting – for A Light – SCREATURE
Victory – SCHONWALD
Fear – NUMB.ER
Absolute Zero – NO MORE ART
Chicas Bikini – CHAMANES
Exit – A PROJECTION
Drinking & Driving – BLACK FLAG
New Kind Of Kick – THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

Sextile Lending Rooms Leeds / Record Junkie Sheffield 18-19 January 2018

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Sextile Live The Lending Rooms Leeds 18th Jan 2018

Only just into 2018 and I could be wrong but I think have just witnessed the most exciting new band to debut in the UK this year. It’s the measure of a great band that you turn up expecting a good show but you end being blown away by the live performance. In the 80’s in regularly used to be case.

Sextile are very much enthused by the spirit of the the 80’s but give it a 21st century upgrade.

The live fusion of stand up drumming, korg synths and guitars and the intense vocals will blow you away! So much so you won’t realise they don’t have a bass player but with great layers of synths they don’t need one and it makes a positive difference.

Even a few technical problems doesn’t derail the pulsation of their live performance.


The live set is mainly a mix of their first album ‘A Thousand Hands’ and their current release ‘Albeit Living’


Stand out tracks like One Of These is like the perfect fusion between DAF/Absolute Body Control and The Jesus and Mary Chain Love it!

Who Killed Six I am sure if Lux from The Cramps heard this he would be grooving in his grave. Epic!

Ripped has a hint of A Flock Of Seagulls in the intro before Crampslike guitars crash in. Synths also remind me of A Crash Course In Science wow! Floored reminds me of early New Order and The Human League with a Sextile twist. Love it!

Sextile Live Record Junkie Sheffield 19th Jan 2018


Sterilized if The Cramps had used a synth it would have been as good as this. Epic!


Crisis a brilliant cramps synth fusion!


Sextile based on these two live shows can only get bigger. So get off your arse and go see them on tour now. Life’s too short to miss such great live gigs!

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The Serpent – MYRKUR
Baphomet Sunrise (velvet kills rmx) – NORMA LOY
Surrender – EIVøR
Nadan – GARMANA
Rhythm Is A Dancer – DEATH IN ROME
Violent Dreams (sidewalks and skeletons rmx ) – CRYSTAL CASTLES
Lost World – ELISABAT MUSE
Existentialism – STRVNGERS
Hex – THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE
Envenom (strvngers rmx)- VORE AURORA
Viva Evil (swine haze rmx) – PIG
Edge Of The Blade – PRAYERS
The Pit – PRIEST
Let Me In – LIQUID ROOMS
Live To Die Another Day – HANTE
Imagination – XYMOX
Eyes Of The Snake – VELVET KILLS
Mantis – EGGVN
Pictures Of You – TEENAGE SIN TASTE (feat Valerie)
Life’s What You Make It – PLACEBO
Psychic Vampire – IKON
Last Breath – FEHM
Assimilate (red union rmx) – SKINNY PUPPY

SCREATURE – Old Hand New Wave

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Screature return with their new album on 19th January 2018 ‘Old Hand New Wave‘, The album opens with The New Eve – a magical sonic shockwave giving a much needed injection into the deathrock genre. Wow! Waiting For A Light – a fuzztastic funeralistic bop which will have you bouncing on the dancefloor! Love it!

North Of Order – slamdancetastic . Yeah! Gone Cold –  a well woven wall of sound as guitars and keyboards speed walz to the protruding two finger vocals with a hint of Eva O. Epic! Hit The Void and the handbrake is gently applied to the sonic rocket fired by Screature. This is a delightful dirge will blow the dust well and truly away. Love it! Induction with the tempo still in second gear, The power of this song will blow you away. Wow! Metapsychosis – a brutal aural assault that will leave you windswept! Last Scene Alive – Another subsonic speed walz, lovely jagged guitars clash with the punked up vocals. Lovely! Movements- Lovely stabbing guitars, a hint of ‘The Cramps’, pumping keyboards and the trademark Screature vocals make this infectious like a raging fever! On Fire! Torn Passage –On this album Screature show their true depth of musical talent with this track being more postpunk, sounds like the Screature singer, ‘Suicide’, ‘The Horrors’ were mixed in a blender to produce the perfect sonic smoothy 😉 Another Mask brings the curtain down on what is easily the best album from Screature so far and for me one of the albums of 2018. Makes me want to catch a plane to USA, as top of my list for bands I want to see live in 2018! Your life will not be complete until you hear this masterpiece!

JAPAN SUICIDE – Santa Sangre

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The highly anticipated new album from Japan Suicide  – ‘Santa Sangre’ is due for release on 14th February 2018. The album opens with the title track Santa Sangre – has a postpunk holy mass feel and is the perfect intro.

Circle comes next a ritualistic intro melts into relentless intensive waves of postpunk musical attitude. Reminds me a bit of Noir Desir, Great! Dealer possibley my favourite track on the album due to the pulsing 80’s bass and a great mix of shimmering and searing guitars to burn a hole in the dancefloor. Love it! El Ritual sees the pace drop into a sea of atmospherics, reminds me a bit of ‘Cactus World News’. Nice! Blown Away reignites the pulsing postpunk push to the dancefloor, with a splash of ‘The Cure’. Lovely! For Every Flaw –luscious intense jingly jangly guitars add to the wall of postpunk sound which will appeal to fans of Into Paradise. Great track! Fate has a more gothic feel to it, aided by the dark, desolate sounding keyboards splashing against deft drumming and shoegaze guitars. Rejoice – has a hint of U2’s ‘Stories For Boys’ album mixed up with ‘The Doors’ –  psychedelic postpunk atmospherics. Love it! Thus Bad Begins builds the the postpunk psychedelic atmosphere further. Lost Daughter and the temperature rises until it bursts into a searing postpunk classic. Nice! Carcosa – I can see this being the intro track for all future live performances. Postpunked Blade Runner. Epic! A great follow up to ‘We Die In Such a Place’

SHAD SHADOWS – Fix EP

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The follow up to Minor Blues sees Shad Shadows more influenced by Sci Fi sounds and the opening track Electronic Brigade has hints of ‘Vangelis’ and ‘Blade Runner’.

Moon Bay has a hint of ‘The KVB’ about it as it gravitates towards the dancefloor. Nice! White Fall is my favourite track on the album, simple but so seductive synths. Love It! Colloseum brings the EP to a close. What I really like about Shad Shadows is that they be original. Here’s to seeing them live in 2018.