basket (0) Items Sub Total: £0.00

Aldi Is Selling A Vintage Style Record Player That Some Will Find Better Than The Real Thing  0

Vinyl records are back in style. They’re the perfect way for modern music lovers to show that they’re part of the musical elite! That may sound snobby, but buying and listening to vinyl certainly does prove that music means a lot to you.

Well, if you or a relative are looking for a first record player, you could do much worse than the offer that Aldi is throwing out there. It looks a lot similar to other bargain players sold at various other retailers, but with a much cheaper price tag.

Now, we wouldn’t suggest that you continue using this player for the foreseeable, but it’s certainly the perfect way of seeing whether this love of vinyl is a fad or not!

This Is The Best YouTube To MP3 Converter Out There  0

Look, we all know we should be paying for music, and we will when we can. However, sometimes you’re able to get the writer’s permission to rip their music straight from music, usually if it’s not available anywhere else. This is where a converter comes in.

Sadly, some of the converters aren’t really up to scratch. They aren’t able to download the music for you in as high a quality as you’ll likely want. That’s why you’ve got to make sure that you’re using the best converter possible.

We offer you Video Grabby! This will allow you to rip the audio from any video, turn it into a downloaded MP3 at high quality and be ready straight for iTunes. Perfect!

Story and images sourced from TechRadar and Google.

The Music Industry Is Taking Notice Of Musical.ly  0

For those not in the know, there’s an app that allows you to lip-sync to 15 seconds of a song and people love it. The app has been out for a long time now, and many people have had their fun with it, but it seems that some people are now going back to it in the hope that it’ll grab them some supporters.

What you may not realise is that some of these fans are getting huge numbers. If one of them picks up your new song, it could end up being shared millions of times, essentially offering you free advertisement. Through Musical.ly, some musicians have found a way to connect with a much younger audience.

While you may not be using the service, as many people aren’t, there’s no denying that some of the people in the mainstream music industry are looking to it as a way of getting their music as far as possible.

Story and images sourced from RollingStone.

These Are The Top Tips To Create The Perfect Pop Punk Song  0

John Feldmann has spent most of his career as a music producer and co-writer working with Green Day, Blink 182 and 5 Seconds To Summer. This is why he now knows the best way to create the perfect pop punk song.

1. Keep Things Light

While pop punk came from Grunge, a music genre marred by suicide and drug use, it was intended as a response rather than an homage. Keep things light and you’ll get people flocking.

2. Use That Teenage Angst

Most people agree that some of the hardest years that human beings go through is their teens. If you can find a way to write a song that speaks to a fifteen-year-old, you’ve definitely got a hit on your hands.

3. Keep Things Short And Sweet

No matter what, make sure your songs are never longer than three minutes. That’s how to keep it truly pop punk.

4. Stay Away From Politics

Young kids are rarely considering what it means to be a political human being, or about the serious social issues going on around them. They want to hear about sex and how hard it is to be them. Keep it self-centred.

5. The Most Important Rule Is… There Are No Rules!

As long as you keep it catchy and inject a suitable sense of humor, while also grinding that angst, you’ll be fine. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of experimentation!

Story from TheGuardian.

Images from Google.

If You’re A Vinyl Lover, IKEA Has Got You Covered!  0

One of the hardest things about building a hardcore record collection is figuring out how to store them all around your home. Sure, you want to keep them safe, but you also want them close to hand and looking stylish. By the looks of things, IKEA has got you covered.

 

  1. This one is for the show off collectors out there. By using a piece of string, you can keep your vinyl collection in little cubby holes. Less space but it’ll make sure everyone sees what music you listen to.

2. This is a modern take on the standard turntable console. It has space for your amp and speakers, as well as some room for your actual records!

3. This is the best thing that IKEA sell by far. You get a queen sized bed to sleep on and a place for your extensive record collection. This thing is perfect.

All images sourced from TheVinylFactory.

Quentin Tarantino Shares Some Of His Favourite Records  0

Quentin Tarantino may be known for his films, but he’s also a massive music fan. He shared his favourite albums with Uncut, and we’re here to share them with you.

 

  1. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan

“This is my favourite album ever. I spent the end of my teenage years and my early twenties listening to old music – rockabilly music, stuff like that. Then I discovered folk music when I was 25, and that led me to Dylan. He totally blew me away with this. It’s like the great album from the second period, y’know? He did that first run of albums in the Sixties, then he started doing his less troublesome albums – and out of that comes Blood On The Tracks. It’s his masterpiece.”

2. The Sun Sessions by Elvis Presley

“This has been a hugely important album to me. I was always a big rockability fan and a big Elvis fan, and to me this album is the purest expression of Elvis there was. Sure, there are better individual songs – but no one collection ever touched the album. When I was young, I used to think Elvis was the voice of truth. I don’t know what that means, but his voice… shit man, it sounded so fucking pure. If you grew up loving Elvis, this is it. Forget the Vegas period: if you really love Elvis, you’re ashamed of that man in Vegas. You feel like he let you down. The hillbilly cat never let you down.”

3. The Great Escape by Elmer Bernstein

“I used to have a huge collection of film soundtracks. I don’t get enthusiastic about them any more, though, because now most soundtracks are just a collection of rock songs, half of which don’t even appear in the movie. This is a real classic. It has a great min theme which brings the movie right into your head. All the tracks hold up – it’s so damn effective. It took me ages to get hold of a copy, and, Jeez, I almost wept when I finally did.”

4. Sisters by Bernard Herrmann

“This is from a Brian De Palma movie. It’s a pretty scary film, and the soundtrack… ok if you want to freak yourself out, turn out all the lights and sit in the middle of the room and listen to this. You won’t last a minute. When I’m first thinking about a movie I’ll start looking for songs that reflect the personality of the movie, I’ll start looking for songs which can reflect the personality of the movie. The record I think most about is the one which plays during the opening credits, because that’s the one which sets the tone of the movie. Like in Reservoir Dogs, when you see the guys all walking out of the diner, and that bass line from ‘Little Green Bag’ kicks in – you just know there’s gonna be trouble.”

Want To Get Into Vinyl? Get Started With These Subscriptions!  0

Starting up a record collection can seem pretty daunting if you don’t have a dad or an older brother who will pass on some of their records. If you’re looking to get into collecting, you could do much worse than these vinyl subscriptions.

 

  1. Wax & Stamp

This one is the pet project of two lads who want to provide you with two records a month. One is chosen by Wax & Staff and a special guest selection. Heads up, as these two are much more focused on new music, so there’ll be no classics here.

2. Flying Vinyl

Funding these lot will be funding independent music. They press digital artists onto vinyl, giving you the chance to get the record and the artists the chance to make some money.

3. Vinyl Me, Please

This one is based in the US, but for a meager $8 they’ll send it to the UK as well. With your LP you’ll get an info booklet and a cocktail recipe to enjoy with your new music!

4. Stylus

These guys not only send you an LP, they send you a bottle of wine with it as well! Definitely one for people who enjoy the finer things in life.

All images sourced from Google.

Can You Tell Beyonce Lyrics From Rihanna Lyrics?  0

Look, we’re all fans of Beyonce and Rihanna, but do you ever think that they sound a little similar? Maybe not their music, but their lyrics definitely do seem to be written by the same person. Maybe they are?

Is your blood boiling right now? I understand how angry Beyonce and Rihanna fans can get so I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you are foaming at the mouth right now. Well, if you want to prove me wrong then I’ve got the perfect chance for you right now.

Below is a quiz that will test your ability to tell Rihanna and Beyonce lyrics apart, and I bet you’ll find it harder than you think!

So, have you proved me wrong, or do you see what I’m saying now? Seriously, they’re so similar!

How Independent Record Stores Manage To Survive  0

As we all know, the word independent has a hard past in the creative industries, especially when it comes to music. While it allows artists to take a stand against the corporate machine that destroys and ruins various aspects of the creative world, but it also puts you in a precarious financial position. Due to this trade-off, there are few independent record stores still going in both the US and the UK, but they’ve managed to find somewhat of a revival with the rise in vinyl sales over the past few years.

One thing we must remember about the vinyl resurgence is that most people are still buying their music through digital formats or on CD, so these days, record stores are still only able to survive on the hardcore few who choose to use the supposedly outdated form of vinyl. Friends and vinyl lovers are keeping these shops afloat, which is a massive shame!

Believe it or not, but these places are perfect for growing a local music scene, creating bands and labels that go on to make some fantastic art. If you’re a huge music fan and you want to get in amongst the local stuff, you could do much worse than your local record store. Get out there and support local music.

 

 

Here Are Bowie’s 25 Favourite Records  0

One of the many good things about collecting vinyl is that it makes for much more of an interesting time to look through than CDs or, god forbid, an iTunes library. This means that looking through a friend’s music suddenly becomes a fun and enjoyable discussion rather than a disinterested scroll through an iPod. Well, imagine if you’d been able to look through the collections of your music idols. Bowie gave us that option before he sadly passed on.

In 2003, Bowie went through his old vinyl collection of 2,500 LPs to list off his favourite 25, that he believed “could change your reputation.” If you’re interested in starting up a vinyl collection, you could do a lot worse than this lot!

The Last Poets — The Last Poets
Shipbuilding — Robert Wyatt
The Fabulous Little Richard — Little Richard
Music for 18 Musicians — Steve Reich
The Velvet Underground & Nico — The Velvet Underground
Tupelo Blues — John Lee Hooker
Blues, Rags and Hollers — Koerner, Ray and Glover
The Apollo Theatre Presents: In Person! The James Brown Show — James Brown
Forces of Victory — Linton Kwesi Johnson
The Red Flower of Tachai Blossoms Everywhere: Music Played on National Instruments — Various Artists
Banana Moon — Daevid Allen
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris — Cast Album
The Electrosoniks: Electronic Music — Tom Dissevelt
The 5000 Spirits of the Layers of the Onion — The Incredible String Band
Ten Songs by Tucker Zimmerman — Tucker Zimmerman
Four Last Songs (Strauss) — Gundula Janowitz
The Ascension — Glenn Branca
The Madcap Laughs — Syd Barrett
Black Angels — George Crumb
Funky Kingston — Toots & The Maytals
Delusion of the Fury — Harry Partch
Oh Yeah — Charles Mingus
Le Sacre du Printemps — Igor Stravinsky
The Fugs — The Fugs
The Glory (????) of the Human Voice — Florence Foster Jenkins

Have a look at the original intro that Bowie gave along with his list:

“There is really no way to do a list of my favorite albums with any rationality. I do only have about 2,500 vinyls. There is a possibility there. I’ll look through the albums and pull together a list of those I have re-bought or am in the process of re-buying on CD. I have little time, and there are just too many to sort through. So, I’ll keep pulling stuff out blindly, and if it’s too obvious (Sgt. PepperNirvana) I’ll put it back again till I find something more interesting. A lot of the rock stuff I have is the same as everyone else’s, and I have so many blues and R&B albums that it would topple over into trainspotter world if I went that route.

O.K., no rules then. I’ll just make ’em up as I go along. I’d say half of this list below is now on my CD racks, but many are finding impossible to trace. The John Lee Hooker album, for instance, or The Red Flower of Tachai Blossoms Everywhere. I have done the only thing possible and burned them to CD myself, reduced the cover art down to size, and made reasonable simulacrums of the originals.

If you can possibly get your hands on any of these, I guarantee you evenings of listening pleasure, and you will encourage a new high-minded circle of friends, although one or two choices will lead some of your old pals to think you completely barmy. So, without chronology, genre, or reason, herewith, in no particular order, 25 albums that could change your reputation.”