When I return to my desk after lunch following my daily vinyl trawl, I'm always asked by workmates why I'm buying vinyl. Isn't it a dead format? Well for me it's not. It's always been a part of my life since I was a kid. I remember getting my first piece of vinyl when I was about six. Someone gave me a present of a nursery rhyme called 'Ten Little Indians' on 7". Fortunately things picked up after that and being lucky enough to have older siblings there was no shortage of new music in the house. I can also clearly remember spending my confirmation money on vinyl in Crumlin Shopping Centre when i went to visit my Aunt May. Some of the gems I picked up that day included something by Dan Hartman and something else by Five Star. I'm not going to embarass myself by revealing the names of the tunes, I've done that with the band names. In my teens it was de rigeur to bunk off school on a Friday to go shopping in Comet Records and then go to the free lunchtime gigs in the JCR in Trinity College. There were a number of schoolmates who'd slag us off about our record bags from Comet and Freebird and our peculiar choices of sock colour. Those were innocent times. One regretful instant occured in my late teens when I sold off loads of vinyl to provide for my social habits. Secondhand record stores highlight the crueller aspects of depreciation but moreso when you're selling them the records that you've saved hard to buy. These days I spend a lot of money replacing the very records that I sold. Anyway this is a circumlocutory way of saying that vinyl is alive and well. Hooray. May I present my case:
The Don Rosco made it his business to inform me about Trensmat Records. They're an Irish label who specialise in transmitting drone, noise, oscillations & grooves according to their blurb. All of their releases are on limited edition picture sleeve 7" vinyl. I love them already. I love them so much I've signed up and I can't wait to get their next two releases which are due out in March. One release is by Astral Social Club and the other is by The Shining Path. Most peculiarly, Trensmat are based in Trim, Co.Meath, home of a nice castle. I don't think they're based in the castle though.
I also heard about the new selection of seven inches due for release by All City Records. They have a forthcoming 'Beatstrumental' series that will feature seven different producers releasing a seven-inch record each over the same amount of months. More here.
Whilst I'm on the subject of All City Records, I was in there yesterday and I picked up another of the Numero compilations. I haven't heard a bad one yet. This one is a gospel themed one and its called Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal. Its number ten in the series and was released a good while back but there are restocks in All City. Get a copy while they're hot. I also picked up the new seven from the producer Diplo and its called 'Bandida'. Once again it's apparently a limited edition of 500 copies but I just can't believe that. It doesn't really matter about its collectability because its a good tune. He's been making some great rhythms over the last couple of years. Rock on Diplo.
And finally, I picked up a new picture disc seven inch by Goldfrapp for the tune 'A&E'. i haven't bothered listening to the a-side because I've been quite taken all evening with the remix on the b-side. It's an instrumental remix by Maps and its just great.
Vinyl is dead. Long live vinyl!