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UnZipped: Vanessa Daou and Erica Jong on the Making of the Electronica Classic 'Zipless'

Celebrating Zipless's nearly 25 years of existence with a new vinyl reissue, Vanessa Daou and Erica Jong continue to take listeners on a personal and intimate journey through the passionate exploits of this landmark work.

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Low: The Exit Papers

In 2000, in between the career-defining albums Secret Name and The Things We Lost in the Fire, Low created the EP The Exit Papers, a stab at making film music.

Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 10 - "Alibi"

Richie gets sold out by his best friend, while the Nasty Bits sell out a show in a neatly tied up season finale.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 9 - "Rock and Roll Queen"

While the boring murder and crime storyline gets some airtime, we really delve deep into Vinyl's Madonna/whore problem in this episode.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 8 - "E. A. B."

Lester Grimes gives a valuable lesson on how to write a pop hit, while Devon Finestra proves that celebrities are just like us in this episode.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 7 - "The King and I"

Wise men may say only fools rush in, but when Richie and Zak get the opportunity of a lifetime, it's a rush to Viva Las Vegas.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 5 - "He in Racist Fire"

Kip struggles to find the balance between image and music, while Richie whores out his wife to sign an act in an episode that highlights the age-old battle between genitals and brains.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 4 - "The Racket"

This episode's story isn't that interesting, but at least there's a fabulous funk man in sequins and velvet.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 3 - "Whispered Secrets"

Alice Cooper, his boa, and his guillotine show up as this week's musical cameo; really, that's about it for the third episode.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 2 - "Yesterday Once More"

We continue following Richie Finestra in his Cameron Crowe-like journey of musical re-discovery, while also getting a valuable lesson in how not to talk to your boss.

Leyla Hamedi
Television

The Debut Episode of 'Vinyl' Misses a Step With Punk

By fudging the timeline, this paean to the dangerous analog thrills of '70s New York's musical underground threatens to become Boardwalk Empire.

Chris Barsanti
Television

Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 1 - "Pilot"

In the pilot episode of the series, we meet Richie Finestra during the dying, final days of his record label, when his personal demons take on that devil's music in a fight for Finestra's soul.

Leyla Hamedi
Music

The Beatles 'Abbey Road' -- But Oh, That Magic Feeling, Nowhere to Go

Abbey Road still fills me with the sense of wonder and fascination it did when listening to it over and over on my dad’s turntable.

Music

New Show 'Vinyl' Coming to HBO in January (trailer)

Vinyl is a new show coming from HBO in January 2016 that focuses on the music industry in 1970's New York and is produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

Music

Ubiquitous Grooves: A Vinyl Obituary

Perhaps these days our real choice is not between buying vinyl or digital, but between listening and not listening.

Music

The Death Knell Sounds Again: The History of Music Industry Whining

A business which makes billions a year can’t stop whining about how illegal downloading, streaming, and Internet radio is sending it to the poor house.

Music

Ruby Jane: Celebrity (Empire of Emptiness)

Celebrity (Empire of Emptiness) is the sort of record a prodigy should make, but never does.

Music

Stacked Wax: The Vinyl Comeback

As music formats push inexorably towards convenience, compactness, digitization, who could have anticipated the resurgence of the clunky, fossilized LP?

Zach Schonfeld
Books

'The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl' Conveys the Physical Beauty of Migratory Sound

The objects of popular culture have a strange hold over us, demanding that we not abandon them, or that we at least mourn their passing. Records gave voices an afterlife and people, in turn, give records an afterlife.

Music

The Lost Art of the Non-Album Single

The album is a phenomenal format, don’t get me wrong, but there was something truly magical about Motown, the Brill Building, and the British Invasion simultaneously giving you the best two minutes and 30 seconds they had.

Music

Paranoid Android: Is Music the Opiate of the iPod-Owning Masses?

Wherein our curmudgeonly record shop owner realizes that his store with its bins full of vinyl was his own personal iPod long before the iPod was ever invented.

Music

Reconsidering the Revival of Cassette Tape Culture

At best, the cassette revival is merely a vacuous fad of no genuine value; but at worst, it's a confused, regressive cultural misstep more dangerous than most would care to admit.

Calum Marsh
Music

Vinyl Dependent: The Needle and the Damage Done

The independent record store lives another day. But how long can the vinyl lifeline continue to keep them afloat?


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