There’s a unique pleasure in seeing a vinyl record getting pressed. The glob of vinyl between the stampers, the press closing and squishing the vinyl out the sides, pulling out a beautiful shiny disc. Legendary artists like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Celia Cruz, Big Black, Salt-N-Pepa, and Wu Tang Clan came off our Hamilton presses. Read More.
Here’s a 2013 music trend that doesn’t involve viral videos, flying dresses, or wrecking balls: vinyl is making a comeback. That’s right, we called it a comeback. In the first six months of 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan, vinyl record sales were up 33.5%. Read more
Wired.com posted a little bit of music history today. On this day in 1948, "Columbia Records puts the needle down on history’s first successful microgroove plastic, 12-inch, 33-1/3 LP in New York, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the digital age has yet to kill it." According to the post, there were several attempts to bring the microgroove plastic albums to market dating back to the early 30s, but technical difficulties, the Great Depression, and World War II forced its delay. Read more.