And Vinyly has been pressing the deceased’s ashes into wax since 2010, and now the company is the subject of a new documentary. You can watch it below.
The film, titled Hearing Madge, follows the story John Hobson, who chose to have his mother’s ashes pressed into a vinyl cut with recordings of her voice.
The company, owned by Jason Leach, has the tagline ‘life from beyond the groove’ and offers music lovers a sonic memory of the deceased.
Watch Hearing Madge below.
UDG Gear, the renowned music industry accessory manufacturer, has recently reprised its iconic DJ record bag with the release of the UDG Ultimate SoftBags to transport your 12” vinyl.
The bag comes in three versions: 60 and 90 LP size models and a 90 LP slanted model.
UDG Gear designed the iconic bag with customised inside padding using a special foam for extra strength and record protection, whilst keeping the bag lightweight and easy to carry around.
You can purchase them via the UDG Gear website.
Istanbul has a thriving vinyl scene if you know where to look.
Luckily, The Vinyl Factory is here to help — they’ve crafted an excellent mini-documentary that charts the highs and lows on digging in the Turkish city.
“Music back in ’70s Turkey was made with flair and spirit, drawing on Western psych, disco, rock as much as Eastern traditions and folk,” explains the film’s description.
Lobster Theremin is set to open a new record shop in London tomorrow (21st January).
Situated on Sidworth Street in the London Fields area, the new store — called Lobster Records — will primarily offer records from the plethora of labels distributed by its parent company (over 200 in total) along with "“an array of tapes, merch, zines and bits and bobs.”
The space itself is designed with a minimalist approach and offers four vinyl listening stations and a Sony tape deck.
Bob Marley's vinyl factory Tuff Gong is set to start pressing wax again thanks to a new investment from American company, Sunpress Vinyl.
Founded in Kingston in 1965, today Tuff Gong includes a recording studio, mastering room, pressing plant, stamper room, cassette plant and record shop. The buildings also house offices for the Rita Marley Music, Ghetto Youths International and a booking agency.
Vinyl is set to become a billion-dollar industry for the first time since the ‘80s, according to new research by Deloitte and reported by the FT.
The stats, posted today (11th January), predict that around 40 million vinyl records will be sold in 2017, which alongside the sales of turntables and other accessories, is expected to make the industry break the $1 billion mark.
Vinyl is also projected to account for 7% of the $15 billion predicted to be made by the global music industry.
Technics has revealed details of the “standard” version its new SL-1200GR turntable, at the CES show in Las Vegas, which follows the SL-1200G that was released last year.
No release date has currently been set, but Technics describe the new SL-1200GR as “inheriting the technology of the SL-1200G, which was developed as a reference direct-drive turntable for the next generation.”
Vinyl album sales in the UK surpassed three million units annually for the first time since 1991 last year, according to stats released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
3.2 million vinyl records were sold during 2016, a 53% increase on 2015, with David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ the highest selling vinyl album – it sold over double 2015’s top selling vinyl album, Adele’s ‘25’.
You can see the top 10 selling vinyl albums of 2016 below.
Vinyl album sales overtook digital downloads last week, according to data from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
Now, for the second week running, vinyl sales have continued to dominate digital sales.
Stats showed that last week, buyers spent £2.4million on vinyl against £2.1million on digital downloads. This week, vinyl sales have gone up to £2.9million, with digital sales staying the same, at £2.1million.
Vinyl album sales have reportedly overtaken digital downloads according to data from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
The stats show that in week 48 of 2016 £2.4 million was spent on records against £2.1 million on digital downloads.