Five Classic Album & Beer Pairings

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry1 Comment

I like vinyl records, and I like beer. Therefore, what could be better than appropriately paired frothy beverages with your favorite classic albums on wax. So grab a cold one, pop on your favorite album, and turn up the volume to five classic discs with added buzz. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead The Smiths are synonymous with Manchester, … Read More

Vinyl’s Imperfections Improve the Listening Experience

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Tech Talk2 Comments

It is the prerogative of each generation preceding the next to claim that their generation’s music was better. Or at least that’s how each generation typically feels… We all get there eventually; at first you’re checking out what’s new on the block musically every day, then it’s every week – or even every month. Before you know it, you haven’t … Read More

The Best & Worst Album Covers

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry8 Comments

The large format cover art of vinyl records is one of the key draws for many music fans. There’s nothing quite like the blank canvas of a 12inch record cover for making an artistic statement that compliments your music. In the digital age, some would go as far to say we’ve lost the art of making great album covers – … Read More

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Tech Talk8 Comments

Few debates in the audio world create such a large divide as the analog vs digital question. Vinyl vs CD/Digital is the classic battleground, where passionate enthusiasts on both sides of the argument often partake in heated exchanges with no real conclusion. The question itself is undoubtedly oversimplified  – there are far too many variables to draw a line under such a broad debate, … Read More

HD Vinyl Patent Proves Market Forces Can Save the Vinyl Record

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry1 Comment

For some time, independent record labels have expressed concern about Vinyl hype and the very real problems caused by the production bottleneck. According to small labels, independent artists now struggle to get their work pressed as the major labels leverage their size and budget to squeeze more and more records through a limited number of pressing plants across the globe. Due to … Read More

The reissue timebomb – Is the music industry too reliant on its back-catalogue?

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Sound Thoughts2 Comments

The internet is absolutely brimming with articles proclaiming that vinyl is back. Articles like this one: The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014 – Vinyl Records – The Wall Street Journal  Or this one… Weaned on CDs, They’re Reaching for Vinyl – The New York Times Everywhere you turn, there’s news of blossoming sales and the irony of an analogue renaissance in the … Read More