Tuesday, March 2, 2010


For those following, I have stopped blogging here a long time ago. Anything I feel like posting, I now share on Facebook.

Hope you had enjoyed some of the posts here in the past and it was fun while I had the time to keep it running.

Please don't "friend" me on Facebook, unless you personally know me. I am not on Facebook to "collect friends".


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

My favorite video in a very long time. Make sure to pick up a copy of this on a special 7" vinyl single.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

LP Cover Generator fun

Wanna make your own album cover? Well, follow these rules for a fun game...

Here's my creation:

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

Add your own in the comments

Here's the second one I made. I guess you can't always get a good picture ... though the band name and title are kinda cool on this ... it still don't make up for the shiteous picture ...LOL

Morrissey latest album available on vinyl and "vinyl"

The recent release from Morrissey, former singer of The Smiths, entitled "Year Of Refusal" is not only available on vinyl LP, but the CD is made to appear like a vinyl record.

Not since his time with The Smiths have I really enjoyed so much any of Morrissey's work. This album is brilliant and deserves a listen. Pick it up now on Attack Records/Lost Highway.

It was the last album produced by the young legendary punk/alt-rock producer Jerry Finn, who died at the age of 39, shortly after finishing this album, from a cerebral hemorrhage.

The album features:
Jeff Beck (guitar legend)
Mark Isham (jazz trumpeter legend famed for his movie scores and new age albums)
Boz Boorer (guitarist from 80's new wave rockabilly group The Polecats)
Jesse Tobias (guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993)
Matt Walker (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins, Filter and Garbage)
Chrissie Hynde (lead singer of The Pretenders)*

* the track Chrissie Hynde is on, "Shame Is the Name" is only available on the iTunes version and not on the CD or vinyl.
Morrissey - Years of Refusal - Shame Is the Name

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Daptone Records robbed... pending Rod Stewart session in jeopardy

From Brooklyn Vegan comes the dismaying news that retro-soul titans Daptone Records suffered a traumatic break-in over the weekend at their Bushwick headquarters, leading to a tremendously heartbreaking list of lost (and uninsured) equipment we too will reprint below, lest there be any assistance/info you can provide. (Contact 'em at 718-366-3849 or info@daptonerecords.com, though obviously they might be tough to reach for a spell.) Note cofounder Gabriel Roth's remarkable aside that "We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this sounds surreal) Rod Stewart," which is obviously now fraught with peril... said session must go down. That sounds awesome. Roth's letter, after the picture of their studio:

Friends and associates,

As you may have heard through the grapevine by now, Daptone was broken into last night. Unfortunately, there was a lot of equipment (mics, pre-amps, monitors, turntables, guitars, amps, computers, etc.) stolen and damaged. It is going to take us a while to go through everything and take full stock of what was stolen, and we are not supposed to touch anything until the cops come back to collect fingerprints so we can only guess what's missing from some mic drawers and cabinets.
And, no, we did not have insurance. We had been shopping around with different companies earlier this month but had not signed a check, so nothing was insured. We are working on replacing the gate in front, installing an alarm system, and getting insurance, but it is President's day so it's not going as quickly as we would have liked.
Nydia's computer was stolen (which wasn't backed up) and the modems/ phone system was ripped out, so we'll be relatively out of commission for a few days.

I would like to ask for everyone's help first in keeping an eye out for all of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics, pre-amps, etc. I could really use a heads up on any kind of studio package for sale or studio equipment to be possibly bought or borrowed as soon as possible. We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this sounds
surreal) Rod Stewart, and I'm going to have to get the studio running by then. I know I'm going to need to find headphones, cables, mics, and pre-amps by then. I'm not sure what else yet.

List of gear and Gabriel Roth's letter continued below...


Upon first glance we are definitely missing:
Fender Super Guitar Amp in case
Fender Deluxe Guitar Amp
A whole bunch of headphones and wires
Nydia's HP laptop computer
One Desktop MacIntosh Computer
One Purple Audio API style lunchbox with four Purple Audio Biz mic pre-amps
2 Yamaha NS10 monitors
Vintage Harmony Rocket Guitar
One steel string acoustic guitar
Martin Tenor sax in a gig bag
Technics 1200 turntable
Ion USB turntable
Teac Receiver/stereo amp
Sony dual deck CD burner/player
All of our modem/phone system stuff was ripped out and taken.
A whole bunch of condensor and dynamic microphones (I still need to figure out exactly what's missing) The power supply for my Trident console was tossed and the board was moved (probably not gently) so the status of that is still questionable.
A baldwin organ was tossed and is probably broken.
Lacie External hard drive

Over the next few days, as we sort out the rubble, we are going to figure out what else we lost.

We are putting in a roll down front gate, alarm system, and finally getting our insurance happening this week. We are also going to hire a security guard to watch the house for tonight as the cops and alarm guy seemed pretty confident that they will be back with a truck now that they've seen what's in here.


Thankfully, we all still have our health, ambition, tape machines, and sense of humor in tact. You can slow us down, but you can't stop us. Sleep well knowing we here at Daptone will continue to...

Keep putting Soul up,

Gabriel Roth

P.S. On a lighter note, it seems like the burglars did drop a few items in order to lift Alex's old safe out of here, which was VERY heavy, VERY unwieldy, and also VERY EMPTY!

[Village Voice]

Ol Skool Skratchin

Thursday, February 12, 2009

hot new MOODYMANN record coming soon

Moody (Moodymann a/k/a Kenny Dixon, Jr.)
Anotha Black Sunday [EP]

VERY LIMITED !! Coming Soon

Label: KDJ Records
** please note that the run-out groove will say KDJ40 by mistake, but KDJ says they will not use KDJ40 for any release
Jazz / Soul / House
12" Single
Release Date: 24-Feb-2009
11.99 list price

T-shirts also available with the cover art of this record on a black shirt in small, medium and large.

Fresh new underground joints from Detroit legend, Kenny Dixon, Jr. a/k/a Moodymann

...coming soon from KDJ ... Andres II LP and a 12" for "Freaky M.F. (Extended Version)"

Mamma's Hand

...During Soundcheck

Anotha Black Sunday

Desire featuring Jose James

Rectify featuring Nikki-O