Modern Vinyl is reporting that the Dune soundtrack is going to be reissued for the first time since the mid-80’s. If you’re a fan of spandex, Sting & the spice, you may want to take note, because I severely doubt this is ever going to happen again. Grab it here just in case you can’t wait to pre-order it domestically. (via Modern Vinyl)
So, it seems one country really can make the difference when it comes to sales of an entire medium. In case you weren’t aware, the Japanese need to have it. Not a download of it, It. The purchase of the vinyl, cassette, 8track or CD has been a shot in the arm for the industry for years, with hard-to-find physical presses with bonus tracks only available in Japan (like the Random Access Memories CD with an extra track, not released anywhere else in the world). As the world slowly switches to internet-based streaming services such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Pandora, the sales took a huge hit in Japan, to the tune of a 16% drop in the country. To put that in perspective, digital consumption was up 13% in Europe. Writing’s on the wall everyone. Get your shit up for free on Soundcloud & YouTube. Ain’t no one buying your CD until they see you at a show. (via FACT)
In a move that will enrage vinyl & physical media purists everywhere, Greg Frederick makes celebrity portraits & art out of vinyl records. And they’re pretty damn good. Laughing Squid got down on it and so should you. He’s taking comissions and did something for Courtney Love I think. Buy something for the record head in your life just in case you have no idea what kind of Techno they like when their birthday comes around.
As a long time viewer of vinyl vs. digital arguments, this quote resonated more than most about books. The medium doesn’t matter, it’s about the quality of the art contained within, and it always will be. Whether it’s words or beats, do what you love and it’ll shine through however it’s consumed by your adoring public.