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The Joy Of Crate Digging

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What are your most recent "awesome finds"? Our friend, the Vinyl Geek at Vinyl Rewind, shows us some of his latest.




This time around The Vinyl Geek scored big time at an estate sale: Fleetwood Mac, RATT, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, The Who, Soundtracks and more!

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Top 8 Celebrity Albums of the 1980s

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From our friends at Vinyl Rewind, their latest offers a fun-filled trip back to the 80s.




Every other Tuesday, The Vinyl Geek is your tour guide though a sea of music, delivered on the enduring quality of vinyl. The Geek presents timeless classics, rare gems, the bizarre, funny or just plain weird! You never know who might drop by from musical guests to the zany cast of side characters. It’s so much fun, you’ll forget you’re actually learning about music.

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Herb Alpert - Whipped Cream & Other Delights (vinyl review)

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Brand new episode from our friends at Vinyl Rewind



Friends of Spin-Clean, Vinyl Rewind is main music review show to a whole host of satellite programing dedicated to the analogue lifestyle, including album and craft cocktail pairings, collector news and tips, how to videos related to the joy of vinyl, comedy sketches and more.  Every other Tuesday, let The Vinyl Geek be your guide though a sea of music, delivered on the enduring quality of vinyl.

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We Have A Winner!

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Thank YOU, Vinyl Rewind!

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Win The "Vinyl Rewind Starter Pack"

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Enter Our Vinyl Starter Package Contest

Brought to you by Spin-Clean and Vinyl Rewind


We've teamed up with Vinyl Rewind to bring you our biggest contest yet!

Here's what we're giving away
Spin-Clean Record Washer MKII
Rega RP1 turntable
Acoustech Big Record Brush

Total retail value of $564.98!

Just click here to enter to win!


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30th Anniversary of Tears For Fears "The Hurting"

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It's the 30th anniversary of "The Hurting." The Vinyl Geek and Jamar Rogers break it down.

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"Live" vs. Studio

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Do know of "live" versions of songs that you feel are better than their studio counterparts?  Do your tunes make Vinyl Rewind's countdown of the Top 10 of all time in this category?

Tune in and find out!

Vinyl Rewind's Top Ten

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Vinyl Rewind - Season Three Premiere

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Is it necessary to be on a "trip" to understand Pink Floyd's journey, "The Dark Side Of The Moon"? In their Season Three premiere of one Spin-Clean's favorite TV shows, the Vinyl Geek and the others at Vinyl Rewind explore that very question.   Watch it here.


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Tracking Force Vinyl Blog

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Here's a vinyl blog that was brough to our attention and written by a Spin-Clean customer.  He describes it as "an eclectic mix of music for people like me who have eclectic tastes."   Tracking Force -- Adventures In Vinyl, Record Collecting, and Music Appreciation. Cool!


Tracking Force

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Dear Diary...or, I Mean Vinyl Record

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Katie Pietrak began collecting vinyl records at the age of 15. As her collection grew over nearly 20 years, Pietrak was working on organizing her records and looking for a way to use some of the pieces that were no longer playable. She was in need of a journal, so Pietrak made one out of a vinyl album.  And so a business idea was born.

 

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Vintage Vinyl Journals is already in 30 retail stores and sells journals featuring a wide variety of albums through their online store.

 

We at Spin-Clean think these would make a great gift idea for this holiday season!

 

 

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Why Is Vinyl So Special?

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Spin-Clean knows vinyl is special.  Otherwise, we wouldn't make it our life's work going to great efforts to make sure our each and every piece can be as clean as possible.  More and more folks are understanding why records are so special.

Here's another example.

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Vinyl Rewind - Episode 2.09, The Top Ten Songs You Never Knew Were Covers

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Another great episode from Vinyl Rewind:  "The Top Ten Songs You Never Knew Were Covers."  It's an episode sure to spark some great musical discussion, as I'm sure you can think of a ton more that could have made the list.  We kicked out "Love Hurts" from Nazareth on our Facebook page yesterday.

And what about "Without You," first made a hit by Nilsson in 1971 and later by Mariah Carey in 1994.  Paul McCartney once described the tune as "the killer song of all time."  It was Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger who wrote the tune and released it on their 1970 "No Dice" LP.  Sure, that could have made the list, as not many are aware of the original Badfinger version of this hugely successful song.

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Sound And The Story

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Remember Jam Handy Films?  Sure you do.  The Jam Handy Organization made thousands of educational and promotional films, newsreels, and animations. Included among the company's clients were the United States Armed Forces, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, and General Motors.  Mr. Handy is also estimated to have produced over 7,000 films for the armed services during World War II.

Here is one of his productions.  From 1956:  "Sound And The Story" - an RCA promotional film showing how vinyl records were manufactured in the 1950s.

 

Get ready for some fun nostalgia, Spin-Clean style!

 

 

"Sound And The Story" - Part 1

"Sound And The Story" - Part 2

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New Soundgarden Box Set

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November 13th will not only bring the Beatles catalog on vinyl, but also some vinyl from Soundgarden, their first release in 16 years.

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Spin-Clean Must-Listen: Sixties Satellite Survey

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Whether you're into music from the 60s, dig countdown shows (thanks Casey!), or can't get enough of the stories behind the stacks of wax that hit the charts, you gotta check out the "Sixties Satellite Survey" on Sirius XM's 60s on 6.  It airs Saturdays, 3pm ET, with rebroadcasts on Sundays and Wednesdays at 9pm ET - AND now On Demand.

We at Spin-Clean think the show could be the best music program going on radio (satellite or terrestrial) thanks to the amazing talents of host, Lou Simon.  Each week, Lou takes a look back at a top 40 chart from this week in the 60's. You'll hear the hits as well as some long forgotten singles with plenty of Motown, British stars, novelty records, instrumentals, folk rock and lots more.

But it's Lou's tremendous ability to unravel layer after layer of the time period, offering up the feel and flavor of the era, that sets this show apart from all the others.  Lou's mellifluous tones, coupled with his encyclopedic recall of everything pop culture, make this a must-listen each and every week.

 

 

 

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Velvet Underground Box Set

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Released today, Sundazed presents The Velvet Underground: The Verve/MGM Albums. This beautiful, deluxe boxed set gathers the rare mono versions of the band’s first three studio albums along with the superior mono version of Nico’s Chelsea Girl and a definitive edition of the band’s unfinished fourth album! Sourced from the original Verve/MGM analog reels and mastered by Bob Irwin, this collection is an essential purchase for the discerning vinyl devotee.

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The Vinyl Vault

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How would you like to spend your work day cleaning, grading, and cataloging records?  We at Spin-Clean actually think it sounds pretty cool!  And so is Paul Chester of Acoustic Sounds.

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Joe Walsh's "Analog Man"

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How about some "audio aspirin" as a nice change of pace on the Spin-Clean blog?

Welcome to cyberspace, I'm lost in the fog
everything's digital I'm still analog
when something goes wrong
I don't have a clue
some 10-year-old smart ass has to show me what to do

Sign on with high speed you don't have to wait
Sit there for days and vegetate
I access my email, read all my spam, I'm an analog man.

the whole world's living in a digital dream
it's not really there
it's all on the screen
makes me forget who I am
I'm an analog man

Yeah I'm an analog man in a digital world
I'm gonna get me an analog girl
Who loves me for what I am.
I'm an analog man

What's wrong with vinyl, I think it sounds great
LPs, 45s, 78s but that's just the way I am
I'm an analog man

Turn on the tube, watch until dawn
one hundred channels, nothing is on
endless commercials, endless commercials, endless commercials

the whole world's glued to the cable TV
It looks so real on the big LCD
murder and violence are rated PG, too bad for the children
they are what they see

the whole world's living in a digital dream
it's not really there
it's all on the screen
makes me forget who I am
I'm an analog man

yeah I'm an analog man in a digital world
I'm gonna get me an analog girl
Who loves me for what I am.
I'm an analog man

 

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Rocky Mountain Recap

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Spin-Clean had a great time earlier this month at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012.  Sound and Vision Magazine takes a look at the highlights.

Read more here... 

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Thanks, Blue Heaven Studios!

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It was a great weekend of fun, food, and music at the 15th Annual "Blues Masters at the Crossroads".  Spin-Clean woud like to thank the incredibly gracious and hospitable folks at Acoustic Sounds, Quality Record Pressings, and Blue Heaven Studios for hosting such a marvelous musical experience.

Learn more about this amazing analog empire in Salina, KS.

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