RECORD CRACK: Making use of your old floppy discs by turning them into records


Most people don’t use them anymore but you may be a longtime computer user and may have a box full of old eight inch floppy discs in your possession. There is a way to embed a groove on them to make it playable on a turntable. The Databits channel on YouTube have been presenting videos of turning different objects into playable sufaces and this is another edition of it. You may be familiar with lathe cutting and this is the same process, but this is being on an old floppy disc. Have a look to see how it’s done. If you have the right equipment to do so or wnat to get the right equipment, do be sure that you have transferred any files to your hard drive because making a record from a floppy disc will mean you will not be able to access the data again.

RECORD CRACK: Forthcoming book looks at the importance of the 7 inch 45 rpm single

Five Hundred 45s: A Graphic History of the Seven-Inch Record (Collins Design) is a forthcoming book due out on June 1st by Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz, but it’s done from a unique perspective: its design. Despite the smaller and arguably limited dynamic of a 7 inch record, cover designers explored those limitations and often made it an artform without most people being aware of it.

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SOME STUFFS: Joe Gibbs 7″ box set to be released next week

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17 North Parade have put together a limited edition numbered box set consisting of seven 7″ 45’s in see-through vinyl, highlighting the career of the late Jamaican producer Joe Gibbs. Here is the official track listing:

DISC 1 A: JAH GOLDEN PEN – SYLFORD WALKER
DISC 1 B: GOLD PEN VERSION – JOE GIBBS & THE PROFESSIONALS
DISC 2 A: BABYLON TOO ROUGH – GREGORY ISAACS
DISC 2 B: I STAND ACCUSED – MIGHTY TWO
DISC 3 A: JAH BRING I JOY IN THE MORNING – BOBBY MELODY
DISC 3 B: DUB IN THE MORNING – JOE GIBBS & THE PROFESSIONALS
DISC 4 A: NATTY DREAD TAKING OVER – CULTURE
DISC 4 B: CAPTURE – JOE GIBBS & THE PROFESSIONALS
DISC 5 A: OFFICIALLY – LLOYD PARKS
DISC 5 B: LORD OH – JOE GIBBS & THE PROFESSIONALS
DISC 6 A: HELLO CAROL – ENOS MCLEOD
DISC 6 B: HOW-DE-DO-CAROL – JOE GIBBS & THE PROFESSIONALS
DISC 7 A: GOOD TO BE THERE – CHALICE
DISC 7 B: GATES OF SION OPEN – JOE GIBBS & THE PROFESSIONALS

The box will be released on August 11th and can be ordered through VP Records or Ernie B’s

SOME STUFFS: Green Day’s forthcoming album to be released as a pricey vinyl deluxe edition

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Green Day fans are anxiously awaiting the brand new album, 21st Century Breakdown, due out on May 15th. For vinyl junkies, it will be released a month later as a 3-record set, each one being a 10″ record and featuring each “act” of the album. The record are stored in a booklet featuring a 60-page book, the content of which is exclusive to this vinyl pressing. Only 3000 copies of this limited edition set will be made, and you can pre-order your copy right now by heading to GreenDayMusic.com. The cost of one of these limited edition sets? $89.99 before shipping and handling. Those who do order it will be able to download the album on the day of the album’s release, to hold them down until their records come in.

Some are wondering if three records that make up one single album, encased in a nice booklet, is really worth $90. One of my favorite bands, Melvins, created a special 4LP deluxe box set for their album, (a) Senile Animal and released it in 2008.
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This was made in a limited edition of 1000, with each of the four-records (@ 45rpm) being one-sided, with the other side having an etching, along with a lot of extras. Cost of this box was a few cents under $50. Green Day probably have more money than Melvins, but if you’re a diehard fan of either band, you are most likely going to pay for it regardless.

A few things come to mind. Does Green Day’s box really need to be that high? A normal copy of an album by Little Brother or Foreign Exchange can go for under $20 at UndergroundHipHop.com, while a new 2LP set from Clara Hill may be priced at $25 at Dusty Groove. A 90 dollar box set is going to scare off potential vinyl junkies and be bought up by those who can afford it, and that’s not right for a fan who simply wants a good album on the format of their choice. So far there is no word on if 21st Century Breakdown will be released as a standard 12 inch 2LP set.

Also, as vinyl surpasses the sales of compact discs, will more artists opt to release vinyl in limited edition form? While I support vinyl in all of its sizes, shapes, and forms, I just want to be able to have good music on vinyl, without the extra surprises. I am a collector and not that I don’t like the deluxe treatments, but new records should not have to be $30 each. If you put care into the format, fans will want it and keep coming back.

Nonetheless, if Green Day is your favorite band, best save up and buy a copy before they go up in value once they become out of print.

SOME STUFFS: DJ Clue looking for DJ’s in his reality show

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DJ Clue? Reality show? I don’t know, it could be a huge mess and maybe not. Fortunately he’s not in a show with New York, but instead it’s a reality show that will involve Clue looking for wanna be DJ’s who want to take their skills to the next level.

If you have what it takes, here’s the deal. The show will be called Who’s The DJ?, and 15 DJ’s will be chosen to compete to become the #1 upcoming DJ in the U.S. Auditions are being held now and will last until the end of April. You can submit your entry now but you have to follow these guidelines explicitly, for if you don’t, your submission will be rejected. Rejected submissions will not be notified either, so if you submit something and don’t hear from them, that’s your answer.

The Winning DJ will become DJ Clue’s opening DJ and will get to DJ in front of celebritiess, athletes, models, actors and more. The winning DJ also gets a deal with Desert Storm, and it will definitely help you network and bring you to the next level of things.

Here are the instructions, make sure to read carefully:

Send a video promo to us with the following information:
a)Your name
b)How long have you been DJing?
c)Where do you DJ? (weddings,clubs,parties,etc)
d)How old are you? (You must be at least 18 years of age and able to prove it to enter)
e)Tell us why you are the best DJ in the country.
f)Short video clip of you DJing (must be no longer than 1 minute)

While being a DJ is all about your sound and presentation, this contest involves you being on a television show as well so remember:

No audio promos!!! This is a video ONLY submission process so we know that it is you who is DJing and not some mix cd that you bought uptown and popped your name on. Any audio submissions will be immediately rejected.

If you think you have what it takes and aren’t afraid of the cameras eye, you can send your videos to djcluecasting@gmail.com

Thrift Store Adventures: December 28, 2008, Walla Walla, WA

This is my first video Thrift Store Adventures that I created using a Flip video camera I received for Christmas.

For this first video installment, my ohana wanted to go to Walla Walla, Washington (about a 45 minute drive East) to pick up a television for my nephew that he received as a gift. I made sure that I would go to a thrift store on this trip, and I had hoped to go to the Blue Mountain thrift store and Goodwill, but the Blue Mountain store is closed on Sundays (I did not know).

I drove around the corner to Goodwill and these are the results. This is unedited, so pardon the tentative mess. While I’m not in this video, my nephew is. Once I’m able to make these videos look a bit more decent, I’ll record myself.