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Since the turn of the 20th Century, records have been manufactured using an array of materials – from hard rubber to shellac to polystyrene. Of course, vinyl was quick to establish itself as the preferred material but for a format not without vulnerability, might there be a sturdier medium that also ticks the tactility boxes?

That’s exactly the question that prompted American giant Freescale Semiconductor to test new formats for records. Accordingly, the MNC has created the world’s first silicon wafer record, which is programmed and etched to playback a music recording.

Developed within the Freescale Discovery Lab – a hub of disruptive innovation – a team of engineers developed a program to map audio files on to a lithographic plate, normally used for the production of microelectronics. The mask with phonograph grooves was used to process silicon wafers and create an 8″ 45rpm record.

According to David Kramer, director of the Freescale Discovery Lab, “Silicon won’t warp like vinyl – it could be used for nostalgia or niche products, such as platinum record.” In other words: it’s more durable but it sure as hell doesn’t sound as good.

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Here’s your weekly reminder of what’s coming up this weekend in the world of Record and CD fairs.

28th CHELMSFORD – Under The Arches, 33/34 Viaduct St CM1 1TS 01245 347372
28th COVENTRY – Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, City Centre, CV1 2HA –
28th HULL – Mercure Royal Hotel, Ferensway HU1 3UF – GJM Promotions 0781 7669893
28th LONDON – Catholic Centre, Dukes Avenue, Chiswick High Rd – Soundbite
28th LONDON – Dalston Jazz Bar, 4 Bradbury St, Dalston N16 8JN – Robert Beckford 07730789557
28th NORWICH – St.Andrews Hall NR3 1AU –
28th SOUTHAMPTON – Solent University Conference Centre, 157-187 Above Bar Street (High St) SO14 7NN.- USR Fairs
28th ST ANDREWS – Mini-Fair Student Union – Allander Record Fairs
28th TUNBRIDGE WELLS – King Charles Church Hall, 3 Warwick Park TN2 5TA – John 07778 213476

29th BRIGHTON – Komedia,44-47 Gardner St BN1 1UN – 07762106959
29th KIRKCALDY – Windsor Hotel – Allander Record Fairs
29th LEEDS – Call Lane, City Centre LS1 7BR –
29th LONDON – Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS – Jonathan (DJ Promotions & Hackney E8 – 07930 756 874.
29th READING – Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Ave RG1 8EQ – USR Fairs
29th ROCHESTER – Princes Hall, Corn Exchange, High Street – Recollect Record & Music Fairs 01227 506368 or 07715635152
29th STOKE-ON-TRENT – Sutherland Community Project, Sutherland Rd ST3 1JB –
29th WOLVERHAMPTON – Robin 2, Mount Pleasant, Bilston WV14 7LJ –



Ringo Starr is having a pre-Christmas cull, listing over 1,300 pieces on Julien’s – the Beverly Hills auction house that specialises in celebrity items. Alongside a giant collection of art, jewellery, and of course Beatle’s memorabilia, is Starr’s original U.K. pressing of the White Album, numbered 0000001.

Apparently Starr stowed the record in a London bank vault for over 35 years but has finally decided to bring it out for auction. The starting bid? $20,000.

As Dangerous Minds explains, it’s widely accepted that copies one to four are in the possession of Beatles’ members but it’s also been assumed that No. 0000001 belongs to John Lennon. It’s even an assumption shared by Paul McCartney, who once said that Lennon “shouted loudest” for it. As it turns out though, Ringo has the copy.

Until now, the lowest numbered UK first mono pressing album to come to market was No.0000005 – which sold for just under $30,000 back in 2008. Possibly the ultimate trophy for a Beatles’ collector, No.0000001 is estimated to fetch anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000.

217379_0Proceeds from the auction will go to the Lotus Foundation, which Starr and his wife Barbara Bach founded to “fund, support, participate in and promote charitable projects aimed at advancing social welfare in diverse areas.”

[via Ultimate Classic Rock]



20th LONDON – Old Spitalfields Market, Commercial Street, E1 – Eric 0207 247 8556 or 07969 456230

21st BRISTOL – Colston Hall, Colston Street –
21st GUILDFORD – Guildhall, High St. – Ben 01483 301165
21st KETTERING – Parish Hall, Market Place NN16 0AL – Out Of The Past Records
21st LONDON – Christchurch Halls, Redford Way, Belmont Rd, Uxbridge – Soundbite
21st SHEFFIELD -The Workstation, Paternoster Row (off Sheaf St) S1 2BX –
21st SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD – St Joseph’s Church Hall, Forest Street NG17 1DA – Ian 01623 757730
21st WOLVERHAMPTON – Civic Halls, North Street WV1 1RQ  –

22nd HASTINGS – Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road TN 35 5BH – John 07778 213476
22nd LIVERPOOL – Old Police Station, Lark Lane, Aigburth L17 8UU – Paddy 07800 708036
22nd LONDON – The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, Camden NW1 7NL –
22nd LUTON – Chaull End Community Centre, 515 Dunstable Road LU4 8QN – Mr. C Record Fairs 01604 761005


Discogs celebrates its 15th birthday this year. To mark the occasion, the site has revealed some proprietary data about its transactions to Billboard.

So far in 2015, the marketplace has supported $43.5 million in transactions. Putting that into a context we prefer, that’s 2.5 million records, half a million CDs and 50,000 tapes.

Started as a hobby by Kevin Lewandowski back in 2000, the exponential growth of the site dovetails a more general increase in vinyl sales – which are on track for their biggest total in over two decades.

Average prices for vinyl are the highest since Discogs started tracking sales information in 2005. From 2005 through to 2014, the average release value increased from $11.25 to $13.37.

Earlier this year, Chung King Can Suck It by hardcore band Judge sold for $6,048; making it the single most expensive record ever sold on Discogs, and also the highest ever single order created on the site.

Last year, 2.96 million users participated in a transaction on the site, up from 130,675 in 2005 and 3,273 in 2001. And as the site’s popularity has grown, so too has its database. It currently lists close to six million titles.

Discogs has created an infographic summarising all of these juicy stats and more – which you can explore at your leisure here.

Motorhead Taylor

Phil Taylor, the former drummer for Motorhead, died on Wednesday after a lengthy illness. He was 61.

Born on 21 September 1954, in Hasland, Chesterfield, England, Taylor replaced Motörhead’s first drummer, Lucas Fox, during the recording of the band’s first recording On Parole in 1975. Lemmy explains choosing him to play in Motörhead ‘because he had a car and could give us a lift back down to the studio, the drummer we had wasn’t working out very well and Phil kept saying that he could play’. Taylor introduced the band to “Fast” Eddie Clarke, having worked with him while painting a houseboat. Taylor was unable to overdub the drumming on the ‘Lost Johnny’ track as he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Also, the studio time had run out by the time he was released.

In 1978, Taylor, Lemmy and Clarke interrupted one of The Damned’s Chiswick album sessions, turning it into a recorded ‘jam session’. One track from this – Ballroom Blitz – appeared as the B-side of I Just Can’t Be Happy Today. Shortly after recording the classic Ace of Spadesalbum in 1980, Taylor broke his neck after being lifted above the head of a friend in a test of strength, only to be dropped upon his head. Taylor continued to play in Motörhead with the aid of a neck brace, as is visible in the music video for Ace of Spades. As a result, Taylor had a prominent lump located on the back of his neck (affectionately referred to as his “knob”), thought to be a calcium deposit caused by his previous spinal trauma. Tour-disrupting injuries were not unfamiliar to Taylor at the time, as he had previously broken his hand whilst punching a man outside his flat in London. In typical uncompromising Motörhead style, Taylor continued to drum by using gaffer tape to attach his drum stick into his hand until it had sufficiently healed.

After a ‘final’ appearance on The Young Ones in 1984, Philthy left Motörhead. The following year, he made appearances with Waysted, and joined another ex-Motörhead man, Brian Robertson (from Thin Lizzy), to form the band Operator. In 1986, he was part of Frankie Miller’s touring band.

Taylor returned to Motörhead in 1987. He said “I always regretted leaving. Let’s just say I took a three-year holiday.” He continued playing in the group until 1992. After having been warned three times in the previous two years “to get his act together”, he was fired after recording I Ain’t No Nice Guy, because of his poor performance.

From 2005 to 2008 Taylor played and recorded in a group called The Web of Spider with Whitey Kirst (Iggy Pop) on guitar and Max Noce on bass. In 2007 Taylor briefly worked on a project called Capricorn with former Danzig guitarist Todd Youth, former Monster Magnetguitarist/vocalist Phil Caivano and former Nashville Pussy bassist Corey Parks. After playing in The Web of Spider, Taylor began work on a project with guitarist Chris Holmes, formerly of the heavy metal rock group W.A.S.P., and in 2009, Taylor joined American thrash metal band Overkill for a set at the Islington Academy. The set included a cover of the Motörhead song from which Overkill took their name.

He sporadically played drums for Mick Farren and The Deviants, featuring on Dr. Crow (2002), Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing (2008), and Portobello Shuffle (2009).

Taylor has, on a somewhat regular and obviously incorrect basis, been reported as having died in a spectacular or horrible fashion. An example took place in 2001, where Taylor allegedly died due to AIDS. Obviously not true, Taylor can be seen on the 2005 documentary Ace Of Spades: Classic Albums, alongside Lemmy Kilmister and former members of Motörhead, frequently joking about his supposed demise.

Taylor reunited with Kilmister and Clarke on 6 November 2014 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England on stage for Motörhead’s classic “Ace of Spades” only to come on to wave to the crowd and leave.

Phil Taylor died on 11 November 2015 at the age of 61 after an illness. Fast Eddie Clarke said of his former bandmate via Facebook “My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes. I have known Phil since he was 21 and he was one hell of a character. Fortunately we made some fantastic music together and I have many many fond memories of our time together. Rest in Peace, Phil!”



  • On Parole (1975/1979)
  • Motörhead (1977)
  • Overkill (1979)
  • Bomber (1979)
  • Ace of Spades (1980)
  • No Sleep ’til Hammersmith (1981)
  • Iron Fist (1982)
  • Another Perfect Day (1983)
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987)
  • 1916 (1991)
  • March ör Die (1992)

Other recordings

  • The Muggers (album) The Muggers Tapes Live recording from a brief spell of about 4 gigs Phil drummed with Fast Eddie Clarke on guitar, John ‘Speedy’ Keen, also on guitar, and Billy Wrath on bass. The album was released as a ‘bonus’ to a ‘Best of Motorhead’ release.
  • Philthy Phil & Fast Eddie (album) Naughty Old Santa’s Christmas Classics (1989)
  • GMT One By One 12″ single (1989)
  • GMT War Games CD release of same tracks + one other (1991)
  • The Deviants Have Left The Planet (album) drummed with Ladbroke Grove pals Mick Farren on vocals, Larry Wallis on guitar, etc. (1999)
  • Sheep In Wolves’ Clothing Motorheadbangers fan club tribute CD. The Deviants Mick Farren vocals, Andy Colquhoun, guitar, David Ito, bass and Philthy, drums; re-recorded the Motorhead / Farren song ‘Lost Johnny’ for the CD – released 7 April 2008.


Get to know vinyl’s cylindrical forefather.

The University of California have undertaken the Herculean task of digitising their peerless archive of wax cylinder recordings at the Santa Barbara Library. Dating from the late 19th and early 20th century and including everything from hit singles to recordings of animal noises, 10,000 cylinders from the archive have now been put online and are available to stream and download.

First made of tin foil, then of wax and ultimately plastic, the cylinder was the first commercially available sound recording format, shaped like a tin can and typically played on a wind-up cylinder phonograph.

Having grown three-fold in the last ten years, the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive still has 2,000 cylinders to upload, but is calling for support in the form of an ‘adopt a cylinder’ scheme, where a tax-deductible $60 will cover the rehousing, cataloguing and digitising of the cylinder.

Explore the archive, browse by genre and listen to playlists online here.

[via Boing Boing]

Andy White (1930-2015)


Andy White, a Scottish drummer who famously sat in with the Beatles in place of Ringo Starr on the recordings of Love Me Do and P.S. I Love You, has died in New Jersey after suffering a stroke at the age of 85.

White was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1930 and took up the drums at the age of 12. Five years later, he started to do session drumming and, in 1958, he moved to the U.S. northeast where he formed a band that would back such touring musicians as Chuck Berry and the Platters.

By 1960, he was back in England where he played on what is considered to be Britain’s first rock record, The Sound of Fury by Billy Fury but it was a call from George Martin’s assistant in September 1962 that gave him his most famous credit. Martin was unhappy with the drumming of both Pete Best and Ringo Starr on two separate recordings of the Beatle’s song Love Me Do and he wanted a session drummer brought in to lay down the track. The Beatles recorded the third an final version of the song on September 4, 1962 with White on drums and Ringo on tambourine. They also recorded the b-side of that first single, P.S. I Love You, on the same day with Ringo on maracas.

While the version with Starr drumming was released originally in Britain, the White version was used for all subsequent releases both as singles and on albums. Andy was paid for the session but was not due any royalties for the recording.

White also claimed to have played at the September 11, 1962 session for Please Please Me but is not generally given credit.

Andy went on to play on numerous other hit records out of Britain including Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual and Lulu’s Shout along with tracks by Herman’s Hermits, Rod Stewart, Anthony Newley and others.

White moved to the U.S. in the late 80’s where he taught drumming, specifically for Scottish bagpipe bands. He also was hired to teach Steven Van Zandt drums for his role on  The Sopranos.

In 2008, White was introduced to the band the Smithereens and became involved in their projects to rerecord some of the Beatles early classics. Andy played on their version of P.S. I Love You and, later, appeared with the band in concert.

Source: VVN


Slade are one of Britain’s most popular and enduring bands, standing shoulder to shoulder next to the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who as an immovable part of Britain’s rock firmament, and they’ve been lavishly praised by the likes of Messrs Lennon & McCartney and Mick Jagger, chaps who know a good tune when they hear one.

Described as the missing link between the Beatles and Oasis (the latter having covered ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’), Slade are never far from British ears and hearts, having created some of the most beloved, indelible songs in the history of popular music.

When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975 pays homage to their phenomenal run of hit singles and albums in the early 70s, when they seemingly could do no wrong.

The Box Set contains

  • 4 x vinyl LPs (Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed and Blue and Slade In Flame) reproduced in their original sleeves, remastered for optimum sound and pressed on 180gm coloured vinyl
  • 4 x double sided picture sleeve singles covering the key hits of the period not on the albums ‘Coz I Love You’ / ‘Look Wot You Dun’ ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’ / ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ ‘Skweeze Me Pleeze Me’ / ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ ‘The Bangin Man’ / ‘Thanks For The Memory’
  • Flexidisc – Slade Talk to 19 Readers
  • 2 CD collection of the audio on the four vinyl LPs (Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed and Blue and Slade In Flame)
  • 10inch annual style hardback book featuring reviews, features and memorabilia from each of the key years along with an introduction by Mark Ellen
  • Reproduction of George Tremlett’s excellent 1975 book The Slade Story which includes period interviews with all four members and a chronology of tour and release dates up to the time of its publication
  • Presented in a sturdy 12inch box with foam fitment


This box set is released on 13th November 2015 on Salvo Records.


Johnny Marr’s debut live album ‘Adrenalin Baby’ documents his energetic live performances over the past three years across a double album.

Recorded primarily at his Brixton Academy and Manchester Apollo shows during Johnny’s ‘Playland’ tour in support of his Top 10 solo albums ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Playland’. In addition to material from his solo albums, ‘Adrenalin Baby’ also features takes on The Smiths’ classics ‘The Headmaster Ritual’, ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ and ‘How Soon Is Now?’.

The collection is completed by Electronic’s ‘Getting Away With It’ and Johnny’s interpretation of ‘I Fought The Law’.

“I wanted to capture the atmosphere and feeling of the last couple of tours,” says Johnny. “It’s been a special time and the album is a document for fans who were there, and for people who haven¹t seen me and might want to check out what the shows are about. I like live records when they¹re a good listen, It¹s turned out really well.”

The LP & limited edition and numbered pink coloured double-vinyl (with a poster) will be released on 13th November 2015 on New Voodoo Records.


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