Tag: Records

Also Available from Casablanca Records…

Also Available from Casablanca Records…

Ephemera, Music
After several years of dormancy, my trusty mmf-2.1 turntable was recently dusted off and plugged in. To celebrate the moment, I went with one of my favorite albums of all time, Kiss's 1975 classic live document, Alive!. One thing that caught my eye this time wasn't the vinyl or the cool band pictures inside, but rather the paper dust sleeves. One side bears the classic Casablanca Records logo, but the other is just a typical ad for the label's other releases. Kiss's first three studio albums and Alive! are here, as one would expect. But check it out, there's Parliament, Buddy Miles, and Donna Summer too! If that doesn't scream 1970s I don't what does.
Football Friday: Aaron Rodgers’ Assault on the NFL Record Books

Football Friday: Aaron Rodgers’ Assault on the NFL Record Books

Football Friday, Sports
Through eleven games this NFL season, the Green Bay Packers are the league's lone undefeated team. Equally as impressive has been Aaron Rodgers' season at quarterback. Rodgers is making a serious run at a handful of league records -- completion rate, passer rating, and touchdown passes. Here are the current record-holders for each of those categories: Completion Percentage 1. 71.8% -- Aaron Rodgers, Packers (2011*) 2. 70.6% -- Drew Brees, Saints (2009); Ken Anderson, Bengals (1982) 4. 70.3% -- Steve Young, 49ers (1994) 5. 70.2% -- Drew Brees, Saints (2011*); Joe Montana, 49ers (1989) 7. 69.3% -- Brian Griese, Buccaneers (2004) -- Didn't see that coming did you? 8. 69.2% -- Daunte Culpepper, Vikings (2004) 9. 69.1% -- Troy Aikman, Cowboys (1993) 10. 68.9% -- Tom Brady, Patriots...
Retrotisements: Valentine’s Day Edition

Retrotisements: Valentine’s Day Edition

Retrotisements
OK fellas, Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  You know the drill by now so make with the flowers, candy, and assorted frilly things declaring your undying love.  Need some suggestions this year?  Here's some vintage Valentine's Day advertisements to help you get in the mood... for shopping. (Western Union Telegram, 1948) DEAR LIZ SAW YOU IN MALT SHOP, FOLLOWED YOU HOME. PLEASE DO NOT CALL POLICE ON ME AGAIN.  I WAS ROOTING IN YOUR TRASH BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.  YOU WILL REALIZE THIS SOME DAY. YOU CANNOT STOP ME. LOVE, YOUR DESTINY (Baker's Coconut, 1940) Mmmmmmmm!  Nothing says "I love you" like a shag cake from a can. (Columbia Grafonola, 1921) I say this with no sarcasm whatsoever - I would gladly accept any of the items in this ad as a gift. The Grafo
Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#20-#11)

Platters that matter: 20 albums that changed my life (#20-#11)

Listcruft, Music
Music is - or at least used to be - at once a very shared and a very personal thing.  And truth be told the only thing I've spent more time doing in my life than listening to music is sleeping.  Music has informed my life since I was a kid and continues to do so, although to a lesser degree now that I'm a family man.  So it's time for me to give credit where credit is due, and list the 20 albums that had a bigger impact on me than any others. Some of these records opened my eyes to a new style of music.  Some of them resonated on a deep, emotional level.  Some were just too good to be ignored.  Some are wrapped in nostalgia now and nothing more.  But they are all critical to my development as a music lover in one way or another. #20 - Queen, The Game Memory is a tricky thing, espe
Spin the black circle

Spin the black circle

Music
The Associated Press reported recently (confirming what I had known for a time) that the reports of vinyl's demise may be exaggerated. But while music purists may be rejoicing, it's important to keep a few things in perspective. True, shipments of LPs in the U.S. increased just over 36% from 2006 to 2007; but vinyl still accounted for less than a blip on the radar in terms of overall market percentage (CDs shipped more than 500 million units in '07 compared to 1.9 million for LPs and vinyl singles combined). And the overall trend is still down - LPs haven't shipped more than 2 million units since 2001, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. Not that you'd guess from the tone of the article, which seems to infer that vinyl is poised for a major comeback. That being said, it plea...
Retrotisement – Motorola Calypso turntable

Retrotisement – Motorola Calypso turntable

Retrotisements
Due to all these record covers I've been posting lately, I've got vinyl on the brain. A recent article I caught on CNN (which I'll discuss more in depth this week) covered the mini-resurgence of vinyl as an actual music delivery format. Fancy that! So let's take a quick trip back to the days when the record was king, and ads like this one from 1957 - for the nifty Motorola Calypso turntable - were ubiquitous. It's probably too small to see in its reduced size, but the record lying on the floor in the bottom right is simply titled "Pop Music." Awesome. I'm guessing the kitchen this swingin' party is being held in is stocked full of "Soda" and "Potato Chips." And I can't help but feel bad for the girl in the blue vinyl shoes, who must be so homely that the only dancing partn...