Electronic Love

I’ve just received the most WONDERFUL Christmas gift from one of my oldest and dearest friends. If every you’ve asked yourself, “what is the perfect gift for the audiophile who has everything?” this is precisely the sort of gift you should consider.

This is the Electronic Love Blueprint: A History of Electronic Music by the Dorothy design collective – an electrical schematic of a theremin mapping 200 inventors, innovators, artists, composers spanning the entire history of recorded sound. Key pioneers featured include Léon Theremin, Bob Moog, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin.

It loosely groups genres, from the obscure Musique Concrète (Pierre Schaeffer) to the better known Krautrock (Kraftwerk, Can, Tangerine Dream, Neu!, Faust, Cluster, Harmonia and Amon Düül II) Synthpop (Gary Numan, Human League, Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Pet Shop Boys) and Electronica (New Order, The Prodigy, Massive Attack, LCD Sound System and Daft Punk). There are also references to the experimental BBC Radiophonic Workshop and favourite innovating record labels Mute and Warp.

This metallic silver screen print on 120gsm Keaykolour Royal Blue uncoated paper measures 60 x 80cm and will be the pride of my listening room.

I’ve ordered a UK frame and can’t wait to display it!


National Record Store Day

The fourth annual National Record Store Day was a fantastic success.  Keeping with tradition, record labels issued super limited edition albums available Saturday only.

Disney released a 10″ picture disc for the occasion – featuring four of Daft Punk’s songs from the TRON: LEGACY soundtrack.  The final track, “Castor” was not available on the original soundtrack, making these discs even more collectible.


From Examiner.com:

“In keeping with its title (and the cutting-edge TRON imagery), TRANSLUCENCE is pressed on translucent vinyl featuring a likeness of the Identity Disks featured in the film and will be available in 3 colors: red, blue and yellow. TRANSLUCENCE is limited to only 6000 manufactured units worldwide – 2000 of each color.”

I’m still trying to gather statistical information, but it appears there were more limited edition releases this year than there were for any of the previous Record Store Days.  This is great news for independent record stores because it’s one more thing they can offer that the big chain stores cannot.

The official Record Store Day website (www.recordstoreday.com) has a page filled with quotes from musicians supporting independent record stores.

Tom Waits was quoted saying, “Folks who work here are professors. Don’t replace all the knowers with guessors keep’em open they’re the ears of the town.”

In Buffalo, record fans waited in the rain for 45 minutes outside of Spiral Scratch Records.  We packed the small shop, shuffling past each other, flipping through new releases.

I found a sealed re-issue of Captain Beefheart’s Safe as Milk and similar issue of Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left.  As much as I’d prefer the original pressing, I couldn’t even afford the new copies, so I left them behind and took home a new Spiral Scratch t-shirt instead.

Later, at Record Theatre on Main I had better luck and found an LP I’d been looking for for over a year for a mere two dollars.

Sweet Cream - Sweet Cream & Other Delights

Sweet Cream & Other Delights is yet another parody cover spoofing Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass and their memorable Whipped Cream LP.  The album has been imitated more than 10 times by other artists.  Check out a few of my favorites below.

pat cooper - spaghetti sauce & other delights

Soul Asylum - clam dip & other delights

Frivolous Five - Sour Cream & Other Delights
For more album cover parodies check out M Patton’s gallery on rateyourmusic.com.

I’ve got some really special vinyl planned for this Wednesday night, so stay tuned.

A Very Geeky Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  My holiday was filled with fun and surprises, and I’m excited to share a few of them with you here.

As many of you know I am a Pacman fanatic and own a sizable collection of original Pacman merchandise.  Below is a photo of just a portion of my collection.

A few of my Pacman collectibles

I even designed and applied a custom vinyl graphic to my car to show my Pacman pride.


Earlier this season my girlfriend surprised me with some new Pacman merchandise – the energy drink and power pellet candy.

Pacman Bonus Fruit Energy Drink

Pacman Power Pellet Candy

And as soon as the holiday season came around, I unpacked my 2008 Hallmark Pacman Christmas ornament.

Pacman Hallmark ornament 2008

The Great Yellow One was the furthest thing from my brain on our trip to see family, until we stopped for food at a rest stop and I saw this in a crane machine.

Pacman crane machine

Sadly I was without change so we trucked on down the road.

To my astonishment, my brother read my mind and presented me with a UFO plush Pacman just like the one in the crane machine the next day!

I continued to dance a little jig when I received the following geeky gifts…

A Pacman “Hot Heads” oven mit

Pacman Oven Mit

funky Pacman Lounge Pants (from two different people!)

Pacman Lounge Pants

a custom-made Daft Punk cigarette case/business card holder

Daft Punk Cigarette Case

a Kryten bobblehead figure from Red Dwarf

Kryten bobblehead

and a :CueCat barcode scanner to help catalog all my albums.

:CueCat barcode scanner

I finished off the night tuning into the new Doctor Who Christmas Special.  What more could I possibly ask for!  Thanks to everyone who made Christmas so special, and have a happy new year!

Pacman doll

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