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Optimists of Tomorrowland Get a Record that is Just a Dream Away

Disney has started a blog called "Story Orbit", where a person (Amelia) is blogging about her grandfathers involvement with the Walt Disney Company and the 64-65 World's Fair. In one of her blog posts, she talks about discovering a collection of records:

http://storyorbit.com/for-the-record

She offered to send some of these records out to followers of her blog, and a week or so later people had them start showing up!

It didn't take long until people discovered that both sides of these records (ST-3929) have hidden tracks. These records are actually double-grooved, so it is a little tricky to get the track you actually want to listen to. Amelia posted a follow-up to the records at:

http://storyorbit.com/about-those-records

I've posted the record in its entirety under the Story Teller Series section as "ST-3929 Just a Dream Away". I did edit it as The normal track and then the hidden track, for both sides... so be prepared for occasional long pauses between dialogue.

You'll notice that the records have a look and feel of an old Disneyland Records album.

LISTEN HERE!

New audio player! No more buffering errors!

There have been a variety of complaints about audio not playing on the site, and just saying "buffering". This has happened from time-to-time when Adobe releases a Flash update that has a bug causing this kind of problem. The most recent time this happened, it ha taken even longer than usual to fix it.

In an effort to get things back to a reliable state, went hunting for a new player. Several other players are plagued by this bug, but I have found one that seems to be working properly.

Thanks for your patience while dealing with these bugs! Keep on listening!

Halloween Vinyl

It is that time of the year again... Halloween! Here are some spooky vinyls to celebrate the day:

DIY Analog Vinyl Sampling?

Today we have a creative, yet odd, use of vinyl. A designer is using a laser cutter to essentially splice together records!?

Designer and generative photographer Ishac Bertran‘s latest project is taking sampling in bold, painstaking new directions. With a nod to the analog days of yore, when sampling music meant having to physically cut and paste audio tape together, Bertran’s decided to transfer that technique to an even older music technology: vinyl records. How? Well, by quite simply cutting pieces out and refitting them into different records. Nothing to it. And after some trial and error (and burnt vinyl), he found the best technique for doing this was with a lazer cutter.

Vinyl Making A Come Back?

Mashable is now reporting :

"Vinyl record sales have increased 55% this year in the UK, demonstrating that the legacy technology still has a niche in the market."

The article points at nostalgia as being a contributing factor. Surely all of you can relate!?

Disneyland Record Logo Returns

According to Blog Tracks, of Mouse Tracks:

"The big news among Disney record lovers is that Disney and Intrada have launched a co-branded CD (NOT download) line -- with the classic Disneyland Records label logo."

I think it is great that they are bring the logo back! I'm sure plenty of us are nostalgic about the logo alone.

Are You the Life of the Party?

In the past, I have found albums with the same catalog number, but different content. Today, I give an example of a pair of albums which have the same name and content, but different covers and

BV-1303 WDL-3001

At the very least, the covers seem to imply different target audiences. Which do you think is better?

Library of Congress Publishes Recordings for Free!

The Library of Congress has created an outlet for people to enjoy old recordings in their archives, called the National Jukebox!

"At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others."

I don't expect that there will be any Disney Records related selections included anytime soon! However, one can safely assume that there are numerous selections posted, that had once been on our beloved vinyl records. I feel as if they have a similar mission as us, in preserving these recordings for many future generations to enjoy.

So, if you haven't already, go start creating your playlist on the National Jukebox now!

I Need That Record!

A short while ago I came across a mention of a new DVD being released called I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store () .

As I usually do, I checked Netflix to see if they had it, and then added it to my queue. This past week, the DVD showed up in my mailbox and I was able to watch it.

The documentary investigates the trend of record stores disappearing in today's society. Being a record collector, this film certainly hits a soft spot in my heart. I am sad to say that I am too young to have been able to participate in the glory days of record stores. Music tends to have a very important impact on peoples lives, and often brings people together. Throughout the story, you are provided very interesting perspectives, stories, and presumed facts about the music industry. The film was fairly well produced, with a clear passion for the subject.

Overall, I highly recommend you checking out this documentary if you are a fan of record stores and/or vinyl in general.

If you are a fan of indepedent documentaries, I would also recommend checking out:

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