Record Machine: Oddball Flexi Discs

Flexi discs — those thin sheets of plastic or coated paper containing music and other recordings — used to be included in magazines, fan club gifts, or other giveaways. Their popularity waned once CDs took more of a market share in the ’90s, but now Pirate Press is reviving the format with releases from Deerhoof, Napalm Death, and Jack White. Recently, I unearthed a few releases from the late ‘70s hidden in my inherited collection.

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Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Un Gelato per Tutti 2”

This translates to, AN ICE CREAM FOR EVERYONE! Sounds like a tune that’s right up my alley, even though I have to wear three pairs of socks and two hoodies to not freeze to death in my apartment.  Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Un Gelato per Tutti 2”

Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “While We’re Young”

Bob Thompson, inventor of “Space Age Pop,” recorded this piece of music with the Bob Thompson Orchestra and the Bob Thompson Chorus. Chill out, Bob Thompson, we know it’s all about you. Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “While We’re Young”

Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “You Don’t Know What Love Is”

Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here crying in the corner because I just fell in love with an artist who retired from music in 1966.  Read More Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “You Don’t Know What Love Is”

The Phonograph: A Love Story

I admit it. I am madly, deeply and irrevocably in love with my 1920 Victor Victrola phonograph that I restored last year. I’d always wanted a Victor Victrola phonograph, because as I’ve discovered, the history of the phonograph is the social history of the early twentieth century. Read More The Phonograph: A Love Story