A Personal Guide to finding your obscure white whale vinyl So, you’re getting a little more into the “hardcore” side of vinyl collecting. For some of the more obscure bands, and even bands who are not-so-obscure, you’re sure to run into a problem. There’s an album you love that you want to own, only to find that its only vinyl … Read More
It is interesting how people we meet influence us. I am a lover of vinyl records. I currently have one hundred records in my own personal collection. But first, let me tell you the story of how I got so interested in them, and the lady behind me getting my first record player.
Music has always been a major part of my life. Many of my family members have been, and are, musicians. I’ve been going to concerts almost my entire life. My first concert was when I went to the Bonnaroo Music Festival at only eleven months old. But I didn’t have interest in vinyl records until I met my friend Dot.
Greta Van Fleet are a rock band from Frankenmuth, Michigan formed in 2012. The band’s lineup consists of twin brothers Josh and Jake Kiszka (on guitar and vocals respectively), as well as younger brother Sam Kiszka on bass and keyboards, and their friend Danny Wagner on drums.
I’ll say this right off the bat and get it out of the way, this band sounds damn near identical to Led Zeppelin. An impressive feat, considering that twin brothers Josh and Jake are only 21 years old, and younger brother Sam and drummer Danny are only 18 years old. What immediately struck me on my first listen to this band, was the power of Jake Kiszka’s vocals, and how much they truly evoked Robert Plant’s vocals in the early Zeppelin days.
It’s taken years to curate and care for your precious vinyl record collection. Now, you have to relocate to another state, and you’ll be bringing dozens, maybe even hundreds, of albums with you.
Don’t even think about stacking those retro records in a box and hoping for the best. The last thing you want when you pull your classic LPs from moving boxes is to find the discs warped or scratched and the jacket spines torn.
“Knowing what you have, considering how long the move will take, choosing the right supplies and enlisting any help needed makes the all the difference,” says Matt Gluskin, who maintains Wax Times, a blog devoted to vinyl records.
Before you start packing your vinyl collection, spin through these tips on how to move your records safely so you can kick back and enjoy all those classic tunes in your new home. If you plan on storing your collection, be sure to check out the steps in outlined in our vinyl storage guide.
The years between 1999’s “World Coming Down” and 2003’s “Life Is Killing Me” held a few significant events for Type O Negative. Among these were several fall tours (always around Halloween), Bassist/Front-man Peter Steele’s worsening addiction to cocaine and alcohol, as well as the failing health of his mother following the death of his father. The release of a “greatest hits” album titled “The Least Worst of Type O Negative”. And last but not least, September 11, 2001. Though they never wrote any songs about the events of 9/11, it certainly affected several members of the Brooklyn band. In this last installment of my three-part article about the band, I will cover the last two studio releases, as well as the events behind them, and finally the untimely death of a one of a kind Front-man/songwriter, Peter Steele.
The year of our lord 1976 found our heroes David Bowie and Iggy Pop in rough shape. Iggy Pop (aka James Newell Osterburg Jr.) who, only a few short years before, was the toast of the New York underground along with his fellow stooges; was now left friendless in the pissy gutters of New York City. That is, except for one friend. That friend was David Bowie (aka David Robert Jones). Bowie himself had recently hit a bottom of his own, barely remembering the tracking of last year’s “Station to Station” due to an astronomical cocaine habit. He was also cited as making remarks while stoned, in favor of the other “f” word, fascism. In light of all this tragedy, David Bowie grabbed his friend Iggy Pop out of the gutter, and took him to Berlin.
This album saw a huge overhaul in the sound and approach to Type O Negative’s music, and became the most well-known release to date in the band’s catalog. For every fan they lost they more than likely gained ten. Bloody Kisses was the first release on Roadrunner records to achieve gold and platinum status as well up to that point. The year between this release and 1992’s “Origin of the Feces” found the band (specifically Steele) frequenting the booming gothic club scene in Manhattan’s alphabet city. Besides the main ingredients of Black Sabbath and the Beatles as influences, this album pulled influences from goth groups such as Sisters of Mercy, Lycia, and numerous others. Like most casual fans of Motorhead who only listen to “Ace of Spades”, this album has the 2 songs that most casual fans are all too happy to keep on repeat, “Black Number 1” and “Christian Woman”.
As I previously wrote in my article “Ministry Al Jourgensen The First 15 Years”, I was first introduced to this band via cassette in 1996 (I was blessed with cool uncles) by way of their album “October Rust” which had come out earlier that year. We will get to that album later, because this is the first installment of a multi-part article about this awesome band’s entire catalog. It would be impossible (if not irresponsible) to write an article about Type O Negative without at least a brief mention of bassist/Vocalist Peter Steele’s earlier work with the 80’s Thrash/crossover group Carnivore. Carnivore, quite simply put, is a band that never in a million years would get a record deal in today’s pussy-whipped politically correct musical and social landscape. Carnivore had song titles like “Jesus Hitler”, “God is Dead”, “Race War”, as well as the fun-for-whole-family track “Suck My Dick”.