Daptone Records has a unique sound that reflects on great soul classics of another era, yet reaffirms that good music is timeless. Daptone co-founder Neal Sugarman discusses the label history, ethos, recording strategy, making vinyl records and recording some of the greats like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley & Amy Winehouse. A very special guest for episode 150 of The Vinyl Guide podcast.
Royce da 5'9" is one of the world's most respected hip-hop artists and has a new highly personal album "Book of Ryan". Today he shares his story, the challenges of his youth, the methods he uses to write rhymes, his collaborations with Eminem and answers listener questions. Enjoy!
Will Calhoun is best known as the drummer of Living Colour, however his musical building blocks were from jazz legends like Art Blakey & Elvin Jones. Today Will talks about his influences and the advice he had the pleasure of receiving from them first hand.
The band Failure has witnessed major transitions within the world of analogue & digital recording and the re-ignition of the vinyl record format. With their new album, "In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind", Chief Cosmonaut Ken Andrews takes us through the history of Failure recordings, their vinyl history and some of the interesting stories and rare-records of their past.
50 years ago The Beatles formed Apple Records and recorded The White Album. Noted Beatles historian Bruce Spizer tells the tale of that amazing year with details that music fans and record collectors will enjoy.
Before Black Flag, Chuck Dukowski formed Würm, a highly revered & influential band to the Los Angeles punk scene. Now Chuck is re-releasing the Würm catalogue for Record Store Day Black Friday and today share tales of the band, stories from his music career and discusses the rare records of his time with Black Flag.
Photos by Jerry Milton, more can be enjoyed here.
Today we get a 'State of the Vinyl' update from Eric Astor, the President & CEO of one of America's largest record pressing plants, Furnace Manufacturing. Eric addresses current pressing capacities, how Furnace selects raw materials for quality control, anecdotes on major box sets, advise and wisdom from a life of experience pressing records and heaps more. Enjoy!
Mark Evans played bass for AC/DC through their formative years, across the albums "TNT", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and "Let There Be Rock". Today he shares stories of those albums, making those records, some wild tales of Bon Scott and his current gig with Rose Tattoo. It's our first video episode, enjoy, become a patron at Patreon.com/vinylguide and see it for yourself!
The Misfits have gone from cult band to legendary status and their early records are highly collectible. Today we discuss the singles, LPs and misc collectibles of The Misfits with uber-collector Fredrik, co-creator of the "On Earth As It Is In Hell" discography guides.
Klaus Voormann has lived the life of an artist, befriending the Beatles in Hamburg, creating the artwork for 'Revolver', then going on to become a collaborator on their many solo works and beyond. Enjoy a conversation full of stories, memories and insight from the epicentre of the greatest band in history during their most colourful times.
Kraftwerk is considered one of the most innovative and influential groups in music history, yet rarely give interviews. Today Wolfgang Flür shares stories of his time in the band, the recordings, the tours, the personalities and his solo career with Yamo and Musik Soldat. Plus a new track for the Vinyl Guide audience to enjoy.
It's an Anthrax double-header! 1st we speak w Scott Ian, guitar hero of the legendary big 4 thrash band about everything from guitars and music to spoken word performances and beard maintenance. Then we chat w Shawn Franklin, audio restoration engineer and chief sculptor of the State of Euphoria 30 year reissue. Enjoy!
Deniz Tek is the founder of Radio Birdman and, in the course of 2 albums, redefined music for the youth of Australia. Hear his stories of the early days, the DIY rare records, the breakup, his multiple careers and the return rise of popularity for Radio Birdman.
Tom Timony had held many roles in the music industry and, at one point, led the team at Ralph Records, home of the avant-garde act The Residents. Today Tom shares stories from inside Ralph Records, The Residents, the rare and legendary records and more. Plus a track from The Scallions to enjoy!
In part 2, Craig discusses his time working w Chuck Schuldiner of Death, working w Rick Rubin on Manmade God and his new band 'Dress The Dead', plus a new track to enjoy.
Craig Locicero was at ground zero during the early days of the Bay Area thrash metal scene. Today he shares his history and stories from those times, including the writing and recording of "Forbidden Evil" and "Twisted Into Form".
In Part 2, Brain tells of his time with Guns & Roses; from joining to nearly losing the gig, the indulgence of recording 'Chinese Democracy', to touring around the world and all that time waiting for shows to start. This is part 2 of a 2 part series.
In Part 1, Brain shares his history and experience drumming for Primus, Limbomaniacs, Praxis, Tom Waits, Buckethead and more.
Greg Puciato, former frontman of the Dillinger Escape Plan, shares his history, approach and process on physical format media and how his band The Black Queen is making the release of 'Infinite Games' special for all vinyl fans.
Drumming legend Deen Castronovo shares his musical history, playing w Bad English, the reformation of Journey, playing w Ozzy Osbourne and more recently hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies. PLUS a new track from their LP, enjoy!
This week we chat with the ever-optimistic Andrew W.K. about fighting depression with music, vinyl pressings, his new album 'You're Not Alone', summoning the energy for his athletic live performances and heaps more.
Keith Morris of OFF!, Circle Jerks and Black Flag joins us for a special live event at Creme Tangerine Records in Costa Mesa California. Keith shares heaps of stories, memories and takes questions from the live audience. Enjoy!
Myles Kennedy steps away from fronting Alter Bridge and Slash & the Conspirators to deliver an incredible solo record. "Year of the Tiger" is a deeply personal story and today Myles talks about that journey as well as his many other adventures in rock and roll.
James Williamson co-wrote and played on the Iggy & The Stooges landmark LP 'Raw Power', thus laying a cornerstone of modern music. Today he shares his story, joining The Stooges, the making & butchering of Raw Power, Kill City, Ready to Die & more, as well as his diversion into IT and corporate executive life in Silicon Valley. Plus we share a track from his new LP "Behind the Shade", enjoy!
In the space of one year, Les McKeown went from being an unknown kid in Scotland to selling millions of records and having his own TV show. Today we talk about what was happening inside the Rollermania cocoon, the dodgy characters along the way and how Les still brings Bay City Rollers music to the masses.