just saying.

According to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold in the U.S. alone, the format’s best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.  A drop in the bucket perhaps; but also pretty amazing considering plummeting CD sales.  Besides, those number account only for NEW pressings of both new and old releases.  Old school vintage vinyl sales were, of course, much higher.

Digital wolves in warm, fuzzy sheep’s clothing (originally published July 2009)


I know a lot of the Darkjive faithful are also among the analog faithful (some, if only in spirit). The clicks and pops old records afford make our hearts skip a beat (even recreated on digitized copies). Well, get ready for a digital wolf in warm, somewhat fuzzy sheep’s clothing: 45iPodcases.com. Their tagline even heralds “Digital meets analog” (very, very literally).

Very clever, I say. Using old vinyl, labels and all (and old cassette tapes for iPod nanos) their collision of chips and skips is definitely a statement maker. As a 45 collector, I hope they use records that are unplayable (no reason for the babies to suffer).

And speaking of a new birth of wax, both iTunes and Amazon are selling digital 45s!

Apple’s iTunes Music Store is taking digital music back into the groove, offering two-song packages known as “Digital 45s“: which feature an A-side and a B-side. For $1.50-$2.00, you can purchase a single along with a lesser-known track you might not already have (that can be difficult to find elsewhere on iTunes). Great ideas never really die. They just get remixed.

Jive on…

Turntable goes minimalist (originally published February 2010)

The little guy pictured above is a Linos Portable USB vinyl record player (never would have guessed it). How does it work, you ask?

Hook the wire into your computer. The bar has two parts. Take out the bottom base, place the long play album or single on top, and then sandwich it with the overarching top. To start playing, move the player arm into position. Bananas, right? Pop it in your pocket and you’re good to go (so long as you have a computer or something that accepts a USB cord handy).

Probably not the best option for that $200 impossibly rare mint copy, but cool beans for that $1.99 joint. Definitely a fun choice for a beginning collector.

thanks to Gizmodo for the info.

Robin Cooksley’s 21st Century Console

Custom built by a North Carolina-based woodworker, this retro record player cabinet, houses all your audio components and even has integrated speakers. The unit is made from walnut and baltic birch plywood. The doors have a wave effect carved into them echoing the sound waves from the speakers. The unit incorporates some traditional joinery such as dovetail joints. The cabinet can be fully customized to your exact needs, in regards to the size of your components, choice of wood species, whether to incorporate the speakers or more storage space, Ipod docs etc. Contact robincooksley@hotmail.com for a quote and shipping information.