A new generation gets into the grooves.
By: Alex Templar - MSTv
Ask just about any young adult under the age of 20 what a vinyl record is and they'll probably say, "that's easy - its a CD!"
Now if you're over 30, you'll probably sigh, or just shake your head in disbelief as another bastion of your youth is forgotten.
But, things are never that bad when the area of music is concerned. A new revolution is gaining steam as the current generation is rediscovering the retro sound of the vinyl record.
Personally, I think its about time classic "sounding" music garnered its second coming. In a sense, its the same argument made for those who enjoy the look of older movies, with their jitters, static noise look and occasional skips.
Younger music listeners missed out on the additional sounds of cracking, higher "highs" and a range of audio depth that could only be gained from increasing the bass or, made easier by just listening to a vinyl recording.
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However, change is in the air, under 25-year-olds are the driving force behind the surge in sales for vinyl records over the past five years.
Research by ICM suggests 18 to 24-year-olds are buying more vinyl records than any other age group under fifty.
The surge also coincided with the Record Store day; a mass-music push held the world over on April 20th. The event is encouraged by hundreds of musicians who release one-off singles and albums (primarily vinyl) to encourage fans to buy music in their local record shop.
And it seems the younger generation are gaining a new appreciation for the medium on the whole.
At one shop in east London, 19 year old Alex is pricing up stock for Record Store Day, he explained why he buys vinyl: "The thing about playing a CD is you put it in, press the button and it plays. This sounds a bit corny but the artist has put so much effort in with vinyl you have to get it out of its sleeve, put the needle on and I think it's respectful."
With some classic sound examples above to enjoy, do you think vinyl still has something to offer the music world?
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Space Capone fuels the stage with the Funk
By: Alex Templar - MSTv
What, or who the hell is Space Capone?
Is it disco? No, not specifically.
Is it funk? Hmm, now you're getting warmer!
Is it a classic seventies sound of dance/R&B, or the above two mixed? Ok, I'd give that a big and resounding "yes!"
The truth be told, Space Capone is virtually a one-man show known as the Nashville-based Aaron Winters. Yet his variable sized backup band can be quite big; sometimes comprised of as many as 10 pieces.
No matter where Space Capone plays, the band’s lineup features horns, those instruments that are a quintessential ingredient in the classic soul and R&B that inspires Winters.
“That’s the one piece that has to be there,” Winters said last week. “I write songs for horn arrangements. You either have those pieces or else you’re stuck with the blues.” But above all things, Winters looks to bring back the strength of Soul to mainstream music.
However, Winters "unique" sound for Soul came about more by necessity than choice. As the lead, and often sole singer in Space Capone, Winters isn't very proud of his vocal ability.
“I write songs attuned to my voice,” he said of his limited vocal abilities. “Where I do well is more the staccato, choppy singing that Michael Jackson did a good job with. But I’ve never claimed to be a singer’s singer, someone you’d hear on American Idol.”
The Nashville living and based Winters, grew up Carthage, Ind. But aftter dropping out of college, Winters found himself drawn to the feel and welcoming musical environment of Nashville.
“Everybody knows each other here,” he said. “There are a lot of young people doing creative stuff. It’s a really cool city to be in right non. And people are always handing things to me, saying, ‘Listing to this. Listen to this.’ That’s songwriting fuel for me.”
Levine and the boys
By: The Associated Press
Maroon 5 says they’re working on a new album, but before that the pop-rockers will launch a summer tour that finds the fivesome playing outdoors.The Grammy-winning band announced Monday that they will headline the 2013 Honda Civic Tour, which kicks off Aug. 1 in St. Louis and will feature Kelly Clarkson.
“I think the live outdoor kind of summer vibe is always different than the indoor arena tour because there’s less emphasis on production and more on live music,” frontman Adam Levine said in an interview. “It’s kind of the purist form of a tour ‘cause there’s not too many bells and whistles.”
The 31-date tour wraps Oct. 5 in San Diego.
Levine says he and his bandmates are riding high off the success of last year’s “Overexposed,” their fourth album that has achieved platinum status. It features the popular hits “Payphone,” “One More Time” and “Daylight.”
“It’s so amazing to have an album people connect with and embrace. It’s a dream come true. It’s hard to believe to have lighting strike twice and three times and four times,” he said. “We’re having a moment. A good moment.”
He also says the group is working on the follow-up to that album: “We’re just getting started. We’ve got some great songs in the can.”
“The stuff we’re working on now, it definitely has gone maybe a little darker in its sound, maybe back a little bit more to what we kind of did on (our debut) ‘Songs About Jane,’” said guitarist James Valentine. “But at this point we do have all kinds of different songs and it is early.”