The vinyl comeback is still going strong. According to the recently-released mid-year report from the RIAA, sales of vinyl records are up by more than 52 percent when compared to the same time last year. The report—which only looked at new record sales, not used vinyls—showed that sales of actual records were almost half of the total of that of CD revenue, bringing in $229 million in the six month period. That’s a pretty large number, considering the technology has been basically obsolete for decades. Unsurprisingly, though, physical music sales as a whole (including CDs and tapes) continue to fall as more people turn to streaming to listen to music. If hipsters can revive one old antiquated, cultural trend by making vinyl cool again, there’s no reason the same can’t be done for those sweet old bikes with the giant front wheel. Lets all rally together and make a pennyfarthing revival a reality. Discuss
Beach House may have just released their new album Depression Cherry, but that’s not going to stop the band from dropping another this Friday. Just don’t call Thank Your Lucky Stars a surprise release. Despite falling in line with Beyonce, Radiohead and David Bowie, the Baltimore duo insists this is no spur of the moment decision. “We are very excited, it's an album being released the way we want,” says the band via Twitter. “It's not a companion to depression cherry or a surprise or b-sides.” The band hasn’t shared any Thank Your Lucky Stars music yet, but we do have this awesome highlight from Depression Cheery, “Sparks.”
“Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…” Wait, no. Wrong Will Smith era. Fun fact: Before the Fresh Prince taught us all about the dangers about playing b-ball after school, he was part of a music duo with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Well, the two may be back. According to an interview Smith gave recently on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio, the two are plotting an album and tour for next year. Sure, this will be a first for both of them, but Smith says he’s “pretty certain” it could happen. Hopefully, this time, parents of the world will finally understand. Check out the interview below.
Once upon a time in the late 1990s, a magical group of female musicians toured together for three consecutive summers and called themselves The Lilith Fair. OK, so maybe this sounds like the stuff of myth thanks to today’s often male-centric music events—but it won’t be for much longer if HAIM has anything to say about it. The sister group recently spoke to The New Yorker where they mused about the idea of starting an all-women music festival. Their dream lineup? Lorde, Florence And The Machine, Savages, CHVRCHES, Jenny Lewis, Taylor Swift. Hey, if they can join T-Swift’s squad and tour every country everywhere (or at least it seems) behind their debut Days are Gone, this ought to be a snap, right?
Here’s what eldest Haim Este had to say:
We talk about this all the time, how there aren’t enough female-represented bands and artists at festivals. You don’t see them. And it’s really sad for us. We came up with the idea basically of why can’t we just bring back a festival that’s just ladies. Not that we don’t love the boys...
I did see Melissa Ethridge in concert, I saw Sarah McLachlan in concert, I saw Paula Cole in concert, and Sheryl Crowe. All these amazing ladies had such an amazing outlet and place to play music, and it was really beautiful and I feel like that’s not really available anymore and that outlet isn’t there. We talk semi-jokingly but semi-seriously about making it happen. So stay tuned. I think that would be really magical.
This just in—the newest way for hipsters to listen to their music is actually quite old. As reported by NBC nightly news, the cassette is making its comeback. While it hasn’t quite hit has hard as the vinyl craze, the numbers are impressive. A Springfield, Missouri-based tape manufacture called National Audio Company reports having sold more than 20 million cassette tapes. (20 million!) Kinda insane to think about it. (Seriously, who knew that there were that many tape players still in existence?) But it’s also nice to hear from someone like National Audio Company president who owes his success to “stubbornness and stupidity.” Check out the full video segment below.