While the late '90s electronica boom saw artists breaking modern rock radio, experimental duo Funkstörung "thumbed their noses at convention and elevated the groundbreaking achievements of predecessors like John Cage and Christian Marclay." For the sixteenth installment of the Vinyl Vault series, we spoke with Kurt B. Reighley (aka DJ El Toro) on Funkstörung's experimental dance remixes and unconventional record packaging.
'80s Cleveland hardcore band The Guns never got their due respect until a recent compilation release on Smog Veil Records. This discography, however, serves a purpose beyond a mere document of preservation. "It's a definitive record of what laid the groundwork for what became the Clevo hardcore, punk and metal scenes that showed me how I could take control of my own life." In this Vinyl Vault, A. Iwasa talks The Guns, Cleveland's hardcore scene and more.
For Red Spade Records founder Robyn Raymond, vinyl is all about the community. "I love how vinyl crisscrosses the world so effortlessly, and brings a whole bunch of people together [that] I wouldn't have had the occasion to meet otherwise." Through her lathe cutting work and co-hosting the Women in Vinyl podcast, Robyn's mission has been to engage with the community to create a more inclusive space for women and non-binary record lovers. For this entry in the Vinyl Vault, we talked with Robyn about the her lathe work and a favorite record in her collection from a fellow Canadian, City in Colour.
With the release of the 1991 album Doctor Head's World Tower, alternative rock group Flipper's Guitar introduced a wholly original sound to the burgeoning music scene in Japan, and even created a new genre dubbed "Shibuya-Kei". For this entry in the Vinyl Vault, we spoke with our friend and zine artist Randy Asakura about the history, influence and legacy of this seminal, yet underappreciated, album.
For Bailey Moses, records are more than just a medium to listen to music, but a means for endless creative expression. With her lathe cut project, Hocus Bogus, she has made upcycled records out of VHS tapes, flowers, food, and just about anything you could imagine. We had a quick chat with Bailey on how she got started in the lathe community, and how she continually tests the limits of what a record can be.