Holiday Message

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

Gotta Groove Vinyl Record Pressing

Thank you.

As we close out our 5th year in business, we want first and foremost to extend this message of THANKS to our customers.  It’s hard to believe that only five years ago we struggled to ship our first order of 100 records out over the course of several weeks, and now we are processing 60-70,000 records per month.  We could not have grown to this degree without the continued support of our independent minded customer base, and we are sincerely thankful for your business.

Speaking of growth, as we are sure you have heard through other sources, worldwide demand for vinyl records continues to increase.  Each month we are pressing many new records for musicians who have never before released vinyl; and most of our regular customers who have been with us since our early days order nearly double the quantities they were pressing just four years ago.  The increase in consumer interest for vinyl is great for all musicians/labels/record stores; but it also creates challenges for everyone in the supply chain.

In the past 12-18 months, we have continued to augment our operation to increase capacity:

  • Our record plating operation started about one year ago, and continues to handle more of our plating needs; with plans on nearly doubling its capacity in early 2015.
  • We added another 12” pressing machine to our operation in early 2014, and are in the early planning stages of building a “new” pressing machine to add to our operation.
  • We switched to a new black vinyl formula (manufactured in the U.S.A.) in early 2014, which yields more consistent pressing results.
  • We are in the midst of construction, increasing our factory and assembly space by approximately 30 percent.
  • Clint Holley, our resident lacquer engineer, has added a second lathe and moved to a much larger studio space in town.

While we have plans to continue the expansion of our operation and the services we offer, the demand for vinyl continues to exceed the realistic rate at which growth in capacity can continue without sacrificing quality control and/or drastically increasing prices.

This year, our backlog is nearly 100,000 records higher than it was one year ago today.  Many of our customers are wisely planning releases farther and farther in advance, and we strongly encourage everyone looking to press records in 2015 to do the same.  While we certainly would like to be able to ship more records at a faster rate, we continue striving to be realistic in our turnaround time estimates, and we publish and update these estimates on our website.  We encourage you to bookmark our turnaround/scheduling webpage, and feel free to call or email us with your plans, however tentative they may be, to co-plan your release dates with us.

In closing, we want to emphasize our gratitude for the business you bring to us.  The records you have released, the jobs you have created, and the fun you have generated for folks like us leave an indelible mark in this vinyl world we live in.  Please always feel free to call/email us with feedback and/or just to say “hi”.  We look forward to keeping it independent with you for many more years to come.

NOW, FOR OUR ANNUAL FUN:

Check out our Employee Picks of 2014 – some of our favorite records pressed at GGR this year.

Holiday Specials 2014 – come and get ‘em!

 

Record Highlight — Brian Laidlaw

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

Brian Laidlaw is a poet and songwriter from San Francisco. He studied Creative Writing as an undergraduate at Stanford, at which point he began setting his own poems to music; after graduating in 2005 he toured and rambled throughout the country for several years as a solo folksinger.

In 2008, Brian moved to Minneapolis to earn an M.F.A. in poetry at the University of Minnesota. In the last year he has received awards and honors from the Loft Literary Center, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Jerome Foundation. His lyrics have been featured in American Songwriter Magazine and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New American Writing, FIELD, VOLT, Quarter After Eight, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere.

His new LP, Amoratorium, shipped out to Hymies Vintage Records, and will be available for sale at his 318 Club performance in Excelsior, MN on 11/23/14.

 

Record Highlight — Alpenglow

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

Alpenglow began in a small Vermont town when founding members Peter Coccoma, Graeme Daubert, Elori Kramer, and Kenneth Root shared songs in an old stone mill. Over the next two years, after adding bassist Colin Weeks, Alpenglow transformed original songs rooted in the folk tradition into a collection of finely crafted arrangements that are sprawling, moody, and wholly their own. Their music has been described as “swooning, harmony-laden stuff… laced with arcing fiddle, shimmering keys and healthy doses of ringing guitar punch.”

After years of walking past a hilltop chapel in the town they lived in, Alpenglow decided to play a show inside. The result was transformative: a chapel brimming with people smiling, swaying, and dancing together under the music’s effortless melodies and grooving rhythms. The spirit that night inspired Alpenglow to return to the chapel to record an album. The result is their appropriately titled new EP, Chapel, which is an effort to capture the spirit of a night, a place, and a time in the band’s life. The new collection of songs acts as a meditation on loss and the modern condition while at the same time stepping out of its reverent tone with moments of excitement and joy that ease the wayward soul.

 

Record Highlight — Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

During the coldest days of January 2014, Brooklyn duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne recorded their debut, I Line My Days Along Your Weight, as a true duet: facing each other inches apart, intent upon listening.  They wove together archaic instruments – baritone acoustic, tricone resonator, golden-era flattop, space-age lap steel, upright piano, and hundred-year-old mandolin – into a vibrant new strain. 

All the songs were recorded live to two-inch analog tape, the studio equivalent of tightrope-walking without a net.  Mark and Mary later added minimal touches of lap steel, piano, and electric guitar, but essentially what you hear is what they performed together, start to finish.  With Mark’s deeply expressive, contextual fingerstyle and Mary’s emphatic, unaffected singing, this striking debut invites listeners into a space most intimate, and most human.

On October 14, 2014, Massachusetts-based Important Records (Diane Cluck, Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch, Marisa Anderson, many others) will release I Line My Days Along Your Weight.

Record Highlight — Philip Lynch

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

Philip Lynch - At the Start at Long Last

Philip Lynch is a guitarist / singer-songwriter in New York City. HIs first album, At the Start / At Long Last is due to be released on Workbench Recordings on LP and download, Fall 2014.

The album was recorded over a period of some seven years (!) and features twelve Philip Lynch originals. Produced by James Beaudreau.

 

Record Highlight — Sama Dams

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

My oh my, our tour dates are up!10.11 San Francisco, Viracocha*10.12 Santa Cruz, Crepe Place*10.13 LA, Lexington Bar*10.14 Sacramento, Witch Room*10.15 Oakland, TBA*10.16 Chico, house show*10.17 Davis, house show*10.18 Placerville, Cozmic Cafe* (*with Cove)10.23 Walla Walla, Pop Secret10.24 Moscow, Pizza Pit10.25 Boise, house show10.26 Provo, Starry Night10.28 Ft. Collins, TBA10.29 Denver, Meadowlark10.30 Boulder, Dead Leaf Arts (read that one fast)10.31 KCMO, house show11.1 Springfield, TBA11.2 Nashville, the Basement11.3 Asheville, the Mothlight11.4 Richmond, house show11.5 DC, TBA11.7 Philadelphia, Kung Fu Necktie11.8 Kingston, the Anchor11.11 Brooklyn, Silent Barn11.15 Columbus, Kafe Kerouac11.18 Chicago, Burlington11.19 Daytrotter / Iowa City, TBA11.20 Creston, house show11.21 Lincoln, 2SMOOV11.22 Denver, Goose Neck Tavern11.23 SLC, TBA11.25 Boise, Crazy Horse</p>
<p>So looking forward to getting out on the road! And let us know if you think you can help us with a TBA or two…<br />

In a relatively short time, prog- and post-punk maestros Sama Dams have garnered an inspired following for bucking all sorts of aural cliches, instead choosing to forge ahead with brilliantly tempered blasts of soothing instrumentals and swaying experimental rock freakouts courtesy of frontman Sam Adams (not that one).  You can grab their new LP – Comfort In Doubt – at any tour stop through the end of November.

 

Record Highlight — Suzuki Junzo

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

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Tokyo guitarist/songwriter/singer Suzuki Junzo‘s 7th album, 7, is a masterwork of guitar deconstruction, bleak blues and claustrophobic atmospherics. Known from his work with Miminokoto, 20 Guilders, Overhang Party and more, Junzo unleashes his desolate soul on this new LP. Limited edition – available November 5.

 

Record Highlight — Horse Lords

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

NNA Tapes is pleased to announce Hidden Cities, the second LP from Baltimore’s Horse Lords. Over the two years since their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Horse Lords have become fixtures on the American DIY scene, touring with Matmos, Guerilla Toss, and Guardian Alien, and playing festivals such as Hopscotch, NXNE, and Fields Fest. Recorded and mixed by Chris Freeland (Wye Oak, Lower Dens), on Hidden Cities Horse Lords square the circle, making music that is alternately tight and loose, real-time risky and process oriented, reconciling the sweaty force of a killer basement show with the icy precision of conservatory training.  Available starting 11/4.

 

Record Highlight — Glenn Jones

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley


Coming soon from Vin Du Select Qualitite is a very limited pressing of Glenn Jones’ “Changing Ships On A Falling Tide”.  Housed in a unique letterpress folder.  Watch VDSQ for availability and updates.

 

Record Highlight — Bain Wolfkind

Posted in For The Record | by Matt Earley

The music of Bain Wolfkind could be described as a Lynchian take on artists like Lee Hazlewood with dark brooding vocals and slow blues,rock,country,psychedelic,cinematic, surf, swamp and electronic overtones.The lyrical content draws heavily from Crime Fiction, Blues, Country and B grade Cinema and Americana.While primarily a solo project, in the singer songwriter vein, Bain Wolfkind involves many guest musicians in the studio and guitarists for live performances.

Bain Wolfkind performs sporadic live shows in Australia, The United States, Europe, Japan and South East Asia.  The You’re Surely Gonna Die 7 inch will be available very soon on the Not Just Religious Music label.