Artist Spotlight Early Halloween Edition: The Famous Bullock Brothers on Vinyl and Beyond

Many of my most favorite musical acts have come to me seemingly by mistake, accident or just pure luck. The Famous Bullock Brothers are no exception, and I'm thrilled they found their way into my life, and my record collection. If you've read this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I have a special fondness for Halloween and Horror related records, featuring them often both on the blog and in my Etsy Shop. Well the Brothers' catalogue features many horror monster and classic creature references, set to decidedly post-punk, new wave and rock themes. A match made in heaven if you ask me!

It is said that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I am so drawn to cover art, and have rarely been disappointed. This album was the first I found by the FBB, and I took a chance. Win. Big win. How could it not be with a cover like that??

To be fair, I guess I did acquire this little 7" first, because 'Drac's Back' was the first track I'd heard from the lads. This is a double whammy single by the way, with 'Horror Movies' being the B-side and a hilariously awesome one at that.

After the first two, I was hooked. Now I look for them every time I shop for records, both online and off. Here's a little taste of what you can expect of The Famous Bullock Brothers, I hope you enjoy them..perhaps it will help put you in the Halloween mood!


Essential Vinyl Storage for Record Collectors

Obviously, when one becomes a vinyl junkie, storage can be a bit of a problem if you don't have the proper tools. In today's post, I'll go over some of the best vinyl storage options available for those who may be struggling with (God forbid!) piles of records which are threatening to take over your living room. We want to make sure our babies are-most importantly-safe and out of harm's way, but still accessible for your daily listening pleasure. Let's have a look...

 Probably the most popular and affordable of all, is the IKEA Expedit. These come in a range of sizes and colors, and can hold a LOT of records easily. Of course, the catch is you'll have to put it together yourself, but it's really simple and takes a minimum of tool knowledge. In fact, you put it together with an Allen wrench, which is included when you buy them new from IKEA. OR if you're super thrifty like me, check your local Craigslist for them, that way you'll get them cheaper AND pre-built. They're almost always available on Craigslist, but you gotta be quick, because they go really super fast.

The other cool thing about the Expedit is you can use them as a 'table' for your turntable set-up or anything else you want to store on top. I love things that perform double-duty, particularly when they look cool too! And of course just stacks of records always look great inside, but you can place a record of your choice front-wise to show off that awesome cover art. Pretty neat, huh? Amazon also carries the Expedit, and can most times be found for a little cheaper than on the IKEA website.

So everybody knows about the tried-and-true vinyl "milk crate", but those aren't nearly as visually appealing as the Expedit or vintage vinyl storage, (which I'll get to next). There are several individuals making new crates by hand, for those who love the natural wood look. Here's a great example by PDX Woodlab, who are currently promoting their product as a CrowdSupply (like Kickstarter) project, and they are nearing their pledge goal. These are beautifully crafted crates, again, useful and cool looking. I love that there's a choice between a decorative top crate, and a stackable crate. Here's a nifty video on this project:

Finally, how could I not include some fine examples of original, vintage vinyl storage? And you won't find any cheapo wire racks here, I'm talking about serious furniture for your records, people! Yes, vintage furniture can be really expensive, but let's face it, they don't make 'em like these anymore, am I right?? And they really do come in a multitude of sizes and styles, although admittedly, most are Mid Century Modern...but who doesn't love that??! Mad Men party anyone? Here are just a couple of examples I found on Etsy. Be sure to check your local thrift stores, garage sales, Estate Sales, Craigslist, eBay and more if you want to go the vintage route. Enjoy!

from RelksReliks on Etsy
from Gremlina on Etsy

from NeatoVintage on Etsy

A Vinyl Record Kickstarter Project: Infinite Religions by Neal Calvin Peterson

 It's rare that I receive requests for shoutouts here on my little vinyl blog. But today I received one that I thought was quite interesting. Without stepping on any religious toes, let me just say that I always refrain from exhibiting any sort of opinion on my religious beliefs or faiths, simply because it's just common sense when one is in the public eye in any form, no matter how small. However, this particular project is so intriguing, I thought I'd pass the word along to you, dear readers, who may have an interest in an idea that combines art, music, science, religion and philosophy all onto a vinyl record. Yes, you read that right. Besides, I'm a fan of the Kickstarter phenomenon, so I'll do my wee part to help...

Neal Calvin Peterson is a visual artist and musician form Minneapolis, MN who has come up with an interesting idea for vinyl lovers everywhere; merging conceptual art with experimental music and pressing it on new vinyl. And while the technology of this idea is way beyond my comprehension (embedding names and symbols into sound waves??) the fact that this doesn't involve the destruction of vinyl records, but rather the creation of them, I felt it was noteworthy enough to blog about.

I won't bother to copy & paste all the info you can get from the links provided, because really there is precious little to read about this project, and it is easily read within just a couple of minutes. I will, however, post the video that does a good job of explaining this interesting concept:

And talk about a limited pressing, only 99 of these babies will be created. So for those of you who love to have exceptionally rare records, this may indeed be one you will need to add to your ever-growing collection.

I just may start a new recurring post theme here called 'Vinyl Kickstarters' for those looking for backers on their record related projects. So feel free to drop me a line if you would like your project featured here. But it has to involve vinyl, and it has to be cool. Ya dig?

Surprise Labor Day SALE in JustCoolRecords Etsy Vinyl Shop

SURPRISE! Labor Day SALE is on now thru 9/8 @10pm PDT in the Etsy Vinyl Shop. All vinyl records, rare cassettes and record boxes (what I have left) are already discounted for you. With the new Halloween & Horror Records and SciFi & Fantasy Records categories, your favorites are easier to find than ever! I also brought back the 45's & 12" Singles category as well.

So shop away, vinyl fiends! I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer, but I for one am more than ready for Fall and HALLOWEEN! There's some tasty tricks and treats up my sleeve for our favorite holiday, so be sure to stay tuned!

As always, there is an additional coupon code located here on the blog in the right sidebar, which never expires, and can be used at any time. Keep spinnin' those black circles, vinyl junkies...