General Banter

  1. Arrgh! You're killing me!! Yep, bad news, you are all wrecking your lovely vinyl records!
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    Arrgh! You're killing me!! Yep, bad news, you are all wrecking your lovely vinyl records!

    So are you going to pack it in? Well, put simply, there is nothing you can do to stop it... but there is a lot you can do to minimise it and make your lovely records last for years longer!! Here's how... Ok - get real, are you really wrecking your records? Do you treat them like cup mats when they...
  2. Is Prog still a dirty word??? It's Big! It's Impressive! It's Dangerous! It's Coming Back!!!
    Categories: News & General Banter

    Is Prog still a dirty word??? It's Big! It's Impressive! It's Dangerous! It's Coming Back!!!

    Now here's the thing... you may have heard me talking about anoraks in the past. I have a few, some of a very high quality - some less so. I have a DIY anorak, a car restoration anorak (Dolomite Sprint at the moment!), a HUGE Guitar anorak that I just can't get off anymore... a very dysfunctional and not even...
  3. State of the Nation; A Brief History of FAD GADGET / FRANK TOVEY
    Categories: General Banter & A Brief History of

    State of the Nation; A Brief History of FAD GADGET / FRANK TOVEY

    In the late 1970’s three chord punk dominated the countercultural tide in Britain. Groups like The Damned, The Sex Pistols and The Clash pushed the idea that anyone could pick up an instrument and become a rock star. The only problem for some is that even learning chord was too traditional a route to go down to create something truly...
  4. From Rubycon to Risky Business; A Brief History of Tangerine Dream
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    From Rubycon to Risky Business; A Brief History of Tangerine Dream

    Tangerine Dream may a be name synonymous with 80’s Action Aficionados, Dutch Coffee Shop frequenters and Synth Nerds the world over but their lasting impact has influenced countless Musicians, Film Makers artists and more since 1967. Their collaborative web has stretched far and wide beyond their Berlin roots. Taking their name from a ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ Lyric...
  5. Does Vinyl Sound Better Than CD? (Or any other digital format for that matter!)
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    Does Vinyl Sound Better Than CD? (Or any other digital format for that matter!)

    Of Course It Does!!! But if it was as simple as that this would be a very short blog.. you'd have your jacket on and be on your way to the pub by now... SO here it is! This is not a new question, a few years ago I sold a whole boot full of HIFi magazines... I'd been collecting...
  6. What is Stereo? Do you actually know? Well I got some surprising results in my mini-survey!
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    What is Stereo? Do you actually know? Well I got some surprising results in my mini-survey!

    'Don't be daft, of course everyone knows what Stereo is' you say. But they don't! Let's start with a bit of very unscientific, non-empirical and very loosely recorded (one post-it note of 'data') market research. Essentially I phoned a few people up and just asked 'Do you know what stereo is? I also asked (depending on the answer to the first...
  7. In the first episode of 'The Chain', Saffs – Artist, Engineer, Producer (Cornershop, Rob Swift, The X-ecutioners, Portugal The Man….) tells us about an album that hit him hard in his formative years!!
    Categories: General Banter & The Chain! Exclusive Guest Views and Reviews...

    In the first episode of 'The Chain', Saffs – Artist, Engineer, Producer (Cornershop, Rob Swift, The X-ecutioners, Portugal The Man….) tells us about an album that hit him hard in his formative years!!

    ‘The Chain’ A Naturally evolving series of views and reviews that gives us the chance to hear about the records that have changed the ears of the people who have played a part in changing ours.. Each guest blogger will stake their claim in the chain then pass the mic to their chosen commentator – the Phonostage Blogaphonic Workshop will...
  8. Do cassette tapes really deserve to make a comeback?
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    Do cassette tapes really deserve to make a comeback?

    I've not had to go far this week before bumping into some speculative feature about the 'comeback' of cassette tapes. Actually i'm going to rephrase that without the inverted commas... we are talking about the actual comeback of cassette tapes, there's nothing inverted about it, and they would have to come right back - because they went right out! Furthermore I'm...
  9. Why Vinyl Records belong to the people!!
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    Why Vinyl Records belong to the people!!

    You know.. when I was a lad I would go round to relatives houses or to my mates.. and everybody would have vinyl records. They'd be in cupboards of various sorts, or piled up on the sideboard or even scattered round the floor like on the video of 'Brimful Of Asha'.. Well that might seem cool now but to some that...
  10. OK - We're Blogging!
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    OK - We're Blogging!

    Ok - Out of the blocks! Starting right now there are useless facts, boring information, dry reviews and drab photos all to come.. we have a YouTube channel where you can be bored $^!tless by listless presenters like myself (I have no charisma) and where you can learn things that you didn't think mattered because they largely don't... Suffice to...

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