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AnalogPlanet July 2020

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September Opening For Citizen Vinyl, North Carolina's First Record Pressing Plant
A full circle revival is underway for Asheville, NC's Citizen-Times building. Once home to the daily paper's printing facility and offices, the historic site will soon be unveiled with a new identity as a boutique vinyl pressing plant, record store and bar/cafe (and a new name):Citizen Vinyl.

Thorens TD 1601 Turntable--It Might As Well Be Sprung
Back in 1972 the original Thorens introduced the TD 160, a triple spring-suspended sub-chassis design that quickly became a long-in-production classic and the blueprint from which many other turntables, er, sprung--Linn for instance.

Can Hagerman Audio Labs' Humbucker Put a Grado Cartridge On Your Rega Turntable?
Of course you can put a Grado cartridge on your Rega turntable without Hagerman Audio Labs' permission or help, but because of where Rega positions the motors on its turntables, doing that comes at a cost: hum.

William Stead's "The Flip Side" Was Official 2019 Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner Selection
A vinyl-loving physics professor at Florida State University emailed to tell me that William Stead, a "brilliant film student" was in his astronomy class and came up to the prof one day and told him he was a huge Bowie fan and that he loved vinyl.

Luke Schneider Produces Cosmic Sounds From a 1967 Emmons "Cuttail" Push-Pull Pedal Steel Guitar
Southern "New Age" is a new musical sub-genre for me, but if this is a typical example of it, y'all can be sure I'm on board. Luke Schneider coaxes from the 1967 emmons push-pull pedal steel guitar (named for the pedal steel guitar great, the late Buddy Emmons) cosmic otherworldly, uplifting heavenly sounds that instantly engage the head and message the heart.

Bach Starker Suites For Unaccompanied Cello Complete Is The Perfect Self-Quarantining Companion
What better time than during a period of self-isolation and social distancing could there be to explore Bach's "Suites For Unaccompanied Cello"? Arguably, there's no finer recorded performances than the ones Janos Starker performed for Mercury Records.

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Bach Starker Suites For Unaccompanied Cello Complete Is The Perfect Self-Quarantining Companion
What better time than during a period of self-isolation and social distancing could there be to explore Bach's "Suites For Unaccompanied Cello"? Arguably, there's no finer recorded performances than the ones Janos Starker performed for Mercury Records.

Vinyl Review Explosion: Yves Tumor, Grimes, Perfume Genius, and King Krule
Review Explosion is a recurring AnalogPlanet feature covering recent releases for which we either don't have sufficient time to fully explore, or that are not worthy of it. Curated by AnalogPlanet contributing editor Malachi Lui, Review Explosion focuses on the previous few months' new releases.

Vinyl Reports: Real Life Record Shopping Returns!
As the world moves to reopen, record stores are slowly allowing customers back in. Here in Portland, OR, Music Millennium recently held a week of appointment-only personal shopping experiences (charitable donation necessary), then subsequently reopened with a 10 person limit and new safety measures.

Prince Estate and Warner Records Announce Seriously Expanded Sign O' the Times Double Album++++
The Prince Estate in partnership with Warner Records announced today an expanded reissue of Prince's "epochal" Sign O' the Times double LP including a "Super Deluxe" edition featuring 8 CDs+DVD or 13 LPs+DVD.

Review Explosion: The 1975, Iggy Pop, Yung Lean, & More
Every two years or so, British "alternative rock" band The 1975 drops yet another lengthy, pretentiously titled album with an unavoidable "alternative" radio hit.

Neil Young's "Long Lost Masterpiece" Homegrown Released 45 Years Later
Billed by his label as a "long lost masterpiece by Neil Young", referred to by fans as "one of Young's mysterious, great 'lost albums'" and described by Young himself as "the one that got away", Homegrown was recorded mostly between late 1974 and early '75, with one track from late spring '74 and another from late summer of that year.

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