Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • Veronica Falls

    Posted on 2011/02/21 by Kev

    Veronica Falls make great videos.

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    This post was posted in Essex Road, Instore Gigs, Youtube, New Music

  • Why Do People Buy Vinyl?

    Posted on 2011/02/18 by Mark

    A Good Question.

    Answer One - Sound Quality

    When an analogue (Non-Digital) recording is made, all nuances of the sound are recorded. In the transfer process to Vinyl, none of the recorded information is lost. What you hear is a full faithful rendition of the actual recording.

    When a recording is digitised to master it for a CD release, approximately 90% of the information is discarded. This information is the nuances which fall outside the range of human hearing (so they claim), but it is very apparent when listening to the same recordings on CD and Vinyl (on a decent system) that the lost information is not inaudible and there is a distinct loss of texture and warmth. So CDs are noticably inferior to Vinyl on a decent system. On an average system, you probably won't be able to tell the difference.

    A typical 50 minute CD album uses about 500MB.

    Ok - so now we get to downloads. The file size for a typical 50 Minute CD Album download is currently about 50 MB in standard MP3 format. So suddenly we've lost another 90% of the information on the CD, which had already lost 90% of the Vinyl information. So your average MP3 contains only 1% of the information recorded. If you are listening on cheap headphones or in the car, then you probably won't notice the difference. If you are listening on even an average system, the MP3 will sound cold, sharp and lacking in depth and resonance.

    Answer Two - Artefact

    An Album is a piece of Art. Intrinsically, it combines Music and Sleeve Artwork. Whilst many have tried to deliver CDs in strange packages, there is nothing that comes close to holding a 12" by 12" work of art as part of the experience of listening to music. CDs are 5" by 5" and the impact of the artwork is correspondingly lessened. It's like looking at the Mona Lisa on your Iphone. Mp3s have no artwork, so draw your own conclusions...

    Somehow, the 12" Album format captured the best way to experience music - if you've never put the needle on the record, you should try it...

    ps - 7" Singles are just cool anyway...


    This post was posted in Essex Road, Shop gossip, Crouch End, Life In a Record Shop, Rare Records

  • The State of the Nation

    Posted on 2011/02/18 by Mark

    What's going on with record shops - are they a thing of the past, an antiques mart or are they vibrant and current?

    Well.

    Our experience at Flashback is very positive about the state of things.

    It seems that vinyl is undergoing a resurgence in popularity. It's not just old fogeys trying to recreate their vinyl collection from yesteryear, which they flogged/ gave away/ left at an old girlfriend/ boyfriends. The people who buy vinyl from Flashback fall into several categories:

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    This post was posted in Shop gossip, Vinyl, Life In a Record Shop

  • Flashback loves old music #1

    Posted on 2011/02/15 by Ossie

    We've got the original Ruff Draft EP in @ Essex Road at the moment, and that is a good enough excuse to put up the video for J Dilla's "Nothing Like This":

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    This post was posted in Youtube, Old Music

  • Flashback features in Yell Ad

    Posted on 2011/02/06 by Mark

    Back before the days of mobile phone apps and digital downloads, there was a quaint TV ad for Yellow Pages concerning the search of one man for a copy of a book he wrote many years before - "Fly Fishing" by JR Hartley.

    Now Yell have updated this ad to feature a DJ looking for a record he made many years before. A couple of scenes in the Ad were filmed in Flashback - see if you can spot them!

    Watch the Ad Here


    This post was posted in Essex Road, Shop gossip, Life In a Record Shop

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