The Importance of Record Cleaning – It’s spring, time to clean.

Spring has sprung! March 20th, the first day of Spring. The sign of new beginnings. To some, that means time for “spring cleaning”. Don’t forget those records!

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Record cleaning and maintenance
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So, you have records. With that comes a bit of responsible care, but it’s in the name of great sound and well worth it. You may be wondering: So, how should I clean my records? What is the right thing to use and what is the right way to clean records? How should I store them? In this article I am going to attempt to answer those questions and more.  Continue reading

Glaston – Inhale/Exhale

Yes, it is more new music! Ok, boys and girls, we get to learn a new word today or rather a new sub-genre. Glaston is band from Switzerland. They are listed as Post-rock, but I would describe their style much closer to instrumental *Cinematic Prog-Rock*.

The title of this LP is Inhale/Exhale and it is their debut. Most of the songs on this album to me lean towards kind of a cinematic Perfect Circle with a small dash of Pink Floyd thrown into a couple of tracks.
1.Game of Tones 07:10
2.Levitating 05:56
3.Sunnar 09:51
4.Noir 07:57
5.This isn’t Happening 01:36
6.Implosions and Her 05:53
7.Mariana Trench Skycrapers 07:36
8.Better Luck Next Time 03:57
9.Ritou 09:03
10.In the End 03:01

From the promo: Glaston is a post-rock band from Switzerland founded in 2014. Consisting of four members (Selina Maisch, Jake Gutzwiller, Timo Beeler and David Preissel (IRIJ, Pure Inc.)) They are a purely instrumental band who allow the instruments to tell the whole story, free from vocals. Piano, guitar, bass and drums playfully combine in delicate melodies with dynamic rhythms, creating a sound that is influenced by both Classical Music and Progressive Rock, and at times is even reminiscent of cinematic scores. It‘s place in the Post Rock world is created by it’s leading piano, which builds the heart of the music, its voice. The band is inspired by a range of different artists, from Olafur Arnalds and Agent Fresco to A Perfect Circle.

Piano is the main foundation instrument on most of the tracks of the LP.
Track #1 Game of Tones, I consider to be one of my two favorite tracks on the album. It is a pleasantly full sounding track with plenty of instrumentation including strings and organ. My other favorite track is #9 titled Ritou. This 9 minute track has an interesting time signature and no, that is not a skip you are hearing, it is done on purpose. It is similar to the first track in some ways and kind of a Tangerine Dream meets Perfect Circle meets Mannheim Steamroller.
The track 7 “Mariana Trench Skyscrapers”,highlight are the drums with a very interesting stick on stick method in it.

Most of the songs are quite long, but that is a prog-rock standard signature. There is a nice brief interlude at track #5 and the last track could be considered a long outro.

This is a different sounding band with a different sounding style. It is actually a somewhat pleasant listen really. It does raise enough curiosity to check out the rest of their work when it comes out.


Buffalo Springfield – Last Time Around

Artist: Buffalo Springfield
Genre: Classic Rock, Rock, 60’s rock
Title: Last Time Around
Released: 1968
Label: Atco
Format: Vinyl
Musicians:Richie Furay – guitar, vocals, Dewey Martin – drums, Jim Messina – bass, vocals, Stephen Stills – guitar, piano, B3 organ, bass, clavinet, vibes, percussion, Handclaps, background vocals, vocals, Neil Young – guitar, harmonica, piano, background vocals, vocals, Bruce Palmer – bass, Buddy Miles – drums, Jimmy Karstein – drums, Gary Marker : bass, Jeremy Stuart – harpsichord, calliope, bells, Rusty Young – pedal steel guitar, Richard Davis – bass, unidentified – horns, saxophone, clarinet, drums, bass, drums, harpsichord, orchestra, piano, drums
Producer: Jim Messina
Engineers: Adrian Barber, Phil Iehle, Jim Messina

Last Time Around is the third and final studio album by the American folk rock band Buffalo Springfield. Last Time Around was released to fulfill contractual commitments. By the time it was completed the group had functionally disbanded, with the cover photo of the group consisting of a montage and the five original members only recording together on one track, “On the Way Home”.
Original bassist Bruce Palmer appears on one track: ‘On the Way Home’. His face is shown on the Last Time Around back cover photo montage with a humorous “mad” sign aligned, due to Bruce resembling Alfred E. Newman in the shot. (See it on top almost middle)?
The album contained songs that were very important to the authors. Neil Young has performed both “I Am a Child” and “On the Way Home” in concert throughout his career, the latter both solo and with CSNY, the Transband and the Bluenotes. “Kind Woman” became one of Richie Furay’s best known tunes; he performed it with Poco and throughout his solo career. Continue reading