We were disappointed, but not surprised, to read earlier this week that LA institution (and rather beautiful record store) Amoeba Records’ new Vinyl Vault project may fall foul of copyright law. The project involves the store digitizing its obscure vinyl and selling the resultant MP3s, holding the funds in escrow if they can’t find the rights owner. It’s a way to get your hands on a whole bunch of strange, obscure music that you’d never otherwise see outside of rural thrift stores and stoop sales, and we’d be disappointed to see it discontinued — but still, we’ve spent a couple of very pleasurable hours trawling the catalog for the crazy records you’ll want to pick up ASAP, just in case the site does get pulled. You’re more than welcome.
E-Space Men — Autistic Dance Music
Right, so, believe it or not, this is Doctor Who-themed dance music from early-’80s Chicago. E-Space Men took their name from (geek alert) the alternative space/time continuum in which the Fourth Doctor became temporarily marooned, and their music samples various sounds from the series (and also includes at least one memorable Doctor Who-centric rap.) The music is fascinating, too, and rather ahead of its time — especially the second side, which sounds like Liquid Liquid getting messy at a gay disco on Gallifrey.
More information: Vinyl Obscurity
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