Best-selling vinyl albums 2017

A vinyl record on a turntable

The growth in vinyl sales has been well documented the last several years. So what are the best-selling vinyl albums of 2017?  

 

  • Ed Sheeran - Divide 
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds - Who Built The Moon 
  • Liam Gallagher - As You Were 
  • Elton John - Diamonds 
  • U2 - Songs Of Experience 
  • Radiohead - Ok Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 
  • REM - Automatic For The People 
  • Rag’n’Bone Man - Human 
  • George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

Continue readingJan 3rd 2018

Annoying things at concerts. Stop doing this!

Bruce Springsteen on a stage being reached out to by his fans

For most people, live concerts are the only times to feel most connected to beloved artists. We buy tickets month beforehand, anticipate the drive and energy, and then somebody just ruins it. Bad experiences affect us more than hearing our favorite hit live. I've been through this lots of times, and I'd always feel ambivalent about such gigs. It happens because we perceive concerts as a whole thing. I mean, when somebody asks 'How was the gig?', you start recalling the performance itself, the crowd, the overall vibe, and that jerk that spilled your drink. Here are some other annoying things that can ruin our experience of live gigs. 

People with huge backpacks

Come on you now. You're now going hitchhiking, neither on an expedition. I have no idea why take something bigger than a waist bag. If you for some reason have all your belongings on you, leave them at a cloakroom. 
A man carrying a lots of small bags
Girls wearing heels 
There's a special place for you in hell. 
A clumsy man wearing high heels
Bands that don't play hits
If you bought a Gorillaz ticket and Albarn didn't play Clint Eastwood, how would you feel? Would you be happy? No, you would burn the venue to the ground. 
An annoyed man hitting a desk with his head
Couples
Love is beautiful, no debate here. Couples making out with a horrible tongue-mouth mashup – not beautiful. 
A tongue-mouth mashup featuring Johnny Depp

When somebody spills your drink

It's a devastating feeling when you realize that crawling through the crowd was meaningless. There's no choice but go back for another beer.
A sad kid

When you spill somebody's drink, and they're mad

Give me a break, it's packed here. It's your fault anyway, you should've been more careful about your precious drink.
A lady from Star Trek saying 'Not my fault'

Tall people

Tall people remember: you are the least expected people at any concert. Stand as close to the scene to ruin somebody's day. 
A joke about height

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Continue readingDec 24th 2017

Why are earphones labeled Left and Right?


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Does it make any difference if you wear them the other way round?

Yes, it does. Stereo recordings presuppose that the sound from the left channel will be coming louder from the left earphone. It isn't that crucial for music. This is more about videos. When there's dialogue, and somebody stands to the left, their voice will be louder in the left earphone. The same rule works for car sounds, gunshots, and other stereo effects.

Continue readingDec 12th 2017

Hi-Fi Fo-Fum – A BBC short film about audiophiles in the 60s'.

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“Do they like music? Or are they in love with equipment?”

BBC Archive has uncovered a rare video for audiophiles. A 1959 short film called 'Hi-Fi-Fo-Fum' reveals the burgeoning audiophile scene, with more than a little ironic humor as a bonus.
“There is a man in Wimbledon who will go on adding to his equipment until he can hear the sigh of the conductor as the piccolo misses its entry," it goes the introduction. He sounds like our kind of man.
"Is it a religion or a disease? An American psychotherapist calls it 'audiophilia", says the voiceover, as men - and it's mostly men - shuffle in and out of hi-fi stores before rushing home for enthusiastic listening sessions. 
"Do they like music? Or are they in love with equipment?", questions our narrator, as one excited punter buys a new tweeter for 6 pounds 4 pence. And while a lot has changed - we now don't see many shops with individual listening booths - a lot has stayed the same. "A dream of perfection... of machines more sensitive than the ears they play to". It reminds us that enhancers to audio frequencies that the human ear can't hear aren't new. The video also shows the early music critics. "With a dozen different recordings of every work, how do we find the best?" ponders the voiceover. "Rely on the critic; nothing escapes" – is the reply. 

Continue readingDec 8th 2017