Big Improvements to Selling Merch on Bandcamp

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Merch on Bandcamp

Merch on Bandcamp had a good 2016. Vinyl sales grew 48%, cassettes were up 58%, even CD sales grew 14%. To date, fans have bought over four million physical items through the site, totaling $58 million USD, and merch sales continue to accelerate every year. But for as many great reasons to sell merch through Bandcamp as there already are, we know there’s still lots of room for improvement. Artists and labels need a lot more control and a lot more flexibility, and so today we’re launching several new features to address those needs.

First up, from the merch editor you can now add any number of countries as shipping destinations, set individual shipping rates for each one, and save those out as defaults that you can also apply across multiple products:

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If you’re sending goods out from more than one location, you can also now set up…

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Still a Fad? Vinyl Records Return to 1991 Sales Levels


Sales of vinyl records refuse to stop exploding!  In 2016, LPs, EPs, and 45s returned to sales volumes not seen since 1991.  But does this party end?

It’s been a storied resurgence for vinyl records, which now include LP, EPs, and even 45s.  Once considered a short-lived fad, this comeback has been going for ten strong years.

And, counting.  According to the latest data, sales of vinyl records are now back to early-1990s volumes.  According to data shared by British industry group BPI, vinyl record sales gained 53% in the UK alone last year.  That brings the total to 3.2 million, exactly the same volumes recorded in 1991.

What the Vinyl Records Comeback Really Looks Like…

In the US, a similar surge is happening.  That makes sense, given the cultural similarities of the two countries.  According to data shared by BuzzAngle Music, vinyl record sales gained an impressive 25.9 percent last year, to 7.2 million units.

Interview with Oz mastering genius, Don Bartley

The Origin of The Rarest and Most Sought After Pressing of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” | Analog Planet

AnalogPlanet reader Bill Wright interviews Australian mastering engineer Don Bartley, who cut lacquers back in 1983 for what many consider to be the best sounding and certainly the rarest pressing of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, produced by EMI Australia for the 1983 Sydney Audio Show. Fewer than five hundred copies were pressed.

Mr. Wright tells the story, followed by his interview with mastering engineer Bartley:

It began for all of us differently, and the result was usually the same. For me, it happened during a humid summer day in Tokyo, back in 1969.

To a young boy from San Francisco, Japan was a fantastic landscape. Western fashion had taken hold, but many residents still wore the traditional clothing. Women drifted by in kimonos, their fabric awash in bold graphic designs. Children in school uniforms safely walked the streets alone, cartoon art flourished on every newsstand, and cherry blossom trees lined the streets.

My father was an American advertising executive assigned to Japan Air Lines, and had been transferred to Yokohama. And my mother was a bit of a bohemian – born in Paris during the 1920’s, her parents were members of the Lost Generation. She was happy to be in Japan, but realized we still needed a connection to home. So one hot summer day, we rode a crowded train to a Tokyo theater specializing in American movies.

We arrived and took our seats, the aisles crowded with expatriates. The first film was “Marooned,” about astronauts stranded in space. The special effects were state of the art, with our friends the Russians saving the day at the end. But then the second feature started to roll – the movie was “Yellow Submarine.”

I was transfixed. The landscapes and characters were a radical departure from the usual Disney cartoons, and the vertical Japanese subtitles on the left side of the screen completed the surreal effect. A wide range of cinematic styles and techniques were used to create a strange, bold vision. But it was the music and sound that captivated me.

It was amazing to hear at that age. It evoked a haunting, hallucinogenic world. The soundtrack was a combination of elements – classical, Indian sitar, English vaudeville and psychedelic rock. And when I returned home, I begged my mother for a record player. Soon, a red and white plastic clamshell model arrived, along with a Japanese pressing of Yellow Submarine.

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Records: a musical timeline


With vinyl records making a powerful comeback, we take the time to follow the journey of this media format, now seemingly reborn for younger generations. From Edison and RCA, right through to recently released figures, a musical timeline.


1877 – Thomas Edison creates first phonograph to record and play sound.

1881 – Charles Tainter makes first lateral-cut records.

1888 – Emile Berliner invents gramophone to play 7- inch discs.

1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company introduces ‘Victrola’,an upright playing machine.

1921 – Popularity of radio causes a dip in record sales.

1921 – Independent record companies can now make their own lateral cut records.

1930 – Bing Crosby releases ‘I Remember Dear’.

1939 – Magnetic tape to record sound is invented.

1940 – Vinyl is now used to make records, not shellac.

1951 – The first jukebox playing 7-inch 45 rpm records.

1963 – The first compact audio cassette.

1975 – The scratch is invented.

1980s– 12- inch disco records contribute to the rise of House

1982- The first digital CD discs are marketed.

1988 – For the first time, CDs outsell records. CDs and cassettes become dominant musical formats.

2001 – The turntable is formally recognised as an instrument.

It is now 2016 The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) releases figures showing vinyl sales earned the record industry £2.4m in week 48 of 2016 with downloads only producing £2.1m.

The age of vinyl dies in Superior


It’s entirely possible the alleged resurgence of vinyl has been overstated.

Perfect Duluth Day reported today that The Vinyl Cave in Superior, Wis., is closing at the end of the year.

“It costs me money to be part of this now,” owner Tom Johnson, who opened the store after retiring from the railroad a few years ago, tells PDD. “Let’s face it, we’re selling old records to people in Duluth and Superior. It’s not like we’re in New York or L.A. or Chicago or even Minneapolis where there’s a lot of people and a lot of money. There’s just not enough people here to keep it going anymore.”

If there were a market for vinyl records, Johnson and his business partner wouldn’t be sitting on 10,000 albums and 300,000 singles hoping a single fan wouldn’t write a check for the lot of them.

Co-owner Tom Unterberger will move some of them to a store he owns next door. The vinyl record section will replace a greeting cards display. You think fans of vinyl are hard to find, the greeting card business isn’t exactly booming either, apparently.

What’s the problem? There are people who want vinyl albums; there just aren’t the vinyl albums they want in circulation.

“It’s Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and CCR,” Johnson said. “It’s the heavy metal and hair bands from the ’80s. That’s what people are looking for now and it’s harder to find. We’re not able to restock like we used to.”

In other words: It’s what’s sitting in a box under the stairs of nearly every Baby Boomer right now.

Peoples collections Volume 2


Todd Thomas from “The Silver Thread”

1: what do you collect and why?

I collect mostly collect 1960s, 1970s and 1980s rock, punk and underground rock but also with a little 1950s and 1960s jazz thrown in. In addition, I purchase many new releases on vinyl too.However, no matter what period or genre if it sounds great I will buy it.

2: How big is your collection?

My collection is around 300 records. It is not a massive collection. I have to be selective with my purchases. I only have so much storage room in my apartment.

3: Whats that elusive gem you are always looking for?

At the moment, I do not have any elusive gems I am looking for. I enjoy looking through bins and finding a surprise. Like a record that may have been mentioned in magazine by a favorite musician, etc that turns out to be a buy and listening- if it sounds great. But a mint original Love ‘Forever Changes’ would be a nice find.

4: How do you track stuff down?

I mainly shop at Jerry’s Records, Juke Records and Desolation Row in Pittsburgh, PA.

5: How often do you listen to your collection?

I try to listen all the time. But it is difficult with every new purchase. There are never enough hours in the day.

6: Barring some kind of situation when you die under a pile of fallen records, how do you think you will eventually dispose of your records?

I will sell it, hand it down or be cremated with it and my relatives can scatter my ashes with it. If that is even possible.

7: Whats your all time favorite record, regardless of rarity?

All time favorite record-The Velvet Underground’s third self titled LP.

The Silver Thread release “Strange Currents” Saturday November 19th

At Howlers, Pittsburgh w/ The Me Toos & Benefits