Ünnecessary Ümlaut


A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Stacked: (((((Stereo))))) Album Covers

Vinyl porn. Without the PVC bodysuits.

I’ve got a major thang for vintage vinyl album covers. And could spend all day flipping through stacks at Amoeba for the design and over-the-top copy alone. There’s a new site/project that exploits one very specific vinyl fetish: the Stereo header. Whatever kind you’re into—Living, Dual Dynamic, Stereo-Spectrum, Sterophonic, Kaleidoscopic—Stereo Stack collects scans from old covers and stacks them for your ogling pleasure. You can even shuffle ’em with a click.

Sarted by the owner of Seattle’s Jive Time Records and founder of album cover blog Project Thirty-Three, the site currently has dozens of different headers and a promise of more to come.

There’s even a stereo ‘stache:

Go peruse StereoStack.com »

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Beer+Vinyl: The Utica Club National Carbonation Beer Drinking Song 7″, 1968
Remix: Album Covers Recreated With DC Super Heroes
Video: Vanishing Point Is Abstract LP Cover Trip-Out
Arcade Fire: Sprawl II and Animated Suburbs Cover
R.I.V.: Rest In Vinyl, Press Your Ashes Into Vinyl Records
WTF: Album Tacos
Live: Rockin’ Home Furnishings from Bughouse
CamStache: The First Facial Recognition Follicle Combobulator

R.I.V.: Rest In Vinyl, Press Your Ashes Into Vinyl Records

I’ve got your funeral party all planned out: Press your ashes into a vinyl LP, then have the listening party / wake at this funeral home where you can play miniature golf. Well, everyone but you. You’ll be there in spirit. And creepy vinyl.

Spinning In Your Grave

UK service And Vinyly will press your ashes into vinyl records. Seriously.

The Basic Package includes up to 30 discs with 12 minutes on each side of whatever audio you provide; a recording of your voice, your old band, or your favorite songs (they wash their hands of copyright violations).

Plus, you can have your ashes mixed in with acrylics for a cover portrait by James Hague. Extra charge for cemetery gatefold *rim shot*. Thank you, good night.

AndVinyly.com (Thanks, Matthew Abercrombie)

Spooky: Miniature Golf in Basement of Ahlgrim’s Funeral Home
Vid Remix: Death Metal Louis Armstrong
Video: Death Metal Roostër
Art: Dia De Los Muertos by Sylvia Ji
TCB: Zombie and Day of the Dead Elvis Busts on Etsy

WTF: Album Tacos

Album Tacos? I expected vinyl LPs warmed and folded like tacos. Maybe filled with shredded album covers. Something you might find at Vinyl Frontier. But instead, it’s the majestically taco-fied reinterpretations you see here.

Much like the contents of a Taco Bell taco, you shouldn’t think too hard about it.

See more at Album Tacos. (Thanks, Rich!)

Poster: Neko Case by Chuck Sperry/Firehouse (+bonus live MP3s)
Beer: First Look At Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale. WTF FTW!
WTF: Trololololololololololo
WTF: Pinup Robert Downey Jr
Arcade Fire: 8 Suburbs Covers and 4 Tracks
Art: Record Cover Mix & Match or “Sleeve-Sleeving”

Beer+MP3: The Utica Club National Carbonation Beer Drinking Song, 1968

Ahh, beer jingles. Burned into my brain well before I was legal. Hamm’s From the land of sky-blue waters, Löwenbräu’s Here’s to good friends, and Miller’s If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer. Good stuff. But NY brewer Utica Club tried to take it further. From the jingle to the single. It was the 60s, man. Time to think far out.

“The Utica Club National Carbonation Beer Drinking Song”

After I heard this on the now defunct 365 Days Project I tracked down the original 7″ on eBay. Been holding onto it since 2003. Expect more randomness from the Ümlaut archives in 2010. (*cue sinister laughter)

Not sure who the seriously swingin’ copywriter is who wrote the back cover. But the songwriter is Sasha Burland, who wrote a Clio-winning Alka Seltzer spot jingle among other things.

Vintage Billy Beer .. Unopened!
Found: Vintage Beer Cans In Wall of SF Apartment
Beer In A Can: Hell Or High Watermelon Wheat from 21st Amendment
Beer Can: Burgermeister Uncut Tin Sheet