IT IS FINALLY HERE!
THE DPL 45rpm VINYL RECORD!
The Denver Public Library has released a 45rpm vinyl record featuring local Denver bands Accordion Crimes and The Raven and The Writing Desk! This fantastic artifact is here to raise awareness (in an old-school way) for DPL's local music service: Volume Denver!
I came up with this idea about a year ago and then was afforded the opportunity to present it to the powers-that-be here at DPL and, lo and behold, they liked the idea and approved it! My good buddy Chuck Coffey (mastermind behind Snappy Little Numbers record label here in Denver) has released a multitude of recordings over the years and I felt that he was the guy to go to for guidance through this process. Chuck provided me with the names and numbers for his contacts in the record pressing industry, as well as a few tips on what to expect as far as time and expense were concerned. I then contacted the bands to each contribute a song for the record. The bands then sent me their audio tracks which I then sent out to be mastered for vinyl production. After that step, I took the mastered audio tracks to Aardvark Record Mastering where the audio was transferred to lacquer discs which are what the actual pressing plates are made from. The lacquers were then sent to United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN. where the pressing plates were made and the vinyl pressed.
Why did I choose the bands?
I chose Accordion Crimes and The Raven and The Writing Desk because of their literary derived band names. And it was a grand stroke of luck and that they are both absolutely fantastic bands and awesome people. And most important: they are local.
Why doesn't this look like some kind of Rock n' Roll record?
So, my idea for the esthetic of this item was for it to look kinda like a reference item DPL would have somewhere in the basement or closed stacks. That's where the date due slip and pocket re-purposing idea developed.
In addition to this release being limited to 300 copies and on super-awesome clear vinyl, each copy is individual with its own date-due slip pocket re-purposed from old DPL books, and we have a very limited number of 45rpm adaptors made with our very own 3D printers in the ideaLab to hand out with the vinyl.
How do I obtain this fantastic snap-shot of the flourishing Denver music scene?
That is an excellent question! There will be a FREE, 18+ release show on Sunday, March 13, 7 p.m. at the Hi-Dive (7s. Broadway).
Just bring your DPL card (or we can sign you up for one at the show) to receive a copy of the record! There will be a limited number on hand, so everyone will want to be sure to bring their card!
Thanks for taking the time to read about my vinyl project!
This is the coolest!! The Hi-Dive release party is such a fantastic idea too!
Love the packaging! Great idea.
Heck yes. Bravo to Dave and the vinyl crew!
be still my date-due–slip heart!
I'm so excited that this project is finally complete! I invited about 100 people to the release, I guess I'll have to elbow in extra early to get my copy.
Thank you very much for making this happen Dave. We had a great time and the 45 is top notch! The bands playing made it quite the event.