Funky Fresh Home Decor – Cassette Tape Coffee Tables

Cassette tapes may be a long lost format, but Altar Furniture, a Budapest based luxury furniture company, manufactures funky fresh coffee tables modeled after our beloved cassette tape. So for those of us who no longer have cassette tapes to enjoy these ‘Great Tape Coffee Tables’ offer a decorative slice of nostalgia inspired by classic albums, legendary demos and mix tapes. Designed and built by hand, these unique tables can also come with conversion kits for the purpose of switching things up between coffee table, dining table and desk.

Check out a few of the unique designs below.

New Arrival – Royal Blue Iconic Soul Men Tee

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Liner Notes:

Iconic Soul Men was created to celebrate the work and impact of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye. These five legendary soul singers and the music they created has stood the test of time generation after generation. Their style and creative vision has become a blueprint for soul music makers today.

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Royal Blue w/ White Print

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Who Is Sonny Rollins – 1968 BBC 30-Minute Documentary

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This priceless piece of history is the 1968 30-minute BBC documentary that follows the legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins during his self-imposed hiatus from the music business and playing live clubs.

At the time Sonny Rollins was frustrated and very vocal about club conditions for all jazz musicians. He felt (for good reason) that the lifestyle that clubs promoted allowing the use of alcohol, drugs and smoking were not healthy for musicians and loud, disruptive talking was not conducive to the over all jazz atmosphere.   He wanted better for himself and his colleagues. The footage captures Rollins instead opting to play his horn on the Williamsburg Bridge and in wooded areas.   He speaks very passionately about his disapproval of seedy club conditions which happen to still be valid today for a lot of musicians.

 

Stevie Wonder – The Making Of Songs In The Key Of Life – Documentary [Full Length]

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Always nice to revisit this fantastic 1997 Stevie Wonder documentary that takes a look back at the making of Songs In The Key Of Life, one of the greatest albums in popular music history.  Released in 1976,  Songs in the Key of Life became among the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of Stevie’s career. The full length documentary below features Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Dorothy Ashby and more.

Vinyl Is Everything….. Literally – From Vinyl Records To Fashion Eyewear

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Vinyl Is Everything….. Literally! Lovers of vinyl records and fashion eyewear can now have the best of both worlds. Tipton Eyeworks, a Budapest-based brand constructs Vinylize eyewear, fashion frames made out of old vinyl records. The frames made for men and women range in styles from conservative fashion friendly to chic fashion forward. Whatever your style is or whatever fashion statement you wish to make Vinylize has a perfectly, well crafted frame for you.  Prices start at about $400 USD. And if that’s not enough Vinylize also makes eyewear cases made out of 7″ vinyl singles with a sewn on zipper to completely satisfy your vinyl record eyewear fetish.

Take a look at the video below and check out how these awesome frames are constructed out of vinyl records.

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Twenty Feet From Stardom – The Unsung Heroes Behind The Greatest Music Of Our Time – A Documentary

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Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom.    Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.  However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM stars singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer and Tata Vega.

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New Arrival – Trane: A Love Supreme Tee

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Liner Notes:

A Love Supreme What can we say that hasn’t already been said about the legecy, music and impact of John Coltrane. This shirt is a simple token of respect and appreciation for a man who is to this day one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history. “Trane” as he is affectionately called, created and recorded his most famous record, A Love Supreme (Impulse! Records) in 1965. The four-part suite is an ode to his faith in and love for God. The fourth movement of A Love Supreme, “Psalm”, is, in fact, a musical setting for an original poem to God written by Coltrane, and printed in the album’s liner notes.

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Black Jazz Records: A Totally New Jazz Experience

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Black Jazz Records was introduced to the public in the early 70’s by Mr. Dick Schory & Gene Russell. As A&R Mr. Russell recognized the need for a jazz music record label which would produce and distribute quality recordings targeted toward the growing market of African Spiritual Jazz.

In it’s heyday, Black Jazz Records represented a new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period. During it’s six year existence, the record label made a major impact on the jazz world, both domestically and in foreign territories.  In 1976, after the untimely death of it’s founder and after the demise of it’s distributor, Black Jazz Records ceased operations. However, it left behind a proven catalog of inspirational jazz music which had never been made publicly available on the digital technology of the compact disc.  Click Here to read more of the Black Jazz story. Click the album covers above to experience a Totally New Jazz Experience.

Reissue Alert: Nancy Wilson – Music On My Mind and Life, Love & Harmony

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The latest in the series of great reissues by SoulMusic Records of the late ‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s of Capitol Records’ albums by the legendary Nancy Wilson, the 2-CD combining 1978’s MUSIC ON MY MIND and the 1979 follow-up LIFE, LOVE & HARMONY is not only a welcome addition but finally brings to compact disc two albums that Nancy’s fans worldwide have long been requesting for reissue. Visit SoulMusic.com to listen and read more.