Vinyl Snob

Vinyl Snob

“There are only two sides to a disk but there are many sides to the story of the vinyl record,“ says the producer and host of Vinyl Snob, Dave Whitaker. But we hasten to add: you don’t have to be a snob; you can be a connoisseur, or just someone who never got rid of their records...or a new convert, someone who just bought their first vinyl LP. All are welcome to the One True Church of the Turntable. If you are a vinyl acolyte, then this podcast is a must-listen, with strong production values and lots of analysis and insight. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.


April 1, 2022 4 mins
American Prankster is a deep dive with the iconic Wavy Gravy, unfolding his fascinating,historic and hilarious lifestory as an original Beatnik, comedy pioneer, hippie icon and pioneering activist who uses humor as a weapon.   Sharing stories that even he’d forgotten with producer/host, Rainbow Valentine, of Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter, Wavy gets down to the very nit of the grit and reminds us what it means to be human....
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In Episode 16 we hear from Carrie Colliton with Record Store Day about how events of 2020 have changed this popular event and when the much anticipated special releases will be available. And in the quest to complete his ultimate stereo system, Dave returns to North Coast Audio and demos speakers with Chris Larsen. Dave also invites Vinyl Snob studio chief engineer and speaker skeptic, his brother Jerry, on the program to review hi...
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In our third segment of Confessions of a Vinyl Addict, producer Dana Berry speaks with Tom Lynch, longtime record buyer at Amoeba Music in San Francisco. Tom has some great stories about growing up in the music hotbed of Detroit, continuing his vinyl odyssey to the West Coast and landing at the mecca of used records. Continuing our Vinyl News discussion of the tragic Apollo Masters fire, Dave speaks with Gus Elg of Sky Onion Master...
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February 19, 2020 44 mins
A good stereo store is hard to find these days, but in Dave Whitaker's interview with Chris Larson at Northcoast Audio in Eureka, CA., you'll see why it's worth it to seek out your nearest brick and mortar store. In Vinyl News we have a double whammy of not-so-great news for the vinyl industry. Dave catches up with Steve Sheldon of the recently closed Rainbo Records pressing plant and gets more information on the impact of the Apol...
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December 17, 2019 40 mins
Producer Dana Berry continues his vinyl odyssey with part 2 of The Vinyl Dream. After approving the Night Herons test pressings, Dana ventures down to Los Angeles to witness the actual pressing of the record at Rainbo Records. Returning with a carload of fresh vinyl, Dana visits buyers at Open Mind Music, Econo Jam Records and Amoeba San Francisco to find out how one goes about selling their records. In Vinyl News, host Dave Whitak...
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Producer Dana Berry has always dreamed of putting out a vinyl LP. Well, the time has come. Join him as his band, Night Herons, goes through the process of making a vinyl record including mixing, mastering, artwork, finding the right pressing plant, lacquer cutting and test pressing. Listen in on the studio sessions and hear interviews with everyone involved. It’s part “how-to” guide but it’s mainly a fun ride through the final stag...
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August 29, 2019 33 mins
In our 11th episode, Dave digs deep into the macabre, interviewing Jason Leach of Andvinyly, a company that will take ashes from your dearly departed and press them into vinyl records. It gives a whole new meaning to “deep cuts”. We also hit three Bay Area stores on Record Store Day 2019, coming back with some great interviews and a few records of course. And in our indie record store segment, we travel to Red Devil Records in San ...
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March 26, 2019 34 mins
We are happy to celebrate our 10th episode by celebrating women in vinyl and their perspective and experiences. Producer Dana Berry sits down with three San Francisco Bay Area women who not only are avid vinyl collectors but own or have owned record stores - Tracy Parker of VAMP Art and Music, Hannah Lew of Contact Records and Windy Chien of Aquarius Records. Host Dave Whitaker follows up with episode 9 guest Mike LaVella, who shor...
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In episode 9 we continue our Confessions of a Vinyl Addict series. Producer Dana Berry interviews Mike LaVella, a life-long record collector who also worked within the music industry as a writer for Maximum Rock n Roll and Thrasher, published the garage punk/hot rod magazine Gearhead and ran Gearhead Records. Mike now runs a ‘Now Playing’ vinyl spinning night in the Bay Area. Take a journey with Mike as he recounts the plot points ...
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November 19, 2018 28 mins
In episode 8 of Vinyl Snob, we speak with Paul Rigby, a journalist and hi-fi audio reviewer from the UK who writes for such magazines as Long Live Vinyl. He also maintains a very impressive and comprehensive website. Dave talked with Paul about how he ended up as a writer specializing in music and hi-fi, entry level turntables, what makes one turntable better than the other, how to upgrade a turntable and what it really means to be...
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August 17, 2018 24 mins
In episode 7, 'Theater of the Buy' we speak with two record store buyers and find out what they look for when they price records for trade or cash. In our first segment we speak with Ken Kubala from Amoeba Records. He is a buyer for both their Berkeley and San Francisco stores. His insight into the “theater of the buy” is gleaned from thirty years in the retail record business. In our second segment, we have Henry Wimmer, the owner...
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In episode 6 we introduce a new segment called "Confessions of a Vinyl Addict". In it we talk with "advanced" vinyl collectors and find out what drives them and why, how and where they hunt and how they ended up as vinyl addicts. In this first installment, Vinyl Snob producer Dana Berry speaks with Gavin O'Neill, a collector that curates his own specialized selection of albums from a certain era in pristine condition, mostly 1st pr...
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April 9, 2018 21 mins
In episode 5 we finish our conversation with Ron McMaster at Capitol Records. We dig into what mastering really is and Ron talks us through the “you got one shot at it” process of cutting a lacquer. The next step is pressing a record and Vinyl Snob wastes no time in driving from Hollywood to the Valley to speak with Steve Sheldon, the General Manager of Rainbo Records. Steve takes us on a tour of the manufacturing plant, starting w...
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December 12, 2017 17 mins
In Episode 4, we talk vinyl maintenance and gear. Dave speaks with Bes Nievera Jr, the brand ambassador for Music Direct in Chicago, about how to care for your records and stylus. Then we travel to Boston to speak with Peter Maltzan and Bob Hertig of U-Turn Audio. A modern start-up with an old school mission. U-Turn manufactures high quality turntables for a reasonable price  Episode credits:David Whitaker - Host & ProducerDana Ber...
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In our third episode, we journey to three Bay Area used record stores. Vinyl Snob producer Dana Berry chats with Steve Maag of Collins Music in Suisun City, Dave Kloski of Dave's Record Store in Berkeley and Tom O'Shaughnessy of Econo Jam Records in Oakland. Host Dave Whitaker then takes a trip out of his record store comfort zone and visits Not Another Record Swap, a buy, sell and trade gathering held at the Lost and Found Beer Ga...
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September 26, 2017 18 mins
In this episode we head to Berkeley California on Record Store Day and visit two of the biggest record stores in the Bay Area, Rasputin’s and Amoeba. At Rasputin’s we speak with long time manager Tom Chandler and customers about visiting the local record store instead of buying online. At Amoeba we sit down with manager Dina Ruedel and co-founder Dave Prinz about the culture of the local record store and why they have become popula...
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August 16, 2017 19 mins
Welcome David Whitaker and Vinyl Snob to the RNRAP family of podcasts! In our first episode we are joined by Vinyl Mastering Engineer Ron McMaster at Capitol Records in Hollywood. We talk with Ron about the days before digital and he takes us through the resurgence of vinyl in recent years. Episode credits:David Whitaker - Host & ProducerDana Berry - Executive ProducerCameron Robbins - Theme MusicRecorded at Post Audio Sacramento, ...
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