Company uses the ashes of the dearly departed to make vinyl records

Morbid business model proving quite popular in recent months

No doubt, losing a loved one is tough. To help get through the trials and tribulations of grief, some people take extra measures to specialize the circumstances. For instance, some like to put the ashes of the dearly departed in fireworks and have it fired towards the heavens . . .


. . . but measures like this pale in comparison to what And Vinyly is doing – you see, the UK-based company specializes in taking a loved one’s ashes and turning them into actual, playable vinyl records.

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Hobbyist creates laser cutter that can make playable music records out of wood

Tech-savvy hobbyist uses modern-day technology to deliver new form of playback

It seems like the creative world has a thing for music records of late. Just a few weeks ago, we covered a story on designers who created an interchangeable, color-wheel based music record, and a few days ago, a post went up about Third Man Records releasing their limited edition, precious metal-based Gatsby soundtrack LPs.

Gatsby limited edition records

This week’s story comes from Instructables, where employee Amanda Ghassaei has reported her development of a laser cutter that carves grooves and tiny bumps into all sorts of materials, including paper, acrylic, and even wood, for the purpose of making music records.

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Wooden grooves and bumps

Laser cut wooden record

Rather than try and re-word what she’s done, here’s how she described the project, verbatim from her site:

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Record company releases limited edition Gatsby records made of precious metals

Disks are pretty sweet looking, will cost you a couple hundred bucks

For whatever reason, Third Man Records is releasing not only a limited edition gold record of the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, they’re releasing a PLATINUM set too.

Gatsby records

The soundtrack itself is awesome — it was produced by Jay Z and features the likes of Andre 3000, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, and many more big name artists. And there’s no denying the fact that these precious metal disks are pretty dope looking — each one is assembled by hand and comes packaged in a laser-cut birch wood LP jacket which, oh by the way, is riveted to aluminum spines.

Gatsby record frontside

Gatsby record backside

But doesn’t this all seem like an exorbitant waste of moola? In a release promoting these promotional materials, the company wrote:

All of these elements (gold, platinum, aluminum, wood and brass) showcase the Art Deco-meets-modern style, classic meets cutting edge, which is the essence of The Great Gatsby film and Third Man Records.

Part of me is shaking my head and yet, another part of me is reaching for my wallet.

If you’re a fan of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, were really taken Baz Luhrmann’s silver screen adaptation, or otherwise are a collector of anything and everything remotely related to Leonardo DiCaprio, then you can head over to the Third Man Records website and complete your pre-order for the record set today.

The cost: $250.

Don’t have that much coin to burn but want to learn more about how they were able to do this? Check out the creation process below:

Daft Punk to launch highly anticipated album at Wee Waa agriculture show

Bizarre report confirmed by multiple sources

Daft Punk in field

Before we get into this story, let’s just get one thing straight – the Annual Wee Waa Show in Wee Waa, Australia (also referred to Australia’s “cotton capital”) isn’t the next SXSW festival.

In fact, tickets for the agriculture show are maxed out at a somewhat modest 4,000.

Welcome to Wee Waa sign

You see, the Wee Waa Show is a festival known more so for its dog high-jump competitions, cross-cut saw contests, and baby shows. It offers a communal atmosphere in everything it has to offer and it’s this very essence, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun at least, that led the French DJ’s to choose to launch their next album, Random Access Memories, at the festival on Friday, May 17.

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Redditor cracks code to every Mumford & Sons song

Visual diagram proves shockingly accurate

Mumford & Sons are an English folk-rock band that formed out of West London way back in 2007. The band consists of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane.

Mumford and Sons

Since they hit the scene, the group has released a series of hits, including Little Lion Man, The Cave, and most recently, I Will Wait.

Mumford and Sons Little Lion Man

Those just discovering the band are often taken by their use of bluegrass and folk instruments, such as the banjo, mandolin, and upright bass.

Those following the band for a few years now, however, are beginning to pick up on a formulaic rhythm to every song the group puts out. It’s been hard to describe, but redditor Legolas75893 was able to put a visual to it that absolutely knocked everyone’s socks off and quickly went viral, hitting up sites like Buzzfeed,, and the blog for everyone’s favorite portable speaker.

And so now we present it to you, the very accurate, very on-target description of the formula Mumford & Sons uses for all of their songs.

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