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Dripping Inspiration Through Their Fingers
Time marches and with every generational shift, we give ‘it’ a new name. Today we call it ‘The Golden Era’, and twenty years ago we were calling it ‘The Psychedelic Era’.
A Quick Rant about Record Store Day
Usually, the third Saturday of every April brings with it the much-celebrated Record Store Day (from herein referred to as RSD because I'm lazy).
ABBA: The Studio Albums
The newly released ABBA: The Studio Albums is an 8-LP box set containing all eight of ABBA’s proper albums. This superlative collection includes each of the Swedish pop supergroup's full-length releases on colored vinyl for the first time. This 8-LP assortment of colorful vinyl is the perfect way to revisit one of pop music’s most iconic bodies of work, as well as hearing the progression and growth within each album throughout ABBA's historic career.
- Top Story - June 2020
How to Take Care of Your Vinyl Collection
Whether you're just starting out as a record collector or you already have a collection of your own, you should make sure you're taking proper care of your vinyl. Records are valuable, not only because they contain the music you love, but also because their appeal has made a comeback in recent years which gives them a certain vintage and eclectic edge compared to their more modern competitors like CDs and devices. It is very important to handle, store, and clean records properly in order to keep them in good shape for a long time.
The Vinyl Myth
Throughout my years of moving through various musical circles consisting of music lovers, musicians, engineers, and audiophiles, one topic seems to be hotly debated among all of them, there is a real fascination among every corner of the musical community in a long antiquated music format: The vinyl record. Some people enjoy the tactility and the ritual, which is a requirement when listening via this medium, others swear by its "superior" audio quality. The latter are the group perpetuating what I'm going to refer to from now on as the "vinyl myth."
I love streaming music. Probably not the first sentence you’d expect to read in an article about the vinyl revival. However, I find it hard to imagine that anyone who considers oneself a music fan could hate having the ability to access any piece of recorded music in history within seconds from any mobile device. That being said, I do often find that the use of music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music can stifle one’s ability to discover new music or dig deeper into the back-catalogue of artists with whom you are already familiar. With a dizzying array of choice (literally every song ever recorded) at your fingertips it can be easy to adopt a sort of ‘pick and mix’ approach to music where you can hear a little of everything but never delve too deep into any one in particular.
Vinyl and Streaming: A David and Goliath Story and the Effect on Working Musicians
Vinyl Records are back and probably the most popular physical media around right now which is insane. Myself, I’ve been collecting for about 4 years give or take, but what I find most interesting is that more and more of my peers are getting into it and that the market itself is rising. People are starting to find the appeal of physical connection to music again and with that comes a change in the music scene in general. However, is this much-need comeback ready to take on the mass-market of music streaming like many enthusiasts say? Is streaming the true medium for the industry?
Classic Vinyl Records That Must Be Added to Your Collection
Vinyl records have been on the back burner for decades, with cassettes, CDs, and MP3 files consecutively taking over as the dominant method of listening to music. Somehow, whether purely for nostalgia or for the rawness of its audio quality, vinyl has endured these advances in technology. Today, we are in the midst of a vinyl renaissance, which has made vinyl records and record players accessible to all. The greatest albums of the 20th century are now available on vinyl alongside modern masterpieces of all genres. Here are a few classic vinyl records that have a place in every collection.
Vinyl Review: Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes
Being known for his harsh, bluesy voice, Eric Burdon has been recognized as one of rock’s greatest vocalists. He rose to popularity in the early 60s with The Animals, known for songs like "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood" and a popular rendition of "House of the Rising Sun." The Greenhornes, on the other hand, are a psychedelic garage band formed in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio in the mid-90s.
What You Should Know Before You Begin Collecting Vinyl
My first two LP's were purchased in April 2014. Four years ago I would never have imagined having almost 300 albums, almost 100 45's and even a couple 78's. Record digging has become more than a passion for me, but a lifestyle where I discovered I am more than a collector, but a historian of a long chapter of music history that shaped civilization and humanity. Here are a few things you should know if you decide you want to begin collecting these artifacts.
My 15 Favorite Happy Mood Songs
In my house, it was either disco or rock. I grew up with vinyls and no working turntable, but it was so much fun to imagine what they would sound like after being in a closet for decades. Eventually, my dad was given a working turntable when he turned 50. So far, I've played my own music and some of my dad's, and each vinyl sounds just as good as the last one.
Long Live Vinyl
Everyone loves music, right? I don’t believe I’ve met a person yet who dislikes music. Which is good. Because without music, I personally think our society would be at a huge loss, particularly in the stunning world of art. Music speaks to everyone, and while you’ll mostly hear the terms, “I can’t carry a tune in a wash tub!” or “I sound like a dying calf in a hail storm!” … no? You haven’t heard those. Perhaps it’s my southern roots then. Those sayings are pretty much tradition in my family, so don’t judge.