Vinyl’s Just Nummy

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Maybe you’ve already heard – vinyl is making a comeback! Don’t take my word for it. Just Goggle “Is vinyl making a comeback?” and you’ll get your answer.

Although I’ve certainly purchased a lot of digital music, I’ve never stopped buying vinyl records – lp’s [(Long Play), or 33⅓ rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a format for phonograph (gramophone) records, an analog sound storage medium, according to Wikipedia,] 7” 45’s (which are sometimes 33⅓ and not labeled as such, which makes for embarrassing airplay), and even 10”ers. I just like putting them on the turntable, giving them a little brush with the disk cleaner, and dropping the needle. I love cuing them up when doing radio – push the “cue” button, try to find the beginning of the song, drop the needle, play it for a second, then back-spin it (I don’t think that’s a real dj term, but that’s what I call it.) I wonder if that’s how a radio dj found the “Paul is Dead” lyrics on Abbey Road – why else would you be playing the record backwards?

So, whenever I sub for a radio show, I lug mostly vinyl – well, one shopping bag full of albums and 45’s, and one shopping bag full of cds – over to the station as though I’m doing 12 hours of programming, even I’m just doing a 2-hour show. I’m not much of a planner.

JOE COLEMAN'S INFERNAL MACHINE

JOE COLEMAN’S INFERNAL MACHINE

I love the artwork of album covers and picture discs – I think that’s probably a good deal of the appeal for me. I can remember one of my first albums being “Stand Up,” by Jethro Tull, and when you opened it, it had some pop up art spring out at you. You can’t do that with a cd or download, nuh-uh.

I have a friend who thinks I should start selling my vinyl – get into the business of selling records – and because I’m not working, I’ve considered it. For five seconds at a time. And then I look over at the piano room in our 1908 house which serves as the record library, and I get a massive panic attack. “No, I can’t let you go!” “No, you’re all staying here!” “Mama loves you.”

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5 responses »

  1. Yes, yes and yes. Only in my case, books instead of vinyl. The dearly beloved gave me a Kindle at Christmas, and I use it and don’t mind it, but if he thinks I’m going wholly digital, he’s got another think coming 🙂
    I’m afraid I have gone wholly digital for music, though. We have framed vinyls for decoration, but I don’t even think we have a turntable any more.
    I have a friend who’s a composer, who reckons that on a good day he can hear the difference between digital sound and analogue sound – not the sound quality per se, the actual difference in the sound production process, i.e. a digital recording can only produce certain though infinitessimally close tones, whereas an analogue can produce any pitch. Interesting.

    • Oh I know! Machinist man gets perturbed about my vinyl fixation and I still like the paper books as well! Hard covers, even!! He reads tons of books on his Iphone and has gone totally digital music-wise. I do think analog has a deeper sound — I haven’t proven anything scientifically though…. What some artists have been doing lately, and this is just brilliant – they put new music out on vinyl along with a digital download code with maybe one or two extra songs. Smart!

  2. I love vinyl. I’ve got three versions of a Dizzy Gillespie tune: one on a compilation CD from the 90s, one on another compilation from the 00s, which sounds better, and one on lightweight vinyl from the 80s, which sounds best. Thanks to the Hot Pants guys, I’ve discovered the joys and sound of 45s, and try to feature a jazz 45 of the week on my show. And yes, 7 inch 33s can be embarrassing. I always have a few LPs with me for my show, and use a mix of 45s and LPs whenever I’m out spinning./

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