well, throw a potted plant at my head and call me reginald.

my ears have returned to me from their unpleasant bout with congested stupidity. there has been much rejoicing and love-making. well, minus the love-making. in celebration, my ears and i paid a visit to dr. disc today and decided to take more than a cursory glance at the vinyl section for the first time. this is what we ended up leaving with:

Harry Nilsson // Son of SchmilssonFrank Sinatra // No One CaresPeter Gabriel // PG3/MeltPeter Gabriel // Shock the Monkey (maxi single)Roxy Music // For Your PleasureKate Bush // The Kick InsideKate Bush // The DreamingDavid Bowie // Aladdin SaneFleetwood Mac // TuskLindsey BuckinghamBruce Springsteen // Darkness on the Edge of TownBruce Springsteen // Cover Me (maxi single)Neil Young // Everybody Knows This Is NowhereCaptain Beefheart & the Magic Band // Lick My Decals Off, BabyLou Reed // Sally Can\'t DanceTalking Heads // More Songs About Buildings & FoodThe Carpenters // s/t (tan album)Todd Rundgren // A Wizard/A True Star

there wasn’t time to check out the jazz vinyl section, but next time…look out. the prices for a lot of these albums are absurd. tusk, for example, is a double album. it’s in more or less mint condition, complete with each individual album’s packaging and the slipcase (or whatever you call the thing that houses the record and will sometimes have lyrics and pictures on it). everything that ever came with the album is present and accounted for, in great condition. i paid eight bucks for that. some of the records i got for three dollars a pop.

i can get several times the amount of albums i would normally buy on cd, and spend less money doing it. the selection is ridiculous, too. pretty much anything you might be interested in looking for on vinyl is probably around there somewhere, or if it isn’t it’ll probably show up soon. it’s kind of fun having a record collection when most people my age probably don’t even remember what records are, and maybe someday in the not so distant future i’ll manage to have an impressive one.

i don’t really weigh in on the whole analog vs. digital sound quality debate…i just like records and think they’re cool to have. as i mentioned in a post a few months back, the artwork is so much more interesting to look at when you can actually see it in some detail. cds seem pretty tiny and insignificant in comparison. this is part of the reason why i’d like to do something different with the packaging for my cds in the future. i don’t ever want to compromise artwork again for the sake of modifying it to accommodate cd jewel case sizes. i’m not entirely sure yet just what i’m going to do to break away from the conventional sizing and packaging, but it should be fun experimenting.

most of the album titles on the album pages now link to their respective pages. that was something i probably should have done to begin with, but it seemed rather tedious and time-consuming, so i put it off. when i was sick, however, i had nothing better to do, so i gave it a shot. it was…uh…tedious. and time-consuming. but it didn’t take nearly as long as i expected it would.

this weekend i plan to look for a scanner and possibly/hopefully buy one, so there should be album cover art and other such things up here soon. maybe i’ll put up some handwritten lyrics and random things like that. the possibilities are quite possibly possible, and maybe even numerous. it’s an exciting time to dream of beehives.

3 comments

  1. you mean “the dreaming”? the one where she’s passing the magician the ring on her tongue with a kiss? ’cause that’s probably my favourite album of kate’s. maybe part of that is because it was the first album of hers i ever heard, when i was about fourteen or so…i like starting with the artist’s most difficult album first, so i grabbed that one because the general consensus seemed to be that it was her weirdest, least accessible work. it’s just completely crazy and all over the place in a way that really does it for me. the donkey braying and bizarre voices and everything…and i’ve always loved the way kate’s voice sounds when she’s screaming or half-screaming, like on “sat in your lap” and “get out of my house”. i’ve missed that violent spark in some of her later work. sadly, they kind of botched the album when they brought it out on cd—it was at a time when cds were still in their infancy, and when they mastered the music digitally it ended up coming out squashed in a pretty un-musical way. so i got two copies of it on vinyl, since EMI will probably never remaster the cd in my lifetime and the records are so cheap. at least now i can finally hear the music with some dynamics to it. ‘course, her other stuff is great too. i think she was something like 19 when she made “the kick inside”, with some of the songs written years earlier, and that’s just insane.

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