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Vinyl - Is It Worth The Hype?

I've been a CD, mp3, spotify girl for most of my life. Okay, maybe cassette tapes for a few years, too. I have yet to venture over to the trendy world of vinyl and record players, but I have a feeling it's in my future. Sure, I have heard my fair few of vinyl recordings over the years [just because I have friends like that]. I mean, I do like some weird and obscure indie music, but I wouldn't call myself a hipster or a trendster per se. People probably sometimes think I'm into vinyl and all that, but I haven't really crossed over. I see [and more importantly hear] the benefits, but the cost. Man, the cost.

A few weeks ago, just before the holidays, I hit up our local record store here in Richmond to pick up a Christmas gift, and man, I went a little overboard in there. I ended up buying like 6 different records [and some of them weren't that cheap]. I definitely spent more dollars than I would be willing to admit. The worst part, though, was that I ended up keeping 3 of them for myself [They were supposed to be gifts, goddammit]. I just got overcome by all the awesome albums that I hadn't heard in forever and there were cool special editions that I had never heard. As a music lover, how could I resist.

Anyway, seeing as I wasn't currently an owner of an operable record player, holding some freshly bought vinyl put me in a bit of a pickle. Well, turns out my Mom had a dusty, old player chilling in the attic from back in the day. I claimed that shit, and here we are.

Of course it needed some fixing up because it hadn't been touched in I don't know how many years. It's still not working perfectly, but I think it will manage. Right now, I'm anxiously awaiting a part form Amazon that will finish up the job... at least I'm hoping. These records I have need to be spun!

The record I'm most excited about spinning is probably one of my favorite albums of all time - Give Up by Postal Service. The lyrics. The musicality. The sound. Simply amazing. And, the fact that it's a stand alone record only enhances the overall appeal. I'm excited to compare the digital recordings I've heard with the vinyl equivalent. This will be an interesting journey. I will report back with my findings.

Anyway, until I am able to go further into detail, enjoy some Postal Service below.

Until next time, happy spinning!

Xx. J