A Painfully Spot On Portrayal of a Music Fan We All Know

Have you bought in to the vinyl craze?

January 4, 2016

I'm the first to admit, I'm a nerd for a rad piece of vinyl - less the type that you'd find in the bedroom ruining the careers of politians, more the type that you put on a turntable and give a spin. A collector? That, I am not. As we move into an era that becomes devoid of physical contact, a major missing player is music. That being said, one of my older pals is qutie fond of giving me music on CD and I'm like "ew, gross". When I first had a car with a decent, non-skipping CD player, I remember every single CD purchased came home to first be burned to CD-R - remember those? You carry around the burned discs in one of those massive black nylon cases. I could find any album in my collection based on hand writing and type of CD-R. Oh, Cult of Luna has red writing from my pal the King of Castle Rock - easy to find in a hurry at a stop light.

I think the same people who get sloppily labeled "hipsters" are sometimes those interested in not giving up on the things that bond us to our experiences. Reading actual books or news papers instead of busting out the kindle attaches us to the hard work someone put into that end result. We so quickly move from one 140-character mind fart to the next without much thought for the effort. I consider myself a disinterested music snob - someone who wants amazing albums, but is also "too old for this s***". I want to sit with a whole record, not some contemporary popular drivel that lacks the completeness of an album - it's how I've always been and it's why I love the vinyl experience.

That being said, we all know someone like this:

I love that he holds up Seattle's La Luz "It's Alive" on special blue vinyl :) to brag about it...

Look, though comedy, I do agree with some of the stuff here - specifically the sound of music on vinyl. It doesn't sound better because it's higher quality, it sounds better to me because of the imperfections. Pops and scratches can add to the experience. Additionally, as an album listener, I appreciate how records are organized to fit the music. I love having to listen to a whole side because it's too much to just put on one song. I love listening to that one song I don't like because the next one is worth it. Often, I only make it through one side before wanting a new sound. Other times, I go 19 minutes because my soundtrack so seamlessly ended and I'm too absent-minded to notice. Sometimes I'm reminded by an abrupt skip in music that I'm indeed walking too heavily for the crappy apartment floor below me.

My favorite album: Fugazi \

I encourage you, music lover, to take the time to listen to your favorite record on a record player. I want you to know what it's like not to skip a song because you don't like it - you may end up loving it after a few voyages through side A. I encourage you to re-fall in love with your favorite old record - for me, Foo Fighters came back to life when putting it on on my turntable.

You don't have to be a buttface about music listening to enjoy a record player. If you love music and the art of making an album, maybe 2016 is the year you buy a few of your favorites and an inexpensive Crosley record player to find out for yourself. Awaken that musical force inside you!