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Imperor 05-16-2011 09:31 PM

The Vinyl Thread
 
I talked about it. You demanded tolerated it. And now here it is. A thread to consolidate all our vinyl talk.

What'd you find recently? What are you listening to? How long do you think this thread will last? Why am I asking so many questions.

Here's my haul over the past week:

Sharon Van Etten - Epic - BING072
Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago - JAG115
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far - JAG185
Tom Waits - Mule Variations 11th anniversary reissue - Anti-87099-1
Radiohead - Kid A - Capitol 5284831
The National - "Terrible Love" b/w "You Were a Kindness" - AD3X50
Cut Copy - Zonoscope - MODVL134
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints - SOU021LP

I've also had a lot of fun putting my entire collection on Discogs.com and figuring which pressings I had of what. Even managed to find out my Led Zeppelin IV is worth more than five times what I paid for it.

I'll tell you all about my adventures cratedigging for Stevie Wonder LPs if this thing takes off. If not, we'll pretend it never happened.

bonocomet 05-16-2011 09:57 PM

I :heart: vinyl. I have a lot of my collection (a few hundred maybe) from the olden days when it was the only way to go. All my nearly complete sets of Bowie and Beatles. U2 of course. The Beatles are mostly all original releases from the 60's and 70's, though I've never checked to see what they're worth since I'm not selling. I do wish I had kept all my vinyl though. When I moved from a larger house to a smaller one in the 80's I just left most of it in the old house. :doh:
I don't really go out actively buying vinyl anymore, though I do buy all U2's new releases on vinyl when they release them. I did find the Mofo remixes recently so I picked it up because it was pretty cheap, but I have no idea if that's even an official release (?)
And I will add that I love the smell of vinyl. :drool:

No spoken words 05-16-2011 09:59 PM

I really do miss vinyl. I often think about going that route once again but never pull the trigger. I should, though.

Nice thread.

bono_212 05-16-2011 10:03 PM

I started purchasing vinyl during my Sophomore year of college. I'm up to about 125 records by now. I wish I had more of The 2 than I do, but I've got the TUF single and album, so that's worth a great deal to me on its own.

But I'm actually most proud/pleased to own The Land Before Time Soundtrack.

Jive Turkey 05-16-2011 10:06 PM

I picked up Helplessness Blues the other day and was super pleased to find Small Change in the Waits section. Been looking for that one forever

Imperor 05-16-2011 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Jive Turkey (Post 7207265)
I picked up Helplessness Blues the other day and was super pleased to find Small Change in the Waits section. Been looking for that one forever

That's fantastic. I've had a hard time finding his stuff for a reasonable price, but I got an absolute steal on that Mule Variations reissue. I'm trying prioritize how to go about fleshing out my Waits collection. Nighthawks and Swordfishtrombones are probably my first orders of business, although I need Small Change, Blue Valentine, Real Gone, and uh, who am I kidding, everything else except for Mule Variations and Rain Dogs since they're the only two in my collection. It'll take a while. But given that I'm on week five of a massive Waits bender, they'd be good investments.

As far as Shuttlecock goes, I'm still always looking for the 90s albums. I've got all the 80s stuff plus No Net (which I'd happily part with if somebody really wants it), and I guess I'll be getting the inevitable Achtung Birdie reissue, but Cockropa and Poppycock have thus far eluded me.

lazarus 05-16-2011 10:33 PM

Speaking of Mule Variations, I found an empty CD case at the thrift store but wanted to buy it anyway for the booklet and the cover.

The guy gave it to me for free because I was also buying Blue Valentine, which did have the disc inside. So both of those for $1. Sweet.

Sorry that wasn't about vinyl. I did listen to Supertramp's Breakfast in America and Janis Joplin's Pearl on my record player the other day though.

bono_212 05-16-2011 10:34 PM

Breakfast in America :love:

cobl04 05-16-2011 10:37 PM

One of my favourite things about going to America last year was martha's recommendation to check out these "Amoeba" stores. I first went to the one at the dodgy end of Haight St in San Fran, and spent a hunge or so, and then I spent about $300 at the one in Hollywood. In some ways it's probably a good thing I don't live near there, as I would literally waste my life away in that store. I spent six hours flicking through every rack and could easily have spent thousands. These are the vinyls I own, most of which came from Amoeba.

Architecture in Helsinki - Places Like This
The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
David Bowie - Low
David Bowie - Station to Station
David Bowie - Stage
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest (bought because most of you kept banging on about how much better it sounds on vinyl)
The Flaming Lips - Embryonic (by a long, long way the coolest thing I own)
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
Los Campesinos! - We Are Beautiful/Doomed
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (special 35th anniversary edition, I think)
Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason (a gift from my brother's friend's Dad, who liked the letter to the editor I sent in when Rick Wright died)
The Police - Synchronicity
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St (the one that came out last year)
Steely Dan - Aja
Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstacy
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
U2 - New Year's Day single
The Who - Live at Leeds

Unfortunately, my parents, thinking they were getting me a really good Christmas gift, got me a record player/cd/tape/radio/aux type thing, but it's a cheaper brand and records sound shithouse, so I've hardly listened to any of these.

lazarus 05-16-2011 10:40 PM

Man, I wish I had been standing up on the second floor video department balcony so I could have yelled "FRIGGIN' COBBLER!!" to everyone in that cavernous place.

No spoken words 05-16-2011 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 7207305)
the dodgy end of Haight St in San Fran,

Whew, so glad you survived.

Imperor 05-16-2011 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 7207305)
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (special 35th anniversary edition, I think)

That's the same edition I have. That's a very well put together set, right down to the posters and stickers. Plus it's one of the weightiest records I own. Shit feels like 360 grams. I'm jealous of your Low and Station to Station, you should know.

You'll appreciate this, by the way: Outkast - Insound.com

u2popmofo 05-16-2011 10:52 PM

Despite not owning a record player, I still have a small collection of vinyl. I'll have to compile and list what I have sometime.

cobl04 05-16-2011 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Imperor

That's the same edition I have. That's a very well put together set, right down to the posters and stickers. Plus it's one of the weightiest records I own. Shit feels like 360 grams. I'm jealous of your Low and Station to Station, you should know.

You'll appreciate this, by the way: Outkast - Insound.com

Yeah it's awesome, and very heavy. Station to Station and Low are second hand, but awesome nonetheless.

And I can't decide whether to thank you or curse you for bringing that to my attention. They deliver to Australia, so there goes well in excess of $100!

bonocomet 05-16-2011 11:15 PM

I love Amoeba in Hollywood and sometimes drive up there and spend hours just browsing. :)

Imperor 05-16-2011 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 7207337)
And I can't decide whether to thank you or curse you for bringing that to my attention. They deliver to Australia, so there goes well in excess of $100!

You'll at least save some coin by not buying shit ass Idlewild.

cobl04 05-16-2011 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Imperor

You'll at least save some coin by not buying shit ass Idlewild.

Very true. I'd be happy to be part with the CD copy I have of it to be honest. Not very good.

martha 05-16-2011 11:23 PM

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Originally Posted by cobl04 (Post 7207305)
Unfortunately, my parents, thinking they were getting me a really good Christmas gift, got me a record player/cd/tape/radio/aux type thing, but it's a cheaper brand and records sound shithouse, so I've hardly listened to any of these.


It's all about the needle, my boy. A shitty needle will permanently ruin records.

LemonMelon 05-16-2011 11:25 PM

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Originally Posted by No spoken words

Whew, so glad you survived.

Seconded. The remaining members of Grateful Dead have nothing left to do but come down and murder.

the tourist 05-17-2011 12:02 AM

I'm going to pillage my parents' 45 collection sometime very soon. They've got a couple hundred of them... stuff I grew up on. They never, ever listen to that stuff and would probably gladly just sign it on over to me as long as I make them cds of all of it.


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