As things are, and as fundamentally the must always be. Poetry is not a career, but a mug’s game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: he may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
- T.S. E L I O T
Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.
- J A C K W H I T E
Last week, at a gear and record expo in Denver, we found a record that we have been patiently trying to find for about three years now. It is an original pressing of Dylan’s, ‘Blonde on Blonde’ from 1966. Now our little collection is only two records away from including originals of all of Dylan’s 60’s-70’s work, which has been years of patiently collecting.
I don’t remember vinyl being that prominent and I don’t even know what happened in my brain to think that I wanted a record player, but somehow about a decade ago I became fixated on vinyl and got my first $50 record player. Since then I have acquired some new and many old records - spending lots of time rummaging through dusty bins at auctions and local record stores.
Playing a record is sort of magical. It’s not the love of something old just for the sake of nostalgia…I listen to vinyl because it tells me so much more about the music than a CD or digital version do.
The physical act of turning the record over to side B.
The hum of the record player.
The fact that I don’t just listen to one song, but I usually listen to the entire record as the work of art it was intended to be.
I usually sit down, just to listen to a record and not do things and let it be the soundtrack to my life.
The huge album art tells half of the story.
Listening to a vinyl record is a ritual. It’s slow to be sure, there’s nothing fast and immediate about it…that’s probably why I like it.
In contemplating how best to release the Roo & The Howl album coupled with my love for vinyl, I’ve decided that we will only be pressing vinyl copies. Of course, each vinyl will come with a digital download card and it will be available in digital form via iTunes, Amazon, and our website. For the two people who don’t have access to a record player, smart phone or computer, email me (email@example.com) and I will gladly burn you a copy and mail it to you.
Our pals over at Vinyl + Cocktails, pair a record with a cocktail so you can listen to great music and drink a delicious drink that fits the vibe of the record. (Ya, best idea ever!) They have written some blogs about getting into vinyl and finding the right turntable in your price range: http://www.vinylandcocktails.com/vinylresources/
And just for fun, shout out to our favorite record stores and upcoming events in Colorado:
Twist & Shout
Denver Record Collectors Expo
Record store day is April 19!
Now art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic.
- O S C A R W I L D E