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posted by LaminatorX on Friday April 18 2014, @01:48PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the put-the-needle-on-the-rekkid dept.

While Neil Young makes headlines for creating a new high audio quality audio player, and others continue to rely on iTunes for music, millions of other people are saving their dollars for the 8th annual Record Store Day this Saturday!

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

Special this year is the latest from noted vinyl fan Jack White, who will be recording and pressing the world's fastest record a new disc recorded, pressed, and released in just one day!

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @02:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @02:03PM (#33063)

    I've been a couple times before and it's always a fun time. Lost of people crammed into the store, everyone there a music fan. Last year there were a bunch of special limited-edition albums just for record store day, a lot of places have live music. If you have a turntable & a local record store then it's worth the trip.

    • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Friday April 18 2014, @03:14PM

      Strangely, I prefer tape hiss to vinyl scratches. Must be a what you grew up with thing.
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    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by song-of-the-pogo on Friday April 18 2014, @03:36PM

      by song-of-the-pogo (1315) on Friday April 18 2014, @03:36PM (#33107) Homepage Journal

      I'm definitely going to have to check this out. Just for giggles, a while back, I picked up some old jazz albums at a thrift shop for about $0.5 each, only months later solving the problem of how to actually hear them. I was actually quite surprised to find that those thrift-store records, some of which didn't look to be in great shape, not only played but were enjoyable to listen to. Something about jazz + old, mono vinyl works for me. Perhaps I was born in the wrong century.

      What started as a half-hearted whim born of boredom has become something of a small obsession and I've probably got a few hundred albums now, mostly jazz but also classical and rock, the vast majority costing around $1 each. I've even got a small collection of 10" shellacs (Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw...). One of my favorite scores, though, was finding both the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi soundtracks at a local used vinyl shop (and in great shape). I'd had those as a kid, but they'd gotten "lost" (so claim my parents).

      Dusty crates and dirty fingers.

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      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Yog-Yogguth on Friday April 18 2014, @04:53PM

        by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Friday April 18 2014, @04:53PM (#33128) Journal

        "...but were enjoyable to listen to."

        The Secret of Jazz¹:

        Good music does not need the highest possible recorded fidelity, does not need good instruments, and once in a while does not even need good musicians :D

        And sometimes Hi-Fi makes things worse. Music happens in the human mind, everything else is sound waves and physics.

        ¹ Also applies to any other music as you deem fit including classical if you actually like the music instead of the enjoyment of being pretentious.

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        • (Score: 2) by song-of-the-pogo on Friday April 18 2014, @05:25PM

          by song-of-the-pogo (1315) on Friday April 18 2014, @05:25PM (#33138) Homepage Journal

          There is much truth in what you write.

           

          [Interestingly, I have a few duplicate albums where one was the mono release and the other the stereo, and found that the mono generally sounds better (to me)]

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        • (Score: 2) by M. Baranczak on Friday April 18 2014, @10:56PM

          by M. Baranczak (1673) on Friday April 18 2014, @10:56PM (#33249)

          Good music does not need the highest possible recorded fidelity, does not need good instruments, and once in a while does not even need good musicians

          For punk rock, all three of those things are usually considered a detriment.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Thexalon on Friday April 18 2014, @02:39PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Friday April 18 2014, @02:39PM (#33076)

    Don't leave your records in the sun - they'll warp and they won't be good for anyone.
    Don't leave your records in the sun - they'll get all wavy and they just won't run.
    They just won't play . just won't play . just won't play . just won't play . just won't play . ... no more.

    A goofy little song by John Hartford [youtube.com]

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    • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday April 18 2014, @05:09PM

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday April 18 2014, @05:09PM (#33132) Homepage

      Don't leave 'em on the rug or the floor either, like how hippies like to store their vinyls in melon crates on the floor.

      The reason? Any floods or spills will wetten them. You never know when a pipe will break, or the drains(especially the washing machine) will clog, or when you'll pass out on the floor while listening to those same vinyls and carelessly allowing your spilled beer to seep into them. Doubly so if you live in an apartment and any of the above happens to your next-door neighbor.

      The vinyls themselves will likely escape harm, but the precious covers and the art adorning them will get seriously messed up. And oftentimes, the album cover is more valuable than the album itself.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @07:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @07:36PM (#33193)

    I'd love to stop by the indie music store ... but it's gone.

    The record store where I went when I was in college has literally been razed and is now a parking lot.