December 09, 2013

A Very Vinyl Christmas

It's hard to imagine I haven't said anything since the Halloween season here on my little blog. November came and went in a hurry. Thanksgiving was great. Seeing my in-laws from Colorado (Mike's sister, brother-in-law and two nephews) is always a blast and getting together with the family, well, let's just say there is never a dull moment.

I can't believe it's already the second week of December. My birthday came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, oh wait that's March - but yeah it was crazy. Mike opted for a more laid back birthday night out on the town, to which I am pretty damn grateful. For those new here, our birthdays are exactly one week apart.

Both of us cleaned up for our birthdays. Between receiving new shirts (mine was a Dalek Dr. Who graphic T I wanted) and Mike's was a new flannel, we also got each other vinyl.

FOR ME: 
A gift from Mike
Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters
(I thought the CD sounded amazing, NOTHING compares to vinyl, NOTHING!)
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FOR HIM: 
A gift from Me
Mudhoney's Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
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FOR HIM x 2: 
Our dear friend AK also scored Mike this vinyl for his birthday.
Which is sort of a score for me as well - I mean I get to listen to it too!
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That being said I titled this a "VERY VINYL CHRISTMAS" because both of us have a ton of vinyl on our Christmas wish lists. (In no particular order)

FOR HER WISHLIST:
Pure Cult - Best of The Cult
Them Crooked Vultures
Jane's Addiction "Nothing's Shocking"
Queens of the Stone Age "Era Vulgaris"
No Doubt "Tragic Kingdom"
The Beatles "Abbey Road"

FOR HIM WISHLIST:
The Clash "London Calling"
REM "Green"
The White Stripes "Elephant" and 2 other titles.
Nirvana "Nevermind"
Nirvana "Unplugged"
Stone Temple Pilots "Purple"

We've been overly active in purchasing vinyl whenever we can. On Black Friday / RECORD STORE DAY we both scored quite a few great records. I got the ONLY version of Queens of the Stone Age's "Clockwork Black Friday Special Edition on Black Vinyl"- and the word black was probably in the title of the edition like 4 more times, available at our local store. I also scored the Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm Beside You", Black Friday / Record Store Day vinyl.  Mike scored a Rush's "The Garden" 10" Picture Disc, Nirvana's 2013 Reissue of In Utero and Stone Temple Pilot's "Core". We were pretty stoked that both the RHCP and STP's albums were numbered as well. Getting there early and being third in line that morning was totally worth it.

Before that on a random day stopping in our local record store I purchased a haul of Blondie, B-52's, Tears for Fears and Fleetwood Mac - all for under $8.00 each. Shout out to our local record store Pegasus, I love you!

Mike also recently purchased HAIM's new album, Days Are Gone for his birthday.
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If you haven't heard of these ladies they are pretty awesome. We were made aware of them when they performed a few weeks ago on SNL. Their sound to me is very nostalgic of late 80's pop music. Almost like Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and various top producers of that time coached these girls to make an album. It's very catchy and I like that it's three chicks, playing all their own instruments and singing their hearts out. It's hard not to move to the beat of every song while listening to it.

Needless to say I've always been music obsessed. It's nice to have a hobby like collecting vinyl, and while the new found popularity has made it a little harder to come by "scores" or finding great deals, I'm happy to see the great medium making a resurgence. Thanks hipster kids, it's not often I will thank you but right now, I will.

Next on our list is getting another new turntable eventually. We love our current one but Mike wants better sound, and I still want another cabinet player that works for our living room. Ours has finally bit the dust.

Any other music fans out there? Vinyl collectors? What was your best haul? I frankly can't wait to get home for the holidays for a weekend and dig through the local vinyl stores.
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4 comments:

Christina said...

Awesome! I love that you collect vinyl. I had a few 80s albums (all pop, Go-Gos, B-52s, REO Speedwagon, Journey, but mostly Madonna haha) and gave them all to my sister when she got a huge stereo and cabinet. Then she went and gave it all away when she moved in with her husband! PISSED! I bet she had some gems in there.

txa1265 said...

I find the fascination with vinyl intriguing ... my younger son has a bunch, and my older son was going to integrate something from Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue' in a project for his audio-visual class and said 'that is something I'd love to hear on vinyl'.

And I said 'well ... how do you think I bought it originally?' I have a few hundred records on vinyl from when that was pretty much the only choice, and would dump to cassette for day to day listening. I bought CDs for a long time then went digital as soon as I could ...

Shelley Selwood said...

I saw Haim on Jools Hollands TV show on New years eve and thought they were great. I'm definitely going to download some of their stuff.

I'm thankful Lee got rid of most of his vinyl years ago, I couldn't take that along with the CDS. His music shit takes up way too much space in my tiny house already.

Devon said...

I love how much you love music. Happy belated birthday!

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