As a consumer, three of my favorite things are…
1. The fresh smell of opening a new pair of Nike’s.
2. Poppin’ a tag off of a ‘Lo shirt.
3. Picking up vinyl in all of it’s oversized, colorful glory.
Don’t get it twisted. I still like buying some CDs but vinyl is a different experience, especially the purchasing of it. I try to stay away from buying online, preferring the to go into the store, quiet as libraries & full of like minded music lovers engaging in the elbow-to-elbow art of digging. “Spelunkers of sound” as I like to call my fellow diggers.
My love affair with vinyl has been off and on but always life long. It started as a kid, always diggin’ thru my dad’s sparse collection as well as all of the crates my uncle had as a DJ. In the mid 90’s when my grandad closed his nightclub, JM & I put together a few dollars, bought my uncle’s Technics…and a garage half-full of records, spanning genres, sizes and decades. Love affair reborn. Until I left those motherfuckers in JM’s care while I was away for a while & the collection seemingly grew legs. Love lost.
Until the past year or so.
Currently, I don’t even have a turntable to play my records on. But by my logic, I consider all of these purchases as if I were courting Alicia Keys. I save up so that once or so a month, I can take an excursion to one of the few vinyl haunts in town, our “date” of sorts. I wine & dine with her, splurging lovely. She hasn’t given me any yet, as in I haven’t bought a turntable. But soon I will and with all of these records sitting here with me, it will be a heavenly experience. I will unwrap & play record after record…and then play another record.
Yesterday, I made one of those dates by killing some time before an appointment. It was planned. I had set aside allotted spending money for whatever I might find & let my fingers do the rest. Below you will find pics of my bounty. No real rhyme or reason to what I bought. I don’t pretend to be a connoisseur; my pics are indiscriminate & instinctive. I saw it, I checked the price first, then the condition. If I wanted it, I grabbed it. Done deal.
Juan had ALL of these on vinyl when we were kids.
I have no intentions of deejaying a party so I rarely by 12″ singles. But this, this was a small piece of history. At .99¢, I’ll take it.
One of the better aspects of this shop is that they stock a lot of recent releases in vinyl. Last time I was @ this spot, they had BE but I passed because funds were tight and I picked Rising Down instead. This trip, easy snatch once I saw One Day… sitting there as well. They had UMC but I passed because…
…I like to buy full albums that I can play end to end. Since it’s a manual experience, listening to a record requires that it has to be thorough. I don’t want to play one or two tracks & then end up having to put on something else. Honestly, I avoid most rap albums for this reason, opting to grab jazz or reggae albums. In the end though, this is my way of deeming an album of 5 Cig (or at least a strong 4+) by acquiring it on vinyl. But that doesn’t really apply to…
…this one. I bought it solely off the packaging alone.
Kanye is second only to Puff when realizing that packaging & presentation are huge in all aspects. Peep the extras included here.
I didn’t buy all vinyl. I saw this sitting by the register as I was checking out.
The Bad Plus does good cover songs & I love covers. The damage was already done; what was $8 more going to do?
Here’s a few more random ones I picked up & I’ll save you the stories…but you better believe there’s one for each. We’ll play Q&A for these – You want to hear the story? Ask me & I’ll answer via the comments lol.
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