Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hooked on Vinyl

It's been a while since I shared what I've been listening to lately. There are plenty of new albums that have entered this house, played on the iPod, and even spun on the record player. Recently, I had dusted off a vinyl copy of Midnight Oil's album 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and blasted it on the record player. We were pretty much hooked all over again from that point on and vowed that the next time we went to the record store, we'd buy some more vinyl.

During a record store trip last week, I gathered the albums that were on my mental list and then headed into the vinyl portion of the store. So many records. So much to choose from. I didn't know what to buy. Should I get something that we already had on cd so that we didn't have to pay for the iTunes version too? I mean you have to have your music on the iPod as well for good measure! Or should I buy something new and pay to get the iTunes too?

Then I spotted something absolutely genious. Two of the newer albums that I wanted to get just happened to also have a free download code. Who knew?! Best of both worlds! Vinyl to listen to at home and a digital copy to pop on your iPod for on the go! Victory was mine as I snagged a copy of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals' The Lion The Beast The Beat and The Alabama Shakes' Boys & Girls.

I have not stopped listening to either albums. Not only do they sound great on vinyl, they are also both amazing albums. Between the two, the one song that I want to listen to over and over again is Keepsake from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Grace has got some amazing pipes, that's for sure. And another favorite from the new album is the opening song that shares the album title. It is of epic proportions in terms of overall production. Epic.

You are welcome for that. Again, she has some pipes. And now it's your turn. What have you been listening to lately? I'd love to know-- you just might find me meandering on down to the record store for some more vinyl and I may need a few more suggestions. ;)

P.S. The winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway is commenter number 16, Amy. Amy please be sure to email me so that I can get your info!


  1. I haven't listened to a vinyl record in so long.

    Lately I've been listening to a lot of Shovels and Rope (and their solo ventures -- Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent).

  2. Ahhh.. vinyl. :) I encountered a few giant oak record cabinets growing up in a place where people tend to collect & preserve. The cabinets have a particular smell when you lift the lid. A little musty and woodsy. Old but nice.

    But my listening experience with vinyl came later in life when I spent some time with my (now ex)husband's mom and her massive collection of records. She had everything from The BeeGee's to Rush to Led Zepplin. This is when cassettes were still the norm and you could record over them with wads of paper stuck in the holes in the top. Remember that? Anyway, we'd record songs from vinyl onto cassettes to listen to in the car.

    Lately, I'm listening to a lot of Pearl Jam which is oddly, new-ish to me since I was kind of young when they were really big and my community boasted only 2 radio stations - one for country music and one for bubbly pop. Loving this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4BObpNQqNo&feature=fvwrel

    Interesting subject, Heidi. :)

  3. I actually wrote a post about records not that long ago. I love listening to stuff on vinyl... it just sounds so much better!


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