26 July 2012
52 years old
I bought a record today: black with grooves, the real deal. I'm a child of the 60s and I still love vinyl. I resisted CDs for quite some time, though MP3 files less so. They are convenient, easy to search and portable.
What I like about records: 1. The size. Offering a larger canvas for cover art. 2. The sound. Warmer, grittier, real. 3. The tangible. You can touch them, hold them, physically flip through them; and the cardboard covers are so much nicer than brittle plastic CD covers.
But there seems to be a new (?) trend; buy the vinyl and download the MP3 files 'for free'. From inside the cover a note slips out with a code. The best of both worlds.
I still have my Smiths, Cure, Police, Velvet Underground records, but if you don't and would like to buy them now, go to Back to Black. Buy the record and download the MP3 files for one price. Bloody fantastic.
What did I buy? 'West' by Wooden Shjips. I've always been partial to psychedelia.