10 Jun GOING ANALOG IN A DIGITAL WORLD
The other day, I realized that my world had become completely digital. I had ipads, iphones, tablets, laptops, connected devices, connected homes, and the list goes on. While I love technology, and felt like I needed a bit of analog in my life. While I would like to take credit for the idea, I have to thank my two buddies based in San Fran for coming up with the idea to go back to being analog.
Record Player / Turntable
While I know a lot of DJ’s out there grew up on CDJ (yes I had those too) or just a straight laptop and a controller. I actually got my start on vinyl. So for me to jump back into the analog world, it was surprisingly simple and mostly involved taking and elevator down five floors to my storage unit, where I found two crisp Technics 1200’s (record players). Next, I needed to order some speaker wire off of amazon prime. Who knew 100 yards of speaker wire would only cost $6.95 including shipping!!!! what a deal!!!! Then I dusted off an old receiver my folks had gifted me when they upgraded and I was in business, well, sort of.
So here is where things go a little more difficult. Record shopping for me was always a bit hit or miss. I have allergies and I am slightly impatient, shocker I realize. So standing around a dusty, dark, old record store has never been nor will ever be where I choose to spend my day. The added thing I hate is the record store guy who has now been replaced by the Apple Genius guy. For those who still don’t understand my reference, feel free to watch the video from High Fidelity, it should all make sense.
More Record Shopping
Alright, now that I have vented about the dust, the darkness, and the downright rudeness that is often experienced at a record store, let’s talk about the good stuff. I live in Atlanta, and fortunately there are still a few record stores that are open. The first type of store sells mostly new records and in the 15 years since I stopped buying records have jumped from $11 an album to $27, not cool. The second type of record store is one that sells new and used. While these are typically dark and dusty, you can find some serious gems, buy both new and used records and can walk out of the place with three or for albums for under $20.
As I mentioned before, this urge to buy vinyl again didn’t just happen. My two buddies based out in San Fran had felt the same way I did and began to collect again. It was these two guys (Oliver and John) who developed the rules for buying records.
Rule #1: You can’t buy an album if the artist was a one hit wonder
Rule #2: See rule number 1.
So where should you shop?
Well, I live in Atlanta and there are only a couple spot that I am aware of to shop (please email / connect on twitter if you know others) where vinyl is still being sold.
Spot #1: WaxNFacts – Located in Little Five Points. Here you can find used and new records, laid back staff, and great people watching.
Spot #2: Urban Outfitters – It pains me to shop for vinyl at Urban Outfitters, but want can you do, they have a solid selection and their prices are relatively cheap compared to the other stores.
Spot #3: Criminal Records – Located in Little Five Points, this store is clean and new, but some of the staff are a little too into it. Bring your CC, because they sell new records and it can get a little expensive.
Spot #4: Amazon.com – That’s right, the same place you buy everything else in your life also sells vinyl. With Amazon prime I can get free shipping and never have to leave the comfort of my sofa.
Spot #5: Ebay.com – Ebay, that site that you may or may not have used in the 90’s has a strong collection of vinyl and people are selling their collections for pennies on the dollar.
Out of Town Spots (not located in Atlanta). So I have travelled a good bit and enjoy the Princeton Record Exchange, James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem states it was pivotal to his musical chops and I would like to think that at some point when I lived there I bought a record from him. So go there, buy many records.
There is also a cool couple of spots in Burlington Vermont, I can’t recall the name of the places but they are all on the main strip there in the heart of town.
Lastly NYC. There are record stores all along the village and I am sure in hypsterville Williamsburg. Go there too. You will like it.
Wait one more. Top of San Fran there is a massive record store, once again, no clue the name. Go there, it is amazing too.
While I am sure there are other sites/spots, this is all I have right now to share.
Hopefully this little piece on vinyl has inspired you to start your own collection.