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How teens and hipsters stain the resurgence of Vinyl

Vinyl artwork looks like framed Instagrams. No wonder the kids use them to decorate their dorm rooms. Vinyl covers are like the new posters.

“I have vinyls in my room but it’s more for decor, I don’t actually play them”

Note: She said ‘vinyls,’ the equivalent of saying something like ‘The Facebook.’

While records are meant to be played, vinyl enthusiast Liz Buckley also points out that at least these so-called hipsters are supporting music even if they never spin a record.

Music is an elastic medium — each format birthed its stigma. The iPod obviated the mini-disc, but MP3 files clogged the hard drive. Streams made music abundant but fungible. Tapes were an interim format, albeit they are still big in Japan. Meanwhile, CDs turned song names into unforgettable track numbers.

“It’s a sadness to me that the invention of the CD means I know far too many tracks by their number, not their name. “OK Computer‘s your favourite Radiohead album? Me too, me too. Bloody love track five.”

However, vinyl is the two-sided original. Its imperfections mirror the real and raw aesthetic of Instagram Stories and Snapchat that teens love today. Like an unopened vinyl, many of those social media posts go unopened — signal exceeds the noise.

Creativity Writing

Get it down


Jot it down,

Write it,

Scribble it,

Record it,

Instagram it,

Snap it,

Scrawl it,

Paint it,

Graffiti it,

Visualize it.

Sauté it.

It doesn’t matter what tool you use to capture it; what matters is that you get it down first. Only then can you consider sharing it.


Collecting dust

With infinite spaces comes infinite hoarding. Space encourages us to consume, produce, and save everything. We try to fill every nook and cranny of a house with furniture and paintings like we do uploading files to Dropbox.

Hoarding is the paradoxical desire of collecting everything to own nothing. We keep building a massive repertoire with the excuse that one day we’ll go back and only keep what’s essential. But throwing away excess never happens without the added pressure of a significant change.

The process of elimination comes at the cost of severe stress. We wish to throw it all away and start over just to avoid the complications of sorting. It’s impossible to define what’s essential when there’s zero marginal cost to collect another item. Infinite space is a zero-sum game, especially in the digital world.


Music Discovery Is A Burned Out Phrase

If music discovery faces an inherent problem, it’s that most people stop looking for music after their youth. 

Spotify et al. offer catalog music for the most part.  If you want to hear new music you need to hit the blogs to stream music via SoundCloud, Youtube, or uploaded MP3s.

But lack of content is not the sole challenge for the music seeker.  Music discovery is a human art form that can’t be discovered through a Spotify or Pandora algorithm.  No one really likes music until those who know it best show them.  These are the DJs.