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Adventures in record collecting

Photographer and blogger Eilon Paz has put together a book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, which features more than 130 vinyl collectors across the world. The images are amazing and diverse, ranging from the Italian man who owns the world’s largest collection of colored vinyl records to an owner who collects only Beatles’ […]

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From hand to sleeve: What does it mean to value an intangible object?

The tangible items feel like they have more cash value than the invisible digital bits. The sheer abundance of internet items not only shrink their value, they curb our attention. Whether it’s a feed of Instagram images, tweets, or new music playlists, there is simply too many things to pay attention to and not enough […]

One infinite loop

Smart watches Kindle books Spotify streams The newest technologies erode their physical counterparts, but they also revitalize interest in the old stuff. The sensory, tactile experience of analog items as those listed above literally feel more special. They are stimulants: the subtle noise of a telltale “tick-tock,” the fresh smell of an unopened book, or […]

CO/R – Bells, Walking 

CO/R is a collaboration between techno heads Herron and Joy Orbison. The duo just released Gudrun,  a vinyl 12″ from the Trilogy Tapes Store. The lead single ‘Bells, Walking’ is a continuation of Joy Orbison’s 2009 post-dubstep hit ‘Hyph Mngo‘ laced in with Herron’s mastery of house and UK garage. Learn more about Joy Orbison […]

Nostalgic for bookstores

Our online identities have become our real-life identities, one where the rapidity of instant communication breaks down the slow pace of life. Tech makes us impulsive and drains our patience–we demand things with a click of a button and expect a drone to deliver them the same day. So it’s no surprise that some people want […]

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 […]

Jack White launches the first record to play in space

Impossible is nothing. Jack White’s record label Third Man Records successfully launched the first played record in space, 94 feet above the Earth before it burst. White originally discussed the idea with Neil De Grasse Tyson in 2012. For the entire hour and twenty minutes of ascension, the Icarus turntable faithfully played Carl Sagan’s “A […]

Japan’s Portable Record Players

It was hard to find an affordable record player in 1960s Japan. So the Japanese companies built their own cheaper, portable vinyl versions. Each design was fantastically unique. The devices were cheap, mass-produced players that were made, not only by electronics companies, but also toy companies and even industrial companies. Looking back on all the […]

Becoming Our Parent’s Collections

We become byproducts of our parent’s collections growing up. My Dad’s art and European mix tapes shaped my interest in design and new music. My Mom’s dedication to Macs shaped my interest in thinking differently about computer tools. First we mimic, then we aspire. Finally, we create versions of these interests that we can call […]

The CD Case «

As for the CD format, I can’t imagine listening to, say, Green Day’s Dookie any other way. Dookie is to CDs what Creedence is to vinyl. It is a record resting eternally in the collective memories of aging music fans, a lost piece of data tucked inside scarcely used multidisc changers and laundry baskets full […]

Free Music, at Least While It Lasts

The convenience of pushing a button on a handheld device that streams wirelessly to a speaker is always going to trump hunting down a CD with marginally better sound and plopping it into a player. Always hated CDs, opening them with barricaded shrink wrap, avoiding scratches, and the fact that they took up so much […]