It's Got A Good Beat & I Can Drink To It

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
Felt like talking music with my new friends and fellow Bukowski fans.
New, old, who you have the most albums by in your collection. And so on.

Lemme lay a couple questions out here to get it started:

1. Do you collect music? If so, what's your format of choice? And how many do you have?

My answer to that is yes. I'm a collector. I got back into vinyl collecting in 2002. Then, I had a shitty fucked up turntable that I'd been dragging around with me for years. Never used it much. But, one day, I wanted to listen to something that I only had on vinyl. At that time too, I only had about 200 albums. (I now have just shy of 2000.) So, I pulled that album out and it all came rushing back. I LOVED playing records. So I went out and bought a crappy plastic denon table. No good. Went and bought a Music Hall MMF 2.1. Not bad, but still too much inner grove distortion. Well, at that time I got lucky and got a small inheritance from a dead grammy. I stashed 3k of it into a CD at my bank. A year later, I gained 30 bucks and went out and bought a VPI Scout. A $1,700 turntable. It's a work of art. Ain't nothin' in the world like a clean record on a fine turntable. Analog ROCKS.


2. If you're a music lover, do you recall when you first realized it as a kid?

My folks had a RCA console stereo with a turntable in it. My Dad had a bunch of big band records and some small jazz groups. For some reason I gravitated toward those records. I still have the good ones and still play them from time to time. Music has always been my #1 passion - next to drinking - and I'm grateful for that. I got my own little record player when I was about 6 and that thing spun constantly.
The first album I got for xmas that I could call my own was "Two For The Show" by Kansas. I don't have that same copy anymore (it was accidentally destroyed) but I've gone through 3 copies since and it still holds a place in me musical heart. The first album I bought with my own money was 'Double Vision' by Foreigner when it first came out.

Good questions. Uhh... I'm not really a collector. However, I absolutely HATE downloading music because I like to have the album\CD in hand. Can't stand digitized music.

And I remember knowing I loved music very distinctly. I LIKED music in high school, but as soon as I heard Dar Williams and Dave Carter at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2001, I knew I LOVED it.

They were to music what Buk was to poetry to me what Fante was to literature. A revitalization. When I found Fante, I had given up on lit, when I found Buk, I had given up on poetry, and when I found Dave Carter, I had given up on music.
 
"No. The music thread is: What are you listening to now?..."


Sheesh. That's rather picky man. Or contrarian.

One word off. I meant, "Since this is A music thread..."

Fuckin' sue me.


(disclaimer: now before ya go nuts, this is all in jest)
 

Father Luke

Founding member
Tom Waits is supercool.

Since this is the music thread

No. The music thread is: What are you listening to now?...and Tom Waits has his own thread.

Sheesh. That's rather picky man. Or contrarian.

One word off. I meant, "Since this is A music thread..."

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Gerard K H Love

Appreciate your friends
"No. The music thread is: What are you listening to now?..."


Sheesh. That's rather picky man. Or contrarian.

One word off. I meant, "Since this is A music thread..."

Fuckin' sue me.


(disclaimer: now before ya go nuts, this is all in jest)

You're cool Buzzcat.

That's an idea, the all in jest thread.
You should know I am nuts. There was only one other person in this forum I ever saw write the word contrarian. I like picky. Picky is what we get here with the mild winters.
On topic George Thorogood he pretty much takes the cake for this thread, correct?;)
 
Yes, I just posted there too to inform him that 'Mandy' is actually a song about alcoholism. So maybe he'll come back to us here.

Ah yes, you have unearthed a little-known fact about the dark side of Mandy ... "you kissed me and stopped me from shaking." Probably the original lyrics went, "Oh Mandy, liquor is quicker than candy ...":)

Seriously, I think my favorite alcoholism songs are "The Crystal Ship" by Jim Morrison and "My Slow Descent into Alcoholism" by the New Pornographers. Maybe I should start a thread ...
 

Ponder

"So fuck Doubleday Doran"
RIP
Seriously, I think my favorite alcoholism songs are "The Crystal Ship" by Jim Morrison and "My Slow Descent into Alcoholism" by the New Pornographers. Maybe I should start a thread ...

Worst song on alcohol?: [This video is unavailable.]
 
Best songs on alcohol is the 'trilogy' by Lou Reed, that he had on three following albums:

- The power of positive drinking
- Underneath the bottle
- Bottoming out

(They are on 'Growing up in public', 'The blue mask' and 'Legendary Hearts')
 
And to change the subject even more, hey, MJP, have you heard Irma Blanco in the morning on the radio out there?
 

mjp

Founding member
No, I only listen to satellite radio or CDs. My commute is only about 15 minutes now, so I can't even make it through the whole Stooges Funhouse CD. I tried today, but sadly only made it through side one.

Thre are 83 or 85 radio stations in Los Angeles, and the only ones I listen to are KPCC and occasionally (the once mighty) KCRW or KPFK. I can't deal with the rest. Plus I don't know how to work the radio in my car, really, so...
 

chronic

old and in the way
Yes, I have. And I would never own one. I am familiar with people who have and they say they are horribly overrated and no where close to what they claim to be. Especially for that kind of money.

Plus, it's still digtal, which defeats the point of a turntable in the first place.

Well then... maybe you need to downgrade.
 

mjp

Founding member
I love that phonautograph story. It so typifies guys like Edison, a brilliant son of a bitch but also part con man, liar, thief...American!

Anyway, must have been cool to be inventing stuff in the 19th century. Everything was wide open.
 

chronic

old and in the way
Yeah, I thought that was pretty interesting.

I remember that my dad had this machine that recorded onto paper records. It had a really heavy tone arm and I never understood how it could work since the paper was really thin (and looked just like a record). Apparently it was made so that you could send recordings through the mail and play them back on a regular phonograph. I'm guessing that it dated from the '40s. You could probably get a fortune for it on ebay these days, but I think it was most likely thrown out when he sold his house.
 
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