Remember the first time you fell in love with music? Some song, some sound, some feeling related to all of the above triggered something within you and it was over right then and there. There was no turning back.
I just bought a stereo. I spent the most money on a stereo ever. In total, about $800 so far, and I haven’t bought speakers or a CD player. I’ll probably just use my computer for the latter part. I’m not trying to brag about how much I spent on a stereo or anything, I just think it’s important to note that this is the most I have ever spent. My tax return is extraordinary this year, so I don’t feel bad about wasting money, other than I’m a horrible bastard that caved in to the need for unnecessary things, like a nice stereo.
I’ve been listening to actual radio waves the past couple of days through the receiver and they sound pretty good. I listened to my old acquaintance Megan Seling on Sunday night and that was pretty cool.
Today my fancy record player showed up and I watched a YouTube video on how to set it up. Went through the steps after carefully leveling the platform on which it would rest. Got it all set up and started thinking about what to play first.
I thought for a long time about playing Engine Kid’s “Astronaut” 7″, since it was one of the first ones I bought (it was blue!) and I have listened to it on all the crappy turntables I’ve had. I thought I should maybe play that repressing of the Green Day “1000 Hours” 7″ since it’s the record that started my love for cheesy pop-punk. I thought about playing a Cringer or J Church 7″ since I have a million of those. I thought about the 10:07 singles, since they are recorded so poorly and would keep my expectations low. Then, I flipped through my records and saw Hot Water Music – “You Can Take the Boy Out of Bradenton.” How about yes?
The single is a little warped and I’ve played it about four times on my old turntables. It sounds a bit scratchy and has a pop or two, but on this turntable and amp, it sounds AWESOME! I sat on the floor in front of the speakers and exercised my cheek muscles, remembering how awesome the two songs are on that record. SO GOOD!
I had to take a break afterwards and cook up my rainbow chard for dinner, but I put Forever and Counting on the platter for when I got back. I chose this full length as the next record because it was a brand new pressing from No Idea that I got at the best show of 2008. I used to have the CD version of this album, but it was stolen or misplaced somewhere along the way. It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to this record. A new slab of vinyl sounds so awesome on this stereo. I wish I had the CD and the cable to connect my computer to the amp so I could compare the two sounds to see if I’m just imagining things. But it seems like the record sounds at least as good as a CD, perhaps better… I can hear both the guitar parts, all the individual hits of George’s double bass pedal, the stick click at the end of the fade out for “Three Summers Strong”, Jason’s ridiculous bass lines, and the gravel in Chuck and Chris’ voices falling all over the studio floor.
I could listen to records all night tonight. What next?
Ate Rainbow Chard.
Loved music. Hard.
Set up a meeting for Wednesday night where I hope I don’t act like a …