We already have a thread about video game music on vinyl, but as of this week I have a working turntable for the first time in many years and maybe we can also have a general thread about records.
My maternal grandfather died when I was very young. He’d been an orchestra conductor with an eclectic music collection. My favorite record of those my mother inherited from him was Kaleidoscopic Vibrations by Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jacques Perrey. I used to ask to listen to this album frequently when I was very young (my sister and I referred to it as “the silly record”), and it’s probably responsible in part for my lifelong affinity for electronic music.
I picked up my own copy in high school when I bought a turntable at a garage sale. Fortunately, even today, this and other Perrey & Kingsley records are not terribly expensive.
The turntable that I have now is a modern entry-level model with Bluetooth, which is very convenient in that it doesn’t require its own speakers. This is what it looks like:
The first thing that I played on my new turntable after setting it up was Animated Violence Mild by Blanck Mass. Not only is that an excellent album, but the vinyl is an appealing translucent green. (I also have World Eater, which is similarly attractive. Maybe even more attractive.)
I learned just the other night that there is a dedicated record store in my city that’s been open for five years. I went there today and picked up Every Open Eye by Chvrches. Apparently some albums these days come in several colors, some more rare than others. I probably got the least-rare version of this one, since it cost about the same as a CD. But I still like its white color.