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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Joy of Vinyl

This weekend I finally got a turntable set up to listen to all of my old records, and I couldn't be happier about it. After listening to some of my existing collection including a healthy dose of the Stones' Beggar's Banquet, I decided a trip to the local Half Price Books was in order. For a mere $14 I was able to pick up old albums by Carl Perkins, Webb Pierce, Kenny Rogers, Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt, and Willie Nelson. I'm looking forward to continuing the bargain hunt at the other local stores, garage sales, etc. It's especially exciting since there are a lot of great old records that have never been released on CD. Next step is to figure out how I can convert vinyls to MP3 so I can listen to them on my computer too.

The weekend wasn't all vinyl, but it was pretty loaded with music bargains. On Saturday we hit the West Seattle Street Festival where I happily raided Easy Street's sale getting CDs by South San Gabriel, Shearwater, The Dead Ringer Band, American Minor, The Damnwells, The Waco Brothers, Richmond Fontaine, Mia Doi Todd, and a KCRW Compilation for $20. Not too shabby to score 9 CDs + 5 vinyls for about the cost of two new CDs.