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Back to Wax #10: Twinkle twinkle

February 12th, 2018

I got into the Throwing Muses because I was sweet on a girl in high school who was a fan of the band. Though it turned out her fandom began and ended with a copy of Hunkpapa she picked up on the recommendation of some music rag, my interest in the band managed to outlive […]

Gone to seed

February 8th, 2018

I’ve stumbled across so many ads for unremembered bands in my journeys that I barely notice them unless they feature some vaguely familiar artist or evoke some odd bit of historical resonance. This 1990 pitch for Tales Like These by The Wild Flowers fell into the latter camp. It caught my eye because of its […]

Back to Wax #9: True love ways

February 5th, 2018

Our weekday evening routine tends to be fairly consistent. We get home around seven, scoop any mail or packages from the front porch, flip some lights on, and make sure the animals haven’t caused any mischief. Maura sets about prepping the critters’ food (I do the morning shift) and I grab a cold tonic from […]

Fun Fact: Up until the end of 2016, I never owned London Calling on vinyl. My original copy was the cassette released, purchased in the summer of 1989 on the advice of a ex-punk prep cook at the hospital where I worked. He was the person who re-introduced my to The Clash, perhaps as a […]

If nothing else, my return to record collecting has made things easier for Maura on the gift-giving front. No more struggling to decipher my ever-shifting set of interests or attempting to second-guess my penchant for instant gratification — just ask if there’s a specific album I’m looking for and let some online retailer handle the […]

Back to Wax #6: If not for him

January 16th, 2018

2014 started with my car getting destroyed by a collision with a dump truck, and it only got worse from there. I was already grappling with various existential crises at the time. Then came nauseating whiplash between hope and despair that ended with a miscarriage, some truly grim epiphanies, and an extended stay in the […]

Towards the end of 2016, near the end of my first burst of K-Tel bulk purchases and after I’d integrated record listening into my domestic routine, I decided to chase down various beloved albums which I never owned as LPs. Even at the height of my vinyl collecting days — which, honestly, has since been […]

Back to Wax #4: A right treat

January 2nd, 2018

My quest to bring my record collection into alignment with my current listening habits brought me to eBay, where I browsed listing after listing in search of the right combination of physical condition and asking price. Eventually I stuck gold in the form of a bulk lot jobber offering a choice of five albums from […]

Back to Wax #3: Taking flight

December 26th, 2017

After discovering that channels for cheap used vinyl still existed in this blighted era, my thoughts turned to other albums worth owning that I’d passed over during the early Nineties. I wasn’t looking for long-players subbing for singles, as often did during the old days, but records that could be listened to from beginning to […]

If the fates allow

December 22nd, 2017

I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, but Judy Garland’s rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” from Meet Me in St. Louis is my favorite of the lot. The optimistic wistfulness of it — couched in Gilded Age nostalgia but informed by contemporary wartime anxieties — gives it a weary warmth that […]

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