Originally uploaded by Andrew K Brown.
I can’t quite explain how excited I am. I’ve just got my hands on a USB turntable, after a good few years without a turntable at all.
Suddenly all the records that I’ve had in boxes have a life again! And I can turn them into MP3 files.
I’d forgotten how different vinyl is to CD and what I liked so much about it. The reverence in handling the object; the care you need to take to avoid scratches, the inevitability of scratches, and that records used to have sides!
It all rushes back.
As do a whole load of songs I’ve not been able to hear for at least half a decade.
I’ve been starting with singles, mainly ones I bought in the early 90s. I didn’t really ever buy lots of 7” singles, but there was a period when I would dip in, usually on the basis of the cover rather than hearing the music on the radio, and mostly they came off.
So now I get to rediscover the joys of Flinch, Bandit Queen, Thumper, Hopper and Thrum. Somehow, all these bands had female vocalists along with the post NWONW indie ascetic.
What a delight!