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Vinyl for Hipsters vs. Vinyl for High Holy Days: Or, “Old School Columbia Records”

Vinyl records capture the imagination. In my hometown of Olympia, Washington, independent craft artists fashion bowls to and household items out of vinyl, appealing to the local indie market. In Brooklyn, the hipster set has revived an interest in vinyl records. I, too, have always seen the charm in theRead More…

We Buy White Albums

Rutherford Chang is a New York-based artist who collects the Beatles’ White Album, and only the White Album. At present he has over 900 copies of the first pressing of the record. Mr. Chang’s interest in the album centers on the way that the all white album covers display theRead More…

A Thousand Years of Audio Recording: Patrick Feaster’s Pictures of Sound

On March 27, 2008, a story ran on the front page of The New York Times that a group of researchers were playing sound recordings older than those of Thomas Edison. This seemed impossible—nonsensical—for Edison, everyone knows, was the father of the phonograph, having invented the machine in 1877. YetRead More…

Let the Music Play

My first experience with vinyl records was entirely mediated. I didn’t touch or even see the record. I chose it with a keypad, punching in the two numbers that would direct the jukebox to the correct 45rpm disc. Unlike some older jukeboxes, this 1978 Seeburg Celestia doesn’t show its innerRead More…

A Surprising Advantage of Vinyl

I am emphatically not an audiophile. My home contains neither $500 ethernet cables nor “acoustic isolation platforms.” I am absolutely not here to convince you that vinyl recordings sound inherently better than the same data on CD. But: there is one absolutely irrefutable advantage to many modern vinyl releases, andRead More…