June 26, 2007

New contest #1: Black Lips/Yacht 7″ from the Fader folks

Okay kids, today is a Two Contest Day. This first one is my favorite kind because it involves vinyl (the record kind, not, like . . . the outfit kind or anything).

As previously mentioned, Fader Magazine is pairing up with the favorite comfort of the South to offer this limited 7″ club featuring up-and-coming artists. The last one featured the remix of “Magic Trick” with M. Ward and Jim James (b-side Ladyhawk), and this time around one lucky reader will win him or herself a limited edition 7″ containing the following:

Side A: Wild Man – The Black Lips
(cover of The Tamrons’ 1967 garage rock tune from Atlanta “flower punk” band)

Side B: No Favors Policy – YACHT
(funky electronica from one-man band project of Jona Bechtolt, formerly half of The Blow)

To win this fine treat, please tell me the story of your record player. In other words, how will you enjoy this prize? I think you should have a record player to win it, but I guess anyone can enter. Your comment won’t hold the same oomph though, will it? I will pick a winner on Friday (be sure to leave a way to contact you).

Also, in conjunction with the contest, FADER’s gone ahead and put their whole latest issue in pdf for you to peruse. Check it here.

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  • A new record player was born. I searched high and low for it, as it seemed to be hidding in all the normal electronic stores. Then one day, it peaked out from behind the a big boom box at best buy. Our eyes met.I dropped my Soundgarden cd and I ran over to it. I told it my name, and that I was in need of a new record player, as mine, was old and was fading away. His name was Auto-Technica, but went by Leroy. (You don’t ask questions about these things). Leroy agreed to a trial room mate situation, provided I had the proper speakers for him. I did and He has been with me ever since. Our first record was Madness “One Step Beyond. He enjoyed it, as did I. I danced around the room in utter joy. Sometimes…Madness must be played on a turntable….afterall..madness is all in the mind. What is next? Perhaps a George Jones record…or maybe, just maybe some Devo.

    SINEDDIE — June 26, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

  • Alright, so it’s a little embarassing, but honestly I just got a record player. For some reason, my brother insists on making me wait until Sunday (the day of my graduation party) to open it. So for a week or two, it’s been sitting in the box staring at me, begging to be let free to let me listen to all that wonderful vinyl.
    I have “inherited” (a.k.a. taken) all of my parents old records, and there is some amazing stuff in there. Even though I have a lot of it on CD, I’m still dying to hear it on vinyl, especially Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” and Springsteen’s “Born To Run”, two of my all-time favorite albums. I’ve listened to vinyl before and for some reason it just gives a totally different feeling than a CD.
    So anyway, to make a long story short, I am forced to suffer as of right now, waiting to pull it out of the box. Oh and I can’t wait to use the USB feature of it, to load some vinyl-only stuff onto my computer!


    Peter — June 27, 2007 @ 9:20 am

  • I was in posession of only one vinyl record, which, strangely enough, was the Black Lips first 45 ep that they had given me for letting them stay on my couch in Brooklyn while on their first tour.
    I desperately wanted to listen to it, but throwing down a wad of cash for a record player so I could listen to a solitary 7 inch seemed a bit frivolous.
    One Christmas, my (ex)girlfriend took pity me and my solitary record. Underneath the tree I found a shiny new Technics and the entire Smiths catalogue, singles included. (I bought her a watch. So tactless.)
    Since then the collection has grown hundreds fold, but that first 45 with Ain’t Comin’ Back and the signature firecrackers solo will always be my favorite.

    miguel — June 27, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  • I have a weakness for garage sales and flea markets. Oh, I can walk past them fairly easily but once I go in, I’m in. And I inevitably gravitate toward the vinyl – even if I can’t see it hiding under a table or stacked carelessly in a corner. And I have to rifle through it all. I have to know that I’m not passing up some rare treasure. And my record player is of a similar ilk. I bought it on eBay. It’s a Numark (because even on eBay the Technics was a bit out of my price range – some day though…). It arrived looking a bit more dinged than it had in the pictures but it spins just like it’s supposed to and it sounds even better than I imagined.

    Jason — June 28, 2007 @ 10:27 am

  • I used to think I could fix record players. My friend Rusty asked me one time to fix his cheap cheap ‘dj’ turntable.
    I said “no problem” and took it home. There wasn’t really much wrong with it besides sometimes playing a little too slow or a little two fast, depending on the weight of the record. But it’s got one of those dj pitch shift levers on the side, so you can compensate for it pretty good.

    My home turntable was one I’d liberated from my high school – my number one. One night, just before a party, the belt on number one stretched and melted some, and after some panic the switch was made to Rusty’s unit. It doesn’t always play so great, but it’s the new number one in this house. And Rusty doesn’t even want it back anymore.


    owen — June 29, 2007 @ 3:35 am

  • i am a turntable thief. i stole my record player from my overpriced money-grubbing college under cover of darkness, through the successful exercise of an elaborate and extensive plot. said turntable was receiving no love, locked away in the music room in a locked building, defended by a curmudgeony asshole, so stealth was crucial if i was to liberate it and put it to use. slipping in the back door after 11 pm, my accomplice and i crept up the stairs and into the music room, whose door i had propped some hours before. we loaded the turntable into a bag specifically obtained for the purpose, covered it with a sweatshirt, and left no trace. i carried the turntable across field and fen, dodging the occasional car, and calmly walked past the security building to my secure pre-graduation storage location – my radio station (finally, being on the administrative board had some benefits). i hid the turntable under a box of old promo flyers for john vanderslice (who played there six years ago), and waited. after the all-important graduation, i retrieved my prize from the basement, stashed it in my car, and am now the proud owner of a technics quartz direct drive automatic turntable system SL-1700MK2, whatever the hell that means. all i know is that it was worth it, and now i can listen to that sweet sufjan 7″ in peace.



    bentrup — June 29, 2007 @ 10:42 am

  • naI got my first record player at the local jumble sale. It was a Garrad (?), came with an amp too and was very cheap but good quality.
    Next one was from the same jumble sale years later and was a very flashy B&O that would weigh the record to see if it was a 7 or 12 and then place the tone arm and coose the speed at the touch of one button. It cost £5 and I still have it but it needs a new stylus.
    The record player that I use at the moment I FOUND being thrown out (with a load of SOS mags as well) two doors down.
    And get this… its a TECHNICS.
    It has pitch control and direct drive and I couldnt beleve that it was just sitting there in the rain. I brought it home , dried it out did a minor repair and have been using it for abour 7 years.
    I guess I’m just lucky when it comes to record players.

    sonichima — July 4, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

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