It is Record Store Day on April 16th. While others will be clamouring over special releases on vinyl, we will be hoping people may want to take ours off our hands.
As part of the downsizing and reducing clutter, we are letting go of the vinyl. We have bought a Sonos sound system and Phil is currently downloading his CD collection on to his laptop. Personally I think he needs to cherry pick them and upload them on an external hard drive or invest in Spotify. It is his choice.
However, I think it is his way of saying goodbye. When he let go of the tapes he did this.
And listed them all so that he could cross reference them with his CD collection and see where the gaps were. Not sure where the list is now, post move.
Most of the singles went a while ago.
Before we decided to downsize we were reorganizing the music. While this worked in the big house, it doesn’t work in the small house.
The thing he said he will miss the most is the physical connection, holding the sleeve, looking at the art work and the reading of the sleevenotes. Apparently this is a thing and Phil seems to know who produced what album and who played the bass on every record that has ever been made.
I have suggested he keeps a few using the Marie Kondo method. If it sparks joy, it will stay.
Ikea make picture frames for record sleeves, so we can enjoy the artwork while listening to the album digitally.
The other solution is make visiting record stores part of our travels. This way he can touch the sleeves and read the notes, and even listen to them.
Indeed this is what we already do. Our Melbourne friend for whom we house sit for, runs the media marketing for Record Store Day Australia. On her recommendation we visited a few stores in Melbourne last year.
Every suburb has a plethora of cafes, many have record stores, and are all on a tram route.
There is also usually some great vintage shops to visit too. And graffiti.
Back to the vinyl.
Northside Records in Fitzroy
Rathbone Records in Northcote
Basement Discs 2 Block Place, Melbourne
They seem to have a no photo policy, but I took these anyway. While we were there there were some students making a film there. This is tucked away in one of the arcades, in a basement as the name suggests, so you have to keep a look out for it as it is easy to miss. Nearby there are lots of cafes and a great arcade to explore with mainly up market shops and a visually amazing cake shop, Hopetoun Tea Rooms, that there is almost always a queue for.
Rediscovery in Ballarat
This one was not on the list we were given, we discovered it all by ourselves. It was up for sale on our last visit, so it may no longer be there.
Next door to it is a café selling vinyl. Perfect.
Of course we don’t just browse record stores in Melbourne.
One of my favourite in the UK is Carnival Records in Malvern.
The excuses that I, Phil and other people give, when struggling to let go of stuff, are numerous.
We will miss it when it has gone
It may come in useful someday
I need to keep it just incase
It cost a lot of money it seems a shame to get rid of them
It may be valuable
I hoarded everything. I had hundreds of dust gathering books, thousands of photos, and duplicate kitchen gadgets. Because I had the space.
Add to those dozens of duvets, pillows, towels and sets of bed linen. All neatly organised and labelled in storage bags. And never used.
The vinyl and the CD’s are taking too much space in this small house. The sound system, amps, decks and speakers, overwhelm the small rooms. To find a CD would involve me going through 8 storage units. To find an album on vinyl would take forever. With Sonos I can click and play.
And Phil can get his touchy feely time with album sleeves at record stores around the world.
Update December 2016
Around 500 LP’s are boxed up, together with hi fi and speakers, to go to Carnival Records tomorrow. A couple of friends have been around and cherry picked 30 each. They have gone to where they will be loved and played. We have kept about 20 that we love (well 5 I quite like and 15 I have no interest in At All) to play and or adorn our walls of the small house.