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jonny
post Dec 20 2016, 01:30 PM
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I realise that this could be a discussion for the forum as a whole but I wanted to focus it on the indie/alternative/rock fans really.

Do you collect physical media?

I've grown up in the download/streaming age, really, but I have recently been getting into physical media. I only collect CD's (not managed to get into vinyl just yet!) and I absolutely love have the object in my hands. I go searching in charity shops, music stores, car boots etc. when I have the time. Yeah, a lot of what I'm after could be purchased online much quicker and easier but where is the enjoyment in that?! I just love finding something I've adored or something new in physical format.

Some of them are out of necessity; Joanna Newsom's catalogue is not available on Spotify so I decided to find it in physical format.

I've come across some really obscure stuff in the last 12 months or so. Locally, I've managed to get stuff from Broken Social Scene and Caribou to three Postal Service singles and Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins. I'm always amazed by the variety of stuff I find.
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post Dec 20 2016, 03:01 PM
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Theres a vinyl Thread in the Retro section too mate!
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post Dec 20 2016, 05:28 PM
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I wouldn't say I collect physicals (anymore) but part of me would love to start doing it again because of the sentimental value and rarity of it and stuff. I do still sometimes pop into CD shops if I'm close by and do get physical CDs occasionally if the album is not available to me in other formats, or if I want to get a signed copy lol, which I did for one CD recently.
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post Dec 20 2016, 05:32 PM
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i only buy vinyls now. i've kept like 20 of my good cds and chucked the rest cos they're just a waste of space.
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post Dec 20 2016, 10:58 PM
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As much as I adore Spotify, for me you cannot beat having a physical copy of something to own! I have a few vinyls but CDs are still my favourite format and I often buy compilations and albums I really enjoy in physical format.
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post Dec 20 2016, 11:24 PM
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QUOTE(jakewild @ Dec 20 2016, 05:32 PM) *
i only buy vinyls now. i've kept like 20 of my good cds and chucked the rest cos they're just a waste of space.



I'm under pressure to throw aload of mine away by my other half - but I can't muster it even the pile of cd singles I have from the late 90s early noughties - I have some forgotten dance classics il tell you that!!
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post Dec 21 2016, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Dec 20 2016, 11:24 PM) *
I'm under pressure to throw aload of mine away by my other half - but I can't muster it even the pile of cd singles I have from the late 90s early noughties - I have some forgotten dance classics il tell you that!!

aye i can see that. a few of mine were now dance 2000 type cds that i just couldn't throw away for nostalgia. but the rest were from the last 10 years that i can just stream now. also i have no way of playing cds but have a vinyl player so it's a no brainier.
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post Dec 22 2016, 10:17 PM
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I purchased Kendrick's 'Good Kid, MAAD City' album yesterday and took it home to find a Kings of Leon CD in there... guttted.

I mainly play CD's in the car nowadays. I have a Spotify account as well but there's something about having the CD which makes the music sound more... real ... in my imagination anyway!
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post Jan 9 2017, 04:55 PM
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Yes! I do collect physical media. Mostly CD and vinyl, sometimes cassettes.
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post Jan 9 2017, 09:42 PM
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QUOTE(jonny @ Dec 22 2016, 10:17 PM) *
I purchased Kendrick's 'Good Kid, MAAD City' album yesterday and took it home to find a Kings of Leon CD in there... guttted.

I mainly play CD's in the car nowadays. I have a Spotify account as well but there's something about having the CD which makes the music sound more... real ... in my imagination anyway!


LOL this happened to me twice, involving 7-inches from my parents' collection.

I requested a 7-inch of REM's The One I Love from the collection to be delivered to my house, only to find a promo 7" of The Only Ones' Another Girl Another Planet in the sleeve (though I'm glad that I'm a proud owner of a rare promo 7")
Another time, I requested a 7-inch of The Smiths' What Difference Does It Make from the collection, only to find a 60's pressed 7-inch of Roy Orbison's Oh Pretty Woman in the sleeve (though I'm amazed at the fact that the 7-inch was pressed a long long time ago and the Orbison song is good)

Even though vinyl is one of the best things I've experienced, it does have its fair share of cons.

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post Jan 10 2017, 08:33 AM
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I never really stopped buying records but I'm pleased at the number of opportunities there are to browse them now that "vinyl" had made a comeback. I recently started getting into jazz so have enjoyed looking for old records from the 50s and was really pleased to get a copy of Burning Beat by Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa for a pound in Groucho's in Dundee.

As for CDs, I've also stripped my collection right back to about 100 tops - and even those I very rarely look at. Mostly kept for sentimental reasons (the memories associated with the physical disc than the music on it).

Do people really call records "vinyls" though? Jeez....
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post Jan 11 2017, 05:48 PM
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QUOTE(richie @ Jan 10 2017, 08:33 AM) *
I never really stopped buying records but I'm pleased at the number of opportunities there are to browse them now that "vinyl" had made a comeback. I recently started getting into jazz so have enjoyed looking for old records from the 50s and was really pleased to get a copy of Burning Beat by Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa for a pound in Groucho's in Dundee.

As for CDs, I've also stripped my collection right back to about 100 tops - and even those I very rarely look at. Mostly kept for sentimental reasons (the memories associated with the physical disc than the music on it).

Do people really call records "vinyls" though? Jeez....


Jazz is cool.
The two jazz records I have are Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue and John Coltrane - Blue Train (both were from a Deagostini Magazine that came out early 2016 focusing on jazz musicians)
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