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  1. Love this album - listened to it quite a few times already.
  2. Please keep that poor resolution. It will look so....resolute at 12x12. Mostly I'm thinking this is a mediocre-at-best long-term troll job, kind of like our forum friends like @tug. I think I'll be kind of disappointed if this ends up existing in reality.
  3. Ah yes, diarrhea explosion vinyl. Seems about right.
  4. Amazon UK shipped all three. PAL and Walk came together in great condition. Hats came separate, arrived the day before Christmas in the world's softest box and the jacket was completely bent and misshapen. So disappointing considering there's definitely a scarcity of these out there. I know folks who ordered from Amazon Canada never had them fulfilled. The only thing I wonder is that originally these were supposed to be limited /1000, and then on facebook they announced they were no longer limited. I wonder if another batch is being pressed?
  5. Go buy $1 records in rough shape. That way you won't have to feel bad about destroying them further. You'll soon be a huge James Last and Lawrence Welk fan!
  6. I know people seem to love or hate this album, and I unusually find myself in the middle. I love their sound - it's equal parts obnoxious and addictive, and they are halfway between parody and tribute to the sounds they reference. Any time I listen I really can't tell if I'm enjoying or loathing it, as I'm likely doing both, which I think is entirely to the point. I think I mostly love that about them - this is likely going to be everyone's favourite album of the year, or the worst thing they heard this year.
  7. If anyone is in the Toronto area, they still had at least a dozen copies of the gold in stock as of about 3pm. Speaking of which, I picked up a gold copy in case someone on the board really wanted it. First person to message me gets dibs, and I’ll update this post once I’ve received payment. edit: claimed.
  8. Albums: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen Fontaines DC - Dogrel Joan Shelley - Like The River Loves The Sea The Highwomen - The Highwomen Red River Dialect - Abundance Welcoming Ghosts
  9. I think there are many of us who are or who have been big fans of him for a very long time. I believe everything from the article, and was disappointed to hear about all of the allegations against him. I haven't listened to his music since. But that doesn't mean he is absolutely beyond redemption. I don't think I will be able to consider him in the same way again, but my hope is he can start an actual journey of self-discovery and understand that he hurt these women, and why that is a problem. I think about the singer of Pinegrove - he admitted and acknowledged everything he was accused of without laying any guilt or blame on the person accusing, and through a mediator, developed a way in which they could move forward. Was it perfect? No, but it is still far more than DRA has done, which is nothing. I am still a big fan of his music, but I don't know that I will be listening to it until he at least owns up to his actions, and has honest discussions about them. Because otherwise this cycle is just going to repeat itself.
  10. Streaming is just as easy from physical audio files as it is from services like Apple music or Spotify. In fact, if you're ready to get more ambitious, you can start to turn your external hard drive into a server, and have access to all files on it without them physically being on any phones or laptops. I'm not great at that kind of thing but take a look online for things around making your own NAS storage for streaming. Even if iTunes died, you could still Airplay music to anything that receives it (including Airport Express). There are also a lot of other devices that will receive Airplay as well. I use an integrated amplifier from NAD that I have a BluOS module - this is the same more or less as the Bluesound Node 2i, which allows for streaming services to be connected, but also receives Airplay 2 and bluetooth. So let's say iTunes stops existing, and you purchase a third party music management tool (Foobar2000, Vox, JRiver, etc.), you could still stream to Airplay 2 directly via the laptop or phone. The good news is you actually have a ton of options regardless of whether Apple shutters iTunes, you can still send your music to any device that accepts Airplay 2.
  11. If you're playing from iTunes (are you playing from a Mac or PC?) you can do your streaming to an Airport Express, which costs under $100, and will basically allow you to use Airplay from your phone. It will be by far the easiest thing you can use (Google Chromecast Audio is even cheaper, but now no longer for sale, but you may be able to find one for cheap - will be ideal if you run a PC). The Airport Express can go direct into an amplifier, or even direct into a DAC. There are also tons of great streamers out there, but seems like you have a lot of files on your computer. Focus on sweet speakers and a turntable, and you can always upgrade the streaming device in time.
  12. New level of fuckery? http://5gishere.co All 200 of Discogs' most wanted of the 2010s on vinyl for $5000. $25/record at that price. Except that among the 200 records are some that have never been pressed like Channel Orange and Yeezus, and others like Blond which go for $500+. So curious to see how this goes down in flames.... https://blog.discogs.com/en/the-200-best-albums-of-the-2010s/?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=discogs&utm_campaign=Best_200_Decade_2019_10_25
  13. I agree with poster above. I just looked up the turntable you have. The Debut Carbon is a fantastic line, but when you're using the Optical out, you're actually doing way too much conversion of the sound and to me, it defeats the purpose of having a turntable at all (see below). Record playing [analog]- Recordmaster's ADC [analog to digital converter] - optical out [digital] - HD6 speakers' DAC [digital to analog converter] - music from speakers [analog] The ADC is designed for folks who want to rip tracks from records to make uncompressed audio on computers. You'll be way better off using the RCA connection, which is designed for analog: Record playing [analog] - Recordmaster's built in phono amp [analog amplification] - HD6 speakers RCA in [analog] - music from speakers [analog] No digitization, and also fewer rooms for errors, or dependencies on ADC or DAC chips.
  14. PAUL WESTERBERG STEREO/MONO!!!!!!! This is one of my all time favourite albums and is one of those albums that I think I've listened to more than any other album. I don't even know why - it's not his best solo album (though Mono fkn rips) - I think I've always loved the home-recorded imperfection of it all, the fact that there's weird ambient noises, song cut-offs, and terrible drumming, which kind of made me feel okay to record music like that. Also excited about the Wrens - hopefully that means more reissues in the future?
  15. $26 CDN on Amazon.ca - not overly optimistic, but I figured it was worth a shot - https://amzn.to/2Vnig8V
  16. A Walk Across The Rooftops, Hats, and Peace at Last. New Remasters /1000. https://thebluenilereissues.com/ Insanely expensive though - 24 pounds each, plus more than 20 pounds shipping to Canada for me for all three. I love this band, but really hoping these appear somewhere with better prices/shipping rates.
  17. I think this album is brilliant. Different from some of his other work - I may be in the minority but I prefer his slower, softer, ballady stuff.
  18. We should start looking for a draft date. Several time zones, lots more babies than ever, so we gotta figure it out with good notice.
  19. Listened for the first time today. Kind of love this. Reminds me so much of the idiosyncratic electro-pop Max Tundra was making years ago - especially the album Mastered By Guy At The Exchange.
  20. For a little while last year I thought about fading away from vinyl. I do most of my listening on headphones, and I have a nice hi-res digital collection as well as a Tidal membership, plus a very nice headphone setup (ZMF Eikon, Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC and Auralic Taurus headphone amp). My music generally sounds better via digital mostly because my turntable is in the living room kitchen, and I can rarely listen critically the same way I can with headphones. I've never collected variants, and while I've sold records on Discogs for years, I have a general approach to buying/collecting: -the second anything becomes rare or valuable, sell it as long as its moderately available digitally [I don't think I have very many records worth more than $40 in my collection] -don't buy anything purely for nostalgia's sake -resist the urge to have every album by bands you generally like. Many great bands have lousy albums -anticipate buying records that are worth listening to at least an entire side, not just for one or two tracks -seek out interesting things that have not been digitally released (I've started collecting 70s and 80s Canadian Inuit and First Nation music on vinyl - it's a fun adventure and very little of it has been rereleased) The other thing I might suggest is upgrading your turntable (maybe with some of the money from selling). It might feel more worth it to play records if you have a really nice setup and they really do sound better than digital or any other approach. I made a few slight upgrade to my setup, but it's still not at a point where it's better than my headphones, but getting closer.
  21. Mostly judging by amount of total listens. Think I listened to more music around 2010-2013 (pre-children) than I have in the last 6 years... Sam Amidon - I See The Sign Haim - Days Are Gone Jason Isbell - Southeastern Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee Japandroids - Celebration Rock Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver Jamie xx - In Colour Caribou - Our Love Pinegrove - Cardinal Robyn - Body Talk Daniel Romano - Sleep Beneath The Willow Natalie Prass - S/T
  22. If this is spam, then maybe I've been missing something all along....very drool-worthy stuff!
  23. Well this made my day much sadder: https://www.junerecords.com/pages/all-things-must-pass-june-records-on-662-college-street-will-be-closing?fbclid=IwAR0ygQvLN94oXQaObW-aG7TheQvfzLf1_Ceg5jet3TCBu1L83Z2ksFBjb5Q So bummed. Ever since Criminal Records closed, June has been my favourite store in Toronto. Friendliest staff, best prices on used vinyl even if the selection was (likely intentionally) small. Such a good place for all kinds of non pop/rock/indie music, and they definitely steered me towards some amazing Brazilian and other reissue stuff. I'm hoping they can relocate and keep up the similar approach....
  24. In no particular order: Fontaines DC - Dogrel Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising Josh Ritter - Fever Breaks Jake Xerxes Fussell - Out of Sight jury's still out on National, Lizzo, Pup, some others.