Trying To Turn Over A New Leaf

So much vinyl - so little time

I am trying to make some changes in my life. Typically, this is how The Monk rolls. A passing obsession with about 150 artists over time develops into a urge to make a BSOG. I then start buying every single in order to have every mix and stray track/B-side the artist generated. Since I am “working” dozens of potential artists simultaneously, this takes a lot of time. Years, in fact. I’ve discovered that the average timespan for this to happen is seven to ten years. I don’t do one artist at a time because some things just need time to bubble up in an available state. I’m actively collecting over a dozen acts at any given time. About 15% of what I am hunting takes years of patience to obtain. Do you have the “Baby Impossible” 12″ by Stephen Duffy? Drop me a line! So I work the action where it’s hot; striking in places it makes sense to do at the time.

The practical upshot of this is that I am collecting records that I never actually hear until I am “done” with collecting the artist and begin digitizing for remastering. Many years may pass when a record sought for a long time is finally found/purchased and on the racks, but still not listened to. This madness must end! Ultimately, I am spending my precious music dollars on music where years ultimately pass between the point of purchase and listening.

What I must do is try to digitize the records to the big hard drive o’music as quickly as possible upon receipt of the discs. I must also attempt to generate CDs of this material just to simply listen to, warts and all, until such time that I can devote the amount of time necessary to perform the painstaking manual noise reduction processes that are a hallmark of The Monk’s productions. The slippery slope that would manifest here is the possibility that with the tracks simply recorded, the impetus to clean it up right and design appropriate packaging with copious liner notes might diminish. The lure of lazy pragmatism might overtake my higher goals! Nevertheless, I can see that this is where I should be making inroads. I’m having cognitive dissonance in spending so much of my music dollar in chasing phantoms of perfection and not having anything to listen to in the meantime.

5/12/11 Addendum: Stop the presses!!! I just found the 12″ of “Baby Impossible” in my inbox – for $6.00 – domestic shipping!!!

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graphic design | software UI design | remastering vinyl • record collector • satire • non-fiction
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4 Responses to Trying To Turn Over A New Leaf

  1. Taffy says:

    hey PPM. this is not a criticism, merely an observation. :)
    disclaimer out of the way, i just gotta say, i can’t even entertain the thought of buying music and not giving it even one single airing possibly years and years. seriously, the thought boggles my mind! i too am a collector (and a pretty thorough completist for several artists as well) but when i buy an item it goes on the “to listen” pile and then gets listened to ASAP (granted, this could be as long as a few weeks, depending on how much crap real life throws my way). i think it’s especially vital to listen to things when they’ve been purchased second-hand. sadly it has happened too many times that CDs (not so much vinyl) have skipped, even ones deemed mint by their sellers. whether from a brick and mortar vendor or online, i always confirm the quality of my loot before it’s too late to seek a refund/replacement.
    this is my long-winded way of saying that YES, you should listen to your music and not just store it. i fully share in and appreciate the satisfaction of music collecting, but please listen to it (while your ears and brain still work). it’s scary how quickly time goes by.
    i realize that my post has probably given away my (advancing) middle age.


  2. Brian Ware says:

    But the agony is exquisite!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. chas_m says:

    Your pain is BEAUTIFUL and ANGULAR.

    Liked by 1 person

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