if you follow me on twitter you may have already seen the record player that i bought at an estate auction in my street a few weeks ago. i got a huge stack of records along with it, although most of them are soundtracks to old musicals and aren't really what i'd normally listen to, but they do have lovely covers! prior to finding it i was using my dad's old record player that i recovered from my nanna's house while still in high school. i had a small collection of records that i mostly found in op-shops and i listened to them pretty infrequently until two or three months ago when something came over me and i all of a sudden i HAD to start buying them.
i was and still am fully aware that it's an expensive and unnecessary hobby that i didn't need to undertake, but here i am! naturally it has become imperative that i collect everything related to nick cave that i can get my hands on, so at the moment out of 26 nick cave and the bad seeds singles i have bought 20 of them (some are still yet to arrive in the mail) and i'm only one single away from having everything grinderman have put out thus far. unfortunately i haven't bought any bad seeds LPs yet because my favourites go for at least $100+ each and some of the more rare ones can be upwards of $500! i haven't gone that crazy yet, but if anyone happens across a copy of let love in, the boatman's call, murder ballads, or the lyre of orpheus/abattoir blues please send them my way!! (seriously)!
despite one of my jobs being in a store that sells CDs, i haven't bought them in years, so now that i'm buying vinyl i'm finding it lovely to connect with the music a bit more by having something physical, even if it means spending money on it. and of course the artwork on the sleeves and exciting extras like coloured vinyl (clear, silver, rainbow, glittery red), picture discs and gatefold covers make it that much more fun! and there is also the joy of finding something great for very little money (one of my best non-internet finds so far has been N.W.A's straight outta compton that i got from an op-shop for $1)!