Yesterday I decided to buy a turntable, finally. I got this Crosley portable model at Sonic Boom in the Annex (thanks, Carly, for the tip). I did think about how Beth warned me against this sort of turntable, but I was feeling a bit down (for no good reason, or possibly the reason was "February"). When I'm feeling a bit down, I operate almost completely on impulse and instinct. I didn't want to wait to retrieve Geoff's old Bang & Olufsen (!!) turntable & have it repaired, I wanted a turntable in my hands right away. I also bought a copy of one of my favourite albums because it suited my mood so perfectly.
The turntable works and sounds just fine, but it's probably not the most well-made piece of equipment (the parts feel a bit flimsy). When we had it working, I put "Some Velvet Morning" on and laid down on the rug and felt really fantastic.
(But then I had to turn it off because our 14 year old neighbour downstairs was practicing her harp and I always love hearing her play her harp.)
So much nostalgia is wrapped up in those black discs. When I was little, my parents instilled in me a fear of dropping the needle down; if I wasn't careful, I would scratch the record. To this day I'm a little apprehensive about it. Many years ago I used to buy records because my boyfriend at the time had a turntable, so I would keep them at his house and we'd listen to them there; I'm not sure if he still has them. When Geoff & I stayed at the Ace Hotel in Portland we had a turntable in our room and we listened to St Vincent while packing calendars in their archival plastic sleeves. I really have no idea why it took me so long to get a turntable of my own. I miss listening to albums the whole way through, and I love the crackle-pops.
When I think of the records I would love to own on vinyl, these come to mind:
1. Slowdive, Pygmalion (currently $200 on eBay)
2. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless, or Isn't Anything
3. Serge Gainsbourg, La ballade de Melodie Nelson
4. Blonde Redhead, Mélodie Citronique (3 & 4 go together very nicely)
5. Stereolab, Refried Ectoplasm, Switched on Vol. 2
6. Heart, Dreamboat Annie
7. Fleetwood Mac, Tusk
8. Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans (the first album Geoff introduced me to)
9. Kate Bush, Hounds of Love (of course)
10. New Order, Power, Corruption & Lies
11. the entire Smog catalogue
12. The Walkmen, Lisbon (I can't get enough of this one lately)
It just goes to show you how formative high school is, because I fell in love with most of these records before I turned 18 years old. If I have a "dreamy" aesthetic now, it's probably because I listened to so much Slowdive under the covers.
Additionally, I was one of the lucky girls who received a bouquet from Coriander Girl on Monday. Katie got one too!
Jane Flanagan: It is, isn't it? I love all her pieces. So beautiful.
Janelle, caroline, Lucy, Celine, Claire * Lola Is Beauty, EvaForeva, Ameesha Lee, Miss Moss, etre-soi, m.bardeaux, Andrea~CrowNology~, lizzie, Maggie, elle :: diana mini love, Same Length Pinkies, If Jane, Kate @ lovelornunicorn.com, conversationpieces, Hannah Percyowl, bigBANG studio, Elise / Pennyweight, wildflowers, julia, hila, CoCoon: Thank you all for your sweet thoughts for Pony! She is doing just fine, a monkey as usual. Only one more day of the cape, hooray! Although I do have to admit that nothing is funnier to me than seeing her trot along with that collar sticking up around her head. Satellite / clown / spaceship / flower / hair salon / Queen Elizabeth!
Terri: Oh yeah. She had a plastic cone for the first couple of hours that she was home and she was so miserable. She kept dragging it along the floor and bumping into things. Plus she broke it within seconds of me opening the door of her carrier! Cracked it clean in half. This one crinkles a little bit but I imagine it's far less annoying for her! Poor Willy! We do give her supervised breaks from it so she can keep up her grooming.
in dreams: You should get one! I definitely approve of people who will be good to cats getting cats.
yuko: I don't think blue is her colour, either. Or not that shade of blue!
Enia Is (Almost) Here: It was really hard to get it on her, let me tell you! The plastic cone she had for a few hours before she had this one on was even worse. I suffered quite a few bites and scratches and felt sad that my cat was so unhappy about it. Such a struggle! It's easier to get on and off her now, but luckily she only has one more day of it.
brittansalisbury: Yes! I love the heart kittens too.
Bantik: I'm sorry to hear about your dog and I hope he or she feels better soon!
arounna: Oh, haha! I thought that might be the case! I'm sure I'll pop in again!
nice-etc.com / caitlin: I know, that veil is so beautiful! I don't even really like veils. It's kind of medieval-looking to me. I wonder where the tape is from too! Gotta try it.
Lexie, Little Boat: I love it too!
bigfea: Pony is so pretty! She's not sick, but she got spayed last week. No kittens for this kitten!
sherri lynn: I'm glad you like them!
Meltem: Your ring is beautiful!