Monthly Archives: June 2017

Vinyl Record How To: Clean and Dust Your Records Quickly

How to clean and dust your records quickly.

I made a video a while ago on how to clean your vinyl records. It’s had over 3,000 views, and a lot of people purchase the brush featured.

 

Here’s the “How to dust your records quickly” video:

 

In short, this is a very simple way to clean your records. You can simply press a carbon fiber brush on the record and sweep it to the side. Super simple and should be done before spinning each side. Dusting with a carbon fiber brush will both preserve your needle and record.

Here are some carbon fiber brushes I’ve used it recommended:

 

It’s also important to clean the needle which also has a small brush. You can do this before each daily spin or if you happen to have a dust or lint stuck during play.

Here’s the “How to clean your needle quickly” video:

Here are links to the one I bought.

There’s another person who is excellent with learning how to clean records. I recommend checking out Vinyl Eyezz. His one of my favorites for his exceptional knowledge and explanation.

Cassette Tapes: Do you love or hate them?

Do you love cassette tapes or hate them?

There doesn’t seem to be in between for if people love or hate cassette tapes. I think I’m beginning to have a newly found appreciation for them. These are three things I’ve learned from listening to cassettes 20 years later.

 

1. Patience


A huge complaint about records is the fact that you have to hear to the entire A-side of B-side and you can’t skip around. As a millennial, the first thing people hint is that our generation is all about instant gratification. Sometimes it’s awesome to have to sit through an entire mix to get to the song you want. This is also calming because you don’t feel the immediate impulse to switch a song. You can grow to appreciate each song on an album. Patience is an excellent quality to have and build upon.

2. On The Go


The irony of having a cassette is that people might think it’s not convenient for on the go. I have found the opposite. It’s perfect for quick On the Go music. It occurred to me before my recent haul that there isn’t anything more frustrating than trying to go somewhere you want to listen to music at and realize you don’t have anything downloaded on your iPhone or iPod. Sometimes you might have stuff downloaded, but it isn’t really what you need at that moment. A cassette is tangible. It’s already created, and it’s easy to grab and run along with your day.

3. It’s Cheap

That is the key point here. I have multiple subscriptions to different types of radios and internet streaming sites, but the vast part about cassettes is that you can get them for small money. My favorite record shop sells cassette tapes for about 50 cents each. The other day I picked up four cassettes and a 7″ Iron Maiden album for around $11. That was a fantastic deal and felt pretty great. The entire week I’ve been jamming to my new finds. You can also make your own mix tapes with blank cassette for very little money. I recently purchases 7 Packs of Blank Cassettes for around $8.

Here are the cassette tapes I picked up:

1. Live & Rockin Back Stage Pass Compilation

Back State Pass Live & Rockin Cassette

2. Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

 Dirty Dancing Cassette Tape

3. Rush’s Signals

Rush Cassette Tape

4. Cirque Du Soleil Saltimabanco Soundtrack

Saltimbanco Cassette

 

Here’s a great article from Rolling Stones on “Why the Cassette Tape Is Still Not Dead.”

Digital Detox See You Later Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

It’s that time of year again where I cut off the internet and think about my life. I’m detoxing. I have a loose time frame set up for how long I will be off of social media. If it’s longer than expected, that will be awesome and if it’s shorter that will be okay too.

What did I cut off?
1. Instagram
2. Facebook
3. Twitter


1. Instagram

This is always the absolute hardest thing for me to cut out. If you are on my feed I already feel deeply connected with you and all of my followers. Including the people that I follow. As of late I’ve been trying a bunch of different things on my account, and recently I saw a high fluctuation of dropped followers. I tend to obsess over what I did wrong and stopped my trail and error to sit back away from it and jump back on later. I’m unsure what will happen. Who knows if I will lose more followers or stay stagnant. I’m even unsure if I will be missed. I didn’t delete the account, but it’s sitting out there untouched or viewed by me.

2. Facebook

This is not the first time I’ve given up on Facebook. I find that Facebook is one of the most toxic of the social media networks. There’s way too much gossip and seeing what everybody’s life is up to. I don’t know and most of the time don’t care. Like all social media people, a majority of the time only put up the content that puts them in good light. Not that I want to read that, but I also don’t want to see everybody’s highlight reel. Multiple that with the fact that it wastes time and you have a solution of I don’t need that kind of negativity.

3. Twitter

As we can learn from famous people and even politicians Twitter is one of the places you can impulsivity post without thinking. Sometimes when you are heated, you tend to get more energetic of passionate about a topic and spill your information. It’s also a time waster but crucial for getting to bigger accounts.

Overall all of the three social media outlets I mentioned will be on a break. I am both excited and feeling as though I am quitting cold turkey. Believe it or not, there is scientific evidence that shows when you get a like you are essentially addicted to it. Here’s an article to keep you busy: Social Media ‘Likes’ Impact Teens’ Brains and Behavior