William Methany,
The TVD First Date

“There’s a time and place for each music listening medium. There are a few albums that will likely never sound as good to me as they did when they were dubbed onto blank cassette and blasted through my teenage car stereo. Hell, I’m even kind of an apologist for CDs, but I know we’re talking about vinyl here.”

“I love the warm audio quality and big cover art as much as the next guy (maybe more than the next guy, who knows?), but I think my love of records has more to do with the fact that spinning vinyl makes listening to music a dedicated act. It isn’t portable, you can’t take it with you, and you can actually hold it in your hands.

I’m not usually home on weekend mornings, but there are few things in this world that make as much sense to me as a pot of very strong coffee and Hazel & Alice or John Wesley Harding on the turntable while my blood unthaws and I re-align myself with the things that made me love music in the first place.

Like a lot of folks of my generation, the core of my vinyl collection actually comes from my parents. Back in the ’90s, mom and dad were late adopters of the compact disc, so my folks were still rocking the linear tracking turntable well into the second half of the Clinton administration. I learned how to write by copying the track listings on the back of their Beatles and John Prine records. I really owe them a belated apology for doing some serious damage to a lot of those jackets and sleeves. A few years later, I learned how to write music by learning how to play those same songs. Figuring out the building blocks of music and starting a job that nearly 30 years later, I’m still working on.

As they say, pics or it didn’t happen, so I’ve attached exhibit A from the crime scene.”
William Methany

William Methany’s cover of Centro-Matic’s “Flashes And Cables” arrives in stores as a special 7″ single on September 28 via Misra Records.

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