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“In my personal opinion vinyl should be considered the fifth element. Earth, wind, fire, water, vinyl.”

“Playing music on vinyl seems to change the particles in the room. When you walk into a home and vinyl is playing, you can feel it in the air. It’s warm; it has a weight to it. It’s like using your AC unit compared to opening all your windows—a natural breeze feels better than your AC unit. Music on vinyl feels better than any other format. You always hear people say music “feels “ better played on vinyl, and I think that’s completely true.

Reggae music is what made me start collecting vinyl because you couldn’t find certain artists on any other musical format. Bob Marley’s Legend was the gateway album that took me down a deep rabbit hole of reggae. From dancehall Djs like Big Youth, Michigan & Smiley, and Yellowman to rocksteady groups like The Gaylads, The Wailers, and The Melodians.

One era of music that I’m collecting now is the 1940s. Surprisingly I fell in love with collecting 1940s music on vinyl after hearing a vocal group called The Ink Spots while playing Fallout: New Vegas, a post apocalyptic video game that includes The Ink Spots, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Edith Piaf while you blow off the limbs of radioactive mutants. Now I own all of these artists on vinyl.

Also collecting this older era of music I’ve realized my favorite type of vinyl to listen to are from artists who existed when pressing vinyl was the only way to record music—it adds something extra to that feel.

I will be setting up a petition with the scientific community shortly to add vinyl to the periodic table of the elements. Please join me. I’ll keep you up to date on how this all works out.”
Jared Watson

Dirty Heads’ Any Port In A Storm 10 Year Anniversary 2LP set on blue vinyl is in stores now.

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