Clearly you know your stuff when it comes to anything and everything vinyl. I've been researching the fuck out of record players but it's all a foreign language to me. I can't even decipher the explanations. Ha. Anyway, I was wondering if you could recommend anything. Even though I know sound quality can be lost, I'm looking for something with (maybe) built-in speakers. Nothing too fancy or expensive. Any suggestions? Thanks bunches! :)
Haha you flatter me greatly, I’m still learning but I do know a lot and I’m very glad to help! I know what you mean by record player stuff being complex, I was completely lost at first too when I decided that I wanted to upgrade to a serious turntable after my initial cheap starter. It all depends upon your desired price range and we can talk about that more if you want. My Audio Technica LP120 ran at about $215 when I acquired it a year ago(and still currently runs at about $199 on Amazon), and while it does require a set of speakers(fortunately I had a pair of decent Bose handy) it’s not too difficult of a setup. I do recommend that model because I know it very well, it’s not at all hard to operate and the existing equipment on it has served me very faithfully(I haven’t needed to upgrade or replace a thing on it and it still sounds great to my ears). But again it depends on what you want to spend and whether you want to concern yourself with getting speakers if you don’t have some already in some way shape or form. Sound quality can be lost when they’re built in, but it’s not the end of the world and it does cut costs.
But by all means message me with more info on what your general parameters are(pricing, built in or external speakers), and I’d be happy to get you some more information and do some research. Anything to help ease your mind a bit and have you listening to some cool records in no time! :)
This song is from Regina’s upcoming album What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, which should be out this spring.
I know this is coming in May(though I wasn’t aware the single would drop today), so this is a pleasant surprise. After my first listen though, I’m on the fence. I know immediately it will probably divide her fans between those who love the more loose feel of her earlier albums(which I totally get) and those who haven’t minded her transition, but only the finished product will decide for sure.
I’m not sure if I like how “big” it feels, but at least that voice is always there. That’s a lovely point that fortunately never changes.
“Disorder in the House” by Warren Zevon (Words/Music: Warren Zevon and Jorge Calderon, Album: The Wind, Artemis 2003)
Warren Zevon Wednesday
“Disorder in the House” earned Zevon a postumous Grammy for best Rock Vocal Performance (Group or Duo) was from the album The Wind which also won a Grammy, this time for Best Contemporary Folk Album. He shared the Grammy with Bruce Springsteen who sings co-lead on the vocals and plays lead guitar (yes, that’s a Bruce Springsteen guitar solo). Springsteen was one of many guest artists on this, Zevon’s last, album as he recorded it while he knew he was dying of lung cancer. Other guests included long-time friends Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt (The Eagles), Tom Petty, Ry Cooder, Tommy Shaw (Styx), Billy Bob Thornton, and Dwight Yoakam - an impressive list of guests and testament to Zevon’s musical reputation.
And although Zevon is not thought of as a political songwriter, “Disorder in the House” is one of his most politcally charged songs as it is generally regarded as his not-too-thinly-veiled criticism of the Bush Administration.
Disorder in the house The tub runneth over Plaster’s falling down in pieces by the couch of pain
Disorder in the house Time to duck and cover Helicopters hover over rough terrain
Disorder in the house Reptile wisdom Zombies on the lawn staggering around
Disorder in the house There’s a flaw in the system And the fly in the ointment’s gonna bring the whole thing down
The floodgates are open We’ve let the demons loose The big guns have spoken And we’ve fallen for the ruse
Disorder in the house It’s a fate worse than fame Even the Lhasa Apso seems to be ashamed
Disorder in the house The doors are coming off the hinges The earth will open and swallow up the real estate
I just got my paycheck I’m gonna paint the whole town grey Whether it’s a night in Paris or a Fresno matinee
It’s the home of the brave and the land of the free Where the less you know the better off you’ll be
Disorder in the house All bets are off I’m sprawled across the davenport of despair
Disorder in the house I’ll live with the losses And watch the sundown through the portiere
A wonderfully written summary of one of my favorite songs off of this lovely album.