Reach For The Dead…

photo (3)The last couple days have been some of the most mild since spring.  It’s been absolutely gorgeous out.  So what do I do?  I go to the gym instead of getting my cardio in the great outdoors.  Oh well.  The windows are open and the breeze is rolling through the house making it feel like a million bucks.  I love it when we can have the windows opened in the house.  There’s nothing like hearing the faint sounds of night as you’re drifting off to bed.  The slight chill in the air that makes the covers that much more comfortable.  The walk to the coffee maker in the morning is quick as the house is a brisk 66 degrees.  Hell, who am I kidding?  I’m ready for fall, people.

This week has reminded me just how much I love the season of turning leaves, burn piles, jean jackets and hoodie sweatshirts, and of course Halloween.  It’s the dusk of the year.  Its campfires, windy strolls on the weekends, and little kids going door-to-door dressed as ghouls, goblins, Disney characters, and superheroes asking for sugary cavity starters.  It’s that time of year where we go through my closet and search for the perfect spooky movie to watch.  Labor Day, fall break, harvest moons, hot cider, and of course, Sam Adams Octoberfest(yes!).  In honor of my longing for bare limbs, falling pine needles, and the Charlie Brown Halloween Special, I’ve thrown on Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest.  It’s still my favorite album of the year so far, with two or three others very close behind it.  Their music always evokes the feeling of fall.  Later fall.  Like end of October and early November.  You know, those days where the sky is split into dark grey and bright white, it’s a cool 50 degrees, the wind is slightly biting as it hits your cheeks, and there’s a distant scent of burning leaves in the air.  It’s a nostalgic feeling, as when I was a kid fall was always such a fun time.  Riding my bike through woods behind my house to the lone dirt road that ran through, then heading to my friend’s house on the lake so we could sneak around the neighborhood and do things we shouldn’t do(his dad was a state trooper nonetheless).

This has been a good week. This is the kind of weather that makes me want to be a kid again.  Even my kids going back to school made me nostalgic for that first week back.  You know, getting to know your teacher, your friends, getting your school groove back.  New school duds and shoes.

Damn.  This iced coffee is extra strong I think.

So the other reason I’m listening to Board of Canada is that it was announced today that Warp Records is reissuing their entire catalog on 140 gram vinyl.  Their first three full-lengths are coming out October 21st, then their EPs in November I think.  I’m really just ecstatic that Music Has The Right To Children, Geogaddi, and The Campfire Headphase are all going to be available on vinyl.  I’ve adored all those albums for years now, but spending $100 on a record is kinda crazy.  Unless of course it’s some first pressing of A Love Supreme or Rubber Soul but I digress.  So anyways, now I don’t have to spend that kind of green for them.  Life is good.

All right, I’m heading to the kitchen to make pancakes for dinner.  The kids deserve it.  And hell, so do I.

8 thoughts on “Reach For The Dead…

  1. Non-audiophile question: Why do you settle for 140 gram vinyl rather than waiting for some bigger-number gram vinyl? Is there even an option to get different-number vinyl albums of the same release? This terminology intimidates me, a bit.


    1. The heavier the vinyl, the better quality sound it is…usually. This is just the weight they’re putting it out on. Standard vinyl is 120 gram I believe. But if the source is crap already, it can be 220 gram and it’ll still sound crappy. All their stuff is stellar sounding to begin with, so 140 gram should sound really nice.

      You normally dont have a choice as to what weight the record is. It is what it is.


  2. Sensitive, well-written reminiscences / currentniscences – whatever!

    Great news !! I can finally own ‘Music has the Right to Children’ – Woo-hoo!! Does that mean I can take the house off eBay now?


  3. I’ve read that as long as they’re using 120 gram, you’re fine as far as sound quality goes. Supposedly the quality of sound doesn’t really change from there. I’ve always assumed that the appeal of the heavier vinyl is that it doesn’t warp or crack as easily as thinner vinyl. I remember when I worked at a radio station all the promotion hip-hop vinyl we got was super flimsy and cheap. We never saw 180 gram stuff with promotional items.


    1. I had no idea. Makes sense, though. Vinyl 30-40 years old sounds as good -if not better- than some brand new 180 gram vinyl I own. I’m thinking Blue Note jazz records. Alfred Lion and Rudy Van Gelder knew how to produce a wonderful sounding recording.


      1. Yeah, for sure. Old jazz records sound so good. Seems like pressing vinyl was really treated as an art in the 50s and 60s. No as much in the 70s or 80s. Glad that craft approach is coming back.

        I remember one time I bought a few 12″ hip-hop singles in Bloomington on a hot day. 12″ singles cost anywhere from $3-$7 back then and were pressed on the flimsiest vinyl you’ll ever see. After the record store (called All Ears, since closed, sadly) I drove to the grocery, got some food, then drove to my dorm. All these places were within maybe a five mile radius. I took the records out of my trunk and they had warped beyond the point of being useful. Have never had a 180 gram piece warp at all and I’ve done three cross country moves during the summertime. Pack ’em tight and store ’em upright.

        Have you been buying any of these coltrane reissues? I’ve seen some of them for as low as $12. None more than $16. That’s what vinyl is SUPPOSED to cost. This $27 stuff is killing the love I had for my hobby.


      2. That’s flimsy. Damn.

        I have bought a few. Blue Train, Coltrane, and Giant Steps. None were over $18, and I think Coltrane was $14. And they all sound amazing. I’ve bought $27 records that sounded like shit. It’s all in the mastering. I’m glad folks are treating it as an art form again, too…as it is.


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