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The Beauty Of Vinyl

So, vinyl has recently seen a resurgence in the market, with sales having peaked last year at 40% higher than in 2010. Perhaps it is because of curiosity in the current generation, or the nostalgia of middle-aged individuals who used to hang out listening to Black Flag or Queen on their phonographs back in the day, but the real magic of vinyl is in its fulfilling experience of an album. For starters, you can't burn a vinyl record like with a CD, so you actually have to use your hard-earned cash to purchase such a thing. It may sound impractical to pay so much for what you can get at a much cheaper price (digital, CD), or free, but from this, you draw a motivation to experience the album in its entirety, even if you hate it at first. That is what pits vinyl beyond the easy replaceability of CDs, or the simplicity of digital audio. Anyway, here's my current vinyl collection:
16Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

This album is a slightly different experience on vinyl. Notably, Jeff's vocals don't possess the obvious multi-tracking found on the CD mixes of "The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. One" and "Holland, 1945", and the overdrive guitars (e.g. "The King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. Two & Three", "Untitled" and "Ghost" in particular) hit much, much harder.
15Neutral Milk Hotel
On Avery Island

14Neutral Milk Hotel
Everything Is

13Neutral Milk Hotel
Ferris Wheel on Fire

...and more fuzz.
12 Neutral Milk Hotel
The rest of the box set stuff

And the fuzz just keeps coming.
11Tyler, The Creator

The key to enjoying "Goblin" is NOT thinking of it as a hip hop record. Yes, some of Tyler's beats suck. Yes, Tyler's not the greatest rapper. Yet musically, "Goblin" is fantastic. Pleasantly awkward, heavily concept-based and swagged out from white tees to machine gun massacres, "Goblin" is an abnormality in hip hop music, and really should be treated as such.
10John Coltrane
Blue Train

The sheer smoothness of the ever-shifting timing and speedy, cohesive improvisation-like passages on "Blue Train" contain an atmosphere rivalled by very few albums in bebop. Coltrane's only album that can possibly compare to "A Love Supreme".
At Home With Owen

A heartbreaking masterpiece in acoustic guitar music.
8Wu-Tang Clan
Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Whether it's the uniqueness of RZA's grimy production, the inconsistent samples or ODB barking in your ears that convinces you, "Enter the Wu-Tang" is truly a timeless record.
Liquid Swords

Fuck "Only 4 Cuban". This is the best Wu solo album.
6DJ Shadow

Shadow samples just about anything into the monstrous hour-long running time of "Endtroducing", and it all works.
5Fucked Up
David Comes to Life

Plays like the musical it was supposed to be; lengthy, romanticized, and melodic despite the expectations created by the term "hardcore punk" and the name "Fucked Up".
4The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt

Utilizing only his voice, an acoustic guitar, and a lone piano on the final track, "Kids on the Run", Mattson manages to create one of the most intimate and accessible folk albums of all time.
3The Tallest Man on Earth
Shallow Grave

While not quite as strong as its successor, "Shallow Grave" complements "The Wild Hunt" quite well with a much more relaxed approach, never quite reaching the intensity of such things as the strained cries that were featured on "The Wild Hunt", but nevertheless storming through ten songs in a matter of thirty minutes with absolute awesomeness.
2Every Time I Die
Ex Lives

You all know the drill. "I WANT TO BE DEAD WITH MY FRIENDS!!!!!"

You can't have a vinyl collection without the greatest lo-fi hip hop record of all time.
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