Two takes on the irrationality of fetishising vinyl:
Rob Horning on vinyl re-enchantment
My buddy Oliver Wang on the deteriorating quality of new vinyl vs persistence of desire to collect music in that format
(to which Makrotonal appends some further knowledge) (via Marathonpacks)
This bit in Horning = moi aussi :
"If I wanted to shop in a market that I knew in advance would have what I
want, I would go on to Amazon, or to Spotify. But I started to buy
vinyl again not for the records so much as for the intermittent rewards.
Going to a used record store not knowing what I will find allows me to
go in not knowing for sure even what I want — and this expands my
capacity for desiring things. It re-enchants consumption for me, for
better or worse. I have a list in my head of records I hope to come
across some day, but since I can download all this music to actually
listen to it, I am more invested in the quest itself than its
completion. It keeps me flipping through crates, looking for a
This resonated also:
"I find that I yearn for pleasure in pure ownership because I don’t have
time for use value. I don’t have any time to play the records I already
own. In fact, I resumed buying vinyl a few years ago, before I even had
a working turntable. I started to assemble a collection for the sake of
the act of collecting, because I was overwhelmed by music online but
still wanted to maintain a strong affective bond to it. Keeping buying
and enjoying linked in my mind was the only way I could think to do it."
Except for the not owning a turntable part. I never stopped having
one or using it. But the amount of use the machine gets is way out of wack with the
accrual of "new" (newly acquired but nearly always old records*) which just keep piling up and lying there, these reproachfully wide stacks of untouched vinyl.
In practice the bulk of my listening is at this computer (evaluative, keeping-up,
genrescape-monitoring, or specific piece-of-writing related). Or it's CDs played on the big system or the kitchen boombox, purely for relaxation and pleasure.
* new vinyl, meaning new music on vinyl, has almost-zero fetish appeal to me. Not sure why. Much rather have it on CD, unless the packaging is spectacular. Same goes for new reissues of super-rare/never-before-released etc. But that's from hearing the same dirty secret of the reissue industry that Oliver references in his post, and from the same person, Andy Zax, i.e. most vinyl reissues are sourced in non-analogue, quite often from an earlier CD release - the master tapes having gone missing, or it being cost-ineffective with such small-runs to go to the bother of tracking them down, fixing them up, etc.