Our Daily Vinyl #1: Spacemen 3

It is a sad but true fact of life that I once derisively mocked anyone who opined how amazing vinyl was and how music just sounded better when played on a turntable. Now, in a somewhat ironic twist of fate, I’ve come to realize, well, it’s true.

These days I love love love vinyl, and decided it was time to get all up close and personal with my record collection. And, because I’m a curious/nosy lady, the record collections of friends. And so I present to you, my little darlings, the first in a new series, Our Daily Vinyl. After all, you can tell a lot about a person by what they've got in their record collection.

There are few better places to begin than with the wonderful, drugged-up, strung-out drone wonderland of Spacemen 3. This band was so far ahead of its time it’s ridiculous. Listen closely and you can hear their influence all over the place. Jason Pierce and co. cast one heck of a long shadow, especially over bands that are fond of the whole droning thing. When I saw this record sitting around in the bins at Sound Garden up in Baltimore, I felt I had no choice but to buy it.

mp3: Take Me To The Other Side (Spacemen 3 from The Perfect Prescription) (thanks to you, Radio Free Chicago, a blog obviously possessed of very good taste)

[Logo by the fantastic Bill Taylor; Photo detail of album cover by Megan Petty]


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