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The Spin I’m In: The Vinyl Solution?


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I read an interesting article in The Guardian the other day on how young music fans are sparking a vinyl revival in the UK. In the flailing record retail industry of all things the 7” vinyl single is making a comeback (up 13% this year), especially limited edition pressings which of course make them collectable. Halleluja, finally some good news. The White Stripes Icky Thump just had the highest weekly sales of a 7” inch single in 20 years!

I used to love buying vinyl records. If I opened the sleeve and it was a color other than black I felt like I got the golden ticket in Willie Wonka. Ooohh transparent vinyl, super cool!

My friend Howie Pyro is a really great DJ in LA. He has a fantastic record collection of wild, way out, wacky stuff and has his own radio show called Intoxica every Tuesday night on Whenever Howie has to move apartments it’s a huge undertaking. The guy has over 20,000 records. He tells me that the hardest part of a DJ gig is creating the set in his head before the event and physically pulling out the records. He doesn’t use an I-Pod or laptop. Sometimes a CD player, but 90% of the time it’s vinyl. He feels that when the needle hits the disc it actually comes alive, far more than hitting a play button. Obviously the yougins in the UK feel the same way. Let’s hope it spreads a little bit.



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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.