Record Machine: “Machinehead” by Bush

This 10 inch limited edition single from Bush is one of the first records I bought on my own, even though I didn’t own a record player at the time. There are three songs on it, and the amount I paid shook out to be roughly four bucks per song. Did I care? Of course not. The hopeless completist within me felt it was meant to be.

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Record Machine: “Time of the Season” by The Zombies

My first thought when playing this 1968 single is that the A-side and the B-side almost sound like two different bands. The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” is a well-known, somewhat moody song, and the flip, “Friends of Mine,” could be mistaken for a twee modern band.

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Record Machine: “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan

Like many children born in the 1980s, “Mellow Yellow” makes me think of the soda commercials first and the song second. Donovan has a long history of not being as revered as he might have liked, so I feel compelled to at least give his famous song a better look.

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Record Machine: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond (and the Legendary Piano Pat)

If I believed in guilty pleasures as an excuse, I would concede that this song would rank among many a person’s list. “Sweet Caroline” is a big, triumphant song that begs for group singalongs, and I have discovered the original 45 rpm single in my inherited collection.

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Record Machine: “The Roller” by Beady Eye, Limited Edition Single

Friends, I can’t help it – if one of my favorite musicians puts out a limited edition or otherwise rare piece of music, I am compelled to buy it. Yes, sometimes those special releases are beyond personal affordability, but when Beady Eye released their single “The Roller” as a numbered 7″, I had to own it.

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Record Machine: Noel Gallagher/UNKLE: “AKA… What a Life!” 12″ Single

Though talking about my vinyl collection will most often skew towards older albums, the format has regained some of its popularity. I love being able to buy unusual versions of singles released by my favorite musicians, and this Noel Gallagher/UNKLE remix is outstanding.

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Fear of Living Alone

I’ve never really, truly, been on my own before. And that scares the living shit out of me. While there is definitely a part of me that is looking forward to moving on and taking charge of my life, there is still another part of me that is absolutely terrified at the prospect. Read More Fear of Living Alone