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Big Brown Record Redo

IMG_0101Big Brown is forever a work in progress. We moved in with only hand-me-down and thrifted furniture. Don’t get me wrong, we love thrifting and most of our furniture has served us well, but we’re slowly transitioning our house to feel even more like us. And maybe more adult. And maybe less falling apart.
One thing we’ve been wanting to change for a while has been our record player and record shelving situation (see our ridiculous collection here). Since we moved into Big Brown, most of our records have been living in our sunroom on crappy shelves from Ray’s apartment days. We wanted to move our records into the living room to create more space in the sunroom and to motivate us to listen to more of our music library.IMG_0084 Ray and I both spent a lot of time researching shelf options. We didn’t want to spend too much, but we wanted a shelf that would look nice and hold the weight of our vinyl. Everyone everywhere recommended the Ikea expedit/kallax units. With that in mind, we went with some of our friends down to Orlando to visit Ikea last weekend. With gift cards in hand, we were prepared to buy 2 2×4 kallax shelving units. We came home with said shelving, a small cart for our bathroom, wall shelves for our sun room, a few light fixtures, and a couple of kitchen odds and ends. Our friends bought a dining room table and chair set, a side table, 2 arm chairs, a foot stool, and a kitchen island. Needless to say, the four of us + all our of stuff barely fit. Tetris to the max.records 6recordsrecords 5We’re really enjoying our new record situation. The kallax shelves are perfect for our collection and add extra surface space for our record player, playstation, and speaker setup. We definitely recommend them! So, what do you guys think?

Ray’s Record Review – Exile on Main Street

Exile Front Guys, Exile on Main Street. Am I right? I know this says Ray’s Record Review, but for a minute can we let it be Ray’s Record Rant? Cause let’s be honest, what else new do I have to say about this album? Its all been said.  Ok… so here we go!

Exile on Main Street, I remember hearing that it was one of the ultimate Rock and Roll albums ever. So, one day I got brave and went to the store to purchase the CD. I Opened the CD so carefully, yet with so much anticipation, put it in my CD player and basked in all of it’s Rock and Roll Majesty. That was the day of my Rock and Roll transfiguration! I knew and understood everything Rock and Roll… That is what I would like to tell you, unfortunately my story doesn’t go that way. I actually didn’t dig it. It was kind of let down… this wasn’t what I thought the pinnacle of Rock and Roll should be. I didn’t go back to the CD for a few months, but ultimately decided to try and bask in its glory again. Again, I just didn’t get it. Another two or three months went by… and maybe the stars had aligned in some way, or maybe I had been exposed to something else that helped me understand it, but that third time was definitely the charm for me. That day I finally got it. This was Rock and Roll.
That’s my story about buying the CD… quite a milestone, but this isn’t Ray’s CD Review/Rant.

I found this copy of the record several months into collecting records. And since it had slowly but steadily become one of my all time favorite albums, I had my eyes out for it.This particular copy I found on a brisk autumn morning at a flea market in Lake Park while on a yard sale/flea market excursion with my dad. Up until this point I had not spent over $2 on any record. You can come across some real gems at flea markets and yard sales for less that $2. On this particular day though I found a record that I had to have. This was the first copy of Exile I had ever actually seen on vinyl, and I needed it! So much so, that I was willing to pay the steep price the man was asking at the flea market. So I shelled out my $8, and history was made!

Since then, I have had many other memories made with this album. One more story. When I was on tour, we would usually stay up pretty late, get up pretty late, then drive and play shows late. every so often we would have a day where we had to drive much further, or had a strange day time concert, and we would have to wake up early… these were the worst days. But to make them better Justin Dansby (the drummer in the band I was playing in at the time) and I would wake up and blast Rocks Off (the first song on the album) it would get us going in a good way on those early mornings, and put us in such a good mood!

Since I haven’t talked much about the album itself. It is one of my Favorite Rolling Stones albums! It is a double vinyl! I Believe this album only had two “Hit” songs on it, Tumbling Dice (track 5) and Happy (track 10).

My stand out tracks/ Personal Favs (keep in mind, I Love all of them!)
1st Track – Rocks Off
2nd Track – Rip This Joint (seriously such a party)
6th Track – Sweet Virginia
12th Track – Ventilator Blues
17th Track – Shine a Light (we left for our honeymoon to this song!)
18th Track – Soul Survivor

I know, I know, this was the longest post ever on here…. I am long winded… but that was Ray’s Record Review #1.Have you ever listened to this album? If not check it out, if so, what is your favorite track!

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Exile back Middle Fold Out
Exile insideVinyl Inserts exile3Thanks for putting up with my rant guys! If you haven’t listened to Exile on Main Street, the best way is on vinyl, but if you don’t have a record player, just listen to it! its a great album!

Weird Sh*t My Husband Owns: Record Collection

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’re pretty much celebrities is our tiny town of Lake City. Why, you ask?  Well, our previous Weird Sh*t posts were featured in a local magazine (renamed to “Weird Stuff” haha)! This might seem ridiculous, but we get stopped all the time because of the article.
So, back by popular demand…art deco 4 - wacomAllison’s take: Ok, don’t get me wrong, I love music. I love listening to records. I love the sound quality from comes from vinyl. However, I think this record collections has gotten a little out of control. Collecting records isn’t exactly weird (especially with all the vinyl-hipsters of today), but having a collection this large IS weird! The pictures don’t even show all of them!
I clearly knew about the record collection before we got married, I guess I just didn’t realize how much space it would take up. Our entire sunroom is full of them!weird shit record 2 Ray’s Take: I LOVE music. I love old things. I also love finding good deals. So collecting records is like the perfect storm for me!
There are so many things I love about vinyl records, the music, the artwork, the ability they have to transport you to another time, how they can bookmark points in your life. I love the smell of vinyl, the feel of a new vinyl being put on a record player, the experience of doing nothing but listening to that record. Not cleaning and listening to a record, not reading and listening to a record, just listening.
I know I have a lot of records now, and my collecting has slowed a bit over the past two years, but I still enjoy the hunt and the joy in playing a new record!
Just having them around is a comfort to my soul.

With all that being said, since I have so many records, alliray.com is going to start having a new feature once a month (or whenever I get around to not being a bum and write them) called Ray’s Record Review (because we like alliteration). It won’t always be musical reviews, it will be more of a post about some vinyls that I’ve been enjoying lately.
See keep your eyes out for that!