What Is Real Music?

The band TOOL recently released Fear Inoculum, their fifth album, on August 30th of this year. At the end of their debut week, it ended up charting on the Billboard 200 at number 1. And of course, as is typical of most rock bands that chart on the Billboard (and, in general, sell a lot of copies of an album), people are quick to say that “Rock music isn’t dead” or “The Billboard finally has real music charting”.

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Why I Collect Vinyl Records

Red vinyl record with stylus

I know this question has been answered a million times, and I likely have no new, inherent information to pull people to my reasons on why people collect vinyl records, but I nonetheless will write on this topic.

Nowadays, with the plethora of formats that we can listen to music on, it might often take most people by surprise that a small portion of the population in the world still collects vinyl records. I know that for me, when I was first introduced to this hobby of collecting records I was incredibly hesitant to begin it.

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Rush’s Fly By Night

Album cover for Rush’s second album depicting an owl ready to take flight and snow on the ground, likely referencing the cold and snow of Canada.

In the year 1974 Rush released their self-titled debut album, funded both through the band members themselves and manager Ray Danniels. Shortly before beginning an arduous touring schedule across the United States opening for Uriah Heap and Manfred Mann, the band ran into some complications that needed to be resolved before moving forward.

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