Karla's record player

My trusty record player.

Hi! I am a 20-something-year-old living in Los Angeles with fond memories of my childhood when my parents played music on vinyl and 8-track tapes. My personal musical collection started with cassettes and I had lots of them, in both album and single format. As soon as CDs became popular, my music collection grew exponentially. Despite the current dominance of digital music, my CD collection continues to grow regularly. I do have an external hard drive full of music and listen to music on my computer and iPhone, but more than anything I miss the intimacy and warmth of vinyl records. My record collection is nowhere near where I want it to be, in fact, it is puny. I am working toward a bigger collection and enjoy scouring record stores and swaps for new and used additions. I highly respect artists that continue to release new material on vinyl.

I came up with the idea for this blog while I was a DJ at KDVS and explored the station’s huge record collection. I had previously been a DJ at KCSC, but for some reason was intimidated by the thought of playing vinyl and rarely did I take advantage of the station’s modest, yet great record collection. I avoided making the same mistake at KDVS and spent hours upon hours flipping through the record stacks. Often times, I was inspired to listen to albums solely based on a really cool band name or eye-catching cover art (sometimes judging a book by its cover is better than judging it by a genre it might fall under or the opinions of others). I discovered a lot of great music this way and thought that I could use the same tactic when buying vinyl for myself. Of course, the method can be hit or miss, which is why I only use it when looking through the dollar bins. A dollar is not much to lose and I figure that even if I find something truly awful, it is worth the entertainment and element of surprise.

Thanks for your interest in my findings.

The two photos below showcase a small glimpse of my inspiration at KDVS.

KDVS stacks - 7"

KDVS stacks

I am also a contributing writer for Redefine Magazine and The Deli. I am fluent in Spanish, a vegetarian and originally from Northern California. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me and follow me on Twitter!

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