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Melanie de Biasio: “No Deal”

14360-no-dealI’ve been listening to this album so much lately. Melanie De Biasio’s 2014 No Deal is such a gorgeous record to experience. It’s spacious, haunting, and reminds me how wonderful it is to just get completely lost in an album.

No Deal creates an engrossing atmosphere that makes me hang on her every word. I’m serious when I say that time passes by without my knowledge while this record plays… and when it’s over, I want to return to that place so much that I either hit repeat or, if I have to go do something, I think about it until I can get back to my stereo. You might be saying, “Dude, that doesn’t tell me much,” and you’re probably right.

Just listen to the title track and I hope you’ll know what I mean.

Here, I’ll help you out. This is De Biasio performing said title track live. It’s just her voice, flute (she plays jazz flute!), and a guitarist…

Wowzers, that’s good stuff.

If you enjoyed that, do yourself a favor a pick up the entire record!

Since releasing No Deal, De Biasio has put out another record, a one-track serving titled Blackened Cities that has (amazingly enough) one track. The running time is almost 25 minutes, though, so dig in an be prepared to lose track of time.

I’d start with No Deal, though. Yes. I’d start with that one.

Melanie De Biasio: [Official Site] [Bandcamp] [Facebook]

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Vinyl Records Saved Me…

This may sound funny for me to say, considering the history of this site… but vinyl records saved me.

I must admit that for years, listening to music wasn’t much fun for me anymore. Sure, I enjoyed playing my favorite bands on my iPhone or CD player, but on a whole, I didn’t actively seek out much new music. I was, in a large part, living in the past and within my comfort zone.

So vinyl records saved me. I don’t know what it was that inspired me to go get a record player, but I’m so glad I did. Scratch that, I know what it was that made me get a turntable… I had left my record collection at my parents’ house. I’d look at them from time to time and post pictures of them on Instagram (follow me there! Just search for TheFrontloader!). I’d play a few records every now and then on my dad’s stereo, and that led to an itch to play them at home. An itch, apparently, that I had to scratch.

I eventually went with a friend to Fry’s and purchased an Audio Technica AT-LP60USB record player. This was their low-end turntable, but it suited my needs at the time. I finally hauled my records back home and started enjoying them again. I enjoyed them so much, in fact, that I started to yearn for more. For the first time in years, I stepped into a record store and browsed the old vinyls. Maybe it was the whole nostalgic experience, I don’t know… but I loved it so much that I haven’t stopped. My record collection is slowly growing, and I’m discovering new bands that I previously wouldn’t touch.

Today I brought home an old Sony stereo receiver to beef up my gear.

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This is going to be awesome. I played music on this exact receiver when I was a kid.

Interestingly enough, now listening to music on my iPhone will only do when I’m not home. MP3s simply do not carry the same kind of depth or warmth that vinyls, or CDs for that matter, carry.

I don’t know how many of you out there are record collectors as well, but I’ve found a bunch on Instagram. Seriously… follow me there and you’ll discover a whole culture based around vinyl records.

I’ll most likely write a post that goes more in-depth on this whole vinyl experience, but for now, I just wanted to show off the Sony receiver. It’s pretty sweet.