The 8 Pros Of Listening To Vinyl

The 8 Pros Of Listening To Vinyl

Because vintage is so hip right now
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Being a classic rock enthusiast, I find that listening to music sounds so much more authentic coming from a record player. Nothing beats the sound of that crackling vinyl. As you may have noticed, record players are making a comeback and I’m here to say that vinyl is not just for hipster teens and our parents/grandparents. It’s a lyrical genius that cannot be left in a dusty corner in your attic.

1. The deep tracks

With a record, you have to listen to the entire album of that specific artist. So, not only to you get the greatest number 1 hits of that decade, but you get all of the deep tracks that didn’t quite make it out into the world. You never know, you may find a diamond in the ruff within that album.

2. Hipster Status

So, listening to vinyl is a major hipster characteristic/stereotype. You will definitely up your “cool” points by listening to records. It gives off this vintage/mysterious/totally rad vibe that people can find very interesting. Well, at least I’ll find you interesting.

3. That authentic sound

Like I said before, nothing beats the sound of crackling vinyl. It sounds like you’re actually there in that generation. Once you listen to the Rolling Stones on vinyl, trust me, you’ll never go back.

4. The addiction starts

Once you listen to your first record, you’ll get addicted to the sound. Soon enough you’ll have a growing collection of all of your favorite artists, whether old or new.

5. More bang for your buck

Vintage records can be super cheap!! You can find them at nearly any flea market or yard sale. Also, rather than paying the monthly fee on Spotify or the $1.29 on iTunes, you get an entire album for a few bucks. Unless you’re buying a record in brand new condition, vintage records can usually be bought at a fairly good price.

6. Noticing the flow

Older artists crafted their albums so that their songs flowed together a certain way. Interesting right? So listening to the album song after song just makes the most sense. For example, you can notice this pattern on Led Zeppelin II. So after listening to the B side of the album ten thousand times, listening to any track by itself just seems wrong.

7. Connecting with the oldies

Listening to records, especially with your parents or grandparents, is probably one of the most fun musical experiences you could ever have. The embarrassing dancing, the obnoxiously loud singing, and the stories from the past that come with a certain song is priceless and makes for even more memories.

8. It's art!

Album covers are so cool and unique and look even better when blown up to the size of a record. Everything down to the record player is a piece of art and is can make for an awesome decorative piece in your house.

So, vinyl records may not be something you can download instantly or plug into your aux cord, but it's a different and unique way for this generation to appreciate music from the past. It was forgotten for a period of time while new ways of listening to music were being developed, but let me tell you, the appreciation of vinyl is coming back once again.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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