Was (Not Was?): Elvis Presley, Hitler's brain, Jimmy Hoffa, the author
You guys, I’m not dead. I know – like I’d ever get that lucky!
It’s been around 8,888 years since my last post here on the Amoeblog (give or take 8,888 years), which begs the question: What have I been doing?
Well, maybe it doesn’t beg the question. Maybe it just prompts you to politely inquire so I don’t feel unwanted and insecure. I’ll take it! Beggars can’t be choosers.
Actually, that’s not factual. Beggars can be choosers. In fact, it’s in a beggar’s best interest to consciously prioritize a great many things the rest of us FANTASTICALLY WEALTHY people take for granted.
For example: I’m often faced with a choice between whether I want to buy organic cilantro, versus non-organic cilantro. While I normally prefer organic produce, cilantro raised without chemical black magic is, in my experience, always filthy – and not “Oh, this potato needs to be rinsed first” dirty; organic cilantro requires a scrubbing akin to a Karen Silkwood workplace shower, which the culinary herb’s delicate leaves do not endure well.
And what does Shortkut see as the one major difference between hip-hop videos back then and the ones being produced nowadays? "Videos then were on some hip-hop, not rap shit," he replied without missing a beat. Since Shortkut regularly incorporates videos, like the ones in his Vimeo video mix above, when out in the clubs I wondered if club-goers/hip-hop fans often get so disrtracted by the cool visuals of these classic videos that they forget to dance? No he assured me, adding, "Thats why on my rider I make it mandatory to have the screen directly in back of me so they can put the two together." Before letting him go, I asked the hardworking DJ Shortkut of the golden era videos/songs in his above mix, which ones were his personal top three faves?
“If you still have some light in you, then go before it’s gone,” Angel Olsen sings on the harrowing “White Fire,” the slow-burning centerpiece of her stunning new album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness. Olsen doles out hard-won truths and tragicomic observances in a voice that splits the difference between Emmylou Harris’ sweet coo and Cat Power’s smoky drawl, sometimes coming through just above a whisper, though she can wake the dead when she wishes, reserving her power for choice moments, belting at the core of the Velvetsy “High & Wild.” The former member of Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s band seems to have poured every inch of herself into her breakthrough album, going for a full-tilt rock stomp on songs like “Forgiven/Forgotten,” referencing Hank Williams on gleeful ode to loneliness “Hi-Five” and virtually fading into the ether on beautiful songs like “Dance Slow Decades,” begging you to sit closely. Burn Your Fire For No Witness is one of the best albums of the year thus far, an emotional trip that leaves its mark.
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To help determine which turntable is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you purchase and some handy factoids that might help with that decision.
To DJ or Not to DJ
If you want to DJ with your turntable, you need a Direct Drive turntable. This means that you can scratch, mix, cue up your records, and do everything else DJs do without ruining your record player or the stylus.
If you don't plan on using your turntable for DJing, a Belt Drive Turntable will work perfectly well for you.
How Are You Going to Hook Up Your Turntable?
Do you have a component system already? Do you have a receiver? If so, does it have a "phono" input selection? If your receiver doesn't have a phono input (and a lot of them don't these days), you will need a pre-amp.
If you have powered speakers (speakers that have their own power source), you can connect your turntable directly to the speakers if you want (and skip the receiver altogether).