The funny thing about hipsters is that despite being everywhere and influencing nearly everything, no one ever admits to being a hipster, and a lot of people openly hate them. It’s not hard to see why. The snobbery over micro brews, penchant for ironic fashion statements, and excessive body/facial hair (ladies included) is enough to make anyone daydream about swerving to hit them with your car when they cut you off on their banana seat Schwinn bicycles.
That being said, there’s one thing to really thank the hipster for: the Vinyl Revival. In the digital age, it’s hard to remember that we used to visit a record store and make a physical purchase of music. Growing up, vinyl records were little more than souvenirs from our parents’ high school days. Most households didn’t even have a turntable to play them, but thanks to the hipsters, that has all changed.
The Crosley Nomad Turntable is a portable record player that’s been updated to accommodate modern technology. It’s a vinyl textile-wrapped, wood style cabinet with a chrome snap closure, NP5 needle and belt-driven turntable mechanism. It plays 3 speeds: 33 13, 45 and 78 RPM records. It’s USB-enabled, to Windows-equipped PCs and Macs. It also features a software suite for ripping and editing audio content, an auxiliary input, RCA output and headphone jack.
A lot of people never had a record collection. Some people dumped theirs at Salvation Army. Others lost all the good stuff when their first marriages dissolved and the ex-spouse made off with everything decent — like my father, who took the entire Rolling Stones library, leaving my mother with a collection of the Bing Crosby variety.
However you ended up with zero records, now is the time to start building your stack. Here are the best records to listen to on your Crosley Nomad:
1. David Bowie: Space Oddity
BUY: AKA Space Oddity, $11.99
2. Bob Marley: Legend
BUY: Legend, $12.73
3. Ed Sheeran: Divide
BUY: Divide, $28.49
4. The Rolling Stones: Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol 2)
BUY: Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol 2), $12.49
6. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black BUY: Back to Black, $12.88
7. Tyler Bates: Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe Vinyl Edition
BUY: Guardians of the Galaxy, $17.99
8. La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
BUY: La La Land Soundtrack, $21.84
BUY: Rumours, $18.97
BUY: Abbey Road, $19.88
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