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A celebration of the vinyl frontier

Posted by Scott McLennan  April 17, 2013 06:32 PM

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What better way to celebrate Record Store Day than with a record about records? Or so thinks the gang at Bubbles in the Think Tank, the radio program that Belinda Rawlins helms on WMFO-FM (91.5) Saturday nights starting at 11.

The Bubbles crew last year delivered "The Petite 7 Inch Record" and this week drops "Eponymously Entitled," featuring the Catbirds, Deke Dickerson, Mr. Curt with Bird Mancini, the Weisstronauts, Pete LaBonne, and SEMIchuck (plus hidden tracks; whoever heard of hidden tracks on a 7-inch?).

To celebrate the release of the limited-run, clear-vinyl, artistically appointed (that's onetime Mothers of Invention cover designer Cal Schenkel's handiwork on the label), there's a big show happening Friday, April 19 (Record Store Day's Eve), at the Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St., in Jamaica Plain. The show features the Catbirds, Ray Mason, the Weisstronauts, Bird Mancini, Mr. Curt, and Ed "Moose" Savage. The $15 admission includes a copy of the vinyl release plus a download code for the digi version which features two bonus tracks. If you can't make it to JP, but need to get your paws on this, visit http://love.bubblesinthethinktank.com. Proceeds benefit non-commercial, community radio station WMFO.

Belinda Rawlins traces her own vinyl fixation back to her youth, keeping a copy of Kiss' "Dr. Love" in the "Close and Play" turntable she carted around in her bicycle basket.

"Nothing beats vinyl," she says, even though now she stores more than 44,000 songs on a laptop compared to the 13 crates of vinyl she has. "I just really love how albums are large enough to see the art clearly and how they sound."

Rawlins started lining up artists for "Eponymously Entitled" in January, asking them to provide an original, unreleased songs about records. Like Bubbles in the Think Tank itself (a show she started 28 years ago and has taken with her around the country as she's moved about before landing in the Boston area), the songs are fun, offbeat, and wholly original. You know that saying, "Dance like nobody is watching"? Well this is the music you should be dancing to if you do.

The artists on "Eponymously Entitled" present all the wonderfully weird attitudes and behaviors demonstrated by music obsessives, from hiding away in solitude to spin a favorite song over and over, to buying the same damn song innumerable times as music formats change and different collector's edition emerge. Here's a little of what you'll hear, courtesy of the Catbirds

If this speaks to you inner music geek, go visit a record store on Saturday.

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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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