26 episodes

An audio chronicle of the magic, majesty and (slight) mental illness of record collecting.

Wax & Wane Matt Carlson

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    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

An audio chronicle of the magic, majesty and (slight) mental illness of record collecting.

    Episode #022 - Discogs

    Episode #022 - Discogs

    This time around Matt has a great chat with Ron Rich and Alfred Dual from the record lover's dream site Discogs.com. We talk about how Discogs has changed the way online buying as well as how it has affected brick and mortar stores. Whether you are a Discogs user or not, we talk about the tools it offers crate diggers as well as how everything it does is based on a collective love of music.  There are a few bits of news, Matt answers an email and offers a quick token thought (literally one thought) on the Grammy Awards. This one is hot. Go get some!

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode #021 - Curiosity Built The Record Collection

    Episode #021 - Curiosity Built The Record Collection

    On this week's episode, Matt tries something different. There is a dearth of news, so we jump straight into a monologue on how curiosity can sustain you through years of collecting. The genesis for the subject came from an interview Matt recently heard with writer Derek Thompson about his book "Hit Makers" as well as a podcast chat about the nature of curiosity and passion. It's an interesting, if slightly meandering rant, based around detective work, pushing your listening boundaries and relying on friends to enrich your listening habits and improve your collection. This is one's a horse of a different color. Enjoy!

    • 46 min
    Episode #020 - The Record Lounge

    Episode #020 - The Record Lounge

    On this installment of the podcast, I dive deep into a conversation with Heather Frarey of The Record Lounge in East Lansing, Michigan. Heather has spent much of her life in the world of record stores. We chat about the current state of vinyl and hit on the ups and downs of running your own shop. It's a great talk with one of the only women in Michigan running her own store. In addition that terrific talk with Heather, we hit some news from The New Pornographers, Robyn Hitchcock and a new hipster supergroup. This episode is super solid. Go get some.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode #019 - Johnny Aimcrier

    Episode #019 - Johnny Aimcrier

    On this week's episode, Matt has an in-depth chat with Johnny Aimcrier about his musical upbringing, the realities playing live, original music and the journey to falling in love with vinyl records all over again. It's a great talk. Also, we start the show with a mother slew of release and tour news from Ray Davies, The Jayhawks, Guided By Voices, Real Estate and more. Let's get going!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    PODCAST EPISODE #018 - Vinyl As Therapy And Emotional Glue

    PODCAST EPISODE #018 - Vinyl As Therapy And Emotional Glue

    This time around on our digital discussion of the analog world, we cover a boat load of news. There are new releases, tour dates, reissues and more to share. Lots of news. In the second segment, I go through how an ice fishing weekend led me to some deep contemplation on why my friends and I go to the lengths that we do to listen to music on vinyl. It's a story of anxiety, a never-ending search for calm and how music triggers memories unlike anything else in our lives. Come on inside my head, if you dare. We don't get too navel gazy. I hope. Things finish up this week with another installment of the Dollar Bin Darlings Series. This might be my favorite Dollar Bin Darling we've done so far.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 017 - Inexpensive Stereo Upgrades

    Episode 017 - Inexpensive Stereo Upgrades

    On this week's episode, Matt runs downside news surrounding upcoming tours, new release info and a deluxe reissue near and dear to his heart. The meat and potatoes of the podcast focus on a few things you can get on the cheap to help improve your listening experience at home and help extend the life of your record collection. Things finish up with another installment of our Dollar Bin Darlings Series. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

jvanbeeck ,

Excellent so far!

Only one episode in and very glad to hear what the host has to say. Not only do you come away with the feeling that YOU ARE NOT ALONE, but if you are just getting into and or getting back to records (as I am) he drops enough hints to make you realise you are on the right track. He makes some very pertinent points in the first podcast about pricing and names enough examples of bands to whet your appetite.

kickbundler ,

Mr.

Anyone interested in vinyl or music generally should check out this podcast. Matt tends to ramble but he's usually entertaining about it. Matt is crazy about vinyl and knows a shi*tload about the topic. If you have any interest in music recorded on vinyl or are obsessed by the hobby you should check it out.

SuperKarateMonkeyDeathCar ,

Great episode with David Baldwin, except for the REM/U2 insanity

Great premise, and I wish they did more episodes like this. Of course, the "REM Is greater than U2, no debate" may be the most insane musical opinion I've ever heard, but it was fun to hear some more about XTC

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