I started packing up my remaining CDs last night. I’ve finally realized that no matter how often I tell myself that I’ll rip them to a drive, or that I’ll fall in love with the medium all over again, they will only collect dust in a dark corner of my house. Don’t believe me? Look how many times I’ve lied to myself about it!
I’m ridding myself of a collection I’ve built over 20 years. With a little effort, I could turn the entire thing into a Spotify playlist in about an hour. It’s hard not to feel defeated. How often did I spend money better spent on food or clothes on music that I barely heard? I’m still finding unopened CDs with receipts that are a decade old. Now I’ll sell them for pennies on the dollar and be glad.
I’m doing my best to not be sentimental about it, but it’s brought back memories of trips to record stores around the world. My R.E.M. CDs have been with me since I lugged them to Denmark as a 17 year old! I can still remember how much I cherished the 40-odd albums I took on exchange. I remember when my collection ballooned to 120 carefully curated discs in grad school. I spent time manicuring it, trading in to trade up, budgeting as best I could to have a collection my peers would respect. It grew to nearly 1500 discs when I mothballed it in the walk-in closet. Now as I pack it up and prepare myself to sell it all, I shake my head with every obscure disc I find encased in shrink wrap.
If you or someone you know would like to own a music collection that immediately makes it seem like you came of age in the ’90s, you might want to stop by AKA Music in the next couple weeks. It’s only fitting that I take them back to the place where I spent so much time and money on the music I’ve loved most.
If you know me, you know I positively adore Phillies throwback jerseys. Heck, I own three of them personally. My first was a powder blue Mike Schmidt ’76 throwback, followed by a ’76 Carlton home jersey. Got a Burrell rookie jersey for my 33rd birthday this year. (Pat broke into the league wearing 33.) So you know I cannot tell you how excited I am to stop in and drop some coin in Mitchell & Ness’ new flagship store at 1201 Chestnut. The pictures of their new spot are simply glorious! T‑minus Christmas and counting until I grab a sweet Robin Roberts home jersey or this amazing Philadelphia Quakers throwback.
Watch Mayor Nutter open the shop in style in the video above.
I’d been waiting to write how awestruck I’ve been by this, but I can’t contain myself any longer. This list has been facemeltingly perfect, at least from the perspective of anyone who’s been reading Pitchfork since the days of dial-up. I can hardly be bothered with the snooty critic’s picks, but what fascinates me are the entries for the corporate rock entities that defined a generation who thought they were rebelling against corporate entities.
Favorites of the moment include the entry for Oasis’ “Live Forever” and the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” to say nothing of New Order’s “Regret,” the song that introduced me to their entire catalogue. Those opening strains still stop me in my tracks.
Am I a little bummed no one has out and out shocked the readership by including the Verve Pipe? Am I amazed that neither Live nor Dave Matthews Band have made an appearance? Which U2 song will make the list? I hope they pick something from Zooropa. The ’90s weren’t perfect and neither were we. I hope they acknowledge that somehow.
Man, I loved me some Commodore 64 as a kid. Hell, we had a Vic 20 before that, but the games were primitive! To be entirely honest, I was pretty much only playing educational games when we had that, so maybe I’d have fonder memories if I wasn’t playing word games on it.
I remember asking to “play computer” on rainy days growing up, and when I did, I’d haul ass upstairs to play games like Bruce Lee. Now I’m playing on my iPhone and the magic’s gone. The interface makes it nearly impossible to carry out the repetitive moves that once made this game so much fun. What went wrong?
I’m reaching out to you to find out your favorite iPhone games. Sure, nostalgia let me down once, but I’d love to check out old Nintendo games like Super Mario, or the weird stuff I couldn’t afford like Neo Geo games and so on. Share your favorites in the comments.