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Kiruba Shankar

The Hunt for the Vinyl Records

When I was a small kid, back in our ancestral home in Sooramangalam Village in Pondicherry, we had a LP record player. Not a gramophone but a modern (then!) player. My Dad and Uncle owned Record album holders (which looked like monstrous sized photo albums) with records of English, Tamil and Hindi songs.

As we grew up and moved houses, no one knows where the record player and the LPs are. My suspicion is that they are all discarded and must be lying in garbage dumps somewhere.

When I started my antiques collection, the LP records were firmly on the ‘Must have’ list. Five years ago, when I visited Moore Market to buy books, I noticed a few shops selling these records. When I made a visit there again, I was hoping that those shops still existed. I was not to be disappointed.

I went there on a week day at 11 am (that’s the time most shops open) and spent an entire day there rummaging through the collection.

The shop you see below is just one of the shops that the owner has. He has a few more mostly used as godowns stocked with records, piled up from floor to ceiling. I was spoiled for choice.

Most of the records I picked up were old English music ones. I also picked up a lot of old tamil songs featuring Sivaji Ganesan. The MGR songs LPs were sold at a premium. The owner tells me its mostly the aged AIADMK party workers who come and pick up the MGR records. My favorites were Rajini and Kamal records.

That’s me with my collection of records at my home. It’s a sizeable collection. Now, the onus lies in me to take care of them. While I own a gramophone, these big records cannot be played on them. I need to purchase a more modern record player. That’s next on my list.

More photos from the Vinyl Records hunt.

The complete list of all the vinyl records that I own. Each individually photographed.

Refreshing my iPod

Over the last few weeks, I have been spending quite some time listening to the Billboard Top 50 songs from 2010 and 2011 in a quest to revamp my music collection. Honestly, I’m cloyed with the songs currently on my iPod and really need a change. Can you help recommend songs that I should listen to?

Here’s the list of 14 songs that I came up with.

Grenade : Bruno Mars

F*ck You : Cee Lo Green

Just the way you are : Bruno Mars

Need You Now : Lady Antebellum

Airplanes : BOB featuring Hayley Williams

Love the way you Lie : Eminem Featuring Rihana

Moves Like Jagger : Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aquilera

Good Life : One Republic

Fucking Perfect : Pink

Dynamite : Taio Cruz

Firework : Katy Perry

You Lie : The Band Perry

For the First Time : The Script

Rolling in the Deep – Adele

What are your favorite songs?