Addicted To Vinyl Musical thoughts from the open road, with headphones on

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Howdy!

So you’ve come across this website, and perhaps you’re thinking “cool name, wonder what the heck is going to happen in these parts?”

Well, perhaps I should first explain that we’re going to talk about a lot of things - not just stuff that’s vinyl related. Sure, that’s part of it, and we’ll get to that in a second….we’re here because you and I are fellow music loving freaks, and soon enough, you’ll discover how much we have in common. Or perhaps we have nothing in common. But I’m guessing that I can at the very least provide a good forum for musical discussion, and hopefully we can have some fun.

And now let’s talk about the vinyl part of things: I’ve been itching to start my own music blog for the past year or so, and it was a generous gift late last year that officially lit the fuse and led me to pull the trigger. My New York friend Michael bequeathed to me his entire collection of 45 RPM singles, complete with the original picture sleeves. His collection contains EVERY song that charted top 40 in the 80’s. It is truly a mind blowing collection, and it is something that I look forward to sharing with you here in the coming months.

I’ll be writing about my favorite artists that have gotten me this far on the planet, and also sharing my thoughts and opinions on artists of today, and ongoing musical topics of interest as they come up. And I’ll be looking for you to counter with your own musical thoughts and memories.

Just a bit of history on me - I grew up in the 80’s in Odessa, Texas - home of prairie dogs, Permian Panthers football (as covered in the movie Friday Night Lights,) oil wells, and not much else. While in Odessa, I had the opportunity to spend a day at my favorite Top 40 radio station, KWES-FM (The Hot 102 FM.) Thanks to that day at KWES, I got to see MTV for the first time, and at seven years of age, I was officially hooked on music.

The remainder of my time growing up was spent in the mountains of New Mexico which led to my family moving to the Chicago area suburb of Joliet, and finally in 1989 we made our final move to Cleveland, OH. An early life spent living in small towns and cold weather left me plenty of time for listening to as much music as I could get my hands on.

High school found me working in record stores for most of my teenage years, and since then, I’ve spent the past 12 years working in various parts of the radio industry. How could you resist jobs where they give you tons of free CDs? I couldn’t, and still can’t resist to this day.

Even after all of the many records, cassettes and compact discs that have passed through my player, I still look forward to hearing that next band that will knock me off my feet musically. I live for that connection that exists between the band on stage and the fans that have come to see the show, and the goosebumps that occur when everything connects for musical nirvana.

I’m still a fan at the end of every day - a consumer that still buys music…what a concept! Once I am a fan of your band, I’m committed to everything you put out, although there are a couple of bands that really test my limits.

As for the rest of it, stick around - we’ll get to that, bit by bit.

Thanks for checking out the website!

  • http://www.myspace.com/rebeccaandtoadie Rebecca

    Wow, Matt. Great job on the blog. This was my first look around and let me commend you for sticking to a simple lay out that’s easy on the eyes and invites you to explore. Well Done!

  • http://www.JoelLibava.com Joel Libava

    OK.
    How about this:
    I was a DJ near Odessa in the early 80s.
    In Andrews. We rocked!
    I had “The JL Nitebash” show over at K-105.
    Joel Libava

  • Matt Wardlaw

    Wow – small world! Def. familiar with Andrews….JL Nitebash, that’s awesome!!

    Election night was fun last nite..cheers!

  • http://JoelLibava.com Joel Libava

    Thanx! A Lot!
    Joel Libava

  • Matt Wardlaw

    Hey – what kinda music were you playing at that radio station??

  • http://thefranchiseking.typepad.com Joel Libava

    Matt, I was a pure hard rocker, and still am. Example of playlist in 1981, K105-Andrews:
    AC/DC Back In Black
    The Babys
    Cheap Trick
    etc. etc.
    Joel Libava

  • http://www.musicstack.com Dave Stack

    Hi Matt,

    Just dropping by your blog to read your latest articles.

    Keep up the good work! It’s great to have someone like you who is so passionate about music right here in Cleveland with such a strong web presence.

    Dave
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    if you like what you hear, please don not hesitate to contact me for hi quality mp3s or let me know what you need.
    Hopefully you'll like it and we would be most grateful if you were to feature us.

    best regards,
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  • Claire

    Hey Matt, love the blog. Your mom turned me onto it. In case you don't remember me, I was your old neighbor in Odessa, on Hummingbird.

  • Matt

    Of course I remember you! Good ole Mom, my biggest fan (although she claims
    that she doesn't read this blog much) – good to know that she's out there,
    helping to spread the word. She shared a show review with me that you had
    done for Neon Trees (I think), and although I haven't had a chance to dig
    deeper than that, it was good to see that you're doing good things! I'll
    track you down on FB – I'd love to know what you're up to.

    Cheers!

    M

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    Wow, I might have to check out the record store if I make my way to East Lansing. I'd be interested to know what you're up to there!

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    That's great news, man! I'll look forward to hearing news of further developments!

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