Do You Have A Favorite Record Label?
By Bob Boilen
Do you have a favorite record label? These days, it can be hard to tell. Truthfully, I barely know what artists record for which label in the digital age. I love the new William Tyler guitar record, the new Baths album and Sonny and the Sunsets, but ask me to name the label … and I’m blank. That information never comes up on my computer when I play a song on iTunes — or my phone — or on SoundCloud or Spotify. Back in the analog days, I’d put on a record and seeing those labels spinning at 33 1/3 rpm would forever seal an association between artists and their labels for me: The Beatles on Capitol, Pink Floyd on Harvest, Aretha Franklin on Atlantic.
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“This past year, my husband and I started a new tradition simply referred to as ‘Music Night.’ We take turns picking out a record, pile a bunch of blankets on the floor and just quietly listen. It’s fun to share our thoughts on the album afterwards — how it made us feel, what it reminded us of, what are favorite songs were, etc.”