Nov 21st 2017 08:30 am In Record Time

Not long ago, the altar of almost every under-thirty household was a wall of shelving filled with 33 1/3 LP albums. Moving, and there was a lot of that, always required sturdy boxes filled with heavy vinyl disks and their covers. Yes, the records sounded great except for the scratches, but all you could do with them was listen. Can you imagine? Oh, you could read the liner notes. The mp3 file is very much with us yet, but it’s not the cutting edge it was when this comic was drawn in 2006. Streaming is big now, and a link, I suppose, is the only physical connection to one’s music collection. I don’t know if it’s better, but it sure makes moving easier.

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30 Responses to “In Record Time”

  1. Don from Oklahoma on 21 Nov 2017 at 8:38 am #

    I think every kid had shelves with cinder blocks when they moved out of their parents house.

  2. Steve from Royal Oak Mi on 21 Nov 2017 at 8:39 am #

    It it has been a rough 24 hours as I was praying to the porcelain altar / throne and needless to say it has not been Pleasant! I can probably count on my hand how many times I’ve been sick like that. Fortunately it’s only for a short period of time. Praying that my wife doesn’t get it!

  3. MontanaPhil on 21 Nov 2017 at 8:40 am #

    After the next Carrington Event only those of us with CDs (or LPs) will have music.

  4. Jackie Monies on 21 Nov 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Steve Ghost says if he throws up I am to call 911. He said last time he did was 1962.

    He did not elaborate but he was a teen then she sixteen.

  5. Jackie Monies on 21 Nov 2017 at 8:57 am #

    The murder mystery accounts will continue. All have generated books, television and movies.

    Since many Villagers seem to like reading mystery books I thought these might intrigue some.

    All genuine stories. I never killed anyone.

  6. Mark in TTown on 21 Nov 2017 at 9:07 am #

    Don, I had a set of those shelves when i was in the Navy. Had everything from records to books to tv on them.

    Jimmy, I still have CD’s to listen to in my car, where there is no streaming. But I do enjoy the convenience of streaming services. I like Spotify because you can set it to play only what you want to hear. I like Pandora because it pulls in other music based on your preferences and I have found quite a few performers I would otherwise never have heard. And neither has disc jockeys babbling away or audio ads to interrupt the music.

  7. Hoag in MA on 21 Nov 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Still have my cider blocks in play. Still holding up Albums (unplayed in many years, but priceless none the less).

  8. TruckerRon on 21 Nov 2017 at 9:23 am #

    I miss the LP covers. Some were works of art.

  9. Wes Yahola on 21 Nov 2017 at 10:09 am #

    I have referenced this comic many times and love seeing it again.

  10. Jim in TN on 21 Nov 2017 at 10:15 am #

    But Janis! I keep reading that the LP is making a comeback!

  11. Mark in TTown on 21 Nov 2017 at 10:42 am #

  12. Dave on 21 Nov 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    Boy that brings back memories.

  13. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 21 Nov 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Let’s see if this works. I’m trying to show you something Jimmy just posted on Facebook.

    Maybe. But it doesn’t look good. Mark, maybe you can help. It’s a photo on Jimmy’s FB page with the caption “It’s Iron Bowl week” and all you Luddie fans will love it.

  14. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 21 Nov 2017 at 1:31 pm #

    Hey! I think it did.

  15. Mark in TTown on 21 Nov 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Looks good to me. Luddie turned into Aubie.

  16. Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 21 Nov 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Sunday’s Sally Forth had a nice tribute to vinyl records:

    (Don’t try to figure out the point of the strip if you hadn’t been reading the previous story arc, just enjoy the memories.)

    Isn’t this the default position for listening to vinyl records? MP3′s are great for portability, but I do miss the multi-sensory experience of vinyl.

  17. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 21 Nov 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    I used to tell my students that only two things were better in the past than they are now: school lunches and record albums.

    My high school’s cafeteria actually had a full-time baker. They made meatloaf, baked fish, lasagna, and on and on.

    We were too young and too spoiled to realize how good it was.

    The crud that they serve now is an insult to the human body.

  18. JACKQULINE MONIES on 21 Nov 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    Rick the same can be said for hospital food. I used to eat meals in hospitals I delivered flowers to because food was tasty and fresh.

    I have been in two of Tulsas best lately. Food was ot good and cafeterias are worse.

  19. Debbe on 21 Nov 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    i LOVE LUDDIE!!!!!


    Mark…you’ll appreciate this one. the boze ears on too :)

  20. Mark in TTown on 21 Nov 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    Thank you Debbe. That is one of my favorite songs and I like the orchestral accompaniment.

  21. Mark in TTown on 21 Nov 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    Jackie, the hospital I work for in Tennessee has good food in the cafeteria. At least it was the last time I was there. Don’t know about what gets served to the patients, though. They had an excellent salad bar and their sandwiches were better than Subway.

  22. Mark in TTown on 21 Nov 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    I told Jimmy on the FB page that I have seen cats take that exact pose he gave Luddie in today’s strip when they stretch. And it does look like a bow, so Jimmy picked a good one to end the strip today. Good night, everybody. So long until tomorrow

  23. Old Bear on 21 Nov 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    But Rick the USDA certifies that the meals are nutritionally adequate.

    JJ before 33 1/3 were 78s – those were very delicate. The William Tell Overture
    took 6 double sided discs. (As I Recall ) So vinyl was a BIG improvement.

    I was not rich enough to have cinder blocks, I had Orange crates.
    Remember when stuff came in wooden crates & kegs?
    Purchases were wrapped in paper and tied with string. You were expected
    to bring your own shopping bag.

  24. Old Bear on 21 Nov 2017 at 11:06 pm #

    I generally get to see the other end when mine stretch.

  25. Ghost on 22 Nov 2017 at 12:53 am #

    Who thought #Pervalanche would ever be a thing?

    Say good night, Gracie.

  26. JACKQULINE MONIES on 22 Nov 2017 at 9:36 am #

    For opera lovers one of the world’s greatest voices ended too soon at 55 with brain cancer.

  27. Mark in TTown on 22 Nov 2017 at 10:00 am #

    Several celebrities have passed away this week. Mel Tillis, Della Reese and David Cassidy. A mixed bag there.

  28. emb on 22 Nov 2017 at 11:46 am #


    ‘So long until tomorrow’, your sign off yesterday, used to be Lowell Thomas’s extro at the end of his moderately Republican commentary at 6:45 pm Eastern on WJZ, I think. Sponsor: Blue Sunoco. He lived on Quaker Hill, nr. Pawling, NY, I think before Norman Vincent Peale’s time. Have mentioned here before that Thomas and FDR had amateur baseball teams that played there and at Hyde Park. Saw FDR at QH once; he had ridden there in a LaSalle.


  29. Mark in TTown on 22 Nov 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    emb, I have heard Lowell Thomas and read a biography of him at one time. Thanks for the background information. I was a fan of Paul Harvey too.

  30. KathynMS on 26 Nov 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    Our 35 year old son with broad tastes in music began with cassettes, then CD’s, & then MP3′s is collecting LP’s now. We ended up getting a new record player so he can play them for us. Amazingly high prices he’s paying sometimes, too! Luckily, our LP’s are still packed safely away! ;)