Music storage: how do we keep our favorite records?

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Find out how do we keep our junk safe!

Besides the music itself, I think personal perspectives are a very interesting topic to share because it helps us relate each other inside our culture. In the social communications sciences there’s a very interesting area called Semiotics that study every trait in human communication: images, words, media and even behavior. Inspired by this, I wanted to gather experiences in a very simple, yet common and personal, action: music storage.

Why do we keep physical media, despite having the opportunity to store digital music in the ghost dimension of bits & beeps? Everyone can have their own attitude towards this question. But, I think the strength of our Toilet ov Hell community is how passionate we are regarding our music consumption.

If you are a certified melomaniac like most of us, you will like this post, in which we share our music library. To this article, I asked our staff to talk about their collections; I think some of us will get good advices or ideas about it, because when you buy and buy and buy you will end up like a music adict version of Hoarders (Stanley made that pun, I’m in debt with him).

These are their stories.


 

W, our fellow ex-president and Eagle hunter told:

“I don’t have nearly enough shelf space for all my CD’s so I keep them in two very large CD books under my bed. I always keep the album cover inserts with the CDs, and very special inserts or other artwork is kept in a drawer”.

Also, he uses a scrap book made by his lovely Mrs. W to store gig tickets, guitar picks “and other swag” (whatever he think Swag is).

Besides that, W. use a 4-cube organizer that he uses to store his vinyl that looks very cool:

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Sweet and minimalist!

The funnish bear, Karhu, explained that he have his CD’s behind a tall door-shelve, along some films and other DVD’s (Including a kickass Heaven & Hell show).

What it dragged my attention is that he put them in alphabetical order. This must be popular around some of you if you have an extensive collection like the Bear.

Karhu’s favorite possession is a signed copy of the self-titled Unhuman record, mailed to him directly by Youri Raymond himself. That’s cool.

Karhu's large shelf in which he store his swag.

Karhu’s large shelf in which he store his swag.

Celtic Frosty, our expert in ice-cream flavored black metal, explained that he have his collection of vinyl in an Ikea book case, meanwhile he have his CD’s “stacked haphazardly in the top shelf of the crappy book case in my guest bedroom”. Our frozen friend buys mostly vintage vinyl (ONLY ANALOG IS REAL) but he gets his favorites new releases if it is special for him.

I think those Ikea shelf are perfect for music library if you have enough space in your room to put it in a corner, or next to you sound player of choice. And, of course, I feel bad for the poor CD’s (#LeaveCDsAlone T-T).

Favorite Frosty’s item is a 7″ boxed set of Johnny Cash’s Sun Records singles and a re-issue of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness that Mrs. Frosty gave to him as wedding gift. That’s sweet!

Frosty's vinyl.

Frosty’s vinyl.

Celtic Frosty's favorites items.

Celtic Frosty’s favorites items.

Spear, the handsome wizard that brings you This Toilet Tuesday column, has another varied CD collection with some signed material.

Battlecross’ War of Will and Allegaeon’s Formshifter are part of his autographed albums; and even the mighty Hansi Kürsch from Blind Guardian have signed a copy of the Fly single and his Nightfall in Middle Earth record because his Toilet ov Hell work. Really, Hansi love the Toilet ov Hell.

Spear stores his music in cabinets for CD’s size. This make it even more helpful to organize them and use them. Sadly, he still doesn’t know the spell to auto-organize his library, so he has a mess over there.

If he had to travel far away with just 4 of his records he would pick: Crack the Skye, from Mastodon; The Malkuth Grimoire, from Alkaloid; A Celebration of Guilt, from Arsis and Shogunate Macabre, from Whispered.

Good shelves.

Good shelves.

It is #ToiletConfession time! It seems that The Simpsons writers inspired in our hardcore maniac Ron Deuce to that episode with The Be Sharps in which Homero (sorry, I can’t control myself) have tons of CDs of his band in the basement. He explains to us:

“All my CDs are sitting in a storage bin in my basement along with CDs of my own band that was never sold. I do however have the last 2 Gaza CDs prominently displayed on a shelf in my living room”.

Ronny Boy has his CDs inside a box. Sometimes, keeping it simple if you do not have enough space is the best.

Ron Deuce put two Gaza albums in front of his door to scare the malandros away.

Ron Deuce put two Gaza albums in front of his door to scare the malandros away.

Ron's Box of Svrprises.

Ron’s Box of Svrprises.

Jack Bauer expanded his own collection since he became one of the Toilet ov Hell writers. It seems that fighting terrorists always pays (and I think I can learn a pair of tricks from him to gain some dollars because he has some albums too!).

He stores his Widdlies and Birudilis magic in the shelf in which he have his stereo system. Like Frosty example, that’s another good idea: acquiring a furnishing big enough to store the audio player with drawers or crystal doors down to store the CDs.

Jack shows those birudilis to all his friends.

Jack shows those birudilis to all his friends.

Aside from these guys, we have some other cases:

Sarah Lafayette told me that he has an entire collection with all the Accept CDs and two retro 70’s Batman and Superman albums on vinyl. 365 Days of Horror, like every zombie, put everything inside two boxes covered with filth, brains and dust on the floor. Dagon have all Backstreet Boys albums (seriously); and Joe Thrashnkill has four Ikea bookcases separated by genre for his vinyl (metal, punk, rock & country, like a good old fashioned Texan); his favorite items are: an original press of Slayer’s Show No Mercy, Heartbreaker, from Ryan Adams and an obscure compilation of 60s Japanese surf rock. Tubular!

idiot

Me? Well, since I don’t have a large collection of physical media (and most of them were pirated) I put the few original media I have in my book shelf along my J.R.R. Tolkien books. Every record here is a gift, so all are very appreciated by me. This birthday, Mrs. Leonhart gave me last Scorpions album and Helloween’s Straight out of Hell, so, they will sit right next with my other media, and I love every piece.

Archibaldo is my mascot and he take care of my stuff from the malandros' claws when I'm out.

Archibaldo is my mascot and he take care of my stuff from the malandros’ claws when I’m out.

If my collection grows bigger, hopefully, and since I live in a tiny room, I can make Wooden Ledge in the walls to put the CDs in order. These aerial ledges serves very well and I can install it very fast with just a drill. I put two with the help of my mother to storage the kitchen appliance and they are very good.

Something like this.

Something like this.

So, here are some of the our cases.

As a conclusion, I think, as a whole, that music passionate people really put effort in having organization due the big volume of media they have. It seems categorization of the music is not a frivolous action; it is important, probably, as a form of expression and helps in the music listening. But, I think that the pattern in our behaviour is that we like to have an space for the listening, one that is sacred.

Aside from this aspect, my main advice is that you have to check your room first to see which option is the best for you. According to your space and budget you can use any of the options we shared here so you can have your records stored in a distinct way. Also, this is a necesary activity, not only good for you, but for the lifespan of your media.

It is your turn now. Give me your opinions. Share with us your ideas, stories, precious items, signed media and your swag in the comments.

Photos are from their respective owner. Photo of the Wooden Ledge VIA

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Storing music is a bitch, but buying new music for said collection will never get old.

    • Tyree

      Never.

  • Hubert

    I keep my records on this really cool shelf called a “Hard Drive”, it’s super efficient!

    • Psh. Whatever, Goat. You’ll never have the joy of spending all of your disposable time and income on piles of outdated physical media.

      • Hubert

        I do buy CD’s occasionally, but they’re incredibly expensive or impossible to get most of the time.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Only outdated physical media is real.

  • Tyree

    Man, I really do need to get my record collection organized (CD’s, vinyl, and cassettes). Mine is very Dis-Organ-Ized!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvprj80UewY

  • Any examples of “60s Japanese surf rock”, Joe?

    GL

  • i see a Pretty Reckless CD in @webb71:disqus’s collection… <3

    • That was fairly reckless of him!

      GL

    • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

      I never got into them.

      • give them a shot, IMHO the best pure rock ‘n roll band out there right now ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          You don’t find them, you know, boring as heck?

          • keep ‘er down, Tapir… joe king aside, rock ‘n roll itself isn’t the most engaging genre of music to begin with

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Idk, I like rawk. TPR is just bland.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            very

        • Tyree

          What the fuck is even rock music now aside from shit?. I’m curious, what bands are considered rock music and who are the main bands?

          • actually i have no idea, as i don’t listen to the radio. every now and then i’ve overheard someone’s radio playing indie rock (?) and it’s headache-inducing (which admittedly is probably what most of y’all would say about Pretty Reckless!)

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yup, they’re Pretty Boring.

          • more beer

            My go to rock n roll band. If I have people over who can`t handle metal. punk or hardcore. Is the Supersuckers. I don`t have an answer for the second part of your question. But for straight up rock n roll they fit the bill.

        • Between The Buried & Smee

          My vote for best pure rock n’ roll band goes to Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch, or Red Fang.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I pick The Who.

          • Tyree
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Modern wise it would have to be The Sword in my opinion.

          • i have officially been corrected: Clutch is the best, current rock ‘n roll band!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            correction: Mastodon

          • Lacertilinger

            While I really enjoy those three bands, I don’t think Red Fang are pure rock n’ roll. In my mind they couple their rock with a strong stoner metal vibe.

  • Link you are a true pal, you choose not to embarass me by including the other pic with the Slipknot CD in it.

    • I did my best to not over-expose your poserdom.

      All of you were trve posers.

    • Dagon

      Yet he still mentioned my Backstreet Boys collection.

      • He left out NSYNC, One Direction and NKOTB. Be thankful for that.

  • Celtic Frosty

    I’ve been buying a lot more CDs lately. I’m going to have to figure something out beyond haphazard stacking pretty soon.

    • Tyree

      Yeah, I’ve conquered the stacking technique. I know where each CD is in each stack some how too. They aren’t even organized in any order either. My kitchen/living area is just infested with CD’s and cassettes.

    • Celtic Frosty

      Speaking of buying more CDs, I just got the new Veilburner CD in the mail yesterday. It’s probably not coming out of my truck’s CD player for a while.

      • Tyree

        I gave in and ordered that new Pissgrave CD and Adversarial vinyl.

        • Lacertilinger

          Tried that Adversarial today, sounds promising.

    • Please, don’t throw them in boxes, they are precious lifes too!

  • Dagon

    Didnt Tyree come up with the hoarders thing? Also, I saw Maus on Frosty’s collection. Nice.

    • Tyree

      Nah, I think it was one of you who claimed that I was or something. I can’t remember exactly because of beer.

  • I add this because I didn’t want to overload the article.

    This is me with the Armageddon signed CD that Christopher Amott and Sara Claudius sent me:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b9d83c275a9834eced319b37c9ef36659cd3f208043eb8f67d87737533feddc2.jpg

    • I love the “Link Rocks”. Definitely sweet.

    • tertius_decimus

      You’re cute little bastard! 😀 This photo makes me chuckle.

      • Jajaja! Why it makes you chuckle?

        • tertius_decimus

          Your open smile. This is something completely unreachable for such a grumpy ass like me. People love open ones.

          • Ohh, I get it.

            Well, I’m very reticent, but if I feel comfortable with someone, I can smile and be good.

            I also think of dank memes when I took a photo.

        • the nicest guy in heavy merol perhaps?

  • Mxxk Bxnxntxn™© :]

    The only CDs and vinyls on my house are from my dad and he doesn’t buy anything new since the late 90s.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I gave away almost all my CD’s a while back. I still have a few vinyl, but I’m giving those away too. I gotta move, and my entire library is on my external hard drive. The convenience is worth it.

    • You can’t bring a stack of CDs while riding a Guanaco.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Truth! I’m up to my ears in wacky hijinks, written in short, easy to understand sentences!

      • Ponchos aren’t very useful to hunt pigeons and storage CDs at the same time.

  • DCLXVI

    most of my tunes were a gift from a friend on a external HD. Sadly, the one day I left it at work, our office got broken into and it was gone. Oddly, all that was taken, was my HD and some potted plants we had in the windows

  • RJA

    I wish I knew this post was coming. At work and cannot take picture of my vinyl collection to show off. If I can’t brag to anonymous people on the internet what am I supposed to do.

    • Folks in the Facebook group regularly show off the goods. Join up!

      • RJA

        It’s funny – I have swore to never join facebook, but have considered it to be a part of the ToH group. In other words “I can’t be bothered by friends and family, but an insane group on facebook centered around an insane website – that’s where it’s at”

        • You are not alone on that front. There are a bunch of people that joined with fake names just for the group.

          • I kinda wish everyone’s Disqus tag would be near their name (in the FB group). I have a terrible time trying to figure out who is who…

            GL

          • give me a disqus name, i’ll doxx him/her right here and now!

          • Jajajaja, what a badass detective.

        • That’s what I said. And I still don’t know what the crap I’m doing interacting with so many international weirdoes.

        • Hahah I know what you mean. I ignore everyone on facebook unless they’re in the tovh group. Mostly because I feel like if someone needs to contact me that’s what my fucking cell phone is for.

        • Lacertilinger

          Yeah as Joe says, a few of use stubborn types succumbed and it is heaps of fun.

  • Tyree

    I remember years back seeing a picture of John Zorn and his record collection. I managed to find it, pretty fucking impressive.

    http://33.media.tumblr.com/462798e177ffe6e6b5ce6e95cfab4cc4/tumblr_inline_n8539adJjg1qzrdg5.jpg

    • I don’t know if it happens with vinyl, but storage that massive quantity of books is a pain.

    • RJA

      I think I remember Questlove from the Roots having something as equally ridiculous.

      • Dagon

        Most old school rap producers would have insane numbers too. Gotta dig for those beats.

    • Shane Embury from Napalm Death went rummaging around in there recently.
      http://www.johnpeelarchive.com/shane-embury

      • Tyree

        Oh damn, I’ll have to read this one.

      • Ohhh, I remember that article. Pretty insane. I forgot to share it in the group. Sorry!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Zorn is a beast.

    • more beer

      I`m impressed he`s wearing an Agnostic Front shirt.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      hoping he never asks me to help him move…

  • Paris Hilton

    Personally my favorite place to store vinyl records is in the 1970s where they fucking belong

  • ME GORAK B.C.™

    GORAK HAVE BOXES!!!!! 5 FOR CD!!!!!!! 1 FOR LIVE DVD!!!!!!!!!! 1 FOR VINYL!!!!!!! BOXES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • How big are those boxes, buddy?

      GL

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        HOLDS ABOUT 100 CD!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • tertius_decimus

          Your straightforwardness >>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I meant to send more pictures, while were on this topic I’ll come back here to edit this comment once I’m home. Just to add the missing 2/3rds of my collection.
    No more vinyls doe :/

  • Spear

    I need to get a record player one of these days, so I can spend more money I don’t have on things I don’t have space for.

  • Note that since I took that picture a few months ago I have since disposed of that ovids withering cd

    • Spear

      I’m keeping my copy, but I need to find a new hoodie. Much as I love the “Scryers” art, it feels a little wrong to wear it around now.

  • Fine Sexy Ladies

    This reminds me that I have to replace my bookcase, as two shelves are bowing under the weight of my almost 400 CDs and 40 LPs. Also because I’m a shitty carpenter.

  • I think No Absolutes In Human Suffering was the last piece of physical media I bought. My lovin’ is digi now.

    http://youtu.be/o-jC3sIIVGY

  • M Shadows!

    YOU ARE ALL POSERS WITHOUT COPIES OF HAIL TO THE KING OMG. Actually it sucks really bad. don’t tell anyone, its a secret!

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      shhhh, its really not a secret…

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Ok, so what’s everyone’s most prized physical music?

    • A signed copy of Lynch Mob’s Wicked Sensation CD, by GL.

      It is fucking sweet.

      https://playitloudforever.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/lynch-mob.jpeg

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      I have a really old pressing of Pink Floyd’s The Wall that a friend gave me.

      • Dubzlinger, Malandro

        Also, my Blood of Kingu/Portal split is pretty cool because I still don’t think it’s available in any other formats.

    • RJA

      Non Metal- because that’s easiest to remember at the moment:
      Original Press 1958 Sun Records – Johnny Cash “sings the songs that made him famous”

    • Tyree

      Good question. I really only started collecting vinyl about 2 years ago though. I was glad to be able to pick up Fallen Angel of Doom…. by Blasphemy a little while back which is sick. A Blaze in the Northern Sky gets a lot of spins. I have an original pressing of Synchronicity by The Police which is pretty rad I guess; I’m a pretty big Stewart Copeland fan. I’m still looking for my prized gem though.

      What about you duder?

      • Tyree

        Oh, and Söngvar elds og óreiðu by Misþyrming. Glad I was able to pick that shit up.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Me cunting too.

        • Malted Hate

          The red splatter is beautiful.
          Still AOTY for me.

          • Tyree

            Hell yes!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Good question dude. I have a decent collection of vinyl and CD. I guess CD I would say an original pressing of The Somberlain, and vinyl the High Voltage Pentagram 45. Shit it’s so hard to pick, and I’m the dumbass that asked this question.

        • Tyree

          Haha, no worries. I was just curious. I don’t have a lot of original pressings of older classic albums. I’d love to find some old classic albums that are originals though. Shit is fucking expensive and hard to find as you know most of the time.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, it can be hard as shit to find, and stupid expensive.

    • Malted Hate

      That could be a fun idea for an article!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        You’re on to something there.

    • Guacamole Jim

      The entirety of The Alan Parsons Project discography on vinyl.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Mine are a original pressing of Live At Leeds and a Yes CD signed by the band including Chris Squire.

    • As I wrote, nearly every CD I have is a gift. So I share the list because my crappy phone doesn’t helped:

      Santana’s Greatest Hits,

      The Arsenal of Megadeth DVD (this was one that my best friend bought for me in a trip to Colombia),

      VINILOVERSUS’ Cambié de Nombre,

      one Grateful Dead CD that I never listened (and don’t plan to listen lol)

      Nota Profana Demo 2013 (a local band),

      Morzgul’s Blood For Vengeance EP (I bought it with a sticker in a local gig; it’s a melodic death metal band from my hometown),
      two Sepultura records (Nation and Against),

      one Megadeth 2CD Greatest Hits (Set the World Afire),

      System of a Down Hypnotize (I save money for like five months of the money my dad gave me for school to buy it when I was a teenager),
      the Armageddon I showed up,

      and the new records that my girlfriend gave me for birthday: Helloween’s Straight out of Hell and Scorpion’s Return to Forever.

      In my week birthday, some amigos from the blog gave me digital records and that made me create my Bandcamp profile:

      https://bandcamp.com/linkleonhart

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro
    • i can’t pretend like it’s some great feat, but when Iron Maiden re-issued their albums a little over a decade ago, the spines went together quite nicely:
      http://i.imgur.com/tfKPZIn.jpg

      • RJA

        That looks amazing. That’s the kind of shit right there that I can just lay on the couch and stare at.

      • HOLY FUCK, MACÑULTI!

    • tertius_decimus

      Capharnaum – Fractured [2004]. It was one of those albums that you took from the shelf and thought “what is that shit, really?”. From the very first riff it became obvious that I have bought a gem! Since 2005 still in my top of the best technical death metal acts ever.

      • hey guy, i LOVE that record! you know Matt Heafy (pukes in mouth) was in that band?

        • tertius_decimus

          Yes! There is a better fact: do you remember that INSANE drumming? When the album was recorded, drummer was just 17 years old. These are some incredible skills for teenager…

          • oh yeah, pretty jazzy. and let’s not forget Jason Suecof on guitar; who later became a really crappy mixer

  • JW(E)G

    Pictured: the entirety of my physical metal collection, stored and organized in the most unambiguous way possible (alphabetical ignoring leading articles ‘the’ and ‘a’). As you can see I’m just now about to run out of space, which I’d say is pretty good for ten years worth of building that collection.

    My Bandcamp collection: https://bandcamp.com/jessegardner

    I also have iTunes, but it’s a last-resort kind of a resource. I tend to use it, listen to stuff, then “hide” them after a bit. So there’s nothing to show right now that you can’t “see” in the other two. Good luck making out much more than the Amon Amarth group in the top left of the CD shelf though (if nothing else, they make immediately recognizable album spines).

    • JW(E)G

      Also, yes. That is indeed a wooden ruler with a Dad-level Pun (“Metal Rules”).

      Got it from Century Media one September they decided to throw in some ‘back to school’ gear free with an order. If it weren’t constantly useful I’d not have kept it.

    • I want to visit you, jajaja.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Link, this is fucking great. Nicely done.

  • Leif Bearikson

    Joe, I have that same Ikea box thing. It’s perfect. PERFECT.

    • It is the best Ikea product and THEY STOPPED FUCKING MAKING IT.

      • Leif Bearikson

        NO. FUCK. Really!? I need another one!

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro

          My Target crates are boss.

        • Lacertilinger

          We have two of the exact same colour ones in Joe’s pic

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I store my vinyl in piles. Same with my CDS and cassettes. I feel bad as I have no bookshelves for it.

    • Malted Hate

      You should store your records vertically.
      They’ll get all warped in piles.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’m trying to get more shelves for them.

        • CT-12

          I just prop my records against my wall

      • Max

        True, although back when I did buy vinyl I can’t tell you how many times the record would already be warped straight out of the wrapper.

        • Malted Hate

          That has never happened to me…

    • Sir Tapir The Based :]

      You shouldn’t store vinyl in piles dude.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I don’t have anywhere else to put them. I’m getting more bookshelves soon hopefully.

        • Sir Tapir The Based :]

          Go steal them from Barnes & Noble.

    • Tyree

      DICK: “You shouldn’t leave records stacked on top of one another.”

      http://i.ytimg.com/vi/2msCS8dvSok/maxresdefault.jpg

  • tertius_decimus

    Since 2006, after moving to Kiev permanently, I’ve stopped collecting physical media because of moving from one place for rent to another, lugging all these boxes with CDs is a real hassle. Missing those days when I had to go to local shop to try some stuff from their assortment. They stored big CD player with quality amplifier and pair of good studio closed headphones for everyone to try first.

    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      Do you have a bandcamp profile, amigo?

      • tertius_decimus

        No.

        • Dubzlinger, Malandro

          Oh, bummer.

          • tertius_decimus

            What did I miss (both technically and socially)? I’m quite a retrograde when it comes to social media.

          • Dubzlinger, Malandro

            It’s just a cool way to build a wishlist of albums you want and to buy digital (often free) music straight from the artist.

          • tertius_decimus

            H-m-m, sounds nice. Though, buying physical copies isn’t in the list of priority now, not even in top-150. 🙁

            However, I’d return to feeling of placing a palm onto CD or Vinyl case for the first time. Digital isn’t tactile. More than that: it is so random that even cover art doesn’t do anything to the music. This kinda interplay was making perfect sense for those who went to a local shop or waited eagerly for parcel to arrive 2 months after ordering…

          • every day i get an e-mail telling me what my friends have purchased, and generally i check them all out and get a few great recommendations in the process.

          • Lacertilinger

            I’ll have to set that up. I only browse the feed when I remember (not often)

  • JamesGrimm

    2 or 3 cd books, and a pile of cds I havent gotten around to putting away yet.and a few vinyl.

  • J.R.™

    I keep my CDs on some squigly shelves my girlfriend made me, and this tall CD thing in the corner that…I snagged….from her house? What would I do without her!

    The rest of my tunes exist as boops and the beeps.

  • Sadly, I wasn’t able to bring my entire music collection when I moved to my new apartment. I just brought some of my favorites along with a couple that accidentally made their way in. CDs include: Carcass (Surgical Steel), Autopsy (Severed Survival, Tourniquets, Hacksaws, and Graves), Woods of Ypres (entire discography), Blind Guardian (Beyond the Red Mirror), Ghost (Opus Eponymous, Infestissumam, If You Have Ghost), Gruesome (Savage Land), Obituary (entire discography minus Xecutioner’s Return and Darkest Days), Death (entire discography minus Scream Bloody Gore), and Eluveitie (Origins).

  • Waynecro

    I have Official Live: 101 Proof signed by half of Pantera and God Hates Us All signed by half of Slayer. I have Marduk’s Blackcrowned box set (the one with the VHS tape), which is pretty cool. And I have the collector’s edition of Cynic’s Traced in Air, which for some reason includes a Cynic shirt crammed into a tiny T-shirt-shaped plastic container. I also have a really unusual Immortal shirt that I got when I subscribed to a European metal magazine, like, 18 years ago. I’ve never seen the shirt anywhere else.

  • Howard Dean

    For being such a staunch physical media asshole, I’m actually fairly lax about how I store my CDs. Besides my 10-20 most prized CDs (which I keep on a shelf in a closet), and the 20-30 CDs I have in rotation in my car, I keep the others in a bunch of huge Rubbermaid storage containers in a barn. I think I have around 7-8 of the large containers with roughly 2500-3000 CDs. Not the easiest system for finding a specific CD, but it works.

    • Undead Karate Poopoo Samich

      Don’t feel bad, I mostly get stuff on Bandcamp nowadays, or just go for Youtube downloads for the out of print stuff.

      • Howard Dean

        Still haven’t bought or downloaded a digital album yet, though I’ve been close. I’m still a “physical media only” guy at this point.

        Honestly, it keeps my listening manageable. If I were buying/downloading music off of Bandcamp, I’d probably be accumulating way more music than what I could ever give a fair listen (i.e. listening to it more than two or three times). Keeps me centered and not overextended.

  • Max
    • Dubzlinger, Malandro

      Have you ever bumped the CDs off on top of you?

      • Max

        No, but it’s an event waiting to happen. Then I’ll be a certified headbanger.

    • I’m drooling with that Swedish Death Metal book <3

      • Max

        What about Choosing Death? Have you read that? ‘Cos I’ve got two editions of it: the old one from about 2004 and the one which just got published. You can have the old one if you want it…

        • I haven’t read any of them. Did the Swedish Death Metal Book come with a poster or something like that? I mean, it’s just the book? No bonus?

          • Max

            Just the book, in my case. The initial print run may have come with such a poster, I’m not sure. Mine is the second edition.

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  • Warheart

    What? Am I the only one who keeps their most loved cd’s and dvd’s in the desk’s drawers?

    My vinyls are in glass cabinets. My tapes are stored in some furniture, and the most of my collection are in cd spindles, with the booklets stored in bags, because there’s never enough room so fuck jewel cases. Actually, I don’t even remember last time I heard a physical disc, these days everything comes from the magical internet.

  • CT-12

    I don’t have a camera at the moment, but I keep all my CD’s at the back of my room posted up against my walls, as well as my cassettes and records. Cool article Link, I’m just starting to catch up on all these past articles.