Back when the Cod was still just a glimmer in Al Gore's eye, its author imagined a different kind of internet shenanigan, revolving around digitizing bits and pieces of a vinyl archive. This effort had a name, "Plaid Longjohns," but never a reality. Thanks to mom, a recent birthday and the good folks at Turntable Lab , this analog-to-vinyl is now a reality, and the technology has reached a point where even a humanities PhD can master it. Now all that remains is a daunting task, and the realization that not all of the vinyl I own is worth digitizing. Far from it. But the question of where to begin is challenging. Having imagined a utopia where I could listen to the Dogmatics and Pailhead on my Ipod at the gym, I found myself spending the weekend pecking away at a relatively small number of seven inchers. In recognition of the imminent season, we'll leave the Uncle Tupelo covers of the Soft Boys in the on deck circle, and feature the only Christmas song that matters.* Shonen Knife -- "Space_Christmas" (7" 1991)
*Pictures of cats and mp3s? This,s what the internet is all about. Hope you like our new direction. Now all we need are some naked chicks.