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High Fidelity: 5 reasons we love our record player

Really, find a turntable, a receiver, speakers and some wire and put it together yourself. Find a music snob, or someone over 50 to help you. It's worth it. After years of playing mp3s through my crummy computer speakers, I feel like I'm finally listening to music again.

An ode to the music shop: what was your first music purchase?

I have had a long term relationship with music stores since I was 11. My mom took me to see That Thing You Do! and I fell hard for everything: the dudes, the band, the music. I immediately asked if we could get the soundtrack, and shortly thereafter took my first intentional step into a music shop. Sure, I had been into them before, but never with a purpose — never when I was looking for something that would change my life.

Please paws the music!

Stop everything and look at this cat scratcher that looks like a record player. And yes, that cardboard record spins and that is a pose-able tone arm. Interactive for kitty, hilarious for you.