I totally blame KALX for restarting my love affair with vinyl several years ago, which for a time had lain dormant as the cheap 45s of my youth gave way to cassettes and CDs. The station library just has so much good stuff, and yes I am definitely one of those people that goes gaga over cover art. That's why I get such a kick out of Stephen Fowler's collection of records, recently exhibited at Horse Hospital in London, where the owners have created their own sleeves, either drawing their own art on plain covers or going in for some full-on collage extravaganzas. Some are unintentionally hilarious, like the Rod Stewart cover that might bear a resemblance to part of the female anatomy, and others are just plain gorgeous (flowers decorating Lou Reed). I suddenly have an itch to hit Amoeba for a little record-shopping of my own too. Funny how that works.
And if you're looking for something awesomely geektastic to do in the city tonight, you can't go wrong with the Ask a Scientist lecture series. Tonight's topic: robots! I, however, will be elsewhere, feeding my new-found addiction to Mad Men. More on that later once I've devoured all of season 1.