Staff Top 10
Top Ten Music Geek Accessories

By: Nick Southall

Posted 08/03/2007 - 07:39:21 AM by mbiondi:
 That Electrelane badge was packed in with retail copies of "No Shouts, No Calls", at least in the U.S. Don't know if that diminishes it's geekiness, however.
Posted 08/03/2007 - 08:22:48 AM by NickSouthall:
 Oh well, at least I'm cool with it in the UK!
Posted 08/03/2007 - 09:41:03 AM by meatbreak:
 I have everything from 4-9 (I still don't see why you're so in love with the new Electrelane album.). Thanks for the headphones tip, I've been needing some advice on those for a while. Buying special hangers absolutely is excessive. My badge of choice is a square Be Be See one. Does a square badge outgeek any kind of round one? And you're right about blutack and speakers - it works better than any of those isolation cones you can get - they're only good for tipping arrows with. My records/cds are divided into: Metal/Noise (and anything else my wife finds tedious to have to sift through to find something 'listenable') on the top shelf, demos/self released stuff and compilations on the bottom, everything else in between and paper/plastic slipcases up the sides of all 5 shelves. Fancy boxes and stuff get their own space on another wall. I say all this because I will NEVER alphabetise anything. Even with 2000 records I still consider it going that little bit too far, and anyway, you ask me where something is and I'll have it for you in a jiffy. Want to hear something really geeky? Give me the shelf coordinates (Shelf 4, stack 4, 6th from bottom), I'll tell you what the cd is.

Did I really need to share that?
Posted 08/03/2007 - 11:04:15 AM by mirakle:
 As a broke university student I have...decent headphones, and a swiss army knife. I used to have my CDs in alphabetical order, but because I live in a dorm I don't have room for a shelf so I had to leave the cases at home and put the CDs in a binder, which meant that due to obssessive-compulsive tendencies whenever I bought a new CD I'd have to realphabetize, and all that moving can scratch up CDs so I ended up keeping them in order of when I bought them. My sister thinks I'm insane, although less so when I would come back swearing violently after buying an album by an artist with a name at the beginning of the alphabet, knowing I'd have to move nearly all my albums over by one pocket.
Posted 08/03/2007 - 11:07:23 AM by garlad1:
 My badge says, "Back to Mono"...Pffffft!!!
Posted 08/03/2007 - 11:27:14 AM by meatbreak:
 That's a trump badge, but if it ain't square, no dice my friend.
Posted 08/03/2007 - 12:53:57 PM by smezzer:
 alphabetised? How plebian. Its all about arranging cds by original release date to get a chronological timeline
Posted 08/03/2007 - 01:01:24 PM by EK5432:
 Alphabetized CDs? You mean you can't arrange your CDs in the order in which you acquired them, thus making an autobiographical timeline? What kind of geek are you?
Posted 08/03/2007 - 03:42:15 PM by vohpoh:
 What about the data base (extremely helpful for those of us with diminishing memory and/or too large a collection) with all my CDs categorized in several fields, used as a guide for periodically rearranging them alphabetically, by release date, purchase date, record store, etc. taking hours, even days at a time? Never a dull moment for this music geek.
Posted 08/03/2007 - 04:16:37 PM by mirakle:
 The dividers reminded me--ever gone into a record store where they have the major artists in alphabetical order with a divider, then have a giant row of "Miscellaneous Bands Whose Names Begin with C," say, with all the rest? So you go in, can't find the band in normal alphabetical order, and then find it's at the end in the giant semi-alphabetized clump? Also when record stores are inconsistent in deciding whether to alphabetize by last or first name, so Bob Dylan's in the Bs and P.J. Harvey's in the Hs. I've seen this, and I hate it.
Posted 08/03/2007 - 04:32:28 PM by syurix:
 I vastly prefer my Leatherman tool to the Swiss Army Knife. As a musician/music geek, I've definitely been saved by a good set of pliers/wire trimmers... and there are so many screwdrivers.
Posted 08/04/2007 - 02:27:22 AM by cwperry:
 Maybe this is only true for kids of the '70s and '80s, but I wouldn't be a music geek without my Discwasher record-cleaning brush and fluid.
Posted 08/04/2007 - 02:27:50 AM by cwperry:
 And if you are a super music geek, maybe even a static gun.
Posted 08/04/2007 - 02:28:37 AM by cwperry:
 mirakle: Yes! A plague on stores who put Bettie Serveert under "S" and Jethro Tull under "T"! Idjits all!
Posted 08/04/2007 - 02:29:23 AM by cwperry:
 smezzer: Alpha by artist; chronologically within artist section. Next!
Posted 08/04/2007 - 10:30:49 AM by krosshoff:
 the ultimate cd shelving unit is the ikea drömme, now very sadly discontinued, as i learned when i went back a few years ago to buy a second one. it fits around 900 CDs (with room for another 100 in a space underneath the shelves) and it was remarkably cheap too (when it was available.) i organize my cds "by music" as i like to say - that is, broadly, by genre, but with artists grouped together by a complex but (in my head at least) ultimately sensible assortment of criteria including stylistic similarities, historical connections, and whatever other personal associations i may have. which means it's constantly shifting and being reorganized as i acquire more cds and reevaluate my placement decisions; my work is never done and my record collection is never fully organized, but i can always go in and refine any given section when i feel the need to geek out. the one rule is that dan bern is filed under "female singer/songwriter"
Posted 08/04/2007 - 05:24:47 PM by ChrisP:
 My Electrelane badge was a material one I sewed onto a jacket, so I'm even geekier (although I own none of the other items except a very rusty Swiss Army Knife).
Posted 08/05/2007 - 03:35:58 AM by umcloud:
 I've got my Alessandro MS-1 sitting right here atop my head, and they are indeed "kick-ass". Pairing them with Battles' album 'Mirrored' takes the kickassery to an unprecedented level. I'm also hoping that my bright pink Deerhoof 'Friend Opportunity' badge is suitably geeky - if not, the "grinning Space Ghost" badge will probably fit the bill.
Posted 08/06/2007 - 09:40:54 AM by J_R_K_:
 after years of having a really crappy turntable, i finally got a fancy one. it came with some gloves and a brush. i don't use the gloves anymore, but i looked like the geekiest person ever when using them.
Posted 08/06/2007 - 02:31:31 PM by cwperry:
 I hear a lot of talk about cd shelving solutions; what about LP shelving solutions? Now that is a challenge, folks, especially when you get into the thousands. As for 45s (7-inches for you kids), I have a custom-built table that enables me to display them attractively and flip through them like I'm at the record store.
Posted 08/06/2007 - 02:31:59 PM by cwperry:
 ChrisP: You mean a patch, I take it?
Posted 08/07/2007 - 12:19:30 AM by Jeffro:
 If you really want to protect your digipacks etc try these: cheap, resealable and available in a variety of sizes. I also bought extra shelves for my Billies so I wouldn't have to stack cds on each other.
Posted 08/07/2007 - 04:46:23 AM by NickSouthall:
 How many rows can you fit in with extra shelves on the Billies? I have 8 rows at present, can you still fit that many? The bottom row of each set has empty cassette boxes behind it to push them out so they're not flush with the top row, and thus easier to access.
Posted 08/07/2007 - 01:09:03 PM by stephenbush:
 vohpoh: Wanna trade databases? I keep mine in Excel with a bunch of columns -- just curious how a fellow geek does his database, maybe we could get an idea or two from each other, even.
Posted 08/07/2007 - 02:53:27 PM by vohpoh:
 stephenbush: No problem!
Posted 08/07/2007 - 10:12:54 PM by Jeffro:
 Nick - I'm not sure how you would count the shelves but you can have a look to see how it all fits:;=7cdbc&id;=615681828 Also, if you want a truly geeky way to keep track of them all, may I suggest: - at the end of the year you can pull out lists of that year's releases or that year's purchases - you can add pretty much as much info as you want for unlimited geekery!
Posted 09/14/2007 - 11:27:06 AM by vohpoh:
 I got my Alessandro MS1s two days ago, and they kick ass indeed!