I often take for granted that whenever a record pops in my head, or I hear a track played that I don’t have, how easy it is to open up Discogs and dig for it. Most of the time you can find what you’re looking for pretty easily.
While nothing beats digging in an actual record store, sometimes you just want what you want. If you’ve curated a nice wantlist, sometimes you get really lucky and a seller has a handful of them and you can knock it out in one click of a button.
One of the issues I have here in Ontario is some sellers won’t ship to Canada, or it’s a pain with duty and customs so I usually have any orders not from Canada go to Pittsburgh where I pick them up when I go back (it’s only a 6 1/2 hour drive).
On my last trip I was greeted with this lovely site, which is a few months of frenzied virtual digging.
Between what is in those boxes from around the globe, and what I got digging in Pittsburgh at Jerry’s, I brought home about 3 crates of vinyl. Mostly classic house and dance, a bunch of wicker peacock chair cover albums, and the reissue of Journey’s greatest hits on vinyl. Most of them will go in the queue to get ripped and then put in their forever home until I pull them to play.
In any case, Discogs, thank you for making the entire world a diggers paradise.