A Wayward Word's Worth

March 2, 2011

McLean has soft spot for ‘Vinyl’

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 3:57 am

Ubiquitous storyteller brings studio stories to the stage. By Kyle Mullin for New Brunswick’s Telegraph Journal, Feb. 8 2011

Stuart McLean sets his favourite album, a batch of Bob Dylan B sides from the box set Biograph, onto his turntable and watches the record’s grooves blur as it spins. He waits for the needle to drop so he can dig into its layers.

“You can’t just have a playlist, you have to flip the record over. It asks for sort of a Buddhist-like attention,” the Vinyl Café host says.

Music fills the room as he packs a suitcase to embark an exhaustive nationwide tour, taking his radio stories on the road to venues such as The Fredericton Playhouse on Feb. 27 and 28, Saint John’s Imperial Theatre on March 1 and 2, Moncton’s Wesleyan Church on March 4, and Miramichi’s James M. Hill High School auditorium on March 10.

“The music itself has a warmer sound (on vinyl),” he says. “And it also has all those scratches and pops and hisses, which you put on the record yourself from spinning it over and over again, so in a sense you get to collaborate with the artist – your record is different from everybody else’s, it’s different because of you.”

McLean always works to spark a similar creative matrimony with fans while on tour – he says the audiences’ live reactions help mould the narratives far better than any technique he could use in a sterile studio.


McLean has soft spot for ‘Vinyl.’




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