In this week’s episode, we meet Tony Theil of Attic Records. Just how much does Theil love buying, selling and playing records? He quit multiple jobs and moved to Millvale from Ohio when owner Fred Bohn Jr. offered him a job at the store. Learn about the history of Attic Records (spoiler alert: it wasn’t just records at the start) and about the “Pittsburgh sound.”
When asked why he loves records, Theil explains, “[It’s] a sound that is definitely unique. I can’t say it’s better all the time than streaming or a CD, but I can say that it’s way more unique. If you have a stereo with a volume all the way down, if you listen close, you can hear a needle actually playing just the record very faintly. I mean, it’s interacting with the record. How cool is that?”
Theil gives some advice for those just starting to collect vinyl and shouts out some local bands whose albums he thinks you should own. (It’s a non-comprehensive list.)
Since Theil lives right above the shop, we also ask him to share some of his favorite Millvale spots.
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The Slaw 2020 Greatest Hits
What’s December without a little year-end review? Aadam and I got together (6 feet apart) and asked each other some questions. Listen to the full responses in the episode, but here’s a little cheat sheet.
What are some surprising things you learned about Pittsburgh from the podcast?
What were some of your favorite moments?
And producing this beer tasting video
What’s your can’t-miss episode?
Aadam: Artist Camo Customz
Who would you want to interview in 2021?
Stephanie: Randy Baumann of WDVE. Or State Representative Sara Innamorato.
Aadam: Martayla Poellinitz, content creator and makeup artist @martymoment on Instagram and TikTok
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