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Morningbell Records & Studios houses Jackson’s largest collection of new and used vinyl, CDs, turntables and other music accessories.
Located in Duling Hall in the Fondren area of Jackson, MS, we also have weekly in-store performances from up-and-coming local and touring bands. Check our Event page for more information!
In addition to the record store and venue, Morningbell is a full service digital recording studio offering high quality production at affordable rates. We handle everything from hip hop to rock to commercial voiceovers. Check our Studio page for rates!
And don’t forget to check out our Morningbell YouTube Channel featuring our “After School Sessions” Series. Occasionally we invite local (and sometimes touring) bands into the studio to shoot a one take video performance. These are those videos.
I bought my first record from a pawn shop for 75 cents when I was 13….Led Zepplin’s “Houses of the Holy”…and I’ve been buying records ever since. At first, I was buying records because they were a cheaper alternative to CD’s in the mid-90′s. It took ‘till my mid-20’s to start to recognize that what really kept me coming back to my records was sound quality…it somehow feels more real or live with vinyl. Like the band is in the room with you. Dynamics! That’s what you lose with the digital format…and that’s what kept me coming back to my trusty old stack-o-matic my grandma gave me.
So. In the last two decades or so, information (music included) has beat our skulls in and flooded our minds and hearts to a point where there’s so much of it sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to pay attention to…what’s real and what’s not. Veins pumping with thick, muddy Information. CDR’s packed full of entire artists’ catalogs and random singles ripped from a friend of a friend’s hard drive six months ago and mislabeled as Green Day “Nevermind” scattered across dashboards and dorm room floors…either never listened-to or just skimmed through once or twice. That’s Music Jail. No good.
“But there’s no good music anymore!”
Not true. Listening to music is not like trying to get the gist of a summer reading book by skimming the Cliff’s Notes a day or two before the test. You can’t expect to get into a band or genre by downloading everything you can find and trying to cram it all in your brain. Take your time! Get to know a record. It needs to get up in there and massage your soul, get next to your brain cells and make sweet, sweet love to ‘em. That takes time and dedication, not eHarmony-like digital download speed dating. It doesn’t make you any less cool to have not heard every song by an artist you think you should know about right away. Vinyl slows you down…makes you pay attention. Give some new bands a chance.
“But I want to listen to it on my ipod”
That’s fine. Most new vinyl comes with a digital download or CD, so you’re squared away right off the bat. Beyond that, a lot of new record players have USB capabilities, allowing you to convert vinyl to .mp3 or .wav or whatever is your heart’s desire. Then when you get home, you can spend some nice quality time with your turntable and reassure it that it’s the only one for you.
“But CD’s are portable”
Refer to the previous paragraph. There’s nothing wrong with CD’s, but for the most part, don’t you end up ripping the CD into your computer and then stashing it in a closet?
“I buy CD’s for the Artwork”
VINYL HAS HUGE ARTWORK.
So….in summation, you should be buying records. Come see us soon!!!
Thanks – Drew
p.s. We sell CD’s, too!!