Last night I replaced the belt in the above Sony Walkman. At this point, I’ve changed the belt on these units so many times now, I can finish the repair in under 10 minutes. This Walkman is unusually clean, both inside and out.
I celebrated the repair with a test listen of the new album, Ultra Mono by Idles. This album came out of nowhere for me, recommended by several friends and rightfully so.
The first song on the album, War, reminds me of what the Jesus Lizard would’ve sounded like had they been from Britain. The album bio says they constructed the album to sound like a hip-hop record and that’s evident in a song like Grounds.
It’s a palate cleansing listen in this time of uncertainty in the world.