/ Mark Frauenfelder / 11 am Fri, Feb 6 2015
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    Why we like fried chicken and vinyl

    This week Xeni, Jason, and Mark talk about the gadget approach to making good fried chicken and an affordable, retro-inspired solution to experiencing vinyl.

    In episode 024, Jason talks about his Lodge Cast Iron Chicken Fryer & Lid, plus shares some cooking tips, and Mark shares his all-in-one solution to experiencing vinyl and digital, the Electrohome Retro Hi-Fi Stereo System.

    Mark's picks:

    Electrohome Retro Hi-Fi Stereo System ($200) My kids want to experience vinyl. This record player will let them have that experience, plus the player has USB audio, CD and MP3 CD, aux input, a radio, remote control, and it will let you rip vinyl to MP3.

    Plus, Spike Priggen's excellent Pop-Psych, Garage & Freakbeat playlist on Spotify.

    Jason's pick:

    Lodge Cast Iron Chicken Fryer & Lid ($37) I’ve been using this affordable, cast iron pan to make amazing fried chicken for years. The recipe and process are important, but a good kitchen tool really helps!

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    Notable Replies

    1. But that pan only makes enough fried chicken for one person.

      Wait, you share fried chicken?!

      (Makes fried chicken while listening to Wilco on vinyl)

    2. One of my favorite guilty pleasures (which I restrict to once a year) is Chicken Fried Chicken. Basically it is a schnitzel made from pounded dark meat, and cooked like chicken fried steak.

      Served with Champ and a thick gravy with corn, it will change your life.

    3. I loathe crappy turntables, and the current crop of usb turntables are the top of the crappy heap. I get that he bought one that his kids could use, but I implore all adults and those who care about their vinyl to consider this: most any flea market or Goodwill vintage turntable combined with a new Audio-technica AT95E phono cartridge (randomly chosen for cheapness and good reviews) will sound waaaay better. And it won't destroy the microscopic grooves in the record with an inferior stylus. The other part of my bias is that if you're going to make the effort to convert to MP3, do it right. If your amp doesn't have a turntable input, pick up a cheap turntable converter like a Pyle Pro for $20, and a Zoom H2 portable recorder used for $50. Now you can bootleg concerts and convert your vinyl to nice hi-fidelity sounds that the turntable recommended in this pod-cast could not hope to compare to. Trust me, I am not huffing glue or otherwise addled. It's the way to do it.

    4. All you say is true, but if a teen today wants to experience music the way his grandparents really did - with a $79.95 fold down "stereo" from Sears or a 4-inch car dash speaker - a crappy ceramic cartridge turntable is the way to go.

      Most music today - processed and loudness boosted mp3s, listened to on a smartphone with a pair of $20 earbuds - is still far far better in sound quality than what most people were listening to in the fifties and sixties.

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