A Vinyl Family Legacy

WORDS: Eric Buron                                                                                                           PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessie Bang

Dan Cardozo:  Father.  Native New Yorker.  Resident of Vermont.  Full time lawyer.  Part time DJ.  Longest running DJ on The Point in Montpelier, VT.  Enjoys reading, hiking, playing guitar, motorcycles, and dogs.  Music lover.  First record bought: Hard Days Night.  Enjoys Neil Young.  Does not enjoy Kanye. 

Alice Cardozo:  Daughter.  Native Vermonter.  Resident of New York.  Full time barista.  Part time jokester.  Enjoys fashion, tattoos, taxidermy, tarot, cobbling, comedy, and cats.  Music lover.  First record bought: The Grease Soundtrack.  Enjoys Kanye.  Does not enjoy Neil Young. 

               Alice's turntable                              You Can Call Me Al                          Visions: Grimes

               Alice's turntable                              You Can Call Me Al                          Visions: Grimes

Time:  Friday evening.

Place:  Alice’s Crown Heights apartment.

Topic:  Vinyl Collecting.

Total Suspects:  Well… somewhere between 1200 and 1500.

Dan: I get paid for playing records. How cool is that? I started collecting seriously when I was in high school. I went to a boarding school and when we were all in the proper grade and we were allowed to have stereos in our rooms… that would have been, probably the 10th grade… Back in the day I think the claim was that the power circuits in the dorm rooms could only handle so much, and then they suddenly figured out that transistors don’t use as much power as tubes so it’s okay to have stereo systems, so that’s when I really started collecting seriously.

Alice: Then you moved into the house where you live now and asked if I wanted all of your records. And I said okay.

D: I was downsizing. I do radio work and since 99% of music is available in digital format anyway, there was less of a reason for me to have it. And I think it’s also an age thing, I’m sort of letting go of stuff. I need less. I had a fairly good idea that you were interested and that you would take them.

A: Being impressed with music in the same way is a nice way to connect. You're the reason I’m into music. Thank you father.

D: You’re welcome daughter.

A: I wouldn’t know half of what I know about music if it wasn’t for you. I’m lucky that I got to listen to good music growing up. And that’s because you were on the radio and played Louden Wainwright in the house. What a cool, diverse knowledge of music I have. And not everybody I know has that. You kept that one Rolling Stones record.

D: That’s right. I kept Their Satanic Majesties Request. Because it had a very unique cover, the kind that you tilt and would appear to be in motion.

A: A hologram cover.

D: Very rare. So I thought, well, I’ll keep that one. Actually it’s in a frame on my wall. The cover art to me was always a very major factor in vinyl experience.

A: I feel like we listened to CDs more.

D: You would remember CDs more because CDs were just breaking the scene in the mid 80’s when you were born. To me, CDs were a revelation. They’re small, which negatively impacts the album art experience. But CDs are portable and they don’t scratch. I do tend to believe what vinyl lovers say. I do think it sounds better. But it certainly isn’t as portable.

             Alice or Nick Buck?                    Rumors: Fleetwood Mac                     Alice and her dad

             Alice or Nick Buck?                    Rumors: Fleetwood Mac                     Alice and her dad

A: I would go with you sometimes to your really early morning radio show, that you still have, and we would go and buy donuts at Dunkin Donuts. I would bring a sleeping bag. We went on Christmas morning once, then went back to open presents. I would sometimes read commercials… you’d let me pick songs sometimes, you’d let me do… What’s it called when you say, ‘And that was’…?

D: Back announce the song?

A: Back announce the songs. My favorite song that I would always want to play was Fastball, The Way. I always wanted to play that song and I remember really specifically once back announcing it. ‘That was, Fastball! The Way! Here you go Dad!’

D: We still play that song.

A: Love that song. Great song. One time, you were on the radio on my birthday and you said, if you’re around town today… Do you remember this?

D: Yes, I do.

A: You were like, if you see Alice Cardozo, wish her a happy birthday. This song’s dedicated to you! And it was Tom Petty, Free Falling. When I finally saw Tom Petty live in 2006 it was a great time. Saw him with Emmeline at Bonnaroo.

D: Puts on a good show. Saw him at Fenway a couple summers ago for my first time.

A: He brought out Stevie Nicks at our show.

D: Oooh. Well Steve Winwood opened for him at our show.

A: Well!

D: Well!


D: Never seen Fleetwood Mac.

A: Me neither. I’ve always been impressed by talented musicians. I wanted to be a musician but it never happened because I hated practicing. I loved Alison Krauss and I was being taught Suzuki method violin instead of how to play fiddle. “This isn’t fun. I’m not learning how to be Alison Krauss!” Instead, I threw all my efforts into listening to music and collecting all the information I could.  


A Few Favorite Cardozo Albums:

The White Album: The Beatles

5th dimension: The Byrds

East West: Butterfield Blues Band

Wheels of Fire: Cream

Live at the Fillmore East: Allman Brothers

Wish You Were Here: Pink Floyd

Cheap Thrills: Big Brother and the Holding Company  

Mistreating Me: Fleetwood Mac

Raising Sand: Alison Krauss and Robert Plant

Morning Phase: Beck

Neil Young: Harvest Moon

Kanye West: The College Dropout

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