“Why was I so into ‘Ain’t No Fun’ but now can’t tolerate Odd Future’s woman-hating? I’ve stopped turning off my brain when I listen to music. One of the greatest things about music is that it doesn’t really ask you to think. People call it the universal language because so much of it is about how it makes you feel. When I was younger, it was easy to separate my physical impulses from my mind—Snoop sounded fun and made me feel fun, so I screamed Snoop. Nowadays I know women who have been raped. I know women who have been beaten up by men. I know women who have suffered true humiliation at the hands of guys who thought they were nothing but bitches. In New York, I once saw a guy shove a woman into traffic during an argument. Violence and misogyny are no longer musical devices to me; they’re real problems that make the world a truly worse place.”—“Now and Then: Snoop Dogg vs. Odd Future.” (via marathonpacks)
Their car already had a radio, something almost unthinkable before the 1950s. Prior to transistor radios, getting music in your car meant installing a vacuum-tube set so monstrous that it required sawing apart the dashboard. But now Goldmark sensed an opportunity: why not hook a dashboard-mounted jukebox up to these sleek new audio systems?
Sure, there were problems - after all, the 33 rpm LP that Goldmark helped invent was too big for a dashboard. He needed something smaller, yet capable of running for an hour without skipping or switching records. Goldmark had his lab shrink the grooves down to cram three where one normally sat; they slowed the rotation; they buffered out potholes with rubber pads; they jammed the needle so hard into the record that it wouldn’t skip. The resulting ‘ultra-microgroove’ 16 2⁄3 rpm record—a thick vinyl platter the size of a 45, but so slow and densely pressed that it took an hour to play—tested beautifully in a CBS exec’s jet black Ford Thunderbird.