Weekly Wax is a Music Blog That Promises to Buy 156 Records this Year
Brian Rash Weekly Wax's co-founders.
Weekly Wax was an idea for a blog born in Denton by Lumberjack Fest creator Harlin Anderson and his buddy and debt collector, Richard Oram. One night after tailgating at a UNT game, the two went back to Anderson's house and started listening to records.
"We decided that we would endeavor to buy one record a week, all 52 weeks of the year," Anderson explained. "But we would give ourselves a budget of 350 bucks [each] for the year. So you have to keep track of what you buy and what you pay for it."
Anderson and Oram added local librarian and poet Katey Margolis to their lineup of writers, and after beefing up their content, Weeklywax.com, went live in February of this year.
The only requirement, besides the fact that the albums they review have to be vinyl, is that each writer must write at least one post per week reviewing a record. After that, they can write about pretty much anything they want, and they do.
"It's not really Denton-centric," adds Margolis. "I mean, the music selection, it could be anything." As an example, Oram recently reviewed a record of the Aristocats soundtrack. And it's not meant to be generation Y irony-for-the-sake-of-irony. These cats really do love music, and they want to introduce perhaps more obscure records or just something that people might not have heard or thought to listen to before to their readership.
Another way to look at their site is at an angle of applying a defibrillator to dying vinyl sales. While they jokingly say that they have no goals about this project, the true face of their collective ambition and general need to listen to records shows in a telling anecdote by Anderson.
"I think we've all lived through times in this town when Denton didn't have a record store," he said. "When I first moved here, there was the X on Fry Street and CD Warehouse. Then those were gone and there was Seasick over there by campus. So we love music and records and we remember not having them in town, so now that we have them, we'd like to try to support them as much as possible." Though Recycled has been selling records in Denton since 1983 and Books N More has been selling records at its current location since 2002, it's natural to feel that a town most known for the music it produces should have more than one or two record stores.
That being said, there are no limitations on where they get the vinyl they review. Records can be purchased at a garage sale in Denton, or at a vinyl depot in Vermont (should such a thing as a vinyl depot actually exist, in Vermont or otherwise). They also purchased records on EBAY.