vinyl is forever

matzahballsoup:

Literally every blogger knows about the Neighbourhood and has probably already posted the band’s brand new five song EP (well there are really only two new songs on it) entitled I’m Sorry up on their blogs.  

The nbhd has been featured on MBS before with their ridiculously catchy song “Sweater Weather,”, and I’ve been listening to that gem along with “Female Robbery” for days.  Yesterday, the California band dressed in indie rock but layered with hip hop and rap hit us with the three final songs of their EP (one of them already leaked as a radio rip but that’s not important).  I’m proud to be from the same state as these guys, cause they are absolute fire.  Can’t wait to see what’s up next for The Neighbourhood! Listen to the EP up top and go grab it off iTunes RIGHT HERE (you can download it for free off their website but screw that spend five bucks to support awesomeness).

Peace, Love, Happiness, and Knowledge.  

These boys opened for The Wombats, mind blowingly amazing! Highly recommended!


Aunt Leslie’s Treasure Haul
On Tuesday, I stopped by my godmother’s because of word had gotten around that she had stacks after stacks of records that needed a home. So, I hopped on the train over to her house and then sifted through her collection. This is what I chose.
First Row: Patty Smith Group “Wave”, Aretha Franklin “Aretha’s Greatest Hits”, Wayne Shorter “Adam’s Apple”
Second Row: Miles Davis “Sorcerer”, Billie Holiday “Billie Holiday’s Greatest Hits”, Bob Marely & The Wailers Ft. Peter Tosh “Early Music”
Third Row: Jimmy Cliff “The Harder They Come”, Prince- Self Titled, Patti Smith “Horses”
Fourth Row: Grace Jones “Nightclubbing”, The B-52’s “Mesopotamia”

These are pretty much all classics, and I’m stoked to listen to them more. So far, I’m really liking Bob Marley & The Wailers. Such a chill album to listen to while studying for exams..!
Keep Spinning xx View Larger

Aunt Leslie’s Treasure Haul

On Tuesday, I stopped by my godmother’s because of word had gotten around that she had stacks after stacks of records that needed a home. So, I hopped on the train over to her house and then sifted through her collection. This is what I chose.

First Row: Patty Smith Group “Wave”, Aretha Franklin “Aretha’s Greatest Hits”, Wayne Shorter “Adam’s Apple”

Second Row: Miles Davis “Sorcerer”, Billie Holiday “Billie Holiday’s Greatest Hits”, Bob Marely & The Wailers Ft. Peter Tosh “Early Music”

Third Row: Jimmy Cliff “The Harder They Come”, Prince- Self Titled, Patti Smith “Horses”

Fourth Row: Grace Jones “Nightclubbing”, The B-52’s “Mesopotamia”

These are pretty much all classics, and I’m stoked to listen to them more. So far, I’m really liking Bob Marley & The Wailers. Such a chill album to listen to while studying for exams..!

Keep Spinning xx


W o w. I found a link to here from Amoeba and really, what a wonderful idea for a blog! This is exactly what I was looking for while I was on Tumblr (but sadly never found.) I know you only have a few posts, but seriously, great stuff! I am fifteen - and from Stockton - and I got my record player almost a year and a half ago and my vinyl collection has really grown since then. I have a two questions for you.. have you ever had an Ipod and do your parents find it odd that you get actual albums? from Anonymous

Hey! Thank you so much. Although I believe vinyl is far superior to MP3, my interest in music had to start somewhere. My first iPod I found at a garage sale when I was in 3rd grade, and payed about 10 dollars for. When I got my iPod, I began to search around iTunes and the internet for music that I liked, so this was my first experience with music almost independently. I found many of the bands I now love through iTunes’ free downloads, which was a good resource when I was that young. Ever since that day, my passion for music has kind of taken over my life, and I wanted to do something to take my pre-existing experience with music even farther: vinyl. My parents loved the idea - it was a blast from the past for them. Sometimes they’ll even buy some used records from their teenage years, and I love those albums too! I began wanting a record player shortly after my 13th birthday, and four months ago, I got one. Ever since, it’s always playing. 

I’m glad you liked my blog. Keep spinning xx


I’m alive.

Sorry for the silence for the past week or so. I’ve been planning a few videos and posts in honor of Record Store Day this saturday. I’m going to be filming a video at Amoeba SF about my favorite RSD picks. Also, I picked up 15 or so used records, so I will be doing a haul soon. My next blog will be on RSD!

Thank you for all the support so far!


The Sweet Springy Sound of Cults
Cults (not to be confused with the British rock band from the 80’s) is a hip, indie pop duo from Manhattan. Their first full record is self titled, and reminds me very much a 60’s pop tune with a little more depth. Their work is comparable to that of current bands impersonating that sweet 60’s-70’s era sound like Foster The People, almost a combination of Lana Del Rey’s strong voice and the almost tribal beats of MGMT.
This record really stood out to me because although all tracks tell a slightly different tale, each song carries this very original depth to it. The vocals of Madeleine Follin (lead singer) have a slight ringing sound, so the last thing it sounds like is “over-produced”. It may even sound a bit vintage to you. The guitar and drums are typically equal or louder than the voice it’s self, making the rhythm of the song much more prominent. The occasional vocals by Brian Oblivion are really what give the songs depth, and puts in extra emphasis on the lyrics that are really meant to stand out. When Oblivion is not singing along with Follin, his voice is used to tell another side to the story portrayed in the songs. In “Abducted”, the first track on this album, Oblivion’s story-telling side truly shines.
All songs on “Cults” have a very upbeat, mostly content, almost toy-story-window sound to them, while often telling sad stories of being abandoned and not being good enough. The contradiction, while ironic for the topic of the lyrics, is catchy. The hit song “Go Outside”, begins with a mix of radio recordings from reporters on The Jonestown Massacre, and then jumps into a very gleeful toon that has a summer feel to it. The music video also uses real clips, along with clips of the band singing the song in an impersonated Jonestown choir of some sort. I’m not sure how I feel about the Jonestown Massacre being perceived as “funny” to go along with this song, considering the terrible mass suicide committed in Jonestown, but the song is most definitely an ear-worm, as are all songs on this album. The doll-like sound of Madeleine’s voice contrasted with the low, but loud beats being played alongside give an original ring to the whole thing.
Why buy “Cults” on vinyl? While writing this review, I listened to Cults for the first time on MP3 and off Youtube. I can confirm that the edgy depth that all the tracks have is MUCH more prominent (and enjoyable) on vinyl through a pair of good speakers. With “Cults” already having a pretty vintage sound to it, I think it’s a better fit to be on an LP because the 60’s vocal echoes sound much better on a machine that is created for that exactly- picking up every little sound and making it sound so authentic. Also, the cover of this album already looks like a classic with the simple black and white sillouttes that seem to give hints that this will be a very upbeat and cheerful album, with maybe some darker lyrics. With such a beautiful cover, why not have it printed on the jacket so big!? You barely get to see this already classic cover with an MP3. Vinyl is the way to go for this one!
Why buy “Cults” locally? Take my advice, and buy at your local record store and NOT online. The CD and Vinyl industry is -sniff- not doing so well, as most of you know. Save your self the cost of shipping and buy from your local record store. Also, Record Store Day is coming up on April 21st, so call your local store to see if any sales or special events will be held! If your local store does not have this record or the record you are looking for, most stores will order it for you if you call in advance. This will not only help the keep the vinyl industry alive, but it will also introduce your local store to Cults, or whatever band you are looking to purchase and keep your store updated about what kind of music it’s customers are interested in purchasing!

The Sweet Springy Sound of Cults

Cults (not to be confused with the British rock band from the 80’s) is a hip, indie pop duo from Manhattan. Their first full record is self titled, and reminds me very much a 60’s pop tune with a little more depth. Their work is comparable to that of current bands impersonating that sweet 60’s-70’s era sound like Foster The People, almost a combination of Lana Del Rey’s strong voice and the almost tribal beats of MGMT.

This record really stood out to me because although all tracks tell a slightly different tale, each song carries this very original depth to it. The vocals of Madeleine Follin (lead singer) have a slight ringing sound, so the last thing it sounds like is “over-produced”. It may even sound a bit vintage to you. The guitar and drums are typically equal or louder than the voice it’s self, making the rhythm of the song much more prominent. The occasional vocals by Brian Oblivion are really what give the songs depth, and puts in extra emphasis on the lyrics that are really meant to stand out. When Oblivion is not singing along with Follin, his voice is used to tell another side to the story portrayed in the songs. In “Abducted”, the first track on this album, Oblivion’s story-telling side truly shines.

All songs on “Cults” have a very upbeat, mostly content, almost toy-story-window sound to them, while often telling sad stories of being abandoned and not being good enough. The contradiction, while ironic for the topic of the lyrics, is catchy. The hit song “Go Outside”, begins with a mix of radio recordings from reporters on The Jonestown Massacre, and then jumps into a very gleeful toon that has a summer feel to it. The music video also uses real clips, along with clips of the band singing the song in an impersonated Jonestown choir of some sort. I’m not sure how I feel about the Jonestown Massacre being perceived as “funny” to go along with this song, considering the terrible mass suicide committed in Jonestown, but the song is most definitely an ear-worm, as are all songs on this album. The doll-like sound of Madeleine’s voice contrasted with the low, but loud beats being played alongside give an original ring to the whole thing.

Why buy “Cults” on vinyl? While writing this review, I listened to Cults for the first time on MP3 and off Youtube. I can confirm that the edgy depth that all the tracks have is MUCH more prominent (and enjoyable) on vinyl through a pair of good speakers. With “Cults” already having a pretty vintage sound to it, I think it’s a better fit to be on an LP because the 60’s vocal echoes sound much better on a machine that is created for that exactly- picking up every little sound and making it sound so authentic. Also, the cover of this album already looks like a classic with the simple black and white sillouttes that seem to give hints that this will be a very upbeat and cheerful album, with maybe some darker lyrics. With such a beautiful cover, why not have it printed on the jacket so big!? You barely get to see this already classic cover with an MP3. Vinyl is the way to go for this one!

Why buy “Cults” locally? Take my advice, and buy at your local record store and NOT online. The CD and Vinyl industry is -sniff- not doing so well, as most of you know. Save your self the cost of shipping and buy from your local record store. Also, Record Store Day is coming up on April 21st, so call your local store to see if any sales or special events will be held! If your local store does not have this record or the record you are looking for, most stores will order it for you if you call in advance. This will not only help the keep the vinyl industry alive, but it will also introduce your local store to Cults, or whatever band you are looking to purchase and keep your store updated about what kind of music it’s customers are interested in purchasing!


The Collection
Top row (from left to right): Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend”; Fun. “Some Nights”; Fun. “Aim & Ignite”; M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
Second row: Cults “Cults”; Bright Eyes “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”; Two Door Cinema Club “Tourist History”; Imperial Teen “Feel The Sound”
Third row: Micol Cazzel “The Valley Floor”; Band Of Horses “Everything All The Time”; The Black Keys “Brothers”; Modern English “After The Snow”
Fourth row: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (it was a freebie, I swear!); The Beatles “Abbey Road”; The Postal Service “Give Up”; Of Montreal “Controller Sphere”
Fifth row: Starfucker “Reptilians”, Weezer “The Green Album”. The two 45’s are MGMT “Congratulations” and Lana Del Rey “Blue Jeans and Born To Die Remixes” 

The Collection

Top row (from left to right): Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend”; Fun. “Some Nights”; Fun. “Aim & Ignite”; M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

Second row: Cults “Cults”; Bright Eyes “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”; Two Door Cinema Club “Tourist History”; Imperial Teen “Feel The Sound”

Third row: Micol Cazzel “The Valley Floor”; Band Of Horses “Everything All The Time”; The Black Keys “Brothers”; Modern English “After The Snow”

Fourth row: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (it was a freebie, I swear!); The Beatles “Abbey Road”; The Postal Service “Give Up”; Of Montreal “Controller Sphere”

Fifth row: Starfucker “Reptilians”, Weezer “The Green Album”. The two 45’s are MGMT “Congratulations” and Lana Del Rey “Blue Jeans and Born To Die Remixes”