Tell us a little bit about yourself [age, what you do, what you do for fun, etc.]: Hey! I'm Matt. I'm 28 years old and my life revolves around music. If I'm not listening to it, you can usually find me at a record store, concert, or festival. My full time job does not involve music, but outside of that I spend a ton of time focusing on Too Many Records. TMR started as a YouTube channel, and has expanded to a blog and podcast. I show off my collection bit by bit, review albums, and make fun music/vinyl related videos. I'm also really into trying weird and unique food, so in between music excursions I'm always on the look-out for some new and interesting dishes to explore.
First album on vinyl: First album I owned on vinyl was actually The National - Alligator, which is my favorite album. I bought it a year or so before I even got my first setup.
Favorite album artwork: Truth be told, it has to be Brand New - Deja Entendu. The colors are just stunning and the iconic image of the Astronaut has been seared into my brain at this point. I've seen people with tattoos inspired by the cover and they are all awesome. Maybe one day I'll get one, too.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: My favorite one I DON'T OWN is Something Corporate - Leaving Through The Window. One day I'll get my hands on it... I do have North and that is a stellar pressing. Besides that, I really enjoy the Acceptance - Black Lines To Battlefields on Jungle Mix. Back when it came out, that was a super innovative variant, and that EP is so great.
Favorite vinyl variant: There's a really beautiful ambient album by The American Dollar entitled A Memory Stream. It's on a variant that's called "Translucent Beer and Bronze with Trans and Opaque Red" and under light it looks amazing.
Favorite album you have reviewed on Too Many Records or [Damnit Sandy]? Easily Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens. It was directly after listening to it, and Sandy started crying during the review. I came close, a few times. The album is masterful in every way and we should all feel very lucky to have the opportunity to hear such a heartfelt, intimate, personal album in our lifetime.
Which album do you wish you had on vinyl? I'm a huge fan of Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon, so finding Ghosts of the Great Highway or April on vinyl for actually reasonable prices would be amazing. I'm not holding my breath for a repress anytime soon. Finding the promo marbled versions would be icing on the cake.
Which albums do you wish were pressed on vinyl. but still haven't been? Damien Rice's O! Come on. Beautiful album that would thrive on wax. This next one is on cassette, but lets get Brand New - Fight Off Your Demons on vinyl already. I've also asked Guster to press Goldfly (on gold vinyl, please!) and reached out to Asthmatic Kitty to release Sufjan's "A Sun Came" and "The Avalanche" - maybe one day. Finally, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 soundtracks on 2LP or 4LP would be a very welcomed nostalgia purchase.
What is the best record you've received as a gift? My friend Kelsey is the singer for the Austin, TX based folk band Wild Child. I stayed with her when I visited Austin a few years ago and they were just wrapping up the pressing process for their amazing album The Runaround. She gave me a test pressing of the album because she knew I loved vinyl so much, and signed it with a heartfelt note on the sleeve. It really meant a lot to me, and still does.
If you had to choose three albums to listen to for the rest of your life [nothing else], what would you pick? This is the hardest question that anyone has ever asked me. Let's go with:
- Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak
- Tycho - Awake
- The National - Alligator
But this is in no way, shape, or form my final answer :P
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