Tell us a little bit about yourself! I'm Justin, 28, originally from Rhode Island, and currently live on the outskirts of Boston. I moved here in 2011 so I could go to more shows, and since that time I've been to an average of three shows a month, every month, for the last six years. I've seen Circa Survive/Anthony Green perform approximately 30 times and The Dear Hunter 25 times. I work full-time as a product manager for a software company and part-time in the office at House of Blues. My dream is to start a record label of my own in the next year or so. Besides going to shows, I love collecting records. It started out with collecting Circa Survive variants (which is finally complete until LP6 comes out) and a few other favorites, but it has morphed into an obsession after attending Record Store Day 2010. Besides collecting vinyl and going to shows, I also snowboard quite a bit.
Favorite album & Favorite album artwork: My favorite record in my collection, as well as favorite album artwork, is the original pressing picture disc of Circa Survive's Juturna, which I got signed by all five band members. Circa Survive is my favorite band. I remember getting Juturna on CD back in 2005 and it never came out of my car CD player. It was the one album all of my friends could jam out to as we drove around aimlessly for hours! This album has shaped everything about my music tastes today, so spending my first paycheck on getting the picture disc was the only natural thing to do! On top of that, any artwork by Esao Andrews is incredible. I really love the tree riding a bicycle, so much so that I got it tattooed on my leg!
First album: My first record on vinyl was Minus The Bear's Menos El Oso. Up until then I was all about CDs, but as cars started to connect to phones and other digital devices, I started transitioning to vinyl and digital only.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: This is very tough choice, so I'll limit the choice to the albums I own. I'm not sure what to pick between NK's Basement Tapes, HRVRD's From the Bird's Cage, or Bad Rabbits' American Love, because as albums and works of art they are all incredible! But I think because of how well color variant goes with the album cover/packaging, I'll go with American Love—BR all day!
Favorite colored variant: My favorite color variant is Glassjaw's Coloring Book because it's actually three different vinyl rings that fit together to make a 12". They only made 120 copies, and each album is it's own unique color combo (I got #61). I remember when this went on sale and it crashed their site; I was trying to get through on three different computers plus my phone, and got lucky enough to score it!
Which album do you wish you had on vinyl? I would love to see Bad Rabbit's American Nightmare get pressed, as well as a record that is a collection of all of 1st Vows' tracks from the Red and Green EPs.
What is one of the best shows you've seen while working at HoB? The best show I've seen at HoB would definitely be the latest tour from Portugal. The Man. They were so solid! They played for an hour and a half straight, while weaving in and out of songs from their entire discography, as well as mixing in covers from Metallica and Pink Floyd. Luckily, they did a similar set at Bonnaroo and I can relive the magic anytime.
What are your favorite record shops in the Boston area? I love flipping through records at all the Boston area Newbury Comics locations with an iced coffee in hand! But there's a ton of other great shops around. I've had a lot of luck in finding some rarities at Mass Apparel in Allston where I found a copy of Dredg's The Pariah, The Parrot, and The Delusion, and Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain where I found a copy of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Damo Sazuki's Please Heat This Eventually.
What are some of your favorite soundtracks you have in your collection? My favorite soundtrack is the Bridge and Tunnel soundtrack (also an ETR release!) because it is a collection of the best musicians Long Island has to offer and all the tracks were new releases by the artists! (The only artists missing are Brand New and a Daryl Palumbo project.)
Any soundtracks you wish you had on vinyl? Two soundtracks I would love to have on vinyl are the soundtrack to Office Space (because it's my favorite movie) and the score to Bridge and Tunnel (because Ryan Hunter can do no wrong)!
If you were on a desert island and you could only fit three records safely in your suitcase which ones would you take with you? If I were stuck on a desert island, I would want to take albums that could transport me to other places! Without a doubt, I would bring Circa Survive's Juturna and Minus The Bear's Planet Of Ice. The third would be a very tough choice between The Dear Hunter's Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading and Envy on the Coast's Lowcountry. I think I would choose TDH because that album pushes close to 80 minutes and tells a really great story, so it could definitely kill time and distract me while I wait for rescue with Wilson.