Tell us a little bit about yourself! Matt Loewen. 32. Fort Collins, Colorado. Musician/freelance video production. For fun I collect records obviously!
Favorite album: I find it near impossible to answer this question, there’s just too many great records out there! Favorite I’ve picked up in the past six months would be Gene Harris - The Three Sounds.
First album: What’s The Story (Morning Glory) by Oasis
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: I was happy to see a maybe slightly guilty pleasure record of mine on your list; Dream Theater—Scenes From a Memory. I saw the tour back in 2000–Dixie Dregs opened! I need to get that one on vinyl.
Favorite album artwork: Again so hard to choose! I dug my copy of Atomic Bomb by William Onyeabor out the other day, that one has a great cover.
Which album do you wish you had on vinyl? Africa Brasil by Jorge Ben
What are your favorite record shops in your area, in case any readers are traveling through your town? I travel so much I figured I’d list a few of my favs around the western US...
Downtown Sound in Loveland, CO
Crossroads Music in Portland, OR
Out of the Past Records in Chicago
The Record Jungle in Los Angeles
If I remember correctly, you are in a band. Tell me a little bit about that and where we can find your music!
I am indeed! The group is called Head for the Hills, we’re a mostly acoustic vaguely bluegrassish, song centric band with occasional virtuosic instrumental moments and an eclectic presentation. You can find us on all the streaming services, iTunes, YouTube etc and at www.headforthehillsmusic.com
I’m actually on tour now, writing you from the road!
What have you been listening to more frequently lately? A lot of Brazilian music. Trying to wrap my head around their musical history and forms/styles/artists etc.
What are some of your favorite jazz albums you have in your collection? Lately I’ve been loving the albums I have on the Black Jazz label; Doug & Jean Carn - Adams Apple and Rudolph Johnson - The Second Coming are two great ones.
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl? So many! Haha. The want list is long. Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges - Clube da Esquina (1972) and Dorothy Ashby - Dorothy’s Harp are a couple.
What album would you like to be pressed on vinyl? These days it seems like just about anything interesting is seeing a vinyl release, I do wish that Jorge Ben’s records were seeing wider re-releases.
Any albums you are looking forward to grabbing in 2018? I need to get some King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in my life this year! I’m sure they’ll have stuff coming out.
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? Without thinking about it too too much...
Brian Eno - Before and After Science
Idris Muhammad - Power of Soul
Tony Rice Unit - Manzanita