Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am Michael Wilder. I was born in the panhandle of Florida, then eagerly escaped to Seattle and am now living in NYC. I have been avidly making, hoarding, and listening to music for about 41 years. My girlfriend and I just renovated a home with space enough for the entire 3500+ collection (FINALLY!?!). I'm also building a recording studio so very soon I will be fighting a daily temptation to never leave the house. I organize, declutter, interior design/decorate, etc.....for clients on referral here in the city. Like Marie Kondo but taller and with zero dogma. We go to shows A LOT. It's NYC and everybody plays here making it impossible to NOT find a show worth seeing every single day. Sometimes several options meaning hard choices and a few tears.
Favorite album: I couldn't possibly pick a favorite album. I love The Afghan Whigs' 'Congregation' just as much as I do Zombi's 'Spirit Animal' with thousands in-between.
KISS' Rock 'n' Roll Over. I was seven and that put my musical life on it's course. My bedroom was wall-to-wall and ceiling covered in KISS posters all the way through high-school.
Favorite album artwork:
Also can't be done but I REALLY love gimmick covers and have bought albums just for that reason. From Grand Funk Railroad's 'Shinin' On
' to Torche's 'Meanderthal
', covers are first impressions and a chance at great art so how artists/labels completely wreck that opportunity is beyond me.
Did you snag any albums from the RSD 2019 list? RSD 2019 gave this house the Todd Rundgren box, WaxTrax! Industrial Accident with VIP ticket to see Ministry in Brooklyn, The Crow Soundtrack, Pearl Jam Live at Easy Street, Prince's The Versace Experience, Marty Willson-Piper's 'Hanging Out in Heaven', Cheap Trick's Epic Archives Volume 3, and A-ha's 'Hunting High and Low Alternate Mixes'. We had to take it easy this year due to the buying-a-house thing. That hurt. A lot.
What are your favorite local record shops, in case any readers are traveling through your town?
Sadly, stores are closing left and right but Generation Records
is holding strong so they're my usual go-to. Also, Academy Records
whenever I'm around any of their three locations.
What have you been listening to more frequently lately? Most frequently as of late has been a four hour Yacht Rock playlist that I made back when that video series first came out. We're fortunate to have a giant yard with a grill and a smoker so now that winter is finally over, we're embracing every sunny day in our own little oasis. That playlist along with Rhino's 'Left of the Dial' boxset and the Blue Thumb Records compilation tend to be our BBQ trifecta. In-between those days, we're sonically all over the place.
Have you discovered any new artists lately (doesn't have to be someone new on the scene, can be new to you)? Funny, I have a series that I send to friends called 'New Means New To You' which is two hours of music NOT on the Billboard Top 200 year by year starting with 1976. Inquire to newmeansnewtoyou@gmail for a free link! Having been such an avid collector for decades and working in/frequenting record stores since the 80's, there's not much that I'm not already familiar with. I know it sounds a hair know-it-all but it's all I've done my whole life (I didn't own a TV for over a decade!?!). I am loosely open to suggestions, though.
What are some of your favorite albums you have in your collection? The entire Prince catalog. I have a copy of Rainbow Children that is NOT plagued with the pressing issue but it RARELY gets played for obvious reasons ($$$). Sloan's 'Action Pact'. The Datsuns self-titled. The entire Bowie catalog, every Coil album.....they're all favorites really. I don't keep records that I won't listen to....outside of the few simply having an amazing cover, like Jobriath.
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl? I wish that I had Super Furry Animals' 'Rings Around the World' on vinyl. A lot.
What album would you like to be pressed on vinyl? 'Rings Around the World' or Dramarama's aptly named 'Vinyl'. Your choice. Whenever you guys are ready.
Scenario time! Lets say you decided to sell most of your possessions + live in a tiny house for the remainder of your years. You can only take 7 records. What are they (Here's the catch - for each person you live with, you have to make one of those choices their favorite album - the more people you live with, the less choices are yours. Yes, this includes tiny humans)? I am very fortunate that my girlfriend and I have similar tastes in music so while narrowing down to just seven would be almost as terrifying as having to live in a tiny house, we certainly agree on Bowie 'Nothing Has Changed', The Church 'Hindsight', The Cure 'Standing On A Beach', The Doors 'Best Of', Paul McCartney 'Wingspan', Queen 'Greatest Hits', and Prince 'The Hits 1',. We absolutely MUST go with hits packages in a dire situation such as this.....or maybe just choose death?