Favorite album: I feel this changes frequently for me, but for 2019 it’s been The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. I can listen to it on repeat for hours and never get tired of it. Plus, listening to it in the car has been a strangely therapeutic way of dealing with LA traffic for me!
First album: The first album I remember buying was Futures by Jimmy Eat World. I think I saw the music video for "Pain" on MTV before school one morning and bought the CD soon thereafter. I vividly remember listening to it on my Walkman on the ride to school for the rest of the year.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: Songs from Bluffington! I was a huge Doug fan growing up and to this day still find myself singing that theme song.
Favorite album artwork: Exit Planet Dust by The Chemical Brothers. The album’s artwork has been burnt into my brain since I discovered it. The image tells a story I want to know so much more about. Whenever I’m brainstorming photo projects it’s always the first reference image I look at!
What are your favorite local record shops, in case any readers are traveling through your town? Amoeba in Hollywood is a favorite on the West Coast. But I have to give a shout out to Red Scroll Records in Wallingford, Connecticut. It’s a place my friends and I spend hours shopping in, going through every single record they have!
What have you been listening to more frequently lately? Serge Gainsbourg, In Flagranti, Happy Mondays, The Cocteau Twins, and lots and lots of Drum and Bass.
What are some of your favorite albums you have in your collection?
New Order – "Blue Monday" (12” Single)
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell
Mylo – Destroy Rock & Roll
Ed Banger - Ed Rec 100
Ed Banger - Let The Children Techno!
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl? What I would really love to do is build a collection of essential Acid House 12” singles from the late 80s. Earlier this year I became obsessed with the subgenre and it’s history. The one I wish I had the most though has to be Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald. That single is just intoxicating.
What album would you like to be pressed on vinyl? I would really love to see releases of the soundtracks for 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Hackers (1995). Both are in my top 5 soundtracks and it’s upsetting that neither have had a proper vinyl release yet.
What was the best album(s) you've discovered so far this year: Two new releases that have become my top albums of the year are “Building Better Worlds” by London Elektricity and “No Geography” by The Chemical Brothers. Both artists have been releasing for 20+ years and while both albums feel mature, at the same time they contain tracks that feel fresh and are some of my new favorites by them.
What will you be doing for the holidays? Celebrating Christmas with my family in North Carolina and then spending the rest of the year in Connecticut and New York City catching up with friends and eating lots of food!
Favorite holiday themed album in your collection? Peanuts Greatest Hits by The Vince Guaraldi Trio. This is essential holiday listening for me. I feel like it’s the soundtrack to the holidays and should always be playing in the background wherever I go!
What holiday albums do you wish you had in your collection? A Very She & Him Christmas and Christmas Party by She & Him. These albums sort of took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy them as much as I did when they were first introduced to me by a friend. Now I wish I had them in my collection for this holiday season.
What holiday albums would you like to be pressed on vinyl? The Aquabats! – Holiday Extravaganza! I absolutely love their cover of "Holiday Road." I know it’s maybe not technically a “winter” holiday song but it’s such a fun track and I tend to listen to it during this time of year!
What are some of your favorite things about the holiday season? I love celebrating the holidays with the people I love. I enjoy that moment after the holiday dinner when we’re all just hanging around, enjoying each other’s presence, and listening to music. That moment is my favorite and I look forward to it every year.
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)?
Well, for now it’s just me in the tiny house so luckily I get to enjoy MY top 7 records. Sort of tough to decide but these are definitely the records getting the most wear in my collection:
Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
Apollo Atmospheres & Soundtracks – Brian Eno
5:55 – Charlotte Gainsbourg
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan
Skylarking - XTC
The Fury of the Aquabats! – The Aquabats!
Bladerunner - Vangelis