Record Collector Of The Month: July 2019
Tell us a little bit about yourself: My name is Jared Gallagher-Gallagher 27, and I live out in Norristown which is just west of Philly. I got married young at 20 to my partner of 7 years, Audrey. We are of no relation, of course, but had the same last name before we got married. A rare opportunity that cant be passed up. So we hyphenated, haha. We have two sphynx cats (Tut, and Jax), an iguana (Dre aka Big Drako), and a standard poodle puppy (Jeannie). We are a fun loving group. I work with 401K's and retirement investing, though admittedly it is hardly a field of interest. I spend my time spinning records, tending to my plants, playing guitar, and watching my Optikinetics projector. I love rolling through the city or hitting up Longwood Gardens with a crew. Anything I do I try to see through the lens of inclusive community. David Bazan, Alt-j, and Pete Silberman (the Antlers) played living room shows at our place (not all at the same time lol). Everything I love to do I want to foster a community around. I am energized by seeing people I love engage each other through music— it brings me life.
Favorite album: Shit, of all time? That tends to change with the moons so I’ll use moon phases as genres and just do my best.
- On a full moon catch me spinning Jesus Piece - Only Self. Brutal Philly death metal.
- Waning Gibbos moons puts me more in a Ceremony - L Shaped Man place. Post-punk realness for the saddest
- The last quarter half moon; Saba - Care For Me. Honest, introspective hiphop
- During a waning crescent I'll be spinning Title Fight - Floral Green. If you know, then you know.
- On a new moon Tame Impala - Currents. Psych-Pop God Kevin Parker can do no wrong
- Waxing Crescent - Frank Ocean - Blond. Needs no description
- The first quarter half moon is for Warpaint - The Fool. Indie queens of groove and upbeat lounge.
- And Finally the waxing gibbos moon is for Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow. Philly shoegaze for the glossed over drinker.
Even doing this with 7 albums was really hard. There are so many albums that take me where I need to go.
First album: First vinyl purchase was Florence and the machine's Lungs back in 2011/2012. Got it because I wanted something both Audrey and I would enjoy. First ever album I paid for was a CD. I picked up 3 from an FYE on the same go around Christmas 2001. I copped Creed - My Own Prison, POD - Satellite, and a Smashmouth album, I think Astro Lounge. Not my proudest music moment, but I would still smack a hand tryna turn any of these off hahaha.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: Fuck all, none other than Foxy Shazam - S/T. I caught them at the Croc Rock supporting their self titled while i was in college. They were on tour with Circa Survive and Anberlin (Anberlin was headlining so you know it was a long time ago lol). Nobody does it like Foxy did. The Frontman, Eric Nally, lit, smoked, and ate a fist full of cigs from the crowd. Then chugged a bottle of water and started screaming as the bridge of a song went into a breakdown. Apparently he did it multiple nights, there are videos. The man is wild. I thought their self titled album would never hit wax, but y’all made it happen and i will love you forever for it.
Favorite album artwork: Balance & Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing. That album art is what got me into lighting effects and liquid oil wheels. Phenomenal lp too.
Any albums//songs in your collection that you think our readers would like to see? I have a good spread of protest vinyl that's good fun for the whole family, but if you prefer apolitical content and bright fun colors I have quite a few really pretty pressings. The Waxmages are particularly talented at pressing impossible concepts. Really it's the vinyl scene in Cleveland. There are a lot of crazies out there. Waxmages, Quality Time, Romanus, Greenway to name a few. If you haven't peeped their content you should. Really insane stuff other there.
What are your favorite local record shops, in case any readers are traveling through Philly? Philly is packed with sweet records shops, it's crazy. Any time I go elsewhere I see how lucky I am and how great Philly is. Don't argue with me on this. No one fucks with Philly. Alright, my top three favorite spots:
Mainstreet Music in Manayunk. A smaller shop, but they are knowledgeable, eager to help, host a lot of events. Great people over there.
Creep Records in Northern Liberties has everything you want, and there is a glass shop in it. This is my RSD spot, lots of people my age and feels more like a party. Probably my A1 spot if you got a knife and I gotta choose.
Last but not close to least - Repo Records. If you are rollin though and you only have time to hit one shop, go to Repo. Its Iconic. They got the goodies with that old Philly feel.
What are your favorite venues in Philly to catch a show? For a smaller gig, Johnny Brenda's. Nice intimate setting to see up and coming musicians, bands that are making a comeback, or (for me) a place to see mewithoutYou. mewithoutYou usually plays a set after Xmas before new year and it's a riot. Kensingers are like 3 bucks there too so easy peasy.
Big show, The Fillmore. Great sound, beautiful spot.
Best of the mfin best is Union Transfer. Size wise UT is between the other two, but it's got the best sound, coolest security, and the best line-ups.
Favorite record shop you've stumbled upon while visiting another town? I spent some real time at Redscroll Records in CT. definitely my favorite shop away from home.
What have you been listening to more frequently lately?
Imma just list a few out
Denzel Curry - ZUU
Crumb - Jinx
Fury - Failed Entertainment
Nilyfer Yanya - Miss Universe
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - And Now For The Watchamacallit
Tyler - Igor
Cloakroom - Time Well
Flying Lotus - Flamagra
Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs
the list goes on, on, and on.
Have you discovered any new artists lately? (Doesn't have to be someone new on the scene, can be new to you) Froth, Empath, Club Night, Otoboke Beaver, Devil Master, FEELS, Jaala, Leikeli47 IDLES, Faye Webster, Barrie, Tierra Whack. Those are the artists I just started on over the last 2-3 months.
What are some of your favorite albums you have in your collection?
Tame Impala - Currents
DIIV - Is The Is Are
Ceremony - L Shaped Man
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
Jesus Piece - Only Self
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch (this was a wedding album for us)
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl?
A lot of Sorrow by The National would be cool to own.
BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2
Beast Coast - Escape From New York ( slept on that one)
The Presidents of the United States Of America - S/T
What album would you like to be pressed on vinyl?
T.R.A.M. Lingua Franca
Any Creed record ;)
The Presidents of the United States Of America - S/T
Surrogate - Diamonds and Pearls
If you make any of these happen I will start a cult in worship of your sovereignty and immortalize your name. You will never be forgotten, and the syllables of your name will echo in eternity. (hahahhahaha, noted!)
Scenario time! Let’s 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. If you want to include your furry humans, feel free)?
I only live with my partner, Audrey so she would cop Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear. I would need to bring Title Fight - Floral Green, Ceremony - L Shaped Man, Jesus Piece - Only Self, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana, BADBADNOTGOOD/Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul, and Beyonce - S/T. But if we are being honest bet this list would change every time you ask me.