Tell us a little bit about yourself: My Name is Tom Schaeffer, I'm 34 and I live in CT where I work as a Product Manager/Operations Manager for a software company and live with my wife & 2 year old daughter. I have been collecting for over 20 years and my collection has gotten so big that it takes up a room in our house. I have a collection of over 6000 records and over 50 test pressings.
Favorite album: Murder By Death's Who Will Survive & What Will Be Left Of Them. They are an amazing band and this was my intro to them and it’s stayed in heavy rotation ever since I found it. Something I love about this band is they put on shows in cool places that have given me the opportunity to see the country like the Stanley Hotel (what Stephen King based the overlook hotel from the Shinning On).
First album: Bikini Kill by Bikini Kill. I was 13 and I had started collecting vinyl the year before (by that I mean I stole my parents vinyl) and I saw my local Hot Topic saw had a small vinyl section and picked this up. I didn’t know who Bikini Kill was but it looked cool and I picked it up. It was the first time I realized that record collecting would mean more than hand me downs and flea market finds.
Favorite Enjoy The Ride or Enjoy The Toons release: Easy, Reel Big Fish's "Turn The Radio Off" when I hear this was getting released I setup reminders and was on my list of albums I wanted to see on vinyl. I would've It was the first album I bought from ETR and I have been hooked ever since.
Favorite album artwork: Converge “Jane Doe” I love Jacob Brannon’s artwork and this is my favorite album art he has done. After the holidays I will be getting my Frankenstein & Bride Of Frankenstein prints he did framed and added to the walls of my record room.
What are your favorite local record shops, in case any readers are traveling through your town? Redscroll Records in Wallingford CT is my favorite but I don't get down there as often as I would like because it’s a little far from me.
What have you been listening to more frequently lately? Murder By Death's “The Other Shore”, Run The Jewels “Run The Jewels 3”, Com Truise “Galactic Melt” and Bayside “Acoustic Volume 2”
What are some of your favorite albums you have in your collection? Brand New - Deja Entendu (RSD Edition), Frank Ocean - Blonde (Black Friday edition), murder by death “In Bocca Al Lupo” (10” 7ft fold out edition) and I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business “gold rush” (test pressing) and Bayside’s “Bayside” (test pressings)
Any specific albums you wish you had on vinyl? Logic “The incredible true story” (RSD Picture Edition), C.H.U.D. Soundtrack (manhole picture disc), Miguel Atwood Ferguson “Suite for ma dukes”
What album would you like to be pressed on vinyl? Folly - insanity later
Horse the band - R. Borlax (songs about Nintendo with Nintendo samples it’s amazing)
What was the best album(s) you've discovered so far this autumn: Frankie Cosmos “Next Thing” and Vashti Bunyan “Just Another Diamond Day”
Favorite Halloween themed album in your collection? The Hellraiser soundtrack puzzle-box variant from Mondo it’s just so cool.
Favorite Halloween themed record artwork? The Trick R' Treat soundtrack from Waxwork because the are looks similar to the comics which is where I first found about the film. Then you get to pick from a picture disc variant or a candy corn variant which both just scream Halloween.
Favorite Halloween themed wax variant? The Thing deluxe edition slipcase version from Waxwork. This was weirdly one of the first horror movies my parents (likely my father) let me watch on cable and I fell in love with the fx used and the case incorporates one of my favorite fx scene.
Most unique Halloween album in your collection? The Elvira “2 Big Pumpkins” heat activated cover its awesome and I grew up on Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs.
What Halloween albums do you wish you had in your collection? The Friday the 13th soundtrack blood filled variant.
What upcoming albums are you excited about? Cursive “Vitrola”, Alkaline Trio “Is this thing cursed” and psychic temples “houses of the holy vol 1”
What else (besides record related things) are you excited about doing this fall? The standard New England pumpkin carving, apple picking, making roasted pumpkin seeds, raking leaves so my daughter can play in the piles and the new Halloween movie.
What do you plan on dressing up as for Halloween this year? I have to have a kidney out at the end of the month so I will be dressing up as a bathtub filled with ice for my work Halloween party.
Whats one of your favorite costumes you've donned on Halloween? Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made it from scratch out of felt, fabric stuffing and a sewing machine.
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)?
1. For me
a. Murder By Death - Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left Of Them
b. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
c. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
d. Kamasi Washington - The Epic
e. Brand New - The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me
2. For my wife
a. Ben folds - Rockin the Suburbs - "The Luckiest" was our wedding song.
3. For my daughter
a. The Aquabats! - The Fury Of The Aquabats (she loves the horns and up beat songs).