My Vinyl Collection
I’m not an audiophile by any means, but I listen to a lot of music – across a lot of different genres. And over the past year or so, I’ve been gradually building my vinyl collection. Here are some of my favourites I’ve collected so far:
My Radiohead collection is missing quite a few notable albums, but my favourites of theirs will always be Kid A and In Rainbows.
The first vinyl record I bought (before I even bought a record player) – One Big Particular Loop by Polyenso. A criminally underrated band who I’d recommend to anyone interested in indie or alternative rock.
Underoath’s deluxe re-issue of They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define the Great Line, released for their reunion tour in 2016. With the great design and packaging (so many die-cuts!) – and not to mention how damn-near-perfect these two albums are, this is probably the most special record in my collection.
Speaking of great design and packaging, Deafheaven’s Sunbather might be my favourite album cover ever. Call it black metal/shoegaze/hipster metal/whatever you want, these are both great albums – heavy music for people who aren’t that into heavy music.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, The National is always my go-to for some slower, somber, relaxing indie rock.
Braids is another criminally underrated band. Anyone interested in some electronic-leaning, experimental indie/pop should check out this Montreal trio.
The latest two records from Ellie Goulding, who has my favourite voice in pop music (and who’s been my top celebrity crush since 2009).
A guilty pleasure I feel absolutely no guilt listening to (Ben agrees). Carly Rae Jepson’s Emotion is sheer 80s pop perfection.
Two modern classics by Kendrick Lamar. I thought 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City was going to go down as the best hip hop album of this era until his follow-up, To Pimp a Butterfly, came out last year.
No fan of hip hop would have a complete vinyl collection without Madvillain.