vinyl me please

This is the May album of the month from Vinyl Me Please and I couldn’t have been more pleased with this pick.  It has never before been released on Vinyl in any form, so that alone is exciting.  On top of that it’s an album I happen to quite love and the 90’s are the biggest hole in my collection.  I know VMP has a waiting list now so I’d imagine this is quite in demand, I was looking forward to it and it finally arrived this afternoon.

So my introduction to Fiona Apple came as a 17 year old college Freshman who was depressed and couldn’t sleep and most of the time alone in his dorm room.  She was on an episode of 120 minutes that the internet tells me aired on October 27, 1996.  I don’t know if I saw it that day or not, well, the 28th at the earliest because I used to catch 120 minutes when MTV would show it at 2 AM. I never slept.  So I do remember I was on my computer playing civilization 2 because I did college right and she was being interviewed and I didn’t pay a lot of attention.  She was soft spoken and so it was always startling when Matt Pinfield spoke up it would almost startle me because his voice was such a stark contrast.  I paid almost no attention and then it went into a video for her first single, Shadowboxer.  That caught my attention and I turned around and paid attention and loved it.  I wanted more but there was no more.  I actually tried to pay careful attention to see if her video popped up at any other point on MTV. It never did again.  I fell asleep and woke up to a song I wasn’t even sure was a dream or real for months that ended up being Weezer’s El Scorcho.  I didn’t identify that one for like 3 or 4 months.  See, the world was really different back in 1996.  I had the internet but there weren’t MP3’s and there wasn’t the obsessive cataloging like there is today.  You couldn’t find out who had been played on 120 minutes.  You couldn’t figure out the name of Fiona Apple’s album if you didn’t catch it in the bottom left corner at the start of the video. And even if you did you’re at college with no car and nowhere that sells music.  You have to kind of just keep it in the back of your head until you go home at some point.  What I am saying is it was a strange, weird thing that there was a point where this album was hard for me to get on CD, not just on vinyl.  Of course, about a year later Criminal was released as a single and this album went from obscure unknown to one of the biggest hits in the world.  And everyone totally just talked about the music rather than the person behind it and examining if it was ok for her to sell sexuality, if she was selling sexuality, if she was a terrible thing or a great thing.  Honestly, the main thing Criminal makes me think of is GIRL POWER! and how it was decidedly not.  It didn’t fit in with the popular conception of what a woman was supposed to sing about in the wake of Lilith Fare and the Spice Girls, or at least not the kind of video someone was supposed to make.  What’s funny is I haven’t listened to this record front to back in ages and it’s a little surprising to me that Criminal was the hit.  Maybe I am just too familiar with it but it is not the song that stands out.  It probably isn’t even like my 5th song on the record.  It’s a good song and addresses a pretty natural part of teenage dating, the thing where you are figuring yourself out and what you want and so you treat people like shit sometimes.  And you know, if you’re a decent person you end up feeling really guilty about that.  But 21 years later it doesn’t really sound that fresh to me.  Other songs feel more vital and feel like they are… I don’t know, they just feel more like they still resonate. Maybe that is because I am old.  Maybe it’s because I have heard them so much less because my CDs were all stolen in 2006 out of my car and I don’t think I have actually listened to this album as an album since then.  Sure they have all come up on shuffle at some point but not like that.  I am very pleased with this release though because Fiona Apple is amazing.  This was a great choice for record of the month.

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Glass Animals • Tumblr IRL • Los Angeles • 8/31/16

Bringing an album to life at a Tumblr IRL had yet to get THIS literal. 

The characters pictured in the Glass Animals’s new album and videos added a whole new dimension, inviting fans to be Human Beings with them. With a background of 8 bit projections from the minds of Whoopi (@whoopthis​) & Myk (@myk31​), the band (@glassanimalsband​) performed their new songs on stage in a world made from their imagination. 

Graced with some oldies, and hit hard with new music that could only make them dance, those in attendance at The Village Studios in LA didn’t just get a show. They got to truly experience the album. 

Listen to How to be a Human Being here, and check out all the art on Glass Animals’ Tumblr. OR get the damn thing on vinyl and impress your friends. 

Big thanks to the band and their brains, to Whoopi & Myk and to Ice Breakers Mints (@icebreakersunicorn​) for making this happen, to Vinyl Me Please (@vinylmeplease​) for putting Tumblr IRL art on a record (!!!), to Yours Truly (@yourstrulysf​) on production and to Spotify Sessions (@spotify​) for enshrining it in their vault so we can all enjoy a show with as much energy and passion as you’ll ever see.

We’ll let you know when that’s available. 

Photos by Ponneh Ghana (@poonehghana)

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Fugees ‐ ‘The Score’ 20th Anniversary via Legacy Recordings

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GLASS ANIMALS • ****TUMBLR IRL

For their sophomore release, Glass Animals are pushing the conventions of album-making. It inspired us to do the same for Tumblr IRL.

Each track on How to Be a Human Being beautifully illustrates a fictional character, inspired by real people the band encountered on tour. Glass Animals have captured their personalities on Tumblr, and have enlisted longtime internet friends, Whoopi & Myk to reimagine their lives in many, but not too many, pixels.

For one night, the characters will come to life, backed by the unique sounds of Glass Animals. And with the help of these super creative minds, along with our friends at Ice Breakers mints, Vinyl Me Please and Spotify, Tumblr IRL is transcending new planes. Please join us.

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Fugees ‘The Score’ 20th Anniversary Vinyl Package (Vinyl Me, Please edition)

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VMP Exclusive Package Features:

  • Gatefold, 2LP split-color black & gold vinyl
  • Bonus gold 7" with 3 tracks never before on vinyl
  • 12" x 24" fold out poster
  • 12" x 12" original art print by Fulbright fellow Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle