Welcome to Mondays with… well not Matt. Today I (David, drummer) hereby decided to take mantle of writing a blog. This morning, like many mornings, I was drinking coffee and listening to a record so I decided to share a little bit about my personal record collection. Records are a very un-practical way to listen to music, they’re big and bulky, expensive, and there isn’t a search function to find your favorite artist or song. So why is it that so many people like listening to them? For me the magic is in how difficult they are. Listening to an album has to be very intentional; you have to buy the album, than you have to be in the room you have a record player set up, than you have to look through your entire collection to find the one you want to listen to. It makes listening to the album more of an experience rather than just something that happens to be going on. I don’t say this to bash music streaming services, I use those on a daily basis; but when I put a record on I can enjoy an entire album start to finish without the temptation to switch to another artist or song. It’s listening to the music in the way the band originally intended it to be listened to.
So for this weeks blog I decided to highlight ten of my favorite albums I have on vinyl. They are in no particular order and they’re not my top ten albums of all time, just ten i really enjoy listening to.
#1 This is my Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album by the Beatles. It is an original pressing from 1967 and I love this album.
#2 Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot. Switchfoot is one of my favorite bands and this is my favorite album by them. Start to finish this album is flawless
#3 X&Y by Coldplay. This is not their most recognized album but It’s one of my favorites. The guitar parts are on point and the album is one of their more rock heavy albums.
#4 Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin. One of my first memories of music is my dad playing this album for me when i was a kid. It totally blew my mind, John Bonham is one of my favorite drummers and this album continues to inspire me
#5 Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie. To me this is their best album, the songwriting is so raw and you can feel the emotion in the songs. I love all their material but this album is my favorite.
#6 U2 Wide Awake in America. This is a live cut from some of their shows in the mid 80’s and has the best live version of my favorite song of all time, Bad. The song is almost 10 minutes and I could play it on repeat all day
#7 Wilder Mind by Mumford & Sons. I can’t for the life of me understand why this album got such bad reviews. It was probably my favorite album from 2015. The rawness of the songs are a breath of fresh air in a world that is overrun with extremely overproduced music.
#8 Collage by the Chainsmokers. There are just great songs on this album, I have no idea what happened when they went to do their first album but this represents the best of the Chainsmokers
#9 Lost in the Dream by the War on Drugs. This album is ambient perfection. All the sounds work so well together and I love the artwork
#10 Only the Lonely by Colony House. Honestly, I wasn’t all that impressed by their first album but this one they knocked out of the park.
So what did you think about my choices? Do you listen to vinyl? Even if you don’t what are your favorite songs or albums? Let me know, I’m genuinely interested in what you have to say.
–David (The guys that hits a lot of noisy things on stage)
P.S. We have started live streaming covers every Sunday night. This week Austin played Moving On by Truslow to celebrate him and Matt moving to a new house. If there’s a song you want to hear us play let us know in the comments or send us a message! We would love to hear from you.