• Artist: Suede
    Record: Night Thoughts
    I'm a late 80's kid, and during the 90's I spent a lot of time trying to find my kind of music. The mainstream 90's wasn't actually "up my street" until my father played me the Coming Up album by Suede one day while we was having a road trip. It was like a musical epiphany. And Suede became my big favorite, and probably my musical 90's save! I bought all their albums, through the 90's and played them continuously. But as every childhood love-story, this one ends as well. And the end was after Suede released their sci-Fi lullabies in ‘97. I don't know why, but I kinda forgot them during the early 2000's. I heard a song or two now and then, but it didn't hit me as their earlier material.

    Now I spend some time blogging about music and posting pictures of my collection on Instagram. And through this media, I've met a lot of people to share my interest of music with. And it was through a chat on Instagram I was recommend to try out Suede's latest album Night Thoughts. I must say, I didn't even know they had released an album in 2016. So I got quite exited about this tip, and I went out and bought the record. And I must say, from the moment the pickup touched the record, I was caught. It was like the first time I heard Suede in my father’s car. It just sounded so good and so right. And I think this album is one of the best they've made. So that's the story of my rediscovery of Suede, and their "new" fantastic album Night Thoughts.
  • Artist: Counting Crows
    Record: August and Everything After
    I can specifically remember being introduced to this album. I was 11 years old and my older sister had just received her order of cassettes from Columbia House. Even though I was introduced to Nirvana and Pantera with that order, this album stood out the most. Produced by the great T-Bone Burnett, this album is a gem. And the lyrics to every song just tell a fantastic story. Every single song on here is just great. This is the only album I personally have ever considered a perfect album. Even as I grew to listen to tons of punk, hardcore, and metal, this album always remained my absolute favorite. And the cherry on top, I was given this record as a Father's Day gift from my wife and three children.
  • Artist: Five Iron Frenzy
    Record: Upbeats & Beatdowns
    I had just heard the S/T Goldfinger record. I loved that ska-punk mixture, so I decided to dive in headfirst to the genre. But the issue was, it was 1996. There was no Internet sites to look up "Artists who sound like Goldfinger". My only means of discovering new music was to go to the shows that were promoted on the flyers I got at my local record store, Albums On The Hill in Boulder, CO. The one that looked the most "punk rock" promoted a show for Colorado's Own Five Iron Frenzy, The Hippos, Animal Chin & Link 80" at a club at CU Boulder that weekend.

    I went, and the headliner, Five Iron Frenzy, cancelled their performance. I decided at that moment, that I hated Five Iron Frenzy. Then, moments later, their bass player, Keith, who was standing outside came up to us and said, "Who did you guys come to see?" "Some stupid band called Five Iron Frenzy" "Oh. That is my band, sorry we cancelled. Here, have a CD, we just put it out. It's called Upbeats & Beatdowns." I reluctantly accepted his free generosity. Then, when I put it in my Discman (ask your parents) at school the next day. I fell in love forever with their quirkiness. To this day, I see them all the time, and still geek out that the rad folks at SMLXL Vinyl released this on LP! Pick it up!
  • Artist: Bruce Springsteen
    Record: Born To Run
    I still remember the first time I heard a Bruce Springsteen song. It was on a cassette and the track was Born To Run; I must have been eleven, twelve years old. I loved that song and played it, rewound it, played it, rewound it again till the tape broke. I was bummed but there were other things to do - movies to see, music to listen to. Born To Run became a distant memory. That was until years later when I heard the live version of the track playing at my local record store. At that moment I was hooked once again.

    Springsteen's music became my best friend. Songs that were part of every drunken night, every heartbreak, every move and every happy and sad moment of my life. Songs I could identify with or look up to.

    Last year I got into vinyl and the first records I bought were those of The Boss. That night I listened to the vinyl edition of Born To Run for the first time and I was floored. From the cool guy tenderness of Thunder Road to the broken heart love story of Backstreets, it was goosebumps all over. And let's not forget the solemn Meeting Across The River and the epic Tenth Avenue Freeze Out. This record is one of those rare ones that doesn’t have a bad track on it. Before that night I always thought that I loved the live versions of those tracks the best. Boy was I wrong. The studio versions sound more intimate. Like flipping through an old photo album on a rainy day, daydreaming and remembering. I get choked up every time I hear Clarence's saxophone on Jungleland. The melancholic tones make me remember all those friends and family who passed, the heartbreak and sad moments. At the same time the sax sounds so full of promise, of life. Playing Born To Run provides instant goosebumps and memories. It has been said that every situation in life can be summed up in a Springsteen-song. Damn straight it can. Just listen to Born To Run.
  • Artist: The Who
    Record: Tommy
    It all began when I found a whimsical strange disk in the old workplace of my father. On the cover were faces to be recognized amongst huge blue stripes; it had the appearance that could be interpreted as the sky. Also the huge birds fascinated me on the whole picture. When I took the record proudly to my room I scanned roughly over the record cover. After I had explored the exquisite look, I put the record on our living room platter. After he told me about this record, I was looking forward to an adventure.

    To date, I love the songs on this sensational record. The songs like It's a Boy or Smash The Mirror are indescribable.

    After I bought the record as a new edition, and after a heavy rain or thunderstorm I still feel this indescribable strength and cosiness or this record.
  • Artist: Idris Muhammad
    Record: Could Heaven Ever Be Like This
    When I was a kid my dad always used to DJ out at different clubs playing Jazz, Funk, soul, things like that. He couldn’t find this track, but it was one from when he was probably about my age now. He bought a Mastercuts album at the time, which used to re-release quite rare tunes that no one could really buy on vinyl anymore, and so it just reminds me of being a kid. He used to play it in the car all the time, and it’s actually a small fortune online if you want to buy it originally. So I’m quite happy to have found it.

    When I was ten my Dad gave me his old record player. He used to buy some records for me when he went to the record shop. On days off school my Mum used to take me to a place called Elm’s Arcade in Stevenage, which was a little charity shop where you could pick up really good things for 50p. Without me knowing much about what it was that I wanted to listen to, she would pick bits and pieces out and say ‘you’ll like this’.