• Artist: The Carpenters
    Record: The Singles 1969-1973
    Hey, I'm Annie, and I enjoy buying/playing/and loving records. There's something so satisfying about looking at and holding a physical copy of the music I love. My mother would play 'We've Only Just Begun', on the guitar all the time when I was a child. There began my love for The Carpenters. This record is filled with their hits and many a good memory for me.
  • Artist: Led Zeppelin
    Record: Led Zeppelin IV
    I don't find it necessary to mention the importance of Led Zeppelin, as this 70's Rock band has shaped the entire genre to its own form and image. Although it's not necessarily my favorite, I chose to feature their fourth record. While untitled and unlabelled, it is their most prominent, and their best seller. It contains tracks like 'Stairway to Heaven', and my personal favorite of the album: 'Black Dog'. To indicate that it's the fourth album, each of the 4 members has designed/picked his own logo, which can be found inside the sleeve, but also tattooed on my forearm.
  • Artist: Ryan Adams
    Record: All of Them!
    I started listening to Ryan Adams back in his Whiskeytown days. I fell in love 'Heartbreaker' when it first came out, and it's still my favorite record today! His music has always been apart of my life, through the good and the bad, through love and loss.
  • Artist: Cat Power
    Record: The Greatest
    It's amazing to me what music can do for people, and what Cat Power's music has done for me is beyond what I can express. Her vulnerability, roughness and at times tender voice is what caught my attention. She is not only an amazing artist but a great humanitarian, a person who cares for the world and for other people. You can truly see that in her music. Her soulful being really spilling out of her albums, specially on The Greatest which in a lot of ways it has helped me personally. So much that when I heard "Once I wanted to be the greatest, Two fists of solid rock, With brains that could explain any feeling" It's almost as if she was speaking from my mind and all of a sudden I wasn't alone, in a time where I was literally alone in a new town, as a new and young mom with my husband all the way in Afghanistan, I instantly felt close to her. But of course I picked myself up just like she did. So when my husband surprised me with this amazing album, it meant the world. Music heals! Cheers to The Greatest!
  • Artist: Belle and Sebastian
    Record: If You’re Feeling Sinister
    This was the second record I ever bought, right after Big Star's #1 Record. I've always had a love for Belle and Sebastian, there is something about their sound that is so smooth and easy to get into. I can listen to all their albums from start to finish, but this album in particular I feel like I know all the lyrics to. I got it signed by Stuart at a QnA he did for God Help The Girl years after I picked this up. They're a group who's discography I am working on completing.
  • Artist: Keaton Henson
    Record: Romantic Works (Featuring Ren Ford)
    I had read all about the mythical persona of Keaton Henson and knew it was a snowball chance in hell to get the opportunity to see him live. After a somewhat strange series of random events I got tickets for his concert in Amsterdam at the dignified Concertgebouw. This was right after Keaton released ‘Romantic Works’, and the majestic sound of Keaton behind Ren Ford and the Amsterdam sinfonietta blew me away. The story could have ended here, but right after the show I wanted to get a picture of his guitar and then I spotted Keaton's lyric sheet on stage. I was not bold enough to grab it, but second-guessed my decision after pouring down a glass of wine. I dragged my wife back in to the concert hall just to find that they were cleaning out the stage. Politely I asked if I could have it and they said yes. Bedazzled I turned straight into Ren Ford who gladly signed my million dollar sheet. I was about to run the heck out of there when my then missing wife came towards me like an MI6 agent with some serious information. We snuck out in the hallway, just to almost get hit by Keaton himself. Almost trampled, now first in line we spoke and he signed his own lyric sheet. That is how romance works.