I am fairly certain that, no matter what walk of life you might be on, you have a box filled with Walkmans, Discmans, MiniDisk players and a mountain of mixtapes stashed away that your youthful self thought were just oh so cool. They were the future of music, and, we all wanted to be part of it. Flash forward and, as days are fading on my 20s all I really want is a record player.
The resurgence of vinyl is so far from irregular, it has become mainstream. Whether you are shopping for tricked out decks or a no-frills gizmo, the choice and availability of the once retired music makers is vast, but, there is a snag… as it stands, there is no one stop go-to shop for picking out your records. While the cool kids seek out the hipster moustache manned EP libraries and the rest of the world goes rooting through their parent’s attics for dusty disks, a club has formed in the ether, and, it’s the best damn record club out there.
Vinyl Me, Please was born out of a passion for music and a desire for something that didn’t exist. Tech duo, Matt and Tyler, met and lived together while working in Chicago. A record player became the focal point of their apartment but didn’t have any records. Going to the local record store was great, but the boys often left overwhelmed and empty-handed. One day at work they began talking about record clubs of old. They thought that would be a cool way to build their own collections but after some Google-ing, they couldn’t find anything like that so they said, “Why don’t we start our own?”
VMP officially launched on January 1, 2013 with 12 paying members. The membership continued to grow, eventually hitting 500 by April of 2014 when they featured Diarrhea Planet’s ‘I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.’ It was the first ever Vinyl Me, Please exclusive and set the trend for months to come.
These days, VMP is still dedicated to discovering incredible records in incredible ways, month in and month out. Luckily, with a little needling, the chaps are expanding their reach across the pond and their wares are available on English shores. While they technically wouldn’t fit into our #CLICsLIVENOISE library, we couldn’t let them get away without a few words of weirdness… so, Vinyl Me, Please’s Co-Founder, Tyler Barstow, found himself in the hot seat.
What was the first record you ever bought?It was Blue Slide Park by Mac Miller. I'm not even totally sure how it happened, it was just one of the first times I'd been in a record store and it was there and I was really into it at the time so I bought it. I don't think I've put it on in like 4 or 5 years, but I still have it somewhere. I'd love for the story to be something like I had a vision while I was tripping about a giant catfish swimming down from the sky and scooping me up in its mouth and spitting me out on a cloud shore where a group of tourists covered in saffron paint were blasting "Trout Mask Replica" so I went and bought it once I came down, but that isn't what happened so I can't. Just me and Mac bumping Ska Rap together in the living room of an apartment I could barely afford. Classic.
If I gave you an elephant, where would you hide it?That's a hard question to answer. On the one hand, it's obvious because I'd hide it behind something that was bigger than the elephant so that people couldn't see the elephant, but on the other hand, it's pretty hard because why am I hiding the elephant in the first place? Am I ashamed of it? Are poachers after it? Have the authorities found out that the gems I stole from the Museum of Excellent Gems are in its belly and they don't want me to escape with them? The answer to what the reason is sort of dictates where I hide it. If it's the ashamed thing I'd probably hide it in David Brent or The Smiths. If it's the gem thing I guess I'd find an elaborate scuba system to hide it at the bottom of a huge lake or just off shore in the ocean because that's a pretty unlikely place to hide an elephant and my guess is the end of that story would be something about me being very rich and living in a gem-funded home in some foreign country which sounds pretty nice.
If I gave you a zombie, where would you hide it?Somewhere very close to the centre of the earth so if it ever escaped it would just be burned to death very quickly. I've felt for awhile now that magma and volcanic activity in general are under appreciated weapons in zombie-related scenarios.
If you could hear one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?"Devil In A New Dress" by Kanye West mostly because it's the greatest song ever recorded but also because the balance of sad, self-effacing intro-criticism and victorious, smirking burnout is perfect and belongs in every imaginable situation. "The crib Scarface could you be more Toooooooonnnyyyyy, you love me for me could you be more phooooonnnnnnyyyyyyy." Etc etc.
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