For Red Spade Records founder Robyn Raymond, vinyl is all about the community. "I love how vinyl crisscrosses the world so effortlessly, and brings a whole bunch of people together [that] I wouldn't have had the occasion to meet otherwise." Through her lathe cutting work and co-hosting the Women in Vinyl podcast, Robyn's mission has been to engage with the community to create a more inclusive space for women and non-binary record lovers. For this entry in the Vinyl Vault, we talked with Robyn about the her lathe work and a favorite record in her collection from a fellow Canadian, City in Colour.
With the release of the 1991 album Doctor Head's World Tower, alternative rock group Flipper's Guitar introduced a wholly original sound to the burgeoning music scene in Japan, and even created a new genre dubbed "Shibuya-Kei". For this entry in the Vinyl Vault, we spoke with our friend and zine artist Randy Asakura about the history, influence and legacy of this seminal, yet underappreciated, album.
For Marcos Trujillo, vinyl collection is more than a hobby, but a way to support the artists they love. "When I think about buying records from Arizona bands or trans/queer artists it feels like collecting and honoring a piece of history and communal contribution, a documentation of other peoples self-expression." For the tenth entry in the T&E vinyl vault, we talked with our friend Marcos on the repress of LA punk band The Distillers' Coral Fang with the original, explicit artwork, the romantic and raw energy on the album, as well as their overall collection and intention behind each purpose.
Vinyl Vault Entry #8: Instrumental Grace of Explosions in the Sky's 'The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place'
The implicit ambiguity of instrumental music allows for endless interpretations and emotional reactions. For the eighth entry of the T&E vinyl vault, writer Brandon Biallas picks Explosions in the Sky's post-rock album The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place and writes about the compelling beauty he experiences with each listen.
Vinyl Vault Entry #4: Storybook & Prog Rock Adventures with The Hobbit Complete Original Soundtrack (1977)
There's something special about listening to a storybook on vinyl, and The Hobbit (1977) soundtrack is no exception. The record features the entire audio from the film, including the killer folk-infused prog rock musical score. For the 4th vinyl vault entry, T&E founder and wizard Parisa Eshrati discusses her nostalgic love for this soundtrack, the incredible inserts included in this pressing, as well as her appreciation for working at a local record store.
If you would like to be interviewed for the Vinyl Vault series, send us a message on the Contact Form!
Vinyl Vault Archives