March 8, 2019 - Interview 12 @AndySlash is one of forum moderators and from what I have seen doesn’t mind voicing his opinion on subjects. Be on the look out for a great deal in this section!!! How did you find this VMP forum? (Where you already a VMP member? Did you find the forum first and join VMP? Do you even subscribe to VMP?) i’m one of the forum geezers that was a vmp member before the forum existed. there was an email that went out announcing that a forum had been set up and inviting us to join, which i promptly did. here’s my first post. reading now i’ve probably repeated those comments 7-8 times now in the intervening years. like i said, forum geezer... hard to believe we’re coming on five years. When did you first start collecting vinyl? (Do you remember what the first one(s) was?) oh, i most certainly do. the first records i purchased were the dead’s ‘terrapin station’ and zeppelin’s ‘the song remains the same’ at a flea market for a buck each back in 1994 or 1995. i was 16/17 i guess. i still have them: after that i’d pick up things here and there. as the late 90s and early 00s were the nadir of vinyl sales, i’m glad i chose to buy new release records by bands like pearl jam, the smashing pumpkins, r.e.m., and such where those records became hard to find when the vinyl resurgence began. i didn’t get a record player to play any of them until 2008. i probably had over 100 albums, if not more, by that point. i certainly miss the days of being able to buy new-in-shrink albums like isaac hayes’ ‘hot buttered soul’ and shuggie otis’ ‘inspiration information’ for $9.99 while the cds still went for $12.99 or more. What is your current listening setup? What equipment do you have? Do listen alone, only with others, or some combo? i don’t have anything fancy that anyone here would be remotely impressed by, just an at-pl120 i bought on amazon for just under $200, the same one i’ve had since 2008. it’s currently fitted with an at120eb cartridge. i’ve used accumulated vmp store credits to help buy those kanto yumi speakers, kanto subwoofer and u-turn pluto that were in the store forever. prior to that i just had some large 80s era hand-me-down kenwood speakers, so getting this other stuff was certainly an “upgrade”. i really don’t anticipate going all-in on making this any better, this all suits me just fine for now. as for listening habits, i do mostly listen alone, either while working or playing video games. i don’t use headphones for vinyl listening. i do have friends that come over that like to find things to spin, so that’s nice. What is your current goal in buying/receiving/collecting vinyl? (Do you focus on collectibles? Do you only buy what you like? Do you buy what you think you might like?) man, i don’t have any ‘goals’ at this point. i’m pretty liberal, probably too liberal, with my vinyl buying habits. i could probably stand to downsize, if anything, but i just can’t bring myself to do it. i never know when i or someone else might finally want to listen to that beat up copy of yes’ ‘close to the edge’ that i was sent as filler in a discogs order years ago, so i keep it JUST IN CASE. that said, i’ve been meaning to join the pay it forward thread as i’ve accumulated a few shipping boxes that i need to get rid of. but instead of offering up records there just yet, i am going to offer them up to you, dear readers, to the first persons that pm me their address (and post their claim here to let everyone else know) in response to this post. the records i’m offering are: the black angels – directions to see a ghost i bought a second copy shortly after the first about ten years ago when it seemed like these were going to be hard to find. (narrator: they weren’t.) the secret machines – ten silver drops (recent run-out groove reissue) [aside here I have this album and recommend it, though had I waited a few weeks…] this has some very minor top-side seam splits and dings on the cover because it was horrendously packaged loose in a 13”x13”x4” thick box for shipping. they kindly sent me a new one even though i let them know the records were fine and i wasn’t requesting a new one as the damage could have been much worse, i just wanted to let them know that the way it was shipped was among the worst i’d ever seen. they sent another one anyway. the outer sleeve is from the new one- i swapped those because of the upc markup. Are there any bands/artists you automatically buy on vinyl regardless? (Do buy multiples copies - all the different variants?) pink floyd and related solo projects, pearl jam, r.e.m., peter gabriel, jj cale, johnny cash, phish, dave matthews band, janet jackson, the black angels, alela diane, alicia keys, gybe!, the orb, radiohead, sigur ros, and lil’ bub, to name a few. as far as variants go, i don’t really go for the ‘gotta catch ‘em all’ attitude. i certainly have multiple copies of many albums across various formats (i’d guess i have somewhere between 20 and 30 versions of ‘dark side of the moon’), but if an album comes out on a bunch of different colors from a bunch of exclusive retailers or whatever, i don’t really give a shit, i’ll buy the one that appeals to me the most or seems like it will be the most worthy investment. What is your favorite record in your collection? jeez, i’ve given this question a lot of thought and i’m not sure i really have a good answer. the obvious answer might be pearl jam’s ‘october 22, 2003 benaroya hall’ as it probably is my most coveted record, especially because i was smart enough to buy one from the fan club in 2004 for $35 when they came out. it’s a great acoustic show and arguably their best live release, and its ROI would be sky high if i ever had to sell it. but i don’t know that i could call it my favorite record in my collection. my favorite album of all time is floyd’s ‘wish you were here’, but i don’t think i could say that it’s my favorite record in my collection, either. i really don’t have a good answer i’d be 100% satisfied with. so let’s just go with this. What record means the most to you? (if different from the above) pink floyd’s ‘a collection of great dance songs’. while the actual, physical record that’s in my collection holds little meaning to me, that record changed my life by showing me the power that music can have on the listener. i’m 110% confident i wouldn’t be sharing my thoughts on a music-based message board right now if i didn’t hear that album when i was 13, throwing off my headphones at the kitchen table because the ominous sounds of ‘one of these days’ was literally frightening me. that was the opening of the rabbit hole, and i fell in hard after that. If you were allowed to freely receive any record you currently don’t have, what would it be? pink floyd – 1965: their first recordings this was a europe or uk only limited surprise record store day release done for the purposes of extending the copyrights. i’d very much like to have it in my collection. @JoeMac7 asks: I get this is quite a personal one but I'll answer it myself too. If you could bring back a person who is no longer with us for just one day, who would it be? my uncle. not for me, but for my mom and aunt. it’s been over ten years, but i see it in their face every time his name comes up how much they miss their little brother.