I am an information junkie, so when I become obsessed on a topic or hobby, I sweep through the internet, diving into a deep underground world to find what I need to satisfy my craving. It becomes a black hole, because one thing leads to another as I scour the internet and socials, getting deeper into the virtual world to find exactly what’s relevant to me and my specific taste. Collecting vinyl has become a new obsession of mine. The warm sound which amplifies though the speakers as the needle touches the record is something you cannot get through anything digital. There is a charm to that less than perfect analogue sound, which makes you feel closer to the music and becomes more of an experience as you listen to the entire album. So, looking for the best online record store? Here are my top 5!
[ 1 ] VINYL ME, PLEASE
Vinyl Me, Please is my number one pick and favorite online members-only club. What I like most about this company is their ability to bridge the gap between older classic records with modern day music that is focused on curating quality music. VMP is not just selling a product to it’s members; they have a philosophy that recognizes the album as an art form, which is essential in providing a genuine connection with the music for an engaging experience. This is also the reason why I am a current member.
Their vision is focused on quality over quantity with an impressive catalog of exclusive limited edition vinyls ranging from Weezer, The Avalanches, Fugees to other more obscure bands such as rock n’ rollers Wells Fargo, who have lead cultural movements in their community through their music. I personally look forward to the ‘Record Of The Month’ that is carefully curated for VMP members, providing an exclusive custom pressing that is packaged with an album-inspired art print and cocktail recipe, starting at just $23 per month. For limited edition records the price point is extremely reasonable, at roughly $25 on average. Weezer’s Pinkerton was a recent ‘Record Of The Month’ selection featuring an art print by Fuco Ueda and a cocktail recipe as shown below.
Pinkerton + Sake Martini (VMP Cocktail Pairing Recipe)
- 3 ounces Sake
- Fresh juice from 1/4 of a grapefruit
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon sugar