#januaryrecordaday 27th - classic black: I don’t think that records come much more black than The Haxan Cloak’s Excavation, an album that my admiration/abject terror of is well documented.
‘Remurdered’ by Mogwai is my new jam.
#januaryrecordaday 26th - half & half coloured vinyl: I don’t actually own any split coloured vinyl (*sadface*). But I suppose the Only God Forgives soundtrack is half one colour and half another.
#januaryrecordaday 25th - a rainy day record: Carole King’s Tapestry is (as the name might suggest) a bit of a warm, comforting blanket of an album. Can’t really ask for much more than that on a rainy day (I quite like ‘em myself though, to be honest).
#januaryrecordaday 24th: I don’t actually own any of my “favourite” albums on vinyl (in fact I’m not sure what they’d even be - I guess 69 Love Songs, Lift Yr Skinny Fists… & Sister/Daydream Nation would be in there somewhere) BUT, I did jump at the chance to buy the Give Up reissue last year, despite already having (very much overplayed) CD copies of the album & singles, so I guess I’ve not been honest with myself and am not as cool as I thought I was :)
#januaryrecordaday 23rd - red vinyl: Pretty sure that only a couple of records in my collection would qualify (and as I want to use the other later) here’s spellcheck botherers CHVRCHES’ Gun EP. Not their best release, but the DJ Helix remix is pretty good.
#januaryrecordaday 22nd - a double album: I’m not sure if it deserves its reputation as Low’s best album (Secret Name would be my pick), but Things We Lost in the Fire is a lovely record all the same. Three sides of quiet melancholy, with the album’s lyrics etched on side 4.
#januaryrecordaday 21st - a debut album: I’ve chosen the mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s F#A#infinity. Partially because I bloody love them, partially because it’s a really interesting package (it’s nice that they’re still including the train flattened penny - or at least were a couple of years ago), and partially because, even though it’s missing the best section of the CD version (fortunately that’s balanced out by it also missing the worst bit), it’s an album clearly designed for vinyl, as that locked groove-referencing title indicates.
#januaryrecordaday 20th: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell’s Greatest Hits. While today’s instruction for “a black artist” could seem a little reductive (he said, humourlessly), it does give me a good reason to post this, which I only recently found in a pile of records I’d rescued and not gotten around to properly sorting out. Which was a nice surprise.
#januaryrecordaday 19th - an album from the 90s: considering it’s the decade that shaped my musical tastes, I own surprisingly few records from the 90s (and I think this is the only album that I actually bought on vinyl back then). It’s Arab Strap’s Elephant Shoe. I doubt that anyone would argue that it’s their best work (that’s Philophobia for me), but, if nothing else, Cherubs remains an absolute “tune” (or something).