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For The Love Of Vinyl: Mike Sniper
Record Store Day is fast approaching, bringing with it a corpus of very exclusive, very limited releases for analog music fans. Since it’s first incarnation back in 2008, independently owned record stores and bands across the globe have joined forces to celebrate the unique culture of the record store. An ode to the ritual of buying physical copies of music – for the elation that comes with that rare find, for that warm static sound extracted once the needle finds its groove, and sometimes for nothing more than the cover art, as many would concede, music isn’t just about the music.
To celebrate the ninth edition of this annual event, we asked two of the brains behind Brooklyn-based, independent record label Captured Tracks – representing the likes of Mac DeMarco, Wild Nothings and Craft Spells – to share with RUSSH the top five records that have shaped them. In the first of this two-part series we chat with label manager and founder Mike Sniper.
"In no particular order … "
Neil Young - Comes A Time
I think I was introduced to Neil Young a little too early via classic rock radio, as I suppose most people are. But real parts of adulthood have to happen, like heartbreak, bleak financial outlooks, all of that stuff, and then it makes a lot more sense. The melodies on this record really creep into you and the chord progressions on songs like Lotta Love are really interesting and kinda goosebump-inducing. I think the first side of this album basically didn't leave my turntable for a solid month. Just getting home drunk and depressed and turning it on.
Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy
I guess this one kinda struck me at the right time. I think I was 20 or so when I first heard it and I think maybe right after discovering stuff like Syd Barrett and Love and all those sort of big records that make you realise there was more than V/U and flower power in the late 60s/early 70s, when at the time I was basically the kinda person who was only into punk, post-punk, indie, etc, save Stooges, Bowie, Eno ... You know, when you are young and dumb. Anyway, this one kinda baffled me because it had a lot of progressive and jazzy kind of things to it that just a year or so earlier I'd scoff at. Not long after that I was working in an all-60s/70s psych and prog shop called Midnight Records in Chelsea (RIP).
Pharoah Sanders - Love In Us All
Probably the most accessible Pharoah record, and therefore one of the most accessible Jazz records for a "rockist" like I was when I grabbed it around age 25 or so. This really was the first Jazz LP I'd bought that I really gave a serious chance to. Now, of course, Jazz is slowly dominating my record collection.
Miracle Legion - Me and Mr. Ray
My friend Jay got me hooked on this record when I was living (for really no reason) in Providence, RI. It really struck a chord with me and I found it really difficult to listen to other stuff. I was way deep into The Go Betweens and all that already and Miracle Legion, to me, are kind of like the American Go Betweens and never really get the cudos they deserve. That all seems to be changing now and I am all for it, they put out a lot of great records and this one is basically perfect if you are into heartfelt guitar-based indie rock, you can't beat it.
Descendants - Milo Goes to College
I guess this has to be one of the greatest teen angst records of all time, and I think I was something like 13 or 14 when I heard it first. Pretty much everything you are thinking set to breakneck pacing, buzzsaw guitars, but you can sing along to those anthemic choruses. It was almost uplifting. It was already 12 or so years old at the time, but not to me.
Record Store Day takes place on April 16.