Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – January 2015
Vinyl Me, Please is a subscription service that’s a modern take on the old “Record of the Month” clubs. As a long-time audiophile and vinyl collector, I had to sign up as soon as I heard about it!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription: Vinyl Me, Please [link is ]
The Cost: US – $27 per month / $75 per 3 months / $284 per year
International – $44 per month / $120 per 3 months / $450 per year
The Products: A specially selected limited edition vinyl LP, a cocktail recipe to be paired with the music, an original piece of art, access to “The Standard” (VMP’s online magazine), access to forums, special deals on other albums
Ships to: everywhere, cost included in membership
Ships via: USPS
This month’s album is “The Year of Hibernation” by Youth Lagoon! I have to say that this is easily the best record packaging I have ever seen!
I’ve listened through to the album a few times now and it’s a great one for chilly winter mornings. It’s very ambient, gentle pop music with a driving digital backbone. It can definitely ease you up and get you going in the morning!
This is the reverse side of the album. I love the album artwork! Even the reverse is nice!
This is the record itself and the sleeve. I am sucker for colored vinyl! Plus purple is my favorite color! You can’t really tell from the picture, but the lavender shade is slightly marbled. So pretty!
January’s cocktail pairing is the Paloma. The first line in the notes says, “It may seem odd to dust off the tequila deep in the heart of winter…” That’s exactly what I was thinking! Then I remembered that there’s never really a bad time for tequila. I haven’t tried the Paloma yet, but I am excited to use my new Himalayan sea salt shot glasses from Eco Salon’s Holiday Box for this!
The inside back of VMP’s insert has an original poem to go with this album also! Bonus!
This is the paired original artwork for this month. It’s a good piece, but it’s not my style at all. Better luck next month!
These are liner notes that were hand-written by Trevor of Youth Lagoon especially for Vinyl Me, Please!
Verdict: This month’s Vinyl Me, Please was a win for me, despite not really loving the artwork. The album and the music are both beautiful. The cocktail sounds great, and I’m impressed with the liner notes. There is definitely some risk involved with this subscription service: you might hate the album. On the other hand, since you receive limited edition pressings every month, there is also the potential for a large payoff among vinyl collectors at some point in the future. Limited Edition records are HUGE in the world of vinyl collecting! Also, I am one of those people who will take time to read music reviews and blogs, chat music on the forums, and who will benefit from special deals on other records, so I get a lot of added benefit there. If you don’t think you could benefit from all these “extras,” then this service is probably not for you. You can pick up the LP from Amazon for $14.65. If you are like me, however, $27 for this very well-curated LP and all the added benefits is a wonderful value!
What do you think of Vinyl Me, Please?