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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – January 2015

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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Box

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!

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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Inside

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

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Album

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!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Album Reverse

This is the reverse side of the album. I love the album artwork! Even the reverse is nice!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Record Sleeve

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!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Cocktail

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!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 POem

The inside back of VMP’s insert has an original poem to go with this album also! Bonus!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Art

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!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review - January 2015 Liner Notes

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?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I’ve been a subscriber for about 6 months and have been very happy with the service and quality of the LPs.

    I’ve been introduced to lots of new music- only one LP was something I already had on CD- although the VMP lp sounds much better. In fact, one of the monthly offerings has become a new favorite.

    Don’t think you’ll get by on $27 a month though. The service includes the members only store, with additional offerings that can be added to your shipment. Some of these are very limited pressings- when they are gone, they are gone forever. I’ve not been able to resist yet. Somehow, my shipments seem to include 1-3 additional LPs every month.

  2. I have got to get a new turntable and to get my stereo/surround system set up. They’ve been sitting packed since I moved fall before last. It always seems like I have to make one more repair or to get one more piece of furniture or storage gear before I’m ready. I’ve been tempted by this service since I first heard of it.

    I am more than a little interested. I am also greedy. I keep hoping that this service or another might do subs with exclusive vinyl and a Blu-ray 3.0, the audio only version of Blu-ray, disc as well. I think that top flight analog audio plus the best digital format together would be the ultimate audio subscription. But unless someone does such a service in the future, I would be beyond satisfied to just get the vinyl and find out how the albums sound on my Ascend Acoustics speakers.

    • OMG that would be amazing. I always feel a little torn about analog vs digital because they both have clear advantages, but I tend to prefer top-notch digital sound on music that relies heavily on digital instrumentation (as does this Youth Lagoon album). Whereas I greatly prefer vinyl for instrumentation and recording processes that are analog / organic.

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