Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – August 2015
Vinyl Me, Please is the modern equivalent of 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
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 selection is A.M. by Wilco, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I have been a huge Wilco fan since they were Uncle Tupelo! This is a re-issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of this, their debut album, and a VMP exclusive pressing as well.
This is the reverse side of the album cover. This was an old TV even back then!
This is the inside cover.
This is all 4 pages of the liner notes, complete with lyrics and credits.
Wow, this record is beautiful! If you look closely, you can see red marbled in with the translucent orange vinyl.
I feel a little lukewarm about this artwork, unfortunately. It’s better than many of VMP’s art pieces, for sure, and I like that it sort of has the mid-90’s vibe to go along with the album. I wish they had just sent something more like this:
A picture of Wilco from back when they were long-haired young cuties! This is from the back cover of the album, though.
Every month, inside the packaging is a poem or some prose by VMP’s co-founder Tyler Barstow. This one is pretty good. I just noticed that he is trying to sort of match the genre of the music (to a degree) in his written work.
Here’s a drink we can all get behind – fizzy lemonade! I will probably try it with and without the suggested hardening agent, vodka. I mainly want to try it to see if it’s superior to just dumping some vodka in San Pellegrino Limonata.
Like many subscription services, VMP has an online store. They have a curated selection of albums for purchase at (in most cases) a little discount for members. This month I treated myself to a couple of them!
The verdict: I am honestly so happy to have this album that it really doesn’t matter to me what they sent in terms of art + poem + cocktail! However, taking a step back from my abundant joy, I think this is really a pretty good curation. Wilco, especially in their debut album, has a pretty strong alt-country vibe. I think the lemonade, the poem featuring Clementine, and the Americana iconic tattoo artwork all support that vibe well.
What do you think of Vinyl Me, Please?