Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – October 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 There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow by Blessed Feathers. I had never heard of this artist or album before, and I love being surprised by good music! While this album is not completely my style, it’s really beautiful. It’s very calming somehow. This music is perfect for listening while making dinner or doing paperwork. I also think the album cover is completely gorgeous!
This is the reverse side of the album cover. I like the cool retro vibe, but more importantly, it has the really interesting story of the artists’ lives. You don’t see that every day on album covers.
This album also came with an insert, which is always fun. I love the color scheme of this whole album.
The inside of the insert is a photo album! Fun!
The insert also has the lyrics to all the songs. I always appreciate printed lyrics.
I mainly photographed this to remind myself to tell you that this month’s record came with a free download card! Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t, but when they do, it almost doubles the value of the record to me, personally, because then I can play the tunes from any digital media player without purchasing the digital copy. Score!
You know I’m a sucker for colored vinyl! But seriously, have you ever seen such a pretty record? And it’s that heavy, durable 180 gram vinyl. This was an exclusive pressing for Vinyl Me, Please, and the album was just released on October 9 of this year. I really like getting new releases or re-releases!
I like this artwork a lot. I love Native and Western designs, and I feel like it matches the tone of the music really well this month. I just wish it was in the same color scheme as the album; that would have been amazing! The artist is Nate Duval.
I am apparently having an on-again-off-again love affair with the poetry of Tyler Barstow, co-founder of Vinyl Me, Please. Lately I’ve been trying to remind myself that his poetry is supposed to pair with the album, and he writes these almost in tribute to the album. His work has been growing on me, especially since he’s reduced / removed needless smatterings of profanity. I think this one might be my favorite so far.
I’m not a fan of gin, so I can’t really comment on the cocktail this month. Last month the cocktail was the only thing I really liked, but this month it’s the only thing I don’t really like. I much prefer this month!
The verdict: Aside from the cocktail, this month was a huge hit for me! I love discovering new music, I love heavy, colored vinyl, I love current releases, I love exclusive pressings, and the artwork and poem were great! My feelings about most subscription boxes tend to go up and down over time, but Vinyl Me, Please has been a consistent favorite of mine since I’ve subscribed. I think their service is really unique and extremely well-curated.
What do you think of Vinyl Me, Please?