Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – July 2016
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 Box: 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
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Vinyl Me, Please included an insert in this month’s package to give subscribers a heads-up on what will be available when their store opens on 7/18. This is really good to know, and it looks like they’ve included some good ones! Subscribers get access to the monthly store, where they can get discounts and sometimes hard-to-find items, and purchases made from the store are shipped for free with their next regular shipment.
This month’s album is “IV” by BadBadNotGood, and it’s an exclusive Vinyl Me, Please pressing! It’s also a double album. I had never heard of BadBadNotGood before, and wow, I was missing out! They are actually a modern jazz outfit from Toronto, with a sort of hip-hop fusion to them. I’m not really very aware of music in this genre, but I like what I’m hearing here a lot! What a nice surprise!
Here are the records, pressed on a beautiful translucent blood red! I don’t think I have anything this color. I am such a sucker for colored vinyl! I also noticed recently that albums from Vinyl Me, Please are already becoming quite the collectors’ items. Exciting!
This month’s artwork is kind of strange to me, and not exactly my cup of tea. I’ve had a good streak of liking VMP’s artwork for several months now, so I guess it’s okay. The artist is Vlad Sepetov.
I am so very happy. Usually, every month there is a poem by Vinyl Me, Please’s Co-Founder, Tyler Barstow. It always rhymes. This month he wrote a piece about the history of the band. He wrote about why it’s important. This is so much better. I love this.
The cocktail this month is the Sax on the Beach. I think it looks yummy! Sometimes their cocktails call for some pretty obscure ingredients, but this one’s not too bad. I’ll have to give it a try!
I think I mentioned that VMP had a garage sale last month. I scored all these records for less than half of retail price! Plus free shipping! Hooray! The online store is just one of many perks of membership. Subscribers also have access to some great blogs and forums.
Verdict: This month was another hit for me with Vinyl Me, Please! I liked the album, I loved the records themselves, and I am so very pleased at the new and hopefully permanent feature of Tyler Barstow’s writings. The shopping spree was also amazing! I am a long standing fan of Vinyl Me, Please!
What do you think of Vinyl Me, Please? Had you heard of BadBadNotGood before?