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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015

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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Shipment
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 – February 2015 Inside

The Subscription: Vinyl Me, Please The Cost: US – $27 per month / $75 per 3 months / $284 per year

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 Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Album Front

This month’s album is “I LoveYou, Honeybear” by Father John Misty! No, he is not actually a priest, he is an amazing singer-songwriter named Josh Tillman. I love this (double!) album! I had heard a few tracks from it before receiving this package, and I already really liked him, so I was thrilled to get this one!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Album Reverse

This is the reverse side of the album. I am really loving the artwork on this record!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Album Inside

Since this is a double LP, it folds out to this amazing scene! All this religious and Dia de los Muertos imagery is totally working for me!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Liner Notes

Inside the album is this cool poster with all the liner notes on it.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Lyrics Poster

On the back of the poster are the lyrics to all the songs! I remember getting these and pouring over them when I was a kid, belting out all the hits. Fortunately, there is Google these days so we don’t have to rely on a piece of paper, but I always am really happy when they are included!

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Records

The vinyl is actually clear this month! So cool! I really don’t know if the childish glee I feel getting non-black records will ever wear off.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Art

This is two months in a row where I have not been happy with the ‘original art’ included in this service. The little postcard is OK, I could see sending it to someone as a fun joke, but for the main piece of art to be a handwritten note (that includes one of my most disliked swear words) is kind of a bummer. The artwork is by Father John Misty’s wife, Emily Tillman, and it’s a love note of sorts, which goes with the whole theme, so I get what they were trying to do. I just wish it had been beautiful.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Poem

The inside back cover of the packaging always seems to have the artwork credit along with some poem or narrative written by Vinyl Me, Please’s co-founder Tyler Barstow. This time it’s a love letter (sort of), and I actually like it better than the one that was included as the ‘art’ for this month.

Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – February 2015 Cocktail

This is where I went from being kind of disappointed about the artwork to being seriously annoyed. One of the major draws for me with Vinyl Me, Please is the pairing (tripling? quadrupling?) of the music and art and poem and cocktail, all together. I think this was supposed to be clever because it was written by Father John Misty, and I get that, but it’s not a cocktail recipe.

As a related follow-up, last month I had a girls’ night with two of my best friends and we made Palomas and listened to Youth Lagoon and had a blast! I found that the Paloma actually did make a great winter cocktail, and it paired beautifully with the album! Unfortunately, that makes it even more disappointing that I didn’t get a cocktail recipe this month.

Verdict: I really hope that this month’s Vinyl Me, Please was an anomaly, and I think it was probably due to the artist’s willingness to take such a serious role in the curation of this service for this month. Father John Misty is a brilliant musician and a clever lyricist, so I can see how it would be really exciting to let him take the reigns on curating this shipment. Unfortunately, it resulted in no cocktail and no real artwork, which are two of the fundamental things that Vinyl Me, Please is supposed to deliver. I am obviously very happy with the album and all the extras that Vinyl Me, Please regularly delivers. I just can’t help feeling a little short changed this month.

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 hemming and hawing on whether or not I want to subscribe to this. I love vinyl, so I feel like it’s totally up my alley, but at the same time I worry about getting an album I already have. How far in advance of charging do they share which record they are sending (I got an email saying what the March record will be but I’m not sure if they’ve already charged subscribers)? How easy is it to cancel?

    And this box seemed terrible. Because you can get the records for cheaper elsewhere (I picked the FJM one up at my local store for $18), the extras should be good.

  2. I agree! I LOVED Father John Misty’s first album, so I was super excited about the selection for this month. But then the artwork and the postcard just made him less likable for me. I get the sort of “meta,” mocking vibe he’s going for with the abbreviation of “whatever” and with the “cocktail recipe,” but I

  3. Wow… I’m a big music fan, work in the music industry, and consider myself to have a fairly quirky sense of humor. But this just hit the mark so badly. I clicked this review excited because I’d never heard of this box, but now that I know how pretentious this box is, I definitely won’t be subscribing. Super disappointing.

    • LOL, I meant “MISSED THE MARK,” haha. Sometimes we all miss the mark, I suppose. 😉

  4. I felt the same way, Anna. I even thought that maybe the “artwork” wasn’t the “artwork”. The recipe for the drink didn’t appeal to my sense of humor, either. I love that Vinyl Me is trying to be cutting edge, but I was also hoping it could be done in a tasteful way.

    • Well said, Sandy.

  5. I’m so surprised by the lousy artwork included, considering how stunning the album’s art is. It just seems like an afterthought? And the snarky note with the rude language? Ugh. Especially if you are gifting this to an album loving kid like mine. Father John sounds pretentious to me, I’m sure the “cocktail” recipe is supposed to be his idea of humor.

    • I know, right? I wish I could hang the album artwork on my wall!

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