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VNYL Subscription Box Review – July 2015

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VNYL Subscription Box Review - July 2015

VYNL is a new, invite only, and pretty interesting subscription service for record collectors. When you are invited to sign up for this service, you fill out a pretty lengthy profile that includes not only your likes and dislikes, but also links to all of your profiles on digital audio services such as Spotify and Sound Cloud. They then ask you to choose a “#VIBE,” which is an activity that you would like them to select the music for, such as studying or pool party. They then select 3 new albums and send to you based on all these criteria. My mind was kind of blown by this concept, and I decided to give it a try!

Important Note: Last month, I stated that the first month of VNYL is free, and I was completely wrong, and I am so sorry! It was an honest mistake.I couldn’t find information anywhere on the website about how much it cost, etc., so I went ahead and subscribed, knowing it would show me what I owed during check-out. It showed $0, so I assumed it was free! Also, I had heard on the vinyl forums that they were moving from a rental service to purchase, so I thought perhaps I was getting in on the tail-end of that deal. Then when I received my records, the info card said “KEEP ‘EM,” so hopefully you can see why I thought they were free. Of course I would keep something I have paid for! Right?

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VNYL Subscription Box Review - July 2015-inside

The Subscription Box: VNYL

The Cost: $32 per month (free shipping)

The Products: Three BRAND NEW records chosen by a curator specifically for you, based on your profile, other digital audio services profiles, and selected “#VIBE” for that month

Ships to: US only

Also notice that I *did* start this subscription before they began their new model, because I received used records last month. I spoke with customer service and was told that henceforth, they will be sending only brand new records with this subscription. Again, I’m so sorry for any confusion!

VNYL Subscription Box Review - July 2015-note

Right off the bat, I’m pretty bummed that Ace is no longer my curator! He was super cute! This is a note from my new curator (or maybe they just rotate), Teal. It says:

“Hey Anna, Since you are a fan of the Pixies sure you already or will like the Violent Femmes. Enjoy! Teal”

This month, I chose #GAMENIGHT as my “#VIBE.”

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Violent Femmes – Self-Titled

I am actually ashamed to say that I didn’t already own this album in any format! I am so happy to have it now. This is a re-issue of the Violent Femmes’ 1993 self-titled debut. This is a classic. Everyone should own this. Also, I was recently scolded by another audiophile for being so into the color of vinyl but rarely the weight. This reissue is pressed on 180 gram vinyl! It’s so heavy!

VNYL Subscription Box Review - July 2015-burdon

Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes – LP

I had never heard of this before, but it’s actually a pretty interesting record. You may know the 60’s group The Animals – they did songs like “House of the Rising Sun,” “Don’t Let me Be Misunderstood,” and “We’ve Gotta Get Out of this Place.” The lead singer was Eric Burdon. So then in 2012, AT AGE 71, he records this LP with a garage band from Cincinnatti called the Greenhornes. Isn’t that amazing? It sounds pretty good, too! Garagey-Bluesy-Punkish.

VNYL Subscription Box Review - July 2015-orwells

Disgraceland by The Orwells

This was my favorite discovery in the box this month! I had heard the single “Who Needs You” before on the radio, and I really liked it! I am so glad to find out what the band is and to get a copy of this one! This is the second album from Chicago-area band The Orwells. I thought the outside wrapper was funny because it said something like, “11 ear-splitting teenage anthems,” and they were actually pretty dead on!

The Verdict: I loved my shipment from VNYL this month! Teal may not be as cute as Ace, but she really picked out great albums for me! Punk is not my favorite genre at all, but these are really more rock than punk, and the Femmes have become mainstream by this point anyway. Also, I think the mood of these albums goes along really, really well with my #GAMENIGHT #VIBE, whereas my usual love of psych rock might be a little downtempo for a party. Great call! And lastly, I think $32 for three brand new albums shipped is a super value.

What do you think of VYNL?

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 got the dukes of hazzard soundtrack as a lazy saturday vibes and malcolm x speeches which was marked as dinner party. kind of strange but I’m going to stick with the service and see how it goes!

  2. I received 2 used Lionel Richie albums and a new Mariah Carey. Weird since my musical tastes are Motörhead and Metallica.

  3. It sounds silly, but I actually liked that they were sending used albums. I love old albums that have come from someone else, and it’s really the best chance of finding those hard to come by classics. So, I’m probably the only one, but I’m a little disappointed it will all be new albums!

  4. Great review Anna! One tiny thing – The Violent Femmes debut album was released in 1983.

  5. I just signed up for this. I just got a turntable via my boyfriend and have always been really into music but never got into collecting records. I’m excited to discover new-to-me bands and begin my vinyl collection!

    • So excited for you, Benita! My collection is undergoing a renaissance right now and it’s soooooo fun!

      • Anna, Just wanted to say I got my first shipment yesterday and I loved it! I haven’t had a chance to listen since I got the mail just before I was heading out of town for the weekend, but the person who picked my records actually paid attention to my comments and music taste (I was thorough and listed a lot of favorite bands). But I got the Juno soundtrack because my picker said it has a lot of my favorite bands and I can revisit them in vinyl. I mentioned I just got a record player and wanted to build up my collection. The soundtrack is great and I didn’t own it. I also got Band of Horses, which is a band I like but I only have their first two albums and hadn’t listened to their newer ones so this was a good choice too. And, finally, I got a new-to-me artist, Colleen Green, which I’m excited to check out later.

  6. I’m actually super frustrated with this company. I placed my order the same day you posted the first review and after 4 increasingly impatient and angry emails I finally got an email saying my shipping label was created yesterday. Three weeks with no notice beforehand is way too long in my opinion to wait on a subscription. I’m cancelling after it finally ships.

  7. So weird! I got one used album and 2 new ones! Loved them though- Received Common’s Resurrection, Maria Muldaur’s Waitress in a Donut Shop, and Milo Greenes’s CONTROL. They were pretty great! Good to know that they will be sending new records now- I was a bit confused on it. But I’m pretty excited for you for that Femmes album.

    • Lindsay, I have no idea who those bands are! LOL! But I’m so glad you are enjoying them. I think their model of looking at what you already listen to works pretty well!

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