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Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – January 2016

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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!

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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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This month’s album is “high/low” by nada surf. I had totally forgotten them! They are from the 90’s – which is now considered classic! Popular opinion is that nada surf was a one-hit wonder with their 1996 tune “Popular.” It turns out they have been working away this whole time, and even have a new album due out in March! The remainder of the music on this record is fun, straight-ahead rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s pretty good stuff!


It’s a single record, but there are two sleeves, one for a booklet insert, so the cover folds out to this image.


This is the reverse side of the album cover.


The liner notes and lyrics are printed on this full-size booklet insert. I wonder if the original pressing had this nice graphic feature!


I love colored vinyl! This bright sunny orange is lovely. It also has something I’ve never seen before, which is a scratch-proof sleeve.


This little flyer was also included, which is a promo for nada surf’s new album, coming in March. On the reverse is a coupon for 25% off! That’s a pretty deep discount for vinyl!


I have been really digging Vinyl Me, Please’s art pairings lately. This time the art is a first – a photograph of the band. I think I prefer the art inspirations and tributes better.


Every month the inner packaging is printed with a poem or some prose penned by Vinyl Me, Please’s co-founderr, Tyler Barstow, to support the album selection. This is one of his better ones, but I wish they didn’t all rhyme in this sing-songy way.


The cocktail this month is the Twentieth Century. I don’t like gin very much, but otherwise it looks delicious. I wonder if this would work with vodka? (Doesn’t everything?)

Verdict: This was a strange month of Vinyl Me, Please for me. Everything was fine, but nothing was outstanding, to me anyway. I usually have stronger feelings about everything included! The album is enjoyable, and of course I love the high-quality colored vinyl, but it’s not really an album that my collection “needs,” so to speak. I also get an odd suspicious feeling when they send an album from a band that’s about to release a new album. I really want the albums to be curated for a killer collection, with exclusive pressings and related perks. I guess when I get an album in support of a soon-to-be-released album, I feel like the integrity of the curation is a bit compromised. Does that make sense? I hope next month they are back to providing must-have, beautiful music that serves only to enhance my collection.

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. Your reviews for this Sub are always so honest and interesting. I was thinking the same thing looking at the band and supporting material. This isn’t some hidden gem or well curated reveal–it’s a promo package for a band needing a launch platform.

    • Thanks so much nursermk! I appreciate that.

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