Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – January 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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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.
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