VNYL Subscription Box Review – November 2016


This post may contain referral/affiliate links. If you buy something, MSA may earn a commission. Read the full disclosure.

vnyl-november-2016-box

VNYL is a pretty interesting subscription service for record collectors. When you sign up for this service, you fill out a 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.

vnyl-november-2016-box-inside

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

vnyl-november-2016-review

The Subscription Box: VNYL

The Cost: $36 per month

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 (free), and UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, France, Canada at an additional cost

Check out all our VNYL reviews and the Subscription Box Directory!

Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

vnyl-november-2016-flyer

VNYL often sends a flyer advertising their new releases. One of the perks of membership is access to the member store, where they have a variety of albums for sale at a discount. Records purchased in the member store are shipped free with your next month’s regular shipment.

vnyl-november-2016-booklet

vnyl-november-2016-booklet-reverse

I chose #sweaterweather as my “#VIBE” for this month. My curator for this month was Jay (pictured above). He writes:

Hey Anna, For the Ty Segall fan in you here’s some fuzzy punk records! This Parquet Courts spinoff record is scrappy, messy, and oozes coolness, while this Wavves side project Spirit Club has got your psych rock tastes covered. And I’m rounding it with Los Angele’s stadium-ready rockers Francisco The Man. Enjoy! Jay

vnyl-november-2016-parkay

vnyl-november-2016-parkay-2

vnyl-november-2016-parkay-3

vnyl-november-2016-parkay-4

Content Nausea by Parkay Quarts – $12.99 on Amazon

I’m not a big fan of Parkay Quarts (a.k.a. Parquet Courts), to be honest. It’s an interesting blend of punk-ish music, but it’s just not my thing. The song above is probably the best on the album, although it’s not punk at all, and was the big single they played on heavy rotation on XMU. I will most likely be taking this to the record swap, which is a good way to make the most of my VNYL membership when I get a miss.

vnyl-november-2016-spirit-club

vnyl-november-2016-spirit-2

vnyl-november-2016-spirit-3

vnyl-november-2016-spirit-4

Spirit Club (self-titled) – $23.63 on Amazon

Hooray for gold spattered vinyl! And hooray for this album, it’s fantastic. I might call it dream pop rather than psych, but it’s delicious either way. It sounds a bit like Wavves, but I think it sounds a lot like Air, Fruit Bats, and a lot of the indie sound from about a decade ago, but with a fresh take. My husband thinks it sounds like DIIV, but I’m not so sure. In any case, it’s a big hit! Thanks, Jay!

vnyl-november-2016-francisco

vnyl-november-2016-francisco-2

vnyl-november-2016-francisco-3

vnyl-november-2016-francisco-4

Loose Ends by Francisco the Man – $9.20 on Amazon

This album is full of straight ahead rock, and I love it! My husband really likes it, too. This is a fun discovery for us.

Verdict: The day I get my VNYL in the mail is one of my favorite mail days all month! This month had one miss, but that happens from time to time with most any vinyl subscription, or any subscription really. I do think I’m going to make a note in my profile about punk, I think I’m just tired of punk at the moment. The value this month totals about $46, which is great for a $36 box. I’m a huge VNYL fan, and I’ve discovered tons of great new music because of them.

What do you think of VNYL? What did you get this month?

How do subscribers rate VNYL?

49 subscribers rated this subscription
4.6
out of 5 stars
Shipping
Customer service
Retail value
Quality of products
Curation
Ease of canceling

Do you subscribe to VNYL? Add your rating now!


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.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, VNYL Reviews| Tags: vnyl | vynl | 2 comments

2 Comments

  1. This is one of the coolest subscriptions! I’m looking for a record player for Xmas so I can join in. I loved last month’s review and I love this one too. Sirius XMU is one of the music channels I find myself listening to for hours so I’m happy I can relate to the choices! Spirit Club sounds more like Wavves to me too. Very dream pop. But I can see it being compared to DIIV to. I’ve never heard of Francisco the Man before, but I’m digging the track posted in this review. Will look into them more. Finding new artists is fun!

  2. This seems like such an interesting subscription box.

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments may not appear immediately. More info here.

Please do not enter your email address in the Name field or in the comment content!

*

 
 

Get alerts on your desktop for the best deals and spoilers!