Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – April 2017
The Vinyl Me, Please mission statement is to “…help people explore, experience, and enjoy music on a deeper level.” They curate an incredible experience around an album each month, and members get access to all sorts of bonus online content throughout the month.
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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 selection featured a custom pressing of Gorillaz 2005 release – Demon Days!
You’ll get a few vinyl-size inserts. They feature a custom foreword about the album along with vinyl selections for the Vinyl Me, Please subscriber store!
OK – let’s dig into this month’s selection.
I couldn’t have been more excited to hear that Demon Days was the April selection.
4 years after their self-titled opening salvo, Gorillaz finally released Demon Days. I remember being ecstatic for this album in 2005 – the original was so good, and threw me a bit of a curve ball – is this really the guys from Blur! Coffee and TV Blur??
Anyways, this one promised to be next level – produced by Danger Mouse, who was really massive at that time, featuring De La Soul and MF Doom amongst many others – it was just something I had to hear.
Fast forward 12 years (WOW) and I’m just as gitty when I hear that a custom pressing of Demon Days is coming in the mail!
The inside of the vinyl gatefold jacket has all of the liner notes along with the amazing artwork from the CD booklet.
This is a double vinyl pressing. The records themselves are housed in two sleeves that highlight each member of the animated band.
You’ll even get stickers!
The pressing is a beautiful translucent red vinyl – again, highlighting the fantastic artwork on each LP.
Honestly – simple and perfectly done. I love the design of this exclusive pressing from front to back.
The album itself more than holds up over time. At the time, it was something a little askew of what was happening – not to mention the fact that they performed with the animated characters being the focal point over the actual live performers. This was a little different and a little exciting. And it still is.
After being on a Gorillaz kick for the past week – I definitely recommend this album, or any Gorillaz album, if you’re looking for something that skirts genres from song to song.
The pressing itself just added to the experience. It’s a piece of artwork on its own – which is perfect for a band that thrived on artwork!
Each delivery also comes with a vinyl-sized piece of artwork. This art echoes the tone of the album – a Plastic Planet in decline.
Finally, they’ll also curate a drink for you to accompany the album. Unfortunately for us, after 2-3 days of searching different grocery stores, the Owl’s Brew was unattainable – so we had to skip this month’s drink. That being said, I really do enjoy sitting back with some music and a drink – this is a great idea!
Verdict: This was my first time enjoying a monthly delivery from Vinyl Me, Please and I couldn’t have been more satisfied. The pressing itself is beautiful and exclusive – I’m in on that alone! On top of that, I think they do a good job with accompanying it with different pieces that fit with the tone of the album – the curation was great.
What did you think of the April 2017 Vinyl Me, Please?