Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box Review – August 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.
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
This month’s selection features a personal favorite from The National – Boxer!
Each delivery comes with a cocktail mix to accompany the music and a foreword from the Vinyl Me, Please team.
It also always includes a unique piece of LP-sized artwork. This month’s art perfectly sums up The National for me! More on that later.
The National – Boxer
I have a vivid memory of the first time I had listened to this album. I was at a friend of a friend’s apartment in Brooklyn. This place had wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling CD storage units – all full. At that time, The National were starting to break into bigger markets – I had even heard a tiny tiny bit – but in Brooklyn, they were already known pretty well. So, he popped in the album he’d been listening to the most recently – Boxer.
It has this bit of anxiety about it – a bit like what’s happening in the song is all too much and there is no overcoming it – but what I like most about The National, is that a lot of their songs have this bit of a breaking point where it just all lets go – musically and for the central character of the song. So, there was the general music to take in, and then there’s this deep, soothing, and odd voice laying out the stories – really, nothing that I had heard before – it was different and odd, in a really good way – I’m a sucker for awkward singing voices to begin with, so it really ingrained my love for the band from the beginning – and this album started all of that.
Vinyl Me, Please has and exclusive pressing of this album on a gray LP – it’s also accompanied by a 7-inch 2-song record with 2 songs from their upcoming album, Sleep Well Beast.
The gray pressing is all kinds of perfect for the album and band!
It also includes some liner notes for the album – which I always appreciate when I’m sitting down to listen to an album.
The National Sleep Well Beast 2-Song Vinyl
Finally, you’ll get a little taste of what’s to come on September 8th with two songs from their new album. So far, I’m really intrigued to hear what the rest of the album holds – these two songs have a bit of a different feel from what I’m used to from them, seemingly a bit more adventurous? Something like that. This is a very cool extra.
Verdict: As soon as this was announced, I was so ready to sit down and listen to it on vinyl again and again and again! It’s a very moody masterpiece and I hope you love it as much as I do. Month’s like this are why I’ve been loving Vinyl Me, Please – it’s really nicely curated around the feeling and mood of this album – the drink, the artwork, the pressing – it’s all one cohesive piece.
What did you think of the August 2017 Vinyl Me, Please?