Vinyl Me, Please April 2015

9.4 Overall Score
Quality: 10/10
Value: 9/10
Album: 9/10

Heavy duty packaging | Amazing album artwork | Great out of print Menomena record | Full MP3s of album | Original Craig Thompson art print | Fun cocktail recipe

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Subscription Box Vinyl Me, Please

Theme “The Best Damn Record Club Out There”

Price $27

Shipping FREE

IMG_20150414_140351Every month Vinyl Me, Please sends you a different vinyl record. It’s not your average record-of-the-month club though, it’s very exclusive. You start by requesting an invite and then you’re placed in line (only a limited number of records made and shipped each month). If you get in you have 72 hours to sign up for your subscription.

In addition to the record each month you receive an art print and a custom cocktail pairing recipe. There’s also bonuses like their exclusive weekly email magazine The Standard with MP3s and a members-only store opened on occassion with access to past-VMP releases.

The box is a heavy-duty flat record mailer that features the Vinyl Me, Please slogan printed on the front.

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IMG_20150414_142635Featured Record

This month’s record is Portland-based Menomena’s long out of print third album “Friend and Foe” from 2007. The tri-fold sleeve features amazing artwork from illustrator Craig Thompson. It has die-cut shapes and it’s insert can be moved to reveal secret messages.

While indie-rock duo Menomena’s music is described as “experimental” it’s mostly melodic rock and roll with heavy-piano usage. My favorite song of the album is Air Aid, which features a pretty epic Kashmir-esque opening. It’s not easy to compare “Friend and Foe” to anything else and that’s a good thing.

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IMG_20150414_142742MP3 Files

The Friend and Foe record also includes a download code for high quality MP3s of the entire album.

 

 

 

 

IMG_20150414_142421Original Art Print

Large 12″x12″ high-quality art print from Craig Thompson who also did the album artwork.

 

 

 

 

IMG_20150414_142352Custom Cocktail Pairing Recipe

“The Old Square” is a cocktail including cognac, whiskey and vermouth and is meant to be paired with this album. I don’t have these ingredients on hand but it sounds like a hell-of-a good drink.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vinyl Me, Please is not just a record club, it’s THE record club. I love everything about this. The record choice, the presentation, the artwork, everything.

With previous releases including hip hop, soul and more, this is a pretty awesome way to discover new music or get re-releases of out-of-print records like “Friend and Foe”.

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Disclosure: A complimentary Vinyl Me, Please Subscription Box was given for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Creator & curator of the Palm Beach County Grindhouse Series. Maker of pinback buttons. Owner & Editor of Morbid Movies.

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