My Record Collection - September 30, 2014

My Record Collection by Arkells' Max Kerman
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My Record Collection by Arkells' Max Kerman

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Canadian rockers Arkells and their frontman Max Kerman, let's see what he picks out...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was...

“Jay-Z - Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life. I am very nostalgic for late 90's early 00's hip hop. It's basically all I listened to as a young teenager, and the songs totally hold up. I can still rap the whole Jay verse in "Can I Get A..."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"The Beatles - Help. My dad introduced me to The Beatles when I was 4 by showing me the movie of Help. I was amazed by the whole thing. I thought The Beatles were so funny and cool, and I wanted to be just like them. During play time in Kindergarten while the other kids were in the sandbox, I was drawing pictures of George Harrison."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen. There aren't many bands as unique as Ben Folds Five. When they put out this record, they were the only people making that kind of music, and since then there haven't been any imitators. The playing on this record is like jazz-punk, and lyrically Folds is on another level. Each song is a triumph."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"Wilco - Being There. I love basically all Wilco records, but this one feels the most fun to me. It's really crisply produced, with some classic rock/pop sensibilities. It's super easy to listen to - not as challenging as their later records. The songs are great too. Hotel Arizona is a particular fave."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Anything by the Beatles. They are comfort food for me. If I need something familiar and re-assuring, I turn to them. The Beatles and Motown is the only music I listened to from ages 4-12."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"The Thrills - So Much For The City. This record is so good, and at the time it was heralded in the press, but no one really talks about this band anymore. One of the reasons we worked with Tony Hoffer is because he produced this record."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Mariah Carey - Rainbow. This album came out when I was in grade 8, so I remember being mesmerized by the cover. It also, features 'Heartbreaker', one of my favourite songs of all time."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Kanye West - Yeezus. It's so funny, and completely on point to everything Kanye stands for."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Nah, not going to be a hater. No comment."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Ryan Adams S/T. I love Ryan Adams, but figured I didn't need another record from him, since he's already provided me with 10 incredible records and that was enough. But I was wrong. This new one is so good. Been listening to it a ton."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing is…

"The new Kanye. Dude is batting 100% and always comes through with something fresh - so excited to hear the next one."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Constantines - Shine A Light. This record is the best of Springsteen, Replacements, Fugazi all rolled in to one. This band should be revered in the same way we talk about those bands too. They are cherished in our neck of the woods, at least."

 

Arkells' new album High Noon is out now and can be previewed on the right hand side of the page. 

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