My Record Collection - January 10, 2017

My Record Collection by Austra's Katie Stelmanis
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My Record Collection by Austra's Katie Stelmanis

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 Austra's Katie Stelmanis, let's see what's in her record collection...

 

Check out a selection of Katie's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"This was Green Day's Dookie. I remember sitting beside my radio and waiting for Green Day to play so I could record it to tape. My mom was resistant to let me buy it because it had a parental warning on the cover, but eventually she took me to HMV and talked to the employee at the counter about whether or not it was appropriate music for a 9 year old. I was obviously mortified but happily walked out with the CD."



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

"It's Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile. When I was in high school I was pretty obsessed with classical music and didn’t listen to much else. My first roommate was this girl Kate who loved industrial music and thought I’d like this record because of the pretty piano parts. The first few times I listened I didn’t really get it, but one day it just clicked, and became the catalyst for my switch from classical to electronic music."



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

"I'd say this is Bjork's Vespertine. I remember being introduced to Bjork’s music around the same time as NIN and I was equally as enthralled. I loved Vespertine because of the choirs. I used to listen to this album on my discman every night before going to bed, especially the song ‘Aurora.’ I probably played it at least 100 times in a year."



The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Tegan and Sara's So Jealous. This was one of my favourite records in high school and I still listen to it sometimes for nostalgia purposes and because the title track ‘So Jealous’ is one of my favourite songs ever written."



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

"Sufjan Stevens -  Carrie and Lowell. This is more of a new habit, as the record is relatively new compared to the others on this list, but if I feel like I need to have a good cry this album is perfect. I’ll cry even if I’m not in the mood so if I’m feeling particularly emotional the effect will be magnified."



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

"This is Owen Pallett's In Conflict. Owen Pallett is one of my favourite musicians and has always been a hugely helpful inspiration. His music is gorgeous, and we have listened to all his albums on repeat in our tour van. I am always shocked that he isn’t the most famous musician in the world because his music is surely the most beautiful."



The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I'd say Kate Bush's Lionheart. My mother’s favourite artist is Kate Bush and I remember really loving this album cover when I was kid, it reminded me of a scene from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and the music fits with that description quite fittingly I think too."



The record with my favourite title is…

"This is Hip Harp by Dorothy Ashby. This is also a relatively new discovery. I discovered Dorothy Ashby through listening to Alice Coltrane on Youtube and following the Youtube recommendations. I fell in love with Hip Harp and find the title to be very catchy."



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

"Anything by AC/DC. I guess I know why people like AC/DC, and I definitely like certain songs, but the cock-rock genre is just so exhausting and over-played I find them very difficult to listen to regularly."



The last record I bought was…

"It was Tanya Tagaq – Retribution. One of the most amazing purchases I have ever made. Tanya Tagaq is the most punk artist making music right now, sitting at the forefront of the political struggle for indigenous people and the anti-capitalist/misogynist/racist struggle in general."



The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"The xx's new LP. My band has toured with them a lot and I’ve since become a big fan of their music. From what I’ve hear their new tracks are a big step forward and I’m really looking forward to what comes next."



The greatest record of all time is…

"I'll choose Nina Simone's Pastel Blues. Whenever people ask this question which is impossible to answer I will turn to Nina Simone, and artist who is celebrated and respected but not in the same way as her other male counterparts. Simone is a musician who can play a 3-note repetitive chord pattern and make it the most engaging and beautiful piece of music I’ve ever heard."

 

Austra's new album Future Politics is released on January 20th and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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