My Record Collection - June 20, 2016

My Record Collection by The Hotelier's Christian Holden
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My Record Collection by The Hotelier's Christian Holden

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 The Hotelier's Christian Holden to bare his soul and his records for us, here we go...

 

You can check out some of Christian's selections in this playlist...

 

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

"This is The Offspring - Americana. There was a short period where I was listening to music and everyone still had walkmans instead of discmans so this I actually had on tape. I don't think there were parental advisory stickers either so my mom was bummed out when it sweared. To be honest I haven't really listened to the Offspring since. But the progression from 'She's Got Issues' is pretty often stuck in my head."

 

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

"Blink 182 - Enema Of The State. I basically got all the music I listened to early on from my siblings and my brother had this on CD and would play it for me on car rides and I'd listen with head phones. I think the melodies got me most. Since I was like 8 I didn't have a way of listening to it for the singles, and I think looking back all the singles on that record were my least favorite songs. I think 'Dysentery Gary' was the riff that got me hooked. This album sort of kick started me into pretending a golf club was a guitar and pretending to be in a band."

 

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

"The Weakerthans - Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre. They are just like, the best band. Their songwriting is just unmatched. And somehow, they made a live record where the songs feel more natural than the record. The song 'Bigfoot' especially. This is just like my go to record."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"The Go! Team - The Scene Between. This is their newest record, and it just is kind of the most feel good record I've heard in a while. The slight distortion on the vocals in the opening track makes the vocalist sort of sound like BMO from Adventure Time which kind of makes it just that much more pleasant."

 

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

"Julie Doiron & The Wooden Stars. The Julie Doiron clean guitar tone is the most solemn  sounding instrument sounds I know of. 'The Longest Winter' is the clearest example of this. This album turns me into jelly."

 

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

"Lemuria - Pebble. Now 'all time, is a big absolute statement... but Lemuria is one of my favorite bands. When I started getting into them everyone was kind of raving about Get Better, but I somehow ended up getting a vinyl copy of Pebble for free from our label at the time. So that's what I started with. I've heard people often compare those two records usually to describe why they don't like Pebble. But it's a more patient, subtly disturbing, and kind of really cool experimental pop record."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"This is Loone/Paper Bee split. Beyon Wren Moor made the art for this record and she makes some of the wildest pieces."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"The Promise Ring - Nothing Feels Good: I love double meanings and the concept of peace in nothingness too much for this to not resonate with me hard. Of course, I feel like this title is misread as like brooding and melodramatic. That's a shame to me."

 

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

"The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds. It has just to this point done absolutely nothing for me. Brian Wilson is playing a festival we're playing in July. I intend on seeing that set."

 

The last record I bought was…

"The Books - A Dot In Time. This is their box set discography and I bought the very last one! I went on Temporary Residence's website to buy it once I had the money and it was all sold out. I quickly went to Amazon to find it and there was 1 left in stock. It is currently up for $350. Lost and Safe is one of my favorite records ever so I'm very glad I got this."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2016 is…

"M.I.A. - Matahdatah. M.I.A. was my entrance into electronic music and is one of my favorite artists. I just feel like she is the raddest popular artist out there and is making some heavy as hell music. She has released from tracks from it already. Borders is alright, but Swords and Warriors are real tight."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Michael Jackson - Thriller: This feels like a prompt that has to be understood as more objective. Thriller was the first thing I ever listened to obsessively. My brother shared a room with me and he'd always want to listen to the Stuart Little tape and I always wanted to put on Thriller. Beyond that, MJ just really changed pop music forever Thriller being the catalyst. Probably one of the more important records ever, as people are still making music heavily influenced by his style, the new Carly Rae Jepsen being a prime example."

 

The Hotelier's new album Goodness is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page. 

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