My Record Collection - January 9, 2018

My Record Collection by Van William
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My Record Collection by Van William

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 rising folk troubadour Van William, let's see what he picks out...

 

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

"I bought a cassette of A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo. I remember appreciating how beautiful the racks of tapes were. Even as a kid, I could get lost in a record store and spend hours browsing and listening to records at the sampler stations. Remember those?"

 

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

"Without a doubt, it would be Dookie by Green Day. When the video for 'When I Came Around' was on MTV every second, I was hooked - particularly when they took the payphone off the hook and just kept walking. I learned every song on the record and started playing them in my folks' garage after school every day."

 

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

"Master and Everyone by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. There's something about that record that can fit any mood. Its chill and sad, but there's also this intensity to it that is inescapable. Every song is perfect."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. Its kind of an obvious answer, but it's true! It's not overtly happy, but there's something so unflinchingly optimistic and youthful about it that I just love."

 

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

"Sea Change by Beck. My friends in high school made fun of me for liking this record more than his earlier stuff, and it was the first time when I loved something enough to just be like "F**k Off, this record is amazing and you are dumb!'" 

 

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

"Sleeps With Angels by Neil Young. Okay, all time is probably an overstatement, but I just like shouting out this record whenever I have a chance. I've always been fascinated by late-mid/late career stuff from older musicians. There is a lot of terrible stuff, but then once in a while, something connects and these genuine heroes of music make something transcendental and that's what this 1994 record is."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Freeewheelin' Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan. I've always just loved that moment they captured."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Pink Moon by Nick Drake. That record is so gorgeous and sounds exactly like whatever a pink moon feels like."

 

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

"The entire Eagles discography. I despise the Eagles. I know that might be almost cliche in 2017, but I don't care. Every one of their songs makes me rethink my allegiance to rock and roll."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Antisocialites by Alvvays. They are one of my favourite bands in the world today. Lyrically, they are untouchable. I can listen to both their records all day long, but something about the newest one is even more engaging than their debut."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2018 is…

"The new record from Chvrches. I love my pop music, and Chvrches is riding that wave to the toppermost of the poppermost in my brain."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"In Utero by Nirvana. It's not even close. Its a masterwork, unlike anything else I have ever heard. It's raw and poetic, pissed off and depressed, self-aware and funny, and lyrically and melodically unreachable."

 

Van William's debut album Countries is released on January 19th. 

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