My Record Collection - April 18, 2016

My Record Collection by The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz
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My Record Collection by The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz

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 Wesley Schultz, singer/songwriter and guitarist with superstar folk-rock combo The Lumineers (pictured above, middle) whose sophomore album, Cleopatra, is out now.  Let's see what he picks out…

 

You can check out a selection of Wesley's picks in this playlist...

 

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

“Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream. An incredible album. I remember listening to it over and over, front to back. The bells on ‘Disarm’ with Billy Corgan's voice is such a haunting combination. I also remember making my Mom listen to this on a family trip and her hating it at first, and then after the 10th listen, her actually saying how much she liked it. That man can write a song, Billy Corgan.”

 

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

“Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Live at Luther College. My brother in law took me to see them at West Point, where he was a cadet. I was 15, and was just blown away by the show and the intricate guitar woven into these beautiful songs. The first songs I learned on guitar were from that album. I can still remember how to play some of them.”

 

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

“Probably The Samples - Transmissions from the Sea of Tranquility. I haven't listened to this in a while, but in high school I used to have headphones on in between all classes and any free time I had - so much so that at one point this random guy in school stopped me and said, ‘Hey man, I just have to ask, what the f--k are you listening to? Every time I see you, you've got headphones on!’ And I was listening to this live album, which if you added up all the spins, probably exceeds any other album I’ve ever listened to. They were also the first band I ever saw play live.”

 

The record that always makes me feel good is...

“J Roddy Walston and the Business - Essential Tremors. Every time I’m in a good mood and hanging out with friends, I'll put this on. And inevitably someone will ask me, ‘Hey this is great. Who is this?’ And they'll immediately become a fan of this band. It's beyond me why they're not some household name band - the songs are so damn good and the live show is sick.”

 

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

“Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago. There's something so emotional about Justin Vernon's delivery. He doubles his vocals and created such a distinct style that you can recognize his songs almost immediately. There's such a world he creates with this album, where each song bleeds into the next, and creates an almost meditative state in me. The songs sort of wash over you, and cover you like that old blanket you had growing up that comforts you on a rainy day.”

 

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

“The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One. I say underrated because I think the Kinks, although always pretty well known among musicians, still sort of fly under the radar to the mainstream U.S. fans. I heard recently it was because of some issue the kinks had with unions in the U.S. and a scuffle they had which prevented them from touring for about a decade of prime years. Either way, this album is stacked with incredible songs besides ‘Lola’ - songs like ‘Apeman’ and ‘Strangers’ make me lose my mind at how amazing they are both in the songwriting and the recordings themselves.”

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

“Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City. I love all their album covers - and I don't know how they found this particular image - but it is a gorgeous foggy morning shot of Manhattan with the buildings emerging out of the haze of smoke. There's something so ancient and cavernous, something so dangerous and lurking in the shadows. And yet it's also so beautiful.”

 

The last record I bought was...

“Black Sabbath – Paranoid. This album came out in 1970, and I figured I didn't really know Black Sabbath all too well but was curious. I recognized and loved so many songs off of this album it almost feels like a greatest hits collection. Such a dynamic sounding album, and Ozzy singing about some things you wouldn't guess he would be - like peace and love."

 

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

“Sturgill Simpson's next album. His last album - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music blew me away. It was such incredible songwriting mixed with the highest level Nashville musicians. I can't wait to hear what he does next. Him and Hozier as well. They’re both albums that are gonna be heard the day they come out for me.”

 

The greatest record of all time is...

“Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde. Not much needs to be said here. Just pick up the receiver and he'll make you a believer.”

 

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