My Record Collection - February 27, 2018

My Record Collection by Darlingside's Harris Paseltiner
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My Record Collection by Darlingside's Harris Paseltiner

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 Boston indie types Darlingside and their mainman Harris Paseltiner. Let's see what he chooses...

 

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

"I grew up going to stores like Best Buy on the weekends with friends to pick up new CD releases which we’d bring home to listen to while playing ping pong. Vinyl records were something my parents and grandparents listened to. It wasn’t until Darlingside was recording for the first time that our producer brought a turntable as a gift for the house we were living in together. Since we had no records between the four of us, we went to Downtown Sounds for a vinyl shopping spree. The first one I picked out was James Taylor’s Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon. The fourth track ‘Riding On A Railroad’ is a personal favourite, and Leland Sklar’s bass line on ‘Places In My Past’ is somehow continuously filling through the whole song."

 

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

"There’s no specific a-ha moment I can recall, so I’d have to look back into formative memories that might’ve influenced my love of music making and listening. The first memory I have of seeing a turntable play music was when my parents popped on Michael Jackson’s Thriller in our family den. Soon my siblings and I were jumping up and down on the sofa dancing. I had a pretty fun pair of Mickey Mouse pants at the time. I remember marvelling at how the spinning piece of wax was creating the sounds I was moving to."

 

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

"Probably Nina Simone Sings the Blues. I keep coming back for ‘My Man’s Gone Now’ near the end of Side One. At the vocal apex, it feels like she’s one inch from your nose and singing straight through you."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Bill Withers' Still Bill. Side Two starts with 'When I’m Kissing My Love' which is undeniably uplifting. His voice sounds like butter on 'Let Me In Your Life'."

 

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

"I often put on The National's High Violet when I’m in a rut. There’s a chant-like insistence in the chords and arrangements. It’s a nice deep, velvety pool to get into."

 

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

"Absolutely. Tamer Animals by Other Lives. This should be on everyone’s shelf. The cinematic orchestration, the shifting between major and minor, the psychedelic choral harmonies, the wide-open feel of it….it’s spectral and enormous."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I’m a fan of the three-toned black, white, and mirror-board block-print packaging on Atoms For Peace's Amok. It unfolds into a continuous 6-panel mural complete with silver asteroids and white paper flames."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"This has got to be Nick Drake's Pink Moon."

 

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

"I don’t begrudge people for liking music I’m not drawn to. However, I just haven’t been into Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear. I keep trying since it’s been recommended time and again."

 

The last record I bought was…

"My brother and I like to swap records for birthdays and holidays, so most records I’ve acquired recently were gifts from him. He gave me Aphex Twin’s Syro which is a wonderfully brain-melting and frenetic experience. It’s actually difficult to listen to both sides consecutively due to mental overload."

 

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

"Caitlin Canty’s Motel Bouquet coming out on March 30th. We love Caitlin as a person and musician and have toured and co-written with her. This upcoming record of hers is filled with timeless melodies, it’s a gem."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"The Beatles' Revolver. My favourite albums have loads of dynamic range, uptempo, downtempo, dark, light, catchy, convoluted, major, minor, it’s all there. Between 'She Said, She Said', 'Love You To', 'And Your Bird Can Sing', and 'Tomorrow Never Knows', this one has it all and still hangs tight. I’m especially drawn to the reverse orchestra sounds on the final track."

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