My Record Collection - November 9, 2021

My Record Collection by Julia Shapiro
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My Record Collection by Julia Shapiro

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 Chastity Belt singer Julia Shapiro, let's have a look at what she picks out...

 

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

"I’m pretty sure it was Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile by Everclear when I was nine or 10. I remember the CD itself was a yellow frowny face. I would listen to that song 'Wonderful' over and over again. It still holds up! Not sure if I really cared about any of the other songs on there though."

 

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

"It was Fever to Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I remember seeing them at Download Festival in 2006, along with The Shins, Beck, and TV on the Radio… such an era for indie music. I played guitar at the time, but had never played music with other people or sung in front of people, so the idea of being in a band felt really unattainable. Seeing Karen O perform was inspiring, and I’m sure I subconsciously wanted to be in a band around that time, I just didn’t think it was possible. Look at me now!"

 

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

"It's Car Wheels On A Gravel Road by Lucinda Williams. This is sort of a go-to road trip album for me. We’ll always hit it a few times on a Chastity Belt tour. It’s an album we can all sing along to. 'Right In Time' and 'Drunken Angel' are two of my all-time faves, so much so that I’ve learned to play them both on guitar."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It's Tapestry by Carole King. This is the record I put on when I need to get amped about cleaning my room or something. It hypes me up!"

 

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

"Kurt Vile's Wakin On A Pretty Daze always makes me feel somewhere in between sad and nostalgic. It’s an album full of complicated emotions, and I often turn to it when I’m in the mood to really feel something."

 

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

"Relatives In Descent by Protomartyr. I love these boys, and I love this album! Chastity Belt did a West Coast tour with them back in 2016, and it was one of the most unhinged tours of our lives. I loved watching their set every night. This album came out a year or so after that tour and we all listened to it on repeat."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Stratosphere by Duster. The cover is a pretty simple pastel landscape photo, but I feel like it perfectly captures the slow thoughtful drawl of the album. It compliments the music really nicely."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I mean, my album Zorked is up there haha, but I also like the title This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About by Modest Mouse. I loved Modest Mouse in high school and this record makes me feel super nostalgic for that time, and now that I’m a touring musician I can really relate to the album title. 'Custom Concern' is still one of my favourite songs by them."

 

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

"Inside by Bo Burnham. These songs are honestly unlistenable to me, and I don’t find them the least bit charming or funny."

 

The last record I bought was...

"Deceiver by DIIV. I listened to this album on repeat on Chastity Belt’s Fall 2019 tour through Europe. It’s just one of those records that hit hard all the way through. I saw them live at the Crocodile a few months later, it was a sick show."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2021 is…

"Fast Idol by Black Marble and Shade by Grouper. Big fans of both of them, so I can’t wait to hear their new stuff!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Either/Or by Elliott Smith. This has been a go-to for me since I was 12. There’s rarely a time when I don’t feel like listening to Elliott Smith. It’s just good contemplative music that makes me feel something."

 

Julia Shapiro's new album, Zorked, is released on October 15th and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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