My Record Collection - August 20, 2018

My Record Collection by Mikaela Davis
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My Record Collection by Mikaela Davis

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 harpist Mikaela Davis, let's see what she chooses...

 

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

"This was Modest Mouse's The Lonesome Crowded West. I was obsessed with Modest Mouse in high school. After I purchased my first record player I did two things, bought this MM record, and discovered all my mom's old records in the attic, which is how I discovered Bowie, Talking Heads, John Cale, and more..."

 

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

"This was Spice Girls' Spice. The Spice Girls were all the rage when I was in elementary school, I listened to them daily with beads and butterfly clips in my hair. Typical 90s kid. I remember suggesting to my second-grade reading group that we name ourselves "Spice Peers" because it was a mixture of girls and boys. They were not thrilled."

 

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

"This has to be Elliott Smith's XO. I fell into a trance after my good friend and bandmate Alex showed me Elliott Smith. I could guess that I listened to more music than ever in high school on the school bus, waiting for class, in between class, and on walks and car rides. Life starts moving so quickly after grade school and I can't seem to focus on really taking the time to sit quietly and listen like I used to. XO was my go-to for any mood."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Harry Nilsson's At The Copa. I think I found At The Copa in a dollar bin at a record store, and it ended up saving me many times. It's a live record which gives it some extra oomph, especially when you're crying and singing along. I used to spin it in college on my Crosley portable record player while getting ready for class very tired or hung over, or when I was getting ready to go out on the weekend. Good feels all around."

 

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

"Wilco's Sky Blue Sky. Sky Blue Sky is really nostalgic for me. Listening to this record makes me forget about what's going on in this moment. It takes me to a time where everything blurred together yet my life was clearer. I think the record came out in 2007, my freshman year of high school."

 

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

"Every Cass McCombs record. Cass McCombs doesn't give a f**k! He is really humble and clearly writing music is what he loves most. Cass doesn't look for attention and maybe even hides from it. He one of the best lyricists of the 21st century, alongside Jeff Tweedy, please do give him a listen! I met him once at a random show in Madison, Wisconsin. I'm sure he doesn't remember me but it's one of the only times I've been starstruck."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Carole King's Tapestry. Tapestry is such a staple and the cover is so simple. Carole, barefoot, and her tabby cat. Purrfect."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Katie Von Schleicher's Shitty Hits. What more is there to say? Katie is one of my favorite songwriters."

 

The record I can’t understand why everyone loves is…

"Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over the Sea. I want to like this record... I just can't get into it, but respect that Jeff Magnum has some sort of special powers!"

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was Bon Voyage by Melody's Echo Chamber. Bon Voyage is the most inspiring records of 2018 I've listened to so far. It takes you on a wild journey. These women are kicking ass!"

 

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

"Childish Gambino. Childish Gambino is supposedly releasing his last record ever this year... the singles are keeping me on my toes."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I'd have to choose John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. So much talent and so much raw emotion."

 

Mikaela Davis's new album Delivery is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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