My Record Collection - May 21, 2018

My Record Collection by Moon Duo's Sanae Yamada (Vinyl Edition)
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My Record Collection by Moon Duo's Sanae Yamada (Vinyl Edition)

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their vinyl record collection are. Step up Moon Duo's Sanae Yamada, let's see what she's got for us...

 

The first LP I bought was…

"Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane. I found it in a dollar bin in a used books/oddities shop in Boulder, Colorado. I was in my 20s and had recently laid claim to the disused stereo my folks’ had had when I was a kid. I only knew ‘White Rabbit’ at the time, but I liked that track enough to buy the record."

 

The LP I’ve played more than any other is…

"This is not a piece of information I can be trusted to calculate accurately. Though it would be fair to say that one of most played over the last 10 years has been My Ancestors by Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family. This was the first LP I encountered from the Zamrock scene. So much great music came out of Zambia in the 70s - Witch, Rikki Ililonga, Amanaz - but My Ancestors gets to me the most. It’s searing and groovy, and it has this indescribably melancholy undertow. I crave to hear it."

 

The coolest cover in my collection is…

"Trans-Millenia Music by Pauline Anna Strom. This one is the object of some intense fixation right now. It is a compilation of her work from 1982-88 that came out last year. She made other-worldly synthesizer music and referred to herself as ‘The Trans-Millennia Consort’, which I think had to do with crossing the plane of time via inner space. The cover art looks like a blazing ocean sunset with a field of dark planets collapsing into it. It’s a strange, alluring image and suits the music perfectly."

 

The rarest LP I own is…

"This is my copy of Wooden Shjips’ original Shrinking Moon For You 10”. It’s in a blank white sleeve with a hand-stamped centre label. I’m not much of a rarities hunter, but I do know that one is hard to come by."

 

The strangest LP I own is…

"The Shaggs' Philosophy Of The World. I think that’s probably among the strangest albums anyone owns."

 

The last LP I bought was…

"Vweto by Georgia Anne Muldrow. This is a synthesizer record that has elements of hip-hop, psych, funk and dance, but doesn’t actually fit into any of those genres (or any genre really). It’s like listening to the soundtrack of a film I wish existed. Also, she doesn’t sing on it, which makes it an outlier in her body of work. It’s really unusual, a great record."

 

The LP I can’t wait to purchase is…

"KI-Motion by Midori Takada’s MKWAJU Ensemble. I pounced on the re-issue of her Through The Looking Glass last year, and it has been in heavy rotation. I love how her music is both minimal and complex, both sparse and intricate. It is so beautiful, and it reveals different facets of itself with each listen."

 

My most treasured LP is…

"Sadly, this is an impossible thing to decide. I treasure the collection, the amalgamation, in the same way I treasure my books. The sum of them is like a weird kind of diary, but less formal - more like a sensory map of one’s life."

 

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