My Record Collection - March 20, 2018

My Record Collection by Team Picture
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My Record Collection by Team Picture

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 rising six-piece Team Picture and their guitarist J. McCarthy, let's see what comes of this...

 

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

"Oh my god, definitely something awful in hindsight like Chocolate Starfish & The Hotdog Flavoured Water by Limp Bizkit or similar. My parents didn’t really listen to music, so when all that awful angry-whiteboy-nu-metal was popular I was just all like ‘this must be what rock music is! Cool!’ Cut me some slack here; I could have lied and said something hip but I didn’t and now you know how much of a dweeb I am and we can continue these questions with that in mind."

 

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

"It was a film actually! You ever seen Frank by Jon Ronson? Yeah, that! So I think the soundtrack album featuring music by the greatest fictional band ever SORONPRFRBS is the answer to this question. If I could be even half as cool any member of that band one day then I would be a happy fellow."

 

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

"I think maybe 'Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush. I don’t think I could ever get tired of that record. It’s a masterpiece of production. I don’t think Kate Bush gets nearly enough credit for how much of a total boss utiliser of the studio she is. Everyone’s just all ‘big hair and helium voice’. Nope."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Anything by Ariel Pink. Maybe ‘Mature Themes’? I can’t stand humourless music, and Ariel Pink is just a perfect blend of some really tekkers songwriting and hypnogogia, and also just a really broad seam of ridiculousness running all the way through it."

 

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

"I have an old 7” of Robert Palmer’s ‘Johnny & Mary’. My old boss gave it to me and I think it’s definitely on the verge of being too worn out to play. But every now and then when I need some pep I’ll give it a spin and all is right again."

 

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

"Anything by Throwing Muses. Possibly University. Kristin Hersh is just such an underrated guitarist and songwriter. Everything about Throwing Muses is so angular and weird. It’s like, just when you think you’ve settled into their groove they go off and do something that just totally pulls you out of the moment. Everything is linear. It’s amazing. And yeah, she’s probably my favourite guitar player ever. I don’t think anyone plays guitar like her."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I love Solid State Survivor by Yellow Magic Orchestra. They went one better than Kraftwerk ever did and took the robots out for a romantic dinner. I think YMO are the coolest band ever, no fooling."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"I love boasts. Like, ‘yeah this album is amazing, and I’m amazing too, and I’m going to tell you through the medium of what this album is called, and you’re gonna like it’. So maybe I’m the Man by Joe Jackson or Jesus of Cool by Nick Lowe, or The Teaches of Peaches is just absolutely perfect. Just imagine the feeling of complete perfection after arriving at such a title. Wow! Or hey, you know what, maybe even Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads. Oh god, I can’t decide, I’m sorry."

 

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

"I think missed out on the whole Father John Misty thing, but then, I’m pretty sure I’m not his intended audience."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It’s Immaterial by Black Marble on some sweet LTD white vinyl. I got it last week but I’ve been chonging on that record for months now. Instant nostalgia, but it’s never derivative. Absolute tonez."

 


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

"I genuinely had to do some research for this question, because I have no idea who is releasing new music when, ever. Grouper’s got a new one coming out next month I hear, which I am psyched about. Ruins is one of my faves."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I have no idea. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine is the first thing I thought of. But I think Disintegration by The Cure is definitely in with a pretty good shout. I’m not sure I could pick between those two. I'm gonna go listen to both of them."

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