My Record Collection - May 2, 2019

My Record Collection by The Gotobeds' Eli Kasan
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My Record Collection by The Gotobeds' Eli Kasan

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 Pittsburgh post-punks The Gotobeds and their mainman Eli Kasan. Let's see what he opts for...

 

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

"It was a Cassingle of Sir Mix A-Lot's ‘Baby Got Back’. The store whose name escapes me was in a small shopping complex. By 5th grade, I stopped asking to go to the Baseball Card Store and wandered into the music shop. Same kinda concept visually: just staring at the covers and coveting them."

"No idea how my wonderful Mother let that happen (think she was next door shopping and asleep at the wheel). I remember buying a Snoop Dogg cd at the same place and my Mom returning it. Funny, it was open so the shop didn’t want to take it but everyone bows to the awesome power of an angry Mother."

 

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

"Nirvana’s Nevermind, came out when I was was like 9 and I asked my folks for a guitar immediately after. They were a big bang moment, like the Sex Pistols where everyone thought “I can do that!” I remember seeing the video for 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and the next day quitting both little league and the boy scouts, and donning my older sisters flannel. Seemed like the whole neighbourhood caught the same thing at the same time."

 

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

"The first Velvet Underground & Nico LP. Still the ultimate marriage of pop & art with a cover from the king of pop art."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Kevin Ayers' Joy of a Toy and Belle & Sebastian's If You’re Feeling Sinister both still elicit the same joy after repeated listens."

 

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

"This is Lou Reed’s Berlin. Let’s you wallow around in it for a bit before redemption hits. Usually later in the day when the endorphins return after a hang-over. Funny that I’ve been a big Lou fan for quite some time but have only recently become obsessed with Berlin."

"I used to hate the overbearing ‘rock’ drums in Men of Good Fortune, but that’s what’s great about Reed – the contradictions. He never made anything easy on himself or his listeners. None of his records got their due when they came out. Berlin was widely panned upon release, so no wonder he changed forms so often. I’d be livid."

 

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

"For this, I would say Gareth Williams and Mary Currie's Flaming Tunes. It's probably my favourite solo release of the This Heat crew, or at least a toss-up between this and the Camberwell Now LP, but this one seems lost."

"Probably because it came out on cassette and the lp repress was so scarce. I still kick myself for not purchasing the reissue from Fusetron when it was reissued. Of all the shit I’ve put on my credit card I would take this over the lawnmower I purchased on it!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Didn’t want to go the same route on a lot of these questions and list more than one, but The Swell Maps' A Trip to Marineville was the first to spring to mind. Though ask me tomorrow and I could answer Pavement's Slanted or The Fall’s Room to Live which is a great, much-maligned LP."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Peter Jefferies' The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World’ and not just because it is an accurate description of the record! But still a great swipe at the world. F**k the world, even if you're from that wonderous hobbit hole way the fuck down at the bottom of the globe."

 

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

"Any Mac Demarco record. Don't get it."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Went shopping this past Saturday, picked up The World's Reddish, Mdou Moctar's Sousoume Tamachek and Pete Shelley's Heaven & The Sea. Purchased at two separate shops, the Mdou and Shelley LPs were stolen off the counter when I wasn’t looking! No joke, some dude walked off with my bag. Hope motherfucker listens to the records he stole and doesn't re-sell them instantly."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"Something new by Protomartyr. Greg said they are writing now and I didn’t have the guts to ask for an iPhone recording of their practices…"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"This has to be The Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society. Even that terrible song 'Phenomenal Cat' has its place on that masterpiece. Another record on this list that flopped and almost ended their career upon its birth. I love anything that feels like it stops time and lives in its own world for its duration."

 

The Gotobeds' new album Debt Begins At 30 is released on May 31st and is available to pre-order in hmv stores now. 

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