Are Records Making a Comeback? This New Startup Says Yes
Take off your wireless, streaming headphones, and listen up: Vinyl Me, Please has its sights set on improving your record collection AND your drink repertoire (yup, go ahead, dust off that glassware). It’s a modern-day take on the record clubs of yore: a subscription gets you a hand-picked record paired with a cocktail recipe and an album-inspired art print that arrive on your doorstep once a month.
If the dusty sea of crates at your local record shop sends you running to your Pandora playlists, you’re not alone. Co-founders Matt Fiedler and Tyler Barstow met over a shared love for listening to records, but they were totally overwhelmed by the idea of building a collection. So they created Vinyl Me, Please and gathered a band of experts to identify the classics and curate the current.
With one glance at their record archive, we’re already tapping our toes and are ready to dish out that $23 per month: There’s classic Thelonius Monk alongside SBTRKT’s infectious beats and Explosions in The Sky’s lush sonic landscapes. The cocktail recipes come from the gentlemen over at Vinyl + Cocktails, and if they’re anything like the pairings on V+C’s blog (think HAIM and a fuzzy navel), well, we’re stocking up on stirrers and ready to mix. Listening party, anyone?
In addition to the goodies that arrive via snail mail, subscribers have access to their weekly digest, The Standard, that dishes out digital bonuses like videos, free downloads, playlists and interviews with artists they’ve featured. Help ourselves to great music, cocktails and the latest in vinyl? Don’t mind if we do.
What record can no collection do without? And, of course, what is the indispensable cocktail to go with? Let us know in the comments below!