An Interview With i.am.ananias

In this interview I talk to Anna all about music and vinyl.

@i.am.ananias

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

For some time there I had lost my love for music. I mean I did listen to music daily, but it was not with the kind of passion I used to do since I was a kid till my twenties. Then due to some life altering events I found myself again from my true path in life, the path of loving music (how poetic!). I used to have this regular kind of instagram, the kind everyone has, with pictures of their breakfast and sunsets and toes on sand… Then one day I stumbled across some accounts of people who seemed to share my passion for music and I was hooked. I buried my old account and started to share pics of my records.

If you ask why vinyl, it’s simply cause it is my favorite format. But the main thing for me is music itself, I don’t really care if I hear it from spotify, cd, cassette, radio… But I prefer vinyl. Not because it has better sound or because I would be interested about some special editions. I don’t give a rats ass about any first pressings… But because I love all things with history, old furniture, vintage clothing, old movies… So vinyl goes hand in hand with that. Vinyl is simply beautiful. I love the way it’s almost a small ritual, when you put a needle on your favorite record.

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

In my twenties I used to have quite the collection of cd’s. I still have some of them left in my basement storage, but I don’t even have a cd-player anymore. Then life got in the way of collecting. I did have a nice collection of vinyl in a previous chapter of my life, but I had to start collecting again from scratch in 2018.
But you know, I don’t even think of myself as a collector. I am a music lover and my favorite format happens to be vinyl so all of my favorite albums I want to own in vinyl. I don’t even know how many I own. Not enough, I guess, but quality over quantity, right? Also I work as a midwife and in this country people do seem to really appreciate the help of someone when giving birth, but their appreciation doesn’t really show in paychecks and in Finland vinyl records are expensive af.

What’s your vinyl holy graill?

I don’t really have one. I mean, as I said before, I’m not that interested in any special first pressings or any super rare copys of some albums. All the records I buy, are records I actually listen to. And luckily so far the music I love has been easy to access and affordable. I would find it just plain stupid to buy a record that costs shit-load of money and then you could only store it in bubblewrap in a safe and never listen to it.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

I find all these TOP-something questions always impossible. I listen to so many different genres and artists that it would be impossible for me to choose just five. I mean I adore all those gorgeous women with beautiful voices and character like Billie Holiday, Etta James, Julie London. Then I am obsessed with the unicorns among us mere mortals: Joanna Newsom, Honey Harper, David Bowie. And I can’t get enough of all the sad-boys: Sufjan Stevens, Novo Amor, Jeff Buckley, James Blake. I also couldn’t live without all them rappers with just the right attitude: Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, the Roots, the Fugees. And don’t even get me started with them wonder women: Tori Amos, Kate Bush, St.Vincent, Björk, Florence and the machine. Also in my heart I carry the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Kinks. And then there is all that jazz… You see, impossible!

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

Well I would love to go out on a date with the young George Harrison. He was and is the best Beatle. Have you seen those pics of him with his camera? So shy and so yummy at the same time… Also I wouldn’t say no to Pokey LaFarge if he would ask me out on a date. Feel free to tag him here.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

Someone once told me I am all over the place with my music and movie taste (very eclectic, if you want to put it more nicely), but I’d say some of my all time favorite movies have been: Lost in translation, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Some like it hot, Back to the future, My neighbour Totoro, The Big Lebowski, Dirty dancing, High fidelity.

My alltime favorite tv shows have been Mad men, the Office (UK!), Curb your Enthusiasm and I must say that I really enjoyed that Queens Gambit this year, even though I know nothing about chess.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

The Story

The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

The Good

I love the montage at the start of the movie of all the characters getting ready to go to Chicago to demonstrate against the Vietnam war. You get to meet all of the Chicago 7 and how all their stories come together, it was a cool way to introduce everyone. The cast are all great, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is solid as the lead federal prosecutor. Frank Langella is great as the judge who presided over the trial. Eddie Redmayne is excellent as Tom Hayden, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong are stellar as defendants Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. Michael Keaton makes a surprise appearance too, I say surprise because I didn’t even know he was in the movie. The writing and direction is great too.

The Bad

I haven’t really got a bad thing to say about this movie, as I really enjoyed it.

The Verdict

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is a well written, acted and directed movie. I didn’t know a lot about this trial, but it tells the story in a good way and it’s still relevant today.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

An Interview With pamsrecordcollection

In this interview I talk to Pam all about her huge record collection, music and her following on Instagram.

@pamsrecordcollection

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

I was previously on Facebook and got sick of that platform for various reasons that I won’t go into, and then started an Instagram account. I was posting pictures of records on Facebook and would get a handful of sympathy likes from friends and family. When I started posting records on Instagram in 2017, I was surprised to find that there were others doing the same and I found my way into the vinyl community. 

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

I’m in my early 50s. There were record collectors when I was growing up, but for most people back then it was just how one listened to music. So, I can say that I started accumulating records when I was around 7 years old. That’s around the age that I started liking the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the Monkees. I think it transformed from “accumulating” to “collecting” somewhere in the early 2000s, after I got a steady job and settled down in one place long enough to stop thinking about what a pain it would be to move all this stuff. As for how many I have, around 6,000 records.

You have about as many followers as your record collection, how are you finding it all?

How am I finding records? There are a few different sources. I got about 100 of them from my mom. Back in the mid-1950s and early ’60s, she was really into jazz and blues and, being the kind of person she is, she was fastidious about her records. She kept them in pristine condition. I inherited another hundred or so from my dad, and those are mostly classic country records. I also have around 30 of my grandmother’s 78rpm records – mostly Hawaiian music like Alfred Apaka and Genoa Keawe. Beyond that, it’s all stuff that I’ve gathered over time from record stores, thrift shops, garage sales, and online.

As for the followers, I don’t know why people follow my account. I certainly haven’t bought them or anything like that. It has happened over four years, so I think that new Instagram users have to remember that it takes some time for most accounts to grow.

What’s your vinyl holy graill?

It would have to be a first state Beatles butcher cover. I’m pretty sure that will never happen, but one can dream.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

There are four who are always in the top – The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Allen Toussaint, and Philip Glass. Beyond those, it changes from time to time. Right now I’m really interested in Django Reinhardt.

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

At first I was tempted to say “Paul McCartney” for the simple reason that his music, both in the Beatles and solo, has impacted both me and modern pop music to such a vast extent. But then I started thinking that I already know a lot about him from books and whatnot. The poor man is asked the same questions repeatedly. So, instead I’ll choose Allen Toussaint because I would love to have talked to him about what New Orleans was like when he was growing up, the other musical giants that he knew like Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, what were some of the things that went down at Cosimo Matassa’s studio, what he thought about the evolution of popular music over his lifetime – stuff like that. Plus he seemed like a real gentleman.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

Akira Kurosawa is my favorite movie director, so I recommend his films like “Throne of Blood” and “Seven Samurai.” I don’t watch regular television but I recently watched the Fran Lebowitz series on Netflix, which was excellent. As for music, and really for movies and television as well, people’s tastes are so varied that I hesitate to recommend anything specific. My best advice is to be open-minded about the kind of music you listen to and if you do that, you’ll probably find a few gems that you wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.

YouTube

I recently made a YouTube channel to go with my blog and Instagram.

The plan is to post music related posts of interviews, vlogs, skits and gigs I go to. I’ve uploaded three videos so far and plan to post more soon. I have a lot of ideas, but because of Covid-19 and the lockdown I haven’t been able to get some videos made. I’m hoping to put up some more content soon.

The first video is a trailer for all the things to come one my channel. Vinyl Supernova Trailer

The second video is a trailer for some of the people I’ve interviewed for my blog ranging from DJ’s, Singers, people in the vinyl community on Instagram talking about vinyl and music. I’m hoping to do some interviews in person or by video soon and upload them. An Interview With Trailer

The third video is some highlights from a Slowthai gig I want to in Newcastle last year. Slowthai

Please check out the videos and give me a subscribe It’s David Oman

Football Day

Last Friday I posted my Indie Mix playlist.

This playlist is for the music you play and hear all around the football stadiums, bars, pubs and clubs around the country on a match day.

There’s indie music, rock, dance and a bit of rap mixed in. There’s 50 songs on the playlist. It features bands like Oasis, Blur, The Gorillaz and loads more. So there’s something for everyone.

Go to my Spotify: Football Day and check it out.

An Interview With vinyl.addictions.anonymous

In this interview I talk to Philip all about music and vinyl.

@vinyl.addictions.anonymous

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

My friends were growing tired of me blathering on about these “obsolete discs” on Facebook. They wanted me to conform to the standards of the platform by being completely uninteresting and dull. I like original content and was looking for a site where I could explore my writing a little further while also sharing my passion for vinyl. I took my show on the road and discovered Instagram which opened a new a world of possibilities for interacting with other like-minded enthusiasts. My last resort for validation was a unicorn themed page.

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

It all goes back to the womb. I had a sweet Fisher Price unit with built-in speakers. Shipping was a nightmare. I’ve been listening to music on vinyl as long as I can remember, so I would say I was born a collector. My mother would play records for me as a child and she became my biggest influence for learning about great music. I have somewhere in the vicinity of 1,500 records currently.

What’s your vinyl holy graill?

That changes from time to time because I get obsessed with certain titles that I “must have” immediately. Quite often it’s a case of Rosebud from Citizen Kane – finding an object that doesn’t have much monetary value, but is the greatest treasure personally. In general, I would say the butcher cover for Yesterday and Today by The Beatles.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

I probably have a top fifty, but some of the bands I return to the most are like comfort foods that bring a sense of nostalgia and warm memories. These bands would include The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who and Pink Floyd. Special mention to Led Zeppelin. Oh, and let’s not forget about Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem from The Muppets.

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

My favourite artist is Bob Dylan, but I’ve seen enough of his interviews to know that I would be completely intimidated. The gravity of his influence on music is unprecedented. I’d far prefer having a couple beers with someone like Johnny Cash who really knew how to cut loose and have a good time. My grandparents were police officers and picked him up for drunk driving one night when he came to town for a concert. They said he was a riot.

I think I would forgo dinner and ask to jam with the musician in question. That would be a lot more fun. I never understood lunch/dinner meetings with people you don’t know and I’m in a professional field. You can’t talk while you’re eating unless you want to be rude, so it seems counterproductive. Give me a guitar any day and let’s sing some songs.

Wow cool Johnny Cash story, it would have been awesome to meet him. Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

I could go on endlessly about my recommendations. I’m a big fan of classic films. Anyone that has not explored film history is really missing out on some of the greatest art in our culture. We live in an age that is consumed with instant gratification and short attention span. Watch a foreign film like L’Avventura by Michaelangelo Antonioni which has a slow, deliberate pace, but the imagery speaks volumes. The antithesis of the current film trend of things blowing up or one-dimensional characters. My favourite film is Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock – a tale of obsession that is just as relevant today as in 1958 when it was released.

I have the same recommendation for music. Go back to the beginning. Listen to the originators. Spin some Robert Johnson, Big Mama Thornton, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters. Everything we listen to today derives from the blues. Music is a fascinating journey and it’s really appreciated more when you speak the language. Google Translate won’t help on this one!

I think what I enjoy most about vinyl is that it forces you to go through a process to enjoy it. You can’t just press a button or skip tracks very easily. It becomes a ritual with the greatest reward.

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

The Story

Actor David Arquette returns to the professional wrestling ring for a series of matches.

The Good

You cannot Kill David Arquette is a story of a man trying to get some respect after years of being made fun off for winning the WCW title in 2000. You get the story of how that win happened and how badly he was treated by the wrestling world after that. This documentary is his redemption story. He decided to go back into wrestling. You see him on his journey training with wrestlers, going to Mexico and having matches on the indie wrestling scene. You also get to he is a real wrestling fan he loves it. There’s some great funny moments when he’s trying to find himself and a wrestling gimmick. He has an awesome match against RJ City which starts to build his momentum and gets taken more seriously in wrestling. The death match he has is brutal, he gets hit with a fluorescent light tube and it cuts his neck open and he ends up in hospital. The documentary isn’t just funny there’s some real raw, deep emotional moments too. The match where David wrestles Luke Perry’s son Jack Jungle Boy Perry, not long after losing Luke Perry is a great match and sad for them both not having their friend and father there. I loved the moments with his wife and kids wondering why he’s going back into wrestling, worrying about him, but then getting into it and going to his shows.

The Bad

I haven’t really got anything bad to say about this documentary as I really enjoyed it. The only thing I thought was he’s sick of being called a joke but he comes out dressed in a purple wizard cape to wrestle hmmm. I just thought that was all done as a bit of a fun though and he does take wrestling seriously as you see through the rest of the documentary.

The Verdict

You Cannot Kill David Arquette is fun, entertaining documentary, but it’s also very deep and emotional story about a man earning his respect from his peers and fans. I highly recommend giving this a watch.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

Indie Mix

I love music and one of my favourite genres is indie music.

I’ve made a Spotify playlist of some of my favourite indie music. There’s 50 songs of indie anthems, some classic indie and newer songs too.

There’s all your favourite indie bands from Oasis, Stone Roses, The Killers and more. So there’s something for everyone.

Go to Spotify: Indie Mix and check it out.

An Interview With cratediggler

In this interview I talk to all about Julius all about music and vinyl.

@cratediggler

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

It started as just a way to catalogue my collection. After a while, it became a good resource of vinyls that I don’t have in my collection or have forgotten about. I’ve also had this account for two years now and I’ve interacted with a lot of interesting people so it’s been fun to say the least.

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

I’ve been collecting on and off since 2004. I used to drive my mother in law around flea markets and thrift stores, I would just wait in the car. One day, I just got bored and went around as well. Back then, people were selling vinyls really cheap. I bought about ten that day & I didn’t even have a record player yet. That’s how it started for me. Currently, I have approximately 1500 records.

What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your holy grail?

My favorite vinyls so far are the Smashing Pumpkin’s Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, The Sundays’ Static and Silence, Foo Fighters The Colour and the shape and my favorite band of all the time, The Eraserheads’ debut album, Ultraelectromagneticpop.

I don’t really have a holy grail album. It would be nice to own a couple of records like Ugly Kid Joe’s America’s Least Wanted or Weird Al Yankovic’s Off the deep end but I’m not going overboard just to acquire them. 

I like your photos, do you do photography as a job or hobby?

That’s flattering. Thank you. It’s just a hobby. I’m a Laboratory Scientist by profession but I’ve always loved photography since my teenage years.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

Wow, It’s so hard to narrow it down to five. First ones that come to mind right now are The Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Pearl Jam and The Lemonheads. I had to begrudgingly leave out a few but Travis, Guns N’ Roses, The Beatles and Oasis would’ve been part of it too.

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

It would be really cool to have dinner with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. He seems like a cool guy to hang out with plus I heard he’s an awesome grill master.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

Honestly, I don’t watch too many movies or tv these days. As for music, I’ve been revisiting some artists’ previous work like Warren Zevon, Nick Cave and The Eels.

Social Media

Social media is a great way to connect with people from all over the world.

It’s been a big part of my blog from being on Instagram, meeting people from all over the world and doing interviews with a range of different people, all telling me their stories. I just want to share some of my social media accounts so if you like the blog you can also follow me over on my social media too.

Facebook

I have a Facebook page vinylsupernova to go along with my blog, where I post my blog posts, photos and YouTube videos.

Twitter

You can follow me @playedbydavid I’m pretty active and post on there regularly.

Instagram

You can follow me @playedbydavid I’m always active and posting regularly on Instagram, it’s my main social media that I use. It’s been a great way to meet loads of people from all over the world. The vinyl community on Instagram is really cool and I’ve done a lot of interviews with some of the community.

YouTube

You can find me on YouTube at Played By David I recently started my account to go along with my blog and a place to put out a lot of video content. I have a few videos uploaded, but I’m planning on posting more regular soon.