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VINYL VIEWS: WEEK OF 12/13/21

Vinyl Views is our weekly blog where we feature album recommendations from our store team (Shayne and Jaxon) and reveal picks from guest contributors. This week we hear from Eddie Medrano and share some year-end wrap-up lists!

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With over a decade of experience working within the live event industry, including a role as talent buyer for Wire, Eddie will be joining the WBEZ team as Senior Event Producer in January 2022. When not producing events, Eddie spends his time with his wife, son, and three fur babies. An avid listener of music, Eddie is the proud owner of about 1,500 records, and counting.

Artist: Low

Album: HEY WHAT

Song: All Night

 

Artist: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Album: G_d’s Pee at State’s End!

Song: Job’s Lament

 

Artist: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Album: Carnage

Song: White Elephant

 

Artist: Sons Of Kemet

Album: Black To The Future

Song: Pick Up Your Burning Cross

 

Artist: Durand Jones & The Indications

Album: Private Space

Song: Private Space

 

In lieu of a traditional Top 5 album or song list I’ve chosen to look back on some of my favorite moments from the last year.  We’ve all learned a hard, important lesson in appreciating the good when it comes, so here’s my “Silver Linings Playlist!”

Early this year I was delighted to discover that my appearance in the documentary “Stuck In The Groove” earned me my very own IMDB listing!  I’m still pretty tickled about it.

Prince

Song: Baby I’m A Star

 

In August I turned 40, making me officially half as old as I feel. Miserable airport experience notwithstanding, my trip back home was great!  Mom and I basically just hung out by the fire pit and grilled for a solid week!  Also I got my first chiropractic treatment and it was sweeeet…

Ozzy Osbourne

Song: Mama, I’m Coming Home

 

Recently Jaxon & I had the opportunity to see Magnetic Fields at City Winery and they rolled out the red carpet! Our own private table next to the stage, free drinks, greeted like celebrities (maybe they saw my IMDB page!)

The Magnetic Fields

Song: It’s Only Time

 

If you didn’t make it out for Black Friday this year you missed something special.  Mom was back in town and some of our favorite peeps returned to the stage after much too long.  It finally felt like some kind of return to normalcy.  Thanks again to our main man Thomas Klein and Pravda Records  for bringing the party!

Vince Salerno & Gerald McClendon

Song: Do Drop In

 

While I was certainly eager to get vaxxed, I didn’t expect it would rank among the most fun experiences of the year, but with the whole store crew road-tripping to Indiana and collaborating on a “shot/poke” themed playlist and pulling up to what can only be described as the party tent, the whole experience was way more fun than it had any right to be!

LMFAO ft. Lil Jon

Song: Shots

 

As 2021 comes to an end, I’m finding myself reflecting on what my favorite albums of the year were. 2021 has been a great year for music, and there have been a ton of amazing albums released this year, making it hard for me to pick my top 5. But I have finally made my choice. Here they are, ordered from first to fifth, with one song choice from each. In perfect luck, these songs total up to a run time of 21 minutes. Check it out!

Artist: Backxwash

Album: I Lie Here Buried with My Rings and My Dresses

Song: In Thy Holy Name

 

Artist: underscores

Album: fishmonger

Song: Second Hand Embarrassment

 

Artist: Little Simz

Album: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Song: Two World’s Apart

 

Artist: Comforting

Album: S/T I

Song: Object

 

Artist: dltzk

Album: Frailty

Song: Your Clothes

 

How Do I Order Music (Or Other Things)?

Val’s is now open again (safely)! Bring a face mask and we will sanitize your hands on the way in.  Social distancing, of course.  Val’s halla has worked hard over this quarantine period to launch its Online Store which has thousands of titles for you to choose from.  We will continue to add inventory everyday, but just let us know what you are looking for!  We are happy to look through our off-line inventory of over 50,000 titles to see what we have for you.  Also, we place orders with our distributor every Monday which means we see them in our store by Tuesday (most of the time).  We sell records (as well as turntables), CDs, cassettes, 8-tracks, DVDs and more.  To get started, you can Click Here to access the Online Store, or fill out the form below to let us know what you are looking for.

What About Delivery?

Val’s is offering Curbside Pickup and No-Contact Delivery Service to customers who live within a 5-mile radius of the Oak Park Arts District. Orders can also be shipped to customers outside that radius for a flat fee of $5.  Order as much as you want – still $5 shipping! Stay safe and be well!

What Are You Looking For?



    They Might Be Giants

    Song: We’re The Replacements

     

    The Replacements

    Song: Alex Chilton

     

    Alex Chilton

    Song: I Wish I Could Meet Elvis

     

    Elvis Presley

    Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water

     

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Song: The Time’s They Are A-Changin”

     

    They Might Be Giants

    Song: We’re The Replacements

     

    The Replacements

    Song: Alex Chilton

     

    Alex Chilton

    Song: I Wish I Could Meet Elvis

     

    Elvis Presley

    Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water

     

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Song: The Time’s They Are A-Changin”

     

    They Might Be Giants

    Song: We’re The Replacements

     

    The Replacements

    Song: Alex Chilton

     

    Alex Chilton

    Song: I Wish I Could Meet Elvis

     

    Elvis Presley

    Song: Bridge Over Troubled Water

     

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Song: The Time’s They Are A-Changin”

     

    Jaxon is switching it up this week with a custom playlist!  Check it out here or come into the store and listen to it in our Sounderator (tricked out 1940’s refrigerator that you sit in while enjoying a tasty selection of tunes).

    From: Jaxon:

    For this week I have started a playlist where each of the songs is a tribute to another artist. Sounds easy? Here’s the catch. The following song on the playlist has to be a song performed by the artist that the previous song was a tribute to. Let’s see how far I can go. I’m counting cover songs as tributes for this playlist.