What: It’s up to Emma - Scout Niblett (2013)

When: 2013

Where: At Bis Aufs Messer

With whom: My friends François and Marco were there

My versionhttp://www.discogs.com/Scout-Niblett-Its-Up-To-Emma/release/4576932

Additional note: I loved this album the first time I listened to it. I saw her when she played at Volksbühne on this tour, and it was definitely my favourite gig this year. I cried, I laughed, it was exciting and deep, I wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be alright. It’s a break-up album, and the guy on the cover is the one she broke up with. I’m glad she didn’t go to therapy and did this album instead. I don’t think I could live without this album now. 

What : Teenage hate - Reatards (1998)

When : 2014

Where : Goner records, in Memphis 

With whom : My friends Alex and Simon 

My versionhttp://www.discogs.com/Reatards-Teenage-Hate/release/2898364 

Additional note : When we arrived in Memphis, of course I knew I wanted to see Sun studios, and the Stax museum, but I was also excited about being in the city of Big Star and Jay Reatard. One evening, we went to Goner records, the label of The Oblivians, King Khan and the BBQ show and The Reatards, which is also a record store. We stayed something like 45 minutes there, but it was pretty obvious I couldn’t buy anything else than this record. I was extremely moved to go where he probably spent some of his happiest times. On that same morning, I went to Jay’s graveyard, just to say hello to my friend. But that’s an whole other story, that I’ll soon be telling on Indiectators

See a previous post about Blood visions here

What : Impossible truth - William Tyler (2013)

When : 2014

Where : The Groove, Nashville

With whom : The two friends I was traveling with in the US, Alex and Simon, and two new friends we made in Nashville, Jamie and Neal. 

My versionhttp://www.discogs.com/William-Tyler-Impossible-Truth/release/4392378

Additional note : We had been in Nashville for two days at the time, and I already bought a record there. As we were traveling, and didn’t have so much space to bring records back with us, I gave myself a limit : I would just buy one record per city. I heard about this record store, The Groove, but I decided not to go because I knew I couldn’t resist to buy another one. But on this day, as we were wandering in East Nashville, looking for a place to get a coffee, a few guys having beers on their front yard starting talking to us (American people are the friendliest people I’ve met), sharing beers and some time with them. Then they offered to take us to the best place to get coffee in town : barista parlor, and on our way there, they mentioned The Groove. I understood that it was right here, so after getting one of the best coffees I tasted in my life, we all went there. As I was looking into the “local” section of the record store, I saw this album, and remembered William Tyler was from Nashville. I asked my friends if they knew about him, and the seller heard me and smiled. We started talking, and I told her we were about to go Angel Olsen at the Stone fox that night. “Oh, if you see a girl that looks just like William Tyler, that’s his sister. They own the place together”, she said. We didn’t see the girl, since the gig was sold out when we arrived there. But I left The Groove with this album and an Angel Olsen poster she offered me. 

What : The Mystery Of Heaven - Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch (2012)

When : February 2014

Where : Halcyon record store in Brooklyn, NYC

With whom : My friends Simon and Alexandra with whom I’m traveling in the US. Before I arrived here, I decided I would just buy one record per city, because I wouldn’t be able to carry more. After 5 days in New York, I’m really happy I found this one, a Sacred Bones release I recently discovered, since they’re based in Brooklyn, and Jim Jarmusch lives in NYC. When we saw this record store, we were walking around Vinegar Hill, before crossing the Manhattan Bridge to Chinatown. 

My version : http://www.discogs.com/Jozef-Van-Wissem-Jim-Jarmusch-The-Mystery-Of-Heaven/release/4031350

What : #1 record - Big Star (1972) 

When : 2012

Where : I supported the kickstarter of this wonderful documentary, Big Star: nothing can hurt me and my “reward” was this album. 

With whom : my computer, obviously. 

My versionhttp://www.discogs.com/Big-Star-1-Record/release/2672717 

Additional note : The other day, I was having a coffee at home with my friend Shub. We were listening to this record, and he said : “When I discovered Big Star, I was just amazed that I never heard of them before”. Weirdly, I think everyone has the same feeling about them. They’re so important to anyone who knows this band, that it just seems unexplainable that it’s not more famous. They should be THE most famous band of the 70s, as famous as The Beatles or Nirvana. I discovered them thanks to Elliott Smith who covered Thirteen, and I think he definitely helped their fame in the 90s. 

After some time without posting here, this just gave me the urge to talk about records. Good night, Philip Seymour Hoffman. 
vinylespassion:

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, 2000.
After some time without posting here, this just gave me the urge to talk about records. Good night, Philip Seymour Hoffman. 
vinylespassion:

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, 2000.
After some time without posting here, this just gave me the urge to talk about records. Good night, Philip Seymour Hoffman. 
vinylespassion:

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, 2000.
After some time without posting here, this just gave me the urge to talk about records. Good night, Philip Seymour Hoffman. 
vinylespassion:

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, 2000.

After some time without posting here, this just gave me the urge to talk about records. Good night, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

vinylespassion:

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, 2000.

(via vinyl-vice)

What : Nina at The Village Gate (1962)

When : 2013

Where : Soultrade records on Sanderstraße in Berlin. They have a lot of great reissues. 

With whom : My friend Anais. It was on the same day I bought the Nancy and Lee album, when we did a Berlin record store tour. 

My versionhttp://www.discogs.com/Nina-Simone-At-The-Village-Gate/release/4359013

Additional note : Her version of House of the rising sun on this album, before Dylan and The Animals released theirs, is probably my favorite. Heartbreaking, as always. I shiver every time I hear her snap her fingers, before the song starts. My friend Alex made me listen to this version for the first time. 

What: Blood visions - Jay Reatard (2009)

When: 2013

Where: Pop culture shop, in Paris

With whom: Nicolas 

My versionhttp://www.discogs.com/Jay-Reatard-Blood-Visions/release/2094483

Additional note: When Jay Reatard died, I was doing an internship at a french newspaper, Libération. The news shocked me but nobody there knew him. I spent half of the day trying to convince everyone that we had to write something, and finally got to write a short (and pretty bad, I must say) obituary. I felt that it was the least I could for someone who had been so important to me. As sad as it seems, you’re turning blue in my dreams. 

What : Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys (1966)

When : 2013

Where : at Wowsville. I was to meet some friends at the bar, but they were late. This place being a bar and a record store, I killed time by checking the records. 

With whom : Four friends were about to arrive, for drinks before one of the best movie night in Berlin, Adult horror movie.

My version : http://www.discogs.com/Beach-Boys-Pet-Sounds/release/4803845

What : Songs for distingué lovers - Billie Holiday (1957)

When : 2012

Where : Arkonaplatz flohmarkt

With whom : I was about to meet some friends there, but they were late, so I was alone and I used this time to check the last record bins still there. The fleamarket was about to close so there were not much left. When I saw this record, my heart started beating faster. This cover is so beautiful I could just look at it and feel overwhelmed. 

My versionhttp://www.discogs.com/Billie-Holiday-Songs-For-Distingu%C3%A9-Lovers/release/2992128