Vinyl love: Doves “The last broadcast”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Doves
Album Title: The last broadcast
Year released: 2002
Year reissued: 2019
Details: Limited edition, reissue, 2 x 180 gram, orange vinyl, numbered 0177

The skinny: My first words of the year on this blog was care of a post counting down my top 5 Doves tunes. I was fresh off the excitement generated the previous month that one of my all-time favourite bands was putting an end to their hiatus and getting back to performing live. Back in January, we didn’t know if this meant anything more but the success of the first spate of live shows and the interest generated with the buying public has got them talking and working on new material. And yes, they have reissued their first three albums as 180 gram, double LP, numbered, and coloured vinyl. You can be sure I jumped on those pre-orders as soon as they became available and now I’ve got them in my grubby hands. Their sophomore album, “The last broadcast”, is my favourite of all their albums (though the debut is a very close second) so it had to be the one to first hit my turntable on Friday and yes… once again this morning. Can’t wait to spin the others…

Standout track: “There goes the fear”

Vinyl love: The National “I am easy to find”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: The National
Album Title: I am easy to find
Year released: 2019
Details: black, 180 gram, gatefold sleeve

The skinny: As promised on Thursday, I headed out to one of my local record shops on Friday to procure myself a copy of The National’s eighth and latest studio album, “I am easy to find”. I’ve seen a lot of pics on Instagram already this weekend of the special coloured and clear versions and of course, the expanded multi-coloured set but I opted to get the 180-gram, double album pressing in black for my collection, though I did hold the expanded set in my hand for a few minutes. The album is another change in direction for the five-piece, this time enlisting a platoon of female vocalists to add their touch to the lush instrumentation and to Matt Berninger’s by-now-well-known baritone. I am just now on my third spin through and will likely give it a few more goes on this May long weekend.

Standout track: “Rylan”

Vinyl love: The Veils “The runaway found”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: The Veils
Album Title: The runaway found
Year released: 2003
Year issued: 2017
Details: First time on vinyl, black, 180 gram, limited to 1000, signed by Finn Andrews

The skinny: The Veils’ debut album, “The runaway found”, is one of those albums that burrows itself deep into your soul, lodges itself there, and periodically releases some sort of chemical that incites a strong need to listen to it again and again. This is thanks mostly to the brilliance of frontman and creative force, Finn Andrews. When I first got into this album, I was telling anyone who would listen that he has the voice of a Rufus Wainwright or a young Lou Reed (before his voice sent to seed) and the soul of a Tom Waits or a Nick Cave, or even an older Lou Reed. The band has changed lineups and sounds over the years and have gained some notoriety recently with an appearance on the “Twin Peaks” reboot but I’ve always been partial to this album. So when “The runaway found” was finally pressed by Music on Vinyl a few years ago, I didn’t hesitate to snap it up.

Standout track: “Lavinia”