Vinyl love: Blur “Parklife”

(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: Blur
Album Title: Parklife
Year released: 1994
Year reissued: 2012
Details: 3 of 7 in Blur 21, anniversary box set, black vinyl, 180 gram, 2 x LP, Gatefold sleeve

The skinny: A thematic and sonic continuation, Blur’s third record almost sounds like its material was recorded during the same sessions as ‘Modern life’. In my opinion, this Blur at their best, Britpop in full bloom, and likely my favourite of their albums, from beginning to end.

Standout track: “This is a low”

Vinyl love: Blur “Modern life is rubbish”

(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: Blur
Album Title: Modern life is rubbish
Year released: 1993
Year reissued: 2012
Details: 2 of 7 in Blur 21, anniversary box set, black vinyl, 180 gram, 2 x LP, Gatefold sleeve

The skinny: Blur found their feet and their voice on their sophomore record, painting a picture of British life in a sound that definitely not American. It’s here, along with Suede’s self-titled release, that we find the roots of Britpop.

Standout track: “Chemical world”

Vinyl love: Arcade Fire “The suburbs”

(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: Arcade Fire
Album Title: The suburbs
Year released: 2010
Details: black vinyl, double LP, gatefold sleeve, innersleeves with lyrics and credits


The skinny: The Grammy-winning third album by Montreal’s indie rock collective led by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. According to Butler, it “is neither a love letter to, nor an indictment of, the suburbs – it’s a letter from the suburbs.”

Standout track: “Sprawl II (Mountains beyond mountains)”