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Vinyl love: Middle Kids “Today we’re the greatest”

(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: Middle Kids
Album Title: Today we’re the greatest
Year released: 2021
Details: Limited edition, tangerine vinyl

The skinny: Just over a week ago, I counted down my top ten favourite albums from 2021. This last year’s list was full of surprises for me but I still managed to procure many of these records for my collection before they flew off the shelves so I plan on featuring these purchases for my Vinyl Love series over the next little while. I’m starting off with the number ten album but won’t necessarily stick to the ranked order. Australia’s Middle Kids put out a very excellent sophomore release in March of last year. I had loved their debut but wasn’t expecting to be as blown away by this one. Still, I pre-ordered a copy of the ‘indie only’ tangerine pressing from one of my favourite independent record stores and was pleasantly surprised. “Today we’re the greatest” isn’t as immediate a rocker as “Lost friends” but it still has anthemic written all over it.

Standout track: “Today we’re the greatest”

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Vinyl love: Bright Eyes “Down in the weeds, where the world once was”

(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: Bright Eyes
Album Title: Down in the weeds, where the world once was
Year released: 2020
Details: 2 x LP, indie exclusive, limited edition, red and orange vinyl, etched, die cut sleeve

The skinny: The 10th studio album by the indie rock trio led by Conor Oberst is the band’s first in nine years and it also happens to be their first album that I immediately liked and liked all the way through. In fact, I liked it so much that I managed to find a spot for it (at number eight to be exact) in my top ten favourite albums of the year. For me, it captured the mood and the uncertainty of the world and put it to music with which you can sing along. Multiple different pressings and presentations exist for this album. The one that I purchased has the die cut sleeve, a circle cut out of the cover and the insert to show off the fireball colours of the two discs, one red and the other orange. The second disc is also one-sided with the other side etched with the same falling stick man that graces the cover, arranged in spiralling concentric circles. Sweet stuff.

Standout track: “Mariana trench”