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Vinyl love: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Howl”

(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: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Album Title: Howl
Year released: 2005
Year reissued: 2012
Details: standard black, 2 x LP, Record Store Day 2012 reissue

The skinny: There’s been a few Black Rebel Motorcycle Club related posts in recent months here on M(LI)ML: my first exposure to the band and the first time seeing them live. Well, here’s my first purchase on vinyl of any release by the band. “Howl”, BRMC’s third, has been my favourite album by the group since its release in 2005. It’s a bit different than their usual stuff, more stripped down and bluesy but still very cool and edgy. I’ve had my eye out for this one since I started collecting but it’s not one that’s easily found. So when I came across it on my recent trip to Toronto, the decision to pick it up wasn’t a hard one.

Standout track: “Ain’t now easy way”

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Vinyl love: Elastica “Elastica”

(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: Elastica
Album Title: Elastica
Year released: 1995
Year reissued: 2014
Details: Unofficial RSD release, red translucent vinyl

The skinny: Elastica was formed after Justine Frischmann broke up with Suede frontman Brett Anderson and left that group. Elastica only ever released two albums before breaking up in 2001 but the only one of these ever worth discussing is the debut. There were rumours that boyfriend at the time, Damon Albarn, wrote most of the material and there were those that slagged it for sounding too much like Wire but I really loved this album for what it was. Sixteen tracks of Britpop bliss.

Standout track: “Connection”

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Vinyl love: Suede “Suede”

(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: Suede
Album Title: Suede
Year released: 1993
Year reissued: 2018
Details: Gatefold sleeve, Limited edition, 25th anniversary, 180 gram, Double LP, silver vinyl, Record Store Day exclusive

The skinny: Along with Blur’s “Modern life is rubbish”, Suede’s debut, self-titled LP set the groundwork and etched out the blueprints for the Britpop phenomenon of the mid-1990s. The deadly duo of Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler made for sleazy and salacious glam rock, the likes of which we will never see again. This 25th anniversary silver edition comes with 9 B-side tracks released during the era on the second disc of the set, which spells bonus, any way you slice it.

Standout track: “The drowners”