Julia Nunes, The TVD First Date and Signed Vinyl Giveaway

“I don’t have any childhood memories of vinyl. I think my parents just used the record player and the CD player interchangeably and it was on a very high shelf so I couldn’t tell and didn’t really care. My house was just always full of music, coming from the speakers or my dad’s piano/ guitar/ mouth. All music all the time.”

“My first real interaction with vinyl was on a trip to NYC my freshman year of college. It was my first trip without my parents and it was to lay down a track with a producer who had been pursuing me. That sentence sounds so flashy and cool but it was actually not a good situation at all. That dude turned out to be very aggressive and inappropriate and it was a bit of a nightmare that landed me and the friend who came with me in a basement with 2 car engines, a rocking horse, a bunch of open cans of paint, and thousands of cardboard boxes.

We slept on a velvet couch next to a coffee table full of drugs after talking our way out of sleeping on the couch next to his bed… it was… whatever…that’s not the point. The only shining moment of that experience was listening to Abbey Road on vinyl in that basement. I grew up with The Beatles. The all-music-all-the-time was like 73% Beatles. I sat on that couch and thought about home, and my parents. They would have freaked OUT if they knew the situation I was in.

Somehow though, my risk-adverse panicky teenage brain was at ease. I was just sitting there listening to the music. Abbey Road is meant for vinyl. No automated pauses between tracks, just straight through to “The End” … and then “Her Majesty.” I had never really thought about it, but hearing that warm tone and gentle grit in that dire circumstance felt like the exact right way to listen. It felt like 1969.

8 years later and I still think about that night any time I put a needle on a record. Maybe it’s like how people can remember the first time they got drunk or high or had sex. I’ll always remember the first time I really heard vinyl.”
Julia Nunes

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  • Steffen

    I would have to say the album Acoustic by above & beyond….The first time I listened to it was when I imported the album on vinyl. The lyrics just spoke and it helped me get through a rough time in my life.

  • Grace

    Whenever I’m having a tough day or find myself spiraling in a negative space, my best friend will throw Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes on the record player and instantly the mood of the day will shift. The hum, the crackle, the feeling – the harmonies lift you and the lyrics ground you, and not dancing Is not an option. That record is my patronus – it’s gotten me through some rough times.

    The new Julia Nunes album is amazing, and I’ve been kicking myself for not getting the vinyl when it was kickstarted. I’d love to add it to my collection. <3

  • Ty Fleischut

    Martin Sexton’s Black Sheep really helped me when my Dad had a stroke In October

  • declandrums

    Possum Dixon’s first record. I found it my sophomore year of high school and it was a sound I had never heard before. I played the opening track “Nerves” any time I came home feeling really bad after another failed attempt at getting a girlfriend or feeling out of touch with everyone and just screamed along with the song. A very cathartic album.

  • Leila Allen

    Dont call me a suckup because its true, but honestly Julia Nunes is probably one of my favorite people of all time. Her music belongs on vinyl because never in the time i have been listening to Nunes have i wanted to skip one of her songs. Its actually quite perfect for vinyl because you can listen and enjoy the songs all the way through while just laying comfortably and blissfully.

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