All India Radio,
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“My first experience with records was rather schizophrenic. The music I first remember hearing that actually stayed with me was the Sound of Music soundtrack and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. You couldn’t get two more diametrically opposed albums if you tried.”

“I remember sneaking into my older brother’s room while he was out and playing Dark Side of the Moon (he had his own record player) and gazing in wonder at the mysterious cover art and the pyramid poster on the wall. The music had the same effect on me: mysterious, strange, compelling.

And yet an other day my mother could put the Sound of Music or The Best of Abba or Glen Campbell on the turntable and I’d be equally as enthralled and transported to another place.

My music tastes have remained split down the middle ever since. It might explain why I used to create mix tapes called “Husker Du vs Eno and Classical vs Noise Bomb.” I do the same thing now in Spotify using my old cassette covers as playlist images.

It’s also why I play in and write songs for a downtempo ambient band like All India Radio, yet also play in a fast noisy indie rock band like Pray TV.

I’m split. I like it all.”
Martin Kennedy

All India Radio’s new album The Slow Light is in stores now via Minty Fresh. Enter to win the vinyl version of the release by citing in the comments below an example of your own paradoxical musical tastes via your personal record collection. We’ll choose one quixotic winner with a North American mailing address a week from today, June 22, 2016.

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  • Nick Dokas

    Great memories we all have our history with vinyl that’s helped us evolve into what and who we are now

  • artpunk

    The first record I ever bought was Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (probably equally for the cover as for the music, as a Armadillo-tank hybrid seemed very cool to a 12 year old boy’s brain). Soon after I bought “Switched On Bach” by W. Carlos at a local church fete (the cover definitely had a lot to do with that choice, as the Baroque Chap in front of all those cables and modules and stuff fascinated me) I only realised later that both had one thing integral to their sound as opposed to content; the Moog synthesiser. I still have both of those albums. I also was lucky to have older brothers who listened to everything from The Beatles to Beefheart to Zappa… and then there was my Dad, who loved Charlie Byrd, Neil Diamond, Herb Alpert, Nana Mouskouri and then interestingly later on in life, became very obsessed with Tommy by the Who and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” – so eclectic tastes were almost a given. Mum seemed happy enough to listen to anything we played on the turntable, my little sister liked Abba.

    Don’t have a North American mailing address (but that’s ok because I pre-ordered my LP of the Slow Light when it first became available to pre-order) 🙂

  • Marc

    My record collection and tastes are best described as “schizophrenic with borderline personality disorder”. I love The Boxer Rebellion, LUH, Autolux, Mr. Bungle, United States of America, Space, Spiritualized, Air, Disclosure, London Grammar, Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Anohni, King Crimson, Doors, Hendrix, Canned Heat, Temples, Tame Impala, Xiu Xiu as well as classic and obscure 60’s psychedelic and all horror movie soundtracks. Alternately, I am comfortable listening to Doris Day, Eydie Gormé, Dusty Springfield, Laura Nyro, any Italian library music composer (Alessandro Alessandroni, Piero Umiliani, etc.), Issac Hayes, James Brown, anything Stax or Motown/Tamla, 70’s Disco, Sam Smith, Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch, Michel Legrand, Serge Gainsbourg, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick(e), Carpenters, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, The Fugs, Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, Wagner, Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, Ketelbey, Coltrane, Sun Ra, and, well, my contradictory musical tastes run the gamet across all genres and centuries. I can easily go from Eartha Kitt to Carcass in one sitting. I don’t have the time or inclination to name everything and I am not pulling these out of my ass – I have the record collection to collaborate this. I often found that listening to a disparate collection of music allows me to fully appreciate and enjoy the best elements peculiar to each for a very enlightening and satisfying musical experience.