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“It would be really cool of me to say I grew up listening to vinyl records, that my parents played ‘The White Album’ while I was in the womb, and that I was always inspired by Brian Wilson since my prepubescence. The truth is not that. I grew up in Gilbert, Arizona to parents who fed me a steady diet of Sugar Ray, DC Talk, and AC/DC. It was a very confusing musical upbringing, but it eventually forced me to seek out on my own the music I wanted to get excited about and in turn appreciate those artists even more.”

“I don’t even remember why, but my mother bought me a record player for Christmas when I was 16. I didn’t even ask for a record player. I think I asked for an ipod. Regardless, I knew that the thrift store down the street from my house had 25 cent vinyl records. Because this was a city that did not have a sprawling music scene, the first four records I bought were Michael Jackson’s Thriller, ELO’s A New World Record, Waylon Jennings’ Dreaming My Dreams, and Johnny Cash’s Destination Victoria Station for a whopping buck. I eventually bought Nat King Cole’s Songs for Two in Love to impress a date.

Kristyn and I decided to go all out and buy one of those big ’60s record consoles a few years back. It was the first time I ever heard how amazing vinyl records actually sound. Whenever we go to the record store, she likes to go through the 25 cent bin and pick out all the ’60s records, heavily weighted with Neil Sedaka albums. We honest to god don’t need any more Neil Sedaka records. I also like to surprise her with her favorite new artists on vinyl. Most recently we’ve grabbed, The Vaccines’ English Graffiti, Cage the Elephant’s Tell Me I’m Pretty, and Andy Shauf’s The Party.

Some of our favorite records we’ve snagged over time are The Best of Francoise Hardy (60’s French Pop), BRONCHO’s Double Vanity (honestly one of the best records of the last 5 years), and two soundtracks. Kristyn’s favorite films are The Last Unicorn and Return to Oz and one year for Christmas I found them both on vinyl. The Last Unicorn specifically is all music by the band America—definitely a highlight.

We’re really big into classical music, and I just bought a 4 vinyl collection of Erik Satie’s Gymnepodies. It’s perfect for every occasion and Kristyn will usually let me put that one on after one of her Neil Sedaka spins.

When we put out our new record Floral Canyon, we always knew it was going to be on vinyl, and we curated the record to flow as one continuous piece when played on a turntable, including transitions, and introduction and a hidden track that literally tells the listener to turn the record over and repeat.”
Jared Corder

Floral Canyon, the new release from *repeat repeat is in stores now via Dangerbird Records—on vinyl.

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