Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Sex Stains) on Vinyl Oddities

Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Sex Stains) on Vinyl Oddities

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, we hit up a few of our favorite musicians to find out what vinyl shopping means to them.

Hometown: Olympia, Washington

Based In: Los Angeles, California

What’s your favorite record store and why?

Positively 4th in Olympia. It’s been closed down for a while now. Mono Records, which was in my neighborhood of Echo Park but has relocated to Glendale.

What were the first records you bought at your hometown record store?

I got a great Maddox Brothers & Rose album there. They also had this great 7″ cheapo bin you could comb through where I got this old red vinyl 7″ duet of Marlene Dietrich and Rosemary Clooney singing songs about how horrible men are! I also found a 7″ by an unknown regional ’80s singer Marie Chauvan singing a song called “Not Your Girlfriend.”

What did you learn from shopping at record stores?

I learned to look for odd, interesting things and try them out. I also enjoyed talking to people who worked at and hung out at record stores.

What was the last record you bought? Where?

I bought the Kleenex/Liliput reissue double album called First Songs on Kill Rock Stars. I actually bought it at the art store/gallery Ooga Booga at Mission Road.

Why do you still buy records?

I need them to DJ with!

Which record, in your opinion, do you need on vinyl? Why?

The Go Team (the original, real ’80s Go Team from Olympia) 7”s. They have a couple of songs on one side and a silk-screened image on the other. Pretty cool. I think the tactile and visual experience with the real object (record and artwork) is important to fully understand the band and music.

(Photo credit: Hailey Parker)

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