Kid Millions on Great-Sounding LPs

Kid Millions on Great-Sounding LPs

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: Lakeville, Connecticut

Based In: Brooklyn, New York

What’s your favorite record store and why?

There was only one in the next town growing up, Oblong Books and Records in Millerton, New York — and it’s still there! I also like Academy Records.

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

The first album that I remember buying there was Richard and Linda Thompson’s I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight. I realize this is pretty obscure…I wasn’t trying to be. The owners’ taste leaned toward folk. I saw that album in the top one hundred albums of all time issue of Rolling Stone and when I recognized the cover I bought it.

What did you learn from shopping at record stores?

Not a ton at Oblong honestly. I love the store, I still shop there when I’m visiting my parents and will always support them, but at the time they weren’t the most welcoming people. They are probably shy people. I never had a conversation with the owners in thirty-five years.

What was the last record you bought? Where?

I bought a Korean music DVD in Seoul at the National Gugak Music Center.

Why do you still buy records?

It’s important to engage with the ecosystem that you’re trying to be a part of.

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

I’m not sure I feel this way about vinyl. After years of making records and hearing the results of mastered material get transferred to vinyl poorly I feel like it’s a rare release that truly sounds better on vinyl. I think if the record label truly cares about fidelity, and is willing to spend the money to get it right, a great-sounding LP is possible. But it’s difficult.

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