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I like music.  There’s music that makes me cry.  There’s music that makes me dance like a fool.  I like music, but I don’t love LOVE music.  To me, it is what it is.  In my circle of friends, that’s a rarity.  The majority of my friends breathe and feed off of music.  Most play in a band, write, sing, and get turned on by music.  I figured I’d take advantage of their love this month.  Make my life easier and share their stories.

I’ve known Kevin for about eleven years.  As far as I know, there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t love Kevin.  And if there is someone who thinks he’s an asshole, I’d probably say Kevin had solid reason to act that way.  He loves records and I appreciate that love, but I just don’t get it.  I’m not saying it’s wrong, I just don’t understand the deep adoration people have for records.  If I want someone to explain it to me, I want it to be Kevin.  So I selfishly used my O+U post as a place for him to do just that.

When did you start collecting records?
I’ve always had records but it wasn’t until high school when I decided to never give them up. I started going to thrift stores to buy clothes and I noticed these insane stacks of records. It was around the time people were starting to replace their records and tapes with CDs and just dumping their entire record collections at thrift stores. And back then they were selling records for 25 cents! How could I not buy a pristine copy of Candy-O for a quarter?

Why?  Purely for the sound or is there a nostalgic bit to it?
I mostly listen to older music but I just think records are cool. The album covers alone are enough for me to keep buying them. Each album is like a 12×12″ piece of art.  Sometimes they even come with fold out posters. When is the last time an mp3 gave you a giant poster of David Lee Roth? I guess there is a bit of nostalgia there as well. I like to hold a used album in particular and try to imagine where it’s been and sometimes when I’m listening to an old jazz or blues album with hisses and pops I’ll imagine I’m playing them on an old Victrola in a musty speakeasy.

What’s the first record you remember holding and listening to as a kid?
I think it was probably a k-tel hits of the sixties compilation with Donovan’s  “sunshine superman” and ” happy together” by the Turtles. However one of my fondest (album related) memories is when my brother and I would ask my mother to play her 45s of Kenny Loggins’ “I’m alright” and Pete Townshend’s “Let my love open the door” so we could run around while she prepared dinner.

What’s the one record you always look for while shopping?
I’m always looking for Little Richards first two albums. I could always go to eBay I suppose but I love the thrill of the hunt and supporting local record shops.

Let’s say the house is burning.  Everyone is out.  You got all of your other prized possession out (it’s a slow fire.  go with me).  What’s the one record you run back in for?
That’s tough because I could totally carry a stack out in a hurry but I’ll play along and say I would grab my Muddy Waters – Sail On because it was an early piece in my collection and I bought it at Trader Vic’s, a cool little record shop in Dayton back in the day. Oh, and because it’s a damn good record.

Cleaning the house.  What do you put on?
Calypso by Harry Belafonte or Paul’s Boutique

Cooking?
Louis Jordan’s Greatest Hits or every once in a while Bob Marley Live!

You get home after spending the night in a friend’s backyard drinking beer and chasing kids, what do you grab?
If I’m winding down for the night I’ll put on The Mar-Keys/ Booker T. And The MG’s – Back To Back.

Guilty pleasure record?
A few years ago I picked up a copy of Don’t Come A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) by Loretta Lynn and to my own surprise I really, really like it.

Has a record ever gotten scratched, broken, or stolen and you were devastated (I’m dramatic.  just plain sad)?
I had a Brainiac 7″ that broke in half.  Just typing that kinda bummed me out.

Do you have a favorite album cover?  
Herbie Mann – Push, google it.

I’ll help and I’m glad I did.  Done.

Top three favorite records:
Beatles -Rubber Soul
James Brown – In The Jungle Groove
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

Kevin shares his record knowledge on his blog Nye Fidelity.  Go look around and have a listen.  You’ll be happy you did.

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  1. Jill #
    June 8, 2012

    The first time the Girls met Kevin, they were so scared of him, but I think that changed quite rapidly. Might have to stop by the Jukebox this afternoon and see if they have any Little Richard in stock (but that Rock-afire Explosion album is scaring me right now).

  2. Laura Yurs #
    June 8, 2012

    I like Kevin already and I’ve never met him : )
    “I like to hold a used album in particular and try to imagine where it’s been and sometimes when I’m listening to an old jazz or blues album with hisses and pops I’ll imagine I’m playing them on an old Victrola in a musty speakeasy.” that sold me right there…right to my heart. I think he may have just pushed me into the vinyl record market. For reals.

  3. June 8, 2012

    Dr. Nye is one of the folks I miss most.

  4. linda #
    June 8, 2012

    kevin, we MUST get you to jimmy’s house. you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven (that is, if you don’t mind dust and clutter)…

  5. Wife #
    June 8, 2012

    Lovely piece, Erika, thank you. But, I’ll be the first to say he can be an asshole. 😉

    • Wife #
      June 9, 2012

      Kevin did not think that was very funny. I was only kidding, I love my husband dearly.

  6. joelynnej #
    June 8, 2012

    Harry Belafonte! Lol, ME too! Cool idea to do an interview Erika.

  7. boldbohemian #
    June 12, 2012

    Kevin is a young man after my own heart. I still have albums, but he is right about the art work! Rubber Soul is one of my top all time faves and the London Sessions (with Muddy Waters) and on and on. I am one who got rid of a lot of the record albums, but still have a crate sitting in my closet, replaced by CDs and satellite radio… I still go to the stores and look at the albums though and occasionally will buy one I got rid of… strange.

  8. June 13, 2012

    omg i bow down to kevin.
    i want to touch kevin’s vinyl.

  9. June 15, 2012

    i loved this post! you told me about his blog ages ago and i visit it from time to time. he has great taste in music and i’m having a serious case of shelf envy. the way he’s displayed his collection is awesome.
    i’m in serious need of record shop stop.

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