Brooklyn and Dillon are a couple from Alliston, Ontario Canada who share a deep and passionate love for music. They tell me thay're always introducing each other to new music and pushing the boundaries of what they each listen to. Brooklyn’s favourite genre is doom metal and music that induces spiritual exploration. Dillon says the he tends to be more on the experimental side of the musical spectrum.
The couple that shops for vinyl together stays together. Yep. Please help me in welcoming Brooklyn and Dillon to the Record Collector club.
How long have you been collecting records?
Just under two years. We started slow and have undergone exponential growth.
Where/how do you usually find your records these days?
Mostly online because of limited pressings, etc., however, there’s a huge thrill that comes when you visit a record store that’s impossible to shake off. Visiting particular record stores can influence many weekend ventures!
What is the most you paid for a single record, where/how did you obtain it, and what was it?
$300 for Sun Kil Moon's Benji, second pressing promo edition clear with red, yellow, blue, black swirl. I (Brooklyn) found it on Discogs for a special Christmas present for Dillon. We have not actually posted it on our page yet!
If you to pick one record label you feel had/has the best track record of quality releases, who would that be and what are some key titles you love?
Profound Lore Records has a ridiculously strong track record of releasing quality albums for over a decade. Amazing recent releases of theirs are: Bell Witch's Mirror Reaper (2017) and Artificial Brain's Labyrinth Constellations (2014). Some of their greatest releases are: Agalloch's Marrow of the Spirit (2010) and Altar of Plagues' Teethed Glory and Injury (2013).
Of everything in your current collection, what is your most prized record and why?
There’s certainly no one answer to that question.
Dillon’s would have to be Swans' The Seer because it was his first received by a student before he even had a player and it’s one of the best records ever made. Brooklyn would have to choose Show Me a Dinosaur’s self-titled on “Zvezdnoe Serdtse" (Heart of a Star) Edition- Baby Pink with Deep Purple A Side / B Side With Coke Bottle Green, Swamp Green and Electric Blue Splatter /100. It was the most rare and beautiful album even given to me (from Dillon)!
Is there anything that frustrates you about the current record collecting scene?
No, the opposite; we think there’s a lot to be excited for. The only thing that frustrates us is that we don’t have enough money to participate in it more! I guess we could complain that some records are overpriced, but we don’t have to buy them.
Which records are still on your want list that you've had a tough time tracking down through the years?
Nothing is hard enough if you got enough money! But there’s a few that we’re waiting for reasonably priced copies to become available, such as: Queens of the Stone Age’s Self-titled with original art, and She Wants Revenge’s Self-titled. I would have said Genghis Tron’s Board Up the House if I didn’t just randomly scoop up a copy at Rotate This in Toronto (YUSSS!). That feeling when a shop has that super specific rare record you’ve been looking out for��
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