Record Collectors

Record Collector, Sean McKinnish, aka flesh_tantrum

Sean McKinnish is a huge music fan who lives in North Carolina, where he work for a local community college. Oh, he's also known to always be on the hunt for metal, hardcore, and all sorts of other music genres, on vinyl and cassette. You know what that means.

How long have you been collecting records?

For about 15 years or so. I bought an Aus-Rotten 7" in high school and it all went from there.

Where/how do you usually find your records these days?

I usually try to order directly from the labels, but I also frequent Lunchbox Records in Charlotte, NC.

What is the most you paid for a single record, where/how did you obtain it, and what was it?

I've managed to get lucky in that department, but I spent $80 on a copy of Marilyn Manson's Holy Wood that I found on Discogs.

If you had 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?

That's a hard choice to make, but Triple-B Records has been putting out some really killer hardcore lately. For metal, I'd have to go with either 20 Buck Spin or Dark Descent Records, but there are others like Headsplit Records, Extremely Rotten Productions, and Me Saco un Ojo that are also putting out stellar releases.

Of everything in your current collection, what is your most prized record and why?

It'd probably be a compilation by this twee pop band called Go Sailor! that I scoured the Internet trying to obtain, only to find it at my local record store for $12.


TAD - "8-Way Santa" 2016 reissue/remaster and 1991 cassette with original cover, both from Sub Pop Records. Lucked out and found this OG 8-Way Santa tape at @lunchboxrecords a few weeks ago for $4 and it was still sealed! Hopefully, the now born-again Christian couple on the cover of that tape doesn't see this post and try to sue me like they did the band and the label. Personal nonsense and half-assed history lesson aside, this is my favorite Tad album. Every song is a classic and it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as other landmark releases of 1991. #tad #8waysanta #subpop #grunge #vinylpossessed #vinylgram #analogworship #vinyligclub #vinyljunkie #vinylporn #instavinyl #vinylworship #vinylcollector #analogworship #cassetteigclub #tapecollection #cassetteporn #cassettetapes #tapecollector #cassettecollection #analogordie #tapeworship #cassettejunkie #tapeporn #seattlemusic #grungemusic #90srock #subpoprecords #grungerock #90smusic

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Is there anything that frustrates you about the current record collecting scene?

Flippers, obviously. I'm also not a fan of people that use the word "vinyls."

Which records are still on your want list that you've had a tough time tracking down through the years?

I'd love to have a copy of Hallucinating Anxiety by Cadaver and I'm hoping Earache will eventually reissue it, as I'm a big fan of their full dynamic range reissues.


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