Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday Night Music Club #45: Annual White Elephant Brouhaha

We are back with a new edition of Saturday Night Music Club! The SNMC started up as an idea I had years ago - to recapture the feeling of being a kid and getting together with your friends in the basement to listen and discuss music. In our monthly meetups, each member of the club is tasked with bringing a record within a theme that is agreed upon in advance. A track from each album (when available) is collected in an ongoing SNMC Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post. So please listen in and enjoy the tunes along with us.

This month's theme: White Elephant. Every December the SNMC gathers for a White Elephant gift exchange. We each arrive with a Christmas-wrapped record. After a few cold ones, we draw numbers from a reindeer stocking to see what order those mystery prizes will be unwrapped. It's always a blast to see what will be unveiled and then later played. Happy Holidays to you all and thanks for hanging out with us!


BRET HELM
The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
Rhino Records | 2015; Originally released in 1985
Who was your gifter?:
Myself - LOL. My number came up last and I was left with my own record. So it's always a good idea to buy a good album that's not already in your collection!
Why was this record purchased?:
We just finished our Best Albums of 1985 feature, so this one was fresh on the mind
Standout Track:
Dirty Old Town
Describe this album in one sentence:
Debauchery
Will you keep it in your collection?
Totally!


SARAH QUARRIE
Catherine Wheel - Chrome
Music On Vinyl | 2017 Limited Edition of 1500 on silver vinyl; Originally released in 1993
Who was your gifter?:
Jaymz
Why was this record purchased?:
'Got 3 of mine stolen and was the last one, but it was calling my name since the beginning' - Jaymz
(Editor's note: Yeah, we're confused too)
Standout Track:
Crank
Describe this album in one sentence:
A layered and breathy aggressive 90s shoegaze masterpiece
Will you keep it in your collection?
Absolutely. I was first to pick, I would've cried if someone stole it from me


BRENT BERG
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
UMG | 2014
Who was your gifter?:
Jesse Claus
Why was this record purchased?:
'Who doesn't like Little Dragon!!!' - Jesse Claus
Standout Track:
Klapp Klapp
Describe this album in one sentence:
MMXXOXXO
(Editor's note: Neat)
Will you keep it in your collection?
Yes


DREAM POP JESSE
The Afghan Whigs - Congregation
Sub Pop | 2017 reissue on red vinyl; Originally released in 1992
Who was your gifter?:
Brent
Why was this record purchased?:
'I knew it would be loved' - Brent
Standout Track:
Tonight
Describe this album in one sentence:
Early 90s college indie rock good
Will you keep it in your collection?
Yes, been wanting it


ROBERT LURIE
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Sub Pop | 2017
Who was your gifter?:
Jonathan
Why was this record purchased?:
'The record felt right' - Jonathan
Standout Track:
Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
Describe this album in one sentence:
Illegitimate child of Elton John and Sartre
Will you keep it in your collection?
Yes


JONATHAN SALISBURY
Mono - You Are There
Temporary Residence Limited | 2006
Who was your gifter?:
Kate
Why was this record purchased?:
'Didn't. James (Jaymz) picked it and he didn't do a good job of representing me. Haha' - Kate
Standout Track:
The Flames Beyond the Cold Mountain
Describe this album in one sentence:
Cold and epic
Will you keep it in your collection?
Yes, I like this album


KATE FULTON-TODD
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - It's a Holiday Soul Party
Daptone | 2016 Barnes Noble Exclusive on Translucent Green Vinyl with Bonus 7" single; Originally released in 2015
Who was your gifter?:
Sarah
Why was this record purchased?:
'The spirit of Sharon Jones lives on in these soulful jams; a fresh festive album to be celebrated and shared' - Sarah
Standout Track:
Please Come Home for Christmas
Describe this album in one sentence:
I think the album title captures it... It's a Holiday Soul Party!
Will you keep it in your collection?
Yas!!!


JAYMZ TODD
Sleep - Vol. 1
Tupelo Recording Company | 2014; Originally released in 1991
Who was your gifter?:
Robert 'Rawdawg' Lurie
Why was this record purchased?:
'Because, Sleep' - Robert 'Rawdawg' Lurie
Standout Track:
The Suffering
Describe this album in one sentence:
Buttercup
Will you keep it in your collection?
Yes. Always & forever



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