Dolittle

The Story

Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.

The Good

Robert Downey Jr is funny and charming as Dolittle. There’s plenty of famous names voicing the animals. There’s some funny moments, It’s a fun family movie that the kids will enjoy, but there’s not a lot here for adults to enjoy.

The Bad

The story or lack of story isn’t very good, you get a mini cartoon at the start telling the story of Dolittle and his wife’s disappearance. Fast forward to now, Dolittle has a beard and has become a hermit. He gets asked to treat the queen of England who has been poisoned and Dolittle goes on an adventure to find a cure joined by two kids and the animals. That’s pretty much the story and all that happens. There’s not much for the adults watching, but it is a family movie so you’d expect not much in it for adults. I’ve seen better family movies, I just got pretty bored with this one. It’s a shame as I love Robert Downey Jr.

The Verdict

Fun movie that the kids will enjoy, but it could have been better.

⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

An Interview With Chris King

In this interview I talk to Chris all about vinyl, music and singing.

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

I joined Instagram after going to see Black Stone Cherry in Dublin back in 2015 without knowing what instagram was really about. I was lucky enough to meet them and wanted to post about it to them as a thank you. Once i realised it was my about people and their hobbies and interests rather than the standard social media “lets all moan about everything” snowflake society.

You have a good following, how are you finding it all?

The number of followers is ok but not what i am chasing. What I have found is there is a vinyl community of a couple of hundred of us that all get along, talk, debate, have a laugh and have come to understand each other and these friends are from all over the world. I think that is the amazing thing about this vinyl community on Instagram is that it connects us all as if we aren’t worlds apart. I have helped a couple of friends out on Instagram too who aren’t able to find specific records so i have found them and sent them to them around the world. I lost a bet with a Belgian over the world cup and had to send him a record too. Those kinds of things are what make this platform quite magical compared to other forms of social media

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

I had a couple of vinyl knocking about the house from my late teens but nothing major until i was given a box of records in mid 2014. I went through the box and kept the records i wanted and it kind of started from there and snowballed rapidly. Currently in my collection I stand at approximately just over 1000 albums

What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your holy grail?

The favourite album I own? It’s like being asked to choose your favourite child haha. I have a few copies of Fleetwood Mac’ Rumours which I believe is one of, if not the greatest album ever made. I have 3 copies of Simple Minds’ Once Upon A Time which i hold in a similar regard but because it a big connection between me and my Dad. They would have to be my favourites… My holy grail is easy, Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. I missed this record by 1 day this year because my phone never received a text message from my record guy. I would pay the asking price and them some for that record.

Ive seen in some of your posts you like to sing and you play guitar. How long have you been singing and playing guitar?

Singing i started in my late teens and had my first gig in Nov 2002… I did not sound good haha. Since then i have focused on practising as often as i can to improve technique and range. I cant quite remember when I learned o play guitar as I tried for years to learn and nothing would sink in until one day possibly in my mid twenties the chords just started to sink into my memory and i went from there. Learning to sing and play was difficult but not because of timing with strumming and signing. It was more the playing guitar was making me lose singing technique so i had to learn to do both at the same time. I started with songs in low keys that weren’t too strenuous to sing and built on that.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

Simple Minds

U2

Rod Stewart

Black Stone Cherry

Fleetwood Mac

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

People always try to put something poignant here like Elvis, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury etc.. But I would have to go with Mutt Lange… One of the greatest producers in music in my opinion. I love to sing and play but i would love to talk music with him and figure out his secret/how he does what he does when creating albums and taking them to another level.

Any recommendations on movies, movies, tv shows or music?

Movies… Office Space

Tv Shows… The Ranch

Music… Sam Fender. We all know the classic so i am throwing in a new artist who caught my ear. I am not a fan of new music and this guy really stands out for me. A classic sound with a modern twist and something of a Springsteen influence.

@chrisking_1983

21 Bridges

The Story

After uncovering a massive conspiracy, an embattled NYPD detective joins a citywide manhunt for two young cop killers. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue and who’s in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, authorities decide to take extreme measures by closing all of Manhattan’s 21 bridges to prevent the suspects from escaping.

The Good

Nothing new here, but it’s a good watch. The movie takes place in real time at the beginning point of two men robing a restaurant with 300 kilos of cocaine inside. The cops arrive, a shoot out ensues and the robbers kill 8 police officers. The police close of Manhattan island and the chase ensues until Manhattan reopens again a 5 am. Detective Harris (Chadwick Boseman) is brought in to lead the chase to catch them. There’s more going on then just an average robbery though it all links to police corruption and the corrupt cops want the men dead before Harris catches up to them. The movie moves along at a good pace and the action scenes are good. There’s good performances from the cast and Chadwick Boseman is good in this.

The Bad

Like I said before there’s nothing new here and it’s pretty predictable.

The Verdict

Good cop movie with some good action scenes and it’s worth a watch.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

An Interview With

In this interview I talk to Paula all about vinyl, Instagram and Depeche Mode.

Paula: “My name is Paula Villanueva I live in Tijuana, México I have been in love with Depeche Mode since I was about 8 years old. The first song I heard from them was I Just Cant get enough trough my older brother.”

“DM is not just a group for me, it’s a feeling thanks to them I have met the most amazing people, I have been a part of their lifes and vice versa.”

@paulamode101

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

Actually my Instagram didn’t have anything to do with records when I first started, there was random pictures of me and some DM stuff. Until one day I came across @celerah vinyl account, she invited me to do the #newwavewednesday and from there I discovered there was a vinyl community. I haven’t stop posting my DM records since.

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

Well I got my first vinyl when I was about 13 years old, my older brother gave it to me since he was a DJ. He knew that it was going to be in good hands and what group was it? Depeche Mode of course.

I have around maybe 250, many of them are repetided but if I see a DM vinyl I just need to have it 

What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your vinyl holy grail?

My favorite vinyl, wow… You are killing me with this question Black Celebration, there is not a song from that vinyl that I skip. My holy grail has to be Speak and Spell, that was the vinyl that my older brother gave me, I have a emotional attachament to that. 

Your favourite band is Depeche Mode and you have some Depeche Mode tattoos. How many tattoos do you have?

Every time I have that question I need to make a pause and count them, 6 in total. 

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

Depeche Mode, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, INXS and Erasure

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

Dave Gahan is my ultimate crush I will said Martin Gore he wrote for a lot of DM fans the sountracks of our lifes, his songs got me trough a lot of bad times and they have been for me in good times also, so thats why I will choose him. 

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

Yes! There is a lot of great spanish/latín rock groups Soda Stereo, Héroes del Silencio, Enrique Bunbury, Caifanes just to name a few.

Netflix Binges

I don’t normally post on a Tuesday, but I wanted to post this after I saw the last episode of Power last night… so here’s some more of my current Netflix Binges.

The Stranger

I recently watched this show, I wasn’t expecting much from it, but it was amazing. The story is great, the cast were great and it’s full of twists and turns. The main story of the husband and wife is crazy, the kids story is even crazier, plus all the other stories going on which all come together in the end to make sense. There’s some real wtf moments, tense drama and some really funny moments.

There’s eight episodes and after starting it I watched six episodes in one night, I just couldn’t turn it off. I was there until two in the morning watching this and finished the other two episodes the day after. I’m glad I watched this and I recommend giving it a watch.

Power

I’ve just finished watching the last episode of Power and I’ve got to say it was a powerful and good episode. All the cast are great and the story coming to an end was done in a good way. There was lots of plotting against Ghost from Tasha and Tariq. In the end though it’s Tariq who kills his father and you get the aftermath from his actions. Tasha tries to set up Q for the murder, but it all back fires and Tasha gets arrested for the murder. Then it jumps ahead in time to Tariq at college and Tasha in prison.

The way it ends leaves it open for the spin offs which were announced after the finale. Their doing a continuation of Tasha and Tariq’s story called Ghost, there’s a spin coming called Raising Kanan about a young Kanan, there’s one coming called Influence about Tate and one called Force about Tommy going to California to start again. The show I’m most looking forward to is Force, Tommy is many people’s favourite character and I’m looking forward to seeing what he gets up to in the west coast. I’m looking forward to Influence too, I really enjoyed Tate’s episode in the last season of Power and as his story was going on I thought that a show about Tate could be good. If it’s done in a House Of Cards kind of way about his climb up in the world of politics, him trying to stay out of trouble and all the political backstabbing that goes on could be good. As for the others we shall have to wait and see.

An Interview With vinylandfeet

In this interview I talk to Richard all about vinyl and feet?

Richard: “Hey David, first of all thanks for this interview, my name is Richard, I’m a film-maker and my two main obsessions are vinyl and feet lol. In film school they used to call me Tarantino, one cause I have a foot fetish and two cause I shoot my movies non-sequential. I have always loved music and movies, they go hand in hand, so when I first started this page was gonna be mainly to share my vinyl collection together with some movies however, the first person to follow me was a lovely lady called @celerah, I started going thru her photos and what do I see pictures of her vinyl collection with her beautiful feet! Right there and then I got the idea for @vinylandfeet

“I did some research, there was no one reposting these amazing photos, also the name was available and there were many other accounts that would take photos with their vinyl collection and their pretty feet as well. I asked Celerah if I could repost her photos, she said yes and the rest is history!”

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

I bought my very first record when I was 10 years old, I saved my lunch money so I could buy Whitesnake – “Live…in the Heart of the City” which i still own to this day, so I been collecting for about 35 years. From there it became and obsession I started buying records left and right, a few years back my collection was at about 1,800 which it was overwhelming. I collect many other things as well like movies, Star Wars and Horror memorabilia, it was taking over my entire house. So about 3 years ago I did a vinyl record show and sold over 1,200 records. Then I gave my nephew about 200 so he could start his own vinyl collection, now thanks to this page and all these wonderful people I have met in this vinyl community my compulsive collecting/buying side lol, I started buying records again and now I’m back at over 650 albums!

What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your holy grail?

Well that’s a very hard question, I would have to say that my favorite vinyl is actually the Rob Zombie’s “Shock..Shock…Shock!!!” vinyl box set. It has his entire solo career, but my favorite is got to be “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” which I got it autographed by him a few years back. Now as for my holy grail, I would have to go with Mötley Crüe’s self title album with John Corabi. I have the cd but I never got the vinyl record, don’t get me wrong I love Vince but that album with Corabi was extremely heavy, one day I’ll pay the hefty price and get it.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

I was raised in the 80’s so my favorite music is hair metal / rock, these are my top five bands:

1. Rob Zombie

2. Whitesnake

3. Mötley Crüe

4. Iron Maiden

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

There so many people I would love to meet and hear their stories but I would have to pick Rob Zombie. I love his music, his artistic classic mentality, his 60’s-70’s music taste, his love for classic horror creatures like Frankenstein and Dracula to Aliens and Robots. His concerts are out of this world, plus he’s also a film-maker, so we would have so much to talk about!!

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

I’m into classic horror and sci-fi, love Psycho, however anything from Hitchcock is a masterpiece! Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street (only the originals), Evil Dead, all of Tarantino’s movies. Of course Star Wars lol… tv shows I love Lost, Supernatural, Bates Motel, Walking Dead, The 100, Breaking Bad, Into the Badlands. In music, as I mentioned prior I’m mostly into 70’s – 80’s rock and heavy metal, but check out September Mourning not only their music is great but they have a comic book to follow along!

Uncut Gems

The Story

A charismatic jeweller makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.

The Good

I just watched this movie on Netflix and I thought it was great. Adam Sandler is great in this movie, he’s not playing the typical comedy character your used to seeing here. He plays a straight role as a down on his luck jeweller who’s in debt with some gangsters and needs to make a big score to pay them. The cast and story is great, there’s celebrity cameos from NBA player Kevin Garnett and The Weekend, who played good parts in the movie. The movie is a rollercoaster of emotions and has to be one of the best movies of 2019.

The Bad

There’s not a lot of things I can say that we’re bad in this movie apart from some wtf moments of what are you doing, you’re going to get killed?! The only other thing was you doing get to see the aftermath of the ending. It’s not totally necessary and would have made the movie longer, but it leaves you guessing. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The Verdict

Uncut Gems is a great movie full of emotional and great scenes, I can see why it get a lot of praise and attention.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ out of five stars.

An Interview With mkevinyl

In this interview I talk to mkevinyl all about music, vinyl and Instagram

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

My page came out of boredom, actually. A previous job of mine gave me a whole lot of spare time, and I’d been filling it with special projects at home. I had just finished painting a Piet Mondrian-style mural on my living room wall, and I was restoring a 1970s electric typewriter in my dining room, but the parts always took a while to arrive, so there was still downtime. One night I was strolling around from room to room, and realized I’d filled every area with stuff I’d picked up over the years. Books, art, sculptures, antiques, movies, and a record collection.

So around 2 a.m. I turned on all of the lights and started taking photos & playing with color/lighting/angles. By the time the sun was up, I had a couple dozen shots that I really liked. I downloaded Instagram, opened an account under the handle “physicalmedias”, posted about ten photos, and went to sleep. I woke up some time later and found that my records were getting the most attention by far, so I renamed it “mkevinyl”, with MKE being the shorthand for Milwaukee, the city I live in. I concentrated on my vinyl from then on, and the attention I got grew from there – a whole lot quicker than I ever imagined, honestly. It’s been a truly special experience with all of I’ve learned and whom I’ve met and become friends with – I’m constantly driven to look for ways to improve the stuff I put out there.

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

About fifteen years ago I got 30-40 records from my parents after I bought this cheap little RCA turntable when I worked at RadioShack. They were the same records I listened to when I was growing up, so it was a very passive hobby for me. My vinyl setup was just this thing I had sitting in a corner of my room that I would mess with when I needed a nostalgia fix. 

Then about six or seven years ago I got a better turntable from a friend, and a couple modern records at the mall. A Black Flag and an Offspring, I think. After that, the music felt more real to me, and the collecting steadily grew from that. I currently have about 500 records and a much better setup. It would be much more, but I’m really picky about what I get. If I scoop up an album, I know I’ll never want to sell it, or stop listening to it. There are some artists out there that I love, but don’t own some or any of their records because I can’t picture myself sitting down and listening to it all the way through.

I also like to wait to find the albums I want when I’m out digging in the field. That’s one of the reasons why I made a point to visit all of the record stores in my home state of Wisconsin.

What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your holy grail?

That’s a tough one to answer, like many people, I’d assume. If I had to narrow my favorites down to a few… they would have to be Finch’s “What It Is To Burn”, the anniversary release of Nirvana’s “Unplugged In New York”, Sonny Clark’s “Cool Struttin'”, and Thrice’s “The Alchemy Index” box set. Each one has some of my favorite music I want to listen to on repeat, have beautiful cover art, the pressings look amazing, and sound mind-blowing. 

I’ve had holy grails come and go over the years, but there’s one that I’ve never been able to add to my collection: Citizen Cope’s “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings”. It’s one of my favorite all-time albums, but it was only pressed once and goes for $400-600 every time it pops up for sale. I’ve contacted Vinyl Me, Please, Craft Recordings, RCA Records, and even Mr. Cope himself in hopes of getting a reissue to happen… but so far no luck.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

That changes a lot for me, but Nirvana, Tom Waits, Thrice, John Coltrane, and The Clash… those are the ones I always come back to the most. Probably because I grew up listening to each one of them, and that great music is coupled with all of the memories that come with it.

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time who would it be and why?

It’d be Kurt Cobain, and instead of dinner I think it would be coffee. A lot of coffee. Since the early 90s I was damn-near obsessed with many aspects of his life – the music, his philosophies, even his guitars. When you learn so much about a person that you’ve never met, you stop having questions about them. Over coffee I’d like to just have a nice long hangout session. Aimless conversation between friends.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

I spent some time working as a freelance writer for an indie film & arts website in my mid 20s, so I’ve aquired a taste for some of the lesser-known and more odd shows and films. As a big sweeping reccomendation, I’d tell anyone to check out David Lynch’s stuff. It’s a brilliant and entertaining catalog of work that requires you to take multiple passes to unwrap all of the meaning.

We’re in an interesting time when it comes to entertainment – Hollywood is churning out blockbuster flicks at an alarming rate, but now all of the misfits have the ability to reach a wide audience with weird works that have substance. And a lot of the right people are taking notice. Take the company A24 for example. The films they release are consistently amazing, like Hereditary and The Lighthouse.

As far as music goes, check out my page @mkevinyl Everything I post about, I reccomend a listen.

Netflix Binges

Here’s some of my recent Netflix Binges.

Money Heist

I heard about Money Heist a while ago and never got round to watching it, but the other week I gave it a go and loved it. It’s a Spanish tv show about a group of robbers who rob the Spanish Mint. The show is dubbed so that takes some getting used to, but I think you can watch the subtitle version too. Once you get over the fact it’s dubbed, it’s a really good show. The characters are likeable and the actors who play them are great. It’s a well written show and has some real moments of genius which reminded me of Prison Break. It’s as good as any American or British tv show. I can’t wait for season four in April.

Power

Power is back for it’s sixth and final season. I really like this show, it has a great story and cast. The show has been pretty consistent since the start and has been great to watch. The final season has mixed reviews from fans, but a final season of a show always has these thoughts were some people aren’t happy how it ends. Especially with Game Of Thrones which was a pretty bad final season and soured me on the show a bit. There’s one episode left so hopefully it’ll be a good ending and although Power is ending we’re getting a spin off Tommy show, which is pretty cool his story will continue.

The Witcher

The Witcher arrived on Netflix at the end of December and I’ve got to say I like it. I don’t know a lot about The Witcher’s previous incarnations in video games and books, but the story it told was pretty good. Henry Cavill was great in this show, he had some great action scenes and funny moments, the rest of the cast were great and the cgi was good too. The story was a little confusing in parts, but it all made sense in the end and I’m looking forward to see what happens in season two.

An Interview With stevedestruct

In this interview I talk to Steve all about music, vinyl and Hair Metal Monday.

Steve: I’m Steve Rabideau, aka @stevedestruct. I actually sort of hate that handle now, but I use it because I got Instagram a couple years before I started actually using the app, and that handle was what I did all my band business online with. The name came from a short lived band I was in called Self Destruct. The band was a self fulfilling prophecy but people in our scene started calling me that and it stuck.

Anyway, I’m happily married with twin daughters and an English Bulldog. Born in Windsor, Ontario Canada, but now I live just outside of the city in a small town called Belle River. I am an HVAC Technician (heating and cooling) by trade. I played in bands off and on from about 1997 to 2008. My first serious band Upstart released a 4 song EP in 2002. We were a Hardcore Punk band, sorta like Sick Of It All with a little more Rock ‘n Roll. The last serious band I was in was called Lunacy and we released a full length album in 2007. The sound of the album is Black Album Metallica meets the Metalcore of the time. I’m really proud of it and think it turned out great. If anyone wants to hear it, it’s not online but let me know.

I started listening to music when I was 11 years old when my Dad brought home a tape that was in a used car he bought. The tape was a band called Metallica. I knew the name as I saw older kids in school wearing their T Shirts. It was …And Justice For All and when I popped the tape in it started on the clean part of “One”. By the time the song was done my life had changed. I spent the next bunch of years getting super into Metal and Hard Rock and when I got to High School I met a group of guys that I eventually played in bands with that got me into Hardcore and Punk Rock. I started playing Bass when I was 13 trying my best to become Cliff Burton. From around that point until I met my wife in 2007 my life pretty much centered around music.

How long have you been collecting records and how many do you have in your collection?

I started collecting records in 2010. This year marks 10 years as a collector. The funny thing is for the first 28 years of my life I thought records were stupid. You can’t play them in a car, you have to handle them with care, you can’t easily skip songs. They force you to pay attention to everything…which now are some of the main reasons I love records. I was given a record player by my cousin who was moving out of the country and couldn’t bring it. It sat in a box for 6 months until I was bored one day and hooked it up, incorrectly in fact. I didn’t even know you needed a preamp. She had given me one of those as well. So after some research and “borrowing” what was left of my parents record collection, I was off and running. The Rolling Stones’ “Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass)” was the first record I played and I was hooked. Even on my original rudimentary setup(I still had that Gemini record player when I started my Instagram account, but I’ve since sold it and upgraded) the difference between Analog and Digital had me floored. I started expanding my collection in dollar bins, when you could still get decent stuff in them and actually bought a couple collections online. Both those collections numbered in the hundreds. I kept what I wanted and sold/traded the rest and that allowed me to get some really cool stuff. At one point my collection was a bigger than it is now, but I would rather have quality over quantity. In the last 7-8 years I’ve probably got rid of 500 records. Counting box sets as one, my collection is currently sitting at around 900 records.

Why did you decide to start a vinyl themed Instagram?

I had Instagram for a while before I started using it because quite frankly, I’m no photographer and didn’t know what to do with it. I stumbled on the vinyl community and knew that I wanted to be a part of it. When I got into it I had to find my niche. My pictures are mostly basic and I’m just not creative in that way. So within a few months my captions balloned into full blown reviews/opinion pieces. While I haven’t hit a lofty 10k follower plateau, the feedback I get from my account is that people seem to enjoy what I’m writing as I don’t sugarcoat things. If an album or particular pressing is great, I’ll say so, and if it isn’t, I’ll say so too. People seem to appreciate the honesty. I post other things too, Tapes, CD’s and other stuff I like with the same sort of captions. But it’s mostly vinyl.

Hair Metal Monday is doing well that you and Steve G started. When did you two come up with the idea?

Hair Metal Monday is something I sort of stumbled on in early May. My wife and I were building a house and it was a super stressful time. My records were packed away but I still had access to Tapes and CD’s. I was trying to keep my account active until our house was done and could have access to my vinyl again. On a Monday evening after a particularly stressful day I wanted to unwind with some fun music. What’s the most fun music out there? HAIR METAL. I posted a Ratt tape and made the hashtag. The idea is basically that Mondays suck, and hopefully some fun music can make them better. I asked some Vinyl Community friends to participate and it slowly got rolling from there. When my Hair Metal brother Steve G @diggin_n_pickin started posting in August though is when it really started to gain popularity. He shares my love for the genre and took it on his own to promote the hell out of it. His posts are really creative in general and he does hilarious stories with everyone’s posts. If not for him, the hashtag probably would have died and I’d have stopped doing it. I started posting vinyl around that time again, so that helped. We joke around and he calls me the Father of Hair Metal Monday, and I call him the Stepfather.

What’s your favourite vinyl you own and what is your holy grail?

Same answer for both questions. My favorite and my Holy Grail is my original pressing of Metallica’s Ride The Lightning on Megaforce Records in VG+ condition. For those who don’t know, Metallica got their major label deal on Elektra shortly after the release of this album. Elektra bought their contract from Megaforce owner John Zazula with a few stipulations. Megaforce had pressed 75,000 copies of the album on vinyl, which Elektra allowed them to sell with all further pressings being done by Elektra. Megaforce still retained the rights to Kill ‘Em All until 1988 I believe when they reverted to Elektra. Since Megaforce did multiple pressings of Kill ‘Em All vs. the one pressing they did of Ride The Lightning, that’s why you’ll see an original pressing of Ride The Lightning sell for more money than an original pressing of Kill ‘Em All. The funny thing is I bought it before I really knew anything about vinyl and got it for a really great deal. A couple years later I realized what I had and was floored. I’ve heard multiple different pressings of RTL, I even own a Canadian first pressing, and none compare sonically to the original press. From the opening acoustic guitars of “Fight Fire With Fire” to Cliff Burtons growling bass fills on “The Call Of Ktulu”, everything is so crisp and defined. There is apparently a European Music For Nations Direct Metal Mastering pressing that sounds just as good, but that’s one I’ve never heard.

Who’s in your top five of favourite bands?

In no real order:

Metallica – My first musical love. I don’t love everything they’ve ever done, but there’s no denying their first 5 albums are flawless and Load is a damn good Hard Rock Record. As far as vinyl goes, they are a collectors dream.

Megadeth – While Megadeth’s musical output isn’t as consistent as I’d like it, when they are at their best there’s no one better. They were among the first bands I found after Metallica introduced me to Metal. And straight up, Dave Mustaine is the best riff writer in metal not named Iommi.

Anthrax – Once you find the Metallica and Megadeth, you find Anthrax. Anthrax is a personal favorite due to the fact their music still crushes, but their lyrics aren’t always doom and gloom. They have a sense of humor.

Motley Crue – Around the same time I found Metallica a childhood friends Uncle introduced us to Hair Metal. That’s where my love of the genre started, and the Crue is the best.

Guns N’ Roses – It was hard to love music in the early 90’s and not love Guns N’ Roses. They were the biggest band in the world and were quite literally everywhere. And they rule. Original US pressings of Use Your Illusions 1 & 2 are my white whales.

If you could have dinner with any musician from any time, who would it be and why?

I’ve been lucky enough to meet and in a few cases converse with a few musical heroes of mine including Dimebag Darrell, Scott Ian, Jamey Jasta, Jimmy Gestapo, the guys in Armored Saint, the guys in Sick Of It All, and they were all super cool. But if I had to pick one person, it would be Lemmy. Motorhead is one of my favorite bands and the stories that man could have told, I couldn’t even imagine.

Any recommendations on movies, tv shows or music?

One of the reasons I joined the Vinyl Community was for music recomendations, I am sort of a musical recluse. I don’t really seek out new music as much as I should. Cheap vinyl (when it was cheap anyway) helped with that, but I love seeing all kinds of records I haven’t heard of.

As far as TV, I just finished Season 2 of Mindhunter which was great, Chernobyl was a favorite from this year as and When They See Us was heartbreakingly good too. I am very behind on movies due to watching so many with my kids but I watched Dolemite Is My Name last week and it was really good.