Some of the Best Acoustic Vinyl Records Now

As much as the next rock music junkie, we love electric distortions and everything else that’s loud. Sometimes though, it feels great to just lay back and go back to basics. And that’s the reason why we made this list below of some the best acoustic vinyl records right now.


Several Shades of Why by J Mascis

This acoustic vinyl record is surprisingly engaging and rich despite the absence of thick instrumental sounds. Even with the absence of unnecessary sonic stimulants, Masci manages to bathe you with purpose and resonance through his sheer voice. If you manage to finish spinning this vinyl without having to wipe off a tear, then we don’t know anymore what will make you have to.

Sea Change by Beck

Beck has experimented with a wide range of musical genres through the years, some of which were successful while others were not. Sea Change is a back to basics project of sorts, with Beck going down the acoustic path. It also showed that underneath all of Beck’s quirkiness, he’s actually at his best when making simple, down to earth songs. And that’s just one of the reasons why he beat Beyonce for a Grammy Album of the Year award.

All Hail West Texas by the Mountain Goats

Surprisingly, this back to basic album just works. It also perfectly shows that the Mountain Goats pack a wallop even after you strip away all the trappings and the layers. And with John Darnielle’s straight forward story telling, honest lyrics and raspy vocals, the album also showed the band at its best. They should have considered naming the album as “All Hail the Mountain Goats” instead.

And That’s a Wrap

Like the best acoustic guitars under $500 at GLM, the albums above would make excellent gifts this Christmas. Loved ones who love music will appreciate them as much as they’ll do with a guitar. But the good thing for you is that, they are not as expensive and are easier to wrap.

“Scrapbook Tunes” to Die and Cut For

We are being artsy today, with a post related to our cleaning efforts, and it’s about one of our coolest projects ever! When we began improving the home recording studio, the record player was one of the first pieces we spiced up. We liked how basic geometric vinyl decals transformed a plain turntable into a decorative piece, so we are raving about it here!

We have usually been tenants of different small flats, which we know are quite limiting when it comes to make overs. But we’ve gotten more imaginative now, and one of our go-to strategies to spruce up apartments is with detachable vinyl wall decals. They are quite expensive though, so we finally bought a Cricut Explore Air (as recommended by many online reviews). A die cutting machine can be used to cut almost anything out of vinyl. With it, you could decorate anything just as we did with our turntable. Heck, you could even make wallpaper, but it is more commonly used for scrapbooking. We went ahead and created a scrapbook which we will use as a guest book.


Speaking of scrapbooks, indie-pop act MisterWives just finished “The Scrapbook Tour” this month. Scrapbooks are basically poignant memories, so for their tour, MisterWives made it a point to make moments that fans would remember them by.

We first discovered MisterWives in 2013 on Soundcloud (they were newly formed back then and was based on Brooklyn, NY). At the time, they had just released their initial EP “Reflections,” and we were instantly hooked to their funky sound and Mandy Lee’s voice. Not long after that, they performed some gigs and was eventually signed by Photo Finish. The label withdrew “Reflections” from Soundcloud and re-released it, and it got a warm welcome on iTunes.

Fast forwarding to 2015, MisterWives have now sold out concerts in cities all over the United States. Also, they have been invited to perform at music festivals, including Billboard’s Hot 100 nonetheless. This month, the band ended the tour for a sold out audience in New York (thus coming full circle to where they started). Other bands that participated in “The Scrapbook Tour” were CRUISR and Waters. To discover even more bands or artists like them and MisterWives, visit us again soon.

Our Best Record Player is Playing the HURTR EP — Again

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Just recently, we started organizing our home recording studio equipment. Unlike our best record player (under 100 USD only, by the way) and acoustic guitar, we hardly took care of those (more expensive) stuffs. Which is a shame actually, considering that some cool local acts have rented it before to make demos. But we’re serious in tidying them up, now that we’re planning to use them when we invite touring musicians.

Now, while rummaging through our clutter (which was a lot, to be honest), we stumbled on a flash drive with the HURTR EP. We discovered the EP a few years ago, and we really liked it. And so, we plugged it on our best turntable to serve as a soundtrack for our otherwise boring housekeeping session.

Remembering All the HURT

HURTR is a duo from Portland, a collaboration by Heidi Hull (vocalist) and producer Derek Stilwell (of the powerhouse witch step Bruxa fame). Heavy beats and bleak vibes were ever present, but generally, this side hustle isn’t really similar to Derek’s main band. Kind of like a break-up EP, HURTR’s self-titled release is an aggregate of mostly dark and atmospheric pop tunes that rarely rise up to upbeat realms.

Now it turns out that HURTR released something new early this year, aptly called EP2. It’s a bit different from the first, and it kind of sounds like (dare we say) trip hop. But still, the darkness is there. Like what people say — once you go black, you never go back. Below is a track from EP2.

Spin the Black Circles!

Aside from the HURTR flash drive, we also found a few vinyl records that we thought were already gone. No, not really ultra rare — just gone in the sense that we forgot were we put them. One of them is “Sleeper,” from the San Francisco rocker Ty Segall. That album has been mentioned in no less than the Rolling Stone and New York Times. Another one is the “Wilderness EP” from Jonathan Linaberry, a.k.a. The Bones of J.R. Jones.

Never heard of them before until you got here? Then check back more often, because you are likely to discover more vinyl records here at no conclusion.