Staff Picks: August 2021
At Victrola, we are committed to bringing lifelong music memories into every home. Our employees are passionate about music, and believe music defines our moments, pressing them into our subconscious. The warm, imperfectly perfect needle on a record transports us to those places in our individual and collective history, with a nostalgia more powerful than simple recollection.
We've curated those music memories for you, featuring a few of our employees every month. Stop by and get to know us, and perhaps take our recommendations for a spin. We're certain you'll find some music memories to share with us.
Cake: Prolonging the Music
Pure awesome weirdness. Not sure how else to describe Cake. I am a sucker for pop alternative rock and these guys are some of the best. I am a fan of all of their music and the use of unique instruments, but this album is the best in my opinion. Not a ton of singles (Never There the only one I believe) that the world knew from mainstream radio, but beautiful, strange, catchy cult classics such as Sheep Go to Heaven, Mexico, When You Sleep are pure pop rock pleasure.
What can I say? There is a hard rocker girl inside me that still turns the volume to 11 every time the anthem classic Welcome to the Jungle is played anywhere – on the radio in my car, random play on Spotify, or when the teams take the field in an NFL game. Every once in a while I need to rock. And this album scratches that itch.
Jenna Dworetsky, HR
Rarely does an album get released where I believe every single song is just as incredible as the last. John Mayer’s lyrical and instrumental mastery in Continuum never ceases to amaze me, no matter how many times I have listened to it.
While I absolutely love everything Justin Vernon (songwriter and front man of Bon Iver) has created, this is album has been the soundtrack to some of my fondest memories. It reminds me of college when I would put this album on repeat in the library while it was raining outside, listening to my dad’s record player in the living room with my brother, and driving through the Rockies with my best friend.
Amy Unger, Commercial Ops
Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More (2009)
Lyrically genius, hipster-groundbreaking, and banjo-plucking joy all rolled into one highly energetic album, and the best live show I’ve ever seen. Stand out: "The Cave"
Dwight Yoakum: If There Was A Way (1990)
I would be remissed if I didn’t include something from my country music line-dancing phase of the early 90s, and no one does country better than Dwight. This album was a frequent jukebox go-to at the local dive bar, and the perfect companion for tears in your beers. Stand out: "The Heart That You Own"
Zach Vanderberg, Commercial Ops
Porcupine Tree: Deadwing
This album has my all-time favorite song, “Arriving Somewhere But Not Here”, as well as some shorter-more pop oriented tracks. The balance makes for a really beautiful record.
Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused to Sing
My favorite album of all time, I even have an image from it tattooed on me! Truly beautiful album with interesting narrative and masterful musicianship.