Staff Picks: February 2021

Staff Picks: February 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 from our online vinyl store, 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.

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Tim Trzepacz, Commercial Operations

Black Sabbath: Paranoid

These pioneers in Heavy Metal were the first concert I ever attended in 1983, and have left a deep impression ever since. Few artists define a genre and time period like Black Sabbath.

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV

Not much more can by said about this all-time classic. Battle of Evermore and Going to California are masterpieces, and this album belongs in every record collection.

Alfonso Minopoli, Operations

Michael Jackson: Thriller

In my opinion I do not believe there is one bad song on this album. There are so many hits on this album.

N.W.A: Straight Outta Compton

This album was so controversial and made headlines nationwide that it could not be ignored.  This group has brought so many hits together and later on individually because of this album.


Rachel Levy, Operations

U2: Achtung Baby

My favorite band is U2 and this album provided music relief during my high school years and continues to be one of my all time favorite albums.

INXS: Kick

One of my favorite bands in Middle School and my first large venue concert was to INXS at Madison Square Garden.

Amy Unger, Commercial Operations

The National: Trouble Will Find Me (2013)

Dark and brooding, The National makes me want to curl up in front of a fire with a blanket and a whiskey, and I don't even drink whiskey. Poetic lyrics, surprising music transitions, and low, hypnotic vocals make this album endlessly listenable. Stand out: "Don't Swallow the Cap"

John Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)

Released during my senior year of high school, this fellow Hoosier's album was on heavy rotation as I prepared for my freedom, and seemed to be written for the specific purpose of driving around the rural midwest with the windows down, music up, and no particular place to go. Ah, youth. Stand out: "Check It Out"


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