Birthday Party Vinyl Hasn’t Gone the Way of the Dinowalrus
In Physical Education, we ask musicians to divulge their earliest, latest and most meaningful encounters with physical media. Today's vinyl fantasies are courtesy of Pete Feigenbaum, formerly of Titus Andronicus, currently of endearingly-monikered Brooklynite Britrock revivalists Dinowalrus. Their self-released fourth album, Fairweather, is due out September 23, and we're streaming new track "Light Rain" below.
What’s your parents’ favorite album?
My parents didn't listen to much music when I was growing up — mostly just news radio! Maybe The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan since my dad used to play "Blowin' in the Wind" for me on his acoustic guitar.
What was the first record you bought?
On CD, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York. I think the first vinyl record I bought was Cat Butt's Journey to the Center Of because I was into anything and everything released on Sub Pop from 1987 to 1990. I found it for $2 at a local record store.
What record has your favorite art and/or packaging?
New Order's Fine Time; the single with the array of pills by Peter Saville. And Pink Floyd's Animals is another favorite. The cover art for our second album, Best Behavior, was intended to look as if Peter Saville redesigned the cover of Animals.
What’s your preferred method and setting to listen to music?
My more open-minded music listening happens while riding the subway. At work, I fall back on old favorites and/or New Wave of British Heavy Metal classics to help me crank out projects.
Most disappointed you’ve been with an album?
My Bloody Valentine's MBV. It had some good moments, but mostly sounded like Kevin Shields had it 95 percent finished in 1998, got sidetracked for 15 years, then resumed in 2013 with an afternoon of tweaks and overdubs.
What’s a record not enough people own? That too many people own?
More people should own Iggy Pop and James Williamson's Kill City. It's as good as Lust for Life and Raw Power, but got lost in the shuffle when Iggy was between labels in the late 1970s. Too many people probably own some third-wave ska records they wish they didn't.
What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a record?
Vinyl records are sort of an obsolete medium, so I try not to spend more than $10 on them, but I spent quite a few bucks on an original pressing of Junkyard by the Birthday Party for my girlfriend!
How do you organize your records?
In "storage solutions," either IKEA or homemade. Unfortunately, one of the great shortcomings of our society is that common pine boards are only 12" wide and records are 12.75" wide, so if you build your own shelves, your records will jut out in an unsightly manner.
What’s your latest acquisition?
I just picked up a double LP reissue of Primal Scream's Vanishing Point, an underrated and highly eclectic effort. "Burning Wheel" is one of my favorite songs.