Autobiographical LP Organization Comes Natural to Dust Moth
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 Ryan Frederiksen, guitarist of melodic Seattle metallers Dust Moth. Their second album, Scale, recently dropped on the Mylene Sheath, and we're thrilled to premiere their video for the epic "Lift" below. Check out some of director Danielle Hardy's other work, and scope the interview below.
What’s your parents’ favorite album?
That’s tough. My mom is a huge fan of Sweethearts of the Rodeo and Roxette, and my dad has always been all over the place, and I took after him on that. My dad used to work the swing shift in a cold storage place, and I remember him coming home super late and he started blasting Supertramp’s Breakfast in America. He woke up my brother and I and made us dance with him. We loved it, and I have an enormous love for Supertramp to this day.
What was the first record you bought?
Parallel Lines by Blondie. At that point, it had been out for a few years, but I think I saw [Debbie Harry] on The Muppet Show and fell in love instantly. She was super cool and I loved “One Way or Another,” so I had to go out and get it. I think I remember being disappointed that it didn’t have "Rapture" on it, so I picked up The Best Of [Blondie] as well after that. I thought the dudes in the band were super cool, too. They had a different color of Converse on each foot, and I wanted that so bad. Some day I’ll get there.
What record has your favorite art and/or packaging?
As of late, I really like the Twin Peaks repress. It’s got a spot varnish and die-cut that is super nerdy and awesome. I am also a graphic designer, so I really go for nerdy packaging like that.
The new-ish Mamiffer record looks fantastic as well. Aaron [Turner] and Faith [Coloccia] did an amazing job all around with that record. It looks amazing and sounds beautiful. Very artistic in all aspects of it. I think I love that most, when bands / artists put together a totally cohesive record, from the way it sounds to the way it looks. It creates something more than just a record. It’s a whole piece that deserves the same amount of attention it’s been given to be made.
Vulnicura by Björk is beautiful. I love the slipcase over it. There’s something about that slipcase I think is just amazing.
What’s your preferred method and setting to listen to music?
At home and on my stereo, for sure. I know how my stereo sounds and feel like I’ve got it set up in the sweet spot, so putting records on my stereo is the jam. It becomes such a ritual in the way to listen to records, and I love that. During the week / throughout the day belongs to my phone, but as soon as I listen to music when I’m at home, I go for my turntable.
Most disappointed you’ve been with an album?
I really thought Pusha T’s King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude was going to be better than it is. He talked it up for so long ... that it was going to be a double record — then it turned into one being released right after the other, and then just nothing for the past year — that I’ve felt duped by the whole thing. I know timing is everything in the pop world, but I wouldn’t categorize Push as pop, so his releases shouldn’t be treated as such. His content matter isn’t made for pop, so I put higher expectations on him than I should. Hopefully he makes up for it with whenever he actually releases the “official” King Push.
What’s a record not enough people own? That too many people own?
As far as too many people, I’d go so far as to say the Beatles' White Album is one of those. I like the Beatles, but the amount of people that talk about that record being one of the greatest of all time is absurd to me. It’s not their best by any means, but it seems almost as if it’s what people think they’re supposed to say, and that’s some bullshit. Fuck that.
As far as records that not enough people own, [that's] weird. I feel like a lot of what I listen to isn’t listened to by a whole lot of people usually, and [then] I find out that they’re huge. Maybe not huge, but they’re doing pretty well for themselves. Tim Hecker is one of those. I’ve had the great pleasure of playing a few shows with him a long time ago, and I wasn’t very familiar with him at that time, but instantly became a huge fan and buy everything he puts out now. So, I don’t think he’s obscure by any means, but I don’t think he’s huge either? He makes phenomenal records, so I think he should be absolutely huge. I feel the exact same way about the Haxan Cloak. I love what he does both as a musician and engineer / mixer. Oh, another one I really think people should get into is Blood Tears by SISU. I think they’re fantastic.
What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a record?
I don’t really go for that sort of thing usually. I’m willing to spend ridiculous amounts, but it really does need to have the whole package going for it. Just great art and packaging, quality vinyl and great music, of course. I usually wait to get some of my more favorite records. If I reeeaallllly get into a record, I will seek out the special edition for it after I’ve already bought it, just because I love the music and the art as well. If the art for it sucks, though, then I’m happy with the normal version. Speaking of which, I actually pre-ordered Love Streams by Tim Hecker, hoping I made it in time for the limited clear versions, but no such luck.
How do you organize your records?
I organize my records sort of the same way that John Cusack does in High Fidelity: autobiographical. I know it sounds pretentious and lame, but it makes perfect sense to me when I’m looking for specific records. Just not so much for anybody else perusing through my collection. I don’t care for alphabetized, so it makes the most sense to me to do it that way.
What’s your latest acquisition?
I recently picked up Depeche Mode’s Violator. I love that record and never owned it on vinyl, so I was very happy to pick that up. The Twin Peaks repress, Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered. I also just picked up the latest Warpaint record, but I haven’t digested that one yet.