In honor of Record Store Day this Saturday: Ten records we treasure. What's your favorite vinyl?
Slowdive - Pygmalion
It was a birthday present to myself this year. For years, I couldn't find even the CD for less than $50 until it was reissued sometime in the last decade. My favorite Slowdive song is probably "Blue Skied An' Clear," the second song of side three. It's a hypnotic and haunted composition of aching beauty that sounds like it came together from a meeting of the subconscious minds of the members of the band. A daydream-given voice. The record itself was a big fuck-off to Creation Records for urging Slowdive to write songs more in the vein of Oasis. Never has a "fuck you" sounded more sublime or entrancingly timeless. -- Tom Murphy