Welcome to the first installment of interviews with SlyVinyl Authors. We’re excited to share our passion with you through articles, album tips, and more. These articles will give some insight into what makes the Sly Authors tick and learn a bit more about what vinyl means to them. So, without further ado, let’s get to know one of the earliest members of the team, Jon Hamilton.
We all seem to have that one person who helped introduce us to new cool music when we were younger (an older sibling, the cool kid in the neighborhood, etc.). Who was that person for you? Is there a particular artist they introduced you to in your formative years?
When I was 20 I was house sitting and one night I found the music folder on their home computer and I just put them all on random while I read. Then “Kathy With a K’s Song” by Bright Eyes came on and I stopped what I was doing and just leaned back in my chair and took it all in. Then I searched their computer for more Bright Eyes songs, they had 1 more. I read bios and articles about Bright Eyes that night. The next morning when I woke up I walked down to the record store and bought every Bright Eyes release that they had. Which was only 3 things. Bright Eyes in turn got me into lots of other independent labels and artists that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
In the spirit of the movie High Fidelity… What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Johnny Cash – Live at Folsom Prison
Neko Case – Blacklisted
Outkast – Stankonia
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things.
How did you get into collecting vinyl?
I started with vinyl when I was little. Then I picked up the occasional record, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy comes to mind, until I was in college and would buy vinyl exclusive 45s. Tour only 45s. Stuff like that. Then in 2003 Saddle Creek released a Bright Eyes vinyl box set which I bought. Then I decided to only buy Bright Eyes on vinyl in the future. Then somewhere around 2007 when labels started including download codes I switched to vinyl exclusively.
What’s your white whale/holy grail album?
Dead Weather – Triple Decker. The 7″ inside is the only Dead Weather song that I do not own.
What’s the most prized record of your collection?
I own a copy of the special edition Carl Sagan – Cosmos 45 that Third Man Records put out a few years ago. I can’t imagine a scenario where I would ever want to sell or trade this record. It’s really special to me and I can’t believe that I even own a copy.
What’s on your turntable regularly these days?
This year is all about Daptone on my turntable. Right now it’s the James Hunter Six, but earlier this week I got a shipping notification for the new Charles Bradley and I can not wait to give that one a spin!