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Celebrate 20 years of Interpol's ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’

The first ever 2LP release of their staggering debut album

It was the month after 9/11 when Interpol left Manhattan to record ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ in Connecticut. In a way, Bridgeport encapsulated the metropolitan mourning that ensued after the Twin Towers fell. The city had caved into poverty with the rise of suburbanization; it already had a shadow of darkness hanging over it, a perpetual kind of grief. ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ is not focused on sending a specific message or communicating a certain idea; it wants to convey something inexplicable — a feeling or a mood that’s just there, like an apparition. It is the musical embodiment of the shadow of darkness hanging over all of our lives, and the perpetual kind of grief of living. While the world outside us constantly falls apart, we are walking along the paths of our internal wreckages, trudging through alienation or heartbreak, on an aimless journey.

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interview: Sylvan Esso Break Free on ‘No Rules Sandy’

Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn didn’t set out to make their fourth studio album earlier this year. The duo drove from their home in North Carolina to Los Angeles for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards — their third album, Free Love, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album — but the award show was postponed, which left them in a small rental house with a makeshift recording studio and unexpected time to make new music.

The result, No Rules Sandy, is an album focused on connection, created with a freedom and looseness unlike any Sylvan Esso project before it.

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VMP Anthology: The Story of Ghetto Records

A limited-edition vinyl box set featuring seven revered, and rarely heard, gems of Latin jazz, deep soul, raucous boogaloo, and heavy salsa. Produced in collaboration with Now-Again Records, The Story of Ghetto Records takes listeners on an immersive experience through the brief but bright story of a groundbreaking Latin music label.

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celebrating 21 years of the red album

In honor of 'The Red Album' being released in the U.S. 21 years ago, we're celebrating with 21% off VMP's exclusive variant of Aaliyah's Aaliyah (normally $47 for non-members, $40 for members).

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✔️​ Contains Try Again, which was not featured on the 2001 U.S. LP release
🔴​ Pressed on exclusive 2LP Red & Gold Galaxy vinyl
​🖼️​ Exclusive More Than a Woman art print
📕​ Exclusive Listening Notes booklet

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