Random Wax: Kate Byrne - Air 'Twentyears'


August 26th, 2016 by bsradmin

We like to listen to vinyl on Fridays here at BSHQ. Every Friday we have a Bloodshot crew member randomly select a record from his/her personal collection and bring it to the office. The person has to explain why the album is on his/her shelves, and then we listen to it. We call this Random Wax

Today's contestant is a guest star! Former Bloodshot star intern (and currently of the legendary Schubas Tavern) Kate Byrne randomly selected Twentyears by Air, from 2016. Here's her explanation on why it's in her collection:

"This honestly might be my favorite record I own in my collection. It's 20 years of Air songs, a band that has remained in my top ten ever since I heard "Surfing On A Rocket" blasting from my brother's speakers one Saturday morning about ten years ago. I was going through an abrupt change in my musical taste, moving from bands that I will refrain from stating that lived on my iPod of a 15 year old and expanding more toward a well-rounded, more thought-provoking listening experience. I was trying to find a balance between my new appreciation for psych rock while also dabbing in to my helpless love for electronic and synthesizers. Talkie Walkie sparked my love for Air. I used to listen to the album in full on long runs during my high school Cross Country days and I was absolutely memorized by the genre crossovers and the way the individual songs all told their own stories but yet blended in such a nice way that it created the perfect soundtrack to eight miles in the woods.

Fast-forward to 2016, and Air released an incredible compilation, Twentyears, of favorites from, well, the past 20 years. I'm only a handful of years older than Air's career, so this album covers many different periods of my life. This particular two-disc set has the perfect mix between old favorites like "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Run" but also contains rare cuts, such as recordings from radio performances. This record is so fluidly adaptable to whatever mood you're engaged in. I also have a disco ball hanging above my record player that really ties it all together."