From Tori Amos to Morrissey to Taylor Swift, you'd be surprised what gems you can find at a record store. And you'd be surprised what records people are drawn to.

Take anyone to a vinyl shop and observe. Chances are, by the end of the day, you will know almost everything you need to know about a person. It's something we value at The 405 and it's a trick we brought to life following an afternoon with American Football at Rough Trade East.

All photos by Mathew Parri Thomas. You can visit Rough Trade by heading here. American Football's new album is out October 21 via Polyvinyl in the U.S. and Wichita in the UK and Europe. Head here to listen to 'I've Been So Lost For So Long'.

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Mike Kinsella

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Record you play in the tour van - Fela Kuti: I picked this album cause I couldn't find the Welcome To The Dollhouse soundtrack that Sam played incessantly. This was the soundtrack to many sleepless night drives and pretty much the only math rock I still want to listen to.

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Record that reminds you of home - Taylor Swift: Besides often drunkenly proclaiming this is the "best record of all time," it's also my daughter's go-to for early morning headphone sing-along alarm clock sessions.

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Record that reminds you of someone you love - Sam Cooke: Love: Ryan loves pop punk music and Ryan loves old soul music and I love Ryan.

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Underrated record - New Order: Right around when I was learning how to play the guitar/music, I realized the bass line for 'All The Way' was the same as 'Just Like Heaven' and then decided that some combination of those four notes was enough to make a "career" out of, and here I am. I consider it underrated cause everyone likes all the other New Order albums more than this one but I think it's pretty perfect (except for the first song which sucks.)

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Record that you play while drinking - Lungfish: I actually didn't drink at all when I first got into this album but have had a lot of fun both drinking and listening to this album for the last 20 years, so that's cool.

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Nate Kinsella

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Underrated record - William Onyeabor: Everyone should listen to this eccentric synthesizer genius. He created super funky pop hits in solitude and never played live... my kinda guy.

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Record that you play while drinking - Aphex Twin: Aphex Twin was my gateway to instrumental music. It's great music to listen to while drinking at a party because there's one less person talking.

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Record that reminds you of someone you love - Prince: I grew up in Minneapolis where everyone (including me) innately loves Prince. I did lights for him once and he told me to "make it look like a sexy house party in here!" and after that, everything's been kinda downhill...

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Record that reminds you of home - Harry Nilsson: My wife and I listen to Harry Nilsson together and whenever 'The Moonbeam Song' comes on I always imagine the same romantic montage where it's fall outside and we're making leaf piles and jumping into them and the camera angle changes to a shot from above and we're smiling and rolling around and then I notice that my wedding ring is missing and we mouth the words "Oh no!" and we start digging through the leaves all worried like "There's no way we're gonna find the ring!" and then in a fit of desperation I start digging through my pockets and I find the ring IN MY GLOVE and we're really surprised and are like "Who'd 'a thought?!" and then we look at each other and laugh like "HAHAHA!"

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Steve Holmes

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Underrated album - Nation of Ulysses: I actually prefer the second Nation of Ulysses album (Plays Pretty For Baby) to their debut. Either way, NOU was probably my favourite band for a brief period during high school. The bubble got popped when I saw the Make-Up play with Cap'n Jazz on their first tour and they were a bit of a let down (how could it not be). I imagine that's how Cap'n Jazz fans felt when they saw Joan of Arc tour initially. I picked this record because I still have a soft spot for all the great Dischord bands we looked up to as kids. I feel like the younger bands don't really know that era as well, but there were some really amazing records coming out of DC in the mid-80s through mid-90s. Without Nation of Ulysses, there might not have been a Cap'n Jazz (or at least a very different one) and on down the line to American Football.

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Love album - Tori Amos: Tori Amos was my college girlfriend's (and current wife's) favourite artist, so we spent a lot of time listening to those first couple of records. Putting on either of those records with headphones can still take me back to '94/'95 and the sense memory of driving around or hanging out in her college apartment.

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Van album - Morrissey: Vauxhall and I is probably my favourite of his solo albums, and not coincidentally the first Morrissey album I really got into. Mike and I played the hell out of this record in our dorm in freshman year. I was just expanding my tastes from hardcore/emo bands, and Mike turned me on to Morrissey and the Smiths who would become hugely influential for me. So many great songs on this record, but I especially love 'Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself'. Still holds up.

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Great album - The Band's Music From Big Pink: One of the greatest and most influential albums of all time. The first two records by the Band brought psychedelic rock to a dead stop. Lamos and I love these records, and used them as the primary influence for our post-AF band, The Geese. It's amazing to think of how much great music (with and without Dylan) was written and performed in that house. They should've put the house on the cover.

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Home album - The Beatles: The Beatles are children's music in my house. All my kids love the Beatles, especially Ringo for some reason. My wife and I actually had a Beatles tribute band perform at our wedding (three sets with period-specific outfits: Ed Sullivan show; Sgt. Pepper; Rooftop). So, yeah. The Beatles rule.

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Lamos album - Miles Davis: Steve Lamos has listened to Miles Davis' In A Silent Way everyday for the last 20 years. Gotta be some kind of record.

Steve Lamos

On why Steve Holmes picked In a Silent Way for him: Why? Because he knows (like pretty much anyone who's known me longer than 10 minutes) that I've listened to 'Shhh / Peaceful' pretty much every day for the last 25 years: it's my work music, my chill music, my mantra music. In fact, my wife has agreed (and my kids will learn when they're old enough) that this track will be played--on repeat--throughout the entirety of my funeral. If it's not played, then I promise that my ghost will return to haunt the living.

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