At the End of Lonely Street - Nirvana

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Nick: This is all bedroom, garage, and studio demos from Nirvana from 1989 to 1992. I know some of these songs, most of these because they were on the boxset I got from the library when I was 8 - 'Pen Cap Chew', 'Dive', that is one of my favourite Nirvana songs. 'Even in His Youth' is a good one. I don’t know 'Grey Goose' or 'Blandest', I guess he did a cover of 'Ain’t it a Shame'.


Wild Honey - The Beach Boys

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Julia: This is one of my favourite Beach Boys records ever, probably my second favourite. It’s in the original shrink wrap and it’s $20 which I think is awesome. This is my favourite era of The Beach Boys because things are more deconstructed and strange. 'Let the Wind Blow' is such an incredible song, 'Country Air' is so weird and cool, 'How She Bogalooed It'… It’s so weird. When you tell people you’re a Beach Boys fan, if they don’t know what era you’re talking about they might think it’s really cheesy but there’s so much of it that’s unbelievable stuff, this is the record I love.


Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Jacob: It’s my favourite Stones record. I can always just put it on no matter what the time. It just has a lot of my favourite songs on it, a lot of songs that my dad would play on the guitar to me as a kid. It’s one of the great classic records, you can put it on at any time and thoroughly enjoy it.


New Toy EP - Lene Lovich

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Julia: This is the first Line Lovich song I ever loved, 'New Toy'. She’s such an incredible singer. She has another song that I love, 'Lucky Number', but that’s not on this little EP here. She’s definitely been a favourite, and influential, even though I never knew too much of her material, just a few of the different hits. And this is totally worth $20.


Into the White, BBC Recordings from 1988 and 1989 - The Pixies

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Jacob: I’ve actually never heard this record, but we just toured with The Pixies last October and they would play the song 'Into the White' last every night and they’d fill up the venue with a smoke machine. On multiple occasions they made the fire alarm go off, and the song just gets stuck in my head all the time.


Live in Peace in Toronto 1969 - The Plastic Ono Band

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Nick: John and Yoko got together to do a one-off concert, Eric Clapton is playing guitar, and Klaus Voormann is playing bass, and Alan White is on drums. I listen to this album a lot, I have it on vinyl. It’s really good, they do 'Blue Suede Shoes', they do a lot of covers; they play 'Cold Turkey', 'Yer Blues', and Yoko sounds amazing on 'Yer Blues'. I love the way she sings on it. I wanted to have something similar on our album but we didn’t do it.


XO - Elliott Smith

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Julia: This is a classic, I almost feel silly talking about it because everyone loves some Elliott. He was one of the first musicians who I first nerded out over, and my dad is a huge music nerd and he introduced me to music nerdom through Elliott Smith, he bought me the first books about it and I knew all of the tattoos he had - he had a tattoo of Texas, a tattoo of Ferdinand the Bull - and I learned all about his life. I still love him, but it changes you know? It’s kind of existentialism or a thing you need at a certain time in your life, and then you move on from that time and it doesn’t exactly feel the same. Any one of these songs is insane. I, fun fact, tried to learn 'Pitseleh' on guitar to get into arts high school. The lyrics to that are so dark. I was learning and trying to play it for an audition and I realize now that if I had gone through with it they would have looked and me and thought I was insane it’s all "barrel below the gun." Anyway, love me some Elliott.


I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Jacob: Another classic that I love. She’s just good at writing anthems that make me want to get up and dance and run around. It’s always been good to blast in the car. And she’s just so cool, just the coolest.


Nashville Skyline - Bob Dylan

Record Shopping with Sunflower Bean Nick: This has become my favourite era of Dylan, when he did this record and New Morning. New Morning is probably my favourite one, but I don’t have this one on vinyl so I’m going to buy it today.

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Sunflower Bean's new album, Twentytwo in Blue, is out on March 23rd via Lucky Number. Check out 'Human For' below, along with more photos from our record shopping trip.

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Record Shopping with... Sunflower Bean
Record Shopping with... Sunflower Bean
Record Shopping with... Sunflower Bean
Record Shopping with... Sunflower Bean
Record Shopping with... Sunflower Bean
Record Shopping with... Sunflower Bean