#MusingMelodies is a monthly series where I share my thoughts on a music topic and invite you to join the conversation! Read this post, then head over to Twitter and share your thoughts using the #MusingMelodies hashtag.
Nothing is better than getting goodies in the mail. Especially when it’s fun things like brand new music to enjoy! And these days there is a subscription box for, quite literally, everything you could imagine. (And I do mean everything. Trust me. I’ve done some Googling recently and was shocked.)
Lucky for you and me, good groupie, “everything” includes music!
So in this month’s #MusingMelodies rather than mulling over a musical topic…I thought I’d do a little round-up for some of the most interesting music subscription services you should check out.
Clean out your mailbox and get your credit card ready – by the end of this post, I guarantee you’ll want to subscribe to at least one of these awesome music subscription services.
If you’ve dipped your toe in the waters of music subscriptions, it’s highly likely you’ve heard of Vinyl Me, Please. It was one of the first music subscription services I ran across early last year. And while I was never the right age to get into ordering records from a mail club as a kid…I’d wager Vinyl Me, Please was one of the first to make this concept cool again.
What you get: One custom-pressed vinyl record, one piece of art (12″ x 12″) inspired by that month’s album, one custom cocktail pairing recipe
Perks: You can also choose to add on additional curated albums and gear, plus members receive an exclusive email each Friday with free downloads, playlists and vinyl releases.
Cost: Starts at $23 per month
VNYL was one of the other record-clubs-by-mail subscriptions I took notice of early on, and they take a little different approach to their picks. When users sign up, they create a profile based on their musical tastes – fave artists, how much you love new music, etc. Each month you also choose a new #vibe, then VNYL’s staff handpicks records for you based on your tastes and #vibe. (Want to see what a VNYL delivery looks like? Tess has you covered.) Fun facts: VNYL was launched by a Kickstarter campaign, and they have a physical store you can visit in Los Angeles.
What you get: One OR three hand-picked vinyl records + a handwritten note
Perks: You earn $10 when you tell a friend about VNYL and they join.
Cost: $22 for one record per month, $39 for three records per month
If there were only one monthly vinyl subscription service I could sign up for…this would be the one simply because I adore the guy running it. Magnolia Record Club is curated by the phenomenal Drew Holcomb, who I absolutely fell in love with last year. Magnolia is pretty new, and I believe March marks only their third record sent.
Here’s how they’re different: each month Mr. Holcomb selects one album he thinks you should own. Just one, but so far they have been some of the best albums I’ve listened to lately. (For example, this month’s record is the brand freakin’ new Penny & Sparrow release, “Let A Lover Drown You” – and it will be autographed!)
What you get: One vinyl record selected by Drew Holcomb + a note from him
Perks: For a limited time, new subscribers get a Magnolia Record Club T-shirt
Cost: $25 per month
Vinyl not your thing? How about new music and band merch? The Music Box will send you a variety of items each month and has a huge range of options, from a $5 monthly compilation CD to a $12 monthly music box with two CDs and a ton of band swag. Plus, when you order your option you get to pick which genre you want to receive!
What you get: The Envelope ($5/month) includes one compilation CD featuring artists from TMB’s most popular genres. The Box ($12/month) includes two CDs + band swag. The Bundle ($15/month) includes everything in The Envelope AND The Box.
Perks: When you pre-pay for six months, you get a discount on your subscription.
Cost: Ranges from $5 – $15 per month
As a Taurus, there are few things I love more than music and food. And when you combine them? I’m absolutely in heaven. So I was delighted when I ran across Turntable Kitchen just a few weeks ago. They’re a service that pairs recipes and premium ingredients with vinyl and playlists! You can take a spin through their archives to see exactly what they’re all about. (Scoll down.)
What you get: Vinyl record, digital mixtape, 1-2 premium ingredients, 3 seasonal recipes, tasting notes
Perks: Their site is full of music news, mixtapes, recipe ideas and so much more.
Cost: $25 per month
Do you subscribe to a music service?
I’d love to hear which ones you love – or what other services you’ve run across! There’s a few more I’ve collected on my Twitter list that you can check out.
Here’s to musical goodies in the mail,
Note: As of writing this post, I am not a current subscriber of any of the services listed above and did not receive compensation to mention any of them. I just think they’re the ones worth checking out!