Record Shopping With: Finn Wolfhard
In honor of one of our favorite features from the iconic record destination Amoeba Music, we're paying homage by taking a dive into the shopping habits of our favorite artists. Here's what Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame is listening to and why you should, too.
(image via Amoeba Music)
[Vinyl] Cosmic Sounds – The Zodiac
[Vinyl] I’m The Man – Joe Jackson
[Vinyl] Lotta Sea Lice – Cortney Barnett & Kurt Vile
[Vinyl] It Follows [Original Soundtrack] – Disasterpeace
[DVD] The Squid and the Whale
[Vinyl] Hang – Foxygen
[Vinyl] Do Hollywood – The Lemon Twigs
What, exactly, would a 15 year-old child star purchase from the world’s most famous record store? It’s not a question I ever expected to answer and yet here we are. This week’s “What’s in My Bag?” features Stranger Things leading man (boy?) Finn Wolfhard, who was born in 2002. Yeah. Let’s dive in.
Well this went pretty much as expected. A lot of, “I don’t know what this is, I’ve never listened to it, but it looks cool,” and I’m not going to fault the kid for that. Plenty of established artists have done the exact same thing on this series and it’s that very drive for exploration that helps you grow as a music fan. Besides, he actually stumbled upon some gems and even dropped a new one into my queue.
The It Follows soundtrack was probably my favorite pick-up. That soundtrack did as much for setting the tone of a film as any in recent memory and it’s the perfect background music to scare the hell out of your neighbors. Picking up Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale further supports the case that Wolfhard is a young cinefile, as this is a deep-cut oldie for Finn (considering it came out in 2005 – when he was only two-and-a-half years old).
Joe Jackson is a solid pick for building up your classics collection. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, I probably would’ve started with “Look Sharp!” before “I’m the Man,” but now we’re nitpicking. Can’t go wrong with the Cortney Barnett and Kurt Vile collaboration and the Foxygen selection was pretty unique. Bonus points for having discovered them at a live performance, the best way to add new bands to the repertoire.
Finally – Finn Wolfhard’s favorite band right now – The Lemon Twigs. To be honest, I’d never heard of them, but a quick scan of their discography has already made me a fan. New and fresh, yet sounding like they’re from an era decades before they were born, this brother-duo seems to have created some pretty compelling stuff in their short existence. I’m definitely going to take a deeper dive into their discography soon.
All in all, it was a solid outing from the kid. I stand by Kanye’s "College Dropout" and Death Cab’s "Plans," but the rest was less than noteworthy. Ah, to be young again. A wild musical journey awaits young Finn. I’m jealous.
It Follows [Original Sountrack] – Disasterpeace
Lotta Sea Lice – Cortney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Hang – Foxygen