A Wife Reviews Every Single LP In Her Husband's Record Collection

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 11:20 AM

(Sarah O'Holla)

My co-host Alex Goldman is married to a writer named Sarah O'Holla who writes a blog where she listens to every LP in his record collection, alphabetically.

Alex is a record nerd, Sarah isn't. The result is pretty sweet and also makes you think about why we love the art we love. And about all the times you’ve tried to convince someone to love your music. 

Also, there should be a generic term for whatever specific kind of amateur criticism this is. Someone who writes well trying to capture an experience that they don't really have the vocabulary for. In this case, Alex's music tastes run to the esoteric (some would say terrible), and Sarah is not a music critic, so you get stuff like this, from her review of some terrible Anthrax record:

The first song, “Among the Living,” starts like a regular “heavy metal” song but then gets REALLY FAST! OMG how? How is it so fast?? Hold on, I have to listen to the lyrics. Okay, yes, they’re saying “murder” over and over again, next is “hatred.” AHHH!!!!! I’m so scared!!! Also, a little excited. Here comes a crazy guitar solo, I feel like I’m on a roller coaster, my heart is beating faster. I can see the urge to “head bang,” if you will, or jump into a crowd and start punching, but I’m really enjoying listening to this while sitting still on the couch in my living room, it makes you feel energetic on the inside, without the fear of getting punched in the boob.

Also, you get these mini-scenes like this one, from later in the same post: 

HOLD ON. Alex just started singing along and saying something that sounded like “evil, N-word, fassen.” Me: “What are you saying??” Alex: “Efilnikufesin.” Me: Very confused stare. Alex: it’s “nice fucking life spelled backwards, N.F.L” and then he jumped off the couch and started dancing uncontrollably.

So, yeah. As a longish postscript, I've felt a little bit conflicted about mentioning it on the blog here because, you know, the blinking neon conflict-of-interest question attached to writing about a project run by your co-worker's spouse. On the other hand, not writing about it has frustrated me because it is the kind of tiny little internet gem that I like and like to think about. And it's felt silly not to mention it. And now it's started to get coverage in other places and I've been too frustrated not to mention it here. So I just did.

If you're mad, please feel free to yell at me on Twitter.


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Comments [7]


Ugh - as a female music fan who has often had to fight to prove that I actually know my stuff, I really hate this blog. It seems to reinforce all the negative stereotypes about women and music -- that we don't care about it except on a superficial level, that we don't have any understanding of passionate music fandom, and that advanced concepts like "S/T" for self-titled or "gatefold" are just too complicated for us. In other words, music collecting is for men. Sigh.

Mar. 19 2014 04:07 PM

Wait. On her "BRB" post, she claims the blog was being written just for family and friends, but this is a five-day-old post promoting the blog.

This is the internet. Everything that becomes popular this quickly is due to excellent marketing.

You seem to have recovered quickly from your conflict of interest. I suppose there's a pill or something for that.

Mar. 19 2014 03:23 PM
Robbsalad from Cincinnati OH

I'm 27 years old and this is the first comment I've ever left on a blog. I love My Husband's Stupid Record Collection. It's my new favorite thing. I'll leave it at that.

Mar. 16 2014 01:42 PM
GG Allin from Your Butt

We should all have wives like her.

Mar. 15 2014 03:58 PM

That record isn't terrible, PJ. It's a classic.

Mar. 14 2014 02:55 PM
Andy from Philadelphia

I came across this on my Facebook page. Very cute. Would rather the OTM feed stick to actual media concerns than promote a blog about the producer's record collection. I only lament because this came around a week or so after TLDR wrote a post about Facebook's new feature that allows users to unsubscribe to Buzzfeed and the like– "you can put a stop to the deluge without unfriending..." Can I do this without "unfriending" OTM?
Don't sink to cheap and easy clickbait. Wish I could lighten up but OTM has typically been one of the few retreats from this inane material.

I speak for all OTM listeners when I say we have enough Arab on Radar reviews in our social media feed.

Mar. 14 2014 02:07 PM

Ha! Just sent that to my wife. Same story, but less Adam Ant.

Mar. 14 2014 12:44 PM

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