Todd Thomas from “The Silver Thread”
1: what do you collect and why?
I collect mostly collect 1960s, 1970s and 1980s rock, punk and underground rock but also with a little 1950s and 1960s jazz thrown in. In addition, I purchase many new releases on vinyl too.However, no matter what period or genre if it sounds great I will buy it.
2: How big is your collection?
My collection is around 300 records. It is not a massive collection. I have to be selective with my purchases. I only have so much storage room in my apartment.
3: Whats that elusive gem you are always looking for?
At the moment, I do not have any elusive gems I am looking for. I enjoy looking through bins and finding a surprise. Like a record that may have been mentioned in magazine by a favorite musician, etc that turns out to be a buy and listening- if it sounds great. But a mint original Love ‘Forever Changes’ would be a nice find.
4: How do you track stuff down?
I mainly shop at Jerry’s Records, Juke Records and Desolation Row in Pittsburgh, PA.
5: How often do you listen to your collection?
I try to listen all the time. But it is difficult with every new purchase. There are never enough hours in the day.
6: Barring some kind of situation when you die under a pile of fallen records, how do you think you will eventually dispose of your records?
I will sell it, hand it down or be cremated with it and my relatives can scatter my ashes with it. If that is even possible.
7: Whats your all time favorite record, regardless of rarity?
All time favorite record-The Velvet Underground’s third self titled LP.
The Silver Thread release “Strange Currents” Saturday November 19th
At Howlers, Pittsburgh w/ The Me Toos & Benefits