5. Noble Records
Noble Records is actually an awesome record store in North Carolina. I’ve never been there, but it’s at the top of my “must-visit” record store list—especially after subscribing to and watching videos on this channel by the store co-owner, Dillon (he and his wife own the store together). Not only does he cover all of the typical vinyl channel topics, like top 10 lists, identifying record pressings, and latest finds, he also chronicles his life as a record buyer for his store. He goes through some of the amazing collections he has found throughout his time as a store owner, as well as does unboxing videos as new vinyl comes into his shop. It’s a great YouTube channel from the perspective of the owner of a killer record store.
4. Professor Of Rock
The Professor of Rock is none other than Adam Reader, a music scholar, and a guy who has no musical pretensions at all. This is reflected in his show. I love this quote from Adam: “I respect Toto in the same sentence as I respect The Clash, and for different reasons. I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. And that’s how I approach the show.” The Professor has interviewed a who’s who of rock royalty, including Brian Wilson, Eric Burdon, Paul Rodgers, and many more. The Professor of Rock channel celebrates the power of music featuring the stories behind the greatest songs and artists of the rock era.
3. Infectious Groove Vinyl
The Infectious Groove Vinyl channel is a spinoff of the Infectious Groove Podcast and the brainchild of Mr. Russ Robinson. Russ has been a music junkie and vinyl collector for many many years. The podcast is fantastic and covers a wide span of different musical genres and topics, but for my money, you can’t beat the Infectious Groove Vinyl channel. Videos cover a wide range of topics, such as rare pressings, top 5 lists, opinion pieces, and vinyl product reviews. Russ is a great guy who is very down-to-earth, easy to relate to, and most importantly has no pretensions about him whatsoever.
2. Jamel AKA Jamal
Jamel AKA Jamal is a music lover through and through. His channel is full of great reactions to a huge variety of songs, many of which are recommended to him by his YouTube community of subscribers. What I love most about this channel is the overwhelming sense of positivity that radiates from Jamel as he takes viewers on his journey of musical discovery. A typical video starts out with Jamel talking about how he was recommended a particular song, and then he jumps right in. It’s a joy to see him discover songs for the first time, especially those that I love. Occasionally it takes me back to the first time I ever heard the song too.
1. Early Morning Sunday Show with Steve Carlson + Kat
Steve Carlson is the host of the Early Morning Sunday Show, a YouTube channel that chronicles Steve’s adventures in vinyl collecting. Steve has been posting videos for nearly 4 years now, but he has been a dedicated music enthusiast for decades. What I like most about Steve’s channel is the DIY aesthetic and Steve’s positive outlook on collecting and life in general. Steve is a staple of the Michigan vinyl community and his story made local history when his basement flooded and he lost his entire collection (see the video below)—a collection any dedicated vinyl connoisseur would be envious of. This devastating situation was all documented on his channel, and his new videos are all about rethinking his collection and putting it all back together again in the name of good music.