Collector Interview: Lisa Congdon & Clay Walsh

Posted on July 08 2015


This interview was originally published February 11, 2015 on tumblr

Back in September of 2014 I visited the Oakland home of Lisa Congdon & Clay Walsh to check out their small, but growing record collection. Though they’ve only been collecting vinyl for a year, both Lisa and Clay have a long history with vinyl, spanning back to childhood, listening to records with their families. Lisa and Clay shared some of their favorite nostalgic albums, and let me dig through their stack of vinyl in their sun drenched Oakland home. Soon these two will be moving to Portland, where their collection will almost certainly grow. (Portland has some excellent vinyl shops, ladies!) Lisa and Clay shared a bit about their collection, styled in the photos above with genre record dividers

Favorite album: 
Billy Joel, The Stranger, 1977

Best party album: 
Prince, Purple Rain, 1984

Best album to listen to alone:
Yaz, Upstairs at Eric’s, 1982

Size of your collection:
Almost 100.

How long have you been collecting records? 
1 year

Why vinyl?
The music is in the grooves. What more can we say?

Where do you hunt for vinyl?
Dave’s Record Shop in Berkeley, 1-2-3-4-Go in Oakland, thrift stores, flea markets, wherever we can find when we are traveling too.