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Her Husband's Stupid Record Collection, And Her Divisive Blog

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sarah O’Holla is listening to each album in her husband’s vinyl record collection and chronicling her journey on the blog My Husband’s Stupid. Sarah O’Holla is listening to each album in her husband’s vinyl record collection and chronicling her journey on the blog My Husband’s Stupid. (Shutterstock)

Sarah O'Holla was tired of hauling the crates containing her husband's vinyl albums around each time they moved. So she recently decided she ought to know just what it was she was schlepping from basement to basement. The result is the blog My Husband's Stupid Record Collection. The premise: listen to each of her husband's 1,500 records, one a day, in alphabetical order, and write her impressions. 

"It was meant to be fun, just between us," says the titular husband, Alex Goldman. [Full disclosure: Alex is a producer for WNYC's On The Media.] Which is why it was so surprising when the blog went completely viral, and certain corners of the internet began probing Sarah's blog for more than her take on Adam Ant.

There are those who see the blog as a continuation of generations-old gender stereotypes. High profile music writers like Maura Johnston, NPR's Ann Powers, and contributors at sites like JezebelSlate and Flavorwire had more nuanced reactions. But there's no question the blog hit a nerve.

"I don't know 'how' to write about music," Sarah says. "But I love to write, and it's not your typical way to write about music, and I'm just being myself."

"It's actually exciting," Sarah continues, "because the blog went from being a silly little project to kill time and have fun with to a bigger conversation that I'm happy to be a part of."

Sarah and Alex talk about the project with host John Schaefer, and take a listen to a few high- and low-lights from the collection so far.


Alex Goldman and Sarah O'Holla

Comments [4]

Annie from New Jersey

Can you please re-title as:

"My interesting wife,___, reviews my large record collection (which I like to talk about at parties)after spending 20 years in a knitting colony with no sounds."

While assuredly false, this more accurate, no?

Let's pause and reclassify as an individual review (fine, valuable!) not a representation of women reviewing music (whoa, nuts)...

Apr. 23 2014 04:14 PM
A Woman Who Loves Music

Is this supposed to be cute?

Apr. 23 2014 03:59 PM
Abe from Brooklyn, NY

Annoying, and an unfortunate exercise in how to actualize and promote a male-female stereotype.

And -- Albert Ayler will never stop. No, YOU STOP.

Okay thanks.

Apr. 22 2014 09:17 PM
Mike Stetter from Flagstaff, AZ

I'm astounded by the amount of attention Sarah's blog has received considering she is only 30 albums into a 1,500 album collection. The media hits started piling up before she even logged a dozen entries. Should there not be a longer waiting period to see if she sees this project through before heaping praise? Who gets attention for climbing the first 100 feet of Mt. Everest? My cynicism has reached a boiling point upon finding out that her husband (whose collection is featured), is a radio producer in New York, and has likely played each and every one of his connections to lasso in some notoriety. All that being said, I am a subscriber to the Tumblr feed, and have found many of the posts colorful and amusing... if she can maintain a varied musical vocabulary upon reaching record #200, I will be impressed.

Apr. 22 2014 06:23 PM

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