Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gold Hare

The bad thing about social media is that you get to see the shitty politics of your friends and family, as they use it as a platform to spew their veiled racism and bullshit. Then you have the awesomeness of moments when someone posts a picture of a record that you didn't know existed because sometimes you just can't keep up with everything in the record collecting universe.

When Nico from Do Not Consider Yourself Free posted a picture to Instagram of the gold vinyl pressing of the newest Red Hare 7 inch I was like "Wait. What? Where did this come from?".

While I'm definitely cutting back on needless multiple copies of a lot of new records, Red Hare makes the cut and I didn't hesitate to order the second pressing. Come on, that second full length album can't come soon enough.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Make America Hate Again

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President Of The United States. It is still unbelievable, and I can't wrap my head around how this happened. I've spent most of the day listening to early 80's Hardcore and trying to restrain myself from just flooding social media with a barrage of middle fingers. When the mailman delivered a new record to my door, it was the small bright spot in a dark and dismal day. When I opened the package, it couldn't have been anymore fitting.

A few days ago, I was bouncing around on Discogs, and I can't remember how I got there, but I stumbled upon the new 7 inch for Dead Ending, and quickly checked out the video for Ivanka Wants Her Orange Back. Being a huge fan of Articles Of Faith, I loved it as soon as I heard Vic Bondi snarling behind the microphone. Great, biting Hardcore Punk. Fuck Trump forever.

I swung by the Alternative Tentacles site, and it looked like there was a limited amount that were pressed on blue vinyl...and they were sold out. This problem was quickly resolved as a Discogs seller had a copy for sale. 100 pressed on blue vinyl, so I was happy to get my hands on this one.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Toxic Yellow Boombox

When I grabbed the new Angel Du$t record last year, I fully expected it to only get a few spins, and then collect dust on the shelf. I never thought that it would slowly climb my Best Of 2016 list and land in the top ten.

Seriously, this thing is catchy as fuck. For a couple of weeks, it was the first thing that I'd queue up for my drive into work. Great way to start the day.

Chris over at Unwavering Spirit ended up with a few copies of the new record with the tour cover when he caught them live recently, and instead of being douchy and flipping them to make money, he offered it to like-mined record nerds like myself. While I wasn't going to get caught up in chasing multiple pressings of this record, I couldn't turn away from the opportunity to grab this special tour cover. Unlike the Turnstile record release, this cover looks pretty damn cool.

Interestingly enough, the copy that Chris kept for himself and posted was on blue vinyl, and numbered out of 100. The copy that he sent me was a part of the second pressing on yellow, and numbered out of 200.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I Need That Super Motion

Back when I picked up the newest Turnstile 7 inch, I mentioned that one copy was enough for me. I was done pouring money into the Turnstile record collecting machine. I got in, grabbed a copy for myself, and got out. It was easy for me to say at the time, since I didn't expect to get the offer to pick up a special record release cover.

Turnstile seem to have a consistent theme of terrible looking record covers, and the one that was designed for their record release show is no exception. Man, that thing is is so ugly, that I kind of wanted a copy.

I obviously wasn't going to be making it to Turnstile's record release show, but thankfully, Chris over at Unwavering Spirit saved the day and hooked me up.

So even though I was content with my yellow vinyl pressing, I'm kind of happy to have another color with this one on purple. Record release cover limited to 125 and hand numbered.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Days Of The Pink Owl

There are some records that a reissue just won't cut it. Anything else just feels like a pale imitation. It's got to be the real deal.

Eric Ozenne's previous bands, Unit Pride and Redemption '87, were solid gold, and he didn't disappoint with The Nerve Agents. In the early 2000's, The Nerve Agents were one of my favorites...hell, they are probably my favorite Eric O band ever. Since I was late to the record collecting game, I missed out on the original pressing for their albums on REV.

I grabbed the Record Store Day pressing that REV did for Days Of The White Owl back in 2013 because it was convenient. I knew that the original pressing on pink was the way to go, but the reissue was just too easy, so I grabbed it. It was just a place holder to get the vinyl on the shelf.

At the end of 2016, my self control slipped a little, and I found myself unable to stop from clicking "Add To Cart" on Discogs with no regard for anything or anyone. "Okay, I need to calm down on my record spending...oh shit, it would be great to own this one...hey, there is a US seller that has one available...fuck, I've bought another one.". No regrets on buying this pink vinyl copy of Days Of The White Owl though, because that shit looks great.

Good look with the pink and white. 338 pressed on pink, and 774 pressed on white. Now I'm just missing the blue vinyl. If REV promises not to follow up with five more pressings, I might have to get that one as well.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Souls Of Gold

As I was wrapping up 2016, I was putting some thought to my Top 10 list, and was spinning all the new releases from the past year. As I was working my way through all those new albums, I found myself really enjoying the latest Bouncing Souls record, Simplicity.

Listening to that new album got me thinking about how thin my Bouncing Souls record collection was. Well, not that I'm really looking to collect them, per say, but I'd still like to have their full album discography on my record shelves.

Band is so much fun to listen to, so I jumped over to their Discogs page to have a look at all their records, and just have a casual glace at what was available in the marketplace. Five minutes later, my lack of self control struck again, and I'd bought a copy of their self titled album from '97.

I was tempted to buy the original first pressing which was only on black vinyl, but when I saw how great the gold vinyl pressing looked, I couldn't resist. Second pressing from 2014, and limited to 500.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Never Surrender

I always kind of lumped Man Will Surrender in with those "too cool for Hardcore" Doghouse rock bands. I ignored them back in the mid-90's, as I had no interest in that weak ass style. Well, as time goes on, sometimes you find your stance relax a little, and you open your eyes up to those bands that you fought against back when you were young and more closed minded.

When I was neck deep into my 1996 obsession, I saw that Man Will Surrender had released an EP on Equal Vision that year. I was feeling adventurous, so I loaded up to the songs to check them out. They kind of blew in and out...initially not leaving much of an impression. Still, I stuck with it, giving the songs an occasional spin here and there. I found that with repeated listens, I started to enjoy it more an more, and before too long, I knew that I was going to need the vinyl.

There was a copy on blue vinyl available through Discogs for a while, and I had my eye on it. A copy had never sold on Discogs, so I figured that I might be able to wait it out, and see if a cheaper copy would come along there or on eBay. My resolve lasted about a month before I broke down. I just wanted the record, damn it, and with my need for instant gratification, I could only be expected to wait so long. Price be damned, I was buying it.