Saturday, October 22, 2016

More Or Nothing Less

There aren't many bands that I'll bother chasing every pressing for these days, but Mindset is still one of them. Possibly the best Hardcore band since The First Step broke up.

Going out with a three song 7 inch worked for Youth Of Today, and Mindset follows in those footsteps.

Where We Stand. No Regrets. Everything. Nothing Less.

Different b-side labels for the second pressing. 250 pressed on gold, and 750 on black.

Friday, October 21, 2016

One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Sac

In the pre-internet days of my youth, I had to base most of my music purchases on either the record cover artwork or the band name. If it had the possibility to offend or disgust, chances are, I would end up pulling from the shelf in the store, and take it right up to the counter to purchase. I had no idea who Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Dead Kennedys, or Death were...but I knew one thing, my parents were going to hate it, and that was good enough for me. Same deal with Butthole Surfers. I had no idea what to expect when I first checked out their Locust Abortion Technician album back in '87, but I knew that none of my peers would dare check it out. I left them with their shitty Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi records, and took a chance.

Man...I listened to some weird shit from time to time, but the Butthole Surfers paled everything else in comparison. This stuff was so off the wall and fucked up that seventeen year old me loved it.

It has been a long time since I've been interested in listening to my old Butthole Surfers CDs, but after a recent obsession with Big Black, I felt the urge to dig into some other music from that time. Stuff that was a little removed from what I normally listen to these days. I added a couple of Butthole albums to the iPod, fully expecting to give it one listen and then get bored and dump it. But much like my experience with Big Black, surprisingly, I was really digging it. After repeat listens of Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac and Rembrandt Pussyhorse, I suddenly found myself checking Discogs for the pricing of their vinyl.

Once I got in and started looking at the pressing info, I noticed that Touch & Go pressings of the first two full lengths included a limited run on colored vinyl. Even though I haven't so much as thought about playing these records for the past 15+ years, suddenly, the common black vinyl option was out the window, and now I was ready to open my wallet and pay good money to get the colored wax.

As I was picking up a $5 Cast Iron Hike record from a Discogs seller, I decided to browse what else they had available in an attempt to possibly beef up my order beyond one little 7 inch. While I was looking around, I noticed they also had the clear vinyl for Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac available. So here I was, planning on a quick and cheap purchase, and somehow it snowballed to over a $55 total. Take me Mexican caravan...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Move Thru Turnstile

I own six copies of Pressure To Succeed, and eight different pressings of Step 2 Rhythm. Shit was really starting to get out of control in the record collecting game, and it seemed like some labels were looking to take advantage and milk things for all they were worth. I'd had enough so I stepped away and cut ties with my obsession of needing to buy every single pressing that came around.

While Turnstile jumped over to Pop Wig, a new label didn't change the flood of colored vinyl for their new record. With five different colors hitting the webstores, I refused to play and just grabbed one copy.

Don't make the mistake of judging my love of this record based on the number of copies that I bought, because Turnstile still rage. Move Thru Me continues where Non Stop Feeling left off, and you can't help but move to this shit.

The more things change, the more they stay the same as Turnstile keep their tradition of shitty looking record covers going. Gross.

Yellow vinyl is only available through Deathwish. 500 pressed.

Monday, October 17, 2016

High Motivator

I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, onto the High Spirits bandwagon by Doug and Sandwell. For the longest time, I just didn't understand the attraction...but once it clicked, I was all in, quickly picking up their last couple of albums.

So when I heard that High Spirits was releasing a new record for 2016, I was primed and ready. As soon as pre-orders went up over at High Roller, I jumped on it.

I'm hearing people getting caught up in Motivator not measuring up to the last one, You Are Here, but I don't know, this new one is pretty damn fun in it's own right. Great traditional Heavy Metal sound from the early 80's, with tons of infectious melody.

Limited to 150 on clear with blue splatter, and a sweet looking patch for your battle vest.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Watch It Burn

It is funny how you can go years without having the slightest desire to listen to a band, and then after a little taste, you suddenly can't get enough and things boil over to a full on obsession. Such was the case with Cast Iron Hike.

After I started to fully lose myself into my 1996 playlist a month ago, my main focus was picking up records from that time period...and that bled over into the 1997 full length from Cast Iron Hike.

I really wanted the colored vinyl for Watch It Burn, but I was coming up empty on eBay and the only copies available on Discogs were from overseas sellers. I was desperate, so I tried a general Google search as a last resort...and that was when I discovered that Victory had some available. Wait, this was released 20 years ago...510 pressed on purple vinyl...and it is still available in the Victory store? How is this possible? They may want to remove that "only two per customer" limit now. If someone wants to buy ten copies, I say let them go wild.

This album rules so much. Bouncing around on the internet I soon found a video that was made for the title track, that I had no idea about. Then from there, I ended up devouring a bunch of live videos on youtube, and was disappointed to discover that the band had just played a reunion show in Massachusetts a few months ago. Man, if my Cast Iron Hike obsession had kicked in earlier, I might have made it down to see them live again. Poor timing.

Who buys from Victory Records in 2016? Apparently I do.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


The latest edition to the string of Justin DeTore bands is Sumerlands. Like Magic Circle and Stone Dagger, with Sumerlands, we keep things firmly rooted in Heavy Metal.

Doug tried to turn me on to this band when they released their demo a couple of years ago. I didn't really pay it much attention...I don't know...maybe because it was only available as a digital download, I never considered them a legit band. With their full length due to arrive from Relapse, I knew that it was time for me to finally heed the call.

As usual, Doug knows what he is talking about. Solid Heavy Metal from some old Hardcore kids.

Gold with blue splatter is limited to 300.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Slade Alive!

As a kid in America, my only exposure to Slade was through Quiet Riot covering their song Cum On Feel The Noize. At thirteen years old, my affection for Quiet Riot was pretty damn quick...and while they might have played a big part of my gateway into Heavy Metal, they didn't have much staying power with me, and I left them behind as I soon discovered Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Jumping off the Quiet Riot bandwagon meant that I never really put much stock in Slade, and never gave them a second thought. Even ten years ago, when I started digging into early 70's Hard Rock, and was looking to discover long lost bands, the Slade name still continued to be overlooked.

Last year, while hanging out at my friend Jeff's house, I noticed that he had a Deluxe CD version of the first Slade live album, Slade Alive. He had some high praise for the band, so when I got home later that night, I fired up Soulseek, and downloaded a copy.

My first couple of listens left me underwhelmed. The album seemed to be too loose and wild, and I couldn't get my head around the songs. It sounded more like a party than a live album. I didn't like it.

Opinions change. As I was deep in my early 70's obsession over the Summer, I saw the Slade Alive album in my 1972 playlist. It had been a year since I'd given it a spin, and I figured that I'd give it one more shot. I expected to still not care for it, and that I'd most likely just end up deleting it to make room on my iPod. It's funny...everything that I didn't like about it the first time I heard it, was exactly what sold me on it this time around. There was so much energy behind these songs! Sure the majority of the album was made up of covers, but it didn't matter as the band made them their own. The passion behind these songs, and the grit in Noddy Holder's voice, could not be denied anymore, and I listened to this thing daily for a couple of weeks. When the obsession hits you this hard, it is time to step up and buy the vinyl. Original UK pressing, of course.