Sunday, November 30, 2008

Having An Ebay Powertrip

I'm still trying to get caught up, going through the pile of new records sitting here beside me at the computer. Here is the end of my September shopping spree on ebay. I could not let this one pass me by when I saw it up for auction...the record release pressing of Powertrip from Nothing Done. I love this band and on a whim I did a search to see if anything was available on ebay. Nothing Done records don't show up very often, so I was happy to find this, and even happier that it only went for $10.50. Considering this is limited to only 60 with the special record release cover, I was prepared to pay a lot more than I did. Pretty sweet find. Mine was hand numbered 42.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Buy The Best...Fuck The Rest

I'm not sure if I would classify them as Hardcore or Metal...but either way SSS fuckin' rule. I've been looking forward to the release of their new album, The Dividing Line, but I had not been able to find it in any stores. I emailed Thrashgig back and forth a few times, but I never really got a final price from them on what it would cost for me to pre-order the new album along with some other pressings of the first album. Finally, I said "fuck it", and just went to ebay. Found the album in the Earache ebay store...but not just any regular, I found they were selling the special Splatter Set (although mine is lacking in a lot of the splatter pattern), which is limited to 100. It cost about twice as much as the regular color pressings, so I know that Earache was probably just looking to squeeze some extra cash out of the collectors, but screw it, I bought it anyway. The album is better than I had anticipated. 20 songs of kick ass thrash. Plenty of songs about skating (Skate and Destroy, Ride the Best) sure give it a genuine old school feel. The 7 inch that came with the album features some antics from Frank Sidebottom. I had no idea what a Frank Sidebottom was, so I did a search on youtube....what the fuck?!?!!? I'm not sure what to make of him...some dude in a mask singing these absurd simple songs...I don't know if it is for a children's show or what...friggin' bizarre. Anyway, Frank does some funky intros to a few of the songs on the 7 inch, and then does an interpretation of his Christmas song about SSS. "SSS is fantastic in the morning, SSS is fantastic in the evening...". Like I said, friggin' bizarre character...but on the 7 inch it comes across as pretty funny. Get this record and thrash.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Putting Me Six Feet Under

A while back, I got an email from Six Feet Under Records, saying that they only had a few copies left of the tri-color vinyl for the True Colors album. Afraid that I was going to miss the opportunity to buy this pressing, without having to search and bid through eBay, I immediately placed an order. Limited to 158 pressed for this color.
Six Feet Under also had the Perspective 7 inch from True Colors in stock as well. Since this was released through Powered Records, I was excited that I was able to pick it up through a US distributor. This is going to be another one fighting for the top spot on my best of 2008 list. What a great band...I really regret not seeing them on their US tour a couple months ago. 425 pressed on red and white wax.

I have fallen in love with this record label recently. I had never really heard of them before, until I placed my first order with them a few months ago for the retarded Down To Nothing 7 inch. I started to check out the label a bit more closely after that order and found a bunch of great records that they have released. To start things off, I ordered and introduced myself to the Loud and Clear album. I ordered the gold and silver pressing with the silk screened cover...mine was numbered 117 of 160. Holy shit, this album is awesome. Straight ahead, rippin' hardcore with the singer of Justice...and not even coming close to that weak-ass Supertouch sound. Right on.

Finally, I also grabbed the Mental demo 7 to 350 on red and blue vinyl. I'm not sure why I sat on this record for so long and didn't pick it up. Now I wish that I had bought one of the fucked up pressings that Six Feet Under were selling a while back. This record has Growing Pains, which is one of my all time favorite Mental one took this shit for real, you fuckin' pussies changed. Ha! Awesome.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Colored Vinyl

I've been wanting to expand my Slayer vinyl collection for a while now, so I was very excited to hear that Metal Blade was finally making the first four records available on vinyl again. I headed over to my local record store the day that they were to be released, and asked if they were planning on getting any in stock. The guy behind the counter checked the computer and said that their distributor had already sold out, and they would not be getting any in. I rushed back to work and jumped online to check Very Distro, and as luck would have it, they had some available. They were a little expensive at $24.00 a piece, but I still didn't hesitate to pick up Show No Mercy and Hell Awaits. It's a good thing too, because I just checked and they are now out of stock on both of these LPs. This is my first vinyl copy of Show No Mercy, and the vinyl looks beautiful. The red and black colors look amazing. I wish they did Hell Awaits with the similar style. Instead, the blood splattered gold vinyl is a picture disc, and not nearly as cool looking. I was hoping to pick up Haunting the Chapel and Live Undead this month, but here we are on the 11th, and I've already dropped way too much money on eBay, so I'll have to wait until another time to finish the collection of these new releases.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

If It's Here When We Get Back, I'll Take One

Another record from my eBay shopping spree. This one is the final chapter for One Up...a two song 7 inch. I remember seeing this for sale when Rob and I went to Posi Numbers in 2005. It was the second day of the fest, and I had already dropped a large amount of cash on records, so I didn't pick it up. Fast forward three years, and I still hadn't heard this record yet. I love One Up, so I'm not sure why I sat on this for so long. The band had an amazing progression, and because they would cover a Turning Point song when they played live, I suppose I would use that band as a fair comparison. The band started out with some pretty raw Youth Crew hardcore, and slowly evolved into something much more polished, without losing any of the passion or urgency that made them great. This last record is a testament to that, with one fantastic original song, and a cover of If It's Here When We Get Back It's Ours by Texas is the Reason. It is so good that I would prefer it over the original version. This copy of The Single is pressed on green vinyl. There is another pressing on blue, but I have no idea how many were pressed of each.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Hit The Lights

For the most part, I've been avoiding eBay for a while. I'd mostly been focusing on buying new releases, and had really started to slack off on filing in old holes in the collection. Then I stumbled upon The Endless Quest. I could immediately relate, as Marcus was using his blog, like mine, to capture all the new vinyl that he was adding to his collection. I had started my blog back in 2006 on a whim...just something to occupy my endless fascination with collecting records, and I was completely amazed to find someone else doing the exact same thing. After reading through Marcus' blog, I suddenly had the itch again to start buying some older vinyl and dove headfirst back into eBay. My wife is still giving me a hard time about our finances so I did manage some restraint and only looked to pick up some crucial stuff for relatively low prices. The first thing that caught my eye was the Overload LP from Lights Out. Man, I can't get enough of this album, and right now it is the album that I have listened to the most over the past few years...yes, I'm a complete geek and I actually keep track of that stuff. I picked up the "pre-press" of the album, with the screened cover and photocopied lyric sheet, which was limited to 325. I also got the pink colored vinyl press, which was limited to 225 as was sent out for pre-orders. I think that the only pressing that I am missing for this album is the second pressing on white vinyl.