Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The embossed silver foil stamp on the front cover is a nice touch.
Another Record Store Day exclusive that I picked up was a live 12 inch of The Jimi Hendrix Experience from 1968.
While not nearly as cool as the foil stamp on the Doors record, the Hendrix 12 inch came with a Record Store Day sticker.
The Black Keys are amazing. Their Rubber Factory and Magic Potion albums are incredible slabs of blues/rock, drawing comparisons to The White Stripes. Their last album, Attack & Release, had a different vibe to it...maybe a little more laid back, and I'm looking forward to what the new record brings. Picked up their new 12 inch single for Tighten Up b/w Howlin' For You. Not as good as the two albums that I mentioned, maybe lacking that dirty blues guitar sound, but the songs are still good, and I'll be picking up their new album next month.
The record that I was most looking forward to was the new pressing of the first Sick Of It All 7 inch. I have never owned this record...Hell, I've never even HEARD this record! Heresy, I know. I knew the songs from the Blood, Sweat and No Tears LP, so I never even bothered to track this record down. With the Record Store Day release, I figured that it was time to right this wrong...if I could get my hands one. There were only 500 pressed on clear vinyl for this release, and I was seriously doubtful that any copies would make it to the small independent record store that I frequent in South Portland, Maine. Much to my surprise, Bull Moose Music had about 5 copies. Both Marcus and Doug had asked me to pick them up a copy if I had the opportunity. Being from the UK and Canada, didn't give them much hope in picking this up. The store limited each customer, so I was only able to buy one copy. I then had my friend, Jeff, grab an extra copy for me. Still needed one more to cover both Marcus and Doug, so at the end of the day, on our way back from Boston, we stopped in at Bull Moose again. They had one copy left and I grabbed it. Mission accomplished.
A couple of cool bonuses with this record...first is the little insert that explains that this is a press for Record Store Day.
The second cool little touch is the hand stamped "Record Store Day 2010" on the inside cover.
Apparently there are a few different cover variations on this pressing...like REV just grabbed whatever extra covers they had lying around, and stuffed the new pressing into them.
Friday Music repressed Alice Cooper's Welcome To My Nightmare album to vinyl. Even though all of the original band members had split by this album, it still stands up well next to the original classics. Vincent Price's spoken word piece on the Black Widow is spine chilling.
I probably didn't really get into Agent Orange until about a year ago. I had never really heard them, and so I downloaded their album to check them out. The CDR sat in my collection unnoticed for a while, and at one point I decided to finally listen to it to decide if I should keep it or not. Wow, I was impressed. Great early hardcore/punk. Apparently Drastic Plastic repressed this recently, so when I saw this at Newbury Comics, I figured that I'd grab a copy on colored vinyl.
It was nice to see that Agent Orange gave me writing credits for this classic song. Ha!
Another hardcore/punk classic re-issue...this time we have a compilation of songs from The Middle Class on Frontier Records. The record includes a couple of 7 inches from the band, plus some demo sessions. I had never really heard the band before and decided to take a chance. Pretty cool stuff, especially from a hardcore/punk history perspective.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
200 copies pressed on white vinyl, 400 on red, and 900 on black. The screened mailer that I received has the image of the 7 inch cover, plus it comes with other cool stuff that has become the high standard of REACT! releases, including a nice big poster that I'm going to have to have framed for my music room.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Someone on the REACT! messageboard has the above quote as their signature. It rings so true for me, that I figured I'd post it here as well. I absolutely love the late 80's hardcore, and it certainly produced some of my favorite bands and records. Yet, I find that I rarely collect anything from the time period. I do not own Start Today on vinyl. While I own a copy of the Confusion press for Chain, the rest of my collection for them is pretty weak. And Judge...seriously, way out of my price range. For some reason, I find myself concentrating my collecting efforts on bands from the last 10 years...and one of my favorites would be The First Step.
I recently received my annual bonus at work. The amount that I received would have gotten me a Chung King pressing of the Judge LP. There was no way that I would have been able to get away with that, but it did allow me to throw a nice size maximum bid on the eBay auction for the pre-order press of the Connection EP from The First Step. Dobek Ohashi sells the coolest records, and when he listed this record, the final piece in my Connection collection, I was going to win it at any cost. Thankfully that cost didn't end up breaking the bank. I now have 9 copies of this record.
Especial edition for pre-orders. Hand numbered and limited to 50.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
First up is the pre-order press for the Won't Stand By LP from Resolve. Out of the St. Louis area, Resolve play straight up youth crew hardcore. The singer has a strong influence from the Turning Point demo. Hell, every once in a while I expect him to break into "If you were smart, you'd lose that fuckin' joint, it's finally time for my turning point". Now granted Resolve are no Turning Point, but I can't deny the influence. The pre-order press for this LP comes with special silkscreened cover.
Pre-order press is limited to 80, and hand numbered on the plain white back cover.
Just Another Day also pressed 400 copies on a red/multicolor splatter vinyl. There is something about the splatter design on vinyl that turns me off. Not sure what it is, but I'm not a fan of it. What I do enjoy is that Seb convinced the band to include a second special cover for this press...The Trooper rip off. Awesome.
Finally we have the "regular" press for the Resolve LP. I did not order either one of these. Money was tight at the time, and adding two extra albums with overseas shipping was too much for me when I placed the original order. I didn't have any note from Seb, explaining why these two albums were included, but I can only assume that he threw them in with the order since there was a 4 month wait from the time that pre-orders went up to when they actually shipped. Thanks Seb...much appreciated. 220 on burgundy colored vinyl, and 300 pressed on solid green.
Just Another Day Records has always had top quality packaging, and the Resolve LP is another testament to that fact. Three different covers must have cost a fortune. Not only are the covers different, but Seb spared no expense and the inside gatefold designs are different for both the Trooper and regular covers.
It goes without saying that the back covers are different as well.
I had never heard of Times Together, but when the pre-orders for The Changing Of The Leaves 7 inch went up alongside the Resolve LP, I figured that I'd take a chance on them. The bio for this UK band on myspace states that their influences are Uniform Choice, Unity and Insted, but the vocals really remind me of the Call On My Brothers LP from Ignite...which makes sense since those bands are all out of the Orange County scene. I ordered the three 7 inch package for this record, and once again, Seb threw in the purple vinyl as a bonus. 90 copies on red vinyl for pre-orders...120 pressed on solid green...180 pressed on white vinyl. The purple vinyl was only available through the band, and was limited to 110 copies. Another solid release from this label.
The record came hand numbered on the inside cover, and includes the story, explaining why only 50 exist of this record. Another example on the level of quality from this record label...just look at the hand stamping on this...it looks perfect!
Finally, in this long list of records received, we have the second pressing of the Rich White Boys 7 inch from Debaser. This record ended up on my Top 10 List from 2009, so if you haven't checked out this band, I suggest you do so. They have since called it quits, which is a shame because this 7 inch is amazing. 190 copies pressed on green vinyl, and 225 pressed on white.