Sunday, 19 November 2017

Battery

Battery played a bunch of shows in Europe recently and for the last of theses shows at Conne Island in Leipzig there was a special press. A buddy had told me a few weeks before the show that something was in the works, so I was even more looking forward to the show. The whole show had everything a great show needs: fun road trip, great food, meeting old and new friends, record trading, record buying and of course a band that played an awesome set and had a message. Man, that was a great evening. To top everything off, there was the aforementioned limited version of Battery's debut 7". The label putting out this repress has done a really good job with these. You also get a flyer explaining the relationship between band and venue. Looks like this might be a new collecting thing: venue/Conne Island presses... 200 copies on white vinyl, 100 copies on gold vinyl for friends and crew.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

You Can Stay Here

Iron Chic have done it again: They delivered an awesome record. It must be really tough for bands to keep going after one of the members has died, but I guess it can also be therapeutic. You Can't Stay Here is a little darker, understandably, but still catchy in its own way. I don't like it as much as their previous records, but this one could very well be a grower. The artwork is really cool and the gold foil on the cover is a very nice (and expensive) touch. 2000 copies on gold vinyl.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

For The Rejected By The Rejected

Picking up a copy of this LP was long overdue. With the Battery shows in Europe coming closer, I finally picked up a copy, and what can I say, the band and Rev have done a great job. Even if you already have everything by this band on vinyl or CD, this releases is worth picking up alone for the booklet. Incredibly well done.


Sunday, 5 November 2017

One Two One Two This Is Just A Test

A few weeks back I posted about the new Spirits LP and how I struck out at getting a test. Thanks to Instagram and its group of record collectors I was able to acquire one much sooner than I'd hoped for. I'd commented on one of my pictures and another person's that I was still looking for a test press and out of nowhere I got a message from a fellow (Spirits) collector who told me that one of the labels doing the tape release for the new LP still had one or two tests and were willing to sell. Less than two hours later I'd completed the transaction and a few days later the test press was already on my doorstep, again much sooner than I'd expected. Thanks, dude. I'm very grateful you helped me out. #16 out of 20.


If you follow my blog regularly, you have probably noticed that Spirits always go all out for the packaging for their releases. Of course they did that for the tests as well, which means these come with a special spray-painted cover and inner jacket.


Funny sidenote, I've never seen the use of test pressings explained on the back of a sleeve.


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Unrest On The East Coast

To keep things interesting for us collectors, Spirits came up with a little something for a short tour on the east coast a few weeks ago. Special inlay for the picture frame cover, plus the inner sleeve comes with spray-painted art work. If you look closely, you can make out the number on the label underneath the right leg of the X. My copy is #23 out of 50 copies total. Love it.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Acme

Another long time want: Acme's demo 7". Little is known about the band and about the releases. A clear variant is listed as 5th pressing on Discogs, but apart from that there's only mention of this black variant. Weird, but then again, I understand it was kind of the band's policy to remain mysterious. Anyway, good 7". Need the compilation LP at some point.


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Time In Malta

This one is the last one I took home from Marcus. While talking about the trade, he showed me this record and played it for me. I'd only been familiar with the band by name but never listened to it as far as I could recall. Well, I liked what I heard and I knew that my wife would like it as well, so I gladly took this copy of Marcus' hands. Thanks again for everything, mate. See you next year hopefully.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

One Up

Another record I got from Marcus. Not the most prestigious one maybe, by collectors' standards anyway, but that's not always important. One good song by One Up plus a pretty sweet Texas Is The Reason cover.


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Circle Storm

Another record I got from Marcus. And another record I'd had my eye for quite some time. The thing with those records you can get for fairly cheap is that you always push back getting a copy because another record pops up and your brain goes 'Oh, well. I can get a copy of this anytime.' And then anytime never comes. At least that's what happens to me quite often. Anyway, I finally have a copy and I quite enjoy it.


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Patience Is A Virute

Marcus and I have probably earned a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records because we just completed the slowest trade in history. About one and a half years ago I decided to get rid of some records. Marcus wanted one of them and to save on shipping (which is in a record collector's mind another 7"), we agreed that I should bring it with me when I was going to London in September last year. Marcus was kind enough to invite me to his home and I brought the record with me. However, we hadn't really come to an agreement as to what my end of the trade would be. No problem, I'd traded with Marcus before and we'd also met in person before. Plus, now I also knew where his home was... We got to talking about records, of course, and other things, and before we knew it, I had to head to the train station to catch my train. And we still hadn't really come close to talking about the trade. Fast forward a year, and my next trip to London was due. Marcus was  kind enough to invite me to his home again and since we'd learned from past mistakes, we'd talked about a few possible items before my visit and we did the trade part at the beginning of my stay at his house. Since he's one of the few people who reads my blog regularly, he noticed that I'd picked up a few Bad Trip 7"s and had my eye on their LPs, so he was nice enough to pick up a copy for me. Thanks for that, mate. I'll post the other records in the next few days.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

What's Left Of Me

2nd LP by More Than Life. Again, my wife's into the band so I was glad to be able to pick this up for her. Found both LPs in a regular record store at regular prices, which made it even better. Standard (re)press on black vinyl.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Love Let Me Go

More Than Life seem to be a pretty big deal right now. Band is hyped and so are their records. I've never listened to the band, but my wife recently said that she likes the band and would like to have their records. It's really nice to be able to bring records home with you from a trip as souvenirs instead of some tacky crap nobody really needs. Now that More Than Life records are in the household, I finally listened to them. But I have to say I'm not impressed. It's very melodic hardcore alright, but to me it's too melodic and too repetitive. I see how this might accumulate to a hype, but it's really not for me. Repress on gold/mustard vinyl out of 400 copies. At least that's my best guess.


Friday, 13 October 2017

Wig Out At Denkos

2nd LP by Dag Nasty. Incidentally this is a 2nd press, which I also picked up in London. Some good songs on this LP as well but it's nowhere near as good as Can I Say.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Score

There was a time when I was a teenager when pretty much all I was listening to was hip hop. However, I only have about two dozen actual records from that genre in my collection and I recently decided that needs to change. So be prepared to see some more hip hop vinyl on this blog in the future. This is another record I picked up in London. Classic record by The Fugees. Lauryn Hill has such an incredible voice. So many good songs on this LP. I also really like the cover and its nod to The Godfather. This is a recent repress on Music On Vinyl. I only learned afterwards that there's a gold vinyl variant out there, so maybe I'll have to upgrade at one point.


Monday, 9 October 2017

Insomniac

Another year. Another trip to London. Another record haul. Insomniac was definitely. on heavy rotation on my stereo in the mid 90s along with Dookie. I'd wanted to pick up a copy for a long time, so while digging my way through record stores in London I came across this copy and finally bought this LP on vinyl. I'm guessing this is the most current repress, and I don't really care. I'm just happy I can finally spin this on my record player.