If you’re a say anything fan, you’re well aware that this is Max Bemis’ cracking first major label debut (J of Sony subsidiary re-released from doghouse records). You’ll also be well aware that this stellar album has a vast array of Say Anything hits from “Alive with the Glory of Love” to live staple “Spidersong” and part rap part social commentary “Admit it!!!“.
Although the album had it’s fair share of crazy beginnings (see: Rock Opera, breakdowns and re-recordings), the album was first released on Doghouse records before being picked up by J a subsidiary of Sony entertainment and rereleased in 2006, 2 years after it’s first release on Doghouse. The reissue was titled “…Was a Real Boy“, and featured scrapped songs and single “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” which has a really weird phone orientated video. Luckily for us, Was a Real Boy ended up on the vinyl release too, as well as the great track “Walk Through Hell” which is a re-recorded track from Menorah/Majora.
The actual vinyl
It’s your pretty standard gate fold release with paper vinyl sleeves. From recollection there was no download card and no lyric sheet either. Only a small amount of liner notes on the inner gate fold as seen in the pics. The artwork does look really cool in this format however as it’s all drawn by Peter Bemis. There has been 4 pressings thus far and are as follows ripped from the wiki. I have the highlighted Blue banquet release.
“1st press: 1,000 black (A/B) green (C/D)
2nd press: 1,000 white
3rd press: 1,000 orange
4th press: 1,000 red (retail version), 300 black (180 gram, ShopRadioCast exclusive), 250 blue (Banquet Records exclusive), 250 white w/olive splatter (Doghouse exclusive), 250 white w/ox blood splatter (Doghouse exclusive), 10 test pressing (bundled with ox blood splatter release), 10 Test Pressing (bundled with olive splatter release)”
…Is A Real Boy
A 1 – Belt
2 – Woe
3 – The Writhing South
4 – Alive with the Glory Of Love
5 – Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat
B 1 – The Futile
2 – Spidersong
3 – An Orgy Of Critics
4 – Every Man Has A Molly
5 – Slowly, Through A Vector
6 – Chia-Like, I Shall Grow
C 1 – I Want To Know Your Plans
2 – Admit It!!!
…Was A Real Boy
3 – Wow, I can Get sexual Too
4 – Little Girls
D 1 – Most Beautiful Plague
2 – It’s A Metaphor Fool
3 – Total Revenge
4 – Metal Now
5 – I Will Never Write An Obligatory Song
6 – Walk Through Hell
Depends what press you want as is always the case. But you can pick up the Blue Banquet records press which is the one I have for 17 pounds plus postage. http://www.banquetrecords.com/dog108lp
I’ve seen the other presses on ebay go for more than $100. So if you’re after another press such as the first black and green you’ll have to hold out on ebay or discogs with well over $100.
Have you ever watched a movie and felt your insides scream in glorifying unison? Have you watched a movie and thought to yourself, “who sacrificed themselves to satan to make this movie so good?”? OR have you ever watched, or wanted to watch a movie? If you answered yes to any of those – then Drive is the movie for you. Furthermore – the soundtrack to Drive should be the soundtrack to your life. Throw in some headphones, put the album on repeat and go about life – knowing that your small existence has been exponentially heightened by the sound-scape pathing the track in front and under you.
The soundtrack has 80’s synth pop, atmospheric tunes, more 80’s synth pop and more synth pop. All of which YOU NEED TO SURVIVE. Listen to A real hero after seeing the movie – that song alone evokes so many emotions. Just an incredible song.
With all seriousness Drive is an amazing albeit at times violent movie, with one mindblowing soundtrack. A soundtrack I’m so lucky enough to hold in picture disc form in my hands.
The actual vinyl
I think I’ve managed to stop rambling about how much I love all things Drive so let’s get into it.
Four different versions:
180 gram Black
I’d seen many pink versions on ebay before finally finding the picture disc version I love so dearly. The pink however does look really nice and matches really well colour wise.
It comes in a really nice glossy gatefold sleeve which is chock full of screen caps and images from the film. The vinyl themselves come in plain paper sleeves. But the real glory is all in the vinyl and the glorious sound which comes from it.
Tracks are by Cliff Martinez from track 6 onwards.
1 – Nightcall – Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx
2 – Under You Spell – Desire
3 – A Real Hero – College Feat. Electronic Youth
4 – Oh My Love – Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri
1 – Tick Of The Clock – The Chromatics
2 – Rubber Head
3 – I Drive
4 – He Had A Good Time
5 – They Broke His Pelvis
6 – Kick Your Teeth
1 – Where’s The Deluxe Version
2 – See You In Four
3 – After the Chase
4 – Hammer
1 – Wrong Floor
2 – Skull Crushing
3 – My Name On A Car
4 – On The Beach
5 – Bride Of Deluxe
$$ – $$$
Picture disc you’d be looking at about $70 + on ebay
Otherwise head to the Invada records store (linked) and you can pick up the other variants for about 23 pounds + shipping. On further inspection looks like the white is no longer up either. Ebay is sometimes your friend though.
After hearing the Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me kicker “~” I was rather hooked on Touche Amore. So hearing about this little live 7″ which includes the briskly titled track “~” you can say I was a little bit excited. I dashed down to Kill The Music in Brisbane to pick it up, and after giving it a 45bpm spin my suspicions were confirmed. It is kickass. The energy this band gives during a live show is incredible, and you can feel it encapsulated on this bit of wax. If you’re a fan of either La Dispute of Title Fight then you will already know about this band. But if for some reason you don’t – CHECK. IT. OUT.
The actual vinyl
Pretty standard plastic sleeve followed by an oddly put together outer cardboard shell for the vinyl. The edges are folded in and when they’re unfolded they give you a cool poster thing. Hard to explain so as usual – check out the pictures. The vinyl I have is the white variant which is apparently one of 2300. I ripped the pressing info off discogs.com which I will casually list below.
200 – Clear
300 – Transparent Purple
700 – Transparent Orange
1500 – Transparent Blue
2300 – White
2 Home Away From Here
3 I’ll Deserve Just That
As always – Depends what variant you’re after.
However if you don’t mind which variant it is – you can pick it up at your local record store or for about $15 give or take on ebay.
really had a listen to them. I had a spare $20 and saw how perrrrdy this vinyl was. I’m actually really really glad I got it. It’s full of catchy riffs, fun punk/rock chorus’ and just a good 32 or so minutes to rock out to.
This being their first album ( I believe), is quite a display of what could come from the band in the future.
The actual vinyl
So the vinyl comes in a gatefold which in my opinion looks pretty freaking awesome. The art on it is great. If you open it up you’ll see the thank you notes in the center with 2 “tablet” things that have the lyrics on them. The actual vinyl comes in a square plain white sleeve. The actual vinyl itself looks freaking great. There are quite a few different pressings and colours for this one. I personally have what I think is the first of the second pressing. It’s clear with green splatter.
The first pressing should be
200 on cream with red and blue splatter
300 on translucent teal
500 on black
And from what I know thus far the second pressing consists of
Clear with green splatter
1 – States and Minds
2 – Roam
3 – Quicksand
4 – Swords And Pens
5 – High Regard
1 – Daughters
2 – Mt Diablo
3 – Four Years
4 – Rally Cap
5 – Placeholder
6 – Closure
As with pretty much anything else – it just depends on which variant you want.
Ebay usually comes up empty – but may be your only option if you’re after an older variant.
http://www.allinmerch.com/category/tssf.html you can get it for $15. Probably your best bet here IF you can’t get it from your nearest awesome record store.
After pumping out short fast and loud tunes over an expanse of years, their debut LP (…to the beat of a dead horse) and a slew of split vinyl they released Parting the Sea an explosive album which just teeters over 20 short but loud minutes. The songs meld together quite well and really blast through a few different realms including an amazing piano piece named Condolences. If you’re into Title Fight or La Dispute, they’re frequent tour buddies of them and all come under the banner of incredible lyric indie “holyfuckingshitthisisamazing”.
The actual vinyl
It comes in a pretty standard insert case. I have the Second pressing which is solid red. I’ll put all the different pressings just below this paragraph. As you can see in the photos the insert has a photo, credits and lyrics. The following pressing info is from discogs.com
Deluxe edition, limited to 961. Presented as a 12″LP sized, 28 Page hardcover book designed by TA guitarist Nick Steinhardt. Alternate and expanded artwork exclusive to this edition. 180 Gram Virgin Black Vinyl.
1st Pressing info:
700 blue (this)
2nd pressing of 2,942 solid red
200 copies pressed. Limited Australian Tour Edition. Only made available at shows during their tour with Title Fight.
1 – ~
2 – Pathfinder
3 – The Great Repetition
4 – Art Official
5 – Uppers/Downers
6 – Crutch
1 – Method Act
2 – Face Ghost
3 – Sesame
4 – Wants/Needs
5 – Condolences
6 – Home Away From Here
7 – Amends
This is really dependent on which pressing you’re after. If you don’t mind all too much then just drop down to your local record store and chances are they probably have the 2nd pressing or could get it in. If you’re after either the limited edition/aussie edition or some of the more limited versions you may have to dish out about $40+ depending. Just keep on ebay. Here is a link to the Touche Amore store if you’d like to buy direct!
“9 songs from UK post rock quintet. Probably the most far reaching post record heard in a long time. Violins, horns, guitars and expanse… subtle till it’s not. LP is 192 gram white colored vinyl. hand stamped and numbered printed with soy ink on 100% recycled gatefold covers. Limited to 100 copies.” (http://futurerecordings.bigcartel.com/)
As stated in the above quote – this post rock quintet is full of different instruments. It is full of vast atmospheric atmospheres and is just about the exact quantity of everything to make a stellar indie post-rock release. If you’re wondering what post-rock is, then listen to sigur ros. Although in this release there is no made up language and a very much big lack of vocals. But there doesn’t need to be vocals when the music can just as easily do the talking. The album kicks in with a bit of an introduction then flows and ebbs along for its duration. It’s an incredible listen and is even cooler on vinyl (while supporting an incredible company ‘futurerecordings’).
The actual vinyl
This release is as above – “LP is 192 gram white colored vinyl. Hand Stamped and numbered printed with soy ink on 100% recycled gatefold covers. Limited to 100 copies”. Also included is a small card with thank yous and a design on the back. For the sake of names I have NOT included a photo of that side – however I did include a photo of the other side.
1 – Afterglow
2 – Amongst Your Earthiest Words The Angels Stray
3 – Portarlington
4 – Eskimo Kiss
5 – Carnival Prelude
1 – Nothing Of Cities
2 – Lola
3 – Carnival
You can Download and stream in audiophile quality all songs at http://futurerecordings.bandcamp.com
It’s available for $13 from the http://futurerecordings.bigcartel.com/ store as well as all their other records.
This is just an awesome release if post-rock is your sort of thing. Future Recordings are full of incredible acts, most of which all go quite nicely together meaning that if you like this – you’ll also like most of their other artists and releases. So definitely check that out.