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Say Anything – … Is a Real Boy

10/07/2013 Leave a comment

Blurb

If you’re a say anything fan, you’re well aware that this is Max Bemis’ cracking first major label debut (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)”

Tracklist

…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

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.

 

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Categories: 12", Say Anything, Vinyl

Drive – Cliff Martinez (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 2 x Picture Disc LP

23/10/2012 3 comments

Blurb 

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:

White

Pink

180 gram Black

Picture Disc

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.

Tracklist

Tracks are by Cliff Martinez from track 6 onwards.

A

1 – Nightcall – Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx

2 – Under You Spell – Desire

– A Real Hero – College Feat. Electronic Youth

4 – Oh My Love – Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri

B

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

C

1 – Where’s The Deluxe Version

2 – See You In Four

3 – After the Chase

4 – Hammer

D

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.

Categories: 12", Soundtrack, Vinyl

The Story So Far – Under Soil And Dirt LP

30/04/2012 Leave a comment

Blurb

I have to say this was a random purchase. I’d heard of The Story So Far before I bought it, but I hadn’t 

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

Solid Red

Tracklist

A

1 – States and Minds

2 – Roam

3 – Quicksand

4 – Swords And Pens

5 – High Regard

B

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.

Categories: 12", LP, The Story So Far, Vinyl

Touché Amoré – Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me

14/03/2012 Leave a comment

Blurb

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:
100 clear
300 green
700 blue (this)
1000 white

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.

Tracklist

A

1 – ~

2 – Pathfinder

3 – The Great Repetition

4 – Art Official

5 – Uppers/Downers

6 – Crutch

B

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!

Categories: 12", LP, touche amore, Vinyl

Indie Spotlight: Years Of Rice & Salt – Nothing Of Cities

28/02/2012 1 comment

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“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.

Tracklist

A

1 – Afterglow

2 – Amongst Your Earthiest Words The Angels Stray

3 – Portarlington

4 – Eskimo Kiss

5 – Carnival Prelude

B

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.

Categories: 12", LP, Vinyl, Years Of Rice & Salt

Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour LP

22/02/2012 1 comment

Blurb

Enter Shikari have been labeled under “post-hardcore,   electronicore and metalcore” in the past. Not only do I have no idea what the last two mean, but I also think that they break through defining lines in general. After slightly narrowing their sound in their sophomore album Common Dreads, they have once again busted through mere “genre” and really transcended into a mixed sound of their own. I’ve found that through my first listen I was quite confused and didn’t quite “get it”. However the more I listened to it, the more I found just how much I loved each crazy transition. So if you’re not quite feeling the album the first few spins, then keep going and try a few more times. The amazing video for arguing with thermometers seen HERE may help you in your quest.

The Actual Vinyl

This single blue 12″ vinyl comes housed in a rather cool looking lyric sleeve with blue light inverted triangle on the opposite side of the sleeve. The sleeve and vinyl themselves go inside the packaging which has alternate album artwork specifically for vinyl. The vinyl itself is a really cool blue colour and you’ll see from the below photos what they exactly look like.

Tracklist

A

1 – System…

2 – … Meltdown

3 – Sssnakepit

4 – Search Party

5 – Arguing With Thermometers

6 – Stalemate

B

1 – Ghandi Mate, Ghandi.

2 – Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here

3 – Pack Of Thieves

4 – Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide

5 – Constellations

$$

Right now it’s easily available for about $27-$40. If you’re in australia head to JBHIFI online and you can pick it up for $34 including postage. Otherwise just head to the enter shikari website or your local record store.

Categories: 12", Enter Shikari, Vinyl

Daft Punk – Tron Soundtrack 2xLP

05/02/2012 Leave a comment

Blurb 

 

On the leaflet which comes housed in this amazing package it has a quote from “Joseph Kosinski” from 2010 talking about meeting Daft Punk and talking about them writing the score.

“… the discussion revealed a shared desire to create a score that blended classic orchestral themes with an electronic minimalism in a way that had never been done before… Now, three years later, we are in the final stages of mixing and the result has truly exceeded my high expectations.

Because the score was developed in parallel with the production of the film, I’ve had the opportunity to live with it for over a year now and it never fails to thrill and inspire me as we near teh finish line. I am excited for you to experience Daft Punk’s first contribution to the world of film scoring – I have a feeling it won’t be their last.”

This quote really just about wraps up all the things I want to say about this film score. I loved the film (screw the critics), and thought that the soundtrack was literally the perfect backline to such an atmospheric film. Originally I was a little bit iffy about daft punk taking on such a great leap. And after derezzed was released my fears weren’t exactly calmed. I feared that the soundtrack would be like another daft punk album and not really manage to hit that “score” note. After hearing this soundtrack in the film and when I got a hold of the soundtrack I was exponentially impressed by the brilliant mixture of “classic orchestral themes with an electronic minimalism”.

It’s an exciting time when such huge bands are starting to score films such as Trent Reznor, Atticus Ros and of course Daft Punk. It not only means a decent income for them – instead of downloading hurting them a little (I know that’s a rather questionable statement. However Disney would have payed Daft Punk a decent sum for this).

The Actual Vinyl

As you can probably tell from the continued barraging of glow in the dark images in this post – I discovered that the cover was not just raised but was also glow in the dark. After opening up the amazing gate-fold cover, a large image of Daft Punk tron style reveals itself. I really wish I could have that center image blown up rather large as a poster and put upon my wall.

Each vinyl rests in either side in very very nice paper, plastic lined sleeves. It’s a small thing having the plastic lining, but it’s so great putting the vinyl back in or taking it out with it. Also included in a page of liner notes which includes a digital download code. Thus the bad drawing out over mine.

Tracklist

A

1 – Overture

2 – The Grid

3 – The Son Of Flynn

4 – Recognizer

5 – Armory

6 – Arena

7 – Rinzler

8 – The Game has Changed

9 – Outlands

B

1 – Adagio for Tron

2 – Nocturne

3 – End Of Line

4 – Derezzed

5 – Fall

6 – Solar Sailer

7 – Rectifier

8 – Disc Wars

C

1 – C.L.U

2 – Arrival

3 – Flynn Lives

4 – Tron Legacy (End Titles)

5 – Finale

D – Bonus Vinyl Content

1 – Sea of Simulation

2 – Encom Part 2

3 – Encom Part 1

4 – Round One

5 – Castor

6 – Reflections

7 – Sunrise Prelude

$$1/2-$$$

This record is limited to 9072 and for that reason can be very expensive at times, but also can be snagged at a bargain price. On ebay right now it’s anywhere between $35 to $70 depending on where you get it and if you’re a lucky bidder or buying it now. I’d suggest (if you can) waiting until you can get it for around $30-45. However it IS an amazing record – so good hunting.

Categories: 12", Daft Punk, LP, Vinyl