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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.

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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

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

Brand new – The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me

04/02/2012 1 comment

Firstly WELCOME TO BANGKOK the new address! We are now live at www.waxandneedles.com and hot diggity dog do I have a year for all of you vinyl/music lovers. New high res photos and plenty of new vinyl. It’s going to be a great year. And if you want more vinyl up on this site try to help me out maybe and spread the word! Anyway, moving right along…

BRAND NEW – THE DEVIL AND GOD ARE RAGING INSIDE ME

Blurb

Oh how this album always manages to blow me away. It goes through different moods, genres and even has a great instrumental (welcome to bangkok – thus the bad word pun). But as with all amazing albums or bands, trouble always has a way of sneaking in. Which in this case was what is now called “fight off your demons”, aka. the 9 ‘untitled’ demo’s which were leaked onto the internet. “Leaked? So what?” you may ask yourself while checking your download speed on utorrent. According to this, Garret Tierney (bass guitar) had no problems with the leak and even suggested it was good to see so many people curious. Jesse Lacey (lead singer, rhythm guitar) had a much different view, saying that it had him pretty down. He also stated that he “felt those songs were wasted or something – that we had to go and write new things because those had been heard”.

Regardless of Jesse’s thoughts during said interview a number of the songs went on to either appear on the album or was released in some form. “Untitled 8” went on to become Sowing Season, “Untitled 6” became Luca, “Untitled 3” became the B side to Jesus‘ single – Brothers or aloC-acoC which was the b-side to Sowing Season and finally “Untitled 7” became the single Fork and Knife. Also if you’re somewhat of a conspiracy theorist – you may be able to hear similarities between “Untitled 9” and Archers Bows Have Broken.

The Actual Vinyl

The cover art is something of genius and you can thank photographer Nicholas Prior for such. This now expensive vinyl comes in a rather curious looking gate fold. After opening it up there is an old photo with some rather amazing hair as well as a black light image on the other side. The two vinyl slide out either side of the package and my set has either a white paper sleeve or full black card sleeve to choose from. Rather curious I thought when the name is “devil and god” (white and black choice?), only me? Ok… On my variant each vinyl has part of the title in the background followed by the track titles of the songs of the corresponding side. Also included is a booklet of curious nature. It’s full of photos, a tracklisting, odd text and credits. My variant as you may be able to see from the photos below is the solid white from academy fight song. There is literally a bazillion different variants for this particular record including black/white marble, orange/black swirl and solid purple just to name a very few. If you’d like the full list – google is your friend.

Tracklist

A

1 – Sowing Season

2 – Millstone

3 – Jesus

B

1 – Degausser

2 – Limousine (MS Rebridge)

C

1 – You Don’t Know

2 – Welcome To Bangkok

3 – Not The Sun

D

1 – Luca

2 – (Untitled)

3 – The Archers Bows Have Broken

4 – Handcuffs

$$$

For some reason I was chosen by the devil or god (not even a pun?) to win this on ebay for about $50-$60. It was amazing. Probably the second best moment of my life. Of course coming second to that one time I found the last packet of mi goreng behind the out of date  Betty Crocker cake mix.

Anyway – This album is usually found for about $100+ on ebay and such. It really comes down to which variant you want and how flexible you are on such. If you want this record I probably wouldn’t spend over $120 as if you play the waiting game you’ll be able to get lucky. However if you want it NOW then you might have to dish out about $120 – $170.

But don’t let the price keep you away. Being able to spin this record after failing yet another horrid day of compulsory Uni subjects is freaking phenomenal .

Categories: 12", Brand New, LP, Vinyl

Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon (Reissue) LP

13/01/2012 7 comments

Blurb

Brand new, one of the hardest bands to search both on Google and on eBay, released their first album in 2001. It was titled Your Favorite Weapon and was filled to the brim with power-chords, and pop/rock riffs. Although they stopped playing most of the tracks after their second album for many years due to a rather large change in sound, I am quite the fan of this debut from one of my favorite bands.

To celebrate it’s 10th birthday, this stunning album has been re-released and re-pressed. I was extremely glad to hear news of the re-issue, mainly because the original pressings cost about $150 second hand. Anyway – this new issue has BRAND NEW cover art (ohh god… did I really just do that?), new liner notes, online downloads for remastered album and demo tracks AND the exclusion of the song “… My Nine Rides Shotgun”. All of the previous additions are great except for the song exclusion. I’m not sure why it was excluded, since it was a bonus track for the Japanese version(?) and the vinyl edition. The song itself does have a different sort of a feel to it though I think, which could have been a factor.

The actual vinyl

With new cover art, it looks very cool – and a massive jump further on the awesome scale when you feel the embossed “your favorite weapon” near the bottom of the front cover. It then opens out for a gatefold of one picture then flipped for the other side. You’ll see what I mean in the photos. I’m not sure why they did this with such a wide canvas for them to put anything they like. They could have just as easy put the slide in lyric sheet in the inner gatefold which could be seen as making more sense. Though don’t get me wrong – it’s still not a horrid middle to a gatefold.

As I said there is a lyric sheet insert which has a photo of everyone in the band followed by lyrics and credits. The actual vinyl comes in 4 variants (just for the re-issue), I have the black but there is also supposedly 500 CLEAR, 500 LIGHT BLUE and 1000 WHITE. Before I forget, the middle of each vinyl size just has a photo of Jesse(?) jumping up with a guitar.

Tracklist 

A

1 – The Shower Scene

2 – Jude Law And A Semester Abroad

3 – Sudden Death In Carolina

4 – Mixtape

5 – Failure By Design

6 – Last Chance To Lose your Keys

B

1 – Logan To Government Center

2 – The No Seatbelt Song

3 – Seventy Times 7

4 – Secondary

5 – Magazines

6 – Soco Amaretto Lime

FREE DOWNLOAD EXTRAS

Jude Law and A Semester Abroad (2000 Demo)

Secondary (2000 Demo)

Logan to Government Center (2000 Demo)

The Shower Scene (2000 Demo)

Logan to Government Center (2000 Throwaway Demo)

Last Chance to Lose Your Keys (2000 Throwaway Demo)

Magazines (2000 Throwaway Demo)

 

$-$$

Really depends where you get it.

Ebay comes up around $40 to $70 for the re-issue. But if you go to shopradiocast they were still selling them for $30 last time I was on there. So just shop around and see what is in your price range. Though it depends if it goes out of print soon – and if it does, then expect the price to jump very high.

Categories: 12", Brand New, LP, Vinyl

AFI – The Art Of Drowning LP

07/01/2012 3 comments

Blurb

It was only after forming in 1991 and releasing 5 albums did  AFI manage to finally accumulate much commercial success. This is a little surprising considering the quality of their first few albums. AFI’s music has always jumped around a bit in feel and genre. This has become very apparent after the electronic experimentation that was Sing the Sorrow, the very dark yet slightly more pop December underground and the even slightly poppier(?) Crash Love which was released in 2009.

The Art Of Drowning kicks off with the ‘warm up’ Initiation, then kicks off fast and loud with The Lost Souls. It then sprints through the rest of the vinyl in the special way that fast and loud AFI were well known for. I should also say that included on side A is the vinyl only track Dream Of Waking also makes an appearance as the last track on that side. This isn’t the first time that AFI have had vinyl only tracks. For example a few tracks are left off the CD version of the Reservoir Dogs inspired Answer That and Stay Fashionable.

Although I love this record as a whole, I must say that side 2 really has some gems. Although Days Of The Phoenix is rather over played by certain demographics – the song itself still remains rather great. Then it rolls through Catch a Hot One to Wester, 6 To 8, The Despair Factor and finally maybe one of my favorite AFI songs – Morningstar. 

The actual vinyl 

This is a single sleeve vinyl. The cover is the main album artwork which actually looks awesome in such a large artwork size.  The back side is a continuation of the front image coupled with the track listing divided in half for each side of the vinyl.

Inside is the vinyl slid into a normal paper sleeve. An awesome lyric sheet is included, this sheet has lyrics one side and thank you’s and production credits on the opposite side along with the winged demon seen on many early AFI releases.

As for the actual vinyl, the center sticker has the tracklist and which side on one sticker and the other has previously mentioned winged demon. As for the actual colour of the vinyl – I have the purple marbled. However there are MANY MANY variants. All of which I will try to list. I’ve taken them all from discogs.com, so I’m not sure if they’re all official or if there are more or not. Regardless I’ll list them now:

– Blue Marbled

– Fuchsia Marbled

– Grey Marbled

– Maroon Marbled

– Purple Marbled

– Smoke Grey (which was the limited edition)

– and also possibly just a plain black

Tracklist

A

1 Initiation

2 The Lost Souls

3 The Nephilim

4 Ever And A Day

5 Sacrifice Theory

6 Of Greetings And Goodbyes

7 Smile

8 Story At Three

9 Dream Of Waking (Special vinyl only track)

B

1 The Days of the Pheonix

2 Catch A Hot One

3 Wester

4 6 To 8

5 The Despair Factor

6 Morningstar

$ – $$

I found it for around $25 – 40 on ebay. Just depending on which variant you want. It’s also still in press from what I know so it shouldn’t be too hard to get a hold of it. And it’s definitely worth getting a hold of if you like earlier AFI.

Categories: 12", AFI, LP, Vinyl