Archive for January, 2012

Thrice – At: Guitar Center 7″

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Vinyl

This 7″ could very well be the last release from Thrice ever, as the band is going on hiatus. But as we’ve seen with other bands that goe on hiatus, Thrice could come back at any point to write and release new material again. This 7″ is not exactly new material, as it features songs recorded live from a performance at Guitar Center.

The pressing info for this record was a bit off, as people quickly found out once the records started shipping out. Not many details were released about this 7″ prior to it shipping let alone released for pre-order phase. As people started receiving them more and more info came out and was confirmed. All copies are pressed on red vinyl and are hand numbered on a gold sticker on the back of the jacket. Now here is where the pressing info goes off the tracks a bit, but a simple explanation puts out the flames a bit.

The sticker with the numbering states “/2000.” So every copy is hand numbered sequentially from 0001 up to the total amount pressed. The kicker is 2,000 copies were not pressed, Vagrant received about 95 copies over 2,000 from the pressing plant. That could be slightly less than 95 copies or slightly more than 95 copies; I did not receive an exact number from Vagrant. The numbering was not done by Vagrant and was how Vagrant received the records. Copies were numbered in advance to make the turn around time quicker. Rather than dumping all the pre-numbered “/2000” stickers and spending more money and time to change them out, Vagrant opted to send them out anyway. Vagrant did acknowledge their error and apologized in an email to me, but that does not really excuse such a glaring error.

So many copies feature the oddity of being numbered 2001/2000, 2002/2000 and so on. I am curious to see exactly how many over run copies are out there, so if anyone wants to leave a comment here with what number their copy is if they received one numbered higher than 2,000.


Robbed The Bank Records released a great compilation, with 100% of the profits going to Invisible Children. There were 500 total copies pressed spread across six colors, with each color being named after one of Invisible Children’s bracelet campaign videos. The pressing info is as follows: 23 copies on gold/”Innocent”, 56 copies on “darkish”/”Sunday”, 96 copies on blue/”Roseline”, 80 copies on red/”Emmy”. 157 copies on green/”Grace” and 99 copies on purple/”Tony.” It is important to note that there are variances in the color of every record, so no two records will look the same, even two copies that are red, green, etc. All copies are hand numbered on the back of the sleeve, and each copy comes with a check next to what color that particular copy is on the insert. You can see the track listing for the comp in the photos below.

311 – Soundsystem (2nd press)

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Vinyl

Most of 311’s catalog will be/has been getting pressed for the first time or re-pressed over the course of the past year or so. Soundsystem just got released last week, and the initial batch of records has already sold out. But do not worry or shell out a ridiculous amount of money for a copy, as 4500 more copies will become available in the near future, most likely around April.

Initially advertised as being limited to just 500 copies total being exclusively sold through Hot Topic, what actually turned out to be true is that Hot Topic was the first place to sell the re-press and was given only 500 copies of the entire pressing to sell. In total there are 5,000 copies pressed for the second pressing, with all copies being individually numbered in gold foil stamping on the back of the jacket. Numbers were randomly distributed as people have gotten numbers from Hot Topic ranging from the 2,000’s up to the 4,000’s. The second pressing was pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and come in poly dust sleeves housed in a gatefold jacket. The gatefold artwork is the same as what is found on the first pressing.

So other than a red sticker on the cover on the perforated shrink-wrap/poly bag the records initially come in, individual numbering and the records being on 180 gram vinyl, this second pressing is pretty much identical to the first pressing.

Anthony Green’s second solo album was released on January 17. The record was pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, and there is no word on how many copies were pressed.

Farewell Continental’s first full length was released by Paper & Plastick Records. The vinyl release of the album ran into major problems, as pre-orders were delayed for 7 months. Pre-orders went live in early May and did not start shipping until very late November. Pre-orders were launched by Blue Collar Distro, with the label not selling the album at all except on CD and as a digital download. Eventually, after the release was delayed for a few months, Blue Collar abruptly took down pre-orders with no explanation other than “delayed to undetermined date,” and still no longer accepted new orders/pre-orders of the record.

Around the time the Blue Collar pre-orders started shipping in late November, Paper & Plastick put up copies of the record in their own web store and announced pressing info and variants for the album in the process. But when Blue Collar pre-orders started arriving at their destinations, everyone was in for a surprise. All Blue Collar pre-orders were on black vinyl when P&P was selling three variants on colored vinyl. There was no explanation given by anyone, people rightfully complained but really didn’t do anything to get to the bottom of it. All it took was a quick, simple email to P&P to get things cleared up, as I did so and got a response the next day.

Here is the official pressing info from the label for this record. 400 copies on black, 99 copies on orange with black splatter, 105 copies on orange with black stripe and 195 copies on orange with black swirl. The only way to guarantee you get a certain color is to order from P&P, as other distros have random colors or only copies on black. No copies come with center labels on either side, which is odd. All copies come housed in a gatefold jacket, and if you order directly from P&P you immediately get a download code. According to the band the gatefold jacket was supposed to have the lyrics printed on it, but none of the copies do. They all just have the track titles printed on it with a bunch of empty space found on much of the gatefold. Below is a picture of the orange with black splatter variant.

Hot Fuss has gone through several bootleg pressing since it’s legit release on vinyl. There are three legit LP pressings of the album, one for the U.S., one for the UK and a box set that includes a t-shirt. The box set is the most recent release of the record, coming out a few years ago through Hot Topic and band’s web stores. It is important to note that all legit pressing of the album were done on a shade of blue vinyl, but it is also important to note that there are bootlegs pressed on blue vinyl as well.

I will try to clear up as much of the confusion about which pressings are bootlegs and which are legit. Some are quite obvious and easy to spot, while one is tougher than the others. Most if not all of the bootlegs come from overseas though; somewhere in Europe, possibly even the UK. The main legit U.S. pressing is done on translucent blue vinyl with red center labels on both the A and B sides. For factory sealed copies there is a black sticker on the top left corner of the cover. This U.S. pressing is the only one to feature the exclusive vinyl only bonus track “Indie Rock ‘N’ Roll,” which is the last track on side B and is mentioned on the aforementioned hype sticker. This pressing was released by The Control Group by way of Island Records. Both label’s logos will be on the back of the jacket, with the catalog number of Island CGO 017. There were 3,000 copies pressed with silver foil lettering on the cover and 100 copies with red foil lettering on the cover that were all hand numbered. Most of the red foil copies went to Control Group employees, and when they do pop up on ebay they regularly sell for between $100-$400. Copies with the silver foil lettering even approach $100.

The legit UK pressing was done on opaque baby blue vinyl, or at least a much lighter shade of blue than the U.S. pressing. The UK pressing does not feature any bonus tracks. It was pressed by Lizard King, with a catalog number of LIZARD11X. The legit pressing has white center labels on both sides that are slightly recessed by the spindle hole. There were 2,000 copies pressed for the legit UK pressing that were all individually numbered on the back of the jacket, but I believe there were actually more than 2,000 total copies pressed for the UK pressing however.

The third legit pressing was released in 2009 by Bravado. It comes housed in a box set with a grey t-shirt. The record slides inside the lid of the box set while the t-shirt is housed in a compartment inside the box itself. This pressing was also pressed on translucent blue vinyl, with the only difference being the center labels, which you can see in the photos gallery below. I remember reading that there were 5,00 copies of this box set pressed/made, with it being a Hot Topic exclusive, but I doubt that number is accurate at this point. While Hot Topic sold out of the sets fairly quickly (they would’ve sold out faster if they were cheaper), The Killers webstore had copies for sale for a few years afterwards. The band’s store finally sold out of them in late 2012, but Bravado’s webstore still has copies up for sale.

For the bootlegs most are done on completely different colors than blue. First copies on a shade of blue that matched the legit U.S. pressing started popping up, then copies on red, then copies on green, then copies on clear or smokey grey and most recently copies on dark blue. All of the bootleg copies have some marbling effects in them and are not 100% their respective solid color. Some have streaks and swirls of black running through them, others have streaks of white. All bootleg copies have white center labels A crucial difference is that the center labels on the bootleg copies are not recessed at all like they are on the legit UK pressing. All of the bootlegs are made to look like the Lizard King UK pressing, with the center labels 99.9% identical. i have never seen the back of a jacket for a bootleg copy, but they are most likely almost identical to the legit pressing as well. An important thing to note about the bootleg blue copies is that they are opaque and not translucent like with the legit U.S. pressing.

In 2016 Hot Fuss finally received a proper re-press. I guess Island Records finally got tired of seeing countless bootlegs coming out. That is the only reason I can see for this album not to be re-pressed sooner. They could’ve capitalized on the vinyl trend long ago, and it didn’t come out as a Record Store Day exclusive or even as an anniversary pressing. Money is, as always, the biggest motivator.

The album actually has undergone more proper pressings the past year, two, than it did in the 12 years the record was out of print. Odd, but it is what it is. The first re-press, which is the second traditional and legit pressing of this record, was done on white vinyl. The third pressing was done on black. No word on how many copies for the third pressing (featured in pics below), bit the second U.S. pressing was limited to 1,000 copies on white vinyl. The white vinyl sold out pretty quick. I was in no rush to get a copy, because in all honesty the only reason I wanted it was for the different cover.

Regarding that different cover, it’s a subtle change from the first pressing to the second and third pressings. On the first pressing there are the aforementioned cover variants, silver foil and red foil for the band’s name. The second and third pressings have no foil stamping of any kind, it’s standard printing in white ink. Another subtle difference between the first pressing and later pressings is that the later pressings come with a printed dust sleeve rather than a plain white paper dust sleeve. No insert is included with any pressing, and you don’t get lyrics or even liner notes with any of them either. The printed dust sleeve with the later pressings just has photos of each band member on it, two band members per side.

Only the U.S. pressing (of the third pressings) comes with a download card, but don’t bother using it. You have to jump through some hoops in order to actually download it. And once you do, you have the privilege of receiving 96 kbps MP3s. Yes, you read right. Not VBR, not 320, not even 128; 96 kbps. Each song sounds so awful they almost sound like demos. One of the tracks, “Somebody Told Me,” actually has “DO NOT USE” in parentheses after the title.  The aforementioned hoops include making an  an account to download it, not just optionally entering an email address, skipping the email entry altogether or entering in a bogus email address like the majority of download hosts used for download cards. You then have to verify your account before logging in. The you have login after creating and verifying said account, and when you click on login in it takes you back to the create account page. You then have to click through again in order to login in. Lastly, you have to verify the download via an approval link they send you via email, which takes you back to to finally start the download for the worst quality MP3s known to man. I could literally fart into the microphone of my laptop and it would be a higher quality MP3 without doing any encoding.

As with the first pressings, there is a U.S. and UK pressing for both the second and third pressings. Discogs has the release date for the second U.S. pressing as 2017, but I’m pretty confident it’s 2016 because I saw it in multiple record stores in 2016, and not one of the bootlegs. The third UK pressing is on 180 gram vinyl, while the U.S. counterpart is not. However, the U.S. press does come with a download card/code, whereas the UK pressing does not. An odd trade off. The UK re-pressings have the sort of UK exclusive track, “Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll” on the studio album as track 8 (track B3 on record). It’s not a bonus track/b-side like it is on the U.S. pressing. Note, when I say b-side it’s not the figurative sense, not the literal sense. The U.S. pressing has the studio album most people are familiar with, having “Change Your Mind” as track 8 (track B3 on record) instead of “Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll.”

To be perfectly honest, the only reason I bought the UK pressing was because of that track listing difference, along with it being ridiculously cheap ($10). If it wasn’t that cheap though, I would’ve been fine just having the U.S. re-press for the different cover art. Those are some of the few variants I do collect. And when I say cheap, I mean $10 shipped. Which is basically half off, so I got two for the price of one. Granted I could’ve saved $10 by not buying the UK pressing, but you’re missing the point.

For the photo gallery below here are the order of the pics: 1st U.S. press, LP/T-shirt box set, 3rd U.S. press, 3rd UK/Euro press. The sleeves are the same for both the 3rd pressings, so they will come in the middle to further differentiate the two 3rd pressings.

Foo Fighters – Times Like These 7″

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Vinyl

Foo Fighters – Times Like These 7″. This is one of the few Foo Fighters singles to be individually numbered. I do not know how many copies were pressed however. My copy is number 594.