Archive for March, 2012

After being on a major label for quite a while, Say Anything made the transition back to an indie label, Equal Vision Records, for their latest album, Anarchy, My Dear. The album was pressed on two colors, red limited to 3800 copies and gold limited to 200 copies. Gold was a UK exclusive color only sold through Banquet Records. About half of the red copies were sold in one of the various versions of deluxe box set packages that were limited to 2000 copies available exclusively through Equal Vision’s webstore, so there are only 1800 copies of the record available on its own. On July 6, 2012 an Australian exclusive color was announced, which is on green vinyl and limited to 100 copies. Which brings the total up to an odd 4100 copies of the record.

The deluxe box set packages mentioned above ranged in price from $60 on up to $83, with the added options of a t-shirt or hoodie. The main draw of the deluxe box set was the hand numbered box limited to 2000 copies and a deluxe version exclusive bonus track. Also included in all deluxe box set packages was 3’x5′ flag featuring the album artwork, a stainless steel dogtag of the album logo and a 12″x12″ art print done by Lee Crutchley. Rather than splurge on one of the overpriced deluxe versions you could buy the record on its own for less than $20 from most distros or stores.

About five months after the album’s release I bought the deluxe edition on sale for $25. At that price I figured it was worth it, also because I’m a sucker for alternate artwork and box sets. Upon opening the box set I found out that the flag is cheap and oddly sized. It;s not exactly 3’x5′, it’s something like and 5 feet 1 3/8″, which makes folding the flag back up to fit inside the box a huge  and frustrating undertaking. And I know how to properly fold a flag. The dog tag is a lot thicker than I expected and is polished to  a finish rather than not being finished.  The art print is also very nice, much nicer than I expected. As for the vinyl version, it is in fact the same exact thing you could buy separate from the box set. Same sticker, same insert, some color etc.


Dustin Kensrue’s debut solo album, Please Come Home was released on vinyl by Enjoy The Ride Records, with a total of 1,000 copies pressed split across three colors; brown limited to 475 copies,  white/clear swirl mix limited to 475 copies and swirl limited to 50 copies. The swirl copies are a mix of the brown and clear/white mix colors, but turned out mostly brown with bits of white swirled in around the edges. Most of these swirl copies are unique, as some have more white mixed in than others. They are also more transparent than the regular brown copies, as if you hold them up to the light you can see through it to a certain extent. Brown copies were sold exclusively through Enjoy The Ride Records’ webstore and Equal Vision Record’s webstore, as the album  was licensed from Equal Vision. The white/clear swirl copies were a Hot Topic exclusive. The /50 swirls were randomly inserted into orders instead of the color a customer ordered.

The brown and white/clear swirl copies were out of 500 copies each, but given the /50 copies of the swirl 25 copies of each of the main colors were taken away. An important note for people still looking for a copy of this record or a brown copy, Equal Vision’s webstore apparently still has copies up for sale as of writing this, so don’t pay ebay price for it as it’s might still available for $17.

Wrecking Ball is Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, and sadly will likely be the final appearance of the late Clarence Clemons on a Bruce Springsteen album. The album was pressed as a double LP on 180 gram black vinyl. Even though it’s a double LP the album does not come in a gatefold jacket, which has been hit or miss with Springsteen albums over the years, as some double and even single LP albums being housed in a gatefold jacket. The records do come in photo dust sleeves however that feature the lyrics and liner notes. Also included is a CD copy of the album.

Music From Another Room was pressed on vinyl and released by Enjoy The Ride Records. It was one of if not their first release. It was pressed as a picture disc, with the concept of the records being like a gold or platinum record, as according to Enjoy The Ride Records, Brett Detar always wanted a gold or platinum record but never had one. The third variant, bronze, does not fit the RIAA certification system, but it fits with the metallic scheme.

The record was pressed on three colors; silver limited to 100 copies and only available in a special three-pack bundle package, gold limited to 200 copies and bronze limited to 200 copies. The silver variant is also the only one to come with hand screened, glow in the dark liner notes, with the headphones glowing in the dark on both sides. A Juliana Theory slipmat was also included with the three pack bundles. The gold and bronze variants do not come with any liner notes at all. The jacket is printed on matte black paper with a spot gloss finish for the head phones, which gives it a 3D appearance. The jackets are very well done and it’s a clever design all around. There were also several test presses made that featured custom artwork done for them, where the jacket was white instead of black.

Below is the gold variant, as it may be tough for some people to tell the gold and bronze colors apart.

There were two different versions of Understand This Is A Dream pressed, a “10th Anniversary” edition released by Mightier Than Sword Records and a regular edition released by Academy Fight Song. Even though the album appears to be released by two separate labels, technically it’s the same label as they are both run by the same person. Both version feature a vinyl only bonus track entitled “Farewell My Friend” and both come housed in gatefold jackets but with differing artwork.

The “10th Anniversary” edition was sold exclusively through the Mightier Than Sword Records webstore and was limited to 500 copies on 180 gram black vinyl. Unlike other records in Mightier Than Sword’s “10th Anniversary”  series, understand This Is A Dream does not come with a gold foil stamp/seal on the cover. It features different artwork than the regular version and an 18 page booklet. This version of the record is still in print, but it costs $5 more than the regular version The regular version features entirely different artwork than the “10th Anniversary” edition and comes housed in a photo dust sleeve printed on thick, glossy photo. It was pressed on three different colors;  blue/silver swirl limited to 100 copies, blue/white swirl limited to 100 copies and solid blue limited to 300 copies. The swirled colors are out of print, but the solid blue copies are still available from a few distros.

I’ve had this record for a while but held off on posting it until I was able to grab the other Juliana Theory records missing from my collection. Emotion Is Dead has been out of print for a few years now and was released by CI Records. There were 1500 copies pressed on grey marble vinyl, and the shades of the grey vary from a very light grey to almost purple. All copies were also individually numbered on the back of the jacket, which was done on a strip of paper attached to the jacket.

Prices for this record vary on ebay, but they usually go for around $30. I believe the guy who runs CI Records still has some copies left, but he wants $45 ppd for them at this point rather than just selling them for what they originally sold for, which was around $20. I think the copies CI still has are over run copies, which are not numbered. I bought a copy from someone on a message board for $25, and it came un-numbered. When I asked him about it he told he won it on ebay from CI Records and it was sent to him without a number.

This record is a perfect example of what can go wrong when an upstart vinyl only “label” is established. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the effort it takes to release music, but with the upswing in the vinyl marketplace over the past few years and the licensing albums to press on vinyl trend, it has opened the door for people who have no business running a label doing so. Many of these upstart labels are run efficiently and smoothly, but in the mean time, others, like the label that released Gold Rush by I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business on vinyl, seem to go about everything the wrong way.

American Dream Records, a “label” run by two guys who frequent one of the most childish, ill-informed and argumentative  message boards/music news sites around (absoultepunk), released this album by The Early November frontman Ace Enders. Rather than spending my time summing up everything that went wrong in one fashion or another with this release, I will post a link to a thread devoted to this release. It’s well worth the read, and I strongly advise everyone to take the time to read the entire 13 page thread as you will not be disappointed in the sheer comic value found in it.

The pressing info for the record is as follows; 50 copies on 180 gram black vinyl with “hand written” lyric sheets, 75 copies on “Riverside Blue with gold swirl” (which turned out to be clear with blue and gold/yellow splatter), 100 copies on “Maroon clay with gold marble” (which turned out to b maroon with black marble) and 125 copies of “Gold Rush” yellow (which turned out to be orange). The 180 gram copies cost $30 before shipping, while all the other variants originally only cost $15. The 180 gram copies were also sort of a special edition in that it was more limited than all the other variants, was the only one pressed on 180 gram vinyl (all others were pressed on 140 gram) and included “hand written” lyrics, which turned out to be a sham. The lyrics sheets that were supposed to be hand written technically were, but customers who spent the extra $15 were disappointed to find a photo copied piece of paper for the lyrics to just one song off the album.

On a personal note, the way this release was handled and the behavior of one of the guys who runs American Dream Records (read the entire thread linked to above to get the full gist of everything that transpired over the course of this release) sat wrong with me since day one. So much so that I refused to give the label any of my money and never will. I was able to buy this record from someone on a message board for less than it would have cost me had I bought it from the label. Below is a photo of the “‘Riverside Blue’ with gold swirl” that somehow turned out to be clear with blue and gold/yellow splatter .