Archive for June, 2012

Motion City Soundtrack’s latest album Go, only received one limited variant, grey swirl limited to 500 copies. The record was also pressed on black vinyl, which will probably be kept in print for quite a while. All copies come with a CD as well. Rather than an insert Epitaph opted for a full color printed dust sleeve that has the liner notes on it. The grey swirl was only available from Kings Road Merch and is out of print, but it took a few weeks to sell out. The grey “swirl” is also more of a marble than swirl.

I don’t have a copy on black vinyl,  but the grey swirl is one of the lightest and flimsiest records I own. It’s so bad that if you hold it by one edge it starts to bend over on itself. There is so much flex that anyone could easily snap it in half with zero effort. I’m not a stickler for 180 gram, but there is a line between good quality records and crap. This record teeters towards crap. It doesn’t sound all that great as a result. It’s not the worst sounding record I ever played, but it leaves a lot to be desired.


The Minnesota Beatle Project is a series of compilations that feature bands and artists hailing from or currently based in Minnesota covering Beatles songs. It has gone through three volumes to date. All proceeds from the sale of the albums goes towards funding music programs in Minnesota public schools. The series of compilations are released through Vega Productions.

This latest volume Volume 3, appealed to me for the cover of “Here Comes The Sun” contributed by Motion City Soundtrack. It’s the only place where the song appears, and the band did a great job keeping the original integrity of the song together while putting their own touches on it. They did not completely crap all over and ruin a classic song like so many bands do on tribute or themed cover albums. This comp was released on CD, vinyl and digitally. The CD and digital version are widely available, but the vinyl version is only being sold by one record store based in Minnesota, Electric Fetus. There were 500 copies pressed on 180 gram red vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket. All copies also come with a digital download code as well.

One of the many side projects by Matt Skiba is this latest one, Matt Skiba And The Sekrets. Their debut release, Babylon, was released over a month ago but the vinyl version was delayed for a few weeks. It was even later getting in my hands because there were a few other things on the order that held it up from shipping. The Sekrets album is similar in vain to Skiba’s latest works, and some of the some on the album are re-worked versions from his demos album that was released by Asian Man Records not too long ago.

The album was pressed on several different colors, with some being exclusive to certain retailers. There was also a Euro version released by Greenhell in Germany. There was an Interpunk exclusive on white vinyl that was limited to 300 copies, a Hot Topic exclusive on red vinyl limited to 666 copies, the Euro version mentioned above on green vinyl limited to 100 copies and there are is also an unannounced amount on black vinyl, which is widely available. However, black might be limited to 666 copies as well based off what someone who has a copy after he said it was numbered /666. What was unknown at the time was that the record would come housed in a gatefold jacket and would be pressed on 180 gram vinyl (at least the white copies were), which explains the $17 price tag for a single LP. So consider that before complaining about the price. All copies except for the white Interpunk exclusive seem to be hand numbered as well. Why the white copies aren’t numbered is anyone’s guess. But many people may be turned off from buying this album entirely now after the train wreck that was the band’s first ever show in Chicago last night (6/7/12).

I believe both U.S. exclusive colors are out of print. I know the Interpunk copies are and they are now selling only black copies, but with the Hot Topic copies there may still be some sitting on the shelves in stores anywhere in the country. The Greenhell color is still available as of writing this.

One of the many sudden changes for sensitivity reasons following the September 11th terrorist attacks included this 7″. The single for the title track off Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American underwent a title change following that tragic day, going from “Bleed American” to “Salt Sweat Sugar.” Hopefully this entry will clear up some confusion too, as the “Salt Sweat Sugar” 7″ is not a bootleg as some people think.

All copies released prior to 9/11/01 were pressed on black vinyl and came in a jacket with “Bleed American” printed on the cover. The track listing as lists “Bleed American” on the back and on the a-side center label. Following 9/11, the 7″ went out of production for a brief bit to undergo some not so subtle changes. While the artwork remains 95% the same, gone are the words “Bleed American,” which are replaced by “Salt Sweat Sugar,” which is taken from the song’s chorus. The track listing was also changed to feature ‘Salt Sweat Sugar.” The color of vinyl was changed as well, going from black to white. One thing that remains constant is that between the two versions/pressings is the actual track listing. The song “Bleed American” is on the a-side, whether listed as “Bleed American” or “Salt Sweat Sugar,” and the b-side is a demo version of the song “Your House.”

I am not sure of the pressing info for either version/pressing, and I am not even sure if the “Salt Sweat Sugar” version would be considered a legit second pressing or not since the title of the release was technically changed despite it being the same release. The catalog numbers are different between the two though. I don’t know if one version is mare rare than the other, but the “Salt Sweat Sugar” copies tend to sell for more money than the “Bleed American” versions for whatever reason.

This is the third 7″ release from Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club, but it is the band’s fourth overall release though. Like all their other 7″s, Blood Diamond was limited to only 300 copies, with each copy being individually numbered. To my knowledge it was only pressed on black vinyl.

This is the second pressing of the It’s For Life comp, which was released by Victory Records. It features different artwork and center labels from the first pressing, but the track listing remains the same. The first pressing was released by Consequence Records and features dog tags engraved with the comp’s title on cover.

The second press was released a few years after the first pressing and pressed on two colors, red limited to 552 copies and black limited to an unannounced amount. The first pressing was only done on black vinyl and was limited to 800 copies. I believe the first pressing also come with a booklet rather than just an insert, but I am not 100% sure.

Yes, before anyone asks, this is a bootleg. I typically refrain from buying boots but I make exceptions for certain bands, Foo Fighters being one of them. The three songs featured on this 7″ were recorded live at the band’s first appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festival back in 1995 on the Reading main stage, a now infamous performance.

The track listing printed on the back of the sleeve (see photo below) is also wrong, as there is only one track on the a-side, “Big Me.” “This Is A Call” and “Weenie Beenie” are both on the b-side.