Archive for July, 2012

I was going to wait and post this until I received the photo book with the 180 gram LP, but it’s delayed till the end of August EDIT –  make that mid November. So without further delay here is the entry for The Early November’s first album after their hiatus/break up, In Currents.

I’m a big fan of The Early November, and initially I was disappointed with this album. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was a little let down after the first listen. After a few more listens the album started to grow on me, and it is still growing on me with every listen. But with that said I would still put The Room’s Too Cold ahead of this album in the typical ranking of a band’s discography. In Currents is about even with The Mother, The Mechanic, And The Path in my opinion, but as time goes on I can see In Currents overtaking the triple disc album.

As mentioned above, this is the band’s first album after reuniting from a five-year hiatus and subsequently first release on Rise Records. There were several variants for the record, with some being exclusive to certain retailers or packages. First there were 300 copies on red, which was only available in a bundle that included a t-shirt and poster. There is a Hot Topic exclusive color, which is white limited to 1000 copies. There is also the aforementioned photo book that is limited to 1000 copies and contains the record on 180 gram black vinyl. There are 500 copies on clear, which may or may not be a Rise exclusive. Finally there are 700 copies on green, which is widely available and not exclusive to any specific package or retailer.

After much delay, the photo books started shipping in mid November, oh so close to one of the best puns in history. In this day and age delays with records shipping are more common than the sun rising, but these photo books pushed the envelope very far. Pre-orders went up in April, and while lately I have held off on pre-ordering as long as I could or not pre-ordering at all in some instance, I made the decision to pre-order In Currents the day it went up for sale, which was in April 2012. The record did not have a release date till July so most would assume that time-table could easily be met, boy was everyone wrong. What made this even more laughable is that Minus The Bear and Bad Books released similar book packages, that went up for pre-order  and had a release date later than The Early November, but still managed to ship on or close to the street date. Granted the MTB and bad Books books were smaller in size, it’s still no excuse given how long the In Currents book was being planned, at least 7 months, probably longer.

But with all that said about the photo books, it was well worth the wait. While some are disappointed in it for various reasons, I am thrilled with it. The cover is made of cloth, which is a nice touch. The book itself is more of a retrospective of the band’s entire history, not just through the making of In Currents. There are photos from the band’s first few shows, photos of the band hanging out in their early days, little blurbs written by and about each member of the band, photos of back stage passes from festivals and shows the band played and various live shots of the band. Advertised as 100 pages, the book is actually longer than that by a few pages, not counting the blank pages at the end.


Hellogoodbye’s second album and first to be pressed on vinyl, Would It Kill You was self released by the band on their own label, Wasted Summer Records. This album is much more mature than their previous efforts but is not too big of a departure from their keyboard/synth laden pop rock. I know some people wrote Hellogoodbye off as a cheesy pop rock act when they were still signed to Drive-Thru Records, but the band deserves another listen with an open mind with this latest effort.

There were 1000 copies pressed on white vinyl and the record comes in a  full colorphoto dust sleeve. At first the only place to buy the record was directly through the band from their webstore, but the band has now sold out of after having copies available for well over a year. It’s probably close to going out of print entirely, as the distributor that carries the record only had 10 copies last I checked. The band sold copies of the record in their webstore, but overcharged on shipping, as they wanted $10 to ship one LP. The total came out to $25, possibly even $20 (I don’t remember if the LP cost $15 or $20 from the band), which kept me from ordering the record even though the album is a great listen. Your best bet to find a copy now is on ebay or asking your local record store to order a copy, should there be any left.  However, there are a few record stores that utilize ebay to sell some of their inventory set at a retail priced BIN. So you should be able to score this record for no more than $20 shipped.

Red Scare Industries released a split 7″ for Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio) and Brendan Kelly’s (The Lawrence Arms) Summer 2012 European tour entitled European Vacation. Both guys by their monikers Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room and Brendan Kelly And The wandering Birds, respectively. Each contributes one brand new that is exclusive to this 7″, with the Dan song being “The Radiator” and the Brendan song being “Malthusian Clown.”

As far as I know it was only pressed on red vinyl. Red Scare typically does not release pressing info for any of their releases, so I probably won’t bark up that tree trying to figure it out. It’s also important to note that The Wandering Birds also features Nick Martin.

This comp is aptly named since it’s the 100th release in Revelation Records’ catalog. As the name also suggests, it’s full of b-sides and other rare songs from artists of Rev’s roster. Gorilla Biscuits, Shai Hulud, Quicksand, Youth Of Today, Sick Of It All, Judge and Sense Field are featured on this comp. But the main reason I wanted it was for The Movielife song, “Fake Blood,” which  was only released on this comp. The song can also be found on one of the band’s early demo tapes as well.

The comp was pressed as a double LP on two colors; orange limited to 300 copies and black limited to 801 copies. The color copies come with a white and blue Revelation Records sticker on the jacket denoting it is on color vinyl.

Foo Fighters – Breakout 7″

Posted: July 18, 2012 in Vinyl

Foo Fighters – Breakout 7″. This is one of the harder to come by Foo Fighters 7″s, and tends to go for a pretty penny when it does pop up for sale. Expect to pay at least $25 for this 7″ if you buy it on its own. Your best bet with Foo Fighters stuff is to buy them in lots, as you will get a better deal on them. Especially since they released more than two dozen singles on vinyl.

The Killers – Tranquilize 7″

Posted: July 18, 2012 in Vinyl

There are two different version of the single for “Tranquilize.” Both are in the form of a 7″, but one is a one-sided etched disc and the other is your standard two-sided promo only release. The etched version is a UK release and comes in a typical picture disc sleeve while the promo version, on black vinyl, was a U.S. release that comes housed in a regular  picture sleeve. The promo version was given out around the release of The Killers’ b-sides album Sawdust.

Given that one of the versions is a single-sided disc, the only song found on it is the title track. The b-side on the promo version is “Shadowplay.” On both versions the single is featuring Lou Reed. I’m not sure if one version is rare than the other nor do I know pressing info for either version. Both cost the same amount of money, so I opted for the promo version because it actually has a b-side track.

The solo project of Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull, Right Away, Great Captain! recently released the final chapter in his trilogy of albums centered around a sailer and his trials and tribulations both at sea and on dry land. The first chapter, The Bitter End, was released in 2007. It was followed with the releases of The Eventually Home in 2008 and The Church Of The Good Thief to bring the story to a close in 2012.

Rather than opt to press each album in the trilogy on vinyl separately, Hull decided to wait and release the trilogy in one complete set. It was pressed as a 4xLP encompassing the entire trilogy limited to 1,000 copies. The Bitter End was pressed as a double LP The Eventually Home and The Church Of The Good Thief are a single LP. The entire set is housed is a tri-fold jacket, with each album getting its own panel to slide into. Both LP’s for The Bitter End slide in to the same panel. Not the most secure packaging but the options for any release larger than a double LP are few and far between. Given the circumstance the jacket is thick and sturdy.

All copies are hand-numbered and autographed on the back of the jacket. The Bitter End is pressed on orange vinyl, The Eventually Home is pressed on blue/grey vinyl and The Church Of The Good Thief is pressed on green vinyl. From photos I have seen of other sets, the colors of each record are extremely varied. This is not unexpected thing when it comes to vinyl, but with this release is seems to be a lot more noticeable as it seems no two are the same. I have seen some have the blue be much darker and feature less grey, some have the orange have more of a yellow hue and some feature much more marbling than others. The cover art is new and unique for this release, but the artwork on the panel for each respected album is inspired by said album. In the case of The Church Of The Good Thief, the panel art is the actual album art.

Along with the regular version of the trilogy, which was solely the vinyl and nothing more, a deluxe version limited to 120 copies was also offered. Along with the 4xLP trilogy, the deluxe version also came with a bunch of exclusives including a 14 track album entitled The Lost Sea featuring demos, outtakes and unused songs, a handmade bronze whale key chain stamped with “RAGC”, a 36-page book of handwritten lyrics  and 6×4 photo print signed. All the extra items except the key chain were hand-numbered and autographed by Hull as well. the deluxe version sold for double the price of the regular version, $120. Mentioning the price is by no means a complaint on my part, I’m stating it for the sake of being thorough.