Archive for March, 2013


Let me start off by saying this release was handled perfectly, every aspect. Company Ink Records did a tremendous job all around with Hidden In Plain View’s Life In Dreaming. No pre-order as the record was made available for purchase when they were in hand and ready to ship, great customer service throughout the entire process both leading up to the release and afterwards, quick shipping of hundreds of orders, proper packaging of said orders, having the band on board with the release every step of the way, dealing with critics in a professional manner; I could probably keep going but I’ll stop there.

After receiving the record what I read about the finer details of the release do not do it justice. It’s early in 2013, but this record is contender for release of the year. The attention to detail is amazing. Nothing was overlooked and Company Ink went above and beyond with this record. Not only is there a printed dust sleeve, there is also an insert included as well. A very nice touch considering most records only come with one or the other; sometimes even none of the above.  The jacket is heavy-duty, and in the craze of jamming everything, even single LP’s in gatefold jackets, a standard jacket for this record fits the cover art perfectly.

The jacket is an “old style tip on” made to replicate classic jackets from back in the day. This type of jacket is made of two printed paper wraps laminated on heavy 24pt. chipboard. The printed dust sleeve mentioned above has the lyrics printed on one side plus new, original art on the other side. The insert has additional liner notes, which are retrospectives from each of the five band members.

Life In Dreaming was pressed on two different colors, 180 gram grey marble stone limited to 100 copies and bronze rose limited to 500 copies. An added bonus for the first 250 orders regardless of color purchased was a blue flexi-disc of the original version of the song “Twenty Below” released in 2003.

Harkening back to how well this release was handled, Company Ink did their best to limit the reach of flippers. Instead of setting an exact time when the record would be put up for order, a time-frame was announced, which was a 5 hour window. The record launched without any hiccups, big or small, even though there were countless people highly anticipating it. When all was said and done the 180 gram copies sold out in what seemed like a blink of an eye. As of writing this, less than two weeks after the record went up for order, less than 100 copies of the entire pressing remain.

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Long overdue, Say Anything’s In Defense Of The Genre was finally pressed on vinyl and released in early 2013. However, one of my worst fears is starting to come true as Shit Radio Cast is starting to consistently release records that I want to buy. Fortunately there are alternatives for me so I do not have to buy directly from SRC. Other, legit distros are starting to carry SRCvinyl (one of the worst and laziest “label” names ever) releases and SRC is starting to offer exclusive variants to some places as well. Though those exclusive variants have mainly gone to Hot Topic, a recent addition to my do not buy from list after the stunts they pulled by removing all the records from their website during a sales promotion and excluding certain records from discounts.

I will admit that the few SRC releases I have bought are great. They sound great and they seem to not spare any expense with the packaging. But that results in ridiculous prices with most of their releases. This Say Anything record costs $30, granted it’s a double LP, but that price is absurd. Fortunately one of the other distros I mentioned above that is carrying SRC releases routinely holds sales and always has free shipping for orders totaling $30 or more. But it’s not all gravy with this release, it’s still SRC after all.

SRC pulled another switcheroo with the pressing numbers, two this go around actually. Initially there were 3 colors announced, 180 gram black limited to 500 copies, purple limited to 500 copies and gold limited to 1500 copies. The gold copies were supposed to be a Hot Topic exclusive, but right before the records started shipping SRC announced they switched colors with Hot Topic. As a result Hot Topic would be selling the purple copies, now limited to 1500, and SRC would be selling the gold, now limited to 500. It did not stop there, as the final pressing numbers jumped up a bit. Black 180 gram is now /525 and gold is now /550. I know there are overruns with every pressing, but it seems those numbers are always exaggerated with SRC releases. At this point I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

The packaging for this release is, I hate to say it, top-notch. The artwork is not just enlarged to apply to an LP jacket, it’s scaled appropriately. The gatefold jacket the records come in features a glossy finish, and also included is a fold out insert that has the lyrics printed on it. For whatever it’s worth, a parental advisory stickers comes on the shrink-wrap and is not printed on the jacket itself. One more thing to note is that even though only one variant is supposed to be 180 gram, the gold copy I have is pretty heavy. It’s not flimsy at all and is likely heavier than the standard 120-140 gram weight used with most records.


Peace’d Out is a side project of sorts featuring Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche & The Movielife) on vocals Steve Choi (RX Bandits) on guitar, Roger Camero (No Motiv) on bass and Casey Deitz (The Velvet Teen) on drums. The sound of the band is much, much harder than the type of music most people associate with these guys.  Many would call Peace’d Out a hardcore band, but I usually don’t slap labels on bands.

The band’s first release is this self-titled EP, which came out in late 2012. It’s only being sold on vinyl and digitally, however a CD version of the EP does come with the black variant of the 10″ and only the black version. The EP was pressed on four colors, with most being exclusive to certain retailers or only obtainable by chance after buying a certain color. There were 200 copies pressed on pink, which was exclusive to the band/label (Sound The Siren) webstore. The pink copies were being sold for $3 more than the other color, black, being sold in their store. Pink copies cost $15 while black copies cost only $12. Pink copies are completely sold out and is the other color to sell out as of writing this. There were 500 copies pressed on blue, which is a Hot Topic exclusive. There were 1000 copies pressed on black, which are widely available and is the color every place is selling other than Hot Topic. Lastly there are 100 copies pressed on oxblood red, which are randomly inserted in place of black copies. I’m not 100% sure if the only way to get a chance to get an oxblood red was by ordering from the band/label webstore. One unique thing about this record is the a-side is etched, so the entire EP is pressed onto the b-side.

311 – Come Original b/w Rub A Dub 7″

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Vinyl
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Lately there have been box sets released with a 7″ and a t-shirt. These sets feature some universally popular and completely random bands like the Beatles, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, ben Folds Five, Korn, Incubus, Willie Nelson, Quiet Riot, Poison,  Roy Orbison and 311.  The labels releasing these sets are cashing in on the novelty factor of vinyl now and covering all their bases by releasing stuff from artists spanning all the genres. Most of these sets are exclusively sold through Target, further backing up the novelty factor. However, quite a few make their way to be sold online by various distros and even Amazon.

The quality of the 7″ leaves a lot to be desired. The sleeve used, at least for the 311 set, is very cheap and are similar to the 45 sleeves used for singles released in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Which makes sense for some of the artists featured in this “Threads + Grooves’ series but doesn’t make much sense to use for a band like 311. All the shirts are one size too, an Adult Large, which is used in hopes that it fits as many people as possible. It’s probably done to cut down on production costs as well.

Two random songs, off two different albums, were picked for this set, at least for 311. “Come Original” is off Soundsystem and “Rub A Dub” is off Transistor. No idea how many copies were pressed/made, but it’s easily a couple thousand. As a result you can probably wait to pick this up cheaper than the MSRP of somewhere near $20. I would recommend picking this up whenever you find it being sold marked down online, when a distro is running a sale  or when you have a coupon for Target.

 


I take back what I said about the Yo Gabba Gabba album being the most embarrasing record in my collection. This one is, and will probably never be surpassed. For a long time I was hesitant about even buying this soundtrack because I absolutely hate the movies and can’t stand the pop culture obsession with the movies. But the price was slashed to below half price, which made me cave.

The reason I bought this soundtrack is for The Killers song on it, “A White Demon Love Song,” which can only be found on this soundtrack and was written exclusively for the movie. It’s a new (new at time of release) Killers song and not just one of their songs hand-picked off one of their albums to appear on the soundtrack. The soundtrack also features bands and artists that are not my cup of tea but are very popular like Death Cab For Cutie, Muse, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver, OK Go, Grizzly Bear and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

As mentioned above this record is overpriced. Most places sell it for around $30, I was fortunate enough to spot a place selling to for $10 with free shipping if your order reached a certain amount, which I easily met. The soundtrack, which is pressed as a double LP, actually has variants. One with the first record in the set on green vinyl and the second record on orange vinyl, and black vinyl.Not sure of the pressing info for either variant. The green/orange variant may be exclusive to somewhere, but I dont know where if that is the case. Something worth noting and keeping in mind is that there is a Hot topic exclusive 12″ picture disc single that features only three songs off the soundtrack. So don’t be fooled by this single LP picture disc; it’s not the full soundtrack.

While the packaging details are surprisingly nice, they definitely cheaped out on the only thing that actually matters, the records themselves. They are pretty thin by most standards. The records come housed in a thick gatefold jacket though, with full color printed dust sleeves made of either vinyl (vinyl like used with some thin three-ring binders) or some kind of poly material (like the plastic covers on three-ring binders) instead of paper or card stock. The cover also features gold foil stamping. Also included is a book mark. Easily the strangest thing to ever come with a record, but given that the movies are based on books it’s not too far-fetched.

The Killers – Read My Mind 7″

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Vinyl
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The 7″ for “Read My Mind” is similar to the other singles released from the album Sam’s Town in that it’s individually numbered. Despite the numbering pressing info was never released, at least to my knowledge. Based off my copy and pictures of other copies I have seen, there are at least 3600 copies pressed. Odds are that number can be rounded up to an even 4,000. All copies were pressed on black vinyl and come with a black hype sticker on the coverThe Killers - Read My Mind - Copy


The first 7″ released by White Rabbits features two songs off their debut album Fort Nightly. The a-side has the lead single off the album, “The Plot,” and the b-side has “Kid On my Shoulders.” A bit of irony in the track listing of the 7″ is that on the album “Kid On My Shoulder is track 1 and “The Plot” is track 2.

The 7″ was released by Young Turks and all copies were pressed on black vinyl. The artwork is the same as the for Fort Nightly, only the building is brown instead of white. I am not 100% sure of the pressing info, but it could be as few as 500 copies pressed. White Rabbits - The Plot bw Kid On My Shoulders - Copy