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Tom Petty And The Heartbreaker’s latest album, Hypnotic Eye, received a standard and deluxe edition. There are many difference between the two, with some being minor and others being major.

I picked up the standard version from Amazon for $11 and free shipping after making a qualifying order with a total over xx amount (the regular edition normally retails for around $20. It’s pressed as a single LP on standard weight black vinyl and as you’d expect is the studio album. The standard version comes housed in a gatefold jacket and includes a download card for high quality MP3’s. One thing to note if you want to easily tell the difference between the standard and deluxe edition without actually holding them in your hands, the standard version has a red sticker on the cover and the deluxe edition has a green sticker. The stickers are similar in size and wording, save for a few key words.

The deluxe edition is pressed as a double LP on 180 gram black vinyl. As stated earlier the cost is extortionate, coming in at $52 before shipping from Tom Petty’s website, the only place to order it. Since the album is on the shorter side, the double LP deluxe edition only utilizes three of the four sides, so one of the unique draws of the deluxe edition is an etched d-side. The etching is inspired by the album artwork and title, wait for it… a hypnotic eye! Along with the etching, the biggest draw with the deluxe edition is an exclusive bonus track/b-side, which can only be found on this version of the album. This bonus track is “Playing Dumb.” The deluxe edition also comes with a download code for high quality MP3’s, including the bonus track. An important note about the bonus track is that its mixed in before the final track on the standard album, so it comes as track 11 and not 12. So on the deluxe edition has “Playing Dumb” as track 11 and “Shadow People” as track 12. On the regular edition and standard audio album “Shadow People” is the track 11.

Some other minor differences between the two versions is that the fold out insert for the deluxe edition obviously has an extra track listed on it. On top of that extra track though, the song titles are in different colors on the deluxe edition insert compared to the regular edition, as purple and black are mixed in with the only two colors found on the regular edition, red and green. The jackets between the two versions are also different. While both being gatefolds, the jacket with the deluxe edition is much thicker and more heavy-duty compared to its regular edition counterpart.

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Against Me! – Unconditional Love 7″

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Vinyl
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The only vinyl single to be released off of Against Me’s latest album features an exclusive, previously unreleased b-side entitled “500 Years.” The single, “Unconditional Love,” was pressed as a 7” picture disc, which is a first for Against Me. Of all the 7”s and singles they have released over the years, none have been a picture disc. In fact, the band has only released one picture disc during their career, which is a variant of the forever in print Reinventing Axl Rose.

I do not know how many copies were pressed as Total Treble has not gotten back to me as of writing this. Some fans were disappointed with the single selection for this 7”, as they feel it’s the worst song on the album, which I agree with, but those complaints should be nullified by the fact that the b-side is a true b-side. “500 Years” is an acoustic song, and a good one at that. In fact, it’s a much better song than the single “Unconditional Love.”

The 7” comes in a picture disc sleeve with a sticker on the cover. I have seen the sticker affixed wrong on the sleeve, as it’s placed in random spots it seems. I’ve seen it near the opening, upside down by the opening, on the opposite side of the opening (my copy), upside down and on the wrong side of the opening, etc.


Daytrotter keeps churning out overpriced vinyl releases of their sessions, whether it’s trying to con people into subscribing to their service or gouging people who choose to not subscribe. Fake Problems did a Daytrotter Session which saw a vinyl release, which was a split with Cursive. Officially this is a Cursive/Fake Problems split, but I don’t collect or even listen to Cursive, to I count this towards my Fake Problems collection so I lead in with them.

I do not know how many copies were pressed. But in typical Daytrotter fashion this was only pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. This comes in a jacket that has a cardboard/chipboard color and feel inside, while some later Daytrotter release comes with a white backing inside with a slightly glossy finish, which is what most single pocket jackets are like.

Here is the track listing:

Side A (Cursive)

  1. Love Cats
  2. The Casualty
  3. Modern Love
  4. What Have I Done?

 

Side B (Fake Problems)

  1. Complaint Department
  2. Songs For Teenagers
  3. Ghost To Coast
  4. RSVP
  5. I Love To Boogie

 

Since Daytrotter overcharges for this, there is finally an alternative option to buy the Daytrotter vinyl releases, Wolfgang’s Vault (wolfgangsvault.com). But they also overcharge a bit, but not nearly as much as Daytrotter themselves. They often run sales, which equate to pretty much half off all Daytrotter releases. Wolfgang’s Vault overcharges; overcharge is putting it mildly, they rape your wallet on shipping charges, charging $9.50 for shipping per order. That shipping rate is flat rate per order though, at least for order containing only vinyl, so if you order multiple records it works out more in your favor, which is what I did. To add further insult to injury, kicking you while you’re down, rubbing dirt in your face or any other saying you can conjure up, the shipping is for USPS media mail, even though Wolfgang’s Vault misleads you into thinking they are shipping your order via UPS.

For everyone ordering stuff from Wolfgang’s Vault and runs into this shipping BS, I advise calling up your credit card company/bank and trying to get some money back in regards to the blatant shipping overcharge. I went this route after emailing Wolfgang’s Vault complaining about the shipping charges and the fact they purposely mislead you with UPS tracking/shipping notice and getting nothing but utter disdain and contempt. I would’ve been happy if my order actually shipped UPS for $9.50, but it didn’t. It went media mail, which we all know is the cheapest method to ship records, with an actual cost for my order of $3.17. Tack on the mailing supply cost (especially considering they don’t use any cardboard inserts or bubble wrap) and whatever they pay employees to pack order and there is still no way it would cost anywhere close to $9.50

Now I’m not greedy and didn’t expect a full refund, only partial due to the blatant rip off after directly contacting Wolfgang’s Vault (to no avail). But my credit card company, after listening to my case and looking at all the evidence I sent in, refunded my entire order price in full, and I was told they would investigate further into Wolfgang’s Vault for fraud. How much of that investigation story would actually be true, who knows. All I care about was I didn’t get ripped off and stuck it to the man, sort of.

 

 


Daytrotter keeps churning out overpriced vinyl releases of their sessions, whether it’s trying to con people into subscribing to their service or gouging people who choose to not subscribe. Fake Problems did a Daytrotter Session which saw a vinyl release, which was a split with Cursive. Officially this is a Cursive/Fake Problems split, but I don’t collect or even listen to Cursive, to I count this towards my Fake Problems collection so I lead in with them.

I do not know how many copies were pressed. But in typical Daytrotter fashion this was only pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. This comes in a jacket that has a cardboard/chipboard color and feel inside, while some later Daytrotter release comes with a white backing inside with a slightly glossy finish, which is what most single pocket jackets are like.

Here is the track listing:

Side A (Say Anything/Max Bemis)

  1. Burn A Miracle
  2. Belt
  3. Say Anything
  4. Walk Through Hell

 

Side B (Matt Pryor)

  1. Polish The Broken Glass
  2. Dear Lover
  3. Hover Near Flame
  4. If I Wear A Disguise.

 

Since Daytrotter overcharges for this, there is finally an alternative option to buy the Daytrotter vinyl releases, Wolfgang’s Vault (wolfgangsvault.com). But they also overcharge a bit, but not nearly as much as Daytrotter themselves. They often run sales, which equate to pretty much half off all Daytrotter releases. Wolfgang’s Vault overcharges; overcharge is putting it mildly, they rape your wallet on shipping charges, charging $9.50 for shipping per order. That shipping rate is flat rate per order though, at least for orders containing only vinyl, so if you order multiple records it works out more in your favor, which is what I did. To add further insult to injury, kicking you while you’re down, rubbing dirt in your face or any other saying you can conjure up, the shipping is for USPS media mail, even though Wolfgang’s Vault misleads you into thinking they are shipping your order via UPS.

For everyone ordering stuff from Wolfgang’s Vault and runs into this shipping BS, I advise calling up your credit card company/bank and trying to get some money back in regards to the blatant shipping overcharge. I went this route after emailing Wolfgang’s Vault complaining about the shipping charges and the fact they purposely mislead you with UPS tracking/shipping notice and getting nothing but utter disdain and contempt. I would’ve been happy if my order actually shipped UPS for $9.50, but it didn’t. It went media mail, which we all know is the cheapest method to ship records, with an actual cost for my order of $3.17. Tack on the mailing supply cost (especially considering they don’t use any cardboard inserts or bubble wrap) and whatever they pay employees to pack order and there is still no way it would cost anywhere close to $9.50

Now I’m not greedy and didn’t expect a full refund, only partial due to the blatant rip off after directly contacting Wolfgang’s Vault (to no avail). But my credit card company, after listening to my case and looking at all the evidence I sent in, refunded my entire order price in full, and I was told they would investigate further into Wolfgang’s Vault for fraud. How much of that investigation story would actually be true, who knows. All I care about was I didn’t get ripped off and stuck it to the man, sort of.


For the 10th anniversary of their album, The Resignation, RX Bandits went on tour where they played the entire album start to finish (plus an encore of some of their other songs). The band offered up a VIP ticket bundle, which included an exclusive 7” flexi disc comprised of three cover songs. The track listing for the flexi is a cover of The Police’s “Can’t Stand Losing You,” Weezer’s “Surf Wax America” and Blonde Redhead’s “Falling Man.” The flexi is red and is limited to 600 copies. Each copy of the flexi is numbered /600, but it is not individually numbered.

The VIP ticket, which cost $40, was limited to 30 per show, and along with the exclusive flexi it also included a meet and greet with the band, a private show (which took place prior to the public performance), CD copy of the Covers EP and exclusive tour poster. The CD version features all the songs found on the flexi plus two more songs; Fugazi’s “Cashout” and King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.” Those two song are exclusive to the CD version, which was also a tour exclusive. One interesting note is that despite practically identical track listings, the CD and flexi’s titles are different. The CD’s title is Covers EP while the flexi’s title is V.I.P.E.P.

Prices for this vary, and since not many copies have popped up on  the secondary market it’s tough to gauge an average. I have seen copies go for as low as $15 (what I bought it for) on up to $71. Considering the fact there were no tour dates near me, and the cost of a ticket had I been able to go to a show, I am very happy to score this flexi for what I did and think I got a great deal all things considered.RX Bandits - Covers - Copy

V/A – Godzilla The Album

Posted: October 30, 2014 in Vinyl
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This is one of the few soundtracks released on vinyl that Foo Fighters appear on. The soundtrack to the 1998 Godzilla movie starring Mathew Broderick is entitled Godzilla The Album, and was pressed as a double LP on neon green vinyl. It was released in the Netherlands on Epic Records. Even though this was a Dutch release, most copies up for sale on the secondary market are being sold from Japan. No word on how many copies were pressed, but this soundtrack is long OOP and goes for an average of $30. All copies come in a gatefold jacket, which is very thin, and the jacket has a hype sticker affixed to the cover.

Along with featuring an exclusive, brand new (at the time of release) Foo Fighters song entitled “A320,”, this soundtrack also features songs by Green Day, Silverchair, Wallflowers, Rage Against The Machine, Fuel and Ben Folds Five. But most people will remember this soundtrack for the horrendous and down right offensive (at least in my mind) sample of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” Puff Daddy used on his song “Come With Me.”

The main reason I wanted this comp was for the Foo Fighters and Green Day songs, as they are both exclusive to this comp, and even if they weren’t I would need this record to complete those collections. As mentioned above the Foo Fighters song is “A320” and the Green Day song is a remix version of “Brain Stew,” which is appropriately titled “Brain Stew (Godzilla Remix).”


To coincide with their co-headlining tour, Taking Back Sunday and The Used released a split 10” featuring two songs from each band. Taking Back Sunday has two previously released b-sides on this, “Flicker, Fade” and “How I Met Your Mother” from the album Happiness Is. Both of those TBS songs were released on the Flicker, Fade 7” that was released alongside Happiness Is. Since I’m not a fan of The Used I don’t know any info about their songs on this 10”

There seems to be some confusion about the pressing info for this record. Copies are being sold on the bands’ tour, but it’s not a true tour exclusive variant, even though it is being billed as such, as hundreds of copies were sold online. This “tour exclusive” variant is half black/half blue. Hopeless Records’ webstore was selling copies of it, 300 to be exact. Because of that 300 number being advertised, people are falsely believing this half black/half blue is limited to 300 copies. Think about it people, there has to be far more than 300 copies of that variant if copies are also being sold on tour. There are 500 copies of the half black/half blue pressed, which is straight from my contact at Hopeless Records.

On top of the half black/half blue copies, there are also 500 copies on black vinyl. Again, pressing info is straight from Hopeless Records. Black vinyl is the standard, widely available variant for this split 10”. Regardless of which variant you get, the b-side features an etching of both band’s current logo. For Taking Back Sunday it is the panther they have been using lately and for The Used it is their heart logo. The 10” comes in a picture disc sleeve with a sticker on the back of the sleeve, which is odd.