Against Me! released their second live album, 23 Live Sex Acts, in 2015. The triple LP release comes in a tri-fold jacket on a handful of variants. Initially there was some confusion about what the colors would be and where they would be available/exclusive to. There appeared to be an indie store exclusive color, but it turned out to be the same color as the colored variant available from Total Treble Records. My local record store and Total Treble had the album up for pre-order with the description of clear with blue and yellow splatter; a variant that turned out to not exist, at least not exactly. The color that it turned out being was essentially marble sea foam green/mint green/teal. The marbling is hints of blue. I used all three color descriptions because they are all fitting for it and have been used by multiple people to describe it. Judge for yourself based on the photos below. This variant is also 180 gram.
The colored variant cost $5 more than the “standard” black vinyl, $35 instead of $30. If you take out the fact they’re charging for more colored vinyl, a controversial practice, the price for this album, a triple LP, is not bad at all. I usually draw a line with buying a variant if it costs more than another, but in this case I bought this from my local record store after using a $10 reward credit, making the album cost $25 instead of $35. They didn’t carry it on black vinyl, so I couldn’t have picked this up for $20 instead of $25, but I’m content.
There are only three variants for 23 Live Sex Acts; this “splatter” variant that is an indie record store and Total Treble “exclusive,” black and a UK exclusive which is the first LP on blue/second LP on yellow/third LP on white. Pressing info for any of the variants has not been released, and it likely never will be. But that fact doesn’t prevent people from speculating how many copies of the “splatter” were pressed based solely on stock levels available online, even though the “splatter” is also available in physical record stores around the country on top of being sold online. All copies come with a download code.
It’s important to note that there are two different hype stickers for this album depending on the variant. Black vinyl copies come with a white sticker and colored vinyl copies come with a black sticker. Kind of goes against logic not using the black sticker for black vinyl but to each their own. The writing found on each sticker is also different. The colored vinyl stickers (black sticker) reads “COLORED VINYL?! WOW! GREAT! AND IT’S THICK! HOT SH!T! 180 GRAMS! SO BIG!” The black vinyl sticker (white sticker) reads “23 NEW! DEEP CUTS! RECORDED LIVE IN KIEV, INDIANA! FEATURING ALL THE HITS AND MISSES!
The songs featured on the album are collected from various shows on Against Me!’s 2014 tour, as obviously Kiev, Indiana doesn’t exist. With that said there is a big issue with the track listing. Not what song(s) they omitted or included, but what version of a song they decided was ok to put on the album given the fact they recorded multiple shows. The version of “New Wave” they included has close to two minutes of stage banter/an argument with security over someone getting kicked out of the show. And after it the band stops playing the song for good and the track is over on the album. Out of the 3:30 song, we got literally 1 minute of it. What was the point of including this version of “New Wave?” Anyone who has been to a show has heard bands argue with security for various reasons, talk to the sound engineer or lighting guy.