Archive for April, 2016


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Circa Survive/Mewithoutyou split 7″, which to be perfectly honest was the only reason why I participated in RSD this year. Everything else I could’ve easily bought online after RSD for retail price. The split features a new Circa Survive song, “Awake In A Dream,” and an alternate version of a previously released Mewithoutyou song, “Rainbow Signs (Fa So La Version).” The 7″ was pressed on three colors, with a quasi hidden variant mixed in. There are 1,200 copies on clear blue, 1,200 copies on clear orange and 100 copies on orange/blue. The orange/blue is a mix between the two colors, and the final product looks nothing like the mockups released by either Run For Cover Records (RFC) or Sumerian Records.

The mockups were first released by Run For Cover, and they couldn’t be more off from the finished product. They had a small hole and the /100 variant seemed more like a swirled blue/pink than an orange/blue mixture. RFC released their mockup image the same day as the official RSD list, March 8. Almost a month later and a little over 10 days before RSD, Sumerian released their own mockups, which were a drastic departure from RFC’s. Sumerian’s mockups, released on April 5, had a large hole instead of the small hole, and the /100 variant changed to more of a brown with green marble/swirl. The finished product for the /100 variant appears closer to Sumerian’s mockup, but most of the copies I’ve seen are a mustard yellow/pea soup green or straight up brown with hardly any other colors mixed in. All variants of the 7″ came out with a large hole and have a silver RSD exclusive hype sticker on the cover . As usual with all of Circa Survive’s releases, Esao Andrews did the artwork. No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release.

For those wondering, there is no way to tell what variant a copy of this split is prior to purchase. They all come sealed, and there is no discernible difference between the variants; the barcodes are all the same and there is no sticker anywhere indicating color. This inevitably led to people buying multiple copies looking for the /100 variant, which was probably the point the labels had in getting a variant that limited. Not that it would actually increase sales though, simply having a Circa Survive RSD release would ensure it would sell out. I despise these sorts of sales tactics, as it only encourages people to do unsavory things; whether it be by somehow cheating the 1 per person limit on RSD releases and/or turning around and flipping the unwanted extra copies they bought looking for the rarest variant.

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After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Brian Fallon – Georgia 10″. There were 2,000 copies pressed on black vinyl and every copy comes with a white rectangle ‘RSD exclusive’ hype sticker on the cover. Three new songs are on this 10″, some are demos that have made the rounds for a while credited to multiple different artists Brian Fallon has been a part of; either The Gaslight Anthem, Molly And The Zombies or Brian Fallon. The songs are (in order) “Tin Pan Alley,” “Low Love” and “Georgia.” These songs were likely b-sides from Fallon’s debut solo album and recorded during those sessions, but no official word on what these songs were originally meant for. They’re all good songs, but it quite obvious why they were left off Painkillers if in fact they are b-sides form that album.

No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release.

I’ll add this note in here from my experiences on RSD regarding this Brian Fallon 10″. I was astonished at how many copies my store had. I was part of the first group let into the store and they easily had at least 50 copies of it, likely far more. They had at least 20 copies out in the display where employees could grab them for you (my store does it menu style) and another 10 or so copies on a rack anyone could grab for themselves. Plus there were at least two, maybe even three boxes full of them on the floor. Granted my store is in The Gaslight Anthem/Brian Fallon’s home state, but that is a completely ridiculous amount of copies for a single RSD release for one store. To the point where I feel bad for other people around the country because by my store getting in that many copies it meant there was far less supply to get divvied up amongst all the other stores . And for better or worse they sold out of every single copy on RSD, I know this because it was not part of the RSD leftovers they put up online the next morning.

Brian Fallon - Georgia - Copy


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Robotic Empire Nirvana tribute compilation to their debut album Bleach. These Nirvana tribute comps have become a bit of an annual tradition, with Nirvana’s other two studio albums receiving tribute the previous two years; in 2015 for Nevermind and 2014 for In Utero. It’s sad to see them go. For those unfamiliar with these tribute comps, it’s the original album covered front to back by various bands; ranging from Circa Survive to Thursday to These Arms Are Snakes to Cane In to La Dispute to Thou. And the comps usually have clever titles.

The Bleach tribute is entitled Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach. There was a RSD variant pressed on metallic silver vinyl, which came with an exclusive poster. The RSD variant is the only variant to come with a poster. The poster is a huge fold out poster, which is inspired by the comp’s cover art. The other two variants are clear and white. Pressing info has not been released, and don’t expect it to be for a long time if at all. The RSD variant does not come sealed and has a black hype sticker affixed to the poly sleeve that says ‘RSD exclusive.’ But don’t get that hype sticker confused with the official RSD release sticker that s silver. I’m not certain but I think all the variants come with the same black hype sticker, with the exception of the mentioning of “RSD exclusive.”

A download card is included with all copies regardless of variant. The two non-RSD variants are mail-order exclusive and could be purchased directly from Robotic Empire or other distros like Interpunk. I’m not entirely sure if physical record stores got any copies of the non-RSD variants after RSD, but there is a chance. I know some people actually received copies of one of the mail-order variants from their record store on RSD instead of the proper RSD variant. Robotic Empire also sold some copies of the RSD variant in their web store after RSD as well. Price on the RSD variant was around $23 depending on the store, and the price of the mail-order variants are $20. So that poster with the RSD variant essentially cost $3.

Here is the track listing for the comp:

Side A

  1.  Defeater – Blew
  2.  Thou – Floyd the Barber
  3.  Beach Slang – About a Girl
  4.  Basement – School
  5.  Circa Survive – Love Buzz (feat. Jon Simmons of Balance And Composure on 1 verse)
  6.  This Will Destroy You – Paper Cuts

 

Side B

  1. Young Widows – Negative Creep
  2.  Mean Jeans – Scoff
  3.  Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place – Swap Meet
  4.  The Fall of Troy – Mr. Moustache
  5.  Big Hush – Sifting
  6.  Daughters – Big Cheese
  7.  The Saddest Landscape – Downer

After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Gerard Way 7″ entitled Pinkish / Don’t Try. Yes, you read that correctly, there is no b/w in the release’s title even though there should be. The two songs featured on this 7″ are implied by the title. Both songs are b-sides from Hesitant Alien, Gerard Way’s debut solo album released in 2015. There were 5,000 copies pressed on red, pink and purple splatter. The official RSD list simply said “colored vinyl” in regards to the color, but the hype sticker on the cover of the actual 7″ says what the color is.

Each side of this 7″ looks completely different from one another. The a-side has more red and pink in it while the b-side has a white base with pink, purple and red splatter. On top of the aforementioned hype sticker that indicates color and other info about this 7″, there is another hype sticker on the cover as well, the now typical silver ‘RSD exclusive’ sticker.

No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release.


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Stephan Jenkins – Live At Amoeba LP. The color of this record was not announced prior to RSD, and when I opened it up I was surprised to see it on highlighter yellow vinyl. I was fully expecting black. 1,500 copies were pressed, and there are surprisingly no hype stickers on the cover, not even the now standard silver ‘RSD exclusive’ one. If the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers live album was no frills, this Stephan Jenkins live album/EP (doesn’t have an official classification but there are only six songs) is even less. It’s just the record on standard weight vinyl slid into a thin jacket that has a terrible quality photo of Jenkins performing at Amoeba as the cover art. At least the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers record was on 180 gram vinyl and had more creative artwork. The center labels on this Stephan Jenkins LP are even in black and white. Price for this release was around $16 depending on the store.

The songs featured on this release are all acoustic, and they’re not even some of the better Third Eye Blind songs. But more power to Stephan Jenkins for not caving and playing the radio hits like “Semi-Charmed Life” or “Never Let You Go.” Here is the track listing:

Side A

  1. All These Things

2. Shipboard Cook

  1. Exiles

 

Side B

  1. Blade
  2. Slow Motion
  3. Motorcycle Driveby

 

Very little info was published about where and when these song were recorded. There are multiple Amoeba locations and there is nothing printed on the back indicated where or when, and very little info is on the official RSD list or site other than “live at Amoeba on Small Business Saturday.” After doing some research it seems like the songs featured on the RSD 12″ were recorded on November 28, 2015 at Amoeba San Francisco.

No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release. Since there is no download and nobody has ripped the record and posted it anywhere online, there are some videos of his performance on Youtube, only four out of the six songs though, and about half of “All These Things” where some clown in the crowd is singing along too loud and drowning out Stephan Jenkins.

Stephan Jenkins - Live At Amoeba - Copy

 


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers live album entitled Kiss My Amps Live Vol. 2. It seems every year there is either a Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen release(s) for RSD, some years even both. There was a whopping 7,500 copies pressed of this LP, all on 180 gram black vinyl. There is no insert or hand numbering like with the first Kiss My Amps Live RSD release from a few years back. No download code is included either, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release.

This Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers release is about as no frills as you can get, especially by RSD standards as they love to include useless exclusive extras (that only drive up the cost) with many releases to get more people interested and turning out to participate in RSD. But at least this isn’t an unnecessary re-issue with an inflated price tag to capitalize on RSD (I’m looking at you Doghouse with that All-American Rejects Move Along re-press), there are previously unreleased songs on this release. Granted they’re all live version and some are even covers.
Here is the track listing:

Side A

  1. So You Want to Be a Rock N Roll Star (Live Beacon Theatre)
  2.  I’m Not (You’re Steppin Stone)  (Live Beacon Theatre)
  3.  Love is a Long Road (Live Fonda Theatre)
  4.  Two Gunslingers (Live Beacon Theatre)
  5.  When a Kid Goes Bad (Live Fonda Theatre)
  6.  Willin’ (Live Fonda Theatre)

Side B

  1. The Best of Everything (Live Fonda Theatre)
  2. Tweeter and the Monkey Man (Live Beacon Theatre)
  3.  Rebels (Live From Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival)
  4. A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me)  (Live From Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival)

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Kiss My Amps Vol. II - Copy

 


After having the worst Record Store Day (RSD) ever last year, where I missed out on getting the most stuff on my list than ever before, I decided to head over to my store earlier than I ever have. Prior to last year the most I’ve ever missed out on getting from my local store was one thing, whereas I usually get everything on my list with ease after lining up 3 hours max before opening. But last year I missed out on 3, and I wasn’t sure if it was just because the line formed earlier at my store (I was out of state in 2014 and couldn’t see how the line formed) for some reason or simply because Deja Entendu was being re-pressed. It turned out to be the later as I could have gotten on line by 3 a.m. (which is still hours earlier than my norm) instead of midnight and been fine. But I wasn’t going to complain about being eighth in line, my best position to date, as I slept for those 3 hours anyway.

With that out of the way here is the Mudcrutch 7″. For those unfamiliar with the history of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch was the first band formed by what would become the core of the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. The band never released anything other than a lone single before Tom Petty decided to pick up and leave for Los Angeles, taking some members of Mudcrutch with him including Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench. Mudcrutch eventually re-united in 2007 to release their debut album, and they have another album scheduled for release later this year, hence this RSD 7″.

“Trailer” was pressed on black vinyl limited to 5,000 copies. There seem to be some people out there who are confused, or can’t read, as they thought this 7″ was supposed to be on colored vinyl. Claiming the RSD site said colored vinyl, which it never did. The RSD site nor the official release list you could download as a PDF file never stated color vinyl for the Mudcrutch 7″ at any point in time. Retail price on this 7″ was around $9 depending on the store.

This Mudcrutch 7″ was a RSD release that flew under many people’s radar, and didn’t sell out on RSD itself and likely won’t for a long time. The aside featurs the title track, “Trailer” and the b-side  has “Beautiful World.” Both songs will later appear on Mudcrutch’s second album, which is simply titled 2. So if you somehow can’t find this 7″ it’s not the end of the world.

No download code is included, which sadly is a running trend with majority f RSD releases this year. Nothing I bought this year had a download card/code, no matter the label releasing it. The only thing that did was the Nirvana Tribute comp released by Robotic Empire, and that wasn’t an official RSD release. But with this 7″ it’s not as big a deal as is it with some of the other RSD releases I picked up this year considering these songs will later appear on a full length album.

Mudcrutch - Trailer - Copy