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Weezer – The White Album

Posted: June 30, 2016 in Vinyl
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Weezer haven’t slowed down at all. They continue to churn out albums well into their 22nd year as a band. Their latest album, The White Album, is their 10th overall and continues their tradition of color coded self-titled albums. It’s the band’s first album in two years, and it’s another step in the right direction. It’s no Pinkerton or Blue Album, but it’s better than Hurley and Raditiude.

In an unusual move, there are actually variants for The White Album. Typically Weezer doesn’t have variants for their albums, and on top of that they’re usually all pressed on black vinyl, not even color vinyl for the most part. Yes there are exceptions, but when you dig deeper into them there are outlying circumstances. Hurley had variants, but that was released by Epitaph, who usually do variants for their releases. The Red Album and Pinkerton were re-pressed on color vinyl, but they were either re-issues in the case of The Red Album or in the case of Pinkerton, what amounts to a licensed re-press by yet another subscription service startup company trying to cash in on the vinyl trend and hipsters. And yes, The Green Album was pressed on green vinyl, but I think everyone can agree with that move. I’m sure The Blue Album will be re-pressed on blue vinyl at some point to further milk the vinyl trend.

The variants for The White Album are a bit complicated, but fairly straight forward to understand. The complications come in with how you are able to obtain certain variants. When the album was first put up for pre-order, it was announced that the first 400 orders would receive a limited tri-color variant. Every order after the first 400 would receive a copy of the album on white vinyl as long as supplies last. White vinyl supplies were limited 4,000 copies, so order 401 up to 4,000 would receive white vinyl. There is also a black variant as well, which will be available after white copies sell out.

Now with that said, the tri-color may not be limited to 400 copies. In fact, it’s likely not because the band sold copies of it at their album release show in New York City. How many copies were sold at that show is unknown. The same goes for white vinyl, it may not be limited to 4,000 copies. Pressing info has not been officially released for any variant. All that is known for sure is that there are at least 400 copies of the tri-color and at least 4,000 copies on white. The only variant to sell out so far is the tri-color.

As of posting this, white vinyl is still available from Weezer’s web store, which is the only place you can buy the white variant. Black vinyl is available everywhere other than Weezer’s web store at the moment. It’s likely the band will be selling copies of The White Album on tour with them this summer (2016), and it’s not known what color they will have. Could be white, could be black.

The tri-color is blue, green and white. Each color is opaque and takes up a third of the record in a triangle pattern. The blue is a hue between royal blue and sky blue and the green is between a kelly and mint green.

All copies of the record come with a download card for high quality 320 kbps MP3s. The record comes in a printed dust sleeve inside a single pocket jacket. There is a white hype sticker on the jacket. On top of the printed dust sleeve, which has the liner notes printed on it, an insert is also included, which has the lyrics on it.

Because of the somewhat limited nature of the tri-color, they were flipper gold. Many copies wound up on ebay and discogs, fetching upwards of $100. The lowest it sold for was $88. People were buying copies of the tri-color at the release show and immediately listing it on ebay while still at the venue. Completely ridiculous.

I had no interest in playing the games with this release. Not the fast finger contest of the tri-color variant, or trying to get tri-color at any point in time, nor ordering it from the Weezer store. First, I’m not going to order something without the guarantee of getting what I intended to order. Yes, the people handling Weezer’s web store did inform people of the cut off order number for the tri-color and offered to refund anyone who wanted to cancel their order. But that was unknown at the time of pre-ordering early enough to secure a tri-color. And even if I did want to roll the dice, the price Weezer’s store was charging made the decision even easier.

Weezer’s store is charging $20 for this album before shipping, then tack on another $11 and change for the cheapest shipping option, and there is no way I’m spending over $30 for a record I can get for literally half that price later on. In fact I did get it for well less than half Weezer’s price. I bought this for $13 shipped.

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Weezer – Death To False Metal

Posted: June 30, 2016 in Vinyl
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In 2014 SRCvinyl (Sh!t Radio Cast’s “label”) released Weezer’s b-side album Death To False Metal. I bought this in 2016 for $12 from my local record store on Record Store Day. When this record first came out SRC charged $25 for it. They have since lowered the price to the must buy price of $23!

$RC is advertising this as “limited” but I highly doubt that, especially since they have not released pressing info for this record in the over two years since it has been released. Don’t even bother trying to contact them asking about pressing info because they don’t even respond to people who foolishly gave them money for records they don’t even have in stock but claim they do. Since pressing info has never been released, and likely never will, it’s impossible to say how many copies there are, but since all copies are hand numbered, we can get a rough idea of how many copies there are. What I can tell you is that there were at least 1,435 copies pressed based on photos of the highest numbered copy I’ve seen. If you want to guesstimate from there, it might be safe to say there are at least 1,500 copies considering that is a nice round number to order from the plant.

Speaking of that numbering, it’s done on one of $RC’s infamous silver hype stickers that they affix to the outer poly sleeves of all their releases since they don’t seal any of them. Only this hype sticker says “srcvinyl LIMITED EDITION” instead of “SRC HIFI.” Along with that silver hype sticker with the numbering, which is placed on the back of the jacket/poly sleeve, there is also a black rectangle hype sticker on the front. All copies come on 180 gram black vinyl.

More details about the vinyl release of Death To False Metal; it comes in a gatefold jacket with a fold out insert. The insert has the lyrics printed on the inside panels and inside the gatefold jacket the full album art is printed. The artwork for Death To False Metal has been very well received, and is a huge departure from most Weezer albums, who are notorious for not only simple, minimalistic artwork , but using a group shot on most of their albums. The cover art fro Death To False Metal was done by Robert Pitt.

The vinyl version of Death To False Metal includes the previously iTunes exclusive bonus track “Mykel & Carli,” which is tacked on to the end of the album as the final track on side B. The entire album is comprised of songs throughout Weezer’s career (up until Hurley) It even has a song that Rivers Cuomo wrote as part of a Youtube interactive series, which took suggestions from fans/commenters.

 


In 2016 Moneen’s Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now? was finally pressed on vinyl by Dine Alone Records. The album was pressed as a double LP on two variants; red w/ black (red base w/ a black circle/blob in the middle of the record) limited to 300 copies and black 180 gram limited to 600 copies. The color variant was exclusive to bundles offered up by Dine Alone; either a Moneen bundle or a bundle that was part of the label’s 10th Anniversary celebration that included Moneen releases (this album plus the Moneen/Alexisonfire Switcheroo Split) and Alexisonfire releases. The black 180 gram was only available outside of the bundles, and could be purchased separately.

To say the least, this release had nothing but problems. First off, there was not even a release date set when pre-orders went up, not even an expected release date with the standard this may change disclaimer. On top of that glaring red flag, there were multiple delays (shocking, I know), and it took almost one year after the pre-order launched for the records to actually start shipping. Pre-orders launched in May 2015 and the records didn’t start shipping until March 2016. Delays were initially for bad test pressings, so the label apparently switched to a different plant, so the project started over at the very beginning. After that is was just production delays because they ran into the Record Store Day crush, on top of plants already having months long back logs because it seems like everything gets released on vinyl these days; even Sponge Bob and covers of cartoon theme songs.

When this record finally start shipping, people started receiving the wrong variant. But this mistake was actually in the favor of those who received the wrong variant, as they received the more limited bundle exclusive variant on color vinyl. On the other hand though, this mistake could screw people who paid for the bundle and might not receive the correct variant. Many people were rightfully upset over this, considering the long wait for this record, they now might not get what they ordered. The label’s explanation was that a box of color vinyl was mistakenly labeled as black. Since all copies come sealed, this is a reasonable excuse. This release is a perfect example of why I rarely pre-order anything anymore.

All copies of Are We Really Happy… come in a gatefold jacket and have a fold out insert that has the lyrics printed on the inner panels. No download is included, likely because this album was initially released by Smallman/Vagrant Records. When I received my copy the records felt rather light, and they flexed tremendously. They didn’t feel like 180 gram records, so I actually weighed them on my scale (I rarely do this, only to see how far off from 180 gram some releases are when they’re suppose to be 18 gram), and the first LP is 148 grams and the second is 138. So my copy is on standard weight vinyl. I don’t know of anyone else who has this issue, but I doubt I’m the only one out there. So I can’t say it’s false advertising on Dine Alone’s part because it doesn’t seem like a widespread problem with the entire pressing. It’s not the end of the world, I am only upset because of how much I paid for this record all things considered after having it shipped from Canada.

Regarding the price, Dine Alone’s store is in Canadian Dollars, so the exchange rate is in your favor if you’re ordering from the U.S.. But even so, shipping is where the difference is made up, because it roughly $18 Canadian depending on where you live. The record itself costs $25 Canadian.

BR/DGES – Love And Hate 7″

Posted: June 29, 2016 in Vinyl
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BR/DGES is the solo project from Moneen front man Kenny Bridges. This 7″, entitled Love And Hate, is his debut release and features two brand new songs. They’re not re-worked Moneen songs or songs meant to be Moneen songs. The a-side track is “What Are You Waiting For?” and the b-side track is “Save The Best.” Both songs are acoustic and if you like Moneen it’s worth checking out this 7″ by at least buying a digital download.

The 7″ was only pressed on one color; opaque yellow limited to 300 copies. But with that said, there were also some test presses that were part of the Dine Alone Records 10 Year Anniversary bundles which came autographed by Kenny on the center label. Not sure how many of those copies were pressed. Some people who pre-ordered the 7″ (regardless of the stand alone 7″ or bundle) received a personalized note from Kenny as well, which was also autographed.

The 7″ was released by Dine Alone Records out of Canada, and if you wanted to buy this and have it shipped to the USA you’d be paying a lot for shipping. However, the conversion rate helps you a lot because Dine Alone’s prices are in Canadian Dollars. A download card is included with all copies.

BR-DGES - Love And Hate - Copy