Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Green’


Anthony Green is back with yet another solo album. It’s amazing how he is able to do so much. He has a bustling family, with his wife Meredith (who is featured on the cover art of Pixie Queen) just giving birth to the couple’s fourth child. He’s busy with not one but two bands; Circa Survive and Saosin. And that is on top of his solo endeavors. Pixie Queen is Green’s fourth solo album, with all of them being released in the span of eight years. The three year gap between Pixie Queen and his previous solo album, Young Legs seems like an eternity in Green time. I think Pixie Queen is Green’s best solo album since his debut, Avalon. It’s not that Beautiful Things and Young Legs are bad, they’re just not at the same level as Avalon or Pixie Queen.

Pixie Queen was pressed as a single LP on four different variants; black & red a-side / yellow & orange b-side limited to 500 copies, red a-side / orange b-side limited to 3,000 copies, black and red limited to an unconfirmed amount (1,000) and clear with yellow, red and black splatter limited to an unknown amount. Some of the variants are exclusive to certain places as well. The black & red a-side / yellow & orange b-side is Memory Music web store exclusive, the black and red is an indie record store exclusive and the clear with yellow, red and black splatter is a tour exclusive. The red a-side / orange b-side is the variant you will get if you buy it from all retailers other than a brick & mortar indie record store, though it can also be bought via Memory Music’s web store as well.

In the pressing info above I say unconfirmed amount for a very good reason, it’s just that, unconfirmed. That number has been posted on message boards and Discogs without a reliable source. The number being thrown around for the black and red indie record store exclusive was first posted on Bull Moose’s web site and everyone ran with it. Not saying Bull Moose is/was wrong, but they have been given incorrect/inaccurate info before. Same thing goes for the clear splatter tour variant, but the “source” is so shaky I won’t even call it unconfirmed. Someone on the aforementioned message board said the merch guy told him they “got 500 and it’s likely out of 1,000.” Because we all know if there is someone in the know it’s the merch guy/girl. Not even a sign at the merch booth/table saying limited to xxxx; pure word of mouth. But of course that doesn’t stop some fool from posting that info on Discogs.

All the pressing info I post is straight from the source, either from pre-order/item pages for that specific variant/pressing or straight from the label releasing it. So until I hear back from the label or even Anthony Green himself I will refrain from nailing down a number for the red/black and clear splatter variants.

The indie store exclusive red/black seems to be a bit misleading. They appear mostly black, but when held up to light spots of red become visible. Some people say the black & red a-side / yellow & orange b-side has little to no yellow or orange on the b-side. The a-side looks for like a swirl/splatter too when held up to light. The red a-side / orange b-side (which I own and is featured in the photos below) appears mostly red on both sides. The orange is a very subtle difference, but it you look at it long enough/closely enough you can tell the difference. What is pictured below is the red a-side/orange b-side retail variant.

The record comes housed in a gatefold jacket, with the record itself coming in a thin poly dust sleeve. Personally I hate the poly dust sleeves because they crinkle up when trying to slide them back into the jacket. But the poly lined paper dust sleeves are the best dust sleeves available. It’s insanely rare for any record to come with the poly lined paper dust sleeves, you typically have to buy them from specialty suppliers or record stores. All copies come with a download code, taking you to the Bandcamp page where you can choose what kind of digital files (320 kbps MP3, FLAC, etc.) to download.

Retail price on Pixie Queen is around $20. Memory Music charged $18 for each of the two variants they sold, then charged $5.40 for shipping. Since the least rare variant is limited to a couple thousand copies, you can likely wait and pick this up at a discount later on down the road. That is if rarity and/or color are of no importance to you. For example, I bought this for a little over $12.50 shipped.

 

 

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Saosin – Along The Shadow

Posted: November 22, 2016 in Vinyl
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One of the most highly anticipated albums of 2016 was Anthony Green’s return to Saosin for the band’s third album. Along The Shadow is the first Saosin full length album with Anthony Green on vocals. The last time Anthony Green was a member of the band was for the seminal Translating The Name EP. Those hoping this new album would hearken back to the Translating The Name sound were hugely disappointed. I was one of those people, but once you get past those expectations this album is not awful. I’ll be honest, on first listen I thought this album was an utter piece of trash. Along The Shadow is basically a harder, more aggressive Circa Survive than a throwback to the Translating The Name days.

A lot changed with Saosin. Yes, Anthony Green is back but guitarist Justin Shekoski left to join The Used full-time. People don’t give Justin enough credit. Being down a guitarist, going from two down to one, is a big deal. The sound will never be the same no matter what you do in post production.

Along The Shadow has a handful of variants; opaque orange, clear, purple/clear swirl and black. The purple/clear swirl is a $hit Topic exclusive while the orange and clear were Epitaph web store (Kings Road Merch) exclusive. All the variants except for black have a small circle sticker on the cover indicating color of the vinyl. So if you see a copy without a sticker it’s on black vinyl. An interesting note with some of the variant, some of the colors were put up for pre-order, then some disappeared only to reappear ether days later or in entirely different continental web stores. Kings Road Merch has separate North American and European web stores mainly for shipping purposes. Ironically it was actually cheaper to order from the Europe web store if you lived in the U.S..

All copies come in a gatefold jacket with a spot gloss finish. The spot gloss also continues inside the gatefold jacket and back cover, it’s not just on the cover. There is no insert, and there are no lyrics included with this release. The only thing printed inside the gatefold jacket are the credits and more artwork. Along with the sticker indicating vinyl color, there is also a small, silver square hype sticker affixed to the top right corner. A download card is included with all copies for high quality 320 kbps MP3s.

Here is the full pressing info, which is exclusive to this blog and is the first time appearing anywhere. Opaque orange is limited to 1,000 copies, clear is limited to 1,000 copies and purple/clear swirl is limited to 500 copies and black is limited to 2,000 copies. Amazing what can happen with a simple email huh? Before posting this info here the only color to having pressing info released was oddly, the $hit Topic variant. So far, as of posting this, the only variant to sell out is the clear.

There was some miscommunication that didn’t get completely squared away with the $hit Topic exclusive either, so it’s not completely smooth sailing. Their exclusive color was initially stated to be opaque orange by a $hit Topic rep. He was called out for being wrong and then corrected himself to say it was going to be opaque blue, which also turned out to be wrong. This incorrect blue information is even printed on the barcode stickers on all the $hit Topic copies, despite it actually being purple/clear swirl with a sticker on the cover saying as much. The $hit Topic rep that repeatedly said “blue” “blue” “blue” never made a peep about the color once someone posted a photo of the record actually being purple instead of blue.

Retail price on this is $20, but of course $hit Topic has to gouge your wallet further and charge $25 for their exclusive variant. Since it’s been so long after the album’s release you should be able to snag this for well under $20. I got this for $12.63 shipped.


One of the most in demand albums on vinyl has been Circa Survive’s debut Juturna. In 2015, well I should say 2016 because that is when the record actually came out, the album was re-pressed for a fourth time, but this time Equal Vision Records (EVR) decided to commemorate the album’s 10th anniversary with a deluxe edition. Mired in delays, this latest pressing of Juturna finally started shipping in February 2016 when it was originally slated for a – 2015 release. The wait was actually beneficial for me because I was album to use multiple coupon codes (I’ll explain further below) EVR released around the 2015 holiday season.

This latest pressing of Juturna has both a traditional single LP version and a deluxe edition triple LP version. The single LP version is simply a re-press (which I may delve into details about at a later date), while the deluxe edition has all the bonus tracks (minus the stems) that were released with the 10th Anniversary edition of the album. The bonus tracks include demos and b-sides, however the download card yields even more bonus tracks including instrumental versions and all the stems to every song on the album. In all 34 tracks (all featured on the vinyl version of the deluxe edition) plus the stems are on the download card. The hidden bonus track, “House Of Leaves” is included at the end of the final track, “Meet Me In Montauk” after a short silence gap. So there are actually 35 songs on the vinyl version. Rather than list out the track listing I am going to include a photo (at the end of this post) of the back of the jacket, which has the track listing nicely broken down and clearly legible.

The deluxe edition is limited to 2500 copies and was pressed as a triple LP with the first LP on olive/cream splatter, second on orange/cream speckled and the third on pinkish red/clear haze. The mock ups EVR released at the time of the pre-orders are somewhat close to what the actual records came out looking like, but none of them are spot on. They weren’t the hardest colors schemes to pull off, but either way they turned out looking awesome. The olive/cream is more grey than olive and the cream is pure white. There is also black mixed in as well. The orange/cream speckled is actually white with orange splatter and the pinkish red/clear haze is flat out red circle on clear. The f-side is etched with the album artwork. It comes housed in a triple panel gatefold jacket and includes a fold out insert.

The insert is one of the most unique ones I’ve ever seen. It’s essentially a booklet because of the way it opens. The cover of the insert is split down the middle, with each panel opening up to reveal parts of the liner notes. The liner notes are stories told by the band members, the album’s producer Brian McTernan, Bill Scoville (album layout) and the artist responsible for all the band’s artwork Esao Andrews. The liner notes are done like an interview and delve into the history of the band, Juturna’s recording process and the band reflecting back on those times based on their current level of success. Some of Esao Andrew’s artwork concepts are also featured in the liner notes, and he explains his thought process behind each of those designs plus the final version. The back of the insert has the lyrics printed on it.

The tripe panel gatefold jacket features expanded artwork, again done by Esao Andrews. His artwork can be found all over this version of Juturna. One minor complaint about the jacket is that none of the pockets for the records are sealed; they’re all open ended so the records aren’t that secure. Typically on these types of jackets only the middle pocket is left open ended. There is a hype sticker on the cover that says “Juturna: Deluxe en year Edition Triple LP Set.” The sticker goes on to say the colors of the vinyl and details of the download card. The hype stickers are essentially the same across all the variants for this latest pressing of Juturna. They’re all small silver rectangles, the only difference is what is said on them depending on the variant.

So far there has only been one person complaining about sound quality issues, but said person has already blamed it on their set up once he got slammed for his complaints. So take those sound quality issues with a grain of salt. And to be perfectly honest I haven’t listened to this yet. It’s in a long line of records I need to listen to for the first time. But I do plan on going through my entire collection to do sound comparisons between the different pressings of albums I have. I’m doing this to give my advice and opinion on which pressing to buy.

As I mentioned above this record was delayed and those delays benefited me greatly. I tend not to pre-order records anymore because it seems they rarely sell out and I can get them cheaper down the road. My wallet has overpowered my desire to get new records coming in. Of course there are some exceptions to my not ore-ordering disposition based on a handful of factors, and this record was one of them. I fully anticipated the deluxe edition selling out quickly through pre-orders so I bit the bullet and pulled the trigger on pre-ordering it.

Retail on this is $50, but because of the delays, and there were several, I was able to use not one but two different coupon codes. The first one I used was for 15% off, so I canceled by initial order and re-ordered using that code. But since the record was still not slated to come out for another few months another coupon code was released for 20% off, so I canceled my order for a second time and re-ordered. So I went from spending $50, to spending $42.50 to spending $40 on this.

Now to the delays. Pre-orders were launched at the end of July 2015 with a release date in mid November. Then in mid October 2015 Merchnow (distro handling pre-orders for most variants) notified people via email that the vinyl version was delayed due to manufacturing and orders containing the vinyl “will” be shipping approximately late December/early January. But to make amends they sent out the digital downloads to everyone who pre-ordered before the date they sent the actual email. Then at the end of December Merchnow sent emails to everyone who pre-ordered saying it was delayed yet again, this time till the end of January/early February. That was the last delay. This release is the perfect example of why I don’t pre-order things anymore. It was one of the longest pre-orders I’ve ever dealt with, but far from the worst. I’m sure everyone who remembers the MTS nonsense will agree with me. The records finally started shipping in early February 2016.


Record Store Day (RSD) 2015 was my worst yet. Typically I arrive about three hours before my local store opens and I’m usually no more than 20 people back, having no problems getting everything I want. This year, because of the Brand New – Deja Entendu re-press I decided to get to the store even earlier, anticipating a clusterf*ck because of the Deja release. Boy was I wrong in how early I should have gotten there. Even though I lined up five hours before opening, two hours earlier than I usually do, I was the 55th person in line, more than double where I usually am in line. How do I know where I was in line you ask? Simple; my local store is insanely organized when it comes to RSD. They keep all the RSD releases alphabetized and categorized by format (7″, 10″, LP, CD, tape, box set) behind a counter they set up just for RSD, have it set up menu style where you tell them what you want and they get it for you, only let a handful of people in the store (RSD area) at a time and they hand out numbered pieces of paper like a deli in a supermarket based on line order to make sure nobody further back in line gets RSD releases ahead of anyone because they have four or five different employees getting releases.

So to sum up, I got to the store earlier than ever before, was further back in line than ever before for my effort and didn’t get three releases that I wanted. Considering in the six previous RSD’s I’ve attended I only didn’t get one release over that entire span, not getting three in one year is a horrible swing. To be fair though, I bought one of the releases I missed online from Bull Moose. I found out from talking to people in the store and some employees that people started lining up at 5 pm on the day before (Friday) RSD, with the bulk of people getting the Deja RSD exclusive lining up by 11:30 pm the day before. No way will I ever line up that early for anything non-life essential.

One of the few unofficial RSD releases (RSD did a good job cutting back on the releases trying to piggy back) this year was another Nirvana tribute comp released by Robotic Empire. This year the label tackled Nirvana’s Nevermind.

Just like last year, they released a RSD variant and did a regular variant that was put up for sale in their web store a few days after RSD. This year however, there was a legit RSD variant, as the record was pressed on an exclusive color. The 2014 Nirvana Tribute RSD release only had a poster as the difference between the RSD and non-RSD “variants.”

The RSD variant is pressed on clear blue and comes with a fold out poster, and the regular, or “mail-order” variant is on opaque blue. The opaque blue is a darker blue than the clear blue. The clear blue is like a baby blue and the opaque blue is more like a royal blue. Pressing info for either variant has not yet been released.

Another change from last year is that a bonus 7″ was included, which slides into its own pocket inside the LP jacket. The 7″ is stored in the exact was as the 15th Anniversary pressing of Thursday’s Waiting. Which you can view here: The 7″ features two bonus songs that do not appear on the standard studio album of Nevermind. Both songs on the 7″ are performed by Thou, and they are “Endless Nameless” and “Even In His Youth.” The LP features the standard studio album Nevermind in its entirety.

Here is the track listing:

A1. Young Widows – Smells Like Teen Spirit

A2. Torche – In Bloom

A3. KYLESA – Come As You Are

A4. Cave In – Breed

A5. Boris – Lithium

A6. La Dispute – Polly

B1. White Reaper – Territorial Pissings

B2. Circa Survive – Drain You

B3. Touche Amore – Lunge Act

B4. Wrong – Stay Away

B5. Pygmy Lush – On A Plain

B6. Nothing – Something In The Way


In 2014 the first The Sounds Of Animals Fighting releases were pressed. Yes I’m aware of the 7” single released, but that does not really county as a release in this case. In this case I can’t say albums because The Tiger And The Duke is an EP, so release covers both EP’s and albums. Equal Vision Records released The Tiger And The Duke and The Ocean And The Sun on vinyl at the same time, which was nice so people who wanted both could save on shipping.

The version of The Ocean And The Sun has alternate artwork, which apparently upset a lot of people. I will get into those people later on after laying out the details of this release. There are three variants for this record; 300 copies on black 180 gram vinyl, 700 copies on white and 1500 copies on clear, which is a Hot Topic exclusive. The Hot Topic exclusives did not come out till well after the record shipped to people who bought it from Equal Visions, let alone after it went up for pre-order. The Ocean And The Sun comes in a gatefold jacket, which has a spot gloss finish in some parts. The spot gloss is minor in terms of how much it covers on the jacket. It’s only on the on the lines that appear on the front and back. It is next to impossible to capture the spot gloss in a photograph and have it be obvious that the photo is of The Ocean And The Sun jacket, otherwise it could be of any jacket. There is no insert and no download code is included despite the fact this is an Equal Vision release and is not licensed out. A download card/code would have been a nice touch.

The black 180g and white copies each cost $20 before shipping, however, the Hot Topic exclusive clear cost $26 before shipping. The black 180g copies lasted a few days, while the green copies lasted a few weeks. I opted not to pre-order this record because I fully expected Equal Vision/Merchnow to put up more copies after the record was released, which I was spot on with expecting, it just took a lot longer than I expected. In September 2014 Merchnow put up more copies of both colors. So about three months after the records shipped.

Along with offering up the two colors (black 180g and white), Equal Vision also had a test press bundle, which included a test press, obviously, and your choice of color. There was some issues with the test pressings though, as there were more than the advertised 20 copies pressed. Either Equal Vision flat out lied about how many tests they had, or it was simple miscommunication in that they were only selling 20 tests out of however many they had made. With The Ocean And The Sun, some people also didn’t get a complete set. They either got two A/B sides of two C/D sides.

As stated earlier there was also a Hot Topic exclusive color for The Tiger And The Duke (clear /1500). Why there were so many pressed is beyond more, it’s almost double the rest of the pressing. Apparently this is now sold out online (as of writing this), but don’t expect that to be true. Hot Topic is notorious for using every kid of sales/marketing tactics to drive up sales and maximize profit. They limit the flow of product, mark things up ridiculously high and exclude from sales promotions just to name a few. I fully expect there to be more copies put back up online at some point, and since there were so many copies pressed, expect these to wind up on clearance at some point. I was banking on that until I saw more black copies were put back up, which would up being cheaper than what it would be sold for on clearance at $hit Topic.

Now back to the people who were upset with the choice of artwork for this. They were so upset that someone decided to capitalize off them. It started out as making jackets for the test presses, something that is not a new practice, but something I view as a complete waste of money. It then snowballed into making jackets for people who just wanted the original release artwork to go along with their copy of the record. The guy charged $15 for a regular jacket and $20 for a gatefold jacket, the same price if not more than the record (plus a jacket) itself. So quite a few people wound up spending about double on one record, for no reason really. This custom jacket operation then continued to snowball, as the guy began to make jackets for any and all records anyone requested, even stealing artwork from reputable and legitimate artists in the process. There was some backlash towards him for attempting to/considering doing it, rightfully so, and of course with the typical side taking and bickering that always happens on the internet. The person making the jackets, and making a profit doing so, saw nothing wrong with what he was doing, and neither did countless other people. Lots of people defended him and what he was doing, and lots of people complained towards the people pointing out what he was doing was illegal. In the end the guy decided not to steal a legit artists’ art, which was the right decision.


In 2014 the first The Sounds Of Animals Fighting releases were pressed. Yes I’m aware of the 7” single released, but that does not really county as a release in this case. In this case I can’t say albums because The Tiger And The Duke is an EP, so release covers both EP’s and albums. Equal Vision Records released The Tiger And The Duke and The Ocean And The Sun on vinyl at the same time, which was nice so people who wanted both could save on shipping.

The version of The Ocean And The Sun has alternate artwork, which apparently upset a lot of people. I will get into those people later on after laying out the details of this release. There are three variants for this record; 300 copies on black 180 gram vinyl, 700 copies on green and 1800 copies on red, which is a Hot Topic exclusive. The Hot Topic exclusives did not come out till well after the record shipped to people who bought it from Equal Visions, let alone after it went up for pre-order. The Tiger And The Duke comes in a gatefold jacket, which has a passage/story entitled “Charlemagne And Penelope” written by Chris Haynie printed inside.

The black and green copies each cost $15 before shipping, however, the Hot Topic exclusive cost $21 before shipping. The black 180g copies lasted a few days, while the green copies lasted a few weeks. I opted not to pre-order this record because I fully expected Equal Vision/Merchnow to put up more copies after the record was released, which I was spot on with expecting, it just took a lot longer than I expected. In September 2014 Merchnow put up more copies of both colors. So about three months after the records shipped.

Along with offering up the two colors (black 180g and green), Equal Vision also had a test press bundle, which included a test press, obviously, and your choice of color. There was some issues with the test pressings though, as there were more than the advertised 20 copies pressed. Either Equal Vision flat out lied about how many tests they had, or it was simple miscommunication in that they were only selling 20 tests out of however many they had made. With The Ocean And The Sun, some people also didn’t get a complete set. They either got two A/B sides of two C/D sides.

As stated earlier there was also a Hot Topic exclusive color for The Tiger And The Duke (red /1800). Why there were so many pressed is beyond more, it’s almost double the rest of the pressing. Apparently this is now sold out online (as of writing this), but don’t expect that to be true. Hot Topic is notorious for using every kid of sales/marketing tactics to drive up sales and maximize profit. They limit the flow of product, mark things up ridiculously high and exclude from sales promotions just to name a few. I fully expect there to be more copies put back up online at some point, and since there were so many copies pressed, expect these to wind up on clearance at some point. I was banking on that until I saw more black copies were put back up, which would up being cheaper than what it would be sold for on clearance at $hit Topic.

Now back to the people who were upset with the choice of artwork for this. They were so upset that someone decided to capitalize off them. It started out as making jackets for the test presses, something that is not a new practice, but something I view as a complete waste of money. It then snowballed into making jackets for people who just wanted the original release artwork to go along with their copy of the record. The guy charged $15 for a regular jacket and $20 for agatefold jacket, the same price if not more than the record (plus a jacket) itself. So quite a few people wound up spending double if not more on one record, for no reason really. This custom jacket operation then continued to snowball, as the guy began to make jackets for any and all records anyone requested, even stealing artwork from reputable and legitimate artists in the process. There was some backlash towards him for attempting to/considering doing it, rightfully so, and of course with the typical side taking and bickering that always happens on the internet. The person making the jackets, and making a profit doing so, saw nothing wrong with what he was doing, and neither did countless other people. Lots of people defended him and what he was doing, and lots of people complained towards the people pointing out what he was doing was illegal. In the end the guy decided not to steal a legit artists’ art, which was the right decision.


Renowned record producer Will Yip, who has worked with Circa Survive, I Am The Avalanche, La Dispute, Man Overboard, Braid, Polar Bear Club, Anthony Green, Koji, The Starting Line, Keane, Title Fight, The Wonder Years, CKY, Lauryn Hill, Citizen, Balance And Composure, Arctic Monkeys and Touche Amore, released a compilation album to raise funds to buy the studio he works out of; Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA.

The comp was pressed on three different colors; red limited to 500 copies, green limited to 500 copies and black limited to 2000 copies. Copies on black vinyl eventually began to trickle out to indie record stores in the area, which is where I bought my copy.

Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation features unreleased songs that can only be found on this comp. Bands on the comp include, Title Fight, Daylight, Circa Survive, Polar Bear Club, Citizen, Light Years, Sainthood Reps, Koji, None More Black, Tigers Jaw, Turnover, Pity Sex, Man Overboard, Anthony Green and Balance And Composure.