Posts Tagged ‘Brian Fallon’

Brian Fallon’s debut solo album, Painkillers, is exactly what you’d expect if you have been following his career to this point. A perfect blend of The Gaslight Anthem and The Horrible Crowes. Some people are disappointed with Painkillers, but I have no idea what those people were expecting.

Painkillers essentially has two separate pressings. You could call it variants, but I would go as far as saying separate pressings. But technically, they are part of the first pressing. There is an LP pressing and a 7″ box set pressing, both of which are featured here. Both versions were put up for pre-order at the same time, with the box set getting a much later release date than the standard LP version. The 7″ box set was slate for May or June, and for once a record was released in the early portion of an estimate. The LP was released around the album’s release date of March 9, there were not any delays with it. However, with that said, there may have been a problem with the pressing that caused the distributor or label to pull it. It completely disappeared from many stores and couldn’t be ordered online anywhere for about 2 months. Of course if you looked hard enough you could find it online, but places like Amazon, Interpunk, other online distros and my local record store had it out of stock.

I haven’t heard any complaints about the pressing and there aren’t any glaring errors with it like the wrong music being pressed on the LP (yes, that does happen) or horrible typos anywhere. I asked my local store whether they would get in more copies, fearing the record may have actually gone OOP, and was told it was on hold in their system. Hold essentially meaning un-orderable but the title will be made available again at some point in the future.

The LP version is pressed on black vinyl and features the standard album. It comes with a download card (for WAV files, so be prepared for about a 500 MB file) and an insert. The insert has the lyrics printed on it, which go onto both sides and is divided up by side. The liner notes are printed on the side with the Side B’s lyrics. Pressing info was, and likely never will, be released. Expect there to be thousands of these out there and if it ever does go OOP for it only to be briefly as it will probably be re-pressed to stay in print for the foreseeable future. Given this distributor pull, the record did not get a second pressing during this time. Everything matches up between copies from before the pull and after; the barcode, matrix, etc.

The 7″ box set version comes with seven 7″ records, slid into a slip case box. There are two album tracks per record, with the last record in the set containing the two box set exclusive bonus tracks. These bonus tracks are “The Blues, Mary” and “Digging In The Dirt.” The box set version does not come with a download card, and you don’t get the bonus tracks via the download emailed either, so getting MP3s of the exclusive bonus tracks will be tough. It’s a pretty lame move on Island Records’ part, as you’re already spending $65 on the box set the least they could do is include a download card containing the exclusive bonus tracks. If you order the box set directly from Brian Fallon’s web store you will be sent a download code for the studio album only.

Each 7″ in the box set has unique cover art. They don’t come all come in a jacket with the same artwork, plain sleeves or stock label sleeves. It’s a nice touch, a similar one done with The Gaslight Anthem singles collection 7″ box set, The Killers Hot Fuss 7″ box set (although they all had a similar running theme) and the Taking Back Sunday Happiness Is 7″ box set. The center labels are also color coded to match the colors on the respective jacket. I don’t know how many copies 7″ box set were pressed on, but they’re all on black vinyl.

The 7″ box set is available from a multitude of places. You can buy several options from the official Brian Fallon store ; just the box set for $55 plus shipping, the box set with an autographed poster (same artwork as the booklet cover) for $65 or the box set with the autographed poster and t-shirt (same image as poster) for $85. Island Records’ web store is also selling the box set (without any of the extra goodies) for $55 before shipping. Many indie records stores are also carrying the box set, but they all seem to be charging $65 for it. So the whole sale price of the box set is obviously $55 and stores are marking it up $10. I bought the box set from Amoeba during one of their monthly 15% off sales, so I got it for cheaper than I would have had I bought it from either of the official online stores.


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

Even though The Horrible Crowes had only played one show prior to this live album being recorded, it was someone’s brilliant idea for the band to release a live album. Now in no way does that mean this live album is terrible, it’s just not the most logical thing to do. The album was recorded at, as the title suggests, the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Continuing the not enough to make due theme going on here, since The Horrible Crowes have only released one studio album to date, this live album is that sole album played front to back with the exception of two cover songs mixed in.

The record was pressed as a double LP and comes packaged with a DVD of the performance. So not only was the band’s second show recorded for audio but video as well. The show also aired on some TV networks well before this live album was announced. A download card is included as well. The album comes in a gatefold jacket with no inserts. There are three variants for this record, with two being for a U.S. pressing and the third being an European exclusive. There were 500 copies pressed on blue/black swirl that was/is only available in various bundles through Side One Dummy, 1000 copies on black and 1000 copies on orange, which is the Euro exclusive.

The aforementioned bundles started out as expensive ones that included everything (CD, vinyl, shirt, print) but since I already bought a bundle from the band’s last release that included a shirt and print I have no need for more of those. I wasn’t going to spend more money just to get the rarest variant. Apparently I’m not alone as the bundle exclusive color is still available.

This is a split featuring a band, Lanemeyer, that out of  its ashes spawned a fairly popular band and arguably a huge star in today’s scene. Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem fame was at one point, albeit briefly, in Lanemeyer. And some members of the band also went on to form A Day At The Fair, who had a brief stint on Drive Thru Records/Rushmore Records. The other band on this split, Emanuel Nice, went on to change their name to Emanuel, who some people may recognize after their brief flirtation with popularity back in the early and mid 2000’s.

There were 500 copies of this splitpressed, I believe all on red vinyl. It was released by ? Records.

I was under the assumption that The Horrible Crowes’ 2012 Record Store Day release would be called “Live At Fingerprints,” but when I picked it up at my store i was surprised to find it simply titled “Record Store Day 7″.” The artwork was also far different from what was initially released, as rather than a cartoonish drawing of Brian Fallon and Ian Perkins with crows heads, it’s a candid photograph of Fallon and Perkins.

As implied by the original titled, the songs were recorded live at Fingerprints, a record store in Long Beach, CA. There were 1,000 copies pressed, a Fingerprints exclusive on blood red limited to 300 copies and black limited 700 copies, which was made available to all other stores. I’m not a big fan of the regional or certain store exclusive colors. While it is a special thing for the store the songs were record in, it penalizes variant collectors who don’t happen to live anywhere near southern California. It also further perpetuates flipping. The blood red and black colors continues the theme going with Horrible Crowes vinyl releases, as all of their releases have been pressed on blood red or black vinyl.

The Horrible Crowes’ latest and second overall 7″ is not officially released until February 21, 2012, but Side One Dummy started shipping out copies the week before the release date in order for them to reach everyone on the release date. The 7″ features an a cover of the INXS song “Never Tear Us Apart” on the b-side, which I believe is exclusive to this 7″ and was unreleased up to this point.

The 7″ has a U.S. pressing and a UK pressing. The U.S. pressing was pressed on three colors; blood red limited to 300 copies, clear yellow limited to 300 copies and black limited to 400 copies. Red copies were exclusive to Side One Dummy, yellow copies were exclusive to Shit Radio Cast and black copies were widely available as they were distributed everywhere. The colored copies for the U.S. pressing sold out during the pre-order phase. The record for the U.S. pressing comes in a printed dust sleeve rather than a regular paper dust sleeve. The UK pressing is apparently done on the same colors as the U.S. pressing, but were pressed at a plant in Europe. Pressing info for the UK pressing has not been released yet to my knowledge. I believe Banquet Records is the exclusive retailer for the UK pressing.

Initially it was advertised the b-side for this 7″ would be a cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” but that turned out not to be the case. Side One Dummy apologized for the mixup and stated that the Katy Perry cover would be featured on a future The Horrible Crowes release.

This 7″ was only available through a deluxe package deal pre-order for The Horrible Crowes debut full length Elsie through Side One Dummy Records. There were only 330 copies pressed, I believe all on blood red vinyl, the same as the Elsie LP. Since the color of this 7″ was never announced or made known, I am not sure if there are other colors out there, especially since my blog is one of the first, if not the first place to post photos of the record. I am not sure if there is an official title for this 7″ either. Also included in the deluxe package was a t-shirt and a screen-printed poster, both which turn out features the album artwork for this 7″.

If you are familiar with the Circa Survive b-sides 7″, this Horrible Crowes 7″ features the same packaging. This 7″ also features an exclusive track on b-side, “Joey,” which is a Concrete Blonde cover. Each copy of the record is individually numbered, which is printed underneath the flap on the bottom half of the jacket, and only becomes visible when the envelope type packaging is. opened.