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Asian Man Records has done a label subscription the past couple years, where subscribers get every release Asian Man puts out for that calendar year. Also included with the subscription are things like slipmats, t-shirts and sometimes exclusive releases. 2013 had an exclusive release; a vinyl compilation entitled Asian Man Music For Asian Man People.

The comp has Asian Man artists covering other Asian Man artists. I sought out the comp for the Dan Andriano song, in which he covers “Lincoln,” a Mu330 song. Other artists on the comp include Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bomb The Music Industry!, Cheap Girls, Sundials and Mikey Erg. Some of the bands covered include Alkaline Trio, Smoking Popes, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Slow Gherkin.

There was a total of 530 copies pressed, all on random colors with some marbling. The colors range from purple to pink to tan/brown, but most came out pink or purple it seems. Each copy is individually hand numbered in black ink, done with a ball point pen it seems. The numbering is done on the back of the jacket, which is a half fold screen printed sleeve. I bought this second hand off ebay so I’m not sure if a download card/code was ever included. The copy I bought did not have one.

To be honest I had no idea this comp existed, even though I’m a huge Alkaline Trio and Dan Andriano fan and collector. I only found out about it after Asian Man released the second volume in the Asian Man Music For Asian Man People series came out in late 2016. Calling it a series may be a bit premature, as there are only two releases to date with a huge three year gat in-between them, and there may or may not be more planned/coming out. Not like I would’ve subscribed to get this comp, but I might have been able to find a copy a lot sooner than I did. But in the end it didn’t take me long from the time I discovered this comp to the point when I bought a copy. It only took me a month or two without scouring the internet.

Since it was a subscription exclusive release from last year, the only way to get a hold of a copy was on the secondary market. And copies were few and far between. Discogs had copies going for an average of – and before the copy I eventually wound up buying on ebay popped up only – were ever sold/listed on ebay. I bought this comp for $20 shipped. Would I have liked to pick it up for less? Sure, who wouldn’t? But considering the scarcity of the comp coming up for sale and the price being fair based on previous sales, I felt comfortable buying it.

The Falcon’s second full length album, Gather Up The Chaps, was released in 2016 by Red Scare Industries. In an odd move, Red Scare didn’t sell any copies of the record themselves, instead opting to give them to distribution and have the band sell copies on tour. Initially the only place to buy the album on vinyl online was Interpunk, but then other distros started carrying the record, which is when I bought a copy. Interpunk’s prices and shipping charges are ridiculous, let alone their business ethics, which are terrible. Within the last year Interpunk started flipping records in a dedicated section of their webstore, holding copies of their regular stock items to sell for hugely inflated prices later on. Even going as far as selling records that were intended to be free promo items given to people who bought a copy of an album. Which is why everyone should think twice about buying anything from Interpunk. But I digress.

Gather Up The Chaps is the band’s first album as a four piece, as Dave Haus joined as a full fledged member of the band. It doesn’t change their sound much, if at all. The rest of the band remained the same; Dan Andriano, Brendan Kelly and Neil Hennessey. The record was pressed on two variants; pink and black. Pink is a tour exclusive and is limited to an unknown amount of copies, but it is apparently “limited.” The pink on the record is darker than you’d expect, and it really stands out compared to the center labels, which are hot pink. Even though the pink was supposed to be a tour exclusive, after the band’s tour was completed after playing a festival in Europe in May, pink copies were given to German distro Green Hell. To have a pink copy to the USA cost about $28 after shipping and conversion. Interpunk was also apparently given pink copies as well that they were supposed to give out in random orders. Can’t wait to seem being flipped by them! Black is available everywhere else, and pressing info for it has not been released.

All copies come with an insert, which has the lyrics printed on it. There is no download card included, which is a bummer. Retail price on this is around $16. The band ws selling pink copies on tour for $15. I remember hearing people brag about buying this for $17 shipped and then other people bragging about $15. Well, I bought this for $11. And I didn’t have to pre-order it.

Another zine (New Noise Magazine) started a subscription series, and the first release in the series was from The Falcon. The issue of the magazine The Falcon flexi was included with was Issue 23. The flexi disc subscription was not truly subscription exclusive, as the zine put up leftover copies of The Falcon issues for sale individually for $5 (including shipping). The Falcon flexi is white and features the song “Hasselhoff Cheeseburger,” which later appeared on the band’s second full length album, Gather Up The Chaps.

Some people were upset that the flexi was made available outside of the subscription, and rightfully so. If I subscribed to anything in order to get something and later found out I didn’t have to subscribe and spend more money than I had to in order to get said item, I would be angry too. But that is why I didn’t subscribe to the magazine, especially after my experiences with The Gaslight Anthem fan club and from my observations of how these types of things wind up. Inevitably there are problems, whether they be with delays, being scammed out of money one way or another or not having to partake in the subscription to get the so called exclusive items.

To be honest I just planned on waiting to buy one of these Falcon flexis on the secondary market, at a price I deemed worthy all things considered. There was no way I was subscribing and getting a bunch of flexis and magazines I had no interest in and would struggle to unload either through selling or trading. It was my due diligence through a google search looking for a copy of this flexi that I found that New Noise Magazine was selling copies of the magazine guaranteed to come with The Falcon flexi outside of the subscription for $5 shipped. The magazine itself wasn’t that important to me, but if I could get it with the flexi for that cheap I see it as a bonus.

I’ve never heard of New Noise Magazine prior to this flexi series. I flipped through issue 23 after I got it in the mail and it’s kind of a poor man’s Alternative Press. If you remember AMP Magazine, New Noise is basically that but in color, and a lot shorter. New Noise is 70% ads with the other 30% actual content. The feature interviews are terribly short. The Falcon’s cover story was only a two-page spread.

I know some people received damaged copies of the flexi; where they were all torn up, cut or wrinkled up. Damage to the point the flexi was unplayable as the grooves were mangled. New Noise Magazine made good by them by sending replacement copies free of charge. The damage was attributed to the flexi not being inserted into the magazine. New Noise Magazine has since told the printer that the flexis needed to be inserted into the magazine prior to being packaged (magazine comes sealed in a plastic bag) with hopes that will correct the problem. I have included a photo of how I received my copy of the magazine prior to opening it up, with the flexi outside the magazine placed outside the back cover. Fortunately my copy of the flexi didn’t come damaged, but upon close inspection I can see the beginning of similar damage people who received destroyed copies described. It also doesn’t help that New Noise Magazine ships individual issues inside a manila envelope without any cardboard or other support/protection.






Dan Andriano released his latest solo album under the Dan Andriano In The Emergency moniker in July 2015, and it’s his best work (solo) to date. Party Adjacent is his second solo full length, and it was pressed on three different colors, all limited to 1,000 copies each. Asian Man Records released the U.S pressing and opted to press it on 180 gram black, white and purple. All copies come with a download code and a fold out insert.

To go along with the U.S. pressing there is also a UK pressing that was released by Xtra Mile Recordings. The UK pressing is on yellow vinyl, but no pressing info has been released for it. However, the UK pressing comes shrink-wrapped with a hype sticker on the cover where as the U.S. pressing does not (for either).

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Red Scare Industries released a comp featuring many of the bands they’ve worked with over the years, including The Falcon, The Lillingtons, Masked Intruder, The Copyrights, Cobra Skulls, Brendan Kelly & The Wandering Birds and Teenage Bottlerocket. Many of the songs are unreleased and are exclusive to this comp (at time of release), which is entitled Red Scare Industries: 10 Years Of Your Dumb Bullshit. I’m not sure if all the songs are unreleased or exclusive to this comp, one song I know for sure is The Falcon’s song, “We Are The Bald,” which is what I bought the comp for, to keep my The Falcon/Alkaline Trio/Dan Andriano collection complete.

Pressing info has not been released, and next to no info has been released in reality. Red Scare can be either great with that sort of thing or terrible. But to my knowledge all copies are pressed on black vinyl, which is very thin. It ranks up there with the thinnest records I own. A full color, double-sided insert is included, but there is no download code included. Prices on this can be a bit high all things considered, especially after shipping. Red Scare charges $6 shipping, which is ridiculous. I remember I was going to buy it during their holiday sale, but even after the discount it was close too close to $20 after shipping. I bought this from a distro and it cost me $12 shipped. It’s ludicrous that a distro can charge a lower price for a record than directly from the label releasing it.

This is a charity comp with all profits going to the Tony Sly Memorial Fund. A charity album is one of the few times when it’s acceptable for a label to go the cheap as possible route when pressing a record, but Fat Wreck Chords opted to put out a top notch release that includes a gatefold jacket, fold out poster, sticker and colored vinyl (even though clear is technically not a color). The comp has no variants and will be kept in print to meet demand, which again, is great fior a charity album. There should be no one complaining that the record is not rare.

Bands on the comp include over 30 songs from huge bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Pennywise, Yellowcard, Simple Plan, NOFX, Rise Against and Bad Religion. Every band on the album contributes a cover of No Use For A Name  (Tony Sly’s band) song or one of Tony Sly solo songs. One of the bands I was surprised not to see on this comp was the Foo Fighters, since Chris Shiflett played in No Use For A Name before joining Foo Fighters. Chris Shiflett should have contributed something, either with Foo Fighters or with his solo/side project Chris Shiflett And The Dead Peasants.

There was a long delay with the deluxe box sets of Alkaline Trio’s latest album My Shame Is True and accompanying b-sides EP Broken Wing, which is why this entry is being posted over two months after the album’s release. The delays with the box sets seemed to be for a few different reasons, first being quality control. Apparently the screen printed box sets did not meet the standards Epitaph laid out, as the ink was not evenly applied. Epitaph/Kings Road Merch sent out a pic via email to illustrate the problems with the box sets. This was made apparent about one month before the album’s release date, which is much better than finding out why your order hasn’t shipped well after it was supposed to. The second delay was a customs issue, as apparently the wooden boxes were made outside the U.S., something no one was aware of. The deluxe box sets finally started shipping out in the final days of May.

The deluxe box sets came with a whole bunch of extra goodies on top of the album and EP on exclusive colored vinyl; a t-shirt, 46″x46″ flag featuring the band’s heartskull logo, a heartskull embroidered patch and an “Alkaline Trio spirit board game” aka a Ouija board with a solid wood heartskull game piece. The shirt and flag come sealed in plastic bags; the flag with a resealable flap bag and the shirt is vacuumed sealed in a bag. The deluxe box sets were limited to 500 copies/pieces and sold out in less than 24 hours. My Shame Is True came on dark green vinyl and the Broken Wing EP came on tan vinyl, both only available in the deluxe box set bundle and limited to 500 copies. The dark green vinyl actually come out a light green marble and the tan vinyl come out much darker than tan and could be considered straight up brown. My Shame Is True also comes with a CD copy of the album.

The wooden box sets are most likely made out of pine and are not stained. The covers/lids are screen printed in black ink and open from the top. The lid opens all the way and folds flat. It does not remain vertically open. If you can’t understand what I’m talking about the pics below will demonstrate what I mean by “opening all the way and folds flat.” The inside of the box is felt lined. The aforementioned  delay from quality control issues with the screen printing on the box sets seems to be fixed for the most part but is still evident on my copy. While not nearly as bad as the pic sent out via email by Kings Road Merch, my copy still has some ink issues, albeit minor ones. Another issue is that the records barely fit inside the wooden box.  They have to be forced slightly into the box, and if you are successful getting to fit inside there are next to impossible to get out. You have to turn the box upside down and bang on it a few times to get the record out. I was only able to get the album in the box and could not get the EP in the box as the jacket is slightly larger. It doesn’t matter if the box is empty or has all the extra goodies inside, the records still won’t fit without a struggle. I was told by Kings Road Merch the box was designed to have the records fit inside.

The full pressing info for My Shame Is True is as follows: 500 copies on dark green (only available in the deluxe box set bundles through Kings Road Merch), 1,000 copies on pink (only available online) and an unknown amount on black vinyl. The full pressing info for the Broken Wing EP is as follows: 500 copies on tan (only available in the deluxe box set bundles through Kings Road Merch) and 1500 copies on blue. I’m not sure if copies of the EP will be made available anywhere other than Epitaph’s web store hosted by Kings Road Merch, whether in brick and mortar stores or through other online distros. The EP is also the only limited pressing, as it appears it will not ke kept in print on black vinyl. however there are some error pressing of the Broken Wing EP, as an undetermined amount of copies were pressed on pink vinyl and sealed in pink copies of the My Shame Is True LP. I do not know how many copies of the Broken Wing EP are on pink vinyl as Epitaph and Kings Road Merch have not addressed it.

There were also some problems with pink copies of My Shame Is True, as people complained about a film residue on the record and various issues with sound quality and skipping. People said their copies had tons of background noise, with some calling it the noisiest record they own. Not everyone had these issues though. Kings Road Merch apparently sent out replacement copies to those who emailed them at not additional cost and without having to send back the claimed defective copies. i have not seen issues with the green copies of the album nor the tan copies of the EP, and have not heard complaints about anything other than the pink copies of the album.