Posts Tagged ‘Manchester Orchestra’


Collecting records can lead you down some strange roads. I never thought I would buy the soundtrack to a movie about a guy stranded on a desert island finding a dead body (played by Harry Potter), befriending it ala Tom Hanks with Wilson in Cast Away, and riding it around like a jet ski that is propelled by farts. But here we are, with that record added to my collection and you reading about it.

The soundtrack to the film Swiss Army Man was composed by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra fame. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) even contributes vocals to some songs. It was released by Iam8bit in conjunction with A24 under license from Lakeshore Records. This is the first Iam8bit release I own, and I have to say I’m impressed. Iam8bit is a niche label that specializes in video game products and has a bit of a cult following like Mondo, Waxwork or Spacelab9.  And following in line with those labels, they overcharge for their releases. This single LP cost $28 before shipping directly from Iam8bit. I was able to buy this from Amoeba for $25 with free shipping, plus I was able to use their monthly 15% off coupon to get it for a little over $21. I always found it ridiculous that some labels charge more than physical record stores and other distros.

The soundtrack may or may not have gone through a second pressing. I know for a fact that the label was sold out of the soundtrack for a brief period, then it was suddenly available for purchase again. Which indicates they had to press more copies. The pressing info has never been released, and as of posting this Iam8bit has never responded to my efforts to find out the pressing info. What I do know is that at the very least, all copies of the first pressing (if there are multiple pressings) were pressed on “ocean” colored 180 gram vinyl. The “ocean” color is simply opaque blue with white marble, which I included a photo of.

Another indication that there may be a second pressing is that Iam8bit’s website used to have “ocean” blue copies for sale, but now they just list it as 180 gram vinyl with no color given. Also, keep in mind mock ups aren’t final and do change, the original mock up Iam8bit released had the color listed as translucent “ocean” colored vinyl. But I doubt they changed the color from translucent to opaque for a re-pressing. For what it’s worth, the hype sticker on my copy (pictured below) simply says 180 gram vinyl; no color is mentioned. I’m still waiting for a response back from the label about this.

All copies also come housed in a gatefold jacket with a printed dust sleeve and an insert of sorts. This insert is comprised of cut out/punch out paper doll characters and props that are meant to be used on the diorama, with the diorama being what I’m assuming is the inside of the gatefold jacket. The artwork was done by Mark Englert. No download card/code is included with physical copies, but if you order directly from Iam8bit they will email you a download code. Ridiculous that a label charging $28 for a single LP can’t pay for download cards.

Regarding the price of this record, some people have foolishly paid over $50 for it on the secondary market. Don’t be one of those idiots. As aforementioned, the label is selling these for $28 plus $5 shipping. Save yourself money.

 


At this point most of Manchester Orchestra’s discography has been pressed on vinyl. Now that the You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs A Good Editor EP has been pressed there are only a handful of outstanding releases yet to get the vinyl treatment. Many people have wanted this EP, along with the other Manchester Orchestra EPs not pressed on vinyl to see the light of day on the format, and the band finally listened to fans’ wishes in late 2016.

The vinyl release of You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs A Good Editor came out of left field. Some discussion popped up on message boards based around rumors the band was selling copies of the EP on vinyl on tour, but without an official announcement most people brushed it off as simply rumors. A few days later the band made an official announcement with on sale info and the pressing info. No pre-orders, the record shipped right away.

You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs A Good Editor was pressed as a 12″ on white vinyl limited to 1500 copies. All copies come with an etched b-side of one of the Queens found on the album cover. So obviously this is a single sided record. An insert is included as well, but no download card. It’s a bummer no download card is included considering this was originally a self released EP and the band released it on vinyl on their own label; Favorite Gentlemen.

An interesting note about this record, The band put up a placeholder in their web store, which is hosted by Big Cartel. On that placeholder they had a price of $20. But on the day the record went up for sale they lowered the price to $15. A nice move on their part, especially considering the only shipping option they offer cost $7.50. I’m putting up screen shots of the $20 price tag and $15 price tag to prove this, mainly because I’m starting to get a lot of comments on this blog from people attempting to call me out on things they think are bullshit. For the record (no pun intended) I take screen shots of almost everything when a record I intend to buy goes up for pre-order/order for the sake of posting as much information on this blog as possible. This record is the perfect example of why I do this. People have left comments showing their appreciation for my efforts at being as detailed as possible, which don’t go unnoticed and are appreciated. But I’m sure someone out there will feel the need to leave a comment on this post attempting to poke a hole in my logic.

If you’re familiar with Big Cartel you know their cart system allows people to hoard the entire stock of any item in their carts, making it impossible for anyone to buy that particular item(s). It happens all the time with records, regardless of rarity, which can lead to major headaches trying to buy the record. The inevitable happened with this record. Fortunately I placed an order before the trolls arrived, so I didn’t have to deal with any of the nonsense. But right after I checked out I went back to check the stock just to see how fast this EP was selling and lo and behold, someone had all the copies in their cart.


Usually Daytrotter Sessions are rarely released on vinyl, let alone on any physical format, and when they are its Daytrotter themselves releasing them as on overpriced 12″. Bad Books’ 2013 Daytrotter Session was released on vinyl in 2016 by the band themselves on their own label, Favorite Gentlemen. Yes, I’m aware Kevin Devine is in Bad Books, but I say their own label because its owned and operated by Andy Hull.

Initially the record was only available on Andy Hull and Kevin Devine’s solo co-headlining tour in early 2016. But after the tour concluded leftover copies were put up for sale online. The price was a bit high (including shipping) for a single LP, just under $20, but after you take into account what you’re getting it’s a bit easier to swallow. It’s a single-sided 12″ with a screen print of the cover art on the b-side. The cover art by the way features Nick Day, engineer for a lot of Andy Hull’s projects over the years.

There were 1,000 copies pressed, all on black vinyl with the same screen printing on the b-side. There are no different colors for the screen printing or different images, like some labels have done with various releases over the year to create variants. A download card is included as well as a double sided insert. The insert is pretty pointless however, as it’s just cartoon head shots of all the band members with coffee rings and stains strewn about both sides. The insert is so thin you can see through it, the images on the opposite side are easily visible.

Since Manchester Orchestra’s official web store is hosted by Big Cartel, people were being asshats and holding the entire stock of this 12″ in their carts so nobody could buy it. This immature nonsense went on for close to two hours before copies were finally freed up. I bought a copy nobody within the first minute the record went live, but it was slow going due to traffic volume. I wanted to check and see approximately how many copies were put up for sale online, but I couldn’t because of people holding the entire stock in their cart. Don’t worry, I’m never one of those people who bogarts items so nobody else can buy it, I simply add more copies than the entire pressing is out off to see how many copies are left or were available, then immediately clear my cart.

I bought this within the first couple minutes of it going live (something I rarely do for any release these days) expecting it to sell out pretty quick. But turns out I didn’t have to, because as of posting this there are 49 copies left for sale. Surprising considering it’s been over a month since this record was made available, and typically anything Manchester Orchestra and/or Kevin Devine related sells very strongly and quickly.

 

 


Manchester Orchestra appeared on yet another soundtrack in 2014, this one of for the Disney/Relativity Media film Earth To Echo. I knew nothing about the movie prior to purchasing the soundtrack, and didn’t even know the movie existed either. After doing some quick research the movie appears to be a blatant rip-off of the classic ET.

The song Manchester Orchestra lends to the soundtrack is “Opposite Sides,” which is a b-side off the band’s fourth studio album, Cope. This is the first time the song has appeared on a 12″ LP record, but not the first appearance of the song on vinyl, as it was included on one of the 7″ records included with the deluxe edition box set of Cope.

The Earth To Echo soundtrack was released by Music On Vinyl, which is a Dutch based label who specialize in soundtracks and re-presses of rare/expensive OOP albums. Since the soundtrack would be an import in The States, the price is going to be higher than it would be otherwise. There were 1,000 copies pressed on light blue 180 gram vinyl, with every copy being individually numbered in gold foil stamping on the back of the jacket in the lower left corner. All copies also come in a resealable protective poly sleeve with a gold Music On Vinyl sticker affixed to the top right corner that denotes what the album/record is.


To accompany Hope, Manchester Orchestra released a 7″ that would be included free with anyone purchase of the album at select indie record stores in the USA. The 7″ is entitled The AltNation Sessions and features two songs, one on each side. All copies were pressed on black vinyl, and pressing info will likely never be released since the 7″ is a promo.

The songs featured are “Top Notch” on the A-side and “Bananas” on the B-side. “Bananas” is an exclusive b-side only found on this 7″. The songs were recorded for satellite radio (Sirius) station/show Alt Nation way back in 2011.

Manchester Orchestra - The AltNation Sessions - Copy

Manchester Orchestra – Hope

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Vinyl
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A companion piece to Cope, Hope is a stripped down acoustic version released by Manchester Orchestra on vinyl in November 2014. I don’t know how many copies were pressed, but all copies were pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. All copies come with a huge foldout poster for an insert, which has the full lyrics printed on one side and artwork on the opposite side. All copie also come with a download card.

The vinyl version of Hope saw some delays and was not available at the time of the album’s initial street date. As an added bonus, if you bought the album from select indie record stores you received a free bonus 7″. I’ve written about that 7″, which can be found here: https://stitchesandgrooves.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/manchester-orchestra-the-altnation-sessions-7/


No Sleep Records released a book of all things. Guess it fits with all the other random crap they slap their logo on and try to sell. At least the book somewhat fits with music, as it’s a photobook from Ryan Russell, who shoots a ton of bands at shows and does some other photography work in the music world. He’s also responsible for the Nervous Energies Sessions as well. But the book is a travel log of sorts with random photos documenting his trip across the country, no live shots of bands and it’s not really music related at all. The book, entitled Continental Obscura: From Birmingham To Bellingham also comes with an exclusive split 7” featuring Manchester Orchestra and Minus The Bear (two of my favorite bands).

The 7” has one exclusive song, the Manchester Orchestra song “Sure Shot.” The Minus The Bear song, “Surf-n-Turf” has been released before, on another 7”, the UK single for “Steel And Blood.” A download code is included with the 7”, and it’s important to mention you also get a pdf file of the Ryan Russell photobook too if you order from No Sleep. The 7” comes in a half fold glossy paper sleeve, which has one of the photos from the book printed on the inside (one is also used for the cover).

The book is limited to 1,000 total copes for the first edition. No Sleep made hints that there would be multiple editions of the book as they mentioned the first edition is almost OOP, which implies there would be another run made. Obviously since the 7” accompanies the book there are 1,000 copies of that as well, which is split amongst three color variants, with some being exclusive to certain outlets. First there is the regular variant (available everywhere) limited to 800 copies on sonic blue/white haze. Next is “Beastmode Blue,” which is exclusive to Minus The Bear. The “Beastmode” portion of the color name comes from the nick name of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, as Minus The Bear are big Seahawk fans being from the Seattle area. Lastly there are 100 copies on white, which is a Manchester Orchestra exclusive.

The two band exclusive variants have yet to materialize anywhere. They were supposed to be sold on tour with each of the bands, but so far nothing yet. Ryan Russell stated that Manchester Orchestra had copies of the book with them on the latest spring tour supporting their album Cope, but people in attendance said the band did not have copies of the book with them.

This book/7” set is on the pricey side, with the cheapest retailer (No Sleep’s webstore) selling it for $35 before shipping. I was smart and bought the book during one of No Sleep sales and got it for under $30 shipped. The entire package comes shrink-wrapped together, with the 7” along the back of the book. The book is 176 pages long, but sadly it’s not that good. It’s not really anything special, there was nothing that impressed me about it. To be perfectly honest I bought it just for the 7”, which I’m sure is the reason for a good chunk of the sales of this book. I’m not including photos of the book because frankly it’s took much work; the book is 176 pages long. Plus copyright issues will come into play too.