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Vagrant Records snuck in some final releases into their 20th Anniversary pressings towards the tail end of 2017, and boy was one of them a doozy. One of the only outstanding Saves The Day releases to not be released on vinyl was their b-sides album, and Vagrant finally decided to press it as part of their aforementioned 20th Anniversary celebration.

Ups & Downs: Early Recordings And B-Sides was pressed on only one color; 180 gram black limited to 900 copies. An insert is included with the record, which has the liner notes printed on both sides. The liner notes for this album are pretty good, as the band gives a brief but detailed history of each and every song on the album. Along with these descriptions are photos of the band whilst on the road touring as well as shots of them performing live. So ignore what Discogs says about the insert as it’s wrong; there are no lyrics printed anywhere on it. All copies come with two hype stickers; one advertising that this release is part of Vagrant’s 20th Anniversary celebration and another saying the record is on 180 gram vinyl.

The only place to buy this record is via Vagrant’s official web store, which is hosted by Kings Road Merch (KRM). Retail price on it is $20, and because Vagrant and KRM rarely run sales, at least on anything worthwhile, I wouldn’t wait to buy this hoping to get it cheaper. Case in point, I waited almost two years for the Dustin Kensrue covers album to go on sale or for a coupon code to use on it, but KRM never did either. While Ups & Downs: Early Recordings And B-Sides has not sold out in the seven or so months it’s been available, there really is no reason to wait and buy it if you have the money to afford it now.


One of my most anticipated albums last year was Two Tongue’s sophomore album, aptly titled Two Tongues 2. And boy, was it a huge let down. The first Two Tongues album was great. Not only because it combined lead singers from two of my favorite bands (Saves The Day and Say Anything), but the music was inherently good. But the follow up sounds nothing like its predecessor. It sounds more like recent Say Anything albums, and that should give you an indication of how disappointing this album is.

Two Tongues 2 was pressed as a single LP spread across three colors. Yes you read right, three colors. Equal Vision hid the fact that they pressed a third variant because it was intended to be a tour exclusive, and said tour was abruptly canceled with no reason given. In fact, the label really only advertised one variant and never made mention of the 180 gram black either. But people actually knew the 180 gram black exists because it’s available for sale at some places.

So here are the three colors and pressing info (which is exclusive to this blog); split white/black with purple splatter 180g limited to 500 copies, black 180g limited to 500 copies and white 180g limited to 500 copies. The splatter (which is half white/half black base) was a label/band exclusive via Merchnow, and when it sold out Merchnow started selling black copies. Black is likely a mass retail exclusive though, so if you buy this at your local record store or online anywhere you’ll get black. White is the aforementioned tour exclusive. But since the tour fell through Equal Vision is just sitting on these. They did make same available to a random record store out of Michigan, Revival Records, which now goes by the name Alien Cow Records. When I emailed Equal Vision for the pressing info I was told the white was given to Revival Records, but the store changed their name long ago to Alien Cow Records, which I only discovered via a Google search. This indie record store was given a mere five copies of the white variant, and they sold all five copies on eBay for retail price.

An insert is included along with a download card/code.  Retail price on this is around $20. Something to be aware of with this record is that they were likely not shipped properly somewhere along the way; either from the plant or from distributors. As the copy I was sent that I ordered from a distro had a seam split, and both copies I saw at my local record store had seam splits as well, which is why I didn’t buy a copy from my local store. I would say the distro didn’t pack great, which they didn’t, and they’re notorious for shoddy packaging, but considering my record store had copies with seam splits indicates the problem runs higher up the food chain. It also helps when I told the owner of my store about the seam splits, because the store is usually very good about not putting out damaged copies like that on the sales floor, and he told me “That is how they arrived to us. So we’re kinda stuck with them. Nothing else in that shipment came damaged.”

A-F Records released a protest compilation in 2014 called This Concerns Everyone, with 1/3 of the proceeds being donated to the Right To Heal Campaign, which is a joint effort between the Iraq Veterans Against The War, Organization of Women’s Freedom In Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq.

The comp mainly features individual members from various well established bands performing cover songs solo. Chris Conley (Saves The Day), Chris Farren (Fake Problems), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) and Justin Sane (Anti-Flag) just to name a few.

The comp was pressed on four different variants; ultra clear limited to 200 copies, silver limited to 300 copies, white limited to 500 copies and red limited to 1,000 copies. Ultra Clear was a “20 Years Of Hell subscribers early exclusive,” white is a A-F Records exclusive, silver is an Interpunk exclusive and red is available from everywhere else (distros & record stores, but can also be bought from A-F Records’ webstore). As of writing this the only variant sold out is the ultra clear, and that is likely due to it being part of a subscription.

The record comes in a regular jacket and there is no insert included. A download card does come with the record, and it gets you four exclusive download card bonus tracks.

Retail prices on this comp range greatly, with Interpunk charging the most at $19 before shipping., while A-F Records is charging $14 before shipping. Some disros are charging around $18 though, but others seem to be putting this on clearance, and if you shop smartly you can find this for $10 shipped, which is what I did. But I actually had quite the ordeal buying this comp. The distro I initially ordered it from sent me the wrong record, and I had to fight them tooth and nail to get a refund after returning it, they wouldn’t do an exchange for whatever reason. Took over 30 days to get the refund. But it all worked out in the end and I had the last laugh, as I was able to buy the comp elsewhere for cheaper.

Here is the track listing (original artist in parentheses):

  1. Chris Farren (Fake Problems – Establishment Blues (Rodriguez)
  2. Erica Freas (RVIVR) – Tiny Murders
  3. Chris Conley (Saves The Day) – A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
  4. Chris#2 (Anti-Flag) – What Did You Learn In School Today (Pete Seeger)
  5. PJ Bond – Dirty Hands
  6. Anika Pyle (Chumped) – Ugly
  7. Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman) – House Gone Up In Flames
  8. The Homeless Gospel Choir – Some People
  9. Chris Stowe – Other People’s Guns
  10. Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves – Selected Scenes
  11. Roger Harvey – What Are You Fighting For (Phil Ochs)
  12. Shawna Potter and Brooks Harlan (War On Women) – Servilia
  13. Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) – Civil War (Guns N Roses)
  14. Justin Sane (Anti-Flag) – I Ain’t Got No Home (Woody Guthrie)
  15. Thomas From The Burning Land (Strike Anywhere) – The Deep State (Field Recording)
  16. Ryan Harvey – Hope Dies Last

Bonus tracks via download card:

  1. Prophet Motive – Hallowawa
  2. Josh Massie – Life During Wartime (Pinhead Gunpowder)
  3. Spoonboy – Last Of The Asshole (The Max Levine Ensemble)
  4. Pat Thetic – Owe Us A Living (CRASS)

VA - This Concerns Everyone comp - Copy

Saves The Day released two new songs on a 7″ in 2014. It’s the first time the band has released new material in two years. The two songs are as the title of the record implies (in order, one track per side) “The Tide Of Our Times” and “Everlasting Everything.” The b-side is a b-side from the band’s latest album, their self-titled release.

There were 1,000 copies of this 7″ pressed, all on white vinyl. All copies come with a download card. There is a hype sticker on the cover, with the cover art inspired by the cover of their self-titled album. The copy I received from Merchnow had the hype sticker placed wrong, as it was placed upside down along the bottom of the jacket rather than right side up along the top like 99.9% of hype stickers are.

For a 7″ this is also o the pricey side, coming in at $8. That is likely the reason why it didn’t sell well. That and it only features one new song. The 7″ was released in November 2014, and as of writing this still hasn’t sold out. The releases of this 7″ was also timed with a re-press of the self-titled album, which also hasn’t sold out. The first pressing hasn’t even sold out, the re-press was done because of quality issues with the first pressing. Even though this 7″ is far from selling out and going OOP, it’s not stopping morons from trying and failing to flip this on the second hand market, with most asking upwards of $20 for it. Fortunately there have not been any even bigger morons out there who have bought one.

Saves The Day - The Tide Of Our TImes-Everlasting Everything - Copy

In late 2013 Enjoy The Ride Records announced one their releases, which was a joint effort with Fadeaway Records, a not defunct, but dormant label. It was a compilation on a grand scale. It wound up being a triple LP featuring unreleased songs from many popular indie scene bands. Profits from the comp went towards cancer research. Some of the bands on this comp included Brand New, Saves The Day, Motion City Soundtrack, Hot Rod Circuit, Nightmare Of You, Far , Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday and Terrible Things fame, The Honorary Title, Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche fame, Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra fame, Matt Pryor, Reggie And The Full Effect, Head Automatica, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance fame, and Kevin Devine. It was comprised mostly of bands producer and head of Fadeaway Records, Michael Dubin, worked with or had some connection to over the years. The comp was simply entitled Friends.

The record is housed in a triple panel gatefold jacket and comes with an insert to boot. Each copy is also hand numbered out of the variant total, not the total amount of copies pressed. All copies were also pressed on colored vinyl, some sort of splatter was used for the several variants this comp has. There were some, what I feel were shady goings-on with the variants.

There is a “1st press” and a “2nd press” of this record. I use the quotes because they really are one combined pressing. The “1st press” sold out, rather slower than expected, and right on the heels of it selling out, before the “1st press” even shipped, a “2nd” pressing was announced and put up for pre-order. Anyone with common sense would say how can there be a second pressing when the records from the first pressing were not even done and pressed yet.

The nonsense with the variants continued even after all the “pressings” were announced, as the “1st press” had a friends press, limited to 100 copies. When the comp was first announced there was no mention that there would be a friends press, only that the comp would be limited to 500 copies. Since it took so long to sell out the actual 400 copies of the pressing that were available to the public didn’t matter. It continued still with the“2nd pressing, as it had a friends press of sorts, which was called an “extra special variant.” I’m not making that up for giggles, the two labels responsible for this comp actually called it that; “extra special variant.” This “extra special variant” was split into two groups; 50 copies were randomly given out in orders for the “2nd pressing” and 50 copies could only be pre-ordered at the compilations’ record release show. Yes, a compilation album comprised of unreleased songs had a release show, where I should point out none of the bands featured on the comp played.

So the pressing info for this comp is as follows: “1st press” – 400 copies on red/white/black splatter and 100 copies on red/clear/white splatter (friends press). “2nd press” – 500 copies on milky clear/red/blue/yellow splatter and 100 copies on black/blue/white splatter (“extra special variant”). Again, a triple panel gatefold jacket houses the records. An insert is also include.

The biggest issue I have with this comp is the price gouging and downright ripping off of people. The comp cost $40 before shipping, a bit outrageous but since it was a triple LP and came in a nice jacket with an insert it became a bit easier to swallow. My justifiable pricing, a price which I consider acceptable for multi-disc releases is $10 per LP. So in that train of thought this should be closer to $30 than $40. Again, the finer points of the release somewhat justify the price tag. After hearing how much it cost to produce this comp, which was stated publicly by the head of Fadeaway Records on a public message board (and which I took a screen shot of for posterity), each copy cost at most $20 to produce. I understand the business model of doubling your money or don’t bother, but in this case that markup is a bit drastic.

The shipping charges are where I have a major problem; I find them unacceptable. Fadeaway Records charged $9 for shipping, and they wound up shipping it media mail, which as well all known is the cheapest shipping method available for records. The actual cost on my mailer said $3.65; factor in material costs (guy who runs the labels packaged orders himself so no employee costs) and shipping shouldn’t have been more than $6, and that’s being generous.Fadeaway Records justified the price points as, direct quote; “The proceeds are going to charity. Any overages on shipping will be donated to charity.”

I have no problems with charitable donations, but customers, anyone really, shouldn’t be forced to pay more money so someone else can make a bigger donation to charity. If I wanted to donate more of my money to charity I would donate the money directly to the charity of my choosing myself. That decision shouldn’t be made by someone else and it definitely shouldn’t be made by a bias third party.

I Surrender Records has been quiet for quite some time, but in November they released a four-way split featuring lead singers of well-known bands going solo. The split, entitled I Surrender Records Presents Our Voices features Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Chris Conley of Saves The Day and Vinnie Caruana of I Am The Avalanche. The record is single sided, with the b-side featuring an etching of a diamond pattern, which can be found on the cover art. According to the folks at I Surrender, this split will hopefully become a series.

The record was pressed on four different colors, each representing an artist based on the background color from the cover art. There were 500 copies of each color pressed, and they are green, red, blue and grey. Since there are 2000 copies of this split it should be around for quite a while. My local record store has between 10-20 copies of this. No insert is included. One thing of note is that if you buy this record from a brick and mortar store you won’t get a download card/code, only if you buy it online straight from I Surrender Records.

Saves The Day used a Kickstarter  esque crowd funding source (Pledge Music) to help get their new album, Saves The Day, out. They easily reached their goal, actually more than doubling what they set out to raise, which was especially good because some of that additional money went to Occupy Sandy, who help victims of Hurricane Sandy. There were also the typical pledge incentives which included a vinyl copy of the album for $25, test presses of the band’s last album Daybreak for $100 and test presses of the new album for $115. You can see the full list of rewards here and the page for campaign on Pledge Music is still up;

Leading up to the album’s release date people speculated whether or not the Pledge Music campaign would be the only place to get the album on vinyl and if there would be a pledger exclusive variant. None of that panned out to be true, and eventually the album was picked up by Equal Vision and saw a wide release. All the records were pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and come housed in a gatefold jacket with a card stock dust sleeve. The dust sleeve features the track listing on one side and the names of everyone who pledged on the other, with the lyrics printed inside the gatefold jacket.

After the record was released people started complaining about buzzing on their copies. It seemed to be a wide scale problem as I have not seen anyone say their copy is problem free. As is typical with this kind of stuff, some people think the sound quality, or lack thereof, is a major problem while others don’t think it’s the end of the world. People have contacted multiple places (the label, band, Pledge Music) about the sound quality issues but so far not a single person has received a replacement copy. Most people are not even getting responses at all. Eventually the band’s management replied to someone, although this person writes for a major music zine so it’s likely his clout helped get a response. He was basically told “we’re looking into the problem and solutions for people who bought copies.” But so far over a month later nothing has been resolved.