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Just when I thought the embarrassing additions to my collection were done with; bam… more Yo Gabba Gabba records. Enjoy The Ride Records (ETR) had a hand in these. The guy behind ETR started another “label” called Enjoy The Toons, which seems to deal only in soundtracks of various degrees.

Because this Yo Gabba Gabba! Hey! record is part of ETR’s stable, it’s severely overpriced; $23 for a single LP in a regular single pocket jacket with a gimmicky “insert” in the form of a sticker sheet on lightweight vinyl. And because this is an ETR associated release, there is a vast amount of variants. There are six variants for this, and all of them are exclusive to some place or another.

ETR has three exclusive variants for this record, and there are three other exclusives out there spread out amongst three different retailers. The ETR web store exclusives are “Yo Gabba Gabba! Logo FunSplosion” limited to 100 copies, “Foofa themed” limited to 150 copies and “Muno themed” limited to 200 copies.  The “Yo Gabba Gabba! Logo FunSplosion,” which is featured in the photos below, is yellow/orange swirl with blue and pink splatter. The “Foofa themed” variant is pink with white circles and the “Muno themed” variant is clear red with solid red splatter. The “Muno” variant also has an exclusive b-side center label, which is Muno’s cyclopes eye. The pink in the “Foofa” variant is baby pink, and the white circles appear around the center label, as if they’re coming out from the label. These “circles” are also more like brush strokes than circles.

The other, non-ETR exclusives are a “Brobee” split limited to 250 copies, which is exclusive to Turntable Lab. “Brobee” split is half clear dark green and half solid mint green, which is split vertically right down the middle. Next up is a solid red/milky clear split limited to 500 copies, which is a Books-A-Million (BAM!) exclusive. This BAM! exclusive cost $35 before shipping, which is completely absurd considering all the other variants are already overpriced at $23 before shipping. If that $35 price tag was not high enough for you, the last variant cost $40 before shipping. And considering this variant is a UK exclusive of sorts, expect shipping to be expensive. This variant is a Zavvi exclusive, which is a UK based retailer, and it’s on “Toodee Blue.” Limite to 500 copies. “Toodee Blue” is a color in color, with the most likely color(s) being blue of some sort.

All copies of Yo Gabba Gabba! Hey! come with a “repealable” (that is how ETR spells “repealable” on his official web store, “repealable” is not actually a word) sticker sheet, consisting of 12 different stickers that range in size. You get a sticker of each of the four characters from the show, along with speaker cabinets and microphones, and  even a sign for the crowd. The stickers are meant to be used to re-create a scene with the characters playing live on stage, which is the cover art for this record. Which brings me to the next facet of these Yo Gabba Gabba records.

If you bought both Yo Gabba Gabba! releases (Yo Gabba Gabba! Hey! and Yo Gabba Gabba! Fantastic Voyages) from the ETR web store in the same order, you received an exclusive fold out insert. This fold out insert has four different scenes/backgrounds from the show, which you can also use the “repealable” stickers with. Regarding those “repealable” stickers, I don’t think they are actually “repealable.” I tried pealing one off the sticker sheet, and it felt just like a regular sticker with a very tacky back. And if I were to actually use them, it would be rather difficult to get the stickers back on their appropriate space on the sticker sheet, let alone getting them off whatever I stuck them to.

The track listing on this comp is pretty extensive, and features some great bands/artists. Because most of the songs are kept to two minutes or less, way more tracks than you ever thought could fit on a single LP are crammed onto this comp. There are 19 songs in total, 10 on the a-side and nine on the b-side. I bought this for the Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance songs. Here is the track listing:

Side A
1. Yo Gabba Gabba! Theme
2. Weezer – All My Friends Are Insects
3. Jimmy Eat World – Beautiful Day With My Best Friend
4. Taking Back Sunday – We All Love Our Pets
5. My Chemical Romance – Every Snowflake Is Different
6. Rocket From The Crypt – He’s A Chef
7. Mariachi El Bronx – Friends Can Make You Smile
8. The Aquabats – Pool Party
9. Gogo13 ft. Alex Desert – Pick It Up
10. DJ Lance Rock – DJ Lance Says

Side B
1. Metric – Everybody Has A Talent
2. Hot Hot Heat – Time To Go Outdoors

3. Devo – Watch Us Work It
4. Money Mark – Robo Dancing
5. The Apples In Stereo – That’s My Family
6. George Clinton ft. Madame Mims – Atomic Frog
7. Weird Al Yankovic – Circus Parade
8. Yo Gabba Gabba! featuring Jack Black – Goodbye Song
9. Biz Markie – Biz’s Beat Of The Day #1




After much hype Taking Back Sunday finally released their self-titled album in mid 2017. First it was rumors a few years ago that never panned out, then it suddenly became confirmed and was talked about for a few months without a pre-order or release date, and finally in late March 2017 the record was finally released. Lastly, there is the even longer talked about band exclusive colors that have yet to be released as of posting this.

You see, when the pre-orders first went live in early February, people asked the band on social media where their pre-order was or if an official pre-order would be happening. The band responded by saying they will have exclusive colors of Taking Back Sunday along with the Louder Now re-press available “soon.” That infamous “soon” phrasing turned into a release date of summer 2017. Several months after the March release date. So with that in mind, I am considering the colored variant a second pressing, since there is no way they were pressed at the same time as the initial copies on black vinyl. For those curious, the color for s/t is supposed to be on green vinyl based on the mock up the band released.

Pressing info has not been released for the first pressing on black vinyl, and it likely never will be because s/t was a major label release. All copies come with an insert, which has the lyrics printed on one side with the liner notes on the reverse side. No download card/code is included, which is inexcusable these days. This wasn’t a licensed release; it was the original rights holders putting it out, but the major label was too cheap and greedy to include a digital download for it. It’s even more inexcusable when you consider the retail price: around $17. But at least they did press it, so there is some silver lining.

In late July 2017 the highly anticipated second pressing on colored vinyl was released. Copies were sold on tour and online only at the band’s official web store hosted by Shop Bench Mark, for the ridiculous price of $25 for a single LP. Tack on shipping and the total came out to around $32. The color is green limited to 500 copies. The band is also selling copies on tour with them, a limited amount per show.


After a short two year break in between albums Taking Back Sunday released Tidal Wave, the band’s seventh studio album. It’s not their best work. In fact, I feel it’s one of their weakest efforts to date. I have realistic expectations too; I don’t expect them to write another Tell All Your Friends or even What It Is To Be. The band has matured over the years and have gone through some lineup changes, but listening to any song off Tidal Wave it would actually take you a while to realize that it’s Taking Back Sunday. And that is not a good thing. Even with that said, Tidal Wave is not a bad album. It’s just not a homerun and is completely forgettable.

Hopeless Records pulled out all the stops with packaging for the vinyl version of the album. The album, pressed as a double LP, comes housed in a gatefold jacket. The records themselves are housed in full color, printed dust sleeves which really ties the packaging together nicely. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the photos of everything below. The dust sleeves are not over the top in terms of grandeur, they’re subtle, but it works perfectly. Inside the gatefold jacket is where the lyrics are printed, and you’ll notice the imagery carry through inside the gatefold. And if that wasn’t enough, a foldout poster is included.

A download card is included for high quality 320 kbps MP3s. Thankfully it hasn’t happened yet, but don’t fret, or worse yet, go online complaining if you think your copy has ring wear. It’s part of the artwork and is there intentionally. The faux ring wear has been happening more and more lately with album art, especially with the growing popularity of vinyl over the years. With everything you get retail price on this record is around $25. A bit steep in my mind, but considering how nice the packaging is the price is easier to swallow. Especially compared to other labels who charge $25 or more for just a single LP stuffed into jacket without an insert or anything extra like that.

I mentioned above Hopeless pulling out all the stops with this release, and it can’t be more noticeable with how many variants they opted to go for. They’re definitely milking Taking Back Sunday. There are a total of seven variants for this, and the pressing info could not be more convoluted if you wanted it to be. It’s nice when a label/band want to stick with colors that fit the artwork or theme/concept of an album, but they went a bit overboard with Tidal Wave. I will do my best to lay out the pressing info a straight forward and easy to understand as possible. It took me a bit of time to straightened everything out, and as far as I know this blog is the only place with the complete, let alone accurate pressing info.

My contact at Hopeless was very helpful, and the pressing info is straight from them. Part of the confusion with the pressing info is that the names/colors Hopeless uses do not match up with what was announced with the item descriptions in various web stores (Merchnow, Hot Topic), and the band themselves describe the colors differently too. Nothing matches up. So that is where it took some time to match up what Hopeless gave me with what Merchnow has/had up with each respective variant and the info that was previously announced. I will outline everything below.

300 copies on coke bottle clear & turquoise half & half w/ white splatter, which is a Hopeless web store (Merchnow) exclusive.

300 copies on transparent blue w/ heavy white splatter, which is a UK / Banquet Records exclusive.

500 copies on “ocean wave” half coke bottle clear/half turquoise w/ coke bottle clear splatter. This is a tour exclusive variant. The band called the color “teal and turquoise half and half with dark blue splatter” on multiple social media sites. Based on photos I’ve seen of the tour variant, it looks like the splatter is blue and not coke bottle clear.

500 copies on coke bottle clear & turquoise half & half / half coke bottle clear/half turquoise, which is a Hopeless web store (Merchnow) exclusive. Hopeless calls the color coke bottle clear & turquoise half & half, while the Merchnow item description called it half coke bottle clear/half turquoise.

500 copies on turquoise / turquoise in light blue (color in color), which is a $hit Topic exclusive. $hit Topic calls it simply “turquoise” while Hopeless calls the color “turquoise in light blue (color in color).” The picture $hit Topic posted illustrates the color in color aspect, so they should have been smarter and not called their exclusive color “turquoise.”

700 copies on turquoise swirl / a-side coke bottle clear/b-side turquoise, which is a Hopeless web store (Merchnow) exclusive. Hopeless calls the color turquoise swirl (which hype stickers also say), while the Merchnow item description called it a-side coke bottle clear/b-side turquoise.

3,000 copies on clear with blue & turquoise splatter. This color was initially thought to be an indie record store exclusive, but turned out to just be a retail exclusive. Retail meaning if you bought a copy from anywhere other than Merchnow, $hit Topic or from the band on tour.

And if all that wasn’t enough somewhere along the line an incorrect hype sticker was affixed to one of the variants, citing a nonexistent color. This incorrect sticker said “black w/ red splatter” and according to Hopeless it was affixed to some, not all of the coke bottle clear & turquoise half & half / half coke bottle clear/half turquoise copies. I came across a photo of that hype sticker on Discogs (I’m sure someone will add this new info I’m providing to Discogs) and asked Hopeless about it. That was the answer I was provided. I’m also including a photo of the erroneous hype sticker below to show I’m not a nutcase.

To further illustrate Hopeless milking TBS, they had not one, not two, not three or even four, but seven pre-order bundles for this album. In my opinion one pre-order bundle is too many. But having bundles with unnecessary nonsense like coffee mugs, pint glasses and coffee beans is just that; unnecessary and nonsensical. I’m not being sarcastic and making up odd and/or ridiculous items for a bundle. Coffee beans were included with all of the bundles while the limited 100 unit supply lasted. Apparently having an exclusive blend of coffee beans is the new hip thing any band has to have in order to be considered a legit band. TBS weren’t the first and likely won’t be the last.

The bundles were done in tiers, ranging from a mind-boggling $200 down to a more reasonable $59. The bundle items included test presses, t-shirts, sweat shirt (no, not a hoodie), coffee mugs, exclusive coffee beans, pint glasses, wall flags, slipmats, photo booklets and vinyl and CD copies of the album. Obviously the cheaper bundles included fewer items, with the top-tier $200 including all of those items. The test pres cost $57, based on the fact that the bundle #2 (second most expensive, cost $143) had everything in bundle #1 (most expensive) except the test press. The first 500 bundles regardless of what bundle you ordered received an autographed booklet. No mention of if it’s the booklet from the CD version (which it likely was) or the photo booklet from some of the bundles though. For the sake of space I’m not including the breakdown of all the variants or how much each item cost. Though I do have that information copy and pasted from Merchnow into a word document.

In 2017, Hopeless inexplicably decided to re-press this on two new color variants to go along with their annual holiday “sale.” It’s not so much a sale as it is an excuse to release holiday themed merch and new variants of records they previously released. This first pressing of Tidal Wave has not sold out and is still easy to find. You can even find copies from the first press in Hopeless’ own web store hosted by MerchNOw.

To coincide with their co-headlining tour, Taking Back Sunday and The Used released a split 10” featuring two songs from each band. Taking Back Sunday has two previously released b-sides on this, “Flicker, Fade” and “How I Met Your Mother” from the album Happiness Is. Both of those TBS songs were released on the Flicker, Fade 7” that was released alongside Happiness Is. Since I’m not a fan of The Used I don’t know any info about their songs on this 10”

There seems to be some confusion about the pressing info for this record. Copies are being sold on the bands’ tour, but it’s not a true tour exclusive variant, even though it is being billed as such, as hundreds of copies were sold online. This “tour exclusive” variant is half black/half blue. Hopeless Records’ webstore was selling copies of it, 300 to be exact. Because of that 300 number being advertised, people are falsely believing this half black/half blue is limited to 300 copies. Think about it people, there has to be far more than 300 copies of that variant if copies are also being sold on tour. There are 500 copies of the half black/half blue pressed, which is straight from my contact at Hopeless Records.

On top of the half black/half blue copies, there are also 500 copies on black vinyl. Again, pressing info is straight from Hopeless Records. Black vinyl is the standard, widely available variant for this split 10”. Regardless of which variant you get, the b-side features an etching of both band’s current logo. For Taking Back Sunday it is the panther they have been using lately and for The Used it is their heart logo. The 10” comes in a picture disc sleeve with a sticker on the back of the sleeve, which is odd.

To coincide with the release of Happiness Is, Taking Back Sunday released a 7” featuring their lead single and an exclusive b-side, “How I Met Your Mother.” Originally this 7” was only available in pre-order bundle options from Hopeless Records, but after the album was released they started selling the 7”s on their own outside of bundles. The 7” cost $7 before shipping regardless of what bundle you bought it in; it was not free, it was included in the price of each bundle.

There were 1,00 copies pressedon gold vinyl. In typical TBS fashion the b-side is one of the best songs they recorded during this album’s recording session. Why they choose to leave these songs off albums is frustrating and mind-boggling.Taking Back Sunday - Flicker, Fade - Copy

Taking Back Sunday are back with their sixth studio album and second studio album with the original lineup back together. Happiness Is was released by Hopeless Records, who have been signing a lot of well-known and popular indie scene bands that have fallen on the back burner somewhat as of late (Yellowcard, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, Silverstein)

Hopeless went variant crazy with this album. In all there are seven different colors for this record, with most of them being exclusive to one place or even country. Hopeless also pulled the ‘only available in this bundle’ garbage with certain variants as well. Some variants were not announced till well after pre-orders first went live too. So here is the rundown on the pressing info for Happiness Is: 150 copies on red with black splatter (pre-order bundle exclusive in $75 package that included a shirt, poster, pint glass, “bonus” 7”), 250 copies on red and white smash (pre-order bundle exclusive in $48 package that included shirt, poster, bonus 7”), 500 on white (Looney Tunes record store in Long Island, NY exclusive. Also hand numbered), 1250 copies on gold with black haze/marble swirl (Hot Topic exclusive), 400 copies on red, 3000 copies on black and lastly an unknown amount on translucent gold (UK exclusive).

Now there is some discrepancies with the above numbers for some variants. My contact at Hopeless Records gave me different, lower numbers than what was advertised with the variants at the point of purchase links/sites. The red and white smash was advertised as /250 in Hopeless’ webstore, but my contact said it’s actually limited to 200 and is called red in white. The Hot Topic exclusive was also over, instead of 1250 it’s 1200 even. My contact also listed a previously unknown color; cream. Apparently cream is limited to 300 copies. It’s possible the cream is supposed to be the UK exclusive gold, but nothing official with that. My contact never got back to me on explaining what exactly the cream variant is or how many copies of the UK exclusive gold there are.

Regarding the Looney Tunes exclusive variant, the store tacked on an additional $3 Paypal charge, and conveniently, Paypal was the only form of payment they accepted for online orders for this album. It’s also worth noting the only shipping method they use is UPS at a cost of $8.85, so that adds to the cost of the record through them as well. So that variant wound up being the most expensive of any of them (not counting is you had one of them imported from overseas.) The Hot Topic exclusive was also on the expensive side, at least compared to how much Hopeless charged. Instead of $18 Hot Topic charged $20.50, but at least you could avoid shipping charges with Hot Topic.

Eventually, after the album was released, Hopeless broke up the remaining bundles and started selling some of the rarer, previously bundle exclusive variants on their own. This is something Hopeless typically does, so the cost savvy people out should take note of that. They also sell the “bonus”/”pre-order exclusive” 7”s outside of the bundles after albums are released too.

If you paid attention to the pressing info I laid out, you saw a “bonus” 7” listed in some of the bundles. The 7” features an exclusive b-side, “How I Met Your Mother,” and obviously is was included in some of the bundles, but not for free. The price breakdown was $18 for the record and $7 for the 7”, no matter what bundle option you chose. So it’s not really a bonus even though Hopeless listed it like that for a while. There was also a vinyl bundle option, which included the LP and 7”. The 7” was pressed on gold vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies.

Jumping on three trends at the same time, Taking Back Sunday released an acoustic live album for the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Tell All Your Friends. Yes, not just an anniversary edition of an album, not just an acoustic version of an album and not just a live album; an album played from beginning to end, acoustically, recorded live, and released in conjunction with said album’s 10th anniversary. The name of the album is even a mish-mash of all those things, entitled TAYF10 Acoustic.

At the time of release you could only buy the vinyl version of the album directly from Taking Back Sunday’s web store devoted to the 10th anniversary of Tell All Your Friends. The record was overpriced (sadly you can’t buy this for a reasonable price anywhere), and when you factor in their shipping price, which was also on the high end, the final price of this record was a bit too much to swallow. I’m not entirely sure if the band sold any copies of the album at shows, as obviously there was no chance it would be released in time to coincide with the 10th anniversary tour they were doing at the time. Eventually Hot Topic became the sole retailer of TAYF10 Acoustic, but they only sold it online. They sold it for the same price as TBS, but Hot Topic’s shipping charges are a bit more reasonable. I took advantage of a $1 shipping promo Hot Topic was running to make the blow to my wallet a bit less.

The pressing info for this record was never released so I don’t know how many copies were pressed. It was released by TBS’ own label and none of the members of the band have responded back to me via any methods of communication. All copies were pressed on bone vinyl; color wise it’s off white. There is no insert, no printed inner dust sleeve, no download code. In other words you get absolutely nothing except the record stuffed in a cheap flimsy, single pocket jacket, all for close to $30.Taking Back Sunday - TAYF10 Acoustic - Copy