Posts Tagged ‘The All-American Rejects’


The All-American Rejects released their first new material in five years in the form of a two song EP. The two songs are “Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes.” The only physical release for the EP is vinyl, which comes as a 7”.

Pressing info was never released, but this 7” is being advertised as being “limited edition.” All copies are pressed on black vinyl, and come in a traditional jacket instead of a paper sleeve. And yes, that parental advisory notation is printed into the artwork. It’s not a sticker on the jacket or the shrink wrap.

Retail price on this is a bit higher than it should be; $8 before shipping. Considering this is actually a tough record to find anywhere other than directly from the band’s web store, you’re pretty much forced to pay shipping. My local store, which gets pretty much everything, didn’t even have copies of it. And when they don’t carry something they take special orders, but they couldn’t even special order it for me either, which I found strange as some indie record stores were able to somehow get copies. And it’s not like my local store is some hole in the wall store in a Podunk town.

Shipping was an additional $6 directly from the band. But I was able to find one on ebay for a bit cheaper thanks to lower shipping charges (plus my ebucks code). This 7” was released in August 2017, and hasn’t seen a sale or price drop. Plus taking into consideration the limited buying options mentioned above, I figured now was a good time to buy it. Especially since my ebucks code was going to expire the next day.

If you needed another reason to hate major labels, here is one more; Interscope Records, who released this 7”, along with a handful of other major labels, are starting to not put download cards in physical releases anymore. Instead, they are opting to only issue them to those who order the record from either the label’s or band’s official online store. The digital downloads are either delivered via e-mail or are redeemable after placing your order through a link on your order form/receipt. It’s yet another shady marketing strategy aimed to get people to buy records for a higher price in the form of full retail price if not for a mark up on it, and directly from the label/band so they make even more money by not having to pay middle man like a distributor to get copies out to say Amazon, Best Buy, indie record stores or other online distros. I know Interscope Records, which is owned Universal Music Group as well, and Reprise Records, which is owned by Warner Music Group, employ this no download card strategy, so it wouldn’t surprise me if every label under those respective umbrellas do the same.

The All-American Rejects - Sweat - Copy

 

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The All-American Rejects’ latest album, Kids In The Street, received two different vinyl versions. One is a four LP box set, with each record being die-cut. They are cut in the shape of people/characters found in the album artwork and packaging, with the heads and arms/hands being die-cut. The box set also includes a mask and a 10-page lyric booklet. When laid out in order te four dust sleeves make on larger image. One side of the sleeves line up to form the photo of the band that is on the insert of the standard LP pressing and the other side is each character found on their respective picture discs. This set costs $100 before shipping and is limited to only 500 copies. Despite the price, the set still managed to sell through more than 3/4 of the 500 copies. Eventually copies started popping up on ebay for half that price, all sold by one seller, which is where I snagged one.

There is also a standard single LP version. It was pressed on translucent red with green circles. I’m sure this color/pattern of vinyl has an actual name, as I’ve seen a few records with the same pattern, but it escapes me at the moment. The green circles are only pressed on the b-side of the record but can be seen on the a-side because of the translucency, albeit faintly. Pressing info was never released, as it probably never will because the record was released by a major label.


Not sure how many copies of this 7″ were pressed, but all copies were presses as a picture disc housed in a picture disc sleeve that is sealed with a sticker. This was the only piece missing from my AAR collection and I was finally able to track one down in ebay for less than retail price.


The All-American Rejects’ latest album, When The World Comes Down, recently got the vinyl treatment after a long over due process. Surprisingly, Warner Bros. licensed out the album to a small indie label, Magic Bullet Records. The guy who runs Magic Bullet is quite the character. He would get type-casted in many movies as the not very funny asshole who when trying to be funny, and thinks he is funny, he fails miserably and the room is silent aside from the crickets. On a public message board he treated his customers like complete shit, and went out of his way multiple times to do so. The only reason I supported his label was to complete my AAR collection, otherwise I would have never bought one of his releases based off his jackassery, overall asshole behavior and how he treats both potential customers and people in general. And I went the best route as to not give them money, at least not directly. I bought this from my local record store, and it was CHEAPER than buying it directly from Asshole Bullet Records. Before shipping costs.

Apparently Magic Bullet will never release the pressing info for no reason other than spite. People asked for the pressing info and he decided not to release it simply because people asked. This record was pressed on black and blue vinyl, amount of copies unknown for both.


This is the UK version of the “Dirty Little Secret” 7″. Unlike the U.S. version, pressing info was never released. The UK version is also a picture disce, however.


7″ single for “It Ends Tongith.” It was pressed on red vinyl and it now OOP. I have no idea how many were pressed.


This is one of two version of the title track single off of The All-American Rejects’ sophomore album. There was also a picture disc pressed that I think is pretty rare. I’ve only seen one once or twice on ebay and haven’t seen one in a few years. I have no idea how many of either were pressed.