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Once again I decided to camp out for Record Store Day (RSD), getting to my store 8 ½ hours ahead of opening. I know I said on Twitter that I likely wouldn’t bother with RSD this year, but things changed obviously. That thing was adding more and more things to my list, which ending the debate of do I want to go out for the one thing I know I won’t be able to find online for retail price. I’d rather not spend $30 on something if it means the only thing being sacrificed is a good night’s sleep. If you think I’m crazy for waiting that line and getting to a store that early, keep reading. But I do sleep for at least 2-3 hours of that wait time. If you want to skip this column-esque story, skip ahead five paragraphs for the start of the write up on this particular RSD release.

To lay the ground work for RSD this year, I actually had fun the past two years (2016 & 2017) waiting in line, which makes the time go by faster. That was not the case every other year, and I’ve been attending RSD since its inception in 2008. I had some cool people to talk to these past two years, which rarely, if ever happened every other year for RSD. I’m talkative person, it’s the other people who either can’t or refuse to hold a conversation for whatever reason. The past two years I was next to the same group of people actually. You see, at my local store, the same groups of people show up around the same time every year, especially the diehards. I’m talking about the real early birds, the people who get there 7+ hours ahead of opening. And at my store you have to show up by 4 am (for an 8 am opening) in order to have a serious chance of getting what you want. Otherwise you’re like 150+ in line and will spend around 2 hours (after opening) just waiting to get in and get checked out. It’s a popular store in a highly populated area.

For those curious about what store I go to, I never mention it because I want to maintain some privacy for myself. I don’t want people knowing where I live. It’s not a matter of turning people onto the store and having more people show up. Trust me, this store is well know and one of the most popular stores in the region. It draws people from four different states for RSD, and there are no shortages of record stores in the area either.

The only thing that changed in the 10 years RSD has been happening is how early I have to line up in order to get everything I want, or at the very least the few things I would have a hard time tracking down for a decent price online. I used to get to my store around 5 am, and got everything I wanted with no problem. But ever since 2015 the line has gotten out of control. I used to be no more than 20th in line with a 5 am arrival from 2009-2014, but I learned my lesson in 2015 after getting there at 2 am (thinking that additional 3 hours would be enough to compensate for the Deja Entendu release) and being like 50th in line, resulting in missing out on stuff I wanted for the first time ever. And I mean for the first time ever. Prior to that year I never missed out on a single thing on my list.

Ever since then my goal was to get there by midnight, and it’s worked. And I’ve had more fun in line than ever. People bring beer, people are more talkative, offer to get food and coffee for people and are just more helpful and nicer in general. I think a lot people are immediately grumpy when they get there later in the morning and come to the dreaded realization of how long the line actually is. The line can be a bit deceiving because it wraps around the building/strip mall. Lots of people see what they think is the end of the line at the end of the building/strip mall, only to walk over and discover it keeps going. I’ve heard plenty of obscenities being yelled at 5 and 6 am, some from like a hundred feet away.

That one thing mentioned above was the Thrice 7”. That is what drew me out for RSD, but I also picked up a bunch of other things rather than deal with paying for shipping and the potential for damage during shipping. The Two Door Cinema Club 12” was one of those other things I wanted, but felt wouldn’t be hard to find online for retail price. And I’m right considering my store still has 3 copies of this sitting on the shelf more than two weeks after RSD. So do I regret buying this? No. Do I regret buying this for full retail price? Yes.

Despite what the cover art suggests, Live At KCRW features song off the band’s two earlier albums too, not just their latest effort Gameshow. The cover art is simply the artwork for Gameshow with the title “Live At KCRW” printed along the bottom. There were 3,000 copies pressed, all on black vinyl. There is a square white RSD release hype sticker affixed to the top right corner, it’s not one the official RSD silver foil stickers.  Lots of releases seemed to shy away from that sticker this year. The jacket is thing and the record is flimsy. There is no insert but a download card/code is included. One of only two RSD releases I bought that came with a download card/code. But there is a major problem with the download card.

United pressed the record and handled the download card too, like they typically do for records they press. But when you go to redeem the download you get an error message saying there are no files available after you enter the code. I filled out the contact form on the website but United still have not solved the problem. And it’s been over three weeks since I emailed them and there is still no resolution. They emailed me back  twice saying “when it’s fix we’ll let you know.” Ridiculous that they can’t simply send me the files directly if they’re too inept to properly fix the downloads for this record. When I pointed that out to them, they told me “we’re still waiting for the files to be sent to.” Yet they were miraculously able to press the record without the files. I’ve had some problems with United download cards before, and they’re usually polite and prompt with fixing the problem. But this it’s a train wreck, and frankly unprofessional.  I contacted the label, Glassnote Records, and they never replied back to me.

Here is the track listing. The songs were recorded live on October 26, 2016 at Southern California radio station KCRW for their flagship show called Morning Becomes Eclectic:

Side A

  1. Bad Decisions
  2. Changing Of The Seasons
  3. Something Good Can Work
  4. Are We Ready? (Wreck)

Side B

  1. What You Know
  2. Ordinary
  3. Sun
  4. This Is The Life

Two Door Cinema Club - Live At KCRW - Copy

 


Two Door Cinema Club has matured with each album they’ve released. Granted, they’ve only released three full length albums to date, but their latest effort, Gameshow, is almost a perfect blend between their debut album Tourist History and their sophomore release Beacon. It may take a couple listens to fully appreciate the quality of Gameshow, and it’s an album well worth picking up on vinyl.

Gameshow was put up for pre-order way too far in advance of its release in mid October 2016. June the pre-order was launched; a full four months before its scheduled release. There are two ways to look at multiple month wait pre-orders; 1) your money is tied up for months and you may still end up waiting for you record for weeks if not months after the album’s release date, and 2) the long wait between pre-order and release date may ensure there are no shipping delays once release day finally arrives, and your order may ship before release date to ensure release day delivery. I can see why people fall into either category, but personally I try not to pre-order anything anymore because I can usually pick up a record for at least $5 cheaper months after its release, and I don’t mind waiting. On top of that it seems for every record that ships on time there are four that have shipping delays, and with as long as I’ve been buying records I’m tired of dealing with delays.

There are two different vinyl versions of Gameshow; a deluxe version and regular version. Both are double LPs, despite what Discogs and other sources say about the regular version. Yet another reason Discogs should be taken with a grain of salt. Since there are many differences, both major and minor, between the deluxe and regular versions I will tackle them one at a time in their own paragraph(s). But before I delve into the finer details, pressing info for either version and not been released, and you shouldn’t expect it to ever be released.

The deluxe version comes with an exclusive bonus 7″. The album itself is pressed on 180 gram blue vinyl. The 7″ is on black vinyl however. The cover art for the deluxe version differs from the regular version, so you can call it alternate artwork. There is no band name or album title printed on it. The finish of the cover/jacket is also rainbow wrap, which is reflective. The spine has a silver foil wrap finish. The entire jacket has this rainbow foil wrap reflective finish. You can see the rainbow effect on the cover and inside the gatefold in the pictures below, and it looks different from different angles. There is a small black square hype sticker affixed to the top left corner of the shrink wrap as well. The records comes housed in a gatefold jacket, and an insert is included, which has the lyrics printed on one side.

There are five bonus tracks exclusive to the deluxe version; two brand new studio songs, two remixes and one live version of songs that appear on the regular version of the album. However, only the two studio songs appear on the physical vinyl format, and they are on the bonus 7″ included with the deluxe version. The two songs appearing on the 7″ are “Gasoline” and “Suckers.” The two remixed bonus tracks are “Ordinary (Sam Halliday Remix)” and “Bad Decisions (Kev’s Summertime Madness Remix).” Kevin Baird did the “bad Decisions” remix. The live song is “Gameshow (live at Bonnaroo 2016).” and accessible via the download card included. The download card nets you WAV files, which I can’t stand. It’s nice to have great quality audio tracks at your disposal, but because the album comes in WAV form it’s over 1.5 gigs in sizes, and you have to convert it to MP3 in order to import it into iTunes. The deluxe version retails for around $30. I bought it for $21 shipped from an online distro after taking advantage of a ridiculous sale.

The regular version is pressed on standard weight black vinyl and does not come in a gatefold jacket. The cover art is the standard album art, with a normal finish. You can see the differences between the deluxe and regular artwork in the pictures below. There is no hype sticker on the regular version. No insert is included either, but each record comes in a printed dust sleeve. Each dust sleeve has the corresponding lyrics printed on it, with the same imagery found on the reverse side of both sleeves. These dust sleeves are extremely thin, and I imagine it’s impossible for any of them to arrive without splits in them as a result. There is no 7″ included with the regular version and you don’t get any of the bonus tracks that come with the deluxe version either. There is a download card with the regular version, which nets you the same WAV files minus the deluxe exclusive bonus tracks. The regular version retails for around $20. I bought it for $13 shipped from an online distro after taking advantage of a ridiculous sale.


This is the second true 12″ single/EP released by Two Door Cinema Club. It features the single, “Changing Of The Seasons” along with three remixes of it as well. It’s a UK import so it’s on the pricey side, but if you shop around for a U.S. outlet that carries it you should be able to get a better deal than having it shipped over from overseas. No idea how many copies were pressed, but all were pressed on black vinyl.Two Door Cinema Club - Changing Of The Seasons - Copy


Beacon is the second album from Two Door Cinema Club. It was pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and comes with a download code sourced from the vinyl test pressings of the record. This album is a bit more mature than Two Door Cinema Club’s debut album and more mellow and subdued as well. A straight forward progression and not too big of a departure that is turns off their fan base, and it doesn’t turn on critics as it’s not Tourist History 2.

I do not know how many copies were pressed, but it will most likely be kept in print for years. I’m also not entirely sure if there is separate U.S., UK or European pressings either. The U.S. version comes is a single pocket jacket with a full color, glossy printed dust sleeve. The U.S. press is on black vinyl, however I have seen photos of this on red vinyl that may be a UK pressing.


The 7″ single for “Sleep Alone” is the lead single off Two Door Cinema Club’s sophomore album Beacon. It was available for free at select indie stores in the U.S. to those who purchased the album on vinyl and was available for purchase in the UK as well. I;m assuming copies will also be sold in the U.S. after the promos run dry. The 7″ was available far earlier in the UK however because the record was delayed and the vinyl version came out a few weeks after the album’s release date. The 7″ features an exclusive b-side entitled “Start Again.”

I am not sure if there are any difference between the UK and U.S. versions, but the track listing is the same between them. More facts about the U.S. version are that it’s on black vinyl and comes in a very cheap, thin sleeve. It’s not a fold over sleeve either, just really flimsy cardboard.


Two Door Cinema Club singles are quickly becoming hard to come by, with some fetching upwards of $30. The 7″ for “Come back Home” is one of the few that can still be found relatively cheap, but even so if you live in the U.S. you will have to pay a bit extra to have them imported from the UK, or even more to import them from mainland Europe. If you play your cards right you can get a copy for around $8 shipped if placing a large order, because if you just buy this 7″ on its own you will wind up paying at least $12.

I do not know how many copies of this 7″ were pressed as the info was never released. But odds are this is going OOP relatively soon based on how few distros are still carrying it.


Two Door Cinema Club singles are quickly becoming hard to come by, with some fetching upwards of $30. The 7″ for “Undercover Martyn” is one of the few that can still be found relatively cheap, but even so if you live in the U.S. you will have to pay a bit extra to have them imported from the UK, or even more to import them from mainland Europe. If you play your cards right you can get a copy for around $8 shipped if placing a large order, because if you just buy this 7″ on its own you will wind up paying at least $12.

I do not know how many copies of this 7″ were pressed as the info was never released. But odds are this is going OOP relatively soon based on how few distros are still carrying it.