Monday, 24 July 2017

The Miracle Drug Demo

Being older, it's always nice to hear about other older dudes starting new bands. For one, it's cool to hear that could be cool new music from people whose music I have enjoyed in the past. But also, it's good to know that I'm not the only old dude still enjoying this shit at the age I'm at. So when I heard a song by The Miracle Drug a coupe of years ago, which was rad, and then heard that it was older dudes, I was interested.

Last year Trip Machine Laboratories released The Miracle Drug demo as a 7", and I jumped on the pre-order to ensure I got the most limited version, which was this clear orange vinyl copy, hand numbered out of 102 copies:

Of course, the label pressed other colours too, and offered all three as a bundle. I couldn't help myself. The white vinyl copy probably matches the artwork the best, and is out of 147 copies. Mine also has a bit of black streaking going on which makes it even more interesting.

And finally the 'clay' vinyl out of 252 copies.

So what is this like? Well, it's good. Can I describe what it sounds like? No, not really. But follow the link above to their bandcamp page and check it. The band features Matt Weider on guitar (who was in Mouthpiece, and also Automatic) and Thommy Browne (Enkindel, By The Grace oF God, and every other Louisvile band you can think of) and a couple of other guys whose names i am less familiar with. But with their debut LP about to drop courtesy of War Records, you still have time to catch up before you get left behind.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Swapping Spit

One of the great thing about collecting Dead By 23 records is that there isn't much competition these days, especially for some of the releases. Case in point, this No Rights 7" that I scooped up on eBay for a few dollars.

This red sleeve version was made a few years ago for some festival. I think it was This Is Hardcore, probably in about 2011 or so. There were als six Down To Nothing 7"s made with a red sleeve too which were sold at the same event. I'm not 100% on this, but I'm guessing that these were some leftover copies that Robby made sleeves for and sold at the show. It's numbered on the back of the sleeve. This one is 13/18.

I think this is the 5th or 6th copy of this one that I have now. With hindsight I should probably have taken the collection out for a photo to make this post more interesting. Ah well.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Yellows

I'm still playing catch up on last year. One release that I just flat out missed was the Red Hare 'Lexicon Mist' 7" that Dischord put out. I don't really remember why I didn't order it at the time it came out. But soon enough the first press on clear vinyl sold out and that was that. But when the second press on gold came out at the start of the year, I was quick off the mark.

I always liked when the inside of a sleeve is printed with a picture. Reminds me of a Mudhoney 7".

Given I've only actually gotten this recently, I've also only just gotten around to listening to it. Unsurprisingly, it's great.

At the same time as ordering the Red Hare 7", Dischord also put out a third pressing of the S.O.A. demo 7" on yellow vinyl, so I was forced to grab that too.

Three pressings in and I'm already hoping that there will be a fourth. Time will tell I guess...

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Counting Vices

I had pretty bad luck with the debut LP by World Be Free last year, with three copies getting lost in the post. But after some help from a friend, and the internet, I re-collected them. And now, finally, I have the second press copies that I was lacking. There were two versions from the second press - black (out of 200, but only 100 in the regular sleeve):

Aand 558 on clear vinyl:

That's now 6 copies of this record now. But I simply cannot muster the energy to get all of them out for a group photo. The light here sucks and I seem to have to take every photo at least 3 times over, so if I took 6 records out for a photo and then had to do it all over again, I'd probably end up throwing them out the window. So best save the hassle.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Build & Destroy

So I'm not exactly down with Lockin' Out. I don't have the full catalogue of releases. But there are a lot of people who are really into whatever they put out and, as such, the limited colour vinyl pressings usually sell out damn quick. At some point last year everyone was suddenly talking about some band called Build & Destroy and I had no idea what the fuck was going on. It then turned out that this was a new band that featured dude from RZL DZL. When I found out I had to listen to it, and goddamn, I loved it immediately. I then had to track down colour copies of both 7"s, which I did, and then they got lost in the post. So a year later, I found them both again.

The first 7" is their 'Demo 2010'. These were pressed on clear purple vinyl, although mine is mainly clear with a little whisp of purple thrown in.

I'm sorely tempted to also try to pick up a purple one too. I bet there are quite a range of colour variants of this one out there, and it would be cool to have a couple of them.

The second 7", and first 'proper' release, is the 'Map Of The Heavens' 7". This one also comes on purple vinyl, but a dark, solid purple that looks almost black.

The biggest disappoinment of the last ten years for me was that RZL DZL fizzled out, so I really hope these guys keep at it long enough to crank out a full length. These songs are all great and I need more.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Abuse Of Power

As ever I am behind, in terms of both this blog and also the latest bands and releases. Just after Abuse Of Power released their second 7", I've finally got around to picking up and listening to their first. Even though this is the band's first vinyl release, technically it isn't their first record, but their demo, pressed on to vinyl by New Age Records.

There were two colours of vinyl, and like a fool I picked up both. 200 on 'pink lemonade' and 300 on clear orange. Both feature the iconic New Age logo that was first featured on the Walk Proud 7" labels waaaay back at the beginning of time which are usually reserved for the special pressings of their releases.

This is actually a pretty good record. It's proving a gym favourite at the moment, although my one complaint would be that it is a tad short. Just as I'm getting into it, it ends. You'd think then that I would have jumped at the chance to grab their second 7" that came out recently on Triple B, right? Not the speed I move, son. Gimme a few months at least.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Killed For Test

Five years ago there was a thread on the Revelation Collectors Board where fools were asked to post their top 10 Rev wants. Back then I listed the 'New York City Hardcore The Way It Is' green vinyl test press as my number one want. A year later I obtained it. Number two on my list was a Sense Field 'Killed For Less' test press. I placed it so high on the list because, back when it was released it totally took over my life. I played it every day for months and couldn't tire of it. Anyway, five years after putting it as my second most wanted Revelation item, I've managed to obtain one.

This came about completely out of the blue. Someone put a comment on instagram to say that they had one, I messaged them, they told me they would part with it, we worked out a deal, and within two weeks I had it. Pretty much a perfect sequence of events.

I probably say this all the time, but I never thought I would ever own this as only 4 copies exist. I know someone else that has one, and then I imagine that Kevin Finn probably has one too. So if anyone else wants one then there's only realistically one copy out there that may be obtainable. Good luck!

As for the rest of my Rev want list, the other 8 items are still there. They are all test presses, and I would be surprised if I ever get any of them. Given that I am averaging one every two and a half years, then maybe try checking back in 2020 to see the next...

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Field Day

Last year I saw Dag Nasty play in London. A couple of months later I picked up a test press of the 'Can I Say' LP. Both of these events made me realise that I don't have a particularly great Dag Nasty collection. I mean, for starters I was missing their worst album. So months later I had to put that right.

This grren vinyl copy is the Euro press on We Bite Records. I did really want the green vinyl US pressing on Giant Records, but that seems to appear less frequently, and cost more when it does appear. So when this copy appeared on discogs from a UK seller, I figured the time was right to add this to my collection.

I actually used to own this LP about 23 years ago on black vinyl. But at the time I thought it was shit so I sold it. I still don't think it's very good, but somehow the green vinyl makes it more attractive.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Better Off Green

Here's another 97A 'Better Off Dead' 7" and, as you may have noticed (unless you are colour blind), unfortunately it's not a red vinyl copy.

On the plus side, however, this copy is on clear green vinyl, which is actually a reasonably tough find. There are only 50 copies, which isn't many at all, especially as a % of the total press for this record.

Here's a pic of a part of the insert which states the pressing info:

I'm still holding out for a red vinyl copy of this record before I retire. There are only 25 copies and, unlike this one, they are hand numbered. I missed out on one on eBay once, which really irritates me as I haven't seen another for sale since. If anyone has one they can part with, let me know.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Problematic

Another ALL LP for the collection. 'Problematic' is the band's 8th album (or 9th if you include the live album 'Trailblazer') and originally came out back in the year 2000. I wasn't really into them back then, so have no idea how it was received, but I would guess that it probably didn't make much impact.

This copy is a reissue from a couple of years ago. The fact that this is still available from the label two years later kinda suggests that this isn't the most popular record or band... which is a shame, as this is a really great record. In the same way that the Descendents 'Everything Sucks' and 'Cool To Be You' LPs don't sound quite the same as their early LPs, this doesn't sound much like the early ALL LPs. However, just like those aforementioned Descendents LPs, it's full of catchy tunes.

I've lost count now of how many ALL LPs I have managed to pick up now, but I've still got at least couple more to get for the full set.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Fastbreak Friday

I picked up another copy of the Fastbreak 'Don't Stop Trying' 7". It's funny, but this record came out in 1996, and I probably picked up my first copy a year or so later. And here I am, 21 years later, still picking up more different copies. This one is the (I think) 5th pressing from sometime in the mid 00s. I'm not sure how many were made exactly, but I do remember when it was pressed not buying one and thinking it was lame to repress this again years later. Which makes it kinda funny that I just caved in and bought one.

And only a couple of weeks after I picked up the solid yellow copy, I FINALLY had an opportunity to grab a 1st press blue vinyl copy. This is the one that eluded me for years, and ended up being the last colour copy for me to track down. Cool to finally have one.

So that's that. Twenty one years on from this record's release and I have a collection I'm happy with. Here's a couple of pics of the lot together:

Included here is: 1st press test press (/55), 1st press blue vinyl (/100), 2nd press gold vinyl (/100), 3rd press red vinyl (/100), 4th press clear vinyl (/100), 5th press yellow vinyl (/not sure).

There is actually a second test press that was made for the mid 00s repress. I think there are quite a few of those (50 or so) which, I guess, it would be nice to have. If I did have one, however, it would make the photo more challenging. I mean, 6 is a much easier number to deal with than 7, right?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Test II

Not much of a story to this one. I was browsing eBay and came across this test press for the second Black God 7", entitled 'II'. I won it as the only bidder and snagged it for $10. Good job, Captain!

I thought it was pretty cool that I appeared to get number 1 out of 10 too. But then I saw ANOTHER copy for sale on eBay which wasn't numbered at all. Which makes me think there are probably more than ten. Which made this one then seem less cool than I first thought.

I see this as the start of another collection. The objective is to get test presses of all 4 of the Black God 7"s. Kinda funny as I don't even own the third or fourth 7"s at all yet. Once again I'm probably setting my sights unrealistically high...

Monday, 19 June 2017

A Second (And Third) Glimpse

When the latest Dinosaur Jr LP came out last year, it felt that there were too many colours of vinyl, and as is often the case with new releases, I was determined not to get sucked in. So I went to my local shop and purchased a purple vinyl copy. And I thought I was happy. Well, that was until I realised that purple vinyl was out of like three million copies, and there was a rare clear vinyl version. Then I wasn't quite so happy after all. But by good luck, and via a reader of this blog, I was able to get a copy of the clear vinyl from Newbury comics direct for much less than copies were trading hands for on eBay and discogs.

And of course, once I had the purple and clear, I couldn't help then going to the Amoeba Records online store to order a copy of their exclusive blue vinyl version too, in order that I may 'complete the set'.

So there it is. Proof once again that if there are multiple versions available, I will make it difficult for myself by ignoring them when they first launch, only to then decide I want them once they are sold out. Fortunately, however, this time my own dumbass plan backfired and I ended up with all three copies for new release prices.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Do Not Request Clear

If you know anything about Relapse Records, you'll know that they press 100 copies of every release on clear vinyl. These are for the bands and label only, and are not available to Joe Public. Their store always makes a point of clarifying this by stating the pressing info for the release which always includes '100 x clear' along with the statement 'Do not request clear'. See HERE for an example.

Anyway, just before Xmas last year, I was searching eBay and came across an auction for the new(ish) Ringworm LP, 'Snake Church', on clear vinyl. I added it to my watch list. I noticed that it was being sold by the label, so knew it would be a good condition, unplayed copy, which kinda made me want it more. To my surprise, I bid and won it for not too much money at all, and a decent amount less than people were trying to sell copies on discogs for sure.

Just like the last Ringworm LP, the cover looks awesome, and the clear vinyl compliments it perfectly. Definitely the best colour to own it on I'd say.

Well obviously I looked at the other items being sold by the label, and there were a lot of clear vinyl records. Maybe they were trying to recoup some cash and figured xmas would be the perfect time. And whilst I'm not the biggest fan of the label, it does have a few bits that I like, so I ended up watching a few auctions. Most of them went for lots of money and I didn't even enter a bid. But there was one recent release that was sitting at a pretty low price, so I had a cheeky bid and, surprisingly, ended up winning it.

This is the debut LP by Sumerlands. It's a metal record featuring DFJ from every hardcore band of the last 10 years. I actually listened to this band a couple of years ago on someone's recommendation and wasn't overly into it. But when I read Mike's blog a few months ago, I was going through a period where I was searching for something new and interesting to listen to, and his post made me want to give the band another go. So I downloaded the album and gave it a few listens, and started to get into it. And then saw the clear vinyl copy for sale. Basically, the planets aligned and everything fell percectly into place.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Blessed Majesty

So it was 7 years ago that A389 Records released Integrity's 'To Die For' LP as a 10" record. And back then I pushed the boat out and paid for a test press. I was pretty stoked back then because the test press was on a cool blue vinyl, and numbered out of only 5 copies. Well, at some point later I learnt that there was also a red vinyl test press too. I had no idea when it was released, and suddenly felt short changed. I mean, imagine, you fork out some big money for a test press and then find out that there was another different test press. So I waited and waited and eventually I managed to get one.

I do like the cover on the red vinyl test press. Definitely the most attractive cover in this set of 10"s for sure.

Well anyway, shit got worse, because after I found out that there was a red vinyl test press, which I was chasing, I then found out that there was also a black vinyl test press too!!! I mean, holy crap, three different test presses. What the fuck was going on? No idea, but it really doesn't matter. The point is, it's an Integrity record, it exists, I need to have it. And fortunately, I managed to grab one at the same time as the red one.

So finally the quest for the 'To Die For' test presses is complete:

There are 25 test presses in total - 5 blue, 15 red and 5 black. Obviously there can't be more than 5 people who could possibly own all three, so I count myself very lucky here. Or possibly very stupid. Definitely one of the two.