Sunday, 4 December 2016

Life Of Mud

On my weekend trip last weekend I also picked up a couple of used records from a dude who was selling a collection. Dude was selling a bunch of hardcore stuff from the late 80s & early 90s, although most of it I already had, and it was priced to sell on discogs, so not really any bargains to be had.

It's only about a year and a half since I first heard Life Of Agony. In that time I managed to buy an original pressing of their first LP, and see them play live. And now I've managed to pick up an almost mint condition copy of their second LP, 'Ugly' too.

This LP has a printed inner sleeve, which is completely free from rips or tears.

I'm not sure how this LP was received back when it came out. I would guess it wasn't as well received as the first LP due to some of the songs being a little more personal. It took me a little longer to get into, but it's still a great album without a doubt.

The second record I picked up was a Mudhoney 7". Hardly a surprise as I've been on a bit of a Sub Pop trip lately. This copy of the 'You Got It' 7" is on black vinyl, which I wouldn't usually bother with, but this copy comes with the first press sleeve, denoted by the live photo printed on the inside.

I imagine they had a lot of fun the day they caked themselves in mud for the cover shot, although I imagine they also received some funny looks and, probably, some verbal abuse. I mean, that's not exactly a good look for going into town is it?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Black Saturday

I went to see Infest last Saturday in my old stomping ground of Leeds. Whilst there I found myself in an actual record store, and you know how it goes... when you find yourself in a physical store holding actual records, there's a law that you can't walk out without taking some with you. And even though I've grown tired on the Revelation repress game this year, I couldn't help but purchase the two releases that they cranked out in celebration of Black Friday.

The first repress was the third (aka worst) LP by Elliott, 'Song In The Air'. This one comes on a yellow with black swirl color vinyl:

The second repress was a green vinyl pressing of the 'Generations' compilation that came out in 2005. This LP was a solid release when it came out, and features a lot of the best bands of the era, although for some reason is a pretty forgettable record. Still, good to see that they finally had the sense to press it on the most natural choice of colour.

And nothing to do with Black Friday, but there was a sale section of the shop, and I found this purple vinyl copy of the Ignite 'Past Our Means' 12" in there. This one was pressed with an additional song on the end (the Bad Brains cover from the split 7" with Good Riddance that Rev also released).

I have mixed thoughts on these things. In the store they somehow stood out as records that I wanted, but then as soon as I got home I felt like I got suckered (again) into wasting more money on three records that I already own. And even though I have said this before, this time I mean it - I'm not sure I can play this game any more.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Scraps

I haven't added to my Dead By 23 collection for a while, but when I found a couple of copies of The Heist / Scraps And Heart Attacks 7" that I didn't have, it was an easy choice to grab them. I mean, let's be honest, why would you want to settle for five copies of the same record when you can have seven?

I was never really sure what the score was with this 7". Some copies (like this one) have a cover where the band appears to be called The Heist, and the 7" called 'Scraps And Heart Attacks'.

And then the copies in the more glossy, full colour sleeve don't feature the name 'The Heist' at all. I read somewhere recently that the band was originally called The Heist but they had to change their name as some rap group already had that name, but this was after the records had been pressed. So the records and labels are the same on all copies, but the later covers go under the new band name.

So as I said, these mean that I now have seven copies of this record. Three white, two red, one clear and one test.

I know of at least two other versions out there that I don't have. I know they exist because I saw them sell on eBay a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately they sold for stupid amounts of money. God only knows how long it may be until more copies surface for sale.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sub Pop Dreams From The Hill

I got excited by some old Sub Pop releases on eBay UK last week. Some guy who has been collecting Sub Pop releases for years had decided to offload his LPs. There was an entire Mudhoney collection which went up and blew my mind, but it all sold immediately. So when the next round of stuff went up, I figured it would go, so got in quick.

Firstly, and most importantly, was one that I never thought I would own. Never. But when it appeared for sale within the UK, I just couldn't resist it. But before I show what it is, I need to give you a warning:

Kinda funny that in real life this warning sticker is next to the thing it is warning you about. It's an iconic LP, and one of my all time favourites. The Dwarves 'Blood, Guts And Pussy' LP on grey vinyl. Apparently there are only 112 of these things.

This LP also exists on pink vinyl, but that's even rarer still. I also never thought I'd own one of those, but hey... anything is possible I guess. Maybe one day...

Next is a a copy of Nirvana's 'Bleach' LP. This is some second or possibly third press copy on green marble vinyl. I've never owned a Sub Pop copy of this, and I've never been overly fussed, but this was one of those times where the colour of the vinyl itself just pulled me in. It's a pretty unique colour, and I found myself staring at it for a few days, which made me realise that I wanted it.

It's pretty scary how many different versions of 'Bleach' exist. Go to discogs and have a look. Compared to your average hardcore record (even including Turnstile!), it's insane.

The third record was significantly cheaper than the other two. This was the first 12" from Soundgarden, called 'Screaming Life EP'. I bought one of these last year but it arrived warped so I had to send it back. Cool to finally get another.

And finally, yet another copy of 'Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge' by Mudhoney. This is a kinda lame picture disc. The seller gave me this for free as I bought a few items from him. Even though I wouldn't have been too fussed about picking this up, it brings back fond memories for me. I used to own one of these years ago. It was one of the first 20 records I bought (from HMV in Southend on Sea!), although I sold my original copy years ago.

It's funny, but even though I sold a lot of my Sup Pop records years ago, I've been listening to a lot of the music from their early days again recently, and have a yearning to pick up some more records. Watch this space...

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Free Be World Be Free

I've had this record for a few weeks now, and really should have posted it sooner, but taking decent pictures has proven problematic. I guess I just need to lower my standards a little and get on with it.

At the start of this year Revelation released the debut LP by World Be Free. I've posted pictures of the first press colours (green vinyl and orange vinyl) previously. But the version that everybody was (and most still are) after was the tour press, which was sold back in February on some tour they did where they sold about ten copies per show. It came in a special sleeve, inspired by the Chung King LP:

It seems that somebody forgot that the Chung King LP came on white vinyl. Unfortunately, the orange vinyl doesn't look quite as nice. However, it really doesn't matter. This thing is all about the sleeve.

I was real lucky to have someone pick one of these up for me from one of the shows back in February. However, I then got hit by the worst luck in the world as the parcel it was sent to me in went MIA. I had a lot of good records in that missing box, but for some reason this World Be Free tour press was one of the three records I was most looking forward to receiving. I just loved the look of the front cover. So I was devastated when it was lost and vanished into the ether. I knew that I would really struggle to find another, especially at a good price.

So imagine how stoked I was then when someone GAVE me this copy here. I wasn't even expecting it. When I opened the mailer, it simultaneously put a smile on my face and brought a tear to my eye that someone could be so kind, thoughtful and selfless. If my parcel going missing back in April was the low point of my year, then this was probably the high point. THANK YOU!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Get A Glimpse

So there was a new Dinosaur Jr. LP come out a couple of months ago. 'Get A Glimpse Of What Yer Not' came out on 5 August to be precise. I was so excited that I bought it on the day it came out. It's very rare for me to go to an actual record store these days, but I caught a train to Kingston on my lunchbreak just to pick up a copy from Banquet Records. It's taken me two months to get around to putting it up on here due to problems with getting any acceptable photos. Getting photos of this one was tough for some reason. This is the best I could do.

At first I thought that this purple vinyl copy was limited in some way, but it seems if it is then it's probably limited to about 10,000 copies. It's not tough to get at all.

I appreciate that the photos above make the record look black, so here's an obligatory shot of it with the light behind.

This is probably the best Dinosaur Jr. record since before they got back together in 2007. I spent about a month listening to only this and the Descendents LP. If only I'd have been more prepared for its release and ordered the clear vinyl version from Newbusy Comics. That one is going to take a while to find for a good price I'm sure.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Come Out Swinging

It's always cool to get records from actual humans in real life, as opposed to through the mail. Last week Ralf was visiting London and came round to visit me at my house. A few weeks previous he had made the decision to get rid of his Champion records, and I was keen to get in on the action so I could fill a couple of gaps in my collection.

It's been 13 years since Bridge Nine released the 'Come Out Swinging' 7". I vaguely remember pre-ordering it at the time and getting one green vinyl and one clear vinyl. It was probably a good couple of years until I realised that there were two different shades of green vinyl out there. Over the years it was never really a priority, to the point where I had forgotten which version I had. Well, with Ralf offering both for sale recently, I decided to check, and realised that it was the dark one I was missing.

So finally I have both of the green variants. About time.

Well, you know what they say about Champion records. They're like buses. You don't buy any for years, then two come along at once. As well as the darker green vinyl copy above, I also managed to score the Posi nubers press, which is the same darker green vinyl with stamped labels in a limited sleeve.

This one was made for Posi Numbers back in 2003. There were 116 made, numbered on the back of the sleeve.

So after picking up the two I was missing, the only thing left to do was take a photo of them together. A bit like this:

I guess most people like to collect records. Me, I think I just wait until they come to me. As you have probably realised, sometimes it takes a while.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

NWOBHC

When I first picked up the debut 7" by ARM'S RACE at the start of last year, I wasn't really into the vocals. In time, however, they grew on me, so I was excited to get the debut full length when it came out a few weeks ago. It was released by La Vida Es Un Mus Discos and arrived at my door about two days after I placed the order.

As you can see, this LP is cheekily titled 'New Wave Of British Hardcore', which is an interesting choice. I'm not sure if that phrase has now become a joke but I half expect so. Anyway, I grabbed one of the copies on limited white vinyl, which also has a screen printed inner sleeve. It looks pretty damn cool too.

At the time I thought this was the only pressing of this record, but soon after realised that there is also a US press by the mighty Painkiller Records. Some of those come on red vinyl, and I'd quite like one, but doubt that the label have any left.

At the time of me writing this, there are still some white copies available, so you should probably grab one while you still can.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Over My Dead Body

I was always a fan of OVER MY DEAD BODY back when they were going around the turn of the century. They were a straight edge hardcore band, but with a very punk edge. They covered The Sex Pistols and Reagan Youth on their records, and had an obvious interest in English football. To me, they stood out from the crowd at the time. I haven't listened to them in a long time, but a few weeks ago I got a chance to pick up test pressings of both of their full lengths, so I jumped at it.

The first LP, 'Rusty Medals And Broken Badges' was released by Indecision Records in 2001. The test press came in this plain white sleeve with a sticker on the front. Not sure if they all came like this or whether a previous owner made this sleeve themselves. Regardless, most Indecision releases only had 8 tests made, so it's a pretty major deal to score one.

Here's a pic of the test with the regular record cover, because it somehow looks more interesting.

The second LP, 'Sink Or Swim' was released by Takeover Records in 2003. This is such a great LP, and reminds me of the first Bane LP in several places. I vaguely recall some kind of controversy surrounding this when it came out, although I can't remember exactly what it was. Maybe just that some of the people who pre-ordered never actually received anything? That old chestnut. Just like the I Hate You discography and the Suicide File / R'N'R split 7" from around the same time. Anyway, I digress. The test press is typically understated in its appearance:

So yup, you guessed it, I decided to take another pic with the regular cover.

I'm not sure that this band are still remembered today to be honest. Shame if not, but the positive side of that is that their records should be pretty cheap to pick up for those of us still looking to fill some gaps.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Celebrated Summer

So as Summer draws to a close, and I'm sitting here (as every year) wondering where the fuck it went, I can at least look back and be satisfied that it's actually been a pretty good one. But now we head into the autumn and winter, with dark evenings which means there's no light for record photos. This could therefore be the last evening photo of the season.

I picked up a grey vinyl copy of 'New Day Rising' back in 2012. It was my first attempt at getting into Hüsker Dü. Well, my first attempt since my first real attempt back in 1992. Since then I've gotten into the band a lot and so I'm now on the hunt for any colour vinyl copies I can get my hands on, so when this purpley pinkish copy appeared for sale I figured I'd grab it.

I think these two copies are both represses from the same era (2011/12). The may even be part of the same pressing of 'scrap' vinyl, which seems to often range from grey to purple and everywhere in between.

This LP was first pressed on colour vinyl back in the early 90s, on both blue and also grey vinyl. I still have my eyes peeled for copies on either of those colours too. Maybe one day...

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Oops, I Did It Again

Only three weeks ago I put up a post showing a purple vinyl copy of Mudhoney's 'Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge' LP and mentioned that I had been thinking about trying to build a collection of that particular album for a few years. Well, you know what they say... no time like the present! The same seller that I bought the purple copy from had several other versions that he was selling, and I managed to grab three more copies.

First is this copy which is a US pressing on a greyish colour with purple swirls. I'm guessing this is part of a 'scrap' vinyl pressing as it is not really any colour in particular.

The next copy is this bright green. This is a European pressing, denoted by the different label catalogue number. Also, it has a different sticker on the front, and the colours on the cover are slightly lighter in tone.

And third is another European pressing, this time on grey vinyl.

I've had this album in my collection in one form or another since 1992. But the funny thing is that until three weeks ago I owned one copy. Now it's five. And all this because I spotted a Seaweed 7" for sale on eBay.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Higher Power 'Year One Collection' 12"

My record room is such a mess right now. I have cubes full of LPs, then a shelf unit with LPs I bought last year, then I have three piles of LPs on the floor of things I've picked up this year. The three piles on the floor are in no order whatsoever, and it seems that whenever a new record comes in it just goes into one of the three piles. It's random, and as a consequence I forgot about this Higher Power 'Year One Collection' 12".

Higher Power are a UK band from Leeds, which is a city approximately 200 miles north of London. I used to live there but moved away about ten years ago. It always had a good hardcore scene, but the last few years it kinda went next level. Higher Power are one of the newer bands who are earning a real name for themselves, having toured the States and Europe.

This 12", released by Control Records, compiles the demo and the 'Space To Breathe' 7" that were both released in 2015. There were only 135 copies made in total. I bought this when it was released and it arrived when I was away on holiday. So I've had it since the beginning of July, but misplaced it for two months.

I love these really minimal, basic looking 12"s, probably partly because they remind me of the Straight Ahead 12", although I acknowledge that if you come here to see pictures of records then this one is probably slightly disappointing.