So Mike said recently that "there is something less offensive about a Dischord reissue, compared to a Revelation reissue", and I agree. I'm not exactly sure why. Anyway, like Rev, Dischord continue to hammer out some remastered reissues from the many classics in their catalogue.
I was late to getting into Jawbox. I didn't really like this band in the 90s, although I'm not sure why. I think I just didn't give them enough of a chance to be honest. But I finally got around to rectifying that in the early 2000s and really kicked myself for missing out when they were an active band. Dischord recently repressed their second album, 'Novelty', on clear vinyl. The cover has also been re-coloured to make it look completely different to the original. It looks great in my opinion.
Next up, it's the Dag Nasty 'Dag With Shaun' LP. Technically this is not a reissue, but the first time that these songs have been officially issued on vinyl. Again, it looks great, and comes on clear blue vinyl to make things even more interesting.
The 'who is the best Dag Nasty singer?' is an often asked question, and I find it a tough one to answer. I was expecting to like these versions more than the Dave Smalley versions of the same songs, but in honesty I don't, because at this point I am just used to the songs with Smalley's voice, to the point where anything else just feels like a cover. So whilst it's cool to have these songs as an alternative interpretation, I do't think I could ever decide to play this version over the original 'Can I Say'.
Finally, I picked up the vinyl pressing of the S.O.A. '1st Demo' 7". Unsurprisingly, I felt obliged to get both the red vinyl first pressing and the blue vinyl second pressing.
As you can see, this record looks great. The sleeve is a fold out affair with photos and flyers, and was obviously a labour of love for the fine people at Dischord. Based on this, I'm already looking forward to the Fugazi demo when they issue that in a couple of months, even though I'm not the biggest fan of the band.