Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Today In The Mail: A389 Forever

The other day I got a pretty decent sized package from A389 Records. I pretty much order every record this label puts out. I'm sorta playing catch up though on a few of the older ones (I'm going to have start hunting on ebay for the really early releases I missed). This order though brought me the last piece of my Gluttons collection (for now), 3 Gehenna records (including one split), a 7" for a band called The Love Below (outkast reference?) and the first press of the Integrity - To Die For 10" I had missed with a special bonus inside. I thought the order its self was going to be the special part for me but when I opened it up I noticed my 10" had a 7" slid inside. I was so excited because I had been broke when the pre-order went up and when I finally did get money I had missed the last few copies by an hour or so. Luckily some were put up the A389 webstore a few hours before the next set of pre-orders went up.

Gehenna - Negotium Perambulans In Tenebris (Self Released)
Gehenna/California Love (Red) (Out Of 250) (A389 Records)
Gehenna - Hope Guzzo Bootleg (Marble) (Out Of 250) (A389 Records)

Gluttons - S/T (Clear) (Out Of 150) (A389 Records)
The Love Below - Reproductive Rights (Pink) (Out Of 250) (A389 Records)

Integrity - March Of The Damned (A389 Records)
Integrity - To Die For (First Press) (Blue) (Out Of 500) (A389 Records)

Also in the past few days I got a copy of Bridge Nine's repress of Underdogs - S/T 7". Its a GREAT fucking repress only a few minor changes that were either to fix things wrong with the original press or to put the b9 logo on their (but they still left the new beginning logo in the insert!!!)

Underdog - S/T (Red) (Bridge Nine Records)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The return of?

For some reason I do not update this blog enough, I've also let the mix blog fall to the wayside... though it was hard to keep up with from the beginning. And at this point I'm spreading myself very thin, from trying to start school, to working 40 hours a week, going to every show I can (and that means traveling for most of them), writing, organizing my many collections and trying to gather things together for two zines. But I promise to update more and in the next few weeks I should have some random pictures to post and hopefully logs of found objects I've collected.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Today In The Mail: FIRST EOAY TEST!!!!

Today when I came home from work/hanging out with my girlfriend I found a wonderful package waiting for me!!! It is my first End Of A Year test press, it is for the More Songs About Transportation and Intercourse on Hex Records. Strangly enough that is who I won it from on ebay haha. Also included in this package was the Hex Records - Ten Years Of Putting Out Records zine with a cool comp CD. Today RULED!!! And hopefully this is just the first of many.

End Of A Year - More Songs About Transportation and Intercourse (Test Press) (Out Of 15) (Hex Records)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Today In The Mail: "You Sell A Million Records?"

Today I got a package with three copies of the same record in it. The record is End Of A Year's More Songs About Transportation and Intercourse and does not just have a Talking Heads rip off cover but they do a cover of Talking Heads song Wild Wild Life. The rarest color was to be clear but do to the plant running out of this color they had to switch it to green. I fucking love green vinyl, so I am more then siked and as soon as I read the note detailing this I quickly flipped through to find this lovely green record instead of the clear one I had thought I was getting. Now another thing that I noticed was different was the color of the black copies sleeve and as I pulled it out to take a picture I noticed that its even on different paper (much heavier paper). Weird.

Also a few weeks ago I did an email interview with Patrick the front man of End Of A Year that I should be putting into a zine soon... I might post it on here eventually too. It came out pretty well I'm excited for 5 people to read it.

End Of A Year - More Songs About Transportation and Intercourse (Green) (Out Of 100) (Hex Records)
End Of A Year - More Songs About Transportation and Intercourse (White) (Out Of 200) (Hex Records)
End Of A Year - More Songs About Transportation and Intercourse (Out Of 200) (Hex Records)

Today In The Mail: The Last Week + My Last Week

So in the last week I've been to a few shows in a few states and celebrated my 24th birthday. I saw Cro-Mags, Killing Time, Inmates, Set To Explode and Praise in Baltimore, Maryland and I saw Blacklisted, Gods And Queens, The Rival Mob, Give and Salvation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both of these were the first times I had seen shows in these cities and both seemed to have a large local draw though I'm sure a lot of people traveled to Cro-Mags. Also Both shows were really great and well worth the money that went into the trip. Honestly seeing Blacklisted play that set would have been worth the money. I could go on and on about the shows but I'll just shorten it to this... 1st show... Cro-Mags played a set full of all the hits and a cover of Minor Threat doing a cover of Wire, Killing Time played a great mix of Old and New songs that I really enjoyed, and Inmates didn't get the reaction they deserved. 2nd show... Blacklisted ended their set with my favorite song by them and all the new songs come off amazing live, Rival Mob was real real good and Give was the other stand out at that show and I would love to see them again. I HIGHLY recommend people checking them out.

And even after all this fun mosh and traveling thousands of miles (thanks to my flights having to go to Nashville and Chicago also) some of the best times I had all week were with my girlfriend she made me a wonderful dinner of ribs and potatoes, gave me a really cool Shook Ones shirt (Descendents rip off) and took me to see a real cool exhibit of one of my favorite living artists, Chihuly. So all in all I've been having a good time records aside.

Now onto my mail, as I was gone I got 4 packages 2.5 for me and 1.5 as presents for my girlfriend. I like how it was my birthday and almost half the stuff that came in the mail was for her. I got her a Panic Shirt (that I am super jealous of) and a copy of a zine that I had also received a copy of for myself. The zine is very cool, its full of poetry and photos and information on how it can be ordered can be found here. The other two packages were records. The first package was a order from a distro that has taken over distributing these records (that had come out a few years ago). It included a copy of Over My Dead Body's Lp Sink Or Swim and Piece By Piece 7" Written In Blood both are pretty rare and the latter was one of only 3/4 that were this darker grey that is more like a green/grey. Also I ordered a record that this label put out for a band I had seen in California last year that really surprised me, Mourningside. Now I guess they are called Mourningside AD I was very happy with my order they even through in 3 free CD's. You can pick up these records and more at Hard Press Records Bigcartel. The other package was a record from a b9er that I've been trying to get (off them and in general for years). Hollywood's 4/20 cover version of their record Brave Sounds. I am pretty sure this was the record release or something along those lines for this record but either way its out of 20 and now means I'm only missing tests and I'll have a complete collection for this band.

"Half Empty" Zine
Hollywood - Brave Sounds (4/20 Cover) (Out Of 20) (Keepitcore Records)
Over My Dead Body - Sink Or Swim (Blue) (Out Of 159) (Takeover Records)
(I forgot to take pictures of the other records so this is all you get)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Today In The Mail: A Reason To Smile

About a week ago I was doing my rounds of ebay looking up bands I have been enjoying as of late, surprising enough I listen to music other then Blacklisted. When I looked up Fury Of Five two records came up and one happened to be a buy it now for 12 bucks it was even listed as 90's rock. The seller clearly had no idea what they had. I felt my heart skip a beat as I quickly clicked the buy it now button and felt like the luckiest man on the Earth.

Fury Of Five - No Reason To Smile (Green) (Out Of 200) (Gain Ground Records)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Today In The Mail: Panic Day?

Today I got three packages in the mail today. Two held Panic items and one held a bands demo who had perked my intrest by saying they sounded like Panic on b9. The shirt was from Ebay, the two Panic 7"s (and the other 7" were from a b9er) and the tape was from said band, Overlooked. I am now only missing the Back To School Jam cover for the Panic - S/T 7" and tests for both.

Overlooked - 2009 Demo
Panic - S/T (White) (Out Of 200) (Bridge Nine Records)
Panic - Dying For It (Blue/Yellow) (Out Of 400) (Bridge Nine Records)
Empty Promise - S/T (Self Released)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Today In The Mail: With All The Stones I Throw

Today the other half of my Blacklisted - Eccentrichine order came from Six Feet Under Records, this was the record half. I've already listened to this 7" quite a few times through and I couldn't imagine a better complement to the new LP (No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me). The record has two new songs and two that are from other records, these rerecordings are A full band version of P.I.G. from No One Deserves This More Then Me and an acoustic version of Wish from Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God. I really like the reversal on these songs, seeing as they both appear the opposite ways on their respective albums. Now onto the two new songs, Stones Throw is a great build up to start the record out. I am very into the duel vocals on this song, and on the new record I really think her voice goes very well with his. The other new song is the title track to the record, its a bit faster song with real repetitive feel to it but again its great. I never feel like they take it too far and I think a lot of people think Blacklisted has become some sort of copy of other bands, I personally think they have just grown into the band they have always been progressing into. Oh and this blog is mostly about what the shit looks like and what ones I got so I guess I should talk about that... the records themselves are all really awesome looking. I think the colors they chose really complement the art of the record perfectly. As you can see in the first picture I got another record today, It is the New Found Glory / Dashboard Confessional split 7" I was very excited for finally hear this the other day after waiting forever and having twitter confirmation forever ago that New Found Glory was to cover one of my favorite Dashboard Confessional songs, Saints And Sailors. The other cover they did, Swiss Army Romance is pretty good also. The only thing that surprised me were the Dashboard songs, they were rather slow I hadn't realized they sounded like that now. Either way I am really glad I got a copy and didn't have to pay 17.00 bucks with shipping. Ha.

Blacklisted - Eccentrichine (Dark Red) (Out Of 606) (Six Feet Under Records)
Blacklisted - Eccentrichine (Beer With Red Splatter) (Out Of 305) (Six Feet Under Records)
New Found Glory/Dashboard Confessional (Pink) (Out Of 500) (Epitaph Records)

A. Side and...

B. Side of..

Blacklisted - Eccentrichine (Cream/Green With Red Splatter) (Out Of 103) (Six Feet Under Records)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Today In The Mail: Added Bliss

From the first time I heard the New Blacklisted album (No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me on Deathwish Inc) I knew it was going to become one of my favorite records of last year. I was never that big on Blacklisted before this record, I liked them and dug a few songs a lot but never to this level. And I guess its one of those things, something makes you look at the whole collection under a different light. I find myself semi-obsessed with this band. Listening to the new album somewhere around 100 times since I first heard it in mid December. And the rest of the discography quite a bit. They have been my top artists for almost every week since mid December, achieving as high as 500+ plays in one week alone. Now me having no job, and nothing really to do I am sure is helping this but its something strange to think I can not get bored of this record even listening to it 20+ times in a row (as I have on more then one day). I guess I am just stuck on this record. The day it went up for order I wasn't too sure how it would be so I slacked on ordering it so I guess Ive payed the price (but not too bad I would think). Now onto todays package, I picked up this record (on the second rarest color) for only 26 bucks off ebay. Now I just have to find the other three versions, to satisfy my lust.

Blacklisted - No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me (Orange And Green Mix) (Out Of 319) (Deathwish Inc Records)

The other package that came today was a Print, I've realized a lot as of late how much I like prints. I only have a few and would be very into getting more. This print that was designed and printed by Screenin 4 A Change and goes with an EP called Eccentrichine on Six Feet Under Records that goes along with the Blacklisted record I had come in the mail today. Perfect timing I guess, but timing off since as I said it goes with the EP and it didn't come today. I've been waiting for a month to hear these songs. And not so much as being impatient to have the records but really wanting to hear the songs. 2 of them are from the same sessions as the LP, one is a full band version of a song already on the LP (The P.I.G.(The Problem Is G.)) and lastly an acoustic version of Wish from their last LP, Heavier Than Heaven Lonelier Than God. We can only hope tomorrow brings this to me.

Blacklisted - Eccentrichine (Print) (Out Of 103)

Today In The Mail: In The Last Week(s)? who knows

I've been doing just about nothing so I have no Idea why I have not updated. Whatever, who cares. The first record I got in the last few weeks was Panic - Dying For It on Bridge Nine Records. I've always liked Panic but it seems in the last few months I've had a spurt of interest in collecting them and tracking down different versions of the records. I lucked into this on ebay for cheap, and when I say cheap I mean I won this for under 3 bucks. Must have been my lucky day. I almost missed the auction too but luckily I woke up to an email about it.

Panic - Dying For It (Green) (Out Of 150) (Bridge Nine Records)

The second package I got in the last week was my Six Feet Under Records New Years Sale grabs. All are records I was meaning to buy (The Mongoloids records lower on that list), and I couldn't pass them up for 3-5 bucks a pop. Most of these are decently rare too so it was a pretty good score for around 20 with shipping.

The Mongoloids - Assorted Music (Black/White/Grey) (Out Of 254) (Six Feet Under Records)
The Mongoloids - Time Trials (Mustard Yellow) (Out Of 708) (Six Feet Under Records)
Justice - Live And Learn (Grey) (Out Of 175) (Six Feet Under Records)
Mother Of Mercy - III (Red/Black) (Out Of 325) (Six Feet Under Records)
Dean Derg - ...Raus (White) (Out Of 310) (Six Feet Under Records)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Today In The Mail: Double Locks On All Of Our Hearts

I figured both of these were a few days off so I didn't budget myself much time to update today. The two 7"s are both from Reaper Records. This is the second copy of Trapped Under Ice's - Stay Cold I have picked up this one comes with a limited cover (it is a black and white version of the Pre-Order cover). I was really into the art and it made me more bummed I didn't get it right when it came up so I really was siked when I saw this up for order. The other 7" is a band from Syracuse called Violent Side, they feature members of Black SS and Forfeit. Real good straight forward hardcore. "Violent Side Bust" part will have you moshing for sure and the record is limited to 148 and with nothing saying about another pressing I would say go grab yourself a copy!

The other package I got was a CDR demo I got off ebay for one of my favorite bands, End Of A Year. I had the pleasure of seeing them for a third time in Cleveland last week, they were fucking great as usual. I am very excited for the new LP on Deathwish inc. If I get my shit together I should have an interview with their singer Patrick relatively soon (for either a print zine I am trying to do or maybe just for this blog). But back to the CDR, it killed me to have to pay $8 bucks for a burned CD but I am collecting the band so I guess I can give myself a pass.

Trapped Under Ice - Stay Cold (4th Press) (Limited Cover) (Out Of 350) (Reaper Records)
Violent Side - S/T (Out Of 148) (Reaper Records)
End Of A Year - Warm (Demo)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Today In The Mail: The First Time I Saw A Man Die

I got this shirt the other day off ebay for $2.oo. I really don't know what to say in this post other then this band is hard. This shirt is hard/silly. And I'm really glad I got to finaly see them last year (at The Great American Hardcore Fest).