Thursday, 8 December 2016

Integrity Blues

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to see Jimmy Eat World. I'd never seen them live before and it was one of the best shows I've seen in years. The band played all the hits from the early albums plus a bunch of new songs. Great set. A few weeks prior to the show I'd ordered Jimmy Eat World's latest LP Integrity Blues. It's the first Jimmy Eat World LP I seeked out since Futures. I'd been out of step with Jimmy Eat World for quite some time. I still listened to the songs I liked from way back when on a semi-regular basis, but somehow I never felt the urge to check out their new material. With the show coming closer and closer this changed, however. Integrity Blues is a little quieter than the early albums, but the songs on this record are really good. I've been spinning the LP quite a lot lately and it might end up quite highly on my 2016 list.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

4th Press Is A Charm

The 4th press of the SOIA's 7" on Revelation comes with two different sleeves. One is blank on the inside, the other one has a Rev catalogue and a trade list printed on the inside. Apparently the printed one is the rarer one, so I'm quite I happy I got the chance to pick this up at a reasonable price.

Close up of the sleeve / printed catalogue. A bit on the wrinkly side, but considering the age of the record and the quality of the paper, I'm okay with it.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Too Tired

I bought the Atari discography a few years back, but I always wanted to get the originals too. I just checked when the discography was released, and it only took me six years to get actually started. Oh well.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Years Of Defiance. Years Of Disgust.

Starting to discover a new old band by listening to their catalogue back to front. Why not?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Out Crowd

I'd never heard of this band before, but based on the description and the cover I sort of felt intrigued. After listening to this 7" for a few times, I must say that I didn't get disappointed. Good interpretation of youth crew hardcore.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Great Reversals Come In Waves

Another case of "Well, as long as I'm buying one record from this label, I might as well make it worth the shipping cost". Great Reversals is a band I've been into for some time now and while these are not their best songs, their still good. Can't wait for the new LP. I'd never heard of They Come In Waves, and although it is kind of stupid, just based on the band name I would have never bought any of their releases. The song is okay, but sometimes it's apparently okay to judge a band by its name.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Loosing It

I think I'm loosing it here. This is a limited cover for a promo (!) flexi (!). Not even a proper record, but a flexi. However, since it's by my new favourite band, I caved in quicker than you could say "That's stupid." Apparently the label ran out of covers, so they came up with a new one for the remaining 28 copies. This is #14.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Spirit Crusher

What happens when a bunch of people in their 30s, who also happen to have been in various other bands or have been involved in hardcore in some way or the other, decide to make music? Exactly, you get a great demo tape and an even better first 7". The artwork of this 7" is amazing as well. Band and label have gone all out for this release. I've known their frontman Dominik for a long time now and he's an all around great guy. He used to do shows around my area, he's helped to release a bunch of demo tapes, and he's put out a myriad of different zines. You can tell he has a way with words, not only because of the lyrics, but mainly because of the things he has to say in between songs. If you have the chance to see them live, make sure you go. Otherwise you'll miss out on a great new band, because as much as I like the recordings, Spirit Crusher's really quality lies in playing live.

This is the pre-order edition on black vinyl. #16/80.

Monday, 21 November 2016


Demo 7" from this new straight edge band from Göteborg, Sweden. Good one. Got the pre-order version on purple vinyl. I think there was a tape version of this one as well, but I'm not 100% sure.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Meant To Let You Down

While doing work stuff I sometimes listen to music on YouTube. Kill Holiday randomly came on as 'video playing next' and I thought, 'Well, I've never really listened to that band. Let's give them a chance.' And goddamn, Meant To Let You Down is an incredible song. I was listening to this song on repeat for two days straight and then headed over to Discogs and bought a copy for next to nothing. Luckily these don't go for a lot. The b-side is good as well, but the a-side is where it's at. I still haven't checked out their other releases, but I'll change that soon.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Left With Something

The seller of the three records I posted recently about was kind enough to throw in a little something extra. I hadn't heard of Left With Nothing before and I'm not overwhelmed by this 7", but it's okay. The songs don't really move me, but they aren't unlistenable either. I greatly appreciate the seller's gesture though. I even got a limited version. Blue vinyl out of 100 copies.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Reserve 34

The last record I picked up from this seller was a copy of Reserve 34's s.t. 7". Now, the band itself is only little known, but the members moved on to form Go It Alone and Blue Monday, two bands I really love. And this 7" didn't disappoint. On the contrary, it's a really good record that I've enjoyed greatly so far. Standard press on black vinyl out of 400 copies.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Making History

Of course I couldn't resist going through the other records the seller of the Danger's LP had up for sale on Discogs. And sure enough I found a record I'd had my eye on for a long time. The record release edition of Go It Alone's Histories LP. No special cover, no special vinyl colour. All you get is a stamp on the label. This is #67/70.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sink With Dangers

I always thought I had a pretty good knowledge of what variants of Dangers records are out there, but I had no idea that there was a special cover made for Sink With Cali festival. The price was okay, so I didn't hesitate when I saw this one on Discogs. It's not a real sleeve, but I like the overall artwork a lot.

Back cover.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Record Collectors Unite

When I was visiting Marcus, he treated me to some records he'd released on his own label The Endless Quest. Hope Defeated are/were (I'm not 100% sure if they're still active) a band from Canada. Now, you might ask yourself, why does some dude from the UK release a rather - at least to my knowledge - unknown band from Canada? The answer is quite simple really: because the singer and the guy running the label knew each other through collecting records and blogging about it. Doug  hasn't been active for some time, but his blog We Will Bury You is still worth checking out. If you want to know more about the story, you should pick up a copy of this 7" and read all about it.
I really like the story behind this release. It's always cool to see how shared interests can bring people together no matter where they're from. The story isn't the only thing I thoroughly enjoyed here. The record itself is pretty good as well. Thanks again for hooking me up with an instant collection, Marucs.

Black vinyl out of 150.

White vinyl out of 100.

And finally, a very cool Chain Of Strength rip-off sleeve out of 60 aka the Blog Nerds Pressing. You can also see a flyer that tells the story of Marcus' label and how this 7" came about.