Sunday, 18 March 2018

Drug Free Zone

I mainly picked up this record because it was cheap, like 1 or 2€, while I was buying another record from someone, and I was somewhat intrigued by the name. No surprise here really, it's pretty generic sxe hardcore. Good, but not outstanding.

Sunday, 11 March 2018


I never got to see Chokehold when they were around originally, but I did manage to see them last year when they played a few shows in Europe. I'm sure it was better in the 90s, but that was one good evening. Semi-funny side note, I'm 35 now and I was definitely one of the youngest people at that show. Good for me, but it would be cool if more younger people would still listen to Chokehold. Anyway, said show made me aware that I don't own all Chokehold releases. So here's one more I can cross of my want list. Black vinyl which comes in a black and white cover. Does anyone know which press this is? Discogs hasn't been really helpful here.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Around The World

I've said it before and I'll say it again over and over: ...But Alive were one of the best punk bands from Germany ever. I love the music, I love the lyrics and I love how they maintained the same style of artwork for most of their releases. Despite their decidedly left wing politics and anti-capitalist stance, their records sell for quite some money. Seems like the message is just lost on some people. It took me forever to find a reasonably priced copy. I finally found one from a seller in Japan. What I didn't realize at the time was that this LP was released on two labels: on ...But Alive's own label ...But Alive Records, but also on Propagandhi's G7 Welcome Committee Records. I only realized that when I wanted to read the lyric sheet, because they are printed in English. Kind of a bummer, because I'd like to get a copy with the (correct) German lyric sheet as well. To sum up: I bought a record from a German band which was released on a Canadian label and comes with a lyric sheet in English from a seller in Japan. Punk really brings the world together.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Start Today

Things have been quiet here lately. But between life and work, that's how it goes sometimes. I still have a few records that I bought over the last few weeks that I'm going to post about before things are going to slow down again.

I've managed to pick up most of the variants of this all-time great hardcore record over the last few years, only a red copy had evaded me for the longest time. A few weeks ago, I finally found a reasonably priced copy and best of all, it was still sealed! So not only did I manage to cross this beauty off my list, but this copy is also in pristine condition. I just love it. Now, people may say that it’s stupid to open such a gem, but for me records are meant to be listened to, so keeping it sealed wasn’t really an option for me. Also, how could I other wise have appreciated its full beauty?

Monday, 29 January 2018

No Cure For Death

The first Sect LP was one of better records that was released in the last few years and left me wanting for more. So I was really glad to learn that the band was going to release a new record late in 2017. It was delayed a little bit, but it was well worth the wait. 500 copies on white vinyl. I also like how the band stick with the black and white artwork for all their releases.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Ashes Lie And Wait

Two more songs of 90's hardcore worship by Safe and Sound. Pretty good if you ask me. New Age Records is a pretty good match for this band/release. 200 copies on baby blue marble.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Free At Last

I ordered from a bistro recently, so I went through its stock for a while. I came across this record by Free At Last, which was advertised as in the vein of Count Me Out, Turning Point and Fury. Since I was in the mood to check out something new, I decided to order a copy. Well, I can see the influences by the aforementioned bands and all in all it's an okay record, but so far it hasn't really clicked with me. 700 copies on blue/white marble.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Ex Tenebris

When I first heard about Free I was really excited. Another Pat Flynn band that basically is 4/5th Have Heart sounded pretty damn good to me. And the demo didn't disappoint. I actually managed to pick up a copy on tape at one of the Bane 20th anniversary shows. Pat Flynn was folding the inlays at the merch table when I bought it. Cool story, bro, I know. Anyway, when it was announced that Free was going to release a 7", I was really excited, again. I even set up several notifications and alarms so I wouldn't miss out on the pre-order. Guess what happened? Yup, I missed out on the rarest colour. And paying shipping from the US to Europe for the other variants didn't seem like the smart thing to do.
So I decided to wait and pick up a copy as soon as distros over here had them in stock. The ones I could find that had copies sold them for 8,50€ upwards. I couldn't bring myself to pay that much for a new 7", be it a band I really like or not. Especially if I could end up with a copy that might just be black. So I waited and waited and waited. No rare copies popped up on Discogs or eBay, so I decided to wait some more. Then Free announced a European tour and some sort of tour press, comprising the demo and the Ex Tenebris 7". I knew I wasn't going to make it to any of the shows, so I asked friends to pick up a copy if they had the chance. I should have guessed that those were going to sell out pretty fast, but from what I've heard those sold out super fast. Then Control Records announced they were going to sell the remaining copies of the sold out record (right?) online. And again I missed out. So after waiting for about a year and missing out on the same record twice within a few days, I said fuck it and bought a copy after finding one for an okayish price. This 7" is pretty damn good. Not as good as early Have Heart stuff, but then again, that comparison in itself is kind of stupid. Really looking forward to hearing more from this band.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Bane + Descendents + Good Riddance

Last of the Fat Wreck order. It should have been a no brainer to add a record by a band that is comprised of members of three of my favorite bands ever. Still, it took me forever to do just that. The thing with 'all-star bands' is that there's usually a really big hype around them and more often than not they're simply not as good as the hype makes them out to be and not nearly as good as the original bands. Now, Only Crime may be the exception to the rule for me. They sound a lot like Good Riddance in my opinion, which is mainly due to Russ Rankin's distinctive voice. Now, you could argue that it's kind of boring to do basically the same music only with other musicians and it would have been a great opportunity to experiment and try something new, but I don't care. I like this record.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Don't Turn Away

While ordering the Good Riddance LP I also picked up two more records from Fat Wreck that I'd long meant to pick up. The first of those two is Face To Face's debut LP. Originally released by Dr Strange Records in 1992, Fat Wreck has handled all the rereleases since 1994. I think the black/clear halves combo works quite well here, although blue and clear should have been the obvious choices.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Repress Of The Revolution

There are certain bands that - despite making the same promise to yourself over and over again - you will still buy every repress of. Good Riddance such an example for me. They're probably the best band ever on Fat Wreck and one of my favourite bands ever. One of my collecting goals is to have all of the LPs on coloured vinyl at some point. That point is far, far away right now, because as of now I only have the last two records on coloured vinyl, but eventually I'm going to get there. When I saw a post on Instagram announcing a repress of their 3rd LP, I didn't hesitate a second, because coloured Fat Wreck vinyl usually sells out insanely fast. I think it came out really beautifully.

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Circle Of Influence Continues

This post goes out to two of my fellow bloggers. The best thing about this whole blogging affair has been meeting like minded people and getting to know so far unfamiliar bands through their blogs. Sparkmarker is a really good example for that. Both Marcus and Mike posted about this band and were very positive in their comments. So against my usual behavior I checked out the band on YouTube. I really liked what I was listening to, so when I ordered one of the records I recently posted about I checked the seller's other items and saw that he had a Sparkmarker 7" for something like $3. Really a no brainer to pick up the record. I'm definitely going to add more of their records to my collection sooner or later.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Cities In Search Of A Heart

The last few months I've been listening to a lot The Movielife. Especially This Time Next Year received a lot of play time. So when I read that the band was about to release a new LP I was kind of stoked, but after the initial feeling of happiness I became weary. So far the track record of bands getting back together and releasing good records has been rather bad. Refused and Burn come to mind as recent examples. I decided to give it a shot anyway. Cities In Search Of A Heart isn't a bad record. It doesn't sound anything like old The Movielife and once you get over that, the LP is quite enjoyable. I'm not 100% sold on it yet, but I have the feeling this is a grower. On the plus side, my wife is really into this record, so the decision to get a copy was definitely a good one.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The First 9 Years

Being a history teacher, I'm a sucker for books on bands, people and labels involved with the hardcore scene. As far as I'm concerned, there should be much more books on labels and their (hi)story. When Bridge 9 announced that the long awaited chronicle of its first nine years of existence was finally going to be released, I couldn't wait for it to come. Bridge 9 was huge for me in the 90s and some of my all-time releases came out on this label.
Bridge 9 has been running for 22 years by now, so this release is a little bit behind its schedule, but whatever. You can tell that a lot of effort has gone into this project. You get so much information on bands, releases and the label itself. You also get a ton of pictures that take you down memory lane. The late 90s and early 2000s, those were the days for me. I'm already looking forward to The Second Nine Years and The Third Nine Years books.

View of the open box with the contents on display. I really like the handwritten 'Thank You' card. Very nice touch.

Vinyl on display with a  glimpse of the book. Just beautiful. 400 copies on grey vinyl.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Margin Walker

Another step towards having every Fugazi release. As good as anything they released. I'm fine with the most recent repress.