Monday, 16 January 2017

Stand And Fight

I really liked the Stand And Fight LP and their fist 7", but I never had their demo on my radar for some reason. Shame on me. 700 copies on red vinyl.


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Forever

7" compilation have gone a little bit out of style I guess. This is a good one from 1990. Yellow label version.



Saturday, 14 January 2017

Turning X Point

Not much to see. Bootleg of the Turning Point demo. The quality is a little thin, although admittedly I have no means of comparison as to what the songs sound like on the demo tape or on the 7" since I own neither. It's okay for listening purposes though.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Alone In A Crowd

I've only had a bootleg copy of Alone In A Crowd's classic 7", so having the chance to get a copy of an official repress, and on colour too, was not to be sneezed at. I need some help with this one, people. I know that there are 200 copies on colour for this repress on Contrast Records. 170 are supposed to be mint green, 30 something copies are mint green with white swirls or on other shades of green, presumably from the early run of the pressings when the colours hadn't mixed right. There are some white swirls going on here, but I'm not sure if this qualifies as a swirl copy. I don't mind having 'just' a mint green copy, I'd just like to know.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

I'm Not Sorry You're Here

Another awesome pick up and one of the most beautiful cover art designs ever. The lyric sheet is a little disappointing though. It's not nearly done with as much love to detail as the overall design. It's simply glued on the inside of the butterfly. I get that the printing job would have been a little bit tricky, but it's still a bit of a bummer. However, the five songs on this 7" are just so good. Great 7" all in all.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

State Of Alert

Another big hole in my collection that I managed to fill thanks to my buddy. State Of Alert's No Policy 7" on Dischord. This is a 3rd press copy, which you can recognize by the band's name on the label.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

In My Eyes

2017 is off to a good start. Technically I got this record two days before this year began, but I'll count this one and a few others I'll post about these next few days as 2017 pick ups. A good friend of mine told me a few weeks ago that he was thinning out his collection and since he knows pretty well what I'm into and what records I'm after, he sent me a few pictures. Of course I found a bunch of records and we quickly settled on a deal. Since there was a show coming up that both of us wanted to go to, I told him to simply bring the records along, so I didn't run the risk of the records getting lost in the mail. I wasn't really worried about the condition of the records, because he's a friend and I like to think I can trust the people I surround myself with. Anyway, the day of the show came and during one of the opening bands my buddy and I found ourselves sitting outside the venue in a freezing cold car in the dim light of a streetlight sealing the deal. Not sure what the cops would have said if they had knocked on the window while he was holding a bunch of records and I was holding a wad of cash, haha.
This is one of the records I've always wanted to have. I would have been satisfied with picking up a 3rd press for now, but getting my hands on a 2nd press for a really good price wasn't an opportunity to be passed up. There's a little bit of ringwear, but considering the age of the record, both sleeve and record are in fantastic shape. Comes with the original insert in pristine condition as well.
The only thing I'm worried about now is that I've raised the bar pretty high for collecting this year and the year is only 10 days old. Then again, what is life without challenges?




Monday, 9 January 2017

My Generation

Great compilation from the mid 2000s. So many bands that I really like from my coming off age phase in hardcore. Still I never got around to picking up a copy. Found this one in the my new local record store. 40% off, too, because this was a leftover from Black Friday last year and not - not so surprisingly - hardcore kids are scarce around here. 700 copies on green translucent vinyl.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Zwischen den Runden

Happy belated new year, everyone! Holidays mean travel time and seeing family and friends, so things have been a little slow at the beginning of 2017.

Before travelling, I finally found some time to check out this new local record store that I had found about a few weeks ago. The city I live close to is pretty small, so a brick and mortar record store opening there is pretty exciting. I didn't have any high hopes to find anything good there, because punk and hardcore are such small niches in the broad spectrum of music, but I was pleasantly surprised when I went through the shelves in the store. The selection of indie, punk and hardcore records was definitely better than I had expected.  As far as hardcore is concerned the records were mainly represses of classics, but that's not half bad. Maybe it's something to build on. I bought two records, which were two more than I had anticipated. The first pick up is the latest record of my favourite German indie band. It was already released four years ago, but I never managed to grab a copy. It's just as well though, because now I snagged the deluxe edition. LP, bonus 7", lots of extra goodies, all of which come in a beautiful box. Sadly, this LP isn't as good as the previous ones. Or maybe I just have to give it some more time and it'll grow on me.


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Top Of The Pick Ups 2016

2016 has been another good year as far as record collecting goes. And even though I cut down massively on buying records for a good three months, I managed to buy a decent amount of records and pick up some really cool collectibles throughout 2016. These records comprise the Top 10 Pick Ups 2016. They're pretty much only records by my all-time favorite band and range from "Whoa, this is an incredible record. I didn't think I'd ever own over a copy of this." over "Huh, I didn't even know this variant existed, but I'm sure glad I stumbled upon it." and "I really like that cover." to "This record means a lot to me because it was a gift by a very generous person.". Especially the last category still makes hardcore and record collecting so much fun.

Thanks to everyone who pointed me towards a record, sold records to and  traded records with me, or even gave me a record as a present. Thanks to everyone who has been following my blog this year and has engaged me in conversation of some sort. It's been a lot of fun.

XXX

Ralf


Friday, 30 December 2016

Top Of The Pops 2016

2016 has been another really good year for new music. People always tell me that there are fewer and fewer new bands and records that get them excited, but in my opinion that's just a lame excuse for being lazy and just another way of saying "everything was better way back when". I get the sentiment of having the feeling one has heard that breakdown or that riff before, but maybe those aren't exactly the same and people simply have to keep an open mind. There are some old bands that had great releases in 2016 and there are some new bands that got me really excited with their records or demos. I can't wait for 2017 to come and bring me more good new music.

Record Of The Year 2016

Dangers - The Bend In The Break

7" Of The Year

Spirit Crusher - The Absolute

Demo Of The Year

Tie between Free and Lowest Priority

Discovery Of The Year

Rvivr and Erica Freas

Best Split 7"(s), Band With The Most Output and Most Loveable Band

Spirits

Honorable Mention (because it was played to me only once and I don't own the record)

Fury - Paramount










Thursday, 29 December 2016

The Bend In The Break

I saved the best for last. I was waiting for this record to happen for a really long time and as with every Dangers release, this LP had to grow on me. There were always songs on every record that immediately got me me, but the LPs as a whole always took a while to fully convince me. Great songs and the overall packaging is done really well. Thick booklet with the lyrics and some great pics by Al, the singer. Love the artwork, too. This is my pick for Record of the Year. Best for last. It proves right again.


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Kiss With Spit

It's been a long time since Dangers released an LP. So when I heard that 2016 was the year the new full length was going to drop I was more than stoked. The band also released a new 7", supposedly as some kind of teaser. Well, it wasn't much of a teaser since the order for the 7" went up together with the one for the LP. Maybe something had gone wrong at the pressing plant, as is the case so often. I don't really care since I'm just happy to have new songs by one of my favourite bands. Kiss With Spit is also on the new LP, the other two songs are exclusive to this 7". Love the artwork, too.



Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Lexicon Mist

One of the releases I was really looking forward to this year was the new Red Hare 7". I really enjoyed the 12" they released in 2013. The songs are good, but there are only two new ones on this 7", plus a Lungfish cover. Bit of a bummer.


Monday, 26 December 2016

Turn It Around

I haven't followed Comeback Kid much after their first two LPs, but those two have stood the test of time for me. I always wanted to pick up a copy of them, but I'd filed them in the "Oh, well, there are so many pressings, you can pick up a copy whenever you want."-category. Which of course I never did. When my then girlfriend and now wife and I moved in together, she brought her records with her and she had a copy of Turn It Around. I finally had a copy to listen to, but it was only a picture disc. And picture discs don't really count. So I still wanted to pick up another copy. The best looking copy by far is the blood splatter version you can see here. There's a variant with and without labels. I didn't really care about which one I'd get, so when I saw this copy sitting on Discogs for a very reasonable price, I finally bought a copy. I love it when the vinyl colour matches the artwork, and this record is a prime example for why. It looks even better in person.