Monday, 10 April 2017

Cluster

One of my favourite bands from the last few years is Kids Insane from Israel. So news about a new LP made me pretty happy. Sadly, when the record arrived, it turned out to be not as good as I had hope for. I liked their previous material a lot better. At least, on record that is. I saw them live a few days after I got the record and live the new songs worked really well. What a fun show that was.
200 copies on white vinyl. There are also 300 copies on red vinyl.


Full Speed Ahead

You can't stand on one leg, and picking up just one record by a band when you can get two, also makes no sense. At least in the head of a record collector. 3rd press with different sleeve. I love the My War Records stamp.


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Body Bag

One of those bands I've meant to check out for a long time, but only managed to pick up some of their records recently. Debut 7" by Rain On The Parade. This press was licensed by It's Alive Records. 500 copies on red vinyl.



Saturday, 8 April 2017

Made My Choice

And I opted for the yellow vinyl. Didn't have any copy before, so going with one that matches the cover very nicely was a no-brainer.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Skate Edge Hardcore

Can't go wrong with classic combinations, part II. Record release edition of the Reaching Forward and Ensign split featuring nice skateboard related artwork.  As you can see, the record is limited to 150 copies. 100 were used for the record release edition, which comes with white artwork. Mine is #26/100. The other 50 copies on blue come with silver artwork.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Skate Tuff

Pizza and cheese. Falafel and hummus. Apple and cinnamon. Skateboarding and hardcore. Can't go wrong with classic combinations. Oh, and the music is pretty good as well.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Bout Of The Century

Good split between two good '90s bands. Can't even say which side I like more. The red vinyl goes nicely with the cover.


Monday, 3 April 2017

Growing Bluer

For the last few months this feels like a joint blog operation. A buddy of mine is thinning out his collection, I get dibs on the records because he sends me the pictures as one of the first people and as a result a large percentage of the records you can see here used to be his. I call it the 'circle of record collecting'. So, among other things, I decided to upgrade my black copy of the Growing Stronger compilation. Hold on, you may say, is a coloured 2nd press copy really an upgrade of a black 1st press copy? I say, yes. Why? Because the blue vinyl looks just so pretty cool with the white and blue sleeve. Besides the coolness factor, there are also fewer of them. Others may disagree. I welcome your input.


Monday, 27 March 2017

I Quit

My wife was sorting through our buddy's for free records at said show as well and she pulled out this LP. I'd never heard of the band and probably wouldn't have paid it any attention based on the cover art. Turns out this was an early Rivalry Records released, back when the label was still called Rival. Well, officially, it was released by Punchline Productions, a label from Europe, but it also has the Rival Records logo on the back. Turns out the band isn't that bad at all, but it won't become a favourite of mine either. Still, the record was free, so why not check it out? I don't even mind the heavy water damage on the jacket. It doesn't show in the picture, but it's actually quite bad.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

For The Snake Of Dedication

Late 2000s 7" hardcore compilation featuring only German bands. You could say the title and the layout were slightly influenced by another compilation from the late 90s. It's hard to make out, but there are one or two small similarities here. Empty Vision were so good, as were Sirens and Red Tape Parade.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Bad Trip

Free records, Bad Trip, part II. Second 7" by Bad Trip, which I also scored for free at said show. I really need to pick up their LPs.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Positively Bad

While visiting my buddy in Stuttgart some time ago, we were digging through his collection and I got to know and like a few bands that I hadn't known before. One of them was Bad Trip. When my friend put on one of their LPs it was nothing like I'd expected judging by the name. Really good music. While I still haven't gotten around to picking up the LPs, the two 7"s sort of fell into my hands. A few weeks ago I was at a show and someone was giving away records for free. That's right, for free. I took a look at the box and found a bunch of things, one of which was the first Bad Trip 7". The songs are good, but not as good the ones on the LPs. Still, I'm not one to sneeze at free records. Second press on Wreck-Age Records.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dark Towers / Bright Lights

From time to time there comes along a band that doesn't really fit my usual taste in music, but still gets to me. I'm not really into doom, sludge, post-metal and so on, but despite that I really like Cranial. Maybe it's because I'm friends with two band members, but usually that doesn't affect me. Usually I can tell my good friends if I don't like their music and it has never affected any friendships. I saw them live at their first record release show and despite the fact that they played four songs in about 40 minutes, I never lost interest. More often than not my attention span lasts for about three and  a half minutes tops and anything longer must be really good to keep my attention. Well, Cranial manage to do just that. I also really like the artwork for this record. The record you can see here was technically only available with the boxset they made. There are 50 of these that came with an engraved wooden box, patches, posters, CD, stickers and the record of course. They really went all out with this box and in hindsight I regret not picking up one because the set in itself is a beautiful piece of art, but 50€ was still a little steep. Anyway, when I asked one of my friends if they had any records lying around because I wanted to get one, he asked me if I wanted a coloured one. Of course I did and I was all the more surprised when he told me that they had one record leftover from the boxsets, so I ended up with this 1/1 copy. It looks awesome, especially in combination with the record sleeve.

If you're into doom, sludge and post-metal, check out Cranial.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Patience Is A Virtue

If record collecting has taught me anything, it's that being patient often pays off. Sure, it's kind of unnerving when you keep looking for a certain record, and once you've found it, you're too late or someone else snatches it away from you in the last second. But eventually you'll get a shot at the record you've had your eye on for so long. It's only a matter of time.
Having said that, these two records took a lot longer than they should have. Supposedly there are 1,000 copies in total of the second press of Bane's LA 7", but they almost never pop up. Which has led some other Bane nerds and myself to the conclusion that the pressing info is either not correct or the label is still sitting on a ton of these 7"s. Something's definitely off here. Anyway, I'm really glad I was finally able to complete the set. Two more tests and I'm done with this whole city series.


Blue /300 (?).


Clear /700 (?).

Monday, 20 March 2017

There Are Rules

My buddy I was visiting in Stuttgart had told me a few weeks before the visit that a buddy and he were working on re-launching his old distro, and possibly his old label, in the nearby future. By now it is back online, so check out Drastic Actions for records and probably new releases at some point. He still had some old records from back then and also some new stuff, so I flipped through the records and promptly found one that triggered my interest. I love the first two The Get Up Kids LPs. Something To Write Home About is one of those records I'd take with me to a lonely island. I never bothered to check out their latest, post-reunion LP though. It's a nice record, meaning you can listen to it while doing something else and the music is nice enough for some background noise, but after listening to it a few times, not one song has really got stuck in my mind. Bit of a disappointment here.