Archive for March, 2012

Has it really been a full decade since Andrew WK appeared (seemingly) out of thin air and rocked our smile covered faces off with his collection of goofy, fun Party Metal? It has indeed and Century Media is going to celebrate that anniversary in style this July.

From Century Media’s website (bolding my own)

A decade ago, pop-metal party icon, ANDREW W.K., released his renowned debut album, I Get Wet. In honor of the album’s 10-year anniversary, ANDREW W.K. has joined forces with CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS for a special re-issue edition to be released on July 17, 2012…I Get Wet features hit songs that helped make ANDREW W.K. the household name that he is today. The album includes party anthems, “Party Hard”, “Party Til You Puke” and “She Is Beautiful”. This special reissue will include not only the full-length original album, but also a second disc featuring a generous helping of never-before-heard live recordings, early demo versions, alternate mixes and other previously unreleased material. There will also be a limited number of autographed deluxe editions each containing a very special “SOMETHING” directly from Andrew’s private collection – including everything from a lock of his hair to a world tour airplane ticket stub. In addition to the special CD release, I Get Wet will also be reissued as a special double gate-fold vinyl LP.

Double wax with a gatefold and (presumably) the goodies listed with the CD re-release? Two words; Hell. Yes.

This upcoming summer just got a whole lot more awesome.

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It’s ISIS. Really what more can I say? They are one of those bands that you either hate or unquestionably love.  The ongoing Live series (undeterred by that whole ‘they broke up in 2010’ thing) captures the band at their absolute best and Volume 6 might be the best of the bunch. Recorded in November of 2007,  it is a collection of some of their absolute best material highlighted by the opening track; an absolutely brutal version of “Hive Destruction.” It is an album that can be listened to in the car and still melt your speakers, but I highly recommend you listen to it with headphones. Cliche as it sounds, listening to it like that really adds something to the album.

The vinyl release of this sold out fast (as is usually the case with Isis vinyl releases, live or otherwise) but you can still grab it via iTunes. Or you can search eBay and pay only slightly above retail (at least at the time of this posting) for the vinyl version.

The release itself comes in grey packaging with letter pressing all around. The sleeve, the insert all simple and to the point with a very nice overall look. The records themselves are pressed on some heavy duty feeling vinyl and overall it’s a really well put together release that was well worth the $20 Hydra Head had it priced at when it went up on the website.

I believe it was released on just black, grey and clear. No idea what the pressing numbers are (as is usually the case with Hydra Head releases.) The copy I picked up is on grey but to me it’s more a light grey/dark grey swirl. Whatever, this particular color is the nicest of the bunch because it ties into the rest of the packaging so well. And, as we’ve discussed, the most important part of the package – the music cut into the grooves – is top notch. So it is an overall A+ release and another job well done by the folks at Hydra Head.

The Melvins continue on their path to drive collectors crazy with their releases. Not to mention to make them dig deep into their pockets when it comes to the limited nature of everything they’ve been putting out as of late.

At first was…as far as I noticed at least was their The Bride Screamed Murder LP release via Amphetatime Reptile. That was insanity at $50 a pop. Melvins fans have deep pockets or so committed to the band that they don’t collect any other band whatsoever.

In time for the Melvins tour with Unsane, AmRep has out out a split 7″ of each band covering the other. Melvins doing “Alleged” off Scattered, Smothered & Covered  and Unsane covering “The Bloat” off Stag. In expected fashion, the 7″ is limited and available in two different versions:

White Edition: Tri-color vinyl, Silk Screen Sleeve on white poster stock. Out of 625.

Silver Edition. Splatter color vinyl, Silk Screen Sleeve on Silver foil stock. Out of 75 numbered.

In a moment of spontaneity mixed with panic…and money sitting in my Paypal…I went with the silver edition. And that set my ass back $40! The white edition was only $20. A steal compared to the other one.

  

I’m all for limited editions and special covers and all the bells and whistles added to a release. I’m a sucker for some of that stuff especially when it’s bands I’m into and pursue to get all of their records. But sometimes it’s a bit much that a label asks for ridiculous amounts of money for a release solely on its limited nature. Even more so being a 7″ for $40!

Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know…if you don’t like it, then don’t buy it. No one is forcing you to buy it. Is it really needed? Will it be the end of the world if that record is not part of your collection? I have to admit that sometimes it feels that way. I am sure I’m not the only one feeling as such either.

 

Overall though…and getting back to the Unsane / Melvins split 7″…it is a pretty decent release. As expected from Haze XXL and AmRep, it’s artfully done and still pushing the art + music agenda that they’ve been as of late. Both bands do a great job covering each other’s songs.

Both versions are sold out from Amrep, but if you happen to catch Melvins and Unsane on their tour, they will have copies of the white edition. For $20. Each.

Ryan Adams PAX-AM Seven Inches

Posted: March 21, 2012 by Nick_J in Record Nerds
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Since leaving Lost Highway and starting PAX-AM Ryan Adams has been dropping 7″s fairly regularly. Main problem is that they have all been pretty rare or at least very hard to come by. Here are a few that I’ve managed to pick up in the last few months.

Empty Room/Nutshell – This is a fantastic record and one of my favorite Ryan Adams 7″s. The Alice in Chains cover is great. This sleeve is so beat up and it came straight from PAX-AM beat up. This was a tour 7″ and the leftover were sold on the website.

Do I Wait/Darkness – This record was the Record Store Day Black Friday record for Ryan last year. Do I wait is an alternative version. What an amazing song.

Come Home/Starship – This record is a tour 7″ that a friend picked up when he saw Ryan Adams with Jason Isbell. This is also a fantastic record of a couple demo tracks.

Big Business

Posted: March 6, 2012 by Nick_J in Record Nerds, Uncategorized
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This is the Big Business Quadruple Single. I missed the first pressing of this because these guys are complete spazzes and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Maybe I wasn’t in the loop when the first press was put out but I couldn’t find this record till this second press became available on their website.

Quadruple Single is amazing and represents my favorite incarnation of the band. The guitar is very prevalent on this record.  Love the purple vinyl and the art is pretty nice. I really hope everybody gets a copy of this record. I have no idea what the pressing info for this release is and I don’t think I care given the strangeness of it’s release.