Category Archives: Vinyl

Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx (II) and (III) LP

So, a few weeks back I was lucky enough to go and see Mariachi El Bronx live at the Komedia in Brighton, and they did not disappoint!

As you would expect, they totally owned the place. I will link a review or two later on.

After the show, I was lucky enough to get them guys and gal to sign a couple of items from my collection (to be honest the only items in my collection for MEB).

First up, was the limited edition Mexican flag version of the Mariachi El Bronx (II) (tri-split, green, white and red) LP.

 Secondly is the newer Mariachi El Bronx (III) LP on translucent orange (or gold as some people call it). 





Am really chuffed to have both these items on my collection and for them to be signed, just need to get hold of Mariachi El Bronx (I) which was released in the US only, on clear vinyl. One day, I’m sure!
Review: http://brightonsource.co.uk/reviews/mariachi-el-bronx/
http://beardedmagazine.co.uk/index.php/live/article/mariachi-el-bronx-brighton-komedia-16.02.15

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Prized Possession: My ‘The Twilight Sad’ Collection

So after coming to this particular party very late (they were already on album no.3 before I clambered on the band wagon) – I have myself quite a task of a) finding all the back catalogue and the b) getting them all signed.

So, two years since I started collecting – this is where I am up to. Whilst not complete, I am kind of happy with where I have managed to get to.

Also, with the exception of the ‘The Wrong Car’ 12″ it is all signed – following a number of pre and post show chats – where i thrust things in their face with suitably coloured Sharpies (Concorde 2, Hoxton Bar & Grill (x2) and some other London venue whose name escapes me right now)

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Albums & playing card:
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7″ Singles:

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Unsigned ‘The Wrong Car’ 12″:

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So there you go, only a few more bits to find and get signed and then I can mark my Twilight Sad vinyl collection “complete*”

*pending any new releases of course.

Thanks go to James, Mark and Andy for accommodating my signing requests.

And if you haven’t enjoyed The Twilight Sad yet, get on it!!

New prized possession: Public Service Broadcasting Test Pressing

During RecordStoreDay2013 overnight queue-athon, I was introduced to a quite unique artist, who take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material – and carefully lays them over tracks of guitars, banjos, drums, piano and other electronic instruments.

Now, if you are thinking (as I did that evening) that this does not sound like your kind of thing – trust me, it is literally the most imaginative and ingenious thing I have heard in years – and trust me, you will fall in love with them.

So on to the possession, a test pressing of this years RecordStoreDay2014 release of “Elfstedentocht parts 1 & 2” that was sent to me by the very kindly by the man himself, J. Willgoose Esq. (and I mean it when I say that he possible one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet)

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Picture: both the RSD official version and test pressing

The single itself contains 2 tracks (Part 1 and Part 2 – does what it says on the tin) which are both about the Elfstedentocht, or Eleven Cities Tour, the world’s biggest ice-skating marathon – and were specially-written tracks for Explore the North Festival in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands – and therefore do not appear on the debut album “Inform-Educate-Entertain”.

I urge everyone to take the time to listen to these guys – even if it is not for you, the time and care that they obviously put into their music demands your attention.

They don’t have the biggest back catalogue at the moment, 1×12″ EP, 1 LP and a handful of 7″s – so a good time to start collecting:

And to Mr J Willgoose Esq., if you ever see this post, thank you for this – it is a great addition to my PSB collection.

Link to Public Service Broadcasting on Discogs:
http://www.discogs.com/artist/2916285-Public-Service-Broadcasting

May Catch-Up Post

May has been a busy month with gigs and record purchasing and I finally now have some time catch up and blog about some of the great things that I have acquired.

First up is the “Goodtime Boys”. A UK hardcore band currently signed to Bridge 9 that came to my attention via a strategically placed poster (right by my head) at a recent Boy Jumps Ship! gig. I cannot tell you how glad I am to have found this epic band, not just because they are quite frankly amazing, but because they are Bridge 9 – it means their vinyl releases look amazing and are always made up of numerous variants. So I bought the lot (nearly) and got it all signed at their ‘Rain’ release party at Brighton’s Bermuda Triangle.

Complete collection (post signing):

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New album ‘Rain’ on white and pink vinyl:

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Split EP with Self Defence Family on blue 7″:

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Things I Still Don’t Understand EP on white 7″:

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Every Landscape EP on clear green 7″:

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What’s Left To Let Go EP on Purple/ Pink/ Green merged 12″:

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Goodtime Boys live at the Bermuda Triangle (photo):

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At the aforementioned Goodtime Boys show, I also picked up the 12″ releases by both the support acts, “We Never Learned to Live” and “Grappler” – also now both fully signed.

We Never Learned to Live – We Never Learned to Live EP on single sided clear 12″ with black etching on the reverse:

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Grappler – Everything I Ever Feared on white/black split 12″:

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Also this month I popped down to see “The Wonder Years” play Brighton’s The Haunt and again purchased the support acts releases, this time “State Champs” and “A Loss For Words”.

State Champs – The Finer Things on multicoloured rainbow split/splatter 12″:

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A Loss For Words – The Kids Can’t Lose on cream/ blue/ red merged 12″:

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When not attending live shows, I have still been shopping hard online – picking a few other little gems, most of which have also come on coloured vinyl, including:

Cosmo – Cosmo EP on picture disc 10″:

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Cosmo is a band, led by Felix White (The Maccabees), that features guest vocals from Jack Penate, Florence Welch, Jessie Ware, Jamie N Commons, Johnny Bramwell and Adam Day. It also features Sam Doyle, Hugo White, Jack Birchwood and Chris Woolison.

Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind (all 3 sleeve variants) on Turquoise 10″:

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Next up is couple of “Tall Ships” releases that I was missing:

Tall Ships – T=0 single on white 7″:

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Tall Ships – Hit The Floor 7″:

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Following from their amazing set at this year’s Great Escape festival, I also picked the latest EP and Single by a four piece from Belgium called BRNS who weave together tunes that are mystical, moody and insatiably catchy.

BRNS – Wounded EP on 12″and Void Single on 7″:

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And finally, a handful of US only releases. First up is two RecordStoreDay 2014 releases by “Foals” and “Death Cab For Cutie” followed by the Adeline Records reissue of “Green Day” Minority single.

Foals – Live from the Royal Albert Hall EP on 12″:

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Death Cab for Cutie featuring the Magik*Magik Orchestra – Live 2012 LP on 2×12″:

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Green Day – Minority single on translucent red 7″

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And that concludes May’s vinyl acquisitions…. and already June is shaping up to be even better 😀

Newbury Comic Exclusives/ Crosses and misc.

For the last few weeks my free time has bee taken up with planning my Great Escape Festival plans – but during this time I have obtained loads of new vinyl. First up is 3 Newbury Comics special edition releases.

1. Nirvana – Bleach (limited to 750)
Newbury Comics have reissued this amazing LP on clear/white smoke vinyl using the original master tapes. I have number 429

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2. Pearl Jam – Ten (limited to 2,000)
Newbury Comics have reissued the twin version of the Ten LP that was originally issued as part of the Legacy box set on coke bottle green vinyl. I have number 1066

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3. The Strokes – This Is It (limited to 1,000)
The last of the Newbury Comics items is the reissue of The Strokes amazing debut on a half gold (translucent orange) and half blue plate. I have number 0409

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Next up is the full set of Crosses 10″ that make up the LP that was released earlier this year (which I purchased on White vinyl):

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One last update, I have also picked up one of the earlier Catfish and the Bottlemen singles (Rango), on white 7″ vinyl and The Cooper Temple Clause’s debut album, “See Through This and Leave” on 6×7″ black vinyl:

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RecordStoreDay 2014 – Update 4: 12″ Singles

Final update from the UK portion of my RSD14 acquisitions covers the 12″ singles.

First up, and not strictly a 12″ is the Paramore “broken record” pressing of Ain’t It Fun, featuring the Dutch Uncles Remix. Limited to 300

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Next is the translucent red David Lynch E.P. – The Big Dream Remixes, which features reworkings by Bastille, Moby, Hot Since 82 and Bjorn Yttling. Limited to 1,000

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Another record on my must get list was the Haim 12″ of Forever that features the awesome Giorgio Moroder remix. Limited to 4,000.

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I was also able to get hold of Soulwax remix of Metronomy’s Love Letters on etched vinyl. Limited to 500.

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Next is the only US import that I was able to get on the day itself, the Frightened Rabbit – Live from Criminal Records EP. Limited to 3,000.

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I also picked up the Rammstein 12″ that features the Pet Shop Boys remix of Mein Teil and the Scooter remix of Pussy, limited to 1,000 and finally the reissue of the Oasis – Supersonic 12″, limited to 3,000.

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RecordStoreDay 2014 – Update 3: 7″s

After the 10″s – it’s the 7 “s – all 16 of them. To save space, I’ve photoed them in batches – with any coloured vinyl removed from the sleeve. Each record is listed as: artist – track a/ track b, (vinyl colour), and [limited to]

Set 1:

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Bombay Bicycle Club – To The Bone/ Reign Down (black) [500]
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen (white) [500]
CHVRCHES – We Sink/ It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay (green) [500]
Circa Waves – Stuck In My Teeth/ 100 Strangers (yellow) [550]

Set 2:

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Coldplay – Midnight/ etched seals (black) [?]
Damon Albarn – Hollow Ponds/ Lonely Press Play (black) [?]
David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide/ Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide Ziggy Mix (picture) [2,500]
Kodaline – Coming Up/ All I Want with RTE Concert Orchestra (white) [500]

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Close up of Coldplay etching:

Set 3:

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Kings of Leon – Wait for Me/ Don’t Matter (gold*) [2,000]
Maximo Park – Random Regrets/ On The Sly (red marble) [500]
Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea/ I Hate Myself and Want to Die (black) [6,000]
Paul Weller – Brand New/ Laneslide (black) [500]

Set 4:

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Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Pt1/ Pt2 (white) [1,000]
Suede – Let Go/ Heroin (black) [1,000]
The Strypes – Hard to Say No/ So They Say/ I Don’t Want to Know/ Still Gonna Drive You Home (black) [1,000]
Twin Atlantic – Heart & Soul (white) [1,000]

RecordStoreDay 2014 – Update 2: 10″s

Following on from all those LPs was a number of 10″ releases, including the most expensive RSD14 release (I think).

No.1: Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters:

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One of the fastest selling items in the majority of shops from what I understand, and already commanding a resale cost of exceeding £35 on eBay (original price minus eBay flippers tax, £9.99) is the ‘Glow in the Dark’ Ghostbusters track by Ray Parker Jr, from the Ghostbusters OST. Not normally one to buy novelty pieces related to 80’s pop classics, but as a huge Ghostbusters fan – I couldn’t resist. Limited to 1,000

See it here (courtesy of Legacy Recordings)

No. 2: Soundgarden – Superunknown: The Singles:

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With No.1 being one of the most popular, No.2 on my list is the most expensive. Weighing in at £87.99 is the Soundgarden boxset that contains the reissues of the singles from the Superunknown era. There is nothing in this set that justifies the steep price tag, and if it wasn’t for my absolute love of this album and the music from around that time – I’d probably have passed on this release. Does look nice though with the new Josh Graham artwork. Limited to 3,500

Fell on Black Days (up close):

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My Wave (up close):

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The Day I Tried To Live (up close):

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Black Hole Sun (up close):

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Spoonman (up close):

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No. 3: London Grammar – Hey Now (Bonobo/ Zero 7 Mixes):

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One of last years hottest bands, London Grammar, aren’t shy of letting their tracks get remixed – and the majority of them are pretty awesome. These two are no exception and the vinyl itself is equally as impressive! Limited to 2,000

No. 4: Dan Croll – Hello My Baby (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo):

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One of the later announced releases, and one that I found out about from the man himself at a recent Resident in-store. A US only release on “gold” (translucent orange) vinyl – recorded in Africa with LBM a few weeks back. Very catchy indeed. Limited to 1,000

No. 5: Garbage – Girls Talk:

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Another one of those releases where you only buy it because you all the bands other stuff. This release contains the track, Girls Talk which features Brody Dalle (The Distillers) on vocals with Shirley Manson. Limited to 4,000

RecordStoreDay 2014 – Update 1: LPs

So, it is that time of year again whereby I queue through the night to try and get all the releases that I am after, without having to resort to eBay flippers* (and paying the usual 400% mark-up).

So, at 6pm on Friday 18th of April, I started to queue outside Resident in Brighton, UK (in my opinion the best indie in the country) where I knew I would stand the best chance of picking up the rarer items. Arriving at this time you would think would guarantee me 1st place, but no – I was placed 2nd in the queue (with my buddies being 3 and 4).

By 7pm the queue was up to 6, and by 9pm up to about 12. Then over the course the evening this grew – and at 5am we were up to about 50 people.

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By this time, the evening had really started to drag, no amount of trips to the 24 hour Subway or conversations about previous RSD experiences with our fellow queuers would make the passing of time speed up. I am fairly sure that at around 5am – time started to go backwards.

By opening time, 7am, the queue was huge at around 200+ people. Cold, tired and hungry we entered the store to be greeted by goody bags containing promo pictures, posters, CDs and stickers, as well as a couple of free records (I got a Jungle 12″ and a Sub-Pop 7″) – oh, and not to mention a Cadbury’s Creme Egg. Then onto the store itself, with all the RSD releases adorning the walls like some sort of art gallery – I was ready to buy, buy, BUY! Some money got spent and now I have these fine things:

No. 1: R.E.M. – Unplugged 4xLP Boxset.

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The most important release in my opinion (sorry to the “Twilight Sad” guys, you were a close second), was the issue of not one, but both R.E.M. MTV Unplugged sessions in a combined boxset (multiple paged gatefold sleeve). Containing some of the greatest R.E.M. songs, in an unplugged format – many of which that were not broadcast in the original episodes (which I have on VHS). My worries that the sound would not be of a suitable quality were unfounded – with both the 1991 and 2001 sessions sounding crisp. The only disappointment is that unlike the Mastodon and Linkin Park/ Jay-Z releases, no DVD of the shows was included. Maybe this will be included in the CD issue due for release in late May. Currently reselling at £200 on everyone’s favourite internet auction site – having this in my possession for £49.99 makes queuing for 14 hours absolutely worth it – with all 4 copies that Resident had being snapped up by customer number 5! Limited to 2,000

No.2: The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters.

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The next on my list was the deluxe reissue of the debut studio album by The Twilight Sad, which includes bonus tracks, rarities and demos split over two 12″s. It is a cracking album that I thoroughly recommend, and now that I have it on vinyl, it means that I now have all 3 of their studio albums on this format (as well as on those new fandangled CD things – they’ll never last). Hopefully, I can get the guys to sign it at the Hoxton Bar & Grill shows in a couple of weeks (30/4). Limited to 500

No.3: Mastodon – Live at Brixton 2012.

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3rd up is the issue of a one of the gigs I really, really wished I had gone to, Mastodon at the Brixton Academy in 2012. A nice double 180gram vinyl issue with DVD included, with tracks covering their entire career – it really compliments the previously released “Live At the Aragon” LP from 2011 (also in my collection). Limited to 2,000 (supposedly, but mine is #3377)

No.4: Slipknot – Vol. 3; The Subliminal Verses.

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Another nice to have was the Slipknot reissue of their 3rd studio album, “The Subliminal Verses” on clear heavyweight vinyl. I would have preferred if it had been either “All Hope is Gone” or “Iowa” however am thankful for just having a Slipknot LP to add to my collection. Besides, there is always next year – isn’t there Roadrunner Records hint, hint :D. Limited to 2,600

No.5: Linkin Park v Jay-Z – Collision Course.

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Next up is the vinyl release of the 2004 MTV mash-up concert that featured Linkin Park and Jay-Z merging some of their biggest hits (of that era). The issue is on blue translucent vinyl and comes complete with the DVD that was originally included in the CD releases. Limited to 2,500

No.6: Built to Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers.

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first release and on the back of the successful live LP from last RSD comes another exclusive Built to Spill reissue. This time it is the critically acclaimed debut album, “Ultimate Alternative Wavers” on 2x “Gold” (translucent orange) audiophile vinyl and housed in an old-school “tip-on” gatefold jacket. Limited to 4,500

No.7: Screaming Trees – Last Words: The Final Recordings.

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Not the album that I would most like to have seen reissued (that would have been Dust) but still nice to have and add to my collection. A reissue of the final LP by the band, recorded in 98/99 but not released until 2011 (due to being dropped by Epic). The release is on translucent red vinyl, and has been released by band member Barrett Martin’s Sunyata label. Limited to 500

No.8: Fear of Men – Loom.

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The first of my impulse buys, this one heavily influenced by a fellow RSD queuer. Knew nothing about this band, and still don’t as I haven’t listen to it yet. What I can say though is, if the vinyl is as nice as the music, I am glad I bought it – this RSD release is translucent red/black starburst-esque slab of beauty. Limited to 500

No. 9: Mae – Destination: Beautiful.

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Another RSD release that I have bought with little-to-no knowledge of the band or the album was Mae’s “Destination: Sunshine” LP. In compiling my shopping list over weeks and months before the day, this release kept coming up as a “must have” or “an album that defined the pop/punk genre” and add to this the gold/blue merging on the vinyl, I thought I might as well add it to my collection. Limited to 500

No. 10: The Darkness – Permission to Land.

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Last on my list, and a release that I only decided to purchase upon my second visit to Resident (in the evening for the raffle/ end of day celebration) – is an album that, whilst not a classic slice of rock history that defined a genre, is most definitely what I would call FUN and ENJOYABLE record from a band who has always entertained when I have seen them live. Reissued on a heavyweight picture disc with high quality replications of the front and back sleeves off the original CD release – the sight of which, strategically placed on the wall by the counter, was too tempting to part with my cash. Limited to 1,500

Resident, Brighton RSD Raffle.

So, you would think after being able to get every one of the UK RSD releases that I was after – nothing could make the day even better, could it?

For those who don’t know, every RSD, my shop of choice for RSD (and every other day of the year) holds a raffle for all those who return to the shop at the end of the day. Every year I go back, and every year I tend be lucky enough to win something (Pearl Jam singles one year, Esben and the Witch print another) more to do with the number of people who return than my own luck.

This year, there was one prize that really took my fancy. I was sure someone else would win – but as each person was drawn, they kept leaving this “star prize” behind. Then my number came out. I took it without hesitation.

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Yep, fully signed Deluxe Edition of Queens of the Stone Age’s “…Like Clockwork” LP.

Perfect end to a perfect day. Once again, thanks to Resident for a wonderful day.

New coloured vinyl: March 2014

As another month of record buying comes to a close, I thought I would post a nice round up of the new additions to my collection.

First up is the debut from ‘The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am Not Afraid to Die’ called ‘Whenever, If Ever’. Pressed on a translucent blue with smokey blue marbling (and a few other colours too). As an added bonus, I got this just in time to see them perform at the Green Door Store, Brighton, UK on the 6th April – so hopefully it will be signed soon.

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Next up are two ‘The Wonder Years’ LPs . First up is their critically acclaimed ‘Surburbia, I’ve Given My All, and Now I’m Nothing’ album from 2011. Pressed on clear vinyl

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Then, the more recent, and absolutely stunning follow-up, 2013’s ‘The Greatest Generation’ pressed on translucent orange vinyl. As with the TWIABPAIANLATD vinyl, I have also got these in time to see the band perform live at The Haunt, Brighton later on in April.

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Next up is the slightly delayed Crosses LP on White heavyweight vinyl. A great record from one Chino from Deftones many side projects. Check the yellow and grey “smoking” on the vinyl – nice touch.

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And finally, the live version of Finch’s amazing debut album, What It Is To Burn on white heavyweight vinyl.

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