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RSD2017 Update 4 – 12″ Singles/ EPs

Now for the 12″ single and EP releases from the day starting with the one that I was most looking forward to (and that was before I realised the rest of the track listing):

Placebo/ David Bowie – Without You I’m Nothing: 12″ picture disc with the band and Bowie on one side and a birds eye view of NYC on the flip. Housed in a die cut sleeve and featuring not only the Standard version, but the two remixes that were only previously available (in vinyl format that is) on a Promo 12″.

The Chemical Brothers – C.H.E.M.I.C.A.L: Black 12″ with rear etching of the track title and two fancy pants lightning bolts.

Son’z of a Loop Da Loop Era: Far Out: Transparent 12″ with red smoke flash housed in traditional Surburban Base Records generic sleeve.

Pauw/ Mystery Jets – Split 12″: Black 12″ featuring boths bands playing Bubblegum (Mystery Jets) and High Tide (Pauw).

Goldie feat. Diane Charlemagne – Inner City Life (2017 Rebuild): Black 12″ featuring an updated version of the classic track for 2017 as well as a new exclusive Burial Remix on the flip side.

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RSD2017 Update 3 – Bowie ‘No Plan EP’

Probably the best looking release in this years selection, the Bowie ‘No Plan EP’ on translucent light blue/ cloud smoked vinyl with rear etching.

Front of Sleeve:

Vinyl and Sleeve:

Close-up of Vinyl:

Small Star Etchings:

Large Star Etchings:

Rear of Sleeve:

RSD2017 Update 2 – Albums

Now I am gonna focus on albums, rather explain a bit about each one, I’ll name the LP just and share the pictures of the front, inside (for gatefolds) and the vinyl itself.

The Cure – Acoustic Hits: 2x picture disc in die cut sleeve

The Cure – Greatest Hits: 2x picture disc in die cut sleeve

Vangelis – Blade Runner: Picture disc in die cut sleeve

Maximo Park – Risk to Exist: Transparent with red/ yellow splatter in gatefold sleeve

Coheed & Cambria – Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV: 2x 180gr swirled vinyl, two colours (burgundy/black & black/creamy white) in gatefold sleeve

Sunny Day Real Estate – The Rising Tide: 2x transparent vinyl in gatefold sleeve

Mew – Frengers: Not Quite Friends, Not Quite Strangers: Transparent vinyl housed in a high gloss inner and main sleeve

Ben Folds & WASO – Live in Perth: 2x 180gr black vinyl in gatefold sleeve

Baby Metal – Baby Metal: 2x red 180gr vinyl in a gatefold sleeve


RSD2017 Update 1 – Peter Hook & the Light

So, it is here again – that wonderful day where I queue outside Resident Records in Brighton for 13 or so hours to make sure I can grab all the RSD releases I am after without having to resort to buying from flippers.

Another busy one was had, with a monster queue forming by about 6am – but lucky for me, there were all behind me as my overnight stint had bagged me 7th in the queue.


My first update of #RSD2017 relates to the biggest single artist spend of the day, the 9 Peter Hook & the Light vinyls. Now this really had to be good to warrant the £197 price tag you faced if you wanted them all – and first impressions don’t disappoint.

The overall set comprises of 4 different live variations of Joy Division/ New Order albums:

  • Closer, recorded live at The Factory, Manchester, 2011
  • Unknown Pleasures, recorded live At The Cockpit, Leeds, 2012
  • Movement, recorded live at The Academy, Dublin, 2013
  • Power, Corruption & Lies, recorded live at The Academy, Dublin 2013

All LP housed in deluxe gatefold sleeves and pressed on coloured vinyl.

Closer Vol.1: Front & Vinyl

Closer Vol.1: Back & Vinyl

Closer Vol.1: Inside Jacket

Closer Vol.2: Front & Vinyl

Closer Vol 2: Back & Vinyl

Closer Vols 1 & 2



Unknown Pleasures Vol.1: Front & Vinyl

Unknown Pleasures Vol.1: Back & Vinyl

Unknown Pleasure Vol.1: Inside Jacket

Unknown Pleasures Vol.2: Front & Vinyl

Unknown Pleasures Vol.2: Back & Vinyl

Unknown Pleasures Vol.3: Front & Vinyl

Unknown Pleasures Vol.3: Back & Vinyl

Unknown Pleasures Vol 1, 2 and 3

Movement Vol.1: Front & Vinyl

Movement Vol.1: Back & Vinyl

Movement Vol.1: Inside Jacket

Movement Vol.2: Front & Vinyl

Movement Vol.2: Back & Vinyl

Movement Vols. 1 & 2

Power, Corruption & Lies Vol.1: Front & Vinyl

Power, Corruption & Lies Vol.1: Back & Vinyl

Power, Corruption & Lies Vol.1: Inside Jacket

Power, Corruption & Lies Vol.2: Front & Vinyl

Power, Corruption & Lies Vol.2: Back & Vinyl

Power, Corruption & Lies Vols 1 & 2

Come back later for more RSD17 pictures

Recordstoreday 2016: Part 1

It is that time of year again where I queue up outside the best independent record shop in the UK #Fact, Resident in Brighton (www.resident-music.com).

So, at 5pm on Friday night I started to queue (in 4th position) where I would then spend 14 hours staring longingly through the shop window at all the Recordstoreday releases.  

The rain came and went, the temperature dropped and the wind blew, but most annoyingly of all, the drunks kept asking “why are you queuing up”.  For the first few hours we answered honestly, with the hope that we would be admired – we weren’t. Eventually we got bored and started answering with such unbelievable responses that hopefully people would leave us be. Some favourites included:

  • Meet and Greet with David Bowie (and other recently deceased celebrities)
  • See Justin Bieber perform and Instore
  • A peaceful protest supporting a variety of causes

At 7am, the doors opened and we wove our way around the store to have our pick lists collected and await the 8am kurfew to pass.

8am came, and lots of money went…. And these are the resulting additions to my collection.

Seven Inch Singles:

Public Service Broadcasting – The Other Side: 2 sided picture disc with a picture of the moon surrounded by a red and green background. A really good looking piece.   
Death Cab For Cutie – Tractor Rape Chain: Exclusive single featuring Ben covering Guided by Voices classic, Tractor Rape Chain. Pressed in white vinyl and housed in a retro looking sleeve. 

 
Bring Me The Horizon – Live from Maida Vale: A very ‘BMTH’ looking picture disc, with different colour backgrounds on each side. Featuring two tracks from the latest album performed at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale.  

   

Muse – Reapers: A really cool looking picture disc from Muse featuring a comic looking rocket dropping bombs. Housed in a clear sleeve, with an inlay that doubles up as an origami drone. I think I will photocopy it to make the drone rather than wreck the inlay! Features an album and live version of the track.  

 
The Bee-Gees/ Faith No More – I Started A Joke (Side by Side): The only one of this years side by side releases that I wanted was this one, featuring the Faith No More version of I Started A Joke. A great single made all the better by being pressed on lime green vinyl housed in a die cut sleeve. 

 
Gerard Way –  Pinkish/ Don’t Try: A single featuring two out takes from the Hesitant Alien sessions. Pressed on Red, Pink and Purple splattered vinyl so nice to look at, with both sides looking drastically different (one looks more marble, whilst the other looks like the traditional splatter effect).

   
Foals – Rain/ Daffodil: Foals continue the tradition of releasing some for RSD with this years offering, 2 new tracks on Rain and Daffodil. Pressed on black vinyl and following the stylings used for the singles off of the recent “What Went Down”album.  

 

Bastille – Hangin’: The new single from Bastille pressed on white vinyl. Housed in a paper sleeve inside a die cut sleeve featuring a man falling down.  

 
Circa Waves – Something Like You: A new single featuring two tracks. Pressed on white vinyl.  

 
Twenty One Pilots – Disquaire Day: A two track charity single (at least I think it is) featuring two live tracks from the latest album. Pressed on black vinyl.

 

Ten Inch Singles:

John Williams – The Force Awakens: A two track 10″ featuring two pieces of music from the movie; March of the Resistance and Rey’s Theme. The real draw with this one though is the picture that features a front and rear shot of everyone’s favourite Corellian YT-1300 Freighter. 

   
Rob Zombie – Well, Everyone’s Fucking on the U.F.O.: I won’t lie, this one pretty much only got bought for the title. The artwork helped too, but once I opened it and saw the b-side etching this any regrets dissipated.  

 
PinkShinyUltraBlast – Happy Songs for Happy Zombies: I knew nothing about this band before RSD16, but am so glad I got told to buy it by a fellow music lover. Not only are the tracks amazing, a big fat slice of Russian Shoegaze Alt-Pop, but it is presented on a quite lovely red and orange marbled slab of vinyl (the orange is a bit translucency too). Housed in a highly attractive fully printed internal card sleeve that matches the outer cover. The simplistic rabbit and deer on the covers are pretty cute too! Pricey, but an instant favourite – so well worth it. Downside is that I now feel compelled to collect the rest of their releases. 

 

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.

Black Friday – Part One

Yay – Black Friday has come and gone, and the following items have been added to my collection (from the UK releases)

White Stripes – 3x 7″ singles:

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Coheed & Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension // Big Beige Demos

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Now to fly out to the US to try and get some of the US only releases 😀