Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dead To Me!

Wow, I haven't done one of these in a long time, no one's fault but mine!!! Anyway, I had this one in mind for a while, but I wanted to wait for Dead To Me's newest record, Moscow Penny Ante to actually come out and include it. There were many delays, from somewhere, and I am after all, very lazy, so anyway, here it is....I usually do a best record of the year list at the end of each year, but for some reason, (see above, that I am lazy maybe?) I never did. Had I, no doubt, Moscow Penny Ante would have been very high on said list, top 5 at least. Not only is it a great record, (if you haven't gotten it, for shame, go now and buy it) but it is also a beautiful record! Great layout, and of course awesome color vinyl. So I'll show you all of their records to date on color. (I maybe missing one or two of 7" colors, fuck, my collection is faulted. But you know I also don't own Little Brother on black...massive failure)
Anyway here you go, pictures telling stories, you don't want me to rant any longer about, enjoy! And seriously, pick up any and all of these, black vinyl most likely, as I think most of these colors are hard to find.
LPS: Cuban Ballerina, Clear of 199.

Little Brother, Orange of 321

African Elephants, Blue of 408

Moscow Penny Ante, Yellow Black swirl of 497

Singles: Riverboat Gamblers/Dead To Me/Off With Their Heads 3 way tour split Tan Black Splatter of 500, Pink w/ White of 510, Black of ??

Wait For It Shield Recordings version Gold of 150, White of 350, Black of 500

Wait For It Brick Gun Records version Black of 800. I guess there are 100 of Oxblood/Gold Splatter, and 100 Orange of this...Anyone want to give me one of each? No? Didn't think so...

Under The Influence split w/ Flatliners White of 300, there is also Green (1,000) and Yellow (700) I didn't have the $ for the bundle, I'll live, somehow....

Covering Fugazi even, nice, great version of an awesome song....
For the record, my favorites are MPN, cause it's a great combo of colors...

And AE, as I love a deep marble, esp. blue....

Thanks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Come On Die Young s/t 7" Record Release version.

This week saw the release of a fine Arizona bands debut recording, Come On Die Young’s self titled four song 7”. This release is also the debut release from their bass players own new label Man In Decline Records. These versions are from their record release show, July 9th at the Nile Basement with Joyce Manor, Rumspringer and the other band I didn’t see.

There are two versions of the record release version, LTD to 40 total, 20 of each. Transparent covers with blank color paper behind them,
red

and blue.

The Vinyl is also colored. Red cover has red streaky vinyl,

and the blue is clear with black streaks, very nice looking.

Certainly an impressive layout for a labels first release, each record also comes with a download code! I understand that there will be other LTD versions of the record as well, people like me love multiple versions of records, and this blog is proof! So stay tuned to here for more editions to come!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

ELDERS "Blind Rage" LP


I believe it's been well covered in here (I think it might even be the point of this blog), that I will buy multiple versions of a record, be it colors, different covers, pressings, etc...This still newish release from Arizona's own The Elders "Blind Rage" on King Of The Monsters is one example of that. You may (or probably not) remember a blog awhile ago on here where the King Of The Monsters and I attended the Elders tape release show (sparking a tape as a viable format blog).

At that show The Elders and KOTM hatched a plan to release Elders debut record. At the end of last year Elders headed to Tucson to play Mark Beef's Go Nowhere Fest, records ready but covers weren't, so these cleverly LTD versions of the LP were put together.

An obvious nod to The Feederz, with an earily lookalike to Mark Beef, Beefstock Version, LTD 16 of 20...

Yeah grip tape on back will fuck up the records you put it next to, which is why mine is in a thick plastic laser disc sleeve...

Here is the insert for this version...

A few weeks later Elders went on tour, and still the covers weren't done, so a tour version was put together...

Not sure how many were done for this tour, as they aren't numbered, or I haven't found it. Great cover though, came out really good! A different back as well...

And the insert, slightly different from the Beefstock version...

Finally the regular covers were done...

Back of Reg Ed...

Here is the LTD cover.

It says of 100, the KOTM site says of 108, either way.

Back of LTD. Ed...

Reg. & LTD insert...

With a nice special note...

And the other side...

And the vinyl itself, all versions black and except the LTD. to 100 (or 108) version which is white...

For the record, my wife hates this shirt, which might make me like it even more...

Please go and take a look at the KOTM webstore...
www.http://kingofthemonstersrecords.bigcartel.com/
and on here...
http://kotmrecords.blogspot.com/
Thanks.
~JV.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

“…with his stripes we are healed” Isaiah 53:5


Well I've been threatening to post my Stryper collection on this blog for some time, and now in conjunction with my review of Stryper's aptly titled all covers album in this months The Trunk Space Slide Rule, The Covering,

here it is....

We'll start with Stryper's Debut, the Yellow And Black Attack ep. Not very original, on par with most 80's glam hair metal...Also, fittingly, pressed on yellow vinyl!

The cover art rules, God's rulling hand pointing the way for the attack on earth, to Stryperize it, sort of..
Now, for their first full length Stryper got a bit more original and started a sound that would be all their own. Soldiers Under Command was a great record, way more original then the ep.


For some reason the white vinyl version had eluded me for some time. But once I got one, I ended up with four...

Soldiers sold very well so the label thought they would capitalize and reissue Yellow And Black Attack with some bonus tracks. And some sweet packaging...

Round covers!

Also on blue vinyl!

But there are also more traditional square covers!

Together As One single from the Soldiers lp, and...

Reach Out 12" singles!
Reason For The Season 7" picture disc single!

Stryper's really big break out was their 2nd full length the massive, To Hell With The Devil! LTD Controversy cover of the boys sending the devil back to hell!!!!

The warning sticker, explaining the image...

The regular version...

The LTD Picture disc version, although mine is # 9846, so I am not sure how LTD they were..

My original tape copy that I bought after seeing the Calling On You video on Mtv..

Oh yeah my singed copy, from when I met 3 out of 4 some years back...

(Yeah Oz Fox wrote JC Rocks!)
All in all I think I own 9 copies of this amazing record!

Plus the Free/Calling On You 12" single...

As well as the 7" single...

...and the Honestly 7" single...

Finally a new record was coming, In God We Trust! I bought the 1st single the day it was available. And another copy some other time...

As well as the triangle picture single!

Finally the lp came out!

No color, no ltd covers, just there. And it wasn't even that good. Oh well...I sort of gave up buying their records after that, and the ceased being a band a few more times. They put out crappy solo records, and collections. While I worked at the record store I'd get promo copies of the cds...

Sometimes they get back together and tour. Once I even caught a bible!

I even rock this necklace sometimes! Pretty sweet huh?!
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This one is pretty sweet too, it looks like a normal button!
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But it's a bottle opener on the back!! It doesn't work very well!

Well, I could probably go on for days about Stryper, but all I really wanted to do was show some of the records in my collection. If any record store has any of these records priced for more then like $7 or $8, tell them they are out of their minds! I have seen some of these very records hanging on walls proclaiming their worth and rarity, but fuck that, the reality is none really are, and should be cheap. I suggest picking some up...And if there are some you come across that I don't have, hit me up, I'll probably take it! Thanks for readin'....